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Keyport, NJ

Fireman's fair starts Monday in Keyport

It works like this, the ride vendor comes with certain vendors that travel with them (johnny zepole, etc). Under contractual agreement those who hire this ride vendor agree that they will not have duplicate retailers of the same foods. This has nothing to do with the Fire Dept. and it is not unique to any one ride group,all ride groups travel with certain food vendors. Anyone can sell foods that do not compete with foods already on the fairgrounds. For years we had Big Harley's BBQ (local guy.  (Jul 26, 2012 | post #6)

Keyport, NJ

Keyport School District Resignations

As a product of the Keyport School System from the late 80s I can speak only of my experience and where I am today. Keyport was even then not held in high regard when compared to other towns educational systems in the surrounding area. We were always behind in math, reading etc. When computers became of age we were slow to adopt a program compared to other towns. As a result, this forced me to attend computer classes in a program called the Matawan student enrichment program over several summers which I paid for by moving lawns and cleaning yards. I was not an A student, far from it. "2.0 and go" was my motto back then. The guidance counselor at the time suggested the Army as my only option for any future.I rejected this,went to college and obtained an engineering degree (painfully I might add). Today I still live in the Borough of Keyport and earn a six figure income. I was able to do this because the Keyport School system taught me what I needed to know and I had the drive to obtain the rest. The key take away here is that school (like life) is what you make of it. Graduating from Princeton does not gaurantee success and graduating from Keyport does not sentence one to failure. Clearly the Keyport school system needs to improve greatly (as it did then too). One key difference from then to now I notice is the high turnonver of staff. Back then teachers were there for decades and it was rare if one left. This situation needs to be fixed if we are ever to have a quality education system.  (Jun 17, 2012 | post #36)

Keyport, NJ

Fireman's fair starts Monday in Keyport

Jon, There is already vendors selling those things and we are under contractual obligation that there can be no duplicate vendors. Sorry.  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #3)

Keyport, NJ

7-11 in Matawan CLOSED

The problem with the "illegals " is their numbers continue to grow and they don't pay for services that they use. Lets take healthcare for example, they have no insurance so all treatment is considered charity care. Now we have always had some people who were charity care, this isn't a new problem, but the difference today is in the numbers of people who are using it. The numbers are so high that hospitals are closing because of it. Another issue is the "anchor babies". Now we have a couple in the country illegally who have children. This child is now going to require education, which is paid for by taxes. These people are typically paid in cash and only rent a room or space and pay no school tax. Again renters have always existed and never paid taxes and have had children, this is not new, the difference here again is in the numbers. There is a huge influx in these children which are using the school system and their parents are not paying anything into it.  (Jul 5, 2011 | post #3)

Keyport, NJ

Garbage no longer collected unless in cans..

Yesterday, I drove down Broad Street in the morning hours, all garbage cans were out and some black bags sitting next to them. Upon my return through town later in the afternoon there were empty cans and black bags left all over the place. I tried to call the Borough Administrator who is supposedly the person who flipped the switch on this, but I was told she is on vacation. Nice, light the fuse then go on vacation....  (Jun 1, 2011 | post #6)

Keyport, NJ

Garbage no longer collected unless in cans..

So the other day I put out my household trash as I have done in this town for the last 30+ years. Two trash cans with food related items and two black bags which contained other household refuse (nothing recyclable or hazardous in nature)these bags were a bit larger than the can opening. When I came home from work later that afternoon all the bags on my block that were not in cans were left on the sidewalk. Thinking this was rather odd, I called the Keyport Board of health and inquired. I was informed that there was an borough ordinance that has been no the books for several years but never enforced. This ordinance prohibits garbage that is not actually in a garbage can from being collected. Additionally it limits each household to three 33 gallon size cans. Evidently, the borough administrator decided to begin enforcement of the ordinance this week and advised the carting service to ignore bags not in cans. While I have no issue with the # of can limit (there has to be some form of regulation) I think it's ridiculous that one can no longer have a large black contractor bag next to a garbage can and have it collected. Now you will have to attempt to jam the stupid thing in a garbage can or try to dispose of it on your own. How does useless laws like this help anything? To improve how the town looks on garbage collection day?  (May 28, 2011 | post #1)