June 2023

June 2023 issues of Hazlet Citizen Weekly. For the current edition, follow this link.
The digital newsletter is produced by the Hazlet Township Public Information Office and published every Friday on the township website, HazletTwp.org

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - June 30 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements

June 30, 2023

Parking Lots Finished, Campers Having Fun, Fireworks Show on Sunday

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Parking Lots
The municipal parking lot is now finished and the entrance to Union Avenue has been reopened. There are additional parking spaces and a new traffic pattern.

8th Street Park
ShoreTop Construction has begun the installation of the porous pavement walking path around the perimeter of the park. It has also completed preparation of the site for the installation of the playground equipment and associated falling surface. More info.

Pickleball Courts
ShoreTop Construction has completed the paving operation and are preparing for the installation of the color coating surface and court striping.

Section K1 Roads
S. Brothers Construction is continuing work on the drainage improvements and installation of new concrete curb along Willowbrook and Mason Drives. More info.


This was the opening week for Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp!. The kids played with water balloons & Slip n' Slides on "Water Wednesday" and skated at the South Amboy Roller Rink on Thursday.  Next week the campers will have a pizza party, magic show and trip to iPlay America. 

Campers gather around a small slide at the step pool.


Hazlet Recreation's annual Fireworks Display is planned for Sunday, July 2! Make your plans to enjoy the show from your family's favorite vantage point in and around Veterans Park. (Use Middle Road entrance only.) There will be music and food vendors on site. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit upon. The rain date is July 3. 

Hazlet Fireworks Show


The Hazlet Land Use Board meets Thursday, July 6 at 7 p.m. Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.


Hazlet Health Services will offer a Dog/Cat Rabies Clinic on October 7, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hazlet Public Works, 39 Leocadia Court. 


Tuesday, July 4 is our national Independence Day holiday and all municipal offices and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed 
Please note Monday, July 3 is a regular working day at Hazlet Township with normal operating hours.


This month, members of the Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center got together to do crafts and discuss a book. The Craft Collective focused on flower arrangements and the Book Club discussed "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. Learn more.

Senior Center Activities

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A triple ribbon cutting! On Saturday, June 24, Hazlet's Mayor Michael Sachs and Committeeman Rob Preston joined the Hazlet Business Owners Association (HBOA) in welcoming three new wellness businesses on the upper floor of Baron's Corner Plaza at Union Avenue & Middle Road. Mayor Sachs thanked the business owners for choosing Hazlet. and HBOA President Holly Schult invited them to meet new connections at the HBOA monthly gatherings.
Now open for business: Amelia Nathan of Balance Massage and Somatic Therapy; Shay Miller of Born to Dye by Shay Designs Hair and Kelly Smith of Bodhi Mind and Body Yoga and Wellness

Triple Ribbon Cutting at Baron's Corner Plaza

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Hazlet Citizen Weekly - June 23 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements

June 23, 2023

Construction Continues, Senior Meals on Wheels Available Soon, DPW Job Opening


Hazlet Township improvement projects are rolling ahead! View photos taken Friday, June 23  of the parking lot improvements adjacent to the James J. Cullen Center, Road Program improvements on Mason Drive, and progress on the playground area and walkway at the 8th Street Park in West Keansburg.

Construction Work June 23, 2023

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Starting in mid-July, the Meals-on-Wheels program will provide delivered meals for homebound seniors. Congregate meals will also be available at the James J. Cullen Center. For more information Information about these programs, please contact the Hazlet Senior Center or Interfaith Neighbors at 732-775-5155. 


Hazlet Department of Public Works is accepting applications for a full-time Mechanic to repair and maintain various types of Public Works vehicles and equipment. View job description.

An Open House Job Fair has been announced by the Monmouth County Division of Social Services on Saturday, June 24 at 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Positions are social worker, HR specialist, Aide and Clerk.


Mark your calendar, Hazlet Recreation's annual Fireworks Display is planned for Sunday, July 2! Make your plans to enjoy the show from your family's favorite vantage point in and around Veterans Park. There will be music and food vendors on site. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit upon. The rain date is July 3.

Hazlet Fireworks Show


The Land Use Board meets Thursday, July 6 at 7 pm. 

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.


Join the fun at the Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center, an exciting place for active adult seniors 60+. Open to residents and nonresidents. Registration will open Monday, June 26 for all events. Pre-Registration is required. Register at MyActiveCenter.com OR call (732) 217-8683 or (732) 217-8641.
July 2023 - Senior Center Newsletter Opens in new window

Highlights from the July Senior Center Newsletter:

Mozzarella Making Party at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. Chef Zazz from Angry Tomatoes Pizza & Subs shows you how. $20 Class Fee.

  • Hands on mozzarella making instruction.
  • Luncheon includes, beverages, variety of Artisan pizzas, garlic knots, dessert.
  • Bring home a pound of fresh mozzarella

The Monthly Book Club is reading "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. Meeting is July 27 at 12:30 p.m. 

Country Line Dancing is starting Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for 8 weeks, July 11-Sept. 5. Free for residents, $40 for nonresidents

Foundations of Drawing is starting July 10 and continues on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. for 8 weeks, until August 28. Free for residents, $40 for nonresidents

Gentle Yoga is starting Friday, July 7 and continues for 8 weeks through August 25 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring a mat. Free for residents, $40 for nonresidents

Latin Groove begins 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am. on Wednesdays from July 19 to September 6. Free for residents, $40 for nonresidents


Hazlet Township Deputy Mayor Pete Terranova and members of the Hazlet Business Owner welcomed Luxe Beauty Room to the business community at their ribbon cutting on June 20. The shop is located in Chelsea Plaza, 3253 Route 35 North. They specialize in hair extensions and balayage a hair treatments.

Luxe Beauty Room

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - June 16 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements

June 16, 2023

Township Seeks Grant for Indoor Facility, Fireworks July 2, Family Fun Day at Swim Club


The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a public hearing at its Regular 7 p.m. meeting on June 27 to discuss an application to the Monmouth County Open Space Fund for the purpose of seeking a matching grant to construct a new Indoor Recreation Facility. (Block 193, Lot 73.) 
These photos illustrate the indoor sport structure concept.

Indoor Sport Structure Concept

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Mark your calendar, Hazlet Recreation's annual Fireworks Display is planned for Sunday, July 2! Make your plans to enjoy the show from your family's favorite vantage point in and around Veterans Park. There will be music and food vendors on site. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit upon. 

Hazlet Independence Day Fireworks Flyer


Work continues on the new parking lot between the James J. Cullen Center and Town Hall through June 23 During construction, the Union Avenue entrance will be closed. Please enter Veterans Park via Green Acres Drive, off Middle Road.

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Hazlet Township recognizes Juneteenth on Friday, June 16 as a municipal holiday. It was established as a state and public holiday in 2021. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom.

Town Hall offices and the DPW Recycling Yard are closed on Juneteenth. Zone 7 Recycling Collection is moved to Monday, June 19. 


All are invited to the Hazlet Swim Club on Saturday, June 24 for Family Fun Day. Paid admission is required for non-members. In addition to fun activities for everyone, there will be an information table about defending yourself from overexposure to the sun sponsored by local health partners. More information.

Family Fun Day at Hazlet Swim Club

BROWSE & BUY 6/17June 2023 Book Sale Flyer

Volunteers will be selling books at the Hazlet Library Book Sale to raise funds to improve our local facility. Please stop by to browse Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

While there, you can also sign up for a library card and pick up a calendar of events for childrens' programs.


A new park bench in memory of a Hazlet resident has been installed in Veterans Park through a generous donation from The Christian Marchena Scholarship Fund. It was dedicated by his loved ones on May 6, just prior to the annual Family Fund Day held in his memory. Christian, who attended Hazlet schools, is remembered as a beloved son, brother friend and teammate.

Loved ones of Christian Marchena gather around a green bench dedicated in his memory.

Hazlet Township News & Announcements

June 9, 2023

Township Construction Project Update, Hazy Hazlet, Fire District Special Election


Check that out! You can see the progress at several construction projects around town in these photos taken Friday, June 9. Read on for details from the township engineer...

Construction Work June 9, 2023

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Shoretop Construction has completed milling and paving of the pavement surface course. The existing fencing that was removed has been restored. The new pavement surface will now sit for 15-30 days to allow for curing in preparation of the final color coating. Once the color coating of the courts is completed, nets will be installed and the courts will open for play. It is anticipated the courts will be open for play by July 1, 2023, weather permitting.


ShoreTop Construction has completed curb work and the sidewalk around the future playground area. The parking area curb and base course pavement has also been completed. Next, the contractor will start boxing out the walking trail around the perimeter. The irrigation is scheduled to be installed next week for the grassy areas. The playground installation is also being scheduled.


S. Brothers Construction will return next week to continue curb installation in the remaining portion of the parking lot, north of the James J. Cullen Center. It will be repaved and re-curbed with a landscaped island. On or about Monday, June 12, the Union Avenue entrance and exit to the municipal complex will be closed to all traffic. It is anticipated the Union Avenue entrance and exit will be closed for 7 to 10 days, weather permitting. 


S. Brothers Construction has completed curbing and drainage work along David Street and is working on East Richard Street, East Susan Street and Mason Drive. On Tuesday, the township will award Contract No.2 of the 2023 Roadway Improvement Program to MECO Construction for section G3 in West Keansburg. It is anticipated the work to begin in approximately 30 days. 


This week, we learned not to take our air quality for granted. Forest fires burning in Canada and New Jersey can affect the air we breathe in Hazlet. For several days, a smoky haze hung over parts of the northeast US. Wednesday, June 7 was the worst of the days, with air quality reaching dangerous levels. Township recreation activities were canceled as residents kept inside with windows closed, donned masks outdoors and followed the news. Thankfully, the air is now clearing and June's sunny glory is back.

Hazy Hazlet

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Sunday's water bottle drive to support The Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad yielded 50 cases for use during the hot summer months for fire and related emergency calls. Thank you! 

The squad will be collecting donations this weekend at the intersection of Route 36 & Laurel Ave. on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The all-volunteer squad recently announced it is forming a new auxiliary  to help with administrative functions such as fundraising, membership drives and special events.  Reach out if you can spare some time or talent: auxiliary@hazletfirstaid.org

HFA Water Bottle Drive


On June 2, the 200 Club of Monmouth County honored Sergeant Robert Dickens and Patrolman John Corcione for extraordinary service in uniform. Hazlet Police posted the following account and photo on their Facebook Page

On June 29, 2022, Patrolman John Corcione, alongside the other patrols, were dispatched to an area near the Home Depot in reference to a suicidal male in a vehicle, armed with several knives. Ptl Corcione was able to communicate with the subject utilizing de-escalation tactics and maintained control of the situation even when the subject became agitated. Ptl. Corcione continued to talk with the subject who eventually threw the knife to the ground and was securely transported to Bayshore Hospital. Ptl. Corcione is commended for an act of heroism in a high-stress, adverse condition. 

On December 29 2022, Sergeant Robert Dickens responded to an EMS call where an infant ingested narcotic residue off a discarded tissue and began to experience an overdose. Sgt. Dickens, along with Ptl. Wilson from Holmdel PD, rushed to the scene where Sgt. Dickens held the infant steady and Ptl. Wilson administered Narcan- ultimately ending the overdose. The baby was transported to local hospital for additional treatment. We commend both officers for their quick and steady actions to safely administer Narcan and save this infant's life. 

We commend our Officers on their outstanding work and well-deserved recognition.

Hazlet Police Officers Honored for Valor

Award winners Sgt. Robert Dickens (center left) and Ptl. John Corcione (center right_ are flanked by Hazlet Police Chief Ted Wittke, left and Deputy Chief Bob Mulligan. 


Next week, municipal offices and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed on Friday, June 16 in observation of Juneteenth. It was established as a state and public holiday in 2021. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom.

Municipal office hours Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15 will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Zone 7 Recycling Collection is moved to Monday, June 19. 

Juneteenth: Friday, June 16 Closed


  • The Township Committee meets Tuesday, June 13. 
  • The Land Use Board meets Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center.

A Notice from Hazlet Fire District #1

Special Election - Fire District July 24SPECIAL ELECTION




  • This apparatus is 20 plus years old
  • Fire protection for the safety of our residents
  • Engine 81 responds to all Motor Vehicle Accidents, plus residential and commercial calls,responds to approx. 400 calls per year
  • Current safety features for the protection of the dedicated volunteer firefighters
  • High cost of maintenance for upkeep- out of service trucks cause delayed time response
  • With the rising cost of materials, the cost of purchases are rising quickly. It is best to sign a contract in 2023, to reduce cost, locked pricing
  • New truck delivery times have increased to over 3 years, placing the engine at over 25 years old


  • Hazlet Board of Fire Commissioners will be using reserved Capital Funds, savings, to fund approx. 50% of the purchase.
  • Financing the additional cost, with no burden to the tax payers
  • Proper budgeting plans will allow us to fund this purchase, while still maintaining our Capital Fund for future necessary equipment
  • The new engine is part of a larger plan to reduce and replace older apparatus in the fleet.


  • Required by N.J.S.A 40A 14-85
  • DATE -July 24, 2023 TIME 2pm- 9pm
  • LOCATION- Hazlet Fire District Office, 812 Poole Ave., Suite A, Hazlet.
  • 732-264-1427


The Senior Center at the  James J. Cullen Center is bustling with activity and opportunities to make new friends. Membership for Hazlet residents 60+ is free, $50 for non-residents. View information. Some highlights: 

  • This week, members of the Hazlet Senior Center started Bowling at Bowlero. The groups play on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 
  • PIckleball for Beginners is June 21 to July 26. The 6-week Indoor Beginner Clinic is 8 am. to 10 a.m. Residents:  $50 for 6 weeks; Non-Residents: $60 for 6 weeks. 
  • The Book Club is reading "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. The next meeting, with Potluck Lunch, is Thursday June 29 at 12:30 p.m. 
Hazlet Citizen Weekly - June 2 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements

June 2, 2023

Township Construction Project Update, Swim Club Opens, New Librarian


The smell of hot asphalt is in the air at several sites in Hazlet as the township continues the long term plan for road improvements, the installation of a new parking lot, pickleball courts and the renovation of 8th Street Park. Engineers have provided these updates as of June 2, 2023. 

Construction Work June 2, 2023

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Lifeguard chair 2It was a beautiful weekend at Hazlet Swim Club and we were happy to see lots of longtime members and new families return. The swimming area has been brightened with new lifeguard chairs sporting red umbrellas. The pools were freshly painted earlier this year and reflect cool, inviting blue. For more information on membership and day passes, visit the Swim Club section or stop at the Recreation window on the ground floor of Town Hall.

Swim Team 
The Hazlet Hammerheads Swim Team is accepting members through the end of this week. Practice information and the meet schedule is posted on the township website.


Hazlet Librarian Jenny BrennanWelcome Jennifer Brennan, our new Hazlet Township Librarian! Her first day was Tuesday, May 30. Brennan has been with the Monmouth County Library System for 5 years, and in addition to her background in Circulation, has experience behind the counter at many other county branches as a traveling staff member. She is looking forward to bringing more programs to the community and wants to hear from community members. So stop in and say hello!

Our former librarian, Mary Patterson, is now at the helm of the Ocean Township Library. Patterson managed our library through the long days of the pandemic. During her tenure, the Hazlet branch saw an increase in demand for in-person services and programs, hosted many new, exciting children’s programs and the Short & Sweet short story group.

Earlier this year, the county Library Commission recognized the retirements of Hazlet's other two past librarians who were well known to patrons, Diana Zambrano and Beth Henderson. 


Early Voting Starts June 2 at the Hazlet Library

Primary Election 2023-350Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding voters that they have more ways and more days to vote in person with the option of early voting for the 2023 Primary Election. All registered New Jersey voters have the option to cast their ballots early in person on voting machines, during a three day period prior to election day at designated polling locations across Monmouth County, beginning Friday, June 2.

The option to vote early in person for the 2023 Primary Election will be available at 10 designated early voting polling locations in Monmouth County for a three day period from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4. The designated polling locations will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Hazlet, voters can cast their ballots at the Monmouth County Library Hazlet Branch, 251 Middle Road. For more information, visit MonmouthCountyVotes.com or download our free Monmouth County Votes mobile app. Voters can track their ballot by signing up for the County BallotTrax online at MonmouthBallottrax.com.


On Monday, Memorial Day, we paused to honor the sacrifice of our heroic fallen. Participating in our ceremony were Hazlet VFW Post 4303, Hazlet Police Chaplain Barry Mulligan, the Hazlet Police Honor Guard, the Hazlet Pops community Band and representatives of the Hazlet’s Fire Companies, First Aid, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics team and Recreation Advisory Committee. As you pass by the township memorial garden on Union Avenue, you will see the patriotic wreaths and flowers on display by the monuments. We will never forget.

Memorial Day 2023

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Honor Hazlet Heroes 2023 Now through Veterans Day

Veterans Park is decorated with over 139 banners honoring our hometown heroes. The banners recognize soldiers who died in service, veterans who served the country in the US Armed Forces and those who are in active service. For a map legend, see the Honor Hazlet Heroes webpage.

VFW Post 4303 Jr. Vice Commander Joe Szutyanyi organized the project with support from the township Public Works and Public Information office. The VFW's Joe Szutyanyi thanked Provident Bank for their continued support of the military banner program.

In 2024, applications for new banners will be accepted January 15 through April 15 on the Honor Hazlet Heroes webpage.


The Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad is holding a water drive on Sunday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cases of water can be dropped off at the Unit 1 Building located at 33 Leocadia Court (next to the Recycling Yard.)

Cases of water are needed for emergency service rehab for fire and related emergency calls during the hot summer months. 

Members will also be on hand to discuss joining the First Aid Squad as a Regular member or an Auxiliary member. 

For more information, visit HazleFirstAid.org.


Town Hall Hours of Operation Memorial Day to Labor Day Hazlet Town Hall
This week, Hazlet's Town Hall offices switched to staying open until 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Town Hall closes at noon. 

After Labor Day, Town Hall office hours will revert back to the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekday schedule.

James J. Cullen Center
The Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center will remain on the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekday schedule and will not change over the summer.

Public Works Recycling Yard
The hours of the Public Works Department Recycling Yard, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, are weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. After Labor Day, the Recycling Yard will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


The Township Committee Workshop meeting originally scheduled for June 6 has been moved to June 13. 


Registration dates for Football and Cheer have been announced by The Hazlet Youth Athletic League. 

Online registration available at HYALHawks.com

In person dates:

  • Wednesday, June 14 - 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17 - 10:00 to Noon
  • Thursday, June 22 - 6:30-8:00 p.m.