Health & Wellness

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns. Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc.

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SPARTA, NJ – Lake Mohawk Country Club beaches are open. A day after announcing they would be closed due to an algae bloom, LMCC General Manager John Stanley announced in a second letter to members, swimming could resume except for Beach 1 and Beach 5. The July 28 closure was because of a ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — The swimming/beach area at Hopatcong State Park, closed over the weekend due to contamination, reopens today, according to the state. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) closed the area on July 24, citing only high bacteria counts in the lake water. It did not ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The lobby of the Sparta Police Department will be open as a GO 2 cooling center during the heat advisories on July 16 and 17. Residents taking advantage of the cooling center are asked to check in with dispatchers when they arrive. Get your local news delivered to your inbox for ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - All lots of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen products have been voluntarily recalled, announced Johnson & Johnson. According to a company announcement, internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some product samples. Benzene is classified as a human ...

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SUMMIT and MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health -- two of the leading names in healthcare in the Tri-State region -- are joining together to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The heating and air conditioning replacements at Helen Morgan and Alpine Elementary schools hit a “little hiccup” when mold was discovered behind old units as they were being removed. “We were not expecting mold but we were not surprised,” Superintendent Matthew Beck said. “The ...

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SPARTA, NJ -Due to the high temperatures over the next few days, the Sparta Go 2 Centers will be open to anyone who needs a place to cool down or recharge their phones, according to an annoucement from Sparta Township Officials. The Sparta Police Department lobby is open 24 hours.  Residents are ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Senior had the last of a series of six classes as part of the Wellness Initiative Senior Education or WISE program last week.  Each week the group of approximately 30 people gathered in the Senior Center at Knoll Heights for discussions on various health topics.  “I enjoy coming to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students set to take place at Sparta Middle School was canceled Friday morning, hours before students were to get their shots.  The clinic was to be run “in partnership with Walgreens,” according to the announcement by Sparta Superintendent Matthew ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta parent had a scary call from their middle school aged child that someone was pounding on the door demanding to be let in.  The child was so frightened by the “man wearing a hoodie” that the child and a friend "hid under the stairs waiting for police to arrive." By the time ...

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NEW JERSEY - Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, announced the company. The recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal which tested above the guidance ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township construction department has free radon test kits, Interim Township Manager Neil Spidaletto said.  Residents can call 973-729-9888 to schedule a pick-up, as long as supplies last. Get your local news delivered to your inbox for FREE each day.  Subscribe to TAPinto ...

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Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc has voluntarily recalled L.I.D. Green Pea and Chicken Dry Cat Food due to possible Salmonella contamination, announced the FDA. The contamination was discovered after a routine sample was obtained by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The products were ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said. In Sussex County, however, the county vaccination site at the fairgrounds is only giving the Moderna vaccine with a minimum age of 18. The vaccine megasite at the ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Township Council proclaimed May Mental Health Awareness month at their last meeting.  Mayor Christine Quinn read the proclamation into the record.  Members of National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI Sussex County were in attendance to accept the recognition. Marjorie ...

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Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release. Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping which is made with almonds, they said. The product being recalled ...

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POMPTON PLAINS, NJ — A Sparta family is going to have some interesting birthday celebrations in the future following the unusual birth of their twins.  Rebekah Faith was born at 11:46 p.m. March 31 and her sister Charlotte Grace was born 12:06 a.m. April 1.  Not only were they born on different ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Sussex County vaccination site at the fairgrounds will be closed  Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  When they reopen on Wednesday, Sussex County residents will be receiving their vaccinations in a tent that will likely remain through the summer, rather than the Richards ...

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NEWTON, NJ – The sign on the building says “The Center.”  It is a Recovery Community Center, an extension of the Center for Prevention and Counseling, “a place that’s dedicated to recovery as a lifestyle,” Director of Recovery Services Annmarie Shafer said.  It is the recovery arm of the ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The lights on the front of Sparta Town Hall are blue and green as the Sparta Township Council proclaimed March “Donate Life” month.  The initiative encourages people to consider becoming organ donors while honoring those who have given and those who have received the gift of ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The county health department continues to vaccinate residents at the fairgrounds with the help of many volunteers and paid staff.  As of last week, the Sparta CERT volunteers have donated 872 hours, according to Sparta Township Councilman and CERT leader Dave Smith. Smith ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — More than 3.1 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10% of COVID-19 cases in this country have been among children ages five to ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County officials have announced a new way to get an appointment for the Sussex County Fairgrounds Vaccination site.  County residents will need to preregister through Appointment Plus on the county website. When a block of appointments becomes available, the county ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Severe winter weather across the country this week has delayed the delivery of 6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine nationwide, including 230,000 shots on their way to New Jersey, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. The delays have affected vaccination centers throughout the area, ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Seniors living in subsidized housing are at a heightened risk of coronavirus infection and fatality due to their age, living in close quarters, low income and poor health.  Lockdowns, implemented by many nursing homes across the country, are not an option for these low-income ...

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds will be closed on Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19 “due to anticipated inclement weather,” according to county officials. Residents with appointments originally on Thursday will be rescheduled for ...

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