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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 Atlantic Highlands, 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 Atlantic Highlands

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 Atlantic Highlands:

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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AH Arts presents "Two for the Show"

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHArts) presents the exhibit "Two for the Show" in their main gallery and street level window. Mike Quon and Colin Goodall team up for the first time in a special show that runs from October 8 to November 12, 2022.The exhibit features Mike's signature colorful freestyle approach to art, paired with Colin's distinctive and thought-provoking mathematical art and decorative painti...

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHArts) presents the exhibit "Two for the Show" in their main gallery and street level window. Mike Quon and Colin Goodall team up for the first time in a special show that runs from October 8 to November 12, 2022.

The exhibit features Mike's signature colorful freestyle approach to art, paired with Colin's distinctive and thought-provoking mathematical art and decorative painting. In a show offering two different styles, Mike and Colin agree that color is of paramount importance in their work.

Mike Quon grew up in sunny vibrant southern California as the son of a Disney animator. His style is bold, vibrant, and color-drenched. Mike studied under Abstract Expressionist painter, Richard Diebenkorn, and Pop artist, Ed Ruscha. After a successful career in advertising and graphic design, he transitioned into painting and fine art.

Colin Goodall is originally from Wales. His work is driven by color, geometry, patterns, and mathematics, inviting hands-on interaction. Through his career, Colin was motivated by the forms of things, from cell-level patterns of plant growth (PhD), to statistics of shapes, to projective geometry and statistical graphics. He was on the faculty at Princeton University and later moved on to AT&T (Bell) Labs in NJ, which he left in 2019 to focus further on decorative painting and mathematical art.

The gallery is open from Wednesday through Sunday. For hours and directions, click here.

AHArts will be hosting an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 8 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Live music will be provided. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is located at 54 First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The mission of the Council is to strengthen community through the arts. They are a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of the arts to transform and enrich communities. Their primary function is to develop and execute events and arts related activities for the benefit of our communities.

IMAGES 1 & 4 by Mike Quon; Images 2 & 3 by Colin Goodall

Tuesday, November 08, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 7:30pmSouth Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmShea Center for Performing Arts300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: comedyClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 2:00pmGrunin Center (Gateway Lecture Hall, Building 101, Room 104)1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754category: communityClick here for full description Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 7:00pmNewark Museum of Art - Main Building49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102category: filmClick here for full description

Taste of Atlantic Highlands

The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands on Sunday, September 25, from 12 PM to 4 PM along First Avenue.The popular event features a tour of local eateries, boutiques and retail establishments where guests will be treated to an array of food, beverages, cocktails and raffles. Many businesses offer special promotions during the event. Attendees may walk from place to place or ride the free classic trolley.The list of participants includes restaurants, cafés, specialty f...

The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands on Sunday, September 25, from 12 PM to 4 PM along First Avenue.

The popular event features a tour of local eateries, boutiques and retail establishments where guests will be treated to an array of food, beverages, cocktails and raffles. Many businesses offer special promotions during the event. Attendees may walk from place to place or ride the free classic trolley.

The list of participants includes restaurants, cafés, specialty food and drink sellers, international cuisine purveyors, a craft brewery and more.

Retail shops offer fine art and handcrafted art, gifts, jewelry and decor, vintage books, and other retail and fine services.

Tickets are $45 per person for adults, $10 for children 6 through 12 years of age, and children under 5 are free. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are reminded to have their “taste passports” stamped and participating locations in order to be eligible for gift raffles, giveaways and door prizes.

Visit the chamber website at ahchamber.org to purchase tickets.

Contact the AH Chamber at 732-872-8711 or the event organizer Carrie Kuczkowski of strategic visions Unlimited, LLC. at [email protected] for more information.

Our participating businesses and sponsors thus far: 1st Cup Coffee, Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, The Atlantic House, Atlantic Movie House, Bingo Sport Fishing, Carton Brewing Company, Classic Boat Rides/Navesink Queen, Dogs on First, Fair Mountain Coffee, Foodtown Food Circus of Atlantic Highlands, Julios Pizzeria, Jus Organic, Kunya Siam Thai Restaurant, Monty's BBQ, Nicholas Creamery, On The Deck, Pomodoro Pizza, Royal Atlantic Wines, Shore Casino, Teal Cruises, The Wine Bar, and Vintage Cake.

SPONSORS: Beacon Hill Country Club, Carol Wilson Business and Wellness Coach, Christine's, Dunkin Donuts of Atlantic Highlands, First Avenue Florist, Harborside, JBL Trinity, Jus Organic, Lakeland Bank, O'Brien Realty, Organize Your Space, LLC, Resources Real Estate, True North Management, VRI Real Estate, Wendy M. Crowther Attorney-At-Law, The Wreck Room.

The Atlantic Highlands Art Council will be featuring items from local artists in their ArtShop. Stop in to see more of the ArtShop and the current exhibit their gallery and get ready to use your imagination! Enjoy FREE story time with local illustrator Morgan Spicer, followed by a DRAWFEST where children can suggest any animal to be drawn before their eyes.

BINGO Sport Fishing will be raffling off a free fishing trip!

Get your tickets today at ahchamber.org or the day of the event at the starting point which is Veteran's Park across from the AH Municipal building.

Highlands/Sea Bright/Atlantic Highlands Regionalization Plan Headed to Education Commissioner

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – “We are confident we will have the petition from all six entities to the Commissioner of Education and get her decision in time to have the regionalization question on the ballot in November,” attorney Matthew Giacobbe said at the Mayor and Council’s workshop meeting last night.Giacobbe said all six groups working on the regionalization, the three boroughs, and three boards of education in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, are working in unison to have the final question presented to the Co...

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – “We are confident we will have the petition from all six entities to the Commissioner of Education and get her decision in time to have the regionalization question on the ballot in November,” attorney Matthew Giacobbe said at the Mayor and Council’s workshop meeting last night.

Giacobbe said all six groups working on the regionalization, the three boroughs, and three boards of education in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, are working in unison to have the final question presented to the Commissioner, because they are all in agreement they all want this to be a “Win Win Win situation” and not a win or lose vote. The boroughs must submit any question for the November ballot to the state by August 15th.

The attorney, who is representing the Borough of Atlantic Highlands in the question of regionalization of the school boards and Sea Bright, also noted the vote and decision will make history and “towns all over the state are looking at you” to see how it will be decided.

Borough Administrator Robert Ferragina added that the borough administrators of all three towns and their financial advisors had a meeting that morning with another meeting planned though as yet unscheduled, to work out final details on the wording of the question. This is to ensure the single question submitted to the Commissioner has the support of all entities involved. The two boroughs are working on a cost sharing formula that ensures financial benefits to both, he said.

A regional district including Sea Bright will presumably reap financial and educational benefits for all three municipalities and their residents, so how the additional income coming into the current three schools will be split between the two towns is an issue on which both towns have to reach an agreement.

Giacobbe said the question which will be on the ballot will be a simple yes or no question, and will include the cost sharing benefits to both towns inserted once the question is approved by the Commissioner but before it is placed on the ballot. He reiterated that with the reports he has received from the cost sharing meetings and discussion, he anticipates having the question to the Commissioner’s office no later than the end of this week.

The question, when approved by the Commissioner, will be the same for voters in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands because of the cost sharing, and somewhat different in Sea Bright, since no funds will be going to that town. All three towns must approve their individual question in order for it to become reality.

Regardless of what the local officials send to the Commissioner, she will then review it with state attorneys and regionalization professionals and review all the supporting information which accompanies the request for approval, Giacobbe said. She can either approve the question, decline to approve it, or make suggestions as to how it should be worded to get her approval for it to be on the ballot.

School Superintendent Dr. Tara Beams, well versed on the specifics of the regionalization issue and how it impacts the educational aspects, fielded several questions on those issues from the fewer than 30 persons who attended the workshop session. Both she and Mayor Loretta Gluckstein said once the question is approved for a November vote, there would be numerous meetings by the various entities in order to provide the voting public with all the information necessary to cast ballots.

The question will be worded in a way that if voters vote yes it will mean a regionalization of the elementary schools and regional high school, together with Sea Bright, as a single entity under a single Board of Education. A no vote would not allow the two elementary schools and Henry Hudson to merge into a single district without the inclusion of Sea Bright.

With approval of a new regional district, a single board of education would oversee education, with the probable breakdown giving Highlands and Atlantic Highlands each four votes, and Sea Bright having one vote on the nine member board. That figure is determined, not by the number of students in the school, both Beams and Giacobbe said, but by the number of residents in each town based on the 2020 census. Currently, Highlands has 5 votes, and Atlantic Highlands four votes on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education.

Dr. Beams also detailed some of the other areas the current districts are exploring for additional financial aid from state aid stabilization grants. There is no discussion nor would there be any changes in the make-up of the current three school buildings, and with a relatively small influx of students with the addition of Sea Bright, “we won’t be fielding a football team for next season” in the district which has never had a football team but has excelled in a number of other sports including gymnastics, track and basketball.

In response to questions, both Giacobbe and Beams explained that under current law, if regionalization is approved, it is stabilized for a minimum of ten years. Should any towns want any change after that, they would have to initiate an entirely new process similar to what is happening now under the law which the state legislature approved unanimously last year. However, the school superintendent said the board would be working throughout that ten years to ensure the educational standards as well as the financial benefits remain satisfactory to all communities.

Should any of the towns have a disaster- a devastating hurricane in Sea Bright was used as an example – the towns are still obligated to pay their share of the school budget. Giacobbe pointed out that in times of disaster, the state and federal governments come in with assistance since the school district payments must be made by each town, even in cases of tax collection delinquencies.

“I am confident we will be timely in getting the question to the Commissioner in plenty of time for her to make the decision and have it on the November ballot,” Giacobbe said at the close of the nearly two hour session.

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AHArts announces two new exhibitions

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHArts) will present “Real Abstract” in their main gallery from August 27 through September 17, 2022. They will also present “Sandy Taylor and Carol Magnatta: A Juxtaposition” in their street level window galleries from August 21 through October 1, 2022.“Real Abstract” is the work of two seasoned artists and AHArts members, Mike Scherfen and Sandy Tayl...

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHArts) will present “Real Abstract” in their main gallery from August 27 through September 17, 2022. They will also present “Sandy Taylor and Carol Magnatta: A Juxtaposition” in their street level window galleries from August 21 through October 1, 2022.

“Real Abstract” is the work of two seasoned artists and AHArts members, Mike Scherfen and Sandy Taylor. These artists represent a depth and range of experience that exemplifies the best of art being made in New Jersey today. Mike’s work builds off his years as an advertising art director and takes his keen eye to expressive heights in his realistic portraits and landscapes. He is able to harness the difficult medium of watercolor to bring out the inner personalities of his subjects and the textures and colors of their environments. Sandy's work exists "between Abstraction and Impressionism” seeking to "capture the transformation of nature, over time and season, as a metaphor for transformation of the self.” Her keene sense of material, color, and form create rich and vivid canvases that grab your eye as you enter a room. TOP IMAGES: (LEFT) Artwork by Sandy Taylor, "Interior/Exterior II" 30 x 40, oil/coldwax/mixed (RIGHT) Artwork by Mike Scherfen, "The Gatekeeper” 18x24, watercolor

On display in their windows galleries, “Sandy Taylor and Carol Magnatta: A Juxtaposition.” The artists’ note: This exhibition is a collaborative “Juxtaposition”: we recognize our very different yet similar love of painting, our mutual inspirations, our contrasting styles and approaches to the process. Our mutual inspiration is nature, color, the human body. Our work is from life, outdoors or in the studio. Our differences exist in how we choose to portray our subjects and how we handle paint. The immediacy of approach is the common thread that ties our work together. We find our joy interacting with the world to make art.

AHArts will be hosting an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 27 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light fare will be served. The gallery is open from Wednesday through Sunday. For hours and directions, click here. Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is located at 54 First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. They are a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of the arts to transform and enrich communities. Their primary function is to develop and execute events and arts related activities for the benefit of our communities.

Atlantic Highlands Arts Council presents Poetry Reading by Wendy Jean MacLean

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- Hey there, poetry lovers and literary friends! Join the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council on Tuesday, August 9th at 7:00pm to kick off a new series of readings in their gallery space. Treat yourselves to an evening of poems as we celebrate the important relationship between visual arts and the written word. The guest is award-winning poet Wendy Jean MacLean who will be reading from her recently published book, ...

(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ) -- Hey there, poetry lovers and literary friends! Join the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council on Tuesday, August 9th at 7:00pm to kick off a new series of readings in their gallery space. Treat yourselves to an evening of poems as we celebrate the important relationship between visual arts and the written word. The guest is award-winning poet Wendy Jean MacLean who will be reading from her recently published book, On Small Wings.

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here. The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is located at 54 First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

Cosmic and intimate, gritty and gentle: from the first moments of creation to the aching losses of dementia, the poems in Wendy's book draw from nature’s relentless promises of birth, death and change. Ranging from complicated ancestry to the simple joy of a rainy morning, these poems invite the reader to ponder the mysteries and beauty of eternity, in each day. Wendy's poetry springs from extraordinary depths of vision, honed through her years of ministering to a broad spectrum of seeking souls. Her ear is tuned to the joys and suffering of being alive, which she hears as keenly as the slap of tiding water and the flutter of chickadee wings.

Poetry is her first language, the forge where she transposes mute feeling into words that capture the small and monumental movements of the human heart. Ageless rhythms of nature and small miracles are considered and seamlessly woven into the elemental images of daily experience.

Wendy Jean MacLean’s everyday life is rimed with numinous light.

Her award-winning poetry explores the untold stories of ordinary objects like buttons and stones, and our deepest humanity. Her work is shaped by a lifelong engagement with mythology, gospel and literature. Published in Crosswinds, Gathering, Green Spirit, Ancient Paths, CASA, Boosey and Hawkes, GIA, Streetlight, Arborealis. Sheila-na-Gig, Collegeville Bearings Online, andcommissioned and sung internationally. Awards include: the Don Gutteridge Inaugural Poetry Prize; Big Pond Rumours Chapbook; Open Heart; Poetry Matters; the Drummond.Wendy is a retired minister of the United Church and a Spiritual Director.

Wendy has spent a lot of time in wonderland, blissfully free to follow the Spirit wherever it leads. This has taken her in and out of conventional roles, from her birth in Toronto and childhood in the suburbs of Montreal, to a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in English and Classics and training in early childhood education at University of Ottawa.

After this traditional start, her adventures led her to a small elementary school in Chibougamau, and international schools in Saudi Arabia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forests of Chibougamau, the deserts of Saudi and the mountains of Addis continue to ferment in her poetry.

Living in Athens, a small village in Ontario, with her two sons, Angus and Chester, she spent hours reading and writing storybooks and silly poems. At some point, she recognized that the restlessness in her soul was a call, and she went back to school to prepare for ministry in the United Church of Canada, earning her Masters in Divinity from Queen’s Theological College. This began another adventure, which tuned her ears through the ancient words of prophets and poets in scripture, and the writings of mystics and feminist theology. After serving in Kingston, Cowansville, Montreal and Lyn, Ontario, she transitioned to a ministry of Spiritual Direction. This is an ancient tradition of “soul friends” and spiritual accompaniment.

Over the years she has published many prayers for liturgy, but with the encouragement of her writers’ group in the Eastern Townships, she had two books published by Borealis Press: Rough Angel, Ange Ecru, with translations by Michel Gadoury (2006) and Spirit Song in Ancient Boughs (2008).

Hearing her poetry sung has been a great joy to Wendy. Commissioned by over ten composers, she entrusts their music with her words’ messages of beauty, justice and wonder. In 2021 her poetry was commissioned for the National Unison Choirs commemoration of the LGBTQ+ Purge, and by the Vancouver Men’s Choir. In words that connect the diversity of nature with the magnificent gifts of human creativity, Wendy echoes the call that has stirred her since childhood: to wonder, spirit and grace.

Wendy lives in Brockville near the St. Lawrence River with her husband, Michel, and a rowdy puppy named Joy.

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHAC) is committed to enabling all visitors to experience its classes and workshops, exhibitions, and public programs. We recognize the diversity of our community’s abilities and needs, and accommodations will be made to allow the fullest level of participation possible.

For accessibility requests or questions, please visit their Accessibility Services webpage.

The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. They are a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that believes in the power of the arts to transform and enrich communities. Our primary function is to develop and execute events and arts related activities for the benefit of our community.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 7:30pmSouth Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmShea Center for Performing Arts300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470category: musicClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 8:00pmBergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631category: comedyClick here for full description Wednesday, November 09, 2022 @ 2:00pmGrunin Center (Gateway Lecture Hall, Building 101, Room 104)1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754category: communityClick here for full description Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 7:00pmNewark Museum of Art - Main Building49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102category: filmClick here for full description

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