Thursday, February 15, 2007


Matawan residents can no longer be apathetic. We residents must become activist or be lead like sheep to the land of higher taxes, no municipal accountability, inept management of Borough funds, etc. Tonight there is a Redevelopment meeting at 7:30pm at the Matawan Community Center, 201 Broad Street. This meeting is taking place prior to the 45 day rule allowing Silver Oaks to appeal the recent decision in the case of Silver Oaks v. Matawan. Seems discussing redevelopment is somewhat premature. If Silver Oaks pursues this litigation to a higher court then we taxpayers will be footing the bill for that lawsuit as we did for the previous case. That was $26,000+ that would have better served our community. It would also halt any development as it has in the past.

We are anxious to see what plans the Matawan Redevelopment Committee proposes. Certain members of the Borough Council have expressed their disapproval of the residential aspect of the previous plan. Will the plan entail dropping a "Woodbridge Center Mall" type structure on some vacant land by the train station? Tonight will tell the tale.

Residents of Matawan this is not the time for apathy, this is the time for action. We know it is difficult to commit yourself to attending meetings. After a long day at work, an even longer commute, you barely have to time to eat dinner, spend time with your families, watch tv before you have to get up and start over again. One night a month, two at the most, take the time to attend meetings. It is a sacrifice that is worth its weight in tax dollars.

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