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May 25 COVID-19: Statistical Comparison with US War Casualties

May 26, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Efforts to control and push back against the COVID-19 pandemic have been described as a "battle" or "war" with health care workers and first responders likened to :"warriors" on the "front lines."

From governors and lawmakers to clergy and CEOs, health officials, first responders and others, the words associated with epic confrontations ...

Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Stop and Shop has issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro. The United States Department of Agriculture have issued a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. or Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready to ...

Rebecca Pappas of New Providence Tests Positive for Having COVID-19 Antibodies and Donates Lifesaving Plasma

FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Red Cross is spearheading a regional effort to help hospitals give lifesaving plasma treatment for COVID-19.  New Providence resident and rising senior at University of Notre Dame, Rebecca Pappas recently donated plasma at the Red Cross donation facility in Fairfield, NJ.

Pappas had tested positive for the virus in mid-March and recently tested positive for having the ...

Overlook Discharges 700th COVID-19 Patient to Recovery

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, announced today that it discharged its 700th patient treated for COVID-19 -- a woman from Union Township -- back to recovery last week.

The efforts of Atlantic Health System and its team members on the front lines of healthcare, the embrace of precautions such as social distancing by the community, ...

Local Unsung Hero Helps Make COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Process A Little Less Scary

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Chris Tribuna and his annual “Christmas Spectacular” yard display on Shadow Lane in Berkeley Heights has helped mold the way that local Atlantic Health is conducting drive-through COVID-19 testing. 

Back in March, in the “early days” of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Valerie Simon, a fellow Berkeley Heights resident and Chief Marketing Officer ...

Governor’s Daily Briefing: The Numbers are Dropping

TRENTON, NJ – The graphs shown on NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s May 11 COVID-19 press briefing are all pointing in the right direction.  As he usually does, Murphy went through several points of data, adding his own commentary.  We will summarize them for you here.

Murphy did not hold briefings over the weekend, so the information he shared were numbers reported today with ...

Arden Courts Shows Morristown Memorial Medical Center Some Summer Lovin' for Nurses Week

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Arden Courts of Whippany showers Morristown Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room staff with some early summer lovin' on Monday by sponsoring a Kona Ice Cream truck for the healthcare workers.

As the healthcare workers lined up outside the Emergency Room, they enjoyed the summer tropical sound of steel drum music while they were ...

Westfield Health Officials Looking to School Nurses for Help Tracking COVID-19

Health authorities are wary of COVID-19 antibody tests’ reliability.

WESTFIELD, NJ — With school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year and a mounting need to continue tracing contacts of people infected with COVID-19, the regional health department is looking to school nurses for assistance.

The Westfield Regional Health Department, which serves eight towns, ...

Gov. Murphy’s Daily Update: “Today’s COVID Numbers are Suspect”

TRENTON, NJ – During his May 4 COVID-19 daily briefing, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stated that the low number of new positive cases and recorded deaths reported today were “suspect.”

“The numbers may be low as a result of a network outage we had yesterday. This may have prevented all cases from being processed,” said Murphy.

New positive cases reported: ...

Student’s T-Shirt Artwork Supporting Mental Health Nonprofit

WESTFIELD, NJ — When 13-year-old Riley Whitlock received an assignment from her seventh-grade art teacher to express her emotions about the COVID-19 pandemic, she had no idea that her artwork would give her the opportunity to support the mental health of thousands of other students.

Whitlock and her family are selling T-shirts and photo wall tiles featuring her artwork, with all profits ...

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Virtual Community Grief Education Training to be Offered by Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss

May 18, 2020

Mountainside, NJ -- Sadly, many children, teens and adults have experienced losses because of the coronavirus.  In addition, there are the ongoing losses that have occurred prior and during this pandemic: divorce, moving, friendships ending, sports injuries or the death of a friend or family member.  Despite these losses, children, teens and adults can learn how to cope with loss, and ...

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Tue, May 26, 9:30 AM

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 22, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Union County Freeholders Announce Countywide Distribution of 100,000 Surgical Masks 

May 26, 2020

The Union County Freeholder Board will distribute 100,000 face masks to its 21 municipalities as part of “Mask Up UC,” a Countywide public safety campaign to encourage all County residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19.

“These masks are being provided free of charge to local agencies, who are working with County ...

Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Business or Organization? New Jersey Wants to Hear from You

TRENTON, NJ - The State of New Jersey is requesting your input to better understand how to help you get back to work safely and productively. By filling out an online survey about your operations you can help inform the State’s reopening strategy and upcoming business and organization assistance opportunities.

Survey questions include inquiries about COVID-19’s impact on your ...

4 Ways for Older Adults to Stay Active at Home

May 12, 2020

Non-stop chores around the house, social distancing and even your favorite TV show can keep you from being active. While staying inside curled up the couch has its moments, you need exercise. In fact, your body and mind crave it. And if you’re already used to a very exercise-driven lifestyle, not being able to maintain your routine can feel like a shock to your system.

But how are you ...

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 ...

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Tue, May 26, 8:00 AM

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Tue, May 26, 8:30 AM

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Tue, May 26, 9:30 AM

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Tue, May 26, 10:30 AM

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Tue, May 26, 2:00 PM

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Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

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Tue, May 26, 6:30 PM

Providence Health & Fitness, 18 South Street, 2nd Floor

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Tue, May 26, 7:30 PM

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Yoga 101

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Wed, May 27, 5:30 AM

UNWIND Yoga & Wellness Center, New Providence

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Using IRAs to Help Children

Did you know there is no minimum age for having an IRA? As long as your child has earned income, you can open an account in their name. Whether they contribute to the IRA with their own money from working or a gift from you, the power of compound interest can help them get a significant head start on a secure financial future.

To learn more, click here to download “Using IRAs to Help ...

Avoiding Non-spouse Beneficiary Mistakes

As the beneficiary of an inherited IRA, you might be aware of some rules that come with these retirement accounts. However, are you also aware that the rules vary depending on whether you are a spouse, a non-spouse or a trust beneficiary?

From required distributions to even the titling of the account, understanding the differences based on the type of beneficiary is crucial to avoid paying ...