The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Neptune, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
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.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Neptune
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 Neptune:
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.
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 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.
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.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
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KPot bringing Korean barbecue chain to two Jersey Shore spots
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NEPTUNE - KPot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot is looking to make its mark at the Jersey Shore.KPot, an all-you-can-eat restaurant chain, has leased space for a new location in the Neptune Plaza Shopping Center on Route 66 in Neptune. It also plans to open a restaurant at Crossroads Center at the intersection of Lakewood Road and Route 37 in Toms River.The restaurant company describes itself as "a unique, hands-on, all-you-can-eat experience that merges traditional Asian hot pot with Korean BBQ flavors." A representative cou...
NEPTUNE - KPot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot is looking to make its mark at the Jersey Shore.
KPot, an all-you-can-eat restaurant chain, has leased space for a new location in the Neptune Plaza Shopping Center on Route 66 in Neptune. It also plans to open a restaurant at Crossroads Center at the intersection of Lakewood Road and Route 37 in Toms River.
The restaurant company describes itself as "a unique, hands-on, all-you-can-eat experience that merges traditional Asian hot pot with Korean BBQ flavors." A representative could not be reached for comment to talk about plans for the new locations.
Its menu features barbecue, including spicy beef, spicy pork and spicy calamari; hot pots with cuts of pork, chicken, beef, pork belly and lamb; as well as sides that include shrimp dumplings, Spam, fish cakes, lobster balls, vegetables, and noodles.
With existing locations in East Brunswick, Englewood, Jersey City and Union, KPot is on an expansion streak in the Garden State with restaurants also planned for South Plainfield, Kearney and Secaucus.
In Neptune, KPot Korean BBQ has leased a 10,000-square-foot space at the Neptune Plaza Shopping Center on Route 66, according to Azarian Realty Co.
It is taking a space facing Route 66, a storefront carved out of the former Marshalls store. Kevin Pelio of Azarian Realty Co. represented the landlord and Stephan Miller from Welco Realty represented the tenant in the transaction. K-Pot joins other tenants including Carvel, IHOP and ShopRite.
Redevelopment at the Shore:First look at plans for downtown Toms River banquet hall, restaurants
Banners also have gone up outside of the former Social 37 restaurant at the ShopRite-anchored Crossroads Center in Toms River. KPot has leased the approximately 5,600-square-foot space restaurant, joining Panera Bread, Mahana Fresh and Buffalo Wild Wings.
David P. Willis, an award-winning business writer, has covered business and consumer news at the Asbury Park Press for more than 20 years. He writes APP.com's What's Going There column and can be reached at [email protected] Join his What's Going There page on Facebook for updates.
'Some people need it': Mike Tyson promotes cannabis brand at Zen Leaf in Neptune
NEPTUNE – An estimated 1,500 people gave retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a roaring welcome at the cannabis dispensary Zen Leaf on Saturday afternoon.Tyson, who has been a supporter of cannabis accessibility, arrived at the dispensary to shake hands and take photos with fans. His own cannabis brand Tyson 2.0 and Zen Leaf have partnered to roll out a new cannabis line named after the retired professional wrestler Ric Flair called the Ric Flair Drip.Zack Swan, the national director of marketing ...
NEPTUNE – An estimated 1,500 people gave retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a roaring welcome at the cannabis dispensary Zen Leaf on Saturday afternoon.
Tyson, who has been a supporter of cannabis accessibility, arrived at the dispensary to shake hands and take photos with fans. His own cannabis brand Tyson 2.0 and Zen Leaf have partnered to roll out a new cannabis line named after the retired professional wrestler Ric Flair called the Ric Flair Drip.
Zack Swan, the national director of marketing for Verano, the parent company of Zen Leaf, said the Ric Flair line will contain cannabis flowers and vape products. He said the edibles will be called Wooo Chews, named after Flair’s famous in-ring shouts.
Tyson said he knew he would launch one of the biggest cannabis brands, but “I didn’t think it would be this quick.”
Tyson 2.0, which was conceived and launched in 2021, currently sells flower products, pre-rolls and a line of toad products to mimic the experience of taking psychedelics. The edibles called Mike Bites are a reference to Tyson’s infamous fight against Evander Holyfield, in which he bit off a part of Holyfield's ear. It is currently sold in 24 states and 600 cannabis dispensaries.
“We decided based on trial and error,” Tyson said about his products. “So, we get the best growers in the country.”
He said, “Some people need it (cannabis) to function in life.”
Jacqueline Schubert of Long Branch is one of those people. She has lung cancer and intense back pain.
“I’m usually in pain, every day, all day long,” Schubert said. “Now that I’ve started (using cannabis), it has helped me tremendously. And then that way I don’t have to go on pain meds. … It just makes it easier. And I’m really grateful that it’s something that’s available.”
She said she was a fan of Tyson, watching him box when she was younger. “Bless him and his way. And now he’s trying to help people.”
Thomas Hinz of Asbury Park said Tyson was his idol. He said he is training to be an MMA fighter and uses cannabis during recovery periods.
“He’s like a huge inspiration for me,” Hinz said. “His attitude, his willpower. … That attitude gets you so far because at the end of the day, what gets anything done is discipline and treating your body right and he’s all about that.”
Sergio Garcia, Jackson, said, “It was a blessing to just see him. It’s like a dream come true.”
While New Jersey legalized recreational cannabis last year, about two-thirds of all municipalities have opted out of allowing the cannabis businesses to take root in their boundaries.
Neptune Mayor Nicholas Williams said allowing the sale of legal cannabis has been a positive for the township.
Verano, which is a national chain of cannabis dispensaries, has 114 stores across the country, according to Swan, and three in New Jersey. The sale of legal cannabis only began at Zen Leaf’s Neptune location in early August.
Williams said the majority of residents voted in favor of recreational cannabis.
“People wanted it, people got it. They don’t have to find it on the streets anymore,” he said. “They can come by here every day.”
OliviaLiu is a reporter covering transportation, Red Bank and western Monmouth County. She can be reached at [email protected]
Seton Hall notebook: Pirates picked 6th in Big East, Dan Hurley expects ‘street fight,’ Shaheen Holloway targets top recruits
The Lindy’s College Basketball preview magazine is out and the Big East picks are in.Under first-year coach Shaheen Holloway, Seton Hall was picked sixth in the 11-team Big East Conference.Creighton, which ranks No. 4 nationally in the Lindy’s Top 10 behind North Carolina, ...
The Lindy’s College Basketball preview magazine is out and the Big East picks are in.
Creighton, which ranks No. 4 nationally in the Lindy’s Top 10 behind North Carolina, Houston and Gonzaga, was picked to win the conference.
Here’s the full Lindy’s Big East poll:
6. Seton Hall
7. St. John’s
Holloway said in a phone interview this week his team has been limited in its ability to practice 5-on-5 due to injuries to several players, including Alexis Yetna, transfer Abdou Ndiaye and freshman JaQuan Harris. He said none of the injuries are major, but have still kept the players sidelined.
If the 6-foot-8 Yetna and the 6-9 Ndiaye are healthy, Seton Hall will have an imposing and diverse frontcourt that also features 6-7 Saint Peter’s transfer KC Ndefo, 6-10 senior Tray Jackson and 6-10 senior Tyrese Samuel.
“We’re not really tall but I got some good size where I can play them in different spots,” Holloway said of his frontcourt players.
“I’ve been letting those guys know, ‘Listen, you guys are my guys, I’m going to rock with you guys,’” Holloway added. “‘I believe in you guys.”
HURLEY EXPECTS ‘STREET FIGHTS’ WITH SETON HALL
Dan Hurley’s UConn team played Saint Peter’s once when Holloway coached the Jersey City school -- and that was enough.
The Huskies beat the Peacocks, 66-56, on Dec. 18, 2019, but Holloway’s club outscored Hurley’s team, 34-26, in the second half.
And that was two seasons before Holloway led the Peacocks on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that included wins over No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Purdue and No. 7 Murray State -- before they fell to No. 8 North Carolina, the national runner-up.
“There’s a reason why we played Shaheen once at Saint Peter’s and never invited them back, you know,” Hurley, the Jersey City native and former Seton Hall guard, said this week while at a coaches clinic at White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac High School.
“Shaheen coaches it the way he played it, the way we all played it in North Jersey and New York. I think our games with them are going to be an absolute friggin’ street fight and they’re going to bring that to every game. I think his identity fits the school and the area really well.”
Holloway, who was named the best coaching hire of 2022 by CBSSports.com, is one of four new coaches in the Big East this season along with Villanova’s Kyle Neptune, Xavier’s Sean Miller and Butler’s Thad Matta.
“I think it’s exciting, it’s always fun and exciting getting ready for some really accomplished coaches, especially with Sean and Thad coming into the league,” Hurley said. “It’s an honor to coach in such a historic league and a great basketball league.”
HOLLOWAY TARGETING TOP 2024 RECRUITS
During this live recruiting period, Holloway and his staff have been out visiting with some of the top Class of 2024 prospects in the area.
On Wednesday, Holloway was at Stepinac for Boogie Fland, the No. 12 player nationally according to 247Sports.com.
“He’s interested, they want me at their program,” Fland said.
Asked Holloway’s message to him, he said, “Just mostly keep working.”
There is a long line of coaches coming after Fland, a Bronx native who won a gold medal this summer with the USA U17 team in Spain.
North Carolina’s Hubert Davis, Oregon’s Dana Altman, UConn’s Hurley and Villanova’s Neptune were all in last week for Fland, who has set an official visit to North Carolina for Sept. 30.
“It’s exciting seeing them on the sidelines, it just means I gotta play up to expectations,” Fland said. “It’s just excitement , I enjoy it.”
Seton Hall was also at Cardinal Hayes on Tuesday for Ian Jackson, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2024, and Elijah Moore, the No. 13 shooting guard.
The Pirates are also involved for Class of 2024 Hudson Catholic guard Tahaad Pettiford, who this weekend took an official to Auburn and is setting up visits to UCLA and Kentucky.
Pettiford won’t take an official to Seton Hall, but can always visit unofficially.
“Shaheen is great,” said Travis Pettiford, Tahaad’s father.
In the Class of 2023, Seton Hall will host 7-footer Youssouf Singare of Our Saviour Lutheran on Thursday and Friday. Singare recently visited UConn and will also visit Providence.
The Pirates will also host 6-10 Baye Fall and 6-10 Assane Diop of Lutheran High School (Parker, CO) on Sept. 28. Fall also has Rutgers in his final seven and visited earlier this month. The duo visited Seton Hall unofficially in May.
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‘No apology’ for cross shape for rebuilt Jersey Shore pier, religious group says
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is defending the design of a new pier it plans to build in the Jersey Shore community, despite backlash from some residents who say the structure too closely resembles a Christian cross on a public beach.The religious nonprofit organization’s chief operating officer, Jamie Jackson, said the group makes “no apology for tha...
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is defending the design of a new pier it plans to build in the Jersey Shore community, despite backlash from some residents who say the structure too closely resembles a Christian cross on a public beach.
The religious nonprofit organization’s chief operating officer, Jamie Jackson, said the group makes “no apology for that we love the fact that it looks like a cross.”
When asked if Jackson’s statement meant the beach pier was, in fact, intentionally designed to look like a Christian cross, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association President Michael Badger said only, “it did not escape our notice.”
“The symbolism is in cooperation with its effective use,” he said. “Different people will see different things. What the importance of it is, kind of (depends on) your perspective.
“It is obvious to many people what the shape is,” Badger said.
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist ministry, is using $1.3 million of its funds and donated money to build the pier and other beachfront facilities.
Under a complex charter, the association has authority over the land, beach and boardwalk in Ocean Grove, which is a small seaside section of Neptune Township in Monmouth County.
The new pier, which will be open to the public, did not need to go through local officials for approval. However, some residents who view the design as “Christian bullying” have asked state and local officials to intervene.
The architectural firm for the project, Leon S. Avakian Engineers, did not respond to multiple requests to comment on whether the pier was intentionally designed to be a religious symbol or if it just has a cross design similar to piers in Coney Island and other Shore communities.
Badger said the Camp Meeting Association never intended for the pier to offend or exclude anyone. He also denied the pier had anything to do with Christian nationalism, a term used to describe efforts to put Christian symbols and practices into public spaces.
“There was no idea that this could be perceived as Christian nationalism,” said Badger. “It’s not a part of who the camp meeting association is.”
Christian nationalism is often used to describe the belief that the U.S. was established as an explicitly Christian nation, and that this close relationship with Christianity must be protected, according to research by Joseph Williams, an associate professor of religion at Rutgers University.
“The practical ramifications of such views involve everything from support for laws that codify specific interpretations of Christian morality, to the defense of religious displays on public property, to nativist reactions to non-white, non-Christian immigrants,” Williams told a Rutgers University publication.
The new cross-shaped pier design was unveiled last month at a groundbreaking, drawing criticism from some local officials and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The pier will replace one that was damaged a decade ago during Hurricane Sandy and never replaced.
Christian symbols can already be found all around Ocean Grove.
Beach badges sold by the camp meeting association include a cross, beach umbrellas available for rent are decorated with cross iconography and there’s a cross mounted on the dunes at the beach. When visitors enter Ocean Grove, they are greeted by a sign that reads, “Welcome to Ocean Grove, a Christian seaside resort.”
The pier is just another version of the ‘”holier than thou’ kind of bullying we’re all familiar with here in what some call ‘God’s square mile,’” wrote Ocean Grove resident Doug Grote in an op-ed this week.
“To me, any political power that would appear to bully its captive, vulnerable, secular citizenry into accepting a sectarian cross as the center of its cultural life is a likely human rights violator,” said Grote, a semi-retired Presbyterian pastor. “With the pier’s construction set to begin soon, I fear that my faith’s lovely cross may soon become as toxic as a Trojan horse for Ocean Grove, Asbury Park, and all of New Jersey.”
Grote has the option of bringing a motion to the floor at the next Ocean Grove Home Owners Association meeting on Sept. 17, where he can request a vote on asking the camp meeting association to halt construction of the pier “until matters are investigated, all of its citizenry are consulted, and approve the cross-shaped pier, or not, just like democracy ought to work.”
The Ocean Grove Home Owner’s Association is not affiliated with the Camp Meeting Association and its members include a mix of residents.
If Grote or another resident present a motion and it is successful, the Home Owner’s Association will relay the results to the Camp Meeting Association and urge them to hold off on construction.
“However, OGHOA is not part of the Camp Meeting, and the Camp Meeting is not likely to be swayed by a vote of the members of OGHOA, no matter how decisive,” Joyce Klein, vice-president of the Home Owners Association, said in an email shared with NJ Advance Media.
Construction on the pier is scheduled to begin next month, a week before the Home Owner’s Association meeting.
That’s why Grote and resident Shane Martins are also calling on elected officials to step in.
“For too long, Badger and Jackson’s decision affecting our community have gone unchecked. It is time for our leaders, who are actually elected, to get involved to ensure that the protections afforded to us under the 1st Amendment to the U.S Constitution are not violated,” Martins said.
Not all residents are opposed to the pier project. Some say they don’t mind the design, some embrace the cross symbolism and others are simply happy to see the pier being rebuilt.
“I believe most of (us) here, religious or not, are just profoundly happy that the pier many of us visit daily will soon be made better than before,” said Ocean Grove resident Charlotte Pritchard.
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'Ukrainians have no choice': Six months into war, Neptune City gathering won't forget
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NEPTUNE CITY - Every day and night Olga Kika of Neptune City calls her friends and family still living in Ukraine.“We can see the world is tired because of the war in Ukraine,” Kika said. “But Ukrainians have no choice.”In Memorial Park here, a crowd of about 100 people gathered for Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday. That day also marks the sixth month since Russian invaded Ukraine in February.The event was hosted by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America...
NEPTUNE CITY - Every day and night Olga Kika of Neptune City calls her friends and family still living in Ukraine.
“We can see the world is tired because of the war in Ukraine,” Kika said. “But Ukrainians have no choice.”
In Memorial Park here, a crowd of about 100 people gathered for Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday. That day also marks the sixth month since Russian invaded Ukraine in February.
The event was hosted by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, a nearly century-old organization that has provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
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Natalie Pawlenko, president of the organization said, they have been supporting 12 Ukrainian hospitals with $22 million of medical aid and nine orphanages that have been evacuated.
Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the organization shifted toward advocacy, she said.
“We became very vocal in Washington,” she said, and added they have continued grassroot advocacy efforts.
“We don’t believe that power resides exclusively in (the) higher ups. People have a great deal of agency to make change. … Because if we speak to the broader community and they agree that Ukraine is worthy of support, then that gets transferred to elected officials.”
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In attendance at the event were Neptune Mayor Andrew Wardell, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.
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The last half-year has been difficult. Tereza Roth of Marlboro did not think the war would drag out for months on end.
At the start of the war, her father’s aunt, who is 93, had to flee Kharkiv and her family had to shift to support relatives still living in Ukraine.
“It’s terrible,” she said. “It’s a lot of pain.”
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Nathalie Halbout of Middletown said she’s a pessimist, so she expected Russia to drag the war out.
She pointed to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and said, “The war in Ukraine has been going on really for eight years. It hasn’t stopped. So, there was no reason to think the bigger invasion was just going to fizzle out.”
Halbout and her husband David, both textile artists, have been raising funds for medical supplies for Ukrainian soldiers at public and private events since February. On Sept. 10, they will be at the Red Bank Garage Sale at a table near the borough library.
“We’re still continuing with fundraising. We’ve not given up,” Nathalie Halbout said. “But now, you know, as you can imagine, interests shift and people are not as willing to give.”
Halbout’s niece Maiia Dvokina, who arrived in the U.S. this spring, said she missed her life in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
“I want to call my friends, but sometimes I stop myself because all the stories are not so pleasant,” Dvokina said.
Her parents, who are living with her brother in Prague, are also homesick.
“They’re alone and there’s no community really in suburban Prague,” Halbout said. But, “they have what they need; they have a place to live. They’re OK. … Other people are in much worse situations.”
She said they are continuing to fundraise because, “For us it’s important to continue raising awareness … having people remember what’s going on.”
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Yuri Polyarush came to live with his sister in Red Bank in February. He had a sense that something was going to happen and decided to leave Ukraine. A short time later, Russia launched a full-scale invasion.
His father and aunt are still living in Odessa, the home of literary elites like Isaac Babel, Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. The port city has also been under constant attack since February.
He said recently there’s been a lull in missile strikes, but it’s still a scary situation.
Because of the war, Polyarush has filed paperwork to work in the U.S. He hopes to be able to legally work in the commercial film industry.
“Nobody knows, (but) I feel Ukraine is going to win.” Polyarush said. He believes it will take “another five (months) at least.”
OliviaLiuis a reporter covering transportation, Red Bank and western Monmouth County. She can be reached at [email protected]