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Health & Wellness Top Stories

January 20, 2023

WOODBRIDGE – Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19th Dist.) is urging New Jerseyans to sign up for a 2023 health insurance plan through the state’s health insurance marketplace, Get Covered New Jersey. With just days left in the Open Enrollment Period, Vitale is urging residents in need of health coverage to ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Nearly 125 people from Colonia or with ties to Colonia High School received free MRI brain scans from the Brain Tumor Foundation, hoping to learn if they could be at risk for brain tumors. But they had to drive over to Staten Island to get the early-detection screenings. The ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ -- For many of us, the holiday season is a time for celebration and cheer, spending time with friends and family, at get-togethers and parties. Especially after COVID lock-downs, such gatherings are a welcomed deviation from normal routines. However, for those in recovery, holiday ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Soil samples from outside Colonia High School are already being analyzed for contaminants, and environmental consultants did air quality tests inside the school this past weekend, Superintendent Joseph Massimino says. This new round of testing comes weeks after parent Edyta ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The latest resource in the ongoing effort to combat cancer is 38 feet long, 12 feet high, weighs 13 tons and comes with two center console cup holders. Officials and staff members from ScreenNJ and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Tuesday cut the ribbon on ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The first cancer patient Dr. Steven Libutti treated 26 years ago was, by chance, a fellow doctor who eventually lost his fight with a gastrointestinal malignancy after surgery and chemotherapy.  “What he taught me was, that even as a physician who had a lot of knowledge and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A stream of doctors exiting a nearby exam room momentarily interrupted a Saint Peter’s Family Health Center staff member who was explaining to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin just how many services are offered here. “Well, this room is getting a lot of use,” Coughlin said ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Health officials issued a rabies alert for an Iselin neighborhood after capturing an infected feral cat that may have bitten or scratched two people near Edwards Street. The feral cat, found Oct. 7 near Edward Street, has tested positive for rabies, and at least two residents ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Face coverings will be optional for Rutgers students and faculty in indoor teaching spaces and libraries starting Oct. 1. The new protocols announced Monday, Sept. 26 by Antonio M. Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Rutgers, come after the school ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — To mark Aug. 31 as “International Drug Overdose Awareness Day,” municipal officials highlighted the life-saving success of local drug treatment and recovery programs, while state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-19th Dist.) used the moment as “a call to action” to do more to prevent ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers announced Tuesday that the university will continue to maintain its COVID-19 safety protocols on face coverings, vaccines and boosters, testing, and quarantining and isolation for the upcoming fall semester. In a letter to Rutgers community members, Executive Vice ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Eric B. Chandler Health Center at 277 George Street has been added as a vaccination site as state officials continue to see a steady increase in monkeypox cases. Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Friday, Aug. 12 announced there had been 305 confirmed ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — No one is ever too old to enjoy the thrill of competition or the exhilaration of bringing home gold, silver or bronze medals for their well-earned victories. Scores of senior citizens, age 50 and older, from across the Garden State will prove those sentiments again in September ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — As an extended heatwave bears down on New Jersey, local officials say they are concerned about residents' health, and are letting them know the township can help beat the heat. “Extreme heat and humid can be dangerous. We want everyone in our community to take this week’s heat ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The emergency department at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized for its care of children by the national Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department has earned the Lantern Award from the ENA, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers is preparing to play a pivotal role in New Jersey’s rollout of the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number later this month. The 988 hotline will work similar to how the 911 hotline currently works and will serve as an alternative to calling the three-digital ...

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Over a month ago, the Township of Woodbridge in conjunction with the Woodbridge Board of Education, held a press conference with the New Jersey State Departments of Health and Environmental Protection to announce the results of testing done throughout the building and grounds of Colonia High School ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The township will get a $181,095 grant from the state’s Clean Communities program to reduce litter and help beautify the community. Woodbridge is receiving the state’s eighth-highest municipal grant allocation. The 2022 grant is part of $21.4 million that the NJ Department of ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - With the unofficial start of summer just days away with Memorial Day weekend, it's time to lace up the sneakers and get ready for Milltown's annual Fourth of July 5K. The theme of this year's race and the day-long July 4 celebration is "Lighting up the Sky." Participants will receive ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The national Brain Tumor Foundation will provide free MRI brain tumor screenings in June for people associated with Colonia High School after ardent appeals from Al Lupiano, an alumnus who seeks a cause for the local health issue that's captured an international media ...

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WOODBRIDGE - As May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) is expressing concern over a recent study that shows 84% of parents with school-aged children believe there is a youth mental health crisis in the United States. Moreover, the study ...

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CARTERET NJ — A Perth Amboy-based healthcare center is coming to Carteret, set to break ground May 25th on a medical–dental satellite faciility that will spare borough patients trips out-of-town. JRMC, a nonprofit, federally-qualified health center, has announced its purchase of 1540 Roosevelt ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — JFK Memorial High School has received a $10,000 grant for a project designed to reduce student and staff use of disposable, single-use plastic water bottles. The high school’s Eco-Friendly student club will use the grant to install an outdoor water bottle refilling station and ...

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WOODBRIDGE – The township Police Department is encouraging community residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. To help them do that a secure medicine drop box is now located in the main ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Town officials, Colonia High School alumni, former staff, students and their families now await results from intensive radiological tests done last week while the school was closed for spring break. Meanwhile, Al Lupiano – a former resident and 1989 Colonia High grad – says he ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A former township man – who has now identified 84 Colonia High School alumni and former staffers with rare brain tumors – says he is on “a personal mission” to persuade state and federal heath and environmental authorities to fully investigate why former classmates are getting ...

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CARTERET, NJ — The borough has awarded a $110,000 annual contract to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network to provide daytime emergency medical services for residents, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman said. Starting Monday, April 4th, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from RWJBarnabas Health-Rahway, ...

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WOODBRIDGE – People who live here are healthier for it. Well, at least they have access to greater variety of health programs courtesy of this town’s robust Health & Wellness campaign — an initiative Mayor John McCormac launched in 2011. Woodbridge is again among New Jersey’s top 8 ...

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EDISON, NJ – Middlesex College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic offers myriad services and care at affordable prices. Each appointment at the clinic in L’Hommedieu Hall on the college’s Edison campus includes a complete dental screening and cleaning. Services at this student clinic include oral cancer ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's some bad news for those hoping for a romantic rendezvous on Valentine's Day. A Rutgers researcher has found that in the time of COVID-19, when intimate relationships have been strained and human connections fleeting, singles seeking to settle down – and getting ...

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