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These “New Mom Kits” Are Helping Pregnant Women in Newark Monitor Their Health During COVID-19

May 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — As though being an expectant mother wasn’t stressful enough, pregnant women, and their physicians, have a whole new host of anxieties to contend with in the era of COVID-19. 

While it’s unclear how the virus affects pregnant women as opposed to the general population, what medical experts do know is that to keep patients safe, telehealth should be utilized ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

Army Medical Brigade Departs from University Hospital Amid Declining COVID-19 Cases

NEWARK, NJ — The Department of Defense health care providers who touched down to provide relief to an overwhelmed University Hospital in April bid Newark adieu on Wednesday, marking an end to the peak that crushed the city’s hospital system last month. 
The U.S. Army North mobilized 10 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the heavy-hit East Coast to bring relief to ...

City Officials Celebrated 10,000 Lead Service Lines Replaced — Is the Community Doing the Same?

NEWARK, NJ — Balloons bearing congratulations flapped in the wind on Aldine Street on Tuesday afternoon, trimmings marking the city’s promotion of its 10,000th lead service line replacement since the project commenced in fall 2019. 

Newark has dealt with elevated lead levels in its water since 2015, a result of aging and long-neglected infrastructure. The ill-famed crisis came ...

Work Done to Serve Homeless During COVID-19 is ‘Silver Lining,’ Public Health Official Says

NEWARK, NJ — The city continued its efforts to test the entirety of the homeless population for COVID-19 on Monday, setting up shop at the Newark YM/WCA for roughly 475 individuals who call the facility home. 

YM/WCA, which shelters many homeless families as well as paying residents, was third on the city’s 21-stop mobile lab tour through Newark’s shelter system.

Murphy: '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: ...

Newark Housing Authority Residents Shouldn't Be Alarmed By Pop-Up Testing Sites, Officials Say

NEWARK, NJ — Residents of 516 Bergen St. were confused, some upset, when they came home last week to notices that their lobby would soon become a COVID-19 testing site. 

The apartment building, which houses about 180 seniors and is listed as one of the city’s "high risk” sites, was one of three Newark Housing Authority locations alongside the James C.

Newark Kicks Off Citywide Testing for Entire Homeless Population

NEWARK, NJ — One by one, nearly 200 of Newark’s residents without addresses lined up to be tested for the coronavirus on Monday, the first installment of what may be the nation’s first effort to test a city’s entire homeless population. 

The program kicked off at an airport hotel where the city has been sheltering its chronically homeless, who typically refuse the ...

Two Newark Hospitals Earn As in Patient Safety

Saint Michael's Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center received As for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group while University Hospital maintained a D for the Spring 2020.

An "A" grade recognizes a hospital's efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the country, according to Leapfrog, an independent national watchdog ...

Challenges of Providing Primary Care in Communities of Color During Pandemic May Compound Existing Disparities

NEWARK, NJ — By now, most people understand the protocol when it comes to meeting with someone outside their homes: You do it remotely, or you don’t do it at all. 

But what if that someone is your doctor? In most instances, that, too, has adapted to the ways of the webcam to keep patients out of waiting rooms and safe in their homes. But in communities of color, where the ...


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New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Opinion: Want to reopen schools? Consult the village.

May 26, 2020

Schools are closed. Kids, families, and teachers are stressed. As I work tirelessly, as a veteran teacher and community organizer, with kids and families to adjust, the most common question I get is: “Mr. Luna, when can we go back to school?”

As a teacher, the answer is a quick “when it’s safe.” As an organizer with Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 28, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website.

In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...