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Little Silver: What Would You Ask Mayor Neff?

Send in your question by May 9 and we'll get you an answer from Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff.

Hey, Ever wonder about something in town but haven't found the time to get to a borough council meeting to ask about it?

We know we have, like why does the business area around the train station resemble a ghost town and has anyone ever looked into sidewalks on Prospect Avenue between Harding and Rumson?

For all we know, there are perfectly good explanations for why things are the way they are. Or maybe we've already been told, and we need to be reminded.

Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff, Jr. has kindly agreed to let Patch field questions from our readers, which he will answer in an upcoming article.

Now, all we need are your questions: Formulate your query and e-mail in to us by May 9 at noon: amy.byrnes@patch.com, subject line: "Ask the Mayor."

Bonus: We've dug up when he took office in January to get you inspired.

Last year, this time, three feet of snow, gave Little Silver fits.

Later still, Irene’s ill will, and earthquake tremors, hit.

Our EMS and Fire Police, our firefighters too,

Police and Public Works prevailed, as they always do.

Nature triumphed only once, our mayor fought that fight,

But Suzy, missing Don (for sure) went into that good night.

Others lost set spirits low - Chief Ambrosino, Chip Connell,

And Bernie Marx, who served our town, they surely did it well.

Retirement blessed Tom Mancuso, Bob Tetley and the Chief.

And Susan Edwards said goodbye, Anita’s her relief.

Memorial Park is now online, from Goff a big hooray.

The courtyard at Point Road is cool (plans by Jim Gilday).

The world’s stage was “occupied,” on Wall Street most of all.

Bin Laden’s end by Seal’s shot - free people cheered his fall.

What’s to come? Well, who’s to say, but issues that loom large,

Are Parker House, replacing bridges, perhaps a new garage?

Spiffed up recreation fields are up for some discussion,

a winery, new homes and more, keep planners’ meetings buzzin’. 

Arnold and Smith are new this year, they joined Chief Shaffery,

They’ll keep us safe in two-aught-twelve, the best is yet to be.

With Dan and Don, and Dane and Jon, and thankfully Stuart and Dave,

Your Council works hard, and, says this bard, prudently makes its way.

I’ve missed some names - we know you’re there, and no offense was meant.

Appreciation is the key, our thanks was the intent.

My rhyme is done, the meter’s busted, besides, it’s growing late,

Happy New Year to all of you, who make Little Silver great!

L.S. Resident May 01, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Temporary lights so it's said. How much overtime will be used by police officers along with the temporary lights?
S Talarico May 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I have sidewalk questions. On all the major roads around town: Branch, Seven Bridges, Rumson, Prospect, Silverside, there are either no sidewalks in places, or the sidewalks switch sides of the road. So, you'll be walking along (say, Branch) and run out of sidewalk, forcing you to walk into the street or to cross the street in the middle of the road. Are there any plans to engage the county to remedy some of these sidewalk problems (many of these roads are county roads)? The most dangerous area, I would say, is around the train station. How is that we don't have adequate sidewalks around the train station? People walk back and forth there in the dark during the winter months.
Shannon K. Winning May 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
What's the deal with the Gift Winds site? Is there no retail interest in the site or is the landlord asking for too much?
Don May 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What is the latest on the proposed condo development near the train station? At first the condos were being developed at around 800K and now perhaps half that value. It will change Little Silver forever if this moves forward. Is there anything else that can be done to stop this development near the train station? Can the residents buy this property as "Open Space"?
Power By Sunday Resident May 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
There arent any sidewalks on propsect ave, coming off ridge road for the teenagers who attend RBR to walk home on? what up? do we have to wait till a teenager is struck by a car? # 2 gift winds is such a waste of space and it makes the town look like hooterville, can we lower the rent and get soemone in there pa leeeez.. Regards LS Resident
John Bulman May 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The area near the abandoned gas stations on Willow Dr. looks like crap! That area needs to be cleaned up! Where's the prestige that Little Silver is known for? It's not near that abandoned area! That's the gateway into Little Silver. Needs improvement badly!!! Dunkin Donuts in town would be nice also......just saying.
Power By Sunday Resident May 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I agree with John Bulman, the area by Willow drive had been a complete disgrace to this town for over 10 years,. I understand there are problems with contaminated soil, but let’s get real it’s not going away by doing nothing. Let’s stop the entire BS and get something done here for once OK, the soil is bad, get it out of here before it spreads even further. I am sure the federal government has some kind of grant that would help clean it the mess. Absolute disgrace and no one seems to care on this council or previous councils or if they did something would have been done by now. It’s simply a bunch of political blah blah blah.
Humble Resident of LS May 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I agree also, the area by Willow is a total disgrace.
Kelly Z. May 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Why was a pink line painted down prospect avenue in honor of Paint The Town Pink even though Little Silver roadways are in desperate need of line repainting on both the crosswalks and roadways? Was that the best use of our public works employees time? Shouldn't our priority be maintaining our roadways for both safety and aesthetics?
Susan Murray May 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
1) I echo the desire stated earlier to have a sidewalk placed from Woodbine to Harding, to encourage students to walk safely to areas schools (reduce those greenhouse gas emissions and save gas money) 2) Regarding police vehicles, can we: reduce idling time, replace a cruiser with a bicycle and encourage foot patrols?
Little Silver Resident May 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I have two concerns: 1) along the side of the post office there is a fire zone, I think it is, or no parking zone? But cars insist parking there, creating a dangerous situation for people walking across the street. I've almost been hit twice by cars zooming around the corner. Can this zone be more clearly marked as "NO PARKING", and enforceable with a ticket? Perhaps it will take a ticket to stop this before someone gets hurt. And 2) I'm concerned about the lack of sidewalks on Sunnycrest, Carlyle. I see so many kids walking to and from school, and cars zipping around the corner. Can sidewalks be addressed in this area?
LS resident8 May 07, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Many street lights are out all over town and need to be replaced. No wonder homes are being robbed, some streets are pitch black in spots.
Bradley Olman May 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
rosemary sternbach 5:11 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2012 I have beenmeaning to ask a question of May Neff...when do you plan to fix the gullies'or repave Rumson Place...the town has been through to do patch work but it never ever lasts....It sure is insightly and destroys the lovely features of Rumson Place. also the town trees on Rumson Place and Garden Road have lifted the sidewalks....isn't that the towns responsibility to repair the rdangerous root damage to the pavement. Reply Pending Approval Bradley Olman 7:33 am on Friday, May 25, 2012 Regarding the problem with Rumson Place we have a similar problem on the other side at the end of Garden Road where it meets Silverwhite. When you make the turn off Pinckney onto Silverwhite for about ten yards it is Red Bank. Although they have repaved Pinckney they have not repaved that little stretch of Red Bank that leads into Garden Road. It is also in the same bad shape that the entrance to Rumson Road is currently in.
rosemary sternbach May 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Thank you for addressing some of the issues from our town and I realize you have many issues to address.....who is responsible for sidewalks lifting due to town tree roots. Street in need of repair....Rumson Place....patched several times which does not last...as already mentioned. Possible expansion of Red Bank Catholics football field will impact all residents of Rumson Place and surrounding streets...vehicles will park on Rumson Place and cut through(even tho parking will be provided on White Road)....any tree removal will change the look and feel of Rumson Place....we should all be advised when this discussion comes to the floor. Thank you....
Jenny Mulholland July 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Mayor Neff - The residents (moms) of Silverton Ave (and I imagine Woodbine too) are very concerned with the increase in traffic down our street(s) since the new traffic lights were installed at Rumson Rd/Branch/White. Everyone is cutting down our street(s) and many are speeding. I am sure many are going 40. There are 38 kids on this street, including my 5 year old son. We desperately need a stop sign at the corner of Cross/Silverton, or at least a speed detector, and MORE SPEEDING tickets being given out. which is common in FH, Shrewsbury, etc. I have a ton of moms on an email chain who are hoping to effect some change. We'd love a reply.
HAK July 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM
This comment is certainly another concern with the lights that were installed. As the Winfield, Branch residents indicated to the council, county engineers and the police, children's safety will be getting compromised. Now that the work has begun on the bridge, the traffic backup at 8 am at Branch and Winfield was 20 cars, idling, polluting! When school starts it will be just ridiculous.
rosemary sternbach March 05, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Mayor Neff...sidewalks lifting from town trees, patching job on Rumson Place from 116 to end is horrible...but we do notice the other half of Rumson Place...going toward Salem, has been repaved..I also have a ROTTED TOWN SYCAMORE on my property....We had a tree service looked at it and he agreed that it had to go...PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS..I HATE TO THINK OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN....

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