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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 Harrington Park, 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 Harrington Park, 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

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Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Harrington Park, 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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NBA Draft 2022: N.J. native Justin Minaya, son of ex-Mets GM, dreaming of pro future

Justin Minaya experienced a dream come true last month when he worked out for the Knicks ahead of the NBA Draft, and then got to sleep in his own bed in his family home in Harrington Park, N.J.The Old Tappan High School product and son of former Mets GM Omar Minaya was part of a group workout that also included Max Abmas of Oral Roberts, Jaden Shackelford of Alabama, Jalen Cook of Tulane and 7...

Justin Minaya experienced a dream come true last month when he worked out for the Knicks ahead of the NBA Draft, and then got to sleep in his own bed in his family home in Harrington Park, N.J.

The Old Tappan High School product and son of former Mets GM Omar Minaya was part of a group workout that also included Max Abmas of Oral Roberts, Jaden Shackelford of Alabama, Jalen Cook of Tulane and 7-foot-3 international prospect Kai Sotto.

“It was kind of cool because the Knicks practice facility [in Tarrytown, N.Y.] is like 20 minutes from my house,” Minaya said by phone.

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Whether Minaya ends up playing for the Knicks down the road remains to be seen, but for now he’s enjoying going through the process.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward has also worked out for the Nets, Charlotte and Utah and has workouts this week with Memphis, Atlanta and Phoenix.

After transferring closer to home to Providence from South Carolina for last season, Minaya was a key member of the Big East regular-season champion Friars, who reached the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Kansas. He averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and served as one of the best defensive players in the league.

As for what he’s trying to show NBA teams, it’s a mix of defense and offense.

“Obviously, my defense and then something I think teams are realizing is I’m way more athletic and I can shoot the ball way better than I did in college,” Minaya said. “Teams are kind of seeing that. They can see my versatility, that I can guard pretty much one through four.”

Miami-based trainer Andrew Moran, who has trained Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson, James Wiseman, Cole Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr, among others, said Minaya has drastically improved his 3-point shooting from a year ago and he can help an NBA team.

“First off, Minaya will be a ‘3-and-D’ guy right from the start,” Moran said by phone. “High-energy guy, great defensive guy, rebounder, hit that corner 3. He makes shots. Great locker room presence and a great teammate.

“Also can finish in transition, so teams that get out and run, which is what the NBA likes.”

Minaya grew up playing baseball and basketball and was a left-handed pitcher and center fielder before undergoing a growth spurt in ninth grade that convinced him to pursue basketball more seriously.

That, in turn, led his father to begin scouting basketball players in addition to baseball players. Omar also worked with Jerry Krause, the former Bulls and White Sox executive, who influenced Omar in terms of wanting to scout in two sports.

“Jerry was all about athletes and makeup, guys who were good teammates and had I.Q.,” Omar told The New York Times. “Guys that knew how to play. Basically, things that were not quantifiable. You have to have the quantifiable with the non-quantifiable and blend that in, and that’s leadership.”

Omar, 63, often says he wonders what would have happened had LeBron James played baseball.

When Justin transferred to Providence before this season, it meant that his parents could watch virtually every game, including locally at local schools like St. John’s and Seton Hall.

“Me and my friends joke about it, he’ll come to practice, and he’ll be sitting in the stands not near anybody, looking like a scout,” Justin told The Times. “He just looks like a scout, sitting all the way up top.”

Providence coach Ed Cooley believes Omar could make the leap into the world of NBA scouting if he chose.

“One hundred percent he could‚” he said. “No 1, he knows the professional ranks. No. 2, he knows how to evaluate. Listening to him, he’ll know what he’s looking for for a particular organization as far as the character trait, the DNA trait, the skill set. The guy, you would think he’s a basketball G.M., not a baseball G.M.”

Justin says his dad, now a consultant to Major League Baseball, gives him “great advice.”

“He tells me to just focus on getting better every day,” he said. “That’s kind of helped me, not worrying about how I do in this workout or that workout, just looking forward to the next and not worrying too much about the past.”

He says it would be a dream come true to hear his name on Draft night, but even if he doesn’t he could still help an NBA team.

“For me, as I see how teams build their rosters, that’s the type of guy that I want on mine,” Moran said. “Maybe he doesn’t get a whole lot of action, maybe they move him up and down from G League or whatever, but in my eyes, that’s the type of guy that I want on my roster because he’s a team guy and then he brings value with his defense and his shooting.”

And how would Justin feel if he hears his name on Draft night?

“It would amazing, it would be crazy,” he said. “Just all these workouts in general it’s such a dream, such an experience. If that were to happen it would be amazing, I wouldn’t even know how to feel. It’s something you work for for your whole life.”

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Holiday gatherings, travel uptick, decline in mask-wearing spur new rise in NJ COVID cases

Recent holiday gatherings, a rebound in travel and an overall decline in mask-wearing have caused New Jersey COVID cases to start rising again after the steep downturn following the winter omicron surge.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bumped Morris County up into the "yellow" zone on Friday after doing the same for Bergen County earlier in the week. The designation means both areas have moderate community levels of COVID, based on the rate of new COVID cases in the area, hospital beds be...

Recent holiday gatherings, a rebound in travel and an overall decline in mask-wearing have caused New Jersey COVID cases to start rising again after the steep downturn following the winter omicron surge.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bumped Morris County up into the "yellow" zone on Friday after doing the same for Bergen County earlier in the week. The designation means both areas have moderate community levels of COVID, based on the rate of new COVID cases in the area, hospital beds being used and hospital admissions.

The CDC rated nine upstate New York counties at "orange" — meaning they have high community levels of COVID — while New York, Westchester, Orange and Nassau counties in New York are considered to have moderate levels.

The increase in infections appears to be driven in New York by two subvariants of omicron, known as BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. Although spreading rapidly, they do not appear to cause more severe illness. But with commercial labs handling a smaller proportion of COVID-positive tests and subjecting them to genetic analysis, less is known about how widespread they are.

But fewer people who become infected need hospital care, and New Jersey's hospitals are in good shape, officials said Thursday.

Bergen County's higher community COVID rating by the CDC was due to the escalation in cases, not pressure on hospitals, said Dr. Edward Lifshitz, medical director of the state Health Department's communicable disease division. "The hospitals are not at any risk from being overwhelmed" by a surge in COVID patients, he said.

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief physician executive at Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the state's largest hospital systems, agreed. The omicron variant is very transmissible, he said, but New Jersey's population has comparatively high levels of immunity from vaccination and previous infection. As a result, what he called "this little blip" is "not turning into this massive hospital wave we’ve seen in the past."

Even for patients hospitalized with COVID, the percentage needing intensive care or a ventilator for breathing is much lower than in previous COVID waves, he said.

Every county in New Jersey had been considered at "green"— having low levels of COVID — since the CDC introduced the new system on March 24. But Lifshitz said he would "not be surprised if other New Jersey counties followed" Bergen, and were bumped up to yellow by the CDC, based on their case rates.

Because of the latest rise in cases, many New Jersey hospitals, nursing homes and rehab facilities have started to reintroduce limits on visitors, based on guidance updated Wednesday by the New Jersey Hospital Association. The hospital association recommends limiting visitors to one per patient, with none at all for patients who are immune compromised or diagnosed with COVID, in all but five southwestern counties.

And given COVID's unpredictability, it was best for hospitals to be watchful, said Cathy Bennett, the hospital association's CEO. In January, "we saw hospitalizations climb very quickly," said Bennett, although she added that there were enough beds for patients because they were discharged more quickly.

Staffing might become a concern if the number of cases in the community rises to extremely high levels, even if they do not cause severe illness, Varga said.

The number of hospital patients with COVID rose to 444 on Wednesday night — the highest number in over a month

"We’re currently in a good place with hospital capacity," Bennett said, "but the numbers continue to tick up." And without information about the results of the growing number of home tests, she added, "there’s a degree of unknown there."

The rising numbers come as a federal judge this week overruled the CDC's federal mask requirement for planes, trains and other public transit, and follows decisions in each of the 50 states to remove mask mandates in public places. The Justice Department appealed the judge's decision Thursday at the request of the CDC, which said the mask mandate "remains necessary for public health."

Efforts to vaccinate and give first boosters to the population against COVID also appear to have stalled. But warmer weather and more outdoor activities in the Northeast are likely to mitigate the spread.

At individual hospitals, the slight rise in COVID cases did not cause alarm.

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"A lot has been made recently about the rise in test positivity," said Dr. Stephen Brunnquell, president of Englewood Health's physician network and a primary care physician in Harrington Park. "But a lot of [the people who test positive] are younger, healthier people, who are not seeking treatment. They have symptoms of a head cold or a sore throat, and treat at home with chicken soup."

While he is more concerned about older patients with underlying health conditions that would make them susceptible to complications from COVID, he said he is not seeing those. As of Wednesday morning, Englewood Health had just three patients in the hospital who tested positive for COVID, Brunnquell said, compared with 100 during omicron's January peak.

"To me the vaccine and the booster is still effective in keeping people out of the hospital," he said.

Currently, 75.4% of New Jersey's population is fully vaccinated, and 47.1% have received a first booster, according to the CDC.

Bergen County reported 1,833 new COVID cases confirmed through the highly accurate PCR tests over seven days ending Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health. That is a rate of 204 cases per 100,000 people. Morris County had 209 cases per 100,000 people, as of Friday. Any rate higher than 200 per 100,000 people triggers a yellow rating by the CDC.

Statewide, 13,976 new cases were reported over the last seven days, the CDC said.

Lindy Washburn is a senior health care reporter for NorthJersey.com. To keep up-to-date about how changes in health care affect you and your family, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

North Jersey schools announce delayed openings, closures for Thursday

With 1-3 inches of snow predicted to hit North Jersey on Thursday, many schools are delaying the start to classes and a few districts have closed their schools.The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory across North Jersey as rain is expected to change over to snow during the early morning hours."Sl...

With 1-3 inches of snow predicted to hit North Jersey on Thursday, many schools are delaying the start to classes and a few districts have closed their schools.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory across North Jersey as rain is expected to change over to snow during the early morning hours.

"Slow down and use caution while traveling," the NWS warns. "Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute."

Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted: "Rain and snow tonight into tomorrow will impact tomorrow morning’s commute. Please exercise caution on the roads and take it slow."

Here is a list of school districts that have announced closures, switch to virtual learning and delayed openings for Thursday:

(Check with your local school district for the latest)

Closed

Belleville

Bloomfield

Don Bosco

Haledon

Jefferson

Madison

West Orange

Virtual instruction

Delbarton

Villa Walsh

Delayed opening

BERGEN COUNTY

Bogota

Cliffside Park

Closter

Englewood Cliffs

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fort Lee

Garfield

Hackensack

Harrington Park

Hillsdale

Mahwah

Midland Park

Montvale

New Milford

Northern Valley Regional

Oakland

Palisades Park

Paramus

Park Ridge

Pascack Valley Regional

Ramapo/Indian Hills

Ridgewood

River Vale

Saddle Brook

Saddle River

St. John’s Academy

Waldwick

Westwood

Woodcliff Lake

Wyckoff

ESSEX COUNTY

Caldwell University

Caldwell-West Caldwell

Cedar Grove

Livingston

Montclair

North Caldwell

Nutley

West Essex

MORRIS COUNTY

Butler

County College of Morris

Denville

Hanover Regional

Mendham

Montville

Morris Hills Regional District

Morristown

Mount Olive

Parsippany-Troy Hills

Pequannock

Randolph

Rockaway Township

Roxbury

PASSAIC COUNTY

Bloomingdale

Clifton

Lakeland

Little Falls

North Haledon

Passaic

Passaic Valley

Paterson

Pompton Lakes

Ringwood

Totowa

Wanaque

Wayne

West Milford

Woodland Park

SUSSEX COUNTY

Hopatcong

High Point Regional

Lenape Valley

Vernon

WARREN COUNTY

Belvidere

Hackettstown

North Warren

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List of school closings, delays Friday in North Jersey as snowstorm hits region

With snow in the forecast overnight and Gov. Phil Murphy declaring a state of emergency statewide, North Jersey school districts have altered their plans for Friday.The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches in some areas.The NWS warns: "Plan on slippery road conditions. The ...

With snow in the forecast overnight and Gov. Phil Murphy declaring a state of emergency statewide, North Jersey school districts have altered their plans for Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches in some areas.

The NWS warns: "Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute."

Icy roads wreaked havoc on Wednesday morning's commute, leaving one dead and others injured amid hundreds of accidents in the state.

What you need to know about the storm:Inch counts, road conditions

"We’re closely monitoring the upcoming winter weather. With snow and high winds in the forecast, we urge all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe," Murphy tweeted after announcing the state of emergency.

The storm won't affect all schools as nearly a third of schools in New Jersey have switched to remote learning amid a surge of COVID cases.

Here are the schools that have announced a change in plans for Friday because of the snow:

(Check back for updates or with your school district for the latest)

Closed

BERGEN

ESSEX

MORRIS

PASSAIC

SUSSEX

Delayed opening

BERGEN

ESSEX

MORRIS

PASSAIC

Remote

ESSEX

MORRIS

SUSSEX

Staff writer Jane Havsy contributed to this report

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Proposal to raze 271-year-old home and develop watershed land angers Old Tappan residents

A 271-year-old home in Old Tappan could be razed to make way for an assisted living facility under a proposal before the borough's Planning Board.Capital Senior Housing Old Tappan LLC is seeking a use variance to build a three-story, 100-bed assisted living facility on land zoned for single-family homes and surrounded by houses and a church, near Lake Tappan and the Bi-State Plaza shopping center.A meeting on Feb. 9 could determine the fate of the Gerrit J. Haring house on Old Tappan Road, but a grassroots group ...

A 271-year-old home in Old Tappan could be razed to make way for an assisted living facility under a proposal before the borough's Planning Board.

Capital Senior Housing Old Tappan LLC is seeking a use variance to build a three-story, 100-bed assisted living facility on land zoned for single-family homes and surrounded by houses and a church, near Lake Tappan and the Bi-State Plaza shopping center.

A meeting on Feb. 9 could determine the fate of the Gerrit J. Haring house on Old Tappan Road, but a grassroots group has emerged to challenge the application.

Cherie Fornow, the neighbor leading the opposition, said she became committed to the task six months ago, when she looked outside her window one day and into her backyard.

"This all started when I learned this developer had plans to build this humongous assisted living on a piece of land that hasn't been touched in about 271 years," she said. The Gerrit J. Haring house was built in 1751 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

The opposition goes beyond Old Tappan.

"The community ought to be in an outrage about this, because we don't have that many stone houses left, and we don't have that many that predate the American Revolution," said H. Gelfand, chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society, who learned of the application Thursday.

"I'm disgusted by this in so many different ways," he said.

Gelfand believes Old Tappan is required by law to protect the house because it is listed on the municipal plan as a historic resource.

It's not just the historic house that's a concern. The property sits close to the Lake Tappan Reservoir and the Hackensack River, and it contains wetlands.

Old Tappan's 2016 master plan refers to the area, saying the borough should "continue its historic high-level of stewardship of the Lake Tappan Reservoir" and its watershed, calling it a high priority for preservation.

The proposed assisted living facility would cover 81,343 square feet — under 2 acres — on 5.5 acres of property that now holds the historic house and a barn.

"This would be a horrible, horrible thing for the environment," said Peter Ardito, a resident of Harrington Park and a member of the board of directors of Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network).

Bergen SWAN became involved because the Old Tappan watershed is a habitat for eagles, owls, deer and other wildlife, as well as beneficial insects like dragonflies.

The watershed land also offers protection against flooding, he said.

"The vernal pool is an important part," because it soaks up excess water, Ardito said, and "trees also help, as they drink gallons and gallons of water. It is something that should never be developed."

Jennifer Knarich, attorney for the applicant, did not respond to a request for comment.

There are at least five senior housing facilities built or under construction in the area. Old Tappan has Sunrise Senior Living and a similar project that was recently approved by the Planning Board, across from Oakes Park on Central Avenue.

Bergen SWAN is recommending that $1 million in settlement money from a lawsuit with what was then the Hackensack Water Company, now Suez, be used to protect this property.

"It probably would not be enough by itself to acquire the property. We encourage the town to apply for grants and Green Acres funds from the county," Ardito said.

For resident Patrick Gambuti, "There are more costs than benefits for us" in developing the land. "We are running out of open space," he said.

"It's important for our own mental health to have these spaces," Gambuti said.

Public officials would not speak about the application before the hearing on Wednesday.

A petition with close to 200 residents' signatures will be presented to the Planning Board, urging it to say no to the development.

Patches Magarro, who will present the petition, said the board should "hold on a second" and see what the town will feel like once other developments underway are finished.

For Fornow, who bought her home in part because of the wilderness around it, it's not just one facility, "it's modern man destroying nature."

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