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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 Parlin, 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

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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Parlin, 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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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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, 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 Parlin, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Parlin, 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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Sayreville mosque, closed by a judge, finds temporary home for Ramadan

SAYREVILLE – An Ernston Road mosque, ordered to remain closed by a Superior Court judge, will hold Ramadan prayer services this year in a borough school.On Tuesday night the Sayreville Board of Education voted to allow Masjid Sadar and Community Center to hold services in the gym at Emma L. Arleth Elementary School on Washington Road.Masjid Sadar held its first service at the school on Wednesday “without issues, as expected,” Superintendent of Schools Richard Labbe said.The services at Ar...

SAYREVILLE – An Ernston Road mosque, ordered to remain closed by a Superior Court judge, will hold Ramadan prayer services this year in a borough school.

On Tuesday night the Sayreville Board of Education voted to allow Masjid Sadar and Community Center to hold services in the gym at Emma L. Arleth Elementary School on Washington Road.

Masjid Sadar held its first service at the school on Wednesday “without issues, as expected,” Superintendent of Schools Richard Labbe said.

The services at Arleth Elementary School are being held 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. through March 31, from 9 to 11 p.m. April 1 through April 10 and from 9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. April 11 through April 20.

The Board also approved the mosque to hold Eid al-Fitr services in the gym and cafeteria at Sayreville War Memorial High School from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21.

Masjid Sadar has applied with the borough to hold April 21 services at Kennedy Park.

The school board also approved a revised calendar which makes April 21 a school holiday in observance of Eid al- Fitr at the end of Ramadan.

“Obviously we do not want our students having to choose whether to come to school or not on one of their most sacred holidays,” Labbe said.

More:What is Ramadan? Why do Muslim people fast for the holy month? What you need to know.

Ramadan is a month of spiritual reflection, fasting and communal worship for Muslims.

The Eid holidays may fall around the evenings of April 21 and June 28 this year.

Because the occurrence of Eid depends on the sighting of the new moon, the exact date can only be determined with certainty the night before.

There are two Eid holidays. The first − Eid al-Fitr − comes after the month-long observance of Ramadan, when observant Muslims pray and fast for 30 days. The second − Eid al-Adha − is celebrated on the 10th day of the 12th Islamic month and is associated with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Superior Court Judge Michael Toto ordered Masjid Sadar and Community Center, which "has been operating in violation of multiple borough ordinances" for years, to remain closed until inspections show all health and building codes are being followed.

Toto's ruling came after the borough filed suit in December, alleging that Shameer Properties LLC, owner of the property at 212, 214 and 216 Ernston Road, failed to obtain a certificate of compliance from the borough, failed to get construction permits and for continuing construction in violation of a stop work order.

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The mosque, Toto wrote, "has been in clear violation of the borough ordinances and yet is continuing to use the premises in this condition without regard to the health and safety risks imposed on its occupants."

The judge also wrote that the mosque may not conduct services until the "property can be properly inspected."

At a Borough Council meeting, Borough Attorney Sean Kean said Masjid Sadar has been holding services without borough approval.

"The town was trying to work with the owner," Kean said.

Shameer Properties has accrued more than $600,000 in fines for code violations, some of which are safety related.

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Brick House Bar & Grill in Sayreville Closing after 70 Years

Photo Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIPhoto Credit: Charlie Cangialosi IIIThe Brick House (267 Washington Rd. in Sayreville) will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, Jan. 29, after 70 years of service.Photo Credit: Charlie Cangialosi III...

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Photo Credit: Charlie Cangialosi III

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The Brick House (267 Washington Rd. in Sayreville) will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, Jan. 29, after 70 years of service.Photo Credit: Charlie Cangialosi III

Sisters Mary Ann Spisso (left) and Donna Amato (right) at The Brick House at 267 Washington Rd. in Sayreville in close forever this weekend.Photo Credit: Charlie Cangialosi III

By Charlie Cangialosi III

PublishedJanuary 28, 2023 at 2:52 PM

Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2023 at 2:52 PM

SAYREVILLE, NJ - The Brick House Bar & Grill on 267 Washington Rd. in Sayreville, NJ will close its doors forever on Sunday, Jan. 29, after 70 years of serving the local community. The Brick House has been a family-owned restaurant and a well-known location within the Sayreville community. Walter and Carmelita Rondesko first started the business in 1952, and their children -- Mary Ann Spisso, Donna Amato, and Walter Rondesko -- took over the business.

"This first started as our home," Spisso told TAPinto. "Where we now serve in our dining room was our home. We grew up here as children. So, we always felt like we were home."

Spisso first started thinking about closing up shop after the passing of her mother in 2017.

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"I had a talk with her and I said Mom, 'How do you feel about the future of our business?' She always said that whatever my siblings and I decided to do would be okay with her," said Spisso.

One reason that Mary Ann Spisso wanted to retire is that she found a gentleman she likes to spend her time with after being a widow for many years.

Survivng the pandemic, thanks to the community

Like other businesses, the Brick House learned to adapt and make the necessary adjustments to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. They were able to stay open during the pandemic by providing takeout, having outside dining, and offering live entertainment.

"The people supported us, so we were able to survive," said Spisso.

The news of the Brick House's closing has caused an outpouring of support from the Sayreville and surrounding communities.

"The people are very supportive and wishing us good luck, but at the same time, they're very sad to see us go because so many events have happened for people here. People either got engaged or met the person they fell in love with," said Spisso. "It's very emotional. The most wonderful thing that happened was when we told our workers, every one of them were so loyal to us. They said 'we will all be here till the last day with you,' and I thought that that was very nice."

MiLina Columbian Steak House in Parlin will be using the space after the Brick House has cleared out. Spisso spoke about the relationship to the two businesses have recently developed.

"Wonderful people," said Spisso. "We're so delighted that they will be coming in. As my sister said, they will be putting their spin on the place. It will be something entirely different from what we did, and we're hoping that the people in the town will support them."

The Brick House family would like to thank the Sayreville community as well as surrounding communities for supporting them and keeping them in business for seven decades.

"Our motto has been 'drink local,' so we really just want to thank everyone in the community for coming out and supporting local businesses, eating local and drinking local and helping us to stay here for 70 years," said Donna Amato.

"The people in this town and surrounding towns have supported my mother and father. They supported my brother, my sister, and myself, and we would like to give them a heartfelt thanks for coming in and supporting our business because we are grateful to them, we were able to live our life because of them," said Spisso.

The Brick House will be holding their 'Last Call' on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Multiple Sayreville Brush Fires Battled Tuesday Night: Fire Officials

Firefighters extinguished several brush fires along the rail line in Sayreville, officials said.SAYREVILLE, NJ - Firefighters extinguished multiple brush fires across Sayreville Friday night, fire officials said.The initial fire was reported just before 6 p.m. near Jernee Mill Road, the Sayreville Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement Tuesday night. Shortly after firefighters were dispatched, multiple reports came in of brush fires behind Zaleski Drive.“The calls continued to come in along the rail line a...

Firefighters extinguished several brush fires along the rail line in Sayreville, officials said.

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Firefighters extinguished multiple brush fires across Sayreville Friday night, fire officials said.

The initial fire was reported just before 6 p.m. near Jernee Mill Road, the Sayreville Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement Tuesday night. Shortly after firefighters were dispatched, multiple reports came in of brush fires behind Zaleski Drive.

“The calls continued to come in along the rail line and extended all the way down to Crossmans [Clay] Pit,” fire officials said. “All four Sayreville fire companies were involved in the efforts to control the multiple brush fires throughout the town.”

No injuries were reported in connection with the brush fires as of Tuesday night.The volunteer fire department thanked fire officials from Cheesequake, Colonia, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Hopelawn, Laurence Harbor, Madison Park, South Amboy, South Old Bridge and South River, as well as the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and county coordinators.

“Everyone from Sayreville … and our mutual aid companies worked hard and for long hours to contain this blaze,” the department said. “Thank you to everyone involved for helping get these fires under control, we appreciate and applaud your efforts.”

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Mid-March through May serves as peak wildfire season in the Garden State due to expected humidity increases and stronger winds, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. The springtime also presents a greater risk of wildfires as trees don’t yet have full leaves, prompting more sun to hit the forest floor and dry out fallen brush.

2023's peak season may pose an even greater risk of wildfires as the lack of snow in South Jersey this winter have prevented pine needles and leaves from compacting. The result: this "ground fuel" may rapidly dry out on breezy or windy days that are at high risk for wildfire, state officials said. Related: NJ's Peak Wildfire Season May Be More Dangerous This Year: Here's Why

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Find Out How Sayreville Schools Ranked Among NJ School Districts

SAYREVILLE, NJ - The Sayreville School District ranked No. 108 out of 245 school districts in New Jersey on Niche.com's 2024 rankings, jumping up seven spots from last year's ranking of No. 115.Related: Where Do Sayreville Sch...

SAYREVILLE, NJ - The Sayreville School District ranked No. 108 out of 245 school districts in New Jersey on Niche.com's 2024 rankings, jumping up seven spots from last year's ranking of No. 115.

Related: Where Do Sayreville Schools Rank Among Districts in New Jersey?

Niche also ranked the Sayreville School District No. 24 out of 353 for most diverse school districts in New Jersey and No. 53 out of the 245 for best school districts for athletes in New Jersey.

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Sayreville School District's Overall Niche Grade: B+

Despite Niche's grade for resources and facilities, the Sayreville School District is continuing to make improvements to all of their facilities, most notably through their $97 million "Cool the Schools" project. This plan, which was approved by the Sayreville Board of Education in October 2022, includes installing new HVAC units in all the schools in the district, improved electrical infrastructure upgrades (new lights, grids, switches, and circuits), as well as window and roofing replacements and more.

Related: Sayreville Superintendent of Schools Announces Progress Updates to $97M 'Cool the Schools' Project

"We recognized that our facilities were in need of refurbishment several years ago when we committed to combining a number of different strategies to improve them" said Dr. Richard Labbe, Superintendent of the Sayreville School District. "We're taking major steps to go ahead and improve those."

Niche reported that the district comprised of 6,295 students in grades PK, K-12 has a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, Niche also reported that 24% of students in the Sayreville School District are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.

Kimberly Grossman, Supervisor of English Language Arts, ESL, and World Language in the Sayreville School District, made a presentation of the district's 2022-23 Academic Year Data at the Board of Education meeting on Aug. 29, 2023. This presentation showed subjects that are in need of improvement, including reading, and math and efforts to improve performance.

For instance, the district is working with Edgenuity on web-based AP courses (French, U.S. Government Politics, Psychology), when available, to provide students access to tutors and a more engaging experience. Additionally, Sayreville schools will offer an AP Bootcamp in Summer 2024 to better prepare students for the rigors of AP coursework in 13 subjects. (This program is funded by a Federal Title Monies Grant.) Further the school district will continue to offer our AP teachers professional development through College Board, when available.

The district also is upping its efforts to help multilanguage (ESL) students. Action steps include dedicating a certified ESL teacher for each building, utilizing Federal Title IIIa Grant Funding for technology devices and tier II level tutoring to support multilingual learners, and analyzing domain results to drive instructional decisions in ESL pull-out classes.

Dr. Labbe responded to these results at the Aug. 29 meeting by addressing the Action Plans provided in the presentation, which include revising curriculum guides, improving tutoring and development, and implementing innovative new programs to increase engagement and performance. He noted that due to pandemic-related learning loss, students nationwide were struggling with concrete mathematical concepts, like illustrating fractions on a number line. He added that if concrete concepts proved challenging to grasp, higher level (more abstract) concepts would be even more difficult for students to understand. The superintendent said that the district will be offering tutoring to help bring students up to speed on math concepts like fractions.

"I think we have a great action plan to address the areas that we can see clearly need improvement," Dr. Labbe explained at the Aug. 29 Board of Education meeting. "Our theme for this year is 'Innovate to Accelerate'. I think we have modeled that in terms of the innovative resources and programs that we're providing to try to accelerate improvement in all of our students and advance their outcomes. No one on this administration would disagree that our scores definitely need improvement across the board, particularly in mathematics, but we are clearly up to the challenge."

Sayreville ranked as the 11th best school district in Middlesex County. According to Niche, the top 5 school districts in Middlesex County were South Brunswick, Edison Township, East Brunswick, Metuchen, and Old Bridge Township.

Niche Grades for Elementary Schools in the Sayreville School District:

Sayreville War Memorial High School

Sayreville War Memorial High School ranked at No. 188 out of 422 on Niche's 2024 Best Public High Schools in New Jersey list, bringing in an overall grade of B+.

The school brought home A's in diversity and sports, B+'s in teachers and college prep, B's in academics and clubs & activities, a C in administration, and C-'s in food and resources & facilities.

The average graduation rate from SWMHS is 96% with an average SAT score of 1190, an average ACT score of 27, and 13% of students enrolling in AP courses. Many of the top college choices for SPF students being Rutgers, Montclair, and Kean University.

To see a full list of the 2024 Best Schools rankings, visit: https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/.

'New town': What's up with the $2.5B waterfront development off the Garden State Parkway?

SAYREVILLE – Construction of the long-awaited Bass Pro Shops is expected to begin before year's end at Riverton, the proposed $2.5 billion mixed-use development at the former National Lead site."Bass Pro Shops has told us it will be the largest, single-level Bass Pro Shop in the country," said Kevin Polston, project ...

SAYREVILLE – Construction of the long-awaited Bass Pro Shops is expected to begin before year's end at Riverton, the proposed $2.5 billion mixed-use development at the former National Lead site.

"Bass Pro Shops has told us it will be the largest, single-level Bass Pro Shop in the country," said Kevin Polston, project executive with North American Properties, the developer of the property.

"There will be a restaurant and they typically have a large aquarium, but we don't have the plans yet," said Mark Fetah, North American Properties' senior vice president of development. "They are still working internally with their design team to enrich the customer experience of the store to an even higher degree."

North American Properties expects to fast-track construction of the approximately 198,500-square-foot store by designing and building the footings and foundations, while Bass Pro designs the rest of the store, said Fetah, who has worked on Epcot Center, Euro Disneyland, 7 World Trade Center and Princeton Forrestal Village.

Construction is expected to take 20 to 22 months, Fetah said, adding that supply chain issues are adding six months to the time it would ordinarily take.

In addition, there is still some infrastructure work that needs to be done to provide utilities and on-site roadways to service the store, he said.

"Bass Pro is a very complicated, large building," Polston said. "They do a lot of specialty installations on the inside of the buildings. They study the geography of each area. They will find points of interest in Central New Jersey and the Raritan estuary to reference in their aquarium and wildlife diorama programs."

What is Riverton?

Located at the Chevalier Avenue exit off the Garden State Parkway just south of the Driscoll Bridge, the planned 6.5 million-square-foot mixed-use Riverton development, which stretches along two miles of the Raritan River, is proposed to include about 1.3 million square feet of retail and entertainment space, 2 million square feet of office and other commercial space and 2,000 residential units, which includes 300 affordable housing units.

Also see:Bridgewater Commons mall sold; new owner plans 'vibrant mixed-use destination'

Polston explained that the project is a lengthy process as North American Properties is building a "new town."

"First the property had to be cleaned up," he said. "Then we have to build everything you typically have in a town, including roads, domestic waters, sanitary and storm sewers, natural gas and electric."

"I definitely have an affinity for Sayreville," Fetah said. "We are transforming an industrial site that was the heart and soul of Sayreville for so many years.”

The current plan is to construct 1,500 apartment units and 500 townhomes, Polston said, adding that breakdown could change.

More:Director of leasing named for $2.5 billion Riverton project in Sayreville

The 400-plus acre site is broken into three parcels – A, B and C. Parcel C is the largest, about 312 acres with about 285 developable acres, where most of the building will take place.

In addition to Bass Pro Shops, the first phase of the project, approved by the Sayreville Planning Board in December 2019, includes the Gateway Retail District buildings and the first half of the village. That phase includes a hotel and conference center, amphitheater, movie theater, restaurants, shops and nearly 300 residential units.

“The village will be the heart of Riverton,” Fetah said.

The Gateway Retail District will have six buildings, some of which will have multiple tenants, along the southern part of the property, south of the intersection of Peter Fisher Boulevard and the Main Street Extension.

The tenants are expected to include a convenience store, quick-service restaurants and other commercial businesses, the developers said.

"We're in advanced lease negotiations for at least three or four of the retail establishments," Fetah said.

Because the buildings are smaller and much simpler to construct, it is likely they will be open before Bass Pro Shops, Polston said.

"We plan to start the first of the Gateway Retail District buildings early summer next year," Fetah said.

Last month, the Planning Board approved a subdivision of one section of Parcel C into four lots. One lot will house a municipal pump station and another a 30-megawatt JCP&L electrical substation, which will provide electric services to the development.

The board also approved changes to the footprint and exterior of the Bass Pro Shops building, he Fetah said.

A $1.3 million federal grant was awarded to study connectivity from Parcel C across Parcels B and A and ultimately to the train station and planned ferry in South Amboy, Polston said.

"The grant was awarded to SERA (Sayreville Economic and Redevelopment Agency), but we partnered with them in grant application and administration processes," Polston said. "We'll begin working on that this year."

The project also includes about 50 acres of open space, which is envisioned to have walking and biking paths, pocket parks and other public amenities along the waterfront. It will also include a heroes' walk, honoring local veterans.

Thirty-seven of the 55 acres in Parcel A were deeded to Middlesex County and the state Department of Environmental Protection for permanent open space, Polston said.

About four of the remaining acres are retained for a future jughandle connection to Route 35 and the balance is tidal lands retained by SERA as green space, he said.

North American Properties has secured a waterfront development permit from the DEP which facilitates the buildings on the western part of the village, Fetah said.

"This is the zone where we thought we would create the waterfront promenade, amphitheater and other amenities that would take advantage of that connection to the water," Polston said.

A visit to Riverton

During a recent visit to the site, workers were seen constructing a concrete wall to serve as a platform for the buildings that will overlook the promenade and waterfront.

"There's also the engineering and the architecture coordination and the process of gaining all the approvals," Fetah said. "After this year, we'll have destiny in our own hands. By the end of this year, we'll have all the complicated issues, such as easements, right of ways, offsite improvements and working with the existing utilities, under our belt. Then we'll work on the buildings. That's when the public will really see Riverton taking shape."

Environmental remediation has been completed on about two-thirds of Parcel C, clearing the site for development, Polston said.

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As part of the redevelopment agreement with Sayreville, North American Properties committed to on-site public amenities, facilities and payments, including an open-air amphitheater along the river and other public performing spaces, an onsite conference center and the waterfront walkway, Polston said.

North American Properties is also making contributions toward the new community center the borough is building as well as borough fire department facilities, Polston said.

Riverton is also conducting offsite improvement projects including roadway widening at Route 9 & 35 on Chevalier Avenue and extension of the existing municipal water main in Sayreville, Fetah said. The main roads on the site, stormwater management and sanitary sewer systems and domestic water distribution system will be dedicated to the borough.

Both Polston and Fetah agree that the project is unique.

"The idea of making a difference by taking this damaged property and creating something vibrant, new and part of the fabric of the community is a fulfilling exercise for me," Polston said. "I'm also working with a great team. Thousands of people will be involved in this project over time. It's a very unique opportunity and a very big challenge, but it is fun."

"Everything we are building here is for the long term," Fetah said. "On the architecture side, this is a wide-open palette. There will be an organic collection of buildings. We are also trying to use as many local service providers as we can. We enjoy a tremendous relationship with the union building trades on this project. The subcontractors and trades people working here are self-motivated and are inherently committed to delivering a quality product which will be a lasting hallmark of the Riverton development."

National Lead, which maintained a paint manufacturing operation at the site until 1982, owned the property from 1935 until 2005.

In 1996, the property was declared an area in need of redevelopment. Three years later, the Waterfront Redevelopment Plan was adopted by the borough.

In 2005, SERA acquired the property for redevelopment. O'Neill Properties was brought in by the redeveloper, Sayreville Seaport Associates, to develop the property, but they parted ways and in 2017 North American Properties took over as the developer.

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