Guest Column

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University. I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the ...

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While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from ...

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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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When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It’s a good thing that Gov. Murphy closed the parks in April because on a cold April morning Mei-An Raicer decided to jog on the beach in Belmar, instead of the park. She came across two strange birds wrapped together in braided fishing line.  They were American oystercatchers — beach ...

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There is much fear and worry in the chaos that is swirling around us. Our English term "worry" comes from a root word that means, "to strangle." That's exactly what worry does - it suffocates our faith and strangles our effectiveness. All those anxious thoughts really only accomplish one ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - This year, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Considering we are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic I question if this is a time to celebrate. While COVID-19 remains strong, we can’t gather to do the things we normally do together such as Nutley’s annual Earth Day ...

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PARKLAND, FL- My life has completely changed since the COVID-19 outbreak happened: no hanging out with friends, no eating at restaurants, no going to school. I can’t go to the store, I can’t go to a friend’s house and if I want to talk to someone, I have to call them on Zoom! I’m mostly worried ...

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Disasters make us want to talk. We talk to share information and compare notes, for the feeling of belonging, and to make sense of things. But what happens, as with the COVID-19 crisis, when everyone is dealing with the same bad event simultaneously, when we seek out listeners to hear our concerns, ...

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My father in law, one of my favorite people in the world, passed away yesterday. He tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital, and was eventually moved to hospice. There was no bedside family vigil when hospice was called in. There was no last hug. No one was there holding his hand. He passed ...

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The coronavirus pandemic exposes a surprising fact: Ninety-percent of all antibiotics, common cold and flu, and pain-relief medications found in America’s medicine cabinets are made in China, not the United States. America’s largest pharmaceutical companies now outsource to China the manufacture ...

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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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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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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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