BASEMENT WATERPROOFING IN Colts Neck

ASK US ANYTHING!

732-741-1103

Basement Waterproofing

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 Colts Neck, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

Service Areas

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.

Basement Foundation Repair Colts Neck, NJ
al super badge
guarantee-service
Guild Quality

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 Wall Repair Colts Neck, NJ
 Mold Remediation Companies Colts Neck, NJ
 Basement Leak Repair Colts Neck, NJ
 Waterproof Basement Colts Neck, NJ

Basement Waterproofing in Colts Neck

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 Colts Neck:

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.

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!

 Basement Waterproofing Colts Neck, NJ

Latest News in Colts Neck, NJ

Holmdel Principal Art Howard Earns New Position

HOLMDEL, NJ: At a recent public Holmdel Board of Education Meeting, Village Elementary School Principal Art Howard was officially promoted to the role of Assistant Superintendent, of the Holmdel School District. He will begin his new role at the end of September 2022, when the new principal transitions. Mr. Howard has been working for the Holmdel School District for the past 17 years, and this will be his 28th year working in education. Last school year, Howard was appointed as the interim superintendent during a transition ...

HOLMDEL, NJ: At a recent public Holmdel Board of Education Meeting, Village Elementary School Principal Art Howard was officially promoted to the role of Assistant Superintendent, of the Holmdel School District. He will begin his new role at the end of September 2022, when the new principal transitions. Mr. Howard has been working for the Holmdel School District for the past 17 years, and this will be his 28th year working in education. Last school year, Howard was appointed as the interim superintendent during a transition phase. TAPinto published a feature article about Mr. Howard in February 2022, where readers were able to learn more about his interesting professional and personal life: Holmdel Interim Superintendent Art Howard: Paying it Forward, Living Happiest Chapter Thus Far

TAPinto briefly interviewed Mr. Howard regarding his new transition from Principal of Village Elementary School to Assistant Superintendent of the entire school district:

TAPinto: Congratulations Mr. Howard on your promotion to Assistant Superintendent. It is said that the only constant in life is change. Looking back on recent years would you have expected such interesting turns and new opportunities on you career path?

Mr. Howard: If you had asked me 17 years ago (when I started at the middle school) if I could see myself serving in Holmdel as the Interim Superintendent or being appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent, I would have shook my head and chuckled at the prospect. But as we all know, life is a funny thing - and when you are lucky enough to be presented with great opportunities like I have been, you can't let them pass you by or take them for granted. In my professional career, I have been very fortunate in being surrounded by such great people - talented teachers, dedicated administrators and community members, that have all played a part in shaping me into the educator I am today. So although I would have never guessed life's twists and turns would have brought me here - I am grateful and thankful I have arrived.

TAPinto: Would you share your perspective on the future of K-12 education? What's the next big thing in education?

I once read somewhere that a lesson could always be learned from misfortune. I believe the tragic misfortune of the pandemic taught the field of education many hard lessons, including where its future should be directed. From my perspective, the pandemic showed us that human connections and interactions are at the heart of education. For as wonderful as the digital learning platforms and technological advancement that occurred during the pandemic were, the understanding of the importance of authentic connections between students and teachers trumped it all. To me that's where the future of education lies, a greater emphasis on mental health issues and addressing the needs of the whole child. Helping students develop interpersonal and social-emotional skills, such as emotional intelligence, empathy, cooperation, anger management, distress tolerance, and decreasing anxiety.

TAPinto: And of course - How’s the summer for you and your family? Any insight or tips on what you strive for in a work and life balance that may help others navigate busy lives?

Although this summer has been a busy one, I can still honestly say that it still has been good. We enrolled our daughter into day camp, so she's been active all summer, experiencing a variety of different things like museums, amusement parks, and zoos. My wife, like me, works all year round - but we still have managed to take breaks to spend time with friends and family.

Even though trying to balance work and personal life can be challenging, it is essential not only for our emotional and mental well-being, but also for our physical health too. This is especially true if you have a demanding profession, where the desire to succeed pushes you to set aside your own well-being. I am sure at one point or another, we have all fallen victim to this very thing. But what I've come to realize is that prioritizing your health first and foremost will make you not only a better employee, but also a better person. Here are three simple tips that I have come to rely on and have often shared with my friends and family. The first one, I already mentioned. It is always important to prioritize your health first and foremost. Prioritizing your health doesn’t have to consist of extravagant or extreme activities, you can do something simple like exercise or meditate. Secondly, don't be afraid to unplug, turn off the phone, shut down answering emails - read a book or watch a funny movie. Disconnecting briefly from the outside world helps us to recover from stress and allows us to recharge. Finally, while work is important, it is essential to always make time for your family and loved ones. No matter how hectic your work schedule or responsibilities might be, you are the one who ultimately has control of how you spend your time and your life. The time we have on this globe is finite, and the one thing that we can't get back once missed is time.

TAPinto: Thank you Mr. Howard. Congratulations again and for any reader who has not seen the previous article about Mr. Howard, you will love this: Holmdel Interim Superintendent Art Howard: Paying it Forward, Living Happiest Chapter Thus Far

Thank you for reading TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck. Don't miss your daily news, sign up free today here. Have a news tip or story idea, text Jeanne Wall at 732.492.2500. This publication has thousands of local readers every day and is a fantastic way to provide unique marketing opportunities for your business or organization. Text Jeanne Wall 732.492.2500 for more information or email [email protected] Interested in franchising TAPinto in Monmouth County? Text or email Jeanne Wall. Have a great day!

Jeanne Wall, Owner/Publisher of TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck, TAPinto Middletown, TAPinto Hazlet and Keyport. Delivering Daily Community News for Monmouth County, while providing unique Marketing, Branding, PR and Community Relations for local businesses and organizations.

Girls volleyball: Teams to watch, group favorites for the 2022-23 season

It’s time to get excited for the New Jersey high school sports season. The chase for the 2022-23 girls volleyball group championships is right around the corner, so with Opening Day about two weeks away, let’s have a look at each group’s potential frontrunners and contenders.Favorite: BogotaLast season: 27-3The Buccaneers were once again the team to beat in Group 1 in 2021. Winners of the North 1 Group 1 sectional championship, Bogota took down Delaware Valley in the group final, marking t...

It’s time to get excited for the New Jersey high school sports season. The chase for the 2022-23 girls volleyball group championships is right around the corner, so with Opening Day about two weeks away, let’s have a look at each group’s potential frontrunners and contenders.

Favorite: Bogota

Last season: 27-3

The Buccaneers were once again the team to beat in Group 1 in 2021. Winners of the North 1 Group 1 sectional championship, Bogota took down Delaware Valley in the group final, marking their third straight title.

This team is loaded with All-State talent. Led by Ashanna Caviness (432 kills) and Mia Pimentel (723 assists, 50 aces), Bogota will be a tough squad to defeat on the court. Other key returners include Gyanna Hernandez (202 kills, 41 aces) and Angelina Buhler (151 digs, 92 kills). The Bucs will not have an easy path as several teams also become a bit more experienced, but all roads will have to go through Bogota for a chance at the title.

Contenders: Delaware Valley, Verona, Glen Rock, Emerson Boro, Rutherford, Secaucus

Favorite: Old Tappan

Last season: 16-8

The Golden Knights walked away as champions in the ultra-competitive North 1 Group 2 sectional last season, moving past Sparta and River Dell for the title. The final standings can definitely be shaken up for this fall, but Old Tappan has a steady core returning to the court.

Old Tappan loses star Jola Olutiola to graduation, but setter Emma Gobo (431 assists) comes back for her senior season to help lead the charge. Samantha Kranzler (115 digs, 79 kills) will be joined by Layla (86 kills, 37 blocks) and Maya Giordano (67 kills) in what should be drawn up as a dynamic squad. Grayson Housley (162 digs) and Brenna Delaney (42 kills, 52 digs) saw consistent action in 2021 as well.

Sparta, River Dell and Demarest are also teams to keep an eye on, as it is almost a guarantee that Group 2 will offer up some of the most intense and unpredictable outcomes this year.

Contenders: Sparta, Leonia, River Dell, Barnegat, Demarest, Gov. Livingston

Favorite: North Hunterdon

Last season: 28-2

Simply put, North Hunterdon was scary last season. Their only two losses came against the teams that finished ahead of them in NJ.com Top 20 - so besides that - the Lions were basically unstoppable. Winners of the North 2 Group 3 sectional championship, North Hunterdon also corraled the Group 3 title following victories over Roxbury and Colts Neck.

This team loses plenty of talent to graduation, but a few non-seniors from 2021 were vital for the Lions and will likely see an amplified role this fall. Sam Wilton is one of the best liberos in the state, tallying 316 digs last year alongside 57 assists and 36 aces. Emma Murry was versatile, logging 90 kills, 111 digs and 30 aces. Colleen Russell contributed 103 kills and 34 blocks and Brooke Logar produced 58 kills and 24 aces.

Teams such as Roxbury and Colts Neck will be hungry to get back on the court for another chance at a group title. Each program returns consistent and powerful players, which does not make it easy for North Hunterdon to repeat as Group 3 champs.

Contenders: Roxbury, Colts Neck, Pinelands, Wayne Valley, Morris Knolls, Tenafly, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Favorite: Williamstown

Last season: 37-0

The Braves are coming off one of the most prolific seasons in the state’s history. Fighting past just about every top team in New Jersey, Williamstown capped their campaign as winners of the Tournament of Champions, Group 4 and the South Jersey Group 4 sectional. Impressively, Williamstown did it without a ton of seniors, so it will be returners galore for an already well-polished crew.

NJ.com Player of the Year Joanna Andrews (784 assists) will lead the charge alongside First Team All-State outside hitter Dajah Williams (306 kills, 123 assists). Julia Schwab (169 kills, 192 digs, 92 aces) and Melissa Anacious (153 kills, 45 blocks) are going to be critical centerpieces of Williamstown’s operation to complement the workload of Williams and Andrews. Libero Mia Owens is expected to only get better, as she racked up 277 digs and 73 aces for the undefeated Braves last season.

Group 4 was arguably the strongest group of the six in 2021, so it will once again be a tough road for Williamstown.

Contenders: Ridge, Old Bridge, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, Bergen Tech, Morristown, Westfield, Southern, Fair Lawn

Favorite: Immaculate Heart

Last season: 23-2

Non-Public A will be interesting. IHA fell to Paul VI in the group final last year and both teams will see plenty of returning players. Paul VI, however, loses First Team-State outside hitter Sadie Arasim, while IHA gets Brookelyn Talmadge (206 kills, 44 blocks) back for one more season, who was also on the First Team. These two squads could very well meet again in the championship for another anticipated thriller. Immaculate Heart will have key contributors in Grace Coughlin (147 kills, 121 digs), Abby Romero (185 digs) and Kalena Stavish (593 assists) to try and get back on track for another title.

Contenders: Paul VI, Montclair Kimberley

Favorite: Newark Academy

Last season: 20-7

Newark Academy exploded onto the scene last year, winning 20 matches and the Non-Public B title over Lodi Immaculate. This championship squad loses just one player to graduation, so much can be expected again from this team in 2022. Four juniors logged 100 or more kills last fall to keep the opposition on their toes, so a balanced attack will be crucial once more from Alyssa Cai (120 kills), Andrea Yan (111), Kiki Afolabi (111) and Chiara Maselli (104). They also return their setter in Andria Huang, who notched 373 assists and 100 digs a year ago.

Contenders: Lodi Immaculate, Mount St. Dominic, Mother Seton

The NJ High School Sports newsletter is now appearing in mailboxes 5 days a week. Sign up now and be among the first to get all the boys and girls sports you care about, straight to your inbox each weekday. To add your name, click here.

Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription.

Bell Works Welcomes Two Anchor Tenants for 'Campus'

HOLMDEL, NJ: LT Apparel, a leading manufacturer of children's clothing, and Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications, will both occupy significant office space at Campus, Bell Works 72,000 square-feet of turnkey office space. LT Apparel’s headquarters will remain in New York City. TAPinto Holmdel reported on Campus in 2021:...

HOLMDEL, NJ: LT Apparel, a leading manufacturer of children's clothing, and Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications, will both occupy significant office space at Campus, Bell Works 72,000 square-feet of turnkey office space. LT Apparel’s headquarters will remain in New York City. TAPinto Holmdel reported on Campus in 2021: Bell Works Holmdel: Somerset Development Celebrates Ground Breaking, Flexible Workspace Campus Coming Soon.

Both Vonage and LT Apparel will have an exciting menu of amenities with 'Campus' life, at Bell Works, including 2 million square-feet of community and connectivity.

“Companies today are seeking well-designed spaces that inspire and encourage their employees to collaborate and exchange ideas. At Bell Works, we find that people arrive with enthusiasm each day as they walk into a place teeming with life,” said Ralph Zucker, president of Inspired by Somerset Development, the developer behind Bell Works New Jersey. “The demand for flexible leasing solutions continues to grow as companies with both small and large footprints seek out spaces where they can expand or condense as needed without sacrificing on best-in-class design and amenities. We’re thrilled to welcome LT Apparel and Vonage, two companies that share similar values like community and connection, to our diverse lineup of tenants and know they will fit in seamlessly.”

LT Apparel Group is a New York-based children’s clothing company, whose portfolio includes Adidas Kids, Carhartt Kids, and French Toast, the leader in schoolwear for kids. LT Apparel is a family-owned, privately held company, with a simple goal: to continuously exceed the expectations of its customers and business partners, while supporting and investing in its employees and communities. The company’s headquarters will remain in New York City.

“It’s important to us that we give our employees a special place to work when they come into the office to collaborate with colleagues in a dynamic environment,” said Alfred J. Sutton, Vice President Supply Chain Operations, at LT Apparel Group. “There is nothing else in the market like Bell Works, a true one-of-a-kind destination, that fits in as well with our business and culture.”

Vonage is a global cloud communications leader, helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation. With offices across the globe and more than 2,200 employees worldwide, Vonage will move its headquarters only a short distance away from its original roots in Holmdel, NJ, to the metroburb, to further accommodate the changing needs of its team members.

“Holmdel has been our home for more than a decade, and we remain committed to this community,” said Stephen Lasher, Chief Financial Officer for Vonage. “Like many companies, in the past two years we have moved to a hybrid working environment. The dynamic, creative, and tech-focused space at Bell Works will allow us to continue to expand right here in New Jersey as we continue to work toward making Vonage a top company for great talent.”

Learn more about Campus here: Bell Works Holmdel: Somerset Development Celebrates Ground Breaking, Flexible Workspace Campus Coming Soon.

Thank you for reading TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck. Don't miss your daily news, sign up free today here. Have a news tip or story idea, text Jeanne Wall at 732.492.2500. This publication has thousands of local readers every day and is a fantastic way to provide unique marketing opportunities for your business or organization. Text Jeanne Wall 732.492.2500 for more information or email [email protected] Interested in franchising TAPinto in Monmouth County? Text or email Jeanne Wall. Have a great day!

Jeanne Wall, Owner/Publisher of TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck, TAPinto Middletown, TAPinto Hazlet and Keyport. Delivering Daily Community News for Monmouth County, while providing unique Marketing, Branding, PR and Community Relations for local businesses and organizations.

Garage Sale Diaries A Free Lunch

Submitted by a Colts Neck residentFrom the street, we could see the typical collection of used household goods on display in front of the opened garage door. It all seemed pretty boring, but then we both saw it at once: a big, old picture frame – really more of a shadow box – and in it were a dozen or so stuffed birds beautifully displayed in naturalistic poses. When we asked her about it, the lady said that she had lots more of that kind of stuff inside. “You should come in and take a look. I’...

Submitted by a Colts Neck resident

From the street, we could see the typical collection of used household goods on display in front of the opened garage door. It all seemed pretty boring, but then we both saw it at once: a big, old picture frame – really more of a shadow box – and in it were a dozen or so stuffed birds beautifully displayed in naturalistic poses. When we asked her about it, the lady said that she had lots more of that kind of stuff inside. “You should come in and take a look. I’d really like to get rid of it all.”

Crowding the small living room were more birds in shadow boxes and a lot of other kinds of stuffed animals. Everywhere we looked, there was a different creature: foxes, wildcats, raccoons and rabbits were scattered all around the room. Hanging on one wall was a giant sailfish, and across from it on another wall were two wild boars’ heads with fierce-looking tusks sticking out the sides of their gaping mouths. Standing over in a corner by an old-time juke box was a huge grizzly bear clawing the air and ready to attack. The lady told us that her grandparents had operated a saloon in North Jersey in the 1940s, and it was decorated with all this stuff, and she said there was a lot more in the basement.

We followed her downstairs as she began reminiscing. She was a little girl when the saloon was in all its glory, and she told us in great detail what it was like back then. Every morning she would stop in to visit her grandpa as he was getting the saloon ready to open. He would give her a big red maraschino cherry to eat on her way to school. Then on the way home in the afternoons, she would stop in, and in exchange for a kiss, he’d give her a brand new penny to spend at the candy store across the street.

She told us that back then, every tavern gave their patrons free food with the drinks at lunchtime. Some gave just peanuts or pretzels or hard-boiled eggs, but others gave their customers more elaborate meals. At her grandpa’s saloon, one whole side of the big barroom was devoted to the free lunch counters. She described all the different exotic foods they offered and how beautifully it was all displayed. She remembered giant cauldrons of boiling hot soup and trays of vegetables. Three men in tall white chef hats would sharpen their knifes on long, wooden handled sticks of steel as they sliced up huge slabs of pastrami and roast beef to make sandwiches to feed the waiting businessmen.

Her basement was crowded with more stuffed animals and dozens of elaborately designed sporting trophies from the early 1900s, as well as boxes of old beer mugs and silverware. On a table off to one side were stacks of colorful fiesta-ware bowls and plates. We couldn’t believe our eyes; we had always been fascinated by that mid-century china. We love the unique shapes and the great, south-of the-border colors. Though it was considered cheap tableware when it first came out in the 1930s, in the past few years, these pieces have become so collectable that the prices have become prohibitive. The lady had more than 100 pieces of it, and she was only asking a few dollars for the whole lot. We just couldn’t resist – now, where do we put it all?

The old trophies were wonderfully designed, most of them in the Art Nouveau style, and each one was unique and beautifully made. Some of them even looked like they were hand-hammered out of pure silver. We know a guy who is looking for that kind of thing for the old-time bar room he’s creating for himself in his basement. We called him, and after we described them to him, he said he’d buy them all, sight unseen – the old juke box too – and that he’d be right over.

Since it was right around lunchtime, while we waited for him to show up, the lady made up some nice roast beef sandwiches. She served them to us on paper plates, but the beer she gave us was in the old mugs from down in the basement – and just like in her grandpa’s saloon, the lunch was free!

State of the Program: Despite graduation losses, Colts Neck football plans to be competitive

Colts Neck – a relatively new program given the depth of the Shore Conference’s football history – has turned itself into a consistent winner over the last few years. The Cougars have done so with a roster full of experienced and talented players.This year will be different. Those tried-and-true players have all graduated. The team is now full of underclassmen.If Colts Neck wants to remain a consistent winner, it’ll have to do so with a host of new players for the first time during this re...

Colts Neck – a relatively new program given the depth of the Shore Conference’s football history – has turned itself into a consistent winner over the last few years. The Cougars have done so with a roster full of experienced and talented players.

This year will be different. Those tried-and-true players have all graduated. The team is now full of underclassmen.

If Colts Neck wants to remain a consistent winner, it’ll have to do so with a host of new players for the first time during this recent stretch.

“We’re replacing some four-year starters and a lot of three-year starters,” Colts Neck head coach Matt Ahearn said. “Whenever you have to do that, it’s a big challenge, especially when you’re doing it with sophomores and juniors.”

The tradition

Over the last three seasons, the Cougars have been a tough team to beat. They’ve gone 20-7 over that span, including an 8-3 campaign during the 2019 season.

Colts Neck’s best season occurred in 2013 when the Cougars won a program best 10 games and advanced to their first and only sectional title game. The Cougars fell to Brick Township in the Central Group 4 final.

The challenge

The biggest challenge facing Colts Neck is clear. How do you replace all that talent?

The Cougars must first find a successor to quarterback Tommy Fallon. A four-year starter, Fallon led the offense during Colts Neck’s successful run with a strong and accurate arm.

Ahearn believes he has plenty of promise at the quarterback position. Dom Beninanto, Tesio Carabello and Brady Tormey are all competing for the starting gig.

“Tommy was a special kid,” Ahearn said. “With that being said, I’m excited about the guys we’re looking at quarterback this year.”

With a quarterback like Fallon, Colts Neck certainly didn’t shy away from throwing the ball around the yard. Ahearn said he’s not married to the idea of throwing the ball a ton this year. It depends on the personnel that hits the field Week 1.

“Every year, we curtail our offense a little bit who our quarterback is, who our running back is,” Ahearn said. “That’ll dictate what we do.”

Another offensive strength for Colts Neck was its offensive line and the sheer size on the players protecting Fallon and establishing the running game. Much of that line has since graduated, but the offensive line should still be a strength.

Matt Liggio started at right guard last year and is described by Ahearn as a "beast in the weight room." Charlie Whalen is the younger brother of last year’s starter Ryan Whalen and will be penciled in at left tackle. He stands at 6-foot-7, 260 pounds.

JJ Cifelli is another 260-pounder and should see time at left guard.

Expectations

Can Colts Neck maintain its winning ways with - aside from the likes of star returnees Will Surdez (WR/LB) and Chris Scully (RB/LB) - mostly a brand new and inexperienced roster? Ahearn certainly hopes so.

With a tough schedule, highlighted by an October game against Wall, the Cougars will have to grind this fall.

“We want to compete every game,” Ahearn said. “Hopefully, we can pull some out in the end.”

Team capsule

Group classification: Central Group 4

Coach: Matt Ahearn, fifth season (24-14)

Assistant coaches: Matt Norman (defensive coordinator/linebackers/running backs), Dom Pollifrone (special teams/offensive line/defensive line), Doug Zocholl (tight ends/defensive ends), Peter Ficorelli (running backs/defensive backs), Tim Vangelas (wide receivers/defensive backs), Shawn Scully (wide receivers/defensive backs), Brendan Wei (wide receivers/defensive backs), Mike Campbell (quarterbacks/defensive backs), Ryan Byrne (quarterbacks/linebackers), Mike Spirito (freshman head coach), Jimmy Portela (assistant)

Offense: Multiple Pro-I

Defense: 4-3

Returning starters: Offense: 4. Defense: 4

Last year: 6-4. Colts advanced to the Central Group 4 semifinals, where it fell to Winslow 41-14. The Cougars beat Timber Creek 17-14 in the quarterfinals.

Top returning players: Will Surdez (Sr., WR/LB), Matt Celli (Sr., WR/DL), Chris Scully (Jr., RB/LB), Matt Liggio (Jr., OL/DL), Eric Loureiro (Jr., TE/DL), Anthony Lombardi (Jr., OL/DL), Dom Beninato (Jr., QB/DB), Aiden Diaz (Jr., WR/DB), Charlie Whalen (Jr., OL/DL), Sam Surdez (Jr., RB/DL)

Key newcomers: Sal Marinello (Sr., WR/RB/DB), JJ Cifelli (Jr., OL/DL), Shea Bresnahan (Jr., OL/DL), Dean Collier, (Jr., OL/DL), Cooper Pearlman (Jr., OL/DL), Albert Yodakis (So., OL/DL), Aidan Manasso (Jr., TE/LB), James Bertan (So., TE/LB), Logan Bresnahan (Jr., WR/DB), Devin Donnelly (Jr., WR/DB), Ashton Ellis (Jr., RB/DB), Jack Tormey (Sr., WR/DB), Landon Roth (So., OL/DL), David Fichenbaum (Jr., WR/DB), Tesio Carabello (Jr., QB/LB), Eoin Fitzpatrick (Sr., TE/LB), Jack Lefkowitz (So., RB/LB), John Sherrod (Jr., RB/LB), Adam Mohamed (Sr., OL/DL), Ben Cohen (Sr., RB/DB), Ethan Sloane (Jr., WR/DB), Sebastian Failla (So., WR/DB)

2022 schedule

Sept. 2: vs. St. John Vianney

Sept. 9: at Freehold Boro

Sept. 16: at Jackson Memorial

Sept. 23: vs. Freehold Township

Sept. 30: at Lacey

Oct. 7: vs. Howell

Oct. 14: at Wall

Oct. 21: vs. Marlboro

Summer roster

No., Player, position, year, height, weight

1 Tesio Carrabello QB, LB Jr. 5'10" 195

2 David Fitchenbaum WR, DB Jr. 5'9" 145

3 Ashton Ellis RB, DB Jr. 5'7" 170

4 Brady Tormey QB, DB So. 5'10" 150

5 Aiden Diaz WR, DB Jr. 5'9" 175

6 Ethan Sloane WR, DB Jr. 5'10" 170

7 Jack Tormey WR, DB Sr. 5'7" 160

8 Matt Celli WR, DE Sr. 6'3" 215

9 Eoin Fitzpatrick TE, LB Sr. 5'10" 200

10 Anthony Syzr WR, DB So. 5'7" 120

11 Jaden Schwegler WR, DB Jr. 5'7" 170

12 Will Calhoun WR, DB So. 6'0" 150

13 Sebastian Failla WR, DB So. 5'10" 170

14 Aidan Manasso WR, DB, K Jr. 6'1" 170

15 Vinny Amadao WR, DB So. 5'8" 130

16 Tyler Roth WR, DB Jr. 5'11" 160

17 Mike Petruzzi WR, DB So. 5'7" 145

19 Dom Beninato QB, DB, P Jr. 5'10" 180

20 Cooper Barlow WR, DB Jr. 5'8" 140

21 Chris Scully RB, LB Jr. 5'10" 210

22 John Sherrod RB, LB Jr. 5'10" 180

23 Joey Randazzo WR, DB Jr. 5'9" 140

24 Alexander Rosario WR, DB, K So. 5'7" 145

26 Adam Calao RB, DB So. 5'6" 140

27 Eric Loureiro TE, DE Jr. 6'2" 210

28 Sean Doherty WR, DB Jr. 5'7" 150

31 Dylan Neves RB, LB Jr. 5'9" 150

32 Will Surdez WR, LB Sr. 6'3" 210

33 Devin Donnelly WR, DB Jr. 5'10" 170

34 Nick Fischer FB, LB Jr. 5'9" 180

35 Daniel Bofotola-Akemba WR, LB So. 5'10" 180

36 Jon Shatku WR, DB So. 5'6" 125

37 Cole Park RB, DL So. 5'8" 180

41 Ryan Herman RB, DL Jr. 5'10" 205

42 Sal Marinello RB, DB, WR Sr. 5'6" 160

43 Maddox Schwegler TE, DE Jr. 5'10" 160

44 Jack Lefkowitz RB, LB So. 5'10" 210

45 James Bertan TE, LB So. 6'3" 200

46 Peter Ficorelli OL, DL So. 6'1" 175

47 Vincente Esteves WR, DB So. 5'6" 130

49 Sam Surdez RB, DE Jr. 6'0" 200

50 Charlie Whalen OL, DL Jr. 6'6" 250

51 Eyffer Nuez OL, DL So. 5'8" 220

52 Dean Collier OL, DL Jr. 5'7" 210

53 Albert Yodakis OL, DL So. 6'2" 225

54 D.J. Fahmy OL, DL So. 5'9" 170

55 Anthony Lombardi OL, DL Jr. 6'2" 255

56 Shea Bresnahan OL, DL Jr. 5'10" 210

59 Matt Thompson OL, DL So. 5'10" 220

61 Landon Roth OL, DL So. 6'0" 210

64 Christian LaSalle OL, DL So. 5'8" 160

65 Colin Roberts OL, DL So. 6'0" 210

67 J.J Cifelli OL, DL Jr. 6'0" 255

68 Luke Bavaro OL, DL Jr. 6'0" 225

70 Matt Liggio OL, DL Jr. 5'11" 250

72 Tarek Khalil OL, DL So. 5'7" 175

74 Aaron Nasimov OL, DL Jr. 6'2" 230

75 Joaquin Aguilar OL, DL Jr. 5'10" 225

76 Anthony Moriano OL, DL So. 5'8" 190

77 Adam Mohamed OL, DL Sr. 5'9" 220

79 Cooper Pearlman OL, DL Jr. 6'1" 230

80 Julian Viallata TE, LB So. 5'9" 180

82 Dante Petrocelli OL, DL So. 5'10" 180

83 Elijah Boza TE, DE So. 6'1" 180

85 Ben Amster TE, LB Jr. 6'0" 200

87 Gavin Caufield WR, DB So. 5'9" 165

88 Lucas Connelly WR, DB So. 5'6" 140

89 Logan Bresnahan WR, DB Jr. 5'8" 150

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

Disclaimer:

This website publishes news articles that contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The non-commercial use of these news articles for the purposes of local news reporting constitutes "Fair Use" of the copyrighted materials as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law.