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Pandemic-Related Decline in Childhood Vaccines Prompts State's Plea to Parents

May 28, 2020

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.

Dept. of Health urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear ...

NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Federal Stimulus Checks

NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks

TRENTON, NJ –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments and the payments cannot ...

New Jersey Making Slow, Steady Progress to Universal COVID-19 Testing

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.

New Jersey officials said universal COVID-19 testing has now been completed at a handful of state-run facilities that house vulnerable populations — ...

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, ...

New Jerseyans Are Well Informed About COVID-19, Majority Taking Appropriate Actions: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- New Jerseyans are well informed about COVID-19, including how it is transmitted, its major symptoms, what to do if infected, which populations are most at risk, and how to take preventative action, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

 

Most New Jerseyans are well aware of how the virus is transmitted: 97% correctly answer that being in close ...

Kean's COVID-19 Test Center Open to All Union County Residents May 18 Regardless of Symptoms

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Beginning May 18, the Union County COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be available to all County residents who wish to be tested, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

The Test Center, which offers free testing, is also available to all first responders and frontline health workers who are asymptomatic and that work in Union County, ...

Where the Federal Stimulus Funding for NJ Health Care Providers Is Going

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.

Operators of 15 hospitals, hospital systems each get more than $10 million in COVID-19 relief

More than 6,000 health care providers in New Jersey so far are ...

Officials: Universal COVID-19 Testing Coming to All Long-Term Care Facilities in NJ

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.

State officials announced a number of steps Tuesday in the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey’s nursing homes, as well as a plan to ...

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 ...

COVID-19: How to Handle Unexpected Togetherness for Couples Who Were Drifting Apart

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, WESTFIELD, NJ -- Family times and togetherness have been two of the benefits of the extended COVID-19 social distancing requirements, that is except for couples whose relationships were on the rocks.

For couples who haven't been getting along, all this togetherness is far from ideal.

"Some couples were in the midst of separation. Now they are in the ...

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Here2Help Mental Health Coalition Library Forum: How to Recognize and Support People in Emotional Distress

May 30, 2020

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here2Help Mental Health Coalition will offer its sixth mental health forum on Tuesday, June 2nd from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom and Face Book Live.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has impacted individuals both physically and emotionally. As people deal with the distress of the illness, isolation, and the financial fallout they may struggle with increased anxiety or ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted Into World Language Honor Societies

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on May 28. This year’s event was a virtual presentation. 

Esther Faus, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths. Twenty-three Upper School ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Band Members Perform in Virtual Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Fourth and fifth grade musicians at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their talents in a virtual format in an entertaining Lower School Instrumental Concert. Under the direction of instructor Mr. Matt Bergman, students performed a variety of short pieces at home on flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, saxophone euphonium and ...

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 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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 ...

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

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, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

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 ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

In Westfield, Displays of Solidarity Amid National Outrage Over George Floyd's Death (VIDEO)

May 31, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Contrasting larger and often jarring protests across the state and nation, demonstrators in Mindowaskin Park Sunday spoke of cooperation between law enforcement and the local community as they condemned police violence elsewhere.

“Stop Police Brutality,” “Justice for George Floyd” and “Racism in not Welcome in Westfield” were ...

Shop Owner's Facebook Live Stream Shut Down by Bernardsville Police for Violating Executive Order

May 20, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live-streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received a knock on her door ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

Lockdown with Your Partner -- Togetherness and Separateness

While some couples prefer autonomy and independence in a relationship, others enjoy a strong emotional connection. One partner may want to talk things through and need to always feel connected, reassured while the other will be more distant and removed.  When the partner remains removed and distant, we then continue to pursue even more. As we pursue, the distancer retreats and ...

Anxiety Can Spread Just Like COVID-19

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.

For the past several months, our country and our communities have gone through a very stressful time. In some states, restrictions are beginning to get lifted while others remain the same. We are tired of hearing ...

How Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day During COVID-19

For many of us, social distancing will make Mother’s Day challenging this year. Our traditional way of celebrating has changed. Due to the numerous stay-at-home orders in place this year, mothers may find themselves alternatively living with or without their children. Some moms may be isolated from their children and their grandchildren. Enjoying a family dinner out in one of our ...

Missing Jews

How many Jews are there in the world? 13 million? Perhaps 14 million, if you’re generous. How many Jews were there before World War II? Apparently the number was around the 19 million mark. So if we deduct the six million wiped out in the Holocaust, we are down to 13 million—which is exactly where we are today. So the colossal question is this: Where are all the missing Jews? Or, ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

May 31, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

Be 'Street' Smart Now That Warm Weather Has Arrived

May 23, 2020

It’s hard being stuck inside, and not being able to visit family and friends makes it even more difficult. Now that warm temperatures are here, getting outside and being more active is a nice respite from the isolation and boredom of the last couple of months.

Lately, it’s very common to see adults and children walking, biking, and skateboarding throughout neighborhoods while ...

Funded by Friends of the Fanwood Library and Scotch Plains Residents, LunchBoox Program Expands in Plainfield Schools

June 1, 2020

After a month of giving away books to Plainfield students at meal-distribution points, LunchBoox has expanded. The program, in partnership with Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell and her staff, began with one volunteer at one school twice a week. Recently two more residents have scheduled appearances at Emerson (Mondays) and Clinton (Thursdays) elementary schools, in addition to Plainfield ...