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What is genetic testing for breast cancer? And do I need it?

Ever since Angelina Jolie announced that she had tested positive for a BRCA mutation, indicating a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, there has been increased public awareness of the role that genetic mutations play in assessing and managing the risk of breast cancer.

One of the most common questions my patients ask me is, “Do I need genetic testing?”

Most patients tend ...

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to Hold NJ State Capital Day

June 20, 2019

TRENTON, NJ (June 19, 2019) – Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 14th leading cause of death in New Jersey. On Monday, June 24, advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to urge lawmakers ...

AMC Mountainside 10 Theatre on Route 22 Temporarily Closed

June 18, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- A small fire in a popcorn machine at the AMC Mountainside 10 on Monday night has led to the temporary closure of the theatre, according to Bryan Villarroel, the manager on duty at the theatre.

He said since there was a fire involved, they “can’t open up the building to the public until the fire department and the health inspector can approve that it’s ...

Forty-Four Bridges in Union County Being Repaired & More from Freeholders

ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County.

If approved by the freeholder board, the county will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state criteria.

“The state comes out every couple of years, does an inspection on all of ...

Union County Extends Contract for Inmate Substance Abuse Program

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Union County is taking steps to help its residents receive treatment for substance abuse, including by continuing substance abuse treatment for inmates at the Union County Jail.

The county saw a total 3,365 admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2016, with 2,581 Union County residents seeking treatment for substance abuse at least once, according to ...

Additional Charge Filed Against Man Arrested Outside School in Westfield Last Week

June 17, 2019

Updated at 7:25 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ –  An additional charge of third-degree possession of a firearm in or upon the grounds of an educational institution has been filed against the man who came to an elementary school in Westfield last Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor's office said Monday.

As reported last week, ...

NJ High School Teacher Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

UNION COUNTY, NJ - An astronomy and physics teacher from Columbia High School in Maplewood was arrested and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced today.

Michael A. Morrill, 55, of Union, was arrested and charged after the Union County detectives found digital files of children being sexually exploitated on his ...

Cedar Grove Fourth Grader’s Hug Bribe Has Mobilized the Community to Track Down Tom Hanks

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Local residents are rallying behind Luca Sandomenico, a 10-year-old fourth grader at South End School, who has been hospitalized in Philadelphia for more than two weeks with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  Luca continues to grow stronger every day, and after spending seven days in a medically induced coma and nine days on a ventilator, he’s awake, alert, ...

Tuesday's Primary Election Brought Huge Wins for Women

June 10, 2019

Dear Editor:

Tuesday's primary election brought huge wins for women throughout Union County and for people who believe in true Democratic values everywhere.

We faced an uphill battle every step of the way that started with removing us, as incumbents, off the party line and even escalated to court battles simply to be allowed to run for re-election. After many, many years of service to ...

Excitement in Newark as New Jersey Devils Prepare for 2019 First Overall Pick

June 19, 2019

With the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils could select one of two young players who have been coined as “generational” talents by analysts and scouts across the league. Making this decision all the more exciting is that the second overall pick in this year’s draft belongs to the Devils’ rivals across the Hudson in the New York Rangers.

Gearing Up For an Active Summer?

If you are like me, the start of summer means lots more outdoor activities like running, playing with your children, walking the boardwalk for endless hours, swimming, surfing or going for a family bike ride. 

I have always found it interesting that no matter how active you are, changing activities as the seasons change can result in soreness and sometimes pain. 

 There are ...

Too Busy to Prioritize Your Finances? Read This.

We’re busier than ever these days. Constant notifications, work travel, kids’ activities and other important tasks are often competing for our immediate attention. Amid our packed schedules, it can be easy to set our finances on autopilot. If you can relate to this feeling, know there are several simple steps you can do in 10 minutes to feel more confident about your finances. The ...

Five Simple Tips to Maintain Positive Cash Flow in Your New Business

When it comes to finances, the difference between success and failure is often the ability to maintain a positive cash flow. We have this goal in our everyday lives: we seek to earn enough to pay the bills each month while saving strategically for long-term investments that will fuel future growth. The same is true for a business. If you are thinking about becoming a small business owner, know ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Anthony Gerard Giammarino, 57, was called home to be with his Lord and ...
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Have You Seen Sparky? Missing Dog From Rahway

June 15, 2019

RAHWAY, NJ - Have you seen Sparky?  He is a 6-month-old Yorkie/Maltese mix, leaning more towards Yorkie, who is believed to have been last seen at Orchard Street and Jefferson Avenue in Rahway.  The owners suspect he was taken.

Sparky was neutered on May 7, and the stiches were removed on May 14.  He was going to be chipped on May 20 by his doctor at St. Georges Veterinary ...