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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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, 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 Rumson, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Rumson, 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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Heartbreaking overtime loss for Rumson in football state final: 'Sometimes the magic runs out'

PISCATAWAY — Football is a game of inches.Rumson-Fair Haven was closer than even that to beating an undefeated team and winning the NJSIAA Group 2 state championship Monday night.Rumson fell to Westwood, 21-20 in overtime, in a game that the Bulldogs led through four quarters and scored the first touchdown of the extra period at SHI Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University.But Westwood’s Aidan Dugan blocked the OT extra-point kick, opening the door for the Cardinals to answer with a matching...

PISCATAWAY — Football is a game of inches.

Rumson-Fair Haven was closer than even that to beating an undefeated team and winning the NJSIAA Group 2 state championship Monday night.

Rumson fell to Westwood, 21-20 in overtime, in a game that the Bulldogs led through four quarters and scored the first touchdown of the extra period at SHI Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University.

But Westwood’s Aidan Dugan blocked the OT extra-point kick, opening the door for the Cardinals to answer with a matching touchdown and the game-ending PAT kick by Sean Morrison.

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The Bulldogs had been on the winning end of one-score games in the last two rounds of the playoffs.

Not this time.

“Last two games, we’re on the other end of it,” said Rumson-Fair Haven head coach Jeremy Schulte. “Sometimes the magic runs out a little bit. It’s a shame, that’s life.”

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Westwood rallies in crunch time

With less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, and up by a touchdown, the Bulldogs opted to go for it on 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. However, the ballcarrier was stopped short with 5:50 left.

Westwood responded in a championship fashion by driving down the field 99 yards, capped off by a 6-yard Robbie Carcich touchdown throw to Tommy Bussanich. Morrison's point after tied it up with 5 seconds left.

“We thought we were going to score,” Schulte said of the decision to not kick a field goal. “It’s the little plays, they made more of those plays than we did. They deserve it.”

Bussanich and Carcich connected again in overtime to lead up to the winning extra point on a 14-yard slant touchdown pass down the middle to tie the game, 20-20. Westwood, the team that fumbled the ball on the opening kickoff and never led in the game for a single second, finished on top and undefeated (13-0).

“Tommy’s been awesome,” Carcich said. “This is a great way to send him off not only him but the rest of the seniors. You can’t beat this, an overtime win against a loaded Group 2 Rumson-Fair Haven, this is just a storybook ending to a really great career by the seniors.”

Despite the gut-wrenching loss for Rumson-Fair Haven, their season was no cakewalk to their reappearance on the big stage. And even when the game leaked into overtime, the Bulldogs still responded each time.

“Our guys played their assess off the entire game,” said Schulte, whose team finished 8-5. “I’m so proud of them, they left everything out there. We were 2-4 at one point this year, and to be here now, I’m not just happy to be here, we weren’t happy to be here last year, it just [stinks] man. It’s a tough loss.”

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What it means

This is just the second year that the state of New Jersey has held state championships. Last year, Rumson Fair-Haven played in the final game but lost to Caldwell 18-14. The Bulldogs have won eight sectional titles since 2010. Westwood has won seven sectional titles.

Key plays

On third-and-10 with the ball on their own 1-yard line and down seven points under six minutes in the fourth quarter, Bussanich connected to Joe Klein down the sideline for 31-yards for a first down to keep Westwood’s hopes alive.

“They did a great job, going 99 yards at the end of the game to put it in to overtime,” Schulte said. “It’s tough.”

After Rumson-Fair Haven’s Jackson Gallagher finished a 2-yard touchdown run in overtime, it was Aidan Dugan who made the key PAT block for his team.

Unsung heroes

Right guard and defensive end Jack Harris finished with 4.5 total tackles for Rumson Fair-Haven. The 6-foot-3 sophomore was a clear impact in halting Westwood’s offense for most of the game.

“Yeah, he’s an animal,” said Schulte. “Absolute animal. Only a sophomore, he’s a great kid, he just does everything we ask him to do, he never comes off the field, he epitomizes our program.”

Westwood kicker Sean Morrison went was a perfect three for three in extra kicks and made the winning point for the Cardinals to win a state championship.

Westwood’s Steve Klein finished the game with 13 total tackles.

Rumson’s Wesley Kennedy led the Bulldogs in total tackles with eight.

They said it

Schulte on the words he gave his guys before and after the game: “We tell these guys, it’s what you do in the face of adversity that matters. These guys showing up for school tomorrow, getting back into lifting next week and make another run at it next year.”

Schulte on Westwood being a deserving champion: “There’s a reason they’re in this game, there’s a reason they’re undefeated, they’re a hell of a football team.”

Westwood 21, Rumson-Fair Haven 20, OT

Rumson-Fair Haven 7 0 7 0 6 – 20

Westwood 0 7 0 7 7 – 21

First Quarter

RFH: Alastair Orr 2 run (Ryan Child kick).

Second Quarter

W: Aidan Dugan 3 run (Sean Morrison kick).

Third Quarter

RFH: Jack Gyimesi 8 pass from Owen O’Toole (Child kick).

Fourth Quarter

W: Tom Bussanich 6 pass from Robbie Carcich (Morrison kick).

Overtime

RFH: Jackson Gallagher 2 run (kick blocked).

W: Bussanich 14 pass from Carcich (Morrison kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: RFH: Alastair Orr 28-96, Kellen Murray 12-74, Jackson Gallagher 3-24, Owen O’Toole 2-5, Team 1-(-2). W: Robbie Carcich 22-77, Aidan Dugan 14-40, Steve Klein 3-13, Aidan Carrazana 3-(-1).

Passing: RFH: O’Toole 12-22-1-128. W: Carcich 16-20-0-145.

Receiving: RFH: Gallagher 5-62, Nick Rigby 2-32, Nick Thomas 1-12, Jack Gyimesi 1-8, Orr 1-7, Matteo Gangemi 1-4, Griffin Kolb 1-3. W: Tom Bussanich 7-72, Joe Klein 5-55, Aidan Carrazana 3-5, Sean Morrison 1-13.

Interceptions: W: Michael Rinaldi.

Rumson's Forrestdale School In State Top 10: Media Outlet Reports

U.S. News & World Report announced rankings of the top 10 elementary, middle schools in N.J. Forrestdale School in Rumson was on the list.Patch Staff|Updated Wed, Nov 15, 2023 at 5:36 pm ETRUMSON, NJ — Forrestdale School in Rumson found a place in the top 10 of new education rankings from U.S. News & World Report for New Jersey's best K-8 schools - the only Monmouth County school on the list.The news outlet based its 202...

U.S. News & World Report announced rankings of the top 10 elementary, middle schools in N.J. Forrestdale School in Rumson was on the list.

Patch Staff

|Updated Wed, Nov 15, 2023 at 5:36 pm ET

RUMSON, NJ — Forrestdale School in Rumson found a place in the top 10 of new education rankings from U.S. News & World Report for New Jersey's best K-8 schools - the only Monmouth County school on the list.

The news outlet based its 2024 Best Elementary and Middle School rankings on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education, focusing on student proficiency in core subject areas, it notes.

Forrestdale School, 60 Forrest Ave., ranked No. 7 in New Jersey Elementary Schools and ranked No. 3 in New Jersey Middle Schools, according to the report.

Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

In New Jersey, the top 10 public elementary schools are:

Find out what's happening in Rumson-Fair Havenwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

The top 10 public middle schools in New Jersey are:

The student population of Forrestdale School is 551 and the school serves grades 4-8, the report said. At Forrestdale School, 74 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 77 percent scored at or above that level for reading. Student/teacher ratio is 10:1. You can see more details here.

Deane-Porter School is the other elementary school in the district and serves grades PK-3. It was ranked No. 58 in that category in the same report.

The U.S. News list includes data on more than 79,000 public elementary and middle schools nationwide, according to a Patch article.

In the analysis, U.S. News looked closely at state assessment of students who were proficient or above-proficient in mathematics and reading/language arts, while also accounting for student backgrounds, achievement in core subjects, and how well schools are educating their students. Student-teacher ratios are applied to break ties in the overall score.

LaMont Jones, managing editor for education at U.S. News, said the state and district-level rankings are intended to give parents a snapshot of their child’s school and how well it’s doing within its community.

“Easily accessible data on student-teacher ratio, district spending, and the number of school counselors available at the school can keep parents informed and involved,” Jones said.

Patch Editor Michelle Rotuno-Johnson contributed to this report.

Rumson St. Patrick's Day Pre-Parade Festivities Are Beginning

RUMSON, NJ — The Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 10, but there's many a pre-parade activity planned to put you in the spirit, organizers say.Here's a rundown of the events happening in the weeks leading up to the parade - and they are starting soon:Green Tree Lighting: The borough is to adorn the town with green lights during this week - Feb. 26, culminating with the fu...

RUMSON, NJ — The Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 10, but there's many a pre-parade activity planned to put you in the spirit, organizers say.

Here's a rundown of the events happening in the weeks leading up to the parade - and they are starting soon:

Green Tree Lighting: The borough is to adorn the town with green lights during this week - Feb. 26, culminating with the full illumination on March 1. Join us as we light up Rumson in festive hues to kick off the St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Tower Lighting: On Friday, March 1, the tower of Rumson-Fair Haven High School will glow green in honor of the celebration.

Irish Soda Bread Contest: Co-sponsored with the Oceanic Library, the Irish Soda Bread Contest will offer Irish music, dance, bagpipers - and soda bread. The event is Thursday, March 7, starting at 7 p.m. Contestants will vie for the title of best Irish Soda Bread, with the winner receiving a plaque, prize, and a donation to the library. Registration forms (due March 4) are at the library, and there is a limit of 16 entries Registration is $25 by cash or check and the breads should be delivered to the library by 6 p.m. on night of event, Library Director Wendy Cettina said. The two owners of Cups & Cakes in Rumson will judge.

Find out what's happening in Rumson-Fair Havenwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

Irish Essay and Poster Contest: The Michael J. Larkin Memorial Irish Essay Competition invites participants to explore the contemporary identity of Irish Americans in the 21st century. With a deadline of March 1, participants can submit their essays for a chance to win cash prizes and recognition.

Additionally, the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Page Bigelow Irish Poster Contest encourages budding artists to showcase their creativity by depicting favorite Irish symbols or portraits of St. Patrick. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and accolades.

For the essay contest, winners will be awarded as follows: 1st place - $750 and plaque; 2nd place - $500 and plaque; 3rd place - $250 and plaque.

For the poster contest, winners will be awarded as follows: K through 3rd grade, 1st place - $25; 4th through 8th grade - 1st place winner, $50.

Post-Parade Awards Night recognitions will be announced soon, organizers say.

For more information and updates on these events, visit the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee website at www.rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org/.

Surf Bar & Grill in Rumson has closed

Surf Bar & Grill in Rumson, which Victor Rallo opened as Surf BBQ in 2016, has closed.Rallo shard the news in a message on the restaurant's website and on social media."To our customers, friends and wonderful community, after an incredible seven years of serving you at Surf Bar and Grill, we have chosen to close our doors Monday, Sept. 4," it reads. "Thank yo...

Surf Bar & Grill in Rumson, which Victor Rallo opened as Surf BBQ in 2016, has closed.

Rallo shard the news in a message on the restaurant's website and on social media.

"To our customers, friends and wonderful community, after an incredible seven years of serving you at Surf Bar and Grill, we have chosen to close our doors Monday, Sept. 4," it reads. "Thank you for your patronage and support during these past years. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to have provided all of you with warm and welcoming hospitality."

Rallo said he is planning a new concept for the space.

When the Rumson restaurant opened in the former Molly Maguire's Gastropub on East River Road, it represented new territory for Rallo, known for his Italian restaurants and PBS program, "Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo."

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To open Surf BBQ, he turned to Billy Durney of Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que and Alex Smith of the original Mighty Quinn Barbeque in Manhattan.

"I'm passionate about the cuisines of the world, and the only true American cuisine is barbecue," Rallo told the Asbury Park Press in 2016. "It's a historic cuisine with its origins in the South, and we're trying to be true to the origins."

Rallo also owns Birravino in Red Bank, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, and Pastavino Trattora E Enoteca in Staten Island. A Staten Island Surf location opened in 2017 and closed in 2020.

Sarah Griesemer joined the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey in 2003 and has been writing all things food since 2014. Send restaurant tips to sgriesemer@gannettnj.com.

Sandy Hook Seal Spotting, Water Ceremony Planned By Waterspirit

RUMSON, NJ — Waterspirit, the eco-spiritual nonprofit based in Rumson, has a busy - and beautiful - Saturday coming up.First, you can Join Waterspirit’s program manager, Anne Price, as she monitors the many species of seals at Sandy Hook. The seals feed and then "haul out" to rest and digest, the organization says.Save Coastal Wildlife has been recruiting and training volunteers to monitor these seasonal populations, and Price is a trained volunteer.According to ...

RUMSON, NJ — Waterspirit, the eco-spiritual nonprofit based in Rumson, has a busy - and beautiful - Saturday coming up.

First, you can Join Waterspirit’s program manager, Anne Price, as she monitors the many species of seals at Sandy Hook. The seals feed and then "haul out" to rest and digest, the organization says.

Save Coastal Wildlife has been recruiting and training volunteers to monitor these seasonal populations, and Price is a trained volunteer.

According to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, true seals (not sea lions) traverse the New Jersey coastline between the months of November through April. The most abundant is the harbor seal, followed by the larger gray seal, the harp seal, and the least common, the hooded seal.

Those who attend can watch the seals and record data to report. While there, Price will discuss other area wildlife.

Find out what's happening in Rumson-Fair Havenwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

Registration is required for this free event, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m., Feb, 24. Sandy Hook Parking Area D is at 100 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, 07732. See this map. Meet up near the restrooms in parking area D.

Remember your binoculars, spotting scope and camera. Dress for the weather. There is no protection from the elements.

In the U.S., all marine mammals, including seals, are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Whether with Waterspirit or on your own, view and photograph seals from a distance of at least a 150 feet away (half a football field). Do not bring pets to this event.

Later on Saturday, from 5:30 to 6 p.m., Waterspirit will have a Water Ceremony to mark its 26 years of working to protect waters.

Meet at Sandy Hook South Beach Parking Area C, Hartshorne Drive, Highlands 07732.

The ceremony will include poetry readings, a candle-lit labyrinth on the sand and watching the full moon rise.

This is a fair-weather event. All registered participants will be notified via email if the event needs to be cancelled.

Visit the Waterspirit events tab on its website to register for either or both. The events are free but registration is required.

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