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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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Keyport, 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
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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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, 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 Keyport, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Keyport, 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.

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Keyport: Meet Your Mayor, Rose Araneo

By Cathy PadillaKEYPORT, NJ: Rose Araneo is serving her first term as the Mayor of the Borough of Keyport. With a career in business operations and finance, she has worked for companies such as Paul Sebastian, Au’some, and currently she is Sr. Vice President of Operations for 3rd Party Logistics Group. She lives with her fiancé and best friend, Jim Bishop, and their two Pekinese fur babies, Nico and Bella. Meet your mayor – Rose P. Araneo....

By Cathy Padilla

KEYPORT, NJ: Rose Araneo is serving her first term as the Mayor of the Borough of Keyport. With a career in business operations and finance, she has worked for companies such as Paul Sebastian, Au’some, and currently she is Sr. Vice President of Operations for 3rd Party Logistics Group.

She lives with her fiancé and best friend, Jim Bishop, and their two Pekinese fur babies, Nico and Bella.

Meet your mayor – Rose P. Araneo.

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TAPinto: Were you raised in Keyport?

Mayor Araneo: I grew up in Irvington, NJ and moved to Keyport the last month of my freshman year of high school. We lived on Broad Street. At 27, I purchased a home in Cliffwood Beach on Beach Drive. My backyard overlooked Keyport and the Raritan Bay until I sold 15 years later. I then moved to Long Branch for about 10 years before coming back to Keyport five years ago. During my years in Cliffwood Beach, I was in Keyport just about every day. My parents and most of my siblings were still in Keyport then.

TAPinto: Have you and Mr. Bishop added any more fur babies besides Nico and Bella:

Mayor Araneo: We have not added any additional fur babies as Nico and Bella are enough to handle. They are both Pekinese and from the same litter. They came into my life two weeks before Hurricane Sandy. During Hurricane Sandy, Nico & Bella kept all the residents of the Sea Verge Apartments in Long Branch entertained. I believe that is the reason both of them are so friendly with everyone they meet.

Meet Nico:

Meet Bella:

TAPinto: You also have family history in Keyport that goes back before your parent's move to Keyport when you were in High School, right?

Mayor Araneo: My grandpa, Leonard Araneo Sr. (nickname Bingo), lived with my Aunt Tootsie in Union Beach which is where it started. My Uncle Frank Araneo was a roofer and purchased a house on Main Street, and my father Leonard Araneo decided it was time to move from Irvington to Keyport and join my Uncle Frankie to become a roofer. With that being said, my parents sold the house and packed up the family (all 8 children and our grandmother Rose). It was a big adjustment for our family, coming from Irvington to a small historic shore town not knowing anyone but our relatives from Union Beach and Keyport.

Keyport has held my family’s heart for many years and will continue to do so. My younger brothers Anthony and Stanley were about the ages of six and eight when we moved here, and I remember them walking with a shopping cart at the ages of nine and ten down to the waterfront throughout the summer months together to go crabbing. They had a shopping cart with their crab cages and a Kelly Pot to catch their bait. They would catch as many crabs as they could and sell them to people on the way home. I guess you can say they were young entrepreneurs.

TAPinto: Why did you choose to run for Mayor of Keyport?

Mayor Araneo: When asked if I would run for Mayor, I had to think about it for a little while. I am not a politician, knew very little about politics, but I know how to run companies. After careful consideration I decided to run for Mayor. I said if the town is run like a business, keeping the integrity of the town but the heart of the residents, then I feel as Mayor I can lead our team. I am passionate about keeping our council as a united front. I am passionate about the heart that our residents have for Keyport. We will not make all residents happy, but if they see that you have the same passion and feelings for the aesthetics of Keyport as they do, then they will know they have the right person in the position.

TAPinto: You've had a very successful career in operations, what led you to politics?

Mayor Araneo: I am not a politician; I am a businesswoman who happens to love her hometown. I am navigating my way around politics; operations & finance is what I do every day. I am however enjoying a new learning experience.

TAPinto: What sets you apart from others doing what you do?

Mayor Araneo: My parents could not afford to send me to college, so I had to find my niche working after high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. My mother (Dolores) worked in factories for a good portion of her life, sewing factories in Newark, Charles of the Ritz in Hazlet, Lily Tulip in Hazlet, and then Paul Sebastian Fragrances in Keyport. I started out with Paul Sebastian Fragrances, working in their factory, which was founded and started in Keyport. I worked for one month in the factory packing cologne for men. After one month, I requested to work in the office knowing I could make a difference. We then moved Paul Sebastian to Ocean. At that time, Alan Greco asked for me to work in the executive office. I thought it was great but was hungry for more. I asked Alan if I could sit in on some of his meetings. He embraced that and that was where I got my marketing and operations background from. Alan Greco taught me everything I needed to know about sales, marketing, purchasing, and finance. I worked for him for 15 years continuing to advance my career. When the company was sold, I left as Sr. Vice President of Operations.

I am currently with 3rd Party Logistics, Upper Saddle River as Sr. Vice President of Operations. I was brought on as a consultant and that lasted a very short time, until Lorraine Nardi, the President, requested me to come on as SRVP of Operations.

TAPinto: What is the most rewarding part of your career?

Mayor Araneo: I enjoy accomplishing goals. I have never felt like I am working, I love what I do. Operations digs into the trenches of all areas of business: HR, budgets, finance, marketing, sales, and purchasing. I find it satisfying when I set a goal and accomplish what I set out to do.

TAPinto: What is the most challenging part of what you do?

Mayor Araneo: You may set out to do something but an obstacle may prevent the day from happening the way you wanted or planned in business, so you adjust and adapt to it. I would not say it is a challenge, but I would say that it is what comes with operations.

TAPinto: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Mayor Araneo: Work should not be work if you enjoy what you are doing. Make time always for family though, this is as important as work. This is something that I have always done. I have never worked in a company or a job that I did not love.

TAPinto: Who has most influenced your career or life?

Mayor Araneo: Alan Greco. He took me under his wing and not only guided me in my career but treated me as a daughter. He has passed away, but I will never forget him.

TAPinto: What do you do when you're not working?

Mayor Araneo: I am always working (laughs). I spend time with my family - my sister Dolores, my nieces, and nephews - keeping traditions alive for my nieces and nephews, cooking with them, baking, and passing down family recipes. It is more about teaching them what my grandparents taught me and what my parents taught before they passed away. I do not want our traditions to go by the wayside, plus I enjoy doing anything with them so that we spend time together.

I enjoy writing poetry. I have been writing since I am 14. Maybe one day I can publish them all. I have received a Silver Poet Award for “Sandcastle Dreams,” which happened to be my first poem ever written (no clue where it is published). I submitted it when I was in high school and continued to just write for myself.

I also enjoy my Sundays with Jimmy; we try to take a trip on Sundays. We have no set destination, just get in Rubie, my Jeep, and take a long ride. We make stops throughout the ride, small downtowns, shops, scenic roads. NJ/NY/CT/PA/DE, wherever it takes us! We meet many people on our stops and we talk and just get to know the town we are visiting.

TAPinto: Is there anything about you specifically you would like our readers to know?

Mayor Araneo: I care very much about Keyport and our residents of Keyport. I may not know how to navigate around the politics yet, being a mayor, but you can be sure that I will always do what is right for our historic town of Keyport!

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Zombie Stroll Through Keyport This Sunday

Zombies will take over Keyport this Sunday for the first-ever "Wake the Dead Zombie Stroll."|Updated Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 9:37 am ETKEYPORT, NJ — This weekend, the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative will hold its first-ever "Wake the Dead Zombie Stroll."This Sunday, Oct. 15 people dressed like zombies will stroll though the town of Keyport. There will be a zombie dance party at 2 p.m., zombie judging at 3 p.m. ...

Zombies will take over Keyport this Sunday for the first-ever "Wake the Dead Zombie Stroll."

|Updated Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 9:37 am ET

KEYPORT, NJ — This weekend, the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative will hold its first-ever "Wake the Dead Zombie Stroll."

This Sunday, Oct. 15 people dressed like zombies will stroll though the town of Keyport. There will be a zombie dance party at 2 p.m., zombie judging at 3 p.m. and a zombie stroll through town at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to either dress like a zombie and participate, or simply watch as a spectator.

All activities will be held at the Keyport mini park at 55 West Front Street.

If you want to dress like a zombie, these local salons are offering $10-$20 zombie make-up: Salon 29, Lash Therapy Keyport and Butterfly Basket Boutique Celebrations & Events. Here's more info. on the Visit Keyport Facebook page.

This is the first year the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative has done such a stroll. But they say they are planning more events in October, with spooky decorated houses, an upcoming event called Be-Witched, ghost tours and more.

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The Zombie Stroll is meant to kick off the Halloween season in Keyport and bring people into town to walk the waterfront, stroll past shops and try local dining.

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Keyport Council to Discuss PILOT Programs on Wednesday

KEYPORT, NJ - The Keyport Borough Council has a busy agenda teed up for December 5 at 7 PM at the Municipal Complex Council Chambers at 70 W. Front St.Citizens can listen in for two presentations. First is a Neighborhood Preservation Program presentation as well as a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) presentation.PILOT's, also known as Payments in Lieu of Taxes are often used during redevelopment discussions in towns.Sign Up for FREE Hazlet & Keyport NewsletterGet local news you can trust in yo...

KEYPORT, NJ - The Keyport Borough Council has a busy agenda teed up for December 5 at 7 PM at the Municipal Complex Council Chambers at 70 W. Front St.

Citizens can listen in for two presentations. First is a Neighborhood Preservation Program presentation as well as a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) presentation.

PILOT's, also known as Payments in Lieu of Taxes are often used during redevelopment discussions in towns.

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New Jersey's program called Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), is designed to encourage development in areas that need improvement. This program benefits both developers and municipalities. The aim is to help local areas by updating underused or run-down properties, boosting the taxable value in those places.

Developers get a break on property taxes for the improvements they make, but they still have to pay an annual PILOT charge. This charge is usually less than regular property taxes, helping developers make more money and motivating them to enhance the property. Municipalities benefit directly from these payments, and they don't have to share the funds with other local taxes (except for 5% going to county budgets). This aspect, cutting out the schools, is the subject of much controversy as this simply shifts the taxpayers' burden from the town to the school (which ends up subsidizing the town budget).

Municipalities also gain from fees during the development stage, like employment, permit, and construction fees.

To join this long-term tax program, a municipality must designate an area in need of redevelopment beforehand. These programs typically last 10 to 30 years after development completion, with the PILOT agreement outlining payment details. Payments can be a percentage of revenue or total construction costs, ranging from 10% to 15% of revenue or up to 2% of project costs annually. The agreement includes an allowable net profit calculation, restricting the profits a developer can make. This calculation is cumulative, allowing early losses to offset future income. Once the agreement ends, the property goes back to regular property taxes.

In addition to the regular business of the Council, action is expected on a shared services agreement with freehold for information technology services. Also, an amendment to the redevelopment agreement with developer Hudson Pointe is anticipated. Consideration for a five year tax abatement for 2 Raritan Cove in Keyport will be taken up by the Council as well.

You can view the AGENDA here.

Keyport Hosts Acton Children's Business Fair.

BROWSE THE PHOTO GALLERY ABOVE TO SEE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT. KEYPORT, NJ: Tulika Hijli, a Holmdel resident, and owner of SAV-ON-Drugs, a pharmacy located at 16 East Front Street in Keyport, is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of owning her business. Instead of a party, Hijli decided to commemorate the milestone by creatively giving back to local youth, at an event celebrating the art of entrepreneurship!Hijli commented to TAPinto, "I am so thankful for my success with my busi...

BROWSE THE PHOTO GALLERY ABOVE TO SEE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT.

KEYPORT, NJ: Tulika Hijli, a Holmdel resident, and owner of SAV-ON-Drugs, a pharmacy located at 16 East Front Street in Keyport, is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of owning her business. Instead of a party, Hijli decided to commemorate the milestone by creatively giving back to local youth, at an event celebrating the art of entrepreneurship!

Hijli commented to TAPinto, "I am so thankful for my success with my business in Keyport for the last ten years and to commemorate that I want to give back to our youth by celebrating entrepreneurship with them, so they can learn the very basics of how to start a business. Our country is built on small businesses and I wanted to motivate the children to explore their ideas and enable them with an opportunity to get hands-on experience."

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After a little research into how to provide a program where children and their families could participate in hands-on small business learning,Hiji discovered an international program, based out of Texas, called Acton Children's Business Fair. She brought her initiative to Keyport community leaders and everyone was on board. With their blessing, Hijli moved full-steam-ahead, in planning the event, with help from her daughter Alia Hijli, and her two nieces, Manasi Haranhalli and Anjana Haranhalli.

A total of 28 children signed up to participate in the Acton program, and all were given the responsibility of creating a small business. Key components that they were responsible for were a business plan including marketing materials, a logo, and product creation. Then the big day came on Sunday, September 10, and the Keyport First Aid Squad's event room was turned into an exciting small business fair!

The children had a wide variety of businesses they were showcasing, from jewelry and accessories to home goods, and crocheted items, crafts, and artwork... There was a unique jewelry business that including coding, as in Morse code, using the sequencing of beads to spell out a message in code. A very unique attraction was a brother and sister team that featured their live bird business! The business called Onyx and Marshmallow. You could get a picture with a bird for $2. or a video for $10 with bird. One thing that all of the businesses had in common was that all of the children were so excited to tell you about their business and market their products and that made the event such a positive experience for everyone!

Keyport community leader, John Merla commented to TAPinto, "Tulika is a great example of small business success in our great town. She is all about community and giving back and today is a great example of how she shares her success with our youth. When you look around here today and see all the great ideas these children have and how they put so much time and care and creativity into their project, it is really inspiring. This is truly a great event."

Brick Township, Freehold Borough, Keyport hire new head football coaches

Jay Graber is leaving one of the Shore Conference’s storied football programs to coach another one.Graber, who has been Matawan High School’s head coach the last five seasons was approved as Brick Township’s High School head football coach Thursday night by the Brick Township Board of Education meeting. He was also hired as a special education/math teacher at the high school beginning April 8.Brick has won seven NJSIAA sectional championships, as has Matawan."Brick is the most tradit...

Jay Graber is leaving one of the Shore Conference’s storied football programs to coach another one.

Graber, who has been Matawan High School’s head coach the last five seasons was approved as Brick Township’s High School head football coach Thursday night by the Brick Township Board of Education meeting. He was also hired as a special education/math teacher at the high school beginning April 8.

Brick has won seven NJSIAA sectional championships, as has Matawan.

"Brick is the most tradition-rich program in the Shore Conference, if not the state,'' Graber said. "The leadership in the district and in the building is fantastic, and it's a lot closer to home for me. This was a can't-miss opportunity.''

Brick Township High is about a 10-minute drive from Graber's home in Point Pleasant.

Graber, who was also Allentown High School’s head coach for nine seasons before he went to Matawan, succeeds Len Zdanowicz, who resigned in December after nine seasons as the Green Dragons head coach.

Graber, who was a standout quarterback scholastically at Notre Dame High in Lawrenceville, becomes the fifth head coach in Brick’s 66-season history after the late , legendary Warren Wolf (1958-2008), Pat Dowling (2009-2010), Rob Dahl (2011-2014) and Zdanowicz (2015-23).

"I grew up watching Shore Conference football and Coach Wolf was the mainstay. He was the main man. He's the guy me and my father always went to watch,'' Graber said. "His teams were so strong and disciplined. It's going to be an honor to be the coach there just for what he was able to do.''

"We had a good candidate pool. It wasn't an easy decision at all,'' Brick athletic director Jay Longo said. "He made quite an impression on everybody during the interview process.''

During his tenure at Allentown, Graber revived what had been a long-time struggling program and made it into a Central Jersey power.

"He has a track record of turning programs around,'' Longo said. "He's got great leadership qualities. We feel we're getting so much more than just a football coach, as far as a staff member and somebody who is going to be in our building, be around and do a lot for our kids.''

His tenure was culminated in 2016 when the Redbirds won the 2016 NJSIAA Central Group 4 championship with a 41-6 win over Brick. Allentown also advanced to the South Group 3 championship game in 2014.

Graber’s Matawan teams went 21-23 with playoff appearances the last two seasons. His career record is 82-57.

"Matawan was great to me. It was very tough to leave,'' Graber said. "The kids were great. The leadership was great.''

Brick went 49-40 under Zdanowicz with appearances in the Central Group 4 championship games in 2016 and 2018 and a tri-Shore Conference Class A South championship 2015 with Brick Memorial and Toms River North.

"Lenny's been great and a great advocate to our kids and loyal to our program.'' Longo said. "I would be remiss if I didn't thank him for his time and dedication. But, in Jay, we saw someone who can pick up where they left off and hopefully take it to the next level.

The Green Dragons went 30-14 in Zdanowicz’s first four seasons. Last season, when Brick went 6-5 and won the South Group 4 regional championship was its first winning season since 2018. Brick has not qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs since 2019

Six of Brick’s sectional championships came under Wolf, who is New Jersey’s second all-time winningest coach with 364 (361 at Brick).

The Green Dragons have won just one sectional title since 1994. That came in 2013.

Brick will be in Shore Conference Class B South this season with Central, Lacey, Southern, Toms River East and Toms River South.

They will also play nondivisional games against Brick Memorial, Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial.

Freehold Borough, Keyport hire new head coaches

Derek Reichenbecher was hired as head coach at Freehold Borough High School Thursday by the Freehold Regional Board of Education and Charlie Marsh was hired as head coach at Keyport High School by the Keyport Board of Education Wednesday.

Reichenbecher, who was Howell's head coach in in 2012 and 2013, replaces Dave Ellis, who resigned shortly after last season ended. Ellis was Freehold's coach for 13 seasons.

Howell went 5-15 in Reichenbecher's two seasons. Reichenbecher has also been a long-time assistant coach to current Freehold Township head coach Cory Davies at both Howell and Freehold Township.

The Colonials went 54-72 under Ellis, with the highlight coming in 2017, when a team led by standout quarterback Ashante Worthy advanced to the NJSIAA Central Group 4 championship game before they were defeated 43-42 by Long Branch in overtime.

Freehold was 2-7 last season and 2-15 over the last two seasons.

The Colonials will compete in Shore Conference Class B North with Freehold Township, Matawan, Middletown North, Ocean and Red Bank. They will play nondivisional games against Howell, Marlboro and Manalapan.

Marsh, a long-time assistant coach in the Shore Conference, replaces Jason Glezman, who resigned after five seasons.

Keyport went 25-18 with NJSIAA playoffs the last three seasons under Glezman. It was 8-2 last season, when the team was led by quarterback and Holy Cross recruit Jason Glezman.

Keyport will be in Shore Conference Class D North this season with Asbury Park, Keansburg, Neptune, New Egypt, Point Pleasant Beach and Shore. It will also play nondivisional games against JFK-Paterson and Jackson Liberty.

The Shore Conference openings remaining are Matawan, Middletown South and Shore Regional.

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