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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 Jamesburg, 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:

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Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

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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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ

Exclusive Access to

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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ

Jamesburg approves certain marijuana businesses in select areas of town

JAMESBURG – The Borough Council approved an ordinance last week that allows certain marijuana businesses to operate in certain areas of town.The ordinance unanimously approved on Aug. 18 permits one business that holds a Class 3 Cannabis Wholesaler License and one business that holds a Class 4 Cannabis Distributor License, as issued by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission with the approval of the borough, as a conditional use, subject to all of the terms, conditions and restrictions set forth within the ordina...

JAMESBURG – The Borough Council approved an ordinance last week that allows certain marijuana businesses to operate in certain areas of town.

The ordinance unanimously approved on Aug. 18 permits one business that holds a Class 3 Cannabis Wholesaler License and one business that holds a Class 4 Cannabis Distributor License, as issued by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission with the approval of the borough, as a conditional use, subject to all of the terms, conditions and restrictions set forth within the ordinance, in the following zoning districts – NC Neighborhood Commercial District, CBD Central Business District and RB Retail Business District.

All other marijuana operations and classes of licenses are prohibited from operating in the borough.

According to the ordinance, "the Borough Council has determined that allowing and regulating one or more classes of cannabis business within the borough is at this time necessary and appropriate, and in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the borough’s residents and members of the public who visit, travel, or conduct business in the borough, and amending its Land Development Ordinance to permit such cannabis-related activities, including land use and development, specified herein within certain geographic boundaries within the borough, is also necessary and appropriate."

The ordinance establishes operational requirements for a cannabis wholesaler or distributor facility, including only allowing the businesses to operate between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The ordinance says that a cannabis wholesaler and distributor "shall undertake best efforts to employ at least one borough resident for every 10 employees of the business.”

Under the ordinance, a 1% transfer tax payable to the borough will be collected on receipts from the sale of cannabis or cannabis items from a wholesaler to another establishment, and a user tax payable to the borough in the amount of 1% on receipts from the sale of cannabis or cannabis items will be imposed on any concurrent license holder operating more than one cannabis establishment.

The transfer and user taxes will be in addition to any other tax imposed by law.

In addition, no person shall smoke, burn, vape, aerosolize or otherwise consume any cannabis item in a public place within the borough, a private motor vehicle while in motion or parked in any public place within the borough or a private property not their own, without the express permission of the owner or other person having authority to grant such permission.

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Jamesburg earns first Blue Ribbon School recognition

JAMESBURG – For the first time one of the district's two schools was named a Blue Ribbon School.John F. Kennedy Elementary School is one of only nine schools in the Garden State cited as an "Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School" for 2021.Schools in this category have made significant advances in closing subgroup achievement gaps in English, language arts and mathematics over the past three to five years, JFK Principal Kristy DeFazio said.The designation was surprising and affirming, sai...

JAMESBURG – For the first time one of the district's two schools was named a Blue Ribbon School.

John F. Kennedy Elementary School is one of only nine schools in the Garden State cited as an "Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School" for 2021.

Schools in this category have made significant advances in closing subgroup achievement gaps in English, language arts and mathematics over the past three to five years, JFK Principal Kristy DeFazio said.

The designation was surprising and affirming, said Diana Sanger, special education resource teacher and president of the Jamesburg Education Association.

"This award is the direct result of the individuals who dedicate their careers to providing nothing less than the best educational experience for all," Sanger said. "My colleagues and I at JFK Elementary School are proud of the efforts and rich, diverse cultures of our students.

"It’s through our school’s vision that these achievements are possible. And it’s through the compassion and commitment of the members of the Jamesburg Education Association that JFK catapulted into the national spotlight."

The district's demographics include a 54% population of Hispanic learners, as well as students who fall into populations of 34% white, 7% Black, 3% Asian and 2% two or more races.

The Front Street school houses about 465 students.

"Because we are such a tiny little school," Sanger said. "And for us to close the gap, it's enormous. Sometimes schools struggle in different areas. For us, we have a very high Hispanic population. So, we have a lot of English language learning students and we closed the gap. That means that we now are on level with other schools for performance. So, we are one of nine schools in New Jersey to get the blue ribbon and the only one of the nine in New Jersey to close the gap."

"Our students are so proud," Sanger continued. "It takes a long time to complete the process to be awarded a Blue Ribbon."

To celebrate, the district hosted a ceremony on March 22 and a parade on April 1. Every student was given their own Blue Ribbon and made a heart depicting what they love about their small town. The hearts are now displayed on the walls of the school.

"They are beautiful," Sanger said.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

For 2021, Walter M. Schirra Elementary School in Old Bridge received a Blue Ribbon designation, in the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category.

In all, 325 schools were honored from around the country. Other Garden State schools recognized were North End School in Cedar Grove, Hillside Elementary School in Closter, Weymouth Township Elementary School in Dorothy, Lucy N. Holman Elementary School in Jackson, Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School in Madison and Wemrock Brook School in Manapalan.

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Cheryl Makin is an award-winning features and education reporter for MyCentralJersey.com, part of the USA Today Network. Contact: Cmakin@gannettnj.com or @CherylMakin.

Cleanup Begins In Soggy Northeast As Henri Plods Back To Sea

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Residents across the waterlogged Northeast began clearing mud and tearing out sodden carpets Monday after deluges dropped by Tropical Storm Henri, whose remnants threatened further flooding in New England as the system made a slow trek back to the sea.The smell of sewage filled the air as residents of Rossmoor, a retirement community in central New Jersey's Monroe Township, returned to soaked homes and ruined possessions after Henri turned their streets into rivers.Roseann and Jo...

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Residents across the waterlogged Northeast began clearing mud and tearing out sodden carpets Monday after deluges dropped by Tropical Storm Henri, whose remnants threatened further flooding in New England as the system made a slow trek back to the sea.

The smell of sewage filled the air as residents of Rossmoor, a retirement community in central New Jersey's Monroe Township, returned to soaked homes and ruined possessions after Henri turned their streets into rivers.

Roseann and John Kiernan said they'd have to likely toss their appliances, tear up walls and carpets and replace their car after their house filled with nearly 2 feet of water on Sunday.

"This is what we were left with. Nothing, nothing," lamented Roseann Kiernan. "They told us that everything has to go."

A few miles away from Monroe, the whirring of portable pumps split the air on the main street in Jamesburg, another hard-hit New Jersey community.

Luke Becker, co-owner of the Four Boys ice cream stand, said nearly 4 feet of water rushed into the shop, dislodging a tall cooler and leaving 3 inches of mud behind.

"We were initially hoping to be back open by Labor Day, but now it looks like we've got to go through all the plumbing and rip out a ton of electrical because we don't know how much of that was affected," he said. "Right now there's really no timetable."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy toured the storm-ravaged towns Monday, which remained under a flood warning until midnight.

Henri spared coastal areas of New York and New England major damage when its center made landfall Sunday in Rhode Island. But its size and slow speed led to deluges in areas from Maine to Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Henri's remnants, now considered a post-tropical cyclone, were moving eastward over New England at a leisurely 9 mph but were expected to accelerate later, prompting flood watches or warnings across swaths of the Northeast.

In the Catskills region of New York, Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg believed his mountain community, which was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, would be able to weather the slow-moving storm.

"I think we escaped any kind of danger so far only because of the length of time it took for the storm to move through," he said. "This has been a 24-hour period, so it's not really the same storm, thank goodness."

But downpours, flooding and even tornadoes were still possible in New England, where officials fretted that just a few more inches would be a back-breaker following a summer of record rainfall.

"The ground is so saturated with water that every inch of rain creates immediate floods and flash floods," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday after seeing damage in the community of Canterbury, where nearly every home lost power Sunday amid heavy winds.

No deaths have been attributed to Henri, but thousands remained without power across the region as crews scrambled to remove toppled trees and power lines through Monday.

President Biden has declared disasters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid to those states.

A National Grid crewman removes a snapped electrical pole from Caswell, St. in Narragansett, R.I., on Monday. Strong winds from Tropical Storm Henri downed a large tree that fell on top of the power lines.

Annette Landry, a resident of Manchester, Connecticut, a Hartford suburb some 40 miles inland, hoped Monday's rains wouldn't be a repeat of the deluge that left three units in her condo complex under a few inches of water Sunday.

Firefighters said they helped evacuate 18 homes and made several rescues after Henri dumped about 5 inches of rain.

"It was a tragedy that this happened, because the people who live here are people who can ill afford to live anywhere else," said Landry, a 72-year-old retiree whose second-floor home was spared.

In central New Jersey, Dolores Hebert was still shaken Monday after being ferried to safety by boat with her dog and cat as 8 inches of rain fell and water surged through the streets in Rossmoor.

"I was sleeping and when I woke up, it was up to my knees," the 76-year-old said as she stood by a front door bearing 18-inch-high watermarks. "I didn't know what to do. I panicked."

Two longtime Jamesburg businesses close their doors

After more than 80 years, Mendoker's closed its doors; Body and Soul to close next month@SusanLoyerMyCJJAMESBURG - It's an end of an era for two longtime borough businesses.Mendoker's Quality Bakery, a popular, iconic bakery that has tempted the palates of customers for 84 years, has closed. A second business, Body & Soul, which has been a staple in the community for years, is expected to close next month.Mendoker's Quality Bakery at 34 W. Railroad Ave., announced in a Facebook post Sunday tha...

After more than 80 years, Mendoker's closed its doors; Body and Soul to close next month

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JAMESBURG - It's an end of an era for two longtime borough businesses.

Mendoker's Quality Bakery, a popular, iconic bakery that has tempted the palates of customers for 84 years, has closed. A second business, Body & Soul, which has been a staple in the community for years, is expected to close next month.

Mendoker's Quality Bakery at 34 W. Railroad Ave., announced in a Facebook post Sunday that it was forced to close its doors permanently as of Monday.

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"We have weathered many storms together in this great town and have celebrated so many special occasions with so many families over the years," the Facebook post by owners Ed and Nicole Mendoker said. "We consider our loyal customers as part of our extended family, many we greet by name, and it is heartbreaking to see our time come to an end. We have done everything in our power to keep our ovens hot and our handcrafted items on the shelf, but have become burdened with too many setbacks that we cannot overcome. We will not let our quality suffer for any reason."

According to its website, the business opened on April 1, 1932. The business has been such an integral part of the community that a sign at an entrance to the borough reads: Welcome to Jamesburg. Home of Mendoker's Bakery."

Customers far and near expressed their disappointment with the closing on Facebook.

"Very SAD day. So many great memories," wrote Patricia Vash.

"So sorry," wrote Barbara Rhodes. "Very sad to see you go. Went there a lot. Started taking my grandson !!"

"Even after I moved to California in 1989, I would still come in every trip back," Matt Sebastiano wrote. "Thank you so much for the smile that you put on my and my family's face for 37 years. I wish you all well."

In response to the posts from patrons, Ed and Nicole wrote late Monday afternoon: "Thank you for all the well wishes they mean a great deal to us! There isn't much in this world aside from family what I love more than baking, I was born on a bakers bench and there is flour in my veins. I will miss working with my children, teaching them my trade that has been so good to my family for generations. Most of all I will miss the first birthday cakes of my customers children and when they are old enough to come in to the bakery, watch the smiles on there faces when the " cookie lady" gives them a cookie. I am very sorry we closed, reading this posts makes me regret it more with each word! It was out of our control, it just had to be. Thank you for the opportunity to be your Baker."

Nearby Body & Soul, at 79 E. Railroad Ave., also is calling it quits.

"It's sad," said Monroe resident Ruth "Wuzzy" O'Carroll, who owns the business with her husband, George. "The customers have become like part of the family. We know everybody. I feel bad, but a lot of people were able to get things from us that are now sold over the internet or in the box stores."

The business opened in 1974 as The Right Track on Railroad Avenue, two or three blocks from its current location, O'Carroll said. In 1981, the business changed its name to Body & Soul and relocated to the Apple Plaza on Applegarth Road in Monroe, where they remained for about eight years before moving to a new location on Railroad Avenue in the borough.

"We moved to what was the former home of a go-go bar, called The Quarter Keg," O'Carroll said. "On the roof they had a picture of a keg of beer with suds coming out."

The business sells health and beauty aids, food supplements, cosmetics and a selection of Christian literature, including books, music and Bibles, as well as gifts and jewelry.

"We had a very active cafe, where we had music," she said. "We had authors visit. Once a month we showed a movie, which we were actually selling. It was like a ministry for us. People would come and meet other people. We would have coffee and goodies. It was a place they could feel safe. It was going well until the town told us we couldn't use it for assembly. We stopped that about a year ago and that really cut our business."

O'Carroll said a going-out-of-business sale has been going on at the store since Oct. 15.

Mayor Marlene Lowande did not respond for a request for comment.

Staff Writer Susan Loyer: 732-565-7243; sloyer@gannettnj.com

Forgotten Howell Cemetery Gets A Makeover From Jamesburg Man

Brewer Cemetery, tucked behind a busy Howell road, is easy to miss. Six New Jersey residents wanted to change that. Patch Staff|Updated Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 11:21 am ETHOWELL, NJ – It’s not hard to miss the centuries-old Brewer Cemetery if you’re not looking for it. For decades, the Howell location has been overgrown with weeds and rotting tombstones buried under thick brush on Squankum Road. Last week, several area locals set out to change that.As first reported by ...

Brewer Cemetery, tucked behind a busy Howell road, is easy to miss. Six New Jersey residents wanted to change that.

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|Updated Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 11:21 am ET

HOWELL, NJ – It’s not hard to miss the centuries-old Brewer Cemetery if you’re not looking for it. For decades, the Howell location has been overgrown with weeds and rotting tombstones buried under thick brush on Squankum Road. Last week, several area locals set out to change that.

As first reported by News 12 New Jersey, Jamesburg resident Ron Errickson had no connection to the cemetery, having only driven by the location in recent years. Yet, for several days over the past week, Errickson and five other individuals cleaned up Brewer Cemetery in order to memorialize the individuals buried in the “forgotten” location.

The locals cut grass, remarked tombstones and trimmed tree branches to beautify the local memorial.

“There’s people that were laid to rest here, that’s full of history. We have veterans all around us here, probably about 9 or 10 that were buried here,” Errickson told News 12 New Jersey. “I did this out of my own time, my own money. I got everybody together and had this happen, and I’m very happy with this.”

According to New Jersey State Library documents, the plot began as a burial ground for Shrewsbury resident Adam Brewer. In his 1768 will, the land was set aside for Brewer’s family cemetery, which was subsequently maintained for several generations.

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Hundreds of individuals were buried in the location over the years, including several Civil War and World War I veterans. Many of the cemetery’s tombstones date back to the early 1800s, with its oldest recorded burial dating back to 1806.

It was only after Brewer’s direct relatives left the area that the location became ill-kept and overgrown. That is, until Errikson and other locals made the effort to restore the resting place.

You can view what the location looked like before the cleanup here.

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