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Safe Sleep for Babies Requires Effort from All, Warren's KBS Founder says

WARREN, NJ - For more than a decade, my organization, Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), has sounded the steady drumbeat of safe sleep awareness, which in turn has created bans on dangerous products and has helped enact laws that work to ensure babies are sleeping safely.

 

In 2017, KBS kicked off its latest awareness campaign designed to promote safe sleep practices and products for babies. The campaign will culminate in the second-annual National KBS Day on Tuesday, May 2, in which KBS staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors will honor lawmakers and others who have helped lead the cause over the past year.

 

On this KBS Day, we will celebrate legislation in Trenton that is being spearheaded by Sen. Teresa Ruiz and Assemblyman Jamel Holley, calling for a ban on the sale of supplemental baby mattresses in the state. The bill has received unanimous Assembly approval, unanimous approval of the Senate Commerce Committee and is now before the Senate Budget Committee. 

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It is our hope the bill will be on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk this spring for signature. The momentum for this legislation is another example of how KBS Day, and other initiatives throughout the year, are making a major impact in the halls of government.

 

KBS Day is held intentionally on the same day as National Baby Day. KBS is underscoring the fact that newborns can spend up to 18 hours a day in a crib. Parents and other caregivers need to know the latest safe sleep practices to protect them.  

 

Baby sleep safety isn’t just a responsibility of new parents. Family members and friends can also learn about ways in which to promote safe sleep practices.

 

There are many ways in which you can mark KBS Day. We hope you use the moment to spread these life-saving tips:

 

1. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in his/her own crib.

2. All cribs must meet new 2012 crib safety standards. Drop-side cribs are banned.

3. Check the crib regularly for loose or missing parts. Use only manufacturers’ recommended parts.

4. Remove all soft items from crib including traditional crib bumpers, pillows, blankets, comforters and toys.

5. Never add a supplemental mattress to a mesh-sided play yard. Use only the mattress/pad that comes with your crib/bassinet/play yard. Bare is best!

6. Always place your any to sleep on his/her back.

 

Arming new parents with the best safe sleep advice will actually help make other legislation – both state and federal – more effective.  Today, second-hand stores and consignment shops continue to grow, particularly in low-income areas of the state, with many inadequate cribs and supplemental mattresses available for easy purchase.

 

Recent federal legislation makes it illegal to sell unsafe cribs that don’t meet federal standards. This legislation speaks to the sellers of this merchandise.  But our focus is the users of the crib – the new parents. 

 

By informing the new parents of what is safe and what is not, we are providing parents with critical information so that they can make knowledgeable decisions about where and how to put their baby to sleep. 

 

To learn more about the work of KBS, to participate in the May 2 celebration or how you can celebrate “Keeping Babies Safe Day” in your community, please visit www.keepingbabiessafe.org

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Lost in Warren: Have You Seen Milo?

October 17, 2017

 

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Milo? Milo left his property in the Courtland Lane - Round Top Road area without his collar on. He is very friendly. Call Paula at 201-341-3850 if you find him.

Found in Warren: Do You Know This Dog?

WARREN, NJ - Do you know this dog?  He was found on Ravinn Lane on Tuesday morning and despite the pink harness, is male.   Call 908-755-0227 with any information.

Horse Care Workshops Start Oct. 21 at Lord Stirling

October 15, 2017

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable has announced the dates for the Fall Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103, designed for individuals who are seeking to gain knowledge and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on experience.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South ...

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark joins statewide hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico

NEWARK, NJ - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark (HFHGN) has announced a partnership with “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” (NJ4PR), created by leaders of the state's Puerto Rican community in a statewide effort to help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

More than half a million New Jerseyans claim Puerto Rican ancestry, with ...

FIT to Serve: Fresh Ideas, Inclusive & Transparent

October 14, 2017

As Election Day creeps closer and candidate signs are going up, I wanted to take the opportunity to let Warren residents know about an excellent opportunity to learn about our candidates for Warren Township Committee and throughout the state by visiting the League of Women’s Voters of New Jersey website at www.vote411.org.  I would have relished the opportunity ...

How We Can Reduce Our Property Taxes

I’m Rich Fortunato and one of the reasons I am running for the State Assembly in District 22 is to work to reduce our property taxes.    

You may not realize it but it is very likely that more of your property taxes go to your school district than to your town. In Clark and Middlesex Borough, almost twice as much of your taxes go to the schools than to the town, in ...

FIT to Serve: Fresh Ideas, Inclusive & Transparent

My name is Rick de Pinho and I am running as a first time candidate for the Warren Township Committee. My campaign is to bring Fresh ideas and a more Inclusive & Transparent approach to our government.  I am FIT to Serve Warren Township.

Please visit my website at ...

Obituaries

- Mar 12, 2017
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edward K. Larsen, 94, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at JFK ...
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A Call for All Library Supporters to Vote "Yes" on Nov. 7

October 16, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.This act  authorizes New Jersey to issue ...

Check Out Ross Farm While Taking a Journey Through the Past

October 15, 2017

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Wondering where to start today while touring historic sites in Somerset County? Try a local spot, the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, at 135 North Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge. Also known as Ross Farm, the Estate is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

This hidden gem offers something for everyone, from a historic home, to a perfect spot for adults and ...

Phase II of East County Park in Warren Kicks Off

WARREN - Phase II of the 150-acre East County Park, bordered by Dubois, Reinman and Old Stirling roads was kicked off by Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Somerset County Park Commission and Warren Township officials, including Mayor Carolann Garafola, Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, Township Committeeman Gary DiNardo, Township Committeeman George Lazo and Township ...

Teacher's Aide Charged with Sexual Assault Against Student

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A 35-year-old teacher's aide at a Montgomery Township school faces multiple charges in the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old student, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Daniel E. Fowler of Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, has been charged with 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child, 2nd degree criminal sexual contact, ...

Belmar Honors First Responders for ‘Extraordinary Performance’ in Saving 35 Lives in Dangerous Surf

October 6, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 80s, it didn’t take long for the Belmar beaches to fill with local residents and visitors on the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Despite what appeared to be an ideal late-summer beach day, a closer look told quite a different story. Dangerous and life-threatening rip tides had triggered a swimming ban along ...

The 2017 Chowderfest Weekend Breaks Attendance Record

BEACH HAVEN -  All one had to do was travel to Beach Haven during the early afternoon on Saturday and see the massive amounts of people who traveled to Long Beach Island for this traditional weekend at the Jersey Shore.  The Merchants Mart took place on Saturday. The 29th Annual Official LBI Chowderfest took place on Sunday.  There were over 3,000 gallons of chowder served on ...

Belmar Honors First Responders for ‘Extraordinary Performance’ in Saving 35 Lives in Dangerous Surf

October 6, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the 80s, it didn’t take long for the Belmar beaches to fill with local residents and visitors on the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Despite what appeared to be an ideal late-summer beach day, a closer look told quite a different story. Dangerous and life-threatening rip tides had triggered a swimming ban along ...

The 2017 Chowderfest Weekend Breaks Attendance Record

BEACH HAVEN -  All one had to do was travel to Beach Haven during the early afternoon on Saturday and see the massive amounts of people who traveled to Long Beach Island for this traditional weekend at the Jersey Shore.  The Merchants Mart took place on Saturday. The 29th Annual Official LBI Chowderfest took place on Sunday.  There were over 3,000 gallons of chowder served on ...

'The Honeymooners' smart, snappy production

Smart, sassy production of ‘The Honeymooners’ takes off at Paper Mill

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – “And away we go” indeed. The creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse has taken the seeds of “The Honeymooners” from 1950’s television and turned it into a smart, snappy musical.

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are still up to their get-rich-quick ...