Basement Waterproofing

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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 Union Beach, 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 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:

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.


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

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

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

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

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Port of New York moves ahead with new threshold for empty container fee on ocean carriers


A cargo ship moves under the Bayonne Bridge as it heads into port on October 13, 2021 in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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The Port of New York and New Jersey is moving ahead with new shipping container requirements for ocean carriers and fees for violations. The container late fee, which was originally to be implemented on Sept. 1, was delayed to allow for talks with ocean carriers about their concerns.

“The ocean carriers were not opposed to paying another fee, it was the process and mechanism we chose,” said Bethann Rooney, director for the Port of New York and New Jersey. “The one size fits all mentality would not work for every carrier.”

The port is replacing an across-the-board methodology that mandates 10% of a carrier’s imports as the number of empty containers a carrier would be required to export because it did not take into account how many containers permanently left the terminal by rail.

“Some carriers have heavier intermodal rail volume than others,” Rooney said. “For example, we have containers going to the West Coast and not coming back to New York. The formula did not consider that. With the new methodology, we are factoring in intermodal rail volume,” she said.

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Instead of the 10% threshold, each carrier must show on a quarterly basis that their imports and exports are balanced. Intermodal rail balance will also be calculated. The carrier would be responsible for drawing down its empty box totals by 25% each subsequent quarter with the goal of depleting its total accumulation of empty containers by four business quarters. If a carrier is found in violation, a $100 fee per container out of balance will be assessed at a quarterly rate.

U.S. ports already have the highest container fees in the world.

Shippers have come to rely on East Coast ports more due to concerns about labor issues on the West Coast at ports including LA and Long Beach. The Port of New York recently became the nation’s busiest port, surpassing the traffic at the California ports. Amid the supply chain congestion issues of the pandemic era, new shipping routes from the East Coast ports to the West relying on rail have become more popular.

The talks with ocean carriers and stakeholders centered on how to increase port fluidity so empty containers can be moved out and open up new space for imports, which are growing. The port currently has 200 acres of property holding empty containers.

“We need that space for our increase in imports,” Rooney said.

She says that based on history the recent shift in trade to the East Coast’s largest port could stay.

“This is more than the ILWU strike fears,” Rooney said. “You have the rail issues, AB-5 trucking issue that has yet to play itself out in California. That is creating uncertainty. You also have new environmental requirements for trucks and fees to service the ports.”

She cited historical data showing that the port retained 65-70% of trade diverted during the last ILWU strike in 2014.

In response to the discussions, Rooney said ocean carriers are changing their port call rotation so they can bring back more empties. Instead of traveling north to south, the vessels are moving south to north so there is more space on the vessels to top off with more empties. Rooney also said the new, smaller ocean carriers that started during the pandemic are signing contracts with ocean carriers to bring back empties. Rooney says the mere threat of a tariff has sparked movement of empty containers.

“The container terminals have never seen such attention,” Rooney said. “Reports from the truckers are positive. They are already seeing a change and more fluidity to return empty containers. By this time next year, 75% of the accumulating empties will be gone and will remain balanced.”

CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map providers and Rooney say they continue to see more flow of shipments involving the Gulf ports. The increase in container volumes on the East Coast to Louisiana is a boost for CSX and Norfolk Southern. The increase in container volume in Houston is a boost for Union Pacific and BNSF, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The rail congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been a problem for most of the year. UP and BNSF service the West Coast ports and the delays are part of the reason behind the congestion at the port.

Fight between Jersey Shore towns over where kids go to high school gets heated

Vile. Demeaning. Illegal. Accomplices.Those are the fighting words being tossed back and forth between two school districts in Monmouth County in a series of letters last month.At issue is a decades-long agreement to have Union Beach schools pay tuition to Keyport for its students to attend high school there. Keyport claims the K-8 district of approximately 600 students has been inc...

Vile. Demeaning. Illegal. Accomplices.

Those are the fighting words being tossed back and forth between two school districts in Monmouth County in a series of letters last month.

At issue is a decades-long agreement to have Union Beach schools pay tuition to Keyport for its students to attend high school there. Keyport claims the K-8 district of approximately 600 students has been increasingly sending its students to other towns — and those other districts are “siphoning away” the students — resulting in strained finances for Keyport.

“This action is hitting Keyport in the pocketbook, as the tuition paid by Union Beach to Keyport continues to drop precipitously, significantly impacting Keyport’s budget and finances,” the district said in a letter sent to the community in early February.

But school officials in Union Beach contend that no official ‘send-receive’ agreement exists and parents say they want better academic choices for their kids.

Public records and archival newspapers show Union Beach and Keyport have struggled with the nature of their sending-receiving relationship for decades, specifically whether or not Union Beach has the right to send its high school students to other districts.

Union Beach even tried to terminate the relationship in a 1984 petition, alleging the Keyport High School program “did not meet the needs of all of its students.” But that request was denied.

Based on comments made by parents during two separate public meetings hosted by Keyport and Union Beach last week, there is still a belief that Keyport High School falls short of certain standards.

One Union Beach parent summed it up: “Why should any parent choose to send their children to a high school built in 1927 that is consistently ranked near the bottom of all high schools in Monmouth County?”

U.S News Rankings show Keyport High School is ranked 299th within New Jersey, out of 424 high schools. The high schools where Union Beach students are going — Red Bank Regional, Hazlet Township, and Henry Hudson Regional — all rank significantly higher.

Public records and reports also show the tuition for out-of-district students in those districts is less than the $18,300 tuition cost Union Beach must pay per pupil in Keyport.

According to Keyport Public Schools enrollment figures, there has been a 27% decrease in high school attendees from Union Beach over the past four years. This has coincided with a 17% drop in tuition received from Union Beach over the same time period. Since enrollment is one factor that determines how much state aid a school district may receive, Keyport officials said they are concerned with how this trend will impact that financial allotment as well.

“When we talk about things like course of study and what things are offered at different schools, imagine the challenges faced by any school where they’re losing over the course of a two year period of time over $800,000 in monies with a small budget,” Keyport consultant Scott Feder said last week.

In the letter sent Feb. 9, Keyport told the community its petitioning the state education commissioner to “address the years of financial harm and the ongoing negative disparate educational impact” to its students. The district said “the improper diversion of students” has also increased the percentage of special education students attending the district.

Without that balance, Keyport High School Superintendent Lisa Savoia said the trend could ultimately limit the district’s ability to expand programs and opportunities for all students.

Union Beach officials fired back with a letter to its own community and a second one to Keyport, saying the renewed fight, which they said came without notice, was driving a wedge between them. Union Beach Superintendent Amanda Lewert also took issue with Keyport accusing the special education students as being “lesser achieving learners who do not bring as much value” to the district.

“Instead of constructive action, you have determined to literally burn the bridge between our two towns,” wrote Union Beach administration and Board of Education members in the Feb. 22 letter to Keyport.

Things weren’t always like this between the two bayside communities, said Keyport Mayor Colette Kennedy. After storm surges from Hurricane Sandy destroyed hundreds of homes in Union Beach and damaged the elementary school, Keyport stood in solidarity, opening up its buildings to all displaced students for the remainder of the school year. And when Keyport experienced its own tragedy with the death of Board of Education president Ann Marie Panzarelli in March 2021 due to COVID, the Union Beach school community provided it support.

“The fact that this has gotten to this point, I can’t even explain the heartstrings it’s pulling…and I’m not oblivious to the fact that it’s rooted from my own municipality, and that’s even more heart wrenching,” Kennedy said in an interview with NJ Advance Media.

The mayor said where Union Beach students attend high school has been “a long standing issue” since at least the ‘70s.

“I think the topic did need to be brought to the fore in both districts and I do think the Department of Education needs to make a final decision. But I absolutely stand by that it could have been done in a different way,” Kennedy said.

The goal of the letter that sparked the latest dispute was not to stoke up discontent, said Joseph Stahley, vice president of Keyport Board of Education. Rather, the board felt “at this stage of the legal action, that we needed to communicate with the Keyport community on what was transpiring and what was at stake,” he said.

Union Beach Mayor Charlie Cocuzza said it’s the opportunity to make a choice about your own child’s education that parents in his town desperately want. He has a seventh grade daughter preparing to enter high school in the next two years. She’s unsure whether she wants to attend Keyport High School and the thought “that choice might be taken away from her” is upsetting, Cocuzza said.

Having a choice of high schools to attend provides children with “the best chance to pursue the educational opportunities that best fit their needs and goals,” said members of Union Beach Memorial School PTA Executive Board in a statement sent to NJ Advance Media.

The matter is still pending in the state Department of Education’s Office of Administrative Law.

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Rugby World Cup: How to watch, TV and streaming schedule and more

The Rugby World Cup, the premier event in women’s union 15s, begins this week in New Zealand and continues through the championship on November 12. Originally scheduled for 2021, the quadrennial competition was pushed back a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Host New Zealand enters as the defending champion, while the U.S. will be aiming to return to the podium for the first time since 1998.This year marks the first time the women’s tournament will be held under a gender-neutral name; in 2019, World Rugby an...

The Rugby World Cup, the premier event in women’s union 15s, begins this week in New Zealand and continues through the championship on November 12. Originally scheduled for 2021, the quadrennial competition was pushed back a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host New Zealand enters as the defending champion, while the U.S. will be aiming to return to the podium for the first time since 1998.

This year marks the first time the women’s tournament will be held under a gender-neutral name; in 2019, World Rugby announced that it would remove the word “women’s” from the World Cup name in order to match the non-gender-marked (men’s) World Cup.

See below for a brief overview of the tournament format and info on how to watch every Rugby World Cup game. This guide will be updated throughout the tournament.

Rugby World Cup – Tournament Format

The 12-team tournament begins with round-robin pool play. The three pools are as follows:

After pool play, the top two teams in each group — along with the two best third-place teams — will advance to the quarterfinals. The tournament progresses using a single-elimination bracket format.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup — Full streaming/TV schedule

Fans in the United States can stream every game live on Peacock,, and the NBC Sports app. Some games will also air on CNBC.

Friday night, October 7 into Saturday morning, October 8:

Saturday night, October 8 into Sunday morning, October 9:

Sunday, October 9:

Friday night, October 14 into Saturday morning, October 15:

Saturday, October 15 into Sunday morning, October 16:

Friday night, October 21 into Saturday morning, October 22:

Saturday night, October 22 into Sunday morning, October 23:

Sunday, October 23:

Friday night, October 28 into Saturday morning, October 29:

Saturday night, October 29 into Sunday morning, October 30:

Friday night, November 4 into Saturday morning, October 5:

Saturday, November 5:

Friday night, November 11 into Saturday morning, October 12:

Saturday, November 12:

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At celebrity chef’s new goat-themed N.J. restaurant, some good, some baaaad: review

Maybe you’re headed to PNC Bank Arts Center to catch a concert. It’s even more possible you’re shooting down the Parkway for a day at the beach sometime this summer. Either way, you’re probably not exploring the bayshore for your next must-try restaurant.Dining options in the Union Beach-Keansburg area have been historically bleak, so any additions to the foodie scene will attract immediate attention. When celebrity chef David Burke snatched up former Piero’s on Route 36 North, adding a seventh brick-and-...

Maybe you’re headed to PNC Bank Arts Center to catch a concert. It’s even more possible you’re shooting down the Parkway for a day at the beach sometime this summer. Either way, you’re probably not exploring the bayshore for your next must-try restaurant.

Dining options in the Union Beach-Keansburg area have been historically bleak, so any additions to the foodie scene will attract immediate attention. When celebrity chef David Burke snatched up former Piero’s on Route 36 North, adding a seventh brick-and-mortar to his New Jersey restaurant roster (third in Monmouth county alone), he wanted to make sure the locale’s change to upscale yet playful (bordering on campy) Italian-American cuisine — chicken parm served with “spaghetti O’s,” a pasta dish called “breaking my balls rigatoni” and the like — wouldn’t go unnoticed.

“I live in the area. I’ve seen an influx of interest and I have confidence Route 36 is finally coming of age,” said Burke, a Hazlet native, to NJ Advance Media earlier this week. “Keyport to The Highlands is an underserved area, and let’s not forget Piero’s lasted 30 years at that location. People tell us they really appreciate our being there and at Dixie Lee Bakery in Keansburg,” referencing an existing nearby bakery he recently purchased.

Pulling up to The GOAT, you’ll notice that, aside from a paint job, the facade remains the same. But the baby pool-sized, wooden clown face propped up near the driveway might make you think you’re pulling into a fun-house. Or the set of a horror film. Either way, Burke has grabbed your attention.

“It’s our balloon, it identifies an open house. I’ve owned it for some time now. The clown face has been at several of my restaurants and it’ll be at Dixie Lee next,” Burke explained.

My curiosity burned over how The GOAT, which opened in April, got its name. Given the bold caps, I couldn’t help but think it may in some way play on the acronym Greatest Of All Time.

“It’s a strong, simple name and we like names that have characters in them, like my Red Horse by David Burke restaurant (in Rumson). I like the sound of it, “‘Hey, meet me at THE GOAT.’ It seemed to fit.” It seemed pretty straightforward — and couldn’t have been farther from the novelty that is dining at one of Burke’s restaurants. Let’s dig in.

The good

Burke’s standard of quality is obvious here. The brunch menu was basically a core Italian American-focused dinner menu with a few additions, so it was fortunate I visited during their Sunday-only brunch service. I went with a hybrid of breakfast and lunch items, starting with one of his signature dishes, the clothesline bacon ($18). Theatrics aside, the $9 per slice thick-cut bacon was a worthwhile choice, coated in a sticky, maple pepper glaze; the perfect compliment to the savory meat. Each fatty bite was addictively tender and quickly made me realize why the dish has made it onto most of Burke’s restaurant menus. It’s flashy, sure, but the flavor delivers.

Another hit were the lemon ricotta pancakes ($17). Delightfully dense and crispy along the edges, a stack of two cakes was adorned with a variety of berries, chopped mango, maple whipped cream and powdered sugar. Maple syrup was served alongside, but I found the addition of it too overpowering against the delicately-scented lemon cakes (my only qualm).

Moving along to the lunch items, the DB cheese burger ($18) called to me. A thick, char-grilled, dry-aged patty was simply topped with cheddar, tomato, iceberg lettuce and thinly sliced red onion. Everything was supported by a well-toasted English muffin and skewered with a pickle spear and cherry tomato. The flavors of everything in this burger sang. The patty’s char was prominent while still maintaining a very juicy interior. A singular sigh occurred when I went to add ketchup and discovered the unmentioned B1 sauce, Burke’s hybrid condiment of homemade A1 sauce and mayonnaise. The sauce itself was unoffensive, but contributed a somewhat bland creaminess that didn’t enhance the burger-eating experience. I ended up cutting up the pickle for a little tang, and adding ketchup anyway.

I was tempted to order Burke’s famous cotton candy-topped, DB’s cheesecake lollipop tree ($19), but decided to go for something more on brand, instead ordering “The GOAT” chocolate mousse cake ($12). This was one complex cake, which did not take me by surprise given the intricacies of much of what I had previously sampled. A thick layer of moist, dark chocolate cake was topped with a decadently fork-resistant layer of chocolate mousse. Draped with drinkable goat’s milk caramel and almonds, the slice was served alongside espresso whipped cream and a few dots of much appreciated, tart raspberry puree. The whole thing was finished with wisps of Turkish cotton candy and a thin, goat-shaped biscuit. By the time it arrived, I could only muster a few enjoyable bites, lest I explode.

The bad

A few items notched the unfortunate combination of underwhelming, funky presentation, and indistinguishable flavors. The thick-cut, deeply golden fries served with the burger were limp and soggy, but made up for their lack in texture with the nostalgic boardwalk fry flavor they possessed. The “Donny Brasco” chicken wings ($18) sounded too interesting to pass on, so I went for them, but quickly questioned my decision once they arrived to the table. I let out an audible “oh,” as I analyzed the vertically skewered wings that were stacked with a slice of watermelon radish, ball of fresh mozzarella, fried long-hot pepper, and a cap of crispy capicola. Too many things. Too many competing flavors. The wings themselves suffered from rubbery skin and a seemingly exotic seasoning that stumped me. I enjoyed each piece of the skewer independently except the wings, determining that the playful presentation didn’t make up for the miss in the mismatched components of the dish.

I didn’t venture to the pizza menu, and regretted it when I saw a beautifully charred, wood-fired pie arrive to a neighboring table. What caused me pizza pause was the inclusion of a crispy cricket, jalapeño and Frito “pie” ($17). I asked the server how many of those have been ordered since opening and he somewhat confidently shared, two. My curiosity wasn’t enough for me to be the third, but was entertained by yet another eclectic element of The GOAT experience.

The vibe

If you’re not into dining among several stuffed, life-sized goats, The GOAT might not be for you. But if you dig a theme that’s taken to an extreme, you’ll be charmed by what Burke has done with the place. The walls are covered in goat wallpaper and the artwork adorning said walls feature, you guessed it, goats. The dining room is colorful, wrapping around to a bar area and ends with open kitchen views of Burke’s rainbow paint-splattered pizza oven. Acoustics are an obvious pain point thanks a doorless kitchen entry point that spilled sounds of clanking pots and pans into the dining room. There were only a few tables sat while I dined, so we were able to enjoy the easy listening soundtrack of Fleetwood Mac and the like.

The bottom line

The GOAT is a quirky but solid option if you’re passing through Union Beach. A much more casual option than his fancier Red Horse in Rumson and waterfront Drifthouse in Sea Bright. I Not ordering the bacon would be a grave mistake. Sometimes too much is too much. The event space upstairs is large and neutral (no goat decor). It’s a fun place for families but might make for an awkward early phase date spot. Check out their monthly comedy supper club, trivia on Tuesday nights and stay tuned for more goat-themed features that are in the works.

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Monmouth Medical Center Among Three New Jersey Hospitals to Launch TeamBirth to Enhance Patient Experience During Labor and Delivery

Shown at MMC’s TeamBirth launch event are, from left, Eric Carney, MMC and MMCSC President & CEO, Suzanne Spernal, Vice President Women’s Services for RWJBarnabas Health, Robert Graebe, MD, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, Linda Schwimmer, President & CEO, NJ Health Care Quality Institute, NJ Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Amber Weiseth, Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs, and RWJBarnabas Health Presiden...

Shown at MMC’s TeamBirth launch event are, from left, Eric Carney, MMC and MMCSC President & CEO, Suzanne Spernal, Vice President Women’s Services for RWJBarnabas Health, Robert Graebe, MD, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, Linda Schwimmer, President & CEO, NJ Health Care Quality Institute, NJ Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Amber Weiseth, Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs, and RWJBarnabas Health President Mark Manigan.

Long Branch, N.J., September 15th, 2022— Monmouth Medical Center recently joined three New Jersey hospitals in the September 12th launch of TeamBirth NJ, an evidence based, national model for better provider and patient communication, which is also called “shared decision-making.”

TeamBirth NJ will enhance birthing experiences and improve outcomes for people giving birth and their babies, according to the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (Quality Institute), who, in partnership with Ariadne Labs, is leading the initiative in New Jersey. The state Department of Health provided funding and is a TeamBirth NJ partner, ensuring that lessons learned will be shared across the state.

In addition to MMC, the three hospitals involved in the launch are sister RWJBarnabas Health facility Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Virtua Voorhees Hospital. TeamBirth also launched at Virtua Health’s Midwifery Birth and Wellness Center.

Shown in one of the MMC’s postpartum suites are Meredith and Nick Picurro of Union Beach with newborn son Steven wearing a commemorative TeamBirth onesie. They are pictured with, from left, nurse Terry Tompkins, RN, and ob/gyn Karen Smith, D.O.

“Monmouth Medical Center was recently recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in labor and delivery and obstetrics and gynecology for the seventh consecutive year, and we welcome the opportunity to build upon our success by further improving the patient experience and enhancing outcomes for families,” said Eric Carney, President and CEO of MMC and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC). “I am so grateful for the incredible skill, expertise and dedication of our mother-baby team under the exceptional leadership of our Ob/Gyn Chari, Dr. Robert Graebe. They work extremely hard – delivering more than 6,000 babies annually, more than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the sixth most in the state, and we are committed to ensuring that every one of these families has access to safe, quality, respectful and equitable maternity care. Implementing TeamBirth will be another tool to help us ensure that we accomplish this important mission.”

TeamBirth, a structured method to foster better communication between the clinical team and the person giving birth, was developed by Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. TeamBirth was designed around best practices in communication, teamwork, and clinical care. The initiative ensures that people giving birth and the clinicians who are caring for them have shared input and understanding into decisions during labor and delivery.

“At the Quality Institute, we have long worked to improve maternal infant outcomes,” said Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. “Bringing TeamBirth to New Jersey advances this critical mission by strengthening communication between providers and patients. We know that patients who are empowered to make decisions about their care that better reflect their personal preferences often experience more favorable outcomes.”

New Jersey Department of Health data show that pregnancy-related deaths in the state, measured per 100,000 live births, have been increasing: from 12.8 (2011–2013) to 15.0 (2014–2016). This trend is especially distressing because three in five pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some deaths, such as those from severe bleeding, high blood pressure, and blood clots, are highly preventable. Additionally, unacceptable racial disparities exist in New Jersey, where Black, Non-Hispanic women had approximately seven times more pregnancy-related deaths, according to data from 2014-2016 (46.9 per 100,000 live births) than White, Non-Hispanic women (6.5 per 100,000 live births).

“All people who give birth deserve to have a safe, dignified experience. TeamBirth is an evidence-based approach to turn this vision into a reality,” said Amber Weiseth, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB, Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. “We are excited to collaborate with these three hospitals in New Jersey to ensure that the patient voice is central to all decisions in labor and delivery. We hope to see this model continue to spread to ensure the best possible care experience for every patient, everywhere.”

Both of the participating New Jersey health systems welcomed the initiative and their ability to be early adopters.

“At RWJBarnabas Health, we are committed to ensuring that all families have access to quality, respectful and equitable maternity care. Implementing the TeamBirth model will help ensure families giving birth and the health care teams caring for them are engaging in shared decision making, which is linked to a better patient experience and improved birth outcomes,” said Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, C-ONQS, Vice President of Women’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center deliver nearly 13,000 babies a year and are excited to collaborate with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the New Jersey Department of Health, and Ariadne Labs to launch the TeamBirth model in New Jersey.”

A central component of the TeamBirth model is a shared whiteboard, located in all labor and delivery rooms and serving as an ongoing shared reference for the team to outline care plans and progress for the patient and the baby. The full care team, of which the person giving birth and their support person are an integral part, meets frequently throughout labor and delivery in huddles to make sure all parties are aware of the patient’s preferences, symptoms, and experiences and to set clear expectations.

The TeamBirth model was developed and rigorously tested by Ariadne Labs as part of its Delivery Decisions Initiative, a research and social impact program focused on transforming childbirth care around the world. In one TeamBirth trial, 90 percent of the clinicians said they would recommend TeamBirth and nearly 80 percent of patients said their preferences made a difference in the care they received.

TeamBirth now has been implemented in more than 60 hospitals around the country, collectively involving more than 1,500 clinicians and more than 67,000 mothers and babies.

About Monmouth Medical CenterMonmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures as well as bariatric and joint and spine surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies annually than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the fourth most in the state. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and the award-winning, nationally recognized RWJBarnabas Heart Centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has conferred Magnet® recognition for Monmouth Medical Center, one of just 509 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization, and has been named a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital for a third time. MMC is one of just 414 of the more than 6,000 hospital hospitals in the United Stated named to Newsweek's Global Best Hospitals' list and one of 148 U.S. hospitals named to the digital platform Money’s inaugural list of the Best Hospitals in America. Additionally, it is one of 34 U.S. hospitals honored by the Emergency Nurses Association with the 2022–2025 Lantern Award for excellence in emergency care, and for the seventh consecutive year, was honored by Healthgrades with the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery Excellence Awards. RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside patients, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

About the New Jersey Health Care Quality InstituteThe New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s mission is to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for everyone. Our membership includes all stakeholders in health care. Together with our 100 plus members, we are working toward a world where everyone receives safe, equitable, and affordable health care and can live their healthiest lives.

About Ariadne LabsAriadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With a mission to save lives and reduce suffering, our vision is that health systems equitably deliver the best possible care for every patient, everywhere, every time. We use human centered design, health systems implementation science, public health expertise, and frontline clinical care experience to design, test and spread scalable systems-level solutions to some of health care’s biggest problems. From developing checklists and conversation guides to fostering international collaborations and establishing global standards of measurement, our work has been accessed in more than 165 countries, touching hundreds of millions of lives.

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