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What is Testosterone?

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:

  • Facial Hair
  • Body Hair
  • Deeper Voice
  • Muscle Strength
  • Increased Libido
  • Muscle Density

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.

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How Does TRT Work?

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 – 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.

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What Causes Low T?

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.

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Low Sex Drive

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.

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Inability to Achieve and Maintain an Erection

Weak erections – 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.

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Loss of Strength and Muscle Mass

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 Ridgewood, 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.

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Hair Loss

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 Ridgewood, 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.

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Gynecomastia

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.

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Decreased Energy

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.

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Lack of Sleep

A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels – 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.

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Depression

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 – 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.

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Inability to Concentrate

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 – 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.

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Weight Gain

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.

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What is Sermorelin?

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.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

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:

  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

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.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

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:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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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!

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'Forever' Chemicals Found In Ridgewood Drinking Water System: Report

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — More than a year after incurring an initial violation, Ridgewood Water is still out of compliance with New Jersey standards on maximum contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS), a quarterly report from the village water system said.Ridgewood Water contains levels of PFAS, manmade "forever" chemicals that are higher than the statewide health standards, and did not remediate violations at nine points of entry by the one-year deadline of July 23.From July 2021 to June 2022, Ri...

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — More than a year after incurring an initial violation, Ridgewood Water is still out of compliance with New Jersey standards on maximum contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS), a quarterly report from the village water system said.

Ridgewood Water contains levels of PFAS, manmade "forever" chemicals that are higher than the statewide health standards, and did not remediate violations at nine points of entry by the one-year deadline of July 23.

From July 2021 to June 2022, Ridgewood Water also exceeded the MCL for PFOA at 19 of its drinking water treatment plants, and from October 2021 to June 2022, the system exceeded MCL for PFOS at one of its drinking water plants, according to the system's annual report.

PFAS is a group of chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), the two most prominent compounds found in Ridgewood Water's groundwater sources, the third-quarter report released on Oct. 15 said.

People who drink water containing PFOA in excess of maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) over time could experience problems with their blood serum cholesterol levels, liver, kidney, immune system, or, in males, the reproductive system, the quarterly report said.

For PFOS, people could experience problems with their liver, kidney, or immune or endocrine systems.

Ridgewood Water is implementing "system-wide treatment," the quarterly report said, and is providing an update every three months until the MCL violations are returned to compliance. Installation of PFAS treatment at the water system's points of entry is expected to complete in 2026, the annual report said.

Based on samples collected at exceeding treatment plants, PFOA was found to be between 17.6 and 30.6 parts per trillion, while the MCL for PFOA is 14 ppt. PFOS was found to between 16.2 and 16.6 ppt, while the MCL for PFOS is 13 ppt, Ridgewood Water said.

MCL standards for the chemicals were adopted by the state in 2020, and monitoring began in 2021.

Ridgewood Water has worked closely with New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection on this issue since 2020, and completed a master plan for designing, purchasing, integrating and testing a permanent PFAS treatment system that same year.

As part of the plan, Ridgewood Water is aiming to provide more efficient PFAS treatment by consolidating 31 treatment plants to 12 treatment plants. Implementation of this plan is "well underway," the quarterly report said.

"Integrating PFAS treatment systems into our existing treatment plants to address the contamination is complex, time-consuming, expensive – and necessary," Ridgewood Water said. "We are dedicated to clean up the contamination, which was caused by others."

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Trick or Treaters Take Over the Village

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Children and teens rushed home from school Monday afternoon eager to run out the door and parade around the village collecting as much candy as possible for Halloween. Following the weekend's festivities that included the Haunted Harvest, Ridgewood was decked out in spooks and scares across every neighborhood.Some roads were even blocked with...

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Children and teens rushed home from school Monday afternoon eager to run out the door and parade around the village collecting as much candy as possible for Halloween. Following the weekend's festivities that included the Haunted Harvest, Ridgewood was decked out in spooks and scares across every neighborhood.

Some roads were even blocked with do not enter signs to prevent too much traffic and allow trick-or-treaters to go house to house safely. As students left Ridge Elementary School, they made their way through a blocked Clinton Ave., where they were guided across the street by crossing guard Andy Lieb who was in costume. “We’re not allowed to give out food or candy for Halloween, so I decided to give out pencils this year that say ‘have a wonderful day,’” said Lieb.

Most Ridgewood natives made a beeline for The Height's neighborhood as it is known for having some of the most prestigious streets with the best candy. Residents Peter and Sara Maltin hoped to coax the crowd of trick-or-treaters to their side of the village on West End Avenue when they started hosting the Ridgewood Halloween House five years ago.

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“It takes six weeks to set up, and we’ve been planning it for months. People just love it, it’s truly for the enjoyment of the kids and spreading the Halloween spirit,” Maltin told TAPinto Ridgewood.

Those who wanted to test their nerves in the popular Ridgewood Halloween maze stopped by 124 Sheridan Terrace for Gregory Stewart’s new maze design. “I started the maze 27 years ago when my son Tyler was just four years old and he asked me to make an obstacle course in the backyard for his birthday. It takes about two weekends to put together, and we even hire high schoolers to be maze masters to help us,” Stewart explained.

Best friends Shalia and Milania took a detour from trick-or-treating Monday when they decided to test their skills in the Halloween maze. The two coordinated their costumes this year, coming dressed as an angel and devil for the day. When asked what their favorite part of Halloween has been so far this year Shalia explained, “we had a Halloween parade at school, and we did some really cool arts and crafts activities in class.”

Proposed Monument for Gold Star Families Presented to Council

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Representative Chris Stout of the Ridgewood American Legion presented to the council this evening with plans for an adjusted placement of a monument honoring Gold Star families. Councilpersons Paul Vagianos and Pamela Perron expressed a desire to consult with the director of the parks department before moving forward.According to the legion’s proposal, the monument will be composed of black granite and will feature the military surviving family member star, a folded flag, and a memorial plaque. They plan on placi...

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - Representative Chris Stout of the Ridgewood American Legion presented to the council this evening with plans for an adjusted placement of a monument honoring Gold Star families. Councilpersons Paul Vagianos and Pamela Perron expressed a desire to consult with the director of the parks department before moving forward.

According to the legion’s proposal, the monument will be composed of black granite and will feature the military surviving family member star, a folded flag, and a memorial plaque. They plan on placing it between the existing monument base and pavers which will require the removal of one cement post, but it will be replaced.

Despite being a project run by the Ridgewood American Legion, Village Attorney Matthew Rogers informed the council that the council must accept the proposal before any installation takes place.

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Mayor Susan Knudsen shared her thoughts on delaying the process stating, “I think what we’re doing here is holding one group to a standard that we don’t hold others to. It's very concerning to me that the American Legion Post 52 is here presenting a Gold Star monument in tribute to families that fallen soldiers have left behind. We don’t pass things before the conservation board, it's certainly something that our parks and recreation director should take a look at, but we don’t do this.”

“I don’t think there is a soul in this room that doesn’t want to see a monument to Gold Star families. There are rare instances when I can speak on behalf of a unanimous council, but I believe with all my heart everyone wants to do this. We are all on the same team, but we just want to discuss this and there are people I want to hear from to start this process,” said Vagianos.

During the public comment session, resident Jeanne Johnson addressed the council with her frustrations regarding bullying saying, “it is interesting to know that just this month an anti-bullying proclamation was read in this very room, but not a week later during candidate debate we observed our village mayor behaving in ways that were very definitely defined as insulting, inconsiderate, and intimidating. I think it's time to be kind and do good.”

Rurik Halaby also took the opportunity to speak about the recent League of Women Voters candidate debate. “One candidate referred to a petition signed by fifty central business district merchants voicing their opposition to the pedestrian mall. Has anyone seen this petition? I will be filing an OPRA to get a copy of the petition if one exists,” said Halaby.

Another item discussed Wednesday evening included the proposal for the repair of Kingsbridge Lane Pedestrian Bridge. At this point, the village has received one proposal from Lahita Engineering with a price tag of $32,125.

Ridgewood Shutout in Second Half in Loss to Ramapo

Ridgewood quarterback Jack Foersch hands the ball off to Tahir Kenyatta in the third quarter of Ridgewood's game against Ramapo FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ – Friday night was another rough game and end to the regular season for the Ridgewood Maroons, as they lost to the Ramapo Raiders 38-12 to fall to 5-3 as the state tournament gets underway next week.The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Maroons as their opening drive was ended around midifield when quarterback Jack Foersch and running back Red Kossi...

Ridgewood quarterback Jack Foersch hands the ball off to Tahir Kenyatta in the third quarter of Ridgewood's game against Ramapo

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ – Friday night was another rough game and end to the regular season for the Ridgewood Maroons, as they lost to the Ramapo Raiders 38-12 to fall to 5-3 as the state tournament gets underway next week.

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Maroons as their opening drive was ended around midifield when quarterback Jack Foersch and running back Red Kossick mishandled an attempted handoff and the ensuing fumble was recovered by Ramapo.

Immediately the Raiders got a big pass play as Jack Grusser connected with Landon DePrima to put Ramapo in the redzone. A few plays later, Ethan Moran capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run to open the scoring and give Ramapo an early 7-0 lead.

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Ridgewood would answer back with an over seven-minute drive ending with a Tahir Kenyatta two-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was blocked keeping Ramapo in front 7-6. The teams would trade scoring drives as Grusser found Ben Robinson for a two-yard touchdown pass and Kenyatta got his second touchdown of the night to make it 14-12 as Ridgewood’s two point conversion failed.

Maybe the turning point of the game came when Ramapo got the ball back with a 1:54 left in the half after Kenyatta’s second touchdown. The Raiders took only 23 seconds to score and go up 21-12 due to Grusser’s second touchdown pass, this time finding Will Scordato from 37 yards out.

Down nine to start the half, Ridgewood could not do much with their first possession being forced to punt after a sack on third down. Ramapo would march right down the field on their first possession of the second half as Moran punched in his second goal to go touchdown run of the game extending the Raider lead to 28-12.

Again, Ridgewood failed to move the ball offensively being forced to punt for a second straight possession. The game turned from bad to worse when the low snap forced Foersch into catching the ball while dropping to a knee essentially acting as a sack on 4th down setting up Ramapo deep into Ridgewood territory already up two scores. Ridgewood was able to hold Ramapo to a field goal, but that was enough to make it a three possession game. The Raiders would tack on another touchdown to put the game well out of reach by the time the fourth quarter started.

After the game, Ridgewood Head Coach Torre Watson’s message as to why his team struggled was simple.

“Got outplayed,” were Watson’s initial thoughts postgame. “That’s a good football team, they’re well coached and we were in it in the first half. They just outplayed us in the second half. Again, you got to expect that, they’re a good ball team.”

Perhaps the more disappointing aspect of Ridgewood’s loss Friday night was the fact that they had a chance to be the top seed in the state tournament next week should they have beaten Ramapo. Now, their path to a title is uncertain and they will have to wait until Monday to see who they are up against in their area of the bracket. Watson says his team should be grateful of the opportunity Ridgewood has in front of them despite not being the number one seed. “It’s obviously difficult not to have the one seed,” Watson stated after the loss. “The situation is we don’t have it, however we’re still in. There’s teams whose season is over right now, so we’re still involved and we want to make the best out of being involved.”

Ridgewood’s recent struggles could not have come at a worst time as the team has lost two in a row for the first time all season and has only one win since the calendar turned to October. Watson believes that Ridgewood will put the late season difficulties behind them and look forward to the state tournament.

“Look, we’re in the playoffs. And the reality is the whole season kind of gets erased after this week and we go into a new season. We have the opportunity to still be in the hunt for the state championship, so that’s what the mindset is going to be.”

'Books they never saw before': Ridgewood Scout brings joy of reading to Paterson students

2 minute readPaterson PressPATERSON — After lunch on Monday, Lyndsay Walker’s kindergarten students had a surprise waiting for them when they returned to their classroom: a bright orange bookcase filled with dozens of children’s stories.The youngsters picked books that appealed to them, then sat down on a large floor blanket to thumb through the pages.“This is so great,” said Walker, the lead kindergarten teacher at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, ...

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PATERSON — After lunch on Monday, Lyndsay Walker’s kindergarten students had a surprise waiting for them when they returned to their classroom: a bright orange bookcase filled with dozens of children’s stories.

The youngsters picked books that appealed to them, then sat down on a large floor blanket to thumb through the pages.

“This is so great,” said Walker, the lead kindergarten teacher at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, when the books arrived while the children were at lunch.

Walker’s students were among the beneficiaries of a Boy Scout project by 16-year-old Joshua Fishkin of Ridgewood in his effort to earn Eagle Scout status.

With some carpentry guidance from his father, Fishkin built 12 bookcases and collected donations of more than 5,000 books, so that each class at the kindergarten and first grade campus of the charter school would have a new mini-library.

Fishkin said he was inspired by his own love of reading and said he hoped he could pass that passion on to the youngsters in Paterson. He said that if just one student got hooked on reading from his donation, his project would be a success.

Every classroom at the charter school’s lower-grade campus on Main Street already had small libraries. But Fishkin’s donation more than doubled their size.

“Now the kids will have access to books they never saw before,” said Victoria Rossi, lead teacher for first grade at the charter school. “It’s amazing.”

Fishkin said he picked the charter school because a family friend teaches in the upper grades. He said his connection to Paterson goes back to when he was in seventh grade and did volunteer tutoring at the Oasis nonprofit program in the city.

The first step for the project, the teen said, was setting up a GoFundMe page to get donations to cover the costs. That raised $2,000, more than he said he expected.

“The fundraising was the easiest part,” he said.

Next, the Boy Scout and his father went to a lumber company to get the wood for the shelves. Over a two-week span in August, Fishkin said, he built the shelves, with direction from his father. Some days, the teen said, he spent more than eight hours on the construction. Each bookcase took about four hours, and that didn’t include the painting, including two coats of primer and two coats of paint.

Fishkin said he picked orange because that’s his favorite color.

“I’ve never seen an orange bookcase before,” noted Walker, the kindergarten teacher.

Of course, bookcases without books aren’t much good. Fishkin said his mother used some of her work contacts to solicit donations of about 1,000 new books from publishers. After that, he said, he organized a community book collection drive in September that generated another 4,000 books.

But his work wasn’t done yet. Fishkin and about 10 other Scouts spent a full weekend day sorting through the books, using apps on their phones to determine which would be appropriate for beginner readers in kindergarten and which would be right for first grade students.

Fishkin and his family said they are ready to conduct annual donation drives in the future, along with several friends from Ridgewood, to restock the 12 bookcases he delivered to the charter school on Monday.

Joe Malinconico is editor of Paterson Press.

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