January 2024 issues of Hazlet Citizen Weekly.
The digital newsletter is produced by the Hazlet Public Information Office and published every Friday on the township website.
Hazlet Township Newsletter
January 26 - February 1, 2024
Cresci Blvd Improvements, Free Tax Filing Help, Elvis Was In the Building
At its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Township Committee moved forward with the Cresci Boulevard pavement project with grants provided by the DOT. The estimated cost of construction is $1,050,000 and will be offset with a $400,000 grant. ADA ramps will also be upgraded as part of the renovation. The final hearing on the bond ordinance will be at the Feb 13 meeting.
The project is targeted to be completed over the summer while school is out of session. The Raritan Valley Elementary School is on Cresci Boulevard.
Free Tax Filing Assistance to be Offered at Hazlet Library
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is coming to Hazlet Library and other select branches of the Monmouth County Library System. (See schedule.)
Some things to know:
- The service is free and provided by trained AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers.
- Available in Hazlet: February 12-April 12. Hours are Mondays 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 1- 4 p.m. No appointments. Walk in. First come, first served.
- AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low to moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code.
- All taxpayers must be present when their tax return is prepared. If filing a joint return, both taxpayers must be present.
- Service is provided for most Federal and NJ tax returns. Volunteers may not be able to help with more complex returns.
- Participants are asked to review the AARP flyer and gather the most common documents that AARP Tax-Aide preparers will need in order to prepare a tax return. There may be others if there is a unique situation.
Sump Pump Discharge
It is the time of year when groundwater discharged by sump pumps can cause icing or standing water in public walkways or streets.
You can review the township ordinance on sump pump discharge.
If you have any questions related to sump pump discharge, please feel free to contact Tim Belicose, Construction Official and Code Enforcement Officer at 732-217-8681.
Yarn Donations Wanted
The Senior Center's knitting club is asking for yarn donations so they can knit cozy caps for babies in the hospital. You can drop off any donations at the James J. Cullen Center, or call for more information at 732-217-8683.
Tell an aspiring lifeguard to think ahead to summer and sign up for the all-important Lifeguard Certification training course offered Feb. 3 by Hazlet Recreation.
Banner applications are starting to come in to the VFW for the Honor Hazlet Heroes military appreciation display in aptly-named Veterans Park, scheduled to return on Memorial Day.
Old tires are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division wants to gather them up as part of the Mosquito Madness Tire Pick-Up Program. The service is free, but be aware, you'll have to pry off the metal rims first.
Plan ahead for Curbside Bulk Item Pick-up from the township, starting in the spring. Reservations for service can be made starting March 4. Not everything goes! You really need to read the list of what's accepted first.
Elvis Was in The Building
On January 23, the Hazlet Senior Center threw an Elvis party for members. It was an afternoon filled with familiar songs that brought back great memories. It was a good time, with lots of laughs. See the video posted on the Hazlet Senior Center Instagram and Facebook pages.
Hazlet Township Newsletter
January 19-25, 2024
Lifeguard Training, Military Banner Program Update, Free Tire Removal Service
Lifeguard Course Starts Feb. 3
The Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club is recruiting lifeguards and providing a training opportunity! Hazlet Recreation is inviting anyone who would like training for this important job to sign up for a certification course beginning Saturday, Feb. 3. Residents and non-residents may take the course. If you work at Hazlet Swim Club, a portion of the registration fees will be reimbursed. Please sign up today, or alert someone who may want a great summer job here in Hazlet.
Military Banner Display Applications Open
Hazlet VFW Post 4303 has reopened the application period for military appreciation banners displayed in Veterans Park. The banners recognize service members of the Hazlet community, past and present from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.
The display is a vibrant display of our township's gratitude and meaningful tribute for our families. We love seeing people walk through the park, noting the names and taking photos.
To nominate yourself or a loved one for a banner, please visit the Honor Hazlet Heroes webpage, where you will find the VFW Post 4303 banner application. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2024.
New 'Friends of Hazlet Library' Formed
The newly established nonprofit Hazlet Township Friends of the Library held their first meeting Jan. 17, the group is moving forward with fundraising ideas for library facility improvements, as well as plans to use the meeting room for fun community events. Email FriendsofHazletLibrary@gmail.com to join the group.
Librarian Jenny Driscoll also announced the AARP Tax Aide program will be coming to Hazlet Library Feb. 12 through April 12 on Mondays 1-3 p.m. and Fridays 1-4 p.m. Walk-ins only (first come, first served.)
It's time to renew Dog and Cat licenses with Hazlet Health Services. Visit the Registrar page for the application.
Hazlet Recreation is hiring Summer Camp and Swim Club staff for the summer. Visit the Summer Employment page for the application and Lifeguard course information.
Hazlet Township will provide curbside Bulk Item Pick-ups twice yearly, beginning April 2, 2024. Pickups will be by scheduled appointment only. Pickup days will be Tuesday Zones 1-4 and Thursday for Zones 5-8. Appointments can be made starting March 4.
Read how the program works on the Bulk Pickup webpage.
Mosquito Madness Tire Pick-Up Program
Did you know the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division will come to your property and pick up as many as 10 car tires without rims, and you do not need to bring the tires to the curb!
Tires stored outside hold enough rainwater for mosquitoes to grow and one tire can produce more than 10,000 biting mosquitoes.
Tires will be picked up between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2024. Call 732-542-3630 to make arrangements.
Understanding Your Electrical System
Hazlet Township Newsletter
January 12-18, 2024
Know Your Flood Risk, MLK Day Closure, Renew Pet Licenses, Summer Jobs Available
Municipal Holiday: MLK Day is Monday
Municipal Offices, the James J. Cullen Center and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Know Your Flood Risk
With the heavy rainfall the northeast has been experiencing in recent days, it's a good time to think about flood protection. Hazlet Township wants everyone to be safe and be prepared. We will be sharing information throughout the year about flood risk awareness.
Hazlet has new resource available to the township website that will make flood-risk information easier to access.
The new public portal is powered by floodplain management platform Forerunner. You can search the interactive map by submitting an address and clicking on the individual parcels or looking up elevation certificates.
The portal is available on the Floodplain Administration page of the township website, where you can also find contact information for the Hazlet Township Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator, Floodplain Administrator and Construction Official.
This image is a bird's eye view of Hazlet Township's flood risk. To zoom in to your own address, visit the Floodplain Administration page.
More Efficient Lighting
Taking advantage of energy incentives, the township is switching out all the old fluorescent lighting at Town Hall and replacing it with efficient LED lighting.
Now the township is looking to do the same with Veterans Park parking lot and the James J. Cullen Center. The new lighting panels use significantly less energy and have settings for color warmth and brightness.
Dog & Cat Licensing
Residents may renew 2024 Dog/Cat Licenses at the 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, 2024 or a late fee of $5 fine per license will apply on April 1. (This fee does not apply to new pet owners in 2024.)
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. Visit the Registrar page for the application.
Hazlet Recreation is now accepting employment applications for the 2024 summer season! Whether you are new or have worked with us in the past, you must fill out a job application to be considered for employment. Lifeguards must be age 15 or older. Summer Camp Counselors must be age 17+. Fill out an application today.
2024 Primary Election
The Monmouth County Clerk’s Office is preparing for the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The State’s Division of Elections has issued an official timeline outlining key dates and deadlines. See MonmouthCountyVotes.com.
Water & Ice
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) continues to restore service to customers who lost power during the January 9 severe weather event and has activated its retail water and ice program. For those customers remaining without power for 24 hours or more, JCP&L is offering free water and ice at the Hazlet, Aberdeen and Middletown ShopRite stores, as of January 10.
Blood Donors Needed
With lower donor turnout due to winter weather, blood centers in our area are seeing a drop in donations in the last three weeks. There is currently a 1-2 day supply of types O-, O+, and B-, as well as a critical shortage of platelets.
Blood donors can give every 56 days or up to 6 times a year. A blood drive is hosted monthly at the North Centerville Fire House, 372 Middle Road, by Hazlet Emergency Services. The next event is Monday, Jan. 22 between 1-7 p.m. Drop in!
- Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan will close Jan. 21 for renovations. It is expected to reopen in May 2024 with a state-of-the-art facility. Item pick-up will be available weekdays in the rear of the building.
- Monmouth County Research Archivist Mary Hussey will give a live Zoom presentation on using the Record Collections at the Monmouth County Archives on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Archives include property records, genealogy and more.
- The newly-formed Friends of Hazlet Library will hold their first meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Hazlet Library, 251 Middle Road. All are welcome.
Hazlet Township Newsletter
January 5 - 11, 2024
Mike Sachs Named 2024 Mayor, 9 Ways to Connect with Hazlet Township
Township Government Holds 2024 Organization Meeting
The Hazlet Township Committee held its first meeting of the year on Jan. 2. In attendance were NJ-13 Assembly members Gerry Scharfenberger and Victoria Flynn. Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley administered the oaths of office.
Michael Sachs, the current mayor, was re-elected by voters in November's General Election to serve a three-year term. Michael Glackin was elected to fill a one-year unexpired term.
The board reappointed Michael Sachs a mayor in 2024, and Peter Terranova as the deputy mayor.
The Township Committee typically holds 2-3 public meetings each month at Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public and citizens are welcome to attend to speak directly to their elected officials. Agendas are posted prior to the meeting. Learn about the Township Committee's recent Projects and Initiatives.
Digital Services Hub Coming
Several Hazlet Township departments have been working on the transition to the township's new digital services platform called SDL Portal. The system will be going live to the public soon. We think this will be a great improvement for residents seeking services and information, as well as professionals doing business with the township.
The new online portal will be used for Landlord Registrations, Land Use Applications, Permit Searches and Applications, Pet Licensing, Public Works Requests, and Public Records Requests (OPRA). SDL Portal replaces some services formerly handled by the GovOnline service. During the transition, please feel free to reach out for assistance by contacting the appropriate departments. You can find help through the Department listings of the website or the Staff Directory.
Connect with Hazlet
The start of the year is a good time to get organized. Here is a reminder of things you can do from our Welcome to Hazlet checklist.
- Sign up for emergency alerts
Emergency notifications from police, township direct via phone, text or email. Sign up.
- View the township's weekly newsletter
Published on Fridays by the Public Information Office, this round-up includes township news and things to do. View Hazlet Citizen Weekly and sign up for an alert when it is published at noon.
- Participate in programs for Active Adult Seniors 60+
The Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center is buzzing with events and programs. Explore the offerings and sign up using MyActiveCenter.
- Follow Hazlet's social media accounts
Here is a list of direct links to township Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Tip: Hazlet Police Dept. posts frequently on their own Facebook page.
- Create an account on the Hazlet Recreation registration system
Registering makes it easy to enroll in programs as they are announced. This system is used for all Recreation and Hazlet Swim Club programs. Sign up at Hazlet.RecDesk.com.
- Obtain a library card
You can get borrowing privileges for free at the Hazlet Library circulation desk by completing a registration form. More info.
- Download the Recycle Coach app
Never miss a recycling pick-up with customized alerts, by neighborhood. Sign up page.
- Register a pet
Visit the Health Services page.
- Open a business
Prior to opening a physical location, you may need to obtain a Use Permit from Zoning, a Business License from the Municipal Clerk, and an inspection from the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Find links to the Departments on the township website or come in person to Town Hall for guidance.