Friday, May 10, 2013
The township officially marked their move to solar power Tuesday night.
It was about four years ago when a light went off in the minds of the Township Council and the Aberdeen Green Team: working together, they could save money and better the environment by going solar. Since the seeds of that idea were planted, the project has blossomed in to a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Aberdeen and Nexus Energy Solutions, with solar powers installed at no cost to the township at five locations, according to Mayor Fred Tagliarini. Although the solar panels began operating on April 25, the township officially marked the completion of the project on Tuesday with a ceremonial flick of a large power switch between two solar panels. "It's been a thrill to see this project come from conception to reality," Tagliarini …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The mobile cabinet features officials from various State agencies on hand to answer questions.
The Christie Administration's Mobile Cabinet tour through shore communities affected by Hurricane Sandy continues with a stop in Aberdeen on Thursday, May 23. Gov. Chris Christie instituted mobile cabinets in an effort to pair head officials from several State and federal agencies with local residents impacted by the late October storm who are looking for answers as they continue to recover. The Mobile Cabinet will be held at the township municipal building off of Church Street from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will have an opportunity to meet with officials from the Department of Banking and Insurance, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Community Affairs, the Business Action Center, FEMA, and the National Flood …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The council is seeking public input on the budget, which was introduced in March.
The public is welcome to comment and ask questions about Aberdeen's $16,333,733.06 municipal budget at the township council's May 7 meeting. The budget, which was introduced on March 20, calls for an approximately $601,389.83 increase in the tax levy from the adopted 2012 budget to $10,690,313.82. About $719,969 of the tax levy is allotted for the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library. According to Aberdeen Chief Financial Officer Angela Morin, the budget has not been changed since it was first introduced on March 20. The tax rate would also see an increase if it were adopted as is, from 48.7 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value to 51.77 cents. Although there is a 6.3 percent increase in the tax rate, the budget complies with state …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Over 11,000 people participated in this year's race, including about thirty from Matawan and Aberdeen.
The 2013 New Jersey Marathon went off without a hitch Sunday morning with over 11,000 participants in the half marathon and full marathon. Race Director Joe Gigas said there were more than 3,000 full marathon participants, a number that has grown over the last few years. Oz Pearlman, 30, of New York, won the marathon for the third time with a time of 2:28:23. Finishing behind Pearlman was Eddie Valentine, 33, of Arlington, VA, with a time of 2:36:35. The top finishing female, Elizabeth Drews, 43, of Warren, finished with a time of 3:00:11. "It was a great day, and we had great weather," Gigas said. "We had a small army of 1,400 volunteers putting it all together." That number does not count the number of paid law enforcement officers in …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Matawan also received one of the 375 grants awarded to New Jersey municipalities, totaling $76.2 million in local aid from the state.
Aberdeen and Matawan are two of 36 municipalities in Monmouth County that will receive a local aid grant from the state government, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on Thursday. Local aid grants are allocated to reduce the impact on taxpayers of municipal projects that repair infastructure, advance safety or improve quality of life, the NJDOT explained. Aberdeen will receive $185,000 in funds for improvements to Lakeshore Drive in the Cliffwood Beach section of the township. The road, which runs along the Raritan Bay, is prone to flooding. Matawan will receive $200,000 for roadwork on William Street, which connects Freneau Avenue and Ryers Lane. Keyport and Old Bridge were also …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The township will gather to officially switch on the solar panels that will power the municipal building and four public works sites.
The Aberdeen Township Environmental Board will host its 20th Annual Aberdeen Family Fishing Contest on Saturday, May 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Cliffwood Beach Park.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Zoning Board memorialized the resolution approving major changes to the McDonald's on Route 34 in Aberdeen.
The Aberdeen Township Zoning Board gave McDonald's a green light to revamp their Aberdeen location, according to a resolution adopted by the board on April 24. The current structure features an old design for the popular fast-food chain, with a tan cement and stone facade and minimal signage. McDonald's new restaurant design has sleeker and more modern elements, such as a single golden arch versus the dual arches that form an "M". Final site plan approval by the Zoning Board allows McDonald's Real Estate Company to demolish the existing building at 1108 Route 34 and construct a new one with a drive-thru facility that has two ordering points. The project required several variances, including one allowing the drive-thru, one to reduce the…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Shop local to support Relay For Life of Matawan, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Tuesday, April 23
Support Matawan Regional High School's efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society by shopping local. Several Matawan and Aberdeen businesses have designated give back days where they will donate a portion of proceeds to Relay For Life of Matawan. Relay For Life of Matawan will be held overnight from June 7 to June 8 at the Matawan Regional High School and will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in Relay by forming a team. The event kicks off with a cancer survivors' lap and then all Relayers join in and walk for an evening of raising cancer awareness and raising funds for cancer research and patient supports run by American Cacner Society. The theme of this year's …
The Planning Board wants more information on Somerset Development's plans for 'The Glassworks' factory site.
The Aberdeen Township Planning Board delayed the April 17 hearing of Somerset Development's plans for a mixed use community at the old Anchor Glass Factory. Somerset Development, LLC was seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for the first phase of The Glassworks project as well as preliminary approval for the second phase. According to the planning board agenda, the current plan for The Glassworks includes the demolition of the existing factory, preservation of the three smoke stacks and construction of a mixed use development with 500 residential units, a community center, pool, neighborhood park, 8,200 square feet of retail space, a 110-room hotel and a movie theater. The plan also calls for residential and commercial parking…