HOLMDEL-HAZLET, NJ - The year 2020 brought an unfathomable 365 days of death, illness, unemployment, business lockdowns and school shutdowns in Holmdel and Hazlet. From business closures ranging from Cheeburger Cheeburger to Stewart’s Root Beer to almost 3,000 Holmdel students learning remotely for nearly one month, virtually no resident has been left untouched by the pandemic’s harsh effects.
But the same year that saw tragedy also brought community, perseverance and new beginnings. New businesses, such as The B Parlour and JonnyFresh opened its doors for the first time. Students at Raritan High School performed a socially-distanced outdoor drama, and a Hazlet nursing care facility hosted its first-ever wedding for two residents. A former karate instructor helped his old dojo get back on its feet. An 83-year-old EMT demonstrated his unwillingness to quit, even when faced with a deadly disease.
Here are the top stories that defined Holmdel and Hazlet in 2020:
Ed Harris, 55, lost his battle with coronavirus after he was diagnosed a mere three weeks earlier.
The victims in a January Garden State Parkway crash were identified. One is a former New Jersey mayor.
This Holmdel family does not need another tragedy: In 2017, they lost their daughter. Now the dad, a veteran, is fighting to beat COVID-19.
Online Petition Aims To Remove Holmdel's Pro-Police Blue Line
A blue line on Crawfords Corner Road in support of police officers has sparked a petition online for its removal.
'The Situation' From 'Jersey Shore' Has New Holmdel Home: Reports
"The Situation" is out of jail, and he reportedly has a new mansion - in Holmdel.
After 3-Year Delay, Hazlet Chick-fil-A Starts Construction
Following three years of scrambling for approval, a 5,000-square-foot Chick-fil-A dining complex has started construction in Hazlet.
Jonathan Meyer, a.k.a. JonnyFresh, has been in the wholesale fish industry for 25 years. Now he's bringing fresh catches to your doorstep.
From vintage hair dryers to a wall of antique vinyl records, The B Parlour is Hazlet's neighborhood time machine.
Undeterred by the cancellation of their spring musical, these Hazlet students executed a fall drama complete with togas and face masks.
Mat Weisfeld quit teaching 9 years ago to take over the family business. He rekindled his love for the sport by helping this studio reopen.
Live instruction is back on for November in Hazlet. The suspension of in-person classes came amid concerns over fall break vacation travel.
Although 400 kids in America pass away each year from SUDC, the label is not taught in medical schools. One Holmdel doctor is changing that.
Bob Bliss, 83, served as Holmdel First Aid Squad's chief from 2012 until 2016. Now, he's a squad volunteer with no plans of slowing down.
Wendy Donoughue and Tony Wasneuski tied the knot at the Route 35 nursing care facility following a nine-month courtship.
Eateries in Holmdel and Hazlet reported considerable turnouts on Monday, the first day of New Jersey's Stage 2 reopening.
"We have served our community well and unfortunately it's time to move on," reads a Facebook post announcing the closure. Related: Holmdel-Hazlet Businesses We Lost In 2020
Remote instruction will continue until "at least" Dec. 3, with all extracurricular activities suspended until further notice.
A new four-way stop sign will soon be added to a Holmdel Township intersection that has been deemed dangerous for years.
One Holmdel family lost its home to a structure fire this year, prompting an outpour of donations and fundraisers.