Letters From Mayor Glackin

Memorial Day 2020May 20, 2020

Dear Residents,

Hazlet Recreation has been proud to host a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park for over 25 years that has included VFW Post 4303, guest speakers from Fort Dix, the Hearts of New Jersey Chorus, local scout groups, senior clubs, Hazlet first responders and local youth athletic organizations. This well-attended event brings together our Hazlet community in a solemn ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and way of life.

Unfortunately, given the pandemic, the ceremony this year is canceled.

Memorial wreaths will still be placed at the park. Please know the park is open for individuals to visit and reflect upon those who sacrificed their lives for our country. When visiting the park, please remember to keep distance between you and others.  

We are looking forward to sharing a special Memorial Day tribute video in production by Raritan High School students.

This week, the township DPW workers set out flags along Union Avenue, Middle Road, Hazlet Avenue and Florence Avenue. We encourage residents to show their patriotism too, by decorating their homes with the red white and blue and pausing for a moment of reflection on Monday, May 25.

Mike Glackin
Mayor
Hazlet Township


April 27, 2020

Dear Residents,

Hope you and your families are safe and well.

Governor Murphy laid out a plan today to reopen New Jersey, but it will require hitting several public health benchmarks before the state can be released from its near-lockdown restrictions.

First, there must be a sustained drop in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over 14 days. New Jersey will double testing capacity, establish contact-tracing measures and create locations for infected individuals to self-isolate. Then, the state will execute a planned methodical and strategic return to work with continued attention to safety.

NJCovid-HospitalizationsThe latest data include glimmers of hope that we are flattening the curve, with hospitals reporting a sixth straight day of declining cases of suspected or confirmed cases. However, the Governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice. As such, we must continue to do our part. Stay home. If you must go out, practice social distancing, wear a cloth face covering and follow other measures as recommended by the CDC.

I know that these five weeks have not been easy, even harder on some than others. As the weather gets warmer it is more difficult to adhere to these executive orders, but please be responsible. So much hard work has been done. Please be aware that the essential workers, first responders and health care professionals put themselves at risk for us.

We can do this. We do not want to go backwards and extend this shutdown longer that it needs to be. Be safe.

Mike Glackin

Mayor
Hazlet Township
mglackin@hazlettwp.org

April 23, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

I hope this letter find you and your family safe and well!

We are at the height of our shutdown and it is important to continue to do our part to break the back of this virus. Throughout New Jersey, the curve of new COVID-19 cases remains significantly flat and there is a slowing of the rate of spread. With our diligent work of staying home, practicing social distancing, wearing a cloth face covering when we must go out in public and other CDC recommended practices, this curve will start to go downward

Since early March, when this pandemic hit our state, approximately 100,000 people have tested positive in New Jersey. Of these positive cases, 46,000 people have already exited the two-week incubation period and have likely defeated the virus. The terrible casualties in this war have climbed to over 5,000 in our state and we pray for those who have passed.

This pandemic has had a huge impact on our economy as well. While some are doing fine, others are struggling. This has been a difficult experience for so many.

The digital billboards on Route 35 in Hazlet are reminding people they can access food resources via Fulfill by texting “FindFood” or calling 732-918-2600Also, the food pantry at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 2000 Florence Ave. is available to anyone on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. The Hazlet-based RAINE Foundation stands ready to help with its basket of resources. Find them at RAINEFoundation.com or call (732) 865-3555. Nobody in need should hesitate. So many have been financially affected through no fault of their own.

Hazlet has been tracking some of the federal fiscal stimulus programs. You can read updates on the HazletTwp.org website

Please know, our Hazlet Township parks (but alas, not the playgrounds or equipment) remain open for mental health breaks. Take a walk, enjoy the flowering trees and the brilliant sunshine. We are cheered by the sight of children’s colorful drawings in the windows around town and blacktop chalk messages of encouragement. There was a moving salute by our Hazlet first responders and other area agencies to our heroic healthcare professionals at Bayshore Medical Center that made us all proud. We know many of Bayshore’s employees live here in town, and we are so grateful.

WeddingAnd love lives on! I was happy to officiate at a small, "socially distant" wedding this week at the gazebo in Veterans Park. It was my first wedding as mayor. I look forward to more!

Reminders:

Our U.S. Census response rate is at 65.1% in Hazlet. Let’s nudge that upwards today. Just go to 2020Census.gov to fill yours out. It just takes a few minutes.

Hazlet First Aid’s annual fund drive is going on now. Please help them help us by responding to their mailed appeal or via their website.

The Township Committee is conducting regular business and township employees are working. Though public access to buildings is temporarily suspended, you can still call or email staff members for assistance and use the drop off next to the flagpole to submit payments or documents.

Please take care and stay safe!

Mike Glackin

Mayor

Township of Hazlet

Email: mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 10, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

As our week comes to an end, it marks the end of the third week of the Governor Murphy’s stay at home order (Executive Order 107.) We also find ourselves in the Easter season and Passover. Please refrain from gathering in large groups. Obey the governor’s executive orders and follow the CDC’s guidance and we will get through the COVID-19 crisis together. As the governor stated in today’s press conference, “This is beginning to pay off.”

HappyEasterThe CDC also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings can be made from everyday materials. Cloth face coverings do not replace social distancing standards. Please visit the CDC for guidance. Let’s make our efforts at home count. When we must go out in public, wear a face covering.

Hazlet parks remain open. This has been posted on the township’s website. Our website is our official source of information for residents. Please sign up for automatic updates on our website.

Please fill out your 2020 Census. This greatly impacts services, funding and representation that we all receive. Hazlet’s response needs to increase. So far only 59.9% of residents have responded. It takes less than 10 minutes and can be done online at my2020census.gov/ or by mail or by phone. It has never been easier than now, and our response has never been more important than now.

On the lighter side, our Fire Department and First Aid Squad will be escorting the Easter Bunny around Hazlet on Saturday between 11 am and 2 pm. The Easter Bunny will not be stopping, he just wanted to check in to encourage us to keep up the good work. When you hear those sirens, please give the Easter Bunny a wave.

Speaking of First Aid, they need our support now more than ever for donations so please visit their website.

Please keep up the good work. By doing your part, you are helping the first responders, health care professionals, public workers and essential employees. Help them help you by staying home. Let’s win this war and flatten the curve.

I wish everyone who celebrates Easter and Passover a safe, happy and healthy holiday. I know it may be difficult not to spend these holidays with your extended families, loved ones and friends, but we can still stay connected. I encourage everyone to reach out to a relative, friend, or neighbor by sending a text or email, or making a thoughtful phone call. By doing so, we can spread the true message of this holiday season.

Mike Glackin
Hazlet Mayor
mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 6, 2020


Dear Hazlet residents,

As we start the second week under the "stay at home" executive order there were some encouraging words from Gov. Phil Murphy during his press conference where he stated “while we are not anywhere close to being out the woods as of yet, we are clearly on the right path to get there....Our efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off.”

There is still more work to be done and this requires us to be vigilant in our approach. We need to continue our practice of social distancing, smart hygiene and staying home unless it is necessary. Do your part in winning this war.

The Township Committee continues to follow several of programs included in the federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act. This includes the stimulus checks.  These are direct payments that are to be made to many citizens. These payments are on the way and ALL SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WILL GET A STIMULUS CHECK.  For further information please visit this link to a recent article on this topic.

We also continue to monitor the PPP loan program of the CARES Act, please visit our Paycheck Protection Program information page.

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I urge each Hazlet household to fill out its 2020 Census form online, by phone or by mail.  The Census is important now more than ever to ensure our community receives COVID-19 federal and state relief funds, as well as funding for services, roads, nutrition and health care access and much more in the years ahead.

This is the first time in history that the Census can be completed online. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and is easy to do.

The Census Bureau’s deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 crisis so that all Americans can be counted without risking their health and safety. Please help us.

Hazlet’s First Aid & Rescue Squad will be sending out its Annual Fund Drive donation request by mail in the coming days. Please consider making a generous donation.

FirstAid-April6Hazlet’s all volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad relies on donations to help provide the best quality care to our residents and to have excellent equipment on hand during emergencies. This is especially crucial during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Please help our volunteers by donating, so they can help you.

Donations can be made:

Online:

Hazlet First Aid website http://www.hazletfirstaid.org/donate.html

Hazlet First Aid Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hazletfirstaid/

By Mail:

Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 162, Hazlet, NJ 07730


Our First Aid and Rescue Squad members are an amazing group of individuals and need our support.

Please visit the town website and sign up for updates.  Please use the links of the website for additional information.  And, as always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mike Glackin

Mayor

Hazlet Township

mglackin@hazlettwp.org


April 3, 2020

Dear Hazlet residents,

As we come to the end of another week in our new reality, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all those who serve on the front line as we wage war on COVID-19. From health care professionals and first responders, to essential employees and public workers who continue to carry the weight of keeping our community moving forward as we battle the spread of this virus. Do not put these men and women in unnecessary danger. If you do not need to go out, stay home. Do your part so we can “flatten the curve” and defeat the enemy.

Hazlet Township will continue restricting public access to township facilities through April 30. This includes playground equipment, though the parks are open for passive enjoyment. Visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet away from other visitors.

The Township Committee continues to be in contact with county, state and federal officials as we share information and make are needs and concerns known. Our federal representatives continue to share information and benefits of the federal spending program known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Please read an update to the Paycheck Protection Program information posted from earlier this week.

Please be safe and obey social distancing and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Thank you,

Mike Glackin
Mayor
Hazlet Township