Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Local 4-H

The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Its mission is to engage youth to their fullest potential. And the 4-H wouldn’t exist in Matawan and Aberdeen without Kris Bradley.

Originally conceived as an outlet for a son who suffers from autism, Kris has built the local 4-H club into one of the most active volunteer groups in Matawan-Aberdeen. Although the group’s primary focus is to support the environment (they recently persuaded Matawan to participate in Earth Hour), they’ve committed themselves to beautifying the community through local rehabilitation projects.

Their current venture is the Jackson Park rejuvenation. The Matawan Aberdeen 4-H will create a community garden with flower beds, flowering bushes, and an overall makeover. Other parks and the seawall are next on the list.

Kris has also been successfully garnering local support. Mary Mullaney, wife of Matawan Councilman Bud Mullaney, is one of the club’s most active supporters. Former Superintendent Bruce Quinn provided space at the Cliffwood Elementary School for the group’s bi-monthly meeting. Local businesses, such as Starbucks, have been contributing towards the club’s fundraising goal of $3,000.

The group has a MySpace page, accepts donations online via

, and is a tax-exempt charitable organization. The Jackson Park rejuvenation is scheduled for April 19th. Starbucks has agreed to sponsor each volunteer who shows up to work at the rate of $10 per hour. All financial assistance is through private donations.

Kris and crew at the 4-H deserve our support. After all, everything they do is for our benefit. >>> Read more!


Anonymous said...

Very informative.

Thanks again Aberdeener

Anonymous said...

i have heard about a supposed sea wall project...... nothing yet. Keyport and Union Beach water fronts are beautiful. Why has Cliffwood Beach been ignored by Aberdeen? Not "the right side" of Aberdeen? In fact, i got a flyer in my mail when the candidates ran in November about what they were going to do for the water front - heard nothing since..... Aberdeener? anyone? know anything?

Aberdeener said...

Excellent question. I'll look into it.

Aberdeener said...

Sorry to have dilly dallied but I sent an email today to Jimmy Lauro, who forwarded the email to Mayor Sobel, who called me today at home. He was an absolute gentleman and I have to give him a lot of credit for taking the time and the initiative to call me.

In any event, here's the story on the seawall. The county has approved a "matching grant" of $262,000 for the seawall, meaning they'll release the money when we match it. The township hasn't allocated the money because the plans for the seawall are still being developed.

The intent is to widen the seawall and link it to the beach. The overall vision is to enhance the beach front and market it to the residents. There are no actual plans to do so but that's the hope.

There's no money budgeted for this year to match the county grant. My guess is they'll do that in time for next year's election.

I'd like to publicly thank Mayor Sobel for calling me and I hope I have the opportunity to speak with him again.