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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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, 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 Spring Lake, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Spring Lake, 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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N.J. weather: Apparent waterspout spotted off Jersey Shore

The National Weather Service says a waterspout may have developed off the coast of Monmouth County shortly before noon on Thursday as rain showers and swirling winds were detected offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.“It seems like given the environment, it was probably a waterspout,” weather service meteorologist Alex Staarmann said after viewing two photos that were po...

The National Weather Service says a waterspout may have developed off the coast of Monmouth County shortly before noon on Thursday as rain showers and swirling winds were detected offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

“It seems like given the environment, it was probably a waterspout,” weather service meteorologist Alex Staarmann said after viewing two photos that were posted by beach-goers on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“The ocean water is pretty warm,” Staarmann said. “There’s probably just enough wind shear and vorticity (rotation of winds) off the shore to allow for a waterspout to develop.”

(The video footage below was recorded by Alexis Walling, who said she was on the beach in Spring Lake when she saw a funnel cloud spinning above the ocean. She said the cloud grew larger and appeared to touch the water surface.)

One photo, posted by NBC-Philadelphia meteorologist Justin Godynick, shows an apparent waterspout off the coast of Ocean Grove. Another photo, also posted by Godynick, showed a funnel cloud hovering above the ocean near Spring Lake.

Staarmann said it’s possible the Spring Lake photo may have been snapped shortly before or shortly after the bottom portion of the funnel cloud touched the water surface. If a funnel cloud hits water, it is classified as a waterspout. If it touches down on land, it would be considered a tornado.

Waterspouts are basically swirling columns of air and water, with the same characteristics as tornadoes. On average, New Jersey usually gets a few waterspouts each year.

While waterspouts are more likely to form during strong thunderstorms, the weather service said no lightning or thunder was reported during the rain showers along the Jersey Shore in the late morning or early afternoon.

UPDATE: After reviewing photos and radar images, the National Weather Service determined it was a waterspout that touched down off the coast of Monmouth County at about 11:51 a.m. Thursday.

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Striped bass fleet finds fish in front of Spring Lake, Highlands landmarks

The striped bass fleet was, at times this week, fishing in plain view of the Essex Sussex in Spring Lake, one of the grander landmarks on the Jersey Shore, or parallel to the Highlands bridge.There were considerably more smaller fish in the fray, which meant a lot of fishermen walked off the boats with a keeper bass in tow, rather than a photo or memory of fish that had to be released. The prime depth was abou...

The striped bass fleet was, at times this week, fishing in plain view of the Essex Sussex in Spring Lake, one of the grander landmarks on the Jersey Shore, or parallel to the Highlands bridge.

There were considerably more smaller fish in the fray, which meant a lot of fishermen walked off the boats with a keeper bass in tow, rather than a photo or memory of fish that had to be released. The prime depth was about 30 feet where water temps were hovering in the upper 50s.

Capt. Rich Falcone on the Golden Eagle party boat said there were a lot of bass up top feeding on bunker and they caught them with fresh bait or with soft plastic swim shads. His fares landed keepers and slot size fish but also released a bunch that did not make the size limit.

The boat captains should have some good conditions on the water with light winds out of the west, northwest and north forecast for the weekend by NOAA. Speeds shouldn't top 15 knots and wave heights should be minimal. It could be a bit chilly Sunday as air temps are expected to climb higher than 42.

More:Smaller striped bass enter the fall run, as fishermen begin to see more keepers

Along the beaches, the surfcasters tied into a bunch of bass right around the keeper mark. There was a good bite from Sandy Hook to Sea Bright. According to Giglio's Tackle, the bass were following the bunker and were right underneath the dense pods of bait. Anglers caught many of the fish just blind caster into the pods with metal lip swimmers, shads, glide baits and pencil poppers.

The shop also reports of surf fishermen landing bass one beach north of Convention Hall in Asbury Park, another signature Jersey Shore landmark.

On Long Beach Island there is a new leader in the nine-week long fall surf classic. Chris Masino, of Beach Haven, knocked Steve Taylor off the top of the mountain with an 11.10-pound, 29 ¾-inch striped bass he caught late Wednesday night fishing at Barnegat Light. The fish was caught on a lure. Taylor had been leading since day two of the tournament. Masino will need to hang on for a month longer to win.

'As fast as you can pull them in'

The bottom fishing boats keep returning with a good haul of sea bass and porgies. Land-based anglers are pulling blackfish, or tog as some like to call them, out of the inlets.

The sea bass migration to their offshore winter grounds is well underway. Capt. Howard Bogan Jr. on the Jamaica party boat made a run on Sunday that was very productive He said the fish started biting right away and by the end of the trip he had a full boat limit of sea bass and porgies. His fares reeled in some harder fighting bluefish and pollock that were hanging above the wrecks he anchored on. Tobias Derkits from New York City landed the big pool fish, a 10-pound pollock.

More:What's biting: get the latest fishing reports here

Closer inshore, the porgies are dominating the catch. There are still seas bass in say 120 feet of water but they're not nearly as present now as the porgies. Capt. Ryan Bogan on the Jamaica II said they were catching them "as fast as you can pull them in," on his trip Wednesday.

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; dradel@gannettnj.com.

The Pool Bar at Shore Club Opens in Spring Lake

he Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights is already a popular spot for weddings, banquets, and events. Their pool is also a frequent summertime destination. But poolside at The Shore Club is now better than ever thanks to their new restaurant concept, The Pool Bar. This new spot offers burgers, BBQ, brunch, drinks, and more....

he Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights is already a popular spot for weddings, banquets, and events. Their pool is also a frequent summertime destination. But poolside at The Shore Club is now better than ever thanks to their new restaurant concept, The Pool Bar. This new spot offers burgers, BBQ, brunch, drinks, and more.

“The whole ‘bar’ concept is new,” says Neina Langford, marketing and communications director. In total, The Pool Bar has space for 120 guests. “It’s a quintessential Jersey pool bar with beach vibes. We want it to become the next great summer hangout,” Neina adds.

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The Pool Bar features options such as ahi tuna tacos and their signature Pool Bar Burger. The latter is an 8-ounce proprietary blend with jack cheddar, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. In addition, Neina loves the arugula flatbread with whipped ricotta, truffle, mozzarella, pecorino cream, and pepperoncino. Click here to see the full menu.

Special menus include the poolside brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Guests can choose between a sit-down experience inside at the Seacrest Grille, or the poolside Bubbles & Brunch special. This includes an assortment of brunch cocktails, as well as items like pancake tacos. These tacos come with scrambled eggs with cheese, optional bacon or sausage, and a side of maple syrup. For a sweeter treat, their Chunky Monkey Pancakes offer buttermilk pancakes swirled with cinnamon brown sugar, topped with vanilla glaze.

They also host a Backyard BBQ every Wednesday after 3:00 pm. This all-you-can eat special includes hot dogs, veggie dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, potato salad, and pasta salad.

The Pool Bar offers something new almost every day of the week. For instance, they have inflatable pool games on Thursdays and live performances and entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Finally, Sundays are “Reggae Sundaze,” with live music, food, and drink specials.

The Pool Bar also has a No Shower Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This encourages guests to come straight from the beach to the bar. Deals include half (12) or whole (24) cases of beer and seltzers, served in their cases with ice on top.

The Pool Bar is only for guests 21 and older. Tables and service are first-come, first-serve. However, their gazebo is available to reserve for larger groups or special occasions.

Visit The Pool Bar at Shore Club at 700 State Highway 71, Rear Entrance, in Spring Lake Heights. To learn more:

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A New Picture Perfect Holiday Pop-Up, Santa's Hideaway, Opens in Spring Lake Heights

Celebrate the holiday season at Santa's Hideaway, the newest Jersey Shore holiday tradition at The Seacrest Grill within The Shore Club. Step into a world of holiday cheer, adorned with thousands of hung ornaments, twinkling lights, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Located at The Shore Club Boutique Hotel, this magical journey will be open from November 17th to January 6th. Delight in Christmas-inspired cocktails and delectable food offerings, and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance. Follow The Sea Crest on Facebook and Instag...

Celebrate the holiday season at Santa's Hideaway, the newest Jersey Shore holiday tradition at The Seacrest Grill within The Shore Club. Step into a world of holiday cheer, adorned with thousands of hung ornaments, twinkling lights, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Located at The Shore Club Boutique Hotel, this magical journey will be open from November 17th to January 6th. Delight in Christmas-inspired cocktails and delectable food offerings, and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance. Follow The Sea Crest on Facebook and Instagram (@theseacrestgrillenj) for updates on this enchanting experience. Whether you book a reservation for dinner in the dining room or visit the walk-in Santa's Hideaway Lounge, create unforgettable memories with loved ones. For more information, visit [https://www.seacrestgrille.com/], call (732) 449-3666, or follow them on Instagram.

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Seacrest Grill at The Shore Club is excited to announce the launch of its highly anticipated seasonal pop-up, Santa's Hideaway. This captivating transformation promises to transport guests to a world filled with holiday cheer, creating a magical journey unlike any other. Located on the first floor of The Shore Club Boutique Hotel at 700 Highway 71, Santa's Hideaway awaits with thousands of hung ornaments, twinkling Christmas lights, oversized photo props, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

Santa's Hideaway will be open to the public from Friday, November 17th to January 6th, allowing ample time for families to experience the wonders of the holiday season. Guests can delight in the enchanting atmosphere and savor the specially curated Christmas-inspired cocktails and delectable food items offered at the pop-up, including the cranberry mistletoe martini and gingerbread spiced old fashion.

Festive events are planned throughout the holiday season, including special meals with Santa for families seeking a truly memorable dining experience with the jolly old man himself. To stay updated on all the excitement, guests are invited to follow The Sea Crest on Facebook and Instagram (@theseacrestgrillenj). Don't miss the highly anticipated 3rd annual Mistletoe Ball on Saturday, December 16th. This cherished holiday tradition, doubling as a charity event, offers guests the chance to dine and dance under the sparkling lights of Santa's Hideaway, along with other dance floors and event spaces inside The Shore Club.

Dinner reservations in the dining room are encouraged and can be made by visiting Opentable or [https://www.seacrestgrille.com/reservations]. Santa's Hideaway Lounge will open for walk-in only business. Scheduled opening operating hours for Santa's Hideaway are as follows:

In addition to the festive ambiance and culinary delights, Santa's Hideaway provides the perfect backdrop for creating treasured memories with loved ones. Whether it's a special family outing, attending the Mistletoe Ball, or enjoying a meal with Santa, Santa's Hideaway at The Seacrest Grill is the destination for a memorable holiday experience. For more information, please visit their website [https://www.seacrestgrille.com/], contact vis phone at (732) 449-3666, or follow them on instagram (@)theseacrestgrillenj .

About The Sea Crest Grille:

Located in Spring Lake Heights, NJ at the Shore Club, The Sea Crest Grille is a remarkable addition to the city's dining scene. Formerly known as Doolan's restaurant and hotel, this contemporary steakhouse and grille offers a distinctive and welcoming dining experience that is in high demand throughout Monmouth County. With its gorgeous color combination of blue, gold, and white, complemented by exquisite chandeliers, high ceilings, marble tabletops, and a cozy fireplace, The Sea Crest Grille creates a warm and inviting ambiance perfect for a delightful dining experience. The menu showcases the finest cuts of USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, a superb raw bar, and an award-winning wine list. For more information, please visit their website [https://www.seacrestgrille.com/], contact vis phone at (732) 449-3666, or follow them on instagram (@)theseacrestgrillenj .

About The Shore Club:

Located in the picturesque Spring Lake Heights, The Shore Club Boutique Hotel [https://www.theshoreclubnj.com/] offers a luxurious getaway experience, combining elegance, comfort, and exceptional service. With its prime location and stunning views, it is the perfect destination for relaxation and creating lasting memories. The Seacrest Grill , situated on the first floor of The Shore Club, provides a sophisticated dining experience in a refined and welcoming setting.

Media Contact

Neina Langford, The Sea Crest Grille, 1 (732) 449-3666, neina@ecshospitality.com, https://www.seacrestgrille.com/

SOURCE The Sea Crest Grille

Spring Lake board to set road closure for Veterans Day, mural unveiling

SPRING LAKE -- Spring Lake’s Board of Aldermen is expected on Monday to pass an ordinance declaring a road closure for the town’s Veterans Day ceremony.The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Grady Howard Conference Room of the Spring Lake municipal complex.The Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Nov. 10. It will also include the unveiling of a mural at the corner of Spring Avenue and Main Street.According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, there are no other activities or road maintenance projects sched...

SPRING LAKE -- Spring Lake’s Board of Aldermen is expected on Monday to pass an ordinance declaring a road closure for the town’s Veterans Day ceremony.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Grady Howard Conference Room of the Spring Lake municipal complex.

The Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Nov. 10. It will also include the unveiling of a mural at the corner of Spring Avenue and Main Street.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, there are no other activities or road maintenance projects scheduled during the time of the event, so the state agency only requests an adopted ordinance by the town to close the road.

The Veterans Day event is co-hosted by the Spring Lake Military and Veterans Advisory and the Appearance and Sustainability committees.

The mural, which took three days to paint, will also be unveiled. Artist Max Dowdle, who was contracted by the town for the project, said this is his 30th mural painted this year; he’s done nearly 70 during his career.

“It’s really ramped up in the last 18 months,” he said of his work. “Coming out of Covid, municipalities started embracing public art.”

Dowdle’s background in art combined with his love for murals while helping a friend in New Jersey.

“I didn’t really feel it was for me at the time, but then I painted the entire Durham City Hall in 2019 and it started to become a full-time profession,” he said.

Dowdle has painted numerous murals across the state, as well as in Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He has committed to other mural projects through March of next year, and has been engaged in a new project through N.C. Main Street, which calls for 100 murals across North Carolina’s 100 counties.

He said he’d love for Spring Lake to be one of the first in the new project series starting in April.

“There has been an awesome response from this community,” Dowdle said.

As he and other volunteers painted last Friday, passers-by stopped to provide a case of water and a local store around the corner donated more water and snacks for volunteers.

Christopher Larson and his wife, Kathleen Welloffman-Larson, found out about the project through a local news report and were painting alongside Buffy Taylor, who is training under Dowdle as a professional artist. Other volunteers included children who donated their time after their school days at Village Christian Academy and Warrenwood Elementary School ended.

Alderman Raul Palacios, who serves as an ex-officio board member of the Appearance Committee, stopped to share his thanks with volunteers and express appreciation. He said he hopes this will be the first of many on the new Spring Lake Art Trail.

Cynthia Wilt, a member of the Spring Lake Appearance and Sustainability Committee and the chairwoman of the mural project, said she hopes the committee will be able to hire Dowdle again — and this time concentrate on local legends and heroes. She said the committee has already been offered wall space in Spring Lake for another mural.

Dowdle said that close to a dozen volunteers helped in the first two days of his work and the project was able to stay on schedule through the end.

For the unveiling, Dr. David Dickerhoff, who serves on the Appearance and Sustainability Committee, said that First Presbyterian Church at 101 Spring Ave. will host a continental breakfast before the ceremony.

Gen. Dan Allyn, a retired Army general who served as the 35th vice chief of staff of the Army and the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and U.S. Forces Command, will be the main speaker.

Other agenda items for Monday's meeting include an update from the contracted alliance code enforcement agency and a financial update from the Local Government Commission.

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