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Eatontown Shopping

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    by davecallahan Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    We first went to Monmouth Mall in 1967. Back then there were about twenty stores and the biggest was Bambergers (which no longer is in there). The stores were connected by an outdoor, roofed walkway.
    People came from all over the Monmouth area (especially from the Fort and the Army Residences) to shop at this "upscale" shopping center.

    Today the mall is huge; over a hundred stores and shops and eateries.
    Big Brand names like Thomasville, Victoria's Secret, Radio Shack, Old Navy, JC Penney, etc.
    With nice restaurants like Ruby Tuesday, Cajun Grille and Old Town Buffet and quick-food places like Anne's Pretzels and Burger King.
    The stores all have entrances internal to the enclosed mall; a few also have the old entrances to the parking lot through the roofed walkways.

    The central location adjacent to two major vehicular arteries makes it ideal for access.
    The mall draws extra customers by scheduling events for holidays and weekends (see the website below for details).

    If you are in the area, stop in and browse for an hour or two. It's cool in summer and warm in winter and they have seasonal sales.

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Eatontown Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    The Eatontown area has changed greatly since we used to live there.

    The intersection of route 35 and 36 used to be a big roundabout (circle) where you traveled around the hub until you got to the spot where you needed to get off (if the traffic wasn't too bad and you weren't stuck on the inside lane).

    Route 35 itself used to have a "suicide lane". The road then was only three lanes wide and there was no divider. The two outside lanes were for opposing traffic (north and south). The third center lane was used by the opposing traffic to make left-hand turns on to side roads. Sometimes the north bound and south bound traffic needed to use that lane at the same time... thus the name "suicide".

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Eatontown Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Written Mar 9, 2007

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    Eatontown has always been a safe place to live or work. There were many times I had to go to work at 3am or get off duty at 2am and never had a problem walking around at that time.
    We raised three kids here and the neighbors always watched out for each other.

    The Eatontown of today appears to be just as friendly and safe.
    There are only 5 sex offenders registered for the whole greater Eatontown area.
    There have been only 2 murders in 6 years.
    Shoplifting and petty thefts are the only prevelant problems.

    Eatontown is rated well below average for crime dangers. It really is a safe place.

    Having said all that: you still should use some caution if you are vacationing in the area.
    Lock car doors, watch who is around you, keep an eye on the kids, don't go alone into unfamiliar places.... all common sense things that all tourists should do.

    So have fun and feel safe on your visit to Eatontown.

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Eatontown Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Being an Army Veteran (USA) has some benefits. One of them is access to fine government-operated golf courses like Sun Eagle. If you are a veteran and are in the Eatontown vicinity then read on otherwise you might as well go to another Thing To Do.

    Fees for the use of this course depend on your veteran status. There is an annual fee of $30 whether you play once or one hundred times. Then the 18-hole course is $30 plus $10 for cart each time you hit the course. You can even get yearly passes for substantial savings if you are going to play this course very often.
    The establishment has been around for decades (about 70 years)and is always in good shape. The course is very difficult from the long tees and only frustrating from the short tees. The fairways range from wide to narrow and tree lined with some doglegs where the green cannot be seen from the tee. Several tees are elevated. Shrubs have been placed next to the rough to catch and hold errant shots and easily cost you a stroke. The greens are often winter-worn in early summer but are in fine repair by late June. The whole course plays fast in the dry summer weather.
    Water and roadways are hazards you must avoid or get stroke penalties.

    see the website for details on tee times and arranging fees.

    course example from the ads
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Eatontown Favorites

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    by davecallahan Updated Jan 23, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Winter in Eatontown can be very mild (one year we had 60Fs on Christmas) or very harsh with wind chills in the below zero range. Driving in winter is not too bad as long as you remember to slow down and also to turn into the direction of the skid (because you will have a skid or two... bet on it). They tend to use sand instead of salt on the roads which is good for saving the metal on the car but not always good for reducing the ice problem.
    (High-Low-Average for Dec 46°F 32°F 40°F, Jan 41°F 27°F 34°F, Feb 42°F 28°F 34°F, Mar 49°F 34°F 41°F)

    Spring brings a month of showers and grays skies. But bear with it because the warm sea breezes are just around the corner.
    (High-Low-Average for Mar 49°F 34°F 41°F, Apr 60°F 43°F 51°F, May 69°F 51°F 59°F)

    Summer inland can be very hot and humid (I remember some parade ground drills in full pack in 90F weather that was gruelling). But the ocean front is only a few miles away and a drive over there gets you at least a 10 degree reduction in temperature. The beaches at Long Branch and Asbury were always crowded back in the day.
    (High-Low-Average for Jun 78°F 61°F 69°F, Jul 83°F 66°F 74°F, Aug 81°F 65°F 72°F)

    The Fall of the year in Eatontown is completely unspectacular. The temperatures reduce to comfortable levels then soon change to chilly nights. A few showers make the fallen leaves into masses of clutter in the gutters. There is a cold breeze off the boardwalk in Neptune. Not my favorite time of the year here.
    (High-Low-Average for Sep 75°F 59°F 66°F, Oct 64°F 47°F 55°F, Nov 55°F 39°F 47°F)

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