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.


Brick Township’s SummerFest presented by Pine Belt Cars will return to Windward Beach Park on June 30 for its 27th edition. This year’s series will feature four concerts and fireworks show as well as several family friendly events.

“SummerFest is truly one of the best summer traditions at the Jersey Shore,” said Mayor John Ducey. “It gives families the opportunity to have a fun and affordable night out, enjoy great music and fireworks and more.”

This year’s concert series will kick-off with the return of Super Trans-Am. This exciting band made their SummerFest debut last year. STA plays the best arena anthems and chart-topping hits of the 70’s while also putting on a great stage show.

The series will continue on July 7 with the SummerFest debut of Stifler’s Mom. Stifler’s Mom plays your favorite music from the 90’s including rock, East & West Coast hip-hop, Pop with R&B, hit TV theme songs, Seattle Grunge and more.

On July 14, The Benjamins will make their first appearance on the SummerFest stage. The Benjamins have been entertaining crowds throughout the nation for over two decades. They have developed a large following through their energetic shows and their unique combination of classic, modern, elegance and edge.

This year’s SummerFest Concert series closes with the Back to the 80’s Show with Jessie’s Girl! Jessie’s Girl is a SummerFest favorite. They perform the greatest hits from the greatest decade of music, complete with costumes, props and more. Throw on your spandex, leg warmers and come enjoy the music of the MTV Decade!

A dazzling fireworks show will follow each concert!

All SummerFest concerts are held at Windward Beach Park and begin approximately 7pm.

In addition to the music and the fireworks, each concert will feature a food court as well as a beer and wine garden for guests ages 21 and over.  A valid ID is required to enter the beer and wine garden.

A free shuttle bus service will be available for people wishing to attend SummerFest. Shuttle bus locations are Drum Point Elementary School, Brick Township High School, Brick Memorial High School, Veterans Memorial Middle School and the Fellowship Chapel parking area on Duchess Lane. Shuttle buses begin trips to the park at 5pm and return trips from Windward begin at 8pm. Any person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Coolers are permitted at SummerFest. Guests may not bring alcohol into the park. All bags and coolers are subject to search.

In addition to the concerts, there will be several family-friendly events. On August, 2, the Township and the Brick Township Police Department will host the Annual National Night Out Against Crime. This year’s event will be extra special because it will be honoring the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Brick Township Police Department.

On August 4, the Annual SummerFest Car Show returns. This car show has become one of the biggest at the Jersey Shore. Every year, hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles from every era come to Windward Beach. This event is put is a collaboration between the Township and the Time Capsule Cruisers. The  cars begin filing into Windward Beach around 5pm for the show. Anyone who wants to participate and show off your car, please call the Cruisers at 609-548-9991.

On August 12, there will be a Drive-In Movie featuring Jungle Cruise. Park your vehicle on the lawn at Windward Beach, turn on your radio and watch this hit movie. There will also be a viewing area in front of the screen. The gates will open to allow parking at 7pm and the movie will begin at dusk.

SummerFest is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors including our presenting sponsor Pine Belt Cars. Additional series sponsors include CME Associates, Nanina’s in the Park, Imac Insurance and Comcast.

For more information on SummerFest 2022, call Brick Recreation at 732-262-1044.


Brick Township Senior Services is offering complimentary door-to-door transportation to the Brick Farmers Market for residents ages 60 and over on the Brick Senior Shuttle. Transportation will begin on Saturday, May 14 and continue on an every-other-week basis until the conclusion of the market season on September 24.

The Senior Shuttle will pick riders up at their homes, bring them to the market and provide them with ample time to visit all vendors before beginning the return trip home.

The Brick Farmers Market is held every Saturday from May 7 through September 24 at Windward Beach Park and is open from 8:30am until 1:30pm. There are over 50 vendors signed up for this year’s market. This is the eighth summer of the Market which was started in 2015 by Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council.

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 prior to the market. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Mayor John G. Ducey is proud to announce that Brick Township was recently improved to a Class 5 community in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. The improvement is a result of the Township’s floodplain management efforts. The improvement will give a 25% discount to residents who are paying flood insurance premiums up from the previous 20%.

“Getting Brick Township into the Community Rating System was an enormous accomplishment. We have many homeowners in Brick Township who have to pay flood insurance and our staff worked hard to make sure we met the requirements of the program,” said Mayor Ducey. “They did not stop working to find ways to improve our rating and help those homeowners save even more money on their flood insurance.”

The Township was originally entered into the Program as a CRS Class 6 community in 2016. The improvement to a Class 5 community increases the discount that residents who pay flood insurance premiums will ultimately receive to 25%.

The National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System was implemented in 1990 as a voluntary program for recognizing and encouraging community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimizing NFIP standards. Under the CRS, flood insurance premiums rates are discounted to required community actions that reduce flood damage to insurable properties, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Since achieving a Class 6 CRS Community in the National Flood Insurance Program in 2016, the Township Floodplain Management Planning Committee has worked with the Divisions of Land Use Planning and Engineering Division to improve the Township’s processes and procedures to improve to a Class Rating 5. This improvement was achieved by implementing new programs, completing new studies such as Flood Warning and Response Plan, increasing open space preservation in the floodplain and documenting compliance with Floodplain regulations. Most notably, the Township has reduced the number of non-compliant repetitive loss properties from 102 to 68.

“The improvement in our rating is a reflection on the dedication and knowledge of our staff, particularly our Land Use and Engineering Staff,” said Mayor Ducey. “I commend them for their efforts and I am confident they will continue to work to earn more credits and hopefully improve our rating even further.”


The Brick Municipal Anti-Drug Coalition (BMAC) is proud to once again offer the Sport Saturday 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 19 through June 18 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.

 “We reinstated BMAC so that we could provide the young people of Brick Township with programs like Sport Saturday,” said Mayor John G. Ducey.  “This program will not only help young people improve their athletic abilities, it will give them tools to help them become better people.”

 Trainers are provided by Mentor Academy of New Jersey and are certified physical education teachers as well as youth sports trainers.

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.


Mayor John G. Ducey 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.  The statewide competition centers on the theme “How has local government played a role in your life regarding the ongoing pandemic?”

“Brick Township has many exceptional young students.  I encourage all juniors and seniors to participate in this scholarship competition and show just how exceptional, talented and dedicated the young people of our community are,” said Mayor Ducey.

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.

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

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 Ducey’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 Ducey’s office by Friday, March 18, 2022.  Completed applications should be mailed to Mayor John Ducey, Attention: NJSLOM Scholarship, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ, 08723.