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 Hopatcong, 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 Hopatcong, 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 there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Hopatcong, 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!973-587-8638
Chili Open to raise funds for emergency housing and shelter initiatives for Sussex County NJ residents.After nearly 20 years, United Way of Northern New Jersey is turning over its annual Chili Open Golf Classic fundraiser to local non-profit Project Self-Sufficiency. “As we st...
After nearly 20 years, United Way of Northern New Jersey is turning over its annual Chili Open Golf Classic fundraiser to local non-profit Project Self-Sufficiency. “As we streamline work to maximize our impact, we wanted to make sure this winter tradition would continue in Sussex County,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO Kiran Handa Gaudioso. “We have historically turned over projects such as NJ 211, Dress for Success and Scholar Athlete to local nonprofits who share in our mission and have watched them flourish. We are confident Project Self-Sufficiency will be a good caretaker of this event, and we wish them great success.” Gaudioso added that United Way will provide planning assistance to Project Self-Sufficiency over the next several months to assure the event’s transition is smooth.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue and grow this popular wintertime event to raise funds to help our neighbors in need,” commented Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. All profits from the February 4, 2023, Chili Open will be directed to Project Give Shelter, a new Project Self-Sufficiency initiative to help Sussex County residents who need emergency temporary shelter or stable housing.
“Success in becoming self-sufficient is built on a stable foundation of secure and safe housing,” Berry-Toon explained. “It’s difficult to find a job, hold a job, get an education, or receive training when you don’t know where you’re going to sleep at night, or you must constantly relocate. Project Self-Sufficiency has comprehensive wraparound programs and the staff to coordinate our efforts with other community providers to assure families and children are not left out in the cold.” Many individuals and families have been unable to keep up with expenses due to the pandemic and significant increases in the cost of living and now face losing their homes, Berry-Toon added.
The dedicated funds from the Chili Open will be used to provide local emergency shelter, security deposits, rent and utility payments as necessary and appropriate, Berry-Toon explained. Funds raised at the Chili Open will be used to help those in need in Sussex County through Project Give Shelter, which is part of a longer-range effort to fight homelessness and is designed to aid both renters and landlords.
For the Chili Open, Project Self-Sufficiency plans to continue to partner with county Rotary Clubs that are instrumental in organizing and serving breakfast and lunch, staffing a cash bar, and providing souvenir photos of the golfers, among other event assistance.
“The Chili Open has been driven successfully every year by a strong corps of dedicated volunteers who understand the importance of raising needed funds and have fun doing it,” said Bruce Tomlinson, Project Self-Sufficiency Development Director, and a longtime Chili Open volunteer. “We are very hopeful that those loyal volunteers will continue to assure the success of the Chili Open and we welcome more to join in.”
The Chili Open Golf Classic is played on a makeshift course at Sussex County Fairgrounds. Golfers play two of the four nine-hole, par three courses before heading indoors for lunch featuring a variety of fare donated by area restaurants, including of course, a selection of chili, with entertainment from a live band, a putting contest, beverages, raffles and a 50/50.
Only the pandemic in 2021 has prevented the Chili Open from being played every year since 2003. Weather conditions have ranged from over a foot of snow necessitating the plowing of the fairways, to ice and sleet, to unseasonably warm temperatures when golfers broke out their short-sleeved shirts.
More details including early registration dates and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon for the 20th Annual Chili Open to be held February 4, 2023.
Overnight precipitation is winding down across New Jersey this morning ahead of what will be a somewhat warmer, but windy day in the Garden State.While patchy fog and light drizzle could persist in some spots, we’ll have a mostly dry day with temperatures in the low 50s as clouds clear out, the National Weather Service said. It’ll feel colder, though, as winds increase to 10 to 20 ...
Overnight precipitation is winding down across New Jersey this morning ahead of what will be a somewhat warmer, but windy day in the Garden State.
While patchy fog and light drizzle could persist in some spots, we’ll have a mostly dry day with temperatures in the low 50s as clouds clear out, the National Weather Service said. It’ll feel colder, though, as winds increase to 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph in the late morning and early afternoon.
Overnight lows will fall into the upper 20s and low 30s, but winds will have diminished.
A long stretch of sunny, but brisk weather starts Thursday and is expected to continue through at least Tuesday. Highs won’t make it out of the 40s during the day and overnight lows will primarily be in the 20s.
Thursday will be particularly blustery with winds of 15-20 mph gusting as high as 30. The weekend will be even cooler than Thursday and Friday with northwestern parts of the state topping out in the upper 30s.
On Friday night some lows could be in the teens in areas north of Interstate 78, the weather service said in its morning forecast discussion.
Normal daytime highs are in the 50s in mid-November with AccuWeather.com describing the days ahead as “abnormally cold.”
On Tuesday, Wantage had received 1.4 inches of snow and freezing rain by early evening, while Sussex Borough picked up seven-tenths of an inch of snow, the weather service said. On the Morris County side of Lake Hopatcong, two-tenths of an inch accumulated.
Low-elevation areas of northwestern New Jersey normally get their first measurable snow — defined as one-tenth of an inch on the ground — around Dec. 2, and the first full inch around Dec. 9. But it’s not unusual to see a light coating of snow in high-elevation areas of the state as early as late October or early November.
?? Here are some of the snowfall totals reported in northwestern NJ by the @NWS_MountHolly & @CoCoRaHS. Mother Nature is about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Low-elevation areas of Sussex County normally get their first measurable snow Dec. 2, first full inch around Dec. 9 #njwx pic.twitter.com/EESI0GcYZO— Len Melisurgo (@LensReality) November 16, 2022
For most of New Jersey, the coastal storm brought steady rain. And in some areas, the rain was heavy, with 3.3 inches reported in Smithville in Atlantic County, 3 inches reported in Toms River in Ocean County and 2.95 inches reported in Bradley Beach in Monmouth County.
In addition, the National Weather Service said Spring Lake Heights picked up 2.88 inches of rain, Neptune Township got 2.87 inches, Point Pleasant Beach reported 2.82 inches and Brielle got 2.80 inches of rain. And the Rutgers NJ Weather Network reported 2.97 inches of rain in Sea Girt.
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Project Self-Sufficiency kicked off the annual Season of Hope Toy Drive with the aid of county businesses, schools, and organizations.The annual Season of Hope Toy Drive was launched by Project Self-Sufficiency and a consortium of businesses, schools, and social service agencies today. The massive undertaking aims to provide gift ...
The annual Season of Hope Toy Drive was launched by Project Self-Sufficiency and a consortium of businesses, schools, and social service agencies today. The massive undertaking aims to provide gift cards and new, unwrapped toys to parents and caregivers of more than 2,000 children and teens in the New Jersey counties of Sussex and Northern Warren. The toy drive is a joint effort which is driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency, along with its community partners, to benefit local families in need. Donations are needed immediately and can be made in-person at the Newton agency. Additional toy drop off sites throughout the area will be added shortly. Monetary donations are also accepted online.
The annual Season of Hope Toy Drive has served thousands of children and teens in northwestern New Jersey for many years. The initiative solicits donations from individuals, businesses, civic organizations, schools, youth groups, athletic teams and other groups throughout November and early December.
“We are searching for individuals, businesses, and organizations to coordinate gift card and toy drives on behalf of the low-income families in our area,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “The Season of Hope Toy Drive directly benefits Sussex and Northern Warren County families in need. The items collected here stay right here. It truly is a way for neighbors to help each other during this extraordinarily challenging time.”
“The holiday season is a time for us to come together to support those in need and teach our own children the value of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” said New Jersey State Senator Steve Oroho. “It is truly a privilege to participate in the Season of Hope campaign, an initiative that helps bring joy and happiness to thousands of disadvantaged children every year. I hope everyone who can contribute will take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirit of generosity that this season inspires."
Ron Tappan, Administrator for the County of Sussex, noted, “I am so proud to serve as the Administrator for a County which provides such a great opportunity for children in our community who otherwise would not receive gifts at the holidays. The process gives these children a new vision of hope.”
“The Sussex County Office of the New Jersey Department of Education is always delighted to donate the first holiday gift in support of the children of our county and the great work that is being done by Project Self Sufficiency,” commented Executive Sussex County Superintendent of Schools Gayle Carrick.
Area elementary schools, middle schools and high schools have been invited to participate in a competitive “Stuff the Stocking” campaign. Toys are picked up and counted in early December; 38 schools participated in 2021 and organizers hope to surpass that number this year. “The Season of Hope Campaign not only brightens the lives of those families that receive, but it also fulfills the lives of those who give,” remarked Denise Current, owner of Stocker Bus Company which supplies buses and drivers free of charge to pick up toys at every school in December. “It is a wonderful time for all that participate.”
“The Sussex County Superintendents' Roundtable Association is proud to support the Season of Hope Toy Drive again this year,” commented Dr. Joseph Piccirillo, Hopatcong School District Superintendent and President of the Sussex County Superintendents’ Roundtable Association. “As superintendents, we interact with countless families each day and we know firsthand how many are struggling to make ends meet. We are grateful for the work that Project Self-Sufficiency does in our schools throughout the year and particularly thankful for the joy the Season of Hope Toy Drive brings our less fortunate families this time of year.”
“Selective’s support of Project Self-Sufficiency’s Season of Hope Toy Drive is a holiday tradition,” said Katelyn Leondi, Director, Public Relations, Selective Insurance. “This year, we are helping children and teens in our community by donating coats to the Holiday Toy Shop. In addition, we are gearing up for our annual Build-A-Bike competition – over the years, Selective’s employees have assembled and donated more than 300 bikes to the Season of Hope Toy Drive. During the holidays and always, our ability to give back to those in need makes the holidays even more meaningful.”
In addition to the hundreds of volunteers who sort toys and assist patrons, the Season of Hope Toy Shop benefits from the talents of hundreds of musicians each year; music for the kick-off press conference was provided by Harmony in Motion. Individuals and ensembles perform holiday tunes in multiple locations on the PSS campus throughout the duration of the two-day toy shop in December.
“We are tremendously excited to be returning to our normal mode of operation after two years of modifications to comply with public health guidelines during the early stages of the pandemic,” explains Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “We welcome the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement personnel, and musicians as we help thousands of parents select toys for their children. Given the volume of children we will be serving, we are hoping that donations of funds, gift cards, and toys can be received by early December.”
Donated items can be dropped off at Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street in Newton, Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For information about the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.
Morris County Track Coaches AssociationGirls teamEmma Bradley, St. ElizabethGrace Del Giorno, MorristownBlythe Dudley, Villa WalshInes Lemee, Villa WalshIvory Piskula, Morris HillsAllison Rambo, Mount OliveKate Shaw, MendhamBoys teamRyan Beegle, ChathamBrian Boler, DelbartonCollin Boler, DelbartonAlexander Krack, ChathamAlex Pelov, MontvilleCallahan Porter, MendhamAarin Tyagi, ParsippanyNJAC-Liberty gir...
Emma Bradley, St. Elizabeth
Grace Del Giorno, Morristown
Blythe Dudley, Villa Walsh
Ines Lemee, Villa Walsh
Ivory Piskula, Morris Hills
Allison Rambo, Mount Olive
Kate Shaw, Mendham
Ryan Beegle, Chatham
Brian Boler, Delbarton
Collin Boler, Delbarton
Alexander Krack, Chatham
Alex Pelov, Montville
Callahan Porter, Mendham
Aarin Tyagi, Parsippany
First team: Blythe Dudley, Villa Walsh freshman; Ines Lemee, Villa Walsh sophomore; Martha Smart, Villa Walsh sophomore; Kate Veivia, Morris Catholic sophomore; Amanda Hoffman, Parsippany Hills senior; Victoria Wong, Villa Walsh senior; Kira Chebishev, Parsippany Hills sophomore; Delaney McKee, Villa Walsh senior; Lisa Veivia, Morris Catholic senior
Second team: Clotilde Monville, Madison sophomore; Krista Purnell, Mountain Lakes sophomore; Sarah Hoff, Morris Catholic freshman; Elizabeth Kulesa, Madison senior; Anya Sadowski, Parsippany Hills junior; Catherine Collum, Villa Walsh junior; Emily Poruczynski, Villa Walsh junior; Hope Sirinides, Kinnelon sophomore; Sarah Hattan, Morris Catholic senior
Honorable mention: Meaghan Donnelly, Mountain Lakes sophomore; Emily Jones, Madison junior; Erin Aroneo, Villa Walsh senior; Ashlin Bowler, Morris Catholic freshman; Elizabeth Duffy, Parsippany Hills sophomore; Cory Hueston, Hanover Park freshman; Natasha Blumberg, Hanover Park freshman; Grace Mougalian, Kinnelon junior
Division champion: Villa Walsh
First team: Aarin Tyagi, Parsippany junior; Andrew Garcia, Kinnelon senior; Aarav Tyagi, Parsippany junior; Leo London, Madison sophomore; Max Kahn, Mountain Lakes sophomore; Kyle Bjornson, Kinnelon junior; Jayden Hur, Kinnelon sophomore; Patrick Natale, Madison junior; Liam Hansberry, Parsippany senior
Second team: Arya Garg, Parsippany sophomore; Jacob Nolan, Madison sophomore; Henrik Hamilton, Madison senior; Matt Mazurkiewicz, Kinnelon senior; Ayush Pundyavana, Parsippany Hills junior; Justin Hoffman, Parsippany Hills senior; Will Portman, Kinnelon sophomore; Ryan Bjornson, Kinnelon senior; Austin Hudak, Mountain Lakes junior
Honorable mention: Colin Stephens, Mountain Lakes senior; William Carney, Dover senior; Angel Santos, Dover junior; John Davidson, Madison sophomore; Juan Perez, Kinnelon senior; Brian Metz, Parsippany Hills sophomore; Willie Buhanan, Parsippany freshman
Division champion: Madison
First team: Olivia Biro, Pequannock freshman; Ashley Armitrano, Whippany Park senior; Jasmine Bollack, Parsippany junior; Jackie Santana, Pequannock sophomore; Kai Chiu, Whippany Park senior; Camryn Lewis, Parsippany junior; Talia Guffanti, Whippany Park senior; Ciara Caroff, Whippany Park freshman; Sierra Medina, Boonton sophomore
Second team: Roma Rangaswamy, Parsippany sophomore; Indiya Weinmann, Morristown Beard sophomore; Luisa Tinoco, Boonton sophomore; Emma White, Pequannock sophomore; Elizabeth Zanca, Boonton junior; Sophia Towman, Whippany Park sophomore; Sarah Rogaski, Boonton freshman; Bridget Ewing, Morristown Beard junior
Honorable mention: Karen Ramirez, Dover senior; Emma Bradley, St. Elizabeth junior
Division champion: Whippany Park
First team: Xavier Trinidad, Pequannock sophomore; Jack Lemongello, Hanover Park senior; Alex Wronko, Hanover Park sophomore; Joey Lesch, Pequannock senior; Luke Lemongello, Hanover Park sophomore; Brody Yoo, Whippany Park sophomore; Peter Dymnicki, Hanover Park freshman; John Cartelli, Boonton senior; Jacob Tone, Pequannock sophomore
Second team: Thomas Bartlett, Hanover Park senior; Andre Chabra, Morristown senior; Zachary Kyle, Boonton sophomore; Anthony LoCascio, Hanover Park senior; Nick Troiano, Morristown Beard junior; Joseph White, Pequannock senior; Dominick DeMarco, Morris Catholic senior; Zach Laubach, Pequannock senior; Jonas Weinnman, Morristown Beard sophomore
Honorable mention: William Reese Kelly, Hanover Park senior; Andrew Lin, Whippany Park senior; Tyler Geddes, Morris Catholic junior; Andrew Steinberg, Whippany Park freshman
Division champion: Hanover Park
First team: Allison Rambo, Mount Olive sophomore; Nicole Molter, Mount Olive freshman; Emma Weldon, Morris Knolls junior; Madison Gargiulo, Roxbury junior; Lauren Soehnlein, Montville sophomore; Rehanna Syed, Morris Knolls sophomore; Sydney St. Jacques, West Morris senior; Zoe Gregory, Mount Olive senior; Elizabeth Harrington, Roxbury senior
Second team: Ashley Crane, Sparta junior; Gabriella Suarez, Montville freshman; Amanda Knapp, Roxbury freshman; Keely Jarvis, Mount Olive sophomore; Addison Bray, West Morris sophomore; Chloe Graham, Morris Knolls senior; Kiera Gregory, Mount Olive senior; Olivia Capala, Morris Knolls sophomore; Jillian Penczak, Mount Olive junior
Honorable mention: Addison Weber, West Morris freshman; Erin Takach, Sparta senior; Karolina Kedzierska, Morris Knolls junior; Angelina Wang, Mount Olive sophomore; Ashley Lipchus-Wong, Roxbury senior; Jaylin Salles, Montville junior
Division champion: Mount Olive
First team: Luke Schagelin, Morris Knolls junior; Ryan Melendez, Mount Olive senior; Jared Weiss, Roxbury junior; Christian Hertzig, Mount Olive senior; Maxwell Hack, Mount Olive junior; Anthony Lane, Sparta senior; Remson Jarrell, Sparta junior; Aaryan Pethe, Morris Knolls freshman; Liam Mitchko, Morris Hills senior
Second team: James Torres, Pope John sophomore; Albin Mullan, Morris Hills senior; Devin Gaglione, Morris Knolls sophomore; Nicholas Falcone, Morris Hills freshman; Max Capala, Morris Knolls senior; Stephen Mickus, Mount Olive senior; Hogan Hyatt, Morris Knolls junior; Cole Dunham, Pope John freshman; David Wei, Morris Hills senior
Honorable mention: Dean Stas, Sparta junior; Patrick Robinson, Pope John sophomore; Ethan Olmstead, Roxbury senior; Thomas Edwards, Morris Hills senior; Ryan Foley, Mount Olive freshman; Zachary Barden, Morris Knolls sophomore
Division champion: Mount Olive
First team: Grace DelGiorno, Morristown senior; Kate Shaw, Mendham freshman; Ivory Piskula, Morris Hills sophomore; Melina Turner, Morris Hills senior; Sophia Draxler, Mendham junior; Katelyn Nolan, Pope John sophomore; Evey Austin, Pope John junior; Sydney Grossman, Chatham junior; Lauren Davis, Chatham senior
Second team: Samantha Willis, Randolph senior; Marisa House, Mendham junior; Gaby Orama, Morris Hills senior; Jessica Jabbour, Morristown sophomore; Ester Kirk, Morristown junior; Jessica Cain, Morristown freshman; Annie Hallahan, Chatham senior; Lindsay Portland, Mendham freshman; April Kusnier, Randolph junior
Honorable mention: Naina Slaughter, Morristown junior; Keili Semler, Randolph freshman; Kate McEvoy, Chatham sophomore; Caitlin Willer, Morris Hills junior; Bridget Fuchs, Pope John senior; Lara Hartle, Mendham senior
Division champions: Chatham and Morris Hills
First team: Collin Boler, Delbarton senior; Brian Boler, Delbarton senior; Ryan Beegle, Chatham senior; Callahan Porter, Mendham senior; Alex Pelov, Montville sophomore; John Cuzzocrea Jr., Delbarton sophomore; Alex Krack, Chatham senior; Charles Schuetz, Mendham senior; Finn Valli, Chatham sophomore
Second team: Charles Henne, Chatham senior; Christian Capello, West Morris senior; Leo Valenzuela, Chatham senior; David Collini, Delbarton senior; Thomas Amato, Randolph sophomore; Justin Bongiovanni, Mendham junior; Krish Bhaskaran, Montville sophomore; Ryan Weber, West Morris senior; Matthew Mancini, West Morris senior
Honorable mention: Everett Jania, Delbarton junior; Preston Gumann, Randolph sophomore; Jonah Gardberg, Morristown junior; Lucas Rowland, West Morris sophomore; Ryan Keiser, Montville senior; Daniel Lanahan, Mendham senior; Devon Chowdhury, Morristown sophomore; Patrick Roskell, Chatham freshman
Division champion: Chatham
First team: Harper Felch, Morris Tech junior; Maya Vanhorn, Morris Tech freshman; Micah Dalelio, Sussex Tech freshman; Brooke Schneider, Vernon sophomore; Iris Wikander, Kittatinny junior; Molly Riva, Kittatinny senior; Ava Veldran, High Point senior; Victoria Annunziata, Vernon senior; Katy Sills, Kittatinny sophomore
Second team: Emily Ursin, Sussex Tech freshman; Maryanna Cova-Gomez, Vernon junior; Cameron Downey, Kittatinny junior; Maya McQueen, Sussex Tech junior; Mina Lin, Sussex Tech sophomore; Amanda Witters, Vernon sophomore; Sophia Felix, Morris Tech sophomore; Emma Lipsky, Morris Tech senior; Julianna Veldran, High Point sophomore
Honorable mention: Yasemin Coutts, Morris Tech junior; Mia Sciabica, High Point senior; Adie McGill, Kittatinny freshman; Sarah Coscia, Sussex Tech junior; Adrianna Goolsby, Vernon junior; Faith Leverett, North Warren senior; Vanessa Gernant, North Warren senior
Division champion: Kittatinny
First team: Mason Rabtzow, Morris Tech senior; Vansh Patel, Morris Tech sophomore; Sebastian Montalvo, Newton senior; Zach Haase, North Warren junior; Kyle Kasprenski, North Warren senior; Christopher Wynne, Vernon senior; Dylan Barca, Vernon junior; Sebastian Sztolberg, Morris Tech senior; Rick Bennett, Vernon sophomore
Second team: Kyle Morsell, High Point sophomore; Jack Turner, Vernon sophomore; Ian Young, North Warren senior; Colin Daggett, Newton sophomore; Owen Dietz, Newton junior; Aydin Coutts, Morris Tech sophomore; Sean Margarum, High Point senior; Sahil Shah, Morris Tech senior; Jack Foco, Vernon junior
Honorable mention: Ayden Bunda, Newton senior; Matthew Tunnell, High Point junior; Shawn Kiernan, Vernon senior; Kyle Tremain, North Warren freshman; John Reidener, Lenape Valley sophomore; Nickolas Jikia, Lenape Valley sophomore; Rahul Pemmasani, Morris Tech junior
Division champion: Morris Tech
First team: Lindsay Hand, Hopatcong senior; Kayleigh Newsome, Wallkill Valley junior; Haley Murphy, Wallkill Valley freshman; Layla Guarcello, Hackettstown freshman; Alexandra Beard, Hackettstown junior; Angelene Mattingly, Hackettstown junior; Lily Rothfuss, Hackettstown sophomore; Kylie Fischetti, Jefferson junior; Samantha Krauklis, Lenape Valley sophomore
Second team: Ava Zajaczkowski, Lenape Valley senior; Emily Beck, Wallkill Valley junior; Chiara Cocoziello, Jefferson junior; Savannah Peters, Jefferson sophomore; Johiara Rivera, Wallkill Valley junior; Kayla Jablonski, Jefferson sophomore; Annette Nathan, Wallkill Valley sophomore
Honorable mention: Leah St. Jenis, Hackettstown junior
Division champion: Jefferson
First team: Dylan Benbow, Hackettstown senior; Liam Romain, Wallkill Valley senior; Matthew Ellis, Jefferson junior; Patrick Bubniak, Jefferson junior; David Cunha, Sussex Tech sophomore; Cody Griglak, Hackettstown senior; Tyler Hennion, Kittatinny junior; Ryan Morgan, Jefferson sophomore; Angel Maldonado, Sussex Tech senior
Second team: Conor Loven, Hopatcong senior; Vaughn Holderith, Sussex Tech sophomore; Nathan Steyling, Wallkill Valley freshman; Stephen Wszolek, Sussex Tech sophomore; Jamie Witby, Kittatinny junior; Zach Pender, Kittatinny junior; Nick Gibson, Wallkill Valley junior; Owen Cooper, Hackettstown freshman; Eric Winkelman, Kittatinny sophomore
Honorable mention: Sean Attas, Hopatcong sophomore; Brandon Cukrow, Jefferson senior; Joe Holdt, Kittatinny sophomore; Jackson Saltzman, Wallkill Valley freshman; Kaden Garletts, Hackettstown junior; Matthew McQueen, Sussex Tech freshman
Division champion: Kittatinny
Water testing in Lake Hopatcong last week revealed the highest concentration of harmful algae blooms this year, but local officials said they hoped to avoid a repeat of the prolonged shutdowns the lake has endured in recent summers.The state Department of Environmental Protection posted results Wednesday that confirmed the presence of HABs in Crescent Cove, triggering an algae "advisory." The sample, taken Friday, was the first this season on any part of the lake to exceed the less severe "watch" thr...
Water testing in Lake Hopatcong last week revealed the highest concentration of harmful algae blooms this year, but local officials said they hoped to avoid a repeat of the prolonged shutdowns the lake has endured in recent summers.
The state Department of Environmental Protection posted results Wednesday that confirmed the presence of HABs in Crescent Cove, triggering an algae "advisory." The sample, taken Friday, was the first this season on any part of the lake to exceed the less severe "watch" threshold.
The state issues an advisory when samples show cyanobacteria, the type of algae in the blooms, at a concentration of at least 80,000 cells per milliliter. The Crescent Cove sample was more than twice that level, according to an interactive map on the DEP website, with 171,500 cells per milliliter.
The DEP recommends closing public beaches in an area under an algae advisory and warns the public to refrain from swimming, water-skiing and other "primary contact recreation" at the site. Drinking water or eating fish caught in the area are also discouraged, and the state advises people to be take caution when taking part in "secondary contact activities" such as fishing, boating and canoeing.
Cyanobacteria, if ingested, can cause numerous symptoms in humans, such as headaches, sore throat, abdominal pain, nausea, a dry cough, diarrhea and blistering around the mouth. A rash can occur when the skin comes in direct contact with the harmful algae.
Animals exposed to cyanobacteria can experience lethargy, stumbling and loss of appetite.
The Crescent Cove Beach Club announced on Facebook on Thursday that the beach will remain open to members, as it received confirmation from the Sussex County Health Department that the algae bloom does not affect the swim area. Colleen Lyons, administrator of the Lake Hopatcong Commission, said Wednesday that the sample was taken in the middle of the cove and not near the beach.
The state does not have the resources to test in Crescent Cove each day because of the many locations it oversees, Lyons said. Instead, it will use data collected from volunteers as well as monitoring buoys and flyovers to observe cyanobacteria levels and will collect additional samples if conditions change.
Marty Kane, chair of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, said last week that officials were keeping an eye on Crescent Cove after noticing a green tinge to the water. The recent heat wave has contributed to the presence of algae blooms, as cyanobacteria is more likely to grow in water that is still, warm and highly concentrated with nutrients.
"Mother Nature is not cooperating," Kane said Friday. "This [sun] day after day is just what harmful algae blooms like."
Recent heavy rains likely washed more nutrients, mostly from lawn fertilizers and animal waste, into the lake.
According to the DEP, four Lake Hopatcong test locations have been under an algae watch at some point since the start of spring. Water samples that prompted watches were collected near the River Styx Road bridge on April 14 and June 24, in Woodport Bay and Byram Bay on May 17, and the Hopatcong State Park beach on June 24.
Under a watch, people are urged to use caution when swimming or boating on the lake and to avoid drinking water or consuming local fish.
So far this year, the lake has not shown any HAB levels that rise to the "warning" tier of DEP alerts, which would require the closure of beaches and may necessitate a shutdown of secondary contact activities including boating.
Lake Hopatcong is among several New Jersey lakes struck in recent years by the proliferation of harmful algae blooms.
Local officials were forced to close beaches for much of the summer in 2019 when testing showed higher concentrations of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Testing discovered more toxic algae the following year, and while the beaches were not shut down as long, the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted tourism and the local economy.
In the past three years, lake organizations and local towns have implemented projects to reduce the blooms. Air diffusers were deployed at three beaches to increase oxygen levels in the water, which discourages the growth of cyanobacteria. Municipalities have also adopted phosphorous-controlling technologies and stormwater infrastructure upgrades to remove the chemicals that fuel algae growth.
Lyons, the Lake Hopatcong Commission administrator, said water quality data shows a "trend in the right direction," as phosphorus levels are lower than they were in 2019. However, she added, the upgrades take time to make an impact and will not completely eliminate the presence of HABs.
"All these things that we're doing, they're not immediate solutions," she said.
The commission represents the four municipalities surrounding the lake: Hopatcong, Jefferson, Roxbury and Mount Arlington.
Lyons and Kane chalked up Wednesday's test result to the recent mix of sun and heavy storms in the area. The conditions may take a few more days to subside, as the forecast shows temperatures in the 90s through the end of the week.
"The conditions are there to support a HAB," Lyons said. "Hopefully once this week happens, we'll be in much better shape."