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 Sea Girt, 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 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:
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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NJ beach weather and waves: Jersey Shore Report for Tue 7/19
Advisories--None at this time.At the ShoreCurrent conditions and forecast as of Tue morningLow2 - 4 feetFrom the West10 - 15 mph (Gust 22 mph)8 - 13 knots (Gust 19 knots)67° - 77°(Normal 70° - 74°)82° - 93°5:42am - 8:23pm9 (Very High)Tide TimesSANDY HOOKSandy Hook Bay...
--None at this time.
At the Shore
Current conditions and forecast as of Tue morning
|2 - 4 feet|
|From the West10 - 15 mph (Gust 22 mph)8 - 13 knots (Gust 19 knots)|
|67° - 77°(Normal 70° - 74°)|
|82° - 93°|
|5:42am - 8:23pm|
|9 (Very High)|
|SANDY HOOKSandy Hook Bay||LowTue 7:09a||HighTue 1:31p||LowTue 7:45p||HighWed 1:45a|
|LONG BRANCHAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 6:33a||HighTue 1:05p||LowTue 7:09p||HighWed 1:19a|
|MANASQUAN INLETAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 6:45a||HighTue 1:19p||LowTue 7:21p||HighWed 1:33a|
|SEASIDE HEIGHTSAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 6:37a||HighTue 1:01p||LowTue 7:13p||HighWed 1:15a|
|SEASIDE PARKBarnegat Bay||LowTue 11:14a||HighTue 5:11p||LowTue 11:50p||HighWed 5:25a|
|BARNEGAT INLETBarnegat Bay||LowTue 7:17a||HighTue 1:23p||LowTue 7:46p||HighWed 1:38a|
|MANAHAWKIN BRIDGEManahawkin Bay||LowTue 10:48a||HighTue 4:18p||LowTue 11:24p||HighWed 4:32a|
|LITTLE EGG INLETGreat Bay||LowTue 7:41a||HighTue 2:02p||LowTue 8:08p||HighWed 2:14a|
|ATLANTIC CITYAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 6:51a||HighTue 1:10p||LowTue 7:20p||HighWed 1:23a|
|OCEAN DRIVE BRIDGETownsends Inlet||LowTue 7:12a||HighTue 1:31p||LowTue 7:38p||HighWed 1:47a|
|WILDWOOD CRESTAtlantic Ocean||LowTue 6:58a||HighTue 1:17p||LowTue 7:23p||HighWed 1:30a|
|CAPE MAYDelaware Bay||LowTue 7:51a||HighTue 2:13p||LowTue 8:18p||HighWed 2:31a|
From the National Weather Service, Mt. Holly
TUE: SW winds around 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt early in the morning, then 20 kt late. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
TUE NIGHT: SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt late. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of 7 seconds.
WED: W winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S early in the afternoon, then increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Swell mainly from the S with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
WED NIGHT: S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
THU: S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
THU NIGHT: W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
FRI: W winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SW in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
FRI NIGHT: SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
SAT: SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
SAT NIGHT: SW winds 10 to 15 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
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Data on this page amalgamated from several sources, including the National Weather Service (weather), National Ocean Service (tides), U.S. Naval Observatory (sun), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (UV index).
Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. The Shore Report is generated semi-automatically daily at 5 a.m. from mid-May to late September. Follow Dan's weather blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for your latest forecast and realtime weather updates.
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Cliffwood Beach: New Jersey's lost and forgotten resort destination
Before being devastated by a hurricane in 1960, Cliffwood Beach, NJ was a hot vacation spot that drew comparisons to Brooklyn's Coney Island.
Up until the end of the summer in 1960, the area included a boardwalk with amusements, saltwater swimming pool, and sports recreation area.
Cliffwood Beach was a favorite for people of all ages in the tri-state area, as its location along the Raritan Bay required a shorter driving distance than other resort towns like Asbury Park and Atlantic City.
NJ labor shortage: Tips for finding workers — and keeping them from quitting
Michael L. Diamondhttps://www.app.com/story/money/business/2022/09/01/nj-labor-shortage-how-to-find-employees-keep-workers-quitting/65409878007/
SPRING LAKE - Christine Nichlos had been turned away from a restaurant that was closed because of a staffing shortage one recent day. Then she stopped at a gas station to fill up, handed over her company credit card to pay for it, and waited.Before she knew it, the owner of the gas station walked up."He said, 'Look, I saw the name (of your company) on your card,'" Nichlos said. "And he goes, 'Maybe you can help me. I bought this Lukoil, and I have one in Brick, and I need staff.'"It's a...
SPRING LAKE - Christine Nichlos had been turned away from a restaurant that was closed because of a staffing shortage one recent day. Then she stopped at a gas station to fill up, handed over her company credit card to pay for it, and waited.
Before she knew it, the owner of the gas station walked up.
"He said, 'Look, I saw the name (of your company) on your card,'" Nichlos said. "And he goes, 'Maybe you can help me. I bought this Lukoil, and I have one in Brick, and I need staff.'"
It's a common refrain. Nichlos is founder and owner of People Science, a company that focuses on talent acquisition and retention — or, put more simply, finding workers and keeping them. And she's had a front-row seat for a labor shortage that seems to have caught business owners off guard.
With the crunch showing few signs of easing, Nichlos is urging employers to devote more thought to recruiting in a process that goes beyond simply posting a "Help Wanted" sign on the door or on hiring websites. It's a process that starts, she said, with self-reflection about what their business is and what they have to offer workers.
In hindsight, there were signs that the hiring landscape was about to shift in workers' favor.
The Conference Board, an economic research group, released its first warning of a looming labor shortage in 2014, noting then that the retirement of the massive baby boomer generation would bring the growth in the working-age population to a halt until 2030.
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The demographic change was magnified by COVID-19 as workers with health concerns or child and elder care obligations stayed home, often with the help of enhanced government benefits.
As the benefits ran out, workers continued to have the upper hand.
Consider this: Before COVID-19 hit in the spring of 2020, the nation's unemployment rate was 3.5%, and there were about 7 million job openings. More than two years later, the nation has recovered all of the 22 million jobs that it lost to the pandemic; the unemployment rate, which jumped to 14.7% in April 2020, has returned to 3.5%; but there are more than 10 million job openings, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
New Jersey's unemployment rate of 3.7% remains higher than its rate of 3.3% before the pandemic.
Still, the jobless rate is so low that some Jersey Shore employers have scaled back their operations. Joe Leone's, a specialty grocer with stores in Point Pleasant Beach, Manasquan and Sea Girt, said in August it would close its shops on Wednesdays because of labor challenges.
"We're having a phenomenal, phenomenal summer," owner Joe Leone Introna said in an Instagram post. "The fact of the matter is, we do not have enough staff to fill a seven-day-a-week schedule."
The market has put pressure on employers to find new approaches to recruit talent.
Rook, a Long Branch-based coffee roaster with 11 stores and 185 employees, has figured out its prime candidates, workers ages 18 to 24 who might also be customers, said Seana Percy, the company's head of people.
It has tried to reach them with consistent messages through its Instagram account that boil down to: have fun and make friends while you work. And the company routinely hosts after-work social outings for employees as part of its workplace culture, Percy said.
"Everybody can say they are going to do something, but when they see it happen and we follow through on it, that makes the difference," Percy said.
Nichlos, 61, of Wall, started her business in 1997 and has worked with companies including Comcast, WL Gore and Vonage. With Labor Day approaching, she sat down with the Asbury Park Press to talk about how employers can find workers in a challenging job market. Here are five important points for employers to consider.
It's not them, it's you
Employers need to reflect on who they are and what they stand for; explain it consistently in help-wanted ads and social media accounts; and avoid making hiring decisions based on their own biases.
Fast-paced? Unlimited paid time off? Bring your dog to work? It will help job candidates understand what to expect and avoid surprises when they start working.
"It's not as complicated as everybody thinks," Nichlos said. "But it takes thought. It takes consideration. Why would somebody want to work here? What am I about?"
OK, maybe it is them
Employers don't need to overhaul their culture to cater to generational stereotypes. Nichlos said she once worked with what appeared to be a "boiler room" operation. She thought no one would want to put up with that kind of sales pressure. But she found some workers thrived only in that type of environment.
"That's another misnomer," Nichlos said. "'We need to cater to all Gen Z and all millennials because they're all the same.' Not true. No generation is all the same. But understanding who's a good fit with you, whether they're 19 years old or 60 years old or 70 years old, is the thread you want to look for. Who does well in our environment?"
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Put someone in charge of finding employees
It could be the owner. It could be a manager. But a company should have someone responsible for defining who they are looking for and how they plan to attract them. Talent acquisition requires persistence; 25% of hires are people who said no four months earlier, Nichlos said.
"It's not just collecting resumés and stuffing them into a folder or (being) on your computer and using an Excel spreadsheet," she said. "It's really putting together a well-defined process."
Once they accept the offer, your work isn't done
Workers' experiences need to live up to what was promised. Did you talk about how much your company values teamwork? Don't give them a heavy-handed boss. Did you emphasize a fast-paced workplace? Give them responsibilities. Turnover is expensive.
"You're keeping the story going from the beginning," Nichlos said. "You recruit them the same way that you bring them (onboard), and then you manage them the same way."
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The labor shortage isn't going anywhere
The Federal Reserve Board is increasing interest rates to slow the economy and tamp down inflation in a move that could create a recession. But there are so many unfilled positions, Nichlos said, employers can't simply wait for the tide to turn.
"If I hear one more CEO make a statement under their breath, 'All this is going change during the recession, people are going to come and want to work for me again,'" she said. "Guess what? No."
Michael L. Diamond is a business reporter who has been writing about the New Jersey economy and health care industry for more than 20 years. He can be reached at [email protected]
Get educated and have fun on NJ Lighthouse Challenge
Looking for a fun-filled, yet educational event you can do with the whole family and friends this fall in New Jersey?For the 23rd year, New Jersey will host The Lighthouse Challenge the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16, said Pary Tell, chairman of the Lighthouse Keepers of New Jersey, which sponsors the event.The challenge is to visit all 14 different stops which include 16 different sites of lighthouses, lifesaving stations, one virtual site, the Lighthouse Society of NJ, and one lighthouse-related museum along the Atlanti...
Looking for a fun-filled, yet educational event you can do with the whole family and friends this fall in New Jersey?
For the 23rd year, New Jersey will host The Lighthouse Challenge the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16, said Pary Tell, chairman of the Lighthouse Keepers of New Jersey, which sponsors the event.
The challenge is to visit all 14 different stops which include 16 different sites of lighthouses, lifesaving stations, one virtual site, the Lighthouse Society of NJ, and one lighthouse-related museum along the Atlantic and Delaware Bay Coast within two days.
Tell said there is no pre-registration required. Just visit www.lighthousechallengenj.com to see what lighthouses are participating in the challenge.
Pick where ever you want to start, go to that lighthouse, and tell the volunteers you want to participate in the challenge. Participants will pay a $4 fee to get a holder for souvenirs. As you visit each of the sites on the challenge, you’ll receive a souvenir to put in the holder, Tell said.
Once participants visit all the sites and complete the challenge, they’ll receive a special completion sticker. Plus they’ll be entered into a raffle drawing for a gift tote full of goodies from every one of the sites on the challenge. It’s always worth between $500 and $1,000, she added.
The oldest lighthouse in the United States that is part of the challenge is Sandy Hook which is within the National Recreation area. That’s the northernmost lighthouse, she said.
Other challenge sites include Cape May lighthouse, Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse on the Delaware Bay side, Sea Girt Lighthouse, Tuckers Island Lighthouse, Absecon Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, East Point Lighthouse, Finns Point Range Lights, Navesink Twin Lights, Barnegat Light Museum, Squan Beach Lifesaving Station, Tatham Lifesaving Station, U.S. Lifesaving Station 30, NJ Lighthouse Society and the Lighthouse Keepers of New Jersey.
Four of the lighthouses offer a night climb on the Saturday night only from 6 pm to 8 pm. These include Tuckerton, Cape May, Absecon, and Tinicum lighthouses. It is not required to do a night climb but they do offer participants a completely different view.
“Tinicum, for example, you can see the whole skyline of Philadelphia lit up at night. Cape May lets you see all of Cape May and the Wildwoods. Absecon, you see Atlantic City. Tuckerton, you see Long Beach Island,” Tell said.
On the challenge, it is also not a requirement to climb any of the lighthouses. Some adventurous people may choose to do so but most do not, as it is exhausting. Cape May Lighthouse has 199 steps and Absecon Lighthouse has over 200 steps.
Tell said the goal of the weekend Lighthouse Challenge is two-fold. Many people don’t think about lighthouses as places to visit when they visit the Jersey Shore. So the challenge lets people know that these lighthouses exist and every one of them is historic. Many of them are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Second, each lighthouse will sell its own merchandise such as Lighthouse Challenge t-shirts. Tell said all the money from merch sales will go to those lighthouses to help preserve and maintain them.
“So, it’s a two-fold preservation and education kind of weekend,” Tell said.
Around 2,000 people take part in the two-day challenge each year, Tell said. While many participants come from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, others come from across the country from Oregon and California. Tell said last year, they had people from Canada, Peru and Germany take part.
It’s a fantastic family event filled with fun and education. Tell said she remembers a couple even got engaged on the challenge! They return every year for their anniversary to take part.
Sea Girt groups wants woods, not paddleball court, to remain at Crescent Park
SEA GIRT — A plan by the Sea Girt council to build a second paddleball court in a small park is facing pushback from some neighbors, who say the park harms critical animal habitat.In August, citing rising demand for additional court space, the Borough Council passed a resolution to erect a second paddleball court and viewing area at the north end of Cornelius Park, which is known locally as Crescent Park due to its shape.It would be the fourth court at the park, which also has an existing paddleball court a...
SEA GIRT — A plan by the Sea Girt council to build a second paddleball court in a small park is facing pushback from some neighbors, who say the park harms critical animal habitat.
In August, citing rising demand for additional court space, the Borough Council passed a resolution to erect a second paddleball court and viewing area at the north end of Cornelius Park, which is known locally as Crescent Park due to its shape.
It would be the fourth court at the park, which also has an existing paddleball court and two tennis courts.
But some neighbors are attempting to stop the construction of the addition, saying it will reduce the size of one of the few remaining forested areas along the Monmouth County shoreline.
The new court, "that's going to mean more noise, more light… it's disturbing the wildlife," said Geraldine O'Keefe, who serves as spokeswoman for the neighbors who are trying to strop the construction.
O'Keefe said hundreds of people have since signed paper and online petitions against the project.
Neighbors say owls, foxes, deer, migrating songbirds and Cooper's hawks are just some of the wildlife that are living within the 17-acre park, which is managed under a stewardship forest program.
To qualify as a New Jersey stewardship forest, the trees are cared for and seedlings planted. The trees can be used for timber, but a stewardship forest is also designed to provide benefits such as habitat, improved water quality and aesthetic benefits to the community.
O'Keefe worries the new court threatens the purpose of Crescent Park's managed forest.
"Cutting down of these mature trees is irrevocable for future generations," she said in a news release circulated to borough officials.
But borough officials, in a presentation posted to the municipal website, said court reservations more than doubled between 2019 and 2020, rising from 246 to 586. The increase happened despite the court being closed for two months of 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The number of permit holders to the courts also increased 67% between 2019 and 2020, according to the presentation.
Borough residents have since complained to municipal staff about limitations in reservation times, officials said in the presentation. Sea Girt Mayor Donald Fetzer did not immediately return emails from the Asbury Park Press.
Plans call for the new court and viewing area would be erected next to the existing courts.
Town officials said adding onto the existing courts at Crescent Park was the most logical solution to meet increasing demand. Other parks in town either had no space for another court or open space concerns that precluded them from being good choices for the court, they said.
The project is expected to cost about $100,000 and would be funded through a recreation trust fund and money raised through the 2020 Sea Girt 5K.
Though the Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the project, Borough Administrator James Gant said in an email that no contractors have yet bid to construct the new court.
The project has been reviewed by the borough's Shade Tree Commission and Sea Girt Conservancy, a group committed to enhancing the borough's parks, and would include planting two trees in Crescent Park for each tree removed by construction, Gant added.
The replanting is not enough to win support from O'Keefe.
"The argument that the town will replace each mature tree with two trees is just unacceptable," she said.
Charlotte Van Horne Squarcy, who lives within walking distance of the park, hopes attention is paid to remediating the habitat if, or when, the project is constructed. Because of the limited areas of forest left along the Monmouth County coast, Crescent Park plays an important roll for animals in and around Sea Girt as well as birds migrating along the coast, she said.
"If they (borough officials) are going to have some remedial measures… for the forest, I want them to do it for the animals, too," she said.
Some neighbors plan to raise their concerns about the project during the Borough Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. A link to the virtual meeting is available at www.seagirt-nj.gov.
Amanda Oglesby is an Ocean County native who covers Brick, Barnegat and Lacey townships as well as the environment. She has worked for the Press for more than a decade. Reach her at @OglesbyAPP, [email protected] or 732-557-5701.
N.J. supermarket to shutter after 43 years of business
Grocery store chain Super Foodtown is planning to close one of its New Jersey spots after more than four decades of business.The supermarket is in Ocean Township, located at 1560 Route 35.Lou Scaduto Jr., president of Food Circus Super Markets, told the Asbury Park Press...
Grocery store chain Super Foodtown is planning to close one of its New Jersey spots after more than four decades of business.
The supermarket is in Ocean Township, located at 1560 Route 35.
Lou Scaduto Jr., president of Food Circus Super Markets, told the Asbury Park Press the store will close Aug. 12 after it was unable to come to terms for a new lease.
Following the closure, the next-closest Super Foodtown stores will be in Sea Girt and Red Bank.
Ocean Township’s Super Foodtown originally opened in 1979.
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