TOWNSHIP TO BREAK GROUND ON PARK RENOVATION

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.

TOWNSHIP CONTEST IS LOOKING FOR YOUR BEST PHOTOS OF BRICK

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.

TOWNSHIP ENCOURAGING YOU TO “PICK UP BRICK”

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 pickupbrick@bricktownship.net 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 pickupbrick@bricktownship.net

TOWNSHIP TO HOST FLOOD INFORMATION SESSION

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 URGES GOVERNOR MURPHY TO VETO BILL

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.

DISCOUNT AMUSEMENT TICKETS OFFERED BY RECREATION DEPARTMENT

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.

TOWNSHIP PARTICIPATING IN KIDS TO PARKS DAY ON MAY 19

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.

TOWNSHIP AND SCHOOLS TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN PROM

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.

INPUT NEEDED ON BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN

Mayor John Ducey, the Township Council and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Local Planning Services office are preparing a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the Township. The plan will identify and help to prioritize strategies that will increase the number and frequency of people walking and bicycling within the Township as well as increase safety and connectivity for all road users. The plan will provide draft recommendations for improving the connectivity, safety, convenience, and attractiveness of the Township’s pedestrian and bicycle networks.

The municipality is holding a public open house to receive input from residents on the plan on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 at Civic Plaza at 270 Chambers Bridge Road. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback as the plan is being developed.

“The input that the public provided at our previous open house in November and through the online survey was essential to the plan,” said Council President Heather deJong, a member of the working committee. “This open house will give residents the chance to see how the plan is developing and to help shape it further.”

Public input is critical to help develop a plan that addresses the needs of people on foot and on bike in neighborhoods across the Township.

 

BRICK TOWNSHIP AND BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP TO HOST BRICK PRIDE BEAR EVENT

Build-A-Bear is partnering with Brick Township to create the first ever Brick Pride Bear on May 6th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Brick Civic Plaza (270 Chambers Bridge Rd.). This event will be the first ever Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Workshop to be held by a city or municipality in the entire country. The registration fee of $30 includes a bear, special Brick Pride Bear t-shirt, heart ceremony, naming certificate and audio recording. A portion of the fee will also go towards supporting the Lounge 270 Teen Center.

After the Build-A-Bear Workshop, participants are invited to Windward Beach from 12:30pm-1:30pm to join Mayor John G. Ducey for a Teddy Bear Picnic. Participants are suggested to bring their bear, blanket and a picnic lunch to the park for this official welcoming ceremony. Other stuffed bears are welcome. You do not need to participate in the Build-A-Bear Workshop to be a part of the picnic. The Teddy Bear Picnic will be weather permitting.

Bear supplies are limited. To reserve your spot, visit parksandrecreation.bricktownship.net and click on “Special Events”. You can also call 732-262-1044. All bears must be reserved by March 30th.

This event is made possible by Mayor Ducey’s Brick Youth initiative. With the enthusiastic stewardship of Coordinator Colleen Kahl, the goal of Brick Youth is to engage the young people of Brick Township, providing them with a greater voice in the community and with opportunities to enjoy and participate in community events.

For updates on this event and other youth inspired initiatives in Brick, Like BRICK YOUTH on Facebook or visit brickyouth.org.