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What Would You Improve in Toms River in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Toms River, 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 Toms RiverĀ to make it an even better place to live?

Is there a new business you'd like to see in town? What about new programs at Toms River schools? Are there any specific issues you'd like to see township officials or police address?

What is on your Toms River wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blogĀ about why you love living here!

Elaine December 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I would like to see a nice family restaurant in the ocean county mall!! Like the Rainforest Cafe Restaurant.!!!!!
. December 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
This is supposed to be about making the town of Toms River better, not your dining experience!
. December 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Clean up the abandon buildings and the rest of the eyesores on Rte 37. We don't need anymore restaurants or strip malls.
Av December 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Drop a duecer
Sue December 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Let the barrier island secede from the mainland, end all the animosity.... Let the tax payors pay for the area they live in
rich December 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Have jcpl do a better job,I have been here for 35 years but for the last 4 nothing but power failures every time the wind blows they have to do better.
Once Loved NJ December 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Best post so far.....
rich December 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Ortley Is given more attention then the mainland,and always have,you don't know How good you have it.They couldn't prevent Sandy,but they are there every day and skipping most of the mainland.TO SERVE YOU.
Otto Staszko December 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I agree with Charles statement, and I would add, we need permits to improve our propeties but people who want t live like slobs and let their property look like a junk yard seem to get away with it, need to have the township have a ordance to inforce homeowners to a least keep the property clean.
Cosma December 28, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I AGREE WITH RACHEL ALSO!!!! Could not of said it better myself Rachael. Get rid of the eyesore strip malls our illustrious Council has allowed to litter the town with, clean up Rt.37 and mow it more than twice a year, enforce laws on residential slobs in town that belong in trailer parks, replace the Public Works management team responsible for taking care of the roadways, stop wasting so much of tax payers money on unnecessary athletic programs. Last but not least.... get rid of all the dead wood in the TR Town Council. Happy New Year!
Ortley Joe December 28, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I would gladly sell for the assessed value.
Cosma December 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@ charles mcmahon....I totally agree... Institute an ordinance... other decent communities do and if the w.t. don't like it.... let them move to Camden or Newark where they can feel comfortable.
Alana H December 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
To improve Toms River it would be good to dredge the barnegat bay to remove the sand and debris caused by sandy and also to deepen this bay. If we do we can lower the tide table and restore sanity to the people who are flood prone. It would also help boaters who will encounter a mess this summer with all the debris in the bay and fishing would be better if it is cleaned up. Lets hope that there are some engineers that can figure a way to lower our tide tables again so we do not flood with every storm at hand.
Ortley Joe December 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
If it was up to me I would take the worry of Ortley Beach off there backs and let those island dwellers fend for themselves. Return the FEMA money Toms River received for Ortley Beach and return there overpaid TAXES to them. That would really help Toms River Prosper
MIC December 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
TR needs to attract more biz, look at brick they get everything. we have the SOS
Cosma December 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM
SOS is right MIC... get it together TR!
Bill Bradley December 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Fix our streets (potholes) & intersections on rt37 at Hooper & rt 166. Don't let traffic engineers do it; they think if you send cars through intersections twice it will improve traffic flow.
ginger December 29, 2012 at 08:38 AM
I totally agree with rich..What the heck is going on? Lived here for 35 yrs lost power a FEW times BRIEFLY...Now (not counting sandy) i have lost power3 times that goes on for hours? Anyone have an answer? my elec bills have increased20 fold yet how did the SAME lines stay up and now the wind blows they fall down!
Martin December 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM
TR politicians have been a dismal failure before, during and after the disaster. Vote them out! Clean up the "eyesore to the shore" (Rt. 37) and other rundown areas. Adopt prop. maintenance ordinances and enforce them. End cronyism, nepotism and other overpaid do-nothing committees and boards. The politicians are supposed to work for taxpayers, but they merely profit from our money.
Vinny Varvaro December 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I could not have said it better....
Vinny Varvaro December 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
A whole new master plan is needed. Even if it takes twenty years to make improvements, something needs to be done. An investment in planning with some sort of goals to reach for, such as bringing high end retailers to more open space and parks. See what Virginia Beach has done and continues to do.
grace December 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM
start with all ritacco hires...
grace December 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
right on rachael!
grace December 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
boating and fishing are also a great reason to visit the shore so alana i am on board with you! we really have a wonderful place to live > want to keep it
~Barb~ December 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Pave Church Rd. It's only 30 years overdue!
marcy December 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Don't ya just love negative people!!! Like that one. Get a life.
marcy December 30, 2012 at 11:44 PM
You got that right. Some days I would just like to go around my neighborhood and pick up the trash that alot of homeowners just leave there. I get so sick of slobs. You don't have to be rich to keep your property nice so i don't want to hear that excuse!!
marcy December 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM
If Red Bank and Hoboken can rejuvinate why can't we. Those towns were dumps years ago.
Ortley Joe December 31, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Bob, Marcy. I guess People from Ortley are just a little bit BITTER because they pay 25 percent of Toms Rivers Taxes and only sit on less than 5 percent of the land they have to fight to get the sewers repaired and basic services that Mainland Toms River get get automatically.
Ortley Joe December 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I think its time for the people that own property in Ortley Beach to start Dumping Tea Into the Toms River.

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