Monday, April 22, 2013
Broadway was filled with firetrucks and ambulances staging for a fire on Provost Avenue.
A portion of Broadway in Keyport was closed Monday afternoon as firefighters from multiple Bayshore towns worked to put out a fire in a home on Provost Avenue. According to emergency personnel, the fire was reported around 1 p.m. Firefighters on the scene were able to contain it to a small portion of the home and the fire was put out shortly before 1:30 p.m. According to Police Chief George Casaletto, preliminary investigation shows the fire likely began in the area of the chimney. No injuries were reported. The roadway was reopened around 2 p.m. The Keyport First Aid Squad and firefighters from Aberdeen, Matawan and Union Beach were also called to the scene.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Locals decked out in St. Patrick's Day flare crowded onto Jackson Street Friday night.
Washington Engine Company held their third annual Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade down Jackon Street in Matawan Friday night. Jersey City Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums played as marchers paraded 0.2 miles from the intersection of Spring Street to the intersection of Church Street. After, Washington Engine Company offered a home cooked dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatos and soda bread. Watch the video for a glimpse into the March 15 parade.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Grab your St. Patrick's Day spirit and come celebrate with the Matawan Borough Fire Department.
Don't miss your chance to march in Washington Engine Company's third annual shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade! We can't confirm that it's the shortest ever parade, however marchers need not wear comfortable shoes to make the one block trek from the intersection of Jackson and Spring Street to the intersection of Jackson and Church Street. According to Google Maps, the parade route is 0.2 of a mile. The parade is always held the Friday prior to St. Patrick's Day, making this year's festivities March 15, 2013. The parade line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the parade begins promptly at 6 p.m. Washington Engine Company requires marchers to fill out a parade registration form, which is attached to this article below the photo of last year's …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Aberdeen Road is known for flooding, but one man did not heed the road blocks warning drivers of the dangers ahead.
A Port Monmouth man found himself up Matawan Creek without a paddle Wednesday morning when his car stalled out in flood water on Aberdeen Road. According to Matawan Police Lt. Ben Smith, the 77-year-old driver navigated around the "Road Flooded" signs warning motorists of the danger ahead. The stretch of roadway floods often, and the way it dips next to the creek can make the depth of the water on the road deceiving. Members of the Matawan Borough Fire Department who are water-rescue certified came to the driver's aid. In waterproof suits, firefighters Richard Michitsch and Brian Kopf guided Marine-29-1, a zodiac boat, out to the Mercury and helped the man out of his car. According to Assistant Fire Chief Zee Varsanyi, when the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The section of Main Street was closed until about 2:30 a.m. Monday, police say.
Main Street between Route 34 and New Brunswick Avenue was closed Sunday afternoon after a car crashed into a utility pole, according to Matawan Sgt. Thomas Falco. At about 1:18 p.m. on Feb. 24, police responded to the one-vehicle accident and found that a 2005 Subaru Outback was driving north when it left the roadway, struck a utility pole and fractured it at its base. An employee from a local service station was test-driving the car after performing mechanical work, Falco explained. The driver told police that his foot slipped off of the brake pedal and he looked down to check the floor area when he ran off the roadway. The section of Main Street, also known as Route 79, was closed until about 2:30 a.m. Monday while Jersey Central Power…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Fire, Police and EMS personnel braved a frigid Lake Lefferts to practice rescuing a person who slipped through the ice.
On a cold Sunday morning, Matawan Fire Cpt. Richard Michitsch walked out onto a frozen Lake Lefferts to re-cut square holes in the three-inch deep ice for emergency responders to simulate rescuing a victim from the frigid water. After an instructional session the morning of Jan. 27, the members of the Matawan Borough Fire Department, the Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad, the Matawan Police Department Advanced Services Unit and the Hopelawn Fire Department suited up in rubber body suits and prepared to plunge in. To become certified to perform an ice water rescue, Michitsch explained, emergency personnel had to successfully perform three different rescue methods as well as extricate themselves from the ice. The first method involved …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Emergency personnel took the oath of office for leadership positions within their organization.
The Matawan Borough Fire Chief, Deputy Chiefs and the Matawan First Aid & Rescue Squad Captain were sworn in at the Matawan reorganization meeting Jan. 1. After each volunteer leader took the oath of their office, a friend or family member placed a pin on their uniform. Donald Mason, of Midway Hose Company, was sworn in as Chief; Peter Berliner, of M.E. Haley was sworn in as Assistant Chief; Brian Bernath, of Washington Engine Company, was sworn in as Second Assistant Chief; and Zoltan Varsanyi, of Freneau Volunteer Fire Company, was sworn in as Third Assistant Chief. James Archibald was sworn in as Captain of the Matawn First Aid & Rescue Squad. Brenden Park will serve as First Lieutenant, Austin Chang will serve as Second Lieutenant, …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Three of the four apartments in the building are currently being rented from the tenant, officials said.
A Matawan apartment building at the intersection of Mill Road and Freneau Avenue was evacuated Monday afternoon after a portion of the foundation collapsed. According to Sgt. Thomas Falco, the Matawan Police Department was dispatched to the scene at about 12 p.m. after receiving a report of a collapsed house with a possible gas leak. The first officer on the scene, Ptl. Andrew Marsala, was able to determine that there was no gas leak and only a portion of the Queen Anne's Court building had collapsed, Falco said. Matawan Construction Official Nick Fabiano also responded to the scene and determined that a basement wall that runs parallel to Mill Road collapsed. The house was deemed uninhabitable and the tenants occupying three of the four…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In the early morning hours on Tuesday, firefighters from several Bayshore communities worked to bring the flames under control.
A fire blazed through two attached homes on Broad Street in Keyport in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to Police Chief Butch Casaletto. The police dispatcher received a report of a fire just before 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and responding officers Sgt. Steven Dixon, Ptl. Robert McCartin and Ptl. Gregory Johnson found that the fire had spread from 138 Broad Street to the adjoining home at 140 Broad Street. The Keyport Borough Fire Department responded to the scene and began battling the blaze, requesting assistance from the Matawan Borough Fire Department, Aberdeen Township Fire Department, Hazlet Township Fire Company #1, North Centerville Fire Company, and Union Beach Fire Department. The Keyport First Aid Squad also responded …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The accident victims were transported to the hospital after the two-vehicle accident, police say.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision on Ravine Drive in Matawan on Thanksgiving eve, according to Sgt. Jeremiah Hourihan. Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a sedan traveling on Ravine Drive toward the elementary school and a mid-sized SUV traveling on Ravine Drive toward Main Street collided where the road bends in front of Lake Lefferts, Hourihan explained. It is unclear at this time what caused the collision. The male driver of the sedan suffered severe injuries and was transported by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center. The male and female occupants of the SUV suffered less severe injuries and were transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation…