Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Blairstown, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Blairstown, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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Based in Nyack, N.Y., the band Live and Unplugged will perform its first New Jersey show, June 3 at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown. The show will include Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York album in its entirety, as well as songs, performed in “unplugged” style, by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and others.The band formed in the summer of 2021. “I was obsessed with Nirvana growing up,” says singer-guitarist Dylan Kelehan, a former member of the Pink Floyd cover ...
Based in Nyack, N.Y., the band Live and Unplugged will perform its first New Jersey show, June 3 at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown. The show will include Nirvana’s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York album in its entirety, as well as songs, performed in “unplugged” style, by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and others.
The band formed in the summer of 2021. “I was obsessed with Nirvana growing up,” says singer-guitarist Dylan Kelehan, a former member of the Pink Floyd cover band The Machine. Kelehan forms Live and Unplugged with singer-bassist Dan Rapapport, guitarist Ryan Liatsis and drummer Eric Challacombe.
Kelehan says that after touring with The Machine for two years, “I just realized how intense it was, with all the equipment. We had to hire a truck just to get the gear there: amps, lighting trusses, lighting in general, circular projector … I thought it was really cool, but I thought, ‘Man, I’d love to do a lighter show that’s acoustic-based,’ because I had already done the electric thing for two solid years. So I wanted to do something that I thought was tour-able, that no one else was doing, but acoustic. And all those famous ‘MTV Unplugged’s just popped into my head, and I thought that the most popular was Nirvana. And I have a kinship with it. So I thought, ‘Go with that.’ ”
The band can do other “Unplugged” albums in their entirety, too, including Alice in Chains’ 1996 MTV Unplugged. But at a show like the one they are doing at Roy’s Hall, Kelehan said, “The first set is supposed to be a recreation of the Nirvana one, and everybody has a great show and gets a great vibe from it. Then the second set is supposed to be tight musically, but looser conceptually, and we play songs that kind of everybody will love. So if there’s a huge Nirvana fan and they bring their spouse along that doesn’t really necessarily love Nirvana, the second set is going to be for them, because they’ll get ’90s stuff that’s straight down the middle, and ’90s grunge.
“We do, like, (Soul Asylum’s) ‘Runaway Train.’ We do Chris Isaak. Stuff that was really famous in the ’90s, top of the charts kinds of things, but not necessarily heavy grunge. And it’s all acoustic. So it’s very desirable for people, because it sounds great: It doesn’t sound muddy or clouded with all that crazy amplification. It’s sweet.”
Kelehan — who owns the Rock Shop music store in Nyack, N.Y. — formed the band with musicians he knows from the Nyack area. “They’re really into the ’90s, because they’re all my age,” he said.
Calling the band Live and Unplugged allows them to be very flexible. “As soon as you hear Live and Unplugged, you think ‘MTV Live and Unplugged.’ That’s the main thing. And that’s kind of what we play off. Pearl Jam has a famous one, Stone Temple Pilots have a famous one, Nirvana, even Kiss has a famous one. Eric Clapton. So anybody who’s done a ‘Live and Unplugged,’ we can draw from that.
“So, let’s say we do great at Roy’s Hall and they want us back. They’re not going to want us back until next year, and they’re not going to want us to do the same thing. So maybe that one, we’ll lead with the Alice in Chains’ ‘Unplugged.’
“That’s another thing I learned from the Pink Floyd tribute,” he said, explaining that The Machine always offer bookers a variety of different shows, emphasizing different Pink Floyd albums or focusing on the hits. “I learned that if you want longevity, you have to be diverse, because who’s going to want to come see us do the same thing every year.”
MTV debuted the “Unplugged” series in 1989, but started producing the shows less frequently in the late ’90s. Now, it’s not really a series anymore, though MTV does still occasionally air unplugged specials (or produce them for online-only viewing). Over the past few years, they have been rare but high-profile, with shows devoted to BTS, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, and Bastille.
Kelehan says Live and Unplugged is, in a sense, a nostalgia band. “I’m not gearing it towards young people,” he said. “I’m gearing it towards people who are my age … I’m 37, so from about 37 to 45.
“It’s a ton of fun. I’ve been working on this stuff for 27 years, since I was 10 years old. So I feel very confident about hitting the right notes and getting the right vibe, which is the most important part of a tribute band.”
Live and Unplugged performs at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, June 3 at 8 p.m. Visit royshall.org.
For more on the band, visit liveandunplugged.live.
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June is Pride Month, and celebrations are kicking off in cities and towns across New Jersey. The events recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ people and highlight their work to ensure equality for all. Enjoy this roundup of noteworthy events to attend in all regions: north, central and south.Atlantic CountyAtlantic City — Fri., June 17 at 8 p.m. to closing2022 AC Pride Ball: AC is Burning. The houses are ready, and the categories are set. Its the fiercest competition for Pride We...
June is Pride Month, and celebrations are kicking off in cities and towns across New Jersey. The events recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ people and highlight their work to ensure equality for all. Enjoy this roundup of noteworthy events to attend in all regions: north, central and south.
Atlantic City — Fri., June 17 at 8 p.m. to closing
2022 AC Pride Ball: AC is Burning. The houses are ready, and the categories are set. Its the fiercest competition for Pride Week in Atlantic City, held at Anchor Rock Club (247 S. New York Ave.).
Westwood — Sat., June 25 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Prohibition Pride 2022. Come celebrate pride and diversity in North Jersey, 170 Center Ave.
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Collingswood — Mon., June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The lawn at Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike) is the site of the Collingswood Pride Family Picnic. Enjoy an evening of fun featuring Drag Queen Story Hour with Philadelphia’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn of Drag Queen Mafia. Get creative and paint the flag that represents you at the crafts table. Play some games and enjoy live music by DJ Lilly and enjoy the Teen Poetry Slam. Dress in your best pride gear and participate in the Pride Picnic Blanket Decorating Contest to win prizes. Bring family, snacks and blankets. Local restaurants will be offering “Picnic Packages” for pick up.
Middle Township — Sat., June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Johanna’s Beauty will be hosting a free photoshoot for photographers and models of the LGBTQ+ community to work together. The event will take place on Cooks Beach Road, and rainbow powder will be provided. All outfits are welcome.
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Now in its 11th year, the North Jersey Pride Festival is a family-friendly celebration of love, respect and unity at Memorial Park. Photo courtesy of North Jersey Pride Festival
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Jersey City – Fri., June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pride Month Craft Grab & Go at the Jersey City Free Public Library: Marion Branch, 1017 West Side Ave. Stop by the Marion Branch Library and pick up a Pride Month rainbow craft. Good while supplies last.
The Robbinsville Pride event is welcome to people of all ages. Photo by Suzette Lucas
Frenchtown – Sun., June 26 at 7 p.m.
Catie Curtis, Pride Week concert, Frenchtown Bookshop, 28 Bridge St. $25. frenchtownbookshop.com, 908-628-9297.
Princeton — Sat., June 18 at 11 a.m.
Princeton Pride Parade, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice PRINCETON PRIDE ’22 A Celebration of Community. Parade and after-party, Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon.
Hightstown — Sat., June 25, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., Tavern on the Lake (Upstairs), 101 North Main St.
Tavern & Tiara’s – Pride Month Celebration! Tavern & Tiaras is filled with over-the-top entertainment from some of the top drag performers from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey featuring all-new performances, themed audience games and give-aways! Free parking, and full bar with drink specials.
Edison — Fri., June 17, at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend this celebratory Shabbat service at Temple Emanu-El for Pride Shabbat, 1775 Oak Tree Road.
The 30th Annual Statewide LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration in Asbury Park is the largest and oldest LGBTQ pride celebration in the state. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media
Randolph — Sat., June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morris County Pride is holding a free, family-friendly event at County College of Morris (214 Center Grove Road). It’s a fun day of celebration and connects the community to health, education and employment resources.
Play games, picnic and visit local vendors and food trucks at the Toms River Pride Festival. Photo courtesy of Toms River Pride Festival
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Somerville — Thurs., June 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Family Pride Night, with discounts, specials and deals throughout downtown Somerville, as well as live music and other entertainment, plus “glow in the dark” activities, downtownsomerville.com, 908-541-1600.
Bridgewater Township — Sat., June 25 at 3:30 p.m.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1350 Washington Valley Road. Come join for a Pride Celebration Picnic with food, games, crafts, and activities. All are welcome.
Newton — Sun., June 12 at noon
Visit the Newton Green (Spring and Main streets) for a Sussex County Pride Event. The event will have vendors, live music, drag performers, a DJ, food pantry collection and voter registration.
Rahway — Thurs., June 30 at 7 p.m.
“Head Over Heels,” free Pride Month production of the musical comedy hosted by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Rahway, Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. Free, but tickets required in advance. ucpac.org, 732-499-8226.
Washington Borough — Sat., June 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Washington Borough Pride Day, music, information, vendors and family attractions hosted by Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, Veterans Park, 44 E. Washington Ave. dasacc.org, 908-453-4121.
* Events and times subject to change
Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University and a master’s in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County and currently lives in Bergen County.
Blairstown, NJ – The Mid-Atlantic Independent School Team Camp, located at Blair Academy, hosted some of the top programs in the greater northeast region on Friday night for the first of three days of competition.The event was a big draw among local college coaches with over 75 schools checking in on day one alone, including numerous mid to high-major programs.One of the biggest storylines on day one was the play of Western Reserve Academy, from Ohio, and rising senior guard ...
Blairstown, NJ – The Mid-Atlantic Independent School Team Camp, located at Blair Academy, hosted some of the top programs in the greater northeast region on Friday night for the first of three days of competition.
The event was a big draw among local college coaches with over 75 schools checking in on day one alone, including numerous mid to high-major programs.
One of the biggest storylines on day one was the play of Western Reserve Academy, from Ohio, and rising senior guard Trey Autry in particular.
Autry is the son of Syracuse associate head coach Adrian “Red” Autry and is coming off a very successful spring with the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL.
Despite his play, he has remained vastly under-recruited. New Rhode Island head coach Archie Miller has made him a priority, and was courtside again here, but otherwise he mentioned only Maryland and UC Santa Barbara as the other schools he hears from on a consistent basis.
The lack of recruiting is presumably due to the assumption that Autry will inevitably follow his father and play at Syracuse, but he says that won’t happen.
“No, that’s not the case,” he said. “It’s not a consideration.”
Asked if he thought the perception that he would follow his dad was the cause of not hearing from more schools, he could only smile and say “I hope so. I like to think I’m pretty decent.”
Unlike many father-son coaching dynamics the recruiting world has seen in recent years, Autry says both he and his father are aligned in this case.
“He wants me to be able to pave my own path and do my own thing,” he said. “I’m just looking for a program where I can come in right away and be a contributor.”
To be clear, Autry has been doing his thing all spring. He’s a highly skilled power guard who shoots the ball at a very high clip from behind the arc.
While he often plays off the ball with the City Rocks, he got the chance to show he could run the point on Friday night and was equally impressive doing it. He dribbled into transition threes, utilized his strong body to hold off defenders, and made good pick-and-roll reads.
With Autry setting the tone, there were numerous other Western Reserve players who showed well on Friday night as they stood out as not just one of the more talented, but also organized, teams in the field. Fellow rising senior guard Carmelo Adkins showed off a combination of perimeter size and an ultra-fluid shooting stroke.
The 2024 trio of Damarius Owens, Caleb Middleton, and Jacob Theodosiou all shined as well. Owens, who landed a Syracuse offer this spring, showed his emerging versatility on the wing with an assortment of scoring tools from multiple levels. Middleton showed good mobility along with developing strength and a couple of nice jump hooks over his left shoulder with his back to the basket. Theodosiou stood out with his toughness and grit, on both ends of the floor, as he made plays defensively and got to the rim.
Comparing the bigs
Friday night’s field featured a variety of potential high-major targets along the frontline in the class of 2023 including St. Benedict’s Ladji Dembele, Our Saviour Lutheran’s Youssouf Singare, George School’s Kachi Nzeh, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy forward Al Amadou.
Not surprisingly, there was a long line of coaches on hand to evaluate each of them, undoubtedly comparing and contrasting each to see how they rate within their own program’s board.
St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson, Marquette head coach Shaka Smart, and Seton Hall head coach Shaheen Holloway were all on hand along with assistants from UConn, Providence, Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, and others.
Amadou may have drawn the biggest crowd. His upside is clear. At 6-foot-9 he is incredibly mobile with the ability to cover the court effortlessly, make quick twitch reactions, and get off his feet around the rim. He still needs to build up his body and learn to assert himself consistently on both ends of the floor, but there’s undeniably versatile potential on both ends of the floor.
Dembele was another big draw. He has more of a power body, but with an inside-out skill-set as he can knock down open threes from the top of the key and is beginning to assert himself more inside and utilize his strong frame to score with both hands around the rim.
BLAIRSTOWN — Additional test pits were dug on a Mount Vernon Road property last week after state officials determined the amount of "dirty" fill hauled to the site was likely 10 times more than initially reported.Crews from Peak Environmental were at 50 Mount Vernon Road three times to retrieve samples from deeper pits over a wider area than those tested last year.Beginning in early 2021, neighbors complained to township officials about the amount of soil that had been dumped on the property over ...
BLAIRSTOWN — Additional test pits were dug on a Mount Vernon Road property last week after state officials determined the amount of "dirty" fill hauled to the site was likely 10 times more than initially reported.
Crews from Peak Environmental were at 50 Mount Vernon Road three times to retrieve samples from deeper pits over a wider area than those tested last year.
Beginning in early 2021, neighbors complained to township officials about the amount of soil that had been dumped on the property over the previous months. Neighbors complained about a strange odor and a "different taste" to their private well water.
In March, Brockerhoff Environmental Services LLC was retained by the property owner to test the "fill material" at the site. Two dozen test pits were dug and samples were collected within about a foot of the surface.
State regulations require one sample for every 20-cubic yards (1.5-2 dump trucks) of fill. Laboratory tests found that all of the samples exceeded standards for at least one of the tested metals or compounds.
The number of pits, and their depth, were based on estimates that about 50 truckloads of "fill" were brought in and scattered around.
Brockerhoff was taken off the project by the property owner within days of the test results being sent to the state Department of Environmental Protection and local officials. The company's report shows aluminum, manganese, chlordane and benzine compounds found in several pits measure above state standards. Mercury was found above state standards in two of the pits.
"Based upon the results of the fill material evaluation, the fill material placed at the site cannot be classified as clean fill," the report noted. The report also stated the presence of some of the pollutants required the owner to notify the state Department of Environmental Protection of a "hazardous waste spill" and further required the property owner to take action to remediate the condition.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency banned all uses of chlordane in 1983 except to control termites. In 1988, it banned all uses.
After the initial fill delivery, the trucking company's dumping activities widened to include other properties in Warren and Sussex counties, officials said. Neighbors along Mount Vernon Road said they have been interviewed by investigators from the DEP and the state Attorney General's Office.
The investigation determined that much more fill was brought to 50 Mount Vernon Road than originally thought and that ravines were also filled with it. Those updated estimates determined up to 250 tandem dump trucks hauled dirt to the site.
This latest set of test pits may be as much as 20 feet deep, according to letters from local officials to state officials.
"We are quite concerned on the effects of this to the virgin soil, groundwater, streams, aquifers and wells," wrote Blairstown Mayor Rob Moorhead and Deputy Mayor Walter Orcutt in a letter to the DEP.
The mayors also suggested DEP officials use satellite photos from before and after the fill was dumped, beginning in 2018, to determine the extent of the issue over the several acres.
Also, a neighbor provided photographs of the dumping in progress that shows it was not just on the area between the house and road, but extended around to three sides of the house, which overlooks a steep bank with a stream at the bottom.
During rainstorms last year, neighbors also took videos of brownish-colored water running off the property and on to the macadam of Mount Vernon Road. The streams flowed down the edge of the road and emptied into the stream at a bridge.
That unnamed stream joins Stony Brook which flows into the Paulinskill in the area between Route 94 and the Blairstown Airport.
The fact the Paulinskill is less than a mile from the property on Mount Vernon Road, has raised concerns with other groups working to clean up the river.
"The PK Watershed will receive additional pollutants trickling in from the contaminated site through time unless the following actions are taken," wrote Christine Dunbar, Paulinskill watershed coordinator for the Foodshed Alliance.
In her letter to the DEP, Dunbar recommended all the fill be removed and that DEP "must set up sampling and monitoring of the virgin soil to determine the contamination's extent."
The monitoring must also include monitoring of private wells in the area to ensure safety of drinking water.
Her letter also paraphrased DEP Commissioner Sean LaTourette, speaking on a radio broadcast of a community roundtable, as stressing "our environment has only been taken from in the past and now, for the future, we must give back."
As of late Friday afternoon, the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, which operates the Pequest Fish Hatchery, said there has not been any change to the established stocking of trout in the Paulinskill.
Last summer, the state DEP published its latest Fish Smart, Eat Smart set of guidelines for eating fresh and saltwater fish.
The Paulinskill is a favorite trout stream along its length from Newton through Lafayette then west through Fredon, Stillwater, and Blairstown before emptying into the Delaware River in the Columbia section of Knowlton.
The river is a noted trout stream (trout season opens April 9) and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife this year plans to stock 10,500 trout along the length of the Paulinskill before stocking ends on May 27.
Stocked trout are raised in pristine water pumped from underground aquifers at the state's Trout Hatchery adjacent to the Pequest Wildlife Management Area in Warren County.
Once released into the wild, the trout begin eating insects and invertebrates in the stream and will begin to accumulate any pollutants in that food.
The guide recommends no more than one 8 ounce serving of any freshwater trout species per week.
BLAIRSTOWN — For several months early last year, trucks dumped fill on a property mostly cleared of trees along Mount Vernon Road. It was to be used to level off the property.The township, about a year ago, issued the property owner a notice of violation for dumping the fill without a permit or approval.Six months ago a "solid waste discharge" was reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection.Now neighbors have had enough and want action taken."I'm worried," ...
BLAIRSTOWN — For several months early last year, trucks dumped fill on a property mostly cleared of trees along Mount Vernon Road. It was to be used to level off the property.
The township, about a year ago, issued the property owner a notice of violation for dumping the fill without a permit or approval.
Six months ago a "solid waste discharge" was reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Now neighbors have had enough and want action taken.
"I'm worried," said Ted Kozlowsky, who lives near the property at 50 Mount Vernon Road. He said the filter on his private water well was filled with sediment and other neighbors are complaining their water "has a bad taste to it."
None of the area residents have had their well water tested yet.
The "discharge" was declared in late March and a sign posted alongside the road noting that an "environmental investigation" of the property is in progress.
A survey and sample collection of the fill was done on March 24 by Brockerhoff Environmental Services. In April it advised that, based on the amount and types of chemicals found in the samples, the "solid waste discharge" be reported to the DEP.
The report from Brockerhoff, dated April 8, was sent to a Joao De Oliveria with an address of 50 Mount Vernon Road.
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In his report, also filed with township officials and provided to neighbors following an Open Public Records Act request, Frank Brockerhoff outlined the history of the fill, including that it had been told about 50 tandem dump trucks of fill had been dumped at the site.
The report notes that "during the investigation, debris was observed to be mixed in with the fill material throughout the property, including bricks, glass, asphalt, oyster shells, and plastic and metal debris."
Following state procedures, 25 individual samples were taken of the material from the top 6 inches of fill.
Brockerhoff said the number of loads and depth of the fill was based on what the property owner, DeOliveria, had told him.
However, there is no record with Warren County that the property had been sold again after June 30, 2017 when a company called 50 Mount Vernon Road LLC, sold the property for $70,000 to Alex Montalvo and Karina Garces who listed their address as 50 Mount Vernon Road.
The limited liability corporation which listed an address in Somerville purchased the 5-plus acre plot for $30,349 the year before from Iris and Walter Rodgers, who listed 50 Mount Vernon Road as their address.
Brockerhoff, who is also a licensed site remediation professional, said he provided De Oliveria with a detailed list of services and projected costs for the cleanup required under DEP regulations and state laws.
He said he has not received a response from De Oliveria.
Koslowsky said he believes that the fill actually is much deeper, estimating there was a ravine on the property about 15 feet deep.
Koslowsky's property is located off a privately-owned road called Axehandle Road but the back yards of some of the houses overlook the property in question.
Emily Baier, who lives closer to 50 Mount Vernon Road said the trees on the lot were cleared a couple of years ago and they began dumping debris and soil soon after.
She said she hasn't seen any signs of activity.
Baier, Kozlowsky and several other residents in the area approached the Blairstown Township Committee at its last meeting to urge quicker and further action.
"This is improperly imported soil. It is under the jurisdiction of the DEP and we are carefully monitoring this for any updates as to its progress," said Township Mayor Rob Morehead.
The state DEP, in its response, said the department is aware of the situation and assigned a case number.
A spokesperson said that DEP's protocol "has long been to have the LSRP provide updates on cases they oversee since they have the most up-to-date information and historical background available, and they are authorized to speak with the media."
Brockerhoff said there has been no sampling of private wells in the area nor has there been a survey or testing of groundwater flows.
His report reads: "Please note that exceedances of NJDEP regulatory standard were reported in all of the collected fill samples."
Among the chemicals and metals found above the standards were aluminum, manganese, Mercury, Chlordane, Benzopyrene and Benzoanthracene.
The report noted that because of the higher than allowed "metal, pesticide and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon contaminants," the property owner must notify of evidence of a discharge. The report also set out timeframes for completing steps for remediation.
Mount Vernon Road climbs from near the Paulinskill up the side of the ridges which are topped by the Kittatinny Ridge. The houses along the road are set on wooded lots and the road goes to the Yards Creek pump storage facility.
Koslowsky, who recorded a short video of muddy runoff from the property into the road after last Thursday's heavy rains, said the stream of dump trucks up the road didn't raise suspicions over the past couple of years because Yards Creek was doing a project to increase the size and efficiency of its operations.
"Even the town officials thought it was Yards Creek," he said, "although apparently nobody followed along to see where the trucks were going and what was being dumped.
"It sure wasn't clean fill," he remarked. "I mean, oyster shells? That's stuff brought up by dredging."