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NJ 4-year-old Who Died from COVID-19 Did Not Have Kawasaki, Officials Say

May 9, 2020

NEW JERSEY — State officials on Saturday said the 4-year-old reported dead from the coronavirus this week did not also have the inflammatory syndrome Kawasaki disease.

While the underlying condition was not Kawasaki disease — a syndrome being discovered in children with COVID-19 — the child’s undisclosed condition was a contributing factor, state Health Commissioner ...

A 4-Year-Old Child Has Died of Coronavirus in NJ, the First Fatality Under 18

TRENTON, NJ — A 4-year-old of New Jersey has died of COVID-19, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced Friday during the state’s daily briefing in Trenton. 

The child was the first death reported in the state of anyone under the age of 18, Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed to members of the media.

The child had an underlying medical condition, but Persichilli would ...

Murphy: Bodies Piled Up at NJ Nursing Home ‘Completely Beyond the Pale’

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy, “outraged” after bodies piled up “at a makeshift morgue” of an Andover nursing home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Thursday that New Jersey’ top officials are looking further into the matter.

Subject of national headlines and first reported by the New Jersey Herald, police found 17 bodies inside a temporary morgue at the ...

Coronavirus: NJ Prisons Readying to Release Some Inmates For ‘Medical Home Confinement’

NEW JERSEY — The state Department of Corrections is readying to release certain inmates to home confinement as a means to curtail coronavirus.

State correctional facilities will provide “temporary emergency medical home confinement” and expedited parole for certain jailed people who have not committed what the state considers to be serious offenses, such as murder or sexual ...

Man Claims Infection, Coughs on Supermarket Worker

TRENTON, NJ – When a Manalapan supermarket worker concerned about the coronavirus asked a shopper to keep his distance, the man said he was infected with the virus, leaned in and coughed on the employee, officials said today.

The shopper, George Falcone, 50, of Freehold, ended up being charged with third-degree terroristic threats and other offenses, said state Attorney General Gurbir ...

Coronavirus: New Jersey Will Release up to 1,000 Inmates to Halt Spread of the Virus

"No other state was taking these 'drastic' steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in jails." - Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey officials are also taking unprecedented action to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to in-state correctional facilities.

As many as 1,000 low-level offenders will be released from jails starting Tuesday after Chief Justice Stuart ...

NJ Transit Stepping Up Cleaning Efforts As Ridership Falls

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NJ Transit has enhanced its cleaning efforts to include disinfected vehicles and major stations every 24 hours in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The intensified cleaning regiment in stations includes additional disinfecting of frequent customer touchpoints such as ticket vending machines, handrails and door handles, according to a statement released by NJ ...

Gov. Murphy: Man In His 90s is Third Coronavirus Death in N.J.

NEW JERSEY - An man in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center has become the third New Jersey person to die after testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19.

Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement via Twitter late Monday night, after televised appearances on MSNBC and CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

"Our prayers are with his family during this ...

Rutgers Cancels Classes, Will Move to Online Due to Coronovirus

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers is canceling classes Thursday and Friday and will move all course instruction online when students return from spring break on March 23, the university announced today.

The shutdown of the university comes in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that claimed the first New Jersey resident earlier today.

The 16,000 students living in residence ...

Newark's Top Cop Warns Suburbanites to Lock Their Cars

NEWARK, NJ — Newark's Public Safety Director said he believes criminal incidents in Newark can be reduced if people living in the suburbs would be more diligent in locking their vehicles and taking the key fobs with them after parking.

“Cars are being stolen from the suburbs and surrounding cities are being used in criminal incidents in Newark,” Director ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on May 28. This year’s event was a virtual presentation. 

Esther Faus, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths. Twenty-three Upper School ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Band Members Perform in Virtual Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Fourth and fifth grade musicians at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their talents in a virtual format in an entertaining Lower School Instrumental Concert. Under the direction of instructor Mr. Matt Bergman, students performed a variety of short pieces at home on flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone euphonium and ...

Diane Cruz Named Bloomingdale Avenue School 2019-2020 Educator of the Year

May 29, 2020

CRANFORD - Bloomingdale Avenue School (BAS) has announced that Diane Cruz has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year.

Mrs. Diane Cruz is a first grade teacher at Bloomingdale Avenue School, where she has worked at for over 14 years. Prior to arriving at BAS, she taught for three years in Jersey City. 

Each year, Mrs. Cruz creates a classroom environment ...

Cranford High School Students Adapt Relatively Well to Quarentine and Distance Learning

CRANFORD - Students at Cranford High School received the news on March 12 that they would not be returning to school in light of the Coronavirus pandemic for an indefinite amount of time.

Now, after over two months of quarantine and an announcement that traditional school will not resume for the 2020 year, students have been adjusting to the new at home school routine. With the ...

Lori Talbot Named Hillside Avenue School 2019-2020 Educator of the Year

CRANFORD - Hillside Avenue School (HAS) has announced that Lori Talbot has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year.

Mrs. Talbot is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Hillside Avenue School. She has been teaching for 30 years and has received numerous awards and honors.

"Mrs. Talbot has a tremendous work ethic and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty," ...

NJ Human Services Announces $37 Million in Additional Food Assistance

May 31, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

June Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to $143M Since March

(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in June to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 ...

Motor Vehicle Accident in Linden Injures Police Officer

May 27, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - According to officials, at 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, a Linden police vehicle was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of S. Wood Avenue & 19th Street.

Preliminary reports indicate that the police vehicle and a 2018 Ford Explorer collided with a 2017 Freightliner utility truck. The truck then collided with a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup. Two parked ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Westfield Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

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Clothing Drive

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Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...