April 2021

Hazlet Citizen News-April 8, 2021
New LED sign erected in front of police station

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

A modern new LED sign was installed in front of the police department, replacing an old one that was hard to update.  New messages coming soon! 

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SUMMER FUNHazlet Swim Club


The Hazlet Township Committee is pleased to announce fun in the sun is back!  

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, 2021, and then daily beginning on June 21, 2021 through September 6, 2021, 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.

A five-week summer recreation camp will also be offered exclusively to Hazlet children. It will be operated by Camp Coconuts, which will also simultaneously offer its own Summer Day Camp, open to all local children. 

The Hazlet Summer Recreation Camp will be open to 150 children ranging in age from 5 to 13 years of age for the period June 28, 2021 to July 30, 2021, between 9:30 am and 3:00 p.m. daily. The total cost for the 5-week camp will be $450 per child. Recreation Camp will have scheduled access to the pool club for daily swimming, recreational activities, and arts and craft activities. Weekly off-site excursions will also be offered at an additional fee.  Online sign-up begins Saturday, April 10 at 9 am on Camp Coconuts website. The sign-up link will be posted on the Hazlet Township Recreation page

The Hazlet Hammerheads Swim Team will also return 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.”   

Registration for swim club will be posted once the rates are passed by town ordinance. Registration is slated to begin around April 21. There will not be an Early Bird rate, nor a cap on registration, so don't feel rushed! You will find links to register, at your convenience, on the Swim Club webpage. Due to COVID-19, online registration is preferred but we will also have paper registration forms available.

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 tennis courts.  

From Town HallHOMESTEAD REBATES

From the Hazlet Tax Collector

The full 2017 Homestead Property Tax Credit has been applied to the May 2021 tax quarter for eligible property owners and adjusted statements have been mailed.  

 If you sold your property after 2017 and have not contacted the State, you should reach out to your closing attorney for guidance. All credits must remain with the property and cannot be refunded to prior owners because of a sale.

For more information about the program, visit the NJ Division of Taxation website or the Hazlet Township Tax Collector's Office.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Hazlet Township is hiring! View job description.

  • Recreation Director (Part-time)
    Apply by April 15.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION


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. 

Sorry, due to a change of procedure we will not know which varieties we will receive from the nursery until  pickup on April 20.  Therefore we do not plan on requiring pre-registration, but we will post the varieties on the front page of HazletTwp.org as soon as we know.

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. 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK


Create a Bookmark
Create a bookmark to celebrate your favorite branch, a favorite library program, a favorite book... we look forward to sharing your creativity with others. 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


APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH


Hazlet Police will be sporting special magnets as well as wearing a special patch during the month of April to promote awareness. 

HAZLET POLICE TRADING CARDS

A project to promote friendly interactions between Hazlet Police and Hazlet youths. Follow the Hazlet PD Facebook Page to learn about the cards in the collection. They each feature a member of the staff.  Kids up to the age of 14 can approach an officer, introduce themselves, and ask for a card. Some cards are only available at the police station located at 255 Middle Road. Once a child has all 45 they can bring them into HQ to collect a prize, which is a $5 Ralph’s Italian Ice gift card.

JOIN THE BAND

HazletPopsCommunityBandSomething new! Hazlet is starting up a community band to play outdoor concerts in town this summer.

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.

TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALE Town-Wide Garage Sale April 17, 2021

As of Thursday, 90 families have signed up for the Town-Wide Garage Sale on April 17, and the location map is beginning to fill out with purple markers. See where the sales are on the Recreation Events page. Add your address to the list. Free!

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 newsCOVID-19 UPDATE

Information about the County’s COVID-19 testing program is available on www.visitmonmouth.com. Residents are encouraged to fill out the testing requisition form ahead of testing in order to expedite the process.

GATHERING LIMITS ADJUSTED

On April 7, Go. Murphy announced an adjustment of a recent administrative order about gathering limits for non-professional and non-collegiate indoor sports activities. The adjustment clarifies that athletes, coaches, up to two parents and guardians per participating athlete under the age of 21, and other individuals necessary for the practice or competition do not count towards the general indoor gathering limit, which is currently 25 persons.  The order also allows retail businesses to permit customers to utilize self-service food, such as buffets and salad bars.

The Governor also announced that as of April 19, all individuals 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. 

HAZLET MUNICIPAL COURT

Expungements


EXPUNGEMENT INFORMATION

Monmouth and Ocean vicinages will hold a virtual expungement informational webinar on Tuesday, April 13 from 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Vicinage staff and representatives from South Jersey Legal Services will discuss how self-represented litigants can file a petition for expungement on the New Jersey Judiciary eCourts expungement system. 
The webinar will provide an overview of the expungement process, information on new laws, and an explanation of procedures for filing a petition for expungement. Other topics include a review of the application form, how to complete the petition online and what happens after an expungement has been granted. 
Expungement forms are available at njcourts.gov. The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 13. For more information, to register, request an ADA accommodation or for interpreting services, contact the Monmouth Vicinage Office of the Ombudsman at 732-358-8700, ext. 87251 or MonHelp.Mailbox@njcourts.gov. T
his is an informational webinar only. Individual cases will not be discussed or resolved. The webinar is sponsored by the Superior Court of New Jersey Monmouth and Ocean vicinages in collaboration with South Jersey Legal Services.


HAZLET IN THE NEWS


Hazlet Citizen News-April 2

Daffodils-640PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Come visit our town parks to see everything coming into bloom. At Veteran's Park you will find daffodils, hyacinth, cherry and green grass. April showers bring May flowers, so expect a colorful Easter weekend! Find a park near you.

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CHICK-FIL-A RIBBON CUTTING

Welcome to town, Chick-Fil-A! Ahead of the April 1 grand opening, franchise owner/operator Brandon Jones was thrilled to cut the ceremonial ribbon Tuesday alongside Hazlet Mayor Tara Clark. He was surrounded by his family and colleagues and representatives of the Hazlet Business Owners Association

Establishing the brand new Hazlet franchise on Route 35 North, even despite the pandemic, is a longtime "dream come true" for Jones, a Holmdel resident who came from the healthcare field.

The Holmdel Boy Scouts led a flag raising ceremony. It was important to owner Brandon Jones, the father of former Scouts, to include this patriotic event at his new restaurant. Hazlet Girls Scouts were also on hand. Over 140 people are now employed at Chick-fil-A of Hazlet, many of them teens and college students. 

For now, it will be mobile pick up and drive-thru only. With the potential for over 100 cars in queue, a traffic pattern has been set up to lessen knots.  There will be helpers onsite to help direct motorists.\

Chick-Fil-A ribbon cutting, March 30, 2021

HazletPopsCommunityBandSomething new! Hazlet is starting up a community band to play outdoor concerts in town this summer. 

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! 

More details:: https://www.hazlettwp.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=632

As of Thursday, 55 families have signed up for the Town-Wide Garage Sale on April 17, and the location map is beginning to fill out with purple markers. Last October we had over 200! See who's selling what on the Recreation Events page. Add your address to the list. Special note for book lovers: check out the Hazlet Library, which will be selling used books by the bag.



Honor Hazlet Heroes Banner ProgramThe 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..

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It was such a beautiful day for Hazlet's first-ever Bike with a Bunny on Saturday, March 27. 

With Middle Road cleared of traffic, kids had the rare freedom to ride bikes all the way from Airport Plaza to a musical finish at Veterans Park. 

A round of applause for the Recreation Advisory Committee for thinking up this creative idea and seeing it through! Police, first aid and fire helped keep the event safe. The kids were accompanied by their parents and the Hazlet Running Club. The Perna Dance Center performers and Raritan High School Marching Band made it very celebratory! Raritan High School volunteers helped make it go smoothly. 

All the bikers and little spectators got a little plastic egg to open. Inside was a stuffed animal to attach to their bike. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs Bunny for coming to Hazlet and spreading spring joy.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Hazlet Township is hiring! View job descriptions 

  • Payroll Clerk / QPA (Fulltime)
    Apply by April 5.
  • Recreation Director (Part-time)
    Apply by April 15.

EXPANDED CAPACITY FOR OUTDOOR GATHERINGS, CATERING, LARGE VENUES

Effective 6 a.m. on Friday, April 2nd, the general outdoor gathering limit will increase to 200 people. Indoor catered events with professional caterers, or at dining establishments, are limited to 35% of a room's capacity, but no more than 150 people. Venues with a fixed seating capacity of 2,500 or more may host indoor events at 20% capacity and outdoor events at 30% capacity.


HELPFUL RESOURCES FROM NJ

  • Rental Assistance Program
    Do you need help paying your rent or arrears due to the pandemic? Online applications for Phase II of the #COVID19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program for New Jersey residents is now open. Applications can be submitted ONLINE at: njdca.onlinepha.com. Landlords may apply on behalf of tenants, with the tenant’s permission.
  • Grants are available for venue operators and other related professionals.
    The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program provides grants equal to 45% of a business’s gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. The program is open to venue operators, producers, talent representatives, and more. Applications go live on April 8th, visit the program application page to sign up for updates.
  • PPE Access Program Deadline May 28
    There is still time for New Jersey-based businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees to apply for discounts of nearly 70% off purchases of personal protective equipment through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Businesses that were approved previously do not need to reapply, but any discounts they have redeemed to date will be counted toward the program cap.
  • Health Insurance Enrollment
    The enrollment window has been extended for eligible uninsured residents to enroll in an individual or family health insurance plan through the State marketplace or a health insurance carrier. A COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period will run through May 15th, 2021. Visit GetCovered.NJ.gov.

HAZLET IN THE NEWS

Show Off Your City 2021 (1)

A photo that perfectly framed a unique moment in Hazlet during the summer of COVID-19 has been selected by the judges for Honorable Mention in the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 2021 "Show Off Your City" contest.

The photo, taken by Hazlet resident Danielle Paul-Brosonski, will be published in the April edition of the magazine. (See a PDF)

The summery scene shows the Hazlet Rocks garden display, which sprang up at the base of a beloved shady tree in Veterans Park during the long days of lockdown. It began as a creative community project led by Hazlet resident and prolific rock painter Rich Pyburn, with the encouragement of the Township Committee. 

It drew visitors to the township park to "see the garden grow." They could check out the uniquely painted rocks and add their own versions to the pile. A community of more than 1,300 people shared photos and compliments on the Hazlet Rocks Facebook Page.  It became something "to do together, but apart" when social distancing was necessary. It inspired feelings of positivity, accomplishment and connection for many.