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Atlantic Health System Cancer Care First in World to Begin Clinical Trial of Novel Virus-Based Immunotherapy for Late-Stage Melanoma; First Patient Enrolled

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Dr. Eric Whitman Leads Study of Experimental Drug That Uses Cold Virus to Disable Cancer Cells in Patients Who Have Not Responded to Other Treatments

Morristown, NJ Atlantic Health System Cancer Care is the first oncology institution in the world to sign on to, and to enroll the first patient in, a multicenter Phase IIa clinical trial of OBP-301 (Telomelysin®), a virus-based immunotherapy for late-stage melanoma that has not responded to other treatments. 

This leading-edge experimental therapy, which is under development by Japanese biotechnology company Oncolys BioPharma, uses the common cold virus to modify a gene that can selectively replicate in, and destroy, cancer cells. The study protocol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June.

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The clinical trial is being led locally by Eric D. Whitman, MD, FACS, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care and director of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s Atlantic Melanoma Center at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center.

“This targeted immunotherapy holds great promise for improving survival rates in patients with unresectable and metastatic melanoma,” said Dr. Whitman.  “We are proud to have been chosen as the first site for this leading edge clinical trial, and happy to be able to offer a wide range of the latest established and experimental treatments to our patients.”

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, affects more than 50,000 people each year. Although the chances of having melanoma increase with age, the number of cases among young adults is rising every year. Melanoma can have serious health consequences and may even be fatal.

The OBP-301 trial is a multicenter, Phase IIa study to evaluate how melanoma tumors respond to injection of this drug in patients with Stage III and Stage IV melanoma -- that is, to determine how much the drug shrinks or destroys tumors after it is injected into them.  The study, which will also look at potential side effects, is “open label,” meaning that all participants in the study will receive OBP-301. 

OBP-301 is a type of virus known as an adenovirus. Adenoviruses are common in nature and when they multiply in normal human cells they may cause infections that result in symptoms like those of the common cold or the flu.  OBP-301 has been genetically changed from the original virus to reproduce in target cancer cells that are emitting a certain signal. As a result of this reproduction, OBP-301 is believed to burst and kill tumor cells.

Study participants will receive multiple injections into their tumors over a period of several weeks.  Blood tests will be done to evaluate the level of virus in patients’ systems, and for immune response monitoring. Dr. Whitman and colleagues will also evaluate how long it takes to get a response and how long responses last, as well as overall survival and progression-free survival rates.

In preclinical studies, Oncolys demonstrated OBP-301’s anti-tumor activity in various types of cancer cells.  A Phase I clinical trial in the U.S. demonstrated the drug’s safety, and showed that it shrank tumors in a majority of study participants, who had a variety of solid tumors.  Additional studies of the drug have been completed, or are underway, in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

The Atlantic Melanoma Center, a clinical and research center of excellence, is an internationally-recognized program. The center’s multidisciplinary approach-- combining the expertise of board-certified surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and nurses – treats all forms of melanoma, including those in the skin, mucous membranes and eyes.  Patients receive the latest medical treatments, and when needed, melanoma surgery is also available. 

For more information on the OBP-301 clinical trial or other studies, please call the Atlantic Melanoma Center at 973-971-7111.  

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Morristown

Baby Crossing Summer Sale going on now!

July 12, 2018

Our SUMMER SALE is going on now! Get 40% percent off select summer apparel. 

PLUS check out the amazing deals in our $5 and $10 bins. We're open ALL week!

980 Mt Kemble Avenue, Morristown NJ 07928

Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5pm

Sunday 12pm - 5pm

4th of July Sale Going on now at The Depot Gift Shop

4th of July sale going on now at the Depot Gift Shop.

The Depot Gift Shop is located at 980 Mt Kemble Avenue in Morristown

My Training Gym offers a 21-Day Summer Jump Start

Jump start your summer with My Training Gym!

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Big Changes in Store for New Jersey’s Employers and Employees

Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

New ...

Have Lunch with the Librarian at Macculloch Hall Wednesdays in July

July 11, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Grab a blanket and your lunch and enjoy a wonderful afternoon with "Lunch with the Librarian" at Macculloch Hall Gardens. 

Today and every Wednesday in July and August, the librarian from the Morristown Library will read stories to pre-school children and their parents or caregivers under Macculloch Hall's magnificent beech tree.

The event ...

Free Movie Fridays and Mondays at the Morris County Library

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Looking to start your weekend with a movie? The Morris County Library is offering free movies on Fridays and Mondays to all Morris County residents.

On Fridays, the library will show Black Panther, Murder on the orient Express, Hostiles and Star wars VIII The Last Jedi.  All movies begin at 2pm. On Mondays the library will host family movies with ...

Tri Harder Triathlon Comes to Ginty Pool Saturday July 14

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Tri-Harder Kid's Triathlon Series is once again coming to Ginty Pool on Saturday July 14 at 8:30am. 

The event, for children ages 4 - 14, focuses on participation and the importance of physical activity rather than places and scores. The event provides participants with general times and ribbons are given to all registrants. 

Participants ...

Game Day! FC Motown will Host FC Baltimore at Drew

July 18, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Grab the family and friends and head over to Drew University tonight to cheer on FC Motown as they face FC Baltimore. Tonight, both teams will square off in the NPSL Northeast Region Semifinals.  Game time is 8pm.

To read more about the team, click HERE 

 

Nature Walks in Morristown's Foote's Pond Wood; Tonight July 12

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Join Bill Munther, Ecologist and Friend of Foote’s Pond Wood, for a Nature Walk at Foote's Pond tonight, Thursday July 12 at 6:30pm.

Munther will lead attendees on a walk around Foote’s Pond Wood Park to view and identify its flora and fauna and describe its ecosystems and habitats. A great opportunity and introduction. Can't make it tonight, don't ...

Don't Miss The Kids Program - Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! at Morristown's Macculloch Hall

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Macculloch Hall is hosting a youth summer garden program on Saturday July 7, 14, 21 and August 4, 11, and 18. The hands on program is for families from 10am - 11:30am. Come to the garden and learn how to make refrigerator pickles, help tend the vegetables, create nature-inspired art, and learn about helpful insects and pollinators through games and garden scavenger ...

MTG Youth Training Camp in Full Swing

July 14, 2018

My Training Gym's Youth Athletics Program is a group training designed to:

Reduce body mass - Increase muscular strength - Improve motor skills - Encourage plant based nutrition - Enhance concentration - Build self-confidence - Prevent sports injuries. 

Stop by the gym and check out a session, Mon-Thurs. 3-4pm.  Your child(ren) will thank you!

Bring the Kids! Touch a Truck Day at Ginty Field

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Fire trucks, garbage trucks, police cars and many more vehciles will be part of Touch a Truck Day on Friday July 13. Children of all ages are invited down to Ginty Field to explore, touch and see these vehicles.

The Touch a Truck Day will take place from 9:30am - 11:30am at Ginty Field in Morris Township.

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1st Annual Diversity Day to Be Held on the Morristown Green; Sat. July 8

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Celebrate your neighbors during the first annual Diversity Day in Morristown. 

The event will take place on the Morristown Green on Saturday July 8. The event will kick off with an interfaith service at 11am which everyone is invited to. Following the service there will be music, entertainment and food from 12noon - 4pm.

Working together to present the event is ...

Cadet CMSgt Craig Petrin of Morristown, receives Award

July 17, 2018

Cadet CMSgt Craig Petrin, of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Morristown, NJ, was presented with the Honor Cadet Award recently at the one week NJ Wing Civil Air Patrol Basic Encampment held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The Honor Cadet Award is presented to those who show outstanding leadership, character, and attention to detail.  Also during encampment, Craig performed the ...

Free Slurpee Day today at Morristown's 7-Eleven

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Today is Wednesday July 11 or better known as Free Slurpee Day at local 7-Eleven stores. On 7/11, the retailer is offering customers a free small slurpee from 11am - 7pm or while supplies last.

So stop in to your local store for a cool treat to beat the heat.

The Morristown location is located at 50 Morris Street. Another close location is the store located in Cedar ...

Roxbury Helpers Sought for Upcoming Fistball World Championships

ROXBURY, NJ – The organizers of the upcoming U18 Fistball World Championships, an international even taking place in Succasunna, are seeking volunteers to work with visitors from across the globe.

Werner Adam, the northeast regional director for the United States Fistball Association (USFA), said planning for the big event is going well. However, one hurdle that remains is ...

Car Stolen from Pomeroy Avenue Overnight; Auto Theft Ring Suspected

July 19, 2018

MADISON, NJ - On the evening of July 18 between the hours of 6:30p.m. and 7:00a.m. a 2011 black Range Rover was stolen out of a driveway on Pomeroy Ave in the borough.

According to Lt John Miscia of the Madison police department the vehicle was left unlocked.

"We believe a high end car theft ring is responsible," said Miscia. "We however can’t confirm ...

US Junior Amateur: Top Nine Seeds Advance, Led by Top-seed Kelly Chinn, to Round of 32

July 19, 2018

Wednesday’s playoff, round of 64 Scores

Thursday’s round of 32 matchups
(Round of 32 winners advance to the round of 16, starting at 1:15 p.m. EDT)

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After an early morning eight-player playoff to decide the final three spots of match play later in the afternoon, top-seed Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., led the way for the top nine seeds to advance after the ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 20 - 22

July 20, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - It's the weekend! Check out all the exciting events happening in Morristown this weekend.

 

Friday July 20

Puppet Theatre; Morris County Library; 10am - 10:30am

Morris County 4-H Fair; Chubb Park Chester; 10am - 10pm

Friday Films: Hostiles (R); Morris County Library; 2pm - 5pm

Lego Club; Morris County Library; 3pm - 4:30pm

Jazz in July; Morristown ...

'Diggin' It' at Belmar's Annual Sandcastle Contest

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s 18th Avenue beach turned into a giant sandbox for the hundreds of participants in Wednesday's 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest.

As thousands of spectators crowded around to watch the building process unfold on July 18, sand sculptors of all ages took their pails, shovels, spray bottles and other tools — and tricks —  of the trade to ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

TapInto Welcomes Letters to the Editor, Guidelines for Submission Listed

July 18, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Letters to the Editor are a time-honored tradition in the newspaper industry and now that so much of news has moved online, the letters explaining a personal point of view have moved with it.

While many of our letters come during election time, TapInto invites letters year round. The main rules are to include a full name, phone number, email and snail mail address. TapInto ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

July 16, 2018

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, July 20

Madison

Kids' Critter Camp

Education

Fri, July 20, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

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Fri, July 20, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster,

2018 Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Warrants, Theft and Narcotic Possession Top This Week's Police Blotter

July 17, 2018

7/5: ARREST FOR D.W.I./THEFT/WARRANT: Officers executed a motor-vehicle stop for a moving violation in Jefferson Township. An investigation led to Gina L. Falcon, age 24, of Paterson, to be charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Receiving Stolen Property; and Destiny Martinez, age 24, of Passaic, to be charged with Receiving Stolen Property. Ms. Martinez was also found to have a warrant for ...

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to benefit Interfaith Food Pantry, July 26

July 19, 2018

Morris Plains, NJ -  The Interfaith Food Pantry announced that it will receive five percent of net sales from the Whole Foods Market locations in the Morristown and Madison areas on Thursday, July 26 as part of the company’s quarterly Community Giving Day.

“We’re so grateful to Whole Foods for their partnership in addressing the problem of local hunger and food ...

Obituaries

 It is with great sadness that The Hampshire Companies announces that Todd Anderson, ...
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- Mar 13, 2017
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Paulus J. Tuyp, passed away at his residence with his loving and ...
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- Mar 12, 2017
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edward K. Larsen, 94, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at JFK ...
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