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

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The Healthy Way Difference

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

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

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

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

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

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

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 Sea Girt:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

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

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

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

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

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

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

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

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

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

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

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

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

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

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

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

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

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The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Just Got a Vegan Makeover at This Burger Chain

Starting July 11, a vegan take on McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich will hit the menu at fast-food chain PLNT Burger. Created by celebrity chef and PLNT Burger owner Spike Mendelsohn, the Save the Bay Fillet features all of the indulgent seafood flavors of the cult-classic fish sandwich but is made without harming animals or the ocean. The sandwich is built around a breaded plant-based fish patty made by vegan brand Good Catch and comes topped with pickles, shredded lettuce, PLNT’s house-made tartar sauce, and is served on a potat...

Starting July 11, a vegan take on McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich will hit the menu at fast-food chain PLNT Burger. Created by celebrity chef and PLNT Burger owner Spike Mendelsohn, the Save the Bay Fillet features all of the indulgent seafood flavors of the cult-classic fish sandwich but is made without harming animals or the ocean. The sandwich is built around a breaded plant-based fish patty made by vegan brand Good Catch and comes topped with pickles, shredded lettuce, PLNT’s house-made tartar sauce, and is served on a potato bun.

“The Save the Bay Fillet is a really amazing showcase of plant-based innovation now available to the mainstream through great supplier partners like Good Catch Foods,” Mendelsohn said. “It combines all the flavor, texture, and lightness of a crispy fish fillet, and we dress ours up in a classic combination … a perfect summer special.”

A vegan Filet-O-Fish for the win

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish describes its sandwich as being made with “fish sourced from sustainably managed fisheries” and similarly features tartar sauce, along with processed American cheese. After the recently released documentary Seapiracy shed light on the global fishing industry, including the often murky waters of so-called “sustainable” fisheries, Mendelsohn created the vegan Save the Bay Fillet to offer a truly sustainable fish burger option for people looking to end their support of the destructive global fishing industry.

The chef’s mission is shared by plant-based brand Good Catch, which creates craveable vegan seafood using its proprietary blend of six legumes. Founded by brothers and vegan chefs Chad and Derek Sarno, Good Catch’s product portfolio includes vegan tuna pouches in Mediterranean, Naked in Water, and Oil & Herbs flavors as well as New England Style Plant-Based Crabless Cakes, Thai Style Plant-Based Fishless Cakes, and Classic Style Plant-Based Fishless Burgers. The brand launched its breaded line of vegan fish sticks, crab cakes, and fillets—the latter of which is featured at PLNT Burger—at select retailers in June.

“Our Plant-Based Breaded Fish Fillet from our new breaded line has pushed the culinary boundaries to deliver the taste and texture consumers expect from seafood,” Chad Sarno said. “As more buyers have become aware of the environmental impact of seafood, we’re excited to offer PLNT Burger patrons a delicious seafood alternative with the Save the Bay Fillet.”

In April, Good Catch’s parent company Gathered Foods raised $26.35 million—on top of the $36.5 million it raised from celebrity investors, including Paris Hilton, last year—to fund its expansion. The brand is also in a joint venture with Bumble Bee Foods and will leverage the tuna giant’s sales, distribution, and logistics expertise to make Gathered Foods’ vegan seafood products accessible to a wide range of customers at affordable prices.

Spike Mendelsohn’s growing vegan chain

The Save the Bay Fillet is Mendelsohn’s latest creation at PLNT Burger, which he opened inside of a Whole Foods Market in Silver Springs, MD in 2019. Known for his many appearances on Food Network and Bravo’s Top Chef, Mendelsohn was inspired to get into the plant-based business after meeting Seth Goldman, the former executive chairman of Beyond Meat, who introduced him to the Beyond Burger. While PLNT focuses its offerings on Beyond Burger-filled creations, the menu also features vegan sandwiches made with fried oyster mushrooms that take the place of chicken and creamy soft serve that replaces dairy with oat milk.

Since its opening its first location, Mendelsohn has been aggressively expanding PLNT Burger inside Whole Foods Markets across several states, with plans to open stand-alone restaurants this year. In May, PLNT (pronounced “planet”) opened its eighth location in Jenkintown, PA and named co-founder Ben Kaplan as CEO. “Since founding PLNT Burger, our vision has been to create the best burgers on the planet and for the planet,” Kaplan said. “By creating delicious food that will satisfy even the most discerning carnivores, we are changing the way people eat their veggies. And we’re helping people reduce their carbon footprint and improve their health one bite at a time.”

Earlier this year, Mendelsohn and Goldman carried their “eat the change” ethos over to a vegan jerky brand, called Eat the Change Mushroom Jerky. Created to provide a sustainable, cruelty-free alternative to beef, the duo’s new mushroom-based jerky is available at a variety of retailers nationwide in five flavors: Sea Salt + Cracked Pepper, Hickory Smokehouse, Maple Mustard, Habanero BBQ, and Teriyaki Ginger.

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Vegan Cinnamon Roll Chain Cinnaholic to Nearly Double In Size With 60 New Locations

California-based vegan bakery chain Cinnaholic will be nearly doubling in size following a franchise expansion this year. The bakery specializes in vegan cinnamon rolls that can be customized with nearly 20 different frosting flavors (think marshmallow, cake batter, and strawberry flavors) and dozens of additional topping options, from Oreo cookies to pie crumble. In addition to customized cinnamon rolls, stores also offer made-from-scratch brownies, cookies, and edible cookie dough.The chain currently operates 56 locations across the...

California-based vegan bakery chain Cinnaholic will be nearly doubling in size following a franchise expansion this year. The bakery specializes in vegan cinnamon rolls that can be customized with nearly 20 different frosting flavors (think marshmallow, cake batter, and strawberry flavors) and dozens of additional topping options, from Oreo cookies to pie crumble. In addition to customized cinnamon rolls, stores also offer made-from-scratch brownies, cookies, and edible cookie dough.

The chain currently operates 56 locations across the United States and Canada. Since the beginning of 2021, Cinnaholic has penned 16 new agreements with franchisees and it currently has 60 new locations in development. The chain also plans to add 10 new production bakeries—which supply their stores—by the end of this year.

Cinnaholic is considered a highly sought-after franchise brand because of its low startup costs, manageable operations, corporate training as well as support for real estate, construction, operations, and marketing. Its brand has seen a 137-percent increase in year-over-year same-store sales with its three-pronged approach of online ordering, third-party delivery, and new innovative menu items, such as its cherry cheesecake roll and caramel apple pie roll.

“The pandemic still has its impacts on our locations with restrictions or store closings—but we have done an amazing job as a franchise system to rise to the challenge so that our fans are able to get the desserts that they’ve fallen in love with, and our franchisees remain successful,” Cinnaholic President Spencer Reid told QSR Magazine. “As a result, many of our franchisees have had a great year thus far, and we look forward to the opportunities to come.”

Cinnaholic is on a roll

The California-based chain was created by husband-and-wife team Shannon and Florian Radke, who opened its flagship location in Berkeley, CA in 2009 and began franchising in 2014 after appearing on the investment reality show Shark Tank. “When we had the Sharks try our product, we didn’t tell them they were vegan,” Florian told VegNews. “It wasn’t until later in the pitch that we said there was a little secret about our rolls. Mark Cuban guessed cocaine, so I guess he found our rolls addictive.”

The couple ended up accepting a funding deal from Robert Herjavec, who offered them $200,000 for 40-percent equity with the caveat that the funding would be used to grow Cinnaholic’s online business toward shipping nationwide. But after the episode aired and after much thought and discussion, the Radkes declined the deal and instead went in a different direction, which focused on expanding the storefronts.

Since the chain began franchising, it remained steadfast in its brick-and-mortar approach, expanding to cities across North America. Some of the upcoming Cinnaholic locations include stores in Austin, Frisco, Houston, Mansfield, and Murphy, TX, Evanston, IL, Scottsdale, AZ, Sea Girt, NJ, Tampa, FL, and Victoria, BC.

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NJ Weather: Thunderstorms In Forecast, Flash Flood Watch Issued

Widespread thunderstorms with dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning is in the forecast for NJ Thursday. Here\'s what to expect. NEW JERSEY - While the latest forecast serves as a break from the extreme 100-degree temperatures the Garden State saw earlier this week, Thursday is still expected to see severe weather hit the region, bringing with it possible thunderstorms, heavy rain, wind gusts and flash flooding.The National Weather Service says that widespread thunderstorms with dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning are likely to ...

Widespread thunderstorms with dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning is in the forecast for NJ Thursday. Here\'s what to expect.

NEW JERSEY - While the latest forecast serves as a break from the extreme 100-degree temperatures the Garden State saw earlier this week, Thursday is still expected to see severe weather hit the region, bringing with it possible thunderstorms, heavy rain, wind gusts and flash flooding.

The National Weather Service says that widespread thunderstorms with dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning are likely to strike New Jersey, especially after 1 p.m. Rainfall amounts between three quarters and an inch are possible. The silver lining: expect temperatures near the low-80s with a low of 67 heading into the evening.

"Thunderstorms capable of both severe weather and flash flooding are likely today. Keep an eye to the sky and monitor for any warnings later on," the National Weather Service Mount Holly noted Thursday morning.

Good morning! We\'ll finally break the heat today. However, it will come at the expense of active weather. Thunderstorms capable of both severe weather and flash flooding are likely today. Keep an eye to the sky and monitor for any warnings later on! #NJwx #PAwx #DEwx #MDwx pic.twitter.com/lpXq9i8u8a— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 1, 2021

A flash flood watch has been issued for most of the state from Morristown to Wilmington until Friday morning, with the National Weather Service warning that rain rates of two inches per hour are possible during several rounds of storms this afternoon. New rainfall amounts between one and two inches are possible into the evening.

"Widespread total rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely, with locally higher amounts possible," the agency said.

The National Weather Service also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook throughout most of the state. "Several instances of flooding are possible" on Thursday heading into the afternoon, "especially in urban and poor-drainage areas and near vulnerable small creeks and streams," according to the weather agency.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook is issued when there is a potential for severe weather events. In the counties listed below, there is potential for severe thunderstorms and flooding through Thursday night:

A lightning risk has also been issued for most of the state, with the southern half at risk for "significant" cloud-to-ground lightning.

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Here is the latest forecast:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. High near 81. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind around 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

With reporting by Kara Seymour.

N.J. notables reflect on lifetime of memories made at the Jersey Shore

The smell of the crisp ocean air. The taste of that creamy chocolate fudge. The sound of the hypnotic crashing waves. The sight of the towering Ferris wheel lighting up the night sky. There truly is no place more magical than the Jersey Shore. And, as is tradition for many families, parents and grandparents vividly share nostalgic stories from their youth spent visiting their favorite beach town. Then the cycle continues when the new generation recreates those beautiful memories spent down the Shore.The Garden State’s glittering...

The smell of the crisp ocean air. The taste of that creamy chocolate fudge. The sound of the hypnotic crashing waves. The sight of the towering Ferris wheel lighting up the night sky. There truly is no place more magical than the Jersey Shore. And, as is tradition for many families, parents and grandparents vividly share nostalgic stories from their youth spent visiting their favorite beach town. Then the cycle continues when the new generation recreates those beautiful memories spent down the Shore.

The Garden State’s glittering coastline leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. We chatted with some of New Jersey’s most notable residents and asked them to share some of their memories and favorite moments spent at the Shore. From the Asbury Park music scene, to Brigantine Castle, to crabbing in Barnegat Bay — there’s surely a special memory we all have in common when it comes to the Jersey Shore.

Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

“I was a Dominican kid who grew up in Parlin. The Shore was an obsession of mine. It brought me back to the Caribbean I had lost. I feel like I had a different Shore for nearly every stage of my life. I’m old enough to remember Brigantine Castle (“It’s alive!”), but in truth my family’s go-to beaches were Sandy Hook or Seaside. In high school, I spent the happiest summer of my adolescence at a friend’s house in Lavallette; swimming, eating Taylor ham, capsizing his sailboat and being called a ‘Benny.’ Later in college, I fell in love with Wildwood and set a section of my first novel there. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Shore is where New Jersey, for better or worse, meets itself. In my case, mostly for better.”

Tim McLoone, restaurateur

“My parents were from Brooklyn, so our early summers were spent at Breezy Point and Rockaway Point, N.Y. until I was a sophomore in high school. Then we discovered many of the Shore towns. Asbury Park was a mysterious place with its carney-like atmosphere and beachfront arcade games, which were great for kids, but my parents gravitated to Sea Girt and Spring Lake — more for the restaurants than anything. It was a big deal if we stayed at the Stockton Inn, which later burned down, for a few nights a summer.

“When I became a full-time musician in 1970, that completely changed my relationship with the Shore. Now, I was part of ‘the scene’ with my bands, starting with a place in Fair Haven called the Lock, Stock & Barrel and then taking up a summer residency with the band at the Driftwood Beach Club in Sea Bright, playing there four nights a week for many years. Now I was fully immersed in the Jersey Shore world, and I never left.

“From a musician’s standpoint, it was a somewhat rowdy world but it was also pretty inclusive, and we helped define the nightlife experience so many people came to love. It was only in 2007 that we became part of the Asbury Park music world when we opened up the Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the boardwalk in the old Howard Johnson’s building.”

Former Gov. Chris Christie

“During my childhood, we went to probably three different places over time. When I was very young, we went to Asbury Park. And then once I got into fifth or sixth grade, we started going to Seaside Park and Ortley Beach. I loved Seaside Park. I had a lot of friends in the area, and we used to go and meet at a place called Barnacle Bill’s on rainy days. Our parents would give us a few dollars to play arcade games. I also had a cousin down there who had a boat, and he taught us how to go crabbing in Barnegat Bay. We would also spend a lot of time playing Wiffle ball on the beach.

“When I was governor, we would go to the governor’s beach house, which is on Island Beach State Park. Then, after I left office, we bought a house in Bay Head. Every year we always have a big Fourth of July Wiffle ball game going back to even when my brother and I were young. We have always had an open door policy. There’s hardly a weekend I can think of where we don’t have our friends or friends of my children who are there. I always think that having more people down the Shore with you just leads to more really great memories. I can’t tell you how many nights last summer we were up late with friends playing a board game, having a big card game, making s’mores over the fire pit or just listening to music and dancing. All those memories become much more vivid when you share them with more people.

“The biggest satisfaction that came for me during my eight years as governor was being able to rebuild the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy. It was so heartbreaking to see what had happened to the Shore in the aftermath of the storm. Because it was a huge part of my childhood, it made me even more determined to make sure we were going to rebuild and rebuild quickly. The most gratifying thing was being able to do that so that people are not losing the chance to continue to have those memories built for their children and their grandchildren on the Jersey Shore.”

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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy

Gov. Murphy: “I wouldn’t call it the Shore per se, but we kind of live on the Shore. We’re in Middletown on the Navesink River, so we’re probably 3 or 4 miles from the ocean. When our kids were young and growing up, we would be at a beach club about 3 or 4 miles away from the ocean all the time. But over the past several years since I’ve been governor, we spent a lot of time at Island Beach State Park, which we love, and we think is one of the incredible gems of the Shore.”

First Lady: “When our kids were young, we used to go down to Point Pleasant and go to the boardwalk or Jenkinson’s Aquarium.”

Gov. Murphy: “As the kids have gotten older, we go for runs now with them on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, and we hang out on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights together. We love Ocean City, and we also love Cape May. We spent a fair amount of time over the years in Atlantic City. In Atlantic City, we stay in one hotel, then have dinner at another, and we typically go to the sportsbook at a third. So, we’re trying to parse out our time fairly.”

First Lady: “For a lot of families, the Jersey Shore is part of their fabric. Once you have gone there, you realize how relaxed it is and how beautiful it is. You make memories there, and you just keep going back and keep going back. So, it becomes a family tradition. And I think that’s one reason that people just love going there because it’s got that flavor.”

Gov. Murphy: “The Jersey Shore has got some of the best beaches in America, if not the world. You’ve also got great communities. It’s not just great beaches. It’s also got great restaurants and entertainment. Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Ocean City are great examples. You go to other places in our country and you may have nice beaches, but it’s rare that you get the actual community sitting literally at the edge of the beach, and we have that up and down the Shore.”

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Melissa Gorga, television personality and businesswoman

I actually grew up down the Shore in Toms River. My family and friends would all get annoyed when the town became so crowded in the summer. Every Sunday, in the spring and summer, I would go to the boardwalk with my family or friends. The Jersey Shore is so special to me because I have so many amazing memories growing up there, and now I am creating more memories with my children. My husband, Joe, and I have a home on the bay in Toms River with a pool, so we spend a lot of time hanging in the backyard and we’re always cooking up something delicious. I love to bring my kids to get donuts from OB-CO’s in Toms River, where I used to go when I was young.”

Kelly Dillon is a traffic reporter and fashion influencer who covers a variety of lifestyle topics, including pop culture, travel and events.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.

They were popular in the 1700s, but cotillions are still alive and well in N.J.

Editor’s note: This piece is part of Communities of New Jerse...

Editor’s note: This piece is part of Communities of New Jersey, a new series meant to highlight, showcase and cover communities underserved by large media organizations like NJ.com.

The history of cotillions — the formal, highly ritualized gatherings originally intended to introduce women of marrying age to polite society — are a tradition dating to mid-18th century England. But last month, the fancy coming out party came to life, right here in New Jersey.

The Monmouth County Cotillion Committee hosted its 71st annual party for seven debutantes, the French term for young women making their social debut, and for two male counterparts known as escorts.

Like last year’s cotillion, it was held at Riverside Gardens Park in Redbank, an outdoor setting meant to ease coronavirus concerns and unmask radiant smiles that matched the white gowns and pearls that all seven debs wore.

Because the cotillion was once again an outdoor affair, it was likewise held during the day, with a 9 a.m. start time and a brief, one-hour program intended to beat the heat and minimize the chances of transmitting the virus.

“With COVID not really over, it was shortened, but I’m still excited,” said Kylie Queen, 17, who graduated from Eatontown High School on June 1 and is headed for West Virginia University this fall. Queen, who captained her high school lacrosse team and cheerleading squad, said the gown made her feel elegant, if a tiny bit uncomfortable around the waist.

“It’s a bit tight, but…” she said, laughing, as if to add that’s the price of being a debutant.

As it turned out, Kylie Juanita Lanay Queen was more than a queen in name only that Saturday. She was chosen as the cotillion’s female monarch, along with this year’s king, Neptune High School senior and National Honor Society member Jordan Bryce Lucas, who was one of the two escorts.

The pair could well have earned their crowns during a choreographed jazz dance performed by all nine debutants and escorts. The two both managed, after limited rehearsal time, to master the steps (or “figures,” as dance moves are known in the rarified parlance of cotillion culture) and display their natural grace, all while attired in a tuxedo and a floor-length gown. And like each of the other cotillion participants, they also earned scholarships from the committee, based on academic and other criteria, worth just over $2,500 for her and $4,000 for him, plus a $500 gift that each received from the Pauline Smith Foundation.

Lucas will attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology this September, with plans to study architecture.

In a brief interview after the morning program, he recognized that the upheaval of the past year, including the pandemic and the racial reckoning following the killing of George Floyd, could make it that much easier for skeptics to dismiss cotillions as retrograde exercises in pomp and superfluousness.

But, he said, the quaint rituals and formal dress were only a small part of the broader program sponsored by the cotillion committee, which included the educational opportunities and, of course, the scholarship money.

And even donning a tuxedo and going through the motions of a coronation could serve a useful purpose someday. They’re lessons in comportment and other skills, Lucas said, that could help a young person of color take advantage of economic, social or even political opportunities.

“All these lessons that they taught us, like getting put together and everything, it’s really taught us about the job market, how you should present yourself, how to network with others, really important life skills that you can use,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity for minorities to do what you’ve got to do to be successful.”

This year’s king and queen were coronated by last year’s royal couple, former Neptune High School classmates Tony Owens, now a rising sophomore at Princeton, and Brianna Argant, who’s headed for her second year at Montclair State.

Like most of the other debs, Queen was presented at the cotillion by her father, Walter Queen, also dressed for the occasion in a black suit and tie.

Walter Queen, the mailroom coordinator at Monmouth Shore Medical Center, sat with his daughter off to the side, then walked her to center stage and stood by as she held a prolonged curtsy to a gathering of about 60 family and friends on a grassy slope overlooking the Navesink River.

“She looks beautiful,” he agreed, his heart swollen with pride even before the program began.

“Absolutely. Joy, pride. It’s just an amazing sense of accomplishment. Seeing all the young children out here, going on to do great things in their careers.”

During the presentation of each debutant and the two escorts, committee member and cotillion emcee Yvonne Grayson read biographies that included academic, athletic and other accomplishments.

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna was on hand and spoke briefly, offering the cotillion a warm welcome.

“It’s great to have you in Red Bank, and please, come back often,” Menna told the gathering.

The past two years have been a kind of homecoming for the cotillion, a precursor of which was held in Red Bank as a YMCA-related event before its first official staging at the Asbury Park High School Auditorium in 1950. Other venues have included the Asbury Park Convention Hall, the Sea Girt Inn, and the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank.

“So, we’re glad to be back home,” Grayson told the mayor and Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich, who was also on hand.

Over its 71-year history, the Monmouth cotillion has awarded $1.9 million in scholarships to college-bound minority students from Monmouth County, funded mainly through individual and corporate contributions, according to the committee.

Debutants are offered a four-month program that provides mentorship, coaching and career-oriented guidance, and students are trained in etiquette, public speaking and more.

Apart from Lucas and Queen, the other debutants and escorts were: Jordana Cassidy St. Phard of Red Bank; Jidi Anifowoshe of Holmdel; Indirah Rasheedah Chyna Mitter of Keyport; Tatiana Libreros of Asbury Park; Laila Aniyah Kendle of Asbury Park; Saniah Janae Foster of Asbury Park; and Sanai Tiara Taylor of Neptune.

The committee chairwoman, Johanna Robinson, invited high school students throughout Monmouth County to apply for the 2022 cotillion on the committee’s website, www.monmouthcountycotillion.org.

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