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Health & Wellness

May 13, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses. Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes. The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Parents took the opportunity to bring up two main concerns during the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education special meeting this week: A lack of communication and inconsistency in regard to COVID-19 and the removal of former second grade teacher Tamar Herman after she was ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood experienced nearly double the number of COVID-19 cases in April than in March, said township Health Officer Candice Davenport at this week’s meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee. Davenport said there were 232 COVID-19 cases in March compared to 438 in April.

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Babyganics is voluntarily recalling two lots of 20-ounce bottles of babyganics® 20oz chamomile verbena bubble bath, due to the presence of the bacterium Pluralibacter gergoviae, announced the company. It was discovered, during internal testing, that two specific lot numbers of this product ...

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Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a Community Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, at Lincoln Park in Newark to spread the word about Operation Helping Hand. Operation Helping Hand is a diversion ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – People taking advantage of New Jersey’s first day for the legal sale of recreational cannabis got up early on Thursday; they were waiting in line at 6:45 a.m. outside the TerreAscend Apothecarium cannabis shop on Springfield Avenue. The Maplewood shop is one of 13 statewide that ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There have been many comments both pro and con the operations of WONDER Trucks appearing on SOMA Lounge basically having started on Monday, April 18th. Due to these comments, South Orange Trustee Bob Zuckerman invited Stephanie Brown and the Community to attend the monthly ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Monday April 25, the South Orange Board of Trustees (BOT) will hold the second reading of a proposed ordinance to limit and regulate the use of leaf blowers. A summary of the proposed ordinance can be found on the South Orange website and the full ordinance can be ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Kimberley Mui Owies the Senior Director of Brand and Channel Marketing for TerrAscend attended Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss the four conditions set by the township, before approval consideration. “Per April 5th’s township meeting we have remediated the four contingencies ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — The nationwide mask requirement for public transportation will remain in place for at least another two weeks. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was extending the order, which was set to expire Monday, until May 3 as it monitors ...

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Aphasia — a condition that can occur suddenly after a stroke or traumatic head injury or develop slowly from a growing tumor or disease — has been in the headlines lately due to actor Bruce Willis’ decision to retire due to his recent diagnosis.    According to the National Aphasia Association, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Anthony Brooks, formerly of Maplewood, and now a resident of West Orange has only one kidney. The other one was removed because he had cancer in the kidney and that was the best treatment. All was well until he developed cancer on the remaining kidney, and the doctors have advised ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – March 31 was the International Transgender Day of Visibility. To celebrate the day, a ceremony was held on the front lawn of Maplewood Town Hall.  Following a short ceremony which featured a greeting from Ana De Archuleta, and was followed by statements from several of the young ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) recently announced the appointment of Robert Weitzman as the Vice President for Ambulatory Care at the Livingston-based hospital. “We welcome Rob to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center,” said Richard Davis, president and chief executive ...

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Maplewood, NJ __ Columbia High School says it is offering students counseling and urging them to talk to friends and family following the death of a student on Tuesday. "Today was a very sad day for all of us," Principal Frank Sanchez wrote in a letter to students on Wednesday. "We thank our ...

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SOUTH ORANGE - The General Assembly floor in the State House in Trenton, NJ was abuzz with monumental activity on March 24, 2022. JESPY’s Board President Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine was honored with an Assembly Resolution alongside medical professionals, first responders, educators, and other women ...

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Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer products have been recalled due to the possible bacterial contamination, announced the FDA. Select units of Jergens® Ultra Healing Moisturizer could show the presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacterium. The baterium typically poses little medical risk to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department has connected with Braven Health to provide FREE monthly wellness screenings for all residents. A Community Health Nurse will do the screenings, including Blood pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Count. No reservations are necessary, and the ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - As many of the mask mandates enacted in New Jersey to curb the spread of COVID-19 are lifted, there’s still one place Garden State residents must wear them —while using public transportation. The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday it will extend the ...

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It is that time of year once again for us to spring ahead into the new season.  The temperatures start to rise, birds begin to chirp, leaves start to bloom, and we turn our clocks forward Moving into spring is always initiated by the tradition of turning our clocks forward by one ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Rahuldev Bhalla, MD, a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist has joined the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. Dr. Bhalla is affiliated with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and will provide urologic oncology services in ...

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UNION, NJ - As the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown was announced in March 2020, Lisa was just three months into her child advocacy journey within the Union County court system. Although she was forced to actively take a stand for the best interests of her CASA child during a difficult ...

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If you are allergic to peanuts, check your pantry. A nationwide recall has been initiated of Yogurt raisins from Lehi Valley Trading Co, announced the FDA. The packages of raisins were recalled over undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Peanut Allergens run the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District is surveying parents on their preferences for indoor masking in schools and plans to announce updated guidelines next week. Those guidelines could include no longer requiring unvaccinated students to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Candice Davenport, Health Officer for Maplewood has posted that there are two important notices for the community at large:  SOMA Kiwanis Food Drive, March 19th, Maplewood Community Pool Monthly Community Health Screenings through Braven Health, starting March 28th at the ...

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West Orange, NJ, March 1, 2022– In response to Barry H. Ostrowsky’s long-stated plan to retire from RWJBarnabas Health on December 31, 2022, and after leading the enterprise for over thirty years, the RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Mark E. Manigan – currently ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J - The South Orange Village Board of Trustees passed an ordinance allowing for the retail sale of cannabis in the village at its Feb. 28 meeting tonight. The ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote with trustee Karen Hilton being the only trustee to vote no. On the ordinance Hilton said, ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - From Sophia Silvera’s point of view, the assignment should not have been controversial. Their Lincoln Middle School teacher proposed a debate among students on whether COVID vaccines should be mandated in schools. But like almost every other sector of society, the middle school ...

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WAYNE, NJ - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney. Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do ...

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