Feast and Friendship
The Hazlet-based RAINE Foundation hosted a warm and fulfilling Thanksgiving community dinner Tuesday for over 300 people with help from Hazlet Recreation. Our seniors were picked up by bus and welcomed to the 4 pm seating by gracious students at the door and seated at tables decorated by homemade placemats. The Hazlet Police Dept. served food at the buffet station. There was singing from the Raritan High School chorale singers and the Raritan High School Marching Band, and lots of friendly conversation. All this, just days after RAINE volunteers packed hundreds of Thanksgiving dinner supply boxes for families in the Bayshore. Next up, the group's famous Christmas gift drive, wrapping marathon and personalized delivery. Stay tuned!
Over the past two months, residents have reached out to the Township Committee to discuss serious flooding issues in their neighborhoods. "Recent storm events dropped intense levels of rainfall causing flooding conditions," said Mayor Tara Clark. "We have directed our town engineers to begin the process of evaluating neighborhoods located by creeks most impacted. We are taking this issue very seriously."
New Alliance Coordinator
Nikki Tierney began work this week as Hazlet Township's new Alliance coordinator, stationed in Town Hall. The Hazlet Alliance provides drug and alcohol prevention programs to children in grades K-12, supports outreach efforts for parents and develops community awareness programs.
Tierney's background is in counseling, and she has already forged connections with the school district superintendent, the police department and Hazlet's Hope Network. Public health, including mental health, has become especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tierney will be focused on providing assistance to the public, with empathy and understanding. She succeeds Barbara Hilliard, who served as the township's Alliance Coordinator. The office was established in 1991.
Hazlet will host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the public on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 am to 1 pm at the James J. Cullen Center, 1766 Union Avenue. Vaccines for ages 5 & up and boosters, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses if needed. More information.
Hazlet's Holiday Party
Join us at the Hazlet Holly Jolly on Sunday, Dec. 5! The family-friendly fun starts at 3 p.m. with hot chocolate and cookies with Santa. Take a ride on Hazlet's Polar Express. Listen to carolers. See an ice sculptor at work. Help us keep an eye out for Elf on the Shelf, Olaf and The Grinch... At 5 pm, we will light up the Christmas tree outside! Free. No registration necessary.
Chair Yoga Begins
Join instructor Christina Ausiello for Chair Yoga classes, offered Tuesday at 10 am (starting November 30) or Friday evenings at 6:00 pm (starting December 3) at the James J. Cullen Center, 1776 Union Avenue, Hazlet. The cost for the four-session package is $65. Hazlet Recreation classes are not resident-restricted. Register today.
Hazlet Wins Governor's Award
Gov. Philip Murphy presented Hazlet Township with on November 11, 2021 for its efforts to honor its hometown veterans. The ceremony was held before a large crowd at the state Veterans Day ceremony, held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel.
Mayor Tara Clark accepted the Governor’s “We Value Our Veterans” Community Award on behalf of the Township Committee, with the Hazlet PBA Honor Guard standing nearby. The certificate commends Hazlet for making sure Veterans are recognized, honored and valued for their bravery. It was presented by the Governor and Brigadier General Lisa J. Hou.
“Hazlet Township is grateful to our township veterans, and we want always to remember and honor their sacrifices,” she said.
This year, Hazlet Township mounted a special campaign to honor its Veterans called Honor Hazlet Heroes. Nearly 100 colorful banners are on public display at Veterans Park, along Green Acres Drive to the Memorial Circle and throughout the municipal complex. The effort was overseen by Township Committee Skip McKay, a former Navy SEAL, in partnership with the Hazlet PBA and Hazlet VFW Post 4303. Provident Bank provided sponsorship.
“We are so proud of this year’s Honor Hazlet Heroes banner display at Veterans Park. Today is a beautiful day to visit the park to see the names and faces of our hometown veterans,” said Mayor Clark.
Hazlet Township also won the award for other efforts, such as courtesy parking for Combat Wounded in municipal lots, providing a Veterans resource page on the township website and disabled veteran services at Town Hall. Other communities and organizations receiving the special award included the Borough of Keyport, Manalapan Township and the Monmouth County Clerk's Office.
Police Chief Ted Wittke attended the ceremony at the Memorial, along with many members of the Hazlet Police Department and a wide variety of veterans of all ages , children of Veterans, families and friends.
Take Someone Out to the Ball Game
Looking for a gift idea? Hazlet Township Recreation is offering a bus trip to two baseball games this summer. Tickets can be purchased beginning at noon on Black Friday, November 25, 2021. Hazlet residents will have priority until we open the sale to all on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 9 a.m.
Tickets are available for:
NY Yankees vs Boston Red Sox on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Yankee Stadium – Section 305. Ticket cost: $160
This event offers access to inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages from gates open until the 5th inning or 90 minutes after the scheduled first pitch. The menu includes unlimited hot dogs, sausages, hot pretzels, Pepsi products and water. Game time to be announced.
NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 7:10 pm. at Citi Field - Field Reserved, Section 139. There is no free food offer for this event. Ticket cost: $110
The bus will leave from Hazlet Library Overflow Lot about four hours before the game. Times will be announced to ticket holders.
To register, visit our registration website Hazlet.Recdesk.com. You will need to create an account. Then purchase Bus tickets under the Programs tab.
To purchase tickets in-person, please visit the Recreation Office on the second floor of Town Hall, 1766 Union Avenue, Hazlet Monday through Thursday.
Have you seen this friendly message on Route 35? The Hazlet Business Owners Association (HBOA) is sponsoring it to encourage other business owners to "Think Hazlet." With a variety of office space, convenient location and welcoming community, Hazlet can be a great place to pursue a dream!
The HBOA recently resumed in-person gatherings of its "What's Brewing" breakfast meeting on the last Friday of the month. Business owners are invited. Remember your business cards! Follow the HBOA Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram for announcements. Look for the free 2022 HBOA calendar in the mailbox soon!
Buhler Building Inventory Lot
A section of vacant land at Holmdel Road and Bayview Ave. is being prepared for use as an inventory parking lot for the Buhler Auto dealership. The 1-acre parcel will be paved and improved with drainage and lighting. The application was heard and approved by the Land Use Board in July 2019.
Big Turnout for Boot Camp
Hazlet Recreation's Boot Camp fitness class is off to a spirited start. At the kickoff Saturday with Francesca "Frankie" Locicero, 27 participants showed up for exercise. Watch for announcements of more fitness classes coming soon to the Cullen Center!
On Saturday, Nov. 13, the county shredding truck will be at Middletown HS North, 63 Tindall Road between 9 am and 1 pm or until the truck is stuffed. Open to all county residents. More info.
Local Election Results
James "Skip" McKay and Tara Clark won re-election to the Hazlet Township Committee on Tuesday night.
Susan M. Kiley, a Hazlet resident, was re-elected to the County Commissioner board.
See MonmouthVotes.com for General Election results.
Veterans Day Ceremonies
Hazlet Township will be recognized for efforts to honor Hazlet's veterans at the state ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. Mayor Clark will accept the New Jersey Governor’s “We Value Our Veterans” award on behalf of the township
The Hazlet VFW Post 4303 will hold its traditional ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. at the VFW Memorial in Veterans Park; then to the Veterans section of the Shorelands Memorial Cemetery to lay a wreath; ending with the 11 am service at the VFW Post 4303 at 18 Davern Avenue, Hazlet. The public is welcome to join the veterans at any location.
Nov. 11 Holiday Closures
Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day, a federal and state holiday. Town closures include Town Hall, the DPW Yard on Leocadia Court and Municipal Court. Monmouth County Library System Branch locations will be closed, and Hazlet public school students will be off. The US Post Office will be closed.
Check Your Alarms
Hazlet Police remind you that daylight saving time is ending this Sunday so clocks will be falling back an hour. This is the time of year when checking your smoke alarms and carbon dioxide alarms is crucial.
Events in Hazlet Township
Thursday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day. See information about cermonies and closures above.
Monday, Nov. 22 - Hazlet Emergency Services is hosting a Blood Drive at North Centerville Fire. Co. with an opportunity to win a valuable gift card. More info.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Community Dinner at St. Benedict's. The 4 pm seating is reserved for Hazlet clubs. RSVP and event info.
Sunday, Dec. 5 - Cookies and hot cocoa with Santa, ice sculpting demonstration and Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Veterans Park
Details may change as we approach event dates. Be sure to check back!
'Shop Local' Events
- Made in Monmouth 130+ Local Vendors
Saturday, November 6, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM,
Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena in Lincroft.
- Vendorpalooza - 100+ Local Small Businesses
Sunday, November 7, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St. Middletown
- Kevin Kelly Salon's Sip and Shop
Saturday, Nov. 13, 4 to 8 PM.
362 Broadway, Keyport
- Fall Craft Show
Saturday, November 13, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Monmouth County Library Virtual event list
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