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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach
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 Union Beach:
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!
Latest News in Union Beach, NJ
Spotted lanternfly invasion is so bad N.J. residents no longer need to report sightings
Chances are by now you felt some crunch underfoot while running errands, caught a few in your windshield wiper on a drive or encountered hundreds while trying to soak in the sun at the beach.“We have confirmed populations of spotted lanternfly in every New Jersey county,” a spokesman with ...
Chances are by now you felt some crunch underfoot while running errands, caught a few in your windshield wiper on a drive or encountered hundreds while trying to soak in the sun at the beach.
“We have confirmed populations of spotted lanternfly in every New Jersey county,” a spokesman with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.
They’ve become so widespread in fact, the state agency is no longer asking residents to report when they see them.
“In the past week, we have said it is no longer necessary to report spotted lanternfly sightings,” the NJDA spokesman said in a statement. “While we appreciate the public’s diligence in reporting the spotted lanternfly sightings, it is no longer necessary to report it to us … That decision was based in part on the thousands of reports we received last year.”
Spotted lanternflies, which are considered invasive insects, feed on the sap of their host plants and leave behind a sugary substance called honeydew that encourages fungal growth and new insects on the weakened plants. While they don’t bite, sting or pose any threat to people or pets, the lanternflies could cause serious damage to cash crops in New Jersey like grapes, hops and ornamental trees, state officials say.
In June, the insects were tiny black or red-bodied lanternfly nymphs. But now, they have gotten bigger, grown wings and taken to the air to swarm more trees and plants. The same took place last summer and fall here in New Jersey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York and other eastern states.
Residents are advised to squish them.
Specifics on the population of spotted lanternflies and where they are most heavily concentrated in New Jersey were not immediately available, officials at the NJDA said.
Even though the Tree of Heaven is the spotted lanternfly’s main target, these insects can damage or kill more than 70 varieties of trees, shrubs and other plants, according to experts at Rutgers University. Lanternflies also prey on red maple trees, black walnut trees, willow trees and grapevines, posing a potential threat to the wine industry.
Previously, residents were asked to report lanternfly sightings — regardless of the insect’s life stage — so the state could help control and prevent the spread, as well as coordinate where treatment resources could be dedicated.
“The take-home is they are everywhere,” said Anne L. Nielsen, an associate extension specialist in entomology at Rutgers University, adding that the school stopped tracking spotted lanternflies last summer. “There’s some areas and counties, of course, that have higher populations but they’re everywhere.”
Nielsen said university researchers are instead focused on limiting the impact of spotted lanternflies on agriculture in the state.
A spokesman with the NJDA said the state provides a list of treatment options for dealing with the annoying insects at www.badbug.nj.gov. In addition to providing counties treatment reimbursement funds, the NJDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture deploy crews focused on “high priority” areas like airports, railway lines and other major transportation corridors to limit spread, he added.
“With approximately 2 million acres to cover, it’s not possible for our crews to respond to every call,” the spokesman said.
Looking ahead, spotted lanternfly populations are expected to dwindle when they die off after the winter’s first hard frost.
“Until then, the females will lay egg masses that hatch in the spring,” an official with the NJDA said. “There will be a period of a few months where spotted lanternflies will not be visible, but the egg masses can be on almost any surface and extremely difficult to locate.”
During the past few years, spotted lanternflies have been seen in New Jersey and 10 other states — Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Agriculture officials and bug experts have implored people to kill any spotted lanternflies that are seen around homes or businesses, to prevent them from causing damage to trees and plants.
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On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Paper Mill Playhouse(August 30, 2022 – Millburn, NJ) – Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, the first production of Paper Mill’s 2022-2023 season.The production will feature Linedy Genao On You...
Paper Mill Playhouse
(August 30, 2022 – Millburn, NJ) – Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, the first production of Paper Mill’s 2022-2023 season.
The production will feature Linedy Genao On Your Feet! on Broadway) as Gloria, Brandon Espinoza (Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants) as Emilio, Francisca Muñoz (PBS’s “Our Lady Lupe”) as Gloria Fajardo, and Yajaira Paredes (Candlelight Theatre’s Clue) as Consuelo. Olivia Andrade-Marin (PMP debut!) and Natalia Artigas (Disney’s Frozen national tour) will share the role of Little Gloria, and Carlos Carreras (On Your Feet! 1st National Tour) plays Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy. Completing the ensemble cast are Christopher Alvarado, Jonathan Arana, Mike Baerga, Brigitte Beach, Arthur Joseph Cuadros, Nicholas Cunha, Rubén Flores, Gabriela García, Diego Guevara, Rachel Josefina, Kyle Laing, Ángel Lozada, Risa Nicole, Vincent Ortega, Alexa Racioppi, Janina Rosa, Stefanie Renee Salyers, Vanessa Sierra, Luis Villabon, and Sarah Waite.
Signature support for On Your Feet! is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
The show will begin performances at Paper Mill Playhouse on Friday, October 7 and play through Sunday, November 6, 2022. Opening night is set for Sunday, October 9.
On Your Feet! follows the lives of pop superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Both Cuban immigrants in Miami, Emilio and Gloria fall in love, struggle to overcome family obstacles, and work tirelessly to take their Latin sound to the American mainstream. Featuring such chart-topping hits as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” and “1-2-3,” On Your Feet! is an exuberant, joyful celebration that’s bursting with heart.
Featuring music produced and recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, this exhilarating production is directed and choreographed by Alex Sanchez (Giant and PMP’s West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast) with a book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman and The Bodyguard musical) and music direction by Andrew David Sotomayor (PMP’s Some Enchanted Evening, Tootsie First National Tour).
On Your Feet! Will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner David Rockwell (PMP’s Half Time and Broadway’s Into the Woods), costume design by Tony nominee Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bessand 1776 on Broadway), lighting design by Charlie Morrison (PMP’s Sister Act and Songs for a New World), sound design by Matt Kraus (Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas Off-Broadway), projection design by Darrel Maloney (The Cher Show on Broadway), costume coordination and additional design by Antonio Consuegra (assistant costume designer of Broadway’s Funny Girl), and hair and wig design by Marcus Lopez (styling for Broadway’s On Your Feet! and Bandstand). Jeffrey Rodriguez is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Bass/Valle Casting.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audiences the opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions, including Q&As with the cast. Paper Mill Prologues and The Director’s Viewpoint will be available to everyone on the Paper Mill Playhouse mobile app.
Paper Mill Playhouse will be adopting a hybrid mask policy when we open the season in October. Masks will be required at the October 26–30 performances of On Your Feet! At all other On Your Feet! performances, masks are optional and strongly encouraged to protect yourself and others as recommended by the CDC. We hope our patrons will appreciate having a choice and will feel safe and comfortable during their visit.
Tickets start at $35 may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at papermill.org. Groups of 10 or more may receive up to a up to 30% discount on tickets and should call 973.376.4343. Students may purchase $20 tickets. Patrons under 30 years old may purchase tickets for $30 to any Wednesday or Friday performance. Three show, 4 show and 5 show Subscription packages are also available starting at just $111.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers award-winning access programs and services, including audio-described performances on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 1:30pm and Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1:30pm (sensory seminars for the blind are held at noon) and an open-captioned performance on Sunday November 6, 2022, at 7:00pm. Braille and large-print programs and assistive listening devices available.
Programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is a nationally renowned not-for-profit theater under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director). A beloved New Jersey arts institution since 1938, Paper Mill creates and produces groundbreaking new musicals and reimagined classics. Several productions have gone on the Broadway and launched national tours, including Disney's Newsies, Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Misérables, A Bronx Tale, and Bandstand. The theater is also the home to an award-winning center for musical theater education and artist training, with outreach programs that impact thousands of students each year. As one of the nation’s premier musical theaters, Paper Mill fosters a creative environment to advance the art form, educate students, develop future theater lovers, nurture inclusion, and provide access for all. We acknowledge that our theater stands on the traditional land of the Lenni-Lenape, and we honor the Indigenous people who inhabited it for thousands of years before European settlers arrived. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Wu-Tang Clan and Nas Kick Off ‘NY State of Mind Tour’ with Special Guest Busta Rhymes
In St. Louis, Missouri, this week, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Special Guest Busta Rhymes began their much anticipated 2022 NY State of Mind Tour. The program began with a carefully curated video that traced the history of hip-hop from its inception on August 11, 1973, in the Bronx, New York, to its influence in all five boroughs of the city, highlighting the city’s native Hip-Hop icons who forever altered the rap scene and culture outside the Empire State. ...
In St. Louis, Missouri, this week, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Special Guest Busta Rhymes began their much anticipated 2022 NY State of Mind Tour. The program began with a carefully curated video that traced the history of hip-hop from its inception on August 11, 1973, in the Bronx, New York, to its influence in all five boroughs of the city, highlighting the city’s native Hip-Hop icons who forever altered the rap scene and culture outside the Empire State.
Wu-Tang Clan gave an outstanding performance, singing songs like “Bring Da Ruckus,” “Da Mystery of Chessboxin,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” and others. “New York State of Mind,” “It’s Mine,” “If I Ruled the World,” and other songs by Nas were played on stage. Busta Rhymes also sang a number of hits, including “Scenario,” “Look at Me Now,” “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” while bringing out a bottle of champagne mid-performance to celebrate an incredible tour.
The 25-city tour, which is being organized by Live Nation, will next perform at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, on September 1st. Thereafter, it will visit more cities across North America, including Atlanta, Toronto, Austin, Phoenix, and more, before coming to an end at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on October 4th. Hip hop turns 50 this year, so now is the ideal time for these two pioneers of the genre to collaborate on a historical tour.
You can see the full run of shows and opening night images below.
Thu Sep 01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Fri Sep 02 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 03 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sun Sep 04 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Wed Sep 07 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Thu Sep 08 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
Fri Sep 09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Sat Sep 10 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Tue Sep 13 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Wed Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Fri Sep 16 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Sep 17 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun Sep 18 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Tue Sep 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Wed Sep 21 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 22 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sun Sep 25 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Mon Sep 26 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Thu Sep 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri Sep 30 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sat Oct 01 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Sun Oct 02 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Tue Oct 04 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
The GOAT: David Burke talks about his latest restaurant, located in Union Beach
David Burke, the Hazlet native who seemingly blurs the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur and inventor, has 18 restaurants worldwide.But he may only be getting started on what he can do.His latest effort, the GOAT (which opened in Union Beach in April), is Burke’s seventh in New Jersey — and unlike any other.Located at the site of the former Italian American bistro Piero’s, the GOAT is a restaurant he designed with a spirited g...
David Burke, the Hazlet native who seemingly blurs the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur and inventor, has 18 restaurants worldwide.
But he may only be getting started on what he can do.
His latest effort, the GOAT (which opened in Union Beach in April), is Burke’s seventh in New Jersey — and unlike any other.
Located at the site of the former Italian American bistro Piero’s, the GOAT is a restaurant he designed with a spirited goat-themed décor featuring original artwork and a fun, laidback vibe with superior food and service in a casual atmosphere.
But, here’s the catch: It’s seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
The GOAT may have a Union Beach address, but it sits on a property site along Route 36 in an area that doesn’t seem to have a draw to it — and certainly nothing resembling a business district.
Burke sees it differently.
“Yeah, it is a little different ZIP code — and there are no businesses on the highway — but we don’t feed businesses, we feed homeowners,” he said. “This is a family restaurant. It is a neighborhood restaurant. It is 25-30% above a chain restaurant from an economic standpoint, and 80% above what a chain delivers.”
And it does it, Burke said, in an area that needs it.
“Rumson is in a great ZIP code, but it isn’t very easy to get to from Matawan, Holmdel or Colts Neck and up this way. It is a lot easier to get to Union Beach from the Middletown, Red Bank, Holmdel and surrounding areas.”
Location, location, location, Burke said.
“The location here is perfect,” he said. “When you come off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 117, there is no place to eat. Plus, if you look at the clientele that goes to some of the well-known area restaurants in Middletown, Red Bank and Sea Bright, a lot of those consumers come from Staten Island.
“Union Beach is 20 to 30 minutes closer than all of them. So, why wouldn’t people come here instead?”
Burke, of course, knows the answer to that question, too. The Atlantic Highlands resident sat down with ROI-NJ to tell us just why the ZIP code works to not only attract guests, but to make them become regulars visiting several times a week. Here’s a look at more of the conversation.
ROI-NJ: Talk about the menu at the GOAT?
David Burke: We are serving Italian American food with a menu centered around a gorgeous, custom-made, wood-burning pizza oven — it appeals to everyone.
We serve casual Italian American bistro — meat, chicken, salads — all highlighted by the handmade brick oven where pizza is the star.
The menu is all a simpler version of what I do. It’s a little creative, but it’s not high-wire acts. I like to call it ‘classic dishes with a modern-day twist.’ It’s chicken parm, but done well. It’s crispy, but not deep fried. It’s made with good olive oil, good cheese.
All the dishes are made with the best products. All the overall menu selections are flavor profiles that make good sense.
ROI: Let’s talk about the restaurant itself. This used to be a former Italian restaurant and there’s a sense of a fun, local vibe in a casual atmosphere thanks to the goat-themed décor. Some cosmetic renovations were made recently, such as furnishing the upstairs with stunning chandeliers. Will that room be used for private parties?
DB: One hundred people can fit upstairs. I purchased the chandeliers from an estate sale and brought them over to be installed here specifically for this space. Yes, for private parties, but mostly for theme nights in what I call the ‘Chandelier Supper Club.’
We plan on hosting special dinners with maybe music or comedians for one set price for dinner and a show, and running different entertainment all the time.
ROI: How will that work?
DB: The nights will be set price points that offer a three-course meal and dinner entertainment. Coming up this week is a comedian that will headline the dinner show (on Thursday). There are cocktails at 6:30 (cash bar) with light passed hors d’oeuvres; then, the three-course prix fixe dinner and comedy show starts at 7 p.m.
ROI: Sounds like you’ll be able to attract customers — but have you been able to find employees? That’s a huge issue in the industry right now — how has that been for you?
DB: We started paying a lot more money. We’re paying 25% more for almost every position and paying overtime. You can’t run a restaurant without a dishwasher, I know that. I pay my staff well and want to keep them employed, so I move them between my restaurants if needed.
ROI: And we hear you also are working to help the next-generation workforce?
DB: I am in talks with Brookdale Community College to create a scholarship program for students to work with me and offer an internship that will help them with their financial burden. That’s all in the works.
ROI: Speaking of ‘in the works,’ you always seem to be looking for your next challenge. You recently purchased the Dixie Lee Bakery in nearby Keansburg — which already was famous for its classic pastries, Black & White cookies and cakes for all occasions. What are the plans there?
DB: I am a trained pastry chef from École Lenôtre Pastry School in Plaisir, France. I always wanted to own a bakery. Eventually, I’ll supply my restaurants with baked goods from there, but, for now, I will start with minor renovations and keep the current staff onboard while still providing the locals with good baked goods.
Keyport vs. Union Beach schools in war of words (and money) over where students go
For several decades, the vast majority of Union Beach students attended Keyport High School when the time came to leave eighth grade.That is no longer the case, and the reason why is at issue in an acrimonious legal battle between the two school districts.Keyport has filed two petitions with the New Jersey Department of Education “regarding the violation of the send relationship to Keyport by Union Beach,” as Keyport Superintendent Lisa Savoia wrote in a recent letter to families in her district. The ...
For several decades, the vast majority of Union Beach students attended Keyport High School when the time came to leave eighth grade.
That is no longer the case, and the reason why is at issue in an acrimonious legal battle between the two school districts.
Keyport has filed two petitions with the New Jersey Department of Education “regarding the violation of the send relationship to Keyport by Union Beach,” as Keyport Superintendent Lisa Savoia wrote in a recent letter to families in her district. The first petition was filed in 2019, and a new one was filed this past December.
The goal of the petitions is twofold, according to Savoia. First, “the commissioner can order the Union Beach School District to honor the relationship and send high school age students to Keyport High School,” she said in an email to the Asbury Park Press.
Second, the 2021 petition “is also seeking to have the commissioner address the years of financial harm” caused by Union Beach, Savoia’s letter to parents stated. Specifically, the petition seeks “compensatory damages” from Union Beach and other local districts that have been receiving Union Beach students.
Why? Because the resulting enrollment dip at Keyport High School triggered an accompanying decline in state funding. How steep? Funding figures shared with the Asbury Park Press indicate a drop of $600,000 from 2020-21 to 2021-22 (from $2.8 million to $2.2 million, or 21%).
Where are Union Beach students attending high school? Here's a rundown: Keyport High 124; Red Bank Regional 87; Henry Hudson Regional 10; Raritan 6; out-of-district placements 16; Monmouth County Vocational Schools 12.
Union Beach Superintendent Amanda Lewert did not respond to an interview request from the Asbury Park Press.
She did, however, post a sharply worded reply on her district’s website. It did not deny that Union Beach students are attending other public high schools. It did, however, deny the existence of a send-receive agreement and expressed “complete and utter disgust at Keyport’s demeaning tone about Union Beach students.”
'Vile and despicable'
Keyport’s original petition was filed in August 2019 and named the Hazlet and Henry Hudson school districts as respondents (for allegedly being unlawful recipients of Union Beach’s students) along with Union Beach. A second petition was filed two months ago, Savoia said, because the 2019 petition’s progress was “significantly delayed by the pandemic impact on administrative hearings” and “because information obtained in discovery revealed the extent to which Red Bank Regional was involved.”
Savoia told the Asbury Park Press that “information obtained in discovery so far confirms that Union Beach has opted to use taxpayer dollars to pay tuition to send students who belong at Keyport High School to Hazlet, Henry Hudson and Red Bank Regional, while most special needs students (from Union Beach) are sent to Keyport.”
The result, Savoia contends, is a massive financial burden on Keyport — causing cutbacks that are damaging to all students at the high school.
In their letter posted on the Union Beach school district’s website, Lewert and Union Beach Board of Education President Angela Cocuzza called Keyport’s explanation involving students with functional or developmental disabilities “vile and despicable” and “revolting.”
Savoia pushed back against those terms.
“Union Beach is unequivocally wrong in their characterization of how we view our students with disabilities,” she wrote in an email to the Press. “Keyport wants equity for all Keyport High School learners. The intent of the petition is to protect the interests of all of our student population to assure a robust and inclusive school environment in which all students have the opportunity to interact and access our programming.
"Without that balance, the trend could ultimately limit our ability to expand programs and opportunities for all students. This would cause a substantial negative impact on the quality of education received by all pupils remaining at Keyport High School, which includes students from Union Beach.”
Decades of cooperation
Ultimately, this tug-of-war comes down to whether Union Beach is legally bound to send students to Keyport High School. Keyport’s 2021 petition contends that “Keyport and Union Beach entered into a written sending-receiving relationship in 1964, and that sending-receiving relationship has continued to exist since that time.”
Keyport officials say there are only narrow exceptions to this agreement — for example, if another high school offers programming that Keyport does not.
Union Beach says no such agreement exists.
This has to be sorted out by the state Department of Education. If the pace of the 2019 petition is any indication, it could be a while before there is a resolution.
Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003. He is an Associated Press Top 25 voter. Contact him at [email protected]