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What Would You Improve in East Brunswick in 2014?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for East Brunswick, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in East Brunswick to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your East Brunswick wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2014?

Tell us in the comment section below or write blog about it by clicking here.

Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Limit the RT 18 speed to 35 MPH (It shouldn't be a state highway if the roadway doesn't have a shoulder for emergencies/breakdowns.)
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Open the police target range to all township residents who have legal handguns.
Norman January 02, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Since we already have enough burger joints..Smash, McDs, BK & soon to be open WCastle, and 4 all you can force feed yourself buffets, a couple of fried chicken shacks, not sure how many pizza places, a smattering of Indian & Kabob emporiums, bong shops, and how can we leave out our 2 drinking establishments that feature nubile co-ed servers,...what we need....what we REALLY NEED IS ..a toss up between a Magic Restroom Cafe http://www.ohgizmo.com/2013/10/24/magic-restroom-cafe-offers-up-a-poop-themed-menu/ and this Body Sushi Place... http://www.trutv.com/dumb_as_a_blog/gallery/15-dumbest-places-to-eat.html?curPhoto=nyotaimori
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 12:23 PM
E.B Police should be permitted to cite homeowners who keep "junked" cars in their driveways/front yards. Also, EBP should be permitted to tow away broken down vehicles (w/ flattened tires) from township streets.............. Junked cars do nothing for property values or neighborhood appearance!
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 04:22 PM
East Brunswick ordinance allowing confiscation and public auction of abandoned/foreclosed properties that are not maintained by owners/or financial title holders. Abandoned neighborhood properties with kicked-in garage doors and unmaintained yards should be auctioned to highest bidder---regardless of who/what currently holds property title.
Janet B January 02, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Wow. Unmaintained yards already get billed, liened, and potentially auctioned... what did you have in mind and who judges this?
Christopher January 02, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Route 18 - 35mph. LOL. Have another drink, Jake.
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 08:47 PM
So who gets billed when the house is abandoned? Come to Rambling Hills and tell me who's paying the fines. I think some might even be in the possession of the State of NJ
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 08:48 PM
In an effort to save money, Rt 18 was converted from 2 lanes to 3 lanes by removing the shoulder. I guess you don't remember this Christopher..............How many years have you lived in E.B.?
Janet B January 02, 2014 at 08:55 PM
So no one gets billed because the cops are too busy giving out bogus speeding tickets, I guess. They're not getting street lights fixed, I know that!
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Re: Abandoned Properties----As I proposed above, auction off the properties...........after 6 months . Speeding tickets are another topic..............I just don't like seeing buildings with kicked-in doors that are obviously abandoned. The township should confiscate these properties, auction them off, and use the revenue to reduce taxes.
Jacob Blues January 02, 2014 at 09:20 PM
BTW---45 MPH on Rt 18, Southbound Hilton to Macy's is 5.13 minutes. 35 MPH on Rt 18 Southbound Hilton to Macy's is 6.85 minutes. Is approximately 100 seconds of travel time really that important to highway drivers through East Brunswick?
David January 03, 2014 at 02:25 AM
"Dump the bogus 30MPH on Dunhams Corner Road!" AGREED! Although the situation is very unfortunate...it's 2014. Walking on a busy road to go to religious services in this day in and age in the most highly populated state is crazy. With all the distractions drivers have these days I would be walking through peoples yards.
Fred January 03, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Lower taxes cut cut cut school budget
Andrew Hickey January 03, 2014 at 07:04 AM
A Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and 100% Fios availability so we can drop comcast.
rich a January 03, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Id start with the snow plow trucks actually lowering their plow blade when making the ONLY trip down my street. Do I get a tax break since im gonna have to shovel my entire street ?
JUNE ADAMCHUK January 03, 2014 at 05:08 PM
How about NO MORE ODOR coming from the dump!!I'm a new E.B. resident and I just adore my new home, neighborhood, town etc., but on those days were I smell "that" stench I only pray that it will not get any worse!! And I believe that long time residents don't even smell it anymore or have become very lax in calling the town to report it. I wish for 2014 that E.B. will close the dump!! Perhaps our property values will rise!!
Josey Wales January 03, 2014 at 08:08 PM
David: Drivers aren't supposed to get distracted. Perhaps drivers should be tested for A.D.D.? People living in the neighborhood must walk to religious services because its the Sabbath.
Janet B January 03, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Yes, it was a distracted driver, not a speeding one, that killed those poor people.
Josey Wales January 03, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Actually, I heard it was a driver who was trying to beat the traffic light. Is that so? If so, was the driver distracted or just impatient?
Janet B January 03, 2014 at 11:18 PM
The newspapers said her loose dog went "beserk" right before she lost control of the vehicle. Illegal, but no charges filed, apparently.
Christopher January 04, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Janet B, you are 100% correct.
Christopher January 04, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Jacob - Yes, 100 seconds per trip up and down 18 every day is enough of my valuable time that I would never support a speed reduction. I think it should be at least 50 mph on 18. I'm not a fan of dumbing everything down because of a few bad apples - case in point, Dunhams Corner Road.
Jacob Blues January 04, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Crisopher---Are u a taxi driver? I have driven on Rt. 18 to work at Piscataway for 38 years. 100 seconds has never been that significant an amount of time, when you consider that getting through traffic at Tower Center can take 30 minutes.
Christopher January 04, 2014 at 03:31 PM
We can agree to disagree on that. I prefer to get where I need to go as quickly as possible and don't need anyone slowing me down. 18 is a major roadway. It makes no sense to reduce the speed limit on it.
Wwe Tensai January 04, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Paint over the graffiti on the traffic light control box on Tices at Harts Lane. Its been there for at least a year.
John Romano January 06, 2014 at 01:18 PM
....to expand on some of the above comments: ....now that ALL the elections are over ...restore the proper speed limit to Dunhams Corners Rd. Let's call it (the speed reduction) what it was ...nothing more than political pandering. It amazes me how many other streets, ...Milltown Rd. (Rte 18 to Ryders Lane) for example, ...traverse a higher density residential area density area ....have no curbs for property or pedestrian protection, have more unregulated intersections ...and yet, have a higher speed limit (40 or 45 mph). Why is that? Because no one has been seriously injured or died in an accident? (the intersection of Milltown Rd & Farms Rd is notorious for accidents) Or was it because "someone" saw an opportunity to secure votes?
Christopher January 06, 2014 at 10:26 PM
I agree, John. I don't even think the EBPD wants to enforce the ridiculous speed limit on Dunhams Corner Road, but reversing an idiot decision like this I have to think is next to impossible. Not sure if anyone's noticed, but this reduction in speed on DCR has moved traffic to Cranbury Road, and Cranbury Road is now a speedway. With two lanes to weave in and out of, people zip in and around everyone else at like 60 MPH. And that would be fine if the Cranbury Road lights weren't so poorly timed. Anyway, Stahl got the votes he wanted. Now let's put it back to 45 MPH. I rarely see anyone obey the speed limit anyway, so why continue playing this game?
Josey Wales January 10, 2014 at 04:32 PM
David: Your comment was: "Walking on a busy road to go to religious services in this day and age in the most highly populated state is crazy." To that comment, I disagree. I have not heard that religous beliefs were the basis for a speed limit reduction on Dunhams Corner road, but I have heard that a dog went berserk in someone's car and that the dog was responsible for people getting killed on that road. I'd like to hear the dog's side of the story! I have had people pull-out in front of me from Farms Road at the Milltown Road intersection on Christmas Eve.........That subject has nothing to do with the discussion of speed limit on Dunhams Corner road............so why bring it up? Yes, the town is crowded..........traffic has increased (traffic is the number of vehicles on a roadway); traffic is not the speed that those vehicles are traveling. Traffic will continue to build in East Brunswick as people move into the area............ I believe less traffic can be found in PA...............perhaps quicker driving can be done there.
David January 11, 2014 at 01:16 PM
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