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Overlook Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission

February 19, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ -  Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently earned the Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a certification program which recognizes hospitals that are committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year ...

Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The Superintendents letter is ...

Vaping: At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Six NJ Hospital Groups Join Forces to Cut Health Care Costs

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Six New Jersey-based health care systems, including Atlantic Health System -- parent corporation of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- have  formed a consortium designed to reduce costs, expand access and enhance care for their employees.

Atlantic Health System, CentraState Healthcare System, Holy Name Medical Center, Hunterdon Healthcare, St.

Conference Visits Harsh World of Sex Trafficking

SOMERVILLE, NJ –​Bored with life, sick of their hometown, the three young runaways headed to New York City, emboldened by the movie “Pretty Woman” knowing that should they become desperate for cash, they could prostitute themselves.

A fourth teenager who had decided against going along stayed home and shared the girls’ plan with families and friends.

What the girls ...

Reformed Addict & Gang Member to Share His Story with Students, Parents

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Sophomores at Hillsborough High School will be exposed to the harsh realities of life as a drug addict and gang member during an assembly at the school Jan. 31, presented by Michael DeLeon, founder of Steered Straight.

Parents are invited to attend the substance abuse and addiction program later that day in the high school auditorium, with a second presentation ...

Raccoon Attacks Woman and Dog Outside Residence

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

NJ Man Who Made Plea for Kidney in the Magic Kingdom Undergoes Surgery

NEW YORK, NY - In the summer of 2017, a New Jersey man went to Disney World wearing a shirt with a message; he needed a kidney, and his blood type and phone number were printed on his T-shirt.

Thanks to another Disney fan in the Magic Kingdom, one picture went viral, and their story was picked up by a number of news outlets; months later, Richie Sully, a man from Indiana, came forward and was ...

We’re No. 2 Worst? Reasons Why New Jersey Is the Second Worst Place to Retire

NEW JERSEY -- If you are thinking of staying in New Jersey after your working days are over, you might want to think again. Many people consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change.

 

WalletHub, an online financial services site, compared all 50 states on indicators of retirement friendliness. The ...

Hunterdon Central Student's Death Prompts Increased Mental Health Awareness

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Mental health is getting increased attention recently.

Rob Walton used his last meeting as Freeholder to highlight the importance of understanding mental illness and removing its stigma, a cause he has championed for years.  He is the board President of NAMI Hunterdon, a group that seeks to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their ...

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Giving Back: Learn How to Help Victims of Sexual Violence

February 22, 2018

Every year since 1984, trained volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center have helped victims of sexual violence through the emotional, medical and legal aftermath of trauma. New volunteers are welcome to join the next series of training classes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

“Over the years our Rape Crisis Center ...