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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. 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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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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GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME

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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Monkeypox cases reported in 3 more N.J. counties. State adds vaccination sites.

New Jersey now has over 300 reported cases of monkeypox in 16 different counties, state Department of Health officials said Friday.Infections have been on the rise in New Jersey, but have slowed from earlier in the summer when cases were doubling each week. An additional 91 cases were reported in New Jersey this week, a 42% increase from a week ago.New Jersey has increased the number of vaccine sites from five to nine in response t...

New Jersey now has over 300 reported cases of monkeypox in 16 different counties, state Department of Health officials said Friday.

Infections have been on the rise in New Jersey, but have slowed from earlier in the summer when cases were doubling each week. An additional 91 cases were reported in New Jersey this week, a 42% increase from a week ago.

New Jersey has increased the number of vaccine sites from five to nine in response to the growing number of cases.

“These new sites will make it easier for eligible residents to locate a vaccine appointment closer to their homes. In addition to the new federal authorization, we are enhancing the vaccine’s reach throughout our state,” Gov Phil Murphy said in a statement.

State officials have acknowledged it has been tough for some residents to track down a vaccine in New Jersey, and demand for shots has outpaced supply.

The 305 cases have been diagnosed in 16 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union.

Hudson County has reported the most cases with 92 total cases as of Friday, followed by Essex County with 60 cases and Union County with 31 cases, state officials said.

Cape May, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex and Warren counties have not reported a positive case, health department data shows.

In counties with less than five cases, the state has not released the specific number of cases to protect patient privacy, officials said.

The federal government has declared the monkeypox outbreak a national public health emergency as cases continued to rise nationally. The designation allows the Biden administration to use federal money and other resources to combat the virus, which causes pimple-like bumps, fever, fatigue and other symptoms in those who are infected.

There have been 10,768 cases reported across the country as of Thursday, with Wyoming the lone state without a case, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says.

New Jersey has the 8th most cases nationwide. New York tops the list with 2,187 cases, followed by California with 1,829 and Florida with 1,053. The CDC numbers, which tend to lag behind state-reported figures, show New Jersey with 293 cases to date.

Residents in New Jersey should continue to practice common disease-prevention tactics, including washing your hands and not going out if you feel sick, state health officials have said.

While not an airborne virus, monkeypox can be spread through droplets and saliva, so wearing a mask if you think you might have been exposed to the virus is a good idea, said Stephanie Silvera, an epidemiologist and professor at Montclair State University.

Those in high-risk groups should get the monkeypox vaccination, the health department says. High-risk groups include men who have sex with men and anyone who had contact with someone who tested positive or attended an event where there was a known monkeypox case.

There are currently nine monkeypox vaccination sites in New Jersey:

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State of the Program: Asbury Park football seeking normalcy under new head coach

It was a turbulent fall at Asbury Park last year.Aside from an up-and-down 5-5 season, the Blue Bishops lost their head coach when Nick Famularo was suspended and ultimately fired before Asbury Park’s playoff game against Penns Grove. Assistant coach Rob Ward filled in for the final stretch of the season.Lamar Daven...

It was a turbulent fall at Asbury Park last year.

Aside from an up-and-down 5-5 season, the Blue Bishops lost their head coach when Nick Famularo was suspended and ultimately fired before Asbury Park’s playoff game against Penns Grove. Assistant coach Rob Ward filled in for the final stretch of the season.

Lamar Davenport – the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator last season – was hired as head coach in April.

A former player at Asbury Park and Monmouth University, Davenport has deep roots at the Jersey Shore. He was a wide receiver and defensive back for three consecutive sectional title winning teams from 2005 to 2007 and had 94 receptions at Monmouth before graduating in 2014.

Known within the community, Davenport said he and his coaches will look to bring some normalcy back to Asbury Park.

“I think the kids respect and understand my voice, and we have other coaches who have been around and helping out,” Davenport said. “They have a lot of familiar faces and voices. That’s important for us to keep the continuity so we can move forward.”

The tradition

The Blue Bishops have a number of titles to their name, winning their section seven times. They took home the Central Group 2 title in 1980 and 1984 – a year in which they went undefeated – before moving to Group 1. They then won three consecutive sectional titles from 2007 to 2009.

Most recently, Asbury Park captured the Central Group 1 crown in 2016 with a 26-17 victory against Keyport.

The challenge

There’s no question Asbury Park has the talent to compete with the best small schools in the state. Where Davenport believes his team needs to work the hardest is off the football field.

“It’s just off the field things, whether it’s in school or when the kids go home and have their down time,” Davenport said. “As long as we can have everyone buy in to doing the right things off the field, I think that’s always a challenge here in Asbury Park.”

Expectations

Davenport has set no goals in terms of wins and losses this fall. For him, it’s all about building a team.

“Our expectation is to come in every day to get better,” Davenport said. “I wanted to lay down the groundwork as far as team bonding and building and character building. That will help us throughout the year.”

The horses are certainly there for a strong season. That starts with senior quarterback Jai’Sun Brown. The 6-foot-5 dual threat threw for 1,480 yards and 14 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions last season. He completed 61% of his passes.

“The sky is the limit,” Davenport said. “The kid’s talented, he has the size but more importantly, we’re working this year on him really being a leader.”

A star emerged in Asbury Park last fall in Jashawn Carter. The senior running back rushed for 903 yards and 11 touchdowns and tallied 412 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year and is expected to play a crucial role in this year’s offense.

“We know exactly what kind of weapon he is,” Davenport said. “He’s a bigger body, he has tremendous hands and speed. He’s going to be a great weapon for us as he has in the past.”

With the graduation of studs like Lydel Brown and Nasir Alston, juniors Rah’Lee Stephens and I’Quann Crawford are expected to step up to sustain both sides of the ball.

Team capsule

Group classification: South Group 1

Head coach: Lamar Davenport, first season (0-0)

Offense: Spread No Huddle

Defense: Multiple

Returning starters: Offense: 6. Defense: 7

Last year: 5-5. The Blue Bishops fell to Penns Grove 41-14 in the South Group 1 quarterfinals.

Top returning players: Jai’Sun Brown (Sr., QB/DB), Jashawn Carter (Sr., RB/LB), Iquann Crawford (Jr., RB/LB), Ralee Stephens (Jr., WR/DB), Yazzir Johnson (Sr., OL/DL), Darin Bacote (Sr., OL/DL), Elijah Drake (Sr., OL/DL)

Key newcomers: Davon Foster (Sr., DB)

2022 schedule

Sept. 2: at Weequahic

Sept. 9: vs. Keyport

Sept. 16: at Lakewood

Sept. 23: at Point Beach

Sept. 30: vs. Barnegat

Oct. 7: vs. Keansburg

Oct. 21: at Shore

Nov. 24: at Neptune

Danny LoGiudice has covered local sports across New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at [email protected] or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.

Historic Asbury Park church looks to service, community outreach for growth | Faith Matters

Even after worshipping at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park for 17 years, former Baptist Maryann Bast still has some questions about Lutheran liturgy and teachings.But about one thing she is certain: It’s important to serve.So, when the parishioner heading the church’s food pantry retired and spoke at Mass to recruit her successor, Bast, now 68, stepped up to the plate.“As a public school teacher of home economics, I taught nutrition and foods so it was like coming home,” Bast said.N...

Even after worshipping at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park for 17 years, former Baptist Maryann Bast still has some questions about Lutheran liturgy and teachings.

But about one thing she is certain: It’s important to serve.

So, when the parishioner heading the church’s food pantry retired and spoke at Mass to recruit her successor, Bast, now 68, stepped up to the plate.

“As a public school teacher of home economics, I taught nutrition and foods so it was like coming home,” Bast said.

Now, she and her husband, Jim, also a retired public school teacher, join about 10 volunteers from the church and the community to spend two mornings a month greeting and providing fresh and canned food for hundreds of people.

Those numbers are remarkable compared to the average Sunday Mass attendance -- 10 -- for this historic church, something that concerns Pastor Gary Woodruff, there for eight years after his first call by the church right after seminary.

Noting the area population rise over the last decade, when there has been a building resurgence in Asbury Park, Woodruff said new residents “do not see church as a necessity.”

The Wednesday morning I visited last month, I drove by no fewer than a dozen new construction projects, from large buildings to home remodeling.

Atonement is one of four large, mainline houses of worship -- Episcopal, Methodist and now Haitian Baptist -- surrounding Asbury Park’s historic Library Square Park. The neighborhood is filled with large homes with mostly manicured lawns echoing back to the town about 100 years ago.

Woodruff acknowledged that all of the churches are struggling to attract new worshippers. For him, he sees two ways to bring people to the church: social justice initiatives and getting outdoors in the community.

Walking through Atonement’s clean, modern complex built 50 years ago -- when the church was filled and bustling every Sunday, according to Jim Bast, former church president -- I stumbled on Diane Brockel, vice president, organizing feminine hygiene products. The church, she explained, was collecting bras, tampons, underwear and the like, “supporting the girls.”

She described how the church participates with other area houses of worship in the “Women’s Hospitality Network.” One night a week from December through March, homeless women enter the complex for dinner, spend the evening, sleep on air mattresses, have breakfast and then go on their way. She said they average about eight women per visit.

Woodruff believes these ventures are required of every Lutheran and Christian. But it has to be more than just charity.

“Christians forget that it’s part of discipleship,” he said, meaning that following Jesus means serving others.

Atonement was founded in 1890 and had been a thriving church for over 100 years.

Woodruff always hopes some volunteers or people helped might find their way to Mass though it’s not expected.

Later that day, I attended one of Woodruff’s outreach programs on the lawn of the church, “Wednesday Prayer Picnic.” About 10 people brought lawn chairs and snacks for an evening of song and prayer. Linda Bacon opened on her guitar with “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and you could see that the participants know each other and enjoy this visible sign of prayer.

It was a breezy, beautiful summer 5:30 p.m. when they started. About two dozen people jogged, biked or walked by the event, located about two blocks from the Asbury Park boardwalk and ocean. Some nodded, others greeted them and they went on their way. Among the group were two Catholics Woodruff singled out in some Lutheran banter about good works. Later, he told me that they are friends of parishioners and occasionally attend Mass at Atonement. Lutheran Mass is almost identical to Catholic Mass.

Woodruff, 36, was wearing shorts with a clerical shirt.

“I want to be visible (as a pastor) to the community,” said the affable, loquacious man with a shock of curly hair who’s good at making people feel at ease.

Another effort they undertake is “Beer and Bible” at the local beer hall plus Lenten Soup Suppers and Movie Nights with the Pastor.

Woodruff acknowledged that the church lives off an endowment to cover expenses. He said that the church is in a transition as the older generation is dying off, moving out of increasingly expensive Asbury Park, or going into assisted living.

It’s time to bring in new blood, Woodruff said, noting that he revels when five or more children are at Sunday Mass.

Woodruff’s optimism and creativity seem the right medicine to revive a historic church even if results are slow in coming. But he knows that he’s only a vessel. As their church brochure reads, “It is Christ who unites us in water and word, body and blood.”

The Rev. Alexander Santora is the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, 400 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Email: [email protected]; Twitter: @padrehoboken.

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Atonement Lutheran Church is located at 308 First Ave., Asbury Park. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m., preceded at 9 a.m. by Bible study for all. For information, call 732-776-5727, email [email protected], or go to atonementlutheranchurch.com.

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Inside the Jersey Shore’s best new restaurant, where pressure ignites perfection

David Viana morphed a strip mall cooking school into one of New Jersey’s best restaurants — imagine what the James Beard Award nominee could do inside a historic Jersey Shore hotel.The Elizabeth native’s star has only risen since appearing on &l...

David Viana morphed a strip mall cooking school into one of New Jersey’s best restaurants — imagine what the James Beard Award nominee could do inside a historic Jersey Shore hotel.

The Elizabeth native’s star has only risen since appearing on “Top Chef” in 2019. Demand for tables at Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge (in that strip mall) has climbed at a commensurate rate with foodies clamoring for his creative dishes, immaculate plating and delectable duck. If Viana, 41, isn’t the biggest name in New Jersey food, he’s certainly on the short list.

So when the baseball-capped chef announced in March an Heirloom outpost was coming to the new Hotel Tides in Asbury Park (now called The St. Laurent Social Club), the hype began to build immediately — this surely would be the most anticipated new restaurant of 2022.

No pressure, right?

“I feel pressure every day, man. I live off it. It’s the fuel,” Viana told NJ Advance Media earlier this week. “There’s pressure every day, every dish. I love the pressure. I thrive on it.”

Thriving indeed. Heirloom at The St. Laurent, which opened to diners a little less than two weeks ago, is simply fabulous, a clean knockout at center ring.

With dishes featuring the same verve, flair and thoughtful touches as its Old Bridge counterpart in an even more alluring space — plus an impressive cocktail program — Heirloom at The St. Laurent isn’t just Viana’s greatest restaurant to date. It’s immediately the best restaurant in Asbury Park’s competitive foodie scene, and perhaps even the whole northern Jersey Shore.

“I don’t know if there are many places down the Shore that put that much love and care into every detail,” Viana said.

The good

Heirloom at The St. Laurent’s pre-fixe menu is small, but every option is so enticing even a selection between two dishes deserves critical thought. The three-course menu is $89 per person — a casual Shore haunt this is not — but it’s worth the splurge. Viana’s acumen for classic and contemporary is exemplary and on full display here: duck with pickled melon, raw beef with pear, shellfish with curried gnocchi.

While this all may sound overly posh, Heirloom Kitchen owner Neilly Robinson explains the mission: “We call our cuisine the gateway to fine dining. It’s elevated, but it’s not overly fancified. We’re not using esoteric ingredients, instead we’re creating something that’s maybe a little more familiar and elevating it and is also crave-able.”

Let’s take it course-by-course:

First, the gem salad was tasty, highlighted by the fried manchego cheese, which registered like a smaller, sharper fried mozzarella stick and will have you questioning everything about our state’s favorite fried cheese. The steak tartare was lighter and sweeter than typical takes on the dish with Asian pear and ssamjang — a thick spicy Korean paste made with fermented soy beans and red chili paste. The scallops were perfectly cooked and paired with Masala curry gnocchi and sweet and sour eggplant. If you can only order one, go for the unbeatable tartare.

For mains, Viana’s locally famous duck, served with earthy beluga lentils, crispy kale and bright pickled cantaloupe balls, remained a king among kings. The skin was delectably rendered and crispy while the meat itself was rich, juicy and tender. The pork was a winner, too, cooked with charcoal jerk spice, carrot, coconut and red pepper jus to create a terrific blend of sweet and spicy to complement the succulent pig.

For dessert, the sesame and chocolate mousse with toasted meringue and miso sriracha caramel was another inventive combo as was the goat cheese panna cotta with macerated berries and golden beet sorbet — a clever sweet and savory combination that works brilliantly.

The french petit rolls with foie butter and apricot compote were an additional $18. Spend the $18. Trust us.

Let’s talk booze. Lead bartender Ricardo Rodriguez once worked at Broken Shaker, a Miami bar named one of the 50 best in the world. He’s now brought that talent to the Jersey Shore, nailing the classics with aplomb — the daiquiri was sweet, tangy and refreshing and the Manhattan came with a Luxardo cherry on a chilled metal spike — Heirloom is nothing if not meticulous.

“You’re doing your customers an injustice and if you’ve missed that attention to details because I think it makes a big difference,” Rodriguez said.

The Tropical OF, an old fashioned with coconut fat-washed bourbon, banana and tiki bitter will have you rethinking Don Draper’s favorite drink for the rest of your life. And while espresso martinis may be cliche — especially in the dead of summer — Rodriguez’s with aged rum and Maldon salt injects new life into the drink; a can’t-miss with dessert.

The bad

Across the board, the only dish that didn’t impress was the halibut; cooked tenderly, but under-seasoned. Still, the accompanying chanterelle arancini were scrumptious little salt bombs, and no quarrels with the cauliflower, sunflower seed coconut nage (similar to a broth) and mint oil.

The vibe

Few restaurant dining rooms steal your breath the way Heirloom at The St. Laurent does, after an exhaustive renovation of the Hotel Tides interior, which involved completely rebuilding the previous hotel restaurant’s kitchen. The new space expands up Heirloom’s rustic, minimalist aesthetic in Old Bridge with a bright, breezy and beachfront feel — think Jersey Shore fine-dining meets Tulum (with fewer Instagram influencers).

The white-wooded dining room, white wicker light fixtures and oversized garage-style windows are inviting — even if you weren’t eating dinner here, you’d still want to hang out just to soak up the vibe. That you can do in the cocktail lounge at the front of the hotel, which in sharp contrast to the dining room is dark, and moody, pulsing like a New Orleans speakeasy.

“It’s almost a surreal vacation place,” Viana said. “You can almost close your eyes and think you’re in Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina, between the the silhouette of the building and the beachy vibes.”

The bottom line

Virtually no New Jersey restaurants in 2022 have experienced the level of expectation nor the locally cynical whispers of Heirloom and its accompanying St. Laurent hotel, which revamped a beloved LGBT icon in the shabby-chic Hotel Tides. The Tides had its own glorious hideaway restaurant, which we named Asbury Park’s best restaurant in 2019. But Viana and company were clearly up for the task in writing this critical next chapter. The combination of creativity and precise execution, gorgeous atmosphere and impeccable service makes this spot hidden on a residential street a worthy locale for destination dining in any season. Reservations should be coveted, like an heirloom.

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Monkeypox detected in 13 N.J. counties as U.S. declares national health emergency

New Jersey has had at least 214 reported cases of monkeypox spanning 13 counties, state Department of Health officials said Friday.The federal government declared the monkeypox outbreak a national public health emergency Thursday after more than 7,100 Americans reported contracting the virus. The designation will allow the Biden administration to use federal money and other resources to combat the...

New Jersey has had at least 214 reported cases of monkeypox spanning 13 counties, state Department of Health officials said Friday.

The federal government declared the monkeypox outbreak a national public health emergency Thursday after more than 7,100 Americans reported contracting the virus. The designation will allow the Biden administration to use federal money and other resources to combat the virus, which causes pimple-like bumps, fever, fatigue and other symptoms in those who are infected.

Infections have been on the rise in New Jersey, from 45 total cases two weeks ago to 214 total cases as of Friday. That’s a 375% increase.

Cases have been diagnosed in 13 counties: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties.

Hudson County reported the most cases with 67 as of Friday, followed by Essex County with 45 cases and Bergen County with 24 cases, state officials said.

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex and Warren counties have not reported a positive case, health department data shows.

In counties with less than five cases, the state has not released the specific number of cases to protect patient privacy, officials said.

Cases have also increased dramatically across the country. In the two-week period from July 20 through Wednesday, reported cases in the U.S. nearly tripled, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Jersey residents should remain cautious, but take the declaration of the national public health emergency as a good sign, said Stephanie Silvera, an epidemiologist and professor at Montclair State University.

Public health emergencies allow the government to more easily allocate resources to respond to outbreaks, which is positive, Silvera said. It could also help the public take things more seriously, she said.

“It also hopefully signals to people who may have thought that this is a disease for other people in other places, that they can be affected by it,” Silvera said.

Residents should continue to practice common disease-prevention tactics, including washing your hands and not going out if you feel sick. While not an airborne virus, monkeypox can be spread through droplets and saliva, so wearing a mask if you think you might have been exposed to the virus is a good idea, Silvera said.

Those in high-risk groups should get the monkeypox vaccination, the health department says. High-risk groups include men who have sex with men and anyone who had contact with someone who tested positive or attended an event where there was a known monkeypox case.

But state officials acknowledge it has been tough for some residents to track down a vaccine in New Jersey.

“Vaccine availability has been limited,” Nancy Kearney, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said in a statement. “Demand is high and appointments are being filled quickly.”

As of Monday, the state had received about 5,500 doses, she said. An additional 14,520 doses are expected in the coming weeks, including a shipment of 5,900 which should be delivered this week, she said.

There are currently five monkeypox vaccination sites in New Jersey:

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