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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in East Keansburg, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

Service Areas

Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in East Keansburg, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in East Keansburg, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in East Keansburg, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

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Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in East Keansburg, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment East Keansburg, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

Latest News in East Keansburg, NJ

Holmdel Priest Accused Of Abusing Minor In Keansburg In '70s

HOLMDEL, NJ — A priest who up until very recently served at St. Catharine's in Holmdel was abruptly removed from the church this past weekend after allegations surfaced accusing him of sexually abusing a minor at St. Ann's parish in Keansburg back in the late 1970s and 1980s.The priest is Rev. Gregory D. Vaughan; he was the head priest at St. Catharine's. He also worked for a time at St. Mary's in Middletown. He denies the allegation.The Diocese of Trenton announced the allegation against Vaughan over this past weekend, M...

HOLMDEL, NJ — A priest who up until very recently served at St. Catharine's in Holmdel was abruptly removed from the church this past weekend after allegations surfaced accusing him of sexually abusing a minor at St. Ann's parish in Keansburg back in the late 1970s and 1980s.

The priest is Rev. Gregory D. Vaughan; he was the head priest at St. Catharine's. He also worked for a time at St. Mary's in Middletown. He denies the allegation.

The Diocese of Trenton announced the allegation against Vaughan over this past weekend, March 30/31, and announced they immediately removed Vaughan from the ministry after finding the allegation "credible."

"It is with profound sadness that we report to our community the following," the Diocese of Trenton said this past Saturday, March 30, in a news release. "Following our own interviews with the victim, the Diocese has determined that the allegation is credible. Msgr. Vaughan has denied the allegation."

The diocese said the allegation was first made known to them on March 17, 2019. It allegedly occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Vaughan was a parochial vicar in St. Ann's in Keansburg.

Vaughan had served as pastor of St. Catharine Parish in Holmdel since 2013.

The Diocese said it immediately reported the allegation to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. As a result of finding the allegation credible, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., removed Msgr. Vaughan from ministry, effective immediately. The allegation will also be reported to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.

No charges have been filed by the Monmouth County prosecutor. Charlie Webster, a spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, told NJ.com the allegation was "thoroughly investigated," but fell outside the statute of limitations.

Parishioners at St. Catharine's expressed surprise and disappointment this past Sunday as they walked into church.

"It's all coming out now. He was new, but he seemed alright," John Revolinsky, of Holmdel, told the Asbury Park Press. "He was a great speaker. His homilies were motivational."

In total, Vaughan has worked in the following parishes in New Jersey: St. Ann; Keansburg; St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson; St. Mary, Middletown; St. Raphael, Hamilton, and St. Catharine, Holmdel.

This is the first and only allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Msgr. Vaughan reported to the Diocese.

The Diocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor by a representative of the Church to report the abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and to the Diocese through its abuse hotline: 1-888-296-2965 or via email at abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org.

Keansburg Teens Win First Place In First Aid Competition

KEYPORT, NJ — These outstanding Bayshore teens won first place in the annual Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition, held this past Saturday at Keyport High School.Keansburg Fire Department EMS Cadet members took home first place in the advanced level at the event, which attracts junior EMS teams from across the greater New York City area to compete. From left to right, they are: Julia Mendez, Ian Phillips, Grace Hynes and Carriele Parks, all local Keansburg teens and EMT volunteers.The team from Forest Hills, Queens took th...

KEYPORT, NJ — These outstanding Bayshore teens won first place in the annual Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition, held this past Saturday at Keyport High School.

Keansburg Fire Department EMS Cadet members took home first place in the advanced level at the event, which attracts junior EMS teams from across the greater New York City area to compete. From left to right, they are: Julia Mendez, Ian Phillips, Grace Hynes and Carriele Parks, all local Keansburg teens and EMT volunteers.

The team from Forest Hills, Queens took the first place title in the basic skills competition.

“This event is so awesome for these kids,” said David Goodwin, one of the cadet advisors for the Keansburg Fire Department EMS. “It really challenges them so they can prove to themselves that more or less they can handle the skills they’re being taught. And it’s also just bringing camaraderie between each of the groups. When guys get called out, everyone cheers them on, ‘Good luck, good luck.’ Just the interaction between the kids and seeing that is great.”

The Keansburg EMS team is led by Goodwin, Stacy Smallze, Anthony Cappiello, Anastasia Millicker, Dan Lindberg and Alyssa Christiana. Smallze is the lead advisor.

More than 40 teams from across the Tristate region competed this past weekend, participating in skill events such as taking a patient’s vital signs, handling cardiac arrests, CPR, splinting, patient assessment and removing patients from motor vehicle wrecks.

Some of the teams were participating for the first time. And nearly 50 competitors arrived the night before and camped out in large tents set up around Keyport High School. It was quite a sight if you happened to drive by!

“Some of the students are surprising. Their knowledge, how they handle themselves, how some of them are taking a leadership role,” said Ken Krohe, chief of Keyport First Aid, who runs the competition.

Krohe said he was also happy to see the competitors interacting with each other and happy about participating in the competition. “Listening to the cheers before they go out, when they’re announced and just seeing the smiles on their faces when they come out,” Krohe said.

Past Patch reporting: Teens Descend On Keyport For EMS Cadet Competition Saturday

Matt Phillips, the cadet advisor from Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance in Long Island said the Keyport event marked his team’s first competition.

“They’re getting not only the joy of fellowship with the other people but learning to put their skills into place in a competitive atmosphere,” Phillips said.

“They’re having fun,” Phillips said, “and just learning more about EMS through other people and this experience.”

When not competing, competitors were able to explore equipment from the New Jersey EMS Task Force and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

The competition was open to youth members of emergency services organizations and was sponsored by Keyport First Aid and the EMS Council of New Jersey.

“It is so wonderful to see such a great turnout for this event. I am so proud of every one of you,” NJ EMS Council President Barbara Platt told attendees.

In addition to the Keansburg and Forest Hills top wins, Keyport First Aid (Team B) earned 2nd place in the basic competition, while Forest Hills (B) took third. In the advanced competition, Cranford First Aid (Team C) took second and Cranford (Team A) earned third. Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad was presented with the Grand Prize Judges Award.

“Hopefully, this is the future of EMS,” Krohe said looking at the various teams before him at the competition. “Many will be some sort of EMS provider. Whether it’s a paramedic, an EMT, some of these kids are going to be doctors, nurses, so hopefully this will help their career along.”

Young Middletown Heroes: Gianna Santilli and Ja'mera Carter Saved Family Member's Lives as House Fire Spread.

Photo Credit: Middletown Fire Department By Jeanne Wall MIDDLETOWN, NJ: There are two young heroes in Middletown, who quickly reacted to a fire and ultimately according to those there on the scene, "took action to save lives." It was 3:00 a.m., on Thursday morning, February 2, when the Middletown Township Fire Department was called to action for a house fire on Ideal Avenue, in northern Middletown.Upon arriving at the scene, back-up was immediately called, as the fire was sprea...

Photo Credit: Middletown Fire Department

By Jeanne Wall

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: There are two young heroes in Middletown, who quickly reacted to a fire and ultimately according to those there on the scene, "took action to save lives." It was 3:00 a.m., on Thursday morning, February 2, when the Middletown Township Fire Department was called to action for a house fire on Ideal Avenue, in northern Middletown.

Upon arriving at the scene, back-up was immediately called, as the fire was spreading quickly. Over 40 Firefighters responded to assist with the mission from: East Keansburg Fire Company, Port Monmouth Fire Company, Independent Fire Company of Belford and Community Fire Company.

According to the Middletown Fire Department, Gianna Santilli, a resident of the home that initially caught fire and Ja'mera Carter, age 11, a resident of a neighboring home, are credited with swift thinking and action that is responsible for saving their own lives, and six more.

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According to the Middletown Fire Department, Gianna Santilli was sleeping and the sounds of smoke alarms woke her up, realizing her house was on fire she quickly woke up her mother. Both mother and daughter were able to escape the fire. The mother's arm suffered first and second degree burns and she is recovering.

The family lost their entire home and all of their belongings. That house fire caused a neighboring house to catch fire, where all but one of the six residents were asleep. Eleven-year-old Ja'mera Carter saw fire outside her window and sprung into action waking up her parents and 3 siblings, in enough time to save their lives. Both girls credited what they learned at school during Fire Prevention Week.

Gianna and her mother have lost their home and all the possessions. Ja'mera Carter and her family's home was damaged. There are two ways that you can help the families: Gift card donations can be dropped off at the Social Services Building at 180 Main Street, Port Monmouth, NJ and Food Donations can be dropped off at East Keansburg Fire Company, 214 Thompson Avenue, North Middletown, NJ.

Army Corps’ New York District Achieves Milestone for New Jersey Coastal Post-Sandy Restoration

NEW YORK - It’s been 12 months since Hurricane Sandy produced dire consequences for the region, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is carrying out nearly $150 million worth of work to repair and restore coastal projects damaged by the infamous storm.During the end of October 2012, children were making Halloween plans and many of the faithful were preparing for the feast of All Hallows and All Saints Day when news came of the Atlantic’s 18th hurricane of the 2012 season. Hurricane Sandy had just made la...

NEW YORK - It’s been 12 months since Hurricane Sandy produced dire consequences for the region, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is carrying out nearly $150 million worth of work to repair and restore coastal projects damaged by the infamous storm.

During the end of October 2012, children were making Halloween plans and many of the faithful were preparing for the feast of All Hallows and All Saints Day when news came of the Atlantic’s 18th hurricane of the 2012 season. Hurricane Sandy had just made landfall near Kingston, Jamaica. After causing severe damages in Jamaica, Hurricane Sandy continued along its projected path, churning its way through the Caribbean Sea and making landfall in Cuba on Oct. 26 with 115 mile per hour winds.

The energy of the system created over 30 foot seas and affected an area of ocean 1.4 million square miles -- nearly one-half the area of the United States. As forecasters from storm prediction centers watched the hurricane make its way toward the eastern United States, it became apparent that Hurricane Sandy would merge with weather fronts coming from the West and Canada and make landfall with astronomical surges fueling its impact.

Storm preparations and evacuation plans curtailed trick-or-treating, costume parades were cancelled and customary practices were abruptly altered.

Early on October 29th, Hurricane Sandy curved northwest and made landfall in New Jersey near Atlantic City with wind gusts reaching 90 miles per hour. Coastal inundation, tidal river flooding and damaging winds brought on by the storm resulted in damages greater than imagined.

The impacts of Sandy in New Jersey alone were astonishing. Over 300,000 homes were destroyed, more than 7 million left without power, and nearly 200,000 businesses impacted. Tons of debris, fuel shortages, and millions of residents remained, and still remain affected by the storm.

Recovery efforts began immediately. The US Army Corps of Engineers plays a major role in the disaster response with trained response teams providing a wide variety of public works and engineering related support. Missions carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District included emergency power support, debris removal missions, assisting in the reopening of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and assessing damages to federally-authorized and constructed shoreline projects.

In addition to the significant damages to businesses and residences in the area, Hurricane Sandy was responsible for the loss of millions of cubic yards of sand along the areas shoreline and leaving the shore communities exposed and more vulnerable to potential future coastal storms.

AFTER THE STORM

While teams were deployed to support immediate recovery missions, there was also a focus on longer term repair, restoration, and coastal storm risk management projects and studies.The Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies, with the funding and authority to restore coastal projects damaged by Sandy and to study and build new projects that will reduce risk of storm damages.

One of the largest projects undertaken by the Corps’ New York District since Sandy was repairing and restoring a hurricane and storm damage reduction project in Keansburg and East Keansburg, and the Sea Bright to Manasquan Inlet Beach Erosion Control which were two projects already constructed along the New Jersey coast. Both projects are funded and authorized as part of two statutory authorities, Public Law 84-99, an authority that existed prior to Hurricane Sandy and applicable to all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects throughout the nation, and a new authority created by the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act passed in response to Hurricane Sandy damages, Public Law 113-2.

Through the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Act, PL 84-99, the US Army Corps of Engineers is authorized to repair previously constructed projects after a large event like Hurricane Sandy returning the project area to its pre-storm conditions. Through this authority, the Corps is currently replacing approximately five and a half million cubic yards of sand lost in Keansburg and the entire reach from Sea Bright to Manasquan Inlet. Levees and a floodwall in Keansburg will also be repaired under this authority.

Through the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2), the Corps was further authorized to restore these previously constructed projects impacted by Hurricane Sandy to their original design profile which means an additional three million cubic yards will be placed on the beaches. In total, these two authorities allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair levees and wing walls damage in Keansburg and East Keansburg and placing nearly eight million cubic yards of sand on New Jersey beaches.

After Sandy, the New York District, in partnership with its sponsor, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, on these already constructed projects, moved quickly and prepared the necessary reports and gain the necessary approvals for the work to be accomplished. Six months after the storm, New York District personnel were able to design the necessary repairs, obtain required environmental permits, and carry out all of the accompanying work required to award construction contracts. Less than one year after Hurricane Sandy affected the area, the New York District awarded all six repair and restoration construction contracts.

Over the past months, stretches of beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan are covered by crews laying pipe and pumping millions of cubic yards of sand. Bulldozers moved new sand to repair and restore the previously constructed beach berms, which in many places were destroyed by Sandy.

COASTAL RESTORATION FROM SEA BRIGHT TO MANASQUAN

The coastal restoration work in New Jersey from Sea Bright to Manasquan is part of a larger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers effort throughout the northeastern United States to place more than 26 million cubic yards of sand to restore beach erosion control and coastal storm risk reduction projects damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The Sea Bright to Manasquan Project was the world's largest sand placement project by volume when it was initially constructed from 1994 to 2001. It involved placing roughly 20 million cubic yards of sand along roughly 18 miles of New Jersey beaches, reducing risks for multiple communities.

Approximately 8 million cubic yards will be placed from Sea Bright to Manasquan New Jersey and approximately 875,000 cubic yards in Keansburg and East Keansburg, New Jersey. The repair and restoration to the Sea Bright to Manasquan Beach Erosion Control Project was broken into four contracts:

-- The $25.6 million contract Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, which was completed in late September, involved placing 2.5 million cubic yards of sand along 4.8 miles of coastline.

-- In Long Branch, the US Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $40 million contract to place 3.3 million cubic yards of sand from Seven Presidents Park to just north of Lake Takanassee. Dredging is expected to begin in early November 2013.

-- The third contract, a $25.3 million contract will involve placing 1.5 million cubic yards of sand from Belmar to Manasquan and will begin at the end of October.

-- The fourth and final contract awarded in September 2013 was an $18.3 million to place 1.2 million cubic yards of sand on beaches from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea. Work is scheduled to being in December 2013.

“With this fourth contract awarded for emergency beach replenishment to restore the beaches from Asbury Park to Avon-by-the-Sea, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hopeful that in addition to providing beach erosion control, that this construction will also assist the region heal by restoring an important and central element to the coastal communities,” said Col. Paul E. Owen, the Army Corps’ New York District Commander.

Along the shore of the Raritan Bay, the Corps awarded two separate contracts to repair and restore the Keansburg, East Keansburg, and Laurence Harbor Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project that were built by the Corps in the 1960s. The two contracts, totaling over $40 million, were awarded this past summer. Work is currently underway to repair the damaged levees and beach restoration work is scheduled to begin this winter.

For each project, the US Army Corps of Engineers, with its non-federal sponsor, the State of New Jersey, works closely with the local municipalities to explain the type of work, the potential impacts and ensure that projects are carried out in the safest way possible. All environmental coordination, permitting and monitoring has been and continues to be done in cooperation with State and federal partners including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

“Looking forward, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to aid the state of New Jersey in recovering from Hurricane Sandy as it completes repair and restoration contracts,” said Jenifer Thalhauser, Regional Project Manager, Army Corps, New York District. “While these contracts are underway, the Corps continues to study and design new projects that will reduce the risk to these communities within the State from future coastal storm damages.”

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PHOTOS: 21 charged in NJ, NY car theft ring

PHOTOS: 21 charged in NJ, NY car theft ringPictured: Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, N.J.NEWARK, N.J. (WPVI) -- A total of 21 people were charged in connection to an international carjacking and car theft ring that targeted luxury vehicles in New Jersey and New York.The New Jersey Attorney General's Office also said 90 stolen vehicles have been recovered.According to investigators, models sought included Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley.Shippers would load the cars into shipping c...

PHOTOS: 21 charged in NJ, NY car theft ringPictured: Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (WPVI) -- A total of 21 people were charged in connection to an international carjacking and car theft ring that targeted luxury vehicles in New Jersey and New York.

The New Jersey Attorney General's Office also said 90 stolen vehicles have been recovered.

According to investigators, models sought included Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley.

Shippers would load the cars into shipping containers, the A.G.'s office said, which were taken to ports for transport by ship to West Africa.

The ring allegedly operated in Rockland County, N.Y., and multiple counties in New Jersey, including Morris, Bergen, Essex, Union, Hudson, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

All 21 of the defendants who were charged are charged with first-degree racketeering, first-degree money laundering, and second- or third-degree receiving stolen property and fencing.

The A.G.'s office released the suspect's identities along with their alleged roles:

Leaders

Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, N.J.

Ibn Jones, 37, of Newark, N.J.

Eddie Craig, 36, of Beverly, N.J.

Shippers and High-Level Fences

Peter Cleland, 32, of East Orange, N.J.

Sowah Anan, 31, of Elizabeth, N.J.

Manuel Oliveres, 44, of Jersey City, N.J.

Adama Fofana, 53, of the Bronx, N.Y.

Alpha Jalloh, 26, of New York, N.Y.

Higher-Level Fence and Retagger of Vehicles

Panel Dalce, 43, of South Orange, N.J.

Street-Level Fences

Frazier Gibson, 29, of East Orange, N.J.

Eric Aikens, 40, of Newark, N.J.

Lavell Burnett, 38, of Newark, N.J.

Damion Mikell, 32, of Newark, N.J.

Carjackers, Car Thieves and/or Wheel Men

Nasir Turner, 36, of Newark, N.J.

Derrick Moore, 36, of Keansburg, N.J.

Kenneth Daniels, 29, of Newark, N.J.

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