December 2023

December 2023 issues of Hazlet Citizen Weekly. 
The digital newsletter is produced by the Hazlet Public Information Office and published every Friday on the township websiteHazletTwp.org

Hazlet Citizen Weekly  -  Dec. 29 2024

Hazlet Township Newsletter

December 29, 2023 - January 4, 2023

SDL Portal Launching, New Year's Day Closure, Events & Programs

SDL Portal - New Online Service Hub Launches Jan. 2

Hazlet Township is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital platform called SDL Portal on January 2, 2024. The system will be in embedded into our website and be available for use by the residents and professionals at any time day or night. 
Services include:

  • Landlord Registrations
  • Land Use Applications
  • Permit Searches and Applications
  • Pet Licensing
  • Public Works Requests
  • Public Records Requests (OPRA)

SDL Portal replaces some services formerly handled by the GovOnline service. 
During the transition, please feel free to reach out for assistance by contacting the appropriate departments. You can find help through the Department listings of the website or the Staff Directory. (Municipal offices are closed on Monday, New Year's Day.)
This temporary inconvenience will be a permanent improvement, and we are grateful for your patience during the switchover.

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Municipal Holiday: New Year's Day

Closures
In observation of the New Year's Day holiday, Township offices, the James J. Cullen Center and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.

Happy New Year 2024

Recycling 
The DPW Yard will be OPEN on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Recycling Collection reminder: 
Zone 7 pickup, scheduled for Dec. 29, will remain on Dec. 29. The 2024 Green Recycling booklets have been mailed out and residents will be receiving them in coming days. 

Public Meetings

  • The Township Committee is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2 at Town Hall for its Reorganization Meeting. 
  • The Land Use Board will meet 7 p.m. Thursday on January 4 at Town Hall for its Reorganization Meeting. 

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

Senior Center January Happenings 

January 2024 - Senior Center Newsletter This month is all about fresh starts and fun at the Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center! 
View the January Senior Center Newsletter. Register for Senior Center events at MyActiveCenter.com. See info.

  • There will be an Elvis Presley Birthday Party on January 23, $15 per person. 
  • On Monday, January 8 a registered dietician will discuss the nutritional benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The VNA Health Group will visit on the second Thursdays of the month to offer blood pressure screenings, discuss health issues and more. 
  • Weekly classes are starting on Country Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Calligraphy, Trivia and Pickleball
  • The Book Club is reading "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter ahead of the January 25 discussion.
  • Members will be working together to create the first Hazlet Senior Center Cookbook

Hazlet Recreation Offers Pickleball for Beginners

Pickleball for Beginners Come learn how to play the popular game!

Players 18 and older can join a beginner's course offered 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from January 9 through February 13. The fee is $60. 

More Rec Programs
Other programs for adults scheduled in January include Chair Yoga and Boot Camp. Children's programs include Legos for Grades 1-3 and Grades 3-5; Magic Explorers; Just Craftin Around and Safe Sitter Babysitter Training. Let's Get Social, a club for young adults with special needs, meets on Monday nights.

Get more details and register for courses at Hazlet.Recdesk.com

Hazlet Citizen Weekly  -  Dec 22 2023

Hazlet Township Newsletter

December 22-28, 2023

New Efficient Lighting at Town Hall, Holiday Closures, JCP&L Tree Management

New Energy Efficient Lighting Installed at Town Hall

In a step towards greater efficiency and cost savings, new LED lighting with motion sensors is being installed this week throughout the Municipal Building at 1766 Union Avenue. 

LED Lighting - VerticalFluorescent tubes are being removed and replaced with new energy-efficient LED light panels, as seen in the background of the photo. The new lighting units will use significantly less energy. 

The switch to LED came from energy efficiency assessment of the building. The Township is taking advantage of JCP&L rebates, incentives and no-cost financing to replace hundreds of fluorescent lighting tubes with less energy-demanding LED panels with motion sensors. 

"The Township received a 40% rebate from JCPL towards the cost of the program as well as 0% financing for the balance," said Administrator Robert Bengivenga. 

"We are in the process of changing everything over to LED and expect the cost savings to far exceed any costs of the installation."

The Township Committee authorized the agreement at the July 18 meeting. (Resolution 199.)

Coming Soon: SDL Portal

SDL Portal User on laptopHazlet Township's will soon be launching the SDL Portal, an online hub where residents and professionals can submit requests, search property information and access town data 24/7.

SDL, which stands for the company Spatial Data Logic, is used by local governments to give public access to property data, permit details, online payment options, town maps and more. Other departments may also use the powerful systems capabilities to handle and track request. More information will be shared when the system is in place. 

JCP&L Tree Trimming in 2024

In early 2024, JCP&L crews will be in Hazlet to prune back trees to keep them clear of power lines as part of its vegetation management program

View a list of streets in Hazlet Township (PDF) included in the plan. 

Municipal Holidays

Closures
In observation of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays, Township officSeasons Greetings image with trees and pondes, the James J. Cullen Center and the DPW Recycling Yard will be closed on Friday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 25.

Recycling 
The DPW Yard will be OPEN on Saturday, Dec. 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Recycling Collection reminder:
Zone 7 pickup, scheduled for Dec. 29, will remain on Dec. 29.

Municipal Court 
Court will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 21, Friday Dec. 22 and Monday Dec. 25. 

Hazlet Police Welcome New Officers Dec. 19

From the Hazlet Police Facebook Page 
Last night at the Township meeting, Mayor Michael Sachs administered the oath of office in swearing in two new Hazlet police officers, Bruce Strickland and Derek Ernst, who will attend the Monmouth County Police Academy starting January 8th. We welcome these new officers to the department and look forward to them serving alongside us.

We would like to thank the Mayor, Township Committee and Business Administrator for their continued support of our agency. These new officers would not be possible if it wasn’t for the fact that they understand the importance of succession planning, making sure that when officers retire we fill those voids in order to continue running efficiently.

Police Officers

From left: Deputy Chief Robert Mulligan, Derek Ernst, Bruce Strickland and Chief Ted Wittke.

Natco Park Tree Decorating Holiday Event

On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Hazlet Environmental Commission hosted its annual holiday craft event at its building at Natco Park. Residents of all ages dropped in to make simple wildlife feeders using pine cones, bagels, peanut butter, birdseed and cereal. Follow the HEC Facebook Page for more events throughout the year. Photos by Scott Aagre, Chairman.

HEC Holiday Party 2023

DPW Recycling Collection

  • Due to holiday, Zone 8 collection will be picked up on December 18 (not December 22.)
  • Zone 7 collection on December 29 will remain on December 29. 

Public Meetings

  • The Hazlet Alliance is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Town Hall. 
  • The Land Use Board will meet Thursday, 7 p.m.  Dec. 21 at Town Hall. 

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

RFP - Land Use Board Attorney

Hazlet Township is accepting proposals for Land Use Board Attorney for 2024. Bid/RFP due date is January 2, 2024. View posting.

Friends of the Library Plan First Meeting

Hazlet LibraryThe newly formed Friends of the Hazlet Township Public Library will hold its inaugural meeting on 7 p.m.  Jan. 17 at the Hazlet Township Meeting Room. All are invited to join the the nonprofit group, which seeks to promote library services, stimulate community interest in the facilities and services, sponsor programs to support library services and technologies and support enhancement of the Library facilities, resources and services for the public.

The Friends hope to contribute ideas for programing and materials. They may also launch their own newsletter. Contact the group at FriendsofHazletLibrary@gmail.com

Watch for Santa in the Big Red Truck

Santa - 150Don't be alarmed if you hear sirens starting Saturday. It may Santa riding through the neighborhood on his red sleigh.
Here are the dates, according to the Hazlet Fire District. Updates are typically posted on each company's social media. 

  • North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company -  Friday, December 23
  • West Keansburg Fire Company - Sunday, Dec. 24  starting at dusk.

Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to all who participated in the Hazlet Recreation Holiday Lights Contest. ✨Here are the fabulous houses that won each category.  🌟 Thank you to Hazlet families who dress up their homes for the holidays, making our hometown sparkle merry and bright! Shine on! 🟢🔴🟣

2023 Holiday Lights Contest Winners

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Hazlet Citizen Weekly  -  Dec 15 2023

Hazlet Township Newsletter

December 15-21, 2023

3 New Businesses Open, Holiday House Light Contest Vote, Santa Runs to Begin

Urban Air Opens in Hazlet Town Center

Hazlet Mayor Michael Sachs and Deputy Mayor Peter Terranova were joined by Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley to warmly welcome Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park to its new home at Hazlet Town Center at Route 35 South and Bethany Road.
The kid friendly emporium of fun employs 100 people and will be a destination for families in the area. Mayor Sachs was a very good sport and demonstrated the zip line to gasping onlookers at the special First Responders Night on the eve of the grand opening, December 9. 

Urban Air Ribbon Cutting - Dec. 8, 2023

Urban Air Grand Opening

Voting Begins in Holiday House Decorating Contest 

Isn't Hazlet beautiful at night? Hazlet Recreation wants to bring attention to these beautiful homes. The public has sent in photos to nominate houses for Most Creative, Most Original, Brightest Lights and Most Yard Decorations. You can vote for one on the Hazlet Recreation Facebook Page Dec. 14-20. Winners get a yard sign to display. 

Holiday Light Contest

Hazlet Recreation Holiday House Decorating Contest

DPW Recycling Collection

  • Due to holiday, Zone 8 collection will be picked up on December 18 (not December 22.)
  • Zone 7 collection on December 29 will remain on December 29. 

Public Meetings

The Township Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center

Laundromat Refreshed at Union Ave. Plaza

A longtime laundry center has gotten a fresh new look along with new owners. Missing Sock Laundry & Dry Cleaning, located at the rear of Union Avenue Plaza at the corner of Route 36 East and Union Avenue, features brand new machines for laundry, large comforters and area rugs. The store also offers pick-up wash and fold delivery service. Township Administrator Rob Bengivenga and members of the Hazlet Business Owners Association joined owners Rob Parisi and Andrew Trenk with their staff at a ribbon cutting on December 13. 

Missing Sock Laundry & Dry Cleaning - Ribbon Cutting

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Watch for Santa in the Big Red Truck

Santa Claus wavingDon't be alarmed if you hear sirens starting Saturday. It may Santa riding through the neighborhood on his red sleigh.
Here are the dates, according to the Hazlet Fire District. Updates are typically posted on each company's social media. 

  • Hazlet Fire Company  -  Saturday, Dec 16 starting at 2:30 pm
  • North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company -  Friday, December 23
  • West Keansburg Fire Company - Sunday, Dec. 24  starting at dusk.

Palmer Beauty Salon - Grand Opening

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Hazlet Citizen Weekly  -  Dec 8 2023

Hazlet Township Newsletter

December 8-14, 2023

Holiday Season Is Here, Snow Removal Bids Sought, Scam Prevention

Celebrating the Holiday Season

Hazlet's Holly Jolly was held on a day of warmer than usual weather, but it was still cold enough for the ice sculptor outside the bustling James J. Cullen Center. Inside, families posed for photos with Santa and Mrs Claus, visited with several character entertainers and enjoyed activities like making magical reindeer food to take home. Thanks to all the Recreation Advisory Committee volunteers for always making our events more fun! 

2023 Holly Jolly - Dec. 2, 2023

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Happy Hanukkah

Hazlet Township Menorah display on lawnAs Hanukkah begins, warm wishes to the Jewish community from Hazlet Township!

The "festival of lights" is Friday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 15.

Welcome to Hazlet, Body Depot

At the Grand Opening of Body Depot Dec. 2, Hazlet Township Committeeman Michael Glackin and the Hazlet Business Owners Association offered best wishes to the new owners and staff. 
Body Depot, a multi-faceted wellness and beauty spa owned by Karen Gravano and Melissa Green, joins several other boutiques catering to beauty and health at Baron's Corner Plaza at 1715 Union Ave.

Body Depot Opens in Hazlet - Dec. 2, 2023

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Holiday House Decorating Contest 

Nominees are coming in for Hazlet Recreation contest for most outstanding holiday houses. Categories are Most Creative, Most Original, Brightest Lights and Most Yard Decorations. Nominate your favorite Hazlet house by Dec. 13. Voting takes place on the Hazlet Recreation Facebook Page Dec. 14-20. Winners get a yard sign to display. Here is the submission form.

Ugly Sweater Party at Hazlet Senior Center

On Friday, Dec. 15, members of the Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center will have an Ugly Sweater Party and New Year's Toast & Celebration. There will be a luncheon, DJ, Festive Punch Bowls, Hot Chocolate Bar, Dessert Table, $25 per person, pre-registration required. Learn more about free membership to the Hazlet Senior Center

Eating Healthy with the Mediterranean Diet

A registered dietician with Hackensack Meridian Health will discuss nutritional benefits at the James J. Cullen Center. Open to all. Register: 1-800-560-9990

Snow Removal

Hazlet Township is seeking bids for snow removal services. Bids are due by December 13. Read details.

Holiday Scam Prevention

Utility Imposters - 150When the weather turns colder, scammers take advantage of those who fear having the power turned off. First Energy, the parent company of JCP&L, wants the public to hang up on phone scams and ignore emails demanding immediate payment.

  • If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. 
  • Be aware that scammers often use Caller ID spoofing software to misrepresent the source of a phone call, or provide you with a fake "verification" phone number. These call-back numbers may even include exact replicas of company greetings and hold messaging. If you would like to verify your account status, always call the JCP&L Customer Service department using the numbers on the JCP&L website, or log in to your account on the website.  
  • If a person appears at your door demanding payment, do not allow them into your home, and do not provide them any personal information.

Read about known scams that have targeted electric utility customers and learn what to do to ensure your safety. 

Watch for Santa in the Big Red Truck

Santa - 150Dates are set for the return of the "Santa Runs," a cherished Hazlet Township tradition, Keep your ears pealed for the sirens on these nights, and when they come around your block you can step outside and wave back to Santa!  Here are the dates, according to the Hazlet Fire District. Updates are typically posted on each company's social media.

  • Hazlet Fire Company  -  Saturday, Dec 16 starting at 2:30 pm
  • North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company -  Friday, December 23
  • West Keansburg Fire Company - Sunday, Dec. 24  starting at dusk.

Hazlet Township Newsletter

December 1-7, 2023

 Holly Jolly is Saturday, Fountain Lights Up Veterans Park, Kudos for Marching Band & Blood Drive

Holly Jolly is Saturday, Dec. 2

Join Hazlet Recreation for the annual Holly Jolly indoors at the James J. Cullen Center. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. The annual Tree Lighting will be at 5 p.m. There will be North Pole fun, including visits with characters, a reindeer snack craft table and hot cocoa. Vendors will offer face painting and stuffed toys. Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

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New Fountain Makes a Splash

The pond at Veterans Park got an upgrade this week with the installation of a big and better fountain to replace the former unit which had been experiencing failures. The new aeration pump creates a bigger and bolder spray, resulting in a dash of class and beauty to the park while contributing to the health of the shallow pond. The fountain also comes with LED lights, which will create a nice look for the park at our public events. This image was taken Thursday evening.

New Fountain

Mayor Sachs Congratulates Raritan HS Marching Band

Mayor Michael Sachs read a Proclamation Wednesday night celebrating the Raritan High School Marching Band for bringing "immense pride to the entire Hazlet Township community" with their recent triumph at the Atlantic Coast Group 1 Open championship in the prestigious Tournament of Bands. 

At the Nov. 29 ceremony, Marching Band Director Ray Lahaye thanked his dedicated student musicians, their parents, Raritan HS school administrators, faculty, band staff and township leaders for all of the support. 

The Marching Band continues to dream big, with plans to perform in France on June 2024 at the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. 

Collage of photos from RHS Marching Band Proclamation Nov. 29 2023

Appreciation for Blood Drive Success

The US is currently experiencing a severe shortage of blood, according to the National Institute of Health. Hazlet Emergency Services (HES) volunteers are doing something about it.

On Monday, HES in collaboration with New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), celebrated a significant milestone on Monday as they hosted their monthly blood drive, marking the collection of over 3,000 units of blood since June 2020.

Mayor Michael Sachs stopped in to offer a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Hazlet Township. “I am impressed by the number of people who come out on a monthly basis to help others in need. It is truly a phenomenal thing” said Mayor Sachs. “I’d like to express Hazlet Township’s appreciation to all of them, as well as the volunteers with Hazlet Emergency Services and the New Jersey Blood Center for achieving this 3,000-unit blood donation milestone.” 

Mayor Sachs, center, stands with organizers of the monthly blood drive

Mayor Michael Sachs, center, offered congratulations to organizers of the monthly blood drive at the North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. building. From left: New Jersey Blood Center representatives Kathleen Nolan and Lynne Ross; Hazlet Emergency Services' representative Marie Wood; Mayor Sachs; and Lois Marr, Laura Wood, Tommy Hesse, Frank Wood, all volunteers with Hazlet Emergency Services.

Hazlet Police Announcements

Recent postings from the Hazlet Police Facebook Page

Helicopter in Area of Natco

Helicopter in sky hovering over power lines You may have noticed a helicopter flying around lately in the area of Natco Lake. This helicopter has a name, and it’s Crazy Horse (distant relative to the Screaming Mimi).

The helicopter is being used to set metal poles in the areas of Natco Lake that trucks cannot reach. These poles are part of an electrical line project JCPL is working on. 

Letters to Santa at HPD 

You asked, so we asked, and Santa said yes! 

Santa loves using the Hazlet Police Department as a drop off location for letters to the North Pole. From now until Christmas we will be accepting the letters in our mailbox located inside the lobby of Police Headquarters. 

Letters to Santa at Hazlet PDThe lobby is open 24/7 so feel free to come by anytime to drop off your letter to the big guy!

If you include a self-addressed and stamped envelope inside your letter to Santa he will send back a personalized letter!

Please include #hpdsantamail for any pictures posted to social media!

Sheriff's Inmate Program Contributes to a Cleaner Community

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the invitation of Hazlet Clean Communities, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Inmate Labor program removed discarded debris from public land behind the First Aid building on Maple Drive. They collected used tires, trash, fencing, and numerous industrial construction materials. We are grateful to Sheriff Shaun Golden's Inmate Labor program, which is a cost savings to towns and helps re-integrate individuals back into society.

Sheriff's Inmate Labor Program Cleanup Nov. 29, 2023

Holiday House Decorating Contest 

Hazlet Recreation has announced a competition for Hazlet's most outstanding holiday houses. Categories are Most Creative, Most Original, Brightest Lights and Most Yard Decorations. Nominate your favorite Hazlet house by Dec. 13. Voting takes place on the Hazlet Recreation Facebook Page Dec. 14-20. Winners get a yard sign to display. Here is the submission form.

Ugly Sweater Party at Hazlet Senior Center

On Friday, Dec. 15, members of the Hazlet Senior Center at the James J. Cullen Center will have an Ugly Sweater Party and New Year's Toast & Celebration. There will be a luncheon, DJ, Festive Punch Bowls, Hot Chocolate Bar, Dessert Table, $25 per person, pre-registration required. Learn more about the Hazlet Senior Center

New Members Sought for Friends of the Hazlet Library

There is a new nonprofit group forming called Friends Friends of the Hazlet Library logoof the Hazlet Library to support programs and resources at the library.

New members are warmly invited to join! Send an email to FriendsofHazletLibrary@gmail.com

Public Meetings

Agendas are posted prior to the meeting in the Agenda Center

  • The Environmental Commission will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at the Environmental Building at Natco Park, 399 Middle Road.
  • The Township Committee will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Town Hall for a Regular Meeting
  • The Land Use Board meeting for Thursday, Dec. 7 has been canceled.