by Brick Township
BRICK-Brick Mayor John Ducey hails the opening of a new teen community center as a success. The township held a grand opening to introduce the community to Lounge 270.
“One of my goals as Mayor was to create a place for the young people of our community to call their own. Today, I am proud to say that we are doing just that,” said Mayor Ducey. “The Lounge 270 Teen Center will provide a place for our teens to gather and spend time with their peers.”
Lounge 270 is the first municipally-run teen facility in Brick Township’s history. The teen center will be open on Thursdays from 2pm 10pm and there is no admission fee. The lounge will be staffed by Recreation Staff members during these regular hours.
The lounge has furniture, computers, televisions, video game systems and more. Mayor Ducey has sought input from young people through his Brick Youth initiative on what they wanted the lounge to be.
“I have been working with Brick Youth and Coordinator Colleen Kahl to learn from young people themselves what they want at Lounge 270 and in the community,” said Mayor Ducey. “We will continue to engage our young people and let them help us make this a better community for teenagers.”
“It’s nice to know there is a place for the kids to go to have wholesome fun in a safe environment,” said resident Samaris Tassinaro. “When my kids and their friends were growing up here there was no such place. happy to know the leaders in place acknowledged that such a place was needed and did something about it.”
Lounge 270 was funded through a $20,000 grant awarded by the Ocean Partnership for Children. Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic and Township Assistant Planner Tara Paxton were instrumental in the township’s receiving the grant.
In addition to the regular Thursday hours, Lounge 270 will be open for special events for teens. Scheduled events include the following:
· Coffeehouse – Sunday, November 5, 7pm-9pm
· French Fry Contest – Saturday, November 18
· Holiday Movie Marathon – Thursday, December 14, 2pm-9pm
· Holiday Karaoke Coffee House – Thursday, December 21, 7pm-9pm
· Winter Break Video Game Competition – Thursday, December 28, 2pm-6pm
· New Year New You Goal Setting – Saturday, January 6, 2pm-4pm
Anyone who wishes to follow what’s happening at Lounge 270 and other news, events and programs for young people can follow the Brick Youth Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BrickYouth).