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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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, 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 Union Beach, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Union Beach, NJ

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

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

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

Latest News in Union Beach, NJ

Headway on flood protection project a ‘relief’ for N.J. town but 1 business has a dilemma

The bayside town that became the poster child for some of the most severe devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 is making progress on a $395 million federal project that’s been in the works even longer than that.“Union Beach began discussing a flood protection project back three years after the 1992 nor’easter,” said Mayor Charles Cocuzza...

The bayside town that became the poster child for some of the most severe devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 is making progress on a $395 million federal project that’s been in the works even longer than that.

“Union Beach began discussing a flood protection project back three years after the 1992 nor’easter,” said Mayor Charles Cocuzza. “I’m excited to see it finally come to fruition.”

To see excavators, bulldozers and cranes finally hard at work in Union Beach is gratifying for locals, the mayor said this week.

“The residents see it,” Cocuzza added. “They see what’s going on down there. It does bring a sense of relief.”

That’s also true for JakeaBob’s Bay owner Angelita “Gigi” Liaguno-Dorr.

Liaguno-Dorr, who first opened her bayside restaurant in 1999 and has periodically reopened it following harsh storms, said she is happy to see the work advancing on the shore.

However, she said some of the berm construction has taken up part of her deck area and thus cost her 21 tables. Those make up about 72 seats of her roughly 400 total customer capacity.

“It’s for the betterment of the town,” said Liaguno-Dorr on Friday regarding her support of the project and not wanting others to experience what she did during Sandy.

“I just need some answers,” she continued. “Those are our most desirable tables. Our business is predicated on people dining out on the water ... I’m not against the protection of the town. I understand that. I lived it. I just want to make sure I’m protected too.”

Liaguno-Dorr said the borough has been “wonderful” and project managers informed her of construction plans with advance notice that part of her deck would be dismantled at the end of September. They even allowed JakeaBob’s to remain open for two weeks after Labor Day (she typically serves from May to early September) to make up for some business lost due to recent rain.

Nonetheless, she said, she’s waited since the end of June for answers on the feasibility of rebuilding elsewhere on the property following the loss of her seating.

Caryn Shinske, a spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, on Friday referred questions about the berm construction to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Businesses interested in rebuilding may apply for the appropriate federal and state permits to do so,” Shinske said.

Federal project managers with the Army Corps could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Stopping just storm surge, for now

While Tropical Storm Ophelia slightly delayed sand dredging for the current $50 million portion of the Army Corps project, the low-lying community escaped any significant damage from the latest storm.

But that’s not always the case.

A federal Army Corps report found that during Sandy about 90% of the land in Union Beach was flooded, with areas seeing between 2 and 10 feet of water. The town reported 60 properties destroyed by Sandy — including JakeaBob’s — and more than 600 properties with substantial damage.

While discussing the aftermath of the major storm during its 10-year anniversary last October, Cocuzza said the borough’s population declined from more than 6,200 residents to just about 5,500 — in part because people couldn’t afford to stay. Paying to re-build or elevate homes was too costly for some. Others simply feared another big storm wiping away their property or worse.

On Friday, the mayor said residents were glad to see the town and Army Corps get closer to building two terminal groins and making progress on pumping about 607,000 cubic yards of sand onto the beach as part of the first phase of the project.

As of Sept. 28, town officials said, about 177,500 cubic yards of sand were delivered to a burrow area on-site. That’s almost 30% of the total sand needed.

Cocuzza said additionally he is working to help get more clarity for Liaguno-Dorr on what options she may have on hand for regaining her seating.

State and local officials announced the start of the $395 million Union Beach project, the “Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project, in March.

In addition to more than 3,000 feet of dune in the first phase, future project work — when complete — is slated to add two tide gates, three pump stations, about 1.2 miles of levees and nearly 1 mile of flood walls, according to local officials and a Army Corps project outline.

The federal government will cover about 65% of the total project cost and the remaining 35% is split — with the state covering 75% of that and the borough paying the other 25%.

In all, the project may end up costing more than $395 million and funding for it has not all been acquired, the mayor said.

“The contractor is currently working on the west groin and sand placement. The overall project is expected to be complete by spring of 2024,” Mackenzie Adams-Zamara, a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps’ New York District, said in a statement Friday morning.

Eagle-eyed residents may have seen what looked like rubber mats and old tires amid the equipment on the town’s shore during construction.

Army Corps spokesman Michael Embrich explained old tires are used as “matting” for excavators to traverse over rock.

“We do have rock mattresses that are used for the base of the groins that do look similar to the rubber, old tire mats,” Embrich said. “Rock is being used for the groin construction and sand for the dune and berm.”

In hopes of managing expectations, Cocuzza was very clear about the work currently happening at Union Beach. Phase 1, he clarified, will ostensibly replenish the borough’s beach, construct jetties to reduce erosion and build dunes and berms to ease the impact of waves — prone to grow due to sea level rise from climate change.

“I don’t want people to get confused by what Phase 1 is,” Cocuzza said. “Phase 1 is meant to stop storm surge, that’s not going to stop the normal coastal flooding that we see on our roads during full moon high tides.”

The Union Beach mayor said additional design work is needed to complete the remaining three phases, which may take a decade or more to reach the finish line.

Phase 2 construction may not start until 2026, as that timeline is based on when the town starts the process of acquiring properties it needs to move forward. If that begins in January 2024, it may be as long as two years to see more major beach construction, he said.

“We are eager to see the other phases begin,” said Cocuzza. “It took a very long time to get to this point, to start it. And we would like to all be here when they complete it.”

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New Jersey Beaches That Don’t Have an Admission Fee

New Jersey is known for a lot of things — especially the Jersey Shore area and its residing beaches. Going to a New Jersey beach in the summer makes the perfect idea for a bucket list. However, when it comes to beaches, some of them require beach tags whether for a daily, weekly, or monthly fee. Don’t fret, because there are actually beaches in New Jersey that are completely free — from Union Beach to Wildwood Cre...

New Jersey is known for a lot of things — especially the Jersey Shore area and its residing beaches. Going to a New Jersey beach in the summer makes the perfect idea for a bucket list. However, when it comes to beaches, some of them require beach tags whether for a daily, weekly, or monthly fee. Don’t fret, because there are actually beaches in New Jersey that are completely free — from Union Beach to Wildwood Crest. Here’s our list of New Jersey beaches that have no admission fee.

The Atlantic City beaches are famous for a reason. The destination boasts casinos, restaurants, shopping, concerts, a fun boardwalk, and of course, expansive beaches. Beach and boardwalk activities include surfing, kayaking, fishing, and windsurfing.

Read More: Fun Summer Road Trips Near Northern New Jersey

This Lower Township beach in Cape May stretches from W. Miami Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard and offers free admission and also permits food. This space is peaceful and has a lot of wide open space.

This spot is located in Great Egg Harbor Bay in Upper Township. The waters are calm here, and this is a popular kayaking spot.

This state park is tranquil and quiet, and it has freshwater meadows, the Cape May Lighthouse, as well as a free beach. It’s a great spot to walk along the beach and spot some birds.

Established in 1969, the shoreland was preserved from development — resulting in a beautiful beach. The area is known for hiking, boating, interpretive tours, saltwater fishing, and crabbing. Locals also canoe and kayak.

This Stafford Township spot on Manahawkin Bay has a lifeguard from 10AM-5PM during the summer.

These scenic beaches overlook the skyline of lower Manhattan — plus, Keansburg is also home to a fun amusement park and water park to make it a full day of outdoor activities. Just be warned, beaches have no lifeguards.

These two Middletown Bay beaches are great spots for a chill afternoon. There aren’t restaurants or boardwalks in the area, so you’re not going to see the crowds that other beaches draw.

Great for surfing, fishing, and hiking, Strathmere Beach is a must-visit. The town is located in Upper Township in Cape May County, known for its grand Victorian houses.

Union Beach is in Monmouth County, and its salt marshes are an excellent place to see birds and go for walks along the bay shore.

A visit here is practically a rite of passage for Jersey natives. The Wildwood beaches span over five miles. The spacious sand areas make for a great space for beach sports like volleyball, frisbee throwing, soccer, and more. The boardwalk is one of the best in the state, boasting rides for adults and kids alike, restaurants, and bars, shopping, and more.

Founded in 1910, Wildwood Crest is a borough in Cape May County. Swimming, sailing, and sunsets are what visits experience at Wildwood Crest Beach. Locals like to jet ski, fish, and ride in sailboats. The atmosphere is peaceful and family-friendly.

See More: The Best Jersey Shore Boardwalks to Visit This Summer

This beach is located in Somers Point, sprawling between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues. It has lifeguards, restrooms, free parking, outdoor showers, a children’s playground, and a fishing pier.

Know of another New Jersey beach town that we missed? Email us at hello@themontclairgirl.com and we’ll add!

Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project gets underway

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NEW YORK – On March 20, 2023, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced the start of construction work for the Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project.

A formal press event was held at the site with attendees including Senator Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, and Vin Gopal, Congressman Frank Pallone, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor, NJDEP Commissioner Shawn La Tourette, and Mayor Charles W. Cocuzza.

“Today we closed the final chapter on the planning phases for the Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project and moved onto actual shovels in the ground,” said COL Matthew W. Luzzatto, commander, New York District. “This important step could not have been achieved without the support of our partners at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). We’ll continue to work tirelessly to complete this flood risk reduction project, which will provide additional coastal storm risk reduction measures for the residents of these communities.”

New York District is currently in the midst of executing a Superstorm Sandy Coastal Storm Risk Reduction program funded under Public Law 113-2, the Emergency Supplemental Bill passed shortly after Superstorm Sandy. This $6B comprehensive portfolio has seen the District complete 52 of the 60 projects for which funding was appropriated with 6 of the remaining projects currently under construction.

The District has also spent an estimated $3B on new projects to reduce coastal storm risk reduction—completing projects in Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey, as well as Long Beach, Downtown Montauk, Coney Island Seagate, and Fire Island to Moriches Inlet, in New York.

The District has also spent another $16 Million on feasibility studies to assess potential projects aimed at protecting vulnerable communities, including the NY/NJ Harbor and Tributaries Study or HATS as it’s commonly known. The Tentatively Selected Plan was released for comment in Fall 2022, and proposes a number of flood risk reduction options designed to provide additional protection to at risk communities throughout the Tri-State area. The public comment period is currently open and scheduled to end on March 31st.

David Gentile, project manager, for the Union Beach Coastal Flood Risk Reduction Project, discussed the project in a bit more detail in QA session:

Please provide additional details about this groundbreaking event? The groundbreaking event is to commemorate the start of construction after we awarded the first construction contract for the Union Beach Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project.

How did USACE get involved? After significant flooding of the Raritan Bay area the House of Representatives authorized the US Army Corps of Engineers to look and study the area to see if there was anything could do to help the communities. After a feasibility report was done showing a project would have a positive benefit to cost ratio, we proceeded with getting authorization to construct.

What’s the significance of the event? The significance of the event is that the project has entered the construction phase with the start of physical construction. There are a lot of steps that lead up to this milestone but at this point the community is able to see all the report and design work come to fruition.

Did you face any challenges in executing the project? Many challenges faced are not only engineering challenges to stop the bay from flooding the community while removing the interior drainage water from the interior creeks and rainwater but to coordinate and permitting all the work with other agencies. One of the tasks that has often taken the most time for this type of project is the acquisition of the necessary real estate needed for the project.

What led to the engineering solutions? After many alternatives are evaluated, optimized to an elevation that provides maximum benefits/$, a feasible project is then legislatively authorized for construction. We execute an agreement with a non-federal sponsor, which in this case is the State of NJ as this project is cost shared 65(Fed)/35(Nonfed). The project team then develops a project management plan which includes tasks, cost estimates and schedule. The team comprised of various backgrounds, agencies and municipality meet regularly to ensure and make decisions on how to proceed and overcome all the challenges a project is faced with from permitting to finding room for the necessary equipment to construct the project.

Geotechnical borings as well as environmental and cultural surveys are done early on to so that we are able to design a viable solution and to mitigate for the impacts of the project. For this particular project we look to create a line of defense at an elevation of 14’NAVD88 around the community of Union Beach. This will be comprised of levees, floodwalls, beach dune and berm, terminal groins, road closure gate, 2 tide gates and 3 pump stations. Preliminary designs undergo value engineering to ensure that we move forward with the optimal engineering solutions, alignment as well as the latest accredited technologies and methods. Our plans also undergo multiple agency reviews as well as an external peer review prior to awarding a contract to a construction contractor.

Is there anything you’d like to add? It really takes the support of the community, sponsors, and stakeholders for projects of this size to move forward and once complete it will really benefit the community, but the entire alignment does need to be completed before those benefits can be realized.

Unpretentious, Modern Vibes at The GOAT by David Burke in Union Beach, NJ

Step into the heart of Union Beach, NJ, and you’ll find The GOAT by David Burke, a charming 100-seat American bistro that radiates the spirit of a modern trattoria, all while remaining refreshingly unpretentious. David Burke—a Hazlet, NJ native and renowned restaurateur—took the helm of this space in 2022 (once occupied by Piero’s Italian Restaurant) and infused it with his signature touch.From the moment you step inside, it’s evident ...

Step into the heart of Union Beach, NJ, and you’ll find The GOAT by David Burke, a charming 100-seat American bistro that radiates the spirit of a modern trattoria, all while remaining refreshingly unpretentious. David Burke—a Hazlet, NJ native and renowned restaurateur—took the helm of this space in 2022 (once occupied by Piero’s Italian Restaurant) and infused it with his signature touch.

From the moment you step inside, it’s evident that The GOAT doesn’t take itself too seriously. Its exposed brick walls adorned with paintings of goats in fitted suits create a fun ambiance, one which speaks to Burke’s penchant for injecting fun into his restaurant projects. Inside, you’ll discover a delightful range of dining options, from family tables and intimate seating areas to a vibrant four-sided bar and high tops, inviting you to curate your perfect culinary experience. Head upstairs to the chandelier room, which is available for private parties and special events such as bingo night and Dinner in the Dark. The full event calendar can be found here.

What’s more is one of the best happy hours in NJ—which runs daily. When weather permits it, dogs are invited to “yappy hour” on the outdoor patio. And whether it be happy hour, dinner or Sunday brunch, The GOAT’s inviting charm is perfect for your next outing.

Though a fun, versatile space is exactly what this area of the New Jersey Shore needed, the proof is always in the food—and Burke and his team did not disappoint.

My recent visit to The GOAT kicked off with a trio of appetizers that set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Looking back, the Sandy Hook roasted clams “casino style” combined succulent clams, crispy bacon, and a subtle hint of heat from the peppers, making for the perfect way to start the meal, especially given the restaurant’s geography.

Next were the tuna tartare tacos. Picture this: fresh, succulent tuna bursting with vibrant citrus notes, all cozied up in delicate taco shells. Yeah, I know. You’ve seen this before because tuna tartare tacos have become far too common at restaurants in the last decade. But there’s something to be said for doing it right—and The GOAT delivered. However, what was less common, was the showstopper—lobster fritto misto. The dish is a medley of tender lobster, crispy calamari, and zucchini, complemented perfectly by a tangy aioli. And to be honest, it set the tone for the meal to come.

The GOAT’s kitchen features a wood-burning oven, which slings out some of Burke’s signature thin-crust pies. The star pizza, which is literally folded into eight points might sound like a divergence from the norm, but the blend of pepperoni, jalapeño, and ricotta along with the odd shape was a perfect nod to The GOAT’s playful sensibility. Spicy brick oven pizza in Jersey? Say no more.

Moving onto the main courses, the pork chop scarpariello was a must-order. The seared pork chop, accompanied by a mix of broccoli rabe, potatoes, sausage, and hot cherry peppers, presented a perfect harmony between hot, savory, sweet and sour. For the discerning meat enthusiasts, you can’t go wrong with the 8 oz filet mignon. Cooked to perfection, the tender cut of beef requires little effort to cut and melts on the palate.

Drawing inspiration from Piero’s 30-year legacy, The GOAT’s menu features hearty, entree-sized pasta dishes infused with Burke’s artistic flair. The shrimp and orecchiette carbonara, a delightful twist on the classic Italian dish, showcased succulent shrimp, perfectly cooked orecchiette, and a velvety carbonara sauce that proves why pasta belongs on the menu.

Sides at The GOAT were anything but an afterthought. Like the playful decor around the space’s different nooks, they simply elevated the experience. My personal favorites were the parmesan polenta fries (you know the kind: crispy exterior, creamy interior); and the corn risotto, which is seriously one of the most underrated types of risotto.

Burke is no stranger to delivering a fresh and fun atmosphere to spaces that need some attention to detail. But where The GOAT shines, is in its delicious, diverse menu—one that doesn’t forget the 1411 Route 36 restaurant’s roots.

Throughout his career, David Burke has received numerous accolades for his innovative approach to cooking. He is known for pushing culinary boundaries, fusing different cuisines, and creating visually stunning dishes that please both the palate and the eyes. Burke’s signature style is characterized by a combination of inventive techniques, playful presentations, and the use of high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Over the years, Burke has opened several successful restaurants, each showcasing a distinct culinary vision (or revision).

The GOAT by David Burke is a haven in Union Beach that captivates diners with its inventive dishes, impeccable flavors, and warm hospitality. A stone’s throw from where Burke grew up, the restaurant’s fare and style packs a punch. With Chef David Burke’s culinary prowess at the helm, The GOAT is undoubtedly a must-visit destination for those checking out the northern Shore Points.

What will it take to stop Jersey Shore town from bulldozing its beach? $12M in fines hasn’t done it

July 7, 2023 12:45 PM PTNORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. — Not even $12 million worth of fines is enough to stop a Jersey Shore town from bulldozing sand on its beach to bolster eroded spots in defiance of state environmental officials.The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says North Wildwood once again carried out unauthorized repairs to its eroding dunes, most recently on June 5 without state approval and in violation of a February court order imposed by a judge trying to sort out the decade-long sand storm ...

July 7, 2023 12:45 PM PT

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. —

Not even $12 million worth of fines is enough to stop a Jersey Shore town from bulldozing sand on its beach to bolster eroded spots in defiance of state environmental officials.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says North Wildwood once again carried out unauthorized repairs to its eroding dunes, most recently on June 5 without state approval and in violation of a February court order imposed by a judge trying to sort out the decade-long sand storm between the two parties.

On Thursday, DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette wrote to North Wildwood officials offering one final attempt to resolve the matter without imposing additional penalties, and warning that the city’s conduct jeopardizes funding for future beach protection projects.

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Describing himself as “perplexed” by North Wildwood’s actions, LaTourette wrote that the city “has repeatedly engaged in destructive and illegal conduct in the name of tourism and, supposedly, public safety. This is wrongheaded and it must stop.”

Mayor Patrick Rosenello said the state is to blame for failing to facilitate the same sort of government beach replenishment project in his city that most of the rest of the Jersey Shore has been receiving for decades.

“The DEP needs to spend more time doing the job of protecting the Jersey Shore and less time on threats and intimidation,” he said. “If they would just do their job, none of this would have happened, and all of it goes away. Truly amazing.”

The city recently erected signs at the entrances to its beaches with photos and phone numbers of LaTourette and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, with a message saying, “These two individuals are directly responsible for the state’s inaction on replenishing North Wildwood’s beaches.”

North Wildwood appears unfazed by the state’s fines and threats of more to come: It is suing the state for $21 million, to recoup what it says is the cost of trucking sand in to its eroded beaches for a decade.

The standoff between the city — a prime vacation destination for Philadelphians — and the state centers on the fact that North Wildwood has been last in line for beach replenishment carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, due in part to difficulty in gathering necessary approvals from property owners. That long-sought project is finally moving forward, but won’t happen until at least 2025.

Because of that, parts of the city’s beaches have become badly eroded, prompting the city to act on its own to shore up the dunes when it feels they have become endangered — often without permission from the state.

The DEP says that each action involving heavy equipment moving sand around has weakened and reduced the height of the dunes, actually making things worse while destroying natural plants and animal habitat.

The two parties reached a temporary truce in late May when erosion created steep cliffs where beach entrances had been, a dangerous condition just before the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The state granted a one-time authorization to do emergency repairs to the beachfront on that occasion.

It did not approve the June 5 dune work, for which the city sought approval the next day, after the work was virtually completed. But Rosenello said the city notified the DEP in advance of what it planned to do on the beach.

He also said the city considered the erosion preceding the June 5 work to be an extension of the same problem that led to the state granting emergency authorization in May. Therefore, he said, the city was justified in fixing the dunes again.

“It was the exact same work in the exact same place,” he said. “There’s so little of this dune left that we don’t need a direct hit from a hurricane for it to be completely gone.”

On Friday, the dunes in the worst-hit area at the heart of the dispute were about 70% smaller than they were in May, before the two most recent re-shapings carried out by city workers.

LaTourette said the DEP “has been willing to resolve millions in penalties owed by the city for its repeated illegal and environmentally destructive activities.”

But he said North Wildwood must “immediately cease and desist from this pattern and practice of violating the law. You are placing the public safety, environment, and the city’s access to continued financial support for shore protection at risk.”

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