Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Lake Carasaljo

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Dear Mayor Coles,

I live near North Lake Drive and the township has done a wonderful job in upkeeping the path around the lake and bridges that cross over the lake – including the lights along the bridges so that people can use the shortcuts at night.

One issue that we have seen is that there is no signage showing people where the bridges cut through on North Lake going to South Lake Drive. They don’t know where the entrance to the bridges are and which intersection they meet up to. We have seen countless people walking around in circles along the wrong areas of North Lake Drive trying to figure out where to find them.

Maybe the township can hang up some signs to help direct people to the bridge they are looking for. Additionally, maybe the township can offer a “name the bridge” and either have people come up with names, or sell the rights to naming them, or use the closest street intersection to name them – like Lake Drive Terrace Crossing.

Looking forward to enhancing all of our walking experience in this beautiful town.

Thanks you,

A Lake Caraslajo Fan
Response from Mayor Coles:

Thanks for this suggestion. I will ask Public Works to get something together.




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  1. I think this is a job for the LPD. When they’re not driving around recording street lights that need maintenance there should be 5-6 of them in the area available to direct walkers to the bridge.
    Another idea I have which would totally transform Lakewood for the better is concerning the issue of hitchhiking. We all don’t like it but feel there’s no other choice (until now). Why can’t LPD officers driving around pick up these Bochurim & drive them to Yeshiva? These police vehicles can hold a few people & usually it’s only one officer in the vehicle. These vehicles have emergency lights which makes it safer for them to stop in the middle of the road without causing an accident.
    An added bonus is if a Bochur leaves his Tefillin or hat in the car instead of trying to figure out which Yid gave him a ride he can call 911 & be quickly reunited with his property.
    Perhaps (& perhaps this is the reason Hashem arranged for him to win the election) Avi Schnall can have New Jersey pass a law that close to zmanim is considered an emergency where police can use lights & sirens to return the item.
    (I don’t seek praise or accolades. I’m simply doing my small part in making Lakewood a bigger & better Makom Torah.)

    • We recently walked there first time. We started off with a bench outdoor living lunch. After carrying our lunch waste for 15 minutes with not one garbage can in site (in our city they are in abundance everywhere especially on trails and parks), we set the waste down on a bench, intending to pick it up upon circling around the lake, passing it on way back to car. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and we became unintentional litterers, sorry. Pointing out how on target your recommendation is.

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