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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 Garfield, 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.
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?
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 Garfield, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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JERSEY CITY, NJ - For years, the property at 829 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City was largely a vacant lot that kids used to sneak onto the play.Ward F Councilman Frank Gilmore said he grew up in the neighborhood and was one of those kids.This week, the long-blighted property officially became an icon for the redevelopment of the area as Mayor Steven Fulop joined other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the 110 residential unit project that now stands on it.The development has 10 “affordable housing units” indist...
JERSEY CITY, NJ - For years, the property at 829 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City was largely a vacant lot that kids used to sneak onto the play.
Ward F Councilman Frank Gilmore said he grew up in the neighborhood and was one of those kids.
This week, the long-blighted property officially became an icon for the redevelopment of the area as Mayor Steven Fulop joined other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the 110 residential unit project that now stands on it.
The development has 10 “affordable housing units” indistinguishable from the market rate units, and the project will bolster neighborhood foot tracks by providing 10,919 square feet of ground floor retail space. A total of 79 parking spaces helps reduce the parking impact in the area.
“Affordable housing is very important,” Gilmore said. “We want to keep our workforce in Jersey City if we can.”
The five-story mixed-use development has two aspects that are special, Fulop said.
“We promised to attract development to areas that haven’t seen it and we are executing on it, and one of the main partners grew up in this neighborhood so it’s nice to see him leading the charge.”
Lamont Carter, whom Fulop was referring to, was born and raised on Woodlawn Avenue, and said he was looking for a project like this. He attended a local charter school before heading off to military academy, and then to earn a degree at NYU. Prior to his role as a developer, he worked for Goldman Sachs.
“My family is still in the neighborhood,” he said. “They used to do Christmas decorations up on Claremont.”
Gilmore said development of this kind is good for the area, provided it brings in affordable housing. And 829 Garfield does that, offering workforce housing for cops, firefighters, city workers and others who might not be able to afford to remain in Jersey City without.
It is centrally located in the heart of Bergen-Lafayette, directly across the Hudson River allowing for unobstructed panoramic skyline views from its residences. The development is a half block from the Garfield Avenue Light Rail Station, a quick bike ride to Liberty State Park & just minutes from express transportation directly into New York City.
The units were built for comfort, a brochure says, kitchens crafted with gallery GE stainless steel appliances, black shimmering quartz countertops, and modern dual-tone cabinetry with plentiful storage. The bathrooms are sleek & modern with radiant heated flooring, glass shower enclosures in the primary en-suites and soaking tubs as an alternative.
Each home is fully equipped with multi-zone heating & cooling units, LED lighting, walk-in closets, and select homes feature expansive windows with direct NYC views.
The development includes a selection of two & three-bedroom layouts that explore different views, outdoor space, & floor plans.
The facility also provides amenities such as the state-of-art fitness center & the landscaped outdoor courtyard with grilling spaces, perfect for gathering with friends. A contemporary & chic work from home inspired lobby with plush seating & private telephone booths & workstations greets all visitors.
New Jersey is relaxing teacher certification requirements and implementing laws to make it easier for public schools to hire teachers, but that will not fix an ongoing teacher shortage in the state, a new report warns.If the state does not take additional action soon, there will not be enough qualified candidates to replace teachers...
New Jersey is relaxing teacher certification requirements and implementing laws to make it easier for public schools to hire teachers, but that will not fix an ongoing teacher shortage in the state, a new report warns.
If the state does not take additional action soon, there will not be enough qualified candidates to replace teachers leaving the profession, said Mark Weber, author of the report and a public school teacher.
Fueling the shortage is a steep decline in the number of people entering the field. An aging population of teachers and pandemic-related burnout and retirements are only part of the problem. State lawmakers must take drastic action to attract youth and newcomers into the field, says the report, published by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive think tank that also receives funding from a major teachers' union, the New Jersey Education Association.
The Newark school district announced last week that it is responding to teacher shortages and pandemic-related gaps in pay hikes by raising the base salaries of newly hired teachers to $62,000 from the prior $55,000. Teachers in math, science and other subject areas with long-term vacancies are eligible for a $4,000 signing bonus. Staff can also qualify for $1,000 referral bonuses.
The State Board of Education adopted rules last week to implement a new law designed to grow the number of teachers in New Jersey. For a five-year pilot period, teachers applying for certification do not have to meet certain criteria. The law waives either a minimum GPA requirement or a minimum test score requirement and issues prospective teachers Limited Certificates of Eligibility and Limited Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.
Schools must apply to the state Department of Education to hire staff through this program. The department told schools in March that it would process applications within five days of receiving them, signaling that it recognized the urgency of the shortages hitting schools.
The Garfield school district was approved for the program, said Superintendent Anna Sciacca. The 5,000-student district employs about 500 teaching staff, but 11% of its teaching positions are unfilled in critical-need areas, such as world languages, special education and teachers for English-language learners. “We often struggle to find candidates,” the district's application to the state said.
Garfield is also highly diverse. It applied to the program to be able to hire more teachers of color and bridge growing disparity between the ethnicity of its teaching staff and that of its students. Among the district's students, 36% are white, while 51% are Hispanic and 8% are Black. Among teachers, 92% are white and 4% are Hispanic.
Research has shown that students benefit from seeing teachers who look like them, and increasing racial diversity among teachers to match students has been a priority for the federal government since 2016. It is also one of the criteria for schools applying to hire teachers through New Jersey’s five-year pilot.
“We are hoping to address the disparity between populations in order to garner a more diverse teaching staff, representative of our students,” Garfield administrators said in their application to the state. “The opportunities offered through this pilot would allow us to hire staff who may not have fit all the requirements but are otherwise a good fit.”
But laws that loosen criteria and others being proposed by state lawmakers may not be enough to address the shrinking numbers in New Jersey’s teacher pipeline.
In 2020 there was a record low in the number of teaching degrees awarded by New Jersey's state colleges and universities, according to the report. Fewer than 3,500 students received teaching degrees in 2020, compared with more than 5,000 in 2011.
And the most dire shortages of teachers continue to be in math, science and special education, as well as substitute teachers, the report says.
In New Jersey, the number of candidates graduating with certifications in teaching dropped by 49% between 2009 and 2018, according to a study released in March 2020 by New Jersey Policy Perspective. The main reason for the decline in New Jersey comes from the “teacher pay gap” — which argues that teachers aren’t paid commensurably to people in other professions who have a similar education.
School administrators told lawmakers at a meeting of the Joint Committee for Public Schools in February that they were feeling the pain of this decades-long drop in teacher availability and that it was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The continuing shortage is a threat to the quality of the state’s public education system, which has historically ranked among the top in the nation — and a laurel that Gov. Phil Murphy mentions often.
"I don't think it is optimal to reduce the criteria [for teacher certification] at a time when we need our best and brightest teachers to address student needs,” Sciacca, the Garfield superintendent, told NorthJersey.com. She noted the toll the pandemic has taken on students' academics and their mental health. “However, we are at a critical point in time where teachers are not available, and these measures can be game changers,” she said.
The state Assembly is considering a bill that would create an advertising campaign to attract people to a teaching career using $1 million from federal COVID relief funds provided by the American Rescue Plan.
Other laws being considered would create tuition-free scholarships with $5,000 annual stipends for prospective teachers earning a college degree, and would cancel $50,000 in loans owed by teachers who return to their school districts to teach, provided the district is experiencing a shortage. A new law, passed in January, instructs the Department of Education to start tracking data related to teacher shortages.
But game-changing measures needed to fortify teaching as a competitive career among young people would need to address long-standing issues related to salaries, benefits and culture, according to the report.
Raising teachers' wages, improving teachers' pensions, bolstering benefits for new hires just starting their teaching careers, and removing barriers such as high fees and some certifications to enter the field will make a teaching career more appealing, said Weber.
It is also critical to foster and encourage the public’s appreciation and respect for teachers who have recently become the unwitting targets of parents divided over hot-button and politically fraught topics like sex ed and masking, he said.
Weber’s report does not include data for colleges awarding teaching degrees in 2021 and 2022.
“Data always lags,” he said.
“Over the last decade at least, fewer and fewer people have wanted to get into the profession," Weber said. "And we know that there’s more pressure than there’s ever been before on teachers. And we know that over and over again school leaders are saying the same thing — that they’re having a hard time finding qualified people to come into the classroom.
"That should be enough information to act. We should not keep putting this off until we get the perfect amount of evidence," he said. "We have all of the evidence we need to say, 'This is a problem.' ”
Mary Ann Koruth covers education for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news about New Jersey's schools and how it affects your children, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
Here are the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference baseball all-stars for 2022.The teams were chosen solely by the NJIC coaches.FIRST TEAMPosition: Name, Grade, SchoolP: Jason DeMarco, 12, HawthorneP: Jeyson Florimon, 12, GarfieldP: Harrison Curran, 10, Pompton LakesP: Dustin Baliatico,12, Garfield1B: Luke Cerulli, 10, RutherfordIF: Danny Finch, 12, HawthorneIF: Nick Laccitiello, 10, Pompton LakesIF: Patrick Cerulli, 12, RutherfordOF: Hayden...
Here are the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference baseball all-stars for 2022.
The teams were chosen solely by the NJIC coaches.
Position: Name, Grade, School
P: Jason DeMarco, 12, Hawthorne
P: Jeyson Florimon, 12, Garfield
P: Harrison Curran, 10, Pompton Lakes
P: Dustin Baliatico,12, Garfield
1B: Luke Cerulli, 10, Rutherford
IF: Danny Finch, 12, Hawthorne
IF: Nick Laccitiello, 10, Pompton Lakes
IF: Patrick Cerulli, 12, Rutherford
OF: Hayden Yuzon, 11, Glen Rock
OF: Joe Frei, 11, Hawthorne
OF: Devin Borrero, 12, Pompton Lakes
C : Alexander Gomez, 11, Rutherford
C: James Stewart, 11, Glen Rock
UT: Evan Peterson, 12, Garfield
DH – Owen Litvany, 11, Glen Rock
Position: Name, Grade, School
P: Jason Brudzynski, 12, Hawthorne
P: Chris Gioia, 9, Rutherford
P: Nick Atme, 9, Glen Rock
P: Derek Pena, 12, Garfield
1B: Bryan Ramirez, 10, Garfield
IF: Alex Picinich, 11, Elmwood Park
IF: Jay Patel, 12, Pompton Lakes
IF: Matt DeStaso, 10, Glen Rock
OF: Marcos Suarez, 12, Lodi
OF: Danny Espinal, 12, Rutherford
OF: Jesus Aponte, 12, Pompton Lakes
OF: Derrick Romero, 12, Elmwood Park
C: Cole Hudson, 12, Pompton Lakes
C: Daniel Espinal, 10, Lodi
C: Jimmy Lamberty, 12, Manchester Regional
UT: Ricky Van Olden, 11, Hawthorne
DH: Alexander Acosta, 11 Rutherford
Name, Grade, School
Dylan Benway, 12, Pompton Lakes
Andrew Long, 12, Glen Rock
Kyle DeMeester, 12, Garfield
Donovan Salters, 10, Lodi
Jacob Prieto, 12, Manchester Regional
Joshua Rhodes, 12 Elmwood Park
Cole Goumas, 10, Rutherford
Eugene Barbieri, 12, Hawthorne
Championship Team: Garfield
COACH OF THE YEAR: Charlie Rigolosi, Garfield
Position: Name, Grade, School
P: Daniel Russell, 12, Dwight-Englewood
P: Everett Garber, 10, Dwight-Englewood
P: Yutaka Uchida, 10, Leonia
P: Anthony Pizzuti, 10, Lyndhurst
C: Ryan Hudak, 12, New Milford
C: Demetrios Bardatsos, 9, Ridgefield
IF: John Lembo, 12, Lyndhurst
IF: Vincent Auteri, 12, Lyndhurst
IF: Elijah Espinal, 11, Ridgefield
IF: Ryan Klopchin, 12, Butler
IF: Drew Alfano, 12, Dwight-Englewood
OF: Rhys Bowie, 10, Dwight-Englewood
OF: Matt Mulato, 11, Leonia
OF: AJ Scrivanich, 12, Milford
OF: Gabe Gnecco, 12, Butler
UT: Michael Rizzo, 10, Lyndhurst
UT: Gianni Rana, 12, Leonia
DH: Andrew Fierro, 11, Butler
DH: Joseph Leon, 12, Secaucus
Position: Name, Grade, School
P: Jackson Burke, 10, Dwight-Englewood
P: Tyler Babino, 12, New Milford
P: Jack Nowinski, 10, Lyndhurst
P: Joshua Espinal, 10, Ridgefield
C: Ethan Labianco, 10, Leonia
C: Adam Ayatallah, 12, Harrison
1B: Matteo Morelli, 10, Lyndhurst
3B: Matt Cabadelo, 12,Harrison
IF: Carlos Estrada, 9, Harrison
IF: Devin Deproza, 10, Leonia
IF: Derek DeLeon, 10, New Milford
OF: Luis Placido-Fana, 9, New Milford
OF: George Perez, 12, Dwight-Englewood
OF: Nick Pallota, 11, Ridgefield
OF: Ben Nowinski, 12, Lyndhurst
UT: Dean Sosa, 10, Secaucus
UT: Abby Hernandez, 11, Harrison
UT: Mike Castiglia, 12, Butler
DH: Xavier Mieles, 11, Lyndhurst
DH: JD Collins, 10, Dwight-Englewood
Player, Grade, School
Jake Fiorenza, 9, Butler
Ben Friedland, 12, Dwight Englewood
Jake Mulrenan, 12, Harrison
Ryan Caldero, 10, Leonia
Anthony Maldonado, 12, Lyndhurst
John Giannoulis, Jr., New Milford
Greg Hadoulis, 12, Ridgefield
John Young, 12, Secaucus
Championship Team: Lyndhurst
COACH OF THE YEAR: Patrick Auteri, Lyndhurst
Position: Name, Grade, School
P: Nick Rizos, 12, Wood-Ridge
P: Anthony Peterson, 11, Hasbrouck Heights
P: Ryan Kane, 12, Wallington
P- Nino Iacovino, 12, Wood-Ridge
P: Gavin Fiant, 11, Hasbrouck Heights
OF: Nick Marchitelli, 12, Wood-Ridge
OF: William Ricci, 12 Wallington
OF: Sonny Ragusa, 12, Becton
IF:istan Govea, 11, Hasbrouck Heights
IF: Izayah Delgado, 12, Wallington
IF: Domenic Maucione, 10, Becton
C: Michael Sarlo, 12, Wood-Ridge
C: Christian Gerace, 12, North Arlington
1B: Trey Packen, 12, Wood-Ridge
DH: Collin Cassanelli, 12, Wallington
UT: Joseph Rovito, 12, Weehawken
Pos: Name, Grade, School
P: Eddie Ortiz, 12, North Arlington
P: Elijah Bell, 11, Becton
P: Damon Rivera, 9, Hasbrouck Heights
OF; Jordan Vega, 12, Wallington
OF: Kevin Zidiak, 10, North Arlington
OF: Braden Negro, 11, Wood-Ridge
OF: Sebastian Stratton, 10, Weehawken
IF: Devin Arce, 11, Wood-Ridge
IF: Ethan Perez, 9, Hasbrouck Heights
IF:homas Bohnarczyk, 11, Wallington
C: Nick Gutierrez, 12, Wallington
C: Kyle Cappadona, 11, Hasbrouck Heights
DH: Gavin DeRobertis, 11, Wood-Ridge
UT: Robert Carselda, 10, North Arlington
Ruben Alvarez, 11, Becton
Anthony Moretto, 12, Hasbrouck Heights
Angel Elliot, 12, North Arlington
Tyler Perry, 9, Wallington
Christian Ramirez, 9, Weehawken
Owen Caprio, 11, Wood-Ridge
Co-Championship Teams: Wood-Ridge and St. Mary (Ruth.)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Colin Hourigan, Wallington
P: Thomas Maceira, 11, Emerson Boro
P: Ryan Clark, 11, Midland Park
P: Michael O’Neil, 12 Waldwick
P: : William Anema, 11, Midland Park
C:: Patrick Walsh, 10, Emerson Boro
C: Jake Faasse, 12, Hawthorne Christian
C:: Nicholas Ciano, 12, Waldwick
IF: Zachary Hulsizer, 12, Waldwick
IF: Richard Miraldi, 12, Cresskill
IF: Gregory Tashik, 12, Midland Park
OF: Cameron Melone, 12, Hawthorne Christian
OF: Conner Praschil, 11, Emerson Boro
OF: Rocco DeMenna, 12, Waldwick
OF: Anthony Marco, 11, Waldwick
DH: Michael Garbarino, 12, Saddle Brook/Bogota
1B: Jake Falotico, 11, Emerson Boro
UT: Philip Centineo, 12, Waldwick
Pos: Name, Grade, School
P: Ty Higby, 12, Hawthorne Christian
P: : Ryan Kopczynski, 11, Cresskill
P: : T.J. Pappas, 10, Saddle Brook/Bogota
C: Alex Gomez, 10, Saddle Brook/Bogota
IF: Anthony Walter, 9,Park Ridge
IF: Justin Dressler, 10, Waldwick
IF: Alexander Manziano, 11, Waldwick
OF: Joey Anastassatos, 11, Cresskill
OF: Harpster, 12, Midland Park
DH : Frank Kasperowicz, 12 Waldwick
DH: Derek Engle, 11, Park Ridge
1B: Joey Betz, 9, Hawthorne Christian
UT: Darico Castillo, 12, Midland Park
Name, Grade, School
Jared Scharf, 10, Emerson Boro
Ryan Fleming, 9, Midland Park
Jack Veenema, 12, Hawthorne Christian
Kyle Bratcher, 12, Park Ridge
Jason Jones, 11, Bogota/Saddle brook
Vincent Cristantiello, 12, Cresskill
Nicholas Wayne, 11, Waldwick
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More health concerns for Dick Vitale.The ESPN college basketball legend was scheduled for surgery ...
“I appreciate the concern by many of u over my vocal cord surgery being postponed . Will reschedule & will keep u updated. Like so many I tested positive for COVID- I feel fine / have been double boosted etc -symptoms r minimal . I’m following protocols .”
In October, Vitale disclosed he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
He returned to the airwaves in November, but announced in December he was suffering from Dysplasia on the vocal cords.
According to Massachusetts General Hospital, Dysplasia is when “The membranes of the vocal cords can develop precancerous surface changes known as dysplasia or atypia. In this stage, they do not yet have cancer; however, if left untreated, these involved areas can progress to become cancerous.”
In January, Vitale announced he wouldn’t be back behind the microphone this season.
Vitale’s New Jersey roots run deep. He was born in Passaic and grew up in Garfield and East Paterson before enrolling at Seton Hall. As the New York Times reports, Vitale’s basketball life also started in the Garden State.
His coaching career began in 1962 at Lincoln School in Garfield, N.J. He won two New Jersey state championships at East Rutherford High School, and had a career record of 131?47. Vitale was the Rutgers assistant coach who recruited Phil Sellers and Mike Dabney, two players who led the Scarlet Knights to 31 straight victories and a trip to the National Collegiate tournament final in 1975?76. By then, Vitale had moved to the University of Detroit, having been passed over for the head job at Rutgers, a job for which he said he had begged.
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Ever since COVID-19, I have a new perspective on friends and how I choose my downtime. I cherish those friends and family that I am close with and respect my time.Every Sunday of Labor Day weekend for the last 21 years, I’ve been down at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach for The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show. On that Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we hold the finals of my talent show and I ask some area celebrities to judge the final 10 or 12 acts and choose the winner of the yearly contest.Over the 20 years I’ve...
Ever since COVID-19, I have a new perspective on friends and how I choose my downtime. I cherish those friends and family that I am close with and respect my time.
Every Sunday of Labor Day weekend for the last 21 years, I’ve been down at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach for The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show. On that Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we hold the finals of my talent show and I ask some area celebrities to judge the final 10 or 12 acts and choose the winner of the yearly contest.
Over the 20 years I’ve been blessed to have friends who are actors, comediennes, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians, radio hosts, Academy Award winners, Grammy Award winners and prolific musicians and dancers all judge my talent show. All of our judges donate their time and the only compensation I give them is a dinner after the show along with some enjoyable conversation. Because they are friends, they always step up to lend a hand in finding new talent.
One judge I miss the most is my good friend Robert John. Robert, you may remember, had a couple of big hits including a number 3 hit with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." a 1972 remake and a big number one hit "Sad Eyes" that topped the charts in 1979 and garnered Robert a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Performance of 1979.
His competitors that night at the Grammy’s were Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Kenny Rogers. Some talented field. Billy Joel walked away with the hardware that night but Robert told me he was just thrilled to be included in the category. That’s the kind of guy he is.
I met Robert about 15 years ago at an Irish neighborhood bar The Celtic Cottage in Long Branch. I was sharing an adult beverage with a couple of friends when Robert came over with my friend, Kevin Martin the owner of The Celtic Cottage, and introduced himself. I was shocked! I said "THE Robert John?" and he chuckled and said yes and that he was a fan of my radio show. He sat down next to me and it was like I had known him all my life. We became good friends.
His stories that he told about growing up in the music business were mesmerizing. He sang at the age of 10 in Carnegie Hall in New York, he had his first charted hit in 1958 at the age of 13, while recording under the name of Bobby Pedrick with White Bucks and Saddle Shoes, which was written by the Hall of Fame writer Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. At the young age of 13, he was hanging around the famous Brill building in New York where hit after hit after Rock and Roll hit was born.
At the Brill building, Doc Pomus took Robert up to meet someone important. Robert said he was told to be on his best behavior, so Robert being a kid, got a little nervous wondering who he was going to meet. The elevator opens and the door across the hall is ajar and in the room standing in front of him is Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll. Robert shook his hand exchanged pleasantries and said Elvis couldn’t have been nicer. It was Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman who put Robert at the age of 13 in the back of Mort’s Cadillac and they took him to be on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. It would be Robert's first of three American Bandstand appearances.
Robert’s unique falsetto voice made him a special commodity and even in his adult years he was called often to jump in on background vocals of some big hits, most of which he was unaccredited.
I’ve so enjoyed my friendship with Robert. He and his partner Susan have been frequent guests at my house for special parties or to hang out at my outside bar. He would frequently accompany me to many of my oldies concerts, knowing many of the original members of the groups and hearing them exchange stories was like watching music history unfold in front of your eyes. He would always ride down to the talent show finals with me and he would bust my chops about a joke I had said that day on my show and he always wanted to know how the talent was this year.
I haven’t seen Robert in a couple of years, probably since a little after Thanksgiving in 2019. Robert suffered some medical conditions that require special care. I wanted to see him but that was a strict no because of the virus. I miss our conversations, his music history lessons but most of all his friendship. We should all have a friend like Robert John. I pray he gets better.
See you this summer on the beach at Jenks for the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show.
The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.