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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 Keyport, 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 Keyport

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 Keyport:

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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Roselle Park Panthers emphasize eliminating mistakes

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When things don’t go right, and, as a result, you finish with a nine-game losing streak, there are many things to fix.Is there major tweaking going on at Roselle Park High School?“The emphasis is to eliminate mistakes,” third-year head coach Greg Dunkerton said. “There are no small mistakes in football.”Roselle Park was competitive in some of those losses and scoreboardwise not so much in the others.That brings us to this year. There are some new athletes at d...

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When things don’t go right, and, as a result, you finish with a nine-game losing streak, there are many things to fix.

Is there major tweaking going on at Roselle Park High School?

“The emphasis is to eliminate mistakes,” third-year head coach Greg Dunkerton said. “There are no small mistakes in football.”

Roselle Park was competitive in some of those losses and scoreboardwise not so much in the others.

That brings us to this year. There are some new athletes at different positions and some returning players at others. As is always the case, there are new faces ready to make an immediate impact.

“It’s all about how we are able to bring the big picture together,” Dunkerton said. “In the summer, it was concepts, and then, when practice began, it was installing how we execute technique.” Roselle Park’s first scrimmage was at home vs. fellow Group 1 school Keyport High School.

“That was a great matchup for us,” Dunkerton said. “It was fast and played with a lot of intensity.”

Roselle Park had its game scrimmage at Group 5 school J.P. Stevens of North Edison on Friday, Aug. 26.

“To go up against a Group 5 school, yes, that was by design,” Dunkerton said. “We know they will have some size, but I want our kids ready to go. I think this will benefit them.”

Roselle Park is scheduled to open at South Hunterdon Regional High School on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.

Leading the offense this year is first-year varsity quarterback Xavier Padilla, a junior with some size at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds.

“Xavier is tall, athletic and strong, and has come a long way,” Dunkerton said. “He’s learning to read defenses and trying to work on his passing game.

“As a unit, we’re just trying to stay in our lane right now,” Dunkerton said. “We just want to stay dialed in.”

Returning starters Elijah Ignacio at running back and Kevin Osorio on line have the most experience of the players back on offense. John Ranieri, now a junior, became a starter at fullback last year and, according to Dunkerton, “did a nice job.”

Ranieri, at linebacker, is also a leader on defense.

“He’s our signal-caller there,” Dunkerton said.

Fellow junior Darren Chen is a first-year linebacker.

“He’s our new outside linebacker and a vocal leader as well,” Dunkerton said.

Dunkerton mentioned that Ignacio has provided quality leadership as well.

“After last season we looked at where we can improve,” Dunkerton said. “Details cost us games. Execution is so important.

“We need to execute the entire play, the entire series, the entire game, if we are going to be successful. We have to eliminate a lot of the mistakes we’ve made in the past. That has cost us.”

Roselle Park’s wing-T offense: • L Kevin Osorio, senior, 5-10, 250. • L Lucas Belsky, junior, 5-8, 170. • L Darren Chen, junior, 5-10, 180. • L Manny Mazuelos, junior, 5-8, 200. • L Matthew Drada, sophomore, 6-0, 230. • TE Kushan Patel, junior, 6-0, 175. • QB Xavier Padilla, junior, 6-2, 195. • RB Elijah Ignacio, senior, 5-10, 195. • RB-PK Adrian Palacios, junior, 5-11, 165. • RB John Ranieri, junior, 5-7, 175. • WR Tyler Signorello, junior, 5-9, 145. Returning starters: Osorio, Ignacio, Ranieri.

Roselle Park’s 4-4 defense: • L Kushan Patel, junior, 6-0, 175. • L Matthew Drada, sophomore, 6-0, 230. • L Kevin Osorio, senior, 5-10, 250. • L Manny Mazuelos, junior, 5-8, 200. • LB Darren Chen, junior, 5-10, 180. • LB John Ranieri, junior, 5-7, 175. • LB-P Xavier Padilla, junior, 6-2, 195. • LB Elijah Ignacio, senior, 5-10, 195. • CB Tyler Signorello, junior, 5-9, 145. • S Adrian Palacios, junior, 5-11, 165. • CB Jermaine Hart, senior, 6-0, 170. Returning starters: Osorio, Ranieri, Ignacio, Signorello.

2022 Roselle Park Panthers football schedule: • Sept. 2: at South Hunterdon, 7 p.m. • Sept. 9: vs. Jonathan Dayton, 6 p.m. • Sept. 15: at David Brearley, 6 p.m. • Sept. 23: vs. Highland Park, 6 p.m. • Oct. 1: at Spotswood, 1 p.m. • Oct. 7: vs. Middlesex, 6 p.m. • Oct. 14: at Dunellen, 7 p.m. • Oct. 21: vs. Newark Collegiate, 6 p.m. • Nov. 23: at Roselle, 6 p.m. Head coach: Greg Dunkerton, third season

2021 Roselle Park Panthers, 1-9: • Roselle Park 35, Dunellen 0, away. • Bound Brook 40, Roselle Park 28, away. • David Brearley over Roselle Park by forfeit. • Middlesex 20, Roselle Park 14, away. • South Hunterdon 28, Roselle Park 6, home. • New Providence 42, Roselle Park 7, away. • Jonathan Dayton 18, Roselle Park 13, home. • Belvidere 26, Roselle Park 0, home. • North Arlington 53, Roselle Park 27, away. • Roselle 32, Roselle Park 14, home. Head coach: Greg Dunkerton, second season. Section: North, Group 1 Conference: Big Central Division: 1A, 0-4 Record: 1-9 Home: 0-4 Away: 1-5 Neutral: 0-0 Points for: 144 Points against: 259 Shutouts: 1 Overtime: 0-0

Roselle Park Panthers Head coach: Greg Dunkerton, since 2020, 1989 Dubuque Senior High School, Iowa graduate Record: 3-13, or .188 Conference: Big Central Division: Freedom Gold Section: North, Group 1 Roselle Park’s last sectional title: 1993 2021: 1-9 Herm Shaw Field: Grass

Roselle Park’s final regular season game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the night before Thanksgiving. Now that the Rams have lights, they plan on hosting Roselle Park the night before Thanksgiving. When Roselle Park next hosts, the game will still be on Thanksgiving morning at Herm Shaw Field. “We want to keep it,” Dunkerton said. “I know the community wants to keep it. It’s something the community gets behind.”

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Kevin Kelly Salon owner started Bayshore business when he was still a teen

Special to the Asbury Park PressKEYPORT - Ever since landing a job at a local hair salon in high school, Kevin Kelly knew that he wanted to pursue a career in hairstyling. And the industrious Union Beach resident realized his dream six years ago by opening his own shop, Keyport-based Kevin Kelly Salon — all while still in his teens.“Growing up, I wanted to be in the fashion industry, though I wasn’t sure how,” said Kelly, who turns 24 this month. “But when I was 17, I got a job as a ...

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KEYPORT - Ever since landing a job at a local hair salon in high school, Kevin Kelly knew that he wanted to pursue a career in hairstyling. And the industrious Union Beach resident realized his dream six years ago by opening his own shop, Keyport-based Kevin Kelly Salon — all while still in his teens.

“Growing up, I wanted to be in the fashion industry, though I wasn’t sure how,” said Kelly, who turns 24 this month. “But when I was 17, I got a job as a receptionist at a hair salon in Red Bank and I loved it. Unlike working at a big company where people don’t necessarily know all of their colleagues, we all knew each other at the salon and did everything together,” he said of the camaraderie he experienced.

“I also loved seeing how the services we provided positively transformed our clients, both physically and mentally," he said. "It didn’t take me long to realize that hair was my thing.”

Kelly followed his passion after high school, enrolling in Robert Fiance Beauty School in Ocean Township in 2016 while continuing to work at the salon in Red Bank, and before long, his demonstrated skills began attracting interest.

“After a few months of school, a lot of my family members, friends and their family members started asking me to do their hair, so much so that I launched Kevin Kelly Salon from the garage of my house in 2016,” he said. “I overhauled the garage with nice floors and paint and outfitted the space with two styling stations, a sink and a color bar so that it was like a little studio.”

As positive word of mouth continued to drive more people to his garage, “it got to the point where people were coming to the house that I didn’t know all that well,” said Kelly, and he realized that it was time to relocate to a commercial space.

“While leasing formal space was a daunting prospect for an 18-year-old, I had 20 steady clients at the time and decided to go for it,” said Kelly, who graduated from his 1,200-hour beauty school program in 2018. “I started out in a house zoned for commercial business in Union Beach, but it was a bit off the beaten path and had limited exposure, so I found a great place in Keyport and moved into a temporary space in Hazlet while it was being renovated.” He ultimately moved to his current Keyport location in 2020.

'Like you’re at home getting your hair done'

In the glam-chic studio that’s been home to Kelly and his team for the past two years, “we have seven stations, a makeup station, a hair extension bar, a general waiting area and a space clients can relax in while their color processes,” said Kelly of his hair/makeup salon and blowout lounge.

Supported by six other stylists and three assistants, several of whom have been with him from the beginning, “color and extensions are the key services I specialize in and the ones I’m known for.”

Unlike the impersonal corporate atmosphere he’s always eschewed, “our salon is very comfortable, like you’re at home getting your hair done,” he said of the personality of his shop, which draws both local clients as well as those from as far as northern and southern New Jersey. “Everyone is talking to everyone and we’re all intertwined in all of our clients, which is the best part,” he said. “It’s a cozy, welcoming place.”

As a specialist in extensions, which start from $1,000 to $2,000 at the salon and can last for six months if properly maintained, “I do a seamless install that looks totally natural,” Kelly said. “There’s often a bad rap associated with extensions, so getting them right and having people see that extensions can look great and be easily worn and maintained is my mission.”

Though Kelly doesn’t place much stock in trends — “I care more about what works best for my clients,” he said — he confirmed that certain styles are definitely more in demand these days. Among them, “balayage (the painting of hair), blonding services, and ‘lived-in’ looks that grow out seamlessly and don’t require high maintenance or frequent salon visits are very popular today,” he said, adding that both straight styles and natural textures and waves are also in.

What’s out? According to Kelly, “ombre looks and traditional highlights are less popular because they don’t grow out seamlessly/uniformly.”

Aside from the challenges associated with building a new business during the pandemic, “staffing can be difficult because there tends to be high turnover in all salons,” Kelly said. “We often work 11- to 12-hour days and not everyone who comes into this industry wants to put in their time, but that’s what it takes to build a client book.”

Another challenge is stellar customer service “and making sure that all of our customers are happy,” he said, “even ones who don’t sit in my chair.”

Kelly acknowledged that starting his business so young was a little scary.

“It was about getting myself out there and getting people to believe in me,” he said. “I just needed to figure out how to make it work, but I knew I could be successful. A few years ago, one client in particular came into the salon for services with a bunch of her friends and really helped spread the word about us.”

Thanks to that positive word of mouth as well as the salon’s own social media activity, he said, business has grown precipitously and he and his fellow stylists currently service several hundred clients a month.

Transforming and empowering clients

As a dedicated community partner, Kelly takes pride in using his salon’s platform to make a difference.

“This Aug. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m., we’ll be hosting our second annual fashion show at the salon on behalf of a worthy local cause,” Kelly said. “Last year, we were able to donate $5,000 to The Raine Foundation in Hazlet, which supports children and families in crisis, and this year we’re hoping to donate at least that amount to our 2022 selected charity, Dress for Success.”

With a designer on board who will be making all of the clothes featured in the show and many of the salon’s own clients serving as models, “we expect several hundred attendees and will be both selling and raffling off different pieces,” he said.

Operating within what he describes as a highly saturated, competitive and often judgmental industry, Kelly is adamant that his shop be a positive, welcoming and judgment-free zone.

“Customers enjoy coming to our salon for the homey feeling and upbeat environment,” he said. “I know so much about my clients and always want them to feel relaxed and safe.”

“Ultimately, I enjoy making people happy and helping them feel confident and empowered,” Kelly said of his favorite part of his job. Routinely witnessing how a great hairstyle can change someone’s mood and attitude towards life, “I love seeing the end product and making somebody feel beautiful,” he said. “It’s all about the transformation.”

Location: 362 Broadway, Keyport

Phone: 732-497-0025

Owner: Kevin Kelly

Opened: 2016 (2020 in current location)

Website: www.kevinkellysalon.com

Hazlet Township Committee Appoints Rob Bengivenga as New Administrator.

HAZLET, NJ: On Tuesday evening, at the Hazlet Township Committee meeting, Rob Bengivenga, 39, was appointed as Hazlet Township's new administrator. He will take the helm at Hazlet Township’s Town Hall starting September 1. His appointment won unanimous support in a vote by the four Township Committee members present.As the top executive, Bengivenga will have a significant role overseeing the general management of the town, its business functions and its activities. TAPinto reached out to Bengivenga who commented, “I look f...

HAZLET, NJ: On Tuesday evening, at the Hazlet Township Committee meeting, Rob Bengivenga, 39, was appointed as Hazlet Township's new administrator. He will take the helm at Hazlet Township’s Town Hall starting September 1. His appointment won unanimous support in a vote by the four Township Committee members present.

As the top executive, Bengivenga will have a significant role overseeing the general management of the town, its business functions and its activities. TAPinto reached out to Bengivenga who commented, “I look forward to working with the Township Committee and the entire Municipal Staff to help make sure Hazlet continues to be a great place where people want to live, work and raise their families.”

Bengivenga brings extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.He succeeds Dennis Pino, who has served since 2013 and will continue as Hazlet’s Construction Code Official.

“Hazlet appreciates Dennis Pino’s hard work and commitment to making Hazlet a great place to live all these years, and he has paved the way for the new administrator,” said Committeeman Pete Terranova. “Rob Bengivenga’s experience and knowledge will help take Hazlet to another level. It’s a great time to be a resident of this town.”

Committeeman Skip McKay added, “The Township Committee was happy to approve a wonderfully talented business administrator to lead us through very challenging times ahead, as we deal with inflation, supply chain and stormwater issues.”

Bengivenga, 39, will leave his post as Business Administrator in Phillipsburg, a town of 15,000 in Warren County, where he helped develop a $19 million municipal budget, oversaw all departments, negotiated union contracts, supervised purchasing, advised the Redevelopment Committee and was involved in flood hazard mitigation.

At home in South Plainfield, Bengivenga is currently serving in his sixth term as a Borough Councilman where he gained hands-on experience working with the community, budgets, personnel, purchasing, public works, capital improvement projects and labor contracts. He has experience developing a $30 million municipal budget, as well as a $6.8 million sewer utility budget and a $300,000 pool utility budget. He is the chairman of the Administration, Finance & Public Information committees. He is also a member of the Economic Development, Shared Services and Public Works committees.

Bengivenga earned a BS in Marketing from the Kania School of Management at University of Scranton (PA). He also has taken municipal administration and management courses through the Rutgers University Center for Executive Leadership in Government. He is a Qualified Purchasing Agent.

He and his wife Priscilla have two children, and are expecting a third, a baby boy due in January 2023.

Fight between Jersey Shore towns over where kids go to high school gets heated

Vile. Demeaning. Illegal. Accomplices.Those are the fighting words being tossed back and forth between two school districts in Monmouth County in a series of letters last month.At issue is a decades-long agreement to have Union Beach schools pay tuition to Keyport for its students to attend high school there. Keyport claims the K-8 district of approximately 600 students has been inc...

Vile. Demeaning. Illegal. Accomplices.

Those are the fighting words being tossed back and forth between two school districts in Monmouth County in a series of letters last month.

At issue is a decades-long agreement to have Union Beach schools pay tuition to Keyport for its students to attend high school there. Keyport claims the K-8 district of approximately 600 students has been increasingly sending its students to other towns — and those other districts are “siphoning away” the students — resulting in strained finances for Keyport.

“This action is hitting Keyport in the pocketbook, as the tuition paid by Union Beach to Keyport continues to drop precipitously, significantly impacting Keyport’s budget and finances,” the district said in a letter sent to the community in early February.

But school officials in Union Beach contend that no official ‘send-receive’ agreement exists and parents say they want better academic choices for their kids.

Public records and archival newspapers show Union Beach and Keyport have struggled with the nature of their sending-receiving relationship for decades, specifically whether or not Union Beach has the right to send its high school students to other districts.

Union Beach even tried to terminate the relationship in a 1984 petition, alleging the Keyport High School program “did not meet the needs of all of its students.” But that request was denied.

Based on comments made by parents during two separate public meetings hosted by Keyport and Union Beach last week, there is still a belief that Keyport High School falls short of certain standards.

One Union Beach parent summed it up: “Why should any parent choose to send their children to a high school built in 1927 that is consistently ranked near the bottom of all high schools in Monmouth County?”

U.S News Rankings show Keyport High School is ranked 299th within New Jersey, out of 424 high schools. The high schools where Union Beach students are going — Red Bank Regional, Hazlet Township, and Henry Hudson Regional — all rank significantly higher.

Public records and reports also show the tuition for out-of-district students in those districts is less than the $18,300 tuition cost Union Beach must pay per pupil in Keyport.

According to Keyport Public Schools enrollment figures, there has been a 27% decrease in high school attendees from Union Beach over the past four years. This has coincided with a 17% drop in tuition received from Union Beach over the same time period. Since enrollment is one factor that determines how much state aid a school district may receive, Keyport officials said they are concerned with how this trend will impact that financial allotment as well.

“When we talk about things like course of study and what things are offered at different schools, imagine the challenges faced by any school where they’re losing over the course of a two year period of time over $800,000 in monies with a small budget,” Keyport consultant Scott Feder said last week.

In the letter sent Feb. 9, Keyport told the community its petitioning the state education commissioner to “address the years of financial harm and the ongoing negative disparate educational impact” to its students. The district said “the improper diversion of students” has also increased the percentage of special education students attending the district.

Without that balance, Keyport High School Superintendent Lisa Savoia said the trend could ultimately limit the district’s ability to expand programs and opportunities for all students.

Union Beach officials fired back with a letter to its own community and a second one to Keyport, saying the renewed fight, which they said came without notice, was driving a wedge between them. Union Beach Superintendent Amanda Lewert also took issue with Keyport accusing the special education students as being “lesser achieving learners who do not bring as much value” to the district.

“Instead of constructive action, you have determined to literally burn the bridge between our two towns,” wrote Union Beach administration and Board of Education members in the Feb. 22 letter to Keyport.

Things weren’t always like this between the two bayside communities, said Keyport Mayor Colette Kennedy. After storm surges from Hurricane Sandy destroyed hundreds of homes in Union Beach and damaged the elementary school, Keyport stood in solidarity, opening up its buildings to all displaced students for the remainder of the school year. And when Keyport experienced its own tragedy with the death of Board of Education president Ann Marie Panzarelli in March 2021 due to COVID, the Union Beach school community provided it support.

“The fact that this has gotten to this point, I can’t even explain the heartstrings it’s pulling…and I’m not oblivious to the fact that it’s rooted from my own municipality, and that’s even more heart wrenching,” Kennedy said in an interview with NJ Advance Media.

The mayor said where Union Beach students attend high school has been “a long standing issue” since at least the ‘70s.

“I think the topic did need to be brought to the fore in both districts and I do think the Department of Education needs to make a final decision. But I absolutely stand by that it could have been done in a different way,” Kennedy said.

The goal of the letter that sparked the latest dispute was not to stoke up discontent, said Joseph Stahley, vice president of Keyport Board of Education. Rather, the board felt “at this stage of the legal action, that we needed to communicate with the Keyport community on what was transpiring and what was at stake,” he said.

Union Beach Mayor Charlie Cocuzza said it’s the opportunity to make a choice about your own child’s education that parents in his town desperately want. He has a seventh grade daughter preparing to enter high school in the next two years. She’s unsure whether she wants to attend Keyport High School and the thought “that choice might be taken away from her” is upsetting, Cocuzza said.

Having a choice of high schools to attend provides children with “the best chance to pursue the educational opportunities that best fit their needs and goals,” said members of Union Beach Memorial School PTA Executive Board in a statement sent to NJ Advance Media.

The matter is still pending in the state Department of Education’s Office of Administrative Law.

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Boys Basketball: 2022 Central, Group 1 final - Keyport at Burlington City

Burlington City has been here before.In fact, the Blue Devils have been here many times in recent years.Seemingly always in the postseason conversation, top-seed Burlington City will make its fifth straight appearance in the Central Jersey Group 1 final when it hosts second-seed Keyport on Tuesday. The run started by claiming the sectional crown in 2017, while also winning in 2019 and 2020.There was no state tournament last season.While Burlington City will take the floor in hopes of its third straight championshi...

Burlington City has been here before.

In fact, the Blue Devils have been here many times in recent years.

Seemingly always in the postseason conversation, top-seed Burlington City will make its fifth straight appearance in the Central Jersey Group 1 final when it hosts second-seed Keyport on Tuesday. The run started by claiming the sectional crown in 2017, while also winning in 2019 and 2020.

There was no state tournament last season.

While Burlington City will take the floor in hopes of its third straight championship, the odds weren’t exactly in its favor heading into the season. The program was shut down a year ago due to COVID concerns, so it lacked a great deal of varsity experience. Players had to transition to a new coach in Bryan Warrick, while also dealing with additional COVID issues that would lead to its season opener being pushed back until after Christmas.

As they say, tradition never graduates and this team found a way to push through the winter and generate success.

Keyport also enjoyed success and finds itself playing in its first final since winning the sectional crown in 2004. There’s a tightness about this team, a group of seniors that’s been together since middle school and has dreamed about this moment.

The Red Raiders have put plenty of points on the scoreboard during their run and will hit the road for the first time this postseason.

Here’s a breakdown of the Central Jersey, Group 1 final.

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The matchup

2-Keyport (19-6) at 1-Burlington City (19-6)

When

Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.

How they got here

Keyport: 15-Somerset Tech 102-29; 10-Manville 82-53; 3-New Egypt 67-53

Burlington City: 16-Brearley 85-36; 8-Point Pleasant Beach 66-54; 5-Florence 68-58

Players to watch

Keyport: Max Judson, Jr., F; Anthony Longo, Sr., G/F; George Mitchell, Sr., F; DJ Thomson, Sr., G/F; Nahsirr Hart, Fr., F/C

Burlington City: Izaiah Johnson, Sr., F; Lavion Bell, Jr., G; Jacquez Hunt, Sr., F/C; Dejuan Hunter, Sr., G; Aaron Young, Jr., G; Yasir Fowler, Sr., G

Keyport wins if

DJ Thomson and George Mitchell have been lights out for the Red Raiders and that play needs to continue. Thomson has over 1,700 career points and recently became the program’s second all-time leading scorer. Keyport wants to get out and score in transition, a team that likes to get up-and-down the floor rather than play a half-court set. It’s certainly generated some serious momentum and is averaging nearly 84 points per game in the postseason. If it can dictate the tempo and its big guns stay out of foul trouble, Keyport should be right there at the end.

Burlington City wins if

The Blue Devils have followed the lead of Izaiah Johnson throughout the postseason and will need one more big game from their senior. He’s dropped 18, 32 and 28 points so far, collecting 11 3-pointers in the process. They’ll also need leading scorer Dejuan Hunter to break loose. Burlington City has tradition on its side and home-court advantage, something that is huge when it comes to the biggest of games. If Johnson and Hunter do their part, and the Blue Devils can keep Thomson and Mitchell from stealing the spotlight, another championship is certainly within reach.

The pick

Burlington City over Keyport

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Kevin Minnick covers South Jersey boys basketball. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @kminnicksports

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