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Middlesex County Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Accessibility

May 5, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As the nationwide roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine continues and supply increases steadily, Middlesex County is encouraging residents wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to schedule an appointment.

The county is now utilizing its own scheduling system, allowing individuals to select available dates, times, and locations of their vaccine appointment for clinics ...

Saint Peter's Univeristy Hospital Gets 'A' Grade for Safety

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —Saint Peter’s University Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and ...

In Organ Donation Black Lives Matter Too, Advocacy Group Says

NEW JERSEY – In the wake of a new federal rule that will disregard race considerations when evaluating the organ procurement organizations (OPOs) that help register organ donors and facilitate donations across the country, an advocacy group is addressing the disparities that could arise from the decision. 

Science in Donation—a nonprofit that promotes education about the ...

Saint Peter’s Medical Interpreters Program Helps Patients, Health Care Pros Communicate

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The woman with the big, round stomach was eager to ask questions about what the ultrasound had revealed about the tiny life growing inside her.

However, her English skills were limited, and the doctor didn’t speak much Spanish.

At critical moments like these, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s trailblazing Medical Interpreters Program helps ...

Saint Peter's Hospital to Host COVID-19 Service, Ceremony in Memory of COVID-19 Patients

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will be hosting a remembrance service to honor those lost and affected by COVID-19.

The virtual interfaith service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Immediately after, there will be a commemorative tree planting ceremony outside the hospital’s main entrance, off Park Boulevard.

Masking protocols will be ...

Saint Peter's Healthcare System & Horizon Announce End to Litigation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced Wednesday that they have agreed to end their dispute over Horizon BCBSNJ’s OMNIA Health Plans.

For many years, Saint Peter’s and Horizon BCBSNJ have worked closely to provide high quality, cost-effective care to Horizon members. This settlement ...

Arnold Appointed President, CEO at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chairman of the Board of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Jack Morris and President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health Barry H. Ostrowsky have announced the appointment of Bill Arnold as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

“Bill has proven his ability to create ...

A Morose Milestone in New Brunswick: The City's 100th COVID-19 Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city marked a morose milestone on Wednesday with the passing of the 100th resident due to complications of COVID-19.

There were 22 new cases and one death over the 24 hours leading up to Middlesex County’s daily COVID-19 pandemic update Wednesday.

In all, 5,818 residents – or roughly one in 10 residents – has tested positive for the ...

Middlesex Officials, Gov. Murphy Support 'Cover All Kids Initiative' to Provide All NJ Kids with Health Insurance

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Joined by Senate Health Committee Chair Senator Joe Vitale (D, Middlesex County), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D, LD-19), and other officials, Gov. Phil Murphy visited the North Hudson Community Action Corporation to highlight the $20 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY2022) budget proposal for Phase 1 of the Cover All Kids campaign.  

“No ...

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Wed, May 12, 7:00 PM

Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick

Prevent T2 CDC-Sanctioned Diabetes Prevention ...

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Thu, May 13, 4:00 PM

Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick

Moderna Vaccine Clinic

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The Jaffe Briefing - May 10, 2021

LINDEN – As everything seems to begin and end in New Jersey, the national news is a pipeline that runs from Houston to Linden. The Colonial Pipeline – the largest of its kind in the U.S. – is shut down, as a Friday ransomware attack has taken down this massive delivery system that provides fuel to states on the eastern border. Yeah, this is an absolute mess, with the White House ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 6, 2021

TRENTON – The simple idea behind “food shortage” is, well, there’s not enough food. But there’s another reason for some pockets of food shortage in New Jersey: simply not enough workers to pull vegetables from the ground. Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher says that current labor shortages are hitting New Jersey farms especially hard this growing season, sharing a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 5, 2021

TRENTON – As New Jersey is now bursting with billions in stimulus aid from Uncle Sam, the big question is how best to blow the cash. The Record is providing some guidance, reporting how other states are spending their new-found fortunes. State officials may want to shift around the shopping list, after learning that Indiana will be using $3 billion to buy police body cameras, Maryland is ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 4, 2021

STATEWIDE – Live theater. Busy restaurants. Sitting at an actual bar. Yep, it is all coming back with a big, tri-state announcement that puts our entire region back in business beginning May 19. We’re talking about eliminating indoor capacity at restaurants and stores, while ending outdoor gathering caps. Just think: One year after everything shut down, there will be no limitations to ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 3, 2021

STATEWIDE – The sticky issue of taxing out-of-state commuters has gotten a bit stickier during the pandemic, as many New York-bound workers were able to do their jobs in Jersey. So, should they still be paying New York taxes? Let’s assume New York is saying “absolutely.” But, here in New Jersey, there is some mounting effort to give our homebound commuters a big tax ...

The Jaffe Briefing - April 30, 2021

CRESSKILL – Sure, we can all get a little surly at work. But for a piss-poor attitude to be raised to the level of congressional interaction? Yep. Rep. Bill Pascrell is rushing to the aid of local postal customers, after a petition signed by 300 people complained of “constant belligerence, unprofessionalism, an uncooperative nature, a lack of common courtesy, and disrespectful ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, May 11, 4:00 PM

Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick

Moderna Vaccine Clinic

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Tue, May 11, 5:00 PM

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

2021 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

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Wed, May 12, 7:00 PM

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Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

May 5, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...

Rutgers Researchers Receive Funding to Develop COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers researchers are developing a rapid breathalyzer test that would determine in minutes if someone is infected with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.

“In addition to helping diagnose COVID-19, the goal of the project is to create a platform that can be expanded into a future, easy-to-use, non-invasive rapid breathalyzer to diagnostic respiratory diseases, ...

Rutgers COO: Students Who Don't Want Vaccine Should Consider Gap Year, Transferring

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A high-ranking Rutgers executive says students who decline to take the COVID-19 vaccine should consider taking a gap year or transferring to another school.

Antonio Calcado, the executive vice president for strategic planning and operations and chief operating officer, said there are five exemptions the state university is making for students returning in ...

Parker Has a 'Treasure Trove' to Celebrate on Mother’s Day

May 9, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As we look to celebrate the accomplishments and overall wonderment of our mothers on Mother’s Day, look no further than Parker to discover elder women who have made a terrific impact on society, as well as at the kitchen table, over the decades.

“Women who have succeeded throughout their lives professionally and personally are sharing their lives with ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

May 7, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

OPINION

State Must Also Begin Reopening for People with Autism

April 13, 2021

Dear Editor:

I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society.

We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, in which we teach young adults with autism and other ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra's Young Artist Concerto Competition

May 5, 2021

Registration is now open for the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra's 2021 Young Artist Concerto Competition. 

Visit njio.org for more details! 

 

New Marijuana, Alcohol Laws Handcuff Police Officers

April 22, 2021

By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police

Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol – the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...