January 2023

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - Jan. 20 2023 (2)

January 20, 2023

Candlelight Vigil Draws Hundreds; Recreation Special Events; Helicopter Inspections


There has been an outpouring of grief and support for the Montanaro family of Hazlet, who suffered unimaginable loss in the early hours of January 13. A fire ripped through their Brookside Avenue home, claiming the lives of Jacqueline Montanaro and her young daughter Madelyn. William Montanaro said that his wife had heroically charged into the burning home to try to retrieve their daughter. The tragic story spread near and far, breaking hearts. 

In an effort to acknowledge this stunning loss in Hazlet and provide some kind of solace, a Community Vigil was organized for Tuesday, Jan. 17. Hundreds came by car and by foot for the solemn remembrance, encircling the gazebo at Veterans Park. 

Mayor Michael Sachs called for a moment of silence, and Police Chaplain Barry Mulligan offered prayers. Singer Taylor Kitzman sang Amazing Grace.  The Montanaro family and friends shared their feelings and memories, including William. Following the ceremony, volunteers of The RAINE Foundation offered refreshments. 

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Montanaro family.

Community Vigil Jan. 17, 2023

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Hazlet Recreation, in consultation with the volunteer Advisory Committee, has selected the following dates for 2023 events. More details will be announced as plans develop and dates are subject to change. There will also be some pop-up events throughout the year to celebrate Hazlet’s 175th Anniversary. 

  • February 25 - Hazlet's 175th Anniversary. Cake at the James J. Cullen Center. 
  • March 24 - Teen Night for Beers Street & Cove Road Schools. At Cullen Center 
  • April 1 - Bike with a Bunny. Show at Cullen Center with Egg Hunt at Veterans Park.
  • April 15/16 - Spring Town-Wide Yard Sale
  • May 5 - Pinatas in the Park, at Veterans Park
  • May 29 - Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park and Cullen Center
  • July 2 – Fireworks at Veterans Park
  • Concerts in The Park Series - details TBA 
  • Sept. 16 - Hazlet Day in Veterans Park 
  • Oct. 14/15 - Fall Town-Wide Yard Sale
  • Oct. 21 – Bonfire at Leocadia Park
  • Oct. 27-29 Haunted House at the Cullen Center
  • Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving at the Cullen Center
  • Dec. 2 - Holly Jolly at the Cullen Center.


Announcement from JCP&L
Please be advised that beginning on or about 1/20/2023, weather permitting, Chesapeake Bay Helicopters will be mobilizing to the JCPL region to begin performing comprehensive visual inspections (CVIs) on all JCPL 500kV and 230kV lines. These inspections are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete, however, any storm or outage-related patrols could prolong completion. The helicopter to be used is as follows:

 •    White w/black and red stripes, Hughes MD500 with red tail registration number N717MA (see photo below)

A comprehensive visual inspection (CVI) is a slow, structure-by-structure, span-by-span inspection where the inspector onboard the helicopter gets a thorough look from top to bottom of each structure, associated hardware, and conductors of the transmission line(s). The helicopter will be moving very slowly along each of the transmission lines and will often be seen hovering while carrying out these inspections.

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - Jan. 13 2023

January 13, 2023

Fitness in Full Swing at James J. Cullen Center, Time to Renew Pet Licenses, MLK Day Closures

Senior Center
It may be winter but fitness enthusiasts are in t-shirts at the James J. Cullen Center, which has been lit up with energy this week with Indoor Pickleball games and Fitness classes for Active Adult 60+. 
More than 25 have registered for the exercise classes. On Mondays, it is Walk and Tone (Indoors); Wednesdays is Strength and Balance and Fridays is Cardio Lite and Low. Classes are led by Certified Group Fitness Instructor Denise Bucciero, who offers modifications for people of all abilities. 
The classes are friendly and fun, and many remarked it was so great to be together again and work towards good health in the New Year. Classes are free for Hazlet residents; $15 for non-residents. Join in! More information.

Fitness at the Senior Center, Hazlet

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Pet Licenses

Residents may renew 2023 Dog/Cat Licenses at the second-floor Municipal Clerk's Office weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Licenses must be renewed no later than March 31, 2023 or a late fee of $5 fine per license will apply on April 1. (This fee does not apply to new pet owners in 2023.)

The fee for renewal is $12 if your pet has been spayed / neutered or $15 if it has not. Proof of spay / neuter is required one time only for our records. Rabies inoculation valid through October 31, 2023 is required. See applications.

Dog and Cat Licenses - Time to Renew

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 16. 

Town Hall, the Cullen Center and the Recycling Yard on Leocadia Court will be closed on this federal and state holiday. Thank you to all participating in a day of service! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 16.   Town Hall and the Recycling Yard on Leocadia Court will be closed.

Tree Collection 
Hazlet DPW will pick up trees at curbside with your regularly scheduled brush. You can consult the RecycleCoach App or view the webpage to learn when your zone will have a pickup. 

Please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights. No plastic bags. 

The Recycling Yard will also accept trees at the facility, located at 39 Leocadia Court. The yard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 8:15 am to 1:45 pm. It is closed on Monday, Jan. 16 for the MLK holiday.

Christmas Tree on street waiting for pickup

Property Tax Relief Program
Attention homeowners and renters! Property tax relief is available to more New Jerseyans under the new ANCHOR program. To see if you’re eligible, visit the State Treasury website.

  • $1,500 for qualified homeowners earning $150,000 or less
  • $1,000 for qualified homeowners earning between $150,000 to $250,000
  • $450 for qualified renters earning $150,000 or less

Apply online today!

Anchor Property Tax Deadline is Extended to Feb. 28, 2023

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - Jan. 6 2023

January 6, 2023

Township Committee Organizes for 2023, New Touchless Entry Doors, Programs for Seniors

Organization Meeting, Jan. 3, 2023

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Township Committee Organizes for 2023
Hazlet's governing body held its annual Organization Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Town Hall. Following their wins in the November elections, Robert Preston, Jr. and James Cavuto were sworn in for full three-year terms; Peter Terranova previously took the oath for his two-year unexpired term.

The all-Republican Committee selected Michael Sachs as Mayor in 2023, and Terranova to serve as the Deputy Mayor.

Visit the Township Committee page to learn more about Hazlet's elected leaders, their assignments to different boards and committees, public meeting dates and links to agendas. 

The Members welcome public input and participation. Use the online form to reach out to one or all five town leaders with a comment, suggestion or issue. You will also find a link to an application if you would like to be considered for a seat on a board, commission or committee. 

Mayor Sachs announced that the schedule of Regular Meetings of the Township Committee will change in 2023. Meetings will now be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. Exceptions occur. Always view the Meeting Calendar

New Touchless Door Openers Installed 
To improve access, the township has installed touchless door entry sensors at the exterior and interior main entrances of Town Hall and the James J. Cullen Center. Just wave your hand to activate the automatic door. The new system can also help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Touchless Door - Town Hall

Knitting & Crocheting Group
Starting Jan. 31, The Hook & Needle Nuts will begin meeting on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the James J. Cullen Center. The friendly group will work on charitable donations together. Some supplies are available. Donations welcome. Sign up to attend.

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Registration Opens Jan. 16 for Gymnastics
Registration for the popular Hazlet Recreation Gymnastics program will begin 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Registration for this program will be online only at Hazlet.Recdesk.com. Create an account in advance to save time!

The 8-week class is held twice-weekly for 16 weeks, from Feb. 6 to April 3, 2023. (No class Feb. 20.) The fee is $90. 

Hazlet Gymnastics

ANCHOR Benefit - It's for Renters Too
Formerly known as the Homestead Rebate, the NJ ANCHOR program offers both renters and home owners a benefit. This program provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who owned or rented their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019, and met the income limits.

The deadline to apply has been extended to February 28 to encourage more to apply. Information about the Anchor program and the application process is available on the State website, or by calling 1-888-238-1233.

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Senior Fitness - Free for Hazlet Residents
Starting January 9, 2023 a new fitness program especially for seniors 60 years old or more will be offered three times a week at the Cullen Center.  The 8-week session is 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

  • Mondays - Walk and Tone (Indoors)
  • Wednesdays - Strength and Balance
  • Fridays - Cardio Lite and Low

The cost is free to Hazlet residents; $15 for non-residents. 
View the new Senior Center page and reach out for more information.

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Food Staples for Income-Eligible Seniors
Do you know a senior who needs food? The Fulfill organization of Monmouth & Ocean County helps seniors 60 years of age and over who meet income requirements receive a monthly food box of items like the ones in the photograph. 

In Hazlet, seniors may submit applications to the program through our liaison at the James J. Cullen Center. Contact Denise Bucciero by email or stop by the Cullen Center at 1776 Union Ave. Hours are 8 to 4 p.m. Phone: 732-217-8683. 

Senior Staples in Hazlet