Hazlet Pops' Grand Finale; Annual Budget Hearing; Free Food Resources
Thank you, Hazlet Pops
Residents enjoyed an outdoor performance of Broadway and popular music classics on Thursday, July 28 in the open air at Veterans Park. The community band, led by Ray Lahaye and Tiffany Slattery, had rehearsed since May to offer free Thursday night concerts in July. (The last one had to be canceled due to the extreme heat.) The events attracted more than 100 people at their three performances. The relaxed, peaceful setting by the pond, where the audience caught a slight breeze, seemed like a perfect venue during these hot July nights. Children were free to play on the playground as adults enjoyed a musical concert.
The Hazlet Pops was formed in 2021 during the pandemic by invitation of the Hazlet Township Committee. Now it is a cherished summertime tradition in town for both musicians and listeners.
Tax Bill Grace Period
Reminder: The Tax Collector's Office is waiting for the certified 2022 tax rate. Once bills have been mailed, the standard 10-day grace period for the August quarter will be extended an additional 25 days. Visit the Tax Collector's page.
The Hazlet Township Committee will meet Tuesday, Aug. 2 for a 7 p.m. Workshop Meeting and an 8 p.m. Regular Meeting.
The 2022 Municipal Budget has been introduced with no proposed increase in the tax rate for the third year in a row. Please visit the Finance section to review the budget document prior to the August 2 public hearing.
The Land Use Board meets Thursday, Aug. 4 at Town Hall.
Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.
Driveway Scam Alert
In response to some negative experiences shared by residents on social media, Hazlet Police posted a warning on their Facebook page to be wary of driveway paving scams at this time of year. Here are some signs to watch out for:
- They will try to pressure you into making a decision that day.
- They want you to pay cash or write a check payable to an individual, not a company.
- They will not give straight answers to questions.
- They will not provide a signed contract.
If you suspect that the contractor is possibly a con artist, report them to the Hazlet Police Department so we can look into their operation and protect your interests. Watch out for older neighbors who might be threatened or intimidated by traveling con artists.
Swim Team Season Wraps Up
Congratulations to the swimmers, coaches and volunteers for an exciting swim season at Hazlet Swim Club. The team put in the practice and participated in four swim meets in July. They were complimented for great sportsmanship.
They got out of the pool for this group photo, courtesy Sean Patrick Photography.
Free Food Programs
New! Qualified seniors 60 and over can receive a box of groceries every month from Fulfill. The distribution center in Hazlet is at Bethany Towers. Please call 732-918-2600 to sign up after reviewing income limits in chart below.
Please also be aware that St. John's UMC Food Pantry serves 60-80 families a week on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 pm. Clients are welcomed with refreshments and seating while they wait to "shop".
Hazlet United Soccer Association is holding In-person registration and used soccer gear collection Sunday, July 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. at HUSA Fields, 29 Green Acres Drive. Used gear will be distributed to HUSA members in need.
Hazlet Youth Athletic Association is hosting special baseball and softball clinics in the first days of August. There are travel team tryout opportunities too. See info posted in their Facebook Group.
Excessive Heat this Week; Route 35 Congestion Warning; Water Usage Restrictions
It's So Hot!
This week, Hazlet residents have endured oppressive temperatures in the mid- to high 90's. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Western Monmouth through 8 p.m. Sunday. Temperatures and humidity will gradually increase Saturday and Sunday for all.
The Recreation Dept. issued an invitation to Hazlet residents to come cool off at the Hazlet Swim Club through Sunday, July 24. (Daily fees apply.)
Hazlet Rec Camp kids are staying cool in the pool, with water games, and playing inside the Cullen Center in the afternoons.
NJ American Water is calling for voluntary water restrictions during this time, and JCP&L is offering tips on how to stay cool and save money on electricity. (See below)
The Hazlet Pops evening outdoor concert was canceled Thursday, July 21, due to the lingering heat. The next opportunity to hear the community band will be 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at Veterans Park. Stay cool!
Avoid Traffic Congestion on Route 35
Hazlet Police are advising residents to be aware of potential delays on Route 35, between Holmdel Road and Union Avenue, due to road construction and a film shoot. They suggest to try taking Middle Road and Route 36 to travel through town, if possible.
Holmdel Police had previously put out an alert that on there would be intermittent closures from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22. The highway would be completely closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., in both directions, from Union Ave to Miller Ave. Motorists will be able to access local businesses along the highway during the closure.
On Monday, July 25, there will be intermittent closures on Highway 35, near the Holmdel Motor Inn, between 9 am and 10 pm.
The Tax Collector's Office is waiting for the certified 2022 tax rate. Once bills have been mailed, the standard 10-day grace period for the August quarter will be extended an additional 25 days. Visit the Tax Collector's page.
Mandatory Odd/Even Water Restrictions for Monmouth County
Due to increased demand for water during the heat wave, New Jersey American Water is notifying customers of a mandatory odd/even watering restrictions.
- If your street address number is an even number, water only on even numbered dates.
- If your street address number is an odd number, water only on odd numbered dates.
- Water early or late in the day to minimize evaporation
Customers are being notified via the company’s emergency notification system
- There are exceptions for watering of new sod or seed if daily watering is required (Note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
- Use of private wells for irrigation
- Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, athletic fields, and car washes
- Watering of athletic fields
Heat waves can stretch our comfort – and electric bills. JCP&L offers some tips for using electricity wisely when demand is high:
- Set your thermostat as high as comfort will allow, and use fans to stay cool. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you can decrease energy use by about 3 percent.
- Draw blinds, shades, or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day, especially on south- and west-facing windows.
- Preset your programmable thermostat to keep the temperature in your home higher while you’re away, and to reduce the temperature before you arrive back home.
First Aid Squad Annual Fund Drive
The Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad Fund Drive is going on now. Members of the all-volunteer squad posed for a photo holding some of the checks that have come in. Thousands of solicitations have gone out. Please check to see if you have received one! If not, you can donate via Paypal on their website.Checks can also be sent to them at PO Box 162, Hazlet NJ 07730. The squad relies on donations to fund operations. Volunteers are welcome, please inquire.
Monmouth County Fair
Held Wednesday-Sunday, July 27 - 31, this annual tradition includes 4-H shows and exhibits, rides, entertainment, home & garden competitions, opening night fireworks (weather permitting), and more. At East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ.
Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29 from 4-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
$8.00 per person (ages 17 & under are free
$5.00 (plus $1.50 convenience fee) – VIPLY app advance purchase, available starting July 26
Sunday – Seniors aged 65 & older and Active Military with ID are free
Free parking. Visit www.MonmouthCountyFair.com for schedule of events and more information.
8th Street Park Moves to Design Phase; Hazlet Alliance Promotes Suicide Hotline; RAINE Foundation Offers Family Fun Day
Rec Camp Animal Show
Hazlet Recreation campers enjoy a special event every day of their 7-week summer camp experience. On July 14, it was the Wild Side Zoo (based in Hazlet). The staff gave the kids a look at some exotic animals. The children tried to be very quiet when each animal was taken from its carrying case, so as not to scare them. They surely had some good stories to tell at dinner!
8th Street Park: Bond Ordinance Approved
The Hazlet Township Committee voted July 12 to approve a $1.5 million Bond Ordinance to provide financing for the improvement of 8th Street Park, allowing the project to move into the design phase.
The governing body also approved the payment of $141,560 to T&M Engineering for design and construction services.
The engineer will work together with the West Keansburg neighborhood committee that participated in the visioning sessions. They will give input on the park design, including the walking path, playground equipment, picnic tables and bench selection.
View a timeline of the project to date.
Land Use Board Gives Green Light
Hazlet's Land Use Board gave approval July 7 to Route 35 Developers LLC / Aspen Dental to construct an addition to an existing building at 3206 Route 35 near Hazlet Avenue (the former Cerlione's) and convert it to a dental office.
Proposed Parking Ordinance
The Township Committee has introduced two ordinances which affect parking on Dallas Court, near Raritan High School. Under the proposal, non residents would be restricted from stopping, standing and parking on both sides of Dallas Court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school days. A public hearing and vote will be held at the August 2 meeting at 8 pm.
- Land Use Board, July 21: Canceled due to lack of agenda. Next meeting Aug. 4.
- Environmental Commission, July 21 at 7 pm. This is a previously rescheduled meeting.
Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.
The Hazlet Alliance is spreading the word about a new lifeline for people having thoughts of suicide.
Starting July 16, when someone has an urgent behavioral health need, they can call 9-8-8. The 9-8-8 system will operate nationally 24/7. Calls to 988 will be directed to 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Suicide prevention is a critical need. Since 2008, suicide has ranked as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide claimed the lives of more than 44,000 Americans in 2020, and evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated suicidal thoughts and actions.
The Hazlet Fireworks blasted off from Veterans Park on Sunday, July 3, to the delight of families gathered at the park, Swim Club, neighboring parking lots and nearby backyards. The show was postponed from July 2 due to the threat of severe weather. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful night to look up to the sky and enjoy a township tradition.
On Monday at 7 p.m., the Environmental Commission will hold its monthly meeting at Town Hall.
On Tuesday, July 12: The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a 7 p.m. Workshop meeting and 8 p.m. Regular Meeting at Town Hall.
Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.
The Hazlet Pops performed the first of four scheduled concerts on July 7. The community orchestra has been rehearsing since May to offer these free public concerts in Hazlet. At the Thursday concert, attended by about 100 people, Ray Lahaye and Tiffani Slattery conducted the band and Gabby Guida sang.
Pack a chair or blanket to sit upon and join us a relaxing summer concert! See calendar below for upcoming dates.
The Hazlet Township Police Department is looking to expand the school security program and is seeking applicants for the position of Class III Special Police Officer to serve within the Hazlet Township Board of Education's Pre K-12 School District. The job posting can be found on the Hazlet PD Facebook page.
Take the Survey
The Hazlet Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health invites residents to contribute to an anonymous online survey. The goal is to gather critical information to help them design and implement impactful programs. Please take the brief survey and spread the word to others.