Annie Can't Get Her Gun
No it's not a new musical coming to the Marasco. Rather, it's the Zoning Board's decision to prohibit a gun shop as an addition to a previously approved gun range. The gun range, soon to be built on Mott Avnue, just north of Jamesburg Borough, was approved in 2012 and will have 16 lanes in a facility over 10,000 square feet in size. The property is situated between St. James Cemetery and the building that houses the New Jersey Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program. There is a salvage yard to the rear and there are no residences adjacent to this property, although there are several nearby subdivisions. It appeared that objections from these nearby homeowners was instrumental in the Zoning Board's decision.
Route 33 & Applegarth Road - End in Sight
For drivers wishing to turn onto Applegarth Road from eastbound Route 33 this past winter has been a pain in the bumper. The reverse jughandle that normally accomodates that traffic movement has been closed for months as part of an improvement project for the shopping center under construction at that intersection. Plagued by construction problems and a harsh winter Monroe drivers have been inconvenienced by the closing of the jughandle, forcing traffic to either continue to Perrineville Road or make a hazardous U-turn on Butcher Road. The good news, based on a conversation with representatives of Feist Engineering, the Township's engineering consultant, is that the construction project at Route 33 & Applegarth Road will be completed within the next month.
Tax Assistance at Senior Center
Residents should be aware that AARP Foundation Tax Assistance is available at the Senior Center on Mondays 9 -2:30 pm & Wednesdays 9 - 2:30 pm. To make an appointment call (609) 448-7140.
Trout Coming to Thompson Park
Thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 60, Manalapan Lake in Thompson Park was recently added to the State Division of Fish and Wildlife's Trout Stocking Program. Hopefully the Lake will be stocked in time for summer fishing however, the actual date won't be announced until February.
Recently, the Middlesex County Division of Parks and Recreation built a boat launch at Manalapan Lake. This will permit individuals to fish from either manual or electric powered boats. Depth measurements and oxygen readings were taken to ensure the viability of fish living in the lake. Troop 60 then constructed more than 80 fish habitats at the Department of Public Works garage. The habitats were made from brush and concrete. In August 2012, the lake received a large number of fish transported from Brainerd Lake in Cranbury when its dam broke.
Freshwater Fishing licenses are required for residents 16 to 70 years of age. For NJ residents age 70 and over, a driver's license or other acceptable proof of age containing date of birth and physical description will function as the actual fishing license. Licenses can be purchased from most sporting goods stores and Wal-Mart.
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