TRICK-OR TREATING GUIDANCE FOR HALLOWEEN

Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council are encouraging residents who would like to participate in trick-or-treating this Halloween to leave their porch or outdoor lights on.

“This year’s Halloween is going to be different than any other since we are still in the midst of a public health crisis,” said Mayor Ducey. “However, families understandably want their young ones to enjoy this cherished tradition. We want to make sure that trick-or-treating is being done in the safest manner possible, for both young people and homeowners.”

Mayor Ducey is encouraging residents to follow the lights on/lights off system for Halloween to help trick-or-treaters distinguish between participating and non-participating homes. This will also give homeowners who are not comfortable with trick-or-treating during the health crisis a convenient way to respectfully notify people they are not participating.

“This system is very simple – if a light is on, that house is participating. If the light is off, they are not and continue to the next home,” said Mayor Ducey.

Mayor Ducey urges everyone to be respectful of homeowners’ decisions. “It is understandable that some people may choose to not participate in trick-or-treating this year due to concerns about the pandemic. Similarly, some people are going to welcome trick-or-treaters. Everyone’s decision is personal and should be respected.”

Halloween is October 31. While the township does not establish times for trick-or-treating, Mayor Ducey asks everyone to be considerate of their neighbors when deciding what time to visit homes.

Residents are encouraged to follow advice offered by the New Jersey Department of Health for trick-or-treating this year:

  • No one should participate in any activities if they or a household member have a known exposure to COVID-19, are sick or symptomatic, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet met the criteria for discontinuing isolation
  • Trick-or-treaters should limit their groups to current household members and should practice social distancing
  • Wear a face mask. Costume masks are not acceptable substitutes for cloth or disposable masks.
  • For people giving out treats, wear a mask when trick-or-treaters come to door and regularly wash and sanitize hands.
  • Consider leaving a bowl of treats on the porch or a table where it can be accessed while adhering to social distancing requirements or arrange individually packaged candy so that trick-or-treaters can grab and go without using a shared bowl

RENOVATED BAYSIDE PARK OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

On Monday, October 5, Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council joined members of the community at the ribbon cutting for the renovated Bayside Park. This is the seventh park improvement project completed during Mayor Ducey’s term.

 “This ribbon cutting has been a long time in the making and we cannot be more thrilled with how the renovation of Bayside Park turned out,” said Mayor Ducey. “The park is filled with great amenities and will offer residents and guests to Brick Township a place to spend sun-filled days fishing, crabbing or a number of other activities in one of the most beautiful locations on the Barnegat Bay.”

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Bayside Park is located on Route 35 South opposite Brick Beach III. The improved park includes a new gazebo, an enlarged and improved playground with safety surface, a new picnic area, new benches and shade structures on the boardwalk, bait tables for people to fish and crab, a concrete patio for activities and two concrete cornhole games. A new boardwalk was previously installed on the site. The project also included landscaping and installation of sod and an irrigation system.

 Bayside Park suffered extensive damage during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. In the subsequent years, the park was used as a staging area for recovery projects such as the dredging of Barnegat Bay and the beach replenishment project. The Township waited for those projects to be finalized before moving forward with the renovation design and construction.

 The cost of the renovation project was $722,022. The winning bid was submitted by Precise Construction of Freehold, NJ. Precise previously completed the Herbertsville, Angela Hibbard, Hank Waltonowski and Bernie Cooke projects. CME Associates designed the park and served as the consulting engineers for the project. The Township has applied for Green Acres funding to offset the cost of this and other park projects.

 This is the seventh project completed in Mayor Ducey’s Park Improvement Program. Previous projects include the playgrounds at Windward Beach Park, Herbertsville Park (formerly Colorado Park), Lake Riviera Park, Angela Hibbard Park, Hank Waltonowski Park and Bernie Cooke Park. Other recreational facility improvements completed in the past few years include the installation of fitness stations and replacing the field turf at the Drum Point Sports Complex.

 The next planned park improvement project will take place at Cedar Bridge Manor Park.

MAYOR DUCEY SWEARS IN NEW POLICE OFFICERS

Mayor John G. Ducey swore the six newest members of the Brick Township Police Department yesterday in a ceremony at the Municipal Building.

“The men I swore in today all met the high standards that the Brick Township Police Department demands when looking for new officers. Four of these men have already served our Nation in the Armed Forces,” stated Mayor Ducey. “I am confident that all six of our new officers will prove to be assets to our Police Department and our community.”

The six new officers are Daniel Araque (Badge #308), Corey Rackliffe (Badge #309), Jeffrey Maehl (Badge #310), Turner Robbins (Badge #311), Kyle Dudak (Badge #313) and Matthew Farnkopf (Badge #314).

From Left: Chief James Riccio, Matthew Farnkopf, Kyle Dudak, Turner Robbins, Corey Rackliffe, Jeffrey Maehl, Daniel Araque, Mayor John G. Ducey, Councilman Vincent Minichino

Daniel Araque has served in the United States Army Reserves since 2010 and currently holds the rank of Sergeant. He was deployed to both Kuwait and Iraq. Daniel, who is a graduate of Union County College and Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Monmouth University, was previously employed by the Linden Police Department.

Corey Rackliffe is a 2010 graduate of Brick Township High School and is a veteran of the United States Army where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and was deployed to Iraq. He is a graduate of Ocean County College and Kean University.

Jeffrey Maehl served in the United States Navy as a Military Police Officer from 2009 until 2018 and currently serves in the Naval Reserves. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security from American University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from John Jay College.

Turner Robbins is a 2008 graduate of Brick Township High School. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned his Associates Degree from Ocean County College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security from Monmouth University. He was previously employed as an Officer with the New Jersey State Park Police.

Kyle Dudak is a 2014 graduate of Brick Township High School. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of the Monmouth County Police Academy and previously served with the Sea Girt Police Department.

 Matthew Farnkopf is a 2019 graduate of Brick Memorial High School where he ranked second in his class of 379 students. He is currently attending Rutgers University Honors College where he is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. Matthew’s comes from a law enforcement family and follows his father, two cousins and his uncle on the BTPD.

 “Throughout my time as Councilman and Mayor, I have always said that the Brick Township Police Department is the best in New Jersey and I continue to stand by that,” said Mayor Ducey. “These new officers will be responsible for upholding the outstanding tradition and reputation that has been established since the Police Department’s founding nearly fifty years ago.”

 

BEACH VEHICLE PERMIT APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Township of Brick is now accepting applications for beach vehicle permits for 2020-2021. The permits will allow beach access to vehicles from October 1st through April 30th.

Beach vehicle permit applications are available online and in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. The permit application fee is $35. There is no charge for veterans with a military ID.

Beach access will be available at Brick Beach One only.

All vehicles are subject to an inspection by the Brick Township Police Department before a permit is approved. The inspection schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesdays – September 9, 16, 23 – 6pm-9pm
  • Fridays – September 4, 11, 18, 25 – 6pm-9pm
  • Saturdays – September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 9am-3pm

Inspections will be conducted at the Municipal Building. Applications must be completed prior to inspection. Applications must include $35, copy of valid driver’s license, copy of valid vehicle registration. Applications can be submitted in the Clerk’s Office, to Traffic Safety at the time of inspection (checks made payable to Twp of Brick ONLY) and mailed to the Clerk’s Office (checks made payable to Twp of Brick ONLY). Permits for applications submitted to Traffic Safety and through the mail will be mailed the following business day.For more information call the Township Clerk at 732-262-1001.

GO TO BATS FOR VETS AIMS TO HAVE A NEW VA CLINIC BUILT IN BRICK

Veterans who live in Ocean County and surrounding areas will have a new, state-of-the-art VA Clinic in Brick Township to visit if the recently launched Go To Bat For Vets Campaign succeeds in its goal. The campaign is a community-based effort that is being led by local veterans and Brick Township Council President Lisa Crate.

“Our veterans and their families need and deserve this state of the art facility, and having it built right here in Brick would provide not only the services our veterans are seeking but a convenient location for anyone living in Central or South Jersey. Working together with the community, we can show the Veterans Administration that now is the time to act, make a decision, and bring the new VA Clinic to Brick. Our veterans can’t afford to wait any longer,” said Council President Crate.

The campaign is asking residents to show their support for veterans and the effort to have the VA Clinic built in Brick by making a video of themselves taking their best swing – baseball, softball, wiffle ball – and then challenging friends to the same and sharing on social media with the hashtag #gotobatforvets.

“Brick Township really is the perfect place for a new VA Clinic. We have a site that is convenient to the Garden State Parkway, is in the hospital support zone and is ready to go,” said Mayor John Ducey. “What we need now is a groundswell of support to convince the Federal Government and the Department of Veterans Affairs to build it here.”

The proposed site for the VA Clinic in Brick Township is bordered by Route 88, Jack Martin Boulevard and Burrsville Road. The site can fit a 75,000 square foot building with more than 400 parking spaces. It is within 3 miles of multiple parkway entrances and exits.

A VA Clinic on that location would also provide economic benefits to the community. “In addition to the potential for new jobs, a VA Clinic on that site would help area restaurants and other businesses,” said Mayor Ducey.

Anyone interested in helping with the Go To Bats For Vets campaign can visit their website at https://www.gotobatforvets.org/ or the Go To Bats For Vets Facebook Page. There is also an online petition that can be signed by visiting https://www.change.org/BrickVAClinic.

BRICK AND TOMS RIVER ENTER SHARED SERVICES AGREEEMENT TO ADDRESS FLOODING

Brick Township and Toms River Township will enter a shared services agreement to address the flooding issues in the Normandy Beach section of the Barrier Island.  This project will focus on Broad Street and portions of 5th, 6th and 7th Avenue. Through the agreement, the townships will seek state funding for street elevation projects in flood-prone areas.

The Normandy Beach section of the Barrier Island overlaps the border of Brick Township and Toms River. In recent years, Normandy Beach has seen an increase of flooding events.

“It has gotten to the point that prolonged flooding occurs every month during the full moon and new moon and the residents are understandably upset,” said Brick Township Mayor John G. Ducey. “Regardless of the factors causing this flooding, we have an obligation to do what we can to address and mitigate the problem and help protect the quality of life for our residents.”

“Normandy Beach is a barrier island neighborhood that spans the border between Brick and Toms River Township, and this project is a great example of two communities coming together to solve a common problem” said Toms River Township Maurice “Mo” Hill.  “While this project will not stop all flooding, such as larger more intense storms like Superstorm Sandy, it will help minimize the frequency and depth of flooding during lesser intense storms and certain high tide events”

The proposed project will elevate the road surface on affected streets in the Normandy Beach section to alleviate flooding.

As part of the agreement, Toms River will prepare and submit a joint application to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for 2021 funding for street elevation projects in both municipalities. Brick Township will continue to look for additional funding opportunities and apply to any that are identified.

The design of the project and the construction estimate will be prepared by Tom River’s professionals with assistance from Brick Township. The cost of these services will be distributed proportionately between the two municipalities according to the total disturbed area in each community.

Toms River will be responsible for seeking bids and awarding the contract for the project.

The shared services agreement will go into effect on June 1, 2020 and is contingent upon being awarded NJDOT funds. The agreement will expire upon final acceptance of the project by the NJDOT.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES COMING TO DRUM POINT SPORTS COMPLEX IN JUNE

Mayor John G. Ducey is pleased to announce that the Township of Brick will be hosting Drive-In Movies at the Drum Point Sports Complex every Friday evening from June 12 through July 10. The movies will be held at the Drum Point Sports Complex and will be subject to guidelines for car gatherings issued by the State.

“We usually have our Drive-In Movies in August, however, once Governor Murphy announced that drive-ins were allowed, I asked our Recreation Department to get some going quickly,” said Mayor Ducey. “We want to give people the chance to get out and have some quality family time. Hopefully this is the start of a fun summer in Brick Township.”

The Drive-In Movie Schedule is as follows:

  • June 12 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • June 19 – Frozen II
  • June 26 – Jumanji: The Next Level
  • July 3 – Toy Story 4
  • July 10 – The Lion King (NEW DATE)

Registration is required for Drive-In movies. Registration for each Drive-In begins at noon on the Monday before the movie. Register online at https://brickrec.twp.brick.nj.us/. Registration is limited to Brick Township residents.

The movies will begin at 8:30pm. Parking opens 1/2 hour before the movie.

CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT TO OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS

In light of Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of an executive order permitting non-essential construction to resume effective Monday, May 18, the Township of Brick Construction Department staff will be available to meet with customers by appointment only beginning Tuesday, May 19.

Residents and contractors who need to meet with the Construction Department regarding permits and inspections are asked to schedule an appointment by calling 732-262-4604 or emailing permitstatus@twp.brick.nj.us. Appointments must be made at least one day in advance. Please provide as much information regarding the project as you can so the appropriate staff member can be assigned.

All customers will be required to have a temperature scan upon entering the building and must be wearing a mask or face covering.

 

BRICK FARMERS MARKET TO OPEN MAY 16; NEW RULES IN PLACE DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

The Brick Township Farmers’ Market will return for its sixth season at Windward Beach Park on Saturday, May 16. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, there will be strict rules in place for both vendors and customers at the Farmers’ Market.

“We are excited to announce that the Farmers’ Market will be open to give our residents the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and other items from local businesses,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “Much like other many others aspects of daily life, we had to adapt the Farmers’ Market to make it as safe as possible. But having the market open will provide some sense of progress and normalcy which is a positive thing right now.”

The Brick Farmers’ Market will be open from 9am until 2pm every Saturday from May 16 to September 19 at Windward Beach Park. Until further notice, the following rules are in place for the Farmers’ Market and will be strictly adhered to:

  • All vendors must wear masks and gloves
  • All customers must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines
  • Customers will line up on Challenger Way spaced a minimum of 6ft apart until admitted to the market
  • Foot traffic will proceed in one direction
  • All booths must be staffed by a minimum of two people with one person handling payments
  • No self-service for customers; all handling of produce and items must be done by vendors
  • Samples of produce items will be displayed for customers while produce is in secure area
  • No samples

“It is our expectation that people visiting the Farmers’ Market will understand the necessity of the rules we have put in place and will observe them,” said Mayor Ducey. “These rules are in place to protect them and the vendors.”As of May 5, 40 vendors have signed up for the 2020 Farmers’ Market. Not all vendors will be at the Market every week. For more information on vendors, please visit the Farmers’ Market page on the Brick Township website, www.bricktownship.net.

STATE REVERSES COURSE ON GRACE PERIODS; MAYOR AND COUNCIL’S EXTENSION OF GRACE PERIOD UNTIL END OF MAY IN EFFECT

Earlier this month, Mayor Ducey and the Township Council extended the grace period for property tax payments until the end of May in an effort to help people financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis. This week, the State issued guidance that prohibited such an extension. Today, the State reversed course and Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order allowing municipalities to extend the grace period.

“When the coronavirus began closing businesses and industries, we began looking into ways to help people impacted. We researched and worked on the property tax grace period extension and we were confident that what we did was right and in line with past practices,” said Mayor Ducey. “Needless to say, when the State told us that the grace period was not allowed, we were disappointed and quite frankly, angry. We appreciate Governor Murphy listening to us and permitting us to help our residents.”

As per the Council’s resolution from the April 14, 2020 meeting, the grace period has been extended until May 31, 2020.

Payments made on June 1 or later will be subject to the statutory interest rates retroactive to the due date as mandated by law.