The Healthy Way
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.Contact Us
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!
Latest News in Asbury Park, NJ
Pumpkin spice pizza? This N.J. favorite is serving autumn on a pie.
It’s fall y’all, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, the demand for pumpkin spice everything is already nearing its peak.And since New Jersey serves both terrific autumn vibes and delicious pizza, why not combine the two?“Uh, what?” is a fair response. But the popular pizza restaurant Talula’s in Asbury Park has doubled down on the overarching fall aesthetic. Their new pie, crudely called a basic b---- pizza, take...
It’s fall y’all, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, the demand for pumpkin spice everything is already nearing its peak.
And since New Jersey serves both terrific autumn vibes and delicious pizza, why not combine the two?
“Uh, what?” is a fair response. But the popular pizza restaurant Talula’s in Asbury Park has doubled down on the overarching fall aesthetic. Their new pie, crudely called a basic b---- pizza, takes their classic Neapolitan-style dough and tops it with smoked mozzarella, ricotta, kabocha (squash), caramelized onion and pumpkin spice candied bacon. The spicy notes of pumpkin spice are peppered throughout the gooey cheese.
“We like to have fun with our pies and come up with quirky flavor combos that our guests may not have tried or seen before on pizzas,” said Shanti Mignogna, owner of Talula’s. “They typically start with a pairing idea, nostalgic dish, or a seasonal ingredient that we want to highlight, then we build from there.”
The idea started with pumpkin spiced candied bacon, pairing the classic spice with Benton’s bacon, Mignogna said.
“We also love using kabocha in lieu of pumpkin or butternut because it’s easier to prepare since we can leave the peel on, plus it’s delicious,” Mignogna said. “And from there it was a collaborative back and forth with our lead pizza cook, Mario (Ruiz), to figure out what cheese, herbs, etc. worked best.”
The basic b---- pizza has been Talula’s’ top-selling seasonal pie since it was first put on the menu at the end of September. Now, the pizza will be making an annual appearance every fall, Mignogna says.
Call me basic, but as an unashamed lover of everything pumpkin spice, I was all in on Talula’s’ take. The flavor is certainly pumpkin spice-forward, but not so overwhelming that it’s all you taste. The buttery cheeses added a perfect amount of saltiness and I relished in the deep flavor of caramelized onions and the sweet taste of kabocha – which did indeed work as a fine substitution for real pumpkin.
This is the ultimate pie for autumn worshippers — try eating it in your finest sweater, standing under a tree with leaves falling, a slice in one hand and your favorite pumpkin coffee in the other — and don’t forget to invite me!
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How Ninth Wave Tattoo in Asbury Park started with crab pots
Four-minute readSpecial to the Asbury Park PressASBURY PARK - What made Dave Shoemaker good at running Ninth Wave Tattoo, his tattoo shop on Bangs Avenue? Working with his father in commercial crabbing certainly helped.“During the summer, I worked with my dad doing that type of work,” Shoemaker said. “We would go out to the beach and use a string of crab pots. We would catch ...
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ASBURY PARK - What made Dave Shoemaker good at running Ninth Wave Tattoo, his tattoo shop on Bangs Avenue? Working with his father in commercial crabbing certainly helped.
“During the summer, I worked with my dad doing that type of work,” Shoemaker said. “We would go out to the beach and use a string of crab pots. We would catch the crabs and I ended up doing that for 12 years.
“It was a little tricky at times, but I learned how to work hard,” Shoemaker said. “It taught me the essence of running your own business, dealing with clients and meeting your deadlines. It taught me what hard work is and how to persevere. That was what was instilled in us from a young age."
Shoemaker got into surfing at a young age, and that propelled him into an appreciation for the art of tattoos.
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“I grew up on the beach and it was something I had always enjoyed,” Shoemaker said. “It was a creative outlet to be expressive and creative. I just loved everything about it.
“I never thought much about why I got into it,” Shoemaker said. "I had a natural engagement with the water and I was always psyched to get out there and ride the waves. After a while, I got into repairing surf boards, which I really enjoyed as well. I eventually worked in a factory putting fiberglass on surfboards and I worked out on the bay. I just loved the connection I had with the water.”
Drawn to the counterculture
But putting fiberglass on surfboards is a pretty thankless job, Shoemaker said. He would get out of that trade after he got his first tattoo at 16 and he loved it so much that he was instantly drawn to tattooing.
“I grew up seeing punk rock bands as a young person and it was part of that whole scene,” Shoemaker said. “I was influenced by what I was seeing around me and that was what drove me to pursue it.
“The counterculture aspect made sense to me,” Shoemaker said. “Rather than going with a traditional career, I saw my life going in a different direction and that led me to where I am now. Even though the age requirement for tattooing was 18, I started at 17 because I loved it so much. I told my employers that I was 18 and they did not question it.”
Shoemaker was living in California and bought some tattoo equipment, but soon realized that he did not know what he was doing. He decided to come home to New Jersey and do an apprenticeship with David Cross, the man who was tattooing him from the get-go.
“Now, there is a little bit of schooling for tattooing, but back then, you had to get into it through another tattoo artist,” Shoemaker said. “He taught me what he had learned and showed me how to make needles, mix pigments and apply the designs. He was a mentor to me and he taught me everything he knew.
“After meeting him through getting tattoos done, we really hit it off and developed a friendship,” Shoemaker said. “I started tattooing with him and he took me under his wing. He gave me everything I needed to get going and showed me all the right ways to hone my craft. It was a great experience.”
After working for his mentor for a year and a half, Shoemaker was prepared to go out into the world of tattooing and tried his hand at some different jobs over the years.
“Even though I learned a lot from my mentor, he was somewhat limited in his abilities as a tattoo artist,” Shoemaker said. “I learned things to do and things not to do as I went along. It’s hard to get into tattooing in the beginning because there is just a lot you need to know. Although the experience was not without its flaws, I loved the learning process. That’s was really enabled me to go out on my own and get my feet wet.
“After leaving my mentor, I took a little bit of a break from tattooing,” Shoemaker said. “At one point, I got recharged after seeing where the art form was going and was just generally excited about the trade going in a positive direction. I decided to pursue tattooing fulltime.
“I decided to get my name out there,” Shoemaker said. “I hit the pavement and started working different tattoo shops. I tried to keep every few years getting a job at a different shop, so I had a little bit more experience. I wanted to grow my skills and work with the most talented artists. I would switch it up every two to three years and I ended up working at least five or six businesses total.”
'I knew what I was doing'
Eventually Shoemaker decided to open his own tattoo shop.
“I think it had to do with me being stubborn and set in my ways,” Shoemaker said. “I had an idea of what I wanted for myself in tattooing for a long time. By the time I opened in 2017, in Asbury Park, I had a very clear notion of how I wanted to run the business. He chose the name from a book about surfing he had enjoyed.
"I knew what I was doing,” Shoemaker said. “I had already had clients and for me, it was just about finding the right people that I felt matched the idea of what I was trying to offer in a tattoo shop. I started out with one employee and graduated to three now.”
“At this shop, we specialize in our own style of tattooing," Shoemaker said. "I’m mainly interested in early tribal work with large black patterns. I do whole arms and legs. Every tattoo artist here brings something different to the table.
“These days, customers choose the tattoo artist according to the style they are looking for,” Shoemaker said. “People really know what they want when they come in.”
As Shoemaker looks towards his future, he says he just wants to give customers the best tattoos he can.
“We have come a long way and we plan to continue to grow the business,” Shoemaker said. “We love what we do and we couldn’t ask for better clientele. People know us and are happy to come and let us tattoo them to their hearts content.”
Ninth Wave Tattoo
Owner: Dave Shoemaker
Location: 729 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park
Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Asbury Park Historical Society offers calendar celebrating city’s music history
There are the concert events, the club gigs, the festivals that formed the soundtrack to our days and nights…and made memories to last a lifetime. The milestones in the lives of the legends, from local to global, who created a city’s signature sound. The landmark recordings; the people and the places to play; the passage of years in a place where music is the cash crop, the calling card, the principal export to the big world beyond…and where the world finds its way to our door.On the threshold of the 50th anniversa...
There are the concert events, the club gigs, the festivals that formed the soundtrack to our days and nights…and made memories to last a lifetime. The milestones in the lives of the legends, from local to global, who created a city’s signature sound. The landmark recordings; the people and the places to play; the passage of years in a place where music is the cash crop, the calling card, the principal export to the big world beyond…and where the world finds its way to our door.
On the threshold of the 50th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,” the Asbury Park Historical Society sounds a keynote to the coming year 2023, with a limited-edition 12 month wall calendar that celebrates the diverse and dynamic sonic legacy of a little city that has moved the nation and the world to its beat.
Written and designed by Historical Society trustee and longtime arts/ entertainment correspondent Tom Chesek, the exclusive “Soundings from Asbury Park” calendar draws from all eras, all genres, all sides of the tracks, in telling the story of a community that found its collective voice…and whose voice resonated from coast to coast, louder than any other town of its size.
Illustrated with dozens of vivid photos, and packed with hundreds of This Day in History facts from the tuneful timeline, the newly published collectible is the latest in a series of unique holiday season gift items offered by the Society, dedicated to all of those who “live, or just plain love, all things Asbury Park.”
“Whether you cruised the Circuit in its glory days, caught your favorite performers in concert right here on our stages, or are right now exploring all of the great music on the current scene, there’s something for everyone in these pages,” said Tom Chesek. “There are the contemporaries and collaborators who contributed to the rise of Springsteen’s star; the amazing and long overlooked music makers of the West Side; the landmark venues, the giant festivals, the generations of legendary locals…and some pretty awesome out-of-towners make an appearance as well!”
“You’ll encounter Judy Garland, Johnny Cash, Count Basie, and so many other greats…all of them with an Asbury connection,” he continued. “There’s Sir Paul McCartney dining at Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant; Duke Ellington washing dishes at a waterfront hotel…and The Great Caruso himself performing at no less than Steinbach’s Department Store!”
The “Soundings From Asbury Park” 2023 wall calendar can be purchased directly from the Asbury Park Historical Society’s website at aphistoricalsociety.org, for $21.99 plus $6.00 shipping while supplies last. Copies can also be purchased from local retailers that include the two Funhouse stores in Asbury Park (704 Cookman Avenue and the Grand Arcade at Convention Hall), as well as Asbury Book Co-Op (644-A Cookman), and in Ocean Grove at Comfort Zone (44 1/2 Main Avenue) and Gifts By Tina (73 Main Avenue).
Greetings from Asbury Park: TAPinto Launches New Local News and Marketing Platform
ASBURY PARK, NJ — TAPinto is proud to launch its newest local news and marketing platform in Asbury Park, a place full of history with a rich cultural, arts and music scene. TAPinto Asbury Park started providing daily, local news on November 1, 2022.Matt Doherty is the owner and publisher of the site. Doherty is also owner and publisher of TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como."Asbury Park has been around well over 100 years. It was a destina...
ASBURY PARK, NJ — TAPinto is proud to launch its newest local news and marketing platform in Asbury Park, a place full of history with a rich cultural, arts and music scene. TAPinto Asbury Park started providing daily, local news on November 1, 2022.
Matt Doherty is the owner and publisher of the site. Doherty is also owner and publisher of TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como.
"Asbury Park has been around well over 100 years. It was a destination at the Jersey Shore before the Jersey Shore became what it is today. It has gone through many peaks and valleys. It’s got a tremendous history." Doherty said.
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Doherty says he's proud to bring daily local coverage to Asbury Park, from stories that impact year-round residents and business owners to those who visit the community.
"It's important both for the residents who live there and business owners who operate there, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of people that live just outside the vicinity that are interested in what's happening," Doherty said.
"It's a place where you can honestly say so goes Asbury Park, so goes Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore," he added. "The rising tide in Asbury Park lifts all boats around it. It punches far above its weight and far outside its borders. That's the impact it has."
"We are excited to provide residents and business owners in Asbury Park with the award-winning local journalism enjoyed by millions of other New Jersey residents in their communities," said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. "TAPinto Asbury Park is on its way to quickly becoming a household name and an important resource for the community."
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Doherty said. "I’m honored to work with the incredible business owners, leaders in the community and residents."
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Bruce Springsteen Taps 1996 Acoustic Show For New Vault Release
Bruce Springsteen has just issued Asbury Park, NJ – 11/26/96, the latest official bootleg of his ongoing monthly archive series. The show, recorded in New Jersey's Paramount Theatre, was culled from his 1995/1997 solo acoustic tour behind his 1995 Grammy Award-winning album, The Ghost Of Tom Joad.The set marks “The Boss'” sixth dip into the soundboards from the historic tour, which has also seen the release of Freehold, NJ – November 8th, 1996; Belfast, UK –...
Bruce Springsteen has just issued Asbury Park, NJ – 11/26/96, the latest official bootleg of his ongoing monthly archive series. The show, recorded in New Jersey's Paramount Theatre, was culled from his 1995/1997 solo acoustic tour behind his 1995 Grammy Award-winning album, The Ghost Of Tom Joad.
The set marks “The Boss'” sixth dip into the soundboards from the historic tour, which has also seen the release of Freehold, NJ – November 8th, 1996; Belfast, UK – March 19th, 1996; Asbury Park, NJ – November 26th, 1996; Nice, France – May 18th, 1997; and Upper Darby, PA – 12/9/95.
The new concert release features guest appearances by E Street Band co-founders Danny Federici and “Mad Dog” Vini Lopez, Steve Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell, early-Springsteen session percussionist Richard Blackwell, and Asbury Park local legend Big Danny Gallagher.
The tracklisting to Bruce Springsteen's Asbury Park – 11/26/96 is: “For You,” “It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City,” “Atlantic City,” “Straight Time,” “Tougher Than The Rest,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Johnny 99,” “All That Heaven Will Allow,” “Wild Billy's Circus Story,” “Red Headed Woman,” “Two Hearts,” “When You're Alone,” “Shut Out The Light,” “Born In The U.S.A.,” “The Ghost Of Tom Joad,” “Sinaloa Cowboys,” “The Line,” “Racing In The Street,” “Across The Border,” “I Don't Want To Go Home,” “Spirit In The Night,” “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” “This Hard Land,” and “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).”
While on the road behind The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Bruce Springsteen spoke frankly about how it felt to be taking his show on the road as a solo act: “It's different, y'know? It's a little more lonely, I guess. But at the moment, I sort of, heard more my folk voice inside my head and I had a collection of songs that were about very specific subjects and the best way to, sort of, communicate those things was by myself with a guitar. They come out of the folk tradition, blues tradition — Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, y'know (Bob) Dylan, Hank Williams.”
Asbury Park Green Team wants residents to ‘Adopt A Drain’
Residents can help reduce the amount of debris and pollutants entering local water bodies by committing to keeping their adopted storm drain clean. The Asbury Park Green Team Committees Adopt-A-Drain-Program is a simple way to make a difference by help lower pollution in the city’s three lakes and prevent flooding. Three pounds of debris were collected from two drains cleaned at Sunset Avenue and Comstock Street. Residents can help reduce the amount of debr...
Residents can help reduce the amount of debris and pollutants entering local water bodies by committing to keeping their adopted storm drain clean.
The Asbury Park Green Team Committees Adopt-A-Drain-Program is a simple way to make a difference by help lower pollution in the city’s three lakes and prevent flooding.
Three pounds of debris were collected from two drains cleaned at Sunset Avenue and Comstock Street.
Residents can help reduce the amount of debris and pollutants entering local water bodies by committing to keeping their adopted storm drain clean.
The Asbury Park Green Team Committees Adopt-A-Drain-Program is a simple way to make a difference by help lower pollution in the city’s three lakes and prevent flooding.
ASBURY PARK, NJ — The Asbury Park Green Team Committee has started an adopt-a-drain initiative aimed to stop flooding and to help lower pollution in the city’s three lakes.
"This is an initiative that's easy and individuals can do it — it's a simple way to make a difference,” said Kathleen Mumma, an Asbury Park Green Team volunteer.
Storm drains, rectangular, grated openings found in the streets, near the curbs, are designed to prevent flooding by diverting rainwater from parking lots and roadways into natural bodies of water.
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In Asbury, there are 642 storm drains throughout the 1.6 square mile city that collect rainwater from streets, parking lots and driveways which then flows into the city’s three coastal lakes; Deal Lake, Sunset Lake and Wesley Lake.
Mumma said that coastal lakes are a vital part of New Jersey’s aquatic ecosystems, but that they have slowly degraded over time due to pollution which then creates unhealthy environments for plants, animals and people as well.
When storm drains are clogged or misused, they deliver unwanted pollution to the city’s lakes, which in turn leads to the Atlantic Ocean.
Mumma named commonly found pollutants as a result of clogged drains including: leaves, grass clippings, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, gasoline, antifreeze and plastic bottles.
Another benefit of adopting a drain is that in doing so it can prevent localized flooding.
“When we have significant rainfall and the drains are clogged, the roads can flood and that can damage vehicles or property,” said Mumma.
Those interested in participating in the program can begin by identifying a drain in their neighborhood that needs help in staying clean.
The next step in adopting a drain is signing up online and then committing to keeping it clean by disposing of leaves, trash and other debris off of its surface year-round.
“Just sweeping the drain helps lower the amount of pollution that's flowing into the lakes. It’s a way to keep our neighborhood safe, clean, healthy and more beautiful,” said Mumma, adding, “It helps out the neighborhood, it feels good and it also creates a relationship between infrastructure and the people who rely on it.”
With questions or for more information, please contact [email protected], or the City of Asbury Park’s Sustainability Officer, Irina Gasparyan, at 732-502-5724.
The green team committees' next meeting is on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. via zoom.
Light of Day WinterFest coming to Asbury Park, Red Bank, NYC in January
The Light is on.The 2023 Light of Day WinterFest, which raises funds in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases, will take place Jan. 7 to 20, 2023, in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Montclair, New York City, Philadelphia and Rockland County, N.Y.“Bob’s Birthday Bash,” the festival's main event, will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.The participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for Bob's Birthday Bash and variou...
The Light is on.
The 2023 Light of Day WinterFest, which raises funds in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases, will take place Jan. 7 to 20, 2023, in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Montclair, New York City, Philadelphia and Rockland County, N.Y.
“Bob’s Birthday Bash,” the festival's main event, will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.
The participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for Bob's Birthday Bash and various festival combo packages, ranging from $60 to $415, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, via theBasie.org, Ticketmaster.com, and onsite at 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank.
The fest was founded in 1998 as a 40th birthday party and fundraiser for Bob Benjamin, a Highland Park artist manager who had just been diagnosed with Parkinson's. It's grown into an international movement that raises funds and awareness for the fight against Parkinson's and related neuro-degenerative diseases, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
“Twenty-three years of Light of Day shows spanning the globe from Asbury Park to Rome to Los Angeles to London to Philadelphia to Stockholm and beyond, is simply amazing,” said Benjamin in a statement. “I cannot wait for this year's Light of Day WinterFest with two weeks of shows burning up the boardwalk culminating to celebrate my birthday in Red Bank. I hope to see you there!”
Bruce Springsteen has performed at 12 of the previous 21 live Light of Days, all unannounced. Other past performers include Southside Johnny Lyon, Michael J. Fox, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, the Smithereens, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Max Weinberg, LaBamba’s Big Band, Jakob Dylan, Ed Kowalczyk, Suzanne Vega, Jake Clemons, David Bryan, David Bromberg, John Rzeznik, Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Asher, Garland Jeffreys, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Lowell, Nicole Atkins, Mike Peters, Pete Yorn and more.
Other participating venues this year include the Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Saint, McLoone’s Supper Club, Langosta Lounge, Watermark, Asbury Park Yacht Club, The Asbury hotel and Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park; Outpost In The Burbs in Montclair; and City Winery in New York City. There also will be shows at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, N.Y.
Parkinson's affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and over 10 million worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. It’s the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, and is the 15th leading cause of death in the U.S.
There are also Light of Day events in Canada and Europe. The Light of Day Foundation funds research into possible cures, improved treatments, and support for patients (and their families and caregivers) who suffer from Parkinson's and the related diseases. Light of Day programs include Boxing for Bob, which uses boxing exercises to help with mobility.
“The Light of Day Foundation is a small group of caring, thoughtful ‘civilians’ and passionate, talented musicians who committed themselves to making a difference, galvanized into action by the courage, resilience and determination of our founder Bob Benjamin,” said Tony Pallagrosi, executive director, Light of Day Foundation, in a statement. “Light of Day utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its 23 year-long endeavor to fund research, uncover new, more effective therapeutics, promote education, assist families and ultimately cure Parkinson’s, ALS and PSP in our lifetime.”
The 2022 Winterfest was postponed from January to March due to the surge of COVID cases. In the past, the Birthday Bash took place at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, but concerts at the Paramount and Convention Hall have been canceled for the last year and a half since Asbury Park issued a notice of default to Madison Marquette, the retail developer of the city's boardwalk, over safety concerns and other issues at the Paramount.
“We are always so grateful for the incredibly loyal support that L.O.D. has been so fortunate to receive over the years,” Pallagrosi said in the statement. “As we go forward in this precarious, post-COVID world, we look forward to coming together, creating new memories, seeing old friends and making new ones, enjoying great music, and embracing and celebrating our common cause, together, at Light of Day WinterFest 2023!”
Visit www.lightofday.org for more information.
Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]
President Kennedy Connection to Atlantic City & Asbury Park, NJ
There has been more than a 60-year fascination with former United States President John F. Kennedy.And, there is a direct New Jersey, specifically, Atlantic City and Asbury Park, New Jersey connection to President Kennedy.The 1964 Democratic National Convention was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City from August 24-27, 1964.Robert Kennedy delivered a moving tribute for his slain brother in Atlantic City on August 27, 1964.This should have been President Kennedy’s Atlantic City convention, however, he was...
There has been more than a 60-year fascination with former United States President John F. Kennedy.
And, there is a direct New Jersey, specifically, Atlantic City and Asbury Park, New Jersey connection to President Kennedy.
The 1964 Democratic National Convention was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City from August 24-27, 1964.
Robert Kennedy delivered a moving tribute for his slain brother in Atlantic City on August 27, 1964.
This should have been President Kennedy’s Atlantic City convention, however, he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Texas and it became Lyndon Johnson’s convention instead.
Directly outside of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall is known as Kennedy Plaza. There is an amazing bronze bust of President Kennedy, sculpted by the great artist Evangelos Frudakis.
In Asbury Park, the President Kennedy sculpture is best filed under it being an oddity of sorts.
It is an attraction, known as the “Eyeless Lizard - Kennedy Head.”
Here is how RoadsideAmerica.com describes it:
”The (Kennedy) head was unveiled during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, which was held in nearby Atlantic City. The bronze head has since turnedgreen with age, which only increases its sea bottomantiquity allure.”
Local sculptor Fritz Cleary fabricated the Kennedy head and he added, what is described as lizard skin to it. As bronze oxidizes over the years, and takes on a green patina … it looks even more lizard-like as time goes on.
Tours of the Kennedy head are available at Kennedy Park in Asbury Park, on the southwest corner of Cookman and Grand Avenues.
SOURCE: For Asbury Park “Kennedy Head” - RoadsideAmerica.com
Things That Atlantic & Cape May County Locals Do After Labor Day
Gallery Credit: Harry Hurley
Lauren Hurley Lauriello submitted how she likes to be able to go to the Ocean City Boardwalk when it's less crowded. Lauren also mentioned that parking is more available after the busy Labor Day Weekend.
Kristin Hurley Baker enjoys being able to make local restaurant reservations after the Summer season ends. Kristin made a very good point, that in recent years, locals do not get back their cities from heavy tourism during the month of September.
Andy Kortman wrote us to share that locals can drive their 4 x 4 vehicles onto The Cove in Brigantine. It's too crowded to do that during the summer months said Andy. He also touched on dining local and winery tours after the summer season.
Harry Hurley took this photo during the early morning hours of August 31, 2022. Within just a few hours, a steady line will build all day long. The hot dogs are great and there are so many varieties (including The Jumbo Vegan Dog), along with more special toppings than you will find at any other hot dog stop. Each special topping is $ 1.00. They also offer the Bigger Bad Dog, also known as B.A.D., 1/2 pound, all beef Black Angus Dog.
Pictured here is the official Philadelphia Eagles Rally Dog. Noah Hurley Baker created this during The Eagles magical 2017-18 Super Bowl Championship season. Atlantic County Clerk Joe Giralo wrote us about family gatherings during the football season and taking extended weekends after the summer heat subsides.
This is Bear Kesselman. He's very cool. Harvey tells us that he enjoys the time of year when people can take their dogs to the beach for a run. Harvey also has a great list of other things to do after Labor Day: Drive East on The Atlantic City Expressway on a Saturday morning; Drive South on The Garden States Parkway on a Friday night or Saturday morning; Go to one of the Atlantic County Parks on the weekends; eating at local restaurants and going to ice cream shops. This is a great list of wonderful activities that locals wouldn't do before Labor Day.
Kirk Conover shares that local fisherman will go out and fish on weekends, instead of during the week. Earlier during his lifetime, Kirk as a successful local clammer. It was hard, but, rewarding work.
Jon Baker has a great list that he shared with us: Walk on the Ventnor Boardwalk on a Saturday morning; Launch a boat from the boat launch on a weekend morning; Waterways are safer without "Weekend Warrior" jet skiers. Jon also made a great closing point that customers used to always joke ... "See ya in September." Now, they say, "See ya in October."
Tom enjoys having backyard barbeques and clam bakes after Labor Day. In his case, it's not about summer crowds, rather, the weather turns from the heat, making these gatherings very pleasant for family and friends.
Andrew Lauriello likes Wildwood, New Jersey after Labor Day and their great events, such as: BBQ Fest, Irish Fest and Biker Weekend to name a few.
Atlantic City Area Readers Submit Favorite Winter Comfort Foods
Gallery Credit: Harry Hurley
We have asked for our listeners and readers to share their favorite winter comfort foods with us. I will be leadoff batter in this fun project. I have chosen the Fabulous Smithville Inn and their incomparable Chicken Pot Pie. It looks like it was made in the 1700's. Perhaps that's because The Smithville Inn was built in 1787. The taste and texture is perfect each and every time.
Karen submits her homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup. Look at those large, make it magnum sized pasta. I have enjoyed this fabulous soup. The taste, featuring various flavors is just wonderful and yes, very comforting winter food. Tender, perfect slices of chicken, are complimented by the big chunks of tomato are such a pleasant part of this soup.
If these 5 filet mignons look their being prepared by a professional Chef, that's because they are! These are the stylings of Chef Michael Dangelo, preparing them in his home kitchen. Yes, he is achieving that perfect sear that in the end, results in the best tasting and most tender triple trimmed filet mignons that you will ever have. With each key stroke, I'm starving in the process of preparing this reading assignment. Yes, this is winter comfort food.
Among his many talents, there is no doubt in my mind that Chris Ferry could be a professional chef if he wanted to be. Here is his signature Frittata, with tomato, broccoli and provolone cheese, which we have selected for inclusion here. Chris also submitted his homemade stromboli, peperoni and provolone cheese; Meatball with Long hot and ricotta cheese; homemade pizza and eggplant parmigiana. All looked gourmet restaurant quality.
Take my word about this ... Anytime that you get get a quality item, located inside of a bread bowl, just buy it and eat it. This is the Water Dog Smoke House, Brisket Chili, served in a perfect bread bowl, topped with cheese. Just look at this photo.
Christina submitted her Stuffed Pepper Soup. She told us that this is a bad photo. We think it's a great looking photo. And, her soup is a great example of winter comfort food. Christina also makes top flight meatloaf, Mac and Cheese and Bread Pudding.
This is Commander Bill Butler's Mom's Bean Soup. It looks amazing. Look at the chunks of carrots and all of the other different textures. This is comfort food.
Here is Ron's version of Bean Soup. The light color, tender beans, onions, celery and just the right amount of spinach make for a true, winter comfort food. Sometime you can look at a photo and think that you can smell and taste the item.
Thank you Dorothy Higgins. This is everything that I love. Savory, thick beef broth. Big chunks of beef, potato and carrots. This screams out winter comfort food. This is the ultimate beef stew and I love seeing it being prepared in a deep dish pan. Everything about this is just perfect.
Look at this credible specimen of a stuffed cabbage by Bill Jacobs. The sauce and accompaniments compliment the overall presentation. It looks wonderful.
This looks outstanding. Chili and Cornbread. Cheese on top of the chili, which is parked right next to Theresa's homemade cornbread. COMFORT FOOD, yes!
Neysha submits her favorite winter comfort food, featuring a variety of Spanish style prepared items. Looks very comforting to me. Thank you Neysha.
These dumplings from Pf Changs look fantastic. Dumplings are winter comfort food and they are comforting during any other season, too. Thank you Lauren.
Tammy, this looks magnificent. This wonderful pizza was made by Tammy's 16-year-old son, who is taking culinary coursework at Absegami High School. This pizza was made from scratch. Look at the peperoni, sausage and cheese. The color is perfect. The crust is also cooked to perfection. Thank you Tammy, this is very much a comfort food submission.
There is something about looking at homemade soup in the pot, where you can see the stirring residue at the top. Sandy's Cabbage Soup looks magnificent. The broth looks great, along with the cabbage breaking down and the beef peeking out at the top. Bravo.
Karen's Chili is an extraordinary comfort food. Just look at these wonderful ingredients incorporating together in the pan. You've got it all here. A blend of textures that are exploding with flavor.
Last, but, not least ... here is Tom Sebren's Blueberry topped cheesecake, with lemon meringue pie filling utilized as a glaze. This is an OMG moment ... and, yes, it undoubtedly qualifies as a comfort food ... "winter" or otherwise. The attention to detail immediately grabbed my eye. Tom says this isn't even his favorite recipe. He prefers top his cheesecake with strawberries and an apricot glaze. Also, Tom says that a vanilla wafer crust is better than the traditional graham cracker crust that you see most often times. In the phot, you can see the vanilla wafers along the sides of the cheesecake. Well done Tom.