Newsletter & Updates
A Safer Way to Cross Busy Roads
Attentive motorists may have noticed three new crosswalk signal signs along Laurel and South Laurel Avenues.
These new “blinkersign” systems are designed to alert drivers to pedestrians trying to cross the road. A pedestrian can push a large button to alert drivers they wish to cross. Approaching drivers will immediately be alerted by flashing lights studded into the sign border. These lights, powered by solar, are designed to be seen from a distance, even in bright sunshine.
“In 2016, we had a fatal accident in Hazlet at 6th Street,” said Township Committeeman Skip McKay, recalling the driving-while-texting incident that took the life of 39-year-old Yuwen Wang of Hazlet. “I noticed these signs in use in Florida and thought this would be a good use of our ARPA funds.” The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 encourages municipalities to invest in public safety.
Hazlet Township has used $62,213 of its ARPA funds to purchase 26 new pedestrian signs for 13 crosswalks. So far, the Dept. of Public Works has installed them at Laurel Avenue and 6th Street, and also on South Laurel at Lillian Drive and Adam Place.
Other proposed locations include:
- Union Avenue & Hazlet Middle School Ball Field
- Union Avenue & Angela Circle
- Middle Road & Raritan High School/Concord
- Middle Road & Green Acres Drive/California
- Middle Road & Lynn Blvd
- Middle Road & Bromley
- Middle Road & Coach Drive East/ Coach Drive
- Poole Avenue & Ned Drive
- Beers Street & Dogwood Lane
- Beers Street & Linda Place /Rutgers Street
Hazlet Police Chief Ted Wittke and Ptl. Patrick Wood of the Traffic Safety Bureau invite the public to give input on troublesome crossings they don’t see on this list.
The crosswalk systems complement a pedestrian safety initiative by the police to make crossing the street safer in Hazlet.
Hazlet Police received $13,460 for a 2022 NJ Pedestrian Safety Enforcement and Education Grant. Two officers have been trained through AAA North America to set up and run Pedestrian Decoy Education and Enforcement details. Recently, the police ran a successful decoy event at 6th Street resulting in the issuing of warnings to 33 drivers. The drivers received a printed flyer to educate them on the law pertaining to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Under state law, motorists must stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Failure to do can result in 2 points and a $200 fine, plus court costs, 15 days of community service and insurance surcharges. Ptl. Wood said the drivers must wait until the pedestrian exits the crosswalk on the other side. View NJ Statutes: Driver to yield to pedestrians; Crossing Roadway
Pedestrians also share a responsibility to cross safely. They must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections or face a $54 fine. View NJ Statute: Use of designated crosswalk.
The August 16 Township Committee Special Workshop Meeting has been canceled.
The Land Use Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, August 18. The agenda is posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.
A little lemonade stand on Carriage Road has made life a little sweeter in Hazlet.
To demonstrate to their young children how to show appreciation for community volunteers, the Bongiorno family set up a tent and a table to sell cold lemonade or iced tea ($1.00) and cookies (2 for a $1.00) to raise funds for the Hazlet First Aid and Rescue Squad. They put the word out on social media and waited. Joe Bongiorno joked he honestly thought he'd be handing over a check to the First Aid for $9. But the response was amazing on this 98 degree day, and the family of five was astonished to see a steady stream of people, including local First Aid squads, who wanted to support the cause. A couple of residents paid for theirs with a $20 bill. By the end of the event on July 30, the kids had earned $211, which was proudly delivered to the squad by Sofia, 7, Vincent, 5, Valentina, 4
"It was great to see people getting together to something good," said Bongiorno, who moved to Hazlet with his family from Brooklyn in 2018. "The smile on my kids' faces when people came up to the stand, to see them racing to get them a cup. I tell you it was so great. They were so happy."
Thanks to the turnout, Joe and Maria Bongiorno plan to do it again on September 17, from 9 am to 4 pm on Carriage Road, located off Middle Road.
NJ's Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 27 - Sept. 5
Planning back-to-school shopping? Be aware New Jersey has established a Sales Tax Holiday for certain retail sales of computers, school supplies, and sport or recreational equipment when sold to an individual purchaser for non-business use. Some examples are book bags, athletic shoes, paintbrushes, printers, and computers with a sales price less than $3,000.
The Sales Tax Holiday takes place between August 27 through September 5 of 2022. Sellers should not charge Sales Tax on eligible items when purchased during the Sales Tax Holiday. Read more on the state website.
Sewer Pipeline Work Notice
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) will be rehabilitating its interceptor sewer pipelines in certain Hazlet neighborhoods. The rehabilitation work will be performed in three areas of Hazlet Township and will utilize the cured-in-place liner method to minimize disturbances to all residents and businesses. The project areas are:
- NJSH Route 36 Crossing (Between Palmer Avenue & Monroe Avenue)
- Hudson Avenue (Between Curren Street & River Street)
- Ninth & Eleventh Street
The work is expected to begin on Monday, August 15, 2022 and take between three and four weeks to complete. Official notice
If you are experiencing a bad mosquito problem, an inspector from the Monmouth County Mosquito Division can visit your property to look for standing water sources that support mosquito larvae. If larvae are found, the inspector will either treat the water or in the case of a container such as a bucket, dump the water.
A typical inspection will survey your property and adjacent properties (provided that permission to enter is granted by the owner or resident). If you identify a suspected source not on your property, the staff will still check that property for water sources that may be overlooked.
The goal is to control mosquitoes before they become biting adult mosquitoes. Inspectors do not apply treatments to eliminate flying mosquitoes, rather eliminate larvae at the source.
You do not need to be home at the time of the inspection. The inspector will leave a note with the findings. Please note concerns or obstacles such as locked gates or outside pets in the comments section of this request form.
Depending on demand, an inspector should visit within 7-10 business days.
Landlord Tenant Informational Webinar
As part of its outreach to the public, New Jersey Courts hold informational virtual webinars to discuss a variety of available services. On Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the topic will be about Landlord Tenant issues. Topics will include:
- the role of courts in resolving landlord tenant matters focusing on eviction complaints
- the current status of court processes relating to non-payment of rent
- the voluntary pretrial/settlement conference process
- the rights and responsibilities of landlords
- the rights and responsibilities of tenants
- the community resources available to assist landlords and tenants in navigating the process, identifying potential financial assistance, and reducing the risks of housing instability resulting from evictions due to non-payment of rent; and
- the services of the Judiciary Ombudsman Program.
Find township government, board and committee meetings and more on the main township calendar.
Aug. 22, Monday, Community Blood Drive at North Centerville Firehouse between 1pm-7pm. To make an appointment, you can visit www.nybc.org/donate or text 732-616-8736. Appointments encouraged, Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by Hazlet Emergency Services.
Aug. 31, Wednesday, Overdose Awareness Day
Sept. 10, Saturday: 3rd Annual Hazlet PBA Local #189 Car Show and Festival. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park. Food trucks, street vendors, family fun and lots of Antique, Classic, and Cool vehicles on display. Event website.
Sept. 13, Tuesday at 11 a.m. to noon: Fraud & Scam Information Talk, presented by John Hadden, director of Monmouth County Consumer Affairs. Lunch included. At the Cullen Center. Open to all. Register at hazlet.recdesk.com
Wednesday, Sept. 28: AngioScreen Vascular Screenings will be offered by Hackensack Meridian Health from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cullen Recreation Center. Pre-registration is required
Oct. 1, Saturday: Hazlet Day. Held outside Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors, rides, games, information booths, food trucks and more. Registration is open to secure a spot at our registration site. (Look under Programs tab, Events.)
Oct. 22, Howl-a-Ween Bonfire at Leocadia Park. Details to come!
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