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NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks Goes into Effect

January 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey went into effect Wednesday. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold Weather Forecast

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Monyday, Jan. 14, due to extreme cold weather in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well as ...

Deer Culling Program Returns to Hilltop Reservation and South Mountain Reservation

VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ  – Essex County will once again implement a Deer Management Program at the Hilltop Reservation and South Mountain Reservation, geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer.  

Hilltop Reservation is in Cedar Grove, Verona and North Caldwell, while South Mountain Reservation is located in Maplewood, ...

Newark Airport Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure on December 24

NEWARK, NJ — State health officials said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, December 24 between noon and 4 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Brussels, Belgium, had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, according to the N.J. Department of Health (DOH). The person, whose name was not released, ...

Paterson's Turning Point Offers Coping Mechanisms for Individuals Struggling with Recovery During Holiday Season

PATERSON, NJ - Saying that while many in recovery from substance or alcohol abuse find the holiday season to be especially difficult, Robert R. Detore, CEO, Turning Point, is offering reassurance saying that “With a little planning ahead and a realistic assessment of impending situations, they can enjoy the holidays just like everybody else.”

The Paterson drug and alcohol ...

Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illnesses This Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hosting a holiday gathering this holiday season? The United States Department of Agriculture wants to make sure you're not spreading bacteria that can cause harmful foodborne illnesses.

A study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service along with North Carolina State University found that 48% of spice containers, 11% of ...

University Hospital President Steps Down Amid Scrutiny of Bacterial Infections

NEWARK, NJ - The president of University Hospital announced he will be stepping down as the hospital’s leadership faces intense scrutiny from state and local officials after three babies with a bacterial infection died after receiving care there.  

John Kastanis will officially leave his post as head of the hospital on Dec. 14, according to a statement from the hospital.


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Dr. S. Charles Oh, Gastroenterologist, Joins Mountainside Medical Group

January 7, 2019

Montclair, N.J. - (January 2, 2019) – Mountainside Medical Group announced today that S. Charles Oh, M.D., has joined the practice, expanding its internal medicine group to include the subspecialty of gastroenterology.

Dr. S. Charles Oh has been practicing medicine for nearly three decades. Known for his warm and approachable style, Dr. Oh was named a Top Doctor by NJ Monthly ...