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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Blairstown, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Blairstown, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Blairstown, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Live and Unplugged, the band, will revisit Nirvana and the ’90s at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown

Based in Nyack, N.Y., the band Live and Unplugged will perform its first New Jersey show, June 3 at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown. The show will include Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York album in its entirety, as well as songs, performed in “unplugged” style, by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and others.The band formed in the summer of 2021. “I was obsessed with Nirvana growing up,” says singer-guitarist Dylan Kelehan, a former member of the Pink Floyd cover ...

Based in Nyack, N.Y., the band Live and Unplugged will perform its first New Jersey show, June 3 at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown. The show will include Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York album in its entirety, as well as songs, performed in “unplugged” style, by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and others.

The band formed in the summer of 2021. “I was obsessed with Nirvana growing up,” says singer-guitarist Dylan Kelehan, a former member of the Pink Floyd cover band The Machine. Kelehan forms Live and Unplugged with singer-bassist Dan Rapapport, guitarist Ryan Liatsis and drummer Eric Challacombe.

Kelehan says that after touring with The Machine for two years, “I just realized how intense it was, with all the equipment. We had to hire a truck just to get the gear there: amps, lighting trusses, lighting in general, circular projector … I thought it was really cool, but I thought, ‘Man, I’d love to do a lighter show that’s acoustic-based,’ because I had already done the electric thing for two solid years. So I wanted to do something that I thought was tour-able, that no one else was doing, but acoustic. And all those famous ‘MTV Unplugged’s just popped into my head, and I thought that the most popular was Nirvana. And I have a kinship with it. So I thought, ‘Go with that.’ ”

The band can do other “Unplugged” albums in their entirety, too, including Alice in Chains’ 1996 MTV Unplugged. But at a show like the one they are doing at Roy’s Hall, Kelehan said, “The first set is supposed to be a recreation of the Nirvana one, and everybody has a great show and gets a great vibe from it. Then the second set is supposed to be tight musically, but looser conceptually, and we play songs that kind of everybody will love. So if there’s a huge Nirvana fan and they bring their spouse along that doesn’t really necessarily love Nirvana, the second set is going to be for them, because they’ll get ’90s stuff that’s straight down the middle, and ’90s grunge.

“We do, like, (Soul Asylum’s) ‘Runaway Train.’ We do Chris Isaak. Stuff that was really famous in the ’90s, top of the charts kinds of things, but not necessarily heavy grunge. And it’s all acoustic. So it’s very desirable for people, because it sounds great: It doesn’t sound muddy or clouded with all that crazy amplification. It’s sweet.”

Kelehan — who owns the Rock Shop music store in Nyack, N.Y. — formed the band with musicians he knows from the Nyack area. “They’re really into the ’90s, because they’re all my age,” he said.

Calling the band Live and Unplugged allows them to be very flexible. “As soon as you hear Live and Unplugged, you think ‘MTV Live and Unplugged.’ That’s the main thing. And that’s kind of what we play off. Pearl Jam has a famous one, Stone Temple Pilots have a famous one, Nirvana, even Kiss has a famous one. Eric Clapton. So anybody who’s done a ‘Live and Unplugged,’ we can draw from that.

“So, let’s say we do great at Roy’s Hall and they want us back. They’re not going to want us back until next year, and they’re not going to want us to do the same thing. So maybe that one, we’ll lead with the Alice in Chains’ ‘Unplugged.’

“That’s another thing I learned from the Pink Floyd tribute,” he said, explaining that The Machine always offer bookers a variety of different shows, emphasizing different Pink Floyd albums or focusing on the hits. “I learned that if you want longevity, you have to be diverse, because who’s going to want to come see us do the same thing every year.”

MTV debuted the “Unplugged” series in 1989, but started producing the shows less frequently in the late ’90s. Now, it’s not really a series anymore, though MTV does still occasionally air unplugged specials (or produce them for online-only viewing). Over the past few years, they have been rare but high-profile, with shows devoted to BTS, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, and Bastille.

Kelehan says Live and Unplugged is, in a sense, a nostalgia band. “I’m not gearing it towards young people,” he said. “I’m gearing it towards people who are my age … I’m 37, so from about 37 to 45.

“It’s a ton of fun. I’ve been working on this stuff for 27 years, since I was 10 years old. So I feel very confident about hitting the right notes and getting the right vibe, which is the most important part of a tribute band.”

Live and Unplugged performs at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, June 3 at 8 p.m. Visit royshall.org.

For more on the band, visit liveandunplugged.live.

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2022 N.J. Pride Month: A guide to events across the state

June is Pride Month, and celebrations are kicking off in cities and towns across New Jersey. The events recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ people and highlight their work to ensure equality for all. Enjoy this roundup of noteworthy events to attend in all regions: north, central and south.Atlantic CountyAtlantic City — Fri., June 17 at 8 p.m. to closing2022 AC Pride Ball: AC is Burning. The houses are ready, and the categories are set. Its the fiercest competition for Pride We...

June is Pride Month, and celebrations are kicking off in cities and towns across New Jersey. The events recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ people and highlight their work to ensure equality for all. Enjoy this roundup of noteworthy events to attend in all regions: north, central and south.

Atlantic County

Atlantic City — Fri., June 17 at 8 p.m. to closing

2022 AC Pride Ball: AC is Burning. The houses are ready, and the categories are set. Its the fiercest competition for Pride Week in Atlantic City, held at Anchor Rock Club (247 S. New York Ave.).

Bergen County

Westwood  — Sat., June 25 from 1 to 7  p.m.

Prohibition Pride 2022. Come celebrate pride and diversity in North Jersey, 170 Center Ave.

Burlington County

No upcoming events.

Camden County

Collingswood — Mon., June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The lawn at Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike) is the site of the Collingswood Pride Family Picnic. Enjoy an evening of fun featuring Drag Queen Story Hour with Philadelphia’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn of Drag Queen Mafia. Get creative and paint the flag that represents you at the crafts table. Play some games and enjoy live music by DJ Lilly and enjoy the Teen Poetry Slam. Dress in your best pride gear and participate in the Pride Picnic Blanket Decorating Contest to win prizes. Bring family, snacks and blankets. Local restaurants will be offering “Picnic Packages” for pick up.

Cape May County

Middle Township — Sat., June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Johanna’s Beauty will be hosting a free photoshoot for photographers and models of the LGBTQ+ community to work together. The event will take place on Cooks Beach Road, and rainbow powder will be provided. All outfits are welcome.

Cumberland County

No upcoming events.

Now in its 11th year, the North Jersey Pride Festival is a family-friendly celebration of love, respect and unity at Memorial Park. Photo courtesy of North Jersey Pride Festival

Gloucester County

No upcoming events.

Hudson County

Jersey City – Fri., June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pride Month Craft Grab & Go at the Jersey City Free Public Library: Marion Branch, 1017 West Side Ave. Stop by the Marion Branch Library and pick up a Pride Month rainbow craft. Good while supplies last.

The Robbinsville Pride event is welcome to people of all ages. Photo by Suzette Lucas

Hunterdon County

Frenchtown – Sun., June 26 at 7 p.m.

Catie Curtis, Pride Week concert, Frenchtown Bookshop, 28 Bridge St. $25. frenchtownbookshop.com, 908-628-9297.

Mercer County

Princeton — Sat., June 18 at 11 a.m.

Princeton Pride Parade, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice PRINCETON PRIDE ’22 A Celebration of Community. Parade and after-party, Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon.

Hightstown — Sat., June 25, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., Tavern on the Lake (Upstairs), 101 North Main St.

Tavern & Tiara’s – Pride Month Celebration! Tavern & Tiaras is filled with over-the-top entertainment from some of the top drag performers from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey featuring all-new performances, themed audience games and give-aways! Free parking, and full bar with drink specials.

Middlesex County

Edison — Fri., June 17, at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend this celebratory Shabbat service at Temple Emanu-El for Pride Shabbat, 1775 Oak Tree Road.

The 30th Annual Statewide LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration in Asbury Park is the largest and oldest LGBTQ pride celebration in the state. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media

Morris County

Randolph — Sat., June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Morris County Pride is holding a free, family-friendly event at County College of Morris (214 Center Grove Road). It’s a fun day of celebration and connects the community to health, education and employment resources.

Play games, picnic and visit local vendors and food trucks at the Toms River Pride Festival. Photo courtesy of Toms River Pride Festival

Ocean County

No upcoming events.

Passaic County

No upcoming events.

Salem County

No upcoming events.

Somerset County

Somerville — Thurs., June 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Family Pride Night, with discounts, specials and deals throughout downtown Somerville, as well as live music and other entertainment, plus “glow in the dark” activities, downtownsomerville.com, 908-541-1600.

Bridgewater Township — Sat., June 25 at 3:30 p.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1350 Washington Valley Road. Come join for a Pride Celebration Picnic with food, games, crafts, and activities. All are welcome.

Sussex County

Newton — Sun., June 12 at noon

Visit the Newton Green (Spring and Main streets) for a Sussex County Pride Event. The event will have vendors, live music, drag performers, a DJ, food pantry collection and voter registration.

Union County

Rahway — Thurs., June 30 at 7 p.m.

“Head Over Heels,” free Pride Month production of the musical comedy hosted by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Rahway, Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. Free, but tickets required in advance. ucpac.org, 732-499-8226.

Warren County

Washington Borough — Sat., June 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Washington Borough Pride Day, music, information, vendors and family attractions hosted by Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, Veterans Park, 44 E. Washington Ave. dasacc.org, 908-453-4121.

* Events and times subject to change

Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University and a master’s in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County and currently lives in Bergen County.

Autry shines at Mid-Atlantic ISTC; reiterates his recruitment is wide open

Blairstown, NJ – The Mid-Atlantic Independent School Team Camp, located at Blair Academy, hosted some of the top programs in the greater northeast region on Friday night for the first of three days of competition.The event was a big draw among local college coaches with over 75 schools checking in on day one alone, including numerous mid to high-major programs.One of the biggest storylines on day one was the play of Western Reserve Academy, from Ohio, and rising senior guard ...

Blairstown, NJ – The Mid-Atlantic Independent School Team Camp, located at Blair Academy, hosted some of the top programs in the greater northeast region on Friday night for the first of three days of competition.

The event was a big draw among local college coaches with over 75 schools checking in on day one alone, including numerous mid to high-major programs.

One of the biggest storylines on day one was the play of Western Reserve Academy, from Ohio, and rising senior guard Trey Autry in particular.

Autry is the son of Syracuse associate head coach Adrian “Red” Autry and is coming off a very successful spring with the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL.

Despite his play, he has remained vastly under-recruited. New Rhode Island head coach Archie Miller has made him a priority, and was courtside again here, but otherwise he mentioned only Maryland and UC Santa Barbara as the other schools he hears from on a consistent basis.

The lack of recruiting is presumably due to the assumption that Autry will inevitably follow his father and play at Syracuse, but he says that won’t happen.

“No, that’s not the case,” he said. “It’s not a consideration.”

Asked if he thought the perception that he would follow his dad was the cause of not hearing from more schools, he could only smile and say “I hope so. I like to think I’m pretty decent.”

Unlike many father-son coaching dynamics the recruiting world has seen in recent years, Autry says both he and his father are aligned in this case.

“He wants me to be able to pave my own path and do my own thing,” he said. “I’m just looking for a program where I can come in right away and be a contributor.”

To be clear, Autry has been doing his thing all spring. He’s a highly skilled power guard who shoots the ball at a very high clip from behind the arc.

While he often plays off the ball with the City Rocks, he got the chance to show he could run the point on Friday night and was equally impressive doing it. He dribbled into transition threes, utilized his strong body to hold off defenders, and made good pick-and-roll reads.

With Autry setting the tone, there were numerous other Western Reserve players who showed well on Friday night as they stood out as not just one of the more talented, but also organized, teams in the field. Fellow rising senior guard Carmelo Adkins showed off a combination of perimeter size and an ultra-fluid shooting stroke.

The 2024 trio of Damarius Owens, Caleb Middleton, and Jacob Theodosiou all shined as well. Owens, who landed a Syracuse offer this spring, showed his emerging versatility on the wing with an assortment of scoring tools from multiple levels. Middleton showed good mobility along with developing strength and a couple of nice jump hooks over his left shoulder with his back to the basket. Theodosiou stood out with his toughness and grit, on both ends of the floor, as he made plays defensively and got to the rim.

Comparing the bigs

Friday night’s field featured a variety of potential high-major targets along the frontline in the class of 2023 including St. Benedict’s Ladji Dembele, Our Saviour Lutheran’s Youssouf Singare, George School’s Kachi Nzeh, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy forward Al Amadou.

Not surprisingly, there was a long line of coaches on hand to evaluate each of them, undoubtedly comparing and contrasting each to see how they rate within their own program’s board.

St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson, Marquette head coach Shaka Smart, and Seton Hall head coach Shaheen Holloway were all on hand along with assistants from UConn, Providence, Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, and others.

Amadou may have drawn the biggest crowd. His upside is clear. At 6-foot-9 he is incredibly mobile with the ability to cover the court effortlessly, make quick twitch reactions, and get off his feet around the rim. He still needs to build up his body and learn to assert himself consistently on both ends of the floor, but there’s undeniably versatile potential on both ends of the floor.

Dembele was another big draw. He has more of a power body, but with an inside-out skill-set as he can knock down open threes from the top of the key and is beginning to assert himself more inside and utilize his strong frame to score with both hands around the rim.

Report: Chemicals found in Mount Vernon Road soil exceed state standards

BLAIRSTOWN — Additional test pits were dug on a Mount Vernon Road property last week after state officials determined the amount of "dirty" fill hauled to the site was likely 10 times more than initially reported.Crews from Peak Environmental were at 50 Mount Vernon Road three times to retrieve samples from deeper pits over a wider area than those tested last year.Beginning in early 2021, neighbors complained to township officials about the amount of soil that had been dumped on the property over ...

BLAIRSTOWN — Additional test pits were dug on a Mount Vernon Road property last week after state officials determined the amount of "dirty" fill hauled to the site was likely 10 times more than initially reported.

Crews from Peak Environmental were at 50 Mount Vernon Road three times to retrieve samples from deeper pits over a wider area than those tested last year.

Beginning in early 2021, neighbors complained to township officials about the amount of soil that had been dumped on the property over the previous months. Neighbors complained about a strange odor and a "different taste" to their private well water.

Testing the site

In March, Brockerhoff Environmental Services LLC was retained by the property owner to test the "fill material" at the site. Two dozen test pits were dug and samples were collected within about a foot of the surface.

State regulations require one sample for every 20-cubic yards (1.5-2 dump trucks) of fill. Laboratory tests found that all of the samples exceeded standards for at least one of the tested metals or compounds.

The number of pits, and their depth, were based on estimates that about 50 truckloads of "fill" were brought in and scattered around.

Brockerhoff was taken off the project by the property owner within days of the test results being sent to the state Department of Environmental Protection and local officials. The company's report shows aluminum, manganese, chlordane and benzine compounds found in several pits measure above state standards. Mercury was found above state standards in two of the pits.

"Based upon the results of the fill material evaluation, the fill material placed at the site cannot be classified as clean fill," the report noted. The report also stated the presence of some of the pollutants required the owner to notify the state Department of Environmental Protection of a "hazardous waste spill" and further required the property owner to take action to remediate the condition.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency banned all uses of chlordane in 1983 except to control termites. In 1988, it banned all uses.

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Investigation

After the initial fill delivery, the trucking company's dumping activities widened to include other properties in Warren and Sussex counties, officials said. Neighbors along Mount Vernon Road said they have been interviewed by investigators from the DEP and the state Attorney General's Office.

The investigation determined that much more fill was brought to 50 Mount Vernon Road than originally thought and that ravines were also filled with it. Those updated estimates determined up to 250 tandem dump trucks hauled dirt to the site.

This latest set of test pits may be as much as 20 feet deep, according to letters from local officials to state officials.

"We are quite concerned on the effects of this to the virgin soil, groundwater, streams, aquifers and wells," wrote Blairstown Mayor Rob Moorhead and Deputy Mayor Walter Orcutt in a letter to the DEP.

The mayors also suggested DEP officials use satellite photos from before and after the fill was dumped, beginning in 2018, to determine the extent of the issue over the several acres.

Also, a neighbor provided photographs of the dumping in progress that shows it was not just on the area between the house and road, but extended around to three sides of the house, which overlooks a steep bank with a stream at the bottom.

During rainstorms last year, neighbors also took videos of brownish-colored water running off the property and on to the macadam of Mount Vernon Road. The streams flowed down the edge of the road and emptied into the stream at a bridge.

That unnamed stream joins Stony Brook which flows into the Paulinskill in the area between Route 94 and the Blairstown Airport.

Watershed concerns

The fact the Paulinskill is less than a mile from the property on Mount Vernon Road, has raised concerns with other groups working to clean up the river.

"The PK Watershed will receive additional pollutants trickling in from the contaminated site through time unless the following actions are taken," wrote Christine Dunbar, Paulinskill watershed coordinator for the Foodshed Alliance.

In her letter to the DEP, Dunbar recommended all the fill be removed and that DEP "must set up sampling and monitoring of the virgin soil to determine the contamination's extent."

The monitoring must also include monitoring of private wells in the area to ensure safety of drinking water.

Her letter also paraphrased DEP Commissioner Sean LaTourette, speaking on a radio broadcast of a community roundtable, as stressing "our environment has only been taken from in the past and now, for the future, we must give back."

As of late Friday afternoon, the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, which operates the Pequest Fish Hatchery, said there has not been any change to the established stocking of trout in the Paulinskill.

Last summer, the state DEP published its latest Fish Smart, Eat Smart set of guidelines for eating fresh and saltwater fish.

What about the fish?

The Paulinskill is a favorite trout stream along its length from Newton through Lafayette then west through Fredon, Stillwater, and Blairstown before emptying into the Delaware River in the Columbia section of Knowlton.

The river is a noted trout stream (trout season opens April 9) and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife this year plans to stock 10,500 trout along the length of the Paulinskill before stocking ends on May 27.

Stocked trout are raised in pristine water pumped from underground aquifers at the state's Trout Hatchery adjacent to the Pequest Wildlife Management Area in Warren County.

Once released into the wild, the trout begin eating insects and invertebrates in the stream and will begin to accumulate any pollutants in that food.

The guide recommends no more than one 8 ounce serving of any freshwater trout species per week.

Blairstown residents want answers after unauthorized fill was dumped in their neighborhood

BLAIRSTOWN — For several months early last year, trucks dumped fill on a property mostly cleared of trees along Mount Vernon Road. It was to be used to level off the property.The township, about a year ago, issued the property owner a notice of violation for dumping the fill without a permit or approval.Six months ago a "solid waste discharge" was reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection.Now neighbors have had enough and want action taken."I'm worried," ...

BLAIRSTOWN — For several months early last year, trucks dumped fill on a property mostly cleared of trees along Mount Vernon Road. It was to be used to level off the property.

The township, about a year ago, issued the property owner a notice of violation for dumping the fill without a permit or approval.

Six months ago a "solid waste discharge" was reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Now neighbors have had enough and want action taken.

"I'm worried," said Ted Kozlowsky, who lives near the property at 50 Mount Vernon Road. He said the filter on his private water well was filled with sediment and other neighbors are complaining their water "has a bad taste to it."

None of the area residents have had their well water tested yet.

The "discharge" was declared in late March and a sign posted alongside the road noting that an "environmental investigation" of the property is in progress.

A survey and sample collection of the fill was done on March 24 by Brockerhoff Environmental Services. In April it advised that, based on the amount and types of chemicals found in the samples, the "solid waste discharge" be reported to the DEP.

Report

The report from Brockerhoff, dated April 8, was sent to a Joao De Oliveria with an address of 50 Mount Vernon Road.

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In his report, also filed with township officials and provided to neighbors following an Open Public Records Act request, Frank Brockerhoff outlined the history of the fill, including that it had been told about 50 tandem dump trucks of fill had been dumped at the site.

The report notes that "during the investigation, debris was observed to be mixed in with the fill material throughout the property, including bricks, glass, asphalt, oyster shells, and plastic and metal debris."

Following state procedures, 25 individual samples were taken of the material from the top 6 inches of fill.

Brockerhoff said the number of loads and depth of the fill was based on what the property owner, DeOliveria, had told him.

However, there is no record with Warren County that the property had been sold again after June 30, 2017 when a company called 50 Mount Vernon Road LLC, sold the property for $70,000 to Alex Montalvo and Karina Garces who listed their address as 50 Mount Vernon Road.

The limited liability corporation which listed an address in Somerville purchased the 5-plus acre plot for $30,349 the year before from Iris and Walter Rodgers, who listed 50 Mount Vernon Road as their address.

Brockerhoff, who is also a licensed site remediation professional, said he provided De Oliveria with a detailed list of services and projected costs for the cleanup required under DEP regulations and state laws.

He said he has not received a response from De Oliveria.

Koslowsky said he believes that the fill actually is much deeper, estimating there was a ravine on the property about 15 feet deep.

Koslowsky's property is located off a privately-owned road called Axehandle Road but the back yards of some of the houses overlook the property in question.

Emily Baier, who lives closer to 50 Mount Vernon Road said the trees on the lot were cleared a couple of years ago and they began dumping debris and soil soon after.

She said she hasn't seen any signs of activity.

Baier, Kozlowsky and several other residents in the area approached the Blairstown Township Committee at its last meeting to urge quicker and further action.

"This is improperly imported soil. It is under the jurisdiction of the DEP and we are carefully monitoring this for any updates as to its progress," said Township Mayor Rob Morehead.

DEP response

The state DEP, in its response, said the department is aware of the situation and assigned a case number.

A spokesperson said that DEP's protocol "has long been to have the LSRP provide updates on cases they oversee since they have the most up-to-date information and historical background available, and they are authorized to speak with the media."

Brockerhoff said there has been no sampling of private wells in the area nor has there been a survey or testing of groundwater flows.

His report reads: "Please note that exceedances of NJDEP regulatory standard were reported in all of the collected fill samples."

Among the chemicals and metals found above the standards were aluminum, manganese, Mercury, Chlordane, Benzopyrene and Benzoanthracene.

The report noted that because of the higher than allowed "metal, pesticide and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon contaminants," the property owner must notify of evidence of a discharge. The report also set out timeframes for completing steps for remediation.

Mount Vernon Road climbs from near the Paulinskill up the side of the ridges which are topped by the Kittatinny Ridge. The houses along the road are set on wooded lots and the road goes to the Yards Creek pump storage facility.

Koslowsky, who recorded a short video of muddy runoff from the property into the road after last Thursday's heavy rains, said the stream of dump trucks up the road didn't raise suspicions over the past couple of years because Yards Creek was doing a project to increase the size and efficiency of its operations.

"Even the town officials thought it was Yards Creek," he said, "although apparently nobody followed along to see where the trucks were going and what was being dumped.

"It sure wasn't clean fill," he remarked. "I mean, oyster shells? That's stuff brought up by dredging."

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