Guest Column

May 23, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms.  To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Jennifer McCusker, Nutley resident and a single mother, tells of her battle with COVID-19. McCusker was sick in early March and hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. She believes she was the fifth person admitted at a time when the virus was just ...

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As a vascular neurologist, I’m concerned that people’s fear of catching COVID-19 is stopping them from seeking health care, even those who may be gravely ill. Having a stroke is a major emergency that requires immediate medical intervention, yet people with symptoms erroneously believe the risk of ...

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Mental health is something that many people deal with on a daily basis, but it is an issue that few people regularly bring up or discuss. Coronavirus has unexpectedly and abruptly put mental health at the forefront of our lives. People have been at home and forced to be with their thoughts, some ...

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I hope you are all staying safe, healthy, and inside during these unprecedented times! No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do - it is truly a time unlike any other. In light of this, I know I could use some good news, and I'm sure all of you could as well.  I wanted to pass on a "Good ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The story really is not that exciting- and that's a good thing.  While the news is constantly reporting about people getting sick and dying, people are also getting better.  A Sparta resident has just finished quarantining, having been sick with the coronavirus. “I feel good,” the ...

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MONMOUTH COUNTY: From Wuhan to New Jersey?  When  Fox News  and   CNN are both reporting that a Chinese virus laboratory, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, may be responsible for the novel coronavirus, it's no longer a far-flung theory.  There have been various reports of wet market and bat soup ...

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Five days into my self-quarantine, I realized that I had forgotten one major thing: I did not have a plan of how I was going to take care of my spiritual needs during the lockdown. Millions of people are now facing the same quandary, and with a focus on mindfulness, and a few key supplies, we can ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in New Jersey and throughout the country, there is debate over whether people should be wearing face masks when they leave home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that individuals wear ...

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We know that older individuals and those with serious health conditions are most at risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19. But, there’s another group of people who are also vulnerable to the illness: Those who smoke and/or vape. There’s a lot that can happen to your lungs when ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. In something resembling a military operation, the state is on high ...

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Even though Frozen II’s early release on Disney+ was a blessing for many, we know parents are concerned about leaning on TV and tablets too much while kids are stuck at home. Here are some healthy alternatives to help keep the kids entertained: Go outside – Whether it’s bike riding, hula ...

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The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill is providing a lifeline for small businesses in New Jersey and across the country in states that have been hit hard by the epidemic. The cornerstone of the legislation for business owners is a bold a $349 billion lending program for companies ...

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If you’re a parent (or a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or godparent), chances are that what scares you most about the coronavirus is the impact the epidemic could have on the kids you love. With news of the virus’ widespread effects constantly unfolding, it’s easy to conjure up endless scenarios, ...

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Remember: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If you're feeling down, or you or a loved one feel unsafe, there are plenty of people who feel just the way you do and there are resources available to help you through this. You are not alone Please call or text:  💕Crisis Text Line: text “NJ” to 741741 💕Family ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Even more adults will be working from home after the executive order Gov. Phil Murphy signed Saturday. Aside from the few businesses deemed essential, such as gas stations, supermarkets and pharmacies, all others have been instructed to close and their employees should work ...

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It’s OK to feel Joy in times of Uncertainty.  In fact, it is needed. If you have been drawn to reading this article it’s my belief you need to hear this. I have spent most of my life supporting others by bringing my energy down to meet theirs. I would cry with others who were sad, I would ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Local musician Kathleen Elle has created a song parody of  Kathleen is an East Brunswick class of 2015 graduate Kathleen Lonski who won the Social Justice Music Award for her anti-bullying song "Don't Let them In," when she was a 19-year-old undergrad at Rutgers ...

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It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis to find ways for health care leaders to show front line healthcare team members how important they are and how much you care, but it is an especially important time to be extra considerate and thoughtful. Be prepared to go above and beyond for your employees so ...

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When a family becomes stressed, everyone feels anxious. The anxiety moves easily from person to person in the family.  Anxiety that affects one, affects all. It can be contagious. Our country and our community are in the midst of a great deal of panic and anxiety with the pandemic of the ...

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Editor’s Note: Nancy Kislin, LCSW, is a marriage and family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of “LOCKDOWN: Talking To Your Kids About School Violence.” She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Chatham, New Jersey. If you’re a parent (or a grandparent, aunt or ...

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MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!  MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: 8 years ago today, I was going in for a colon resection to remove the colon cancer that was found by Dr Boyle from Red Bank Gastroenterology at my colonoscopy at 50. This was the 2nd time Dr Boyle saved my life. The first time was back ...

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