A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

News Updates As of 24 May 2009

  • Matawan Regional High School boys track cleaned up in Group 2 competition, defeating their nearest rival, Somerville, 125-60. Unfortunately, NJ.com doesn't provide a venue or date for the event. MRHS first place winners included Kyle Robinson in 110 m hurdles and long jump; Derek Garland in shot put; Ian Carter in discus; and Johnathan Bartlett in a meet record pole vault.
  • Matawan Borough property tax assessments are unfairly distributed, according to a couple of residents quoted in Yeshiva World. Others suggest that the assessment was long overdue and they were underpaying.
  • The cost of closing Fort Monmouth and relocating its component parts has nearly doubled recently, according to Newsday. For example, the cost of moving a school has increased from $20 million to $200 million.
  • A driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel near mile marker 120 on the Garden State Parkway last week, according to the Asbury Park Press.
  • Matawan Advocate briefed its readers on the then-upcoming Matawan Borough council meeting on 19 May 2009. A resolution to allow fireworks on the 4th of July caught my eye. I'm not sure how a local community can make possession of fireworks legal for one day when the day before the fireworks were surely possessed illegally. Seems to me it encourages scofflaws. Cliffwood Beach becomes a war zone on the 4th. I don't know the outcome of the Matawan proposition, but I certainly hope Aberdeen doesn't try to follow suit with such a resolution.


  1. I don't have a problem with the fire works as long as they don't do it all night long and clean up their mess. 4th of July use to be my favorite holiday.

  2. I have neighbors who clean up after the festivities, but that doesn't make it right. I'm still opposed to the utter abandonment of the rule of law that goes on here around the 4th. I hate to be a fuddy duddy, but when we had a baby in the house it was an unbearable situation. Our dogs always feared the fireworks too. We ly leave our home to avoid the ruckus. In the current scofflaw environment, you can't ask your neighbors to stop. And the cops have to look the other way because the law is virtually unenforcable. I'd frankly support a crackdown. It might save a few fingers.