MAYOR HONORS HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND

In a ceremony at the February 13, 2024 Township Council Meeting, Mayor Lisa Crate honored the Brick Township High School March Dragons for their exceptional competition season during which they captured the New Jersey State Championship.

“Winning a state championship is an incredible achievement, whether that is on a football field, a wrestling mat, a bowling alley or as a marching band. The Marching Dragons showed an extraordinary amount of dedication, commitment, discipline, skill and musicianship this past season,” said Mayor Crate. “Their achievements are a testament to that hard work and it is my honor to recognize them for their well-deserved and well-earned success.”

Mayor Crate proclaimed Thursday, February 15, 2024 as Brick Township High School Marching Dragons Day in the Township of Brick and presented an official proclamation to Band Director Christian Negri at the meeting.

This past season, the Marching Dragons had an undefeated regular season, placing first in every competition they were in. They won the New Jersey Tournament of Bands Region 7 Championship, the New Jersey Tournament of Bands State Championship and finished second place at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship, earning the highest score in the school’s history.

“As a member of my high school’s color guard, I am familiar with how much practice and hard work goes into being in the marching band. I also know that I cherish each moment I spent with my friends in the band back then and the memories I made,” said Mayor Crate. “I commend each member of the Marching Dragons and wish them all continued success!”

TEXT OF PROCLAMATION

BRICK TOWNSHIP HICH SHOOL MARCHING DRAGONS DAY

February 15th 2024

WHEREAS, the Brick Township High School March Dragons is one of the most accomplished units in the State of New Jersey and had one of its most successful competition seasons ever in 2023; and

WHEREAS, under the dedicated and enthusiastic leadership of Band Director Christian Negri, the Marching Dragons had an undefeated regular season, placing first in every competition they participated in; and

WHEREAS, the Marching Dragons captured the New Jersey Tournament of Bands Region 7 Championship, the New Jersey State Championship and finished second in the TOB Atlantic Coast Championship Competition, earning the highest score in the school’s history; and

WHEREAS, these achievements were the result of an extraordinary amount of hard work, dedication and commitment as well as countless hours of practice by the exceptional members of the band; and

WHEREAS, the members of the 2023 New Jersey State Champion Marching Dragons are Riley Allen, Morgandy Allen, Shay Attiko, Jasline Avila, Daniel Burns, Colin Burns, Collin Casella, Ivan Cintron, Frankie Civitano, Christian Combs, Jason Corona, Joseph Curcio, Peter D’Esposito, Isabella Delgado, Regina Gardner, Addison Gerhard, Karlos Gordillo, Lily Graziano, Hayden Jackson, Mason Jacobs, Liam Jubak, Andrew Kaminski, Emily Kozemcheck, Marlen Martinez, Alex Martinez, Richard Matlock, Cayden Mazzarisi, Emily Moreno, Scotlan Norman, Molly O’Brien, Sarah Olski, Marco Pellosie, Jacob Rios, Karla Ritter, Lola Rubino, Nicholas San Jose, Christopher Todd, Alexa Wachendorf, Jake Ward and Mariana Wharff.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LISA CRATE, Mayor of the Township of Brick, in the County of Ocean, in the State of New Jersey, in honor of their outstanding competition season during which they won the New Jersey State Championship, do hereby proclaim Thursday, February 15, 2024 to be Brick Township High School Marching Dragons Day in the Township of Brick and I call upon all citizens to join me in congratulating Band Director Christian Negri, the band members and all of the supporting staff and volunteers on all of their outstanding accomplishments this season.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereby affix my signature on the thirteenth day of February 2024.

Mayor Lisa Crate

MAYOR CRATE ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Mayor Lisa Crate would like to inform high school juniors and seniors in Brick Township who are planning to continue their education after high school 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.

“I encourage any student from Brick Township who plans on going to college or otherwise continuing their education to apply for this grant,” said Mayor Crate. “With the cost of attending college still rising, the chance to earn some money to help pay for it is worth the time it will take to fill out the application and draft a thoughtful essay.”

Applicants will be required to write an essay of approximately 500 words with the “What My Municipal Government Does Best.” Judging is based solely on the essay including originality, technical composition and appropriateness and effective articulation of theme.

“I am excited to read the application essays and learn what our young people think about how we are doing in Brick Township,” said Mayor Crate.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship competition can download an application packet.  If you would like to request an application by email, please send an email to emoroney@bricktownship.net.

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 Crate’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 Crate’s office by Friday, March 15, 2024.  Completed applications should be mailed to Mayor Lisa Crate, Attention: NJSLOM Scholarship, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ, 08723.

SENIOR DIALYSIS TRANSPORTATION SERVICE BEGINS

Mayor Lisa Crate is proud to announce the commencement of Brick Township’s Senior Dialysis Transportation service. The dialysis transportation is an expansion of the Township’s popular Senior Shuttle service and was started to ensure seniors have convenient and reliable access to essential healthcare services.

“We are beyond excited that the Dialysis Transportation service is officially transporting seniors in need to their life-sustaining treatments,” said Mayor Crate. “This initiative is a testament to the commitment of this administration and the Township Council to the well-being of our senior citizens.”

The Senior Dialysis Transportation service will provide residents ages 60 and over with door-to-door transportation to dialysis appointments within Brick Township. The service utilizes a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus with specially trained employees who can provide assistance to patients with mobility issues. There is no charge to patients to use the service.

The program is funded in part by Federal funding secured by Senator Corey Booker and Congressman Andy Kim in the 2023 government funding bills.

The Senior Dialysis Transportation program is coordinated by the Brick Senior Services office. “With nearly a quarter of Brick’s residents aged 60 and over, the need for services is significant. Dialysis transportation has been an expressed need by  residents  requiring dialysis treatments to maintain their health but lack the ability to travel to appointments on their own,” said Zulma Soto, Director of Brick Township Senior Services. “This dialysis transportation service will allow those residents to receive their life-sustaining treatments.” You may contact Brick Senior Services at 732-920-8686 for additional information on the Senior Dialysis Transportation service.

The Brick Senior Shuttle service began in 2019. The Senior Shuttle provides free transportation to the Senior Center, shopping areas and more to residents ages 60 and over. The Township acquired two wheelchair-accessible buses for the program. One was acquired through a grant and the other purchased by the Township. The service is available to all residents ages 60 and over. Anyone wishing to utilize the Senior Shuttle should call Senior Services at 732-920-8686 at least two days in advance of an appointment. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.