The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Asbury, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Asbury, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
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Kimchi Mama Dalgona, the latest addition to Asbury Park’s already overflowing downtown foodie scene, isn’t new to New Jersey.Owner and chef Justin Hwang decided to relocate from his takeout-only location in Fair Lawn to a much larger space at the Jersey Shore, complete with a massive dining room and takeout counter.“We wanted to bring our Korean food to a town where it’s not so available and wanted a place where...
Kimchi Mama Dalgona, the latest addition to Asbury Park’s already overflowing downtown foodie scene, isn’t new to New Jersey.
Owner and chef Justin Hwang decided to relocate from his takeout-only location in Fair Lawn to a much larger space at the Jersey Shore, complete with a massive dining room and takeout counter.
“We wanted to bring our Korean food to a town where it’s not so available and wanted a place where we can offer dine in,” Hwang noted.
While Asbury Park’s longstanding Korean taco favorite Mogo is more focused on handhelds and fusion dishes with American and Mexican influences, Kimchi Mama is coming in as the only other dine-in place for authentic Korean food within a 20 mile radius. The new location has been open for three months and Hwang is still adding to its menu.
“We will start serving soft-serve American and Korean-style ice cream tomorrow,” he shared last week — a somewhat idiosyncratic offering, but in a shore town, seems to make some degree of sense.
In a word, Kimchi Mama is multidimensional. The food here is layered with flavors, textures, temperatures and colors. The kimchi in the amuse trio started things off with a bang; tender and completely saturated in a medium-hot red sauce. The accompanying miso soup was as good as miso soup can get, served at a very drinkable temperature, just beyond tepid. The menu itself was broken down into Cupbop (Korean barbecue in a cup), Korean barbecue burrito, bibimbap, stir fried, soups, pancakes, stone bowls, and chicken wings. I ordered the vegetable pancake ($18.95), a colossal portion cut into eight thick slices, enough for four people. It was served with a small plastic cup of ginger, vinegar, soy and scallion dipping sauce.
“You can’t push it down, or it won’t get crispy. That’s the secret,” Hwang explained about the cooking process.
The man clearly knows his way around a pancake. This was the lightest, crispiest version of a Korean pancake I’ve ever had. Chock full of vegetables, it wasn’t overly greasy and the dipping sauce added some much appreciated umami.
Next were the bulgogi bibimbap ($16.95) and the chicken hot stone bowl ($14.95). I loved the contrast of the warm rice, and tender, slightly sweet bulgogi against the crisp and colorful raw vegetables in the bibimbap. The sauce that coated the bulgogi teetered on goopy, but I didn’t mind once I mixed everything up. I was immediately directed to the red squeeze bottle waiting on the table for said bibimbap. “Put that on top,” the server instructed. Hunger got the best of me here and I went heavier than I should have on cayenne-heavy condiment reminiscent of tabasco. This stuff was hot. I could see how the heat was intended to balance the sweetness of the meat, but there should have been some sort of warning on the bottle (or I should’ve known better).
Once my chicken hot stone bowl stopped sizzling, I dug my spoon down to the bottom to discover a blanket of gorgeously golden rice that cradled a pile of moderately spiced chopped chicken, shredded carrots and scallions. The rice must’ve been frying in something (later confirmed when I reached the oil-slicked bottom of the bowl), which yielded an addictive layer of crispy rice. After a couple mouth burn-inducing bites, I was able to enjoy the bowl without having to blow on it like a cautious parent feeding their child. Once cool enough to properly savor, I was able to assess the spice level, which wasn’t overly aggressive but assertive enough to evoke a secondary appreciation for the rice, which helped dial things back down.
The taro bubble tea ($6.95) was creamy and sweet, a welcome flavor note after consuming copious amounts of heat. My delicious, powder-based tea was prepared with whole milk over ice, but I later found out that I could have ordered it frozen (blended) or made with almond milk or water. While I know they’re wildly popular, the bubbles were not my thing; large and offensive, interrupting my smooth sips with clunky, chewy gobs of tapioca.
The most forgettable part of my experience was part of the complimentary amuse trio. A small mixed salad topped with a mayo-heavy dressing didn’t seem cohesive or necessary against the delicious miso soup and boldly flavored kimchi that were served along side it. Energetically, the restaurant was very quiet, with employees shuffling by randomly with purpose to restock items. They also don’t seem to be 100% set up, as confirmed by the owner regarding the impending ice cream launch.
I should also mention the other culinary piece of Kimchi Mama, a seafood boil menu, printed separately with its own name, Shaken Shake Crab. A different concept housed under their roof, it felt like an afterthought, incongruent with Kimchi Mama’s core menu and what the scents coming out of the kitchen implied. Upon exiting, I noticed a small counter display containing shellfish on ice. Aside from that visible cue and the separate printed menu, I would’ve been entirely ignorant to Shaken Shake Crab. Satisfied with with how my meal shook out, I didn’t feel like I missed out in any way by not venturing the boil.
Walking up to Kimchi Mama Dalgona is a no-frills experience, but that quickly changes once you step through the front door. The restaurant shares an entry vestibule with a tattoo parlor, greeting guests with bold colors, alternative emblems and a slew of licensing certificates hung on the wall. Take a hard right and you’re in a large, deep space that is Kimchi Mama. They maintained the tattoo shop’s color schematic with bright red paneling that contrasts with color blocked blacks and beiges. A bubble tea and ice cream station is set up at the entry, followed by the cash register, a stainless steel kitchen and finally, the dining room. A mix of high tops, smaller tables and long, dark wood-clad, banquet-style ones are randomly placed. The seating seemed plentiful while I dined peacefully as the only table on a weekday during lunch, but I could see this joint getting packed on a weekend or during dinner service. Added bonus: they’re byob.
If you’re craving Korean food, Kimchi Mama Dalgona is a solid bet, or just roll off the beach and grab a refreshing bubble tea or one of their ice cream offerings. Don’t skip the magical crispy and fluffy pancakes, and heat-sensitive folks should steer clear of the bibimbap sauce. Definitely order one of the stone bowls, but be careful not to burn your hands or mouth. Check out their seafood boil menu at your own risk. Do not park in the adjacent lot (it’s not for customers and you will get towed).
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George Benson is ready to give New Jersey the night.Benson, the Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist, will hit the Jersey Shore this summer with a Sunday, Aug. 14, performance as part of Seaside Heights beach concert series.The show represents a homecoming of sorts for Benson, a Pittsburgh native ...
George Benson is ready to give New Jersey the night.
Benson, the Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist, will hit the Jersey Shore this summer with a Sunday, Aug. 14, performance as part of Seaside Heights beach concert series.
The show represents a homecoming of sorts for Benson, a Pittsburgh native who lived in Englewood for many years.
“Jersey is very important to me," said Benson, 79. "They kept me alive playing my music because they always had some kind of place to play.”
Benson's musical history in New Jersey stretches from tavern to theaters — and now the beach.
“All that stuff, it’s in my mind constantly, all the good times we’ve had and the support we’ve had from Jersey people,” he said.
Benson's Seaside Heights bow marks his first performance in the state since his induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2021 — an illustrious group that also included founding father Alexander Hamilton and punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith.
“I couldn’t believe it, man," Benson said of the Hall of Fame honor. "All those years I spent there playing the clubs ... till 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock in the morning ... and (I was) loving every minute because that’s where I learned my craft."
Benson's time on New Jersey stages, he explained, gave him plenty of time to fine-tune his skills.
“When you’re in a place and you hear yourself bouncing off the walls all night, you get bored fast first," he said. "Then ... you end up doing something you never thought you were going to do: practice a lot. So Jersey got me in the habit of practicing a lot. And I played with some very professional musicians who are now superstars. So that’s what brought my career, my abilities along, by having that contest every night — competing not only with myself but with the world’s finest musicians.”
Recent years have found Benson's signature sound — a silky smooth approach to jazz that also draws from pop, R&B and standards — channeled through the work of a new musical generation.
He teamed with alternative pop innovators Gorillaz for the 2018 single 'Humility," with a guitar part deliciously reminiscent of his own easy-going 1976 smash "Breezin." "Humility" put Benson on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the 15th time — and his first time in 33 years.
Benson's 1980 smash "Give Me The Night" continues to have a long life, thanks to a dance floor-ready remix last year by DJ and producer Steve Aoki, and a just-dropped cover by retro tribute sensation the Yacht Rock Revue.
“It is amazing to find out the next generation is interested in what I do,” Benson said.
With a body of work extending back nearly 60 years and 10 Grammys to his name, Benson has his work cut out for him every time he makes a set list. Fortunately, his years on the road have taught him how to read his audience.
“You’ve only got so many minutes to play what you think is going to be effective that night, and it’s unreasonable to think you can play all of it," he said. "And you can’t play all new tunes all night, people don’t want to hear that, either. I know that the hard way.
"So you’ve got to stick with the things you know are essential, and eventually (audiences) know we’re going to play something that they really recognize and love, so we keep a lot of them in our repertoire. And (they're) mostly the hits because we know that the hits are what got (audiences) there in the first place."
Here is the schedule for the beach concert series:
The Beach Stage entrance is at Blaine Avenue and the Boardwalk, with guests to enter from the Boardwalk at the Blaine Avenue Dune Crossover. Coolers with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Alcohol will be available for purchase.
Children 5 and younger do not need a ticket if accompanied by a ticket holder. All shows are rain or shine unless a rain date is posted. Beach towels, sheets and small beach chairs are allowed, but not umbrellas.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for each show. Music starts at 7 p.m., except Dark Star Orchestra, moe., Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass with the Wood Brothers, which start at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit seasideheightslive.com.
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.
The fireworks will be hailing over the Jersey Shore again.Independence Day is Monday, July 4, and 30 municipalities across Monmouth and Ocean counties will mark the occasion with dazzling displays of fireworks.After the COVID-19 disruption of 2020 and 2021, the boom in fireworks shows across the region marks a return of before-times normalcy for many.Here are the area's fireworks displays for America's big day, listed by date. To view them alphabetically by town, click ...
The fireworks will be hailing over the Jersey Shore again.
Independence Day is Monday, July 4, and 30 municipalities across Monmouth and Ocean counties will mark the occasion with dazzling displays of fireworks.
After the COVID-19 disruption of 2020 and 2021, the boom in fireworks shows across the region marks a return of before-times normalcy for many.
Here are the area's fireworks displays for America's big day, listed by date. To view them alphabetically by town, click here.
Manchester: dusk, Harry Wright Lake in the Whiting section, part of Manchester Day 2022 festival, which begins at 2 p.m. Rain date for the fireworks is July 13 (rain date for the festival is June 26). Go: manchestertwp.com.
Jackson: dusk, John F. Johnson Junior Memorial Park, 260 Kierych Memorial Drive. Food Trucks & Fireworks begins at 4 p.m. and includes basketball and cornhole tournaments, a DJ and live music by Coast 2 Coast and Discoteks. Go: Jackson Township Recreation Department on Facebook or call 732-928-1260.
Berkeley Township: part of the "Sounds Of Summer" concert series at Veterans' Park in the Bayville section. Music begins at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks. Go: berkeleytownship.org.
Brick Township: Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Ave., part of the SummerFest Concert Series. Food court, beer and wine garden, live music. Food court opens at 6 p.m.; music begins around 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. Fireworks also take place July 7, 14 and 21. Go: bricktownship.net or facebook.com/BrickTwpNJGovernment.
Aberdeen: Veterans' Memorial Park, Ocean Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive in the Cliffwood Beach section. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Go: 732-583-4200, ext. 130, or @Aberdeentwp on Facebook.
Belmar: 9 p.m., Taylor Pavilion, 512 Ocean Ave. Go: 732-681-3700; belmar.com.
Keansburg: dusk, Keansburg Amusement Park, 275 Beachway Ave. $24 unlimited ride passes after 5 p.m. Go: 732-495-1400; keansburgamusementpark.com.
Ocean Township: Joe Palaia Park, corner of Deal and Whalepond roads. Go: oceantwp.org.
Sea Bright: dusk, 1097 Ocean Ave. Go: 732-842-0099; seabrightnj.org/sbnj.
Asbury Park: 9 p.m., Second and Fourth Avenue beaches. Rain date July 3. Go: 732-775-2100; cityofasburypark.com.
Barnegat: 9 p.m., Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Boulevard. Festivities start with food trucks at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. concert by Joey D's Rockin Oldies Band on the lawn in front of the high school auditorium, and a light show and music from Arties Parties at 7:30 p.m. at the football field. Rain date is July 9. Go: barnegat.net.
Brielle: 8 p.m., part of the River Queen boat cruises, 800 Ashley Ave. Dinner and bar. Go: 732-528-6620; riverboattour.com.
Hazlet: Veterans Memorial Park, 1776 Union Ave. Rain date is July 3. Go: hazlettwp.org/Recreation.
Jackson: part of “July 4th Fest,” Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., off Route 537. Go: 732-928-1821; sixflags.com.
Manasquan: dusk, main beach, part of Independence Day celebration. Bike-decorating contest at 5:15 p.m., Little League Field; parade at 6:30 p.m. at Manasquan Coast Guard. Go: manasquan-nj.gov.
Bradley Beach: dusk, beachfront. Go: 732-776-2999; bradleybeachnj.gov.
Colts Neck: Bucks Mill Park, 137 Bucks Mill Road. Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Go: coltsneckbusiness.org.
Freehold Borough: dusk, Freehold Raceway, 130 Park Ave.; bring blankets or folding chairs. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Live music by RockNRoll Chorus, Lil Asmar & Garden State Prodigies Band, RockitFish, and Kason Jackson (singing "The Star- Spangled Banner"). Go: 732 462-4200, freeholdboroughnj.gov.
Jackson: part of “July 4th Fest,” Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., off Route 537. Go: 732-928-1821; sixflags.com.
Lakehurst: 9 p.m., Lake Horicon after Lakehurst 100th anniversary celebration, which runs 2 to 9 p.m. with music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Rain date is July 9. Go: 732-657-4141 or lakehurst-nj.gov.
Lavallette: Centennial Gardens Gazebo, Bay Boulevard at Philadelphia Avenue. Rain date is July 10. Go: 732-793-7477; lavallette.org.
Union Beach: beachfront. Go: ubnj.net.
Beach Haven: dusk, Bay Village, Taylor Avenue, Beach Haven. Rain date is July 5. Go: 609-492-2800; bayvillagelbi.com.
Beachwood: beach on Bayside Avenue. Food, vendors, music, activities. Go: beachwoodusa.com.
Brielle: 7:30 p.m., part of the River Queen boat cruises, 800 Ashley Ave. Dinner and bar. Go: 732-528-6620; riverboattour.com.
Jackson: part of “July 4th Fest,” Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., off Route 537. Go: 732-928-1821; sixflags.com.
Lakewood: After BlueClaws games, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way. There also will be fireworks after the games on July 8 and 22; Aug. 5, 19 and 26; and Sept. 9. Admission included with game ticket. Go: 732-901-7000 or blueclaws.com.
Long Branch: 9:15 p.m., part of 30th annual Oceanfest, which runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with musicians, dancers, kids rides, sand sculpting, crafts, food vendors. Go: 732-222-0400; oceanfestnj.com.
Point Pleasant Beach: Jenkinson’s beach. Fireworks continue every Thursday through Sept. 1, Go: 732-892-0600 or jenkinsons.com.
Seaside Heights: 9:30 p.m., boardwalk. Also every subsequent Wednesday through Aug. 24. Go: exit82.com.
Lacey Township: 9:15 p.m., Lacey High School, 73 Haines St. in the Lanoka Habor section. Live music by Shallow Green begins at 7:30. Rain date is July 6. Go: 609-693-1100, ext. 2203; laceytownship.org.
Atlantic Highlands: 9:45 p.m., Atlantic Highlands Marina, 2 Simon Lake Drive. Rain date July 9. Go: 732-291-1444; ahnj.com.
Freehold Township: 9 p.m., Michael J. Tighe Park, 65 Georgia Road, part of Freehold Township Day, a celebration of veterans. Car show begins at 3 p.m., festival from 4 to 11 p.m., with bands, free children's rides and more. Rain date is July 17. Go: 732-294-2199; freeholdtownshipday.com.
Freehold Township: 9:15 p.m., opening night fireworks for the Monmouth County Fair, which runs from July 27 to 31 on the fairgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold. Go: 732-842-4000, ext. 4312; monmouthcountyparks.com.
Keyport: 10:30 p.m., West Front Street, part of the Keyport Fireman’s Fair, which runs Aug. 2 to 6. Go: 732-739-3900; facebook.com/Keyport-Firemans-Fair.
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Six new legal weed stores will open soon in New Jersey, adding to the dozen sites that launched the state’s emerging multi-billion industry last month.
Legal weed sales will begin Wednesday at Curaleaf’s Edgewater Park store at 10 a.m., the company announced. Edgewater Park Township Attorney Tom Coleman on Tuesday confirmed that Curaleaf has temporarily satisfied all zoning and construction issues for its expanded parking lot that stalled the opening for a month and is “free to open the Edgewater Park site for adult recreational sales.”
Consumers will also be able to buy recreational weed within the next few weeks at sites in Woodbridge, Union, Eatontown (all owned by AYR Wellness), Lodi (owned by TerrAscend), and Montclair (owned by Ascend) after the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved the new locations at its board meeting Tuesday.
Tuesday’s action will expand the number of legal weed stores to 18.
“We’re thrilled about our approvals in today’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission meeting, including expanded cultivation capacity and conversion of our three dispensaries to adult-use sales,” Rob Vanisko, spokesman for AYR Wellness, said in an email to NJ Advance Media. “Central Jersey has been under-served during the initial launch of adult-use cannabis, with only two dispensaries serving a population of 3.4 million people up until now.”
“We do not yet have a definitive date just yet for conversion,” added Vanisko. “Dispensaries approved on April 11 officially opened for adult-use on April 21, so we are hopeful for a timeline in that range.”
The panel on Tuesday also approved another 46 conditional licenses for smaller cultivators and manufacturers to grow crops and build out their facilities, adding to the 102 it Ok’d over the past two months. But it could take up to a year for these 148 operations to begin selling weed.
AYR’s plans were first reported by NJ Advance Media earlier this month. The alternative treatment center last year acquired Garden State Dispensary (GSD) and won approval Tuesday to expand into the legal weed market and a conditional license for a 66,000 square foot cultivation facility in Lakewood.
Julie Winter, AYR’s Vice President for Retail, assured the CRC that the firm was ready to sell adult weed and its new Lakewood cultivation site would help with supply down the road. Winter presented AYR’s plans to ensure access for medical marijuana patients, enough supply of marijuana for both medical and recreational sales and ample parking, among other requirements to expand into legal weed at its Union, Eatontown and Woodbridge stores.
AYR was the only one of eight alternative treatment centers that was denied by the CRC to expand into the adult recreational market at the commission’s April 11 meeting.
The dozen stores that launched adult sales last month were owned by seven medical dispensaries, also known as alternative treatment centers: Verano (which uses the Zen Leaf banner), Curaleaf, GTI (which uses the RISE banner), Ascend, Columbia Care, TerrAscend and Acreage.
Representatives from Ascend and TerrAscend (which uses TheApothecarium banner) appeared before the CRC on Tuesday again to make their pitch to add stores in Montclair and Lodi, respectively.
“These locations have met the necessary approvals to transition into the adult recreational market,” said CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown. “We are happy to add them.”
The dozen legal weed stores that have been operating for more than a month are in Bellmawr, Bloomfield, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Maplewood, Rochelle Park, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Williamstown, Egg Harbor, Vineland and Deptford.
Brown said it has been a seamless transition into adult recreational weed sales for New Jersey, with $24 million in reported sales and more than 212,000 transactions in the first month.
“This is only the beginning,” said Brown before the panel heard the three ATC presentations to add satellite stores. “There is a lot of opportunity left in the market. It has gone about as smoothly as we had hoped.”
Meanwhile, Curaleaf in Edgewater Park at 4237 US-Route 130 South first had to work out kinks with the township, including doubling the size of its parking lot, before it could sell adult weed. The company’s Chief Executive Officer said it was now ready to put the month delay behind it with tomorrow’s launch. Curaleaf Bellmawr has been selling adult recreational weed since April 20.
“After a successful adult-use launch, we are thrilled to expand our adult-use footprint allowing us to serve even more New Jersey consumers,” said Matt Darin, CEO of Curaleaf, said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the Town of Edgewater Park for their partnership and for so graciously welcoming us into the community. Curaleaf is committed to ensuring patients and consumers receive quality products and service as they embark on their cannabis journey.”
The CRC on Tuesday also approved a second cultivation site for Columbia Care in Vineland, four testing lab applications, as well as a resolution to eliminate the requirement that medical marijuana operations that won licenses in 2019 must operate at least one year as a medical dispensary before applying to sell to the adult recreational market.
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The guys of the Asbury Park-based country band Not Leaving Sober made a rookie mistake when they played at last year's Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood.They didn't realize there was a backstage bar just for the artists.The group will not make that same mistake this year. They're back on this year's fest, which runs Thursday, June 16, through Sunday, June 19, at the beach in Wildwood.“We blew it — we didn't find out until after the show that our VIP tag would have gotten us into the artis...
The guys of the Asbury Park-based country band Not Leaving Sober made a rookie mistake when they played at last year's Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood.
They didn't realize there was a backstage bar just for the artists.
The group will not make that same mistake this year. They're back on this year's fest, which runs Thursday, June 16, through Sunday, June 19, at the beach in Wildwood.
“We blew it — we didn't find out until after the show that our VIP tag would have gotten us into the artist bar, or we didn't know the artist bar existed,” said band member Neeks Araco. “We were like, 'What are you talking about?' I had no idea!”
The guys are joining Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Bret Micheals, Rita Wilson (aka Tom Hanks’ wife) and 40 more country music acts at the fest. It's the second edition of Barefoot, which starred Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Dan + Shay and Lynyrd Skynyrd last August. Southern Entertainment, whose credits include Carolina Country Music Fest, are the producers.
Not Leaving Sober, Lauren Davidson of Freehold and Kenny Curcio of Medford, who just released the new single, “Cut To The Heart,” are representing the Garden State contingent at the fest with a Jersey edge. The Not Leaving Sober guys won a Cat Country 96.7 & 104.1 FM contest to play last year, and this year their fans put them over in a festival-themed TikTok competition.
“We're not like the biggest band — I like to say 'yet' — but our fans, friends and the people who support us are insanely supportive, and they go above and beyond to make things happen for us,” Araco said.
The band plays Friday on the Jim Beam stage, Saturday on the Coca-Cola stage, and Sunday for Cat Country VIPs.
Not Leaving Sober refer to themselves as “two guys getting hammered at the bar who also happen to be the live entertainment for the night.”
In reality, it’s country rock that always finds the right groove, no matter how big of a smirk the lyrics might cause.
The band, however, did get serious for a moment at last year's fest, when they acknowledged a women in the audience holding a sign proclaiming her sobriety.
“We talked to her after we got off stage," Araco said. "We all agree, the whole band and her, that there was a beautiful irony in that because our band is called Not Leaving Sober and she's holding up a sign that says she's 84 days sober — and it was cool because we made a friend out of that. It's part of our brand and it's us having fun, and it doesn't mean you can't have fun without drinking, and it doesn't mean you shouldn't drink responsibly.”
“It's our lifestyle and it's our branding, but it's the coolest thing is that she's out there enjoying our music and she's not drinking or partying,” said band member Jimmy Long. “That a beautiful thing to see.”
This weekend will also see the release of their new single, “Yall Don’t Know.” They call it the new Jersey anthem, and it begins with the line, “Nothing like waking up on the beach after partying all night at the bar.”
The guys are no strangers to sleeping on Jersey beaches. Look for them off stage in Wildwood without their boots on.
“The second when we got off stage and we realized people had their shoes off and they rolled their pants up or had shorts on, we were like, 'We get to walk around like this?' ” Long said.
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Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Walker Hayes, Chris Janson, Jameson Rodgers, Bret Michaels, Matt Stell, Locash, Priscilla Block, Callista Clark, Ernest, King Calaway, Lily Rose, Frank Ray, Bowman, Brittney Spencer, Rita Wilson, Neon Union, Diamonds & Whiskey, Lauren Davidson,
Chase Matthew, Ellis Melillo, Gillian Smith, Drew Green, Southern Rounds, Davisson Brothers Band, Melissa Quinn Fox, The Stickers, Kidd G, Jukebox Rehab, Cooper Alan, Kevin MaC and Friends, Landon McFadden, Jessica Rose, Not Leaving Sober, Kenny Curcio, DJ Slim McGraw, DJ Big Country
Go: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19, Wildwood beach. Tickets start at $39 for Thursday, $99 for the other days; barefootcountrymusicfest.com
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]