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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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Keasbey, 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 Keasbey, NJ

Keasbey Firehouse In Woodbridge Will Be Torn Down For 2 Warehouses

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Woodbridge Township has plans underway to sell the Keasbey firehouse lot to a private developer. Developer Stalwart Equities, Inc. will tear down the firehouse as part of their plan to build two warehouse distribution centers.Homeowners near the firehouse told Tap Into they were also approached by the developer to sell, and ...

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Woodbridge Township has plans underway to sell the Keasbey firehouse lot to a private developer. Developer Stalwart Equities, Inc. will tear down the firehouse as part of their plan to build two warehouse distribution centers.

Homeowners near the firehouse told Tap Into they were also approached by the developer to sell, and their homes will likely be razed, as well. The area where the Keasbey firehouse is located, at 420 Smith Street, has previously been designated by Woodbridge Twp. as an "area in need of redevelopment."

This will all happen a few years in the future; nothing is happening immediately or soon.

In total, 22 acres in Keasbey will be sold to Stalwart; the firehouse is part of those 22 acres.

Stalwart has promised to build a new firehouse and it will remain in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge, said Councilman Howie Bauer at the Aug. 23 meeting.

Woodbridge Twp. will not be funding construction of the new firehouse, cautioned town spokesman John Hagerty: It is entirely the private developer who has agreed to pay for it. The new firehouse will be "state of the art," he said.

Keaseby Fire Commissioner Robert Pawol said the last he heard, the developer was looking into buying property at 177 and 199 Smith Street near the Rt. 9 bridge, and would locate the firehouse there. The developer hired an engineering company to draw up a site plan for a future firehouse at that location, he said.

The Woodbridge Council, under Mayor John McCormac, support Stalwart's proposal to build the two warehouses, saying they will bring jobs to the area and it is a strategic location near the Parkway, Rt. 9 and Rt. 440.

For years, the town has been eager to have this part of Keasbey redeveloped. As far back as 2008, Woodbridge launched this Keasbey 5 Redevelopment Plan, which calls to "comprehensively re-plan Keasbey as a major regional industrial area."

Writes Woodbridge Township in the plan:

"This plan is a part of a strategy to revitalize the entire Keasbey area extending from Industrial Highway south to the Raritan River, north to the Edison border, and east to the city of Perth Amboy. It is comprised of industrial uses and vacant properties."

Warehouses to Eventually Replace Keasbey Firehouse, Homes

Map of the Keasbey properties that Woodbridge designated in 2008 for industrial redevelopment. The firehouse and nearby homes were not included in these plans. The Keasbey Fire Department’s Station 4 firehouse at 420 Smith St.Photo Credit: Google MapsThe Keasbey Fire Department’s Station 4 firehouse at 420 Smith St.Photo Credit: Google Maps By TONY GALLOTTOLast UpdatedSeptember 5, 2022 at 7:25 PM...

Map of the Keasbey properties that Woodbridge designated in 2008 for industrial redevelopment. The firehouse and nearby homes were not included in these plans.

The Keasbey Fire Department’s Station 4 firehouse at 420 Smith St.Photo Credit: Google Maps

The Keasbey Fire Department’s Station 4 firehouse at 420 Smith St.Photo Credit: Google Maps

By TONY GALLOTTO

Last UpdatedSeptember 5, 2022 at 7:25 PM

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — It’s a few years away, but the Keasbey Fire Department’s firehouse and more than a dozen Smith Street homes will likely be razed to clear the way for two warehouse distribution centers designed to boost the local economy.

The Township Council recently approved a $500,000 sale to Stalwart Equities Inc. for the town-owned, arrow-shaped Smith Street property. Sale of that vacant parcel turned a spotlight on Stalwart’s plan to build two new, state-of-the-art warehouses in Keasbey.

That New York-based developer – operating as SEI Keasbey Urban Renewal LLC – paid $3.5 million in July for 12.5 acres behind the Keasbey firehouse and its adjacent homes, according to Middlesex County records.

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Stalwart is negotiating to buy Fire District 4’s firehouse at 420 Smith St. It is also making deals to buy nearby homes on Smith Street, near Crows Mill Road, to cobble together more land for its warehouse plan, a few homeowners told TAPinto Woodbridge/Carteret.

Redeveloping properties in this part of Keaseby for a “major regional industrial area” has been on Woodbridge’s drawing board since 2008, when it adopted the Keasbey-Area 5 Redevelopment Plan.

That 29-page plan targeted only 22 acres of vacant land and tired industrial sites off Smith Street and Crows Mill Road. It did not mention redeveloping the Keasbey firehouse or any nearby homes and stores.

The amount of money Stalwart is offering for the firehouse, built in the early 1980s, remains undisclosed.

Fire Commission President Dwayne Jensen confirmed that Stalwart Equities has offered to build a new Keasbey firehouse “at no cost to the District 4 Board of Commissioners or to taxpayers.”

The new firehouse would be built on other Smith Street properties Stalwart is buying, and the firm has asked commissioners to recommend amenities they require.

Mayor John E. McCormac said it would be inappropriate to comment about Stalwart’s unapproved plans. But, the mayor said: “Woodbridge is one of Central New Jersey’s more desirable locations for new, state-of-the-art warehouses with our access to major highways as a key factor.”

Besides providing temporary construction jobs, and full-and part-time permanent jobs, “warehouses add to our commercial tax base, alleviating some tax burden on homeowners, They also put minimal strain on municipal services,” said McCormac, citing the benefits.

Jensen said “nothing is a done-deal yet. Our Board of Fire Commissioners is cautiously negotiating with Stalwart and with the Township to protect our interests and the interest of the people in Keasbey we serve.”.

Commissioners want assurances Stalwart will fulfill its pledge to build the Keasbey Fire Department a well-equipped, three-bay firehouse “that is comparable or better” than their present firehouse, Jensen said.

“Our (current) firehouse is in great shape. It’s well-built. We keep it well-maintained. A new firehouse should be equal or better. We want to take a step forward, not back” said Jensen, who is also among the Smith Street homeowners whose properties Stalwart has offered to buy.

The mayor is optimistic. “Stalwart appears to have a track record for successful projects elsewhere, and it has a reputation as a good commercial neighbor in other communities,” he said.

Fire district commissioners insist their new firehouse has more office and storage space; a commercial kitchen comparable to their current one; and 35 to 40 parking spaces for firefighters and for people who attend firehouse meetings, social functions and elections.

Stalwart Equities already acquired land elsewhere along Smith Street for a new firehouse. It is now negotiating with owners of 177 and 199 Smith St. – a screen printing business and a three-unit apartment building, respectively – to buy those properties for parking. Those owners would get “two to three years to vacate,” according to documents available online.

OTHER WOODBRIDGE WAREHOUSES

Stalwart’s two Keasbey warehouses are its second project in Woodbridge.

In August, Stalwart also bought 38 acres off Cutters Dock and Pennval roads, after securing most approvals it needs for two other warehouse-distribution facilities, according to a press release from its Short Hills brokerage firm Blau & Berg Co.

Woodbridge has tried for nearly a decade to entice redevelopment in that industrial area between NJ Transit’s rail line and the Woodbridge River. The town updated redevelopment plans for that area in March 2021.

Stalwart – applying as “SEI Cutters Dock Urban Renewal LLC” and “SEI Pennval II Urban Renewal LLC” – has received approvals from the Woodbridge and Middlesex County planning boards for those warehouses. Those warehouses are not yet under way.

Stalwart Equities is a growing redevelopment giant, primarily focused on warehouse-distribution and logistics facilities with an impressive portfolio of completed and proposed projects in New Jersey, New York, and on Long Island.

'Enough pollution' say residents facing second power plant in Woodbridge

Associated PressWOODBRIDGE — Residents of low-income communities in New Jersey that would get a second gas-fired power plant nearby are urging the governor to halt the project, which they said flies in the face of an environmental justice law he signed with great fanfare over two years ago — but which has yet to take full effect.Competitive Power Ventures wants to build the second plant beside one it already operates in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge. The company says the expansion is needed becaus...

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WOODBRIDGE — Residents of low-income communities in New Jersey that would get a second gas-fired power plant nearby are urging the governor to halt the project, which they said flies in the face of an environmental justice law he signed with great fanfare over two years ago — but which has yet to take full effect.

Competitive Power Ventures wants to build the second plant beside one it already operates in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge. The company says the expansion is needed because of growing demand for energy, pitching it as a reliable backup source for solar and wind energy when those types of power are not available.

But residents of the mostly minority neighborhood of Keasbey, as well as surrounding low-income and minority towns, say the second plant will pump even more pollution into an area that already suffers disproportionately from it.

They say their communities are precisely the types of places that are supposed to be protected by the law Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed in 2020, calling it the toughest environmental justice law in the nation. The measure is designed to ensure low-income and minority communities that are already overburdened with pollution are not forced to accept additional sources of it.

"We have enough pollution here," said Jean Roy, an asthma sufferer from Woodbridge. He noted that the state's two largest highways — the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway — run through Woodbridge, which is already highly industrialized.

"Don't add more," he said. "It would be nice to see the plant built in some of the more affluent and pretty areas."

The governor's office referred inquiries to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which considers Keasbey "an overburdened community" under the environmental justice law.

But because CPV's application for an air quality permit was deemed complete in 2017 — before the new law was signed — the pending measure does not apply to it, said Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesperson. An administrative order issued by the governor requires CPV to take certain steps, including holding the public comment session it hosted Tuesday night.

The company is obligated to respond to concerns raised at the hearing, and the DEP can impose special conditions on permit approvals for the project "as may be necessary to avoid or minimize environmental or public health stressors upon the overburdened community to the maximum extent allowable by law," Hajna said.

During Tuesday's hearing, residents lambasted the state, saying they're angry that the environmental justice law still has not taken full effect. They voiced suspicion that this and other proposed power plants will be approved before the new rules take hold in April.

Chris Nowell of the environmental group Food & Water Watch said Murphy should not "allow this plant to beat the buzzer by one month." If that happens, he asked, "Do you think we would have any faith in the DEP left at all?"

The American Lung Association gives Middlesex County, which includes Woodbridge, a grade of "F" for ground-level ozone pollution.

Numerous speakers from Woodbridge and neighboring communities told of their children's struggles with asthma and other ailments, which they attribute to growing up in a polluted industrial area.

James Dabrowski, secretary of the NAACP chapter in the neighboring city of Perth Amboy, recalled a terrifying incident with his 1-year-old son.

"We had to rush him to the hospital in an ambulance because he couldn't breathe," he said. "CPV already has one massive fossil fuel plant in Keasbey spewing out toxins. The last thing we need is another power plant right next to it."

Daniel Heyden of nearby Metuchen said he lives just over two miles from the existing CPV plant, and his 2-year-old son also had to be hospitalized in intensive care with an extreme form of asthma. He now must take three different medicines a day.

CPV, which is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, says its proposed second plant "will be one of the most efficient and lowest emitting generation facilities of its kind" as it provides enough electricity to power 600,000 homes and businesses. The company says its new plant will allow the closure of older, less efficient and more polluting facilities.

CPV said Tuesday the greenhouse gas emissions from the new plant would be "at the lowest level achievable in the U.S. from a natural gas-fired electric generating station."

It still needs over a half-dozen environmental permits from state and federal authorities.

Only a tiny handful of speakers supported the project, including a retired union worker and a current union official praising the jobs it would create.

But most speakers said the health consequences of another power plant in the area would far outweigh any economic benefits.

"Your jobs mean nothing to me," said Brian Russo, an environmentalist from northern New Jersey who used to work in the Woodbridge area. "There will be no jobs on a dead planet."

NJ Fines Existing Woodbridge Power Plant For Pollution Violations

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — On Wednesday of this week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection sent Patch $69,000 in violations it levied against Competitive Power Ventures, the energy company currently trying to open a second natural gas power plant in Woodbridge.The violations date back to 2015 at CPV's existing power plant in Keasbey. The Newark Star Ledger/NJ.com published the violations as well. Patch never requested to see the violations; a DEP ...

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — On Wednesday of this week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection sent Patch $69,000 in violations it levied against Competitive Power Ventures, the energy company currently trying to open a second natural gas power plant in Woodbridge.

The violations date back to 2015 at CPV's existing power plant in Keasbey. The Newark Star Ledger/NJ.com published the violations as well. Patch never requested to see the violations; a DEP media spokeswoman sent them to us unprompted.

The DEP notified CPV of the violations in a letter dated March 2, and levied a $69,000 total fine.

Then, less than 24 hours later, a DEP spokeswoman said Thursday the natural gas company has resolved all these violations, and is "working toward a resolution of the fines."

"Woodbridge Energy Center has rectified the violation(s) found during an inspection of its facility and is in compliance with DEP regulations," said DEP spokeswoman Caryn Shinske. "At this time, DEP and Woodbridge Energy Center are working toward resolution of the fines."

It remains unclear why CPV was only notified this week of violations the state found in 2015.

Shinske said the DEP is not issuing any further comment on this topic.

Matthew Litchfield is a spokesman for Competitive Power Ventures. Patch asked him if these violations will have any bearing on whether or not the NJ DEP approves their current air permit applications to open the second plant. He replied:

"We expect that the pending applications will continue to be considered based on their own merits."

Since 2016, CPV has operated the Woodbridge Energy Center, a 725-megawatt natural gas power plant in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge. It is located at 1070 Riverside Drive.

Their second proposed natural gas power plant — which is still awaiting key air quality permit approvals from the state of New Jersey — would be built adjacent to the existing.

Many residents are opposed to the second natural gas power plant opening in Woodbridge, specifically citing air pollution from the plant. Some Middlesex County residents say they and their children have asthma and are concerned about a second fossil fuel power plant opening in the area.

Gov. Murphy has not publicly spoken about the plant, although he did announce a goal to move New Jersey to entirely renewable energy by 2035. Both CPV plants — the existing and the proposed second one — do not use renewable energy; they use natural gas obtained by fracking methods elsewhere in the U.S.

However, CPV is also in the wind and solar energy business.

Murphy is pushing a plan to build up to 3,400 wind turbines off the Jersey Shore, and it remains unknown if the two CPV plans could process that wind energy once it comes ashore.

According to the DEP, compliance checks in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021 at the plant found multiple violations, some of them having to do with air quality emissions: Exceeding the sulfur content in a diesel pump; operating beyond acceptable pH ranges; running a diesel pump engine on "ozone action days" and failing to continuously monitor water in a cooling tower.

These violations violated New Jersey's Air Pollution Control Act, the state says.

Litchfield said the company actually self-reported some of the issues in 2019. He also said the issues with the cooling tower were in the plant's first few years of operation, and have since been fixed.

“CPV is in receipt of the communications from the NJDEP concerning the penalties assessed generally due to operating permit deviations related to the cooling tower during the first few years of operations at CPV Woodbridge," he told Patch Thursday. "CPV holds itself to a high standard, which led to the self-reporting of the issue to the NJDEP in 2019. Successful corrective actions were taken back then and there have been no further issues with the cooling tower since. We continue to work closely with the NJDEP and all regulatory agencies."

Prior: Stop Woodbridge's 2nd Natural Gas Power Plant, NJ Residents Beg Murphy (March 7)

Woodbridge Residents Speak For And Against 2nd Natural Gas Power Plant (Feb. 27, 2023)

Keasbey Firefighters Help Santa Deliver Gifts of Joy to Neighborhood Kids

Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOKPhoto Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOKPhoto Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOKPhoto Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOKKeasbey Fire Chief Alexander Salgado helps Santa Claus saddle-up for his 2023 ‘Santa Run’ deliveries.Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOKThe many “elves” from the Keasbey Fire Department who helped Santa Claus bring presents and smiles to many neighborhood children. Photo Credit: KEASBEY F...

Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

Keasbey Fire Chief Alexander Salgado helps Santa Claus saddle-up for his 2023 ‘Santa Run’ deliveries.Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

The many “elves” from the Keasbey Fire Department who helped Santa Claus bring presents and smiles to many neighborhood children. Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

A scene from Keasbey Fire Department’s 2023 “Santa Run,” that brought smiles to many neighborhood children and their appreciative families. Photo Credit: KEASBEY FIRE DEPT/FACEBOOK

By TONY GALLOTTO

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Firefighters from Keasbey did double-duty as Santa’s elves, recently helping Kris Kringle deliver dozens of new wrapped toys to neighborhood youngsters.

The Keasbey Fire Department’s “Santa Run” is an annual event for Woodbridge Fire District No. 4’s landmark firehouse at 420 Smith St., that brings joy and smiles to many children, their parents and grandparents.

This year’s “Santa Run,” was on Saturday, Dec. 16th.

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As in past years, most toys that Santa delivered did not come from his North Pole workshop. They were donated to the department by Keasbey residents and families, and others were purchased with community contributions.

Here are some special images from the fire department’s Facebook page.

For more information about the fire department, its firefighters, and its other charitable work, call (732) 738-4343 or visit its website or social media platforms.

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