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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 Middletown, 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 Middletown

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 Middletown:

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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'She loved what she was doing': Middletown woman battling cancer taught until her last day

Serena Duncan’s final day as a teacher began with an accident. It was Friday, June 3. She was late getting out of bed and fell down. But she got up.She always got up.For eight years Duncan battled breast cancer, and the Middletown resident never let it interfere with her vocation as a first-grade teacher in Jersey City.She scheduled chemotherapy treatments around class. She lost her hair, donned a wig, and after a while, tossed the wig and wore a cap. Even heading into the 2021-22 school year, when d...

Serena Duncan’s final day as a teacher began with an accident. It was Friday, June 3. She was late getting out of bed and fell down. But she got up.

She always got up.

For eight years Duncan battled breast cancer, and the Middletown resident never let it interfere with her vocation as a first-grade teacher in Jersey City.

She scheduled chemotherapy treatments around class. She lost her hair, donned a wig, and after a while, tossed the wig and wore a cap. Even heading into the 2021-22 school year, when doctors estimated she had a year to live, she insisted on being there for her students at Public School 41, Fred W. Martin Center for the Arts. When she no longer could stand, she taught from a chair.

'Proud of how she handles this':Allentown woman can't eat, but she still fights illness

So on June 3 her husband Chris Duncan, also a teacher in Jersey City, knew Serena wouldn’t call for a substitute.

“I begged her to stay home,” Chris said. “She wasn’t even late to school.”

At the day’s end, Chris picked Serena up and noticed a departure from her typically resolute disposition.

“She was crying, she was so tired,” he said. “She slept most of the way home.”

When they arrived, Serena laid on the couch and dozed off.

“She never woke up,” Chris said.

Serena fell into a coma. The 47-year-old was pronounced dead two days later. For all intents and purposes, she served her students until the final hour of her life.

'She loved what she was doing'

As a new school year approaches, Serena Duncan’s story is a reminder that for the many outstanding teachers out there, a career in education is more than a job. It’s a calling. Being in a classroom is a daily opportunity to shape lives in a way few other professions can.

That’s why Serena, quite literally, poured everything she had into it for two decades.

“Being in an urban school is not easy, but you do what you do because you love it,” said Shama Perveen, who taught another first-grade class alongside Serena at P.S. 41 for six years. “She loved what she was doing. That’s why she kept coming every day. She made sure the kids were always laughing. I always felt the kids were excited to go to her class because she made it so entertaining.”

Serena was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. They caught it early. She underwent surgery and went into remission. In 2018 the cancer returned as metastatic. She pressed on.

“There’s a lot of times I would tell her, even her principal would tell her, ‘Take a day off. Stay home,’ but she wouldn’t,” Chris Duncan said. “She loved teaching, she loved the kids, loved her colleagues. She wouldn’t take off, even for chemo.”

And she did more than teach.

“Anything extra after school — fundraisers, working a dance on a Friday night — she signed up for,” said Patty Andersen, kindergarten teacher at P.S. 41. “If it was for the kids, whether she was getting paid or not, she showed up.”

As the cancer spread, Serena’s legs and feet would swell. Moving around became difficult.

“It was clear her sickness was serious,” Andersen said. “She kept carrying on. I couldn’t imagine her not coming in because she just kept doing it.”

The way Serena reasoned it, teaching shifted her focus off the cancer, off the pain and exhaustion.

It kept her going.

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A final task

Serena kept active at home, too. As a mother to son John and daughter Ashlee, now 15 and 13, she did their laundry until the end. In June John was finishing up his freshman year at Middletown High School North. In a show of solidarity, a huge contingent of teachers from that school attended Serena’s wake. They understood.

“That meant everything to me,” John said.

At the end of each week, the teachers at P.S. 41 have to turn in a raft of paperwork to administrators. For Andersen, that task often spilled into the weekend. She typically would cap it off by texting Serena a celebratory “paperwork’s done!” note and Serena would reply with a “thumbs up” emoji.

On Saturday, June 4, Andersen sent the text and got no reply. She figured Serena was out enjoying the day off.

By Monday everyone got the terrible news. And Andersen found out something else: On the final day of her teaching career and the last waking day of her life, a day during which her illness brought her to tears, Serena Duncan had filed all her paperwork. Right to the end, she put her students first.

Jerry Carino is community columnist for the Asbury Park Press, focusing on the Jersey Shore’s interesting people, inspiring stories and pressing issues. Contact him at [email protected]

Back-to-school: NJ father, small business owner collects school supplies at shop for students in need

A Middletown father and small business owner knows this time of year can be a struggle for parents buying school supplies, so he put together a school supply drive -- and the community helped out.You'll leave Ryan Schoentube's Fly Guys Barbershop with a fresh fade. But, he’s also always thinking about the kids. The entire summer, he collected school supplies at his shop for students in need -- that's a story all too fa...

A Middletown father and small business owner knows this time of year can be a struggle for parents buying school supplies, so he put together a school supply drive -- and the community helped out.

You'll leave Ryan Schoentube's Fly Guys Barbershop with a fresh fade. But, he’s also always thinking about the kids. The entire summer, he collected school supplies at his shop for students in need -- that's a story all too familiar.

“My dad had to work two, sometimes three, jobs around this time of the year just to give me and my siblings a decent Christmas and I know he was struggling,” says Schoentube. “So, I know how it feels to see your parents like that, and as a young kid, you don't realize what your parents are sacrificing just to keep you happy.”

What started as a cardboard box and a post on Facebook ended so much bigger.

“I can't even put an amount on it. The whole shop was filled,” says Schoentube. “We had notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, crayons, backpacks and headphones. We had a ton of headphones.”

Support from clients and people he's never even seen before.

“It shows you how many people cared and really showed they wanted to do something and give back,” says Schoentube.

Students at Joseph C. Caruso Elementary School in Keansburg will be using the supplies. Schoentube’s two young kids don't go to the school, but that's where he grew up.

“Now that I'm a little older, I see kids in the store and they are begging their parents for something and it breaks my heart to see that,” says Schoentube. “I know for a fact that dad or that mom can't afford to get this kid something and it hurts to see that.”

“My father was very high on respect and greeting the janitor with the same respect you'll treat the CEO of the company,” says Schoentube. “Always say hello. Always shake a man's hand, look him in the eye. It was a complete honor and I'm so blown away and overwhelmed by the way the community came together when I put this drive together.

His dad had a big influence on his life, and his sister inspired him to put the school supply drive together.

Family is everything to him -- his cousin even helped fix up the barber shop that opened two years ago. From his Facebook, it looks like they will be doing a drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

NJ's Sex Ed. Curriculum Is 'A Model, Not A Mandate:' Middletown Admin

Middletown's head of curriculum says the 66-page heath/phys. ed. learning standards from the Dept. of Education "is a model, not a mandate."MIDDLETOWN, NJ — For those who were not able to attend, below is a recording of the first parent information session, held last Wednesday at High School South, for Middletown public school parents to learn what exactly will be taught in the health/physical education curriculum starting this year.This was the first of two public sessions; the second will be this Wednesday n...

Middletown's head of curriculum says the 66-page heath/phys. ed. learning standards from the Dept. of Education "is a model, not a mandate."

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — For those who were not able to attend, below is a recording of the first parent information session, held last Wednesday at High School South, for Middletown public school parents to learn what exactly will be taught in the health/physical education curriculum starting this year.

This was the first of two public sessions; the second will be this Wednesday night, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. this time at Middletown High School North.

The parent information session was led by Jessica Alfone, Middletown's new assistant curriculum superintendent.

Alfone started off the presentation by saying that New Jersey school districts have the autonomy to create their own health/physical education/sex education curriculum.

"Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there," Alfone began. "Districts have the autonomy to write a curriculum ... Every district has the autonomy to choose a program that fits their needs. The state does not pass down a curricula."

"There is the expectation you be aligned to state standards," she did say. "(But) there is no program where the state says, 'You must do this.'"

Alfone emphasized this 66-page sex education/heath/phys ed. curriculum requirement document from the Department of Education "is a model, not a mandate. We have taken none of that model in Middletown and applied it to our curricula."

In late July, DOE communications director Laura Fredrick told the Bergen Record that school districts will be required to teach the new sex education guidelines.

"The state never said their model curriculum was required," said Middletown schools superintendent Mary Ellen Walker. "The state requires districts to teach the standards for health. Middletown’s curriculum aligns with those standards, and we are in compliance with the NJDOE requirements. The state created a model curriculum. It is just that, a model, not a requirement. Middletown chose to create our own curriculum, as we do with all of our curricula."

Alfone's statements last week echo what state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth), who chairs New Jersey Senate Education Committee, said back in April, when he said New Jersey's controversial new sex education standards should be thought of as a "guide" and said school districts don't have to use specific wording provided by the state.

"The mandate does allow for parental choice with any of the health content," Alfone continued last Wednesday night.

That's why, she said, all Middletown parents were sent forms last week asking them to opt their children into all the health/physical education classes. Middletown is one of the first school districts in the state to require parents send back opt-in forms for students to take this year's health/physical education classes. These forms are required for students in all grades, from K-12.

This is exactly the health/physical education curriculum taught in Middletown schools this year: https://patch.com/new-jersey/m...

You ca watch last week's information session here:

How will NJ respond if schools reject sex ed standards? Gov. Murphy isn't saying

With just days to go before the start of the school year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is declining to say what will happen if some school districts don’t adopt the state’s controversial new sex education curriculum standards.On Tuesday night’s edition of “Ask Governor Murphy,” host Nancy Solomon noted several districts have pushed back on the standards, adopted in 2020 and set to go into effect this school year. Parents at some school board meetings have described lessons prompted by the standards as &ldq...

With just days to go before the start of the school year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is declining to say what will happen if some school districts don’t adopt the state’s controversial new sex education curriculum standards.

On Tuesday night’s edition of “Ask Governor Murphy,” host Nancy Solomon noted several districts have pushed back on the standards, adopted in 2020 and set to go into effect this school year. Parents at some school board meetings have described lessons prompted by the standards as “pornographic” or “perverted.”

“I live in one of those towns, Middletown — and they're pretty active in the hysteria around this,” Murphy said.

In early August, Middletown school officials announced families would have to “opt in” to lessons based on the new standards, which call for discussion of concepts regarding sexual health and identity, and set benchmarks by age for concepts to be introduced. New Jersey law allows families to opt-out of sex education lessons.

Kate Farley, a Middletown Board of Education member, recently told Gothamist by email parents would be given a form at the start of the school year “with the option to consent to instruction for all units or only particular units of study.”

“We did this to put parents in the driver’s seat and ensure that all parents have reviewed the curriculum, are aware of the content and approve of instruction for their child (or not, as the case may be),” she wrote.

She said the district hadn’t heard from the state Department of Education on its plan “because we’ve adopted the new standards and our plan is in full compliance with what is already permitted under NJ law — parents have always had the option to not consent to the health curriculum for their child.”

Middletown is one of several districts looking to balance the state’s requirement with some parents’ arguments that the curriculum exposes children to concepts better addressed in older grades, or at home. East Hanover, in a letter to parents, said lessons based on the new standards would be confined to a single school day.

Some districts have gone further. Garwood’s board of education passed a resolution in May rejecting the standards outright, Patch reported. Warren Township voted this week to ignore the updated standards as well, according to Townsquare Media.

In July, a spokesperson for the state Department of Education told NorthJersey.com any districts that reject the standards could face consequences — but the nature of any penalty might vary. She said she wouldn’t speculate on what the department might do, because the consequences would be decided on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Education’s press office hasn’t yet answered a Wednesday morning email seeking elaboration on potential consequences, or whether it’s been in touch with uncooperative districts to warn them.

During “Ask Governor Murphy,” which airs on WNYC, WBGO and WHYY, the governor also declined to discuss possible consequences — or how the department would gauge compliance.

“We have a lot of different options, but let's remember we have 1.4 million kids,” he told Solomon. “Let's do everything we can.”

As described by the Townsquare Media report, the Warren Township district’s attorney said consequences could include a loss of state funding, corrective action plans, ethics charges — even state moves to strip administrators of licenses or certificates.

But as to the specifics, Murphy told Solomon: “I don’t have a crisp answer for you.”

The New Jersey School Boards Association says in guidance on the standards that they “address topics that students should know about, including personal growth and development; pregnancy and parenting; emotional health; social and sexual health; community health services and support; movement skills and concepts; physical fitness; lifelong fitness; nutrition; personal safety; health conditions, diseases and medicine; alcohol, tobacco and drugs; dependency, and substances disorder and treatment.”

It’s up to individual districts to craft curricula that implement the standards — the state doesn’t provide districts with required lesson plans.

But controversy erupted earlier this year, after Westfield schools released sample lessons the state had provided. Sketches in a folder marked “by the end of grade 2,” for instance, included drawings of naked boys and girls, including pictures of genitals.

Murphy told Solomon the standards are age-appropriate, and New Jersey law gives parents say in their children’s education.

“I just hope folks don't use this as a political wedge to pit us against them,” he said. “And invariably, it’s the LGBTQIA+ community that is the loser when that happens.”

The governor gave one example of a lesson that might be taught in early grades.

“Girls don’t always have to wear pink,” he said. “Boys don’t always have to wear blue. Girls don’t always have to take art classes. Boys, science. Girls one sport, boys different sports.

“We want to create an awareness from the earliest years that you could grow up in America, certainly in New Jersey, but in America to be anything you want to be.”

Ask Governor Murphy is a production of WBGO in Newark in partnership with WNYC and WHYY. It’s hosted by Solomon, a senior reporter for WNYC and Gothamist.

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NJ Hammers Finish Off Remarkable 55-1 Season With USABL Championship

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.The Middletown based Hammers won the USABL 10U World Series championship becoming the No.1 ranked team in the Northeast MIDDLETOWN – With the Little League World Series taking center stage on ESPN this week from Williamsport, Pennsylvania now is the perfect time to take notice of a local travel baseball team that recently completed a season for the ages that virtually nobody heard about.The N.J. Hammers travel baseball ...

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.

The Middletown based Hammers won the USABL 10U World Series championship becoming the No.1 ranked team in the Northeast

MIDDLETOWN – With the Little League World Series taking center stage on ESPN this week from Williamsport, Pennsylvania now is the perfect time to take notice of a local travel baseball team that recently completed a season for the ages that virtually nobody heard about.

The N.J. Hammers travel baseball team, based out of Middletown, New Jersey, competed in the prestigious United States Amateur Baseball League (USABL) in the 10-and-under (10U) division. They traveled up and down the East Coast playing against some of the stiffest competition afforded to them and the results were astonishing.

This spring and summer – playing an ultra-challenging tournament only schedule – the Hammers finished with a staggering 55-1 record and won their second straight USABL World Series championship in addition to winning the Perfect Game 10U Northeast World Series title.

By winning both the USABL and Perfect Game Northeast World Series championships, the Hammers are considered the No.1 Northeast 10U team in the country. A year ago, this same group of kids won the USABL 9U World Series championship.

The Hammers lone loss this season was to a team out of New York, the Grit Black, in a Perfect Game tournament in Newark. However, two weeks later in the Perfect Game Northeast World Series final, the Hammers got their revenge by beating the Grit Black for the championship.

“We got a little payback pretty quickly, which was great,” said head coach Mike Annucci. “It was unbelievable, it really was. I started to get spoiled coaching these kids; sometimes I forget how amazing it is. I look back and realize they did some special stuff this year.”

In the USABL World Series the Hammers defeated another team from New York, the Dreamchasers, in the final to take home the championship trophy.

The Grit Black and the Dreamchasers 10U teams were ranked No.1 and No.2 in the Perfect Game Northeast Preseason rankings.

The NJ Hammers got their start in the summer of 2019 when Annucci and a couple of long-time buddies, who had been friends since playing little league and high school baseball together, decided to put a travel baseball team together. They each had sons who had turned seven that year so they were now old enough to qualify for league play in the USABL 7U division. And so, the NJ Hammers were born.

“We all played ball together when we were younger,” said Annucci referencing his four coaches on the team: Tony Ciccone, Jeff Karpell, Joe LoPresti and Israel Cabreja. “Now we all have boys the same age; that’s how we started this thing. Since we put this group of kids together our record is 157-9.”

So, in four seasons of play, the Hammers have an eye-popping .946 winning percentage which is off the charts.

Recording such a daunting record one might assume the team is guilty of bringing in ringers to supplement the team but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Out of the 11 players on the Hammers roster this season nine have been together and starting since the teams inaugural season in 2019.

When a team wins at the level the Hammers have you obviously must have the pure athletic talent to begin with to sustain that level of excellence. However, just as vital to that continued success is team chemistry and luckily the Hammers are blessed with a ton of it.

“It’s incredible; these kids do everything together,” said Annucci. “All they want to do is be together-they’re all best friends. Being around baseball my whole life I’ve never seen anyone work harder than these kids. They love to play baseball. They’re very mature and very disciplined for young kids and they all kind off rub off on each other and all try to push each other. They’re not kids that goof around at practice - they go there to get better but have fun at the same time. It’s a pleasure to coach them; they’re a really special group of kids.

"They’ve become like brothers to each other playing together since they were seven years old and have a supreme confidence in one and another. They enjoy winning and enjoy battling the best teams in the country and that’s what makes them different.”

In an era of specialization, the Hammers buck the trend by having each player play multiple positions and the team’s versatility has definitely paid off handsomely.

“I have 11 kids and this season all 11 kids pitched,” said Annuccci. “Now some pitched more than others, but every kid was on the mound this year. We take pride in the fact that every kid on the team plays multiple positions; some play as many as four or five positions. In my mind, when these kids get to middle school and high school they’ll need to be flexible if they want to get on the field early.

“I move kids around more than most teams because we have a lot of kids that can play a lot of positions and I want to get them to be very good at all the different positions. That’s the best way for them to learn the game by understanding the different responsibilities of the different positions on the field. We’re very, very focused on the kid’s future in the game.”

Most the kids on the Hammers play multiple sports which also goes against the grain of a lot of today’s young athletes who tend to concentrate on just one sport these days which is unfortunate.

“Most of our kids play other sports,” said Annucci. “My son and three other kids are playing tackle football now, we have a very high-level hockey player, basketball players and wrestlers so we have kids that play a lot of other sports which I feel is important to their growth. In the Fall we play in a league as opposed to just tournament play and it’s much less of a commitment. Therefore the kids can still play other sports in the fall as well. But from March to August, it’s all baseball.”

The Hammers will begin USABL Fall League play in September but as Annucci stated the schedule is much less demanding. Games are played just once a week for seven weeks with playoffs following the season.

As is the norm, the Hammers will play up an age group in the Fall League to prepare them for the upcoming Spring/Summer League.

“We’re going to play in the USABL League for the Fall against the 11U and 12U kids,” said Annucci. “And we’ll be playing on the bigger field trying to get ready for the spring; that’s what we do every year. Last Fall when we were 9U we played up against 10U kids and won the whole thing. So, they can hang with the older kids too.”

The Hammers play their home games behind the Navesink Hook and Ladder fire house in Middletown.

2022 NJ HAMMERS TEAM ROSTER AND STATS:

#2 Antonio Ciccone 2B, OF, RHP, .689 BA, 7 HR, 66 RBI, 115 R

#4 Michael Annucci 3B, OF, RHP, .548 BA, 1 HR, 53 RBI, 68 R

#7 Joey LaPresti SS OF, RHP, .423 BA, 32 RBI, 49 R

#11 Nicholas Verdiglione OF, 2B, RHP, .568 BA, 3 HR, 61 RBI, 77 R

#16 Lorenzo Lambert RHP, 1B, .383 BA, 2HR, 47 RBI, 44 R

#17 Jake Karpell OF, 3B, RHP, .416 BA, 56 RBI, 47 R

#20 Brian Cabreja C, RHP, 1B, .588 BA, 7 HR, 86 RBI, 96 R

#24 Nicholas Heugle OF, 2B, RHP, .485 BA, 45 RBI, 58 R

#25 Logan Travis SS, RHP, OF, .561 BA, 71 RBI, 76 R

#26 Logan Bonici 1B, RHP, C, .481 BA, 2 HR, 52 RBI, 53 R

#99 Michael Faulk 1B, 3B, RHP, .598 BA, 1 HR, 61 RBI, 63 R

BAT BOYS: Luca Ciccone and Nicholas Annucci

The NJ Hammers are a non-profit organization (Omnibuild Youth Athletic League) and a registered 501C. John Mingione is the president of the Omnibuild Youth Athletic League and was instrumental in the formation of the Hammers.

By the way, the Hammers are looking for sponsorship and it would be a great way to promote your business while at the same time help the Hammers cover the ever-increasing cost of fielding a travel baseball team. So, if you’re interested in getting involved with the No.1 USABL team in the Northeast please contact:

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