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Brick, New Jersey
Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
The Havens Homestead Museum is dedicated to the Havens family that originally settled in the Laurelton/Burrsville section of Brick. The museum is the original Havens home which lies on a small plot of farmland. The museum has a gift shop and runs tours of the property daily.
After hovering for years in the top five, in 2006, the township earned the title of "America's Safest City", out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey. Since the year 2000, Brick Township has been the safest "city" (population over 75,000) in New Jersey. In 2003 and 2004, Brick Township was ranked as the second safest city in the United States, after Newton, Massachusetts. In 2005, Brick Township had dropped down to the fifth safest "city" (population over 75,000) in the United States, before it rebounded to the top in 2006. In 2009, Brick Township ranked No. 6 on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns," a piece written by current CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. In determining his ranking, Greenberg cited Brick's consistent nod as a safe city and that its "commercial development of big-box stores, department stores, and chain restaurants has made it a shopping destination for much of northern Ocean County."
Brick Township has also been in the news for a claimed autism epidemic, in which 40 children out of over 6,000 surveyed were found to be autistic, though Brick's autism rate is statistically near the national average. Many of the children found to be autistic were born in Northern New Jersey and other parts of the country. There is no evidence that the levels of autism are linked to any specific environmental factor in Brick. Parents of children diagnosed with autism have moved to the township in order to make use of the special education programs offered by the school district.
Brick has also been home to the heroin epidemic. According to the state's statistics, in 2012 Brick was ranked sixth in the state with 550 reported incidents of heroin or opiate abuse, behind Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Atlantic City and Camden. In 2017, Brick improved to 438 reported heroin abuse cases, ranked ninth in the state.
During the December 2010 North American blizzard, Brick Township received 30 inches (760 mm) of snow, the highest accumulation recorded in the state. In October 2012, parts of Brick were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Barrier island and other waterfront properties were particularly hard hit. Homes and such buildings as the Shore Acres Yacht Club sustained major damage; some buildings had to be demolished.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 32.22 square miles (83.44 km2), including 25.61 square miles (66.34 km2) of land and 6.61 square miles (17.11 km2) of water (20.50%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Adamston, Arrowhead Village, Breton Woods, Burrsville, Cedar Bridge, CedarCroft, Cedarwood Park, Cherry Quay, Greenbriar, Havens Cove, Havens Point, Herbertsville, Herring Island, Lanes Mills, Laurelton, Mandalay Park, Mardells Neck, Metedeconk, Metedeconk Neck, Osbornville, Playground Beach, Riviera Beach, Seaweed Point, Shore Acres, Sloop Point, Swan Point, West Mantoloking and West Osbornville.
Of the 29,842 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18; 52.6% were married couples living together; 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present and 32.4% were non-families. Of all households, 27.2% were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.05.
20.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.6 years. For every 100 females, the population had 91.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 87.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $65,129 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,969) and the median family income was $81,868 (+/- $2,081). Males had a median income of $60,769 (+/- $1,755) versus $41,361 (+/- $1,655) for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,258 (+/- $891). About 4.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
There were 29,511 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. Of all households, 25.0% were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the township the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $52,092, and the median income for a family was $61,446. Males had a median income of $44,981 versus $31,020 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,462. About 3.1% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
In 2003, and from 2006 to 2009, the Pop Warner Brick Mustang cheerleaders competed against other teams from across the nation in Disney World. In 2003, the junior peewee Mustang cheer squad won the national title.
Brick is home of the Ocean Ice Palace, built in 1960, which hosts the Brick Hockey Club. The ice rink is also home to the Brick Stars, a special needs hockey team who has home games and practices.
Parks and recreation
Brick Township Reservoir, with parts located in both Brick and Wall Township, covers 80 acres (32 ha) and is encircled by a 1.7-mile (2.7 km) trail. Fishing is permitted on the reservoir. The reservoir can hold up to 1,000,000,000 US gallons (3.8×109 l; 830,000,000 imp gal) of water, which is pumped in from the Metedeconk River. The township also maintains nearly a dozen community parks, a multi-sports facility at the Drum Point Sports Complex and three oceanfront beaches as well as Windward Beach Park on the Metedeconk River.
The township operates within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council plan 2 form of government, as implemented on January 1, 1990, based on direct petition. The township is one of 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the seven-member Township Council, whose members are elected to serve four-year terms of office, with either three seats (and the mayoral seat) or four seats up for election at-large in partisan elections held on a staggered basis in odd-numbered years as part of the November general election. The mayor is elected for a four-year term without limitation as to the number of terms. In November 1988, the voters approved a referendum which returned the township to the partisan system of government, with township elections held as part of the November general election (rather than in May).
The mayor is the township's chief executive and administrative officer and is responsible for administering local laws and policy development. The mayor makes various appointments, prepares the township's budget, and approves or vetoes ordinances adopted by the Township Council (which may be overridden by a 2/3 vote of the Township Council). The mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of the Township Council, the business administrator, the township attorney, and the directors of the Departments of Public Safety, Engineering and Public Works.
As of 2020[update], the mayor of Brick Township is Democrat John G. Ducey, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2021. Members of the Township Council are Council President Lisa Crate (D, 2023), Council Vice President Arthur Halloran (D, 2023), Heather deJong (D, 2021), Vincent Minichino (D, 2023), Paul Mummolo (D, 2021), Marianna Pontoriero (D, 2021) and Andrea Zapcic (D, 2023).
In January 2014, the Township Council appointed Andrea Zapcic to fill the vacant council seat expiring in December 2015 of John G. Ducey after he took office as mayor. Zapcic won election in November 2014 to serve the balance of the term.
Ducey was elected as mayor in 2013, garnering 62% of the vote to defeat Republican opponent Joseph Sangiovanni.
Former Mayor Joseph C. Scarpelli resigned as of December 8, 2006, amid a federal corruption probe into township government. On January 8, 2007, Scarpelli pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges for accepting money from developers in exchange for using his official position to obtain approval for development projects. Township Clerk Virginia Lampman was appointed to fill the role of mayor until the Township Council could select a replacement. On December 17, 2007, former Scarpelli was sentenced in Federal Court in Newark to serve 18 months in prison and was fined $5,000, after admitting that he had accepted bribes from 1998 to 2003.
On January 4, 2007, Daniel J. Kelly (D), the Township's Planning Board chairman, was appointed the new mayor by a three-member township council subcommittee. On November 6, 2007, Stephen C. Acropolis defeated Kelly in a race to fill the remaining two years of Scarpelli's term.
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2019[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and department directorship listed in parentheses) are
Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines (R, 2019, Toms River; Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands),
Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly (R, 2019, Eagleswood Township; Law and Public Safety),
Gerry P. Little (R, 2021, Surf City; Roads),
Gary Quinn (R, 2021, Lacey Township; Human Services and Transportation) and
Joseph H. Vicari (R, 2020, Toms River; Senior Services and County Operations). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are
County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2019, Barnegat Light),
Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2019; Toms River) and
Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2023, Beachwood).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 48,760 registered voters in Brick Township, of which 9,992 (20.5%) were registered as Democrats, 12,206 (25.0%) were registered as Republicans and 26,528 (54.4%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 34 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 65.0% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 81.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 55.9% of the vote (18,484 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 42.9% (14,184 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (387 votes), among the 33,328 ballots cast by the township's 51,117 registered voters (273 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 65.2%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 58.1% of the vote (21,912 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.9% (15,031 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (489 votes), among the 37,704 ballots cast by the township's 50,742 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.9% of the vote (21,888 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 37.8% (13,596 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (363 votes), among the 35,954 ballots cast by the township's 48,235 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 74.5.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 74.4% of the vote (17,331 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 24.2% (5,633 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (332 votes), among the 23,830 ballots cast by the township's 50,398 registered voters (534 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 47.3%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 67.3% of the vote (17,822 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.2% (6,675 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.0% (1,336 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (272 votes), among the 26,479 ballots cast by the township's 49,529 registered voters, yielding a 53.5% turnout.
Nonsectarian private schools include Cuddle Care Early Childhood Center and Ocean Early Childhood Center. St. Dominic Elementary School is a Roman Catholic private school overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and St. Paul's Christian School, a Methodist private school, serve students in nursery through eighth grade.
The northbound Garden State Parkway in Brick Township
The Garden State Parkway is the most prominent highway passing through Brick. It traverses the western part of the municipality with three interchanges: Exits 91, 90, and 89. Three state routes also pass through: Route 70Route 88, and Route 35. The major county routes that pass through are CR 528, and CR 549 (as well as its spur).
The Laurelton Circle was located near the center of Brick Township. The traffic circle was at the junction of Route 70, Route 88 and Princeton Avenue. It was converted to a traffic light regulated intersection in 1986, due to an increase in traffic and accidents. To reduce the need for left turns, a short portion of eastbound Route 88 was re-routed onto Princeton Avenue. Some other movements are controlled by jughandles and a two-way connection in the northwest corner.
The First Baptist Church of Laurelton in Brick located on Rt. 88
The historical plaque that adorns the church's lawn
WBGD 91.9FM (Brick Green Dragons) went on the air in 1974, originally located at Brick Township High School. The station was later moved to Brick Memorial High School. The radio station was the brainchild of a teacher named Robert Boesch who taught electronics at Brick Township High School in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The station was a student-run operation and received its FCC license from the FCC for Educational Broadcasting.
One of the most notable broadcasts was the first ever state high school football championship game played between Brick Township High School and Camden High School in December 1974. The Brick Green Dragons defeated Camden by a score of 21-20 on the last play of the game to win the title.
In 2007, during routine roof maintenance and repair work, the broadcast tower was cut off the roof, and was never replaced or repaired. In 2010 WBGD's license was retired.
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Brick Township, New Jersey has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). Cfa climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature >= 50.0 °F (>= 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature >= 71.6 °F (>= 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months in Brick Township, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values >= 95 °F (>= 35 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at Brick Township Beach is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 3.4 °F (-15.9 °C). The average seasonal (November-April) snowfall total is between 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
Climate data for Brick Twp Beach, NJ (1981-2010 Averages)
^Cullinane, Bob. "Brick Beaches", Asbury Park Press, July 28, 2002. Accessed January 22, 2012. ""There are three public access beaches in Brick (Ocean Beach I, Ocean Beach II, Ocean Beach III) that, in total, cover about a half-mile. These should not be confused with Ocean Beach, a section of Dover Township, just south of Brick's Ocean Beaches. Got it?"
^Donatiello, Gene. "Who is Joseph Woolston Brick?", Brick Township Historical Society. Accessed February 19, 2013. "The new township was named after its most prominent citizen Joseph Woolston Brick. Joseph W. Brick was the industrious and successful owner of Bergen Iron Works."
^Nierenberg, Larry. "Winter Storms", Storm Spotter's Newsletter, National Weather Service, Mount Holly, New Jersey, Volume 3, Issue 4, Spring 2011, pp. 2-3. Accessed February 19, 2013. "A strong Nor'easter system impacted the Middle Atlantic region starting early Sunday morning December 26th and ending on Monday December 27th.... Numerous locations along the New Jersey coast received 20 inch or higher amounts, with the greatest snowfall measurement of 30 inches taken in Brick Township in New Jersey."
^O'Reilly, David; Katz, Matt; and Simon, Darran. "Not a blizzard, but snowfall was one for the books", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 28, 2010. Accessed February 6, 2013. "Coming in from the south on winds that gusted as high as 62 m.p.h. at Wilmington's airport, the storm left accumulations of just two to six inches to the north of the city, but dropped 26 inches on parts of Cape May County, piled 30 inches on Brick Township, Ocean County, and paralyzed New York City and much of New England."
^Erickson, Stephanie. "Gooooooo, Clermont! Cheer Team Earns Kudos", Orlando Sentinel, December 12, 2003. Accessed January 22, 2012. "The Cheer & Dance Championships consist of 160 small and large squads competing in four age classifications. Taking first place in the junior peewee small division were the Brick Memorial Mustangs from Brick, N.J."
^Saverino v. Zboyan, Leagle, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Decided March 13, 1990. Accessed June 26, 2015. "During 1987-1988, a movement was initiated in the township seeking a modification of the charter to provide for partisan elections, rather than non-partisan, to be conducted in November, rather than May. A petition of approximately 2,697 voters was presented to the governing body, which adopted an ordinance presenting the proposed modification to the voters under the initiative and referendum section of the act, N.J.S.A. 40:69A-184.... In the November 1988 referendum, the voters adopted the modification."
^Galioto, Catherine. "Former Brick Rec Director Sworn In to Fill Ducey's Council Seat", Brick Patch, January 29, 2014. Accessed August 9, 2015. "Andrea Zapcic is Brick Township's newest council member, picked to fill the seat vacated by Mayor John G. Ducey.... Zapcic was the choice picked by the local Democratic committee, after the vacancy created by Ducey's election to mayor."
^Rundquist, Jeanette. "Former Brick mayor sentenced to 18 months", The Star-Ledger, December 17, 2007. Accessed January 22, 2012. "Former Brick Township Mayor Joseph Scarpelli was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today, and fined $5,000, for taking bribes in exchange for helping a developer gain approval for construction projects. Scarpelli, 68, who in January admitted taking more than $5,000 in bribes, was sentenced in District Court in Newark in front of about a dozen family and friends, including four grown children."
^Brick Township Board of Education District Policy 9000 - Role of the Board of Education, Brick Public Schools. Accessed February 9, 2020. "The board of this district shall be known officially as the Board of Education of the Township of Brick in the County of Ocean. The Brick Township School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of the Township of Brick for the purpose of providing a program of education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12."
^Huba, Nicholas. "Is there a new school planned for Brick?", Asbury Park Press, June 21, 2014. Accessed August 14, 2014. "In response, school district officials are transforming the Primary Learning Center from a prekindergarten-kindergarten facility into a kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school, Superintendent Walter Uszenski said.The new school will be renamed Warren H. Wolf Elementary School in honor the former Brick Township High School football coach."
^Simpson, Craig. "MoCo Gay Teacher Fired 1972; Justice Denied for 40 Years", Washington Area Spark, December 20, 2012. Accessed November 20, 2017. "Acanfora hadn't started at the University as an activist. He had graduated from Brick Township High School in New Jersey as class valedictorian in 1968 and entered Penn State in the fall on a Navy ROTC scholarship."
^"Industry Magazine Feature - 'Catch A Wave'", JayAlder.com, July 6, 2015. Accessed August 7, 2016. "Although he enjoyed surfing among the dolphins and being inspired by the tropical beauty of Florida, Alders and his wife decided to return to Jersey in 2013 when Chelsea became pregnant with the couple's daughter, Summer Emerson, first settling in Belmar. The couple now resides in Brick with Summer (whose initials spell out S.E.A.), and newborn twins Greyson Dutch and Judah Kai."
^Goldstein, Richard. "Hank Borowy, 88, Top Pitcher With Yankees and Cubs in 40's", The New York Times, August 26, 2004. Accessed January 22, 2012. "Hank Borowy, a right-handed pitcher who helped the Yankees capture pennants in 1942 and 1943, then starred for the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, died Monday at his home in Brick, N.J. He was 88.... Borowy, a native of Bloomfield, N.J., who pitched for Fordham University, was 15-4 as a rookie on the Yankees' 1942 pennant winners."
^Sullivan, Joseph F. "Focus Is on a Few Close Races for New Jersey Legislature", The New York Times, November 1, 1991. Accessed March 24, 2016. "His longtime running mate in the 10th District in Ocean County, Assemblyman John Paul Doyle of Brick Township, has moved up to run for the Senate and is in tight race with Andrew R. Ciesla, a Councilman in Brick, who is running hard on the generic Republican campaign of opposition to the Florio tax package as well as Mr. Doyle's votes for the taxes."
^Tom McCarthyArchived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, WFAN. Accessed August 26, 2007. "A 1986 graduate of Brick Memorial High School and a 1990 graduate of TCNJ, Tom and his wife Meg have four children: Patrick (10), Tommy (8), Maggie (5) and Kerri (3), and live in Allentown, NJ."
^Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin, New Jersey Senate Republicans. Accessed July 22, 2020. "Gregory P. McGuckin was born on July 2,1961 in East Orange, NJ. He grew up in Brick Township where his father served as Mayor in the late 1960's and early 1970's."
^Paolantonio, S.A. "Environmental Debate Engrosses Shore Voters", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 1989. Accessed March 24, 2016. "Daniel F. Newman, the mayor of Brick Township, pulls out a poster-sized aerial photograph of Toms River where it feeds Barnegat Bay, Ocean County's pristine inlet waterway stretching 45 miles along the Jersey shore."
^Adelizzi, Joe. "'Voice' of Rowan gets word out", Asbury Park Press, February 8, 2003. Accessed November 6, 2017. "John Sadak of Brick, who has won numerous awards during his tenure at Rowan University, is hoping to make broadcasting his career.... Sadak, who graduated from Brick Memorial High School in 1996, describes himself as a lifelong fan."
^Obituary of George F. Tardiff, Legacy.com. Accessed January 16, 2020. "George F. Tardiff 'Coach', Brick, N.J. 75, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Ocean Medical Center at Brick, after a short illness."
^Art ThomsArchived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Oakland Raiders. Accessed August 11, 2007. "I started playing football in high school. It was the freshman team at Wayne High School in Wayne, N.J. I played two years there and then my family moved to Brickjohn [sic], NJ. I played the last two years of high school ball there."
^Scott Thomsen, Major League Soccer. Accessed July 26, 2016. "Raised in Brick, New Jersey, and attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, where he led CBA to unbeaten 21-0 season in 2011, scoring the game-winning goal in the Non-Public Group A state championship game while playing through injury and earning Central Jersey Player of the Year honors"
^Larsen, Erik. "Longtime NJ assemblyman from Brick will not seek re-election", Asbury Park Press, January 23, 2019. Accessed July 22, 2020. "Wolfe, 76, of Brick, represents the 10th Legislative District, which includes Bay Head, Brick, Island Heights, Lakehurst, Lavallette, Manchester, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights and Toms River.... He was elected to the Brick Township Council in 1975 and served on that municipal body until his election to the Assembly in 1991."