The Township of Brick has made a tool available for residents that will assist with recycling and waste disposal. The free Recycle Coach platform is a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Stay organized with custom curbside collection and events calendars
  • Receive collection reminders and real-time updates on service disruptions
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information and collection requirements for common and uncommon items
  • Take the “What Type of Recycler Are You?” quiz for useful recycling tips and tricks
  • Use the problem-reporting tool, equipped with geolocation, to notify municipal customer services about issues like missed collections

Residents can access Recycle Coach from desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Officials hope the platform can help increase recycling rates and decrease contamination in the community’s recycling stream. Recycle Coach can be found on the Public Works/Recycling page on the township website. The Recycle Coach app can be downloaded wherever apps are available.


In an effort to assist residents whose homes were damaged by flooding caused by a massive rain storm, Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council are waiving the permit fees for those victims as they begin the rebuilding process.

Brick Township experienced historic-level rain on Monday, August 13. An estimated eight inches of rain fell in a short period of time causing significant flooding in the community. One of the hardest hit areas was the Greenbriar One active adult community. According to the Brick Township Building Department, over 170 homes have been identified as having been damaged in the storm as of August 28.

“The residents whose homes were damaged in the storm face a long road back. Many of those residents are senior citizens on fixed incomes. We want to help them to the best of our ability and one way we can is by waiving fees for the rebuilding of their homes,” said Mayor Ducey.

The Council will vote on a resolution at their August 28, 2018 meeting that will authorize the waiving of fees required by the Township Code and Uniform Construction Code for any home that sustained flood damage caused by the August 13 rainstorm. The fees would be waived through November 1. Waived fees will only apply to permits that are issued to repair damage sustained in the storm. Fees for permits for improvements unrelated to the storm will still be applied.

While the township fees will be waived, applicants will still be responsible for any nominal state fees. The township has no authorization to wave any required state fees.

The resolution will also authorize the refund of any permit fees paid from the date of the storm through the adoption of the resolution for homes damaged during the storm.

At the same meeting, the Council will vote on a resolution asking the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Ocean County Engineering Department to conduct an independent study on the August 13 storm and the impact that the recently completed Garden State Parkway had on the flooding.

“Citizens have raised legitimate questions about how much of the flooding if any was caused by the Parkway construction and widening. The worst flooding was adjacent to the Parkway and the new exits and entrances along Burrsville Road,” said Mayor Ducey. “The Turnpike Authority and County Engineering Department have an obligation to find out if the flooding was worsened by their projects and if so, what they can do to help prevent this in the future.”


Mayor John G. Ducey will be joined by Council members, township officials and residents at the ceremonial ground breaking for the Bernie Cooke Park renovation project on Wednesday, August 15 at 9am. This will be the sixth park renovated since Mayor Ducey took office in 2014.

“The renovation of Bernie Cooke Park has been a long time coming. We are excited to finally break ground and get this project underway,” said Mayor Ducey. “We are confident that when this project is complete and the park is open to the public, it will be a very popular place for our residents.”

The ground breaking ceremony is open to all and Mayor Ducey encourages residents, particularly residents of the Parkway Pines neighborhood, to join him at there.

The renovation of Bernie Cooke Park will include a multi-purpose field with an infield for baseball/softball, a basketball court, a concrete skate park, two age appropriate playgrounds for children up to 12 years of age, a bicycle training course for young people a walking/jogging path. A new parking area will be constructed and the park will have new fencing and landscaping. The park will be ADA-compliant and accessible to all.

The cost of the renovation will be $1,613,688. The winning bid was submitted by Precise Construction of Freehold, NJ. Precise Construction previously completed the Herbertsville Park, Angela Hibbard Park and Hank Waltonowski Park renovations. CME Associates designed the park and are serving as consulting engineers on the project.

The renovated project is expected to be open in the spring.

Park and playground renovations completed under Mayor Ducey include Windward Beach playgrounds, Herbertsville Park (formerly Colorado Park), Lake Riviera Park, Angela Hibbard Park and Hank Waltonowski Park. Future renovations are slated to take place at Bayside Park and Cedar Bridge Manor Park.


The Brick Township Recreation Department is inviting residents to submit their best photos of Brick Township for the Take 5 Photo Challenge. The contest was conceptualized by Council Vice President Lisa Crate, as a way to encourage people to take pride in their hometown.

“There are so many incredible places and people that make Brick special,” said Council Vice President Crate. “This is the perfect opportunity to not only show off your photography skills, but also to celebrate what makes our town exceptional. I’m excited to see the many faces and places that make Brick the best place to live on the Jersey Shore!”

Residents wishing to participate can submit up to five photographs taken in Brick Township. Photographs must be printed out in an 8×10 format, unframed with a matte or gloss finish, and have your name, address and a brief description on the back. All of the submitted photos will be on display at a special gallery night on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Prizes will be awarded to the photographers of the three best photos.

The Take 5 Photo Challenge is free to participate and is open to residents of all ages. The deadline for submissions is October 1. Submissions can be dropped off at the Brick Recreation Office, located at 270 Chambers Bridge Rd., or mailed to Brick Recreation Department, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723 ATTN: Take 5 Photo Challenge.


Throughout the summer, the Township of Brick will be supporting the “Pick up Brick” anti-litter campaign. The campaign will include three components:
Education- Sharing best practices to eliminate litter
Enforcement- Highlighting consequences for littering or not adhering to township code
Action- Environmental Commission led clean-ups, establishment of an email address where residents can report areas in need of attention and volunteer for community clean-ups.

“We all know how beautiful Brick Township is and how fortunate we are to live here,” said Mayor John Ducey. “With that good fortune also comes the responsibility to be good stewards for the land and waterways that provide such wonderful quality of life. The ‘Pick up Brick’ campaign will help encourage us all to take steps to ensure trash and debris end up in the appropriate place and not along our roadsides or in our waterways.”

Residents are encouraged to email to report areas that are in need of attention as a result of trash and debris. Individuals and groups can also email to volunteer for community clean-ups led by the Township Environmental Commission and Clean Communities Coordinator.

According to information from the National Homebuilder’s Association litter in a community can reduce home values by as much as 7%. Additionally, litter can have a detrimental impact on economic development, on tourism and can strain municipal resources such as Public Works, Code Enforcement and Parks Department staff.

For more information on the “Pick up Brick” program call 732-262-1050 or email


The Township will be holding an open house to provide information to residents on flooding, flood risks and prevention, flood insurance, the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, and various other flooding related topics on Tuesday, July 17 from 6pm to 8pm at the Civic Plaza, 270 Chambers Bridge Road.

Professionals from the Municipality, as well as invited representatives from various agencies will be on hand to assist residents. They include:

  • FEMA – Map Specialists, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Division
  • NFIP – National Flood Insurance Program
  • SMARTVENT® – Risk Reduction Plus Team
  • NJDEP – State Floodplain Administration
  • Brick Township Floodplain Management & Engineering Department

Property owners will have the opportunity to discuss and inquire about mitigation options and explore potential improvements that can be made to lower flood insurance premiums.

Additionally, representatives from Rowan University will be on hand. The University was awarded a grant from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a study titled: Impact-Based Decision Making Framework for Community-based Resiliency Planning under Extreme Storm Events. As part of this grant, Rowan University research team will be producing flood information products that residents can access to gain a better understanding of flood risks and steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.

For more information contact the Land Use and Planning Office at 732-262-1344.


Mayor John G. Ducey is calling on Governor Phil Murphy to veto Senate Bill 2, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly. The bill strips adjustment school aid from over 100 districts, including Brick Township and redistributes it to other districts around the state. Under the plan, Brick will lose approximately $22.5 million in adjustment aid.

“This bill is an affront to our community, our schools and our taxpayers. Eliminating aid from our schools will have a severe impact on Brick Township in terms of higher taxes and poorer education for our schoolchildren,” said Mayor Ducey. “I implore Governor Murphy to do the right thing and veto this bill.”

Senate Bill 2, which was sponsored by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (3rd District) will eliminate adjustment aid from the Brick Township public schools over the next seven years. That money would then be redistributed to districts that are said to by underfunded. According to the state’s formula, Brick Township is considered a ‘wealthy’ district.

“Our schools are trying to provide our students with a great education in as affordable way as possible and this bill is going to make that task even harder,” said Mayor Ducey.

Brick Township is also still dealing with the financial impact of Superstorm Sandy. “Our ratable base is still down over $309 million dollars from before the storm which is still impacting the taxpayers of our town. To add this to their burden is quite frankly unacceptable,” said Mayor Ducey.

The increases caused by this bill will hit older residents particularly hard. According to the last census, here in Brick Township there are 18,067 residents ages 60 and over – nearly 25% of the entire community.

“A significant number of our older residents are retired or are on fixed incomes. The massive school tax increases that will be caused by this legislation will have a severe impact on their quality of life,” said Mayor Ducey.

Mayor Ducey encourages residents to share their views on this legislation with Governor Murphy by calling the Governor’s Office or reaching out via social media including Facebook and Twitter.


The Brick Township Recreation Department is pleased to offer discount tickets to several regional attractions. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Recreation Office while supplies last. This year’s offers are:

  • Adventure Aquarium, Camden NJ – $21.50 (over 12), $17.50 (2 – 12 years)
  • Morey’s Piers, The Wildwoods, NJ – $59.75 (flexible combo 48” and over), $46.25 (flexible combo under 48”)
  • Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ – $45 ( adult theme park), $35 (adult Hurricane Harbor), $21.50 (parking pass for either theme park or Hurricane Harbor)
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, PA – $45 (adult regular season)
  • Hershey Park, Hershey, PA – $54 (adult ages 9 – 54), $41 (ages 3-8 & 55-69)
  • Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA – $20 (adult/child. Under 2yrs is FREE)
  • Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ – $29 (Breakwater Beach all-day), $52 (Ride & Slide Same Day)
  • Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, NJ – $35 ( General admission)

For more information, please call 732-262-1073.


The Township of Brick will be taking part in National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 19. Started by the National Park Trust in 2011, Kids to Parks Day is a nationally coordinated day designed to connect kids and families with their local, state and national parks.

The Brick Township Recreation Department will be hosting a family-friendly bus tour of select parks in the township. There will be a scavenger hunt, catered lunch at Windward Beach and other fun activities along the route. The bus will depart from Civic Plaza at 10:00am and make stops at the following parks: Herbertsville Park, Arrowhead Park, Windward Beach, Angela Hibbard Park, Lake Riviera Park and Hank Waltonowski Park. The bus is expected to return to Civic Plaza at approximately 3:30pm.

“We have over twenty different parks and recreational facilities here in Brick Township for our residents to enjoy”, said Mayor John G. Ducey. “I encourage all families to go outside on May 19 and join those around the country in celebrating our beautiful public lands.”

Space on the bus is very limited. To register call Carol Smith at 732-262-4622.


Mayor John G. Ducey, the Township Council and Brick Township Public Schools invite Brick’s senior citizen community members to enjoy the free 2018 Senior Citizen Prom on Friday, May 11 from 6-9 PM at Lake Riviera Middle School, 171 Beaverson Boulevard.

National Honor Society students from Brick Township High School and Brick Memorial High School again come together to organize this 11th annual event with the Township Recreation Department.

The Brick Township Senior Prom brings generations together for an evening to remember. It provides a fun way for Brick’s students, staff, and citizens to enjoy food, dancing and fun, according to Mayor Ducey.

“The Senior Citizen Prom is a great event that highlights two of our town’s best resources, our students and our senior residents,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “Everyone benefits from this intergenerational celebration and, more importantly, everyone has a great time.”

The 11th Annual Brick Township Senior Citizen Prom will feature music by Sentimental Journey Big Band. The night is accompanied by a special dinner menu compliments of many generous restaurants from Brick Township, who donate the evening’s meal. Seniors, staff, and students are encouraged to wear prom appropriate attire and to bring their dancing shoes for musical performances and student talent. In keeping with prom tradition, students will count the submitted ballots and announce the 2018 Senior Citizen Prom King and Prom Queen before the last dance.

Please RSVP your intentions by May 4, 2018 to Cindy Colantoni in the Brick Township Recreation Department by calling 732- 262-1073. This event is limited to 150 Brick Township residents and is on a first come first served basis.