Not Your Mother's Library
This article may be wasted on most of the residents in Monroe Twp. Those of you that have discovered all the non-traditional services available through the Library may think I'm a little slow on the uptake. I always thought of the Library in the traditional sense. Take out books, dvd's and maybe even music. Visit the Library and research this or that. But, the services provided at Monroe's Library are so much more than that.
I was most surprised by the free passes to museums and attractions in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. From the Guggenheim to the Battleship New Jersey and the close by Grounds for Sculpture. Call to reserve your pass since they are limited in number. The savings go beyond cultural icons. Though I must admit I get strange looks from other customers at DT's Pizza when I flash my Library card for a $2 discount.
My most recent discovery was a downloadable app that allows you to read magazines online for free. There are a number of other downloads available as well, so check out the Library website. You can get there by clicking the link on the right side of this page.
Transportation Trust Fund Running on Empty
Just as New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund is set to expire we see an increasing number of bridges closed as a result of safety concerns. Unless the State finds a long-term revenue solution to provide funding for infrastructure repair we can expect the deterioration of our roadways to continue at an accelerating pace. To compound the problem we are entering the time of the year when potholes will begin to proliferate as winter gives way to warmer weather. The freezing and thawing of water on our roadways created monumental potholes last year. Without the necessary funding those potholes will go largely unrepaired. It's a good time to be in the tire business.
While I agree that stable funding is needed I can't help but wonder if these bridge closings are intended to create a sense of urgency in advance of an increase in the gasoline tax.
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