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

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The Healthy Way Difference

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

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

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

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

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

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 Toms River:

Clay Bowl Effect

The "Clay Bowl" Effect

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

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

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

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

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

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

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

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

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

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

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

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

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

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

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

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GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME

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

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

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

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Ocean Co. field hockey for Sep 28: Toms River So. wins in OT, Pt. Pleasant shuts out again

Sophomore Eva Schilling scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help lift Toms River South to a 2-1 win over Brick Memorial in Toms River.Freshman Brooke Weyandt scored the tying goal in the fourth quarter for Toms River South (5-4), which has won four of its last five games. Sophomore goalie Brielle Berruti finished with six saves.Senior Lauren Slobiski gave Brick Memorial (1-6-1) the lead in the second period with assists from sophomore Maggie Leach and senior Megan Ingenito. Senior goalie Kylee McCauley-Kriegsman made 10...

Sophomore Eva Schilling scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help lift Toms River South to a 2-1 win over Brick Memorial in Toms River.

Freshman Brooke Weyandt scored the tying goal in the fourth quarter for Toms River South (5-4), which has won four of its last five games. Sophomore goalie Brielle Berruti finished with six saves.

Senior Lauren Slobiski gave Brick Memorial (1-6-1) the lead in the second period with assists from sophomore Maggie Leach and senior Megan Ingenito. Senior goalie Kylee McCauley-Kriegsman made 10 saves.

Donovan Catholic 3, Jackson Liberty 1

Senior Ava Grenham scored twice to help lift Donovan Catholic to a 3-1 win over Jackson Liberty in Jackson.

Junior Julia Schirripa had a goal for Donovan Catholic (2-4-1), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Junior goalie Evelynn Sernotti finished with nine saves.

Junior Queeni Lin had a goal for Jackson Liberty (1-6-1) with an assist from junior Jackie Casale. Sophomore Ava Bocchiaro put up 21 saves.

Barnegat 3, Pinelands 0

Junior Alyson Sojak marked two goals and senior Camryn White added one as Barnegat shut out Pinelands 3-0 in Barnegat.

Sophomores Emilia Ercolino and Jayna Greenblatt and senior Patience Mares each had an assist for Barnegat (6-2-1), which earned its fifth shutout of the season. Junior goalie Emalie Menegus made 11 saves.

Senior Emma Kohler finished with 29 saves for Pinelands (3-4).

Lacey 8, Manchester Township 0

Junior Autumn Mangan produced a hat trick and sophomore Zoey Smith had two goals and an assist as Lacey blanked Manchester Township 8-0 in Lanoka Harbor.

Senior Isabelle Merola put up three assists while freshmen Brooke McGinley and Brooklynn Bell and senior Sydnie Glover each had a goal for Lacey (7-1-1), which got its fifth shutout of the campaign.

Senior Madison Phillips-Frazee finished with seven saves for Manchester Township (1-5-2).

Southern 9, Toms River East 0

Junior Leigha Clapp scored twice, junior Jessica Bruther had a goal and three assists and sophomores Avery DiPietro and Avery Smith each tallied a goal and an assist as Southern overpowered Toms River East 9-0 in Toms River.

Seniors Olivia Davis and Jenna Sarnoski, junior Emme Beck and Kate Saxon had a goal apiece for Southern (6-4). Freshman goalie Kathleen Brennan made five saves.

Senior Josephine Mckenna finished with 14 saves for Toms River East (0-6).

No. 6 Point Pleasant Boro 10, Lakewood 0

Freshman Haley Fox had two goals while freshman Ella Knapp and sophomore Camryn Johnson added a goal and an assist each as sixth-ranked Point Pleasant Boro got its 10th straight shutout with a 10-0 win over Lakewood in Point Pleasant.

Codi Damerau, Jessica DeLong, Caroline DeKenipp, Kylee Durso, Eden Hansen and Brianna Boczkus each had a goal for Point Pleasant Boro (10-0).

Sophomore Amy Krysa came up with 22 saves for Lakewood (0-6).

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Kayaking the Edisto River — South Carolina’s natural hidden treasure in the Lowcountry

“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry....

“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.

The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Wintering in South America, the prothonotary warbler can be found in spring and summer in the Carolinas where breeding pairs can be spotted in trees along the riverbank or deep in the swamp. Its song is a bright twee-twee-twee-twee and as it darts among the low branches above the black water of a swamp, it seems to almost demand a photo.

This spring morning, as I paddle a quiet stretch of the Edisto River, a warbler darts among the branches of a low willow hunting snails and insects. With its yellow colors flashing like a lightning bug in daytime, I am compelled to stop once again and fill the memory card on my camera with photos of tree branches in an obsession that seems to amuse the little bird. Finally, both of us are relieved as I obtain a photo or two and both of us depart satisfied from the encounter.

The subject of my photo lives with others of his kind along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Edisto River that you can ever see. The Edisto River is the longest river system contained entirely in South Carolina. Rising from Saluda and Edgefield counties, the Edisto corkscrews 250 miles along the Lowcountry to the sea and forms the “E” of the critical ACE Basin water system.

Artesian wells and crystal clear springs bubble from the limestone bedrock along the upper river and near the coast it becomes a rich, blackwater river where deep swamps open to salt marsh horizons. To spend time kayaking or boating along the Edisto is to experience a special paradise on earth.

This section of warbler-haunted Edisto described above runs approximately seven miles from Good Hope Landing to Sullivan’s Ferry near Cottageville. Good Hope Landing is a beautiful, easily accessible boat landing that allows you easy access to the river. Its 10-foot sandy bluff is crowned by a majestic live oak and the river here is wide and relatively straight.

As the current carries you along you can spot an abundance of wildlife. Egrets and herons wade in the shallows, songbirds (including prothonotary warblers) inhabit the trees and in the water, terrapin, gar and even the elusive alligator can be spotted. The river is filled with redbreast bream, catfish and bass — making this a popular as a destination for anglers.

A few miles downstream there is a narrow portion, where willows grow close and fallen trees can snag unwary boaters or those floating along in innertubes, a favorite summer pastime for hundreds of visitors every year. At four miles, you will pass Long Creek Landing, another serviceable launching location, and shortly after will pass beneath the highway bridge of U.S.-17A at the privately owned Jellico’s Landing.

Up to this point, the Edisto has been wild and scenic with few houses or other reminders of human habitation. From the bridge at Jellico’s, well-sited river houses and cottages line the river and form the community of Sullivan’s Landing. Dating from at least as far back as 1820, Sullivan’s was one of many such river crossings in the Lowcountry before bridges and modern highways took hold. The 1820 record of the South Carolina state legislature reveals that the toll for Sullivan’s Ferry was “for every two-horse carriage, 50 cents … horse and rider, 10 cents, and 5 cents for every foot passenger and head of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs …”

Recently, I kayaked from Good Hope to Sullivan’s Ferry with a group of friends and we found the old ferry site to be far quieter that it might have been in 1820. We enjoyed a beautiful spring day with the smooth Edisto reflecting the deep blue of a sky filled with lazy clouds. Recent rains had raised river levels and we enjoyed exploring side channels into coves of swampy flooded forest and hidden oxbow lakes.

After many hours leisurely exploring and encountering wildlife, we arrived at Sullivan’s Ferry for the journey home. We were all of the opinion that this section of the Edisto River was the most beautiful we had ever encountered — and I am certain that you will feel the same way. Should you chance to encounter a little yellow bird in a willow tree, I am certain he will share his opinion of the river, too.

Good Hope Landing and Sullivan’s Ferry Landing are both located near Cottageville and are only a little over an hour’s drive from the Beaufort area. To get there, take Interstate 95 or U.S.-17-A to Walterboro and stay on 17-A to Cottageville. In Cottageville, turn left onto Pierce Road. At 4 miles, turn right onto State Road S-15-35 to the dead end at Good Hope Landing. Sullivan’s Ferry is located at the end of Sullivan’s Ferry Road approximately 3 miles from Cottageville just off 17-A. Both landings are managed by the South Carolina DNR and are well-maintained. There are no facilities, so pack accordingly.

The river in this section is swift when the water is up but very easy to manage, despite a few areas of overhang and snags. Careful preparation and good company will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable day on the water.

For more information, visit the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail site at https://ercktrail.org or obtain a detailed map at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/river/edisto-guide.html

Ramada Hotel, Versailles Ballroom Announce Closures In Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ramada Hotel and the Versailles Ballroom in Toms River have shut down after more than 30 years in business, the company announced, making way for the property's conversion into office space.The Wyndham property posted messages on its Facebook page and other social media sites saying the hotel, which sits on the Toms River-Lakewood border near the intersection with Route 70, announcing the permanent closure as of Wednesday. The hotel opened in 1989.Westwood Two LLC, whose principle owner is Maurice Ros...

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ramada Hotel and the Versailles Ballroom in Toms River have shut down after more than 30 years in business, the company announced, making way for the property's conversion into office space.

The Wyndham property posted messages on its Facebook page and other social media sites saying the hotel, which sits on the Toms River-Lakewood border near the intersection with Route 70, announcing the permanent closure as of Wednesday. The hotel opened in 1989.

Westwood Two LLC, whose principle owner is Maurice Rosenberg of Lakewood, reached an agreement with Mazel LLC and 70 East LLC in March to buy the property, according to records filed with the Ocean County Clerk's Office.

Westwood Two told the Toms River Planning Board it wants to convert guest rooms into executive offices, according to a Shorebeat report.

In September, Westwood Two appeared before the planning board seeking a change of use from the hotel to office space. The plan, which was approved, was for it to convert 100 guest rooms to 100 executive offices, but the Shorebeat report said the banquet facility would remain in operation, along with some extended-stay rooms.

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It is not clear who will be operating those, as the Ramada's closing message indicated people should go elsewhere for banquet facilities and hotel stays. The Versailles Ballroom, which was the hotel's banquet facility, also posted that it was closing down.

The ballroom had a liquor license associated with it that was just renewed in June by Toms River officials. The license has a restriction that it "shall not be renewed or transferred except for or to a hotel (or motel) containing at least 100 sleeping rooms," according to the minutes of the Toms River Township Council meeting where it was renewed. The site plan described at the planning board meeting would leave the property with fewer than 100 guest rooms.

Messages left for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada's parent company, seeking comment on the sale and closure were not answered. The Ramada had received multiple bad reviews from guests in recent years, with complaints of broken air conditioning, bugs in rooms and even a bloody mattress.

"The Ramada Hotel of Toms River is now closed. We thank all of our patrons and guests for over 30 years of business," the Ramada post said, and suggested another Toms River hotel for guests.

"After many happy decades of serving the community, the Versailles Ballroom has closed its doors," the banquet facility's post said. "It has been our pleasure to celebrate with you."

VOTE for CHANGE in South Toms River!

https://www.facebook.com/Commu...Dear Neighbor,My name is Debra Di Donato and I am writing to humbly ask for your support in this election. Over the past several years, I have seen our small town struggle in some big ways. From empty storefronts to poor road conditions, our residents have expressed their concerns, and they have fallen on deaf ears.It’s time for change....

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Dear Neighbor,

My name is Debra Di Donato and I am writing to humbly ask for your support in this election. Over the past several years, I have seen our small town struggle in some big ways. From empty storefronts to poor road conditions, our residents have expressed their concerns, and they have fallen on deaf ears.

It’s time for change.

The high-density apartment complex that was approved by my opponents will test our small town’s limits, and we need to be prepared for its inevitable presence with effective solutions that prioritize our quality of life and safety.

With over a decade of nursing experience and nearly twenty years as a leader in the healthcare industry, I have the critical thinking and strategic planning skills needed to tackle this problem. I have spent countless hours advocating for patients, and I am ready to do the same for you.

I have partnered with two extraordinary teammates who exemplify honesty, integrity, and dedication to their community: Rob Hailey, a law enforcement officer with the NJ Department of Corrections, and Jameal Calhoun, a US Army veteran and reservist. I am proud to have such upstanding citizens on my team, and I look forward to collaborating with them as we build a better South Toms River.

Friends, you can’t play the same old politics with the same old players and expect change. The time for new ideas, new leadership, and a new government is NOW! Vote “Column A” for CHANGE!

Sincerely,

Debra Di Donato

Democratic Mayoral Candidate

ps Watch our Facebook video to learn the TRUTH about the Dover Road Redevelopment Project. This project is so awful that South Toms River PBA 368 publicly stated, “This large increase in population means STRPD will have to increase its amount of officers. The PBA cannot stress enough how much of an issue this is, because STRPD already has enough trouble keeping their department properly staffed for the demands of the current population.” Strangely, our opponents tout this massive mistake as an accomplishment. Maybe it’s an accomplishment for their developer friends, but it’s not an accomplishment for South Toms River.

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The hawk stuck in the Toms River library is now gone for good, the library hopes

TOMS RIVER − It nearly came down to a live pigeon wearing a bulletproof-like vest to convince the hawk that had taken up residence at the Toms River Library Oct. 24 to finally take flight.That was one of the last-ditch options Bob Glass, a master falconer, thought of trying after spending several days along with ot...

TOMS RIVER − It nearly came down to a live pigeon wearing a bulletproof-like vest to convince the hawk that had taken up residence at the Toms River Library Oct. 24 to finally take flight.

That was one of the last-ditch options Bob Glass, a master falconer, thought of trying after spending several days along with other avian and wildlife experts attempting to capture the bird. The pigeon vest employs filament loops to snag hawks and other birds of prey by the talons while leaving the secured pigeon, a preferred meal, unharmed.

Instead of the pigeon, it was the library facilities and administrative staff that finally drew the recalcitrant raptor out from its hiding place within the second-floor drop ceiling.

After working alongside experts like Glass for more than a week, they removed ceiling tiles in a conference room, saw the hawk drop down a few times, then removed all the tiles and opened the rooms large casement windows.

The hawk, a first-year female Cooper's hawk, not a red-tailed hawk as the avian experts first decided, apparently flew out.

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But staff at the library are still crossing their fingers. They thought the bird left last week and after announcing that Oct. 28, realized they were mistaken. The hawk was still between the rafters and drop ceiling.

This time they waited to make the call.

"It has been over a day now since anyone has heard any noise from the hawk, and we believe it has safely left the building," library spokeswoman Sherri Taliercio said Thursday in an email.

Glass credited the staff with resolving the problem that prompted the shutdown of the library more than once and agreed with their assessment.

"The bird doesn't appear to be in there anymore," said the longtime past president of the New Jersey Falconry Club.

The facilities staff went so far as to leave a cell phone in the conference room that was playing a recording of a bird chirping, Glass said.

Glass said the young Cooper's hawk proved a tough challenge.

"I've been doing this for 40 years and this is the most complex case I've ever seen," he said.

He declined to allow a photo to be taken of the pigeon in the bulletproof-like vest.

"That's like asking Colonel Sanders to give away his recipe," he said.

Licensed falconers, skilled at their art, like to hang onto their trade secrets.

Calls about trapped raptors that the falconry club fields, like the one from the library, have become more and more common, he said. The calls usually come from places like Home Depots or warehouses, he said.

To deal with the rise in requests, Glass has been putting together a raptor rescue and recovery group within the club that helps the state Division of Fish and Wildlife respond to calls on raptors in need of rescuing.

The increased calls come from an increase in birds, he said.

"The population of birds of prey has just exploded," Glass said. "Forty-five years ago when we saw a bald eagle we'd talk about it for six months. Now it's common."

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