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

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The Healthy Way Difference

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

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

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

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

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

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

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 Interlaken:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

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

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

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

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

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

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

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

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

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

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

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

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

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

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

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

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

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Latest News in Interlaken

Randolph, NJ district restores holiday names to calendar after uproar

The Randolph Board of Education endured nearly four hours of public comment and criticism Monday night before voting to restore the names of holidays to the school calendar.The special meeting with only one item on the agenda was called after the board was put in the national spotlight for dropping the names of all holidays. Initially, the district had tried to rename Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.Former Gov. Chris Christie even...

The Randolph Board of Education endured nearly four hours of public comment and criticism Monday night before voting to restore the names of holidays to the school calendar.

The special meeting with only one item on the agenda was called after the board was put in the national spotlight for dropping the names of all holidays. Initially, the district had tried to rename Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Former Gov. Chris Christie even joined the chorus of criticism in a tweet calling for the board to rescind their decision or to resign.

The was a large security presence at Monday\'s meeting as resident after resident, some carrying signs that read "all holidays matter" and "resign," took to the microphone to dress down the board.

School board President Tammy MacKay accepted responsibility for the fallout from the earlier vote.

“The buck stops here with those of us seated in front of you and we own it. Neither the superintendent nor any other administrator, principal, teacher or other district employee had anything to do with those votes or decisions. To cast blame on any of them for what this board did is quite simply wrong," she said.

Eliza Schleifstein, a resident who works in public relations, told the board that if the board was her client she would tell them their actions "were a toxic cocktail of arrogance, indifference and sheer stupidity. You did this to yourself."

"In your attempt to be woke, you\'ve wakened up the entire community of Randolph," Ralph Contini of the Italian-American service group Unico National said. "We draw the line in the sand. You have overreached. Enough is enough of this anti-Columbus movement."

Jack Murray, a resident, asked the board if they considered their mission statement, which states they will work with the community groups and accept input from parents, students and the community.

"Not one of you thought about the consequences of your action? I want to thank you for your vote because you\'ve galvanized this special community," Murray said to cheers from the crowd.

The final vote was 8-1 in favor of reverting the calendar. Susan DeVito, the lone member voting against the change.

The board also voted to create a calendar review committee that would ask the community for input about future school calendar changes.

The long-anticipated Jersey Devil Coaster has been born at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, the tallest, fastest, and longest single-rail roller coaster in the world.

The layout of Jersey Devil Coaster is different than most coaster trains. You ride single-file. (Sorry scaredy-cats, you won\'t be able to hold on to your mommy.) That makes for quick loading and unloading, and gives you infinite elbow room on both sides. Just keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the ride at all times.

The ride harness is different too. It\'s big and sturdy, providing a snug fit around the hips. But the built-in shoulder straps are more like your car\'s seat belts. They do have a surprising amount of "give" to them! It definitely adds some extra thrill to your ride. To be clear, I felt completely safe for the duration of my test ride.

As you enter the queue line for the roller coaster, you\'ll be greeted by an enormous likeness of the Jersey Devil himself. A perfect spot to pause for an Instagram selfie. Fun fact: The statue is not brand new. It previously lived in front of the El Diablo looping ride on the west side of Great Adventure, which ran only briefly between 2015 and 2017.

Originally, Jersey Devil Coaster was announced in August 2019. Construction began immediately, with great fanfare and excitement in the air. And then... COVID. Work on the site came to an abrupt halt, as the park shutdown for the first half of the 2020 operating season. Now, Six Flags is safer than ever with their "Clean Team" and "Do the Six" protocols, as the world continues to progress past the pandemic. I think the opening of Jersey Devil Coaster is an important (and well-timed) step in moving forward toward the post-COVID, post-quarantine, post-mask-wearing world.

My favorite time of year at Six Flags is Halloween season. And I really, really, really hope the park capitalizes on the theme of their newest ride this October. (Fright Fest, or Hallowfest, or whatever it will be called this year.) How cool would it be to have even spookier theming and haunted attractions in the area around or even on the ride? (FYI, no Six Flags official would comment on whether or not this has been part of their planning discussions.)

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Six roller coasters at Great Adventure enforce the big 54" minimum height restriction. That can be a pretty high bar for some thrill-loving children (and adults too!) I am pleased to see Jersey Devil is safe for those 4 feet tall and up. My coaster fan son Jackson will also be happy to hear that, since he currently falls within that 48 to 54 inch zone. (Although keep in mind, it\'s single-file seating which may be intimidating for first-time coaster riders.)

I\'m a big dude. 6\'6" and 200-something pounds. Because of the unique style and design of the single-rail coaster, there was some concern about whether I would fit in the restraint. (It\'s a very tight fit for me on Bizarro and El Toro, for example.) I\'m happy to report the Jersey Devil harness was fine - the locking mechanism made it to the 3rd or 4th "click". There was decent forward legroom. But be warned, there is a sizable "hump" on the floor in front of every seat, to accommodate the single rail directly underneath. Because of that, I had to awkwardly and uncomfortably spread my legs during the ride. Foot room is limited too. While my size 13 shoes fit, those with larger size 14 or 15 might have some troubles. Those who shop in the big and tall department already know that squeezing into a roller coaster is a challenge - just keep your expectations in check, as always.

New Jersey reported just short of 4 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 statewide, heading into the last week of May. So how does that break down across all 21 counties?

And, how can some communities show a vaccination rate of more than 100%, according to state data? Reasons include people who have moved, those who are traveling and not residing at home where the census counted them, students who may select their school residence for vaccination data and people in long-term care (or other facility-based housing) among other reasons, as explained in a footnote on the state COVID dashboard.

NJ upgrade of unemployment online system not without glitches

It\'s the latest issue for those receiving unemployment in New Jersey — some folks saw double payments of the federal $300 supplement in a week, while other were skipped entirely as a result of a computer system upgrade, according to state officials.The state\'s unemployment insurance system, which operates using a decades-old programming language, has been beset with problems since the start of the pandemic.The spike of thousands signing up to receive benefits bogged down the "legacy" system and caused substant...

It\'s the latest issue for those receiving unemployment in New Jersey — some folks saw double payments of the federal $300 supplement in a week, while other were skipped entirely as a result of a computer system upgrade, according to state officials.

The state\'s unemployment insurance system, which operates using a decades-old programming language, has been beset with problems since the start of the pandemic.

The spike of thousands signing up to receive benefits bogged down the "legacy" system and caused substantial delays in processing some payments.

Some good news, according to state Office of Information Technology and Department of Labor officials, is that migrating the mainframe processing to a new, much faster platform over the weekend will "significantly enhance online service delivery" to all claimants as well as anyone using other online state systems.

In the short term, the work could cause a delay in receiving the $300 unemployment supplement, as payments usually processed early in the weekend were delayed. Claimants unable to certify this past Sunday will have to wait until Friday so they don\'t miss a week of benefits.

In contrast, a "small group" of claimants received more than one $300 payment for the week of June 5.

"To satisfy the overpayment, no $300 payments were issued to this group of claimants for the week ending June 12. Those who received more than one extra $300 payment will see their $300 payments continue to be offset until the overpayment is satisfied. Any claimant who was not overpaid previously but received no FPUC payment this week will receive two FPUC payments ($600) on June 21-22," a spokesperson wrote to New Jersey 101.5.

13 things to love about Six Flags Great Adventure\'s new Jersey Devil roller coaster

The long-anticipated Jersey Devil Coaster has been born at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, the tallest, fastest, and longest single-rail roller coaster in the world.

The Number 13

The Six Flags Great Adventure team has surrounded their latest ride with sinister details, to perfectly match the theme. Those with triskaidekaphobia, beware! Jersey Devil Coaster is 13 stories tall. It will be the park\'s 13th active roller coaster. The public grand opening is scheduled for the 13th of June. And each train carries 13 passengers - 12 humans, plus the Jersey Devil himself!

A Real Record-Breaker

Great Adventure has always been home to world-class roller coasters, and Jersey Devil Coaster is an epic addition to that history. According to RCDB.com, Jersey Devil Coaster is one of 18 single-rail roller coasters throughout the world. And it is being touted as the tallest (130 feet), the fastest (58 mph), and the longest (over 3,000 feet).

The First Drop

I couldn\'t believe how steep both the lift hill and first drop were! You descend at an 87-degree angle almost straight down. When the roller coaster\'s train is full, you are going very fast by the time you hit the first inversion.

You go upside-down three times: a raven dive, a 180-degree stall, and zero-gravity roll. And it\'s the middle one - the 180-degree stall - that is absolutely the wildest part of the ride. You\'re literally upside-down for 2 or 3 seconds. It\'s fun to watch from the ground. And on the ride, if you don\'t know it\'s coming, it\'s pretty intense.

The layout of Jersey Devil Coaster is different than most coaster trains. You ride single-file. (Sorry scaredy-cats, you won\'t be able to hold on to your mommy.) That makes for quick loading and unloading, and gives you infinite elbow room on both sides. Just keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the ride at all times.

A Harness with "Give"

The ride harness is different too. It\'s big and sturdy, providing a snug fit around the hips. But the built-in shoulder straps are more like your car\'s seat belts. They do have a surprising amount of "give" to them! It definitely adds some extra thrill to your ride. To be clear, I felt completely safe for the duration of my test ride.

The \'Jersey Devil\' Theme

The rumors of a "Jersey Devil" themed ride or roller coaster at Great Adventure are practically as storied and legendary as the creature itself. There are so many attractions at the park themed around licensed characters. It\'s about time the devil gets his due.

The \'Jersey Devil\' Statue

As you enter the queue line for the roller coaster, you\'ll be greeted by an enormous likeness of the Jersey Devil himself. A perfect spot to pause for an Instagram selfie. Fun fact: The statue is not brand new. It previously lived in front of the El Diablo looping ride on the west side of Great Adventure, which ran only briefly between 2015 and 2017.

New Thrilling Skyline

Jersey Devil Coaster is Six Flags Great Adventure\'s first new coaster since Joker, which opened in 2016. It\'s always a special moment to visit the park right after the "skyline" has changed. The back corner of the park just looks fantastic with the lift hills of Jersey Devil, Nitro, and Batman rising above the trees.

Originally, Jersey Devil Coaster was announced in August 2019. Construction began immediately, with great fanfare and excitement in the air. And then... COVID. Work on the site came to an abrupt halt, as the park shutdown for the first half of the 2020 operating season. Now, Six Flags is safer than ever with their "Clean Team" and "Do the Six" protocols, as the world continues to progress past the pandemic. I think the opening of Jersey Devil Coaster is an important (and well-timed) step in moving forward toward the post-COVID, post-quarantine, post-mask-wearing world.

Halloween Possibilities?

My favorite time of year at Six Flags is Halloween season. And I really, really, really hope the park capitalizes on the theme of their newest ride this October. (Fright Fest, or Hallowfest, or whatever it will be called this year.) How cool would it be to have even spookier theming and haunted attractions in the area around or even on the ride? (FYI, no Six Flags official would comment on whether or not this has been part of their planning discussions.)

Height Requirement: 48 inches

Six roller coasters at Great Adventure enforce the big 54" minimum height restriction. That can be a pretty high bar for some thrill-loving children (and adults too!) I am pleased to see Jersey Devil is safe for those 4 feet tall and up. My coaster fan son Jackson will also be happy to hear that, since he currently falls within that 48 to 54 inch zone. (Although keep in mind, it\'s single-file seating which may be intimidating for first-time coaster riders.)

However: Will You Fit?

I\'m a big dude. 6\'6" and 200-something pounds. Because of the unique style and design of the single-rail coaster, there was some concern about whether I would fit in the restraint. (It\'s a very tight fit for me on Bizarro and El Toro, for example.) I\'m happy to report the Jersey Devil harness was fine - the locking mechanism made it to the 3rd or 4th "click". There was decent forward legroom. But be warned, there is a sizable "hump" on the floor in front of every seat, to accommodate the single rail directly underneath. Because of that, I had to awkwardly and uncomfortably spread my legs during the ride. Foot room is limited too. While my size 13 shoes fit, those with larger size 14 or 15 might have some troubles. Those who shop in the big and tall department already know that squeezing into a roller coaster is a challenge - just keep your expectations in check, as always.

NJ Jewish groups defend Tenafly girl’s Hitler ‘accomplishments’ project

TENAFLY — Mayor Mark Zinna and several Jewish organizations defended a fifth grader whose project about Hitler’s “accomplishments” caused furor but blamed the administration for poor judgement in its response.Dressed as the Nazi dictator, the student told her class at the Maugham Elementary School that "my greatest accomplishment was uniting a great mass of German and Austrian people behind me," later adding "I was pretty great wasn\'t I?"A handwritten paragraph entitled "Accompl...

TENAFLY — Mayor Mark Zinna and several Jewish organizations defended a fifth grader whose project about Hitler’s “accomplishments” caused furor but blamed the administration for poor judgement in its response.

Dressed as the Nazi dictator, the student told her class at the Maugham Elementary School that "my greatest accomplishment was uniting a great mass of German and Austrian people behind me," later adding "I was pretty great wasn\'t I?"

A handwritten paragraph entitled "Accomplishments," as shared to social media by community members over the weekend, was posted on a hallway display.

After vowing to review the entire project, Superintendent Shauna DeMarco said on Wednesday that the assignment was meant to take on "social norms and historical figures who personify good and evil." She noted the student\'s teacher is Jewish.

"Given that the lesson was specifically issued within the context of social justice, it is unfair to judge any student or teacher in this matter," DeMarco said.

A joint statement signed by Zinna, Council President Lauren Dayton and several Jewish groups said the girl and her family "have unfortunately been subject to much ridicule and harm, which they do not deserve."

"We are confident that this family had no intention of harming or offending anyone and should not be blamed or held responsible for the events at the school," according to the statement also signed by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, the Israeli-American Council, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Kehillat Kesher/Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood, Temple Emanu-El of Closter and Temple Sinai of Bergen County

"This situation was caused by a series of poor and inexcusable judgment decisions by the school and district administrations. This warrants further action and discussion, which we intend to pursue vigorously. Furthermore, their failure to provide clear communication or a thorough explanation to the community has only inflamed the situation. It is our expectation that future communication will be complete and transparent."

They blamed social media for blowing up the situation and urged the community to deescalate.

"We look forward to coming together as a community to begin the healing process through education, communication, and ownership," the statement said.

NJ\'s most and least COVID vaccinated towns, by county

New Jersey reported just short of 4 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 statewide, heading into the last week of May. So how does that break down across all 21 counties?

And, how can some communities show a vaccination rate of more than 100%, according to state data? Reasons include people who have moved, those who are traveling and not residing at home where the census counted them, students who may select their school residence for vaccination data and people in long-term care (or other facility-based housing) among other reasons, as explained in a footnote on the state COVID dashboard.

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Most fully vaccinated municipality: Longport 82% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Pleasantville 28% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: Teterboro 178% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Fairview 26% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: Pine Valley 70% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Tavistock* (population of 11) 9% all ages

Camden (city) 20% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: Livingston 64% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Irvington 18% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: Secaucus 51% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Union City 29% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: Stockton Borough 55% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: (tied) Kingwood 31% all ages

(tied) West Amwell 31% all ages

Most fully vaccinated municipality: (tied) Berkeley Heights 53% all ages

(tied) Westfield 53% all ages

Least fully vaccinated municipality: Plainfield 24%

How NJ will spend $2.2 billion in federal COVID recovery funds

TRENTON – State government leaders have outlined plans for how they will spend about 35% of the more than $6.2 billion in federal coronavirus recovery funds New Jersey received through the American Rescue Plan.In total, the state has received $6,244,538,956 through the ARP, plus around $192 million devoted to broadband expansion and improvements.The $6.2 billion comes with some restrictions from the federal government and is intended to be spent through the end of 2024.Here’s how $2.216 billion would be spent...

TRENTON – State government leaders have outlined plans for how they will spend about 35% of the more than $6.2 billion in federal coronavirus recovery funds New Jersey received through the American Rescue Plan.

In total, the state has received $6,244,538,956 through the ARP, plus around $192 million devoted to broadband expansion and improvements.

The $6.2 billion comes with some restrictions from the federal government and is intended to be spent through the end of 2024.

Here’s how $2.216 billion would be spent, as outlined in state budget documents:

Gov. Phil Murphy can make unilateral decisions about spending a $200 million fund of ARP money without legislative input, in increments of less than $10 million. Any larger or additional payments must be approved by the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, a panel of six state legislators.

The budget will also require the state Department of Education to report by the end of March about how school districts used their ARP aid. The state’s chief technology officer must also file a report by Oct. 1 on the state’s most critical information technology needs that could be met using federal funds.

Michael Symons is State House bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. Contact him at [email protected].

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State environmental officials are working to get several property owners to clean up their acts around New Jersey, including in Middlesex, Mercer and Atlantic Counties.

Illegal dumping and gas and chemical contamination of water and soil are among the issues at hand in the state\'s lawsuits and requested court orders.

Seven lawsuits focused on "overburdened" communities address pollution in Camden, Trenton, Kearny, Secaucus, Edison, Bridgeton and Egg Harbor City, while two additional cases are based in Butler and Vineland.

If you’re not vaccinated, the state of NJ is coming to your door (Opinion)

Didn\'t we just get news a few days ago that New Jersey had hit it\'s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults? Indeed, Eric Scott reported that about 4.7 million adults in the state have been fully vaccinated. This is what the Murphy administration wanted to achieve by the end of June. Mission accomplished.So why are we now reading in the Asbury Park Press that New Jersey is sending what they are calling ...

Didn\'t we just get news a few days ago that New Jersey had hit it\'s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults? Indeed, Eric Scott reported that about 4.7 million adults in the state have been fully vaccinated. This is what the Murphy administration wanted to achieve by the end of June. Mission accomplished.

So why are we now reading in the Asbury Park Press that New Jersey is sending what they are calling \'strike teams\' into towns where the COVID vaccination rates are low? They will be knocking on doors of private homes trying to convince people to take the vaccine.

"We are strongly encouraging folks to get the vaccination," says Daniel Regenye, Ocean County\'s public health coordinator. That county has one of the lowest vaccination rates and among the highest rates of COVID-19 infections.

These \'strike teams\' will be knocking on doors in Lakewood, Brick, Jackson and Toms River. In Monmouth County they\'ll be out as well, paying visits to people\'s homes in Howell and Middletown.

Why? When the goal has been achieved, why are they doing this? Health officials say it\'s because they\'re now worried about the Delta variant. The B.1.617.2 variant was initially found last December in India. It\'s thought to be more transmissible and more potent than the original virus and it is accounting for 7% of New Jersey cases in the past month and picking up steam. Still, when new daily reported cases are numbers that are relatively low is this a huge threat or is this an overreaction? After all, on Tuesday only 182 new cases were reported so only about 12 of those would be from the Delta variant.

Here\'s my take. I\'m vaccinated. I believe in vaccinating against COVID-19. However I don\'t believe in forcing a person\'s hand. It\'s a highly personal decision and these vaccines, while FDA approved, are only approved on an emergency basis. Long-term studies have been impossible. To knock on the doors of people\'s private homes is not legally forcing them to do anything. Granted, it\'s an ask not a tell. Yet it\'s intrusive. It\'s high pressure. It\'s borderline harassment in my opinion.

Why? Because practically nothing has been talked about as much for the past six months than these vaccines. Ads on television, ads on radio, ads on websites, word of mouth, daily news updates. It is so much a part of the public consciousness at this point that everyone knows they can receive a vaccine if they want to. Banging on doors and guilting people into it is beyond the pale.

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. Any opinions expressed are Jeff Deminski\'s own.

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