Readers’ Scoop: Stores Blasting Music

clifton_2nd_street.jpgtlsWe have an office in downtown, and walking downtown has become intolerable. There are stores on Clifton Ave and 2nd St that have speakers outside, blasting music, you cannot hear anything except a mixture of this noise pollution. It makes downtown look and sound cheap. I cannot see any other towns tolerating this.

We have put in a complaint with Lakewood Twp and was told there is nothing they can do. They told us there is a store across the way from their building and cannot do anything to stop them. There has to be some type of ordinance for noise pollution

Thank you,

Downtown Office Worker.

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  1. Those storefronts are just that – “fronts”!

    They NEED the noise to make it look like there is some actual life going on there.

    (Ther are three or more stores within two blocks ‘selling’ tee shirts, some balls, and of course – THOUSANDS of CD’s which are set up in NO order whatsoever.)

    Go figure…

  2. This is exactly what Harold Herskowitz was/is trying to save us from.

    WHY do we let these low, low people run their “businesses” in our midst??

    it’s no wonder that gangs hang out in Lakewood. It’s the same reason that these stores are here!

    shame on the landlords of these buildings! Shame on us for allowing these scoundrels in to call our town a have to all their illegal activities!

    It’s time that we take Lakewood back! Back to the legals. Back to the decent, law abiding, tax paying, apple pie eating people!

  3. Why can’t they do anything about it? There should be a town meeting and some ordinances passed for quality of life issues, which should include music blasting in front of stores. Stores should not be allowed to extend their businesses past their doorways, and if they are illegal fronts, why can’t they be closed down?

  4. There WAS a solution. That would have been to elect HH. Unfortunately that did not happen. He will have to continue keeping everyone on their toes from the “outside”

  5. Some thing must be done that is right no other towns will put up with this kind of stuff only lakewood that’s why they are here and our taxs go up. Very good point by he scoop

  6. 25 years ago there was a large walking police beat downtown from 8am until 2am………the PD had close to 135 officers…… they have barely 110………and the population has tripled………yes thats right. So instead of settling for ZERO increases in township budget, let them add the 2% that the governor has allowed and hire 25 more policemen that you deserve……………..then downtown and the rest of town will shape up.

  7. Noise Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13-1G-1; N.J.A.C. 7:29-1

    Due to the complex technical rules of the Noise Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13-1G-1; N.J.A.C. 7:29-1, it is often difficult for Municipalities to test and enforce (see below).

    The NJ Counties are required to investigate and enforce the Noise Control Act upon complaint.

    Note: It is possible for Municipalities to create their own codes which will regulate noise.
    For example, Toms River enacted a boom-box ordinance which is enforced locally. This can be done by Township Committee.

    To file a complaint with the County, contact:

    Environmental Coordinator
    (732) 341-9700
    FAX: 341-4467

    Ocean County Health Department
    CN 2191, 175 Sunset Avenue
    Toms River, NJ 08754

    Ocean County Noise Control Program: Noise Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13-1G-1; N.J.A.C. 7:29-1

    Detailed Description:

    Ocean County Health Department shall conduct investigations in response to citizen complaints and DEP referrals, regarding any source of noise to determine compliance with the Noise Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13-1G-1 et seq. and rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto N.J.A.C. 7:29-1 et seq.

    Ocean County shall take enforcement action by issuing Notice of Violation, and assessing penalties against violators, or seeking judicial relief.

    Personnel and Qualifications:

    Ocean County Health Department has three (3) staff members who are certified by the State in noise measurement.


    Ocean County has three (3) Quest 2700 Type II Meters and OB50 cc Filter, Quest CA10 Calibrator, Windscreen and Anemometer. Meters are factory serviced and calibrated on an annual basis as required by regulations.

    Ocean County Health Department has ten (10) Digital cameras, seven (7) Anemometers, four (4) CMS Drager Systems, two (2) Drager Hand Bellows, and a wide assortment of CMS chips and tubes. Also, (1) Sony DVD Camcorder and accessories, (2) TSI Q-track IAQ Meters, (1) HP Digital Projector, (1) Trimble GEOXT GPS units
    w/software, (6) Laptops, (1) RMD-XRF Lead Analyzer.


    Fines up to $1000 per day of non compliance pursuant to warning and corrective action within specified timeframe assessed by Inspector assigned.

  8. Lakewood HAS AN ORDINANCE!!!!! It states that noise (music or anything else) must not be heard more than 50 feet away. It’s considered a “Quality of Life” law. However, that being said, the law is NOT enforced in Lakewood, like most of the laws on the books.

  9. …is exactly that. Noise. It looks and sounds exactly like any downtown across the country. I am very happy and support all efforts to clean up downtown and polish its image. Kudos to HH for trying, and as always doing something about it. Opening an ice cream store in Downtown was a risky move, but one that I hope will be mutually beneficial, but that doesn’t take away the stigma that a bustling downtown will always include. Readers, what would you say do the following exaggerated description of an actual true story. An elderly widow wants to finally become a homeowner. Against the advice of her entire family she buys a house in the seediest slum in town. The first morning she wakes up, she rushes to the phone to call 911 in a panic, there are undesirables hanging out on her lawn. Isn’t she silly? Aren’t we?

  10. I bet if the music was culturally accepted (ei in Hebrew) there would be no complaints. I personally like it and I belong to neither cultural group. Get out of your boxes and learn appreciate other cultures’ music and customs. As long as they aren’t keeping people up at night then who cares.

  11. Don’t forget about all the trash blowing around town downtown that is what makes lakewood cheap and disgraced not the music don’t and will never see in redbank.

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