Wayne Life October 2023

                                                  

Serving Wayne, Oakland, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes 


What distinguishes the different types of breast cancer?

Individuals can experience a whirlwind of emotion upon being diagnosed with cancer. No one ever expects to receive such a diagnosis, so the moment a physician delivers such news can be emotional and compromise a person’s ability to focus. Once those emotions settle down and individuals resolve to overcome the disease, they typically have a lot of questions.

One of the questions doctors will attempt to answer is which subtype of cancer a person has. For example, when doctors initially deliver a breast cancer diagnosis, they may explain that further testing will be necessary to determine precisely which type of breast cancer an individual has. Identifying the subtype of breast cancer helps doctors choose the most effective course of treatment, but it’s understandable if patients and their families become confused during the process. The following rundown can help  breast cancer patients understand this crucial next step after diagnosis.

How is breast cancer type determined?

The American Cancer Society notes that breast cancer type is determined by the specific cells in the breast that become cancer. The Mayo Clinic reports that a medical team will use a tissue sample from a patient’s breast biopsy or, for patients who have already undergone surgery, the tumor to identify the cancer type. 

What are the types of breast cancer I might be diagnosed with?

There are many types of breast cancer, but some are more common than others. Invasive and non-invasive (also referred to as “carcinoma in situ”) are the two main subtypes of breast cancer. 

According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the most common types of invasive breast cancer are invasive ductal carcinoma, which affects the inner lining of the milk ducts, and invasive lobular carcinoma, which originates from the glands that produce milk.

The UPMC reports that the most common in situ types are ductal carcinoma in situ, which is cancer that remains within the milk ducts, and lobular carcinoma in situ, which does not often develop into breast cancer though it is considered a risk factor for an invasive form of the disease. 

The ACS notes that triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer that accounts for roughly 15 percent of all breast cancers. Triple-negative breast cancer can be difficult to treat. 

Less common types of breast cancer, each of which account for between 1 and 3 percent of diagnoses in a given year, include Paget disease of the breast, angiosarcoma and phyllodes tumor.

A breast cancer diagnosis marks the beginning of a sometimes lengthy but often successful journey that has ended in full recovery for millions of women across the globe. More information about the various types of breast cancer can be found at cancer.org.  


New Book, KARMA LIKE THIS, by Local Author, Completes Paranormal Series

Local resident, Debbie Cocchio, bestselling author of the Psychic Circle Series, a YA paranormal romance series, recently announced the release of the final installment – Karma Like This (Book 3) by D.L. Cocchio. 

To celebrate the completion of the series, Cocchio and a fellow author, Kristen Houghton who is an international bestselling author of the popular series Cate Harlow Private Investigation, shared their love of writing with local seniors at a special event called “Author! Author!” in Pequannock Township. It was held at the Senior House and hosted by DISC55 (Drop-in Senior Center) this summer.

According to Cocchio, “The Psychic Circle Series fills the void that the popular TV/Movie shows – The Secret Circle and Twilight left open when they went off the air. The series is about young adults with special paranormal abilities who band together to practice their talents. A psychic, a shaman, a telepath, a healer, and a witch use their talents to save a friend, and in the newest book, they work with crystal energies to attempt to change the course of karma.”

D. L. Cocchio was born and raised in this township and was an elementary school teacher for many years. Writing is her main passion. She was always fascinated by mystical and magical things and included them in all of her novels. Debbie is the author of the Psychic Circle Series, featuring Souls Entwined (Book 1), Magic Like That (Book 2), and Karma Like This (Book 3). She has also penned one non-fiction book – So You Wanna Read Tarot, and two middle-grade time travel mysteries – Be Careful What You Wish For, and Magic by Moonlight. Cocchio has been a Tarot teacher for over 30 years and a lead Ghost Investigator with NJGHS (New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society).

Her associate, Kristen Houghton, has written numerous books in the Cate Harlow Private Investigation Series. Her young adult novel, Lilith Angel, featuring a teenage investigator with distinct paranormal abilities has been chosen as a finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards. She is also the author of the award-winning novella, “Welcome to Hell.” Her latest book was just released this summer – “TEETH: The Haunting of Dansbury Plot” told through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy, his best friend, and his Civil War history professor, Grand-dad.  Besides writing novels, Houghton is the author of two non-fiction books and numerous short stories which appear in popular anthologies. She holds a Doctorate in Linguistics and Education and taught World Languages and Cultures at the high school and university levels. Kristen resides in Northern NJ and Sanibel Island with her husband and baseball historian, Alan William Hopper.

The Author Panel events have opened the door to many other opportunities for the two authors to share their love of writing. Cocchio and Houghton will both appear at an event at the Riverdale Library in NJ, along with another author on October 19th at 7 pm. Their paranormal themes are perfect, being so close to Halloween. Currently, the two authors have been asked to do yet another event with the local women’s club sometime in February.

For more information on the two authors and their books or to reach them for your event, email debbiecocchio@yahoo.com or visit http://dlcocchio.webs.com.

For more information on DISC55, contact President Debbie DeLucca at 201-478-2281.

Media contact: 

Debbie Cocchio/ Magic Moon Press 973-919-3387  19 Francisco Dr., Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 

debbiecocchio@yahoo.com      http://dlcocchio.webs.com


Elizabeth Resident in Need of Kidney

By Tina Pappas 

Maria Power never expected to find herself at the point in her life she’s currently in. The Elizabeth resident, who worked as a chef, is suffering with End Stage Kidney Disease, which she developed over the recent pandemic,

“I developed it in January 2020 and it stems from having diabetes and high blood pressure as a teen,” she explained. “I am now in dire need of a kidney.”

Born in Brooklyn, Maria moved with her family moved to Jersey City as a youngster. Once she graduated high school at the Academy of St. Aloysius, she then received her associates degree in Culinary Arts at Hudson County Community College. She worked at Nobu, a Japanese Fusion restaurant for seven years in Manhattan, and most recently at Facebook cooking for the company’s employees when her whole life changed on a dime.

When Maria turned 26, she was without health insurance when the plan under her parents ran out. At this point, she could no longer afford to pay for medication and the insulin she badly needed. Once she got married at 30, she was covered by her husband’s insurance plan and was able to pay for her medications again. However, as a chef, she continued to work long hours and was not able to make regular doctors visits as scheduled. Unfortunately, the lack of proper care caused her kidney situation to become dire and Maria needed to leave her job.

“The regular doctor visits were not ideal for a chef,” she said. “My legs were getting swollen and I didn’t realize what was happening. When I went to my doctor and had some blood tests, I was then rushed to the ER that weekend because I found out I had End Stage Kidney failure”.

End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), a condition in which the kidneys do not function normally, requires external support to meet the daily requirements of life. The most common cause of this condition is diabetes. The two options for individuals with ESKD are dialysis or a kidney transplant.

“After being diagnosed over the pandemic, they told me I needed dialysis as a regular treatment,’ Maria said, adding that the dialysis entails lining that abdomen of the stomach to filter out blood outside her body. “It’s like a soft tube catheter in my belly. I did that for two years and was on the machine for 14 hours at night every night.”

 Then this past October, Maria had some complications where she was absorbing the solution and she required regular dialysis. 

“From the very beginning, I felt I was still young and wanted to go back to work but the hours were just too long, so I couldn’t go back,” she added. “Right now, I receive dialysis three times a week for four hours in Fresenius Kidney Care Center in Kenilworth.”

So far, Maria hasn’t received any prospects for a potential donor. She has two younger sisters who are not a match due to the fact that they are prediabetic, which runs on her father’s side of the family. She is listed with the Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s kidney transplant recipient referral program and is seeking a kidney from a living donor. Please consider registering at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston and indicate donor for Maria Power. Thank you. cbmclivingdonor.org,

 “My parents who live in the Philippines are so worried about me and constantly check up on me,” she added. “Receiving a living donor kidney would be better for me because I’d like to go back to work and be able to visit my parents. There could be complications if it’s not a living donor. My husband and I would also like to have children in the future.”

Maria’s blood type is O+ and she is hopeful that she will find a living donor.

“A living donor saves lives,” she further added. “I feel with my age, I have a lot more to do, and see the world and have kids. I’m hoping someone will come along and be my guardian angel.”


Tips for Encouraging Exploration and Learning in the Kitchen
Planning, preparing, serving and cleaning up after mealtimes are skills that can be beneficial to everyone. Yet when it comes to meal prep, many families find it easier to tell children to go play rather than bringing them into the kitchen to help create meals.

“One of the best ways to encourage children to try new foods or simply eat their vegetables is to allow them the opportunity to plan and prepare a meal,” said Emily Hicks, a registered dietitian nutritionist for KinderCare Learning Centers. “Involving children in meal planning, preparation and serving in age-appropriate ways helps give them some autonomy in a world in which they often feel they do not have many choices. This can help reduce stress and food fights at mealtime, creating a more peaceful and enjoyable experience for everyone.”

Meal preparation can also bring certain classroom lessons such as counting and fractions to life as children measure ingredients. It can also be an opportunity for an impromptu science lesson about the parts of plants and animals people eat and the nutritional benefits of healthy foods.

Consider these tips to get kids more involved in mealtimes:

1. Choose mealtimes when the family is typically together and make preparation a team effort. Allow children to pick out vegetables or other items at the grocery store (or from the fridge, freezer or pantry) to prepare. Alternatively, if you have a few meal options planned for the week, children can help decide what to make on which days. The key is to empower children to make choices, thus helping develop a sense of responsibility and encouraging variety in food choices.

2. Allow children to help wash produce, stir food in mixing bowls, get tools like cutting boards from the cupboard and more. Children can help peel or chop foods or stir pots or pans with adult guidance. Even younger children can assist by using child-safe utensils to peel or chop food, sprinkle toppings, pour dressings or combine pre-measured meal components.

3. Children can help place food on the table and serve themselves at young ages. Young children may find it easier to serve themselves by using measuring cups instead of serving utensils. Encourage children to try some of each food on the table but try not to push them to eat anything in particular. Instead, give them time and multiple opportunities to try different foods. If they are able, teach children how to pass food to others at the table and engage in conversation. Sharing at the table can help foster social development and family connections.

4. After mealtime, children can help clean up and put things away. Even if they can’t reach the sink, children can help clear items from the table. They can also assist with putting dishes in the dishwasher or ferrying clean dishes to an adult to put back in cupboards and drawers. Additionally, they can help wipe up spills and crumbs, and push in chairs, too.

“The benefits of family mealtime go beyond health,” Hicks said. “Involving your children in your mealtime routines can bring food and fun to the table, creating a sense of belonging that will boost the whole family’s well-being. Remember, you don’t have to stick to a routine 100% of the time to be beneficial. Just do your best to keep routines when possible and practice balance.”

For more tips to help incorporate children into meal planning and preparation, visit kindercare.com.
Source: KinderCare (Family Features)

Divas On A Dime

By Patti Diamond

Beyond the Bun: The Irresistible Hamburger Salad

In the realm of delicious salads, here is a dish that marries the worlds of fast-food indulgence and garden-fresh goodness. Welcome to the Hamburger Salad — a creation that tantalizes taste buds, ignites nostalgia and brings even the most devoted salad skeptics to the table.

Imagine the blend of flavors and textures; the crispy lettuce, loads of tangy dill pickles, the gentle bite of red onions, juicy tomatoes and the perfectly seasoned, pan-fried hamburger. This salad is the perfect homage to the beloved fast-food burger.

The secret ingredient that gives this salad the fast-food burger vibe is dehydrated minced onion. For this recipe you’ll need 2 tablespoons of dehydrated onion, divided between the hamburger and dressing. You can rehydrate both together in 2 tablespoons of hot water at the same time and divide when called for in the recipe. Or you can use fresh onions, or a combination if you’d prefer.

Here’s another reason to love this recipe. With just 1 pound of ground meat, the Hamburger Salad is a generous feast. This is frugal cooking that doesn’t compromise on quality.

If you’re really pinched for time, you can skip the croutons and use bottled thousand island dressing in place of the dressing recipe below.

HAMBURGER SALAD

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 30 minutes

Special Sauce Dressing, optional

1/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

2 tablespoons dill pickle, finely minced

1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion, rehydrated

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon dill pickle juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Sesame Croutons, optional

2 sesame seed hamburger buns, optional

Cooking spray

Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut each bun into 1/2-inch slices or cubes. Lightly spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little bit of garlic powder. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until crisp.

The Burger

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground beef (85/15)

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion, rehydrated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once it’s hot, add the ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder and dehydrated onion. Break the mixture into crumbles and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Drain fat and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

You can serve this salad with the beef hot or at room temperature, so you can make this ahead of time.

The Salad

1 head (8 cups) iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cup dill pickles, chopped

1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup tomatoes, chopped

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Place the lettuce on a cutting board and run your knife through it to chop it into pieces. Decide if you’re going to plate this in individual servings or make one giant salad and serve family style. Either way, start with the lettuce (2 cups per serving) and drizzle lightly with salad dressing. Toss it well. Depending on how artsy you wish to be, compose the salad as desired. Place lettuce in each bowl. Top with beef, pickles, onions, tomatoes, cheese and croutons. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.

So, this summer, as the warm breezes come to an end (we hope!), the Hamburger Salad bridges the gap between classic comfort and feel-good freshness and is perfect for those last laidback alfresco dinners. It’s the embodiment of simplicity — hearty, yet refreshing; substantial, yet light. Enjoy!

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Lifestyle expert Patti Diamond is the penny-pinching, party-planning, recipe developer and content creator of the website Divas On A Dime — Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous! Visit Patti at www.divasonadime.com and join the conversation on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom. Email Patti at divapatti@divasonadime.com

(c) 2023 King Features Synd., Inc.


‘Fall’ In Love with Family-Favorite Autumn Recipes

With temperatures cooling and cravings leaning toward comforting flavors, fall offers a perfect time for families to explore adventurous twists on favorite foods. As you and your loved ones rework the menu for autumn, turn to versatile ingredients that provide fresh tastes and new ways to enjoy classic recipes.

One star ingredient that can be used for appetizers, main courses, sides, snacks and desserts alike is watermelon. In fact, using the entire watermelon (rind included) means you’ve discovered a sustainable way to create nutritious meals without food waste.

Consider these simple, delicious ways to use the entire watermelon in your kitchen.

Watermelon Flesh

In the fall, whole watermelon is still available in many areas. You can also find mini watermelon in the fresh cut produce section at many local grocers. The flesh is often the favorite (and most-used) part of the watermelon. Served on its own as a hydrating snack or as part of a recipe for tasty entrees, the flesh offers something for nearly every appetite so no watermelon goes to waste.

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon is 92% water, making it a sweet choice for staying hydrated. Even if your watermelon is overripe, don’t throw it out – instead, juice or puree it to retain value and nutrition. Use it to sweeten this Watermelon Bourbon Glaze then drizzle over a perfectly grilled flank steak and serve with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables for an ideal fall meal.

Watermelon Rind

The rind is often thrown out – many people don’t realize you can eat it, too. The rind absorbs flavors added to it and adds an unexpected texture to this Watermelon Walnut Currant Chutney. Try serving over brie with crackers or simply dip with naan or baguettes.

Find more flavorful fall solutions to avoid food waste at Watermelon.org.

 

Watermelon Bourbon Glaze with Grilled Flank Steak

Servings: 6

 

1 1/2 cups watermelon juice (approximately 2 1/2 cups chopped watermelon, blended)

2 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon hot sauce

1/4-1/2 cup bourbon

2 pounds flank steak or London broil

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

 

In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce watermelon juice to 2/3 cup. Toward end of reduction, add garlic. Remove from heat, cool 10 minutes then add soy sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce and bourbon. Mix well.

Place watermelon-bourbon glaze in large zip-top bag. Add steak and massage to cover meat. Close bag and refrigerate 3-4 hours.

Heat grill to high heat. Remove steak from plastic bag and gently shake to remove excess glaze.

Grill steak 4-6 minutes; turn, grill 4-6 minutes, depending on thickness of steak. Remove from heat. Steak should be pink in center.

Allow steak to rest on platter or cutting board 10 minutes.

Mix small amount of watermelon-bourbon glaze with cornstarch. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, add cornstarch mixture to remaining glaze and simmer 3-5 minutes. Reduce to medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

Cut flank steak on bias into thin strips. Drizzle watermelon-bourbon glaze over top.

 

Watermelon Walnut Currant Chutney

Servings: 16

 

4 cups watermelon, juiced

2 cups watermelon rind (white part), diced small

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 medium white onion, sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 lemon, juice only

2 tablespoons currants

2 tablespoons roasted walnuts

1 wheel brie cheese, for serving

crackers, for serving

In saucepan over medium heat, reduce watermelon juice to 2 cups. Combine with watermelon rind, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, white onion, garlic, nutmeg, cloves, lemon zest, lemon juice, currants and walnuts; simmer until almost dry.

Chill and serve over brie with crackers. 

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board (Family Features)


Put a Plant-Based Spin on the Taco Night Menu

Mealtime traditions are common among many families, from taco Tuesdays to weekend favorites. You can add a special touch to one of the most popular traditions – taco night – with a plant-based twist.

With a nutty, smoky and truly meaty taste and texture, pecans offer a perfect plant-based protein to incorporate in favorite dishes like tacos. However, great taste is just the beginning – pecans pack a nutritious punch with a unique mix of health-promoting nutrients while shining in a wide range of flavor profiles.

To help make your next taco night all the rage among loved ones, the American Pecan Promotion Board recommends serving up authentic vegan taco recipes using pecans in place of meat in dishes like Smoky Chipotle Pecan Burrito Bowls and Vegan Pecan Al Pastor Tacos. Their texture makes them uniquely suited as a meat alternative that doesn’t sacrifice flavor so it can taste like the original and leave your family clamoring to keep taco night on the weekly menu.

Learn more and discover delicious plant-based recipes at eatpecans.com.

Smoky Chipotle Pecan Burrito Bowls 

Recipe courtesy of Dominique Williamson on behalf of the American Pecan Promotion Board

Prep time: 40 minutes 

Cook time: 15 minutes 

Servings: 2-3 

Pecan “Meat:” 

2 1/2 cups water 

1 cup pecans 

1/2 cup portobello mushrooms 

2 tablespoons taco seasoning 

2 tablespoons tamari sauce or soy sauce 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 tablespoon liquid smoke 

1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 

1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce 

Pineapple Salsa: 

1 pineapple, diced 

2 Roma tomatoes, diced 

1-2 jalapenos, diced 

1 cup cilantro, finely chopped 

1 red onion, diced 

1/4 cup lime juice 

salt, to taste 

Chipotle Crema: 

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 

1 cup vegan mayo 

3 cloves garlic, minced 

2 teaspoons vinegar 

2 tablespoons plant-based milk 

1 teaspoon agave 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

To make pecan “meat:” In bowl of boiling water, soak pecans, covered, at least 30 minutes, or overnight in room temperature water for softer texture.

Drain pecans and place in food processor with mushrooms. Pulse mixture to texture resembling meat crumbles. Avoid over-pulsing. 

In pan over medium heat, add pecan mixture, taco seasoning, tamari sauce, minced garlic, liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire sauce. Cook 7-10 minutes then add chipotle in adobo. Cook 3 minutes. 

To make pineapple salsa: Combine pineapple, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, red onion, lime juice and salt, to taste. 

To make chipotle crema: Combine chipotle peppers, vegan mayo, garlic, vinegar, milk, agave and salt. 

To assemble bowls, place pecan mixture in bowl followed by pineapple salsa and chipotle crema. 

Vegan Pecan Al Pastor Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the American Pecan Promotion Board 

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Water

2 pounds chopped pecans

1 cup onion

8 cloves garlic, minced

8 dried guajillo peppers

2 tablespoons oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

7 ounces (1 can) chipotle peppers in adobo 

Toppings and Garnishes: 

flour or corn tortillas (6 inches each)

cilantro

diced onion

lime

pineapple

In bowl of boiling water, soak pecans, covered, at least 30 minutes, or overnight in room temperature water for softer texture.

 Drain pecans. In food processor, pulse pecans to meat-like crumbles. Do not overprocess to pecan butter.

Finely chop onions, garlic and guajillo peppers. 

In skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and saute onions until transparent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.

Add chipotle peppers in adobo and cook 1 minute. Add crumbled pecans and stir well to combine.

Remove from heat and serve on tortillas.

Serve with cilantro, onion, lime and pineapple.

Source: American Pecan Promotion Board


5 Ways to Trim Home Energy Bills

After the mortgage, utility costs, including electricity, likely make up one of the most significant portions of monthly budgets for the typical American household. In fact, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential electric bill in the United States is $143.

However, reducing your family’s energy costs is possible by following some smart, practical, cost-cutting tips from the heating and cooling experts at Mitsubishi Electric. Consider these ways to help dial down your energy bills.

Service HVAC Systems Regularly

To ensure the best performance and efficiency possible, find a licensed contractor to keep your heating and cooling system well-maintained and serviced throughout the year. There are some tasks many homeowners can handle on their own, like keeping outdoor units free of debris and changing air filters. Some filters are removable and washable, saving you money. However, bringing in a professional 1-2 times a year for maintenance and to ensure proper function of ductwork and electrical components is also essential.

Use Appliances During Non-Peak Hours

Rather than using stoves, ovens and clothing dryers in the afternoon hours, consider doing so early in the morning or late in the evening. Peak time for many electricity providers is noon-6 p.m., meaning using these appliances outside of this timeframe when conventional heating and cooling systems are likely running full throttle can help lower energy costs.

Upgrade Your System

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentivizes homeowners that opt for energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating options to replace fossil-fuel-fired furnaces. This includes upgrading your existing HVAC system to a qualified heat pump. For example, Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps provide more energy-efficient cooling and heating that equals cost and energy savings as well as a reduced carbon footprint for homeowners.

Installing a smart electrical panel alongside an all-electric heat pump enables homeowners to monitor and control energy consumption on-site or remotely using a smartphone for better overall efficiency and utility cost savings.

Harness the Sun’s Energy with Solar Panels

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the amount of sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in 90 minutes could power the world’s total energy usage for a full year. Investing in solar panels can help decrease energy bills and increase your home’s sustainability. Additionally, some utility providers and government entities, including the IRA, offer incentives to help reduce installation costs.

Avoid Heating or Cooling Unused Spaces

One mistake many homeowners make is forgetting to adjust their temperature settings when leaving the house. Whether you’re headed out for the weekend or just headed to work for the day, running your system in an empty house can result in unnecessarily high utility bills.

Multi-zone, all-electric heat pumps like those from Mitsubishi Electric allow homeowners to set the comfort level and adjust the temperature in each room, reducing the energy waste of cooling unoccupied rooms. With a smartphone app, you can even adjust the settings remotely.

Find more ways to increase energy savings while making your home more sustainable by visiting MitsubishiComfort.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Mitsubishi Electric (Family Features)


 Remember Mom: The Last Flower

By Richard Mabey Jr.

I Miracles often come into our life, without a great deal of fanfare. Sometimes, the miracles of our lives do not involve a parting of a sea or a burning bush. Sometimes, the gentle brush of an angel’s wings is so subtle and ethereal that it can easily be overlooked. Simply put, some of the small miracles in our lives, may well be taken for granted. But none-the-less, they are very real miracles.

Such a miracle came to my mom, Janet Ethel Kemmerer Mabey, in the time of early Spring of 2018. My mom, my sister Patti and myself traveled the long car ride from Florida to New Jersey. None of us knew it at the time, but it was to be Mom’s last visit to Knothe Farms, the home of her beloved sister, Alice Kemmerer Knothe.

When Spring Time comes, my cousin Peter Knothe is all so busy managing his family farm. It is a long standing tradition that one or two of his many greenhouses will be the home for rows and rows of planted flowers. It provides a poetic panorama of a rainbow of colors of all the various types of flowered plants that Peter has growing on the wooden tables inside his greenhouses. 

One of the long-standing family traditions of Mom and Aunt Alice, is to take the time to walk the length and breadth of the flower-filled greenhouses to find just the right flowers to plant at the grave sites of their late brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents. It is a rather solemn and heart warming kind of thing. It was a tradition that would always have a quality of reverence about it.

When we reached the cemetery, I carried the many flats of flowers that were to be planted at the portion of the cemetery that was devoted to the Kemmerer Family. As I knelt upon the grassy ground, digging out holes to plant the many flowers, I could not help but to overhear my mom and aunt talking.

“I think this is the last time, I’ll ever get to visit Mom and Dad’s graves,” Mom quietly told her sister.

“Oh come on Janet, you’ve still got a lot of time on this old earth,” Aunt Alice replied.

“No, Alice, I can feel it in my bones. I can feel the angels calling me Home,” Mom solemnly replied to her sister’s attempt to uplift Mom.

“Don’t talk like that Janet, you’ve still got a lot of years ahead of you,” Aunt Alice replied, in what was a bit more of stern reply.

“No, Alice, I just have this inner knowing. It’s a feeling that I can’t really explain,” Mom told her sister. 

After I planted a good two dozen flowering plants, Mom, Aunt Alice, Patti and I left the cemetery. I remember that we had a late lunch at the Randolph Diner. I saw something in my Mom’s eyes. It was gladness tinted with a ray of solemn sadness. Mom knew, for sure, that it was the last time she would ever visit the graves of her precious loved ones. Mom told her sister that God gave her a miracle, to be able to visit the graves of her loved ones, one last time.

It was a strange thing. When we got home from the farm, Mom’s episodes of having severe chest pains became more and more frequent. It was a long process of having many cardiac medical tests. But in November of 2019, Mom was operated on, to have an Aortic Valve replacement. Sadly, on the twenty- third of December, of that year, Mom went Home to be with the Lord. The valve replacement did not take.

I often reflect upon that morning at the cemetery, where Mom told Aunt Alice that she knew it would be the last time she would visit the Kemmerer grave site. I often wonder how Mom knew that.

Life is short. Love one another. Forgive people for the wrongs they have done unto you. Find the good in people. For truly, life is too short to hold grudges and ill feelings toward one another. Love is the key element of miracles.

Richard Mabey Jr. is a freelance writer. He hosts a YouTube Channel titled, “Richard Mabey Presents.” Richard most recently published a book of poetry and short stories. He can be reached at

richardmabeyjr@hotmail.com.


NJ Starz: Todd Nichols

Hometown: Denville 
By Steve Sears

Todd Nichols recalled his earliest love for music.

He said, “It was in the seventh grade. I can actually remember that in the yearbook for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, they asked you for an ambition.” Nichols’ entry? To someday become a professional musician. “I was a drummer, played professionally for 25 years while I taught high school. My dream as a little kid was to be the drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra.”

He never attained that “dream,” but he accomplished something much more important. For himself, yes, but most importantly, for others.

“I’ve been very, very blessed to have some incredible students,” Nichols said. “And I would say some of the most memorable ones, the ones that truly resonated, were some of my students for whom maybe going to school was challenging for them. They would come back after they graduated and said that it was being in band, being in music, and being in these ensembles that helped get them through and make it to graduation. Those to me were always the ones that really hit home.”

Nichals since 2019 has been the Rutgers University Director of Bands, and now oversees the entire program for concert ensembles, the marching band, and three prep bands. Nichols is also in year two of his Presidency of the Big Ten Band Directors Assocation. His term runs through 2024.

The 47-year-old Nichols, who was born in Denville and grew up in Rockaway, attended Morris Hills High School. He was raised by his mom, Sandy, who passed away a few years ago, and his dad, Tom, also a Morris Hills alum. He has one younger sister, Tracey. 

Nichols, who graduated Morris Hills High School in 1994, credits his high school band director, Mchael Sopko, with giving him encouragement. “He was my high school band director, and he was very supportive and very encouraging. And not just to me. It is interesting that there are a lot of musicians who came out of Morris Hills High School who are doing just really incredible things. There are people who are out on Broadway, there are musical directors, there are college band directors, there are people teaching and playing professionally. Such a small, tiny school in Rockaway had quite a few incredible artists come out and do different things. And he (Sopko) was super encouraging to me my whole time through.” 

After high school, Nichols headed to what was then called Trenton State College (now called the College of New Jersey) where he received his BM in Music in 1998, and thereafter his MM in Conducting from Pennsylvania’s Messiah College. While he has been teaching at Rutgers University, he received in 2022 his DMA in Conducting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Nichols’ first teaching roles were at Edison High School from 1998 to 2004, and Roxbury High School from 2004 to 2017.

Nichols said, “Both communities are still to this day very special to me for different reasons. The Edison band and the Edison community was a place that was very serious about what they did, wanting to progress, and grow and get better. It was a great place to start teaching, a great place to be able to build something – a program full of really special, hardworking and caring people. Roxbury was very much the same way. The time spent at Roxbury was about trying to create opportunities for the students that maybe had not existed prior. There were a lot of first-time national performances for those bands and experiences that I will certainly never forget. At Edison, it was me and just a couple of colleagues, and when I was at Roxbury, there were seven of us who were working towards that common goal. It was just another community that really believed in music, really believed in what we were doing.”

Through the years, the bands that Nichols has directed have performed for some very prestigious folks and at worthy locations. In 2008, the Roxbury band was the first band ever to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, and to date they are the only high school from New Jersey that has ever performed at the conference. The Roxbury High School Wind Symphony has been on stage at both Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City and took part in 2014’s Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. And Nichols, conductor of both the Eastern Wind Symphony and Garden State Symphonic Band, in 2016 was elected to the American Bandmasters Association/American School Band Directors Association, and was also invited to conduct the United States Army Field Band.

“That was pretty great,” he said of the latter experience. “That was while I was teaching at when they came into town, and Colonel (Tim) Holtan was kind enough to extend an invitation and ask if I wanted to do a piece with the group. That was very, very special.”

Nichols moved on in 2017 to Rutgers, and when he started there, he was the Director of Athletic Bands and the Associate Director of Bands while teaching at the school. His Marching Scarlet Knights have performed for former Vice-President (and current President), Joseph Biden, and during halftime on Monday Night Football.

And next up just might be the crème de la crème: an appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Nichols said, “It’s a very exciting time for us right now. In addition to the fact that this is the first time in our school’s history that the Rutgers Marching Band has ever been accepted to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we have had some really great interest in the band program in that we are the largest we have ever been. We are going to be taking 350 students to this parade, and we are trying to make sure that the impression that is made and the experience that is created for our students is, ‘You’re going to get one shot at this for it to be a lifetime memory for those involved.’ The students are super excited about it, and our staff is super excited about it. We are doing everything we can to really make sure that we represent our university the best we possibly can.”

As special as a music and teaching career is for Todd Nichols, it is superseded by his love for his family. He and his wife, Beth, will in May 2024 be married for 25 years, and they are proud parents of two daughters. Nichols said, “Sarah, who is a freshman now at Rutgers, is a Cognitive Science and Linguistics major. She wants to be a Speech and Language Pathologist, and our youngest daughter, Emily, is a sophomore at Immaculata high school. Anytime I am able to have time with my family is the most important thing. It gets tougher as we get older, and everybody is terribly busy. But to me, any time that I could have with my girls and my wife is the most important time I can have. It always makes me happy, no matter what.”

And there are those he has educated in the past, and the ones he teaches now. As far as his career and love of music goes, Nichols’ reward for his hard work is experiencing the reactions and happiness of his students. 

“When they achieve a goal that they thought they maybe could not, makes me happy that they are happier than anything else.”


Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr – Dr. Rendezvous

By Henry M. Holden

While there have been 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon, two names are instantly recognizable; the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, and Buzz Aldrin, who followed Armstrong down the ladder of the Lunar Module Eagle, in 1969. But, of all the astronauts who walked on the Moon, none has become more famous than Aldrin.

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. was born January 20, 1930, and raised in Montclair N.J.. He is a former astronaut, and graduated from West Point, third in his class, with a mechanical engineering degree. He flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabre jets in Korea and shot down two Russian-built Mig- 15 airplanes and won the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.

At the age of 80, Aldrin made news with his performance on Dancing with the Stars. But long before he danced with the stars, he was the inspiration for Disney’s Buzz Lightyear.

In January 1963, six-and-a-half years before the first Moon landing, Aldrin earned a degree of Doctor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for his 311-page thesis “Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous,” earning Aldrin the sobriquet “Dr. Rendezvous” among his peers. At the time he was a Major in the U.S. Air Force and had yet to be selected as an astronaut. The Mercury Program was winding down, and Project Gemini, with its explicit requirement for testing rendezvous in space was ramping up. Aldrin specifically mentions the Gemini Program in an abstract of his thesis.

Early on, Aldrin did not believe that Gemini program was using the astronauts effectively to work outside space vehicle. “We used microgravity training and flights in parabolic airplanes. But that did not improve the situation. I was a certified nine-year SCUBA diver and understand that underwater simulates weightlessness. I introduced it to NASA, and they agreed to give it a try. It worked; our EVAs became very productive.”

Before that he served as the Apollo 11 lunar module pilot, in 1966, he performed three periods of extravehicular activity (EVA) totaling five hours, 30-minutes aboard Gemini 12.

On May 25, 1962, President John F. Kennedy prompted Americans to “… choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”;

On July 17, 1969, thousands converged on the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, and millions tuned in to watch live television. Soon, the ground began shaking as a small spacecraft attached to the giant Saturn V rocket several hundred feet tall started lifting off. It was quickly propelled to reach an orbital speed of 18,000 miles per hour. Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong were on their way to a historic first landing on the Moon. 

At 4:17 pm, July 20, 1969, time stood still throughout the world. Neil Armstrong announced to the world “The Eagle has landed.” The Eagle Luner Module carried “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, the third astronaut, Michael Collins, remained aloft to pilot the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

After Aldrin returned to Earth he went on a speaking tour. “We did lots of parades, 25 cities in 40 days.” “What do I do next?” he thought. Despite reaching the peak of his fame and career before the age of 40, Aldrin continued to work in the field and has been one of the most effective advocates of further space travel, particularly to Mars.

His wife said, “All the pressures and expectations were too much. He crashed and burned as the expression goes. It was a combination of depression which leads to alcoholism. But he did get help, and in 2023 he celebrated 37 years of sobriety.”

In May of 2016, Aldrin attended the “Humans to Mars 2016” conference. In his remarks, Aldrin said NASA should make essential changes to the approach it has used since the 1960s. He feels NASA should get out of the business of designing and managing the development of its own rockets and spacecraft. He critiqued the space Launch System (SLS) vehicle, saying it was a government design, based on 1970s technology, that went into the space shuttle program. “It competes with the private sector,” Aldrin said. “I thought most of us were in the process of learning that thegovernment shouldn’t do that.”

Aldrin was referring to efforts by SpaceX to develop the Falcon Heavy rocket. The Falcon Heavy has a launch capacity of 54 metric tons to low- Earth orbit (LEO). The SLS will have an initial capacity of 70 metric tons, and independent estimates suggest the SLS will cost more than the Falcon Heavy for each launch by at least a factor of 10.

Gemini XII marked a successful conclusion of the Gemini program, achieving the last of its goals by successfully demonstrating that astronauts can effectively work outside a spacecraft. This was instrumental in paving the way for the Apollo program to achieve its goal of landing a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s.

Aldrin recalls, “With Gemini 12’s landing there was an unequivocal realization, by all astronauts, and NASA itself: that we had only three years left to accomplish Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

“Yes, Jim and I were the link. They prepared us for the Apollo missions to the moon, but we still had major work to do.”

By early 1969, NASA made it clear the agency intended to land astronauts on the moon in July. 

The month leading up to Apollo 11's success highlighted just how many people were involved in the mission. In fact, over 400,000 people worked behind the scenes on just the Apollo 11 mission. From engineers, scientists, administrators, cleaning crews and more, it took an enormous collaborative effort to complete this seemingly impossible task. 

That work paid off on July 20, 1969, when an estimated 600 million people around the globe sat, glued to their television sets to watch the crew’s historic first steps on the moon. 

If you could go to Mars today the spacecraft would leave Earth at a speed of about 24,600 mph. The trip to Mars will take about seven or eight months and about 300 million miles. This is not practical, and Aldrin has an alternate solution, his Aldrin Cycler.

In 1985, Aldrin theorized a so-called Aldrin Cycler corresponding to a single synodic period. The synodic period is the time taken for a given object to make one complete orbit around another object.

Later that year, scientists at the JPL and graduate students at Purdue University confirmed and calculated the existence of such trajectories: a single elliptical loop around the Sun, from Earth to Martian orbit would take 146 days, just under five months and another 146 days from the Martian orbit back to Earth. This would chop four to five months off the current plan NASA has to get people to Mars.

A Mars cycler (or Earth–Mars cycler) is a spacecraft trajectory that encounters Earth and Mars regularly. The Aldrin cycler is an example of a Mars cycler. No propulsion is required to shuttle between the two, althoughsome minor corrections may be necessary due to small fluctuations in the orbit.

Cyclers are potentially useful for transporting people or materials between those bodies using minimal propellant (relying on gravity assist flybys for most trajectory changes) and can carry heavy radiation shielding to protect people in transit from cosmic rays and solar storms.

NASA’s Artemis Moon program which will land people on the Moon in 2025 is thought to be a possible staging area for a future trip to Mars slated for 2040.


4 fun facts about the month of October

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving each October. While October may not be home to Thanksgiving in the United States, Americans, much like their Canadian counterparts, have much to be thankful for in the tenth month of the calendar year. Fall temperatures tend to be at their most accommodating in October, which also happens to be home to Halloween. Those are not the only interesting and fun facts about this popular month.

1. October has something of a misleading name. Licensed drivers undoubtedly know that the prefix “octo” means eight, which is why Stop signs are octagons. So why does October, the tenth month of the year, have a name that suggests it should be the eighth month of the year? That peculiarity can be traced to the early Roman calendar, which featured just 10 months, the eighth of which was October. The Romans eventually converted to a 12-month calendar, and October kept its name despite becoming the tenth month of that calendar.

2. Some notable individuals have holidays in their honor in October, including two on the same day. This year, Monday October 9, 2023, is both Columbus Day and Leif Erikson Day. It’s fitting that each figure’s holiday falls on the same day, as both are among history’s more well-known explorers. Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, while Leif Erikson Day celebrates a man believed to be the first known European to set foot in continental North America.

3. Columbus Day might court its fare of fanfare (and controversy), but its popularity cannot match that of October’s most beloved day to celebrate: Halloween. Halloween is celebrated on October 31 and History.com notes this can be traced to ancient Celts. The Celts celebrated the festival of Samhain on October 31, the night before their new year. They did this because they believed that night marked the return of the ghosts of the dead to earth. That emphasis on the ghoulish is present each Halloween as well.

4. October is considered a great time of year to take a road trip, and much of that reputation can be traced to fall foliage. Leaves begin to change color in many regions in early October, and the resulting colorful landscape is beautiful to behold. Though some may presume the shift in color in October is due to the month’s typical drop in temperature, it’s actually due to a decrease in sunlight. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, leaves begin to lose their green color when photosynthesis from sunlight slows down, which happens because the hours of daylight dwindle considerably during the month of October. That lack of sunlight causes chlorophyll to break down, which in turn causes leaves to change color. But not all leaves will look the same, as any leaf-peeping pro will know. Some leaves turn red, while others turn brown, orange or yellow. The trees that turn red get more direct sunlight in October, while those that get less direct sunlight turn brown, orange or yellow. 


100 Years Ago This Month: Historical events from October 1923

The month of October has been home to many historical events over the years. Here’s a look at some that helped to shape the world in October 1923.

• Switzerland issues a new decree on October 1 that bans the display of fascist emblems or the wearing of black shirts. The decree is issued in response to fascists who wanted the region to join Italy.

• A standoff begins in the Kentucky State Penitentiary on October 3 after three convicted murderers obtain guns and kill three guards in an ultimately failed attempt to escape. Authorities eventually storm the barricaded inmates on October 6 and discover the inmates had been dead for about two days. 

• John Charles Carter is born in Illinois on October 4. The boy ultimately adopts the screen name Charlton Heston and becomes an Academy Award-winning actor and influential political activist.

• Cao Kun is elected president of the Republic of China on October 5. Cao is deposed just 13 months later after revelations surface regarding a bribery scandal that calls his election into question.

• Boston Braves shortstop Ernie Padgett turns an unassisted triple play on October 6. To date, the feat has been accomplished just 15 times in Major League Baseball history.

• The first section of the Appalachian Trail opens on October 7. The initial stretch is a 16-mile path from Bear Mountain in New York to the Delaware Water Gap on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. By 2023, the trail had grown to 2,194 miles.

• On October 10, the New York Yankees play the crosstown Giants in the first ever World Series game at Yankee Stadium. The Giants win the game when Casey Stengel hits an inside-the-park homerun with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

• Nicaraguan President Diego Manual Chamorro dies suddenly on October 12. His Vice President, Bartolomé Martinez, cannot be found, forcing Interior Minister Rosendo Chamorro to serve as acting president. Martinez is eventually inaugurated as President of Nicaragua on October 27.

• A bomb explodes outside Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) on October 14. No arrests are ultimately made, though the incident is attributed to union agitators angry at a decision by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, then commissioner of Major League Baseball. 

• The Walt Disney Company is founded when 21-year-old Walt Disney and 30-year-old Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, sign a contract to produce the Alice Comedies film series.

• Roadside billboards are the target of a letter sent by the British Ministry of Transport on October 18. The letter alleges the billboards are disfiguring the picturesque English countryside and urges county councils to take action.

• New Jersey’s Albert Tangora sets the world record for fastest sustained typing on a manual typewriter on October 22. Tangora averages 147 words per minute over the course of one hour.

• The air force of the Kingdom of Bulgaria is wiped out on October 25 when the country’s lone army airplane crashes.

• The reigning monarch of Iran, Ahmad Shah Qajar, appoints Reza Khan as the country’s Prime Minister on October 28. Khan overthrows Ahmad Shah two years later.

• The Republic of Turkey is proclaimed on October 29, formally ending the Ottoman Empire. 


Deduct Business Meals the Right Way

Suppose you take your best client out to dinner to celebrate your business relationship. If you own a business, are self-employed or run a side business, can you deduct any of the cost? Here are some tips to stay on the right side of the new rules:

Make clear it’s a business meal

In the past, small businesses could deduct 50 percent of the costs of both business meals and entertainment with clients. Now, the meal deduction remains but entertainment costs are no longer deductible.

The problem is that separating a business meal from client entertainment is not always clear-cut. If you treat your best clients every year to dinner and tickets to a sporting event, the tickets are not deductible, but the meal may be.

If you use the meal to discuss business, you should be safe to take the deduction. But if it’s just a social event and business is not discussed, the deduction is now harder to justify. That means it’s up to you to make clear it’s a business meal.

Document it

The easiest way to do this is to keep a business log for your meal expenses that includes a field labeled business purpose. In addition to recording the time, date, place, and cost of the meal, list each attendee, their company affiliation and professional title. Then add a short description of the specific business purpose, such as: Discussed new products and competitive price structure.

For the strongest defense of your deduction, try to define the purpose of the meeting as something that could have an impact on your bottom line. Simply chatting about trends in your industry may not pass muster if you are audited under the new rules.

Avoid luxury meals

Deductions for extravagant expenses on meals and entertainment will always be hard to defend. So if you are having a serious business discussion over dinner, make sure it’s not at a luxury restaurant that will give you a huge dinner bill.

Remember, business meals are still deductible, but must be properly documented. If done correctly this deduction should withstand any audit risk.

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Do Cats and Dogs Really Fight Like Cats and Dogs?

Cats and dogs have long been depicted as ardent foes, consistently getting into scrapes with one another. But are those claims exaggerated?Many cats and dogs peacefully coexist in their homes, where their divergent personalities combine to make homes more interesting. Cats and dogs tend to have different body language, but that should not be mistaken for opposition.Take, for example, a boisterous puppy that excitedly approaches visitors with its tail wagging to show friendliness. According to the animal experts at slimdoggy.com, a resource for dog food, fitness, and fun; cats interpret wagging tails as signs of anger or displeasure. Dogs like to sniff their “friends” and get to know them, and cats don’t favor this attention. When sniffed, cats may run off, unintentionally triggering dogs’ natural predator instincts.

Such an instance is a rough way for cats and dogs to begin a relationship, and it’s easy to see how such an introduction can lay a poor foundation for their relationship.

Cats and dogs also have different social styles. While a cat may be content to be alone and approach visitors cautiously, dogs tend to be sociable and rush into situations if they think there is fun to be had.

But cats and dogs can peacefully coexist. One way to foster a good relationship between cats and dogs is to control their initial introduction. If possible, separate the animals initially, giving cats a chance to warm up to their new situation. Upon introducing the two, it may be best to have the dog on a leash so that you can control its desire to lunge. Calmness is key; do not force the cat to come to the dog or vice versa. Reward calm behavior with treats and repeat these steps until the pets appear to be used to each other.

It’s important that pet owners recognize that while cats and dogs may peacefully coexist in a home most of the time, their natural instincts may kick in every so often. Just separate the pets if they have a tiff.

Rumors abound that cats and dogs can’t share a home, but that’s simply not true. With some early socialization, patience on the part of pet owners, and an understanding of cat and dog behaviors; pet parents can ensure both cats and dogs live together in harmony. 

Dr. Matthew Krupnick is the owner of the Pequannock Animal Hospital. He grew up in Kinnelonand is happy to be home – with his wife, three cats, and two dogs – to provide quality and compassionate care for pets in the community. The Pequannock Animal Hospital is located at 591 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains. You can reach the hospital by calling 973-616-0400.

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