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 Neshanic Station, 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 Neshanic Station, 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
Another golf season is upon us. As we approach Opening Day, NJ Advance Media has highlighted some of the dates to keep, including key administrative dates as well as tournament dates and locations, for the upcoming girls golf season.This post will be updated throughout the season with links to tournament recaps. Bookmark this page to stay up to date with all tournament results throughout the year.If any tournaments are missing -- or any listed tournaments have incorrect dates or incorrect locations, please let us know by sen...
Another golf season is upon us. As we approach Opening Day, NJ Advance Media has highlighted some of the dates to keep, including key administrative dates as well as tournament dates and locations, for the upcoming girls golf season.
This post will be updated throughout the season with links to tournament recaps. Bookmark this page to stay up to date with all tournament results throughout the year.
If any tournaments are missing -- or any listed tournaments have incorrect dates or incorrect locations, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected].
May 1-10: Intent Form Period
May 5: Deadline for teams and individuals to qualify for NJSIAA State Tournament
May 6: State entries (team/individuals) close by 12 p.m.
May 7: Post-Season Committee Meeting
May 11: Regular season ends
May 9/10: NJSIAA Sectional Championships (locations TBD)
May 16: NJSIAA State Championships (Team and Individual) at Raritan Valley Country Club (Bridgewater)
April 18: Ocean County Tournament at Seaview CC (Galloway)
April 20: Arcola Invitational at Arcola CC (Paramus)
April 28: Big North Conference Tournament at Valley Brook GC (River Vale)
May 5: Skyland Conference Tournament at Royce Brook GC (Hillsborough)
May 11: Bergen County Tournament at Soldier Hill GC (Emerson)
May 12: Central Jersey Girls Golf League Tournament at Concordia GC (Monroe)
May 13: Prep Championships at Peddie GC (East Windsor)
May 16: Team and Individual State Championships at Raritan Valley Country Club (Bridgewater)
May 17: Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament at Farmstead GC (Lafayette)
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New Jersey is in midst of an all-day nor’easter storm Tuesday with widespread concerns of flooding from up to 6 inches of rain possible by the time the powerful storm moves away from our area early Wednesday.Some parts of New Jersey have already received more than 3 inches of rain before 7 a.m. as a flash flood watch continues until 8 p.m. for the entire state. Some...
New Jersey is in midst of an all-day nor’easter storm Tuesday with widespread concerns of flooding from up to 6 inches of rain possible by the time the powerful storm moves away from our area early Wednesday.
Some parts of New Jersey have already received more than 3 inches of rain before 7 a.m. as a flash flood watch continues until 8 p.m. for the entire state. Some flood warnings, which indicate imminent threats, are also in effect this morning.
“The exact location and movement of a slow moving band of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms through this afternoon will determine whether and where a swath of 5 to 6 inches of rainfall falls,” the National Weather Service’s New York office said. That office, which, covers Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union and Passaic counties, says the heaviest and steadiest rain should fall through about 4 p.m.
In addition to the widespread 1.5 inches of rain that has already fallen, the northern half of the state is likely to receive an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain starting at 8 a.m., the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office said in an updated briefing issued Tuesday morning.
A pocket of Sussex and Morris counties could see 2 to 3 more inches of rain.
Coastal areas of Middlesex and Monmouth counties as well as areas north of Interstate 78 are at the greatest risk of flash flooding. There’s also a chance of wind gusts as high as 25 to 35 mph along the Jersey Shore this evening.
While rain isn’t expected to taper off until Wednesday morning, the intensity of the rain is likely to ease this afternoon, the weather service said in its morning forecast discussion. Some dry stretches will move into South Jersey by this evening.
Minor flooding is taking place at the Ho-Ho-us Brook in Ho-Ho-Kus, the weather service says. Several other waterways, including the Neshanic River, the Rockaway River and Green Brook are near flood stage before 7 a.m.
Multiple local road closures have been reported, though power outages have not been a major problem with about 2,500 homes and business without electricity early Tuesday. That could increase, however, as winds build through the day.
Wednesday high tides could also bring minor flooding to the Jersey Shore and along the Delaware Bay. Spotty minor flooding is expected on Tuesday.
Highs will be in the low 60s during the day before dropping into the 50s overnight.
A flash flood watch remains in effect across most of northern and central New Jersey until 5 p.m. Tuesday and in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
At about 9:30 a.m., the National Weather Service canceled the flash flood watch that had been in effect in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in South Jersey, along with Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in eastern Pennsylvania.
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BRANCHBURG – A historic township-owned property on Elm Street is going on the auction block again.It's the third time the 19th century home at 100 Elm St. next to the former Neshanic Flea Market site has been scheduled to be sold.The first auction of the .76-acre property was originally scheduled for April 2019 but was postponed until the township received the necessary state approvals because the home is considered historic.The ...
BRANCHBURG – A historic township-owned property on Elm Street is going on the auction block again.
It's the third time the 19th century home at 100 Elm St. next to the former Neshanic Flea Market site has been scheduled to be sold.
The first auction of the .76-acre property was originally scheduled for April 2019 but was postponed until the township received the necessary state approvals because the home is considered historic.
The second auction was scheduled for April, but the winning bidder was unable to close on the sale. The winning bid was for $100,000.
The third auction, which will be conducted online, will begin 9 a.m. July 13 and end 1 p.m. July 15.
The auction will be conducted by Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Company. Information for the sale, including how to register to submit a bid, can be found at maxspann.com.
Open houses are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. July 1 and noon to 2 p.m. July 8.
All bidders for the property must be registered either online at maxspann.com, by telephone at 888-299-1438 or in-person at the open houses.
A $10,000 deposit must be placed in Max Spann's escrow account before making a bid. The high bidder is required to deposit the balance of 10% of the total contract amount into the escrow account by the end of the business day on the final day of the auction.
A 10% buyer's premium will be added to the bid price and become the final contract price.
The property, which will be sold "as is," was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 2015.
The house, a landmark on the road to the Elm Street Bridge over the South Branch of the Raritan River and opposite the Neshanic Station Post Office, will be sold with a historic preservation easement held by the New Jersey Historic Trust in perpetuity.
Any interior or exterior renovations must receive the approval of the New Jersey Historic Trust.
The three-bedroom house is located next to the restored Neshanic Station train station on the abandoned Flemington Branch of the Jersey Central Railroad that once carried passengers between Somerville and Flemington until the 1940s. On a corner lot, the house is across Main Street from the post office and diagonally across from the Neshanic Methodist Church.
The house is on the 3.68-acre property that also used to contain the Neshanic Flea Market which closed years ago. In 2018, Somerset County and Branchburg split the $350,000 selling price and the lot was subdivided with Branchburg owning the section with the house and the county keeping the flea market section next to the South Branch of the Raritan River.
The Somerset County Park Commission is using the flea market property as an addition to its South Branch Greenway along the river. There is parking for fisherman and those who come to the river for a swim, a canoe trip or to lounge on the sandbars.
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New Jersey beekeepers reap the glorious bounty of sweet honey, and many sell a variety of products made from honey that attract quite a buzz among shoppers.Products include honey — of course — as well as cosmetics, lotions, candles, soaps, flavored honey spreads and more. It’s a sticky business — pun intended — that has New Jersey products being sold near and far. The state’s beekeepers sell their honey products on site, in stores or farmer’s markets, online or a combination of all. For many, ...
New Jersey beekeepers reap the glorious bounty of sweet honey, and many sell a variety of products made from honey that attract quite a buzz among shoppers.
Products include honey — of course — as well as cosmetics, lotions, candles, soaps, flavored honey spreads and more. It’s a sticky business — pun intended — that has New Jersey products being sold near and far. The state’s beekeepers sell their honey products on site, in stores or farmer’s markets, online or a combination of all. For many, it’s a family operation, and some go back several generations.
For a list of members of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association who sell products from their apiaries, visit njbeekeepers.org and click on Honey & Hive Products. Here are some highlights of sweet items made and sold by local beekeepers:
Bee Flower and Sun Honey in Pittstown
For four decades, this raw honey has been sold unfiltered for more taste, and to preserve its naturally occurring antioxidants, pollen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Honey varieties include blueberry blossom, clover blossom, star thistle blossom, wild flower, buckwheat blossom and Ceylon cinnamon infused, as well as comb honey.
The beeswax candles from E&M Gold Beekeepers are best-sellers. Photo courtesy of E&M Gold Beekeepers
E&M Gold Beekeepers in Tinton Falls
E&M Gold owners Mary and Edmund Kosenski work diligently to protect their bees from diseases. Their beeswax candles are popular, and in recent years, about half of their sales have been 2- and 6-ounce honey favor jars for weddings and baby or bridal showers.
Frank’s Honey in Ridgewood
Frank’s Honey is 100% pure, raw, all-natural, local honey that is hand-harvested and hand-extracted from Bergen County hives, then poured fresh into bottles to preserve its high-quality, sweet goodness. His honey jars, honey hand lotion and honey lip balm are available at several shops in Bergen County.
Gooserock Farm harvests beeswax to make a variety of products, including soaps. Photo courtesy of Gooserock Farm
Gooserock Farm in Montville
For 20 years, Landi Simone has produced raw, minimally filtered honey from hives in Morris and Sussex counties. She also harvests beeswax to make creams, soaps, lip balms and candles. Gooserock Farm has taken hundreds of prizes for its honey, candles and cosmetics in local, state and regional shows.
HarBee Beekeeping in Dumont
Pat Harrison’s suburban beekeeping business produces honey, natural bar soaps in several scents, aromatherapy candles and pure beeswax candles. He maintains 200 honeybee colonies throughout New Jersey, and offers The Good Beekeeper Plan, a hands-off beekeeping service for homeowners.
Neshanic Station Apiaries in Neshanic Station
This small, family-owned business sells its wildflower honey raw to preserve its antibacterial and antifungal properties, packed with enzymes, minerals and pollen. Popular products include Beekeepers Bar soaps and spreadable creamed honey.
The Honeybee Venom Rub from New Ark Apiaries provides gentle relief from muscle and joint pain. Photo courtesy of New Ark Apiaries
New Ark Apiaries in Montclair Heights
Joseph Sarbak learned about beekeeping from a local adult education course. He now sells honey and related products. His Honeybee Venom Rub provides gentle relief from muscle and joint pain, and Bee Propolis Extract, a natural tincture that acts as a powerful natural antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal medicine, is effective for healing cuts.
Sweet Cheeks Farm and Apiary in Chester
Sweet Cheeks Farm recently took over Tassot Apiaries, whose owners retired after 20 years. The 16-acre farm sells organic honey and products such as beeswax candles and honey butters in flavors that include cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, peanut butter, vanilla chai and matcha green tea.
Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm sells raw honey and honey infused with flavors. Photo courtesy of Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm
Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm in Wantage
What started as a hobby now has 400 hives over five counties. Top of the Mountain sells raw honey — wildflower, buckwheat and locust — and honey infused with flavors, like cinnamon, berries, orange and more — even garlic and hot pepper. They also sell soap and face masks, lip balms and bee rub.
Tanis Apiaries in Pompton Plains
When Craig Tanis discovered that local, raw honey relieved his allergy symptoms and his son’s asthmatic coughing, he started beekeeping with his family as a hobby. Today, the family sells its honey, soap and popular lip balm made from beeswax.
Trapper’s Honey in Clarksburg
This third-generation beekeeping family harvests their award-winning honey from hives on their farm, and sells pure bottled honey as well as a Gourmet Honey Spread made from honey and fruit. Their hives in a blueberry patch have a natural blueberry taste.
Joyce Venezia Suss is a freelance writer and native Jersey girl who has worked for the Associated Press, The Star-Ledger and North Jersey Media Group. She was nominated for a James Beard Journalism Award for a 19-part series on ethnic foods in New Jersey.
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Though weakened to tropical storm status early Sunday, Henri left his mark on the Central Jersey area with flooding, a sinkhole, power outages, downed trees and the cause of several accidents.Even in its weakened state, Henri still packed wind gusts of up to 75 mph in some areas as it started a route up the northeastern coastline, along New York's Long Island and southern New England.A flood watch continues in the area through Monday morning, with periods of heavy rain expected through Sunday night as Henri passe...
Though weakened to tropical storm status early Sunday, Henri left his mark on the Central Jersey area with flooding, a sinkhole, power outages, downed trees and the cause of several accidents.
Even in its weakened state, Henri still packed wind gusts of up to 75 mph in some areas as it started a route up the northeastern coastline, along New York's Long Island and southern New England.
A flood watch continues in the area through Monday morning, with periods of heavy rain expected through Sunday night as Henri passed to the east. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are forecast with locally higher amounts possible. The warning added that flash flooding also may occur and on some of the main stem rivers and large creeks, there may be significant banks rises or flooding.
Gov. Phil Murphy called Tropical storm Henri "largely a rain event," that was going to continue with winds possibly increasing.
"It is less than we had feared and less than places like Rhode Island are getting, but there is still a significant concern about rainfall, flash flooding and a flood watch is in effect for the entire state until tomorrow," Murphy said Sunday afternoon. "We are dealing with Mother Nature. We do everything we can to stay ahead of it and on top of it."
Murphy also acknowledged power outages, but deemed them less than expected.
The storm was not deemed a state of emergency, he said, noting "all those options are still on the table."
"We will do whatever we need to do ahead of it, during it or after it to make sure we keep as many people safe and on their feet as possible," Murphy said.
Helmetta, a borough in Middlesex County, was hit particularly hard with flooding Sunday. But throughout the day, the "outpour of support" from nearby towns and first responders has been "quite remarkable," Mayor Chris Slavicek said.
Helmetta was at the bull's-eye of the heavy band of rain that spiraled in the circulation of Henri. In the 24 hours ending at 9 a.m., Helmetta's 6.7 inches of rain was the most of any Central Jersey town, according to the Office of the New Jersey Climatologist at Rutgers University.
The heaviest rain was centered in central Middlesex County. East Brunswick recorded 4.25 inches while North Brunswick had 4 inches.
In Somerset County, Hillsborough recorded 3.23 inches and in Hunterdon, Flemington had 4 inches.
Flooding was the cause of most of the problems, shutting down streets, causing sink holes and weakening foundations. There were power outages as well, but not widespread. As of Sunday at 3:30 p.m., about 1,774 were reported without power by JCP&L with another eight reporting an outage by PSE&G in Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union counties.
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The southern portion of Middlesex County received heavy rainfall over the early morning hours, causing flooding to several roads in Helmetta, South Brunswick, Monroe, Cranbury and Milltown.
In Somerset County, towns that reported flooding included Franklin and North Plainfield, while Union said Linden was hit with flooding.
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Residents were asked to stay off the roads and limit any travel Sunday morning.
In Helmetta, the Office of Emergency Management ordered a mandatory evacuation for all residents and businesses on several streets including Railroad Avenue, John Place, John Street and Willow Street due to severe flooding. This is an area that is often hit hard by storms and hurricanes.
When Annie Dent left her home just before 7:30 a.m., en route to a training class for her job, John Street was bone dry.
“Nothing was wrong. There was no flooding. I drove out perfectly fine,” Dent said.
An hour and a half later, she received a frantic call from her daughter, at home on John Street: "Mom!," she said. "My car’s about to be stuck in a flood!"
John Street resident Michael Furey woke up to a flood alarm at 4:30 a.m., but said it was hours before the first flood waters could be seen.
"At nine o’clock, I came out of the house and the water was just cascading down the street, growing higher and higher," said Furey, living through his fourth flood on the street in 17 years.
The area is in a flood plain, but Furey blames the flooding not on the rain from Henri but on man-made errors, like flood gates that weren’t opened properly and old, collapsing drain pipes.
"This is all sandy dirt," he said, motioning to the tan brown sediment in the flood waters, which he believes came from construction sites in nearby Monroe and Cranbury.
"There’s a lot of construction going on in Monroe — look at Cranbury Road, (Route) 130. And everything over there is flooding," he said. "The towns don’t talk to each other, the committees don’t talk to each other, the developers don’t talk to each other. There’s no foresight."
According to the Helmetta Fire Department, there was a partial foundation collapse at a home at 38 John Street that occurred while removing evacuees. No injuries were reported.
All residents in the area were advised first to evacuate to the Helmetta Community Center on Brookside Place for shelter. Later, they were taken to Spotswood High School. Those in the Railroad Avenue section were advised to stay in their homes and await evacuation assistance from the OEM.
Helmetta's mayor said all residents were rescued safely and they were now working on getting pets out of homes.
"We are currently at a standstill," Slavicek said at 12:50 p.m. "Water has risen to nearly cover windows of cars. There is an abundant amount of homes that have water on the first floor. We are on the edge of our seats because high tide is coming in the next half hour. And we are supposed to get more rainfall from the storm."
The Middlesex County Fire Marshall also requested available water rescue teams to the area of the Helmetta firehouse to help evacuate the homes. A command post was set up at Main Street and Willow Street, across from the affected area.
Near to this area, Main Street in Helmetta closed near Allegiance Garden Center due to severe flooding.
Not far away, at the border of East Brunswick and Spotswood, the intersection of Summerhill Road and Old Stage Road was closed due to a sinkhole.
Around 7:40 a.m. Sunday morning, Monroe Police reported the township was under a state of emergency as multiple roads were flooded and impassable. Several vehicles were reportedly stuck and had to be rescued. Shelters were being opened for residents of Monroe and Jamesburg.
In Rossmoor Village, an adult living community off Forsgate Drive, evacuations also were underway for impacted residents. As of 10:45 a.m., approximately 40 residents were rescued and were taken to the clubhouse.
Mayor Stephen Dalina said power restoration in Rossmoor will be delayed in the flooded areas because the homes need to be inspected by code officials and electricians. Monroe Township Construction Officials and JCPL are on the scene and will be in the coming days, he said.
"Since this morning, I have been in Rossmoor and throughout the township and visited the emergency shelter," said Dalina, who asked that residents stay off the roads. "There are severe flooding impacts throughout the township, particularly in areas of Rossmoor. In some areas, flood waters are beginning to recede, but many major roadways are still closed and completely flooded. Conditions are likely to worsen this afternoon and overnight as flood waters move through the town and waterways begin to crest. Additional rain is predicted overnight. Surrounding communities are also flooded with impassible roads making travel unsafe throughout the area."
Dalina said Monroe opened an emergency shelter at the Monroe Township Senior Center on Halsey Reed Road for those those who have been flooded, without power, and anyone who needs assistance. Currently, 10 residents from Rossmoor are being cared for there. Families also can reunite with their loved ones here.
Closed roads in Monroe included:
In East Brunswick, the fire department reported a basement filled with water and a collapse on Van Hise Court. The home was also filling with natural gas, so the fire department requested evacuating neighboring homes.
In Jamesburg, a car was stuck in the water near East Railroad Avenue while in Plainsboro, police reported two cars stuck in the water with three people inside on Pheasant Hollow Drive and Dey Road.
Closed roads in South Brunswick included:
In Milltown, police reported Washington Avenue near post office was flooded and closed.
In Sayreville, police reported the partial foundation collapse of a home on Ciecko Court.
Somerset County's Franklin was hit by flooding, with South Middlebush Road between Jacques Lane and Blackwells Mills Road closed as a result.
In North Plainfield, Route 22 westbound and West End Avenue were closed due to flooding waters over the Jersey barrier.
In Union, Linden police said road flooding at Route 1 southbound at Woodlawn Avenue which resulted in two lanes being closed.
Despite the torrential overnight downpour, most rivers in Central Jersey stayed within their banks.
The South Branch of the Raritan River at Neshanic Station crested at 15.13 feet around noon, according to the National Weather Service. The river had risen 10 feet in just seven hours.
In Middlesex County, the Lawrence Brook at Route 18 in East Brunswick peaked at 18.6 feet, six inches below the height recorded during Floyd in 1999.
At noon Sunday, though the Raritan and Millstone rivers were near flood stage, there was little flooding in the usual flood-prone spots. Blackwells Mill Road between Hillsborough and Franklin was flooding but no flooding was reported in the Lost Valley section of Manville.
However, that did not mean Central Jersey was out of the woods. With more rain expected, the National Weather Service is predicting the Raritan River at Bound Brook to crest at about 28.3 feet at around midnight Monday. By comparison, the river reached 42.3 feet during Floyd.
Staff writers Mike Deak and Mike Davis contributed to this report.
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