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Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

The MEND 'Sweet Pea' Van Visits JESPY

February 19, 2021

JESPY continued its important work with food drive donations and their partnership with MEND/Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange. On February 9th, 2021, MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) came to JESPY, bringing their “Sweet Pea” van to accept food donations. 

JESPY clients, staff, and board members donated items that included oatmeal, rice, soup, canned fruit, ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers are New Jersey’s Only Hospitals to be Named Among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2021

Morristown and Overlook among the top 1% of U.S. hospitals for overall clinical excellence

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a nationally-recognized provider of health care, is the only system in New Jersey with hospitals -- Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center – achieving the 2021 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, as ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy in Linden

LINDEN, NJ -  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday at the new Union County Fire/EMS Training Academy.

The new facility, located at the former site of the Union County Juvenile Detention Center, provides classroom space for both professional and volunteer firefighters in training, as well as continuing education for firefighters and EMT’s who are currently ...

JESPY Partners with NJACP and SRS Strategic Associates to Benefit From ‘Inclusive Healthy Community’ Grant

SOUTH ORANGE - JESPY House, a nonprofit that has successfully supported adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in building and maintaining an independent life through training in a full range of life skills for over 42 years, was recently named a sub-grantee for a project funded by an Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Human ...

Parents Rally at Maplewood Town Hall For Return to In-Person School

February 24, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The sky cleared after morning snow and afternoon rain as some 100 parents and students gathered on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building to demand a safe return to in person school.

The rally was organized by SOMA for Safe Return to School (SOMA SRS) with the explicit goal of having schools reopened five days a week for elementary and special needs ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...