COVID, Police Line Petition: Holmdel-Hazlet's Top Stories In 2020

Nicole Rosenthal

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:

Holmdel Family Man, Coach Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 55

Ed Harris, 55, lost his battle with coronavirus after he was diagnosed a mere three weeks earlier.

Victims ID'd In Fatal Crash On Garden State Parkway In Holmdel

The victims in a January Garden State Parkway crash were identified. One is a former New Jersey mayor.

Holmdel Doctor Hospitalized With Coronavirus Fights For Life

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.

"JonnyFresh" Brings Virtual Seafood Market To Locals

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.

Hazlet Family Opens Nostalgia-Tinged Home Beauty Salon

From vintage hair dryers to a wall of antique vinyl records, The B Parlour is Hazlet's neighborhood time machine.

Amid Pandemic, Raritan HS Drama Club Prevails With Outdoor Play

Undeterred by the cancellation of their spring musical, these Hazlet students executed a fall drama complete with togas and face masks.

Former Instructor Helps Hazlet Karate Studio Reopen Amid Pandemic

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.

Hazlet School District Rescinds All-Virtual November Decision

Live instruction is back on for November in Hazlet. The suspension of in-person classes came amid concerns over fall break vacation travel.

Holmdel Toddler's Unexplained Death Now Studied In Med School

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.

83-Year-Old EMT Still Saving Lives Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Hazlet Nursing Care Center Hosts Wedding Ceremony Amid Pandemic

Wendy Donoughue and Tony Wasneuski tied the knot at the Route 35 nursing care facility following a nine-month courtship.

Outdoor Dining Marks Hopeful 'First Step' For Holmdel Restaurants

Eateries in Holmdel and Hazlet reported considerable turnouts on Monday, the first day of New Jersey's Stage 2 reopening.

Stewart's Root Beer Of Hazlet Set To Close

"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

Holmdel Schools Go Virtual; 87 Students, 37 Staff In Quarantine

Remote instruction will continue until "at least" Dec. 3, with all extracurricular activities suspended until further notice.

Four-Way Stop Sign Approved For Holmdel Intersection

A new four-way stop sign will soon be added to a Holmdel Township intersection that has been deemed dangerous for years.

Holmdel Community Rallies Support After Family Loses Home To Fire

One Holmdel family lost its home to a structure fire this year, prompting an outpour of donations and fundraisers.

This article originally appeared on the Holmdel-Hazlet Patch