August 2023

August 2023 issues of Hazlet Citizen Weekly. For the current edition and Save the Date calendar, 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 - Aug 25 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements


August 25, 2023

Sign up for Lifeguard Training, Special Needs Club Forming, Food Trucks Coming to Hazlet Day Sept. 9

Train to be a Hazlet Swim Club Lifeguard

Thank you to all of the certified lifeguards at the Hazlet Swim Club this season! This was a record-setting hot summer, and the club certainly appreciates your dedication! Hazlet Swim Club will stay open through Labor Day. Hours August 28 through Sept. 4 are noon to 6 p.m.

Hazlet Recreation will be offering lifeguard certification classes over the cold months for next year's staffing needs. Are you or family members interested in this well-paying summer job? Please email Recreation@HazletNJ.org to add your name to the mailing list to learn when classes form.

Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club Lifeguards

Lifeguards at Hazlet Swim Club

Free Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

The VNA will provide free Flu and COVID-19 vaccine shots at the James J. Cullen Center on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-Register at Hazlet.Recdesk.com.

For services and information related to COVID-19, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 information portal.

Operating Hours 

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023 and through Memorial Day: 

Hazlet Town Hall & the James J. Cullen Center will be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Recycling Yard: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 
  • DPW Office, 39 Leocadia Court: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.; Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

New! Weekly Special Needs Club for Ages 16+

A new club for young adults with special needs aged 16 and older will start meeting every Monday night in September for games, fitness, crafts and more. "Let's Get Social" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the James J. Cullen Center. The fee is $40 for 8 weeks. Adult chaperone required. For more information email instructor Denise Bucciero at the center.  Pre-Register at Hazlet.Recdesk.com.

Lets Get Social - Special Needs Club Forming

Hazlet Day is Saturday, Sept. 9: Come Hungry

If you love food trucks, make sure you come with an appetite to Hazlet Day on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Veterans Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.. This year there will be 12 food trucks selling specialties like Cuban sandwiches, tacos, sausage and pepper subs, empanadas, lobster rolls, barbecue, egg rolls and hot dogs. For dessert, try waffles, Italian ices, funnel cake and cotton candy. 

There will be over 75 vendors and community organization tents too! Kids will love the big inflatables, carnival games and little train ride. Visit the First Aid, Fire and Police touch-a-truck area. The exciting band Asbury Fever is performing at 1 p.m. Hazlet Day is a great way to connect with the community and celebrate our 175th township anniversary! 

Hazlet Day Flyer - 450

Matinee Movies at Hazlet Library

Did you know that Hazlet Library offers free in-person viewings of movies at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Find descriptions and more information on the EventKeeper section of the Monmouth County Library System website. Here are some coming up:

  • August 30:  Mamma Mia (2008, PG-13); 
  • Sept. 6: Jerry and Marge Go Large (2022, PG-13) 
  • Sept. 13: Fatherhood (2021, PG-13)
  • Sept. 20: Land (2021, PG-13)
  • Sept. 27: Champions (2023, PG-13)

Movie Matiness banner

Senior Center September Newsletter

New for Fall: Monday Bowling, a Winery Train Trip along the Delaware River, Poker for fun, Rummikub, a Disco Party, Pumpkin Decorating  and Wine Glass Painting. There is so much happening at the James J. Cullen Center. Membership is free for Hazlet seniors. Drop in and talk to the staff weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Browse all the programs and events coming to the Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center in the month of September. Newsletters are posted on the website.

September 2023 - Senior Center Newsletter 450

Vote by Mail Opt Out Deadline

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising voters who are enrolled to automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting that September 1 is the deadline to opt out of receiving mail-in ballots for the 2023 General Election. 

These voters can opt out by completing the Vote by Mail Opt Out form, available on the MonmouthCountyVotes.com website and “Monmouth County Votes” Mobile App, and submitting it to the County Clerk’s Election Office by September 1. 

After September 1, voters who are currently enrolled to receive mail-in ballots will be unable to vote in person on a machine, however, they may still vote during early voting or on election day via provisional paper ballots. 

In addition to voting by mail, New Jersey voters have the option to cast their ballots for the 2023 General Election in person during early voting at one of the County’s 10 designated polling locations from October 28 through November 5, or the traditional way of voting in person on Election Day, November 7, at their assigned polling location. 

For more information, visit MonmouthCountyVotes.com, download the County Clerk’s free “Monmouth County Votes” Mobile App, or call the County Clerk’s Election Office at 732-431-7790.

Public Health Advisory: "Gas Station Heroin"

The Monmouth County Health Department is alerting municipalities about tianeptine. 
The New Jersey Poison Center (NJPIES) has recently identified a cluster of poisoning cases involving tianeptine, a substance with opioid-like effects that is being falsely marketed and sold across the state in gas stations and online as a dietary supplement.   Common names for tianeptine include “gas station heroin,” “ZaZa Red,” or “Neptune’s Elixir” (among others). Tianeptine use can lead to serious health complications and even death.

Over the 60-day period from June 17 to August 17, NJPIES has received 9 calls about patients poisoned by tianeptine, and some patients have become critically ill. Due to this cluster of cases and previous FDA warnings, the NJDOH has increased surveillance efforts around this substance and urges New Jersey residents to be cautious. 

Job Fair & Workforce Development

Monmouth County will host a Job and internship fair on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookdale Community College's Collins Arena. There is early access for people with disabilities and veterans starting at 10 a.m. Open to all, no registration required. 

Job seekers can find resources such as resume development and job training by contacting the Division of Workforce Development at732-683-8850 x 6011. Visit WorkinMonmouth.com.

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - August 18 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements


August 18, 2023

More Parking for Library, Shredding Event Saturday at Swim Club, Milling & Paving Next Week

Police Youth Academy Week

On Friday, the  2023 Hazlet Police Youth Academy concluded with a graduation ceremony. During the week, the cadets got to learn about police work from Hazlet's experienced and professional officers. Some of the exciting things they practiced were water rescue, working with a K9, firearms safety, crime scene evidence collection, a visit with a NJ State Police helicopter and practicing with defensive weapons. There was also some marching drills and push-ups! Photos of the Youth Academy week are  on the Hazlet Police Facebook Page.

Police Academy

Hazlet Library 


New Parking Spaces Coming

The Township Committee plans to approve additional accessible parking spaces directly across from the LIbrary entrance as part of the township's road Improvement plan. The additional parking, which will also include traditional spaces, will be under construction next month. Similar parking was recently created outside the police station entrance next door. The Library's current parking areas are in the rear and overflow lot.

Hazlet Library building with paved roadway where parking will be created.

Volunteers

Hazlet Library's new Library Jennifer Brennan is seeking volunteers to help keep the library organized and help process book donations. Download an application from the Monmouth County Library System website.

Donations

The library accepts donations. Here are the guidelines: 

  • Books must be in good/gently used condition
  • Nothing from basements, attics, crawlspaces, etc.
  • No encyclopedias, dictionaries, text books or outdated manuals
  • No more than two boxes or bags at one time
  • All books are to be unboxed and unbagged by staff before accepted
  • Donors are encouraged to call beforehand. The phone number is 732-264-7164.

View more information about the Hazlet Library.

Clean Out Your Files 

Bring your unwanted personal papers to the shredding truck on Saturday, August 19.  Reminder: This event will be held in the Swim Club Parking Lot. Please enter from Middle Road. The event ends when the truck fills. Event sponsored by Hazlet DPW and Monmouth County. See more information.

Shredded paper with note about Shredding Event 8/19

Road Work

Milling and paving will begin on Monday, August 21 for David, East Susan. East Richard and East Jack Streets. Once completed, Alice Place, Willowbrook Drive and Mason Drive will be milled and paved. Residents of this neighborhood are asked to follow the parking instructions that will be distributed by the contractor prior to the start of the work.

Senior Center's 'Fabulous Feud'

The Hazlet Senior Center is hosting an  “I Scream for Ice Cream” party with lots of laughs on Friday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the James J. Cullen Center. 

The $10 per person fee includes entry to Fabulous Feud Game Show and access to the Ice Cream Bar. Teams of 6-10 people will face off in a fun game with great questions and surprising answers. No team? No worries, you will be placed on one. Audience members are also needed! Call the Senior Center to register. Sorry, no walk-ins.

Operating Hours Update

Here are operating hours starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023:

Hazlet Town Hall & James J. Cullen Center
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Works

  • Recycling Yard: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. 
  • DPW Office, 39 Leocadia Court: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.; Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tax Bills

A reminder that the grace period for 3rd Quarter tax bills has been extended to Tuesday, August 29. 

Crossing Guard Jobs

The Hazlet Township Police Department is hiring crossing guards. Download an application from the Hazlet Police Department website.

Public Meeting

The Township Committee meets Tuesday for a 7 pm. Regular Meeting. The Agenda is posted prior to the meetings in the Agenda Center.

Hazlet First Aid & Rescue 50/50 Fundraiser

Volunteers are selling Super 50/50 Tickets to benefit squad operations. Drawing is Sept. 9 at Hazlet Day. As of August 18, the Jackpot is over $3,000 to the winner. More information.

Sunday, August 20
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at  ShopRite at Route 35 and Hazlet Avenue.

Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24
5 to 8 p.m. at Jake-a-Bobs Bay at 525 Front Street in Union Beach.

Be Prepared for Severe Storms

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - Aug. 11 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements


August 11, 2023

Construction Updates, Summer Camp Ends, Bamboo Ordinance

Road Work and Park Improvement Update

  • Road Work 
    • Section K1 Improvements
      S. Brothers Construction has completed all curb and drainage improvements within the K1 section of town (Hazlet Ave. - Mason Drive area). The milling and paving operation is scheduled to be completed by late August.
    • Section G3 Improvements
      Meco Inc. has begun preconstruction activities of the G3 section (West Keansburg). Concrete work is scheduled to begin the week of August 14th.
  • 8th Street Park Improvements
    Shore Top Construction has recently completed the paving operation of the perimeter walking path as part of the 8th Street Park Improvement plan. The playground equipment has been installed with the rubber falling surface to follow. 

The all-new inclusive 8th Street Playground under construction on August 11, 2023. 

New Bamboo Ordinance

On August 8, the Hazlet Township Committee approved an amendment to the Township Code under Chapter 145, Brush, Grass and Weeds to regulate bamboo. Bamboo is an invasive plant that quickly spreads. Here is the updated local law:

A.    It shall be the duty of any owner or tenant or person in possession of any lands in the Township:

(1)    To keep such lands free of brush, weeds, bamboo, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, where the same are inimical to the preservation of public health, safety or general welfare of the Township, or which may constitute a fire hazard.

(2)    Where the lands abut or border upon any public street in the Township, to remove all grass, weeds, bamboo, brush and other debris from that part of the street bordering on their respective lands. 

Final Week of Summer Camp

Today is the final day of summer camp. The kids enjoyed a Carnival of fun at the Hazlet Swim Club Thursday. It was one of a over 35 special theme days planned by our Recreation Summer Camp staff and counselors. Thank you all for a memorable summer! Follow the Hazlet Recreation Facebook and Instagram pages to stay in touch! 

Carnival Day 2023

Summer campers on colorful inflatable amusements

Hazlet Alliance

Drive past the Hazlet Police Station on Middle Road to see the purple flags, a representation of those we lost to overdose deaths last year in Monmouth County. 

At the last Township Committee meeting, Hazlet Police Officer Charleigh Logothetis was appointed the new director of The Hazlet Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Awareness. 

PBA Fundraiser 9/16

The Hazlet Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association – Local 189 will host the  4th Annual Car Show & Festival in Veterans Park on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family friendly event includes food trucks, street vendors and unusual vehicles on display. 

PBA Car Show - Sept. 16 2023

First Aid 50/50 Fundraiser

Hazlet First Aid Auxiliary members are selling Super 50/50 tickets around town. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be on Hazlet Day, Sept 9 at Veterans Park. Find the volunteers Saturday, 8/12  from 8am to noon at Bagel Boyz at Bethany and Holmdel Roads. On Thursday, 8/17 they will be Ralph's Italian Ices on Union Ave. from 5 to 9 pm. Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  The newly formed Auxiliary is growing and welcomes new members.

Super 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser with image of yellow tickets and green money bills.

Public Meeting

  • The Land Use Board meets Thursday, August 17 for a Regular meeting. The Agenda is posted prior to the meetings in the Agenda Center.

NJ American Water 

Hazlet Citizen Weekly - August 4 2023

Hazlet Township News & Announcements


August 4-10, 2023

Hazlet Pops Wraps Up Season; Hazlet Hosts Shredding Day

Hazlet Pops Season Finale

It was an dazzling finish to the 2023 summer concert season on Thursday, August 3. The community band delivered an hour of music from a wide-ranging repertoire of classical music, show tunes and film favorites in an extended event. The band has been rehearsing since May. Our thanks to to Conductors Ray Lahaye and Tiffani Slattery, as well as all the Raritan High School Marching Band community and all the local professionals who volunteer to create these magical moments! We are looking for forward to next year already. 

Hazlet Pops 2023 Group Photo

Free Shredding 8/19

Free Paper Shredding Event 8/19Monmouth County residents can bring unwanted paper to a Monmouth County shredding event hosted in Hazlet. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19: at the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club Parking Lot, 1766 Union Ave. Residents may shred up to 100 pounds, which is equivalent to four office paper boxes or four large-sized trash bags. All papers will be shredded on location in the mobile trucks and the event will end once the mobile trucks are full or its scheduled end time. Large binder clips must be removed from documents; staples and paper clips can remain. More events are scheduled through November around the county, see schedule.

Senior Center Facebook Page

Hazlet Seniors can stay up to date on activities at the James J. Cullen Center by following the new Hazlet Senior Center Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/HazletSeniorCenter. Check it out!

Welcome Rosy Nail Salon!

Another new business has opened in Hazlet. Rosy Nail Salon is located at The Wellington Square Shopping Center at 745 Poole Avenue. It offers manicures, pedicures, nail sets and waxing. 

Representatives from the township and Hazlet Business Owners Association attended the ribbon cutting on Thursday. 

Grass Clippings

Please be reminded that is prohibited by township ordinance to sweep or blow grass clippings, leaves or other yard waste into the public streets. Here is a quick list of other Quality of Life ordinances in Hazlet. 

Public Meeting

  • The Hazlet Township Committee meets Tuesday, August 8 for a Regular meeting. The Agenda is posted prior to the meetings in the Agenda Center.

Meterologist Visits Summer Camp

On August 4, broadcast meteorologist John Marshall visited Hazlet Summer Camp to talk about the weather. As part of the lesson, he gave kids a chance to do the weather forecast in front of a green screen. They were very good in front of a camera! John Marshall also showed vignettes of reporting the weather right here in Hazlet NJ as part of his 25-year career at Channels 2, 4 and Fox Weather. 

Hazlet Summer Camp 8/4

Meteorologist

NJ American Water 

Hazlet Fire Co #1 - Event 8/6

Cars and Coffee - HFC



Hazlet Citizen Weekly is published by the Public Information Office. It is posted on the township website at noon on Fridays. You can be alerted by signing up here. Questions? Contact Christina Johnson, Public Information Officer: (732) 217-8660 or via email form.