August 27, 2021
Roadwork in Hazlet
Hazlet’s Roadway Restoration program continues to roll on. This week, the Raritan Ridge neighborhood off Middle Road is getting newly paved road and curbs.
In some places, residents privately contracted for new sidewalks and driveway aprons.
This week the township contractor paved Raritan Road and “state streets:” Michigan, Virginia, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio and Kentucky. The smell of hot asphalt is still in the air and the new roads are smooth and quiet to drive upon.
Township engineers have identified 110 streets for improvements in 2021 and 2022. Residents can view a rating chart on the township website and anticipated construction dates. See photos of the work taken on Thursday.
Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 31
In an effort to bring attention to the devastating impact of drug overdose in our community, Mayor Tara Clark has proclaimed August 31, 2021 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Hazlet Township. You can participate in an overdose awareness event and walk.
Property Tax Bills
Tax bills have been mailed & the statutory 10-day grace period has been extended to Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Payments received after that date will accrue interest dating back to August 1, 2021.
9/11 Candlelight Commemoration
Join us in a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001 — the 20th anniversary of that day's tragic events.
To accommodate those who plan to attend morning ceremonies in New York City, we will gather Saturday evening at 6:45 pm at the gazebo in Veterans Park, near the pond, 1776 Union Avenue. There will be live music and prayers. At dusk, candles will be distributed and lighted. Names will be read of those we lost in our Hazlet family.
At the conclusion, all are invited to take a quiet walk to the township's 9/11 memorial.
Participants will the Hazlet Police Department, Chaplain and Honor Guard; Hazlet First Aid; Hazlet Fire Department and the Raritan High School Marching Band.
All are welcome. Limited seating available. Free event. The tribute will be held rain or shine.
Free Rabies Clinic 10/16
Hazlet Township will host a free rabies clinic on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 am to 11 am. It is open to all Monmouth County residents. The location will be the DPW Yard at Leocadia Court (off Laurel Avenue.) All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. For questions, please call Hazlet Health Services at 732-217-8688.
To license your pet in January 2022, the rabies shot must be valid through October 31, 2022. If your pet is deceased, or no longer living at your residence, please advise Hazlet Health Services to update records.
Recycling Yard Hours Shift
Summer hours are ending at the DPW Recycling Yard at 39 Leocadia Court, After Labor Day, Sept. 6, the yard, returns to this schedule:
- Weekdays: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
It is closed on Labor Day, September 6.
For details on recycling, use the RecycleCoach app or the township's green booklet. Copies are available in Town Hall. Visit the Recycling Page.
Blood Drive Successful
Hazlet Emergency Services reports that the most recent blood drive was well-attended and will make a difference in the lives in as many 207 patients. On Aug. 23, 72 donors signed up and 69 units (pints) of blood were donated. The next opportunity in Hazlet is on Sept. 27. The location is the North Centerville Firehouse, 372 Middle Road. Register at NYBC.org/donate.
August 20, 2021
The staff of the Hazlet Library were thrilled to reopen the Hazlet Library's door to the public on August 17, 2021. "There's no place like home," said Branch Librarian Mary Patterson. A faulty air conditioning system is now fixed, and patrons can finally return to the building at 251 Middle Road. It is cool and comfortable.
Hazlet Library Commission President Christopher McManus offered Patterson a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the volunteers. With her, from left, are library assistants Deborah Barker, Diana Rodriguez, Kathleen Santora and Hazlet's new children's librarian Melissa Cecchini.
The library is accepting book donations once again. The semi-annual used book sale is planned for October 16 from 9am to 1 pm, and will be held outdoors. That is also the day for the next Town-Wide Garage Sale.
See operating hours on the Library page.
CLARK STREET DETOUR
CROSSING GUARDS WANTED
In an effort to bring attention to the devastating impact of drug overdose in our community, Mayor Tara Clark proclaimed August 31, 2021 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Hazlet Township.
Purple flags were planted Monday on the front lawn of the Hazlet Police Department, 255 Middle Road, by Hazlet Police and the Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County. There are 51 flags to represent 51 Monmouth residents lost January through March 31, 2021, but sadly the number continues to rise. The unofficial number to date is now 84, according to Laura O'Hara of Hazlet's Hope Network. Read about upcoming overdose awareness event and walk later this month.
The Hazlet Police Youth Academy is going on this week, and its a busy one for the 42 kids. Participants paused for a photo on the second day following an exciting encounter on the softball field at Veterans Park where they got to see the inside of an Airmed2 Helicopter. Other events planned included a K9 demonstration, a lesson on firearms and firearm safety.
August 13, 2021
The West Keansburg Central Avenue Block Party is a longtime tradition in the West Keansburg section of Hazlet. On August 7, neighbors put out tents, tables and a big grill and enjoyed chatting with each others' extended families. For the kids there was volleyball, a jumping house and a dunk tank and much more. A deejay played tunes.
Block parties are a great way to bring a neighborhood together and create a sense of community. Hazlet requires you to have a permit, but there is no fee. You can find more information about block party permits on our website.
Hazlet Township officials were invited to talk to West Keansburg residents about the plans for the local 8th Street Park. Mayor Tara Clark, Committeeman Skip McKay and Recreation Director Chris McManus gathered input and ideas for desired features in a revitalized park. Many had attended the recent Hazlet Pops concert at the park and are excited about its future.
August 6, 2021
Enjoy more free concerts and movies in August:
Wednesday, Aug 11- All in one Entertainment Concert, 7pm Veterans Park
Wednesday, Aug 18- Madison Avenue Band Concert, 7pm Veterans Park
Thursday, Aug 19- Movie in the park- Vision Quest, At dusk, Veterans Park
Saturday, Aug 21- Time After Time Concert 4-6pm Hazlet Swim Club for club members
Wednesday, Aug 25 Arbour Season Concert 7pm, Veterans Park
Thursday, Aug 26 Movie in the park Bad News Bears At dusk, Veteran Park
Wednesday, Sept 1 Time After Time Concert 7pm, Beers Street School Field
Keep an eye on the Recreation Events & Activities page for more things to come!
HAZLET HAMMERHEADS SWIM TEAM
The Hazlet Hammerheads Swim Team is back! After COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 prevented a summer league from happening, the team was able to return to the pool club this year and just completed another successful season under new coaches, Jim Rimbault and Olivia Havens.
“This year was a special year,” said Asst. Coach Olivia Havens, who has been swimming as a Hammerhead since she was 6. “We wanted to get these kids back in the water doing what they love. Seeing the smiles on their faces is why we do this.”
The team is comprised of swimmers ages 5-18, and focuses on strengthening swimmers strokes and race abilities while promoting a fun and high energy atmosphere.
If you’ve come to the pool club during the evening in July it is likely you’ve seen what the team is all about. The coaches can be seen instructing in the water or on the sideline while swimmers are doing laps, cheering one another on.
The season ended with many personal best times and championship ribbons, but more importantly kids were just happy to be back in the pool and falling in love with summer swim again. The team is already looking forward to next summer.
– Contributed by Christine Joslin, Hazlet Hammerheads