Middle Road, between Union and Poole avenues, will be closed between 1-3 p.m.
The Hazlet Township Committee and the Hazlet Township Police Department are committed to building trust and mutual respect within our community. We support the interests of all residents and respect their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly. We denounce violence, and other acts of police misconduct, and we do not condone the actions of the officers that led to the tragic death of George Floyd.
Our hearts are with those who feel powerless in the face of racial discrimination. This is an important moment for all of us to reflect and listen to those who are hurting and grieving, and hear their voices.
On Monday afternoon, June 8, 2020, a legal and peaceful assembly, organized by Hazlet residents, is scheduled to take place in Hazlet. It will start at the Hazlet Township Swim and Tennis Club parking lot, travel up Middle Road to the Hazlet Police building and then return to the swim club parking lot. The Hazlet Police Department is working with the organizers to ensure the event’s safety and Middle Road, between Poole and Union Avenues, will be closed to traffic from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
Peaceful assemblies are a Constitutional right, guaranteed to all citizens of the United States of America. We stand with the community in promoting this peaceful event.
Recently, at a few other similar events, some individuals have unfortunately engaged in non-peaceful disturbances that have endangered the health and safety of those peacefully assembled, and of bystanders and residents.
To help ensure the health and safety of those peacefully assembled, and of bystanders and residents, I, as mayor, along with the Hazlet Office of Emergency Management, have issued a curfew to be in place on Monday at 8:00 p.m. to be lifted at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Please remember CDC protocols during this pandemic.
This curfew is in place for all persons in Hazlet. Please read the proclamation for details.
We all want change to better our community, our state, and our nation. Change for justice with justice. Change for peace through peace.
Mayor Mike Glackin
Mayor’s Letter (PDF)