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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 Montvale, 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 Montvale, 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 there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

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

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Montvale, 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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Seton Hall Prep football stuns St. Joseph with wild fourth-quarter comeback

Special to NorthJersey.comFaith and trust no matter the outcome. Those were the key ingredients in an improbable come-from-behind football victory for Seton Hall Prep.Liam Londergan found Julius Vicari in the back of the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 7.4 seconds remaining to give the Pirates a 34-30 win over St. Joseph Regional of Montvale, sending them to their first Non-Public A semifinal since 2010.Seton Hall got the ball with 1:18 left in the game and it was all Londergan either running or...

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Faith and trust no matter the outcome. Those were the key ingredients in an improbable come-from-behind football victory for Seton Hall Prep.

Liam Londergan found Julius Vicari in the back of the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 7.4 seconds remaining to give the Pirates a 34-30 win over St. Joseph Regional of Montvale, sending them to their first Non-Public A semifinal since 2010.

Seton Hall got the ball with 1:18 left in the game and it was all Londergan either running or passing. He found Michael Dunmore on a third-and-1 to keep the drive going at the Green Knight 39, then hit Mason Mac on a third-and-1 at the St. Joseph 20.

Londergan scrambled for 8 yards and then called his own number off the right side, getting to the SJR 2-yard line with 17 seconds left. SHP called its last time out and coach Bill Fitzgerald, knowing he had the field goal for the win in his back pocket, called on Londergan again.

“We went with the safe pass,” Fitzgerald said. “Nothing there, throw it away. He did that on first down [Mac was covered on a short out], and we went with another safe route on the second down.”

This time, Londergan found Vicari in the back right corner on the fade, hitting him on the back shoulder as Vicari turned for the ball.

The Pirates overcame a 23-7 deficit with 7:13 left in the third quarter after Yasin Willis scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for St. Joseph. It began with Andrew Daly scoring from a yard out and Londergan finding Brody Davis for a two-point conversion.

On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Mac hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass, but the two-point conversion for the tie was no good. Luke Tucci then returned the kickoff 92 yards to the Seton Hall Prep 1-yard line.

Two plays later, St. Joseph QB Joey Gaston hit Brendan Errity with a two-yard touchdown pass to make it 30-21. Seton Hall drove into the red zone but were stopped. The Pirate defense then rose up.

Darren Burton intercepted a high throw that tipped off the receiver’s hands at returned it to the St. Joseph 26. On third and 10, Londergan went down the middle to Burton for 21 yards to the five, and Londergan scored on third down from the 1 with 5:11 left, making it 30-28.

The Pirates elected to kick deep despite having only one time out left, and St. Joseph had its ‘hands’ team on the field in the event of an onside kick. The returner was stopped at the Green Knight 17, and though SJR did get a first down, they were forced to punt with 1:24 remaining.

What it means

For Seton Hall Prep (6-5), a return trip to Ramsey next Friday night to face top seed Don Bosco, a 37-0 winner over St. Augustine. On October 14, the Pirates dropped a 35-21 decision to the Ironmen, but don’t ask Fitzgerald if they’re playing with house money.

“I don’t buy nothing to lose. There’s always something to lose. We’ll go up there and we’ll play with the same mentality we did today.

For St. Joseph (6-5), it is a bitter ending to their season, especially knowing that they had beaten the Pirates 42-17 on Oct. 22 on the road.

Inside the game

It will get lost in the way things ended, but a high school rule involving helmets actually played a big part in the outcome. On the Willis touchdown to make it 23-7, the St. Joseph long snapper lost his helmet during the play. By NFHS rule, he had to come out for the next play. That meant he could not snap on the extra point.

Marangi went for two, and Willis was stopped. As it turned out, had their very reliable kicker Marco Ruiz made that point, Prep would not have had the option of a game-winning field goal at the end, only a game-tying one. That missing point gave them the extra opportunity and took some pressure off the need to score a touchdown.

St. Joseph had two possessions in the final 8:19 before the winning score, but did not burn much of the clock. The first saw two runs by Gaston deliver a first down, but on that first down they went for a short out pass that became the Burton interception, meaning they only took 54 seconds off the clock.

The second was the drive at 30-28. They picked up a third and 3 on a 4-yard Willis run, but a false start on second and 7 proved extremely costly. They chipped 3:53 off the clock, but it could have been much more.

“We couldn’t get it done offensively like we did earlier, we got stopped,” St. Joseph coach Dan Marangi said. “It wasn’t about running the clock. We had to make plays and we came up short.”

By the numbers

Seton Hall held a narrow 385-378 edge in total yards, with Londregan involved in 86 percent of them. Named a captain for the game as a reward for his elevated play the last few weeks, he was 25 of 41 passing for 238 yards with no interceptions, completing passes to seven different receivers. He added 94 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Mac had nine receptions for 81 yards, Vicari caught six for 53, and Davis hauled in five for 43. Dunmore was 2-20 receiving and had the first Seton Hall touchdown in the second quarter. Daly added 31 rushing yards on 9 runs and Burton was 5-18 rushing and 1-21 receiving.

Willis ran 23 times for 83 yards and had a nine-yard catch. Gaston was 9-of-16 passing for 112 yards with a touchdown and an interception and ran nine times for 75 yards and the game’s opening touchdown. John Forster was 9-53 rushing and 2-28 receiving and Tucci had a 29-yard touchdown run among his 6 carries for 53 yards. Nathan Bailey was 3-24 receiving.

Sharp Receives Four Frank Awards at The Cannata Report's Annual Imaging Industry Event

Four Years as Best Manufacturer and for CEO Mike Marusic as Best Male Executive, the Third Year as Best-in-Class and the Second Year as Best Marketing Strategy.MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announces that it has been honored with four Frank Awards at The Cannata Report's 37th Annual Awards & Charities Gala, which took place on November 10, 2022, at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ...

Four Years as Best Manufacturer and for CEO Mike Marusic as Best Male Executive, the Third Year as Best-in-Class and the Second Year as Best Marketing Strategy.

MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announces that it has been honored with four Frank Awards at The Cannata Report's 37th Annual Awards & Charities Gala, which took place on November 10, 2022, at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ. For the fourth consecutive year, Sharp received Best Manufacturer and Best Male Executive – Mike Marusic. This is also the third year Sharp received the Best-in-Class award and the second consecutive year that the company was awarded the Best Marketing Strategy award.

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The Frank Awards honor business leaders from the manufacturer, financing and software and services segments of the imaging industry. Winners are determined by The Cannata Report's Annual Dealer Survey, which gathers the views of the dealer community on topics that are important to their businesses. Sharp's four awards include:

"Sharp is firing on all cylinders in the dealer channel," said CJ Cannata, president and CEO, The Cannata Report. "Its strategic response to supply chain issues has been praised throughout the industry. Sharp's dealers noted unmatched support across the board for its management team in our Annual Dealer Survey, especially for CEO Mike Marusic. He is an approachable and effective leader who is valued and appreciated by Sharp's dealer partners."

"We are honored to receive multiple Frank Awards and are grateful to have the support of our incredible dealer community," said Mike Marusic, president and CEO of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "These awards are a testament to the confidence and trust that our dealers have shown towards Sharp over the past year as we continue to provide innovative products to our community."

In addition to the announcement of the Frank Award winners, the in-person event raised more than $180,000 for the Marie Cusumano Endowed Scholarship at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

The awards mark the fifth year in a row that Sharp has received three or more Frank Awards, bringing the total to 17 awards since 2018.

About Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays, and smart office technologies. Sharp has been named to Fortune magazine's 2020 and 2022 World's Most Admired Company Lists, ranking the world's most respected and reputable companies. Sharp's headquarters in Montvale, NJ has been named a "Best Places to Work in NJ" in 2021 and 2022 by NJBIZ, a leading New Jersey business publication.

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) is a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. SIICA markets Sharp's Simply Smarter business products and solutions, such as Synappx applications, professional displays, laptops, desktop monitors and a full suite of copier and printer solutions, that can help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity so they can work smarter. SIICA markets its products through a vast network of independent dealerships as well as its through its direct sales division Sharp Business Systems (SBS). By accelerating collaboration, improving efficiencies, digitizing workflows and increasing information security, Sharp strives to help businesses achieve Simply Smarter work through technology that is smart and easy to use.

For more information on Sharp's business products, visit our website at business.sharpusa.com. Become a fan of Sharp business products on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and watch us on YouTube.

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EmpiRx Health to Sponsor Techquity to Advance the Implementation of Equitable Technology in Healthcare

MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- EmpiRx Health, the industry's only value-based pharmacy benefits manager (PBM), is proud to announce its participation in the National Techquity Research Initiative. The initiative represents a collaboration between the HLTH Foundation, Ipsos, and industry leaders focused on equitable health technology. It aims to benchmark progress on ac...

MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- EmpiRx Health, the industry's only value-based pharmacy benefits manager (PBM), is proud to announce its participation in the National Techquity Research Initiative. The initiative represents a collaboration between the HLTH Foundation, Ipsos, and industry leaders focused on equitable health technology. It aims to benchmark progress on achieving technology-related health equity ("techquity") in the U.S. healthcare system and facilitate adoption of industry guidelines and best practices for equitable technology design and distribution. Participation in the initiative provides EmpiRx Health the opportunity to take meaningful action to address the inequities exacerbated by the digital divide, which threatens to further widen the gap between underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations and their ability to engage with the healthcare system.

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"The time is now for advancing health equity through the lens of technology," said EmpiRx Health CEO Karthik Ganesh. "The pandemic exposed the cracks in our healthcare system, sounding the alarm on the need to prioritize health equity. EmpiRx Health is unwavering in our focus on leveraging new technologies and utilizing tailored population health management to care for patients equitably and proactively. We are excited to partner with the HLTH Foundation and Ipsos on this vital initiative to further underscore health equity in the broader healthcare conversation."

The adoption of digital tools and technologies by the healthcare industry has significantly increased in recent years, and technology will continue to play an expanded role in healthcare. Health technology holds great potential for revolutionizing the healthcare sector, yet there is also a risk that it will unintentionally deepen long-standing injustices among vulnerable populations. Technology's influence on health outcomes must ensure that healthcare data, tools and technology are developed and made available to all parts of the public if it is to fulfill its obligation to safeguard and promote wellbeing for everyone.

"The cost of inaction on techquity is one that marginalized people cannot afford, so we're taking steps to coalesce the industry around defining critical actions and measures as a starting point," said Janna Guinen, Executive Director of the HLTH Foundation. "Ultimately, our success depends on healthcare leaders adopting industry standards for equitable technology innovation as a regular part of practice. We are working with leading healthcare and technology organizations such as ResMed, the National Minority Health Association and Digital Health for Equitable Health in order to ensure a lasting impact."

As part of the Techquity initiative, industry sponsors, providers, and advocates will guide development of two national surveys and secondary research that will result in definitions of best practices, measures, and a techquity roadmap for healthcare organizations to build solutions that further equity, inclusion, affordability, access, and innovation in healthcare delivery. These values are core to EmpiRx Health's mission as an industry leader committed to translating a diverse and equitable workplace into better healthcare and health equity across the industry.

Learn more about EmpiRx Health at EmpiRxHealth.com.

About EmpiRx Health

EmpiRx Health is the industry's most clinically advanced and only value-based PBM and has received multi-year recognition on the Inc. 5000 lists of America's fastest-growing private companies. Our growth is fueled by the highly unique and client-aligned nature of our value proposition – a pay-for-performance financial model with guaranteed savings, an industry-first and client-tailored population health management approach, and an unparalleled high-touch service experience that has resulted in industry-best client retention rates.

About HLTH Foundation

The HLTH Foundation promotes equity, inclusion and opportunity in healthcare, focusing on underserved patients, healthcare professionals and innovators in digital health and health technology. HLTH Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit owned by HLTH Inc.

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Paying More to Drive in NJ: Tolls on Atlantic City Expressway Going Up

First, it was the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike raising tolls for the new year. Now, it's the Atlantic City Expressway.As we welcome 2023, it's going to cost more to drive on all three toll roads in the Garden State.Just last month, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority board unanimously approved a 3-percent increase in tolls on the Parkway and Turnpike.Following suit, the South Jersey Transportation Authority's new budget, which was approved Wednesday, calls for a similar hike....

First, it was the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike raising tolls for the new year. Now, it's the Atlantic City Expressway.

As we welcome 2023, it's going to cost more to drive on all three toll roads in the Garden State.

Just last month, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority board unanimously approved a 3-percent increase in tolls on the Parkway and Turnpike.

Following suit, the South Jersey Transportation Authority's new budget, which was approved Wednesday, calls for a similar hike.

As reported by NJ.com, the mainline toll plaza in Mays Landing, formerly known as "the dollar toll" for when it cost a buck back in the day, will increase from $4.40 to $4.55.

Further east, the Pleasantville Toll Plaza will cost a nickel more at $1.35 per passage.

Tolls at the on and off-ramps will also be increasing and drivers with EZ-Pass will continue to save a few pennies.

Motorists driving from the 42 Freeway in Turnersville to Atlantic City will spend nearly $12 for the round trip beginning January 1st.

17 Things You Likely Don't Know About the Garden State Parkway

You probably drive on the Garden State Parkway all of the time, but how much do you know about one of the busiest roads in New Jersey?

Tokens!

Long before EZPass, there were tokens. Parkway tokens were introduced in 1981 and offered drivers a little convenience and a little savings. The last day tokens were sold was January 1, 2001, and they stopped being accepted in 2009.

Fun fact -- on the last day they were sold, I bought four rolls, which I still have.

If you have ever looked at the Garden State Parkway on Google Maps, perhaps you have seen it referred to as "NJ-444." That's because the Parkway is State Route 444, although you will never see a Route 444 sign.

And in case you were wondering, the Atlantic City Expressway is State Route 446 and the New Jersey Turnpike is State Route 700.

When the Parkway opened back in the 1950s, there were a total of ten picnic areas along the highway. Over the years, almost all of them closed for a variety of reasons. Today, only one remains -- the John B. Townsend Shoemaker Holly Picnic Area at mile marker 22.7 in Upper Township, Cape May County.

Within the Townsend Picnic Area along the Garden State Parkway is the famed Shoemaker Holly Tree, which is said to be over 325 years old.

An EF1 tornado with 100 MPH winds crossed the Parkway in Cape May County in 2020

As Tropical Storm Isaias was moving up the Jersey shore in August, 2020, it spawned a tornado that developed near Corson's Inlet, it moved across the bay, over the Parkway at mile marker 24, and then headed into Marmora where it caused significant damage to several homes and businesses.

As it crossed the Parkway, the tornado demolished numerous trees in the heavily wooded median. To this day, the path of the tornado can still be clearly seen in the median at mile marker 24.

For a period of about 14 years, from 1961 to 1975, following numerous accidents, motorcycles and scooters were banned from the Garden State Parkway. If you were caught riding on one, you could have been fined $200 and been thrown in jail for up to 30 days.

The Garden State Parkway was the first road in the nation to use exit numbers based on the mile marker that the exit was at, which is now the standard across the country. For example, Exit 58 for Little Egg Harbor is at mile marker 58. This was done to make it easy for drivers to calculate the distance between exits.

Some roads, like the New Jersey Turnpike, opened with and still use sequential exit numbering (Exit 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.).

While most drivers in the state pass through a toll plaza every time they hop on the Parkway, that's not the case everywhere. For example, you can enter, exit, and drive on the GSP in almost all of Atlantic County and never pay a toll. Another section of Parkway between Exits 129 and 140 is also toll-free.

Next time you're on the Parkway, notice how many little bends are in the road -- you hardly ever go straight for a long period of time. That was done on purpose. Keenly aware that the Garden State Parkway was going to run through areas that didn't have much to look at, engineers who built the road put lots of little curves in to make it less likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.

The Parkway was designed to have a natural feel and blend in with the surrounding environment (obviously that's easier to do away from the big cities in North Jersey). Most of the signs on the Parkway are mounted on brown-colored (rusty) poles and not on silver ones like most roads, the guard rails are brown, etc. Oh, and you may notice far fewer billboards along the GSP compared to other roads, too.

If you have ever driven down Route 55 in Cumberland County, you know that once you get through Millville, that 4-lane highway rather abruptly ends and it merges with a much slower Route 47. That was never supposed to happen.

Back in the 1950s, Route 55 was supposed to be the Cape May Expressway that would have connected Gloucester and Camden Counties with the shore. In 1975, the portion between the merge with Route 47 and the Garden State Parkway was canceled due to environmental concerns.

Had it been completed, Route 55 would have merged with the Garden State Parkway at either mile marker 19 or 15 (I've seen conflicting accounts of where the junction would have been).

Back in the 1950s at a handful of rest stops on the Parkway, women were hired to provide information to motorists and to occasionally do little odd jobs for travelers, such as sewing a button back onto a jacket. These women were called "park-ettes."

From top to bottom, the official length of the Garden State Parkway is 172.40 miles. That's 910,272 feet or 10,923,264 inches.

The Garden State Parkway intersects with (or will easily get you to) seven interstate highways. From south to north: I-195 in Wall Township (Exit 98), I-287 in Woodbridge (Exit 127), I-95 (Exit 129), I-78 in Hillside (Exit 142), I-280 in East Orange (Exit 145), I-80 (Exits 155 and 159), and Interstate 87 (and I-287 again) at the northern terminus.

Just as the Parkway intersects with seven interstates, it also intersects (or will easily get you to) seven U.S. highways -- 9, 40, 322, 30, 1, 22, and 46.

Should you travel the entire length of the Parkway from Cape May to Montvale, you will pass 90 signed exits -- Exit 0 in Cape May through Exit 172 at the opposite end of the state.

Want to feel old? The installation of EZPass on the Garden State Parkway was finished in August 2000 -- that's over 21 years ago.

A look back at the NJ Garden State Parkway token

A nostalgic token of NJ history dating back to the 1980's.

The Garden State Parkway fare token was introduced back in the early 1980's. Much like EZ-Pass today, it was designed to make travel on the GSP more convenient.

Instead of looking around for nickels, dimes, and quarters (and yes, sometimes pennies), all you needed was a single token to get you through the toll plaza.

You would purchase tokens by the roll, much like bankers rolls for coins. They're practically the same size as quarters, so it was often a good idea to keep them separated from the rest of your change.

The GSP fare tokens were also cheaper in the long run. Much like how EZ-Pass has discounts for tag holders, fare tokens also saved you a little bit. And also like EZ-Pass, made the commute a little more convenient.

When approaching a toll booth, it was common for the exact change lanes to also accept fare tokens. You could use exact change (flashing green light) or full service lanes (steady green light).

Before the big overhead signs were installed when EZ-Pass was introduced, you determined your lane based on the light pattern. Before the EZ-Pass flashing amber came to be, you had three options to choose from in which tokens were all accepted. Steady green was full service, flashing green was exact change or token, and double flashing green was token only. If you notice any toll plazas that still have the light set up as above, the two end lights were the ones that flashed green, with the center being red for when the lane was closed.

For a good portion of history, the token/exact change lanes were a favorite among commuters. Sometimes, the car wouldn't even stop.... just a slow roll to throw the token or coins into the basket. Think of it like the EZ-Pass of the past.

This token is very specific as to how it can be used. Check out the letters around the token clearly identifying it as property of the GSP.

Flip the token over to see that the fare was only good for standard cars. Also, tokens were no good on the NJ Turnpike or the AC Expressway. They were exclusive to the GSP.

When EZ-Pass was first introduced on the GSP in 1995, it has since taken over as the primary choice to pay tolls. And although the fare token was still used, people slowly stopped using them in favor of the new, more convenient toll option. The final year of the GSP token was in 2008. As of January 1, 2009, the fare token was no longer valid and had become part of New Jersey history.

Ted Lasso Inspirational Billboard Pops Up in Medford, NJ for FIFA World Cup

This past week, members of the United States Men’s National Soccer team were surprised with hometown motivation from AFC Richmond’s very own Ted Lasso. In preparation for the World Cup which begins on November 20th in Qatar, the fictional Coach had personalized messages put on billboards which included wholesome love and motivation sent to each player of the team.Each letter from Ted Lasso has a personal touch, including how they got into the sport, how it impacts their hometown, and how excited he is to see their success ...

This past week, members of the United States Men’s National Soccer team were surprised with hometown motivation from AFC Richmond’s very own Ted Lasso. In preparation for the World Cup which begins on November 20th in Qatar, the fictional Coach had personalized messages put on billboards which included wholesome love and motivation sent to each player of the team.

Each letter from Ted Lasso has a personal touch, including how they got into the sport, how it impacts their hometown, and how excited he is to see their success on the pitch. The yellow background and blue writing of each billboard matches the famous BELEIVE sign that hung in the AFC Richmond clubhouse.

One of these signs popped up in Medford, NJ, home to Brenden Aaronson. The USMNT midfielder currently plays from Leeds United, after starting his senior career playing for Bethlehem Steel and the Philadelphia Union after coming up through the Union Academy.

In an interview with The Inquirer, Brenden’s father, Rusty, said, “I’ve used the word ‘surreal’ too many times so I can’t really use it again — but it is.” The sign which hangs on the side of Kirby’s Mill reads:

Brenden, It makes sense that you were raised in Medford whose tagline is “Historic in Nature,” ‘cause that’s how I’d describe the way you play the game. Heck, folks are even callin’ you “The American Boy.” I know how tough it can be as an American overseas. A cookie’s a biscuit. Chips are fries. Pants are underwear. And don’t even get me started on “fanny pack.” But what remains the same no matter what side of the pond you’re on, is that you were barn to be on the USMNT. You were barn to play in the games of all games. And you were barn to go all the way. This billboard’s on a barn, right? ‘Cause if not this joke isn’t gonna make sense. Another American Boy, Ted Lasso

Scroll through to read more messages posted around the country that will not only warm your heart, but will also make you hungry for cookies, possibly make you tear up, and most importantly will make you especially eager for the United States’ World Cup appearance!

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