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Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home’s issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey’s one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won’t rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won’t have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. With Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Asbury Park, it’s no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won’t be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren’t like anybody else’s, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won’t find any “one-size-fits-all” solutions here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can’t handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We’re talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home’s value and your family’s health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation’s walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation’s interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Asbury Park

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn’t in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement’s water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home’s walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don’t wait to address the moisture developing in your basement – call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It’s easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don’t know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Asbury Park:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or “bowl” effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home’s value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a “prevention over repair” mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We’re not in the business of putting a “Band-Aid” on your water problem – we want to fix your issue completely, so you don’t have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don’t usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home’s foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren’t clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home’s foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you’re thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn’t retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it’s best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Because every home is different, it’s hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor’s. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you’re having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won’t do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don’t let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Latest News in Asbury Park

Hackensack Meridian staff requirements, COVID app

Happy Friday, everyone!I hope today\'s edition of the Coronavirus Watch newsletter finds you happy, healthy and ready for the weekend.We are headed to our local beach this weekend! I have a new book to read and the kids want to make sandcastles. I am very interested in the boardwalk food too. Can\'t wait! We are relaxing and I am very excited. What are your plans?And of course, I can\'t forget to inform you of our great digital-only sale — $1 for six months. Plus, we have expanded the Sunday Asbury Park Press print...

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope today\'s edition of the Coronavirus Watch newsletter finds you happy, healthy and ready for the weekend.

We are headed to our local beach this weekend! I have a new book to read and the kids want to make sandcastles. I am very interested in the boardwalk food too. Can\'t wait! We are relaxing and I am very excited. What are your plans?

And of course, I can\'t forget to inform you of our great digital-only sale — $1 for six months. Plus, we have expanded the Sunday Asbury Park Press print edition with more sports, local news and puzzles. The additional pages will be marked in the corners with “Sunday Plus.”

A friendly reminder: We will no longer be sending you the Coronavirus Watch newsletter unless you have signed up for it. If you like hearing from us, please check your newsletter settings here. As always, thank you for reading.

Now, let’s get into it:

GOOD NEWS

NJ Covid vaccination app? Yes, there is one! New Jersey will allow residents to get their COVID-19 vaccination records via a free app in case they lost their card or just want an electronic record of it. Gov. Murphy introduced a new COVID vaccination app called Docket which is intended to solely give residents easy access to their COVID vaccination record, especially if their vaccination card has been damaged or lost — it provides access only to COVID records

Still, looking to see some fireworks this Summer? Well, these Monmouth and Ocean County towns them. Here is when to see them:

Other News

Video: NJ introduces COVID vaccine card app (The Record, Bergen County)

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Hackensack Meridian requires all staff: doctors, nurses to get the COVID vaccine. The decision affects thousands of Hackensack Meridian\'s 35,000 employees from physicians to janitors who remain unvaccinated in 17 hospitals and 500 other medical facilities in a system — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 15

Here\'s the updated list of sites in Monmouth and Ocean counties offering COVID-19 vaccines, according to the state Department of Health.

VaccineFinder is a free online website that will help you find and secure a local appointment with simple instructions.

We have the town-by-town breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Please have a safe enjoyable weekend. I\'ll be back in your inbox next week.

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~Tamara Walker, Lead News Assistant ~

I can be reached at [email protected] or Twitter @twilderapp

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Howell votes to ban weed dispensaries: \'I just don\'t think we have enough information\'

HOWELL - After listening to the public and speaking amongst each other, the township unanimously voted to ban recreational and medical marijuana sales in the township, arguing they had to do so to make sure they have some control over where such businesses can be located if they allow them at a later date.The council agreed to plan a workshop session to start discussing zoning for such businesses.Only Mayor Theresa Berger, Councilwoman Evelyn O\'Donnell, and Deputy Mayor Thomas Russo were present for the Tuesday ...

HOWELL - After listening to the public and speaking amongst each other, the township unanimously voted to ban recreational and medical marijuana sales in the township, arguing they had to do so to make sure they have some control over where such businesses can be located if they allow them at a later date.

The council agreed to plan a workshop session to start discussing zoning for such businesses.

Only Mayor Theresa Berger, Councilwoman Evelyn O\'Donnell, and Deputy Mayor Thomas Russo were present for the Tuesday meeting. Councilwoman Pamela Richmond and Councilman John Bonevich were absent.

"The people of the town voted. What we are doing is we\'re trying to ensure that we have it in the correct location," said Berger.

Howell residents voted 63% in favor of legalizing marijuana in the November ballot measure. Statewide, 67% of residents voted in favor.

So long cigarettes (and weed!) Asbury Park moves to ban all smoking on boardwalk

Under the New Jersey marijuana legalization laws, municipalities have until Aug. 21 to prohibit recreational marijuana sales and dispensaries or the businesses will be automatically permitted in existing retail and industrial zones.

"The law was just passed, that gave municipalities a very short timeframe to act," said Township Attorney Joseph Clark. "There is no regulation yet at the state level, so it\'s unlikely that regulation is going to materialize and time for us to effectively take notice of it and do any kind of real planning," he said.

"It\'s something the state has kind of forced us to do with the short six-month deadline," he continued.

O\'Donnell agreed.

"Everybody\'s concerned. I just don\'t think we have enough information," said O\'Donnell.

Some residents of the township disagreed with the decision. Ryan Marlowe said he needs medical marijuana.

"As a 10-year Navy vet that is 100% disabled for PTSD, medical marijuana has been the biggest thing that has saved my life," said Marlowe.

Marlowe currently travels an hour and a half to pick up his medicine. The traveling alone adds to the anxiety of his disability, said Marlowe.

The town is among neighbors such as Wall, Lakewood, and Asbury Park have all adopted the ban. Howell is looking for guidance and regulations from the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission, said the township attorney.

Marijuana that looks like candy? NJ panel urged to make sure kids are kept away from weed

Even with an August deadline, residents wanted to know why the council did not plan ahead of time.

"We knew this was coming since last November. We should have been immediately identifying the zones that we wanted, what types of businesses we wanted, and figuring out an ordinance that would allow growers," said Joan Osborne. "Howell is a farming town — we want to be a farming town, we don\'t want to see our farms sold to become warehouses."

This is revenue the town sorely needs, said Osborne.

Two Howell farmers, Sue Keymer and Ed McNamee, are trying to acquire a license to grow marijuana. Their attorney came to the stand to speak on their behalf.

"They just want to be farmers," said Attorney Lawrence Luttrell.

Kaymer is a second-generation farmer who has struggled to make ends meet. This could be an opportunity for her and her business partner to change their lives, said Luttrell.

The licenses will be gone and this opportunity will be missed, said Luttrell.

Berger struggled to make a decision, she said.

"I just don\'t know, I don\'t understand," said the mayor. "I\'m very torn at this point listening to the citizens that need service," she said.

"I respectfully request that we have that meeting sooner than later because as people are saying, they want to move forward. So, for us to wait until October or November, is not the appropriate time," continued Berger.

Both Councilwoman O\'Donnell and Deputy Mayor Russo agreed.

"Let\'s get to work," said Russo.

Lana Leonard is the Asbury Park Press summer intern. They are attending The College of New Jersey and can be reached at [email protected]

Local Legislators and the City of Asbury Park to proclaim July 14th as \"Mercy Center Day\"

ASBURY PARK, N.J., July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Mercy Center is pleased to welcome the Members of the 11th Legislative District and Councilpersons of the City of Asbury Park at a ceremony declaring July 14th as "Mercy Center Day" and to recognize the extraordinary work of Sister Carol Ann Henry and Sister Mary Louise Miller.Mercy Center staff will be joined by State Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, as well as the City of Asbury Park Councilpersons Eileen Chapman and Yvonne Clay...

ASBURY PARK, N.J., July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Mercy Center is pleased to welcome the Members of the 11th Legislative District and Councilpersons of the City of Asbury Park at a ceremony declaring July 14th as "Mercy Center Day" and to recognize the extraordinary work of Sister Carol Ann Henry and Sister Mary Louise Miller.

Mercy Center staff will be joined by State Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, as well as the City of Asbury Park Councilpersons Eileen Chapman and Yvonne Clayton. Mercy Center invites the community to show their support by tuning in at 10am on Mercy Center\'s Facebook page to witness the proclamation, share and post stories or memories on social media using #mercycenterday, or celebrate its work with an act of kindness, a reflection or prayer.

Sisters Academy of New Jersey, an all-girls middle school, opened in 1997. Sister Mary Lou took the helm as Principal in 1999. After 22 years of dedication to educating the girls in the greater Asbury Park community, Sister Mary Lou retired as Principal of Sisters Academy on June 30, 2021. She has touched the lives of so many students and their families. Under her tenure, 100 percent of girls who have attended Sisters Academy have also graduated high school, totaling more than 300 students breaking the cycle of poverty. Sisters Academy welcomed Mrs. Elena Malinconico as their new Principal on July 1, 2021.

The Sisters have worked closely to build Mercy Center into what it is today. Driven by the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns, Sister Carol and Sister Mary Lou have always believed that education is the best tool to break generational poverty.

During the early 1980s, Sister Carol traveled to Asbury Park and discovered that many were without food. She began passing out groceries from the trunk of her car and founded Mercy Center in 1986 as a food pantry. After 39 years as Executive Director, she has grown the non-profit into a full, comprehensive social service agency.

Mercy Center now operates an Emergency Services Program, the Family Resource Center and Sisters Academy of New Jersey. Each of these programs raises people out of poverty by empowering, enriching and educating them. Sister Carol\'s exceptional leadership has changed the lives of many in our community, with an emphasis on women and children. She has served the City by the Sea loyally and is set to retire in the near future. The Mercy Center Board of Trustees will announce her successor upon the completion of their search.

As she plans for the leadership transition, Sister Carol says, "It has been an honor to serve and gain the trust of our families over these last 39 years. Because of our faithful staff, volunteers and supporters, I know Mercy Center will remain as our miracle on Main Street for many more years to come."

Mary Beth Radke, Chair of Mercy Center Board of Trustees, is confident that Mercy Center will build upon her vision of empowering, enriching and educating the people the agency serves. "Sister Carol has had an extraordinary journey," said Radke. "We have all been blessed and are grateful for the all-encompassing ministry she started. We thank Sister Carol for answering God\'s call and we will continue to do God\'s work that we have witnessed throughout her 39 years of service."

Mercy Center Day will launch Mercy Center\'s formal celebration series of Sister Carol. This includes the announcement of the Sister Carol Ann Henry Founder\'s Campaign, an opportunity for the community to join the organization in carrying on her mission and vision to making meaningful change in Asbury Park. Funds will support Mercy Center\'s programs, including Emergency Services, the Family Resource Center and Sisters Academy of NJ. To learn more about Sister Carol\'s story, hear testimonials of her impact and obtain details on the Founder\'s Campaign, please visit https://www.mercycenternj.org/sistercarol.

About Mercy Center

Mercy Center, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides programs and services that empower, enrich and educate people facing socio-economic challenges to realize their full potential, with a special emphasis on women and children. To learn more, visit http://www.mercycenternj.org.

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Get To Know Louyah—The Latest Emerging Artist From TikTok Who’s Rising The Charts

New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer Louyah (real name Louie Vigorito) has only been on the national radar for less than a week. The 25-year-old artist sings the grooving hit song “I Used to Care,” and thanks to TikTok’s rapid speed of sharing, he’s claimed the #1 spot on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart in only a matter of days. You can find all of Louyah’s music here.Who Is Louyah?...

New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer Louyah (real name Louie Vigorito) has only been on the national radar for less than a week. The 25-year-old artist sings the grooving hit song “I Used to Care,” and thanks to TikTok’s rapid speed of sharing, he’s claimed the #1 spot on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart in only a matter of days. You can find all of Louyah’s music here.

Who Is Louyah?

The humble artist first caught widespread attention on TikTok when three friends surprised him by getting their local radio station to play his song while they were all riding in the car. The video has since catapulted to over 5 million views on the platform and put Louyah’s music on national attention. Louyah’s currently signed to Loud Era Records.

How Did Louyah Get Into Music?

Louyah first started making music as a teenager, first as a guitarist for a couple of different local heavy metal bands, and most recently as a hip-hop-influenced singer. When bandmates started recognizing Louyah was a fan favorite at their shows, they encouraged him to take over on vocals and be the frontman. As Louyah got older, his brother convinced him to begin training his voice more and start experiment with hip-hop.

What’s Next For Louyah?

Aside from his upcoming sold-out show in Asbury Park, NJ on July 23rd, Louyah wasn’t able to divulge too much information about future shows and partnerships. The one thing he could guarantee us is, “A lot more people are going to get to see Louyah do really great things and it won’t just stop at one week.”

BroBible’s Interview With Louyah

We caught up with Louyah over the phone to talk more about his journey in music and how things have changed since his February album release 6FEET. Read on below to learn more about TikTok’s latest viral hit superstar.

BroBible: Nice to meet Louyah, I first discovered you like many others probably have—scrolling through my socials and seeing the video of “I Used to Care” being played on the radio for the first time. Tell me how that felt?

Louya: First thank you so much! I am so lost for words on these past four days. With the video, I’m just so incredibly happy my friends were able to do that for me, and the fact they also captured the experience was insane. I remember viewing the reaction and all of them were telling me I had to post it, so I did and since then my life has just switched so quickly—quicker than I’ve ever seen anything in my life.

That’s amazing, and I’m sure you’ve been on this journey for a while. I think a lot of us who aren’t in music forget how many hours it takes for an artist to even reach the moment you’re in right now. Can you tell me when you first wanted to pursue music?

I’ve been singing and producing music since I was 16 years old. I started as a guitarist for a local heavy metal band and played in a couple of other metal bands as a guitarist first, and then later as a vocalist. I even dropped out of high school at 17 because I knew I wanted to be a musician in life.

Wow, and your voice is so unique too it sounds like you’ve been performing for way longer! You’re saying you only started singing when you were 16?

16 but back then in the metal bands I was screaming. I wasn’t singing like I am now. I was screaming.

Legit metal.

Yeah, and then after a little while the band broke up, we just had other things going on and I especially wanted to still focus on music. I was working at McDonalds to help pay to do music. When I was 21, my brother was like, “Hey, you should try hip-hop.”

“I was working at McDonalds to help pay to do music.”

I kept saying I don’t know, I’ve never done hip-hop before. I’m a metalhead. And he’s like, “It doesn’t have to be hip-hop the way others do it, make hip-hop the way you want to make it.” I thought that idea sounded really cool! So I started this journey you see me on now and I slowly started realizing I had a natural voice that I had never really pushed or worked on. The years up to now I’ve worked to perfect that voice I found.

Amazing, and you made the switch of genres effortlessly it seems.

It’s a big difference going from two different worlds, but at the same time I thought given today’s music tastes I was confident in making the switch.

I don’t want to pin you as an artist that resembles Post Malone but there are definitely some comparisons—a similar vocal range and the fact you’ve got backgrounds in metal are what stands out to me. I’m curious, who are your biggest influences in music are right now?

Thank you man! I’d say my favorite artists and influences are the ones I work with every day. Two of them were in the video that went viral. The guy in the seat behind the driver in the video is Gervs (pronounced Jerves), and he’s an artist I work with who’s taught me a lot in how to sing properly. He’s on my latest album on the song “Why You Mad?”

“..my favorite artists and influences are the ones I work with every day.”

Then in the seat directly behind me is Pwavy (pronounced P-Wavy), and I started working with him when he was 13 years old. He’s from Harlem and has this rockstar persona! And you know all of us working together and making music is what makes them my biggest influences right now.

Another artist who wasn’t in the video is my friend Dakun from North Jersey. He mixes masters and helps produce. He played a big role in my latest album 6FEET that we released at the beginning of the year. A lot of times we’ll just send tracks back and forth.

I love how you’re so passionate about making music with your friends; relying on them for inspiration and bouncing ideas back and forth together. On that album 6FEET is your viral hit on TikTok right now, “I Used to Care.” You co-produced that with Dakun, correct?

Yeah I played that baseline and sent it to Dakun, and even though he liked it I really wanted to go back and redo it. So I plugged in my bass and laid down what is on the song now. Then for the lyrics, I like to melodize before putting any real words in. I was messing around and then what is the opening line, “I used to care, but now I don’t,” came out and I knew immediately to build off that.

My friend Nick and my brother John helped me write the rest of the lyrics. It might seem like a sad song but it was actually super fun in making it!

What else do you want people to know about Louyah? Any hobbies or unique interests?

I still definitely have a love for metal music. My favorite band right now is Ratgod—it’s my buddy’s band. He designs my merch, too.

Oh, and I’m also on a weight loss journey. I’ve lost over 50lbs and still working to lose more.

Wait, so along with this schedule of making music you’ve been on a weight loss program?! That’s insane. What’s worked for you in losing weight?

Diet is huge. I also have to be in the gym too at least 5 days a week. And no bread, I have to stay away from bread.

I love it.

Losing weight has been one of the hardest things for me personally.

I always told myself the moment I commit to working on my health everything else in my life will see growth, and I swear to you that really is the truth.

When we asked Louyah for any final thoughts he had this to say,

“Right now is my time, but I also want to give credit to everyone that’s helped me get to this moment. I’m going to make sure they all shine with me.”

In the past week, Louyah told us he went from around 20,000 followers to 300,000 followers on his Instagram. “I Used To Care” is currently #1 on Spotify Viral 50 – USA, #5 on Spotify Viral – Global, and can be found on a handful of the music streaming app’s most significant playlists.

Louyah’s album 6FEET is #2 on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap albums and is trending in over 8 different countries aside from the U.S.

Who\'s hungry? Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival returns this weekend

The folks behind the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival aren\'t simply easing back into public life — they\'re ready to feed thousands over the course of two days.After taking 2020 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival returns to the city\'s oceanfront on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18.“I think people are dying to get out," said co-founder Marisa Sweeney. "It’s the height of the summer, I’m sure people really didn’t plan any big international trips this summe...

The folks behind the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival aren\'t simply easing back into public life — they\'re ready to feed thousands over the course of two days.

After taking 2020 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival returns to the city\'s oceanfront on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18.

“I think people are dying to get out," said co-founder Marisa Sweeney. "It’s the height of the summer, I’m sure people really didn’t plan any big international trips this summer for their vacation so people are staying local. So I think the stars have aligned for us in that kind of way.”

The Morristown-based Sweeney and Kendra Arnold began their mission of all-vegan food and lifestyle festivals — meaning no use of any animal products — with a one-day, 30-vendor gathering at a Morristown hotel in 2016.

In just a few short years, through their Sprout Everywhere Events they presented pop-ups, festivals and other gatherings for the plant-based and lifestyle curious in spots including Asbury Park\'s Convention Hall, Sayreville\'s Starland Ballroom, the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus and the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.

Notable vegans such as RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" co-star Harley Quinn Smith and record-breaking ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek made appearances at their events.

Then the pandemic hit. While Arnold and Sweeney launched the Vegan Local online marketplace to connect vendors with customers across the country, their calendar of live events was wiped clean.

“I didn’t think we were going to be able to have any events this year, and it was horrible," Arnold said. "And so (now) it’s really exciting for me to have something to do and to know what I’m doing.”

As recently as the spring, live events weren\'t looking likely. Due to the abbreviated lead time this year, extracurricular activities that had become part of the Atlantic City weekend — such as speakers, a boardwalk 5K, a Saturday night after-party and a Sunday-morning brunch — have been cut in favor of what Sweeney described as “two days of just a straight-up vegan expo-type of festival.”

The outdoor, rain-or-shine event will be held in the sandlot north of the Showboat Hotel and across the boardwalk on the Garden Pier, with a mix of greatest hits, old favorites and new faces and flavors among the 100 or so vendors — a mélange that should provide a glimpse at the future of the plant-based movement in New Jersey and beyond.

“People have some great ideas," said Arnold. "So I think the next five years are going to be pretty crazy and pretty amazing for everybody in New Jersey, and there’ going to be a lot of great food.”

Among the vendors thrilled to be back in Atlantic City is Kate Wnek, who along with her wife Francesca Avitto owns the Trenton-based eatery the Lady and the Shallot.

“Oh, my God, we’re so excited," said Wnek. "It’s just really exciting to have something pretty normal to look forward to. And we haven’t really been around a group of people in a while.”

Located in the Trenton Farmers Market, Wnek and Avitto are focused on using fresh ingredients to create clean versions of classically fun foods. In Atlantic City, they\'ll be serving street corn and boardwalk spuds, air-fried potatoes topped with roasted corn, Old Bay seasoning and vegan horseradish.

They\'re also ready to support their fellow vegan-friendly vendors at the festival.

“For us, it’s just amazing to be able to walk through any place and be able to eat any single thing there and not have to wonder if it’s plant-based or vegan or ask," said Avitto. "So on a selfish level, that’s our personal excitement.

"As far as just seeing all of the vegan businesses, just more and more vegan businesses are opening every year; it’s just so incredible because so many of us vegan business owners, we are vegan. We do it for so many reasons: We do it for our health, of course, but it’s really for the animals, it’s for the planet. So just seeing so many more people open their eyes and see the reality about veganism and the benefits across the board, it’s amazing.”

Dave King, owner of the Spring Valley, New York restaurant Caribreeze, tells us the plant-based Jamaican cuisine he\'ll be bringing to Atlantic City includes barbecue ribs, beef patties and jerk chicken.

Patricia King, Dave\'s mother who also works with him at Caribreeze, said they\'re ready to reconnect with their New Jersey-based fans and customers, particularly after the pandemic.

“We’re excited, we’re looking forward to it," said Patricia King. "Not just because we’re going to sell food but ... (we\'ll also be) seeing the vendors, meeting the vendors, everything like that. It’s wonderful.”

Tony Baloney\'s, the Atlantic City pizzeria with additional locations in Long Branch and Hoboken, plans to return to the festival with some of its vegan menu items, including chesesteak and a deep-fried, beer-battered cauliflower sub topped with stout barbecue sauce, fried and smoked bacon-style seitan and Fritos, in addition to pizzas sporting toppings such as eggplant meatballs and macaroni and cheese.

Michael Hauke, founder and owner of Tony Baloney\'s, said it\'s great to see so many vendors showing up in Atlantic City to be part of the festival.

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"Clearly they see there’s a demand for this stuff," said Hauke. "And whether it’s motivated by money or the culture or whatever, to me I don’t [care], they’re showing up and they’re putting time and effort into it.

"A lot of these festivals, it’s not like a huge money-maker a lot of times, but they’re showing up and they’re trying, so clearly they see an opportunity, clearly they see a demand for it.”

The Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 18. Tickets are $20 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday in advance, $25 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday the door, kids 13 and younger free. For tickets and more information, visit theveganlocal.com.

Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.

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