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NJ Targeting Medicaid Members in Vaccine Push

May 5, 2021

State is spending $50 million to reach out, including calls to 260,000 people urging them to get vaccinated

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State officials have taken proactive steps to support New Jersey’s ...

Mental Health, Substance Use Visits to ER Reflect ‘a Pandemic Within a Pandemic.’ Greatest Toll on the Young

Though behavioral health cases remain a small number of the overall emergency visits, the increase is causing concern

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Emergency room visits for mental ...

Saint Barnabas is Only NJ Hospital to Achieve Consecutive “A” Ratings from Leapfrog Group

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has been awarded its 19th consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score rating by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. SBMC, an RWJBarnabas Health facility located in Livingston, is the only hospital in the state and one of only 27 in the ...

Over 6.6 Million Vaccines Administered in New Jersey as of Monday, April 26

NEW JERSEY — As of Monday, New Jersey has administered more than 6,661,861 vaccine doses, (4,091,234 with at least one dose and 2,819,226 fully vaccinated people).  In Essex County, the dashboard is showing that as of today, 523,943 doses of vaccines have been administered. That number includes 211,915 fully vaccinated people.

All New Jerseyans over 16 years ...

A Hopeful Treatment is COVID-19’s ‘Silver Lining’

As deaths mounted, there were few options to deal with COVID-19. One treatment appears to be working, but must be taken in time.

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Clinical treatments for COVID-19 ...

Rutgers COO: Students Who Don't Want Vaccine Should Consider Gap Year, Transferring

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A high-ranking Rutgers executive says students who decline to take the COVID-19 vaccine should consider taking a gap year or transferring to another school.

Antonio Calcado, the executive vice president for strategic planning and operations and chief operating officer, said there are five exemptions the state university is making for students returning in ...

Allergen Alert: Panera At Home Lobster Bisque Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

Panera at Home Lobster Bisque has been voluntarily recalled due to an undeclared egg allergen, announced Blount Fine Foods. This item is only sold in refrigerated cases in the deli department of grocery-retail stores; it is not sold at any Panera bakery-cafe, they stated.

The recall is limited to the one product with a UPC Code of 077958690300. Lot Number 030821-11K and a Use By Date ...

Drug Prices are Draining Our Families, Time for Trenton to Step Up

Prescription drug prices are too high, any New Jerseyan can tell you that. This was true before the global Coronavirus pandemic, during the pandemic, and without action from our leaders it will still be true after. That countless families must struggle to afford basic life-saving medication is a tragedy. The New Jersey Legislature must pass A2418/S1066 to lower drug prices.

One of the most ...

Need to Dispose of Unwanted Medications? Drug Take Back Day is April 24

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — If you have ever wondered what to do with your expired or unused medications, here is the opportunity to dispose of them without them getting into the wrong hands or contaminating the waste stream: April 24 is Drug Take Back Day. Drop off your unwanted or expired medications at the drop box located in the Maplewood Police Department lobby. 

Drug Take Back ...

Amid Big Drop in Deaths, Vaccinations to Continue at Nursing Homes

Fed program will keep immunizations coming at long-term care facilities, where nearly all residents are vaccinated but only half of staffers

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Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2021

May 2, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades.

“After a year in which our teams had to ...


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NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

May 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

A Springtime Reminder

Finally, it’s Spring!  Thank God the winter is over!  Bring on … well, whatever outdoor activities we can safely practice these days!

But first…let’s talk a little about two important medical topics that are related to April and one another.  Of course, I am talking about oral cancer and immunizations.

That’s what you were going to guess, ...

On Earth Day and Beyond, Be Conscious of Your Investment Environment

April 22, 2021

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world.Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other “ecosystems” — social, cultural and political. And you’ll need to consider your investment environment, too. How can you improve it? 

Here are a ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Two Vehicles Stolen While Left Running

April 25, 2021

April 8, 2021; Package Theft; During the daytime hours a package was stolen from the front porch of a home on Jennifer Lane.

April 9, 2021; Theft; A business on Irvington Avenue reported that an employee’s jacket containing their car keys was stolen from the business.

April 13, 2021; Theft; At approximately 5 p.m., several bags left outside of Hertz on Springfield Avenue were stolen ...

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Brown, Haskins and Hilton for Board of Trustees

May 4, 2021

Dear Editor, 

I am voting for Bobby Brown, Bill Haskins and Karen Hilton because it is a vote for good governance: openness, transparency, priority and goal setting, accountability.  

The Board of Trustees sets the priorities of our government, aligns our staff and budget against those priorities, and ensures that our professionals deliver on these priorities. The draft ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 4, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

New Artistic Director for Essex County Wildflower Sculpture Park at South Mountain Reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park.

She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years.

Sanders holds an MFA from The New York Studio School and has exhibited in New Jersey, Brooklyn, New ...

Loss of Human Rights Activist Janice Caren Lillen Felt Across NJ

May 5, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Human rights leader Janice Caren Lilien, age 71, died peacefully in her home on May 3 after a long battle with lymphoma. She was a very active citizen of Union County, holding multiple leadership roles with human service organizations, according to her obituary published by the Star-Ledger.

Lilien served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Greater Essex and Hudson ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General position in the state's history.

“Colonel Hou took the ...

Maplewood Garden Club's Plant Sale Is ON!

May 4, 2021

MGC will return to its grand-scale plant sale, albeit with some modifications.

It will be outdoors at the Maplewood Community Pool parking lot, 187 Boyden Ave., Maplewood, once again. Keeping in mind that COVID-19 is still a concern, MGC will take all necessary precautions during the sale, and plant sale hours have been extended to accommodate the changes in procedure.

The plant sale will ...

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Hits Major Vaccination Milestone

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — “We are proud to announce that we now have 100+ caregivers that have been vaccinated along with 100% of our clinical and internal support staff”, exclaimed Larry Aronson, Owner of Homewatch Caregivers of South Orange. At Homewatch, they know that many people in the community have postponed necessary home care for their family members due to ...

Impact100 Essex Announces Start of 2021 Grant Cycle

May 3, 2021 — Impact100 Essex announced the availability of a $100,000 Impact Grant and kicked off its 2021 grant cycle with an information session for Essex County nonprofits. At the April 20th session over 60 organizations from across the county attended to learn about the grant application process.

“We were pleased to see so many faces at our virtual information session -- both ...