Planners OK 53-unit Orchards at Aberdeen Matawan revitalization group invites Aberdeen board to participate By PAUL DOWD ABERDEEN — A new housing development in Cliffwood is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Planning Board passed a resolution at its March 15 meeting to allow the Orchards at Aberdeen, a development of 53 single-family …

Manager changes access to records By kathy baratta A t a time when the state Legislature is debating legislation that will improve a private citizen’s access to public records, one Howell official has taken a unilateral approach to limiting access drastically. In the midst of the debate accompanying the Township Council’s proposal to name a …

Narrow margin enough to OK 2 schools By bob fleming C onstruction of a new middle school and an early childhood learning center looms on the horizon for Marlboro following last week’s successful referendum outcome by a slim margin of 38 votes. In what school district administrators termed a heavy voter turnout, — 4,934 ballots …

Naval Weapons Station der=0 bgcolor=”#D0D0D0″> Joanne Kelley of Colts Neck greets her husband, Chad, at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Middletown, as sailors aboard the USS Seattle return Sunday from a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf. JACKIE POLLACK

Council expected to decide on police director position By Kathy Baratta HOWELL — The Township Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing tonight and decide whether to establish the salaried position of a police director. The police director would set department policy and formally oversee the police chief. Under Howell’s form of government all …

Voters will be asked to OK school tab, $1.5M question By Kathy Baratta ENGLISHTOWN — The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education has introduced a $46 million budget for the 2000-01 school year. Voters will be asked to approve the budget in the April 18 school election. At the same time, a separate ballot …

Certificate of occupancy to be extended Manalapan school continues case before zoning board der=0 bgcolor=”#D0D0D0″> JERRY WOLKOWITZ Phyllis Kalman, owner of the Little Red School House, Manalapan, helps Brian Smollon, 4, and Jessica Bartlett, 4, with a craft project. By kathy baratta MANALAPAN — A unanimous zoning board recommendation will allow classes to continue until …

Judge rules Wasser case will proceed to May trial FRHSD employee charges superintendent was verbally abusive By dave benjamin ENGLISHTOWN — Charges of verbal harassment and disorderly conduct lodged against Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent of Schools James Wasser will be heard in municipal court in May. After hearing from one witness — the …

Public hearing set on police director By kathy baratta Staff Writer D espite being told by an angry resident that "it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," the Howell Township Council has introduced an ordinance that would establish the position of a police director over the town’s police chief. A second reading and public hearing on …

Accident snarls rush hour traffic der=0 bgcolor=”#D0D0D0″> Freehold Township police examine the damage done to a utility pole after a car carrier got tangled in a low-hanging wire.   By dave benjamin Staff Writer A southbound car carrier loaded with automobiles for delivery brought rush hour traffic to a standstill after snagging a power wire …