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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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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Volley Hayhurst had just finished donning a disposable lab coat when he glanced at his mobile phone and let out an enthusiastic “Yes!”“My phone is blowing up. The results just came back,” said Hayhurst, vice president of operations at Columbia Care’s new 270,000-square-foot cannabis growing and packaging facility in Vineland, N.J. “We have something fun and new for the market.”It’s THC-infused salt water taffy, a Shore favorite that the company will launch soon in Delaware, likely...
Volley Hayhurst had just finished donning a disposable lab coat when he glanced at his mobile phone and let out an enthusiastic “Yes!”
“My phone is blowing up. The results just came back,” said Hayhurst, vice president of operations at Columbia Care’s new 270,000-square-foot cannabis growing and packaging facility in Vineland, N.J. “We have something fun and new for the market.”
It’s THC-infused salt water taffy, a Shore favorite that the company will launch soon in Delaware, likely to follow eventually in New Jersey.
Demand has proved so strong for recreational weed in New Jersey since sales began in April that there are still lines each day outside most of the 17 stores that sell it. Adults are allowed to buy up to one ounce of cannabis in a visit. They can buy dried flower, concentrated oils, resin, vape formulas, tinctures, topicals, syringes, lozenges, and soft chews. But such perishable edibles as brownies are not allowed. Nine stores sell marijuana only for medical use.
Seventeen stores in New Jersey sell recreational marijuana. Another nine stores sell marijuana for medical use only.
SOURCE: N.J. Cannabis Regulatory Commission
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By state law, all marijuana sold in New Jersey must be grown in state by licensed growers; homeowners can’t cultivate their own.
So how do you grow enough pot to meet the demand?
For Columbia Care, plants get their start at the publicly traded company’s two facilities in Vineland, Cumberland County: Its original 50,000-square-foot plant and the one that opened in June that’s the equivalent of just less than five football fields.
Most commercial pot is grown indoors, where security, cleanliness, temperature, humidity, light, and water flow can all be controlled with precision.
Columbia Care, which is based in New York, describes itself as one of the largest and most experienced cultivators and manufacturers in the industry, operating in both the U.S. and Europe. It is currently being purchased by Chicago-based Cresco Labs, which has cannabis operations in 10 states.
Columbia Care sells through its Cannabist stores in Deptford and Vineland, with plans to open a third in Mays Landing.
Other marijuana companies operating in New Jersey include the Apothecarium, founded in San Francisco, which operates three stores. Curaleaf operates two stores, and Miami-based Ayr Wellness operates three stores under the Garden State Dispensary Brand.
Hayhurst, along with Cori Griffith, operations manager, and Alex Anthony, cultivation manager, gave The Inquirer a tour of the Columbia Care plant at the end of July to explain the growing process. The Inquirer agreed to not shoot pictures or video of certain proprietary methods or machinery.
The first literal step inside the Columbia Care includes a shoe bath.
All workers and visitors must wear lab coats, hair nets, and shoe protectors to keep out contamination. And each steps into a sterilizing bath before entering any of the cavernous rooms. The interior of the facility resembles a clean computer chip plant, or even a hospital with long, wide, white corridors and secure doors.
Anthony, who studied agriculture at Iowa State University, said fungi, viruses, and other contaminants can sneak into the building. And once they’re in, he said, they are difficult to remove.
If someone, for example, stepped on a cigarette butt outside, Anthony said, “it could be a vector for the tobacco mosaic virus.”
That virus is known to attack and stunt the growth of plants and is often spread by agricultural workers. Once a plant is infected, there is no chemical cure.
And there’s a lot of ground for shoes to cover: The former shipping and logistics warehouse on West Park Avenue has been renovated specifically for weed operations and employs 35 people full time. About 50,000 square feet is currently being used, with about 20,000 square feet now devoted to plants as the company ramps up its production.
All the weed-related products start as a combination of two cannabis species: sativa, known for a stimulating high, or indica, known for a more mellow experience.
Growers experiment with a number of seeds to find the right mix of sativa or indica. They look for the desired level of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in weed (33% would be very high), and terpenes, chemical compounds that produce unique combinations of flavor, aroma, and color. For example, 10 seeds might yield one plant that has the genetic qualities a grower wants or customers demand.
That seed grows into a mother plant — a mature marijuana plant that can become part of a grower’s proprietary strain and can yield hundreds of clones.
At Columbia Care’s facility, workers examine rows and rows of mother plants, stored on movable, white, steel framed, multitiered racks, resembling something used inside a library archive. Workers take small cuttings off the plants and place them in a nutrient solution as clones.
Eventually, the cuttings are transplanted to soil in plastic terrariums and labeled by strain, or genotypes known to produce traits unique to a brand. Anthony said using cuttings from a mother plant ensures that customers get the same experience for a particular strain each time. The company grows up to 12 strains but mostly relies on four to eight.
Mother plants typically grow about three feet tall in the facility, Anthony said.
Workers are careful not to take too many cuttings from the same tree, but eventually, the genetic properties of a mother plant degrades, and the cycle starts over with a new mother plant.
Griffith said that in larger states with well-established markets, a single mother plant can be worth millions because of all the cuttings it yields and are sold to other companies. Licensed cultivators in New Jersey can transport seeds across state lines because they do not contain THC, but any plant or cutting must remain within state borders.
Consider that a 3.5 gram jar (1/8 ounce) of Runtz Muffin flower, used to roll joints, was selling last week at the Columbia Care’s Cannabist store in Vineland for about $47. It’s part of the company’s Triple 7 line, which includes other hybrids such as Hot Rod, and, the newest, Watermelon Sorbet.
Cuttings from the mother tree are moved to a room equipped with powerful grow lights that shine eight to 14 hours a day.
“This is where the light cycle starts to change everything,” Anthony said.
The light is calibrated to ensure the proper amount of photosynthesis for the plants to flower. Workers part racks by turning cranks, allowing them to reach upper tiers. It can take eight to 12 weeks for a flower to achieve the size and color needed for harvesting.
The flowers are taken to a high-tech sorting and packaging machine, where they are dropped in a silver steel hopper that resembles a futuristic disco chandelier. The hopper contains 14 scales that sorts flowers by size and weight down to the gram.
During the tour, they were being manually sorted and packaged as the machine was being reset.
The flowers drop into jars, which are capped, sealed and labeled.
The machine “was originally made for other food packaging,” Griffith said. “It’s been sort of tweaked a little bit to do cannabis, as well. These do flower, and they can do gummies and tablets ... This is usually running all day every day.”
As he spoke, a line at least 10-deep had formed outside the company’s store on Delsea Drive in Vineland to buy the finished product.
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Neptune Township is now the newest town in New Jersey with a store approved to sell adult recreational weed.
The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved Verano — which began selling adult weed under the Zen Leaf banner in Lawrence and Elizabeth on April 21 — to start recreational adult weed sales at its dispensary in Neptune Township.
“Commencing adult use cannabis sales at Zen Leaf Neptune will mark the culmination of a years-long effort to maximize Verano’s New Jersey footprint,” said George Archos, Verano Founder and Chief Executive Officer in a statement after the panel’s 3-2 vote.
“We look forward to welcoming adult use customers at Zen Leaf Neptune alongside our valued medical patients on the beautiful Jersey Shore in the near future.”
Verano Zen Leaf received final municipal approval Monday night to expand its two-year old medical dispensary at 2100 NJ-Route 66 in Neptune Township, just two miles from the beach to offer adult recreational weed.
Archos did not give an official opening date. But adult use sales at other stores have typically started 10 to 14 days after getting final state approval.
The addition of Neptune Township comes on the heels of the debut Tuesday of The Apothecarium Lodi, owned by TerrAscend, which features the state’s first drive-thru lane.
The number of approved locations either already selling or about to sell adult weed is now 19, with at least two more towns looking to sell it: Curaleaf in Bordentown and Ascend Wellness in Fort Lee.
The dispensaries are owned by eight multi-state operators, also known as alternative treatment centers, that all went before the CRC earlier this year seeking permission to expand into adult-use at strictly medical cannabis only sites. The CRC required they showed proof of municipal approvals, adequate supply to serve both medical and recreational consumers, and plans prioritizing medical patients.
Ascend received the CRC’s blessing months ago for Montclair Township and got the final green light from local officials this past Monday. Ascend is now just waiting for the thumbs up from the Township Manager to commence adult weed sales there, according to a spokeswoman. Curaleaf is expected to go before the CRC for approval of its Bordentown store in early September.
The CRC, in a 4-1 vote, also gave Columbia Care the nod to open a massive new cultivation center in Vineland that will supply the company’s dispensaries in Deptford and Vineland, as well as centers throughout the state belonging to competitors.
Columbia Care said the new facility will be a huge boost to the state’s cannabis supply chain as more dispensaries open and add to demand.
“We will begin shipping out adult use cannabis products out of the new cultivation center in the coming days,” said Adam Goers, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Columbia Care in a phone call after the CRC’s approval.
“It’s going to increase by a big multiple the supply we are going to provide the state, which ultimately will mean lower prices and more selection,” said Goers. “We’re able to offer tons of new strains that consumers want at everybody’s dispensaries, not just ours.”
Columbia Care was approved for adult use cannabis starting on April 21 as part of the statewide launch for its Vineland and Deptford dispensaries, where it began medical cannabis sales a year ago. It began building the cultivation center two years ago.
The CRC on Thursday also announced 79 additional conditional license awardees for manufacturing, cultivating and retail microbusinesses. These conditional licensees have 120 days to convert to an annual license.
The board also voted to reduce the price of patient registration for medical cannabis patients from $100 for 2 years, down to $50 for two years, to make it more affordable.
It agreed to split the Office of Compliance into two - the Office of Licensing and the Office of Compliance and Investigations - as the CRC’s staff has burgeoned in recent months to handle the avalanche of license applications.
Analysts project New Jersey will become one of the largest adult-use cannabis markets in the country, growing to over $2 billion in revenue by 2026.
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NEW YORK – The Columbia University women’s soccer team has added four incoming first-years and two transfers ahead of the 2022 season, as announced by head coach Tracey Bartholomew.“We are thrilled to announce this outstanding group of women to our program. These student-athletes possess outstanding character, combined with being phenomenal players on the field,” said Bartholomew. “They will be a tremendous addition to our talented and experienced roster. We are very exci...
NEW YORK – The Columbia University women’s soccer team has added four incoming first-years and two transfers ahead of the 2022 season, as announced by head coach Tracey Bartholomew.
“We are thrilled to announce this outstanding group of women to our program. These student-athletes possess outstanding character, combined with being phenomenal players on the field,” said Bartholomew. “They will be a tremendous addition to our talented and experienced roster. We are very excited about their versatility, pace and experience.”
“Josh Osit and Amphone Kevongmanysar have worked incredibly hard to bring this elite level group to Columbia University,” Bartholomew continued. “These players that have competed in the Division 1 College Cup, wore the USA National Team Jersey in International Competition, won and competed for ECNL National Championships and earned many individual accolades, including Player of the Year’s and HS All-Americans.”
“Courtney and Hannah have a wealth of playing experience and knowledge, coming from top tier ECNL clubs and two Final Four programs in Rutgers and Georgetown. Charlyse, Maia, Justina, and Ariel come to us from 4 of the top 10 clubs in the country. They bring leadership, speed, athleticism, and attacking personalities that will raise the level of our program. What drew us to this group from the start was their belief in our mission and team philosophy, combined with their passion for the game and hunger to win. We cannot wait to see them in Columbia blue this fall!”
See below for a look at each member of Columbia’s signing class.
Charlyse Berry | Alamo, CA | Monte Vista HS | F BEFORE COLUMBIA: Competed for Mustang ECNL…Club team captain (2019-21)…EBAL Player of the Year (2021)…ECNL National Selection Game participant (2021)…ECNL SCP Northwest Selection (2019)…NCS Champions (2019-20)…CIF State Champions (2018-19)….ECNL Northwest Player to Watch (2018-22)…PDP State Pool (2015-21)…North Coast Section CIF Scholar Athlete (2018-2022)…Ranked 130 by TopDrawerSoccer
Justina Bitzer | Ann Arbor, MI | Huron High School | D BEFORE COLUMBIA: Played for Michigan Hawks ECNL…ECNL All-Midwest First Team…ECNL Midwest Conference Champions…US National Team ID Center Invite (2018-19)…ECNL CSP Event Invite (2018)
Hannah Deljkic | Danville, CA | Monte Vista HS | F BEFORE COLUMBIA: Transfer from Georgetown University…Ranked #62 in Top Drawer Soccer’s National Top 150 (2019)…ECNL All-American (2018)…ECNL Northwest Conference Player of the Year (2017-18)….ECNL Final Four (2018, 2016)…Top Drawer Soccer All-American Star (2018)…Top Drawer Soccer First-Team Winter NorCal (2018)…First Team All-EBAL & All-NCS (2018)…Top Drawer Soccer Player to Watch (2018-2019)…East Bay Athletic League Champion (2017-2018)…US National Training Center Invitee (2016).
Courtney Ruedt | Wayne, NJ | Wayne Hills HS | D BEFORE COLUMBIA: Transfer from Rutgers University…Member of 2021 Rutgers NCAA Final Four Team…Competed for PDA ECNL…2018-19 PDA ECNL Captain…ECNL National Semi Finalist (2021)…ECNL North Atlantic Conference Champions (2021)…First Team All-ECNL North Atlantic Conference (2019)…Two-time All-State…Four-time All-Big North…Wayne Hills Team Captain…Also competed in track…400M county champion (2019).
Maia Tabion | Sammamish, WA | Eastlake High School | F BEFORE COLUMBIA: Played for Crossfire Premier ECNL…Member of U.S. Girls Under15 & Under18 National Teams…GU15 CONCACAF Tournament Champions…Ranked 36th in Top Drawer Soccer’s National Top 150 (2022 Class)…Selected to 2022 ECNL National Game… 2021 U18/19 First Team All-ECNL Northwest Conference…2021 Dallas Cup U18/19 MVP…Eastlake Team Captain…Eastlake Offensive MVP…Two-time First Team All-League.
Ariel Thongkham | San Jose, CA | Santa Teresa High School | M BEFORE COLUMBIA: Played for MVLA ECNL…2021 ECNL National Champion…Ranked #133 in Top Drawer Soccer’s National Top 150 (2022)…US National Team Regional ID Center Invite (2021)…ECNL Northwest Conference Champion (2018-19)…Girls Under19 US National Team Camp (2019)…NorCal PDP State Team (2018-21)….NorCal State Cup Champions (2017)…US National Training Center Invite (2016)…NorCal PDP Regional Team (2014-18)
Rutgers hosted 29 recruits for official visits in June before the current dead period ensued. Eight of them committed to Rutgers, 12 picked others schools, while nine are still on the market and in Greg Schiano’s crosshairs down the stretch of their recruitment. Find out who they all...
Rutgers hosted 29 recruits for official visits in June before the current dead period ensued. Eight of them committed to Rutgers, 12 picked others schools, while nine are still on the market and in Greg Schiano’s crosshairs down the stretch of their recruitment. Find out who they all are, including New Jersey’s top player and offensive lineman, and how Rutgers projects to close out the 2023 recruiting cycle, below.
Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep 3-star DB Vilay Nakkoun Jr.- Committed on June 8 and visited on June 21
St. John’s Prep (Danvers, Mass.) 3-star ATH Jesse Ofurie- Committed on June 12 and visited on June 21
Hawthorne (Fla.) 3-star OL Mozell Williams- Visited on June 10 and committed on June 12
Fleming Island (Orange Park, Fla.) 3-star DB Abram Wright- Visited on June 10 and committed on June 12
Olmsted Falls (Ohio) 3-star OL Dominic Rivera- Visited on June 10 and committed on June 13
Estero (Fla.) 3-star DB Jason Duclona- Visited on June 10 and committed on June 14
Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.) 3-star DB Bo Masco- Visited on June 21 and committed on June 27
Canada Prep (St. Catharines, Ontario) LB Dariel Djabome- Visited on June 25 and committed on June 28
Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) 3-star LB Kendall Johnson- Duke (June 19) - Visited Rutgers on June 10
Madison County (Fla.) 3-star DB Jonathan Aikins- Maryland (June 20) - Visited Rutgers on June 10
Wachusett Regional (Holden, Mass.) 3-star QB Tucker McDonald- UConn (June 23) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Ocoee (Fla.) 3-star Edge Calvin “Trey” Smith- Illinois (June 23) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Woodberry Forest (Va.) 3-star DL Rodney Lora- UVA (June 24) - Visited Rutgers on June 10
Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) 3-star LB R.J. Johnson- Arkansas (June 25) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
St. John’s (Washington D.C.) 3-star WR Sean Williams- Maryland (June 25) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Jones (Orlando, Fla.) TE Dylan Wade- Maryland (June 27) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.) 3-star WR Bradeden Wisloski- Maryland (June 28) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Fullerton (Cal.) JUCO 3-star QB Chandler Galban- Kent State (June 30) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 4-star LB Semaj Bridgeman- Michigan (July 1) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
Ridge Community (Davenport, Fla.) 3-star ATH Joe Jackson- Kansas State (July 4) - Visited Rutgers on June 21
June 10 official visitors
Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 4-star OL Chase Bisontis: A national recruit who has Rutgers in his top five list of schools, Bisontis is nearing a decision. In addition to Rutgers, he officially visited Texas A&M, MSU, and LSU, and plans to announce this month. He tweeted on Thursday night that a “big decision” is coming and that he’s “got to clear (his) head.”
Rutgers’ Don Bosco ties and the four-star’s bond with Schiano give the hometown Knights a chance to land New Jersey’s top player and offensive lineman for the second year in a row. But it’s a bit of a crap shoot at this point.
Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 4-star LB Dylan Gooden: The long, explosive linebacker is taking his time, wading through his 20 offers while grinding in the classroom. Rutgers is the sole school that he officially visited.
Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, N.J.) 3-star Ted Gregoire: A 6-6, 250-pound versatile athlete with elite tools, Gregoire will announce his college intentions on his birthday, July 23, with Rutgers positioned well. However, Vanderbilt offered on July 6, which could alter things.
Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) 3-star DB/WR Krystian Williams: The two-way standout has 10 offers and plans to decide by summer’s end. He officially visited Rutgers on June 10 before his final trek to Virginia Tech.
Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) 3-star OL Tommy Kinsler: Kinsler committed to the University of Florida on June 19 and decommitted on July 2. Miami, which he officially visited last on June 24, is now the favorite.
Kinsler officially visited Rutgers on June 10, the University of Florida on June 17 (where he initially committed two days later), and the University of Miami on June 24. He unofficially visited FSU on April 9 and UF on April 14. Plus, he has family ties at Rutgers in Piscataway, so there’s much at play.
June 20/21 official visitors
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 4-star OL Oluwatosin Babalade: The blue-chip recruit has officially visited Rutgers, Maryland, Ohio State, North Carolina and South Carolina, and is pondering his options.
Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic 3-star QB Shawn Boyle: Boyle is still committed to UNC-Charlotte, where he opted in on Nov. 21, 2021, prior to his Rutgers official visit on June 21.
Georgetown Prep (Rockville, Md.) 3-star Edge Nnamdi Udeogu: Rutgers and Vanderbilt, which Udeogu officially visited, are the favorites, and he’ll release his “top four this month.”
Irvington (N.J.) 3-star WR Famah Toure: This should come down to Rutgers and Illinois, the two schools Toure officially visited, and he is scheduled to announce his pick on July 22. Rutgers’ family ties have the Scarlet Knights at the forefront of his options as the day nears.
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Convenience store giant Wawa will pay New Jersey $2.5 million as part of a multistate settlement following a 2019 data breach in which hackers stole financial information from millions of customers, the state Attorney General’s Office announced.Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia are also sharing in the $8 million settlement. Pennsylvania will also...
Convenience store giant Wawa will pay New Jersey $2.5 million as part of a multistate settlement following a 2019 data breach in which hackers stole financial information from millions of customers, the state Attorney General’s Office announced.
Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia are also sharing in the $8 million settlement. Pennsylvania will also receive about $2.5 million from Wawa, which operates almost 1,000 stores along the East Coast.
Wawa admitted to no wrongdoing, acting New Jersey AG Matthew Platkin said in a statement. But the company agreed to take steps to strengthen protections of customers' card data, Platkin said. Wawa has more than 270 locations in New Jersey.
“This settlement is as important for the strengthened cyber security measures it requires as for the dollars Wawa must pay,” Platkin said on Tuesday. “This settlement should serve as a message to the industry that we are serious about holding businesses accountable when they fail to protect consumers’ sensitive personal information.”
Between April and December 2019, credit card numbers from 34 million transactions were stolen, as well as expiration dates and names on the cards, according to the joint-state announcement.
The hackers were able to gain access to Wawa's computer network "by deploying malware that may have been opened by a company employee," the office said. The company has said about 27% of its payment card transactions during the breach occurred in New Jersey, the states said. That would mean about 9.2 million of the compromised sales were in the Garden State.
The hackers were unable to collect PIN numbers of credit card CVV2 codes, as well as data from any cards that relied on chip technology - only transactions relying on magnetic strips were affected, the Tuesday statement said. The breach targeted customers paying at gas pumps and inside Wawa retail stores but not ATMs.
"As the [July] settlement notes, Wawa responded promptly and followed all notice requirements with relevant authorities, in addition to cooperating fully with the attorneys general and all law enforcement officials to assist anyone impacted by the incident," Wawa spokesperson Lori Bruce responded in a statement.
Neither the states nor Wawa discussed compensation for individual consumers in this week's statements. But in April, the company reached a $12 million class action settlement to settle a private lawsuit over the data breach.
As part of that agreement, customers who made a purchase during the time of the breach but whose financial information was not stolen would receive a $5 gift card. Those customers who had fraudulent charges on their card during the period would receive a $15 gift card. Customers who lost money due to the hacking would receive a cash reimbursement of up to $500.
"From the outset, our focus has been to make this right for our customers and communities," Bruce said in Wawa's statement. "We continue to take the necessary steps to safeguard our information security systems."
Wawa's attorney Gregory Parks, who co-leads the privacy and cybersecurity practice at law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Wawa, founded in New Jersey but now based outside Philadelphia, operates more locations in South Jersey, but the chain has been expanding in the northern part of the state. It opened its first store in Sussex County this month and announced plans for three more local sites as well.
Daniel Munoz covers business, consumer affairs, labor and the economy for NorthJersey.com and The Record.