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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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, 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 Sandy Hook, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Sandy Hook, 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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Delicious new restaurant at tip of Sandy Hook feels like a movie set | Review

The summer season may be unofficially over, but New Jerseyans will still cruise the Shore for a concert, surfing, fishing or just a great meal. You can score the latter at newcomer Mule Barn Tavern.Housed in a building that was once indeed a barn for mules and horses — way back when Sandy Hook’s Fort Hancock base was still operated by the U.S. Army (decommissioned in 1974) — Mule Barn Tavern’s conversion into a bar and restaurant had ...

The summer season may be unofficially over, but New Jerseyans will still cruise the Shore for a concert, surfing, fishing or just a great meal. You can score the latter at newcomer Mule Barn Tavern.

Housed in a building that was once indeed a barn for mules and horses — way back when Sandy Hook’s Fort Hancock base was still operated by the U.S. Army (decommissioned in 1974) — Mule Barn Tavern’s conversion into a bar and restaurant had been a work in progress for many years.

The renovation finally culminated in a mid-August opening. Owner Dan Ferrise is leasing the space from the National Park Service, the organization that’s in charge of operating and developing Sandy Hook.

For those who don’t study Jersey Shore geography, please understand this is an extreme location for a restaurant, at the north end of already isolated Sandy Hook. As I drove up the long, quiet road that leads out to the hook’s tip on a stormy, September Saturday evening, I questioned if I was headed in the right direction. The further out I ventured, the less likely it seemed that I’d pull up on a bustling tavern.

When I finally arrived, I felt as though I was on the set of a movie — hopefully not a sequel to “The Menu.” Gray skies cast an eerie aura over the rows of identical, colonial-looking beige buildings, without a soul in sight. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse (built in 1764 and the oldest standing lighthouse in the country) poked through in the distance as I continued past the firehouse and onto a dirt road. Cars filled the area, which was the singular indication that I might be in the right place.

The good

The menu landed somewhere in the middle of American standard and Cheesecake Factory-long, sectioned into appetizers, salads, handheld, wings, pizzas and entrees.

We started off exceptionally strong with the stuffed pepper egg rolls ($16), a savory mix of bacon, cheese and ground beef stuffed into a long hot pepper, wrapped in an egg roll, fried crispy and serve with a melted cheese sauce for dipping. Think cheesesteak meets egg roll with a kick. They knocked our socks off — tavern food, significantly elevated.

We moved on to the blackened mahi mahi tacos ($21): three grill-kissed corn tortillas, topped with fresh strips of fish, cilantro lime coleslaw, pico de gallo, avocado, radish and chipotle mayo. These were light and fresh, but lacked any indication of blackening seasoning. They packed enough flavor that I didn’t miss it, but worth noting that the mahi mahi was simply grilled.

Classic mac and cheese may not have made onto my table but throw lobster into the mix and you have my attention. Mule Barn’s lobster mac and cheese ($26) is served as an entree, but can easily be shared as an extra large “side dish.” The bouncy cavatappi noodles were coated in a very mild and creamy cheese sauce, serving as a strong foundation for the the substantial chunks of lobster and toasted Old Bay breadcrumbs that sat on top. The cheese sauce was pleasant but could have used a bit more salt and spice, and the Old Bay in the breadcrumbs was nearly undetectable. Those things aside, I enjoyed this lighter version and would likely order it again.

We rounded things out with one of their off-the-menu desserts, which was a fun and tasty way to end the meal. A pile of crispy, piping-hot funnel cake fries ($9) arrived in a french fry basket lined with newspaper, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. We loved play of temperatures and textures, the hot and cold, crispy and creamy mingling so well that we found it hard to stop devouring them despite no longer being hungry.

The bad

The most flawed dish of the night was the lighthouse pizza ($19), a thin-crust pie topped with tomato sauce, caramelized onions, roasted long hot peppers, mozzarella, pepperoni and pork roll. A flavor bomb in every sense, I loved the combination of toppings on paper, but realized that two of them dominated the entire experience. The pepperoni overpowered the pork roll and the long hots overpowered everything else, so it basically tasted like a spicy pepperoni pizza, extra greasy from the double meats. I appreciated the creativity, but wished I had ordered one of their less intense pies instead.

The vibe

I walked through the side door entrance into what felt like the watermelon scene in “Dirty Dancing.” Mule Barn was bustling, the long bar, high tops and dining room packed to the gills with diners and U.S. Open tennis watchers. At 5:30 p.m., the wait was already one and a half hours, with very little space near the hostess stand to hang aside from a few oak barrel bar tables near the kitchen. The heat paired with a large industrial floor fan led me to believe that the air conditioning must have been broken on the first floor. I later confirmed that hunch by poking around on the second floor which was a solid 15 to 20 degrees cooler, and outfitted with original wood floors, a dining room and bar of its own. Loud acoustics and temperature aside, the rustic, wood-clad room was cozy and inviting. The outdoor patio, adorned with string lights and boasting views of the bay (no NYC skyline; other direction), was the place I would’ve chosen to dine had the weather cooperated.

The bottom line

Mule Barn Tavern is a great place to grab elevated bar food while catching a sporting event or if you just happen to be in the area and are looking for something familiar with a twist. The drive out to the restaurant is dramatic, and the views from the patio are pretty special. Great for families, groups of friends or even a date, the menu covers a lot of expected tavern food ground with some interesting riffs along with creative cocktails. They’re not accepting reservations at the moment, but get there before last call for seating which is at 8 p.m.

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New Year's Day Hike At Sandy Hook, Seal Nature Walks And More

HIGHLANDS, NJ — Once the holiday season is over, the cold, blustery days of winter loom ahead of us.Fortunately, American Littoral Society has a number of nature hikes, lectures and seal-watching trips this January, February and March. What's planned:(All of these activities are open to the public to join and enjoy. Sign up on their website to participate. American Littoral Society is a non-profit that operate...

HIGHLANDS, NJ — Once the holiday season is over, the cold, blustery days of winter loom ahead of us.

Fortunately, American Littoral Society has a number of nature hikes, lectures and seal-watching trips this January, February and March. What's planned:

(All of these activities are open to the public to join and enjoy. Sign up on their website to participate. American Littoral Society is a non-profit that operates out of Officers' Row at the tip of Sandy Hook.)

48th annual New Year's Day Walk - Sandy Hook Jan 1, 2024 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Meet at American Littoral Society Headquarters - Sandy Hook Office, 18 Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ 07732

48 years of walking the Hook! Help us ring in the new year with a brisk walk to the tip of Sandy Hook! Expect to walk about five miles. Dress for the weather.

Seal and Winter Waterfowl Walk Jan. 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the American Littoral Society for a walk to learn all about our local winter waterfowl and seal friends. We will take a look at the different species, characteristics of them, where to spot them and identifying features. Dress warm!! (hat, gloves, layers, etc.) Maybe we will even get lucky and spot a snowy owl! Meet at Littoral Society HQ (18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands NJ 07732.

Seal and Bird Ecology Cruise aboard the Seastreak Ferry Jan. 13 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sandy Hook Bay and the greater NY/NJ Bight are well-known for their abundance of diverse wildlife. Whales, rays, and seas turtles populate these waters during the summer months, but winter is the best time to see seals and migratory waterfowl! Join The Littoral Society naturalists on a Seal and Bird Eco-Cruise aboard the Seastreak Ferry to explore the area and learn more about the incredible history, geography and ecology of this unique environment. The cruise leaves out of Highlands at 1:30 p.m. and returns at roughly 4:00 p.m. Sign up here: https://www.littoralsociety.or...

Seal and Winter Waterfowl Walk Jan. 20 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the American Littoral Society for a walk to learn all about our local winter waterfowl and seal friends. We will take a look at the different species, characteristics of them, where to spot them and identifying features. Dress warm!! (hat, gloves, layers, etc) Maybe we will even get lucky and spot a snowy owl! Meet at Littoral Society HQ (18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands NJ 07732.

Seal and Bird Ecology Cruise aboard the Seastreak Ferry Jan. 21 9:00am - 11:30am The cruise leaves out of the Highlands marina at 9:00 a.m. and returns at roughly 11:30 a.m. Buy your ticket here: https://www.littoralsociety.or...

Wingin' It: Winter Bird Walk Jan 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Experience the wonders of winter with the Littoral Society! Grab your favorite adventure buddy and join us for a bird walk. "Bird nerd” and Assistant Director Lindsay McNamara will lead the group, looking out for winter waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, and anyone else on the Hook. We will meet at Littoral Society Headquarters and then head out on the paved multi-use pathway. We will walk for about 2 miles. Please dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, bring water and binoculars if you have them. The Society also has Nikon 8x42 binoculars for participants to borrow during the walk. Let’s get birdy! Meet at Littoral Society Headquarters (18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands NJ 07732)Cost : $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers Sign up here: https://www.littoralsociety.or...

Here is the full list of their upcoming Sandy Hook walks and seal-watching boat rides in January, February and March 2024: https://www.littoralsociety.or...

15-year-old drowns at Sandy Hook Beach; multiple other swimmers rescued

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 15-year-old drowned Sunday at Sandy Hook Beach and at least four others were rushed to the hospital.A family is now in mourning, and those who witnessed the tragedy are shaken. While there are lifeguards at some beaches in Sandy Hook, the area where the drowning took place was unguarded and there was no swimming allowed."I saw them floating down. They were drifting. I didn't know there was trouble until they got over here," said Marie Macera.Eyewitnesses saw the anxious crowd ...

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 15-year-old drowned Sunday at Sandy Hook Beach and at least four others were rushed to the hospital.

A family is now in mourning, and those who witnessed the tragedy are shaken. While there are lifeguards at some beaches in Sandy Hook, the area where the drowning took place was unguarded and there was no swimming allowed.

"I saw them floating down. They were drifting. I didn't know there was trouble until they got over here," said Marie Macera.

Eyewitnesses saw the anxious crowd gather and first responders going in.

"People jumped in the water, took three of them out. And then there was one missing that they couldn't get," said Luis Sanchez.

As the first responders tried to help the first teens pulled out, witnesses heard a mother cry that she could not see her 15-year-old son in the surf. Then - someone spotted him.

"They all made a line with their hands to try to extend to get this kid to pull him out - but he had to be there a long time," Macera said.

"They pulled him out, they started giving him CPR, and they couldn't get him back," added Sanchez.

Five people were taken to hospitals, but the teen could not be revived, and was pronounced dead.

Regulars at Sandy Hook Beach say it hurts to start off the season this way after a deadly summer last year.

"They were all up and down the shore, because people don't listen and the rip current is so bad," said Deborah.

"When it's windy. The weather is like this - you get rip tides, and you can easily drown," Sanchez said.

Sanchez and his family say they did not come to swim - neither did Macera, who only stepped in the water.

"Even at that, I was feeling pulled," she said.

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There is no word yet on the conditions of the other four young people who were pulled from the water.

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Dead Dolphin Washed Ashore At Sandy Hook

HIGHLANDS, NJ — A dead dolphin washed up on the beach Monday at Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook, according to ocean advocacy group Clean Ocean Action, which posted this photo of the dolphin on their Instagram account.The dolphin was found by a local man at 9:35 a.m. Monday between beaches A and B, near the high tide line.As of Tuesday morning, it remains unknown what caused the dolphin to ...

HIGHLANDS, NJ — A dead dolphin washed up on the beach Monday at Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook, according to ocean advocacy group Clean Ocean Action, which posted this photo of the dolphin on their Instagram account.

The dolphin was found by a local man at 9:35 a.m. Monday between beaches A and B, near the high tide line.

As of Tuesday morning, it remains unknown what caused the dolphin to die.

The man contacted Clean Ocean Action, which told him to contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Center to retrieve the dolphin, which they did. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is the non-profit that contracts with the state to retrieve dead or injured marine mammals when they wash ashore in New Jersey.

If a dolphin or seal is injured, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center will nurse it back to health at their headquarters in Brigantine. But the carcasses of dead marine mammals are sent to a state lab to determine a cause of death.

Since 2016, New York/New Jersey has seen an increase in dead whales and dolphins washing ashore, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in this statement. NOAA calls what's happening an "unusual mortality event."

The past year has seen a markedly high number of dead whales/dolphins washing ashore: More than 25 dead whales and dolphins have washed ashore in New Jersey since December 2022. Many of the whales showed evidence of being hit by boats, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Agency.

However, NOAA, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the federal Marine Mammal Commission all say there is no evidence linking sonar used to build offshore wind turbines with the deaths.

Clean Ocean Action said Monday of the dolphin:

"This dolphin's death comes nearly one year to the day (December 5, 2022) that a dead endangered infant sperm whale washed ashore in Keansburg, which many track as the starting point of an unprecedented string of marine mammal deaths in the NY/NJ area."

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New Mule Barn Tavern On Tip Of Sandy Hook Opens At 11 A.M. Friday

HIGHLANDS, NJ — As of 11 a.m. Friday, there's a new spot in town to enjoy a waterfront lunch or sunset cocktail:The brand-new Mule Barn Tavern on Sandy Hook will officially open to the public today."The time is finally here. Grand Opening TODAY doors open at 11am. We hope to see you all there!" the bar/restaurant announced Friday morning on ...

HIGHLANDS, NJ — As of 11 a.m. Friday, there's a new spot in town to enjoy a waterfront lunch or sunset cocktail:

The brand-new Mule Barn Tavern on Sandy Hook will officially open to the public today.

"The time is finally here. Grand Opening TODAY doors open at 11am. We hope to see you all there!" the bar/restaurant announced Friday morning on their Instagram page.

Mule Barn Tavern will be open from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday. Their address is 36 Kearney Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732 Phone: (732) 233-9277 Check out their food menu. Locals who have dined there say you do not need to pay the Sandy Hook entrance fees; just tell the guards at the gate you are going to the restaurant.

The past few days have been a soft opening for friends and family.

This is the building that used to be a barn for mules and horses back when Sandy Hook was the U.S. Army's Fort Hancock base. It has since been converted into a bar/restaurant. Monmouth Beach resident Dan Ferrise is the owner of Mule Barn Tavern, and he is leasing the property from the National Park Service.

This week, Ferrise told the Asbury Park Press he spent the past three and a half years putting in all the work and expense of turning the old animal shed into a tavern. The Asbury Park Press article has lots of photos of inside the bar, or check out their Instagram.

The bar has an outdoor patio overlooking Sandy Hook Bay and will face west.

For more than the past 20 years, the National Park Service, which operates Sandy Hook, has been very eager to find tenants to covert the old U.S. Army buildings into modern-day businesses. McFly's on the Hook general store is open, and plans remain in the works for luxury apartments to be built at the tip of Sandy Hook. (Some, like Middletown Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, R, and Congressman Frank Pallone, D, are fighting the apartments because they say Sandy Hook should remain a park used for open space, nature and recreation — not housing.)

Sea Gull's Nest was a beloved local watering hole inside the park that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy and never reopened.

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Here's the latest on the apartment proposal at Sandy Hook; Stillman is the developer: https://www.nps.gov/gate/learn...

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