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Old 07-12-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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As I posted before, living in EB and commuting by train to NYC generally is not a good idea for most locations in EB. The closest train stations are in New Brunswick (Jersey Avenue is not very convenient, downtown NB is better), then Edison (Metro Park station). Unless you live very close to New Brunswick and can drive into NB via Ryders Lane (to avoid Route 18), you probably do not want to be taking a train on a daily basis - too much time, too much traffic, too much money. Just about everyone in EB who commutes to NYC takes Suburban Transit bus.

Re South River (and Spotswood also): the homes cost less because the schools are nowhere near as good as EB. With 2 children approaching school age, IMHO I believe DarlaD should be keeping the schools at the top of her priority list.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:05 PM
 
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Also, your friend who said you can get free parking and get on a train to NYC is wrong, no such thing around here. If there were, everyone would use it!
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Just moved from East Brunswick. I grew up there and had a blast. The area is amazing and when you talk about being near everything, this city is it! You are close to all major highways and NYC is only an hour away. When I was growing up my father drove to NYC for work all the time and I went with him many times. It take about a hour or so, 45 minutes if there is no traffic. The only traffic you really hit is a little on Route 18 during rush hour and some right before the Lincoln tunnel during rush hour.

As far as mass transit, as many have stated, you can take the train from New Brunswick or take the bus from the towers in East Brunswick near the Hilton. Either way, to get to NYC is very easy.
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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Re South River (and Spotswood also): the homes cost less because the schools are nowhere near as good as EB. With 2 children approaching school age, IMHO I believe DarlaD should be keeping the schools at the top of her priority list.
A lot of the quality of a school is what the student and the parents put into it. Just because EB tests well and has more electives to offer doesn't mean a student will automatically succeed. And just because Spotswood and South River have smaller schools doesn't mean a student will do poorly. I went to school in East Brunswick AND Spotswood, and given a choice I would send my daughter to Spotswood any day of the week and twice on Sunday before I sent her to East Brunswick. I'm not knocking EB-I just think people get caught up in the status of EB and don't consider other things. For instance-I graduated at the top of my class of 100 at Spotswood. My GPA would not have even been a blip on the screens of the EB guidance counselors' computers. I went on to graduate with high honors from Douglass College. Also-my graduating class had about 100 kids in it. The graduating class at EB the same year almost had more kids than my entire high school. I just want to point out that you are not dooming your child to failure if they do not go to East Brunswick.
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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A lot of the quality of a school is what the student and the parents put into it. Just because EB tests well and has more electives to offer doesn't mean a student will automatically succeed. And just because Spotswood and South River have smaller schools doesn't mean a student will do poorly. I went to school in East Brunswick AND Spotswood, and given a choice I would send my daughter to Spotswood any day of the week and twice on Sunday before I sent her to East Brunswick. I'm not knocking EB-I just think people get caught up in the status of EB and don't consider other things. For instance-I graduated at the top of my class of 100 at Spotswood. My GPA would not have even been a blip on the screens of the EB guidance counselors' computers. I went on to graduate with high honors from Douglass College. Also-my graduating class had about 100 kids in it. The graduating class at EB the same year almost had more kids than my entire high school. I just want to point out that you are not dooming your child to failure if they do not go to East Brunswick.
I will agree with you that EB is competitive. When I graduated the Valedictorian had a 4.7 GPA and the graduating class was 600+.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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Parents make a big difference in the East Brunsiwck School system. The schools focus a lot on test scores to make the school record look good but puts a lot of stress on the children.
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