I live in Milltown, we are a small,close knit community and I love it. I'm considering moving to a larger home-but only if I can find what I want here in Milltown. I would never live anywhere else in NJ. I don't know how green you like it but we're pretty green here-thanks to our shade tree commission. No crime-(unless you count theft's at Target-down the street). Children ride their bikes freely. We are probably one of the only towns in Middlesex County that you can go for a walk alone @ 11pm and feel safe. We are close to malls (Brunswick Square Mall),supermarkets,(5-10 minutes) and our own quaint little Main street shops are great and Rt. 1 or Rt. 18 and NJTPK are within 2 -5 miles. I have 3 boys- 12, 10 and 3. The school system is one of the best in the area, the teachers, faculty and services are great . 2nd only to maybe East Brunswick. Our schools are about to receive some necessary renovations this summer with our school taxes only being increased by .40 a month. A new cafeteria and gym in the middle school and A/C in both our elementary school and middle school. Parkview Elementary school is grades Pre-k thru grade 3 with a total of app. 160 students. Class sizes are small usually no more than 20-21 students per class. Joyce Kilmer Middle School is grades 4-8 with the 7th & 8th grades classes primarily on the 2nd floor -the younger students are not affected by the age difference, again the class small sizes allow for optimum learning . Milltown has no bussing (except for disabled students)-we are less than 2miles in size. Most students walk, ride their bikes or are driven to school-Parkview has a unique, voluntary drop off loop with teachers and parent volunteers who aid the kids in getting out of your car and to the proper line for their classor you can park and walk them to their line if you choose. The high school students are bussed out of town to Spotswood High School (Blue Ribbon School District) (this is included in our taxes) and some attend private schools out of town at their own expense. We do not have a High School due to the small number of students it would not be cost effective . If you like the small town feel I would choose between Milltown and Metuchen (another green, fairly small town, with good schools but alot more crime and traffic due to more businesses in that town,train station and location to Rt 1). But coming from Brick you may be used to traffic-(my sister in law used to live in Brick). If you don't mind traffic and crime I would stay away from Old Bridge and Piscataway. If you are truly considering either of those I would consider East Brunswick ahead of them-like those it is a large town but has less crime and superior schools to either of them and their taxes are about the same. I hope this helps come on up north and check out Milltown and East Brunswick is right next door you could check them out as well. We're a very friendly community, with a community pool, private pool, 4th of July festivities 2nd to none, Haunted River walk @ Halloween and Winter Wonderland Walk @ Christmas, recreation programs that the kids love, Sept 11 remembrance day and lots of fun on Pride in Milltown Day. This is just some of what we have to offer. Hope this helps.
Mary from Milltown.