Who’s on first, anyway? T he events of the last week clearly demonstrated how fractured the all-GOP Holmdel Township Committee is. On the one hand, Committeeman Terence Wall was apparently enlisting the help of Sen. Majority Leader John O. Bennett (R-12) to stop the New Jersey Highway Authority from deciding on a proposal from the …

GUEST COLUMN County defends parking count at ferry terminals I would like to take this opportunity to expand upon my remarks in the March 1 Independent article. I stand by my remarks completely and believe it was an excellent article. I would ask anyone to carefully reread the entire article and each of my remarks. …

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 …

Residents thank Aberdeen officer for going beyond the call of duty This letter is to inform you of something very special that happened which makes us very proud to be residents of Aberdeen. Police officer Frank Maisano was following up on a complaint regarding middle of the night phone calls that turned out to be …

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 …