There has been a lot of development in Carteret recently and it shows no signs of slowing down. Fueled by a variety of government grants, improvements have been made in infrastructure, transportation, performing arts and more.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who represents Carteret, told TapInto.net,

“What the Borough of Carteret has accomplished in recent years is tremendously impressive and should serve as a roadmap for other former industrial communities who are poised for redevelopment.”

Now, a $1.5 million Middlesex County Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund Grant has been approved for improvements to Carteret’s Waterfront Park.

According to MyCentralJersey.com, the improvements include a new pavilion, a permanent outdoor stage, new restrooms and a food court.

Mayor Daniel Reiman told MyCentralJersey, “Carteret’s Waterfront Park and Veterans Pier have become a regional destination for recreation, concerts, festivals, and family fun year-round.”

The town is also building a new ferry terminal on the waterfront near the park, with planned service to Manhattan; that will be built in part, because of a $6 million federal Department of Transportation grant. Congressman Frank Pallone helped secure the funding.

“This is great news for New Jersey residents and tourists who commute to downtown Manhattan. This funding will help improve efficient and reliable transportation options and help reduce vehicle traffic,” Pallone said. “The new passenger terminal will also foster economic development in Carteret. I’ll continue to work hand-in-hand with Mayor Dan Reiman to fight for the funding needed to fully complete this project.”

Carteret also opened their new $51 million borough owned performing center this past December.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

Every NJ city and town's municipal tax bill, ranked

A little less than 30 cents of every $1 in property taxes charged in New Jersey support municipal services provided by cities, towns, townships, boroughs and villages. Statewide, the average municipal-only tax bill in 2021 was $2,725, but that varied widely from more than $13,000 in Tavistock to nothing in three townships. In addition to $9.22 billion in municipal purpose taxes, special taxing districts that in some places provide municipal services such as fire protection, garbage collection or economic development levied $323.8 million in 2021.

School aid for all New Jersey districts for 2022-23

The state Department of Education announced district-level school aid figures for the 2022-23 school year on Thursday, March 10, 2022. They're listed below, alphabetically by county. For additional details from the NJDOE, including specific categories of aid, click here.