On Memorial Day in Hazlet, a very large crowd of over 300 people gathered at Veterans Memorial Park to pay their respects to those who gave all. It was a dignified and reverent ceremony with music from the new Hazlet Pops community band. Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley read the names of Hazlet residents who died in service to our country, as a bell tolled solemnly for each. Hazlet VFW Commander John Conti and other Post 4303 leaders spoke about sacrifice. Hazlet Police Chaplain Barry Mulligan offered prayers.
Hazlet Police Chief Ted Wittke dedicated a new police monument in the circle. Committeeman Skip McKay, a former Navy SEAL, described Hazlet's legacy of service dating back to the Revolutionary War and how the beautiful banners adorning the park and adjacent area highlighting township veterans, active service members and fallen will ensure Hazlet residents are always remembered for their patriotic service and sacrifice. Scouts, the Hazlet Police Honor Guard and professional presenter Sarah Williams of Hazlet gave polish to the ceremony.
Afterward, visitors toured Veterans Park to view the red, white and blue banners, which will remain in place until Veterans Day. Thank you to the Provident Bank, Hazlet Recreation Advisory Committee, Panther Press of Matawan and BagelBoyz for your contributions to making make this year's May 31st Memorial Day ceremony so special.
Hazlet Police K-9s were highlighted twice last week.
Rico Assists in Rescue On May 25 around 11 pm, Patrolman Cody Sachs and his partner K-9 Rico were dispatched to Matawan to assist in locating a missing elderly female with dementia. Upon arrival, Ptl. Sachs met with Ptl. Sheehan of Matawan PD and performed a sweep of the residence to ensure the female was not hiding inside. Once it was confirmed the female was not inside, the family directed Ptl. Sachs and K-9 Rico in the direction they believed the female walked in.
After searching the area for some time with no positive results, Ptl. Sachs and K-9 Rico began checking the opposite direction where K-9 Rico quickly located a scent trail. Ptl. Sachs and K-9 Rico continued to track the scent to the back of a residence on a street nearby. In the rear of the residence was a steep embankment in which K-9 Rico almost fell. K-9 Rico began to bark in order to alert Ptl. Sachs he detected a human odor in the embankment.
Ptl. Sachs illuminated the area with his flashlight and observed a female at the bottom of the embankment in the area where K-9 Rico alerted. Ptl. Sachs identified himself and the female identified herself as the missing woman they were searching for. Ptl. Sheehan from Matawan PD went down the embankment to begin rendering aid to the woman.
If it had not been for the efforts of Ptl. Sachs and K-9 Rico, this woman would not have been found in a timely manner which could have resulted in much more serious injuries or consequences. Everyone here at the Hazlet Township Police Department is very proud of Ptl. Sachs and K-9 Rico’s diligence and dedication to finding this missing woman.
K-9 Diablo: End of Watch On May 28, Hazlet Police announced the death of K-9 Diablo. K-9 Diablo was acquired by the Hazlet Police and his K-9 handler Lt. Kevin Geoghan in September 2010. Together, the K-9 team spent a significant time training in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Tracking and Apprehension. He faithfully served the residents of Hazlet and surrounding towns until his retirement on January 1, 2020.
Come to the outdoor Hazlet Library Book Sale on Saturday, June 5 for bargains on used books. The volunteer Library Commission uses all proceeds to benefit improvements at the Hazlet library at 251 Middle Road. Hours are 9am to 1pm. Please bring your own bags and small bills.
The Land Use Board met on June 3. About 20 residents attended and several offered public comment on the Monmouth Jet Ski proposal for 53 North Park Ave. marina. The hearing continues at the July 1 meeting. Land Use Board meetings are virtual for now. Members of the public can look at documents related to Land Use board applications on the Meeting Documents page.
The Township Committee meets Monday. This is a rescheduled meeting. The agendas for the 7pm Workshop and 8pm Regular Meeting are posted.
The June 8 Primary election will be conducted primarily in-person. Registered party members will not automatically receive ballots by mail. The usual polling places in Hazlet Township will be open to anyone who wants to vote in-person using a voting machine. Mail in ballot applications are available. Ballottrax is available to track the status of mail-in ballots. All the details here.
Last weekend's miserable weather squashed the opening weekend at the Hazlet Swim Club. But on Monday, the sun came out and members came back to the club. A few swam and played tennis. Others gathered on lawn chairs and enjoyed each other's company. The gate staff was welcoming and ready to help anyone with signing up.
Saturday, June 5 - Free paper shredding for county residents at Keyport Fireman's Park. More info.
Monday, June 21 - Hazlet Swim Club opens for daily enjoyment.
Thursday, July 1 - Hazlet Pops community band free performance in Veterans Park "Patriotic Night: Honoring Our Heroes." 7 to 8 pm.
Saturday, July 3 - Hazlet Township Fireworks Display at Veterans Park. Rain date July 5th
Thursday, July 8 - Hazlet Pops performs free concert "Give Our Regards to Broadway!" Location TBA. From 7 to 8 pm. Directly following the concert there will be an outdoor movie showing of Mamma Mia.
Thursday, July 22 - Hazlet Pops performs free concert "Back to the Classics." This is the Raritan HS Alumni Night Honoring Fred Mosher. Directly following the concert, there will be special performance from the Pete Wikul Band.
Thursday, July 29 - Hazlet Pops performs Cinema Spectacular! A special night featuring the Hazlet Pops Junior community band. Directly following the concert there will be an outdoor movie showing of the Disney movie, Moana.
Saturday, August 7 - Special fundraising event at Hazlet Swim Club to benefit RAINE and Hazlet Hope Foundations. 6 to 9 pm.
July & August Thursday nights - Concerts/Movies in the Parks
Satuday, Oct 2 - Hazlet Day at Veterans Park
Saturday, Oct 23 - Hazlet Woofstock pet fair. Location TBA
Stay tuned for more programs coming this summer for Kids, Adults & Seniors from the Hazlet Recreation Advisory Committee.