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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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, 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 Long Branch, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Long Branch, 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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Long Branch, N.J., Development Hums Along Despite Past Controversies

FeaturesNew JerseySeveral projects slated to open in beach town that birthed Springsteen within the next few yearsUlysses S. Grant had his “summer White House” there throughout his presidency. Bruce Springsteen wrote “Born to Run” at a cottage there in 1974. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky once referred...

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Several projects slated to open in beach town that birthed Springsteen within the next few years

Ulysses S. Grant had his “summer White House” there throughout his presidency. Bruce Springsteen wrote “Born to Run” at a cottage there in 1974. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky once referred to it as the place where “all my poems are about.”

Long Branch, N.J., has had many lives over its 150-year history — and the past few years have brought another one in the form of a wave of commercial redevelopment. The city of 32,000 joins other historic Jersey Shore communities like Asbury Park and Wildwood in a building spree, one that followed the destruction wrought by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Hundreds of apartments and condos are going up at once, along with retail space and other property.

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Take the Atlantic Club, a new luxury condo property approved by Long Branch’s Planning Board earlier this year. Once the site of Seaview Towers, twin apartment buildings demolished in 2020 after sitting vacant for 15 years, the Atlantic Club will feature 75,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, and will charge between $1.12 million and more than $5.95 million for one of its 132 units.

The project, developed by owners from New York’s Stillman Development International, Gotham City Real Estate and New Jersey’s Surrey Equities, is targeting completion for late 2025.

Roy Stillman, president of Stillman Development, said the project’s design philosophy is a melding of art and commerce. Stillman tapped famed design gallery owner Cristina Grajales to curate a “gallery aesthetic” throughout the development.

“The big theme here is the convergence of art and business as the secret formula for letting everybody win. The more expansive the list of winners, the better project you have,” Stillman said. “Our winners are both people that don’t live in the building and people that will live in the building, as they get to consume this level of artistic inspiration and work and execution that would otherwise not be available to them.”

There’s also the three-story, mixed-use building going up just a few blocks south at665 Second Avenue. Developed by Inspired by Somerset Development, a firm based in neighboring Holmdel, the property will yield 22 units and 800 feet of ground-floor retail once it opens next year.

Yet the land that the still-nameless building sits on contains far more sentimental value than it may first appear. It was the former site of the Inkwell Coffee House, a beloved local joint built in the 1960s and frequented by the likes of actor/director Kevin Smith, as well as a young Springsteen, who was born in Long Branch. Inkwell owner Anthony Esposito announced the closure in spring 2022.

Although the new building replacing it will feature a more contemporary aesthetic, Ken Gold, vice president of acquisitions and development for Somerset, said the developers have kept Inkwell’s legacy top of mind.

“We were very aware of the location and the importance of the Inkwell and the history to the Long Branch community, and that is something that has always been at the forefront of our thoughts with the redevelopment,” Gold said. “Working with the town and planners to really restore that space to the expectations of the market is really important to us, and making sure we pay homage and tribute to what got it there. The building has been demolished, but we definitely kept some things from the Inkwell — signs, banners, that sort of stuff — and we’re working on keeping the history alive.”

Much to the dismay of this reporter, Springsteen could not be reached for comment.

Further north, at 20 Third Avenue, Hoboken-based private real estate company Prime City is constructing its own four-story, mixed-use building, dubbed SICA Lofts. The development will feature 31 apartments and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, part of which will be leased back to the city for the creation of a new community and cultural arts center.

The leaseback pays homage to the lot’s history as the former site of the Lincoln Can Manufacturing Company and later the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (or SICA — hence the new name).

Then there’s Pier Village — the sprawling oceanfront, mixed-use community on Chelsea Avenue about a quarter mile away from SICA Lofts. Kushner Companies and partner Extell Development purchased Pier Village from Ironstate Development back in 2014, and Extell sold its stake to Kushner in 2020.

Since opening in 2005, Pier Village has slowly expanded over the years and today includes 500 apartments, 250 condos, a hotel (with a second one in development) and a vast array of dining, retail and entertainment spaces — though the property has a rocky history. The troubles began in 1987 when a fire destroyed Long Branch Pier, built in the 1910s on the land Pier Village now occupies, taking out an amusement park, storefronts and the locally famous, 10,000-square-foot “Haunted Mansion” along with it. The ruins sat untouched for well over a decade until cleared in 2001.

In 1996, the city and its mayor at the time, Adam Schneider, launched the Long Branch Redevelopment Plan, which laid out criteria for overhauling five sectors in the beach town. The city controversially used eminent domain to buy out local homeowners, in an effort to assemble the parcel that would eventually become Pier Village.

The city’s application of eminent domain, historically used by governments to repossess desolate private property for the sake of public use, was a “public relations disaster,” according to the The New York Times in 2004, and resulted in a number of homeowners fighting back to keep their land.

The city ultimately settled with those homeowners in 2009 after years of litigation, and ended its use of eminent domain to acquire beachfront homes for redevelopment soon after.

“It’s an interesting dichotomy. People who have lived here for a long time, especially the ones who made it through eminent domain, are sort of bitter about what’s happening. They feel that [Long Branch] is no longer the city they grew up in, that everything’s changing,” said Michele Irizarry, a local residential real estate broker. “Yet new people coming in think that Long Branch is amazing. So there’s a bit of a divide between older residents and newer residents.”

Meanwhile, plans by Kushner to redevelop two blocks of barren land in Long Branch’s lower Broadway area were approved by the city’s Planning Board earlier this summer. (Nicole Kushner Meyer, a principal at Kushner Companies, is married to Joseph Meyer, chairman of CO owner Observer Media.)

The project had for years resided in a financial and litigative swamp. Long Branch Partners, an affiliate of Montville, N.J.-based Diversified Realty Advisors, acquired some 50 properties in the area in 2014, with the intention of investing nearly $200 million to build new commercial and retail properties along Long Branch’s main drag, and spent the better part of 2017 demolishing them for that very purpose. Yet the firm ultimately sold the properties to Kushner after years of legal seesawing between the two developers and the city.

Kushner now plans to build nearly 300 apartments, new retail spaces, a cafe and a grocery store on the properties. Michael Sommer, Kushner’s chief development officer, told the Asbury Park Press in July that construction could break ground before the end of the year.

“The lower Broadway project, seen as an extension of the vibrant Pier Village community, is a crucial step in revitalizing the downtown area,” Kushner Meyer said. “The focus is not just on residential development but also on bridging the downtown to the waterfront, with the addition of a supermarket to serve the year-round community. This project is envisioned as a lynchpin in connecting the two.”

Reevey, Long Branch beat Red Bank in 100th, and last, Thanksgiving football meeting

Long Branch lived up to its name of the Green Wave as it pushed Red Bank Regional away to a 41-20 victory in Long Branch in the 100th and final showdown between the schools.Long Branch (7-5) struck on the last play of the first half when Earnest Reevey found Nyron Sterling for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Green Wave a 28-14 lead at halftime. Alex Choback made it a 21-14 game for Red Bank (3-7) following an 11-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining in the half....

Long Branch lived up to its name of the Green Wave as it pushed Red Bank Regional away to a 41-20 victory in Long Branch in the 100th and final showdown between the schools.

Long Branch (7-5) struck on the last play of the first half when Earnest Reevey found Nyron Sterling for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Green Wave a 28-14 lead at halftime. Alex Choback made it a 21-14 game for Red Bank (3-7) following an 11-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining in the half.

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“You always want to win the game, especially if it’s the last game of the season,” Long Branch head coach Chad King said. “With it being the 100th rivalry game and a home game for us, our guys really wanted to end the year on a high note.”

Jah’Cire Jones nearly cut it to a one-score game for Red Bank with a 51-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but it was called back for holding. From there, Long Branch’s defense stood strong as it forced a turnover on downs to hand the ball back to Reevey entering the fourth.

“It’s what we’ve seen all year,” King said. “These guys love to play football and this was another opportunity for them to come together and play the game.”

Reevey recorded his second touchdown pass of the day when he connected with Havier Gonzalez on a 20-yard reception to put Long Branch ahead 35-14 with 11:51 remaining. He finished 12-for-12 for 147 yards.

“It means everything because the coaches preach this is basically like the Super Bowl because there’s so much history behind it,” Reevey said. “Everybody was so confident in everything they could do.”

Reevey also got it done on the ground as he recorded 14 carries for 156 yards and ran in the first two touchdowns for Long Branch, including a 29-yard carry to give the Green Wave a 14-0 advantage with 5:53 left in the first quarter. He added an interception in the fourth.

“I saw what we’ve been seeing for the past three years,” King continued. “He’s a great football player, had some limited opportunities because of injuries, but came out and showed what he’s capable of on a daily basis.”

In addition, DaVon Craft had a big day for Long Branch as he finished with 20 carries for 132 yards along with a pair of touchdowns, including a one-yard score to close the scoring for the Green Wave. He also recorded a five-yard touchdown to give Long Branch a 21-7 lead with 8:03 left in the second quarter.

“I’m happy to know we got the win and hopefully will continue into next year too,” Craft said. “My line had an amazing day today, I’ll definitely congratulate them once I get into the locker room.”

Despite coming away with the loss, Red Bank fought until the final whistle as Choback notched his second score on a one-yard carry to make it a 41-20 game with 11 seconds remaining. Jones also cut it to a 14-7 game with 1:07 left in the first quarter following a 25-yard rushing touchdown.

“We loved being a part of the Red Bank Regional and Long Branch rivalry,” Red Bank head coach Shane Fallon said. “Long Branch made more plays today than we did, but both teams played extremely hard and represented their schools and community very well. We have a lot of work to do in the off-season, but we’re looking forward to playing against Long Branch in the future.”

Long Branch closes the rivalry with a 65-32-3 record against Red Bank. It was the seventh-longest series in New Jersey still being played on Thanksgiving.

Jones led the way on the ground for Red Bank with 15 carries for 83 yards. Choback finished 6-for-13 for 104 yards along with six rushes for 30 yards.

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Mystery tar balls found on Jersey Shore beaches

LONG BRANCH, New Jersey (WABC) -- The Coast Guard and several other agencies in New Jersey are investigating after tar balls were discovered along the Jersey Shore on Long Branch and Monmouth beaches.Officials in the area say they have no clue where they came from.The Coast Guard received reports of tar balls ranging in size from approximately 1-2 inches and smaller near Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park on Tuesday morning.Tar balls are created when crude oil floats on the ocean's surface. Waves and wind begin tearing the...

LONG BRANCH, New Jersey (WABC) -- The Coast Guard and several other agencies in New Jersey are investigating after tar balls were discovered along the Jersey Shore on Long Branch and Monmouth beaches.

Officials in the area say they have no clue where they came from.

The Coast Guard received reports of tar balls ranging in size from approximately 1-2 inches and smaller near Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park on Tuesday morning.

Tar balls are created when crude oil floats on the ocean's surface. Waves and wind begin tearing the oil slick into smaller and smaller pieces and the water starts changing its physical characteristics.

According to NOAA, tar balls are usually the remnants of an oil spill, but can also be produced by "natural seeps." That's when oil or natural gas leaks through fractures and sediments on the ocean floor.

Officials in New Jersey dispatched a pollution response team to investigate.

A Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City conducted a flight of the area to look for any oil pollution in the water. No oil was observed in the water during the flight.

Beachgoers and mariners are advised to avoid contact with the tar balls.

Anyone who notices any tar balls or oil sheen in the area should contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

There are no reports of impacted wildlife at this time.

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New Jersey's Biggest Wind Farm Yet Just Got Approved By Federal Govt.

On Nov. 20, the federal government approved Empire Wind 1 and 2, two new wind farm lots 19 miles off Long Branch:|Updated Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 7:53 am ETOn Nov. 20, the Biden-Harris administration approved the Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind project, according to ...

On Nov. 20, the federal government approved Empire Wind 1 and 2, two new wind farm lots 19 miles off Long Branch:

|Updated Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 7:53 am ET

On Nov. 20, the Biden-Harris administration approved the Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind project, according to this press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

And on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to launch a fourth round of offshore wind solicitation, beginning in early 2024. That means that sometime in the new year, companies can bid to build more wind farms off New Jersey.

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Murphy said he would be considering litigation against Orsted, although as of Nov. 29 the state of New Jersey has not sued Orsted.

Orsted's 98 turbines would have started 15 miles out. They would have been visible from Atlantic City beaches on very clear days, according to these renderings released by the company. So it's unlikely the Empire Wind turbines will be visible from Long Branch beaches, as they will be 19 miles out.

Despite Orsted pulling out, President Joe Biden is moving forward on his goal of greatly expanding America's offshore wind energy. Empire Wind is the sixth offshore wind energy project to be approved under the Biden-Harris administration.

Biden said he has a goal of creating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, an ambition back by Gov. Murphy. The Biden administration has approved first-ever offshore wind lots in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, and is exploring offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine and off Oregon.

Not a single wind turbine has been built yet off the Jersey Shore.

Atlantic Shores, the wind farm proposed to be built 10 miles off Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, is still on track to be built, said Murphy Wednesday. At 10 miles out, those turbines will definitely be visible from the beaches.

But no actual turbine construction has begun.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the two Empire Wind farms could create 2,076 megawatts of clean energy, which could power more than 700,000 homes in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey each year. The wind farms would also create jobs to build and to maintain.

But Clean Ocean Action, a Jersey Shore ocean advocacy group that has been critical of wind farms, said wind farms off New York/New Jersey are being "fast tracked."

"The projects will be sandwiched between shipping lanes entering the busiest port on the US East Coast, the Port of New York and New Jersey," said Clean Ocean Action in a statement. "We are once again frustrated with the government fast-tracking numerous massive offshore wind projects, especially amid the severe financial turmoil the offshore wind industry is experiencing as evidenced by Orsted’s recent cancellation of two projects."

"Too many questions remain unanswered about the impacts of offshore wind projects, such as Empire Wind 1 & 2, to move so quickly and recklessly forward with massive ocean industrialization," said Clean Ocean Action. "The ocean deserves more care."

“Under President Biden’s leadership, the American offshore wind industry is continuing to expand rapidly — creating good-paying union jobs across the manufacturing, shipbuilding and construction sectors," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Today’s approval of the sixth offshore wind project adds to the significant progress towards our administration’s clean energy goals."

Wind turbines off the Jersey Shore: 2 Offshore Wind Farms Canceled In New Jersey, Developer Says (Oct. 31)

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BP Terminates Empire Wind 2 Farm; 2nd Jersey Shore Wind Farm Axed

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Yet another wind farm off the Jersey Shore just got canceled.On Jan. 3, Equinor and British Petroleum (BP) released this public statement, announcing they are canceling all plans to build Empire Wind 2.Empire Wind 1 and 2 (project website: https://www.empirewind.com/) would have been the biggest wi...

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Yet another wind farm off the Jersey Shore just got canceled.

On Jan. 3, Equinor and British Petroleum (BP) released this public statement, announcing they are canceling all plans to build Empire Wind 2.

Empire Wind 1 and 2 (project website: https://www.empirewind.com/) would have been the biggest wind farm to date off the Jersey Shore. Empire Wind 1 and 2 would have taken up a combined 80,000 acres of ocean, stretching from Sandy Hook to Long Branch. The wind farm would be quite far from shore, about 19 miles out.

The two companies cited "inflation, interest rates and supply chain disruptions" as reasons for canceling the project. The company also said there are "changed economic circumstances on an industry-wide scale."

No actual wind turbine construction had started yet.

Empire Wind 1 and 2 is a joint venture between Equinor, a Norwegian renewable energy company, and oil and gas giant British Petroleum. The two firms announced here they are terminating their agreement with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Right now, the decision appears to only affect Empire Wind 2. The company has not said anything about Empire Wind 1.

Empire Wind 1 and 2 was an agreement made between Equinor/BP and the state of New York Energy Research and Development Authority. The state of New Jersey was not involved in the project. Although the wind farm would have been located off the Jersey Shore, it was primarily meant to service Long Island.

However, BP/Equinor is now the second energy company in the past four months to walk away from plans to build a wind farm off the Jersey Shore.

On Oct. 31, Danish company Orsted made the surprise 3 a.m. announcement they were pulling out of their plans to build a wind farm off Atlantic City. Orsted said the project was too expensive, despite the fact that the NJ Legislature gave them nearly $500 million in tax breaks to build the wind farms.

Gov. Phil Murphy released a furious statement after Orsted backed out, saying: "Orsted's decision to abandon its commitments to New Jersey is outrageous and calls into question the company’s credibility and competence."

Murphy said at the time he considered suing Orsted for backing out.

It was only in November 2023 that the federal government approved Empire Wind 1 and 2 to be built.

It was also in November 2023 that the head of BP's low-carbon energy development said at a conference in London the U.S. offshore wind industry is "fundamentally broken." (Reuters) Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, BP's head of gas and low carbon, cited problems with U.S. offshore wind that included permitting, the time lag between purchase agreements and projects being built, and inflation.

Empire Wind 1 and 2 would have been located about 15-30 miles south of Long Island, and 19.5 miles off Long Branch. This map shows exactly where they are proposed to be located. (Empire Wind 1 and 2 are not being built in Long Island Sound, as NJ 101.5 incorrectly reported.)

Empire Wind 1 and 2 would have had 147 turbines total. The turbines would be built in water depths of 75 to 135 feet. BP/Equinor acquired the ocean leasing rights in 2017.

Despite two companies now giving up on NJ wind farms, President Joe Biden continues to move forward with his goal of greatly expanding America's offshore wind energy. Biden said he has a goal of creating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, an ambition back by Gov. Phil Murphy.

In late November, Murphy directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to launch a fourth round of offshore wind solicitation, beginning in early 2024. That means that sometime in the new year, companies can bid to build more wind farms off New Jersey.

The Biden administration has approved first-ever offshore wind lots in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, and is exploring offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine and off Oregon.

Plans are still circulating for another wind farm called Atlantic Shores, proposed to be built 10 miles off Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island. It will consist of 110 turbines, likely visible from the beaches. Many towns on Long Beach Island and the Jersey Shore are suing Atlantic Shores to prevent the turbines from being built; Ventnor is the latest town to join the lawsuit.

Orsted's 98 turbines would have started 15 miles out. They would have been visible from Atlantic City beaches on very clear days, according to these renderings released by the company. Empire Wind turbines would likely not be visible from Long Branch beaches, as they would have been 19 miles out.

Not a single wind turbine has been built yet off the Jersey Shore.

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Thanksgiving football: Long Branch-Red Bank rivalry turns 100 with an uncertain future

LONG BRANCH - Earnest Reevey understood the significance of what he, his teammates and his coaches on the Long Branch High School football team and the players and coaches on the Red Bank Regional football team were part of Thursday morning at Long Branch’s Bresett Stadium."It means everything to me because it means everything to the coaches,'' Reevey, a senior quarterback/defensive back, said.Reevey had a large role in Long Branch concluding its season by winning the 100th renewal of this historic riv...

LONG BRANCH - Earnest Reevey understood the significance of what he, his teammates and his coaches on the Long Branch High School football team and the players and coaches on the Red Bank Regional football team were part of Thursday morning at Long Branch’s Bresett Stadium.

"It means everything to me because it means everything to the coaches,'' Reevey, a senior quarterback/defensive back, said.

Reevey had a large role in Long Branch concluding its season by winning the 100th renewal of this historic rivalry by running for two first quarter TDs, throwing two TD passes, including on the last play of the first half, accounting for 258 yards of total offense and having an interception in the Green Wave's 41-20 win in the Shore Conference Colonial Division game.

Long Branch leads the series 65-32-3 and has won the last three meetings.

More:A Shore football Thanksgiving Day rivalry turns 100. Here's why it has lasted

"They (the Long Branch) coaches preach the history,'' Reevey said. "It's a great thing to be a part of it. It's like playing in the Super Bowl. That's how it feels like to me.''

Reevey ran for 118 yards and was 11-for-12 for 140 yards passing. Senior running back Davon Craft ran for 132 yards and two TDs.

Senior quarterback Alex Choback ran for two TDs and senior running back Jah'Cire Jones had 117 yards rushing and a TD for Red Bank.

One of the great traditions that accompanies the rivalry, which now joins Lakewood-Toms River South as the only ones in the Shore Conference to have been played 100 times, is the winner receiving the Ty Lewis Memorial Trophy. Ty Lewis is the late former Red Bank football and baseball standout and Howell and Red Bank head coach. He was among the first Black head coaches in the Shore Conference.

More:NJSIAA football playoffs & Thanksgiving Week: Shore Conference schedule, scoreboard

The trophy has been named after Lewis since 1991.

"Coach George (Dan George, the former highly successful Long Branch head coach ,Long Branch quarterback and Red Bank assistant coach to Lewis) always talked about Ty Lewis,'' Long Branch's second-year head coach Chad King said.

King is Long Branch's second Black football head coach. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated he was the first). "Being a part of the Ty Lewis coaching tree is an honor. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here in this role today,'' he said.

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The future of the rivalry

Whether there will be a 101st meeting on Thanksgiving Day or sometime during the season in 2024 is uncertain, both Red Bank athletic director Michael Stoia and Long Branch athletic director Jason Corley said.

"It's definitely unknown,'' Corley, who played and coached in the rivalry for Long Branch and whose son Joseph is a junior linebacker/offensive lineman, said.

"I've talked to my administration,'' Stoia, who played in the rivalry for Red Bank, said. "If it does go away, it's a decision everybody is going to have to be in on. There's still hope that this is going to be carried on. It's not a done deal.

"There's a lot of reasons I guess not to have it, but there's a lot of reasons to have it. It's not a decision that's going to be taken lightly.''

The landscape of New Jersey scholastic football has changed dramatically in recent years, especially the last two, with the NJSIAA now playing out to public school state group champions.

The Thanksgiving Day schedule has dwindled both around the Shore and the state. There are now only three games in the Shore played on Thanksgiving Day. The others are Middletown North-Middletown South and Manasquan-Wall.

The Lakewood-Toms River South game was last played on Thanksgiving in 2019 and has not been played at all the last three seasons. Asbury Park and Neptune, who have met 95 times, have played each other on the Saturday before Thanksgiving the last two seasons.

Red Bank (3-7, 0-5) had to wait five weeks to play this game. It played two NJSIAA consolation games during that time.

Long Branch (7-5, 2-3) advanced to the NJSIAA Central Group 4 championship game and then had to wait two weeks to play this game.

More:Thanksgiving football: Wall gets 'legendary' overtime win over rival Manasquan

"The new playoff structure makes it tough,'' Corley said. "If we have a down year or if they have a down year, now you're talking about the safety of the kids, sitting out 2-3 weeks before they play another game at that level. You can practice all you want, but if you're not playing with that adrenaline once a week, it becomes a safety factor. It's definitely something we're going to look into.

"Our administration, Red Bank's administration, the Board of Ed (Board of Education) we're all going to talk. We'll even take surveys from alumni. Everybody plays a part in this. After 100 years, you don't just say it's over. It doesn't work that way.''

Thursday was a day for the players, coaches, fans and alumni to celebrate the rivalry and all the great players and coaches who have made the rivalry special. It is a rivalry with countless thankful memories for all.

"It's great to see the number of people that have reached out to me over the last 2-3 weeks from the alumni that were excited about it,'' Stoia said. "The fact we're at 100 means a lot to both communities.

"To me, its (the 100th anniversary) a dedication to this game,'' Corley said. "It's family. It's tradition. If I could go back 100 years to start this all over again, I definitely would.

Possible alternative dates the game can be played

If the two administrations do decide not to play the game on Thanksgiving anymore, there are other spots to schedule the game. They could make it the season-opener or they could play in Week 8 just before the cutoff for qualification for the playoffs.

"I would definitely want to keep this game (even if it is not on Thanksgiving),'' Corley said. "It benefits both teams. The game is the Ty Lewis game now, and that is a big reason to keep it going.''

"If it does go in the direction, where it doesn't happen, it will be missed,'' Stoia said.

Long Branch 41, Red Bank 20

Red Bank 7 7 0 6 - 20

Long Branch 14 14 0 13 - 41

First Quarter

LB: Earnest Reevey 17 run (Wesley Garcia kick).

LB: Earnest Reevey 28 run (Garcia kick).

RBR: Jah'Cire Jones 25 run (Nick Gandolfo kick).

Second Quarter

LB: Davon Craft 4 run (Garcia kick).

RBR: Alex Choback 11 run (Gandolfo kick).

LB: Nyron Sterling 21 pass from Reevey (Garcia kick).

Fourth Quarter

LB: Havier Gonzalez 20 pass from Reevey (Garcia kick).

LB: Craft 3 run (kick failed).

RBR: Choback 1 run (kick blocked).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: RBR: Jah'Cire Jones 22-117, Gunnar Eckerstrom 8-47, Alex Choback 13-18. LB: Davon Craft 22-132, Earnest Reevey 16-118.

Passing: RBR: Choback 8-17-1-96. LB: Reevey 11-12-1-140.

Receiving: RBR: Eckerstrom 4-55, Jermaine Rose 2-25, Liam Stack 2-16. LB: Havier Gonzalez 5-50, Nyron Snerling 2-35, Nehemiah Lambert 2-31, Craft 1-16, Aulander Daniels 1-8.

Interceptions: RBR: Stack. LB: Reevey.

Long Branch’s Ocean Gate luxury apartments available for lease (PHOTOS)

Ocean Gate, a striking collection of brand-new luxury apartments, has opened in Long Branch, delivering an exceptional resort lifestyle enriched with state-of-the-art amenities, inspired living spaces and easy beach access.Located at 30 Ocean Blvd. in a coastal setting just moments from numerous eateries, quaint shops, parks and the Jersey Shore, Ocean Gate features 170 open residences with luxurious style. The homes are spread throughout two midrise building...

Ocean Gate, a striking collection of brand-new luxury apartments, has opened in Long Branch, delivering an exceptional resort lifestyle enriched with state-of-the-art amenities, inspired living spaces and easy beach access.

Located at 30 Ocean Blvd. in a coastal setting just moments from numerous eateries, quaint shops, parks and the Jersey Shore, Ocean Gate features 170 open residences with luxurious style. The homes are spread throughout two midrise buildings designed by Monteforte Architectural Studio LLC, complemented by an array of lifestyle amenities that blur the lines between everyday ease and “staycation” indulgences.

The community debuts with a variety of layouts, including one-bedrooms, some with a powder room, and two- and three-bedroom residences. Select homes offer an additional loft and private outdoor space. Monthly rents start from the low $3,000s, including limited-time grand opening incentives of up to two months free on select homes. Immediate occupancy is available.

“We are excited to introduce Ocean Gate to the Long Branch community and beyond,” Steven Silverman, partner of Ocean Cooper Revitalization LLC, Ocean Gate’s developer, said. “This stunning property represents a vision of beach living that blends architectural excellence, modern interiors and a harmonious blend with nature. Ocean Gate is not just a place to live; it’s an invitation to experience the coastal dream. We’re proud to bring this extraordinary community to life.”

Each Ocean Gate residence is designed to elevate the living experience. With 9-foot ceilings, luxury plank flooring, custom modular closets and complimentary window treatments, the homes offer both style and functionality. In-home washers and dryers and central air add to the convenience, while select residences offer private outdoor spaces perfect for savoring the coastal breeze and picturesque views.

The kitchens at Ocean Gate feature stainless steel appliances, a gas range and side-by-side refrigerator, white quartz countertops, full-height tiled backsplashes and soft-close cabinetry, making every meal preparation a pleasure. Bathrooms are adorned with white quartz countertops, porcelain tile floors, full-height tiled walls and soft-close cabinetry, ensuring every aspect of one’s daily routine exudes comfort and sophistication.

Luxury living extends beyond the homes at Ocean Gate with an array of lifestyle amenities. The outdoor resort-style escapes include a heated pool and sundeck, Tiki bar, cabanas, lounge seating, firepits, private barbecue and dining areas, and a movie wall. Residents can also take advantage of complimentary beach chair concierge service during the summer months.

An expansive clubhouse features a resident lounge, party room with catering kitchen, coworking spaces, game room, children’s playroom and more. Staying active couldn’t be easier in the state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, dedicated spin room and on the pickleball and volleyball courts. Convenient perks include a package room, resident and bike storage, garage parking, electric charging stations and a dog run for the community’s four-legged residents.

“Ocean Gate is a remarkable addition to Long Branch, offering residents an opportunity to immerse themselves in a beach sanctuary for both year-round living and seasonal retreats,” Jacqueline Urgo, president of the Marketing Directors, the community’s marketing and exclusive leasing agent, said. “The property’s location is close enough to the best dining, shops and entertainment, but removed enough to provide a desired level of coastal tranquility.”

Ocean Gate enjoys a prime location that’s in close proximity to Pier Village, a vibrant Victorian-inspired oceanfront village with a boardwalk, boutique shops and plenty of dining options. Manhattan is just a ferry ride or train ride away for residents, with SeaStreak operating commuter ferries out of the nearby town of Highlands daily, and New Jersey Transit rail service to Manhattan available via the Long Branch train station.

Carlos Rodas-Maldonado of Long Branch voted New Jersey’s top boys soccer sophomore

Carlos Rodas-Maldonado of Long Branch was voted the top sophomore boys soccer player in the state this week, collecting 10,474 of the 37,343 votes cast.Rodas-Maldonado, a sophomore goalie, has 81 saves through 15 games as Long Branch is 10-4-2 and 3-2 in the Shore Conference B North. He has eight shutouts this season and made a season-high 14 saves in a 2-1, double-overtime win over Rumson-Fair Haven.See the full results and complete list of nominees below:Elias Aceituno, Plainfield, forwardJohnathan Alf...

Carlos Rodas-Maldonado of Long Branch was voted the top sophomore boys soccer player in the state this week, collecting 10,474 of the 37,343 votes cast.

Rodas-Maldonado, a sophomore goalie, has 81 saves through 15 games as Long Branch is 10-4-2 and 3-2 in the Shore Conference B North. He has eight shutouts this season and made a season-high 14 saves in a 2-1, double-overtime win over Rumson-Fair Haven.

See the full results and complete list of nominees below:

Elias Aceituno, Plainfield, forward

Johnathan Alfano, Union, midfielder

Jason Alicea, Eastern Christian, defender

Joseph Andicoechea, Northern Highlands,

Nick Angiolino, Notre Dame, defender

Cooper Attaway, Shore, forward

Anthony Bautista, Carteret, forward/midfielder

Oliver Boguski, Lenape Valley, goalie

Mason Boles, St. John Vianney, midfielder/forward

Joey Brenckman, Linden, midfielder

Ryan Bressler, Glen Ridge, forward

Ethan Brezden, Waldwick, forward

Cooper Brookbank, Mainland, forward

Ryan Buitron, Middlesex, midfielder/forward

Christoffer Cabrera, Glen Ridge, forward

Cruz Candray, Cherry Hill East, forward

Drew Carlin, Glen Rock, midfielder/forward

Sebastian Ceron, Weehawken, defender/midfielder

Akku Chanchal, Pingry, midfielder

Jake Cooke, Delaware Valley, midfielder

Anthony Costa, South River, goalie

Nico Crescitelli, Buena, goalie

Robert Dasler, Jr., Lyndhurst, midfielder/forward

Ethan DeLeon-Angon, Lawrence, midfielder

Anthony Delgado, Morris Knolls, midfielder

Cameron DelGrosso, Middletown North, midfielder

Simon Deossa, Clifton, forward

Dillon Devine, Voorhees, midfielder

Edgar Doh, Elizabeth, forward

Eryk Dolecki, Wallington, midfielder/defender

Michael Dow, Dunellen, forward/midfielder

Brandon Drago, Bayonne, goalie

Dom Duarte, Monroe, forward

Christopher Duran, Monroe, midfielder

Aaron Eichler, Wallkill Valley, midfielder

Luca Ercolano, Notre Dame, forward

Cruz Farkas, Manasquan, forward

Vinnie Ferraro, Pingry, midfielder

Henry Foster, Pingry, defender

Bradford Foster, Schalick, midfielder

Josh Garcia, Piscataway Magnet, forward/midfielder

Angelo Giuliano, Rahway, midfielder/forward

Vicents Godinez De Jesus, Piscataway Magnet, midfielder/defender

Matias Gonzalez, Dover, midfielder/forward

Henry Griffiths, Oratory Prep, forward

Daniel Grudkov, Secaucus, forward

Hendrick Guerrero, Lindenwold, midfielder/defender

Chris Guerrero-Dominguez, Park Ridge, forward/midfielder

Dwayne Guzman Silva, Penns Grove, goalie

Ollie Horan, South Hunterdon, midfielder/forward

Brady Houck, Cedar Creek, defender

Jordan Hunt, Ramapo, midfielder

Xavier Ignacio, Bergenfield, forward

Anthony Introna, Lacey, forward

Marcus Jackson, West Orange, forward

Mario Jacobo, Cedar Creek, forward

Tyler Javick, Notre Dame, midfielder

James P. Jung, Tenafly, midfielder/forward

Landon Kavanaugh, Central Regional, midfielder/forward

Braeden Keegan, Montclair Kimberley, midfielder

Connor Keyes, South Hunterdon, goalie

Eduardo Leal, New Brunswick, forward/midfielder

Bryan Leao, South River, defender

Nick Lesniak, Sayreville, goalie

Chase LoPresti, Wood-Ridge, goalie

David Loza, Kinnelon, midfielder

Juan Luna-Salazar, Absegami, forward

Ethan Lustig, Manalapan, midfielder

Michael Marino, Gill St. Bernard’s, midfielder/defender

Jaykob Marquez, Bernards, midfielder

David Martinez, Passaic Tech, defender

George Mateo Ojeda, Dickinson, midfielder

Jayden Maxwell, Rancocas Valley, midfielder

German Mendoza-Fajardo, Parsippany Hills, forward

Bennett Moberg, Point Pleasant Beach, goalie

Jake Mora, Manville, defender

Braeden Mulroony, Voorhees, midfielder

Denis Music, Somerville, midfielder

Brody Nacarlo, Southern, defender/midfielder

Kooper Nicolai, Wallkill Valley, midfielder

Andrew Nieves, Dunellen, goalie

Dan Palheta, Central Regional, defender/midfielder

Jayden Pallero, Manchester Regional, midfielder/forward

Zack Payne, Gloucester Catholic, forward

Tais Pendergast-Fischer, Voorhees, midfielder

Oliver Perks, Ridge, goalie

Luka Petkovski, Pompton Lakes, forward

Conner Price, Bayonne, midfielder

Yusef Qasemi, Parsippany, midfielder

Paul Que, Middletown North, forward

Kevin Rand, Middlesex, goalie

Alton Rattle, Gateway, midfielder

Ivan Reyes, Wallkill Valley, forward

Carlos Rodas-Maldonado, Long Branch, goalie

Alex Rokshar, Westfield, midfielder

Oliver Rosas, Wallington, midfielder

Dylan Ryan, Point Pleasant Beach, forward

Matthew Schmidt, New Providence, midfielder

Aiden Schmitt, Lacey, midfielder

Jacob Segura, Lenape Valley, goalie

Anthony Sepers, Schalick, midfielder

Lorenzo Serrajotto, New Providence, midfielder

Gavin Sexton, Wayne Hills, midfielder

Davin Shin, Tenafly, midfielder

Zachary Shirodkar, Newark Academy, midfielder

Sebastian Sianozecki, Wayne Valley, goalie

Benji Silva, Kearny, forward/midfielder

Alex Siniscalchi, St. John Vianney, midfielder

Sebastian Sobkow, Passaic Tech, defender

Adrian Stancescu, Ramsey, midfielder

Luke Strada, Middletown South, forward

Sean Tarsatana, Washington Township, midfielder

Daniel Tavares, Newark East Side, midfielder/defender

Devin Tuvey, Voorhees, goalie

Max Velez, Don Bosco Prep, midfielder

Allan Xehula, Piscataway Magnet, defender/midfielder

Riley Yearicks, West Deptford, midfielder

Jayvon Young, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, forward

Ramy Youssef, Mount Olive, midfielder

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