Nothing better to do in Keansburg?

The Asbury Park Press ran an article in the Sunday paper about Keansburg Superintendent Barbara Trzeszkowski and the borough’s lack of attendance at the most recent Board of Education meeting, despite its voice elsewhere.

Jackie Corley posted something about this on her blog, as did Jim Purcell. My turn.

The APP also also posted an Editor’s Note on May 28 about the “record number of comments” received online regarding the situation.

I saw both Kevin Penton and Jim McConville at the school board meeting. I see the two kept tabs on exactly how long the board was in executive session, and also noted how the room seemingly filtered out as the hours grew long.

Penton wrote in today’s article that, when the board reconvened, “the only people sitting in the audience were two reporters, a woman and two barefoot children. None spoke.”

Gee, let’s not stereotype Keansburg or anything. Let’s also not pat ourselves on the back for being such diligent reporters. That’s rather self-indulgent, if you ask me. Good for them, though, they sat there to get a story. Now it seems as though the borough is being criticized for not doing the same.

I take it Penton spent “a recent afternoon” in the borough, as is stated in his article. I’m impressed, as I typically don’t see many other reporters in the area on any given day other than when there’s a meeting. Especially ones with laptops and fedoras. Just saying, no offense intended. (If you’re going to criticize Keansburg, expect it in return.)

I’ve spent a lot of time in the borough. I like the area and the people. Keansburg is a unique town in the Bayshore, the “gem,” if you will. From the time I’ve spent there, I’ve gathered a close-knit community constantly on the defense for actions taken by either the municipality or the school system. Some people don’t feel they have a voice in the town when it comes to issues like this. Especially when it comes to severance packages (aka money).

That is, however, no reason to articulate for them. Obviously, aside from spending two and half hours in an [empty] meeting, if you spend time in Keansburg, its culture comes out of the woodwork.

And hey, get this: I spoke to that woman and the two “barefoot children.” She actually had a lot say.

Most people do, when you take the time to listen.

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Filed under Barbara Trzeszkowski, Jackie Corley, Jim McConville, Jim Purcell, Keansburg, Kevin Penton, The Asbury Park Press

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