Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Asbury, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Asbury, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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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]