SUMMERFEST RETURNS TO WINDWARD BEACH ON JUNE 30

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, 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 SENIOR SHUTTLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO FARMERS MARKET

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.

RESIDENTS TO SAVE MORE ON FLOOD INSURANCE

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.”

2022 SPRING LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The 2022 Spring Leaf Collection begins on Monday, April 4. Collection is done in accordance to the recycling schedule. The schedule for this year is as follows:

  • If your recycling day is Wednesday, your collection period is April 4 – April 6.
  • If your recycling day is Thursday, your collection period is April 7 – April 11.
  • If your recycling day is Friday, your collection period is April 12 – April 14.
  • If your recycling day is Monday, your collection period is April 15 – April 19.
  • If your recycling day is Tuesday, your collection period is April 20 – April 22.

Please have your leaves at your curbside by 6am on the first day of your collection period. Only leaves in bags will be collected. Bags must not weigh more than 50lbs each. Do not put branches, twigs or debris in bags.

Leaves can be brought to the Brick Public Works Recycling Center anytime during regular hours (M-Sat, 8am – 3:30pm). Leaves can also be brought to the Public Works Recycling Center during any regular hours of business and the Ocean County Recycling Center, New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood.

BMAC OFFERING SPORT SATURDAY PROGRAM

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 register.communitypass.net/bricktownship. Call 732-262-1053 for more information.

MAYOR DUCEY ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS

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 dmurphy@twp.brick.nj.us.

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.