February 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
February 16 - 22, 2024
Promoting Hazlet on Billboard, Police Annual Report, Presidents' Day Closure
Have you noticed the new digital billboard messages currently in rotation at the corner of Hazlet Avenue and Route 35? The Public Information Office is utilizing space provided to the township on the dual-sided Outfront Media billboard to promote the town. The messages are: "Welcome to Hazlet," "Shop Local, Support Hazlet Merchants" and "Swim & Tennis Club Memberships: Early Bird Offer." The designs also feature the new logo recently developed for the township website redesign highlighting Hazlet's natural beauty. See illustrations of the slides below.
Senior Freeze Update
On Feb. 12, the NJ Division of Taxation began mailing applications for the 2023 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) to senior citizens and disabled residents who may be eligible for the program. The filing deadline is Oct. 31, 2024.
To be eligible for the 2023 Senior Freeze, a taxpayer must:
- Be age 65 or older on December 31, 2022, or receive Social Security disability payments on December 31, 2022, and also on December 31, 2023; and
- Own and live in their home or leased a site in a mobile home park for a manufactured or mobile home that they owned since December 31, 2019, or earlier; and
- Paid all 2022 property taxes by June 1, 2023, and all 2023 property taxes by June 1, 2024; and
- Their annual income was $150,000 or less in 2022 and $163,050 or less in 2023. With some exceptions, all income must be taken into account, including Social Security, pension, etc.
Hazlet Police Publish Annual Report
The Hazlet Police Department has released its annual report highlighting the previous year's data, accomplishments and public safety information. The 2023 Annual Report is now available on the Hazlet Police website.
Within the 48-page report, readers will find the department's data compiled over the course of the year, with comparisons to the prior year to show trends.
Presidents' Day Holiday Closures
Monday, Feb. 19 is Presidents Day, a federal holiday.
Town Hall, the James J. Cullen Center and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed on this day, as well as most banks, Hazlet Library and Hazlet Post Office.
Donate at Blood Drive in Hazlet Feb. 26
Monday, Feb. 26 is the next monthly Blood Drive, right here in Hazlet and sponsored by Hazlet Emergency Services. Appointments are encouraged but you can always just walk in between 1-7 p.m. and the staff members will register you on the spot. It is held at the North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company, 372 Middle Road. Bring a friend or family member!
Save Money with Early Bird Discount at Hazlet Swim Club
See photos of the pool complex in the Swim & Tennis Club page.
If you are ready to sign up, go to the Memberships page. Make your plan for fun in the sun, close to home, with friends and family.
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count - Feb. 16-19
The Hazlet Environmental Commission is seeking to raise awareness about local birds by promoting the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. All it takes to participate is to spend 15 minutes watching for birds Feb. 16-19. Easy instructions are at BirdCount.org.
After you report your findings, email any photos to Environmental@HazletNJ.org for display in the building at Natco Park during the month of February.
Registration Open for HYAL Spring Baseball, Softball
Hazlet Youth Athletic Association (HYAL) has opened registration for Spring Baseball & Softball registration. Sign-up ends April 8, 2024. Register at HYALHawks.com
Hazlet Township Newsletter
February 9 - 15, 2024
New Police Leadership Named, Hop Into Spring Bunny Trail Event
New Police Leadership Appointed
On Feb. 6, Mayor Michael Sachs administered the oath of office to Hazlet's new Police Chief Robert M. Mulligan and Deputy Chief Kevin T. Geoghan at the Township Committee meeting. The township also expressed appreciation to retiring Chief Ted A. Wittke and Lt. Scott Randolph for their service.
At the meeting, Sergeants Richard W. Jaeger and William M. Marvel were promoted to rank of Lieutenant. Officers John A. Corcione and Megan A. Surdi were promoted to rank of Sergeant. Congratulations to all!
Hop Along the Bunny Trail
Hazlet Recreation is holding a special event for kids under 10 on March 23, 2024 at Veterans Park. On that day, kids will hop around the Bunny Trail to collect goodies at different stops. Parents can take their photos with the Bunny and with Bunny's friend, Woodlin Nymph. Register for the 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Bunny Hop. If there is bad weather, the event will be held indoors at the James J. Cullen Center, 1778 Union Ave. Enrollment is limited.
Temporary Water Treatment Changes
Hazlet has received notice from New Jersey American Water that, as part of its annual maintenance program, it will temporarily change the water treatment process from a chloramine (combination) residual to free chlorine residual at the company’s Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Colts Neck and its Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant in Neptune.
The temporary treatment process begins February 12 and continues until mid-April 2024. During this period, some customers may notice a slight taste and smell of chlorine in their water. This is normal and will only be temporary until the system maintenance is complete, the utility says. Customers who wish to reduce the taste of chlorine can place water in an uncovered glass container in the refrigerator overnight to dissipate chlorine faster.
Great Backyard Bird Count - Feb. 16-19, 2024
The Hazlet Environmental Commission is seeking to raise awareness about birds in our backyards by sharing information about this community science event. Share your photos with the Hazlet Environmental Commission for display in the building at Natco Park during the month of February for all to enjoy. Email them to Environmental@HazletNJ.org
How to Participate (From BirdCount.org.)
Participating is easy, fun to do alone or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds.
- Step 1: Decide where you will watch birds.
- Step 2: Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 16–19, 2024.
- Step 3: Identify all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:
If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to bird identification, try using the Merlin Bird ID app to tell the community what birds you are seeing or hearing. If you have participated in the count before and want to record numbers of birds, try the eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).
Hazlet Pops Planning for 2024
Free outdoor symphonic concerts in Veterans Park will return in July with the Hazlet Pops Community Band. Evening rehearsals begin at the end of May. Interested musicians are invited to sign up to be part of the special concert series. The band is under the direction of Ray Lahaye.
HYAL Spring Baseball and Softball Registration
Hazlet Youth Athletic Association (HYAL) has opened registration for Spring Baseball & Softball registration. Sign up ends April 8, 2024. Register at HYALHawks.com
Hazlet Township Newsletter
February 2 - 8, 2024
Police Walkout Ceremony,
Swim Club Memberships Now On Sale
Retirements at Hazlet PD
Members of the local law enforcement community gathered Thursday, Feb. 1 to witness a traditional Walkout Ceremony for Police Chief Ted Wittke and Lt. Christopher Acevedo. Both are retiring after completing 25 distinguished years of service.
Lt. Acevedo's contribution of creating a robust, exciting and challenging Police Youth Academy was highlighted by speakers. In his own remarks, he urged his comrades to stay the course and continue excellence at Hazlet Police Dept.
Chief Wittke, respected for his focus on professional development, community welfare, transparency and compassion, offered words of encouragement and gratitude to his fellow and retired officers, family members and supporters.
"Thank you all for being an integral part of this incredible journey," said Chief Wittke. "The Hazlet Township Police Department's success is a testament to the collective efforts of every individual involved. As I retire, I leave with immense pride and confidence in the continued success of this outstanding department."
Please visit the Hazlet Police Facebook Page to see photos and to read about their impactful accomplishments in the Hazlet Police Department, and for our community.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Hazlet Township Committee will appoint the new Police Chief and announce new department promotions. The meeting at Town Hall starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Paper Shredding Dates Announced
The county has announced 16 public paper shredding dates in 2024. Hazlet is not a host town this year, but residents are welcome to visit any location on the calendar.
Our first and closest event will be Keyport's Fireman's Park on April 20. For the full schedule, visit the Recycling section of the website.
Piping Plovers Talk
"The Piping Plovers of Sandy Hook" will be presented by the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Center at the Hazlet Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Learn all about the Piping Plovers of Sandy Hook before these important and endangered shorebirds arrive back on our shores from their wintering grounds.
This lecture will help educate everyone about the Piping Plover, its importance to the environment, and how the park is working to conserve the species.
Registration recommended. Contact Librarian Jennifer Brennan at 732-264-7164, or by email at email@example.com
Hazlet Senior Center February Events
The February newsletter is out and posted on the township website.
February's announcements include a fancy dress "Cupid's Pal-entine Ball," trivia on second Thursdays, new trips like the Rat Pack Holiday Show in Atlantic City, health screenings and more. View the newsletter.
The Environmental Commission meets for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 at the Environmental Building at Natco Park, 399 Middle Road.
The Township Committee meets for its monthly Workshop meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Town Hall. This meeting will be dedicated to police promotions.
Agendas are posted prior to meetings in the Agenda Center.