Hazlet Hit By a Brief Tornado, Swim Club Opens This Weekend, Memorial Day Service Monday
Tornado Rips Through Hazlet
On Friday, May 20, an intense storm suddenly blew through our area. The next day, the National Weather Service said it was an EF-0 tornado. It was on the ground for just one minute, from 5:09 to 5:10 p.m. Its winds damaged over a dozen homes and numerous trees between the Strathmore section of Aberdeen and Hazlet. Nobody was reported injured or hurt. Read the detailed NWS report.
Straight winds splintered three telephone poles on Route 35 North, disrupting power to 112 Hazlet customers. On Parkview Drive there were two broken Verizon poles, impacting another 42 Hazlet customers. Verizon workers spent the weekend erecting new poles, with JCPL following up to hook up the power. It was a weekend of unusually hot temperatures in the 90s.
Hazlet residents who have brush from the storm may place it at the curb for pick-up and call Hazlet Dept. of Public Works at 732-217-8654.
Hazlet Swim Club Opening Weekend
The pools are filled and waiting for members and their guests this weekend! Starting Memorial Day weekend May 28, the pool club is scheduled to open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Starting June 27, it is scheduled to open daily through Labor Day Sept. 5. Closures are possible due to inclement weather. Learn about membership.
Hazlet Township has partnered with private camp operator Camp Coconuts to help staff the facility. Read about the agreement.
Hazlet's Princess Tea Party
Hazlet princesses enjoyed a lovely Princess Tea Party on Saturday, May 21. Hazlet Recreation welcomed the young ladies for a two-hour luncheon of cut up fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and sweets. They sipped fruit-infused water and lemonade. The children played special tea party games and got to meet Cinderella and Belle from "Beauty and the Beast." The young princesses posed for many pictures. It was truly adorable.
Memorial Day Ceremony Monday 10 AM
Hazlet Township's annual Memorial Day ceremony is at 10 am on Monday, May 30 in the monument park next to the James. J. Cullen Center at 1776 Union Ave.
The Township Committee will welcome attendees. The VFW will remember the fallen and present a wreath. The Hazlet Township Police Color Guard will march in to the bagpipes playing “America the Beautiful.” Hazlet Police Chaplain Barry Mulligan will lead an opening and closing prayer for all our veterans and active military.
Deputy Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley will read the names of fallen soldiers from our hometown and recognize citizens who are currently serving.
The Hazlet Pops Band will provide live music. Following the ceremony, there will be a light snack sponsored by Perkins Restaurant & Bakery of Hazlet.
More chairs will be set out this year, but you are also free to bring your own.
Road Restoration Program Activity Picks Up, Committeeman Preston Takes Oath, Police Promoted
Road Work Ahead
Road work is underway in three Hazlet neighborhoods, as the Hazlet Township Committee's ambitious Road Restoration Program rolls on.
On Monday, Lucas Brothers Contractors will start work on Hemlock and surrounding streets, off Union Avenue. Over by Cove Road School, JF Kiely Contractors is currently installing a new NJNG main on Monterey. S. Brothers General Contractors is busy behind Airport Plaza, in the neighborhoods of Wagon Road; and Coach, Surrey and Carriage Drives, installing storm water drainage system improvements.
All of these areas will get new curbing and certain driveway aprons replaced as needed, as well as ADA compliant sidewalk ramps at intersections. The entire roadway surface will be milled and repaved and look brand new.
"Residents can expect to see a lot of work being done, and they will be able to see their tax dollars at work," said Mayor Michael Sachs.
Hazlet launched the Roadway Restoration Program in 2018 with a list of 110 municipal roads on the to-do list.
Repairs began in 2019 and are being completed in phases, in coordination with NJNG utility work when possible. The work is partially funded by NJDOT Municipal Aid Grant Program and financing from a Monmouth County Community Development Block Grant. T& M Engineering is overseeing the work.
Information about current program activities can be found on the township website. Visit the Road Program section.
Robert Preston Joins Township Committee
Robert Preston took the formal oath of office at the May 17 Township Committee meeting with his family at his side. The oath was administered by Monmouth County Commissioner Deputy Director Sue Kiley.
The Township Committee appointed Preston, a Republican, on April 26. His term ends at the end of this year. He will serve on the governing body with Mayor Michael Sachs, Deputy Mayor Mike Glackin, Skip McKay and Pete Terranova, who are all Republicans.
Preston works as an automotive technician. He has been a volunteer firefighter for the Hazlet Township Fire District #1 for 36 years. He has previously been an elected district Fire Commissioner and has served more than 10 years as Treasurer. He has also served as Hazlet Township's fire chief and president of the North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co.
At the government meeting, Preston was accompanied by his wife Jackie, daughter Nicole, son Matthew, and mother Betty.
Police Officers Promoted
On May 17th, Mayor Michael Sachs and the Township Committee promoted two officers to their new ranks during a Township Meeting
Sergeant Michael Galvin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolman Edward Schmidt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Lt. Galvin will be assigned as a squad commander in the patrol division. Sgt. Schmidt will also be assigned to the patrol division.
Chief Ted Wittke ended the ceremony with a congratulations to all and thanked the Township Committee and all the residents for their support.
Summer Enrichment Program
All Hazlet children, regardless of where they attend school, may take advantage of Enrichment and Developmental programs offered through the Hazlet Public School District Summer Enrichment Program. Offerings for every grade level. Registration closes May 31.
Play the Hazlet Trivia Game: "That Looks Familiar!"
Every week we use an original image from somewhere in Hazlet Township in our banner. Some are harder to guess than others. Can you identify the location of this week's image at the top of the newsletter? Submit your answer.
Last week's photo was the view of the beautiful tulip display at Shore Point Funeral Home with Route 35 in the background.
Hazlet plans Memorial Day ceremony; Join friends on a Paddle Wheel boat cruise; Hundreds expected Sunday for RHS Motoring for Music Car Show
Memorial Day Ceremony Planned
Planning is underway for Hazlet's annual ceremony on Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices of those who gave all for our country's freedom. The event is at the Memorial Circle next to the Cullen Center, 1776 Union Avenue. The starting time will soon be announced.
Hazlet Township's shared moment of reflection is dignified, reverent and stunningly patriotic, with live music and over 100 banners hung throughout Veterans Park honoring our Hazlet Heroes. Attractive red, white and blue banners featuring the names and photos of town residents with military service will be displayed Memorial Day through Veterans Day. Once again, Provident Bank will sponsor the banners for all of Hazlet’s actively-serving military members and those of Hazlet citizens who have perished in service to our country.
Last year over 300 attended the outdoor ceremony. Hazlet Recreation volunteers will offer light refreshments inside the Cullen Center following the ceremony.
Town Hall Employees Welcome Friday Visitors
Town Hall returned to a 5-day schedule on Friday, May 6, following a decision by the Township Committee to provide more convenience to citizens. Previously, the Municipal Building operated Monday through Thursday and was closed Friday.
The first person through the doors at 8:15 a.m. Friday was Lou Gualtieri of Little Silver, owner of Two River Builders, who was looking to schedule a footing inspection for a project in Hazlet. About 30 others came in throughout the day to make tax payments, sign up for the Swim Club, drop off forms to the Clerk's Office or visit the building and zoning department. Amanda Robinson of Hazlet was following up on a deck permit. "Friday is usually the day I have down time and I'm less busy at work, so it's convenient that Town Hall is open," she said.
Town Hall is located at 1766 Union Avenue. Weekday hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Township Committee Meets Tuesday
The governing body will meet Tuesday, May 17 for a 7 p.m. Workshop and 8 p.m. Regular Meeting.
Marching Band Hosts Car Show Sunday
You may notice some some funky and fancy cars driving down Middle Road Sunday morning. They will be headed to second annual Motoring for Music fundraiser at Raritan High School. Last year there were 150 on display by proud owners. This year, organizers believe there could be as many as 200 on view. Proceeds support the RHS Marching Band, whose members perform at many township functions. The Marching Band performs at 1 p.m. Food trucks, raffles and giveaways. Free admission. Park at side of school. Have fun! Event page.
RECYCLING YARD SUMMER HOURS
Town Hall Now Open on Fridays; Pinatas in the Park Draws Hundreds; New Payment Option for Sewer Bills
Town Hall Now Open 5 Days
As of May 2, Town Hall is providing in-person service five days a week to better serve the citizens of Hazlet Township. "It's for the convenience of our residents," said Mayor Michael Sachs.
Weekday hours are now Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Township Committee Meets
The governing body will meet 7 p.m. Monday, May 9 for a Special meeting to discuss Hazlet Swim Club and Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp. Action may be taken.
Cinco de Mayo in Hazlet
Hazlet Recreation hosted a fun outdoors event called Piñatas in the Park Thursday evening. The weather was exceptionally pleasant and hundreds turned out to play in the fresh air. There was a photo stand, make-a-maraca station, bounce houses, cornhole games and of course, pinatas that burst open with candy with the right whack of a bat.
Recognition for Champion High School Wrestling Team
Mayor Michael Sachs and the Township Committee welcomed the Raritan High School Wrestling Team to Tuesday night's government meeting to congratulate the Varsity Team on winning the NJSIAA Group 2 State Championship with a 22-6 season. The mayor read a proclamation and called out the name of each Raritan Rocket to offer them a copy and a handshake.
Head Coach Robert Nucci thanked the governing body, and also thanked RHS Athletic Director John DeGenito, in the audience, on behalf of the wrestlers, statistics keepers, managers and coaches.
Nucci told the Township Committee there is no greater community for athletics than Hazlet Township, and shared a story about the team's return home on Feb. 13 after their big win.
"We won a state championship at Franklin High School, and we got off at the exit at 117. There was probably about 10 police vehicles waiting for us, with 10 fire vehicles, and they drove us down Middle Road horns a-blasting. There was probably about 250 people waiting for us in the (high school) parking lot."
Gesturing to the proclamation, Nucci said, "This is really capping things off. Thanks for recognizing the boys and girls."
Automate Sewer Payments
Property owners can now pay sewer bills through direct withdrawal. Previously, this was only available for tax payments. The authorization agreement and instructions can be downloaded from the Sewer Utility page. Look for Helpful Documents section at the bottom of the page.
Play the Hazlet Trivia Game: "That Looks Familiar!"
Every week we use an original image from somewhere in Hazlet Township in our banner. Some are harder to guess than others. Can you identify this week's image at the top of the newsletter? Submit your answer.
Last week's photo was the view of Natco Lake Park, looking towards Route 36 East.