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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 Port Reading, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

Service Areas

Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, 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 Port Reading, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Port Reading, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

Latest News in Port Reading, NJ

Parts Of Port Reading, Carteret Getting Water Lines Replaced

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Beginning May 1, Middlesex Water Company will begin an $11.1 million-project to replace the drinking water lines that run underneath Carteret and portions of Port Reading.In total, Middlesex Water Company will replace 26,000 linear feet of water mains, as well as service lines, valves and fire hydrants.The only section of Woodbridge where this will take place is Port Reading. The lines will be replaced under the following Port Reading streets: Dawn Drive, Henry Street, Holly Street, Larch Street, Southeas...

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Beginning May 1, Middlesex Water Company will begin an $11.1 million-project to replace the drinking water lines that run underneath Carteret and portions of Port Reading.

In total, Middlesex Water Company will replace 26,000 linear feet of water mains, as well as service lines, valves and fire hydrants.

The only section of Woodbridge where this will take place is Port Reading. The lines will be replaced under the following Port Reading streets: Dawn Drive, Henry Street, Holly Street, Larch Street, Southeast Grant Avenue and Vernon Way.

The following Carteret streets are included in the project work area: Arthur Avenue, Ash Street, Birch Street, Casey Street, Coolidge Avenue, Daniel Street, East Chestnut Street, East Laurel Street, Jackson Avenue, Marion Street, McKinley Avenue, Mulberry Street, Spruce Street, Sumutka Avenue, Sycamore Street, Tyler Avenue and Willow Street.

This is to improve the water quality for residents on those streets, said the water company.

At the same time, Middlesex Water Company will implement its “Knocking Out Lead” program to remove any lead or galvanized steel service lines it encounters during the work.

As water travels through a lead service line, the corrosion of a pipe can add lead into the treated water delivered to customers. As new mains are installed, any service lines that are found to be galvanized or have lead will be replaced with copper service lines at no direct cost to the property owner or tenant.

The water company is now legally required to do this because in July of 2021, New Jersey legislation signed into law requires investor-owned and municipal water utilities to replace all utility-owned and customer-owned lead and galvanized steel service lines by 2031.

The work is expected to take 8-9 months to complete, and should end by the spring of 2024. Woodbridge and Carteret residents should expect some traffic disruption as the roadway is trenched to accommodate the installation of a new water main. There will also be excavations when the service lines to each individual building structure are connected to the new mains.

Crews may revisit streets multiple times to complete all facets of the work.

The project also includes the installation of exterior below ground meter pits to eventually house water meters at each customer’s premise. The company’s long-term plan is to relocate meters from inside the home to the exterior, for greater customer convenience and safety.

Learn more about the whole project here: www.waterfortomorrowmwc.com/renew It is called Middlesex Water Company's RENEW project.

More about their lead initiative: https://www.middlesexwater.com/customer-care/get-the-lead-out

Closure of Hess' Port Reading refinery means layoffs for 170 employees

Fallout from today's announcement that Hess will permanently close its Woodbridge petroleum refinery by the end of next month was swift: Gas prices rose to their highest levels since October and Hess said it will lay off 170 of 217 employees, exit the refinery business and seek a buyer for its 19 storage terminals. It will focus on exploration and production, the company said.The news was a surprise to local officials but industry analysts saw it coming. The 55-year-old refinery in the Port Reading section had lost money in two of the...

Fallout from today's announcement that Hess will permanently close its Woodbridge petroleum refinery by the end of next month was swift: Gas prices rose to their highest levels since October and Hess said it will lay off 170 of 217 employees, exit the refinery business and seek a buyer for its 19 storage terminals. It will focus on exploration and production, the company said.

The news was a surprise to local officials but industry analysts saw it coming. The 55-year-old refinery in the Port Reading section had lost money in two of the past three years and Hess had cited a weak outlook for gasoline refining margins. The announcement also came a week after billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Associates fund said it may buy more than $800 million in Hess shares and seek board seats.

Perhaps the strongest indicator of potential trouble came last April, after Hess agreed to a settlement with federal and state regulators to spend $45 million on pollution controls at the plant over hazardous emissions. It paid a civil penalty of $850,000 at the time of the settlement.

By closing down, Hess avoids having to pay for the controls.

"People in the industry were saying the plant was the walking dead after that," said Beth Heinsohn, senior news editor at Oil Price Information Service in Wall, referring to the agreement. With a capacity of about 70,000-barrels of gasoline a day, Port Reading "isn’t a great refinery because it’s kind of small and has no crude oil unit," she said.

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The closure shook an already volatile oil market, sending gasoline prices inching up, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. Prices at the pump could continue to rise into the spring and summer "when there is a noticeable supply disruption," said AAA spokeswoman Tracy Noble.

The news also surprised Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, who got the news at 8:30 a.m. today. The mayor said he was disappointed with the layoffs but glad Hess' corporate office there will remain. The company recently invested millions into that office, he said.

Hess said the refinery’s remaining 47 employees will work at the facility’s oil storage terminal. The refinery will eventually be converted to a terminal to store and distribute gasoline, biofuels and fuel oil.

A spokesman, Jon Pepper, said the company was "making every effort to provide as much support as possible for all involved."

New York-based Hess said it will retain its gas station business, which includes more than 1,350 sites in 16 states along the East Coast.

With the closure, Hess lawfully accepted a provision in last year’s agreement with state and federal regulators to permanently close the refinery and avoid the $45 million in upgrades, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said.

But Jeff Tittel, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, said the delayed environmental enforcement "benefited Hess at the expense of cleaner air in New Jersey. We see a lot of that happening through the country, where older facilities are closing because they are not as effective, and they don’t have to pay for their pollution."

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

A Harrowing Trip from Ukraine to Port Reading

Photo Credit: Jonathan JaffePhoto Credit: Jonathan JaffePhoto Credit: Jonathan JaffePhoto Credit: Jonathan Jaffe(L-R) Jeff Kondas, Sam Delgado, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Stanislava Yushyna, her daughter, Emiliia, and Dan Nimetz, at the Perth Amboy waterfront.Photo Credit: Jonathan JaffeLast UpdatedAugust 19, 2022 at 11:20 PMWOODBRIDGE - For Stanislava Yushyna and her 11-year-old daughter, Emiliia, life in Ukraine was idyllic. They lived on the 21...

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Jaffe

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Jaffe

(L-R) Jeff Kondas, Sam Delgado, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Stanislava Yushyna, her daughter, Emiliia, and Dan Nimetz, at the Perth Amboy waterfront.Photo Credit: Jonathan Jaffe

Last UpdatedAugust 19, 2022 at 11:20 PM

WOODBRIDGE - For Stanislava Yushyna and her 11-year-old daughter, Emiliia, life in Ukraine was idyllic. They lived on the 21st floor of a gleaming, new apartment building in Odessa, a city brimming with life, art, commerce and community.

For Yushyna, a psychologist who dabbled in a side career as an interior decorator, she could not be happier as the calendar flipped from 2021 to 2022.

But then with so many rumors of a Russian attack in January, as troops built up near the border, Yushyna wondered if this nightmare could actually become true. And, if so, what would it mean for life in Odessa? What if they would have to flee?

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And where would they go?

The harsh reality crashed Feb. 24, when Russian soldiers attacked near Kyiv and seized control of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the north. Life immediately changed.

“I was sleeping and there was a very loud knock at my door,” Yushyna recalled. “Drowsy, I opened the door; it was my neighbor from another floor. She said, `Wake up! The war started!’ I looked at my phone; there were six messages and people kept calling me. We were all trying to understand what was happening.

“What are we supposed to do?”

Living so high on a 24-story-high building, Yushyna was frantic with worry for her daughter. Her home was such a large potential target for a missile attack. And when she went out to the street, she saw lines at the banks and the supermarkets, with people eager to grab what they could. Yet, eerily there was no morning traffic on the street, nor emergency sirens, nor military to protect her.

She quickly surmised that it was time to flee Ukraine.

Yushyna packed whatever money she had, as well as clothes for Emiliia and her for a very long journey, and she drove her car in the direction of Turkey, with no particular place to go. Yet, she held tightly her U.S. visa, with dreams of eventually reaching New York with her little girl.

It was a slow, four-day slog from Ukraine to Turkey, sleeping and eating wherever possible, as Yushyna navigated westward around the Black Sea, moving through border crossings in Muldova, Romania and Bulgaria before finally reaching Turkey.

“While we were in the car one of my friends called to ask where I was,” Yushyna said. “I said that Emiliia and I had left Ukraine and we were going to Turkey, but that we didn’t know where we were going. She gave me a contact in Turkey, who gave me another contact in Turkey, for a hotel we can stay because it was off-season for tourists. I was so grateful.”

Safe for the moment in Turkey, with a roof over their heads, the attention quickly focused back to what was happening in their homeland. The mother and daughter were glued to the news, watching in horror as Russian tanks and bomb systematically dismantled entire towns and cities.

Unclear of what to do next, they were able to live in Turkey for two months, as they tried to secure an appointment in the American embassy to secure a second visa; this one for Emiliia. There was some outreach to a U.S. embassy in Slovakia. But nothing seemed to be working, as millions fled Ukraine.

But there was unexpected saving grace, and it came from Port Reading, N.J.

There is a distant cousin, Dan Nimetz, a former firefighter with Port Reading Fire Co. 1, and another relative, Jeff Kondas. Both heard about Yushyna’s plight and became determined to bring them safely to the United States.

For direction, they turned to Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19th Dist.) and her husband, Sam Delgado, both of whom have relationships and resources to help.

The trick was getting an American visa for an 11-year-old girl, when no one was offering them.

Delgado, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer made calls to Marine detachments stationed at the embassy in Turkey and other countries in Eastern Europe. He hoped his Marine contacts could assist in expediting a request. But extending such a courtesy was difficult, if not impossible, as so many fleeing families were seeking visas.

Delgado, who spent many years living in the North Ward of Newark, contacted the office of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a former mayor of Newark who had worked with Delgado on various public policy issues over the years. He was quickly connected with Leslie Tejada, a Projects Specialist on Booker’s staff, who had the solution everyone was hoping for.

While there was plenty of phone calls, Zoom meetings and emails back and forth between those eager to help, time was moving slowly for Yushyna. After two months in Turkey, the late spring tourism season kicked in and she needed to leave the hotel. She packed her things once again and then drove with her daughter to Germany, to stay with other friends, as she eagerly awaited news from “Uncle Dan” in Port Reading.

One day, she got the call from New Jersey. It was the one she was praying for.

Tejada had passed along information about America’s new “Uniting for Ukraine” program, launched April 21 to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. The program provided a direct pathway for Yushyna and her daughter to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a sponsor.

For Yushyna, her saviors would be Dan Nimetz and Jeff Kondas.

On July 31, the mother and daughter flew into Newark Liberty International Airport, where family members were eagerly waiting. The pair now live in Uncle Dan’s house, while Yushyna looks for work and Emiliia has been enrolled in a summer camp at the YMCA in Perth Amboy.

While many things remain unsettled, one important decision has been made: Emiliia will enroll in school this fall at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Assumption in Perth Amboy.

“Like they say, `God Bless America.’ And to all the beautiful people who have been so friendly and supportive of me,” Yushyna said. “To my native country, I don’t know if it is possible for me to go back. I’m trying not to make long-term plans. The sun is shining; the sky is bright. And I am in America.”

Lopez says a big focus is Emiliia and making sure she is comfortable and prepared to enter school this fall. “She isn’t confident in her English yet, so it is really important that the community join together in providing all the supports she needs,” the assemblywoman said.

Lopez expressed appreciation to Steve Jobin, president/CEO at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, for hosting Emiliia in summer camp. In addition, she said, there has been tremendous support from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Assumption in Perth Amboy.

Another key support came Aug. 18, when Lopez held her fifth-annual school supply drive on the Raritan Bay waterfront. There were backpacks and school supplies for more than 250 students, as part of the free, community-wide festival. Emiliia, meeting Lopez and Delgado for the first time, was provided with donated items for her first school year in America.

And she also enjoyed a signature American tradition: ice cream at the nearby Bayside Creamery on Front Street.

To raise money for the family, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://gofund.me/2489d429

Editor's Note: Jaffe Communications provided public relations services to the 19th Legislative District when this article was written. The owner is the franchisee of TAPinto Woodbridge/Carteret. The article was independently written.

Woodbridge Enlarges Fitness Facility for People with Disabilities

Photo Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATEPhoto Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATEPhoto Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATESen. Bob Melendez greets Middlesex County Commission Director Ronald G. Rios before Menendez made his public remarks on Monday.Photo Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATEWoodbridge Councilman Brian Small, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor John McCormac, Sen. Bob Menendez and Chief-of-Staff Caroline Ehrlich ‘dig in’ at the Cypress Recreation Center’s groundbreaking.P...

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Sen. Bob Melendez greets Middlesex County Commission Director Ronald G. Rios before Menendez made his public remarks on Monday.Photo Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATE

Woodbridge Councilman Brian Small, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor John McCormac, Sen. Bob Menendez and Chief-of-Staff Caroline Ehrlich ‘dig in’ at the Cypress Recreation Center’s groundbreaking.Photo Credit: MENENDEZ–US SENATE

By TONY GALLOTTO

WOODBRIDGE NJ — Federal and state lawmakers joined Mayor John E. McCormac on Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony on the second phase of a Port Reading recreation facility where youngsters and adults with disabilities can safely enjoy sports and fitness programs.

Construction of the Cypress II Recreation Center “will complete our vision for an all-purpose facility that offers vital recreation amenities for people with disabilities of all ages from our community,” Mayor McCormac said, expressing gratitude for federal funding for the Port Reading project.

Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both-D-NJ) secured a $1 million federal Recreational Facilities Special Needs Improvement Grant that is paying for the Cypress Recreational Complex expansion.

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Menendez, Booker, state Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19), county Commission Director Ronald Rios, Councilman Brian Small, and the town’s Chief-of-Staff Caroline Ehrlich joined McCormac for the groundbreaking. The first phase of the Cypress recreation facility opened in August 2020.

“Not only will children and adults have a safe space to play and participate in organized sports, but they will also have the chance to further their development through training, employment opportunities, and enrichment programs,” Menendez said.

“Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of outdoor activities and sports. The new Cypress II site will ensure current and future generations can benefit for years to come,” Menendez added.

The Cypress Park Recreation Complex & Level Playing Field features fully-accessible facilities that accommodate youth-sized baseball, softball and soccer, plus a walking/running track around the entire complex. McCormac explained these give people with disabilities “a way to fully enjoy the mental and physical benefits of participating in sports.”

The custom-designed field and facilities also include wheelchair access ramps and equipment that is fully compliant with federal, state, county, and municipal ADA and safety standards. Sport amenities include volleyball and pickleball courts with high-efficiency LED field lighting for nighttime play, the mayor said.

Senator Booker said he was proud to see grant money he helped secure “used for such an important initiative,” adding that “once complete, this park will be boon for the entire community, offering children, seniors, and people with disabilities, a chance to enjoy newly constructed playgrounds and sports fields.”

Port Reading Writer Publishes Her Second Novel

Port Reading author Brooke Beyfuss to publish her second novel.Photo Credit: Source Books/Courtesy Photo By TONY GALLOTTOLast UpdatedMarch 4, 2023 at 7:27 AMWOODBRIDGE, NJ — Communities as large as this one are often home to so many interesting people doing interesting things. Too often, their stories go unnoticed. Here’s one you shouldn’t miss.Local writer Brooke Beyfuss is about to publish her second novel, “Before You Fo...

Port Reading author Brooke Beyfuss to publish her second novel.Photo Credit: Source Books/Courtesy Photo

By TONY GALLOTTO

Last UpdatedMarch 4, 2023 at 7:27 AM

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Communities as large as this one are often home to so many interesting people doing interesting things. Too often, their stories go unnoticed. Here’s one you shouldn’t miss.

Local writer Brooke Beyfuss is about to publish her second novel, “Before You Found Me,” available Aug. 1 in bookstores.

“It’s pretty thrilling,” says Beyfuss, a Carteret native who now lives in Port Reading with her husband, 17-year-old daughter, “an incredibly hyperactive dog,” and three cats.

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And, there’s an interest story behind her novels.

“My newest novel ‘Before You Found Me,’ is really the first one I wrote, starting it about 12 years ago. Strange as it sounds, the second (novel) that I wrote became my first to get published,” says Beyfuss.

“‘Before You Found Me’ kept getting rejected. I couldn’t sell it,” she recalls.

Moving on, Beyfuss penned another: “After We Were Stolen.” It became a successful debut novel. It was featured in Bustle magazine, presented at the 2022 Kansas Book Festival and selected as a Fall '22 Hoopla Book Club selection.

Her publisher, Source Books, asked if she would write another. She ended up pitching “Before You Found Me,” with obvious success.

● “Before You Found Me,” is an emotionally charged novel that explores an unlikely bond between two abuse survivors. It takes a deep dive into personal sacrifice, morality, healing, and the lengths people will go protect loved ones, even at their own expense.

● “After We Were Stolen” is a suspenseful, thought-provoking tale of a girl who escapes a cult after a deadly fire destroys her family’s compound. Haunted by her past, this coming-of-age story examines the resilience, and lengths a cult survivor goes to be free of a painful past.

Beyfuss, 44, a freelance copywriter by trade, is confident she has more stories to tell and is gearing up for her third novel.

Novelists, she suggests, are either “plotters or panthers.” Plotters map out their novels from start-to-finish. Panthers, she says, come up with an idea and hammer away at it.

“I’m definitely a panther,” says Beyfuss, and a self-professed “night owl.”

“I settle down at 7 p.m. and work away until 1 a.m., going wherever the story takes me,” said Beyfuss.

A Rutgers University graduate, with a BA in psychology and comparative literature, she is founder of the Woodbridge Cultural Arts Commission’s writing group.

“Before You Found Me,” is available for pre-order on Amazon ($16.99), or her publisher’s website, Source Books.

Learn more about Brooke Beyfuss at the author’s website.

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