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 Red Bank, 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 Red Bank
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 Red Bank:
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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Football: No. 10 Seton Hall Prep scores another upset, blanks No. 3 Red Bank Catholic
When reporters mentioned to Seton Hall Prep senior Darren Burton II that he and his teammates didn’t seem the least bit intimidated about taking on No. 3 Red Bank Catholic on the road, Burton’s response was short and sweet.“Nope.”Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 10 in the NJ.com Top 20, hammered Red Bank Catholic, 17-0, in Red Bank Friday night. It was the first loss after five-straight wins for RBC and ended it ended the Caseys’ eight-game winning streak dating back to last season.The Pirates (4...
When reporters mentioned to Seton Hall Prep senior Darren Burton II that he and his teammates didn’t seem the least bit intimidated about taking on No. 3 Red Bank Catholic on the road, Burton’s response was short and sweet.
Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 10 in the NJ.com Top 20, hammered Red Bank Catholic, 17-0, in Red Bank Friday night. It was the first loss after five-straight wins for RBC and ended it ended the Caseys’ eight-game winning streak dating back to last season.
The Pirates (4-1) scored an eye-opening victory for the second week in a row. Last week, it took down Irvington – ranked No. 8 at the time – 28-20.
Seton Hall Prep, which has lost only to Bergen Catholic, figures to climb even further in the state rankings next week.
“We are a top five team in the state,” Burton said matter-of-factly. “People may sleep on us, but we’re just going to keep on working.”
Burton scored the first Seton Hall Prep touchdown on an eight-yard jet sweep on the the second play of the second quarter. He and outside linebacker Jordan McAllister led a magnificent defense effort that stifled Red Bank Catholic’s usually prolific ground game. The Caseys were held to 88 yards rushing and were forced to throw. The passing game netted 90 yards.
“This was our best game,” Burton explained. “We’ve had game where the offense was good, the defense was o.k. and the special teams weren’t good or the defense was good, the special teams were good and the offense wasn’t. This game all three phases played wonderfully – offense, defense and special teams.”
The synopsis was right on.
Seton Hall Prep partially blocked a punt by Andrew Daly and kicker by Jack Catchpole Jr. booted a 37-yard field goal. Officially, the SHP defense had six tackles for loss and multiple hurries.
The Pirate offense outbullied a bullish RBC defense. Seton Hall Prep was balanced on offense, rushing for 98 yards and its dink-and-dunk passing game generated 131 yards.
Seton Hall Prep’s offensive line – head-and-shoulders bigger than the entire RBC defensive front – was powerful. Tyler Dunn, Declan McKiernan, Mac Johnson, Dylan Kohler and Tyler Kohler got plenty of push for the Pirates.
Seton Hall Prep scored on its second possession with a 61-yard, 11-play march, which started after an RBC punt.
Quarterback Liam Londergan completed all five passing attempts during the drive for 39 yards. Luigi Pantano ran for 19 yards. Burton capped the drive with his score on a jet sweep. It was the only score of the first half.
Seton Hall Prep took the second half kickoff and marched from its own 40 to the RBC 16 where the drive stalled. Catchpole, the left-footed kicker, came on and knocked through a field goal making it 10-0 with 4:56 left in the third quarter. The drive took 10 plays.
Seton Hall Prep put the game away when Londergan swung a screen pass to his left to Daly, who eluded defenders after the catch and raced 40-yards for the TD.
Seton Hall Prep won the field position game in the first. RBC started drives at its 17, 20, 34, 21 and 10 yard lines. In the second half, RBC took possession at its own 8, 25 and 24 yard lines. RBC crossed into Seton Hall Prep territory only twice – one in the first half when it reached the Pirate 48 and in the second when it march to the SHP 13 before turning the ball over on down with 4:04 left.
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Knitters Can Get Hooked On Downtown Red Bank Yarn Studio
Mother Knitter Yarn Studio in Red Bank is marking its one-year anniversary as a retail shop helping customers enjoy this cozy craft.RED BANK, NJ — Mother Knitter Yarn Studio has just marked its first year as a retail business in downtown Red Bank.And one of its owners, Vidar Brekke, says the growing popularity of knitting one's own sweaters or socks or mittens is a big part of the store's success.Part of the store's logo urges customers to "hook up with us," and they seem to do just that, especially the...
Mother Knitter Yarn Studio in Red Bank is marking its one-year anniversary as a retail shop helping customers enjoy this cozy craft.
RED BANK, NJ — Mother Knitter Yarn Studio has just marked its first year as a retail business in downtown Red Bank.
And one of its owners, Vidar Brekke, says the growing popularity of knitting one's own sweaters or socks or mittens is a big part of the store's success.
Part of the store's logo urges customers to "hook up with us," and they seem to do just that, especially the older and younger generations, Brekke said.
The popularity of knitting or crocheting seems to have skipped a generation, he observed.
"Most of our customers are over 60 or under 30," he said. And he said crocheting is particularly popular with the younger customers.
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Mother Knitter Yarn Studio at 97 Broad St. is large enough for its stock of 1,600 square feet of yarn - yarn that comes in more than 3,000 colors, Brekke said.
And Brekke, who is from Norway, said all the yarns - wool, alpaca and mohair, among others, is completely natural for the best results.
Natural fibers are critical for garments to keep their shape and durability, he said. Plus, they are actually easier to work with.
Brekke said the company had been importing yarns wholesale and selling them online and they decided to branch out into retail. Laurie Brekke is the knitting expert, while Vidar handles the business and marketing, he said.
His entrepreneurial spirit has led him to start other businesses, too, and his instinct told him it was time open the store.
"We're very happy to be in the artistic community of Red Bank. It's a lot of fun," Brekke said.
The store is spacious enough to hold knitting and crocheting classes. There are talented instructors, he said, who can give classes to 12 at a time or in private lessons, if someone just needs a refresher course. And the store has been able to hire more staff.
The studio's website offers shoppers an array of patterns and other products, such as books and gift cards, as well as information about classes.
There is an emotional connection with knitting, as well. Knitters enjoy the peaceful motions that create a work of wearable art.
Laurie Brekke explains on the store's website how she became a knitter extraordinaire - and added some Norwegian terms for good measure in her description of her love of knitting:
She said her mother taught her to knit. But it wasn't until she visited Brekke's family in rural Norway that "I literally got hooked on knitting," she said on the website.
"With guidance from his grandmother (who didn’t speak a word English), we understood each other perfectly: she taught me to truly love knitting (strikke) and crocheting (hekle).
"Sitting in front of the fireplace, knitting with her is the definition of Hygge (coziness), and one of my most treasured memories," Laurie Brekke says.
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RED BANK: PORCHFEST TO FILL EARS & HEARTS
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An interactive map for the event displays the lineup of acts at each location; click on circled numbers to view. Below, Carlotta Schmidt is among the scheduled artists. (Photo from YouTube. Click to enlarge.)By JOHN T. WARDIt was not that long ago that Red Bank was a place of large-scale, outdoor music festivals. One needn’t be ancient to recall the sprawling, weekend-long ...
An interactive map for the event displays the lineup of acts at each location; click on circled numbers to view. Below, Carlotta Schmidt is among the scheduled artists. (Photo from YouTube. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
It was not that long ago that Red Bank was a place of large-scale, outdoor music festivals. One needn’t be ancient to recall the sprawling, weekend-long Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival in Marine Park each summer, or the spring-and-fall festivals in the White Street parking lot, both of which went dark this year.
But this Sunday, live, open-air concerts come roaring back to the borough in a new, decentralized model that’s been road-tested elsewhere: Porchfest, a five-hour eargasm of 70 acts spread across town on 21 residential porches, plus 11 more acts at a previously scheduled music fest behind a dentist’s office.
Acts as diverse as the heavy metal band Lunatic Chair, above, and songwriter Jim Crawford, below, are in the lineup of more than 70 performers. (Click to enlarge.)
Organized by Billy Portman, the town’s presumptive next mayor (he’s unopposed in the November 8 election) and Marta Quinn, senior development director at HABcore, Porchfest promises a nonstop cornucopia of live reggae, jazz, soft acoustic, heavy metal and who-knows-what by bands with intriguing names.
“This brings together so many elements that are foundational for Red Bank: the arts, residential involvement, a sense of community and participation, and actual face-to-face interactions,” Portman told redbankgreen in an email this week. “I love the fact that this happens right in our neighborhoods.”
Modeled on Asbury Park’s Porchfest, which has been running for six years, and others around America, this one was suggested by Quinn, who asked him to help pull it together, said Portman. “I was an instant ‘yes,'” he said.
Quinn did not respond to a redbankgreen email.
Portman said he and Quinn had no trouble getting homeowners to volunteer their porches. Some put together their own schedules, and “others were open to having whoever play.” Lining up acts was also not difficult, he said.
Here’s what to expect at Porchfest, which runs from noon. to 5 p.m.:
• Two members of the party band So Watt, in which Portman is a co-lead singer, are scheduled to play on his porch, at 90 John Street (map location 9), but without him.
“I’ll be running around making sure things go smoothly,” he told redbankgreen. “Hopefully I can hop up for a song or two.”
• At 56 South Street (8), homeowners Audrey Oldoerp and husband Tim Blankley will host five acts, including singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Crawford, a borough resident.
Also on the wraparound Victorian porch/stage are Zeke Moffitt and the Late Juliets, a band that includes another South Street resident, Jeff MacPherson.
“The idea of having five different bands play at our home is amazing,” Oldoerp said in an email. “Jeff asked us if we were interested a while back, and it was a no-brainer.”
• At 52 and 53 West Sunset Avenue (15 and 14), festival-goers will get to hear concerts from two porches across the street from one another, alternating each hour. Swivel chairs recommended?
• At the home of Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, at 146 Branch Avenue (10), the Red Bank Jazz Arts project will present an all-jazz lineup featuring the Jazz Arts Academy Allstars; Zach Lorelli Trio; Carlotta Schmidt (a high school student touted as the “busiest musician on the Jersey shore”); and Audra Mariel and a Real Human Jazz Band.
• Some acts with interesting names: Shred Tank (2); Lunatic Chair (3); ladyparts (6); and Sick Backflip (7).
• Because it was washed out by last weekend’s rain, Zeik Dental Jam, behind the Maple Avenue offices of dentist George Zeik (22), has been rescheduled to coincide with Porchfest, and will feature 11 acts over five hours.
• Looks like there’s little chance of a washout for this one. The weather forecast for Sunday is Porchfest-perfect: sunny, with temperatures peaking in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service.
• Bring a lawn chair or beach blanket and water. No booze, please: Portman says this is an alcohol-free event.
Also: Portman and Quinn ask that festivalgoers “attend responsibly,” taking care when walking, biking or scootering around town, and keeping streets clear at venues.
• Follow the event on Instagram @redbankporchfest.
• Making it all possible, Portman said, are the event’s sponsors:the Count Basie Theatre, HABcore, John Jackson, ShopRite, the Jazz Arts Project and Tom Bunge.
Here’s another way to access the map, and here’s the full, printable schedule (click to enlarge):
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Teen + College Film Fest Applications Being Accepted For Red Bank’s Count Basie Center
The Count Basie Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for its Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, from NJ student filmmakers Red Bank, NJ: The Count Basie Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for its Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, with the mission to locate, showcase and recognize New Jersey student filmmakers from 7th grade all the way through college, announced in a press release.Students can submit their films now via FilmFreeway. On the ...
The Count Basie Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for its Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, from NJ student filmmakers
Red Bank, NJ: The Count Basie Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for its Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Festival, with the mission to locate, showcase and recognize New Jersey student filmmakers from 7th grade all the way through college, announced in a press release.
Students can submit their films now via FilmFreeway. On the weekend of April 21-23, 2023, official selections will be screened at Basie Center Cinemas, 36 White Street in Red Bank, with a networking, industry panel discussion and awards ceremony set for the following Saturday, April 29, 2023 at The Vogel.
The Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest is open to New Jersey students in 7th and 8th grade, high school, and college. Middle and high school students are required to reside in and attend schools in the state, while the college category is open to full-time students enrolled in New Jersey colleges, and New Jersey high school graduates attending college out-of-state but considering New Jersey as their primary, legal residence.
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“Year in and year out, our student film festival proves that New Jersey is full of talented young filmmakers,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Our goal is to give those creators a platform and make filmmaking as prolific and vital in New Jersey as creating music or other forms of art.”
This year’s Count Basie Center Teen + College Film Fest is presented by Bank of America.
Students can visit www.thebasie.org/filmfest for official information, deadlines, rules and regulations.
A $15 early-bird entry fee applies before January 22, 2023 after which a $25 fee applies goes into effect until the submission deadline of March 26, 2023. See full info below.
Early bird / reduced fee deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2023
Deadline: Sunday, March 26, 2023
Official selections announced: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Film screenings: Weekend of April 21, 2023 at Basie Center Cinemas, 36 White Street, Red Bank
Panel Event/Award Ceremony: Saturday, April 29, 2023 at The Vogel, located on the Count Basie Center for the Arts campus
AWARDS & PRIZES:
Trophies will be awarded in the following categories:
Middle School (7th-8th grade)
High School Filmmakers (9th-12th grade)
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Acting Performance
College Filmmakers up to age 25
-Best Narrative Film
-Best Acting Performance
In addition, an Audience Award will be given to the selection with the highest audience score at the event on April 29th
The new Best Short Film Award will be given to the highest scoring submitted film under one minute in length.
A “School Award” will also be given, consisting of Sony filmmaking equipment. To qualify, at least three different selections must be submitted by a single school; winner to be chosen by the highest average score of their films.
Basie Center Film fest laurels will be awarded to all finalists.
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Election 2022: Erik Anderson, Shrewsbury Mayoral Candidate
Patch is asking municipal candidates to share their views on the issues. Republican Mayor Erik Anderson of Shrewsbury presents his ideas.SHREWSBURY, NJ — Republican Mayor Erik Anderson is running unopposed for re-election to the post in the Nov. 8 general election.In these profiles, candidates provide voters with background about themselves and their positions on the issues. Patch has been publishing individual profiles leading to the election.Although unopposed, Anderson provided profile information to discuss i...
Patch is asking municipal candidates to share their views on the issues. Republican Mayor Erik Anderson of Shrewsbury presents his ideas.
SHREWSBURY, NJ — Republican Mayor Erik Anderson is running unopposed for re-election to the post in the Nov. 8 general election.
In these profiles, candidates provide voters with background about themselves and their positions on the issues. Patch has been publishing individual profiles leading to the election.
Although unopposed, Anderson provided profile information to discuss issues in the borough and how he and the Shrewsbury Borough Council have responded to them.
Read more from candidate Erik Anderson:
Name: Erik Anderson
Position sought: Mayor of Shrewsbury Borough
Are you an incumbent, and do you have prior government experience? I am completing my first term as Mayor of Shrewsbury. I previously served as a member Shrewsbury’s Council from 2016 to 2019. Prior to joining Council, I served six years on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Party affiliation: Republican.
Family: Married to Melissa. We have three boys who are 15, 12 and 9 years old.
Education: The Catholic University of America, Political Science (B.A.); Rutgers School of Law, Newark, Juris Doctor; Vermont Law School, Masters of Studies in Environmental Law.
Occupation: I am an owner and partner with the law firm Reardon Anderson, LLC.
The top three issues currently facing Shrewsbury are:
(1) property taxes
(2) pedestrian safety
(3) mental health/well-being.
Property taxes: New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation. Shrewsbury Council only controls the municipal budget which accounts for 27 percent of the total property tax bill.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for Trenton to implement policies which do not take local taxpayers into consideration. For example, most recently the state (without notice) increased public employee health insurance premiums for municipalities by 23 percent. What this means for Shrewsbury taxpayers is an unanticipated $85,000 bill that must be paid.
To counteract many of the state’s ill-conceived polices, the borough must continue to explore ways to reduce spending, while still providing excellent services to its residents. Over my term as Mayor, we have done this by negotiating new vendor contracts, eliminating unnecessary municipal spending, and increasing efficiencies of borough operations without reducing services provided to the town.
Additionally, the borough must continue to explore shared and consolidated services with other municipalities and the county. Again, during my time as mayor we have done this by entering into shared service agreements which have resulted in over $100,000 a year in tax savings for Shrewsbury residents.
Pedestrian safety: One of the top responsibilities of government is to ensure the safety of its residents. In order to do this, we have undertaken many safety projects over the past four years. These have included the extensive expansion of Safe Routes to School for our children (which has resulted in the town receiving awards from the state for these efforts); the installation of a new signaled crosswalk on Sycamore Avenue; lowering the speed limit on Broad Street; and placement of digital speed radar signs throughout the town.
Also, the council reconfigured and installed safety features on Obre Place and White Street, which has greatly increased pedestrian safety. In the years to come, we must continue to build on these accomplishments to protect our town.
Mental health and wellbeing: The challenges created during the pandemic have been profound on our community. Work from home, virtual learning and separation has created issues for residents of all ages which are just now coming to the surface.
As Shrewsbury returns to “normal”, we must recognize the needs of our residents and promote, advocate and where possible provide assistance for mental health and well-being. An example of our support of mental health and well-being is exemplified by the council’s vocal opposition to the state’s plan to defund The Source at Red Bank Regional. This organization is a school-based program which provides mental health and other counseling services to RBR’s students. It is a valuable resource for not only Shrewsbury, but all RBR communities. Our council has been fighting to save this very important program and continues to push the governor to keep funding in place.
Going forward we must continue to support programs such as The Source and promote activities that emphasize mental health and overall well-being.
Identify one or more specific goals or ideas you have to enhance life in your town:
The last two and a half years have been difficult for our town. During the that time, Shrewsbury was unable to gather and celebrate all the things that make our town such a great place to live. Slowly many of these events are coming back online. If re-elected as Mayor, I plan on renewing a push for greater community involvement in traditional activities our town has hosted in the past and institute new events and activities designed for all residents of our town.
What in your experience or background prepares you for election to office:
I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve a community that has provided me so much over the years – the place where I grew up and where my wife and I are raising our three boys. I believe that my experience and results as mayor over the past four years demonstrates that I am prepared to continue serving our great town.
Candidates for Shrewsbury Borough Council:
Mayor: Full Term – Vote for One
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