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A True American Health Hero: Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead Recognized at West Point

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Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level, and is a recipient of the 2007 national Women’s History Project Generations of Women Moving History Forward. She was the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to Brigadier General. She entered West Point in 1977 as a member of the second class to include women and graduated in 1981.

On November 2, 2011 at the Thayer Hotel at West Point General Halstead was honored as a room at this historic hotel was named in her honor. berkAs Board Members of the Association of NJ Chiropractors,  Dr. Donald DeFabio of Berkeley Heights and Dr. Robert  Blozen of Holmdel were invited to attend this historic event and had the great privilege of meeting and interviewing Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead, who is now a national spokesperson for Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Her commitment to service is admirable and empowering. She continues to live daily her West Point Pledge of the putting the mission first and never accepting defeat. As a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a national public awareness program for Chiropractic, she brings home the message that drugless chiropractic care is an essential part of maintaining an active lifestyle focused on wellness.

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While General Halstead was honored for her military achievements, it is her post-military role as a spokesperson for Chiropractic care that has been making the most impact across the country.

Halstead was the keynote speaker for the Association of NJ Chiropractors (ANJC) at  the 2011 spring convention in April where she shared her positive experiences with Chiropractic and was a participant in a Covenant Signing ceremony for the “Healing Hands for Heroes” program. At the event, the ANJC announced it is teaming with Army OneSource, a U.S. Army Community outreach program and the Army Community Covenant to raise awareness of the unique challenges of military life on our service members and their families and to address the growing need for accessible health services by launching “Healing Hands for Heroes.”

The program allows returning veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for free for a minimum of 60 days.

Simply put, the Healing Hands program allows participating doctors of chiropractic to serve our veterans. According to Dr. Donald DeFabio the reasons to join  the program are clear: “After all, they served all of us by putting their lives at risk, so it is only logical that I return the favor by giving them free care. Like our serviceman and women, I also believe in the American traditions of liberty, justice and freedom and want them to know that I am on their team. I tell them to consider me the "team doctor" for veterans and active duty personnel.”

Veterans throughout the state can find a participating chiropractor in their area by visiting www.njchiropractors.com.   

After 27 years of service, Brigadier General Halstead decided to retire after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia – a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues. Currently, the disease affects as many as 12 million Americans and has been reported two times as prevalent in deployed veterans (Annals of Internal Medicine, June 7, 2005, Vol. 142 No.11).

Initially, Halstead was prescribed every drug imaginable, though the pills only masked the pain and resulted in a spiral of reactions affecting her psychological and physical health. It wasn’t until a close friend suggested chiropractic that she was able to find relief and return to a normal, nearly pain-free life. She discovered that the comprehensive treatment of chiropractic care improves joint motion, reducing and in some cases eliminating the pains and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia – such as fatigue, sleep deprivation and depression.

To hear her speak on readiness, fibromyalgia and chiropractic click here:  

Currently, access to Chiropractic is not available to active military and only some VA hospitals. Halstead is committed to making that change through education and legislation. "Our troops’ effectiveness is based on readiness, and chiropractic is an essential component of being physically ready."

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit ...

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Staff will be at the Municipal Courtroom/Council Chambers at 29 Park Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 to accept them. Enter through the glass door, using the stairs by the Police Department.

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2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
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Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

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February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

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I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

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‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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