June 2022

Hazlet Citizen Weekly-June 24 2022 (1)

From Hazlet Township
June 24, 2022

Get Ready for the Fourth; Progress for 8th Street Park; 
Basketball Net Ordinance

Hazlet Fireworks
Get ready, make plans! Our beloved Hazlet tradition to celebrate Independence Day is coming. Set out chairs on Saturday, July 2 at Veterans Park and enjoy the show in the sky.

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Another Step Forward for 8th Street Park

The groundwork for renovation of 8th Street Park is advancing forward. 

In what Mayor Michael Sachs called "a significant step," the Hazlet Township Committee voted at its June 21 meeting to introduce a $1.5 million bond ordinance for improvements to the 3.75 acre public park, and authorize the issuance of $1 million in negotiable bonds or notes for the financing part of the appropriation. 

The amount includes the sum of $250,000 expected to be received as a Monmouth County Open Space Grant and $250,000 as the down payment required by NJ Local Bond Law to be provided by the Open Space fund. 

"We have to have this money in place to move forward with engineering and putting the project out to bid," said Mayor Sachs. "If approved, residents may see the project begin in the early spring at the park."

A public hearing is scheduled for the Township Committee's  July 12, 2022 at Hazlet Town Hall. You can follow progress on the plan to renovate 8th Street Park on this page. 

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Basketball Nets
The governing body is proposing to rescind a local law that prohibits basketball nets in the roadway. 
Mayor Sachs explained, "It's okay to have them, but they need to be placed in the right of way, between the sidewalk and the curb, and they need to be portable in case we need to do work." 
A public hearing and vote will be held at the Township Committee meeting July 12.

Summer Camp & Swim Club In Full Swing
Our large Veterans Park will soon be buzzing with summer fun. 

  • Beginning Saturday, the Hazlet Swim Club will be open every day until Labor Day, weather permitting. 
  • Monday is the launch of summer camp. Kids will be dropped off at 9 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m..  Please be aware of potential traffic congestion and especially careful to drive slowly when traveling on Green Acres Drive.

Welcome New Businesses
Mayor Michael Sachs joined the Hazlet Business Owners Association for a ribbon-cutting at I'd Wax That Beauty Bar. The beauty salon, located in Chelsea Plaza, recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. The business offers full body waxing, facials and lash services. Wax That

American Flag Display

Some citizens have noticed the township has not installed the annual American flag display on telephone poles along Middle Road and Hazlet and Florence avenues this summer. In fact, the Township Committee has decided to retire the program due to a persistent problem of flags becoming entangled in cable lines, necessitating Public Works crews to respond. Also, most were not illuminated at night, contrary to the display rules of the US Flag Code. 

In its place, the township has invested in the US flag display at the corner of Union Avenue and Middle Road, as well as the award-winning Honor Hazlet Heroes banner exhibit in Veterans Park. 

There are some plaques on the poles honoring local military members. The plaques will remain in place, said Mayor Sachs, unless a family requests them. 

Public Meetings

  • The Environmental Commission meets Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. This meeting was rescheduled from last Monday.
  • The Township Committee meets Tuesday, June 28 for a 7 pm Workshop meeting. There is no Regular Meeting scheduled on this date. 

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.

Sewer Bill Reminder
Third quarter sewer bills are due Friday, July 1 with a 10-day grace period. Did you know you can now pay sewer bills through direct withdrawal. Previously, this was only available for tax payments.  Download agreement and instructions from the Sewer page.

Sewer Bill Reminder

Happy Graduation to the 8th Grade Students and the Raritan High School Class of 2022!

Hazlet Citizen Weekly-June 17 2022

From Hazlet Township
June 17, 2022

New Retail Plan Approved on Rt. 35, Pickleball Clinics, Hazlet Rec Boat Cruise

New Retail Plan Approved on Route 35 North
On Thursday, June 16, The Land Use Board approved an application for a new 40-seat coffee restaurant with drive-through lane at the site of the former Farmers Market / longtime Dino's Fishery, located next to Hazlet Plaza. The applicant, known as 3091 Route 35 Partners, said they will redevelop and renovate the entire two-acre property, including a shopping strip in the rear. Documents related to the project can be viewed online under "3091 Route 35" on the township website under Land Use Board - Related Documents 

State and Monmouth County offices are closed for Juneteenth Day on Friday, June 17.  Hazlet municipal offices are open.

On the federal level, the Juneteenth National Independence Day is Sunday and will be observed by federal workers on Monday, June 20. The Post Office will be closed. Hazlet municipal offices will be open. 

Sewer Pipe Inspection
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority will begin annual work to clean and inspect its interceptor sewer pipelines on Monday, June 20, 2022 in Hazlet and Holmdel Townships. The work will take place between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for approximately 4 to 5 weeks. The work is being done by contractor Vortex Services of Freehold, NJ which uses a high pressure water jet and closed circuit television (CCTV). 

The BRSA staff will be providing door hangers to all immediately impacted residents and businesses, see attached notice.

Work includes: 

  • Clark Street and Coral Drive, Parkview Drive. Along the GSP northbound (in the grassy area) 
  • Behind Beers Street school
  • Raccoon Drive
  • Union Avenue, from Hemlock Street to Appleton Drive, and up to Spruce Street

More streets may be added.

About the BRSA
The BRSA provides Wastewater Treatment service to the Northern Bayshore Communities. It is based in Union Beach. View website.

Sewer Pipeline Cleaning

Public Meetings

  • The Environmental Commission meets Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
  • The Township Committee meets Tuesday, June 21 for a 7 pm Workshop meeting and 8 pm Regular meeting in the Main Conference Room.
  • The Hazlet Alliance meets Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.

Utility Scam Alert
Last year, JCP&L customers reported 3,500 scams, and vulnerable citizens continue to be targeted. Mayor Michael Sachs would like Hazlet residents to be aware that scammers may try to trick customers into giving away personal information and paying “unpaid bills” to avoid service disconnection. Please read more on the township website

Hazlet Recreation will host a Scam & Fraud Information Session with the Monmouth County Consumer Affairs Division at the Cullen Center on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. It is open to all. 

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Pickle Ball
Learn how to play Pickle Ball in Hazlet, a game that combines aspects of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. It's fun, easy to learn and low intensity, popular with people of all ages. Hazlet Recreation offers an Intro session on Saturday, June 25 from 11 am to noon at the Veterans Park Tennis Courts. You can sign up for Beginner Clinic and Advanced Beginner clinics. 
See more information and sign up Hazlet.Recdesk.com.

Learn Pickleball with Hazlet Recreation

Hazlet Recreation Hosts a Cruise
Our township hosted a relaxing cruise on the Navesink Queen Paddle Wheel Boat with neighboring Recreation departments on June 15. The boat left from the Atlantic Highlands Marina. You could not have asked for a nicer afternoon! The guests took photos of the Twin Lights and Sandy Hook Lighthouses, as well as a few dolphins. They chatted with friends and enjoyed the views from a new perspective. Hazlet Rec has trips planned to Yankees & Mets games and more trips like this in the works. Thank you Classic Boat Rides Cruising Charters for a pleasant voyage! 

Paddle Wheel Boat Cruise 6/15/2022

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Hazlet Citizen Weekly-June 10 2022

From Hazlet Township
June 10, 2022

Police Excellence Awards & Appointments; Fundraiser for First Aid; Free Fireworks, Concerts and Outdoor Film

Police Awards & New Officer Appointments

The Hazlet Township Committee meeting Monday was preceded with an awards ceremony and the appointment of new officers. 

Squad Awards were presented to: 

  • Lt. Chris Acevedo and Patrol Officers Russell Surdi, Patrick Kiley, Zachary Kruk, Douglas Centrone, Brian Jelinski and Thomas Enright. 
  • Det. Michael Tristao, Sgt. Robert Dickens and Patrol Officers, Patrick Kiley, Russell Surdi and Megan Quinn.
  • Detectives Michael Tristao, Nicolas Logothetis and Steven Venticique. 

Letters of Recognition were presented to 

  • Spc. Class III Officer Thomas Ferrari
  • Ptl Officer Kevin Quinn
  • Ptl. John Corcione.
  • Sgt. Edward Schmidt and Ptl. Richard Wilhelm

CPR Save Award presented to 

Sgt. Richard Jaeger.

Appointments to Hazlet Police Dept. as a Police Officer:

  •  Joshua Wagner
  • Michael Vamos
  • David Dillon

Job Posting
The Township Committee is interviewing candidates for the position of township Business Administrator. To view the job description, visit the Jobs page.

Town Meetings

  • The Land Use Board meets Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
  • The Township Committee meets Tuesday, June 21 for a 7 pm Workshop and 8 pm Regular meeting.

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.

Hazlet First Aid Fundraiser
To raise funds for lifesaving operations, the Hazlet First Aid and Rescue Squad volunteers have been granted permission to solicit donations at the intersection of Route 36 and Laurel Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  Sunday,  June 12; Saturday June 25; Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 10;  and Saturday, August 27.  
Another way to show support is to visit their Donation page, which has a postal address and Paypal link. All donations appreciated, great or small. 

Fireworks Show Planned
Hazlet Township's annual Fireworks Show will be held at dusk on Saturday, July 2. Rain date is July 3. The fireworks go off from Veterans Park. Sponsored by Hazlet Recreation.

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Free Concerts in the Parks
Hazlet Township is pleased to welcome back the Hazlet Pops community band this summer!

Orchestra leaders Ray Lahaye and Tiffani Slattery will present four music programs for your listening pleasure.  All concerts are free and scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursdays at the gazebo in Veterans Park. Rain dates will be announced if necessary. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit upon; no chairs are provided. No registration necessary. 

July 7:  "Honoring Our Heroes" featuring patriotic music. 

July 14: "Give Our Regards To Broadway" featuring music from Phantom of The Opera, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, and more. 

July 21: "Cinema Spectacular!" featuring music from movie classics such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Encanto. 

July 28: "Back To The Classics" featuring music traditional classical selections and a little Elvis. 

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Movie Night: Star Wars Film
Join us for an outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) in Veterans Park. 

The event is free, but please register on Hazlet.RecDesk.com so we can be aware of how many are coming.  The movie will be 8:30 p.m. on Friday,  June 24. Bring chairs or blankets.

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Summer Camp
Parents of registered campers received an email invitation from Hazlet Recreation  this week to attend a friendly orientation meeting on Weds., June 22 at 6:30 p.m. Families can meet staff members, see the facilities and ask questions. 

Hazlet Citizen Weekly-June 3 2022

From Hazlet Township
June 3, 2022

Primary Election June 7
Early in-person voting for the June 7 Primary is available at the James J. Cullen Community Center at 1776 Union Ave. Voting is Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5. Hours are Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Consult your sample ballot for candidates.

Town Meetings

  • The Township Committee meets Monday, June 6 (instead of Tuesday, June 7, Primary Day.) Workshop at 7 p.m., Regular Meeting at 8 p.m. At Town Hall.
  • The Land Use Board meets Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.

Welcome, Bubbakoo's Burritos! 
Mayor Michael Sachs joined the owners and staff of Bubbakoo's and the Hazlet Business Owners Association to cut the grand opening ribbon on May 24. The Tex-Mex eatery is located in the Hazlet Town Center at 3070 Route 35. Support local business! 

Bubbakoos Ribbon Cutting May 24, 2022

From the Desk of Police Chief Ted Wittke
Following the senseless tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers, Police Chief Ted Wittke posted this message on May 24 to Hazlet parents on the department Facebook Page. 

"It’s impossible to wrap our heads around another senseless tragedy like this involving children, but I would like to let you know that when these incomprehensible acts happen, it strengthens our resolve. It reminds us to review our comprehensive school security plans, it provokes us to create more dialogue with our school district partners going over protocols, it reminds us to review our physical security assessments to find additional ways to deter an event, and it prepares us to respond when all else may fail."

You can read the full statement the Hazlet PD Facebook page. 

Hazlet Remembers
Over 200 people gathered Monday, May 30 for a solemn and respectful Memorial Day Ceremony at Hazlet Township's Veterans Park. The fallen were honored through speeches, prayers, patriotic music and the offering of floral wreaths.

John McGreevy told the audience about his brother, Michael, a US Marine Captain who tragically died in a helicopter accident with 18 other young Marines in 1989, in South Korea. (Listen to his speech.) His parents, longtime Hazlet residents, attended the ceremony. 

Hazlet Township also wished to acknowledge the members of our community who are actively serving in the military. As Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley read the 24 names, a veteran from Hazlet's VFW Post 4303 delivered a red rose to each mother present. At the end, the families were invited to the podium for a group photo with our Gold Star Family.

The ceremony was held in the monument park against a backdrop of colorful banners naming the fallen from Hazlet Township. Nearby, banners are hung on lampposts and along the fence honoring the names of our veterans and active service members. All are encouraged to visit the display on foot, bike or by car to see the faces of our patriotic citizens.

Event organizer Skip McKay, a former Navy Seal and current Township Committeeman, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the governing body to Police Chaplain Barry Mulligan for his eloquent prayers, Provident Bank for sponsoring banners of the actively-serving, Perkins Pancake House for donating refreshments, Hazlet DPW for the work behind the scenes, as well as the participants in the event: representatives of VFW Post 4303 and their members, the Police Honor Guard, the Monmouth County Pipes & Drum, the Recreation Advisory Committee volunteers, Hazlet's Police, First Aid and Fire companies, The Raritan Rockets Special Olympics team, the Boy Scouts and the Hazlet Pops band.

Scenes from Memorial Day 5/30/2022

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Hazlet Township Featured on Cover of Statewide Magazine
Hazlet Township is thrilled to announce Hazlet Recreation's creative idea to welcome spring has been selected by New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine as its June cover story! Download the story here (PDF) or view images below. 

About the magazine
The official publication of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, NJ Municipalities serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on municipal affairs, new initiatives and changing legislation for public officials in New Jersey. With more than 6,355 readers, it is widely read throughout Town Halls across the state. 

Bike with a Bunny Coverage

June Children's Programming at Hazlet Library
The new June children's calendar has been posted on the Library webpage. Note there are two special programs this month. One is a family movie night on June 6 to celebrate the kickoff of the summer reading challenge. (No registration, seating is first come first serve.) On June 21st, there is an interactive music program for up to age 5, put on by Stage a Story.

Take a Trip with Hazlet Rec
There are still tickets left for  two baseball games: NY Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox on Saturday, July 16  and NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves on Saturday, August 6. 

It's last call for the Lunch and Lighthouse Boat Tour on June 15 out of Atlantic Highlands Marina. 

Register on Hazlet.Recdesk.com today. 

Hazlet Citizen Weekly is published by the Public Information Office. It is posted on Fridays. You can be alerted by signing up here. Questions? Contact Christina Johnson, Public Information Officer: (732) 217-8660 or cjohnson@hazletnj.org.