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 Boonton, 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 Boonton, 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.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and 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
Good morning, New Jersey! Here's what you need to know before you leave for your Friday morning commute.Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Friday, June 17, 2022:Traffic UpdatesNorth JerseyAs of 8:03 a.m., there's emergency construction and a missing manhole cover on NJ 27 southbound on Meeker Avenue in Newark. 1 right lane is closed.As of 5:27 a.m., there are delays at the Holland Tunnel south tunnel eastbound...
Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Friday, June 17, 2022:
As of 8:03 a.m., there's emergency construction and a missing manhole cover on NJ 27 southbound on Meeker Avenue in Newark. 1 right lane is closed.
As of 5:27 a.m., there are delays at the Holland Tunnel south tunnel eastbound New Jersey side - Toll Plaza in Jersey City. All lanes open. The travel time to the New York side is 20 minutes from New Jersey Turnpike Exit 14C and 20 minutes from New Jersey 139 at Tonnelle Circle.
As of 7:23 a.m., there's a crash on the Garden State Parkway southbound exiting at Exit 130B-A-US 1 in Woodbridge. Exit ramp blocked.
As if 4:05 a.m., there's a crash and tractor trailer fire on the New Jersey Turnpike inner roadway northbound south of Interchange 7A - I-195 in Hamilton Township. Right and center lanes blocked.
As of 1:43 a.m., there's a gas main break on NJ 27 in both directions CR 529/Plainfield Avenue in Edison Township. All lanes closed; expect a 10-minute delay.
As of 7:02 a.m., there's flooding on US 130 northbound NJ 47 in Brooklawn. All lanes closed and detoured.
As of 7:01 a.m., there's flooding on US 130 southbound CR 551 in Brooklawn. All lanes closed and detoured.
As of 6:05 a.m., there's a gas main break on NJ 70 eastbound east of CR 644/Grove Street/Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill. All lanes closed and detoured.
NJ Transit Main-Begen County train #1150, the 6:22 a.m. departure from Suffern, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Main-Begen County train #52, the 6:03 a.m. departure from Port Jervis, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Main-Begen County train #48, the 5:30 a.m. departure from Port Jervis, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Main-Begen County train #44, the 4:31 a.m. departure from Port Jervis, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Main-Begen County train #1100, the 4:50 a.m. departure from Suffern, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton train #204, the 6:30 a.m. departure from MSU, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton train #211, the 6:42 a.m. departure from Hoboken, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train #3124, the 7:09 a.m. departure from New Brunswick, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train #3708, the 6:52 a.m. departure from Jersey Ave., will not operate today.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train #3918, the 6:23 a.m. departure from Trenton, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train #3701, the 5:41 a.m. departure from PSNY, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train #3704, the 6:00 a.m. departure from Jersey Ave., will not operate today.
Princeton Shuttle (Dinky) service is currently not operating. Substitute bus service is being provided.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3517, the 6:20 a.m. departure from PSNY, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3326, the 6:49 a.m. departure from Bay Head, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #4324, the 6:27 a.m. departure from Bay Head, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3222, the 6:49 a.m. departure from Long Branch, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3204, the 5:58 a.m. arrival into PSNY, is up to 20 min. late due to Amtrak track maintenance near Rahway.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3503, the 5:47 a.m. departure from PSNY, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3218, the 6:12 a.m. departure from Long Branch, will not operate today.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast train #3210, the 5:33 a.m. departure from Long Branch, will not operate today.
NJ Transit Raritan Valley train #5416, the 6:50 a.m. departure from Raritan, will not operate today.
All other NJ Transit train lines are running on or close to schedule.
Expect patchy fog before 7 a.m. and isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon, per the National Weather Service. Otherwise, Friday will see mostly sunny skies with a high near 95.
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Get ready to look up. And no, this isn’t a preachy Leonardo DiCaprio /Jennifer Lawrence film.June’s so-called strawberry moon (named that because this month is when strawberries are harvested in northeastern North America) is going to be a supermoon. That means it’s the time the moon and earth are the shortest distance from each other and the moon will appear 7% bigger.Now that 7% may sound insignificant. It’s not. The full supermoon is going to look huge. Bigly huge, enormous, and everybody will be talk...
Get ready to look up. And no, this isn’t a preachy Leonardo DiCaprio /Jennifer Lawrence film.
June’s so-called strawberry moon (named that because this month is when strawberries are harvested in northeastern North America) is going to be a supermoon. That means it’s the time the moon and earth are the shortest distance from each other and the moon will appear 7% bigger.
Now that 7% may sound insignificant. It’s not. The full supermoon is going to look huge. Bigly huge, enormous, and everybody will be talking about it, I’ll tell you this. (To put it in terms of our 45th president).
Not only is this supermoon on Tuesday going to be amazing, but according to experts, there’s going to be what they are calling a “parade of planets” visible by the naked eye that will get even easier to see as the days go on.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are lined up close together in the sky this month and on June 24 will be the easiest to see. That rare planetary alignment hasn’t happened since December of 2004 when it last allowed us to view it with the naked eye from Earth.
Man, you could get neck strain with all this looking up this month. It’s best to view that planet parade during the early morning hours.
So that strawberry supermoon on Tuesday? That’s at its fullest at exactly 7:51 a.m. Tuesday morning June 14 here in New Jersey according to space.com but you’ll be able to enjoy it from June 13 through 15.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
BOONTON, N.J., May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Enteris BioPharma, Inc. gave plush animals a dose of personality as they created a dozen stuffed teddy bears for Ronald McDonald House Charities to help comfort sick children as they undergo medical treatment.The day, which involved every employee in the organization, began with a mix of classroom training and personalized ...
BOONTON, N.J., May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Enteris BioPharma, Inc. gave plush animals a dose of personality as they created a dozen stuffed teddy bears for Ronald McDonald House Charities to help comfort sick children as they undergo medical treatment.
The day, which involved every employee in the organization, began with a mix of classroom training and personalized learning experiences to develop work styles that foster collaboration and engagement, and to celebrate the unique working environment at Enteris. This was capped by the Team Teddy Bear program that included several competitive events from which the teams gained points to creatively customize their bears that were distributed to children at the Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick, N.J.
"When we were thinking of a charity to support as part of our Enteris Day program, the Ronald McDonald House was a very logical choice," said Enteris CEO Rajiv Khosla. "We both are patient-focused organizations, and the comforting support they provide to families with sick children is consistent with our own culture and values."
"On behalf of the Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern NJ, I would like to personally thank you all for your kindness and donation of the bears," said Jessie Curcio, house manager for Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern NJ. "The families who are staying with us are going through so much, that something such as giving their child a bear means the world to them. The bears will be such comfort on difficult days. We are truly grateful for your support and choosing us for your team building."
Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey has locations in Long Branch and New Brunswick and family rooms and a hospitality suite in the pediatric units of four hospitals in Monmouth and Middlesex County. The facilities allow family members and children undergoing medical treatment to stay together and interact with their clinical care team during a time of uncertainty and stress.
"The bear building program was designed to be collaborative and competitive, while allowing us to bring levity and creativity to our organization," said Nicola Skeet, a quality control manager at Enteris. "It was a truly engaging program that gave meaning to our teamwork and celebrated the goodwill that is inherent in the Enteris team," Skeet said.
About Enteris BioPharmaEnteris BioPharma, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SWK Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SWKH) offering total integrated contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services including innovative formulation solutions utilizing its proprietary drug delivery technologies, Peptelligence® and ProPerma®. The technologies have been the subject of numerous feasibility studies and active development programs, several of which are in clinical development. Additionally, Enteris BioPharma is advancing an innovative internal product pipeline of drug products that address significant unmet clinical needs for which there is no satisfactory treatment option. For more information on Enteris BioPharma and its proprietary oral drug delivery technologies, please visit http://www.EnterisBioPharma.com.
SOURCE Enteris BioPharma, Inc.
NJAC-AmericanFirst team: Gabby Gesualdo, Morris Knolls; Mackenzie Masternak, Sparta; Alexa Acker, Sparta; Kiersten Tinio, Randolph; Cierra Popo, Mount Olive; Brooke Jacobus, Pope John; Brianna Jones, Pope John; Cameron Fehsal, Roxbury; Madeline Svenningsen, Roxbury; Hailey Errichiello, Roxbury; Leah Kleczkowski, Morris Knolls; Kendall Fehsal, Roxbury; Sophia Koehler, Chatham; Natalie Otto, Roxbury; Hailey Posonka, Morris KnollsSecond team: Karly Severinsen, Pope John; Remmi Jou...
First team: Gabby Gesualdo, Morris Knolls; Mackenzie Masternak, Sparta; Alexa Acker, Sparta; Kiersten Tinio, Randolph; Cierra Popo, Mount Olive; Brooke Jacobus, Pope John; Brianna Jones, Pope John; Cameron Fehsal, Roxbury; Madeline Svenningsen, Roxbury; Hailey Errichiello, Roxbury; Leah Kleczkowski, Morris Knolls; Kendall Fehsal, Roxbury; Sophia Koehler, Chatham; Natalie Otto, Roxbury; Hailey Posonka, Morris Knolls
Second team: Karly Severinsen, Pope John; Remmi Joustra, Pope John; Hailey Gibbons, Morris Knolls; Megan Wiarda, Morris Knolls; Isabella Cefola, Mount Olive; Brooke Collins, Mount Olive; Mason Munier, Sparta; Lia Milsom, Roxbury; Jayden Pennella, Roxbury; Kennedy Gicas, Chatham; Adrianna Remo, Sparta; Alyssa Wagner, Randolph; Autumn Liebhauser, Randolph; Carly Smith, Mount Olive
Honorable mention: Abby Friedeman, Morris Knolls; Ryan Mullen, Roxbury; Rylee Munier, Sparta; Charlotte Peter, Pope John; Monique Asprer, Mount Olive; Trinity Middlebrooks, Randolph; Remmey McEnroe, Chatham
Division champion: Morris Knolls
Sportsmanship award: Roxbury
First team: Caitlin Olensky, Montville; Grace Kowalski, Montville; Gabby Doncoes, Montville; Daniella Biggio, West Morris; Megan McNally, West Morris; Alexis Montgomery, West Morris; Ella Watson, Morristown; Kezia Volinski, Morristown; Kelly Fajardo, Parsippany Hills; Carly Spiel, Parsippany Hills; Katherine Furphey, Mendham; Anna Torgersen, Mendham; Dylan Boles, Morris Hills; Abigail Polito, Morris Hills
Second team: Gabriella Vazquez, Parsippany Hills; Caroline Hutchinson, Parsippany Hills; Zoe Turner, Morris Hills; Julia Obser, Morris Hills; Callie Volker, Morristown; Jada-Rae Jones, Morristown; Jessie Parmelli, Mendham; Brittany Giles, Mendham; Julie Kobilarcik, Montville; Lyla Monte, Montville; Jackie Cinella, Montville; Liz Moran, West Morris; Briana Gelato, West Morris; Madison Weese, West Morris
Honorable mention: Lauren Kideckel, Montville; Taylor Montgomery, West Morris; Noa Patton, Morris Hills; Jasmine Sloan, Parsippany Hills; Caroline Morhardt, Morristown; Abby Kontely, Mendham
Division champion: Montville
Sportsmanship award: Parsippany Hills
First team: Elaina Lagalla, Boonton; Casey Covart, Mountain Lakes; Jessica Sperling, Morristown Beard; Siadbh Stack, St. Elizabeth/Villa Walsh; Arianna Jackson-Wach, Boonton; Maya Patankar, Morristown Beard; Rory Curran, Mountain Lakes; Rory Curran, Mountain Lakes; Morgane Farrell, St. Elizabeth/Villa Walsh; Jocelyn Koo, Dover; Lauren Ross, Mountain Lakes; Kelly Preston, Mountain Lakes; Ellyn Cervona, Dover
Second team: Kirsten Harvett, Morristown Beard; Elizabeth Hoyt, Dover; Victoria Lizardi, Mountain Lakes; Amanda Tuohy, Boonton; Allison Wilbur, St. Elizabeth/Villa Walsh; Jersey Lorenzo, Dover; C.J. Varner, Mountain Lakes; Kaitlyn Pavagadhi, St. Elizabeth/Villa Walsh; Anastasia Booth, Dover; Madi Mirz, Mountain Lakes; Haley Belfiore, Morristown Beard; Serena Dolan, Boonton; Bridget Giordano, Boonton
Honorable mention: Julia Dippold, Mountain Lakes; Xiomara Garcia, Dover; Tia Kassar, Boonton; Jackie Velikiy, Morristown Beard; Lauren Kollar, St. Elizabeth/Villa Walsh
Division champion: Mountain Lakes
Sportsmanship award: Dover
First team: Mikayla Swan, Whippany Park; Kristyn Carroll, Kinnelon; Alyza Dooley, Hanover Park; Jessica Brown, Morris Catholic; McKenzie Minervini, Pequannock; Niki Klimek, Pequannock; Charlotte Tuhy, Madison; Sarah Stuhlmiller, Madison; Peyton Sward, Hanover Park; Hannah Streicher, Morris Catholic; Carly Mockenhaupt, Morris Catholic; Katie Brunner, Whippany Park; Adriana Carter, Hanover Park; Jenna Dermksian, Kinnelon
Second team: Angelina Fucci, Parsippany; Ella Mizeski, Morris Catholic; Ellena DeCaro, Madison; Adrianna Mulato, Pequannock; Alessandra Middleton, Whippany Park; Mikaela Schwippert, Whippany Park; Hailee Sobieski, Morris Catholic; Emily Fricker, Pequannock; Sophia DeCaro, Madison; Ellie Williams, Whippany Park; Olivia Klein, Hanover Park; Molly Coco, Hanover Park; Ally Huang, Hanover Park; Kate Heslin, Morris Catholic
Honorable mention: Megan Gilbert, Whippany Park; Jenna Vitale, Hanover Park; Gwen Tuhy, Madison; Allyson Balonze, Kinnelon; Samantha Blahuti, Pequannock; Sabrina Gong, Parsippany
Division champion: Morris Catholic
Sportsmanship award: Parsippany
First team: Leigh Rose Hart, Vernon; Jess Lefort, Vernon; Natalie Hasert, Vernon; Juliann Mutter, Jefferson; Mikayla Conklin, High Point; Carlynn Cronen, High Point; Hannah Doyle, High Point; Katie Kopera, Jefferson; Aubrey Carroll, Newton; Sydney Grifone, Vernon; Carly Mayhood, Newton; Emily Wohlleber Kittatinny; Dominique Hartman, Jefferson; Laney Kenny, Lenape Valley
Second team: Skye Ivancich, Vernon; Kayleigh Mastroeni, Kittatinny; Gina Kropp, Kittatinny; Rachel Teague, High Point; Maddie Freda, Newton; Abby Cooper, Jefferson; Christie Puglis, Jefferson; Emma Fischer, Kittatinny; Maryanna Cova-Gomez, Vernon; Kama Skrek, Jefferson; Paige Henricksen, Lenape Valley; Lucy McRae, Vernon; Alyssa Canfield, Lenape Valley; Kenna Boutillette, High Point
Honorable mention: Audrey Baldwin, Vernon; Kim Barbieri, Jefferson; Emma Leto, High Point; Calli Stevenson, Lenape Valley; Gia Checo-Gonzalez, Kittatinny; Meghan Karr, Newton
Division champion: Vernon
Sportsmanship award: Kittatinny
First team: Jackie Schels, Wallkill Valley; Natalie Armstrong, Wallkill Valley; Erykka Leeman, Sussex Tech; Emily Kinkead, Sussex Tech; Megan Galante, North Warren; Madison Paseler, North Warren; Olivia DiGiuseppi, North Warren; Sydney Ostolaza, Morris Tech; Abigail Adams, Morris Tech; Amber Snyder, North Warren; Amber Levedag, Morris Tech; Paige Russell, Hackettstown; Avery Miller, Hopatcong; Amy Wood, Hackettstown
Second team: Gianna Carreiro, Wallkill Valley; Makayla Mehmedi, Wallkill Valley; Lauren Mosner, Sussex Tech; Jolie Wagner, North Warren; Lauren Palmer, North Warren; Kayleigh Dolinsky, North Warren; Amanda Amirata, Morris Tech; Anna Lamperti, Morris Tech; Lillian Pragier, Hopatcong; Sydnee Henderson, Hopatcong; Makayla Benbow, Hackettstown; Madison Jannuzzi, Sussex Tech; Jenna Gronau, Hackettstown; Erin Magnotta, Hackettstown
Honorable mention: Catheryn Swistak, North Warren; Sienna Dragone, Morris Tech; Rylie Grant, Hackettstown; Lily Kays, Wallkill Valley; Kendall Dericks, Sussex Tech; Jenna Fattorusso, Hopatcong
Division champion: North Warren
Sportsmanship award: Hopatcong
TRENTON – Despite concerns about creating a new bureaucracy, legislators have given their initial endorsement to a plan to expand the state’s Cabinet by establishing a Department of Early Childhood.The bill, S2475/A4178, would transfer state functions and responsibilities from four state departments into the new one, including the current Division of Early Childhood Education. Essentially, if it’s part of a progra...
TRENTON – Despite concerns about creating a new bureaucracy, legislators have given their initial endorsement to a plan to expand the state’s Cabinet by establishing a Department of Early Childhood.
The bill, S2475/A4178, would transfer state functions and responsibilities from four state departments into the new one, including the current Division of Early Childhood Education. Essentially, if it’s part of a program relating to children from pregnancy to age 8, it would likely be consolidated.
Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, D-Middlesex, said the proposal would eliminate the confusion and complexity of licensing and red tape that childcare providers face today.
“Childcare providers are regulated by the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health among others,” Lopez said. “The lack of a unified Department of Early Childhood creates unnecessary bureaucracy.”
Barbara DeMarco, lead lobbyist for Early Childhood Education Advocates, said families need the simplicity of a single point of access, as depending on their child’s needs they can now be bounced between the departments of health, education and human services.
“This will stop redundancy in the number of people working on the same kid. This will allow a single funding source,” DeMarco said.
Cathy Chin, executive director of the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities, said early intervention programs are now administered by the Department of Health – which tries hard, but is "a cultural mismatch."
“How could this not have impacted the infants, toddlers and families we are charged to serve?” said Chin, who said the new department would be a better fit.
But not all groups see the plan that way, presenting an unusual split in opinion.
Debra Bradley, director of government relations for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, worries the change will lead to confusion in school districts, duplication of efforts and maybe even inconsistent policy approaches.
“We believe it’s critically important that our preschool system and our K-12 system be fully aligned as a single system,” Bradley said.
Betsy Ginsburg, executive director of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, said the change would create a new bureaucracy, both complicated and expensive. Better to improve what’s already there, she said.
“Sometimes the loftiest ideas run aground on the sandbar of unintended consequences,” Ginsburg said.
Ginsburg said schools need to focus on major challenges currently: staffing shortages, mental health, school security and more.
“In the wake of the COVID pandemic, with our renewed concerns about school security and all the other issues that confront districts right now, districts are on their knees,” she said. “This is not the time to create a large, new government entity that will require districts and child care providers to participate in that complicated transition process.”
The New Jersey Education Association appreciates the concerns but backs the bill, said Francine Pfeffer, the union’s associate director of government relations.
“Although I know many people are concerned that this bill is going to create fragmentation within the Department of Education because early childhood will be separated from it, it will also place a focus on early childhood,” Pfeffer said.
The bill has been endorsed by both the Senate and Assembly education committees, with eight of the 10 lawmakers who’ve had the chance to vote on it supportive.
In both houses, the bill was referenced to the appropriations committee for a second vote. Both those committees are likely to meet multiple times this month, in advance of approving the 2023 state budget by a June 30 deadline.