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What Would You Improve in Matawan and Aberdeen in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for the Matawan-Aberdeen area, what would it be?

Jan. 1 marks a new year and a new leaf, with many people making personal resolutions - exercise more, eat less, save money, etc. More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Matawan and Aberdeen to make it an even better place to live?

In 2012, we saw several new business sprout up in town, including LoCicero's, Papa Ganache and Hand and Stone Facial Massage and Spa. We celebrated Aberdeen Day and Matawan Day, and we came together as a community in the aftermath of Sandy. 

What resolutions are on your list for Matawan and Aberdeen? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about your opinion.

Susan Bergman January 03, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Lets save the taxpayers money by combining the Matawan and Aberdeen township, the police force , firefighters. Lets build a new library with a tennis court like Old Bridge Library. No permits, tax incentives. for new businesses coming to Main St. Matawan or Aberdeen on 34. Restaurants with outdoor seating area like Freehold by the train station, on Main St. and Hwy 34. The park near Starbuck, Matawan needs dome, new swings, new everything its time. Gas generators put into our gasoline stations. .
Jennifer H January 03, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Did anyone on the patch watch the mayors video? Enough with patting everyone on the back in office it's your job? Barack Obama and Chris Christie don't do this every chance they get. Stop talking about the meetings you are going to have. They need to dig in and do there jobs show us a laid out plan what you are going to do what did they do last year? Again all I heard was zoning meetings and salaries. No solid plan of any of the above issues just that they are looking into it. They have been looking for years FIND it already.
Burt Macklin January 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Some of these ideas are good and some, not so much. The primary isues that should be addressed are ones that would improve our property values and our quality of life. Fireworks and new christmas decorations dont really seem all that important. Improving Main Street and the train station I think are the 2 biggest and most worthwhile projects that these towns can do. Having a charming main street and attractive train station would most certainly have an impact on our home values. Property taxes should not be viewed as fees that we are required to pay to live in a town. They should be viewed as investments and we as the investors should see some sort of positive return. Roads shouldnt even be discussed on this discussion board. That is something that should be fixed without anyone asking and its sad that our roads have gotten this bad. I agree that the day laborers hanging out like that isnt all that attractive but at the end of the day, they are just looking for work to support their families and in this economy, I am not going to go out of my way to prevent them from doing so. I also agree with posters who are displeased with the dilapidated state of some of the houses on main street. They may be vacant but someone owns them and they should be forced to keep up their property for the sake of their neighbors. I can't argue with parks either. They add value and beauty and having recreation space like that certainly improves our quality of life.
John January 04, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This is a State and County issue. Contact the County Engineer and let him investigate it. Which approach need the arrow or both approaches on CR 516? Is there enough space for two approach lanes and one receiving lane on the two approaches? It needs to have enough stacking space to handle left turns plus a transition area.
NJMommy January 04, 2013 at 02:37 AM
That would save Aberdeen taxpayers some money but it would raise Matawan's (so I would think) because Aberdeen's are quite higher than Matawan's. I think the taxes I pay in Matawan are ASTRONOMICAL for the value that I get. I live in a house the size of a tool shed, the town looks a rundown dump, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT MY WATER HAS CARCINOGENS IN IT AND NO BODY CARES TO FIX IT OR DO ANYTHING BUT SEND ME A PAMPHLET AFTER THE FACT SHOWING CONCERNNG PPMS (parts per million) OF CHEMICALS IN MY FAMILY's WATER SUPPLY. My family lives in Pennsylvania and has a house 3 times the size of mine and pays 1/8 th the taxes that I pay. They need to stop blowing our money on lazy government workers who get free health benefits on my dime and loaf in their jobs 9-5 Mon-Thurs with time off for lunch and Fridays off. I work 12-15 hours a day Mon-Fri and have a Blackberry ringing 7 days a week....and I pay thousands a year for health benefits.....get rid of the loafs and use our money for good and fix the water before we all get cancer for Godsake.

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