Location: Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone: (732) 364-2500
Fax: (732) 901-3647
The judge in Lakewood court is the Honorable Scott Basen, J.M.C. The prosecutors are Bob Rothstein and Valter Must. Leib Klein, Esq. is the public defender. Lakewood sees a lot of DWI and minor criminal arrests as well as traffic and speeding tickets.
Lakewood is a town steeped in history. Once a get-away for the rich, including several presidents. Now, the new city is an eclectic, diverse place with a thriving Hasidic community. Not boasts not only an exciting downtown, but also a picturesque lakefront.
Lakewood offers many business opportunities to entrepreneurs due to its consistent history of growth and development. Lakewood is located within close proximity to several major roads, including Rt. 9, Rt. 66, I195 and the Garden State Parkway. It is within two hours drive to New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City. Beaches and several state parks are within 30 minutes drive.
The town contains the second largest industrial park in the state. Several important business call Lakewood home. These include Blinds-to-Go, S.S. White Burs, Watchung Spring Water, and others. Gaming Labs International has moved its world headquarters in the Park. The Chamber of Commerce is an important institution in Lakewood and is comprised of more than 400 members. Lakewood has been designated a UEZ (Urban Enterprise Zone), which means that Lakewood can offer a 3.5% sales tax, which provides significant business incentives and shopping advantages.
Its advantageous geographic location and highway service have attracted a lot of outside investment. In April 2001, the Lakewood Blueclaws built a $22 million baseball stadium giving the town a “Single A” Minor League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies club. In April 2003, the team became the fastest team in New Jersey and South Atlantic League history to attract 1,000,000 fans to its field, FirstEnergy Park.
The historic Strand Theater, originally designed by famous theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 is listed on the NJ and National Register of Historic Places. The theatre recently underwent a significant upgrade. It is now air-conditioned and offers entertainment throughout the year.
Plans were recently approved for Hilton to build a twelve million dollar hotel. The hotel will feature a convention center, outdoor pool, restaurant and business center. The Cedarbridge Development Corporation is also planning to build an extensive business campus on a sprawling property near the Blueclaws stadium.
The almost 100-year-old Kimball Medical Center is a 350-bed fully accredited facility. Kimball has recently completed a $27 million upgrade of its Emergency Department. The hospital will now welcome from 42,000 to more than 60,000 people. Kimball is proud to offer a state-of-the-art 16 multi-slice CT scan, which less than 200 other hospitals in the world offers.
Lakewood contains three Monmouth County parks, a golf course and several playgrounds and town squares. Parking is typically free on city streets.
The Ocean County Park used to be the 323-acre estate of John D. Rockefeller. The park has three lakes, one for swimming and one reserved exclusively for fishing. Lake Carasaljo is surrounded by many recreational activities. These include a 4.5 mile walking, running, and bike path and fishing and picnicking opportunites. Rowboats and paddle boats are rented on the lake through Labor Day. The All Wars Memorial Amphitheater at Lake Carasaljo holds fun concerts and other events during the summer.
Education in Lakewood is stellar. Lakewood High School offers course from Latin to that in the most current technology. Graduates from the Lakewood public school system have have gone on to Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia and other top colleges and universities. Lakewood hosts the Beth Medrash Govoha an internationally renowned school for rabbinical and Talmudic studies. Georgian Court University is a national historic landmark.