RECREATION OFFERS CAMPS DURING SCHOOL RECESSES

Brick Township Recreation is offering camp programs for the upcoming fall and winter school recesses. The camps are open to Brick Township residents ages 6 through 12 and will feature activities and fun trips.

The Fall Camp is a new program and will be held on November 6 through November 8 from 7:30am to 3:30pm at the Civic Plaza. The fee is $100 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt and trips to Pump It Up (Nov.6), Climb Zone (Nov.7) and the Fun Plex (Nov.8). Campers will also enjoy activities and crafts in the mornings.

The Winter Camp will be held from December 23 through December 31 from 8am to 4:30pm (half days on 12/24 & 12/31) at the Civic Plaza. The fee is $150 per camper and includes camp t-shirt, bagels and juice every morning and trips to Knockerball, Speed Raceway, Bowling and the Fun Plex. Campers will also enjoy crafts and activities.

Both camps will have a mandatory parent meeting prior to the start of camp. The Fall Camp meeting will be held on October 22 at 6pm at the Civic Plaza. The Winter Camp meeting will be held on December 18 at 6pm at the Civic Plaza.

Registration for either camp can be done online at brickrec.twp.brick.nj.us or in the Recreation Office, 270 Chambers Bridge Road, Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 4pm.

FEMA CANCELS TOWNSHIP’S $5M SANDY LOAN

Mayor John G. Ducey is proud to announce that the Township of Brick has been informed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they have fully forgiven the $5 million Community Disaster Loan that was issued in 2013. FEMA had previously rejected a request by the Township to forgive the loan.

“This is great news for the taxpayers of Brick Township,” said Mayor Ducey. “The recovery from Super Storm Sandy has been a long and costly process for our community. The cancellation of the $5 million will remove a significant burden from our taxpayers, many of whom experienced tremendous loss during Sandy.”

FEMA’s evaluation of Brick Township’s request to cancel the Community Disaster Loan showed an operating deficit of $15,010,062 during the time period. The deficit was largely created in the immediate aftermath of Sandy and was due to expenses and loss of tax revenue.

Super Storm Sandy hit New Jersey on October 29, 2012. Brick Township was one of the communities severely impacted by the storm.

Mayor Ducey appreciates FEMA’s reevaluation of the cancellation request. “On behalf of the township and our taxpayers, I would like to thank FEMA for fully forgiving this loan. We did what was necessary after Sandy to start Brick Township on the path to recovery and the Community Disaster Loan was a large part of that. With the loan forgiven, it is one more step in moving forward.”

2019 FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRESS REPORT AVAILABLE

The Township of Brick Floodplain Management Committee, in accordance with the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) Community Rating System (CRS) Activity 510, has performed its annual review of progress on the implementation of initiatives identified in the Township’s Floodplain Management plan.  The plan has been submitted to Township Council and is available online for public review (http://www.bricktownship.net/index.php/floodplain-maps-information/).

Hardcopies of the plan are available at the Brick Township library and the Township Clerk’s Office. This progress report provides the status of action items and supports the reduction of flood vulnerability in the Township.

PERMITS FOR BEACH VEHICLES AVAILABLE AGAIN

For the first time since Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, the Township of Brick will be making permits for operating motor vehicles on beaches available. The permits will allow beach access to vehicles from October 1st through April 30th.

“After nearly seven years, we are pleased to finally reopen our beaches to vehicles in the offseason and allow people to once again enjoy activities such as surf fishing,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “We thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout the recovery and replenishment of our beaches.”

Beach vehicle permit applications are available online and in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. The permit application fee is $35.

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 4, 11, 18, 25 – 6pm-9pm
  • Fridays – September 6, 13, 20, 27 – 6pm-9pm
  • Saturdays – September 7, 14, 21, 28 – 9am-3pm

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  and mailed to the Clerk’s Office. Applications submitted to Traffic Safety and through mail are payable only by checks payable to Twp of Brick.  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.

SENIOR SHUTTLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO CONCERTS

The Brick Township Senior Shuttle will be providing door-to-door rides to and from the Traders Cove Concert series to residents ages 60 and over who lack their own transportation. Seating is very limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The concert schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 7 – Basso Brothers (rain date 8/8)
  • Wednesday, August 14 – Tim McLoone & The Shirleys (rain date 8/15)
  • Wednesday, August 21 – Motor City Revue (rain date 8/22)
  • Wednesday, August 28 – DJ Chris Anthony & Peter Carter’s Tribute to the King of Pop (rain date 8/29)

Concerts are free to attend and begin at 7pm. Seniors attending the concerts by bus will be provided chairs in a designated location. Any eligible resident wishing to schedule a ride to the Traders Cove Concert Series should call Senior Services at 732-920-8686.

The Senior Shuttle is a new transportation service introduced by Mayor Ducey this year. The Senior Shuttle offers transportation for residents ages 60 and over to the Senior Center, local shopping areas and points of interest.

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.