SENIOR SHUTTLE TO BEGIN SERVICE JUNE 24

Mayor John G. Ducey is proud to announce a new transportation service for residents ages 60 and over. The Brick Township Senior Shuttle will begin service on June 24 and will provide free transportation to the senior center, shopping and more.

“Nearly one in four Brick Township residents is over the age of 60 and many of those residents do not have adequate access to transportation,” said Mayor John Ducey. “The Senior Shuttle will help those residents by giving them access to transportation to shopping, services and more. It is our expectation that this service will be well-utilized by our residents.”

The township recently acquired two wheelchair-accessible buses for the program. The township received one bus through a Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Grant administered by NJ Transit. The township applied for the grant in 2015 and was notified that the request was granted. The bus was delivered earlier this year. The second bus was purchased by the township through funds included in the 2015 and 2018 capital budgets. The purchase price was $83,986.

“We are grateful to have had a bus provided to us through a grant to help make this program a reality,” said Mayor Ducey. “This administration has worked tirelessly to find grants and other alternative ways to fund programs such as this instead of just looking to the taxpayers. It is how we have had historically low spending growth over the past five years.”

The Senior Shuttle will offer transportation to and from the Senior Center and nutrition program on every weekday. It will offer transportation to shopping areas (WalMart, ShopRite, Stop and Shop, the Dollar Store) Monday through Thursday.

On the last Friday of every month, the Senior Shuttle will bring residents to and from the Ocean County Mall. On remaining Fridays, the Shuttles will be used to transport seniors to local areas of interest including parks, boardwalks and more.

“It is our ultimate goal to address the transportation needs of our elderly to provide access to food shopping, our nutrition program and our senior center. In addition we will be using the Senior Shuttle to bring older residents to places of interest every available Friday. There are so many great places in our community and Ocean County and the Shuttles offer us the ability to help residents enjoy them,” said Zulma Soto, Director of Senior Outreach Services. Mrs. Soto will oversee the Senior Shuttle program.

The service is available to all residents ages 60 and over. Anyone wishing to utilize the Senior Shuttle should call Senior Outreach Services at 732-920-8686 to complete a brief registration. Advance notice to request a ride is needed. Residents will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

25th SUMMERFEST COMES TO BRICK IN JULY

For the past twenty-four summers, thousands of people have visited Windward Beach Park to enjoy concerts featuring music from every era. This year marks the 25th edition of Brick Township’s iconic SummerFest Concert Series and the township will be celebrating it with a lineup of great bands and fireworks.

“It seems hard to believe that this is the 25th SummerFest. It has been a privilege to keep this tradition going,” said Mayor John Ducey. “We are excited about this summer’s lineup and are confident that anyone who comes will have a wonderful experience.”

The SummerFest 25 performance lineup is as follows:

Thursday, July 4 – Jessie’s Girl and their Back to the 80’s show. Jessie’s Girl made their SummerFest debut last year and brought the house down. Jessie’s Girl is a popular band that sells out shows in NYC and throughout the nation. Jessie’s Girl has mastered stunning renditions of the world’s most vibrant songs, all while dressed up as the unforgettable characters of that decade! We invited everyone to put on your neon and your favorite 80’s inspired outfits to the show.

Thursday, July 11 – Brian Kirk & The Jirks – Formed in the early 1990s, Brian Kirk & the Jirks are one of the only bands in the East Coast circuit who can boast an impressive career spanning over two decades.  Brian Kirk & the Jirks are a premium 9- piece band specializing in interactive, high-energy music, and the band prides itself on packing the dance floor and creating unforgettable events.

Thursday, July 18 – Boat House Row – Boat House Row is a Yacht Rock experience like no other and they will bring the silky sounds of artists such as Hall & Oates, Journey, Christopher Cross, the Doobie Brothers, Toto, Chicago and more to Windward Beach.

Thursday, July 25 – Garden State Radio – GSR has played the last two SummerFest series and their energetic set has made them a favorite. Garden State Radio performances will have every person of every age not only hearing their music, but seeing and feeling it as well. With a state of the art light show that is perfectly sync’d to their musical performance, the band plays everything you know and love, bringing to life the biggest multi- genre anthems of the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and today.

All concerts are held at Windward Beach Park, Princeton Avenue. Each concert will be followed by fireworks.

The SummerFest Concert series was started in 1995 and has been held every summer since.

The Township’s media partner for SummerFest25 is Townsquare Jersey Shore, home of the most popular radio stations in New Jersey. Townsquare Media Jersey Shore’s radio stations include 94.3 The Point, 92.7 WOBM, 105.7 The Hawk and 1160/1310 WOBM-AM.

The Township is once again operating a free shuttle bus service to Windward Beach Park from locations throughout the Township for concerts. “We encourage anyone coming to SummerFest to consider using the shuttle buses. There is limited parking at Windward Beach and it fills up quickly,” said Mayor Ducey.

Shuttle buses begin leaving from Midstreams Elementary School, Drum Point Elementary School, Veterans Memorial Middle School and the Brick Township High School Parking lot at 5 p.m. Brick Memorial High School will be used as a shuttle bus location for the July 4 concert only. Return trips to the parking locations from Windward Beach begin at 9 p.m. Any person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

A food court and beer and wine garden for guests ages 21 and over will be available for each concert.

SummerFest25 is made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors including presenting sponsor Pine Belt Motors. Additional sponsors include CME Associates, Comcast, Bil-Jim Construction, MRC, NJNG, Nanina’s in the Park, JCP&L, Saker Shop-Rites and Ferriera Construction.

TOWNSHIP HONORS BRICK’S FALLEN HEROES AT WINDWARD BEACH

On Saturday, April 27, the Township of Brick honored the 18 township men who lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces at the Fallen Heroes Ceremony at Windward Beach Park.

“From the Civil War to Iraq, the young men of Brick Township have answered the call when our nation needed them,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “Unfortunately, 18 sons of Brick never came home. They made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. These banners are an opportunity to pay tribute to these heroes.”

 Memorial banners for each of the 18 heroes were unveiled after the ceremony which took place at Heroes Circle, a monument dedicated to those lost during 9/11.  “Heroes Circle has become our community’s spot of solemn remembrance and reflection and as such, we thought it was the most fitting place to honor these heroes,” said Council Vice President Lisa Crate.

 Council Vice President Crate serves as the Council’s liaison to the Veterans Advisory Board and she worked with veterans to develop the Fallen Heroes banners and ceremony.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendants walked up to the entrance of Windward Beach for the unveiling of the banners which will be hung on the light posts along Princeton Avenue.  

 The Fallen Heroes Ceremony featured the Brick Memorial Honor Choir, Police and Veterans Color Guards and remembrances for the 18 men.

 

MAYOR DUCEY TO ATTEND SCHOOL FUNDING PROTEST IN TRENTON

Mayor John G. Ducey will be joining Brick school officials at the March On Trenton on Tuesday, March 5 to protest millions of dollars in school aid being taken from the Brick Township School District as a result of the School Funding Reform Act

“The state aid cuts are having a severe negative impact on our schools and on our community,” said Mayor Ducey.  “If they are allowed to continue, these cuts are going to result in higher taxes, staff cuts, larger class sizes and the likely elimination of clubs and athletic programs. This is devastating for our students and outrageously unfair. This could lead to families leaving Brick for school districts that weren’t impacted by the School Funding Reform Act.”

The Brick School District has already lost approximately $1.9 million in state aid and is anticipating an additional cut of $2.8 million for the 2019-2020 year – a cumulative loss of $4.7 million. The District anticipates a cumulative loss of $23 million over 6 years.

“This is completely unacceptable. It is no wonder that people are so angry with our leaders in Trenton,” said Mayor Ducey.

The March On Trenton is being timed to coincide with Governor Murphy’s annual budget address. Mayor Ducey will join thousands of people from throughout the state who are part of the Support Our Students (S.O.S) Coalition. S.O.S represents 71 districts affected by the new state aid rules.

Buses have been arranged for the March and they will depart from the former Foodtown site on Route 70 at 11:30am on March 5. Anyone wishing to ride the bus should contact the Brick Schools to inquire about availability or visit their website at www.brickschools.org.  Anyone wishing to attend and drive themselves is being encouraged to be at Trenton by 1pm

Mayor Ducey encourages all citizens to make their voices heard by contacting Governor Murphy and state legislators about restoring our state aid by writing letters, sending emails, calling them and reaching out on social media.

 

TOWNSHIP TO HONOR LOCAL HEROES ON MARCH 1

The 5th Annual Brick Hero Awards will be held on Friday, March 1 at 7pm at Brick Township High School, 346 Chambers Bridge Rd. The event honors Brick residents and businesses that exhibited a remarkable effort to make their community a better place. The event will include performances by local school theatre groups, dance schools and more.

The Brick Hero Awards are a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Teen Advisory Councils in Brick Township High School and Brick Memorial High School. The awards event will feature performances by Evolution Dance Academy, the Brick Township High School Drama Club, Idol Time Vocal Academy and Dance Concepts. Award recipients will be presented with Brick Hero Capes.

Mayor John Ducey created the Brick Youth Initiative to give young people a greater voice in their community. Mayor Ducey meets regularly with the Teen Advisory Councils at each high school to discuss their thoughts and ideas for Brick Township. Some of those ideas that have been brought to fruition include, the Brick Township Birthday Party, Cupcake Wars and, most significantly, the design and construction of the Brick Teen Center, also known as Lounge 270.

“Our young people are a vital part of Brick Township and its future,” said Mayor Ducey. “I feel that we have an obligation to ensure that these young men and women know that their local government and community care about them, and that they’re listening to what they have to say.”

All proceeds from this year’s event will go to benefit the Brick Teen Center, Lounge 270. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door. For more info on the event, contact Madison Baracia, Brick Youth Advisor, at mbaracia@bricktownship.net.

MAYOR ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS

Mayor John G. Ducey would like to inform high school juniors and seniors in Brick Township about a scholarship opportunity offered by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The League is offering three $1,000 scholarships through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. The statewide competition centers on the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected members of municipal government.

“Brick Township has many exceptional young students. I encourage all juniors and seniors to participate in this scholarship competition and show just how exceptional, talented and dedicated the young people of our community are,” said Mayor Ducey.

Applicants will be required to write an essay of approximately 500 words with the theme “What My Municipal Government Does Best.” The essay should be based on the applicant’s perceptions and experiences with your municipality’s local government and should consider the public contribution of the municipal government. Judging is based solely on the essay including originality, technical composition and appropriateness and effective articulation of theme.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship competition can download the 2019 NJSLOM Scholarship Application Packet. If you would like to request an application by email, please send an email to emoroney@twp.brick.nj.us.

The scholarship is open to all high school juniors and seniors. Residents who live in Brick but attend schools in other communities should return their application to Mayor Ducey’s office.

A committee will select one essay from Brick Township as a semi-finalist. That application will be forwarded and reviewed by the NJSLOM Scholarship Committee. That committee will select 15 finalists and 3 winners. The winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and their essay will be featured in New Jersey Municipalities Magazine.

All applications must be returned to Mayor Ducey’s office by March 11, 2019. Completed applications should be mailed to Mayor John Ducey, Attention: NJSLOM Scholarship, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ, 08723.

TOWNSHIP SEEKING VENDORS AND EXHIBITORS FOR GREEN FAIR

Sustainable Brick, the Brick Township Environmental Commission, the Brick Township Recreation Department and the Brick Township Tourist Development Commission would like to invite your organization/company to have a display at our 9th Annual Brick Township Green Fair to take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This year’s Green Fair, with its theme “Make One Change”, will be held at Brick Township High School, 346 Chambers Bridge Rd., Brick, NJ. This is an INDOOR venue. Vendors and Exhibitors: Tables and chairs are in limited supply so we prefer you to bring your own. Otherwise, requests should be made in the space below. Please indicate if you require access to electricity as well. We ask that all vendors and exhibitors strive to represent this year’s theme to the best of your ability in your exhibits, displays and interactions with the attendees. (Example: the Brick Township Environmental Commission will be promoting the “Pick Up Brick” anti-litter program)

**Please print and fill out an application and return no later than March 29 to Town Hall, Attn: Keith Rella, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723, or e-mail to krella@bricktownship.net Participation is limited to those businesses and organizations which promote or foster sustainability, conservation, social justice, stewardship, reduced consumption, or “green”, environmental, locally produced services and products.  All exhibitors/vendors must be set-up by 9:00 a.m. There will be volunteers present that morning to assist you.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD

Mayor Ducey and the Township Council are seeking residents interested in serving on the Board of Commissioners of the Brick Township Housing Authority.

The Brick Township Housing Authority is an autonomous authority whose primary mission is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to low-income residents of Brick Township. The Housing Authority is federally funded and provides assistance to residents via the Public Housing Program and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

“The Housing Authority serves some of the most vulnerable people of our community and as such, we are seeking residents who are compassionate and have a desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Mayor Ducey.

Members of the Housing Authority are appointed by the Mayor, the Township Council and the Governor. The Board meets on the last Monday of each month.

Interested citizens should forward their resume accompanied by a cover letter to Mayor Ducey by the end of business on Friday, February 8. Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to mayor@bricktownship.net or mailed to Mayor John G. Ducey, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ, 08723.

ZAPCIC CHOSEN AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT FOR 2019

At their annual reorganization meeting on January 8, the Brick Township Council selected Andrea Zapcic to serve as Council President for 2019 and Lisa Crate to serve as Vice President.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve as Council President this year. This is an important year in Brick Township and we have a lot of work ahead of us. I am looking forward to working with Mayor Ducey, my colleagues and the township staff to continue to accomplish our goals and make our community better,” said Council President Zapcic.

Council President Zapcic says the top priority is to continue the fiscal responsibility of the past five years. “The municipal budget has increased roughly 3% in total over the five years I have served on Council. The five years prior to that saw growth of 25%. We have been the most fiscally conservative Council in Brick Township’s history and we plan on continuing that.”

Council President Zapcic has served on the Council since 2014 when she was appointed to the seat vacated when Mayor Ducey took office. She was victorious in a special election later that year for the remainder of the term and was re-elected for a full term in 2015. During her time on Council, President Zapcic was instrumental in the reestablishment of BMAC (Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition) and has been an advocate of fiscally responsible government. She has served on the Council’s business and finance, public works, recreation, public safety, economic development, ethics and land use committees.

Council President Zapcic and her husband Bill have lived in Brick Township for 30 years and raised their two children here.

Council Vice President has served on the Council since 2016 and served as the Vice President in 2017. As a Council member she has dedicated herself to quality-of-life issues and improving the community. Council Vice President Crate has served on the land use, public works, ethics and economic development committees.

Council Vice President Crate has been a resident of Brick Township for 25 years. She is a teacher in the Jackson School District and has been honored as their Teacher of the Year. In her free time, she volunteers for Tooney’s Last Resort, a local animal rescue shelter. Council Vice President Crate, her husband and two children are also active members of the Church of the Epiphany.

“Council President Zapcic and Council Vice President Crate are both outstanding people who are committed to serving Brick Township. I am looking forward to working with them and their colleagues to continue the work we have done over the past five years,” said Mayor Ducey.

BMAC OFFERS SPORT SATURDAY PROGRAM FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

The Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition (BMAC) is proud to once again offer the Sport Saturday program for township boys and girls ages 9 through 12. The program offers young athletes 90 minute training sessions designed to help them achieve their personal best physically, mentally and emotionally in both sports and life.

Sport Saturday sessions are available every Saturday from January 5 through April 13 at the Brick Civic Plaza. Sessions are at either 8:30am or 10:30am. The program is free for participants. Parents can register their children for one or more sessions. There is a limit of 30 children at each session.

Each Sport Saturday training session is 90 minutes. Sport Saturday provides enhancement of general fitness levels, sports specific training, and the importance of leadership qualities, problem solving and character development designed to help youth increase self-esteem, awareness and resiliency as substance use prevention strategies.

“We reinstated BMAC so that we could provide the young people of Brick Township with programs like Sport Saturday,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “This program will not only help young people improve their athletic abilities, it will give them tools to help them become better people.”

Trainers are provided by Mentor Academy of New Jersey and are certified physical education teachers as well as youth sports trainers.

Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic says programs like this are important in the fight against opioid addiction. “The drive towards more professionalism in youth sports has caused an increase in over-use related orthopedic injuries in children ages 12 and up. Evidence suggests that a youth’s first exposure to a prescription opiate is often for treatment of injury or post-operative pain,” said Councilwoman Zapcic.

Councilwoman Zapcic adds that studies show youth exposed to opiates (prescribed) before high school graduation have a 33% increased risk of using opiates recreationally in the years after graduation, including those with a previous unfavorable attitude toward drug use.

Sport Saturday is funded through the BMAC grant provided by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA).

Register for Sport Saturday in the Recreation Office, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4pm or online at http://parksandrecreation.bricktownship.net. Call 732-262-1073 for more information.