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What Would You Improve in East Brunswick in 2013?

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 2013?

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Myrna December 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Return to twice weekly garbage collection year-round. The tax money saved by individual homeowners with the new system in place is negligible considering the inconvenience.
Myrna December 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
We were at the recycling center one Saturday to drop off an old tv. There was NOBODY there from the township to check id, answer questions, or anything else. Not at all what I'd expected. We drove around until we saw an area where tvs had been left...saw a bunch on the ground around a large container that was full. We figured that must be where they want them, so we left ours there. Nobody checked our address or anything else.
Liti Haramaty December 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Trader Joes will be approched again when this facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TraderJoesInEastBrunswick combined with this petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/trader-joes-in-east-brunswick/ reach 1,000 'likes' and signatures.
Liti Haramaty December 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Trader Joes will be approched again when this facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TraderJoesInEastBrunswick combined with this petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/trader-joes-in-east-brunswick/ reach 1,000 'likes' and signatures.
charlie December 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I would see whats holding up that White Castle restaurant. It was approved last summer. Thank you.
Norman December 27, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Great idea Robert. I also see lots of dumping when I go there and I am sure these are commercial guys doing it, not just your average EB resident.
Jan December 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree. It is almost impossible for people who work to bring their garbage to the recycling center, nor should we have to do so. I would gladly pay the additional money to have regular garbage pickup twice weekly again. After all, our taxes are ridiculously high anyway.
Jan December 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I would like to see township offices offer services during hours that do not inconvenience people who work. As it stands, parents can't even attend parent teacher conferences unless they take a day off of work. Other towns offer extended hours on certain days of the week for township offices and at least 1 evening parent teacher conference a year.
Carrie December 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Make Racetrack and Arthur 1 way streets. Eliminate the W-Ferris, Woodland, and Movie City, traffic lights. Have buses only stop on Route 18 pull off areas. Again, have buses only stop in pull off areas. Have homeowners bag all property leaves off the street, or eliminate township pick up of leaves all together. It is ridiculous having a 2 lane street squeezed into one lane because of cheap neighbors pushing their leaves in the street.
Jill December 28, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Would love to see a Whole Foods and Traders Joe's. I think we need a recreational center. Teenagers are an at-risk population and they need someplace to go besides the mall.
catherine December 28, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I would like to see a left-hand-turn being allowed to be made from Tices Lane onto Route 18 finally! Other roads on Route 18 have this and it has been promised time and again! The traffic camera I would leave there after much thought, as many drivers still run through the red light...and the extra penalty they pay there is worth it!
Paul F December 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I wouldn't change a thing. I can happily get my white castle sliders, head to the first Bong shop to grab a bong, then head to the other shop, maybe grab a pipe. Then I'd stop by Tilted Kilt for a beer, maybe head back to Hooter's for another... Seriously though, enough whining about trader joes, whole foods. Waaaa waaa.. It's not happening. Someone step up to the plate and open their own organic food store, since there are clearly thousands of residents just begging for one. Should be a home run. I just wish my property would be worth something again, so I can sell it and move.
michael donovan December 28, 2012 at 08:10 PM
i think everyone agrees to a wegman's..almost evryone...how come the mayor and the board have'nt giving any good reason's why a wegman's does'nt come to east brunswick....as tax payers of the town ,i thought our money was suppose to be spent the way most people see fit....i guess as usual trying to know or finding out the truth is the impossible....(just like the savings on the garbage collection,you can see the seperation of garbage is no more,they throw all the recyclables in one truck ,together ,all mixed up......is this because of a better facility now or just a cheap fix and you wind up paying the same thing as you did before on your garbage collection by the time they are down seperating it on the other end)..who knows...
michael donovan December 28, 2012 at 08:12 PM
are we really saving,and at what cost..
Liti Haramaty December 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Trader Joes gave two reasons for not opening in EB - one was that we are not the demographic they are looking for (look where they do open - Princetone, Westfield), the other, that they only open in densely populated area (nonsense, since our area is more populated than the Princeton area).
John S December 29, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Agree with you on this one Francis. See the JANET S comment below.....
John S December 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
.. at least extend the hours to 6 pm or something like that... This place needs to feel priveleged that people are actully willing to BRING IN THEIR OWN STUFF instead of EXPECTING someone to always cart it away. Bravo East Brunswick!! but get with the times.. Current hours are truly NOT convenient.
John S December 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM
GAIL... Y E S so many of us feel the same! like what is going on here?? I moved here over 20 years ago from Plainfield looking for a real decent place to bring up our daughter, and in doing research into our school system, I thought I had found the place. But with recent, shall I put it mildly, TYPES OF RETAIL STORES, planned to go up near Tices lane ( ahemm), I am not so sure any more.....
John S December 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Go sign the petition that Liti Haramaty has put forth above and lets all get involved here... or try to join the town council to turn some of this stuff around.... Your suggestion is great! LETS GO ! Lets get them in here!!
John S December 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Y E S Jean VITTA YES !! and what about all those 3-foot diameter logs , stumps, branches and the like from Hurricane Sandy?? Isnt it bad enough that we had to be literally and TRULY CRUSHED by that horrific storm, but why do we have to tolerate the bitter, heartbreaking reminder of it each and every day when it is sitting in oir front yards?? Someone needs to step up the action in the ""Sandy-cleanup-the- trees"" efforts and GIVE SOME FOLKS SOME JOBS !!!!
Jean Vitta December 29, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I would love to see either one but, unfortunately, it is a done deal with jm eb urban renewal, llc and Walmart.
Liti Haramaty December 29, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Here is a link to the letter from Trader Joes: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552949_294843273920675_1351395024_n.jpg. It's from 2004, before they opened in Princeton, a less densely populated area than our area. In that area, along less than 2 miles along rt. 1 there are: Walmart, Kmart, Wegmans, Wholefoods and Trader Joes. So having a Walmart near by is not going to be the reason for other chains to not open. The conduct market research and make decision based on that. No one in the town's administration can change that. A year or two after I got the letter from TJ, a TJ representative said during a phone conversation that 'East Brunswick is not the demographic TJ is looking for'.
Myrna December 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Security cameras are not the answer. When we dropped off a big tv, our son was visiting from Massachusetts, and he drove it over in his van. I made a point of going along because I figured we'd need proof of residency in East Brunswick to use the facility. Much to my surprise, nobody was there in an official capacity. And it was a Saturday.
Christopher December 29, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I can think of several reasons why Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, would pass on East Brunswick. For one, they probably cannot count on the bordering towns' residents becoming big fans of their stores -- Milltown, South River, New Brunswick, etc. -- I can't see many of these residents flocking to a store to pay top dollar for organic goods. These are people on a far more limited budget than many of you are most likely, and frankly I doubt things like organic goods would even appeal to them even if they did have more cash to spend. Likewise, East Brunswick has a high percentage of senior citizens and other residents that also live on a strict budget. Before the glut of affordable condos came to town a couple of decades ago, you probably had a better balance of lower middle / upper middle class residents. But demographics have changed. Look no further than the list of stores that were in town 20-25 years ago to the list of stores that are here now. It's no surprise Wal-Mart can't wait to move in. They're gonna make a killing. I agree, it's all a shame. But this isn't a slide that's likely going to reverse itself any time soon, if ever.
Liti Haramaty December 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
For those looking for organic food - Walmart sells more organic food than any other retailer in the world.
Christopher December 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Don't worry, things will get better. With the inevitable legalization of marijuana coming soon, we'll all be thankful to have a bong shop and White Castle so close to home.
John Romano January 01, 2013 at 09:26 PM
People...you need to seriously stop beating the dead horse! Wegmans, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's ....have ZERO interest in this town. It has ZERO to do with who screams the loudest, who has the most Facebook 'likes", or 'population density'. It has to do with the 'density' of people's wallets and bank accounts. East Brunswick is an 'island' of moderately higher median income ...surrounded by towns with significantly lower incomes. Their collective populous outnumbers that of East Brunswick ...and that is what retail store planners look at. Trust me, I've done retail construction, store planning, and investigative real estate "potential-site" studies for 30 years. And, having a Walmart in this town WILL impact the possibility of the aforementioned stores even looking here, because their larger potential consumer base is one that has lower over-all income and will be drawn to there.
Vladislav January 04, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I moved to EB a year ago from Brooklyn. I love it here. EB has issues, and you'll see, I don't have many complains so far (see last paragraph)... What I enjoy seeing in this town, is a willingness of residents to take actions. There is a sense of a community here that I've never experienced before, even living in the USSR ;o) Even on the road, I don't have an urge to speed, or to cut or honk at another driver who didn't use a signal changing lane. When we moved (family of 4), we quickly adopted: stores are plenty and a selection of organic, non-GMO produce keeps our vegan family happy enough. TJ would be a big + but... it's their loss. Hooters, Twisted Kilt and such are like a blemish on the city's overall appeal. I'd rather see the space they occupy being used by other businesses. But it keeps good parents aware, and promotes them to a necessary conversations with their teens. Garbage pick-ups are awesome, but neighbor's participation with the leaf collection would eliminate necessity to use heavy force (which was probably delayed due to Sandy). What would be nice is to see a wider selection of inet providers (ComCast is getting costly). I would like to know that my kids will have a priority when they try to find a summer job in EB. Lastly, EBPatch should be more active in promoting conversations such as this one. It should also introduce itself to a new residents via mail (I knew about EBP from a neighbor, I'm sure most residents don't even know about EBP).
charlie January 15, 2013 at 05:18 AM
I would build another flea market. It could be in one of othe empty large stores already on route 18. We all miss it. The other one closed about 5 years ago, and for nothing . There are none close by anymore. Thank you
charlie January 15, 2013 at 05:24 AM
When is the White Castle going to start construction. Does anyone know? It was approved last summer. Thank you

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