In July, Brick Township and Ocean County closed on their joint purchase of a 31-acre property in Breton Woods. The purchase prevents the development of the heavily wooded site formerly owned by the Church of the Visitation. Texas-based developer D.R. Horton has been seeking approval from the Brick Planning Board to build 59 single-family homes on the parcel. The majority of the $8.55 million purchase price was made by the Ocean County Lands Trust and a state grant, leaving just over $500,000 to be paid by Brick Township.

“We needed to stop this project and we did. Housing on this site would have brought more traffic and more development. Preserving these 31 acres stops this unwanted large-scale development,” said Mayor Lisa Crate.

At a meeting on July 11, Mayor Crate announced that the Township received a $1.2 million grant from the New Jersey Green Acres Program towards the purchase and preservation of the property.

“When we first looked into purchasing Breton Woods, I knew it wouldn’t be fair to make Brick taxpayers pay almost $10 million for this property. We are pleased that the Ocean County Commissioners and the state provided most of the funding. Brick taxpayers will pay only $500,000 and that’s a great deal,” said Mayor Crate.

As part of the agreement, the property will be subdivided between the county and Brick Township. The township plans on building a playground on its portion of the property.

“This is an investment in our community’s future,” said Mayor Crate. “We are saving one of the largest remaining pieces of land in Brick Township, preventing additional development and traffic, and building a playground that will be enjoyed by young people for years to come.”


The Brick Municipal Alliance Coalition (BMAC) is proud to once again offer the Sport Saturdays 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 March 18 through June 17 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.

“This program has been an incredible asset to families throughout Brick,” said Mayor Lisa Crate.  “Hundreds of children have participated over the years and each child has come away with the skills that help them both on the field and in life. It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to continue to work with BMAC to bring this program to the youth of Brick Township.”

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 effort to keep our youth healthy, safe and drug-free.  “The drive towards more professionalism in youth sports has caused an increase in over-use related orthopedic injuries in children ages 12 and up, for which an opioid pain reliever may be prescribed.”

Councilwoman Zapcic adds that “studies show youth exposed to prescribed opioids before high school graduation have a 33% increased risk of using opioids 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 Call 732-262-1053 for more information.


Lisa Crate was sworn in as the next Mayor of Brick Township at the February 28, 2023 Council Meeting. Mayor Crate was chosen by the Township Council to serve as Mayor following the resignation of John Ducey.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity and the privilege of serving as Mayor of Brick Township,” said Mayor Crate. “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Township Council for placing their faith in me and giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to continue working with them to move our great community forward.”

“I know I have large shoes to fill. I would like the people of Brick Township to know that I am fully committed to continuing the work that was started by our previous Mayor and following the same guiding principle that he had – to always do what is best for Brick Township,” continued Mayor Crate.

Following Mayor Ducey’s resignation, the Brick Township Democratic Committee provided the Township Council with three names to consider for appointment to serve as Mayor. The Council unanimously chose Lisa Crate.

Mayor Crate has served on the Township Council since 2016. She was elected to the Council in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. She served as Council President in 2020 and 2021 and as Council Vice-President in 2018, 2019 and 2022.

Mayor Crate’s priorities for her term include continuing the conservative fiscal policies of the previous administration, providing the Brick Township Police Department and EMS with the resources they need to keep Brick Township safe and fostering a strong and united community.

As a member of the Council’s Business and Finance Committee, Mayor Crate worked with the administration and Council to implement conservative fiscal practices. Over her eight years on Council, municipal spending increased $13.9 million compared to an increase of over $29.6 million during the eight years prior to her time on Council. Additionally, tax levy growth was 55% lower during her time on Council than the previous eight years.

During her time on Council, Mayor Crate was integral to several projects that will have long-lasting impacts on the community. As a member of the Land Use Committee, she worked on Brick Township’s Community Rating System (CRS) application. The successful efforts will help Brick Township flood insurance policy holders realize savings on their policies. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Village Zone which was created to protect Brick Township from high-density residential development.

Mayor Crate has been a strong advocate for veterans. She served as the Council’s veteran liaison, worked with veterans to create Hometown Hero banners that honor Brick residents who have lost their lives defending our nation, advocated for free beach badges for veterans and helped Brick be recognized as a “We Value our Veterans” community. She also worked with local veterans to make much needed repairs and improvements to the Veteran’s Memorial at Town Hall.

Mayor Crate is also an animal lover. She strongly supports the Township’s ban on ‘puppy mills,’ has coordinated events to raise funds for K-9 Narcan and trauma units and is a volunteer Board member for Tooney’s Last Resort – a local animal rescue.

Mayor Crate is a 28-year resident of Brick Township. She and her husband, Will, have two children who attend Brick Township Public Schools. She has been an educator for over 30 years and currently serves as the President of the Jackson Education Association and is a member of the Ocean County Council of Educators. She has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year and the District Educational Services Professional of the Year.


The Brick Township Council will introduce a bond ordinance in the amount of $1,800,000 at their February 14, 2023 Council meeting. The bond ordinance will provide funds that will go towards the purchase of a 31.6 acre property that was threatened by residential development. The Township is joining the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust to purchase and preserve the property.

“We are beyond excited that we were able to work with the County and preserve this property from residential development,” said Mayor John G. Ducey. “From the moment that the development plan was announced, we worked to find a way to stop it. Purchasing the property was the only realistic option and we couldn’t have done it without the County.”

The Township of Brick and Ocean County are partnering to purchase the property for a total of $8,550,000. The Township will be responsible for $1,710,000 and the County will contribute $6,840,000. The Township has also agreed to be responsible for the maintenance of the property.

As part of the agreement, the property will be subdivided with the Township receiving an apportionment of roughly 6.33 acres – or 20% of the total property. The Township plans on building a playground and parking area on this portion. The Township has been in communication with the Trust for Public Land about the construction of the playground.

“This is an investment in the future of our community and preserving the quality of life of our residents,” said Councilwoman Lisa Crate. “We are saving one of the largest remaining pieces of land in Brick from becoming dozens of homes. We are also going to be building a playground that will be enjoyed by future generations of Brick residents.”

The Township and the County negotiated the purchase with D.R. Horton, a Texas-based home construction company who was the contracted purchaser of the property. D.R. Horton was in the process of seeking approval to construct as many as 59 single-family homes on the land.

The Council will also consider an ordinance authorizing the Township to seek Green Acres funding for the project. The Township will be applying to receive $1.2 million in funding to offset the cost of the Township’s portion of the purchase. Township officials are confident that the funding request will be approved by Green Acres.


Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council thank Senator Corey Booker and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) for securing $250,000 in Federal funding that will be used to launch a dialysis transportation service for seniors. The funding is included in the 2023 government funding bills that were recently passed by Congress.

“We are grateful to Senator Booker and Congressman Kim for their securing this vitally important funding for a dialysis transportation service,” said Mayor Ducey. “The Senator’s and Congressman’s dedication to their constituents and ensuring that the needs of our citizens are met is truly appreciated. Thank you, Senator Booker and Congressman Kim.”

The $250,000 will be used to begin a service for older residents that will provide round-trip transportation for seniors in need of dialysis. Once the funding is approved, the township expects to purchase two new Senior Shuttles dedicated to the program and hire drivers and medical assistants for the buses. The assistants will help patients with mobility issues getting on and off the shuttles.

Currently, the Senior Shuttle Program cannot accommodate dialysis patients due to the unique scheduling needs of dialysis appointments.

“With nearly a quarter of Brick’s residents aged 60 and over, the need for services is significant. Many of these residents need 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.”

The dialysis transportation program will be administered by the Brick Township Senior Services office. “We have one of the best senior services programs in New Jersey,” said Council President Heather deJong. “Our Senior Services office provides important services and enriching programs that help our older residents live active, fulfilling lives. Their services are available to anyone over the age of 60 as well as caregivers. We encourage anyone who would like to learn more about Senior Services and what they offer to contact them.”

Mayor Ducey and the Township Council expect this new service to begin sometime in 2023.

The Brick Senior Shuttle is an initiative of Mayor Ducey and the Township Council that 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.

Mayor Ducey further thanks Congressman Kim for his service to Brick Township over the past four years. Due to 2022’s Congressional redistricting in New Jersey, Brick Township will now be part of the 4th Congressional district which is represented by Congressman Chris Smith. “Congressman Kim has done an exemplary job representing the 3rd Congressional District which included Brick Township. I thank him for all he has done for our residents, particularly our senior citizens and veterans, over the past four years.”


Mayor John G. Ducey is proud to announce that the Township of Brick is partnering with Helpsy to offer a free and easy home pickup clothing recycling service for the local community.

As the largest clothing collector in the Northeast, Helpsy partners with municipalities and organizations across 11 states to collect unwanted clothing and other textiles in order to keep clothes out of landfills. In 2021 alone,  the company diverted nearly 30 million pounds of textiles from landfills through a combination of clothing drives, home pickups, thrift store partners and clothing receptacles.

“Helpsy’s mission is to keep clothes out of the trash,” says Dan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of Helpsy. “We are dedicated to changing the way people think about clothing recycling while adhering to the highest level of social and environmental performance.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, textile waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States, occupying nearly 5% of all landfill space, which is why Helpsy is committed to working with cities such as Brick Township in order to give clothing the longest life possible.

“We are excited to begin this partnership with Helpsy and I am confident that the residents of Brick Township will support this team effort to keep unwanted textiles from filling our local landfills,” said Mayor Ducey. “In addition to the environmental benefits, reducing the amount of material that we put into landfills saves tax dollars.”

As the 23rd town to partner with Helpsy to provide free home pickup service, Brick joins Toms River as the second municipality in New Jersey in making it as easy as possible for residents to responsibly dispose of their unwanted clothing.

Beginning Friday, August 19th, pickups in Brick will take place weekly on Fridays between 7am-5pm. In order to recycle bagged and clean clothing, the community can sign up at or can call  1-800-244-6350.

For more information about Brick’s Recycling Programs and Helpsy’s municipal partnerships, the community can contact the Brick Townships Department of Public Works at 732-451-4060 ext. 4066 or visit

ABOUT HELPSY: Helpsy is a Certified B Corp on a mission to radically change the way we think about, dispose of, recycle and buy second hand clothing. Helpsy is shifting perceptions around used clothing by helping reduce the impact that clothing production has on our planet and change the statistic that 85% of clothes currently end up in the trash.


Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council presented checks to representatives of local service providers at the July 12, 2022 Council meeting.  The checks, which range from $1,938 to $10,000, are from funding the Township receives as part of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)–Public Services Program  The checks will assist the organizations in providing a wide variety of services to the public in our community.

Every year, the Township receives grant money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program which is in turn passed on to local service providers.   The Township identifies issues of concern in the community and then provides the Federal funds to the organizations most appropriate to address those issues.  This year, the Township granted a total of $54,438 to these organizations. The Township also administers Housing Rehabilitation Projects and Public Infrastructure improvements through funding received from the CDBG Program annually.

The CDBG program has been providing communities with these funds since it began in 1974.

“Being able to provide these organizations with CDBG funds is a privilege and honor for the Council and myself,” said Mayor Ducey. “We know just how hard every single one of these organizations work to make a positive impact on people’s lives. We are grateful of their efforts and thankful that we have the opportunity to pass these funds to them to and support them in their missions.”

The CDBG Check recipients are:

Providence House   $10,000– A division of Catholic Charities, Providence House provides a wide variety of services related to preventing domestic violence and assisting its victims.   For many years, the Township has worked with Providence House to fight domestic violence in our community.

Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County/Meals on Wheels   $5,000 –Through its ‘Meals on Wheels’ program, Community Services Inc. provides nutritious meals to homebound elderly in their own homes.  The program also serves meals daily to seniors at the Brick Township Senior Center on Adamston Road.

Church of the Visitation   $3,000-The Church of the Visitation on Mantoloking Road hosts a community lunch on the third Wednesday of each month.  Lunches are free and available from 12pm-1pm.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County   $3,500-There are times when families face becoming homeless because of personal, financial or medical reasons.  Interfaith Homeless Assistance provides a safety net program for Brick Township residents who face becoming homeless.

Ocean’s Harbor House   $3,500-Ocean’s Harbor House provides free short-term shelter and crisis intervention for male and female youth ages 10-17. Any youth who is homeless, has runaway, been thrown away or abused, or is otherwise in need of immediate intervention may find help 24 hours a day at this safe haven.

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey   $3,500-Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is a non-profit interfaith organization that provides volunteers to assist frail elderly with simple daily tasks enabling them to live, with dignity, where they are most comfortable – in their own homes. And there is never a charge for help provided!

Church of the Epiphany   $3,000-Volunteers provide counseling to those in need to manage housing expenses and provide financial assistance to cover food, clothing, utilities and rent.

CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties   $3,500-CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides trained telephone listeners who respond to human needs 24-hours a day. They offer free confidential crisis intervention, information on available resources and referral to community services.

Dottie’s House   $3,000-Dottie’s House provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children.  These grant funds will help offset the operating costs for the transitional housing facility.

The Arc, Ocean County Chapter   $3,500-The Arc, Ocean County Chapter advocates for, provides supports and empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, ensuring they are accepted and valued as citizens of our community.  The Arc does this through vocational, recreational, family support, residential, transportation and primary medical care programs.

Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America   $3,000-Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Toms River, serves more than 6,000 young people in four Jersey Shore counties: Atlantic, Ocean, Southeast Burlington and Ocean City in Cape May County.  It is among the largest youth serving organizations in the state of New Jersey led by approximately 2,000 volunteers.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters   $5,000-Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ goal is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Brick Morning Rotary Club   $3,000-The Brick Morning Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. These funds will be used for their Shore Movement food drive.

True Vine Community Services, Inc.   $1,938-True Vine provides necessary resources to create a positive impact on the community through helping abused women, prisoner re-entry, and combating juvenile delinquency through counseling, training, mentoring, guidance and education.

Mayor Ducey encourages residents to support these organizations. “The organizations we are supporting rely greatly on volunteers and donations. I encourage all residents that are able to consider volunteering for one of these groups or to make a donation. Your contribution will be used to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Brick Township’s CDBG Program is administered by the Township’s Land Use Office and Township Planner Tara Paxton. Groups wanting more information on how to apply for CDBG funding from the township can call 732-262-1039.