Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mayor Vetos Responsible Contractor Ordinance

Well folks, that is just what Mayor Buccellato did to the Responsible Contractors Ordinance recently passed by the outgoing members of the Borough Council. Councilman Malley insisted on the voting for this Ordinance along with Councilman Bunyon and Councilman Mullaney. Against the Borough Council attorney, James Aaron, Esq.'s advice, Malley proceeded. Ironically, Councilman Mendes was not present for the vote. Councilman Cannon and Councilwoman Clifton did not vote cited conflict of interest.

For the entire story, read the details in this week's Independent by reporter Erin Stattel. Facts not presented at the Council meeting are reported. This ties into our thoughts on this Ordinance not being fair to all Contractors and limiting the pool of Contractors able to bid on Borough projects. It is unlikely that the newly elected Council members will vote against the Mayor's veto.

What a great way to end the year! It is our opinion that fairness and the best interests of Matawan Borough prevailed.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Matawan Borough Reorganization Meeting 1/1/09

New Years Day, noon the Matawan Borough Council will hold its Reorganization Meeting for 2009 at 201 Broad Street. Elected Councilpersons will be sworn in and officially take office. The people have spoken, Tom Fitzimmons and Joe Urbano will join Councilperson Linda Clifton, Councilperson Mike Cannon, Councilperson Joseph Mullaney and Mayor Paul Buccellato on the Council. They will have a tough road ahead to get Matawan's Budget out of the RED, move forward with the Transit Village, revitalization of the Downtown area, relocation of Matawan's Court/Police Department to name just a few of the issues facing our Council.

We look forward to a Borough Council working harmoniously for the benefit of Matawan.

We wish all a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you, your family and friends.

Christmas Bells

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeatOf peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along
The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Chanukah

We would like to share the history of Chanukah with all of you.

"Chanukah is an eight day holiday which begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. In order to commemorate this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah.
This year (5769 / 2008-2009) Chanukah begins at nightfall of December 21, 2008, and ends on December 29, 2008. On the evening before each one of the days, the corresponding number of Chanukah candles are lit."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Matawan Borough Council Mtg 12/16 @ 7:30pm

Tonight is the last Borough Council meeting of the year. It will be interesting to see just how the majority Council pulls the final card trick on Matawan. How will they be the Democratic majority that had an increasing deficit two years in a row, having Councilmen defy the legal opinion of the Borough Attorney or bonding additional funds for the Road Program in lieu of utilizing leftover monies from previous years?

A story in a local publication reported Matawan only had to bond for $700,000 for the Road Program per Councilman Michael Cannon. If bonding is necessary why didn't the Council bond to improve the Heating/AC at 150 Main St. Why wasn't the health and welfare of our employees at 150 Main St considered before adding on to the Road Program. It cannot be denied they were aware of the problems, they chose what they thought would get votes. We could have bonded to make repairs at 150 Main St with that $700,000. and still continued with the original 2008 Road Program. But that wasn't grand enough. Now we residents will pay the price in taxation. They are certainly leaving Matawan Borough much poorer than when they came into office. The 2009 Borough Council will have a difficult time in getting Matawan back on track. Our hope is they will stand strong and utilize the expertise of our paid Professionals prior to making any decisions. We wish them luck, the way we see it they are going to need it.

On the Agenda:

Ordinance 08-27 - An Ordinance Adopting a Responsible Contractor Policy in the Borough of Matawan.

Comment: This states that only Contractors who participate in the Apprenticeship Program can bid on Borough projects. It is offensive to all taxpayers as it limits the amount of Contractors who may bid. It is offensive to the good Contractors who have years of experience along with excellent work ethic, BUT do not participate in an Apprenticeship Program. Being a skeptic, we must ask ourselves, why would Councilman Will Malley, on one of his last days in office insist that this Ordinance be passed? Taken from the Elec Reports, Councilmen Malley & Bunyon (both Union members) received a total of $7,500. in campaign contributions from Local Union 400 Pac Fund, Iron Workers Local 66 Pac Fund and last but not least Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 9. Both Councilmen refused to step down from the dais at the last meeting. In essence they are not fulfilling their responsibility to the residents of Matawan by opposing the advice of the Borough Attorney. What is more important "paying back" the Unions or placing Matawan Borough in jeopardy?

Adieu Councilman Malley and Councilman Bunyon....thanks for the memories...(sic)

Monday, December 15, 2008


Have you ever experience hunger? Not the kind caused by being late for dinner, but the kind by opening the pantry or refrigerator and seeing nothing to eat. Well, this is what our FoodBanks in NJ are experiencing. Imagine a child waking up and not having anything to eat. Imagine the heartache a parent has when they are not able to feed their children.

We who are blessed and never had that experience should lend a helping hand. If everyone in Matawan alone made a donation of a box of cereal, a can of food, or a monetary donation to the FoodBank of New Jersey we could possibly stamp out hunger. Why not purchase an extra can of food every time you do your food shopping?

Donation sites in Matawan can be made at the Matawan Aberdeen Library, Matawan Police Department, Shop Rite and Stop'n'Shop.

For more information please call 908 355-FOOD or through the website

Let's see to it that this Holiday Season....THIS BANK DOESN'T FAIL!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hunger Hurts

The Matawan Advocate is happy to join with other bloggers on Monday, December 15, 2008 to make everyone aware of the food shortage at the Community Food Bank. The photo shows a little girl eating what looks like a chocolate chip cookie. Well, it should be that simple. Here are some stats taken from the Community FoodBank of NJ Fact Sheet:

"At the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, requests for food have gone up 30%, but donations are down by 25 percent."

"Warehouse shelves that are typically stocked with food are bare and supplies have gotten so low that, for the first time in its 25 year history, the food bank is developing a rationing mechanism."

When we say food, we are not talking cookies, we are referring to canned goods, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, canned fish, baked beans. These are just some of the items needed. More to follow on Monday.

You can visit or call 908-355-FOOD to donate.

Monday, December 8, 2008

More Good Deeds in Matawan Borough

The Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library, Main Street, Matawan is accepting food donations for fines this Holiday Season. You can bring any of the following items to the Library which will be donated to the Matawan Aberdeen Food Pantry:

Canned Vegetables, canned fruit, pasta sauce, boxed macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned tuna or salmon, pancake mix & syrup, soup, canned stew, ramen noodles, peanut butter.

Please make sure the items are not past their expiration date.
If we all donate 1 item think of the families we will help feed this Holiday Season.

Please don't forget the other locations you can donate are the Matawan Police Dept., Matawan Fire & First Aid. The Fire Dept. & First Aid are also selling live Christmas trees and wreaths, proceeds to go to families in need.

This is what Matawan is all about folks, people helping people.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Elect Report 2008 Bunyon and Malley

We apologize to those who tried the links for the ELEC Reports previously posted. As you may didn't work. Here is the website

Taken directly from the Bunyon and Malley for Council, ELEC Report, submitted by Rose Mary Malley, Treasurer, dated May 22, 2008, a contribution was made by:

LOCAL UNION 400 PAC FUND of $5,000.


Taken directly from the Bunyon and Malley for Council, ELEC Report submitted by Rose Mary Malley, Treasurer, dated June 24, 2008, a contribution was made by:


Folks, that totals $7,500. for a small NJ Borough election campaign. Anyone want to dispute the reasoning behind Councilman Malley's last ditched efforts for the Responsible Contractors Ordinance?

As the saying goes, "I was born at night, but not last night"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Update on Planning & Zoning Board

Closing arguments on the Big Blue House will be made at the Feb. 2, 2009

Planning & Zoning Board meeting.

Lakeside Drive matter is carried over until March 2009.

2009 will possibly bring a change in members of the P & Z Board.

Note: P & Z Board Agendas were not available for the audience. We encourage the P & Z Board to correct this problem. Members of the audience have no idea of what the Agenda is for the meeting. The Borough website does not show current Agendas or Meeting Minutes.

A somewhat confusing vote was called for by Board member Kevin Mendes, re a change in the location of signage as stated on an approved site plan for a business located near Mr. Mendes employment. There was only an aerial photo showing the location of the signage and members could not realistically see where the sign would sit. Couldn't help but wonder if there is a conflict of interest on the part of Mr. Mendes. Was it appropriate for him to call for a vote on this issue?

Guess we will leave that to the P &Z attorney, Mr. Irene, who seems to be competent. Don't know how this was missed.

We will keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Good Deeds in the Borough

Our apologies to Matawan's Fire Department for the delay in printing their email. This is what the Holiday Season is all about. Doing for others. Once again these fine volunteers lead by example. We urge you to stop by and donate to make a families Christmas special.

Good Morning The Matawan Fire Department is helping families a different way Washington Engine Co. No. 1 @ 176 Jackson Street is conducting a Christmas tree and wreath sale starting November 29, 2008 Mon-Fri 5 pm to 10 pm / Sat & Sun 9am to 10 pm Free delivery $35 a tree We are raising money to help two needy families in Matawan, last year we worked with St. Vincent De Paul from St. Joseph, this year we are working with United Baptist Church on 327 Main Street Matawan. Rev Kisenwether to help with the two families.The money raise will help with the purchase of Christmas dinner, tree and gifts Also we are doing Pancake breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 14, 2008 from 8 am to 12 noon Washington Engine Co. No 1 $ 6 for adults and seniors and children under 10 years old are $5 all children under 5 years old are free

Any Questions contact Captain Paul Richards 732-921-2073.

Matawan Council Meeting Update

The sharks were circling Matawan at last night's Council meeting trying to get a bite of Matawan tax dollars. How could this be, you ask, well let us tell you the events of the frenzy.....

Responsible Contractor Ordinance - A Workshop discussion pertaining to this proposed ordinance was held. The content of the Ordinance limits contractors bidding to only those who participate in Apprenticeship Programs.

Prior to the discussion, Mayor Buccellato spoke about the Borough Attorney's recent correspondence regarding conflicts with Council members. The Council majority after the Borough Attorney reiterated his position voted to ignore him and continue the discussion. Kudos to Councilpersons Cannon and Clifton for voting to uphold the attorney's recommendations. They also stepped down from the dais to avoid any potential conflict with their respective employment or spouses employment. Councilman Mullaney claimed "politics" when Mayor Buccellato requested the Council abide by the advice of the Borough Attorney, James Aaron, Esq., not to continue with this Ordinance. Ironically, Mr. Aaron was Councilman Mullaney and the Democratic Council's choice for Borough Attorney. Politics, we think not. Mr. Aaron is the attorney you chose for the job Mr. Mullaney. Councilmen Malley and Bunyon, both Union members, did not step down. Against James Aaron, Esq., the paid professional Borough Attorney's advice, Councilmen Bunyon, Malley and Mullaney all voted to proceed with this Ordinance. To his credit Councilman Mendes did try to reach a compromise in the wording. If he was true to his word he stated he was trying to get the entire Council to participate in the discussion and eventually the vote. However, Councilman Malley insisted that it stand as written, which would mandate that Contractors participate in the Apprenticeship Program. Councilman Mendes abstained from the vote. Malley, Bunyon and Mullaney (none of whom are attorneys) went against the advice of James Aaron, Borough Attorney, Matawan's paid professional, and voted to have it drawn up by the Attorney for the next Council meeting. It will be presented at the next Borough Council meeting. We will publish this Ordinance once available for your input.

Comment: We have nothing against Unions. However, limiting the pool of Contractors allowed to bid for Matawan projects is questionable. Mandatory restrictions discriminates against experienced Contractors who have chosen not to participate in Apprenticeship Programs.

The government is finally acknowledging we are in a recession. We don't understand why anyone who claims to be looking for the best interests of Matawan would want to limit the bidder pool, potentially increasing the Borough expenditures on a project.

One would have to think that Malley's insistence on this order and the recent results from the the November election has something to do with campaign contributions. We are investigating this further and will report back on this blog. Fact is Malley is a union member. the best interests of be the judge.

Even deceased, famed Oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, through a fogged face mask, could have seen through this sham. Never under estimate the intelligence of Matawan's residents!

Employee Health Plan - A presentation will be given at the next meeting.

Bonding Ordinances were passed to Bond for the 2008 Road Program along with Improvements to the Water/Sewers. Total amount of bonding was unavailable. Amounts mentioned in the Ordinances were $665,000. and $200,000.

Comments: At the very least the Road Program project should have gone out to bid again, we repeat the RECESSION! Do we really need this work done at this time?

Shared Services - Councilwoman Clifton requested a vote for Matawan to participate in a Waste Management Study at no cost to the Borough. It was passed.

Comments: We look forward to the results of the Study.

Police, Fire & First Aid - Councilman Mendes' report informed residents that there was a shooting in the Clinton Street Park area. A local newspaper blogger commented on this prior to the Councilman's report to the residents. In an ironic twist, the same blogger did not comment on the Responsible Contractor Ordinance, which is their choice. Per Councilman Mendes, Chief Alston is "beefing up" patrols in that area. We think it would require overtime for our Police Department. As reported by Councilman Mullaney, Chief Alston called him and discussed the closing of Clinton Street Park during the investigation. No determination has been made to date pending further discussion with the Chief and Council.

Comments: We are confident everything is being done by our Police Department to keep Matawan safe.

Democrat, Republican or Independent, residents must let the Council know Matawan will not be a place for personal agendas or political pay backs. We urge you to attend the Dec. 14 Borough Council meeting and let your voice be heard as the voters did on Nov. 4, 2008.

Sorry for being so long winded, but it really annoys us when elected officials try to B.S. us.

Hope to see you there.....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Santa Comes to the Borough

A big THANK YOU to Matawan First Aid and Matawan Fire Department for bringing Santa Claus to Matawan. The Tree Trimming and Santa were just delightful. The children were thrilled.

As a side note: Keep in mind that these wonderful volunteers picked up the ball when the Recreation Commission decided not to participate in the Tree Trimming and Santa Claus Events. Kudos to the Matawan First Aid and Matawan Fire Department for not allowing this Matawan Tradition to be terminated. We may not say it often enough but we residents do appreciate all you do for us. This prompts us to ask if the Recreation Commission gave some of their Budget money to help with the costs of these functions? Anyone know?

Mayor Buccellato was the only attendee from the Borough Council. Ironically, the Recreation Commission ran its 5K Turkey Trot Run/Walk was held the same day. Guess they were all busy.
Comment: We would be remiss if we didn't report on Councilman Mullaney's Police escort to TD Bank with the proceeds from the Turkey Trot. Really Councilman, don't you think Matawan Police Officers have more important things to do with their time, our taxpayer money? We residents carry money to the bank without an escort every day. Should we request an escort too? Maybe now some of the money can be used to make our parks handicapped accessible? Or isn't that showy enough?

The changes on Borough Council can make positive changes in Matawan. Instead of separatism, we want to see togetherness in Matawan. All parties working in unison to make Matawan the best it can be! Just think of the possibilities if all participated in the Tree Trimming, the Santa Run, the Menorah Lighting, etc.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Planning and Zoning Board Meeting 12/1/08 7:30


Planning & Zoning Board meeting on Monday, December1, 2008, 7:30pm at 201 Broad St. Matawan Borough Community Center. One of the topics to be discussed is to be the Big Blue House on Main Street. It seems there are many residents who oppose changing the zoning on this property in order to allow commercial use. The present owner would like to create office space in this beautiful Matawan treasure.

Comment: We oppose the change in zoning. We think with the surrounding residential homes it would affect the quality of life. Without a clear plan to keep the integrity of the home, it seems ludicrous to allow the zoning change. We would like to see a family purchase this home and restore it to its original beauty. It is a one of a kind treasure that should be saved for future generations. Sadly the previous owners stripped the home of its marble mantles, Tiffany doors,
even the wall scones were taken or sold, but restoration would not be impossible.
The Borough website has NOT been updated pertaining to the Planning & Zoning Board Agendas/Minutes. Therefore, the Agenda is still unknown and the Meeting Minutes from previous meeting have not been published. Optimistically, this will change soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Matawan Police Hold Toy & Food Drive

Taken from the Independent,11-20-08, written by Erin Stattel, Reporter.

Matawan Borough Police Department PBA Local 179 is holding its annual Toy and Food Drive. The drive will support Matawan area families in need during the holiday season. Toys should be new, in the box and unwrapped. The department is accepting toys for all ages. Donated food should only be nonperishables such as canned goods or boxed food items.

Collection boxes for donated goods are set up at several area businesses.

In Matawan, boxes are located at the police department headquarters at 150 Main St. and at Quick Chek, 60 Main St.

In Aberdeen, items can be deposited at Panther Press, 37 Lower Main St., ShopRite supermarket, Route 34, and at Stop & Shop, Route 34.

Residents who know of a family in need in the Matawan area and/or would like to donate to the toy and food drive should contact Matawan Borough Police Department Patrolman Andrew Marsala at 732-290-2020, ext 318.
Thanks to the Matawan Police Department for not only protecting and serving Matawan, but for caring so much for its residents.

We urge everyone to contribute to help those in need. Afterall, isn't that what Christmas is all about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Folow Up Borough Council Mtg 11-18-08

Fred Carr, Matawan Borough Administrator resigned. The vote to accept his resignation was as follows: Bunyon, Cannon, Clifton, Mullaney voted yes. Councilman Malley abstained and Councilman Mendes was not present. Contrary to other Blogger's reports, Councilman Malley abstained as Mr. Carr has a family member who works for Malley. We wish Mr. Carr the best in his future endeavors. Under the current financial constraints it would be a good idea to go back to hiring a part time Borough Administrator.

Finances - Resolution 08-11-35 - Emergency Temporary Appropriation - Allows the moving of funds from unused line items, i.e. Historic Sites etc., to pay down some of the health care debt. We do not believe this will eliminate the current deficit, but it will hopefully reduce it.

Invoices presented for August and September 2008 and approved for payment from Ansell, Zaro, Grimm, & Aaron, Borough Attorney totalled $16,049.38.

Dog & Cat licensing - Ordinance 08-25 - Chapter XII - Animal Control - This will make licensing for dogs & cats set at a rate of $10.00 per animal. The introduction of licensing cats will be required in 2009.

Leaf Collection - Councilman Mullaney reported that leaf collection workers are removing leaves every day, weather permitting. Any questions regarding leaf pick up should be directed to Councilman Mullaney.

Privilege of the Floor - Several residents spoke. Residents from Lakeside Drive who were advised to take attend the Planning & Zoning Board meetings to discuss their issues. A resident along with her Contractor stated the Building Dept. has been very helpful, however, due to Inspectors work load cannot get to their inspections for 3 months.

All in all the meeting went quickly. Two more to go prior to the new Council being sworn in. We hope the transition goes smoothly.

Hope to see you at the next meeting.....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day-Thank a Veteran

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 is Veterans Day.

A day to remember all those who have served and those who continue to serve our great Country.

Recently we have taken the opportunity to thank a Veteran every opportunity we see. It will never make up for the Viet Nam Veterans who were treated injudiciously. It is our way of letting all our Veterans know how much we realize and appreciate the sacrifices made and continue to make on our behalf.

Let's remember tomorrow and every chance we get THANK A VET!

God Bless and keep all of them safe.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Freeholder Robert D. Clifton

Among those inducted into St John Vianney High School Hall of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame was Matawan's own, Robert D. Clifton. Mr. Clifton was inducted into its Hall of Honor for Distinguished Alumni Service. An Awards Dinner was held November 8th, 2008, at the Reception Center in Matawan. The following page is taken from the Program.
Graduated 1987
Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Rob Clifton was born and raised in Matawan, where he attended local elementary schools and graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 1987. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, and a master's degree in political science at the University of Richmond, VA.

Rob was the Mayor of Matawan Borough from 1996 until 2005. In addition, he served on the borough's unified Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Board of Health, and the Monmouth County Board of Drug & Alcohol Abuse Services. He also served as chairman of the Bayshore Conference of Mayors.

He has been employed by Comcast Cable Corp. as Director of Government and Community Affairs since 2001. Prior to that, he was Director of Industry Relations for the New Jersey Pavement and Asphalt Association, where he acted as liaison between the trade association and municipalities throughout the state regarding road improvement issues. He also served as Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and a legislative aide to former Assemblyman Michael P. Arnone.

Mr. Clifton was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2004. In his first term as a Freeholder, Rob oversaw the Department of Human Services, Health and Transportation, and as such served as liaison to the following county departments and agencies: County Board of Health, Tuberculosis Control Unit, County Adjuster, Health Care Facilities, County Historical Commission, Human Relations Commission, Department of Human Services, which includes the Division of Transportation and Senior Citizen and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Social Services, Mental Health Board, Employment and Training, Workforce Investment Board, Office on Disabilities, Office on Aging, Human Services Advisory Council, Office of Veterans Interment Services, and Youth Services Commission.

Freeholder Clifton is serving his second three-year term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, having been re-elected on November 6, 2007. Currently, Freeholder Clifton, is Deputy Director of the Board, oversees the Department of Finance and Administration. In this role he oversees a $475 million budget. He also sits on the Board of the United Way of Monmouth County.
Rob Clifton and his wife, Tracy, reside in Matawan with their two sons, R.J. and Jack.

Congratulations Rob for a notable achievement. Keep up the good work. You have made Matawan proud.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Follow Up Borough Council Mtg 11-6-08

Well people if you thought the pre-election Council Meeting was short, the post-election Council Meeting was long and filled with more politicking than any resident could bear. But bear it we did!

On the upside, a Troop of Boy Scouts were present earning themselves Badges for their attendance. The Mayor asked them to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Privilege of the Floor-Several residents spoke their concerns regarding the deficit, purchasing signs for the Parks by the Recreation Commission, the hopes that the Councilmen-elect will "hit the ground running," the lack of the Matawan Parks not being handicapped accessible and a Volunteer Fireman who was fired and felt he was treated unjustly. It was interesting to note the Recreation Commission unanimously voted no to utilizing the monies from their events to make the Parks accessible to the handicapped. If one handicapped child/adult is denied access to our Parks someone must speak up for them. What good are pretty signs denoting a Park if one child/adult is denied access to it because of their handicap? Maybe the signs should also read, NOT HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE.

The Volunteer Fireman spoke at length about the injustice he has suffered. It seems he may have done himself a disservice. Mr. Aaron, Borough Attorney explained he was not sure if the Fireman jeopardized his request for an impartial review by the Council by reading his statement. Accordingly, the Fireman was instructed to continue to follow the proper procedures as outlined by the rules and regulations. We found this whole matter to be disconcerting as this was not the first time this Fireman has had issues with the Borough Volunteer Fire Department. We will continue to follow this matter to its conclusion, if possible.

The Agenda items were eventually voted on with no surprises. Penalties for the Parks was established and can now be enforced by Matawan Police Dept.

2008 Budget - There seemed to be some discrepancies regarding the 2008 Budget deficit and the dollar amount that was transferred. Councilman Cannon originally stated he thought the deficit would be reduced to zero. Mayor Buccellato stated he thought we had borrowed from the 2009 Budget to the tune of $100,000. to accomplish this reduction. Councilman Cannon then amended his statement. We believe the deficit was lowered but to what extent we are not sure. We are not sure what the deficit will be by December 31st. It would be great if everyone talked straight so we, the residents, could decipher what they are saying. We will follow up on the Budget and keep you posted.

Matawan Police Dept. - The Resolution for the Police Chief to Undertake Preliminary Interviews for Class I Officers was passed. Councilman Mendes stated the Police Chief cut the Police Dept. Budget by $40,000. which constitutes a give back to the Budget. Kudos to the Chief.

Hiring of Attorney for and on Behalf of the Board of Fire Officers for the Borough of Matawan. This relates to the Fireman previously mentioned. The amount authorized was limited to $2,000. The Attorney will only be utilized if needed.

THINK about this.......there was more discussion and debate on the amount authorized of $2,000. for the attorney than there was over awarding a no bid contract to Maser Consulting of $300,000+. This is an example of why we needed a Council who would prioritize appropriately. A little late to "pinch pennies."

Let's see less politicking and more action on the part of the Council. Keep in mind you are working for the residents of Matawan.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Matawan Borough Council Mtg 11/6/08 @ 7:30pm

Borough Council meeting tonight at 7:30pm. A rather lengthy Agenda this evening.
Some, not all of the Resolutions for the Council are:

Old Business:
Resolution 08-09-42: Approving Funds for Emergency Gravelly Brook Park.

New Business:
Resolution 08-11-10: Borough of Matawan Office Hours
Resolution 08-11-13: Authorizing the Refund of Vendor Fees for the Matawan Day Celebration
Resolution 08-11-14: Resolution Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to pay $4,750. to Signs by J.K. for the fabrication and installation of Signs for Terhune Park, Freneau Park, Clinton Street Park, Gravelly Brook Park, and Ravine Drive Park. Pursuant to the Terms and Conditions of Proposal #317, dated August 28, 2008.

Comment: As the Budget permits want to see Matawan Parks accessible to the handicapped.
Perhaps Matawan could seek out Grants.

Resolution 08-11-16: Authorizing Police Chief to Undertake Preliminary Interviews for Staffing of Police Department.
Resolution 08-11-17: Authorizing the Borough of Matawan to Enter into a Professional Services Contract with Maser Consulting, P.A. for the Mill Road Sanitary Sewer Extension.
Resolution 08-11-18: Authorizing Borough Engineer to Advertise to Accept Bids - Mill Road Sanitary Sewer Installation.
Resolution 08-11-20: Authorizing the Retention of Joseph D. Yussouf, Esq. as Counsel for and on Behalf of the Board of Fire Officers for the Borough of Matawan.

Ordinance 08-17:
An Ordinance to Fix and Determine the Salaries and Wages of Officers, Management, Supervisory Personnel and General Employees not Represented by an Organized Bargaining Unit and Employed by the Borough of Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Consent Agenda
: New businesses seeking Approval of Business Licenses in Matawan are:
Invitations A La Carte, Jackson Hewitt, Philippine Island.
Hope to see you there.......

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

And the winners are Tom Fitzsimmons & Joe Urbano

Congratulations Tom Fitzsimmons & Joe Urbano,Matawan's Councilmen elect. The Borough Council has a tough road ahead.

It's time to put politics aside and work together to make Matawan the jewel of New Jersey.

Election Day Polls Open 6am - 8pm

Do not forget to VOTE! Every day we are thankful to be an American. On Election Day we are proud to exercise our right to vote. One of the things we are proud of is we have instill the importance of voting to our children. Oh, we have heard the naysayers, who claim their vote doesn't count. As you all may recall, we in Matawan had a Special Election because EVERY VOTE DOES COUNT!

Don't be complacent, get out and vote!

We would not endorse any Presidential candidate as we want to keep this blog strictly for Matawan. Based on our observations at Matawan Borough Council meetings, we support TOM FITZSIMMONS AND JOE URBANO for Matawan Borough Council. We need people who will cut the Budget and eliminate unnecessary spending. We don't believe it will be easy, but we need a strong Council who can make the tough decisions and will bring Matawan forward. Adding these two men to the Council will help get Matawan back on track and out of the red.
Hope to see you at the polls.....we will be the one waving the flag..................................................

God Bless America!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Matawan Planning & Zoning Board Meeting @ 7:30pm

There is a Planning & Zoning Board meeting tonight at 7:30pm at the Matawan Borough Community Center, 201 Broad St. Although there is no information regarding the Agenda for this meeting we believe it pertains to the Big Blue House on Main Street.

The current owner wants to change the zoning so he can redesign it into offices. Nearby residents are opposed to rezoning for quality of life issues. The Historical Society is opposed to rezoning as the home is of historical significance. It is a beautiful home which has been neglected and it would be an asset to Matawan if kept residential. If someone, and we are sure they are out there, who loves to restore old homes had the opportunity it could be brought back to its former glory.

Some residents wanted to see the Train Station torn down. Well look at it now. A new coat of paint brings it back. Once the interior is renovated we are confident it can be put to good use as a historical treasure.

If keeping this Matawan treasure residential is important to you, please attend this meeting. Let your voices be heard!

Making Matawan Parks Friendly to Handicapped

Matawan Recreation Commission is holding its Annual Turkey Trot & Fitness Walk on Saturday, November 29, 2008. Registration : 8am, Race time: 10am. Where: Matawan Community Center 201 Broad Street.
Proceeds to benefit Matawan Parks.

The last request to utilize funds by the Recreation Commission was for signage for the parks. While this is a wonderful idea to beautify Matawan, a thought comes to mind. Matawan Parks are NOT handicap friendly. When financially possible (aware of Matawan's Budget deficit) don't you think people would be better served by making our parks accessible to the handicapped? While signs are pretty, parks are for people, all the people. Something to think about as the Recreation Commission wants the proceeds from this event earmarked for Matawan Parks only.
As the head of this event and Recreation Committee is the prominent Physical Therapist, Michael Mullaney, we are sure he would agree with us.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Letter from Jim Carney, Matawan Aberdeen Softball League

The following letter has been circulating via email. It contains information we believe should be shared.

Dear Matawan Aberdeen softball parents,

I normally do not get involved in local politics, yet a recent flyer sent out by the two incumbent Matawan Councilmen seeking re-election has forced me to.

As you may remember, late in 2007 and early 2008 representatives from the league appeared before the Matawan Borough Council to request that a small portion of Hourihan Field, located adjacent to Borough Hall, be dedicated to use by the our league solely for girls softball. To make a long story short, the council majority threw up every roadblack they possibly could to keep this from happeneing and ultimately forced us to pay half the cost of the field, depleting almost every dollar we had in our savings account.

You can imagine my surprise when I received a flyer for the two incumbent councilmen which included among heir successes building a girls softball field and negotiating a 50% reduction in costs for the project. For these two gentlemen to take credit for something which they tried to stop from happening, and take pride in the fact that they forced us to pay almost every dollar we had to get this field done for our girls is disgusting. When you take into consideration that the council is almost 500,000 over budget this year, its even more insulting. Apparently they found lots of important things to spend money on, but a softball field for 7 and 8 year old girls wasnt one of them.

Tom Fitzsimmons and Joe Urbano are running for Borough Council this year and I urge you to vote for them and send a message to the people who played politics with a softball field for our kids. Again, I'm sorry for getting political, but this just made me so mad, I had to say something.

Jim Carney

Note: This is exactly how it appears in the email.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Matawan Borough Council Mtg Update

Borough Council met last night in what we believe is one of the shortest meetings ever. Why you ask, doesn't Matawan have business to conduct?Let's face it this Council has done nothing to reduce the deficit. They have increased spending with no end in sight.

Councilman Malley and Councilman Bunyon were conspiciously silent along with Councilman Cannon. The only Councilperson who ever voted against their spending is Councilwoman Linda Clifton. Councilman Mullaney in an attempt to play politics, asked Fred Carr, how much money will the Borough receive from Reinsurance? This was quite amusing as the Borough has received the bulk of money from Reinsurance and Councilman Mullaney is aware of that fact. If we knew just from attending meetings, why wouldn't a Councilman know? Unless, of course, he was making a feeble attempt at grandstanding and politicking. Sorry folks but the "strategic political move" was not to answer any questions. And playing politics is exactly what they did. As for us, we want answers! In the words of Jack Nicholson in the movie, "A Few Good Men" the Democrats must believe we can't handle the truth! Well we lived through the Korean Conflict, the Berlin Wall Crisis, Viet Nam and the two terrorists attack on the World Trade Center, we can handle your answers. That is, if you have any. Judging by last night you DO NOT.

After having to listen to their political rheotoric all year, this would have been as good a time as any to tell us what your plan will be and how it will affect us financially. Not once have we heard any of them address the Budget deficit. Even when the Mayor has consistently reminded them and offered his assistance and expertise.

Well, now that we have gotten that out of our system, let's share the Curfew information.
Halloween Curfew for persons under 16.
October 29 and 30, 2008 7:30pm to 5am
Please have a safe and Happy Halloween.
October 31, 2008 8:30pm to 5am

Coming soon - We have obtained a copy of the Contract between the firm representing Matawan in the capacity of Borough Attorney. This is to clarify to residents, where Mr. Aaron, Esq. is of late. It seems an associate has been attending Borough Council meetings.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Matawan Halloween Costume Parade

Stopped by the Community Center on Sunday for Matawan's Recreation Commission Halloween Costume Party. The children all looked so cute. Extremely disappointed, other than the Mayor, Recreation Director Joe Altomonte and the two newly appointed members, there was no one else from Recreation or the Council there. Please forgive the oversight, we have forgotten the new members names.

Kudos to the Matawan Fire Department for participating. Thank you all for caring enough for our children to take time from your busy day to attend.

Wanted: Wizard to Cut the Budget in Matawan


Don't get too excited as previously reported it is a limited Agenda.

Under New Business:
Resolution 08-10-15 - 2008 Halloween - Set Curfew
Resolution 08-10-20 - Stipulation of Settlement

Resolution 08-10-19 - Payment of Bills

There will be "Privilege of the Floor." Let's see if we get answers or political rhetoric.

Hope to see you there......

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Notable Blogs

There are several blogs who have recently discussed the problems in Matawan. Interested in a different prospective with the same message as the Matawan Advocate check them out. They are Aberdeener, Honest Abe, MoreMonmouthMusings and Voice of Reason.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Matawan Democrats-Believe it or Not

Received a Democratic flyer in the mail today. Needless to say we compare it to the "Twilight Zone."

Based on their flyer, can anyone explain how they are saving us money? All we want to know is how did they manage to overspend to the tune of $500,000? Please don't blame it on previous administrations. Don't recall Matawan every having to borrow money to pay bills this year from next years Budget. Oops, we almost forget they did the same thing last year.

It is amazing how they can distort the facts and try to make you believe any of their little starbursts. Funny they should use Starbursts, it reminds us of Starbursts candy. With Halloween coming, it is more of a trick than a treat!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Borough Council rescheduled for Tues. 10/28/08 at 6:30

Run don't walk to the rescheduled Borough Council meeting on Tues., October 28, 2008 at 6:30pm. From what we hear if you don't get there quick you will miss the meeting. We understand it will be a limited Agenda.
Changing the time to 6:30pm also doesn't allow many people who work to attend. Good political strategy on the part of the Democrats. Newspapers can't publish any information on the Budget deficit or what residents have to say at the meeting on such short notice.
When the Agenda becomes available we will let you know.

See you there......

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Matawan Borough Council Mtg CANCELLED

Much like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned to the ground, the Matawan Borough Council meeting for tonight was cancelled. Just before the election, does that speak loudly on the position of the Democrats. Residents want answers, not mealy mouthed politicians who run for cover when it comes time to give answers.

In the words of Harry S. Truman, former President of the US, and a Democrat, "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN."

Were they afraid to answer questions on the Budget deficit, what will happen to the residents of Mill Road and their sewage problems, what about spending the money for new Park signs, what about the Borough employees raises, what about the 2008 Road Program bonding for 1.3 Million, were they unable to justify paying for all those political signs in Matawan and surrounding areas. So they are not able to answer the tough questions. Yet these same people want us to vote to keep them in office. We want people who can take the heat and people who are not afraid to justify their positions, not run away.

Remember the cowardly acts of cancelling this meeting when you go to the polls on Election Day. Keep in mind vote for the person, not the party. Most of all, GET OUT AND VOTE.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Matawan Ladies Auxillary First Aid Bus Trip

We have been requested to publish this to help the First Aid Squad. Pleased to help.

Matawan Ladies Auxillary First Aid Bus Trip to Trump Plaza is on Sunday, October 26. 2008. Bus leaves Matawan Railroad Parking Lot at 8:45am Sharp. Donation: $25.00 - Receive: $25.00 back in coins and $5.00 Food Coupon.

For information and ticket sales please contact:
Theresa 732 566 8643.

Proceeds go directly to the Matawan First Aid Squad.

Matawan Borough Council Mtg 10/21 @ 7:30pm

Tuesday's meeting of the Borough Council is interesting. First on the Agenda will be a discussion on the Mill Road Sewers.

This is an item that should have been resolved a long time ago. The Council is still talking, talking, talking. The Mayor has pushed them to make a decision and give the family that has raw sewerage backing up into their home relief. That is what this is all about. Now if this Council can't make a decision when raw sewerage is coming into a homeowner's residence, then how can we expect them to make any serious decisions on anything!

That brings us to another item. Resolution 08-10-17 Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to pay $4,750. to Signs by J.K. for the fabrication and installation of Signs for Terhune Park, Clinton Street Park, Gravelly Brook Park, Freneau Park and Ravine Drive Park according to a proposal #317 dated August 28, 2008.

Kinda of reminds us of Nero fiddling while Rome burns to the ground! With a deficit of $500,000 and growing what does our Council decide to do.......why vote on a resolution for signs for the Parks in Matawan. Guess Councilman Mullaney, Councilman Malley and Councilman Bunyon thinks this is more important than trying to cut the Budget costs. The signs are beautiful and a welcome addition to Matawan. However, wish the Council could move this quick to make Budget cuts.

Wonder if Signs by J.K. made all those huge political signs we see all over Matawan? Just wondering.....

Speaking of Budget items, Ordinance 08-17 will be introduced tonight. This Ordinance pertains to Fix and Determine the Salaries and Wages of Officiers, Management, Supervisory Personnel and General Employees not Represented by an Organized Bargaining Unit and Employed by the Borough of Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

How can you say no to the Borough employees after the Borough Council has given others benefits, perks or raises?

We are anxious to hear what the Council has to say tonight. Expect a whole lot of political BS tonight.

Hope to see you there.....

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fitzsimmons & Urbano Signs

Anyone wishing to have a sign endorsing Fitzsimmons & Urbano for Borough Council, please contact us through Your name and address will be passed on to the proper parties. All information will be kept confidential and will be shred afterward.

With the looming deficit approaching $500,000., it is absurd Matawan residents are paying to remove Malley/Bunyon signs from Borough and County properties. Need we say more about the lack of accountability.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Check out the Blogger, Voice of Reason

Barry Goldwater, Blogger for "Voice of Reason" has an excellent blog on Matawan Democrats. Finally, others noticed there has been no accountability in Matawan under the Democratic majority. Yes, Barry, it is time for Council members, who care about Matawan and not their "personal" agendas. We also support Joe Urbano and Tom Fitzimmons for Borough Council. They are the best people for the job.

Matawan Borough Workshop Meeting 9-15 @ 7pm

Tonight's Workshop meeting will have on the Agenda:

The following items are under:

1.Mill Road Sewer
2.Road Program 2008
a. Park Use Penalty
b. Refund of Matawan Day Fees
c. Revision to existing ordinance
d. Trust Account
e. Review Resolution for Gravelly Brook Payment
f. AAU Basketball Use of MMCC

4. Budget Status 2008

5. Police Department
a. Special Class I Police Officers - Hiring
b. Towing Ordinance

6. Construction Department
a. P/T Electrical Inspector - Hiring

7. General
a. Ordinance revision regarding waste pick up
b. Opposing the Third Round COAH Regulations
c. 4 Day Work week
d Sale of Property on Little Street

5. Public Comment

Two items of interest are the 2008 Budget and 2008 Road Program.

Interested in hearing the Council's plan for the deficit. Where will get the money which is approaching $500,000+/-.

Opposed to the expanded 2008 Road Program at this time. Interested in costs of same to the taxpayer. Under the current financial circumstances Nationwide, the fact NJ State, several NJ Counties and NYC (which has a much larger tax base) are all cutting back on their Road Program due to the high cost of asphalt. Again what will the cost to taxpayers be and can taxpayers afford any increase in taxes.

The Democratic majority Council has already passed the Highest Tax Rate Increases of 26% from 2006-2008. And Bunyon and Malley want us to vote to keep them on Council? Do they think we are stupid or crazy?

Hope to see you at the meeting.....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We are not alone

As a long time fan of the blog, the Aberdeener, we were reading under the title, "Property Revals Redux" comments on Matawan. It is refreshing to read others are aware of the nonsense going on in Matawan. Aberdeen will be going through Revaluations as Matawan has and the residents are concerned.

If you have a minute check out the Aberdeener Blog on Google.

Update to Borough Council Meeting 10/08

Yes, Matawan is over its head in debt and sinking....Matawan had to borrow from the 2009 Budget to pay October 2008 bills. No accountability. The very same people who would have you believe they were instrumental in resolving the Silver Oaks v. Matawan lawsuit (per their political propaganda) Bunyon & Malley along with Cannon, Mendes & Mullaney voted yes to the Emergency Resolution in the amount of $160,000. If they managed the money responsibly and stopped the spending this situation could have been avoided. The only no vote came from Councilwoman Clifton who prefaced her vote by stating the Mayor has repeatedly asked the Council to cut the spending to no avail. The Mayor advised residents that this is the first of several loans Matawan will be making to pay bills. The deficit is rapidly approaching $400,000.+ Hey what did you expect from the current Council. The poor Mayor has been telling them to cut the Budget and now his warnings to the Council have come to fruition. Matawan ran out of money! This is the second year in a row. Yeah, vote for Bunyon and Malley and see how much more debt and taxes they can put on taxpayers!

Privilege of the Floor - Former Councilwoman Donna Gould asked what Councilman Bunyon did to lead the Redevelopment Committee out of litigation as stated in the Bunyon/Malley political flyer. Well, Councilman Mullaney stated that Bunyon's wife is an attorney. What was Mullaney implying Bunyon discussed this matter with his wife? Still haven't gotten the connection. But we know B.S. when we hear it. According to the flyer, an inexperienced appointed Councilman Bunyon and Councilman Malley singlehandly lead the Redevelopment Committee out of litigation. If you believe this story they have one of those "big" political signs to put in front of your house. Apparently, Mullaney, Cannon, Mendes, don't believe it either as they don't have any of those big signs in front of their houses. Guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander! Now don't the residents who allowed them to put up those "big" signs in front of their homes feel used.

Residents from Lakeside Drive complained to the Council regarding a neighbor who allegedly violating building rules and regulations. They brought photos for the Council's review.These same residents have come to several meetings asking for the Council's explanation. Councilman Mullaney, Chairman of Public Works, Streets, Roads, Buildings Grounds and Property Maintenance was strangely silent. No assistance or explanation from Mullaney was given.

Mullaney did report the amount of building permits issued and the amount collected by the Building Department during his Report to Council.

Recreation Report - Councilman Bunyon thanked the Mayor for appointing two new members to the Recreation Committee. We wish them the best of luck.

Engineering Report - Borough Engineer, Bill White of Maser Consulting, reported that the bids for the 2008 Road Program will be discussed at the Workshop meeting. The Council will be bonding for the remainder of the money needed to pay for the expanded Road Program. The question is with the current financial climate, will Matawan be able to get bonding?

Old Business - Resolution 08-09-42 Approving Funds for Emergency Gravelly Brook Park. POSTPONED. There is a discrepancy as to who declared this emergency as the Council did not authorize the funding. Councilman Mullaney had stated Anthony Bucco declared it was an emergency. Mayor Buccellato disagreed saying he spoke with Mr. Bucco and Mr. Bucco denied it. This kind of nonsense delays progress in Matawan. It appears one of the lamp posts at Gravelly Brook Park fell down almost hitting a visitor to the park. Somehow all the lamp posts were taken down, the holes filled in (safety issue.) Now here is where it gets confusing Councilman Mullaney at a Council meeting stated that he and Chief Alston, at no cost to the Borough, saved the Borough money by having all the lamp posts removed. Confused yet? We were....Now the Borough receives bills totalling $1900+/-. are you still there......the way we see it one (1) lamp post fell down and had to be removed. We have yet to find out who authorized the taking down of all the remaining lamp posts. You see spending taxpayer dollars must be a decision reached by the entire Council, not one member. One pole falling would constitute an emergency, removing all is not. We should learn more at the Workshop meeting.

New Business - Resolution Authorizing the Borough of Matawan Police Dept to Hire a Class II Special Police Officer. This Resolution received a unanimous yes vote. It was explained by Councilman Mendes, Councilman Malley and Councilman Mullaney that the hiring of a Special Police Officer will save the Borough money. The use of a Special will be cheaper than paying for a Police Officer.

Payment of Bills - Councilman Mendes, Chairman of Public Safety, Police, Fire & First Aid abstained from voting to pay the bill from his family owned business, Key Auto Body. Kudos to Councilman Mendes for abstaining. The question remains is it appropriate for the Chairman of the Public Safety Commission's family business to perform work for the Borough or should the work go out for bid?

At this time of financial crisis with stockss falling, 401Ks sinking, business closings and foreclosures rising, wish we had some positive, happy news in Matawan. Guess when you hit bottom the only way is up.

Hope to see you at the next Borough Workshop meeting....

Monday, October 6, 2008

Matawan Borough Council Mtg 10-7 at 7:30pm

There will be a very important Council meeting Tues., Oct. 7th at 7:30pm. If you have never gone to a Borough Council meeting this is the one you don't want to miss. On the Agenda is a Matawan FIRST! The Borough Council will be voting under New Business, Resolution 08-10-10 Emergency Resolution-Insurance/Employee Group Health, Utilities & Street Lighting. It is a so-called emergency resolution because this Council has to borrow from the 2009 Budget to pay bills for 2008. Councilmen Bunyon, Cannon, Malley, Mendes and Mullaney, what the hell are you doing to Matawan? This is only October and you have to start borrowing from next year's Budget! No Accountability. No Planning. No Solution. Why isn't all of Matawan outraged by these actions.
Perhaps instead of planting those "big" signs all over Matawan you should have worked on the 2008 Budget deficit in order to prevent the 2009 DEFICIT. Oh my God, what innovative thinking! Let's us see if we have this right. Malley and Bunyon (Mullaney's men) wants us to vote to keep them on the Borough Council. The same two who along with Cannon, Mendes and Mullaney who put us at a deficit two years in a row. No thank you!
Speaking of those "big signs," has anyone else connected the dots.....just who has those big signs on Main St., let's see the Doctor, Physical Therapists and Vic Scudiery's parking lot. Get the connection all surround Vic Scudiery who just happens to sit on the Board of a local hospital along with, you guessed it, none other than Councilman Buddy Mullaney. The same Vic Scudiery who is Chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Party. The same Vic Scudiery who gave $8500 to Mary Aufseeser unsuccessful attempt for re-election. Well Mr. Scudiery you couldn't buy Matawan then and with any luck you won't be able to buy Matawan now.
Well folks hope to see you at the meeting.....either way we will report back on the goings on.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Matawan Train Station

The Matawan Train Station receives a new coat of paint. The workers started priming the historical building today. Can't wait to see the end result.
It will be great to see the old Train Station brought back to its former glory.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Well folks Election Time in Matawan is here. Matawan's Planning & Zoning Board has failed us. It has been a year since the last Borough election and less than a year since the Special Election. Last year everyone was appalled to see the size of the political signs. People complained about Main St being inundated with signs to the point of looking trashy. People complained about businesses displaying "big" signs. People complained about the resident who had one of those "big" signs on their lawn with lights. We agree, the signs are an eyesore. People have already made up their minds by election day and chances are they will not have a last minute epiphany and change their minds.

Call us dreamers, but we were ever hopeful the Matawan Planning & Zoning Board would implement a sign ordinance outlining the size of political signs. As a matter of fact it would be a good idea for the sake of continuity to have guidelines for all signage. Signage should include banning those stupid little advertisement signs stuck into the grass.

Without mentioning parties, you would think the "party" that lined the Main Street strip mall with political signs the day of the special election and had "BIG" signs all over the Borough have learned that "Bigger isn't always better!" They lost the Mayoral election in spite of their attempt to "brain wash" us to voting for their candidate.

We must consider the candidates on their merits and not the amount or size of their political signs.

As we have seen in the Mayoral election, every vote counts. Let's not forget to get out and vote.

To answer our own question, Bigger Isn't Always Better!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


With all the web sites, didn't anyone look into the probability of rain?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

$ Matawan Having Difficulty Staying in the Green $

It ain't easy staying in the green!

"The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect"
-Sam Ewing

A story in today's Independent by Erin Stattel, reports on the outrage of the residents of Matawan following receipt of their revaluation tax notices. This revaluation was done by Monmouth County, not Matawan Borough. Need we remind you the Democrats held off mailing information out until after the election last year. Wonder what they have up their sleeves this year?

Mayor Buccellato stated he has been telling the Council, since he took office to cut the Budget only to be ignored by the Democratic majority. He requested about a month ago that all Department Heads consider a 10% cut in their Budgets. This would be in addition to previous cuts requested the beginning of the year.

Councilman Mike Cannon, Chairperson of Finance, reported the Council is waiting for the Road Program bids to come in to make a decision as to whether or not continue with the entire project. Helllllllllllllllllllllllo, over $300,000. has already been spent on engineering costs for this project. Now if the leftover amount from the previous Road Program was $700,000. and we have already spent $300,000. of that money, that leaves us with $400,000. Not being an Einstein when it comes to math, even we can figure that out. So what are we going to get done for $400,000. Well that is when Bonding comes in. Should they go forward with Bonding we can look forward to higher taxes next year from the Municipality. BUT, it sounds like the Council is reconsidering. Per Councilman Cannon, the borough is trying to "hang in there till Nov. l." Isn't that saying we have a problem. Call me crazy but if the heating budget has been depleted, the gasoline budget depleted, the medical, we all know, is a negative $400,000. What happens if there are no line items to cover all of these Budget items? Where do they get the money for their political moves (this is an election year) that begun in Jan. with politicking and spending like drunken pirates. No offense to pirates intended. OK let's be optimistic, did we say that? Let's say the Borough receives $200,000. in insurance money owed to the Borough, that's $200,000. from $400,000. that leaves us with $200,000. deficit, not counting the heating overage, gasoline overage. Just don't see how they can make up such a large deficit. So what we have to look forward to is starting 2009 with a deficit larger than last year. When will the Council learn? Will residents have to go to Borough Council meetings in outrage? This revaluation was no surprise, the surprise was when the majority party held off the mailing till after last year's election. The surprise was watching the Council give lip service to the residents, when this same Council was insisting on increasing the Road Program, spent unauthorized money for Gravelly Brook Park, spent money on attorneys, engineers, etc.

The Matawan Borough Council majority has done a disservice to the residents with their spending. Even with the obvious failings in the insurance and stock industries, they have not tried to curtail their spending until the 11th hour. Even at the 11th hour they are still attempting to spend money on non-essentials. Matawan, its residents, demand better, we deserve better.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Public Hearing on Toll Hikes

Be There to Stop the Hikes

Several months ago, you and I stopped Governor Corzine's $38 Billion borrowing and toll hike scheme, but the Trenton central planners just don’t like it when their plans to take more of your hard earned money go awry. Now, they are back with another toll hike scheme and they are trying to ram this one through without anyone noticing until it is too late.

Below is a schedule of public hearings on the toll hikes. The late notice is so people who oppose the new hikes won’t find out about the hearings in time. Everyone should attend any of these meetings that you can. Tell them that we don’t need a toll hike and that New Jersey taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for a tunnel that will benefit New York and not New Jerseyans.

BLACKWOOD: Tuesday, September 23 - 6 pm to 8 pm
Camden County Community College, 200 College Drive

WOODBRIDGE: Wednesday, September 24 - 9 am to Noon
Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 581 Main Street

ATLANTIC CITY: Wednesday, September 24 - 9 am to 11:30 am
Atlantic City Convention Center, One Miss America Way

PARAMUS: Wednesday, September 24 - Noon to 3 pm
Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road

DEPTFORD: Wednesday, September 24 - 1 pm to 3 pm
Municipal Building, 1011 Cooper Street"

The closest location for Matawan residents is Woodbridge. Don't let Corzine and his Democratic majority find another way to get our hard earned money.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Food for Thought

We are not the only ones who question no bid contracts to Engineering firms. Councilwoman Gallo of Aberdeen in a recent article in the Independent questioned Aberdeen's Council passing a Budget which contained a no bid engineering contract for CME.

After receiving comments asking why we keep "picking" on Maser Consulting, their fees and no bid contracts, we want to share our thoughts. It is not Maser's fault that our Borough Council are awarding them work. Our Borough had begun 2008 in the red for $125,000 in medical alone and now we are dealing with a deficit of $400,000 in medical. No firm would turn down business. It is not Masers problem where the Borough gets the money, it is ours. For the record, we don't necessarily disagree that previous administrations have made mistakes. HOWEVER, this is 2008, and the economy people, the economy, is going through an undeclared recession. If firms such as Sherson Lehmann, AIG, and Merrill Lynch are paying the financial consequences for their actions, how the hell can the Matawan Borough Council justify their excessive spending. How can they justify salary increases, negotiations which meet all demands and no compromises, additional benefits outside collective bargaining agreements, creating further debt with attorney fees, engineering fees, making charitable contributions, equipment purchases, bonding, waiving fees for certain organization, etc? They can't say, WHO KNEW, as the Mayor has repeatedly asked for budget cuts from day one. We have all heard the Mayor reminding the Council prior to a vote to spend money, do they really want to make these commitments? We already know you can't pay this year's debts with next year's pay check. That does not apply to the Borough, they borrow from next year's Budget and pay this year's debts. Try telling the tax collector, I'll pay this year's tax bill from my next year pay check! History can help us prevent past errors , not serve as an excuse to continue to make them. As the kids say, "It is what it is." A prudent Borough majority Council would have acted accordingly. Not increase our debt.

Now for a solution. How does it sound if we establish a dollar amount, i.e., $50,000.+/- to be the amount which we allow no bid contracts to be awarded? Any amount over will be mandated to go out for bid. This will also allow the Borough Engineering firm, Borough Attorney, etc., an opportunity to bid for work outside of their agreement. The point being in these economic times how do we know $300,000. plus extras is the lowest price for the engineering work we required? It would also take the "pay to play" out of the equation. Had we kept to the original 2008 Road Program we would have utilized the money leftover and not incurred further debt.

If the anonymous commenter think it is a good thing to continue reminding us of the past, then how can we as a community move forward. If we all become complacent who will be the watchdogs for our Community Council. What we have noticed and were initially guilty of ourselves, is that people only attend Council meetings when they want something. Be it tocomplain about noise, dirty streets, tax increases, parking issues, etc. As soon as their issue is resolved they no longer attend. They never know what the Council is doing, either positive or negative, until they get their tax bill or election time when all candidates espouse to be the best thing that has ever happened to Matawan since sliced bread.
This November let's get to know our candidates a little better. Let's not believe everything we read in the local publications, but check it out for ourselves. Having attended Council meetings and then reading about it in the papers, we have often wondered if the press attended the same meeting. Let's not vote political party, but by the person running for office. Let's pick the best person for the job, not because he/she went to school with my cousin Sammy, or because he/she is my neighbor, or because you always vote one particular party, but because that person has a vision for Matawan, they don't owe any political party favors. but owe the people of Matawan good, clean government! Let's not believe all the campaign literature, as some of it is out and out lies and some is stretching the truth. Ask the tough questions, why haven't we cut back more on the Budget? Why did the Council increase the 2008 Road Program? If you are told it will only cost the taxpayers $30+/- each, ask why should it cost us at all? Why didn't they just use the leftover money as originally planned? Ask them if they received a $30 increase in pay, maybe you didn't. Why are they giving salary increases and not negotiating all agreements?

As it is a Presidential election year there will be more voters. Keep in mind the political party you chose to led the country, may or may not be the best for Matawan.

Let's be informed voters!