10 years is too long a wait for parking permit I want to offer some ideas on how to alleviate the severe parking shortage at the Aberdeen-Matawan train station where the waiting period for a parking permit in the Matawan portion of the facility is an incredible 10 years. The simplest action NJ Transit could …

County needs to define ‘parking spaces’ and ‘scurrilous’ charges Monmouth County’s Belford ferry project coordinator, Kevin Ganson, (in a March 6 letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) has characterized the opposition to the project by the Belford Citizens Association (BCA) as "scurrilous charges … by a singular opposition group of limited representation." Let’s …

Jewish War Veterans thanks law enforcement for arrest The Jewish War Veterans wishes to thank the Monmouth County law enforcement officers and officials whose criminal investigations led to the rapid arrest of the two men who desecrated the Congregation B’nai Israel synagogue in Rumson. The words "You must be taught to hate" from the show …

Parents must get involved before it’s too late If the shoe fits, wear it with either pride or shame. It is Tuesday night in suburbia. Many important things are going on. Both Matawan and Aberdeen have town council meetings. Perhaps you are an officer or member of a religious, civic, fraternal, benevolent, or charitable organization …

Holmdel is just getting a taste of its own medicine I read with interest your recent article titled, "Growing AT&T Traffic Worries Holmdel." It is ironic to hear Holmdel residents express concerns about Middletown building on its borders and creating additional traffic. I would hope that these same residents would join us Hazlet residents who …

Let’s work together to find an answer for siren The officers and members of the Allentown First Aid Squad want the public to know how important we believe the use of an emergency alerting siren is. Our radio pagers are a very effective first line of communication to alert our members of an emergency. Pagers …

Parent demands superintendent’s resignation Joseph P. McAleer II I have been an outspoken critic of Matawan-Aberdeen Schools Superintendent Michael Klavon for some time, so naturally when I see a full page article wherein Klavon takes issue with the state of New Jersey school assessment test results, I pay close attention. As I read the article …

RR problem won’t go away T his week’s Independent contains no fewer than three stories about our local train stations. Two deal with problems that are near and dear to the hearts of the many residents who commute to Manhattan and have to fight daily for a train station parking spot and/or are at the …

Newcomers think they have all the answers While I live with my daughter now, I watch closely the goings-on in Aberdeen and Matawan. I have lived in this area for over 25 years and have seen the likes of Mr. Adam Puharic before. He, as others before him, starts with one topic and because he …

Women’s center offers help to survivors of domestic violence Who would believe it? The multimillionaire who had his pick of eligible women was reported to have a restraining order issued against him because he threatened to kill his former girlfriend and had hit her. More than 22 million people reportedly turned on their television sets …