Independent news briefs, Oct. 14

A drop box in which residents of any community may place their mail-in ballot for the November general election has been placed at the Aberdeen Township municipal complex, 1 Aberdeen Square, off Church Street, Aberdeen Township. Ballots may be dropped off 24 hours a day. The drop box is under video surveillance.

Ballots will be collected daily until 8 p.m. Nov. 3 by the Monmouth County Board of Elections, according to a press release from the township.

Individuals who show up to vote at a polling location on Nov. 3 will only be permitted to vote on a paper provisional ballot, according to guidelines put in place by the state for the 2020 general election.

There will be three polling locations in Aberdeen Township on Nov. 3. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the municipal complex, 1 Aberdeen Square; at the Cliffwood Fire Company, 478 Angel St.; and at Aberdeen Fire District No. 1, 490 Lloyd Road.


Matawan Borough Council members have passed a resolution awarding a $239,802 contract to AA Berms, LLC, of Belleville, for the Main Street streetscape improvements project, phase three.

Mayor Joseph Altomonte said phase three will include sidewalk replacement, the installation of pavers, decorative lighting, the installation of benches, the installation of garbage and recycling bins, and the planting of street trees.

Officials solicited bids for the work and received six proposals. AA Berms, LLC, submitted the low bid, which was reviewed and recommended by Robert Keady of T&M Associates.

Council members authorized the contract during a meeting on Oct. 6.

Altomonte said the first two phases of the streetscape project consisted of similar improvements along other portions of Main Street. He said the phase three work is expected to begin in November, weather permitting.