Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to overall wellness and healing that focuses on correcting issues with your musculoskeletal system. When performed by a licensed chiropractor, it can alleviate and even eliminate common problems such as:
To treat your conditions and help reduce your pain, chiropractors use time-tested, hands-on techniques to adjust your spine, neck, back, and other joints throughout your body to restore proper function, mobility, and alignment. Once your body is in proper alignment, it functions optimally, leading to improved overall wellness and health.
Unlike some sports rehab clinics in The Garden State, chiropractors from NJ Sports Spine & Wellness work with you one-on-one to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific goals and needs relating to your pain and ability to live a normal life. Because our team takes a holistic approach to healthcare, we cover all aspects of your health and wellness when developing your chiropractic treatment plan. That way, we increase your chances of living a fulfilling life free of pain and worry about throwing your back out.
Seeing a chiropractor can quite literally change your life for the better. According to the American Chiropractic Association, in general, chiropractic therapy is a more effective solution for back pain than other treatments like addictive pain pills, surgeries, and yoga. When combined with services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture, chiropractic care may be the key you need to open the door to a pain-free life.Shedule An Appointment
Some of the many benefits of seeing a reliable, licensed chiropractor include the following:
Perhaps the most obvious reason to make an appointment with a chiropractor is for back pain relief. Some people only need to see a chiropractor when they have occasional back pain, such as when they wake up in the morning. Others, such as those who have been in serious car accidents, need regular chiropractic adjustments and therapies, which are often supplemented with techniques like physical therapy and acupuncture.
There are many causes of back pain that range from advanced conditions like having sciatica and herniated discs to everyday issues like poor posture and sleeping in a harmful position. Your chiropractor's job is to pinpoint the cause(s) of your back pain and build a customized plan to address your musculoskeletal conditions. Once that happens, pain relief follows shortly after.
At New Jersey Sports Spine & Wellness, we craft personalized chiropractic plans for every patient we treat, with the goal of avoiding harmful surgeries and addictive medicines.
If you've never experienced a headache in your life, you're exceedingly rare. Just about every American will suffer from a headache at some point or another. For some, headaches only happen occasionally and are not much more than an annoyance. For others, headaches evolve into crippling migraines that can affect quality of life, ability to work, and much more.
If you find yourself digging into a bottle of Aspirin or something stronger when you have a headache, it might be time to visit an NJSSW chiropractor.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you didn't sleep a wink the previous night? Do you have to take sleep aides like Ambien in order to drift off to dreamland? If you have chronic back pain, getting a full night's rest is easier said than done. From misaligned spines to improper sleeping posture, your chiropractor in Holmdel can use manipulation therapy and other techniques to boost blood flow and align your vertebrae, so your body can heal itself and help you rest better.
One of the best things about seeing your chiropractor is that when your session is over, you often feel great. The pain relief feels phenomenal. When you're not in pain, you have a more positive outlook on life, and often enjoy better sleep, blood pressure, and even sexual relations. It makes sense, then, that chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, which promotes relaxation and improved mental health.
At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we work with a long list of athletes who suffer from sports injuries and other problems that can manifest from being active. For professional athletes, having a trustworthy chiropractor to care for them is needed for their careers. But you don't have to be a pro athlete to benefit from chiropractic care. Ordinary people that enjoy active lifestyles can reap tremendous rewards through chiropractic care, such as improved range of motion and relief from compressed discs.
Whether you enjoy impromptu games of tag football or simply want to play with your kids, seeing a chiropractor can help you be healthy and active without fighting back, neck, and joint pain. That's especially true when chiropractic therapy is used in conjunction with acupuncture, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.ies and addictive medicines.
Your NJ Sports Spine & Wellness chiropractor in Holmdel may use a range of techniques to restore function and alignment in your body. Some of the most common techniques our chiropractors use include:
Life has a habit of being unexpected. Sure, some surprises only hurt your bank account, like last-minute renovations in your home. But severe incidents, like car accidents, can inflict physical injuries that cause you long-term pain. These problems, like neck and back injuries, affect many Americans daily. Even worse, many hardworking people turn to risky surgeries and addictive pain medications, only to find themselves deep in a hole that seems impossible to get out of.
If you suffer from serious range-of-motion issues or you're in chronic pain, it's important to know that you have treatment choices. You don't have to put your health at risk to relieve your pain. One of the most successful non-invasive treatments offered for pain is physical therapy. The main goal of physical therapy is to restore movement and function to patients affected by illness, injury, or disability.
Physical therapists work with patients of all ages and abilities, from children to elderly adults, to help them overcome physical limitations and improve their quality of life. At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, our physical therapists help treat a wide range of conditions, from neck pain and spinal cord injuries to back pain and arthritis.
Once our PTs have made headway, they will often use our chiropractic therapy to provide the patient with more relief. Having the option of both chiropractic and physical therapy is often very effective, because your chiropractor in Holmdel can address nerve irritation and joint dysfunction while your physical therapist helps retrain your musculoskeletal system, allowing your body to heal faster.
Some of the biggest benefits of using physical therapy along with chiropractic care include:
Occupational therapy, or OT, is to help patients of all ages and abilities engage in activities of daily living, or ADL. Often, that means helping patients reclaim the ability to continue working, going to school, accomplishing day-to-day tasks, or other activities common to daily living.
Occupational therapy can benefit individuals going through many conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and chronic pain. The end goal of occupational therapy is to help patients achieve the maximum level of independence and participation in their daily lives. If pain, discomfort, weakness, fatigue, or fear prevent you from participating in activities you love, an OT from NJ Sports Spine & Wellness could become the MVP of your wellness journey.
To give our patients the most complete pain relief and recovery options, our doctors and practitioners will often lean on the expertise of both a physical therapist and a chiropractor in Holmdel. By working together, your PT, OT, and chiropractor can provide you with a comprehensive approach to total-body functionality, from your spine and joints to your mind and range of motion.
Some of the most common benefits of using OT with chiropractic care include:
Acupuncture boosts your body's functions and helps improve its ability to heal through anatomic site stimulation - usually called acupuncture points or acupoints. To stimulate these points, acupuncturists at NJ Sports Spine & Wellness insert fine, sterile needles into your skin. Most patients don't feel any pain as needles are applied. Typically, needles are left in the skin up to 30 minutes. After your session, it's normal to feel incredibly relaxed.
While some practitioners still adhere to traditional philosophies, modern acupuncturists take an integrative approach to the therapy. Today, professional acupuncturists use these techniques to stimulate your body's natural healing and pain-fighting processes. When coupled with personalized care from a chiropractor in Holmdel as well as physical or occupational therapy, you can find real relief from the physical and emotional roadblocks holding you back. Some of the most reported benefits of acupuncture treatment include:
During an acupuncture session, you may feel a slight sensation of warmth or tingling at the needle's site of insertion. Generally speaking, acupuncture is painless and perfectly safe for you to consider. In fact, many practitioners and doctors recommend combining acupuncture with other treatment options like chiropractic adjustments.
Though acupuncture and chiropractic therapies come from different origins, both include non-invasive, holistic, and gentle approaches that don't require drugs to work. They also both facilitate total-body healing by addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms - not just the symptoms themselves.
Because acupuncture is known to release endorphins and improve blood flow, having a session prior to a chiropractic adjustment can be very beneficial. That's because, after acupuncture, your muscles are less stiff, more relaxed, and easier to adjust effectively. Over time, as you combine acupuncture and chiropractic therapy, you'll benefit from less inflammation and less pain as you heal from injuries or musculoskeletal conditions. That same truth applies to patients who undergo serious chiropractic adjustments.
At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, our staff consists of licensed and highly-trained professionals, including specialists focusing on:
Every member of our team believes that the path to wellness and a pain-free life begins with customized treatment plans that cater to your needs and body. Unlike some chiropractors in Holmdel, we do not treat on-the-surface symptoms with one-size-fits-all therapies. We do not rely on powerful pain medications to mask your pain or invasive surgeries that require weeks of recovery. Instead, we address the root causes of your pain so that we can help you live the happy, healthy life you're craving.
To achieve that goal, we'll conduct an in-depth evaluation to learn about your medical history. We'll also perform diagnostic tests and speak with you one-on-one to get a better sense of your needs. From there, we'll recommend the therapies that can give you a new lease on life and be there for every milestone you hit.
If you're fed up of living with the limits of pain and lack of mobility, we're here to help you break free. Contact our office today to get started.
By Jeanne Wall Last UpdatedJuly 4, 2023 at 8:37 PMOh the places they will go...HOLMDEL, NJ: In a beautiful outside ceremony, on the evening of June 20, on Holmdel High School's Bob Roggy Memorial Field, the 2023 Graduates took the stage one-by-one to receive their well-earned diplomas!The processional was accompanied by the Holmdel High School Band, John Koryat Director. The welcome address and introductions were delivered by HHS Principal, Dr. M...
By Jeanne Wall
Last UpdatedJuly 4, 2023 at 8:37 PM
Oh the places they will go...
HOLMDEL, NJ: In a beautiful outside ceremony, on the evening of June 20, on Holmdel High School's Bob Roggy Memorial Field, the 2023 Graduates took the stage one-by-one to receive their well-earned diplomas!
The processional was accompanied by the Holmdel High School Band, John Koryat Director. The welcome address and introductions were delivered by HHS Principal, Dr. Matthew Dakota, and the Flag Salute and National Anthem by Brandon Cheng. Board of Education President Peter Reddy delivered inspiring and congratulatory words to the class of 2023.
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Guests were met with the lovely sounds of the Choral Presentation with Isabella Moitoso, and the Holmdel High School Chorus, with Katrina Roberts, Director. The chorus later performed a beautiful version of the Irish Blessing:
WATCH VIDEO: Holmdel High School Chorus performs the Irish Blessing as a send-off to all of the 2023 HHS graduates:
The welcome address was provided by SAB President; Olivia Kwan. Anthony Marzano announced the senior awards, Elina Patel delivered the Valedictorian Address, and the Salutatorian Address was given by Jacqueline Shen. The Yearbook Presentation was made by Rylley VandeWettering and the Presentation of the Class of 2023, was delivered by Dr. Matthew Kukoda. Superintendent; Dr. Scott Cascone delivered an inspiring message to the graduates and guests.
Then the moment all were waiting for; Dr. Matthew Kukoda delivered the diplomas to the graduates, followed by the Farewell Address and Tassel Ceremony presented by Senior Class President; Trinity Han. As the graduates processed from the ceremony, the pink sunset set the backdrop with hopes for a rosy future for all! The following is a list of the many great places the Holmdel High School 2023 Graduates are off to next! BIG Congratulations to all from TAPinto Holmdel!
The 2023 Holmde High School Graduates:
*Denotes National Honor Society
Joseph Michael Aiello
Denise Elizabeth Aquilano
Andrew Thomas Arredondo
Danté Christian Babek
Raymond Thomas Baker
Christian Joseph Baratta
Alexandra Theresa Bauman *
Jared Spencer Beinhacker *
Madalyn Jordan Beinhacker *
Taylor Rose Bielan *
Olivia Skylar Blasiak *
Matthew Luca Bodnar
Arielle Borges *
Michael Thomas Bracero
Brianna Skye Cabunag *
Isabella Josephine Campo *
Connor James Capaci *
Fiona Isabella Ceka
Kaitlyn Chen *
Brandon Harry Cheng *
Rachel Chertok *
Kaitlyn Kai-Ling Chien *
Elliot Minsuk Chun *
Brendan Ronald Cieplensky
Class of 2023
Danielle C Contafio *
Sandra I Contafio*
Thomas Blaise Coppola, Jr
Dean Wyatt Corneiro *
Dominick Joseph D'Amico
Praneeth Sai Damarla
Mia Eve Dasaro
Marc Anthony Dietz
Olivia Wilk DiSaverio*
Lainie Elizabeth Doran *
Kayla Arielle Edison
Madelyn Nicole Fanelli *
Emma Louise Feighner
Robert Ferro *
Simon Alexandre Fidalgo
Aidan Michael Field
Michael Joseph Fiorito
Sarah Beth Friedman*
James Allan Garcia
Scott Andrew Gilbert
Urbanski Giller *
John T Giordano
Ilan Lawrence Golden
Ryan Matthew Hammer *
Liam Robert Hansen
Carly Harris *
Andrew Charles Harrison *
Christopher Lee Hayduk
Stephen John Hayduk
Brydon W Hayes
Alex Chase Hendrickson *
Ava Francesca Hernando *
Ella Rebecca Jennings*
Christine Alexandra Jipescu
Brooke Ashley Jorgensen *
Kiera Mary Joyce *
Christian Alexander Kalb
Justin Gabriel Kaminski
Jeffrey Paul Kelley
Ryan Joseph Kennedy*
Zoe Isabella Khachaturian *
Michael H Kidwell
Kate Lynn Koval
Dylan Hunter Lagana
Christina Maria Lambrou
Afia Lateef *
Aidan Lawlor *
Rachel | Lee "
Kaydance Abigail Lempert*
Jasmine Evianita Levinsky
Ryan J D Lopez
Alexandra Loucopoulos *
Elysium Lee Luciano
Jacques Pierre Lucien
Daniel Peter Lynch
Anthony Marzano *
Erin Beverly Maurer
Reece Raymond Maurer
Tierney Lee Maurer
Mason John McCarthy *
Isabella Moitoso *
Farida M Moustafa*
Angelina Nadi *
Amanda Elle Nash *
Faiz Ali Nazeer
Jonathan Nolan *
Alexei Christopher Novojilov
Dale M O'Beirne
Robert Anthony O'Hanlon
Matthew Walter Panagoda
Sofia Papalia *
Elina Patel *
Amelia Jane Petretti
Emry Phothimat *
John Michael Podesta, Jr. *
Drew Pollock *
Sophia Rose Prestigiacomo
Luke Daniel Pruscino
Anarosa Raffaella Quinto
Merriam Rafla *
Amanda M Rice *
Matthew Alexander Robbins
Gianna Rutigliano *
Alexandra Bená Schaul *
Ethan Samuel Scheinman
Mira Shah *
Ammar A Shaker
Marissa Ingrid Shapiro *
Maxwell Elliot Shekoff
Jacqueline Shen *
Michelle Sherman *
Avani Shinde *
Michelle Marie Shlivko *
Kaylyn Sidhu *
Nicholas Jude Siebel
Kaan Bekir Sisman
Eric Matthew Socha
Mia Carmella Sperduto
Cassandra Stanyek *
John William Caesar Steele
Erica Ashley Stolker
Riley Nicole Svenson
William Joseph Szilasi*
Avery Diana Tatro *
Andrew Tesler +
Nithya A Thalasila
Lauren Elisabeth Todd *
Jeremy Topel *
Jack Edward Tufaro *
Trey Lawrence Tulenko
Abigail Rose Umbrino *
Gabrielle Elizabeth Uskach *
Coleman Jude VandeWettering
Rylley Emma VandeWettering
Gregory Eric Vervoordt*
Madison Anne Way
Benjamin Christian Wong *
ladyn Emily Wong
Jared William Wong
Maxwell E Woodward*
Laina Shu-Yu Yiu *
Samantha Youssef *
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To applause and thanks from the public, Holmdel Township Committee voted Tuesday to begin appraisal of the Crawford Hill antenna property. HOLMDEL, NJ — The Holmdel Township Committee voted to approve resolutions Tuesday night that will begin the process of acquiring the 43-acre Crawford Hill property, home to the historically significant Horn antenna.Mayor DJ Luccarelli told the assembled residents that what so many have sought - the protection and preservation of an antenna that was used in research to confirm the ver...
HOLMDEL, NJ — The Holmdel Township Committee voted to approve resolutions Tuesday night that will begin the process of acquiring the 43-acre Crawford Hill property, home to the historically significant Horn antenna.
Mayor DJ Luccarelli told the assembled residents that what so many have sought - the protection and preservation of an antenna that was used in research to confirm the very creation of the universe - "makes sense."
The action is "not taken lightly," he said, but it is the start of a process that will enable the township to keep safe a "unique property," and ensure the National Historic Landmark status of the Horn antenna, intrinsic to Crawford Hill for decades now.
Responding to a "ground swelling" of public opinion and fulfilling the open space imperatives of the township Master Plan, the committee decided to put forth the resolutions. Crawford Hill Resolutions 2023-168 and 2023-169, as listed on the agenda, were both unanimously approved.
Resolution 2023-168 authorizes appraisal for "potential condemnation and acquisition of Crawford Hill property. (Pages 61-67 of the agenda.)
Resolution 2023-169 "modifies past authorizations of redevelopment investigation." (Pages 68-70 of the agenda.)
The Crawford Hill site at 791 Holmdel Road is owned by a private developer who is considering a townhouse project there - a plan that has met with much opposition from land use and historic preservation groups concerned about the landmark Horn antenna.
An appraisal of the site is the first step in coming up with a good faith offer for the property to present to the owner, Rakesh Antala of Holmdel, said Township Attorney Michael L. Collins. Antala in 2021 purchased the property from Nokia, which acquired it from Bell Labs.
A vacant Nokia building is on a smaller lot adjacent to the antenna site. The blighted building is still part of a redevelopment study by the township, Collins said, noting that "redevelopment" in this context does not imply any specific plans for it.
Once an offer for the entire property (both lots) is presented, there is a set time for the offer to be considered by the other party. Depending on the negotiations, the township can ultimately exercise its right of condemnation, Collins said, which would then involve Superior Court proceedings.
But matters are far from that point yet.
Tuesday night's meeting was a cause for celebration. Several speakers thanked the committee and Luccarelli said the Township Committee was "excited" about the step.
Ralph Blumenthal, a leader in environmental issues in the township and part of a coalition that urged the preservation, thanked the committee and suggested it consider working with Monmouth County Parks to seek funding toward the acquisition. He also said the county can offer guidance for the site's reimagining as a park and educational center.
"We all hope for an incredible park in Holmdel," he said.
The Horn antenna was built by Bell Labs on this highest point of land in Monmouth County and was used in satellite research there.
That research took on a broader significance when the antenna detected background cosmic microwave radiation, providing "irrefutable evidence" of the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe, the township notes in Resolution 168. This was Nobel Prize-winning research, and the antenna was named a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978 for their work at the Horn antenna.
Wilson still lives in the township, and he was at the meeting Tuesday night - in part to cheer on the Satz School Technology Students Association, whose members were recognized at the meeting.
One resident who addressed the committee remembered meeting Wilson.
She said she has long supported the preservation of the Horn antenna, and she and her family would celebrate the winter or summer solstice there.
One day she met Wilson at the site - a unique opportunity for "my little family" to experience living scientific history, she said.
So the action Tuesday by the Township Committee was profound to her.
"This is the single greatest act," she said, in Holmdel government history. "It's so huge; it's so beneficial," she told the committee members.
To read more about the resolutions and more history of the site, see this recent Patch article.
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Holmdel Township is preparing to acquire the property where the Horn Antenna, which confirmed the Big Bang Theory, sits -- even through eminent domain.The township committee unaninomously approved Tuesday night:The resolution and two ordinances will have a public hearing on Aug. 22.“I am excited that we took further steps towards preserving the Crawford Hill property and the Horn Antenna,” said Mayor DJ Luccarelli. “Holmdel voters overwhelmingly supported increasing funding to the Trust Fund. We are now...
Holmdel Township is preparing to acquire the property where the Horn Antenna, which confirmed the Big Bang Theory, sits -- even through eminent domain.
The township committee unaninomously approved Tuesday night:
The resolution and two ordinances will have a public hearing on Aug. 22.
“I am excited that we took further steps towards preserving the Crawford Hill property and the Horn Antenna,” said Mayor DJ Luccarelli. “Holmdel voters overwhelmingly supported increasing funding to the Trust Fund. We are now looking to responsibly use the Trust Fund to complete an historic property acquisition that would benefit Holmdel for generations to come.”
The township must engage in “bona fide” negotiations with the owner of the property before it can move to eminent domain.
It hired a company in June to appraise the property and an Aug. 3 report provided by the company determined that the value of the property is $1.92 million.
The home of the Horn Antenna has been the subject of concern among residents since it was purchased last year for $3.7 million by Crawford Hill Holdings.
The Horn Antenna, which recorded a hissing sound on May 20, 1964, was used to confirm the Big Bang. Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias, former Bell Labs physicists, earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978 for their work.
The antenna, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988, sits on the former site of Bell Labs, which became Alcatel-Lucent and later Nokia.
Three local groups – Citizens for Informed Land Use, Friends of Holmdel Open Space and Preserve Holmdel – started a petition in December 2022 to make the property a public historic landmark and park. It has more than 9,713 signatures.
“As indicated in the resolution authorizing the appraisal back in June, there has been ‘a ground swelling of public support’ of the Crawford Hill property at meetings of the Township Committee, through electronic submissions and other outreach from residents,” said Kin Gee, editor of Better Holmdel. “It is wonderful that Mayor (Domenico) Luccarelli and the Township Committee heard the public voices to save the historic Horn Antenna and to preserve the surrounding area as a public park.”
The owner of the site, meanwhile, says the condemnation of the property will cost taxpayers millions and increase property taxes.
Besides the historic significance of the Horn Antenna, Crawford Hill is one the most desirable properties in Monmouth County because it’s located in the middle of one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Holmdel, it is the highest point of Monmouth County providing remarkable views of Raritan Bay and Manhattan, and its within walking distance of The PNC Bank Arts Center and Park and Ride, the developer says.
“How do you assess such a unique site,” Rakesh Antala, a partner in Crawford Hill Holdings, said in a press release. “What price do you put on that? $10 million? $20 million? $50 million?”
Antala says the township should have hired an appraiser who specializes in historic landmarks.
“The appraisers must consider many factors, including the site’s historical significance, condition, uniqueness, and market comparable properties,” he said.
Crawford Hill Holdings has said that the Horn Antenna is not and never was at risk and that it would remain open to the public.
“Misinformation has been deliberately spread about our intentions from the start,” said Antala. “Put aside the irrational fears, shut off the political posturing. We want nothing more than to have honest negotiations with the town officials and open-minded residents.”
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As part of a continuing NJ Natural Gas regulator project in Holmdel, a portion of Holmdel Road is slated to be closed on July 5.HOLMDEL, NJ — Holmdel Road, between Roberts Road and Route 520, will be closed on Wednesday, July 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the continuing NJ Natural Gas regular project - a project being contested by the township.Police say that, while traffic cannot pass through the work zone, businesses on Holmdel Road are still accessible.Businesses on the north side can be accessed from R...
HOLMDEL, NJ — Holmdel Road, between Roberts Road and Route 520, will be closed on Wednesday, July 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the continuing NJ Natural Gas regular project - a project being contested by the township.
Police say that, while traffic cannot pass through the work zone, businesses on Holmdel Road are still accessible.
Businesses on the north side can be accessed from Roberts Road and businesses on the South side are accessible via Route 520 or Spring Valley Drive.
Police advise planning an alternate route; detour signs will be in place.
The work is part of a controversial NJ Natural Gas regulator project that the township is fighting in court.
The township has been involved in continuing litigation with the gas company about its plan to build a regulator station at 960 Holmdel Road in the southern part of the township. The proposal got its latest go ahead recently from the state Board of Public Utilities.
The gas company has previously commented on the project:
“Both the BPU and administrative law judge in this matter have agreed with NJNG that this is an important project that is in the public interest to benefit Holmdel residents and other customers in the area with safe, reliable lifeline natural gas service. We are moving forward with construction of the regulator station,” according to the statement from Director of Communications Kevin Roberts has said recently.
In a recent statement, Mayor DJ Luccarelli said “Our community has done everything in its power to fight this. Unfortunately the BPU has overridden everything that we were fighting for.”
The statement also included the update on the litigation between the gas company regulator project and the township:
As a public utility, the gas company was not required to obtain construction permits from the township.
Should the Township ultimately win its appeal, it is Holmdel’s expectation that the gas company would be ordered to remove the regulator station, the mayor's statement said.
Holmdel Township Committee votes to acquire Crawford Hill, site of the landmark Horn antenna that provided evidence of the Big Bang theory.Posted Wed, Aug 23, 2023 at 8:07 pm ET|HOLMDEL, NJ — At a quiet, late summer meeting of the Township Committee Tuesday night, members took a historic step toward the preservation of Crawford Hill and of the Horn antenna that rests there.The mayor and three committee members present voted unanimously to adopt an ...
Posted Wed, Aug 23, 2023 at 8:07 pm ET|
HOLMDEL, NJ — At a quiet, late summer meeting of the Township Committee Tuesday night, members took a historic step toward the preservation of Crawford Hill and of the Horn antenna that rests there.
The mayor and three committee members present voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance authorizing the acquisition by eminent domain of the Crawford Hill property, currently privately owned and the site of a potential residential development.
Crawford Hill - the highest point in Monmouth County - is also the site of the Horn antenna, now a National Historic Landmark famously used in research by two scientists that confirmed the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe.
The area to be acquired includes Lots 6, 6.01 and part of Lot 7 for a partial easement on Block 27 - 34.3 acres - to be used for open space, recreation and historic preservation purposes under the township's Master Plan.
The committee then also voted unanimously to adopt a second ordinance that would appropriate $2 million in bond anticipation notes to finance the purchase of the site.
One of Holmdel's most respected environmentalists, Ralph Blumenthal, said he applauded the committee for taking the step. However, he reminded the members he also hopes to preserve the full Lot 7, the site of the abandoned Nokia building, the company that purchased the site from Bell Labs and then sold it to its current owner.
"But that is a topic for another day," he said, adding his own applause to that of others at the meeting.
In nearly a year's worth of meetings, the Township Committee has heard from physicists and school students, environmentalists and professors and from one woman who modestly described herself as "a homemaker not a scientist." She brought the same message to the committee as the others: Save the Horn for history.
But the momentous action by the committee is a first step in what will be an evolving process.
The owner of the total 43-acre site is Crawford Hill Holdings and Rakesh Antala of Holmdel. The company has said its latest versions of plans for the site would not move the antenna and so would preserve it.
The company's plan for an 88-unit, age-restricted townhouse development might not move the antenna. But opponents say an undisturbed Crawford Hill, with the 1960s-era antenna facing the sky in its original natural setting, is integral to its preservation.
Good faith negotiations
Township Attorney Michael L. Collins responded to questions by Blumenthal about the first phase of the process, good faith negotiations with the owner.
Collins said a letter from special counsel in the matter went out late last week to the owners of the property to engage in good faith negotiations.
Collins said there has to be a minimum of 14 days to allow for negotiations, but negotiations can continue beyond that if they are productive.
He said if there is no "engagement" on the part of the property owner, after 14 days the township has the ability to file proceedings in court, now that the eminent domain ordinance has been adopted.
He said negotiations would not be discussed in a public forum because it is a legal matter for closed session.
You can listen to the explanation by Collins at the meeting here, including comments from Roberta Kaufman, an environmentalist and five-year Planning Board member, who said she hoped the negotiations would "bear fruit."
Kaufman also applauded the township action and said the site has great potential as an educational center.
The committee previously authorized an appraisal of the Crawford Hill property, which has been completed and values the property at $1.92 million. And earlier this month it authorized the good faith negotiations to acquire the property from its current owner.
The bond would be supported by the township’s Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. In 2021, Holmdel voters voted to increase the collection rate to this fund, which is legally restricted to use for land acquisition and similar expenses.
“Holmdel voters overwhelmingly supported increasing funding to the trust fund. We are now looking to responsibly use the trust fund to complete an historic property acquisition that would benefit Holmdel for generations to come,” Luccarelli said earlier this month.
There was no immediate response from the owners of the Crawford Hill site on Wednesday, but Antala said in a previous statement: "We want nothing more than to have honest negotiations with the town officials and open-minded residents - based on facts not fear. We are more than willing to work in good faith as before and develop alternate options where the Horn antenna is preserved and open space is maintained.”
The Horn antenna was used in research by Bell Labs physicists. The antenna's national significance arises from its use in the detection of cosmic microwave radiation that provided irrefutable evidence of the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe. In 1978, scientists Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias earned a Nobel Prize in Physics for this work.
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