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CRANFORD, NJ - As you walk down a local street enjoying the weather, the sights, and sounds you go through the little park with benches under the overpass and past several parked cars and vans. Up ahead you see a group of four young adults talking. Pretty harmless right? Just an ordinary day right? Wrong… if you are someone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this can be anything but a serene, peaceful, calming experience. Dealing with this same experience may instead be something like this… There is a sniper on top of the overpass, an IED (improvised explosive device) near the park bench, or one of these “guys” could be a suicide bomber. The sound of a car backfiring could sound like gun shots and the birds singing like bombs whistling toward you. Not so peaceful, not so enjoyable… in fact terrifying. PTSD is an anxiety disorder developed by some people, often in the military, who have had or witnessed an event that caused or threatened to cause serious harm or death. Symptoms include: “feeling on edge,” intense worry or guilt or avoidance of thoughts and situations that remind them of the trauma. Recurring memories of the event cause terror with cold sweats, trembling and unbearable anxiety. When treating veterans suffering with PTSD, I can see they are living this real nightmare. It can be devastating to them every day. Fortunately, there are treatments available. Therapy, medication, support groups, and a mobile app (PTSD Coach) are able to help minimize or manage symptoms. Supportive family and friends and avoidance of alcohol and drugs also help alleviate symptoms. Some facts based on the U.S. population: •7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives •8 million adults have PTSD during a given year •The numbers of veterans with PTSD varies by service era but range from about 12% of Gulf War Veterans to about 15% of Vietnam Veterans If you or someone you know is suffering there is no need to suffer alone. PTSD does not “go away” or “cure itself.” Everyone deserves the best quality of life possible. Accepting treatment is a big step in the right direction…reach out. Here are some places to start: •911 or ER for Crisis •1-800-273-8255 Suicide Prevention Lifeline oPress 1 or TEXT 838255 •Find a therapist: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) oFor assistance call 24 hrs. a day •Contact Bravest First Program through Youth & Family Counseling The pain can stop anytime you choose- let the pain stop here and now. Carol M. Pedro is a licensed therapist at Youth and Family Counseling, 233 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ (908) 233-2042. Website

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CRANFORD, NJ - Due to impressive performances as goalies for varsity lacrosse, Anna Horne and Phil Marotta are Cranford High School's Athletes of the Week.

Horne, a junior, has 408 career saves. Her current total for the season is 84 saves as she helped lead the Cougars to victory in games against Montville and Governor Livingston.

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Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Talents at Music Recital

April 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The Music Department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison staged its annual Spring Music Recital, and it was another spectacular show.

Held in the new Berry Performing Arts Center for the first time, this year's recital featured many of the school's most talented vocal and instrumental performers.

Students who participated in the recital included: Aum Mehta ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

April 17, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 04/10/2018 10:11 a.m.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

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Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

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