APRIL 16, 2021

Hazlet Citizen News-April 16-640

New Library Reference Desk

Library Desk


On Monday, the Hazlet Library Commission presented a gift to the Hazlet Library: a solid $1,300 reference and information desk to replace an old one that had fallen into disrepair. Branch Manager Mary Patterson expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for the work to improve and upgrade the library. The desk was purchased entirely with funds raised through the used book sales.
There is an outdoor book sale Saturday from 9am to 1pm, please stop by! 

Garage Sale Billboard

At last count, 141 households have signed up for the Spring Town-Wide Garage Sale. Look for the advertisement on the OutFront Billboard at Route 35 and Hazlet Avenue. All locations have been charted on a Google Map, which shoppers can use to map their route or see items for sale. The list of addresses is also posted in the glass cases outside the Cullen Center at 1776 Union Ave. Happy Garage Sale-ing!
Check out the Google map to see what's happening in your neck of the woods. 


Summer FUNHazlet Swim Club

The township is getting ready to start online Swim Club registration. Look for an announcement and link to the registration portal on the Hazlet Township website once rates are approved. 

The popular Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club will open to pool club members, guests, and the Swim Team this summer for a full season. The pool club will operate on weekends and holidays beginning on Saturday, May 29, and then daily beginning on June 21 through September 6  from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The club will operate under all CDC, state, and county Board of Health requirements and guidance due to ongoing COVID-19 conditions.

On Saturday, 150 children ages 5 to 13 were registered for Hazlet Recreation Summer camp. Registration is now closed. They will attend a five-week camp in Veterans Park for $450.  Camp Coconuts will also simultaneously offer its own Summer Day Camp, open to all local children. 

The Hazlet Hammerheads Swim Team is also returning for practice and meets.

"I am so happy that the Hazlet Township Committee has reached an agreement with Camp Coconuts to provide professional services, especially in light of rising labor costs and the logistical difficulties of operating under strict health protocols during a pandemic,” said Mayor Tara Clark. “Camp Coconuts safely and successfully managed the club last year under these conditions, and the township received overwhelmingly positive comments from members in our post-season survey. We look forward to working with Camp Coconuts on providing another great summer experience.”   

The Hazlet Township Swim & Tennis Club celebrated its 50th year in 2020. It is in the municipal complex and features four pools in a spacious park setting. Members enjoy an Olympic size main pool, a diving tank, an intermediate pool, a splash pool, and four tennis courts.  

From Town Hall

  • The Township Committee took another step forward in its Road Reconstruction Program by approving a $3.8 million bond ordinance on April 6 to fund various road improvements at Brookside Avenue, Irwin Place, Nevada Drive, Winthrop Place, Roland Place, Virginia Avenue, Crescent Place, Dover Court, Creek Road, Kentucky Drive, Vermont Drive, Wyoming Drive, Michigan Avenue, Ohio Drive, Colorado Drive, California Avenue, Raritan Road and Oregon Avenue.
  • Mayor Tara Clark has declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month in Hazlet.
  • New stop signs will be installed at the intersection of Beers Street and Clark Street.


Hazlet Township is hiring! View job description.

  • Municipal Tax Collector
    Apply by April 30



Earth Day Event

April 24_ Free Tree Seedlings (1)

Free Tree Seedlings

Free tree seedlings will be available Saturday, April 24 as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.

Residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at our brand new Environmental Building at 399 Middle Road, near Raritan High School between 11 am and 2 pm. 

We will announce which seedlings we will be able to offer on April 20.  

Seedlings will be available on a first come, first served basis. They come with instructions on how to store, care for, and plant the trees. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size in the future. Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after pick-up in order to prevent the roots from drying out.

Note we will be following the CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please wear a mask and remain in your car for pick-up. 


Create a Bookmark
Through April 30: Create a bookmark to celebrate your favorite branch, a favorite library program, a favorite book...See information on MonmouthCountyLib.org.

Book Sale
Stop by the Book Sale on Saturday, April 17 from 9 am to 1 pm, 251 Middle Road. Paperback & hardcover books for adults and children. Hard cover: 50 cents, Paperback 25 cents / $5 a bag. Please bring your own bag. More information: 732-264-7164

Hazlet Police

The Police Dept. thanked representatives from the Discovery Institute for donating over 200 doses of life-saving Naloxone that will be distributed throughout the Bayshore area.
The partners are hosting "ASSIST" which has been very successful in just a few short weeks that it’s been implemented. People can come into the municipal court room on Wednesdays between 10am and noon for help with substance abuse rehabilitation, support, or just some advice. Members from Hazlet's Hope Network are on hand, with no police involvement. 

Join the Band

HazletPopsCommunityBandSomething new! Hazlet is starting up a community band to play outdoor concerts in town this summer. Over 30 have stepped forward with their instruments.

Want to join in? Learn more and sign up to be contacted by Director Raymond Lahaye and Associate Director Carmine Fiumano with details and dates. Musicians from other towns are welcome. It's going to be great! Find more details on this page.

Visit Our Township Parks

Veterans Park Is In bloom

Find a township park near your neighborhood.

Nominate a loved one

Honor Hazlet Heroes Banner Program

The Township of Hazlet, in partnership with Hazlet PBA 189 and VFW Post 4303, is launching a special outdoor banner display called "Honor Hazlet Heroes." We wish to honor Hazlet residents currently serving in the military. We also are looking for the names of residents who served as well as those who died in service to our country. Banners honoring our Hazlet heroes will be displayed Memorial Day through Veterans Day 2021 on the lamp posts at Veterans Park, next to Town Hall. Email any questions to Committeeman James "Skip" McKay, former Navy SEAL, at jmckay@hazletnj.org. Go to: http://hazlettwp.org/HonorHazletHeroes

COVID news


This week the Monmouth County Office on Aging offered Hazlet Township Moderna vaccinations on two days. After first sending out emails to the 1,000+ seniors who had registered with us to see if they still needed an appointment, we shared the information on our website to those 55 and older (40 doses), and again for those 18 and older (25 doses). We believe we will be able to do this again, but we do not know when we will get the next opportunity. Please watch the website. Our 65 and older priority list is still available

Grants for Small Businesses

NJEDA-350Economic Recovery Grants

A new opportunity for restaurants, child care providers, micro-businesses and other small businesses to be reimbursed for lost revenue. The NJEDA will be distributing $85 million in grants as "Phase 4" of COVID-19 economic relief. Learn how you must pre-register April 19-29 to apply in May on the NJEDA website.


The Monmouth County Workforce Development Board wants to help you get back on your feet. They have the ability to pay for career training. Learn more on their pre-recorded Career Services Orientation video.

Amazon Open House, Weds. April 21 from 11 am to noon. Now hiring Warehouse Associates in NJ and PA. Learn about the available positions, company benefits, and how to apply to them during this short presentation. Register.

Skill Up Monmouth: For all Monmouth County Resident workers who plan to return to their former employer as well as those who are looking to change careers or add skills to their job search toolkit. Free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses. Read more.