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Jackie Cornell to Outline Murphy Administration Health Care Agenda in Montclair Forum, Apr. 23

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On Monday, April 23, BlueWaveNJ will host a forum in which Jackie Cornell, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, will outline the Murphy Administration's plans to improve health care delivery and access in the state. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

The Public Health and Health Care Agenda of the Murphy Administration:  A Healthier New Jersey
Monday, April 23, 7:00 P.M.
First Congregational Church, Guild Room
40 S. Fullerton AvenueMontclair, NJ
Register online here (free)

Ms. Cornell will present an ambitious agenda that includes

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  • getting all children in the state insured;
  • improving maternal health, birth outcomes, and access to family planning;
  • addressing the opioid crisis and improving access to mental health and addiction treatment;
  • protecting and strengthening the individual market for health insurance; and
  • protecting insured New Jersey patients from "surprise billing" by out-of-network healthcare providers at in-network hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

"Expanding access to primary care and women’s health services, increasing the number of residents insured and reducing disparities in black infant mortality and maternal mortality are key cornerstones of the Murphy Administration’s health care and public health agenda,” Ms. Cornell explained. “We are also focused on best practices to combat the opioid epidemic—including increasing availability of mental health care and addiction treatment.”

Prior to joining the Murphy Administration, Ms. Cornell was Director of Development and External Affairs at New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a progressive, independent think tank. Previously, she was Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.

In addition to outlining policy, Ms. Cornell will address how politically active citizens can help advance a progressive health care agenda in New Jersey.

About BlueWaveNJ

BlueWaveNJ is a grassroots organization recognized for the know-how and energy of its thousands of committed volunteers and supporters. Our working groups, conferences, marches and special events have mobilized voters and coalitions to demand positive change from our legislators at the state and federal level in such critical areas as health care, the economy, marriage equality, the environment, education, electoral reform and sensible gun control We have trained thousands of volunteers who help elect progressive leaders at local, state, and national levels.

 

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After a historic Township Committee election in 2017 that brought us the first openly gay member of the TC, and then a split vote for mayor in which Vic DeLuca retained his post in a last-minute surprise, 2018 could prove to be the dullest campaign in years.

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AtlantiCast: Episode 14

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South Orange Police Blotter - Three Arrests Reported

April 12, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 12

Adult Arrest - Sean Carr, a 30 year old West Orange resident, was arrested on Saturday, April 7, at approximately 10:30 a.m. for attempted auto theft. Officers responded to the Cleanway Car Wash on Irvington Avenue where employees had a subject detained (Carr) who had just tried to steal a vehicle from the car wash. Officers arrested Carr and ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Early Morning Auto Theft Reported

March 29, 2018; Shoplifting; At approximately 11:45 p.m., a male took Red Bull from the 7-11 on Irvington Avenue and fled without paying.

March 31, 2018; Thefts from Autos; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle on Hillcrest Road and an unsecured vehicle on Inwood Place were entered. Electronics and other items were taken.

March 31, 2018; Auto theft; At ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19, 7:00 PM

Restaurant K at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, South Orange

Hank Zona: An Evening of Spanish Wine & Tapas

Food & Drink

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Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Spring Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back Other

Kiburi Tucker Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison

April 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after ...

Meet Kendra Johnson, Montclair's First African-American Superintendent

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., has been selected as Montclair’s permanent Superintendent of schools after an extensive search, the Montclair Board of Education announced at a special meeting on April 11. She is the district’s first permanent superintendent in three years, and the first African-American superintendent in its 144-year ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

April 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Seeking to bring clinical trials and innovations in medicine even closer to home, Atlantic Health System, parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center, is now part of a group of six regional health systems that are founding members of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) ...

Summit's Central Church, Willis Mission Fund Award $20,000 Grant to Bridges Outreach

SUMMIT, NJ -- Bridges Outreach has been awarded a $20,000 grant to provide case management services to individuals in Newark who are experiencing homelessness by the The Lena Willis Mission Fund of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.

The grant will provide seven individuals with access to job readiness, internships, employment and rental assistance and ultimately, independence. Each ...

South Mountain YMCA Honors Eighth Grader Who Organized Massive Food and Clothes Drive

April 19, 2018

A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying `Please give me money … I am starving.’ ”

The experience moved Goldsmith to action: For his Eagle Scout project, the South Orange Middle School eighth grader ...

Pitch Perfect: Top 10 A Cappella Group Comes to Millburn

Millburn High graduate Samuel Dantowitz is bringing his award-winning a cappella group home for an evening of music. Northeast ICCA Champions, Upper Structure, will be holding a concert Thursday, April 19. Newark Academy's a cappella group LumeNAtion will open the show. The concert will take place in Christ Church at 7 p.m. 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Tickets are $15 adult / $10 ...

Maplewood Philanthropist Receives Metro YMCA Award for Social Responsibility

What longtime Maplewood resident Tom Kerns remembers keenly from the four months his wife underwent radical spinal surgery and rehabilitation in 2006 is the outpouring of support from the community. People they knew — and many they didn’t — offered to make meals, drive their daughters to activities, and do whatever else the family needed, just as they’d done after ...