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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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, NJ

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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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, 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 Shark River Hills, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Shark River Hills, 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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Freedman’s Bakery Sign to Shine Again in Home of Belmar Arts Center Raffle Winner

In 2014, Terry Halifko snapped these photos of the Freedman’s Bakery sign being dismantled — only to emerge four years later as the winner of the top portion of the iconic piece of Belmar history. Terry Halifko and her husband, Joe, are the winners on the Freedman’s Bakery sign that was the grand prize in a fundraising raffle sponsored by the Belmar Arts Center. Photo Credit: Belmar Arts CenterPulling the winning ticket for the Freedman’s Bakery sign are Belmar A...

In 2014, Terry Halifko snapped these photos of the Freedman’s Bakery sign being dismantled — only to emerge four years later as the winner of the top portion of the iconic piece of Belmar history.

Terry Halifko and her husband, Joe, are the winners on the Freedman’s Bakery sign that was the grand prize in a fundraising raffle sponsored by the Belmar Arts Center. Photo Credit: Belmar Arts Center

Pulling the winning ticket for the Freedman’s Bakery sign are Belmar Arts Center vice chairman Jim Aberle and trustee Dorsey Lucas, who restored the iconic sign with her husband, Rich (not pictured).Photo Credit: Belmar Arts Center

In 2014, Terry Halifko snapped these photos of the Freedman’s Bakery sign being dismantled — only to emerge four years later as the winner of the top portion of the iconic piece of Belmar history. Photo Credit: Terry Halifko

Terry Halifko and her husband, Joe, are the winners on the Freedman’s Bakery sign that was the grand prize in a fundraising raffle sponsored by the Belmar Arts Center. Photo Credit: Belmar Arts Center

By Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — For Terry Williams Halifko, entering Belmar Arts Center’s raffle for the Freedman’s Bakery sign was more than a random toss of a ticket into the drawing basket.

Like so many others, she has many fond memories of the bakery that graced Belmar’s Main Street for 64 years. In fact, she also just happened to be Belmar on the day four years ago the red-and-white sign was being taken down from the bakery building at Main Street and Seventh Avenue.

So when Halifko recently received a phone call informing her she won the iconic metal sign, she could not have been happier. “This sign is so meaningful to me,” said the lifelong area resident who lives in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. “I never, ever win anything, so this was quite a shock I shall remember always.”

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Halifko’s recollections of Freedman’s bakery reach back to her childhood. “My parents would drop me off to wait in the long lines for hard rolls and danish after church on Sunday as they drove round and round the block,” she recalled.

And during the early 1970s while attending St. Rose High School — located across the street from the bakery — she remembers the smell of doughnuts wafting through the school’s corridors, “driving us crazy on certain days,” she said. “When I had a bit of money, I bought a doughnut or brownie,” she said.

And there’s more: “I had a dear friend who worked there for years and years also, and I'd stop by and hang out in the back with her."

What’s next for the 12-by-3-foot Freedman’s metal sign that was repaired and preserved by Belmar Arts Center (BAC) volunteers Dorsey and Rich Lucas for the fundraising raffle? “This sign will be re-electrified and proudly hang in my den,” Halifko said.

She also thanked the arts center for the opportunity to raise funds for the nonprofit group. “I love the way such a small place can support the arts,” said Halifko, who has attended photography workshops at the center, located at 608 River Road.

Proceeds from the raffle will specifically support art openings and other creative events at BAC, whose core mission is to bring people together to discover, learn and celebrate the arts.

And according to its blog, “Rumor has it that in the future those large round letters that spelled out 'B A K E R Y' (on the Freedman’s sign) will be made available to the public.”

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Stronger Together: Two NJ EMS Squads Merge

Two long-running NJ EMS organizations merged on January 1, 2021, to create a stronger operation to serve their communities, it was announced today by the leadership of Shark River Hills First Aid Squad, Inc. and Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad.To start 2021, Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad officially became part of the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad, creating a more sustainable entity to provide volunteer emergency medical services within Neptune Township, NJ, a community of more than 27,000 people overall.&ldquo...

Two long-running NJ EMS organizations merged on January 1, 2021, to create a stronger operation to serve their communities, it was announced today by the leadership of Shark River Hills First Aid Squad, Inc. and Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad.

To start 2021, Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad officially became part of the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad, creating a more sustainable entity to provide volunteer emergency medical services within Neptune Township, NJ, a community of more than 27,000 people overall.

“The community will benefit from the strengthening of the volunteer EMS program,” says Michael Bascom, chief of the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad. “By combining with Shark River Hills, Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad’s members will be teamed with Shark River members to provide expanded coverage to the region.”

The merger has been months in the works and is a reflection of the changing demographics, the evolving volunteer EMS workforce and a dedication to the needs of the community by both squads, says Bascom.

“To maintain the best possible community service you must change with the times,” says Mike DiLeo, captain of Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad. “Increased call volume and responsibilities, along with changes in the way the community volunteers, require changes to the way we deliver prehospital care. The constant improvements in technology and training provide for better prehospital care and outcomes. These must be combined with the ability to provide timely, quality care.”

Facing the challenges of meeting the increased call volume, the leadership of the Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad agreed that a merger with Shark River Hills was in the best interest of the community. As of January 1, 2021, all of Hamilton First Aid’s assets, including its building, were transferred to Shark River Hills First Aid.

“They recognized the need and came up with a plan to make sure their residents get the coverage they expect when they dial 911 for help,” says Bascom.

The merger completes a circle of sorts. Hamilton First Aid was launched on January 1, 1956 as a way to meet the growing needs of the Hamilton section of Neptune Township. The squad launched with help from Neptune First Aid, which loaned Hamilton a 1939 La Salle ambulance. In 1960, Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad bought land on Rt. 33 and built its own headquarters. Then, 50 years ago in 1970, members of Hamilton created the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad.

Now, together, Hamilton and Shark River Hills will become one operating under the the Neptune Township Emergency Medical Services umbrella, a career and volunteer operation, which also includes the Ocean Grove First Aid Squad and Neptune First Aid Squad. Neptune Township Emergency Medical Services employees career EMS providers to respond to calls Monday through Saturday from 6 AM to 6 PM. Volunteer responders cover the rest of the hours and all day Sunday.

“Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad had a strong 65 years of service,” says Bascom. “They have an illustrious history responding to local calls and some of the major disasters that have hit this area, including Superstorm Sandy and participating in the response to 9/11.”

Initially, Bascom says Shark River Hills First Aid will provide service to the Hamilton portion of the township by operating a crew out of the Hamilton First Aid building at 3600 State Route 33 in Neptune.

Bascom also says the township is early in the process of developing an extensive volunteer recruitment and retention program to enhance the membership of the Neptune Township EMS operation across the board.

As for residents of the Hamilton section of town, Bascom says the expectation is the change from Hamilton First Aid & Rescue Squad to Shark River Hills First Aid Squad will be seamless and undetected by most residents.

“The merger will ensure the residents continue to get the best emergency medical service provided by highly trained members when they need it, whenever they need it,” says Bascom. “The combination of these two organizations is a good thing for our community, for the membership of these two legendary EMS operations, and for the future of volunteer EMS in New Jersey.”

To learn more about how you can become a member of the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad visit www.srhfas.org or follow SHFAS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SRHFAS/.

'Pickleballers are a disaster': Why this growing sport angers people in Monmouth, Ocean

Four-minute readAsbury Park PressBEACH HAVEN - In this oceanside borough with limited green space, where backyards are scarce, Nelson Avenue Park is an oasis for kids. There’s a playground and a soccer field. On this February Saturday, a couple of boys are throwing a football around.The park’s east side features six pickleball courts. Pickleb...

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BEACH HAVEN - In this oceanside borough with limited green space, where backyards are scarce, Nelson Avenue Park is an oasis for kids. There’s a playground and a soccer field. On this February Saturday, a couple of boys are throwing a football around.

The park’s east side features six pickleball courts. Pickleball, which a cross between tennis and ping-pong — tennis principles on a much smaller court, played with hard paddles and a ball that somewhat approximates a whiffle ball — is believed to be America’s fastest-growing sport. One estimate puts the number of American participants at 35 million for 2022, or about half the number of bowlers in a given year.

It’s particularly popular among the 55-and-older demographic, and Beach Haven’s council is considering a proposal to expand the pickleball area to encompass most of Nelson Park’s soccer field. That has produced some major backlash from neighborhood parents and homeowners. Their angst is not isolated. There’s a similar fight brewing in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. Last year, an ongoing dispute over the sport’s presence in Ridgewood, Bergen County, made national news.

The complaints are similar everywhere: the loud and constant thwacks of the pickleball hitting paddles, the loss of green space, parking congestion.

“The pickleballers,” said Janet Rispoli, whose home borders Nelson Park, “are a disaster.”

What is pickleball?Why this sport and its avid fans are taking over the courts

'A generational problem'

Rispoli said she’s been blocked into her driveway by pickleball players who arrive from out of town and can’t find street parking, which is limited to begin with. She and her husband Dave estimate the ball’s “ping” noise is 10 times louder than tennis and said they can hear it even when windows are closed. During the spring and summer, games start as early as 8 a.m.

The Rispolis are among 63 signers of a petition protesting the proposed pickleball expansion. On Saturday, many of them showed up at Nelson Park to voice their displeasure with the plan.

“There are always kids playing in this field,” said William Gresham, a lifelong Beach Haven resident. “On an island that is so compressed, this is an escape. This was our childhood here.”

But pickleball has plenty of supporters, even in the environmental community.

“There is no doubt adapting to pickleball will come with some challenges to local municipalities that will have to adjust to the specialized needs of the sport,” Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement. “We encourage decision makers to embrace pickleball equitably along with other popular pastimes like baseball and basketball — making the needed changes to accommodate the sport.”

You're never too old for pickleball:A group of seniors, some in their late 80s, get a second wind thanks to the game

Taylor McFarland, conservation program manager of the Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter, said the group’s stance depends on proposal specifics and whether “the court plans are taking valuable or purposeful land.”

At Nelson Park, Gresham said even the current six-court arrangement encroaches on the soccer field as pickleballers lounge out on the grass while waiting to use the courts or in between games, sometimes preventing kids from playing soccer or football.

“They don’t just take over the pickleball area,” he said. “It really is a generational problem.”

'The noise issue is pervasive'

The softball field on Beverly Way in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune has seen better days. It’s still usable, but some upkeep is needed. Instead, a proposal to convert the land into pickleball courts is being considered by the township committee.

Ryan and Mary Lavender, who live nearby, are among a group of locals adamantly opposed.

“In the scheme of things, it seems like a stupid thing to worry about,” Ryan Lavender said. “We’re talking about a paddleboard game played outside when there are homeless camps in Neptune and there are bigger issues out there. But the noise issue is pervasive.”

Ryan Lavender compiled a list of 46 news articles from around the country that quoted people living in proximity to pickleball courts complaining about the noise. Folks living in Colorado, Virginia, Oregon, New York, California, Alabama, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and North Jersey all said variations of the same thing. It’s too loud.

Mary Lavender, who works in merchandizing from home, said she might as well move next door to D’Jais — the famously clamorous bar in Belmar.

That might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.

“To build something like that here seems insane,” she said.

A 9-year-old's plea

Back at Nelson Park in Beach Haven, 9-year-old friends Nate Allen and Van Bekelja are tossing a football around on the field that might soon be gone.

“These kids don’t have a backyard to play in,” said Dave Allen, Nate’s father and a former Beach Haven council member. “This is it. This is where they come to play.”

Nate estimates he comes here twice a week with friends.

“It’s a nice field,” the youngster said. “I like to play soccer here, I like football here, too.”

He’s well aware of the pickleball plans.

“If they took this away,” he said, “I would feel upset and I would feel mad.”

Jerry Carino is community columnist for the Asbury Park Press, focusing on the Jersey Shore’s interesting people, inspiring stories and pressing issues. Contact him at jcarino@gannettnj.com.

The best spots to watch the sunset at the Shore

@lizdennerleinWhat is a Shore summer without a picture perfect sunset?Get ready to take out your phones at some of our favorite spots to watch the sunset:9th Ave Pier, BelmarIf you've ever crossed the Belmar bridge at the right time, you've been lucky enough to catch some of the Shore's most stunning sunsets.Make the moment last at Belmar Marina.The marina's latest addition, 9th Ave Pier, offers delicious dining, cocktails and live entertainment, as well as views overlooking Shark Ri...

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What is a Shore summer without a picture perfect sunset?

Get ready to take out your phones at some of our favorite spots to watch the sunset:

9th Ave Pier, Belmar

If you've ever crossed the Belmar bridge at the right time, you've been lucky enough to catch some of the Shore's most stunning sunsets.

Make the moment last at Belmar Marina.

The marina's latest addition, 9th Ave Pier, offers delicious dining, cocktails and live entertainment, as well as views overlooking Shark River.

Be sure to head over in the evening to catch the sun's reflection over the river.

Visit 9thavepier.com or call 732-749-3800 for more information. 9th Ave Pier is at 905 Route 35, Belmar.

Biergarten roof, Asbury

Stop by the 9,000-square-foot rooftop deck at Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten, where you can experience views of Wesley Lake, Ocean Grove, the Asbury Park Casino and the ocean.

WATCH: Baby ducks fly from the Biergarten roof

"People often feel as if they have been transported to Europe," Jennifer Lampert, partner at the Biergarten, said. She added that the rooftop is covered in trees and horizontal gardens to enhance the al fresco experience.

Chris Brown started working as the assistant general manager at the Biergarten for a year, but he's been going to the Austro-Hungarian bar since its soft opening.

"The roof deck is one of my favorite places to hang anywhere," Brown said. "The views and sunsets are gorgeous, and the vibe transports you to an oasis away from all of the hustle and bustle of day to day life. It has a very backyard atmosphere, which lends itself to camping out at one of the tables with friends and maybe making some new ones."

Visit asburybiergarten.com or call 732-997-8767 for more information. The Biergarten is at 527 Lake Ave., Asbury Park.

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

Immerse yourself in nature at Manasquan Reservoir, where you can enjoy a day full of fishing, boating or walking some of the most beautiful trails.

The reservoir features 1,204 acres of land and water, and a 5-mile perimeter trail.

Nothing beats the sunsets over the water — be sure to rent a kayak or rowboat to capture the beauty of the area.

Visit monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-919-0996 for more information. Manasquan Reservoir’s visitor center is at 311 Windeler Road in Howell.

Island Beach State Park

This preserved barrier island features 10 miles of beautiful sandy beach with a stunning shoreline along Barnegat Bay, maritime forests, sand dunes, tidal marshes, and views of the ocean.

Catch beautiful views of the sunsets over this natural island, which was voted the best beach by our readers.

Visit islandbeachnj.org for more information.

Barnegat Lighthouse

Located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Lighthouse once operated as a crucial change of course point for vessels.

Vessels heading to and from New York depended on the lighthouse to avoid hitting the shoreline. It was first lit in 1859.

Today, the lighthouse can serve as a beautiful backdrop for sunset pictures that set over the Barnegat Bay.

The surrounding area, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, also provides plenty of wildlife spottings and serenity.

Visit state.nj.us for more information.

Every NJ School 'Graded' In New State Report: Where Do You Rank?

New Jersey has a new but controversial system that graded every school on a 0-100 scale. Find out how your school did, and how it ranks.|Updated Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 5:42 am ETNew Jersey has a new but controversial rating system that graded every school on a 1-100 scale — a system educators say paints an incomplete picture of the state's 2,100 schools (see entire list below).The ratings for high schools are based on graduation and absenteeism rates and PARCC scores, while elementary and middle sch...

New Jersey has a new but controversial system that graded every school on a 0-100 scale. Find out how your school did, and how it ranks.

|Updated Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 5:42 am ET

New Jersey has a new but controversial rating system that graded every school on a 1-100 scale — a system educators say paints an incomplete picture of the state's 2,100 schools (see entire list below).

The ratings for high schools are based on graduation and absenteeism rates and PARCC scores, while elementary and middle school scores are based on absenteeism, PARCC and student progress on PARCC tests, according to the state Department of Education.

The new ratings were established to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA was enacted in 2015, and it was intended to "build on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country," according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Frank Belluscio, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association, said a single number or letter grade by itself "draws an incomplete picture of school performance and the quality of education provided to its students."

On the other hand, New Jersey PTA president Rose Acerra said her group is "excited about the new performance reports."

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"Parents now have more information than ever before," she said. "They have the tools to ask questions of their teachers and other stakeholders such as the superintendent, principal, and Board of Education."

Based on the reports, it appears that schools that finished with at least a 50 score could be considered average, falling within the 50 percentile. Anything above 70 appeared to be around the top 20 percent.

Patch obtained the "summative determination" scores from the state Department of Education, which shows Merritt Memorial Elementary School in Cresskill, Bergen County; Dr. Ronald McNair High School in Jersey City; and Central Jersey College Prep in Franklin Township, Somerset County getting the highest scores (100).

Three schools got zeros: Knowledge Advanced Skills in North Bergen; Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Trenton; and South Amboy Middle/High School.

Here is the complete list:

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