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 Harrington Park, 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 Harrington Park, 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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Justin Minaya experienced a dream come true last month when he worked out for the Knicks ahead of the NBA Draft, and then got to sleep in his own bed in his family home in Harrington Park, N.J.The Old Tappan High School product and son of former Mets GM Omar Minaya was part of a group workout that also included Max Abmas of Oral Roberts, Jaden Shackelford of Alabama, Jalen Cook of Tulane and 7...
Justin Minaya experienced a dream come true last month when he worked out for the Knicks ahead of the NBA Draft, and then got to sleep in his own bed in his family home in Harrington Park, N.J.
The Old Tappan High School product and son of former Mets GM Omar Minaya was part of a group workout that also included Max Abmas of Oral Roberts, Jaden Shackelford of Alabama, Jalen Cook of Tulane and 7-foot-3 international prospect Kai Sotto.
“It was kind of cool because the Knicks practice facility [in Tarrytown, N.Y.] is like 20 minutes from my house,” Minaya said by phone.
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Whether Minaya ends up playing for the Knicks down the road remains to be seen, but for now he’s enjoying going through the process.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward has also worked out for the Nets, Charlotte and Utah and has workouts this week with Memphis, Atlanta and Phoenix.
After transferring closer to home to Providence from South Carolina for last season, Minaya was a key member of the Big East regular-season champion Friars, who reached the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Kansas. He averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds and served as one of the best defensive players in the league.
As for what he’s trying to show NBA teams, it’s a mix of defense and offense.
“Obviously, my defense and then something I think teams are realizing is I’m way more athletic and I can shoot the ball way better than I did in college,” Minaya said. “Teams are kind of seeing that. They can see my versatility, that I can guard pretty much one through four.”
Miami-based trainer Andrew Moran, who has trained Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson, James Wiseman, Cole Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr, among others, said Minaya has drastically improved his 3-point shooting from a year ago and he can help an NBA team.
“First off, Minaya will be a ‘3-and-D’ guy right from the start,” Moran said by phone. “High-energy guy, great defensive guy, rebounder, hit that corner 3. He makes shots. Great locker room presence and a great teammate.
“Also can finish in transition, so teams that get out and run, which is what the NBA likes.”
Minaya grew up playing baseball and basketball and was a left-handed pitcher and center fielder before undergoing a growth spurt in ninth grade that convinced him to pursue basketball more seriously.
That, in turn, led his father to begin scouting basketball players in addition to baseball players. Omar also worked with Jerry Krause, the former Bulls and White Sox executive, who influenced Omar in terms of wanting to scout in two sports.
“Jerry was all about athletes and makeup, guys who were good teammates and had I.Q.,” Omar told The New York Times. “Guys that knew how to play. Basically, things that were not quantifiable. You have to have the quantifiable with the non-quantifiable and blend that in, and that’s leadership.”
Omar, 63, often says he wonders what would have happened had LeBron James played baseball.
When Justin transferred to Providence before this season, it meant that his parents could watch virtually every game, including locally at local schools like St. John’s and Seton Hall.
“Me and my friends joke about it, he’ll come to practice, and he’ll be sitting in the stands not near anybody, looking like a scout,” Justin told The Times. “He just looks like a scout, sitting all the way up top.”
Providence coach Ed Cooley believes Omar could make the leap into the world of NBA scouting if he chose.
“One hundred percent he could‚” he said. “No 1, he knows the professional ranks. No. 2, he knows how to evaluate. Listening to him, he’ll know what he’s looking for for a particular organization as far as the character trait, the DNA trait, the skill set. The guy, you would think he’s a basketball G.M., not a baseball G.M.”
Justin says his dad, now a consultant to Major League Baseball, gives him “great advice.”
“He tells me to just focus on getting better every day,” he said. “That’s kind of helped me, not worrying about how I do in this workout or that workout, just looking forward to the next and not worrying too much about the past.”
He says it would be a dream come true to hear his name on Draft night, but even if he doesn’t he could still help an NBA team.
“For me, as I see how teams build their rosters, that’s the type of guy that I want on mine,” Moran said. “Maybe he doesn’t get a whole lot of action, maybe they move him up and down from G League or whatever, but in my eyes, that’s the type of guy that I want on my roster because he’s a team guy and then he brings value with his defense and his shooting.”
And how would Justin feel if he hears his name on Draft night?
“It would amazing, it would be crazy,” he said. “Just all these workouts in general it’s such a dream, such an experience. If that were to happen it would be amazing, I wouldn’t even know how to feel. It’s something you work for for your whole life.”
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Recent holiday gatherings, a rebound in travel and an overall decline in mask-wearing have caused New Jersey COVID cases to start rising again after the steep downturn following the winter omicron surge.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bumped Morris County up into the "yellow" zone on Friday after doing the same for Bergen County earlier in the week. The designation means both areas have moderate community levels of COVID, based on the rate of new COVID cases in the area, hospital beds be...
Recent holiday gatherings, a rebound in travel and an overall decline in mask-wearing have caused New Jersey COVID cases to start rising again after the steep downturn following the winter omicron surge.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bumped Morris County up into the "yellow" zone on Friday after doing the same for Bergen County earlier in the week. The designation means both areas have moderate community levels of COVID, based on the rate of new COVID cases in the area, hospital beds being used and hospital admissions.
The CDC rated nine upstate New York counties at "orange" — meaning they have high community levels of COVID — while New York, Westchester, Orange and Nassau counties in New York are considered to have moderate levels.
The increase in infections appears to be driven in New York by two subvariants of omicron, known as BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. Although spreading rapidly, they do not appear to cause more severe illness. But with commercial labs handling a smaller proportion of COVID-positive tests and subjecting them to genetic analysis, less is known about how widespread they are.
But fewer people who become infected need hospital care, and New Jersey's hospitals are in good shape, officials said Thursday.
Bergen County's higher community COVID rating by the CDC was due to the escalation in cases, not pressure on hospitals, said Dr. Edward Lifshitz, medical director of the state Health Department's communicable disease division. "The hospitals are not at any risk from being overwhelmed" by a surge in COVID patients, he said.
Dr. Daniel Varga, chief physician executive at Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the state's largest hospital systems, agreed. The omicron variant is very transmissible, he said, but New Jersey's population has comparatively high levels of immunity from vaccination and previous infection. As a result, what he called "this little blip" is "not turning into this massive hospital wave we’ve seen in the past."
Even for patients hospitalized with COVID, the percentage needing intensive care or a ventilator for breathing is much lower than in previous COVID waves, he said.
Every county in New Jersey had been considered at "green"— having low levels of COVID — since the CDC introduced the new system on March 24. But Lifshitz said he would "not be surprised if other New Jersey counties followed" Bergen, and were bumped up to yellow by the CDC, based on their case rates.
Because of the latest rise in cases, many New Jersey hospitals, nursing homes and rehab facilities have started to reintroduce limits on visitors, based on guidance updated Wednesday by the New Jersey Hospital Association. The hospital association recommends limiting visitors to one per patient, with none at all for patients who are immune compromised or diagnosed with COVID, in all but five southwestern counties.
And given COVID's unpredictability, it was best for hospitals to be watchful, said Cathy Bennett, the hospital association's CEO. In January, "we saw hospitalizations climb very quickly," said Bennett, although she added that there were enough beds for patients because they were discharged more quickly.
Staffing might become a concern if the number of cases in the community rises to extremely high levels, even if they do not cause severe illness, Varga said.
The number of hospital patients with COVID rose to 444 on Wednesday night — the highest number in over a month
"We’re currently in a good place with hospital capacity," Bennett said, "but the numbers continue to tick up." And without information about the results of the growing number of home tests, she added, "there’s a degree of unknown there."
The rising numbers come as a federal judge this week overruled the CDC's federal mask requirement for planes, trains and other public transit, and follows decisions in each of the 50 states to remove mask mandates in public places. The Justice Department appealed the judge's decision Thursday at the request of the CDC, which said the mask mandate "remains necessary for public health."
Efforts to vaccinate and give first boosters to the population against COVID also appear to have stalled. But warmer weather and more outdoor activities in the Northeast are likely to mitigate the spread.
At individual hospitals, the slight rise in COVID cases did not cause alarm.
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"A lot has been made recently about the rise in test positivity," said Dr. Stephen Brunnquell, president of Englewood Health's physician network and a primary care physician in Harrington Park. "But a lot of [the people who test positive] are younger, healthier people, who are not seeking treatment. They have symptoms of a head cold or a sore throat, and treat at home with chicken soup."
While he is more concerned about older patients with underlying health conditions that would make them susceptible to complications from COVID, he said he is not seeing those. As of Wednesday morning, Englewood Health had just three patients in the hospital who tested positive for COVID, Brunnquell said, compared with 100 during omicron's January peak.
"To me the vaccine and the booster is still effective in keeping people out of the hospital," he said.
Currently, 75.4% of New Jersey's population is fully vaccinated, and 47.1% have received a first booster, according to the CDC.
Bergen County reported 1,833 new COVID cases confirmed through the highly accurate PCR tests over seven days ending Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health. That is a rate of 204 cases per 100,000 people. Morris County had 209 cases per 100,000 people, as of Friday. Any rate higher than 200 per 100,000 people triggers a yellow rating by the CDC.
Statewide, 13,976 new cases were reported over the last seven days, the CDC said.
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With 1-3 inches of snow predicted to hit North Jersey on Thursday, many schools are delaying the start to classes and a few districts have closed their schools.The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory across North Jersey as rain is expected to change over to snow during the early morning hours."Sl...
With 1-3 inches of snow predicted to hit North Jersey on Thursday, many schools are delaying the start to classes and a few districts have closed their schools.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory across North Jersey as rain is expected to change over to snow during the early morning hours.
"Slow down and use caution while traveling," the NWS warns. "Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute."
Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted: "Rain and snow tonight into tomorrow will impact tomorrow morning’s commute. Please exercise caution on the roads and take it slow."
Here is a list of school districts that have announced closures, switch to virtual learning and delayed openings for Thursday:
(Check with your local school district for the latest)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Northern Valley Regional
Pascack Valley Regional
St. John’s Academy
County College of Morris
Morris Hills Regional District
High Point Regional
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With snow in the forecast overnight and Gov. Phil Murphy declaring a state of emergency statewide, North Jersey school districts have altered their plans for Friday.The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches in some areas.The NWS warns: "Plan on slippery road conditions. The ...
With snow in the forecast overnight and Gov. Phil Murphy declaring a state of emergency statewide, North Jersey school districts have altered their plans for Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches in some areas.
The NWS warns: "Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute."
Icy roads wreaked havoc on Wednesday morning's commute, leaving one dead and others injured amid hundreds of accidents in the state.
What you need to know about the storm:Inch counts, road conditions
"We’re closely monitoring the upcoming winter weather. With snow and high winds in the forecast, we urge all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads, stay home, and stay safe," Murphy tweeted after announcing the state of emergency.
The storm won't affect all schools as nearly a third of schools in New Jersey have switched to remote learning amid a surge of COVID cases.
Here are the schools that have announced a change in plans for Friday because of the snow:
(Check back for updates or with your school district for the latest)
Staff writer Jane Havsy contributed to this report
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A 271-year-old home in Old Tappan could be razed to make way for an assisted living facility under a proposal before the borough's Planning Board.Capital Senior Housing Old Tappan LLC is seeking a use variance to build a three-story, 100-bed assisted living facility on land zoned for single-family homes and surrounded by houses and a church, near Lake Tappan and the Bi-State Plaza shopping center.A meeting on Feb. 9 could determine the fate of the Gerrit J. Haring house on Old Tappan Road, but a grassroots group ...
A 271-year-old home in Old Tappan could be razed to make way for an assisted living facility under a proposal before the borough's Planning Board.
Capital Senior Housing Old Tappan LLC is seeking a use variance to build a three-story, 100-bed assisted living facility on land zoned for single-family homes and surrounded by houses and a church, near Lake Tappan and the Bi-State Plaza shopping center.
A meeting on Feb. 9 could determine the fate of the Gerrit J. Haring house on Old Tappan Road, but a grassroots group has emerged to challenge the application.
Cherie Fornow, the neighbor leading the opposition, said she became committed to the task six months ago, when she looked outside her window one day and into her backyard.
"This all started when I learned this developer had plans to build this humongous assisted living on a piece of land that hasn't been touched in about 271 years," she said. The Gerrit J. Haring house was built in 1751 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The opposition goes beyond Old Tappan.
"The community ought to be in an outrage about this, because we don't have that many stone houses left, and we don't have that many that predate the American Revolution," said H. Gelfand, chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee of the Bergen County Historical Society, who learned of the application Thursday.
"I'm disgusted by this in so many different ways," he said.
Gelfand believes Old Tappan is required by law to protect the house because it is listed on the municipal plan as a historic resource.
It's not just the historic house that's a concern. The property sits close to the Lake Tappan Reservoir and the Hackensack River, and it contains wetlands.
Old Tappan's 2016 master plan refers to the area, saying the borough should "continue its historic high-level of stewardship of the Lake Tappan Reservoir" and its watershed, calling it a high priority for preservation.
The proposed assisted living facility would cover 81,343 square feet — under 2 acres — on 5.5 acres of property that now holds the historic house and a barn.
"This would be a horrible, horrible thing for the environment," said Peter Ardito, a resident of Harrington Park and a member of the board of directors of Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network).
Bergen SWAN became involved because the Old Tappan watershed is a habitat for eagles, owls, deer and other wildlife, as well as beneficial insects like dragonflies.
The watershed land also offers protection against flooding, he said.
"The vernal pool is an important part," because it soaks up excess water, Ardito said, and "trees also help, as they drink gallons and gallons of water. It is something that should never be developed."
Jennifer Knarich, attorney for the applicant, did not respond to a request for comment.
There are at least five senior housing facilities built or under construction in the area. Old Tappan has Sunrise Senior Living and a similar project that was recently approved by the Planning Board, across from Oakes Park on Central Avenue.
Bergen SWAN is recommending that $1 million in settlement money from a lawsuit with what was then the Hackensack Water Company, now Suez, be used to protect this property.
"It probably would not be enough by itself to acquire the property. We encourage the town to apply for grants and Green Acres funds from the county," Ardito said.
For resident Patrick Gambuti, "There are more costs than benefits for us" in developing the land. "We are running out of open space," he said.
"It's important for our own mental health to have these spaces," Gambuti said.
Public officials would not speak about the application before the hearing on Wednesday.
A petition with close to 200 residents' signatures will be presented to the Planning Board, urging it to say no to the development.
Patches Magarro, who will present the petition, said the board should "hold on a second" and see what the town will feel like once other developments underway are finished.
For Fornow, who bought her home in part because of the wilderness around it, it's not just one facility, "it's modern man destroying nature."
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