Lacey Township

In 1996, Lacey Township celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a bang and the township, hailed by then Mayor John C. Parker as the picture of small town America, was honored by Gov. Christie Whitman who marched in the celebratory parade.

Along with the Township Committee who culminated the summer-long celebration with a town picnic featuring tents, balloons bands, hot dogs, hamburgers and old-fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream, Lacey businesses and residents celebrated the anniversary throughout the summer, with picnics, dances, barbecues and festivals of their own. There is no shortage of good spirit and love for the town among any of its residents.

Lacey is a historic and scenic area, bordered by Cedar Creek to the north and Oyster Creek to the south. Its colorful history spans back prior to the Revolutionary War, when the area was inhabited by the friendly Lenape Indians, who were instrumental in helping the first settlers from England survive in their new country.

Most settlers were involved in making charcoal and iron from the Pinelands, though wood production and the harvesting of cranberries were among the chief industries in the area.

There are cranberry bogs still in use today and a unique collection of buildings from an actual Pinelands village, including a sawmill at Double Trouble State Park, on the boundary of Lacey and Berkeley townships.

The first Universalist sermon in the United States was preached in 1770 by John Murray at Potter's Meeting House, which was located in Lanoka Harbor. The Potter Church, which still stands in Murray Grove, was built in 1760 from portions of the meeting house.

Gen. John Lacey, for whom the township was named, began his Bamber iron works during that period, bringing prosperity to the area. Much of Lacey's history can be viewed at the Schoolhouse Museum on Route 9, which is open during the summer. The township today encompasses 84.6 square miles and has a population of 22,141, according to the 1990 census.

Most residents live east of the Garden State Parkway, and the western portion of the township consists of thousands of acres of Pine Barrens. For those who like to read a good book, Lacey has a library on East Lacey Road which is a branch of the Ocean County Library.

There are four large, spring-fed lakes in the township, three of which have beaches for swimming. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, operating since 1969, is one of the largest employers in Ocean County and is the largest tax ratable in the township. There are a number of parks and tot lots in the township, and a new low impact 28 acre County park on East Lacey Road is scheduled for completion next year.

Popcorn Park Zoo, which cares for injured and unwanted animals, attracts visitors from all over Ocean County. The zoo is west of the parkway off Lacey Road. The Lacey Municipal Building is at 818 West Lacey Road in Forked River (693-1100). The town clerk is Veronica Laureigh, and administrator is Jorge A. Rod.

Presently there are five schools in the district, The Lacey Township High School serves students in grades nine through 12, the middle school educates the townships sixth- to eighth-graders and three elementary schools, Cedar Creek, Lanoka Harbor and Forked River, round off the list.

The school board of education hopes to proceed with the construction of a new seventh- and eighth-grade school, approved by voters last December. Once built, the new school will relieve the district's overcrowded facilities. A new southbound entrance and northbound exit between the Garden State Parkway and Lacey Road will soon make Lacey Township accessible from all directions.

Fast Facts about Lacey

 
FOUNDED: 1871
POPULATION: 23,000 (1997 estimated)
LAND AREA: - 84.6 square miles
ORIGIN OF NAME: Named for General John Lacey, who built the Ferrago Furnace, an a large iron forge in Bamber Lake which brought prosperity to the town.

BOUNDARIES: Lacey Township is bordered on the east by the Barnegat Bay, north by Berkeley Township, south by Ocean Township the western boarder is dominated by pinelands.

POSTAL/ZIP:

08731 Forked River
08734 Lanoka Harbor

POLICE:

Lacey Township Police Department
808 West Lacey Road, Forked River 08731
609-693-6636
Chief Thomas R. Darmody III

FIRE:

911 in case of emergency

Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Co.
Route 9
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-693-9702
Chief John Szafranski

Forked River Volunteer Fire Company
Parker Avenue and Oak Street
Forked River, NJ 08731
Chief Richard Treloar

Bamber Volunteer Fire Company
W. Lacey Road
Bamber Lake, NJ 08731
609-693-5700
Chief Charlie Brown

AMBULANCE:

911 in case of an emergency

Lacey First Aid
Parker Avenue and Oak Street
Forked River, NJ 08731
609-693-9510

Lanoka Harbor First Aid
South Street
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-693-2340

TRASH COLLECTION: Using Lacey Road as the dividing line, the south half of town is scheduled for trash pickup Monday and Thursday, the north half on Tuesday and Friday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION:

The township is split into five zones for curb side pickup. Call township for designations 609-693-1100

Zone 1 pickup is Friday
Zone 2 Thursday
Zone 3 Monday
Zone 4 Tuesday
Zone 5 Wednesday

MUNICIPAL BUILDING:

818 West Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
609-693-1100

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

MAYOR: Evelyn T. "Lynn" Nick

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Deputy Mayor Louis A. Amato Jr.
Committeeman John Parker
Committeeman William Boehm
Committeewoman Hellen Dela Cruz

OTHER OFFICIALS:

Clerk Veronica Laureigh
Administrator Jorge Rod
Attorney George Gilmore
Department of Public Works Director Casey Parker
Municipal Utilities Authority Director Henry Dello
Recreation Department Director John Kilmurray
Chief Financial Officer John Adams

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MEETINGS:

All township meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday each month. Caucus meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., agenda meetings follow at 8:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Municipal Building

818 East Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731

School board meetings are conducted the second and third Monday of each month usually at Lacey Township High School

200 Western Boulevard
P.O. Box 605
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-2000

ANNUAL BUDGET: $16,877,558.23

MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX: $.116 per $100 dollars of assessed property value

OTHER TAXES:

County tax $.472
Library tax $.045
Health tax $.015
School tax $1.173

SCHOOL DISTRICT:

Lacey Township School District
200 Western Blvd.
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-2000
Superintendent - Richard Starodub

Lacey Township High School
Haines Street, P.O. Box 206
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-2020

Lacey Township Middle School
Western Boulevard, P.O. Box 197
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-2070

Lanoka Harbor Elementary
Manchester Avenue, P.O. Box 186
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-2090

Forked River Elementary
Lacey Road, P.O. Box 477
Forked River, NJ 08731
609-971-2080

Cedar Creek Elementary
Western Boulevard, P.O. Box 313
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
609-971-5850

UTILITIES:

Adelphia Cable Co. 609-286-2971
Bell Atlantic, 1-800-255-2355
New Jersey Natural Gas, 1-800-221-0051
Lacey Municipal Utilities Authority 609-693-8818

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:

Rep. H. James Saxton
R-3rd District
202-225-4765, 908-914-2020

U.S. SENATORS:

Sen. Robert Torricelli, D, 202-224-3224
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D, 202-224-4744, 609-757-5353.

STATE REPRESENTATIVES:

Assemblyman Christopher J. Connors
Assemblyman Jeffrey W. Moran
both R-9th District, 609-693-6700

STATE SENATOR:

Leonard T. Connors Jr.
R-9th District, 609-693-6700

COMMUNITY GROUPS:

Lacey Township Historic Society - 609 971-0467
Economic Development Committee
Lacey Elks - 609 693-1281
Lacey Woman's Club
Veterans Commission - 609 971-0258

BUSINESS GROUPS:

Lacey Township Chamber of Commerce - 609 693-8312

LIBRARY:

Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library
10 E. Lacey Rd.
Forked River, NJ 08731
Librarian - Kathlyn Lanzim
609-693-8566

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