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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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Ridgewood High School turns to a familiar face as new head football coach

Torre Watson doesn’t just have Ridgewood roots, he has a Ridgewood soul.“I am a spiritual person and I believe God is just moving me around, he brought me into education and coaching came with that,” Watson said. “I have worked in different schools in Ridgewood and this was the time for this transition to happen.”The 50-year old Ridgewood graduate, whose family has been part of the community for generations, was named the Maroons' new head football coach Monday night at the Ridgewood...

Torre Watson doesn’t just have Ridgewood roots, he has a Ridgewood soul.

“I am a spiritual person and I believe God is just moving me around, he brought me into education and coaching came with that,” Watson said. “I have worked in different schools in Ridgewood and this was the time for this transition to happen.”

The 50-year old Ridgewood graduate, whose family has been part of the community for generations, was named the Maroons' new head football coach Monday night at the Ridgewood Board of Education meeting.

Watson takes over for Chuck Johnson, who announced his resignation after 38 years at Ridgewood in February. Johnson was the longest-tenured coach in Bergen County and won six sectional titles during his career.

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Last year, Johnson suffered an illness just before the start of fall practice and Watson served as the interim coach. When Johnson recovered, Watson and Johnson were reunited as co-head coaches near the end of the season. The Maroons finished 6-4, losing in the second round of the Group 5 playoffs to West Orange in overtime.

“Chuck provided such a great foundation for this program,” Watson said. “I learned so much from him, like organization and his attention to detail.”

Watson served as an assistant coach at Ridgewood under Johnson off and on since 1996, working with the offensive and defensive lines. He also spent some time on staff at Ramapo and Fair Lawn.

A lifetime of maroon

Watson graduated from Ridgewood in 1991 and went to Westchester University, where he played football. He tells the story that after college he didn’t have enough money to join a gym, so he started working out at Ridgewood High School when he encountered Johnson, who asked him if he wanted to become a volunteer coach.

“I told him I really need a job, but when I found one, it had flexibility which allowed me to come back and coach for the first time,” Watson said.

From there, Watson has served multiple roles at Ridgewood. He joined the wrestling program as an assistant in 2000 and became head coach in 2006. He’s also an assistant outdoor track coach working with the sprinters and jumpers.

He plans on keeping all his current positions even while adding head football coach to his resume, but said time will tell if he has to change depending on the time commitments needed.

“Last year, I was thrust into doing both [wrestling and football] and it worked itself out,” Watson said. “There’s no need to shake that apple cart right now, but it will come down to self-assessment and making sure that everything is getting the proper attention.”

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Is the Wing-T going away?

Under Johnson, Ridgewood stuck with the Wing-T offense, which prides itself on quickness and deception. It was successful, but as football has changed over the years, fewer teams rely on the Wing-T as their main strategy.

Now that Johnson has resigned, have we seen the last of the Ridgewood Wing-T?

“I will say this,” Watson said, after a chuckle. “We are still in the midst of securing our staff at all levels. I’ve been part of this program for 20 of the last 26 years, creating the foundation, so there are some things that we will sustain. I am also different, so there are things that will be very different and we will not look like the Ridgewood football of old.”

Watson said the majority of the Ridgewood football coaching staff will be returning. He's hoping to meet with the team officially sometime next week. He’s currently working at Ben Franklin Middle School, but said he will be reassigned to the high school.

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Watson becomes a trailblazer

Watson speaks fondly of his family’s pride in Ridgewood. His grandmother graduated from Ridgewood in 1932, his mother in 1966. His uncle played for the Maroons, he coached his nephew in the early 2010s.

He is the first Black head football coach at Ridgewood, and is now the third current Black head coach of a Bergen County high school football program, joining Joe Hoyle at Dwight Morrow and Harold Clark in Teaneck.

“It’s a huge thing for me in every position that I hold that I represent my family and my lineage,” Watson said. “I am extremely proud of that.”

Ridgewood is one of the signature athletic programs in North Jersey and Watson understands that this position comes with a spotlight. He’s going to rely on his assistants, his perseverance and mentors to move the football program forward.

“My family has been ingrained in the educational community here for a long time,” Watson said. “The opportunity to come here and leave my mark, that’s what has me excited.”

Join No Mow May and let your grass grow, says NJ town. Here's why

Ridgewood's "No Mow May" proclamation is the first by a New Jersey municipality to take up the challenge started by Great Britain's Plantlife and picked up by Bee City USA encouraging residents to modify their grass "footprint."The April 12 Council proclamation asks residents to refrain from mowing all or part o...

Ridgewood's "No Mow May" proclamation is the first by a New Jersey municipality to take up the challenge started by Great Britain's Plantlife and picked up by Bee City USA encouraging residents to modify their grass "footprint."

The April 12 Council proclamation asks residents to refrain from mowing all or part of their lawn during May to create a short-term habitat and food source for early pollinators. The long-term goal is to raise awareness of environmentally-friendly alternatives to sweeping expanses of water- and chemical-treated lawns.

Mayor Paul Vagianos and Deputy Mayor Pamela Perron said they would personally participate, along with 10 municipal properties, including all or part of Village Hall, its library, three parks, the Stable, Ridgewood Water, Monroe Tennis Courts and Graydon Pool.

"At my house, we're not mowing the lawn in May," Vagianos said. "I hope everyone else will join us in this very worthy effort.

Perron emphasized that taller grass has deeper roots that need less water.

"When demand for water spikes in the warmer months, Ridgewood Water has to then operate wells that have higher PFAS," Perron said. "No Mow May is one of the ways we can conserve water."

"No mowing" may sound like fighting words to Village residents who cherish their weedless putting-green yards. But Mike Faherty, who heads the Village's GreenRidgewoodNJ subcommittee said "a whole new generation" of residents are voicing increased concern about the long-range consequences of expending water and weed-killer on land with no food-production value, not to mention depriving wildlife of habitat and food sources.

"It's the new aesthetic," Faherty said. "A large lawn won't be cool anymore."

Faherty emphasized that the program is for one month, which is not long enough for ticks and other animals to set up housekeeping in the weeds.

"We will want people to mow their lawns at the end," Faherty said.

Because the village has ordinances that require regular lawn maintenance, residents must register to participate. They will receive a sign to post announcing their cooperation with the program so they are not mistaken for mowing "slackers."

"Additionally, Green Ridgewood will randomly select one participant to win an electric lawnmower," Faherty said.

No Mow May is a compliment to the committee's "Project 1,000 Acres" started last year seeking residents who will formally commit to helping convert 1,000 of the Village's 3,600 acres to more sustainable landscape practices.

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"We have a list of 10 common sense things residents can do," Faherty said. "They include converting part of your lawn to native plants, fertilize organically, and water less."

Anything that saves water has the wholehearted endorsement of Ridgewood Water Director of Operations Richard Calbi Jr., who wages a seasonal battle with residents of Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoffas well as the Village to conform with their lawn watering restrictions.

"Participants will save water and avoid placing fertilizers and pesticides on their lawn, which ultimately find their way into our waterways and groundwater," Calbi said.

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Resident apiarist Frank "The Beeman" Mortimer also gave No Mow May an enthusiastic thumbs-up, especially to preserve the much-maligned dandelion.

"The dandelion is among the earliest-blooming flowers," Mortimer said. "If every homeowner would refrain from pulling out just a few of these, a handful would help with early pollination. By not mowing your lawn, you are helping pollinators survive so they continue pollinating your flowers, plants, trees and gardens."

There is no charge to register for No Mow May online at ridgewoodnj.net/no-mow-may-registration, or by visiting Ridgewood Parks Department at The Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave., where signs may be picked up.

Ridgewood revises historic house plan, but new opposition emerges

RIDGEWOOD — The Village Council finds itself between a historic rock and a hard place as opposing forces weigh in on the newest plan for use of the Zabriskie-Schedler house on West Saddle River Road.The proposed plan, which includes a ballfield overlay to a previously-proposed multi-purpose field, was presented by Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser at Wednesday's work session. The ballfield is shown with the home plate facing Route 17, unlike previous designs that showed it with its back to the highway and facing ...

RIDGEWOOD — The Village Council finds itself between a historic rock and a hard place as opposing forces weigh in on the newest plan for use of the Zabriskie-Schedler house on West Saddle River Road.

The proposed plan, which includes a ballfield overlay to a previously-proposed multi-purpose field, was presented by Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser at Wednesday's work session. The ballfield is shown with the home plate facing Route 17, unlike previous designs that showed it with its back to the highway and facing West Saddle River Road. A 40-stall parking lot is shown.

No vote was taken on the newest plan, and a previous plan to vote on March 8 has been shelved. Mayor Paul Vagianos said he wanted at least one more work session at which another version of the design could be considered showing the ballfield more tightly aligned with the multi-purpose field before the Village Council votes on a design.

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However, several interest groups have now entered the fray with differing views on the property's development:

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Rutishauer said he had finally toured the site with members of the State Historic Preservation Office, or SHIPO, which has jurisdiction over what can be done on landmarked sites, and a member of the Bergen County Historic Trust after a two- to three-year COVID-related delay.

"There were a number of key points they made very clear," Rutishauser said. "They strongly recommended whatever the village does in this park development they keep encroachments to the historic house in mind, the historic sensitivity of the house. They couldn't emphasize enough that any design we do should not have an encroachment that they cannot administratively approve."

He said such encroachments would have to be approved by the Historic Sites Council in a more time-consuming process and would include artificial turf and permanent field lighting.

The John A.L. Zabriskie house at 460 West Saddle River Road east of Route 17 north was built around 1837 and was last occupied by Florence Schedler until her death in 2007. It was added to the state historic register in August 2019 and the National Register of Historic Places in November 2019 as one of the last surviving 19th-century frame homes in the county,

FUTURE UNCERTAINSchedler house repairs to go forward, but how the property will be used remains uncertain

The house was not built at the time George Washington passed through Bergen County with his troops during the Revolutionary War. However, Washington did use the Old Paramus Reformed Church a quarter-mile south of the Schedler house as his headquarters in 1778 and 1780, according to Bergen County's Revolutionary War Sites. As such, there is ongoing speculation that artifacts of the era remain in the area.

Rutishauser said archeological supervision has been provided when the property was trenched to facilitate the installation of water and power lines. However, he said a more time-consuming and expensive oversight would be required for the construction of the fields and parking lot.

Ridgewood names Madison's Mark Schwarz new schools superintendent

RIDGEWOOD — Mark Schwarz, superintendent of the five-school, 2,560-student Madison school district in Morris County, has been named superintendent of the Ridgewood school district, the largest in Bergen County, with 10 schools and 5,705 students.Board of Education President Michael Lembo announced the appointment at Monday's meeting. Schwarz will join the district July 1. His starting salary is $260,000.Schwarz, 43, will succeed Thomas Gorman, who announced his resignation from the district in March 2022 to...

RIDGEWOOD — Mark Schwarz, superintendent of the five-school, 2,560-student Madison school district in Morris County, has been named superintendent of the Ridgewood school district, the largest in Bergen County, with 10 schools and 5,705 students.

Board of Education President Michael Lembo announced the appointment at Monday's meeting. Schwarz will join the district July 1. His starting salary is $260,000.

Schwarz, 43, will succeed Thomas Gorman, who announced his resignation from the district in March 2022 to become superintendent of the Montville school district, ironically in Morris County. Leonard Fitts was named interim superintendent in Ridgewood in May 2022 and has been serving in that capacity since July, its first Black superintendent.

The announcement comes a month after the Ridgewood Board of Education voted to initiate a "later school start" for its high school students next fall, among the few in Bergen County to undertake this still-debated policy, which was embraced this past fall by the entire state of California.

Schwarz grew up in Green and Lafayette townships in Sussex County and was a shared-time high school student between High Point High School and Sussex County Vocational Technical School.

Schwarz has a bachelor's degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a master's from Seton Hall University, where he is also a doctoral candidate.

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He has served as superintendent of Madison Public Schools since August 2017. He previously served the Rockaway Borough Board of Education in Morris County for five years: as vice principal from July 2012 to June 2013, principal from June 2013 to June 2015, and superintendent from July 2015 to August 2017.

Previously, Schwarz served Jefferson Township Public Schools for nine years as a high school teacher; the K-12 supervisor of social studies, visual art, and technology; and the founding head coach of the district’s volleyball programs.

Schwarz is married with two children.

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The Ridgewood district has been debating a later school start for middle school and high school students for the last year, part of a national trend based on recommendations dating back to an American Academy of Pediatrics September 2014 paper "School Start Times for Adolescents."

The report argued that adolescents go through a temporary disruption of their circadian sleep rhythms, need to sleep later, and benefit from starting middle school classes no earlier than 8 a.m. and high school no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Ridgewood is not the first to adopt a later start. Tenafly converted in 2019. Chatham High School in Morris County and Princeton High School in Mercer County have also switched to later starts.

Schedler Turf Gets Green Light From Ridgewood Council Despite Concerns

In a split decision, the village council narrowly voted in favor of installing a multi-use turf field on the historic Schedler property.|Updated Tue, Apr 18, 2023 at 10:12 am ETRIDGEWOOD, NJ — A large turf field can be built on the Zabriskie-Schedler property after the Ridgewood Council gave the controversial project a green light with a slim vote in favor.The Ridgewood C...

In a split decision, the village council narrowly voted in favor of installing a multi-use turf field on the historic Schedler property.

|Updated Tue, Apr 18, 2023 at 10:12 am ET

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — A large turf field can be built on the Zabriskie-Schedler property after the Ridgewood Council gave the controversial project a green light with a slim vote in favor.

The Ridgewood Council voted 3-2 to install the multipurpose sports field on April 12 after an intense, months-long debate considering the purported benefits and ill effects of putting such a field onsite.

Council members Evan Weitz, Siobhan Winograd and mayor Paul Vagianos voted in support of the resolution, while Council members Lorraine Reynolds and Pam Perron voted against.

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"I have come to the reluctant but strong conclusion that a large, turf field is absolutely appropriate there and is needed," Weitz said. "I proudly vote yes on the resolution."

He said that that he is comfortable "owning" the legacy of this vote and feels that the affirmative vote is the right thing to do.

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In effect, the vote paves the way for construction of a full-sized regulation field, providing space for multiple sports, at the village parcel on West Saddle River Road; a project start date has not yet been announced.

Winograd said she supported the adopted plan, as maintenance of a turf field is expected to cost less than grass, and as the village needs more sports fields in less flood-prone areas.

"I know some people will not be happy with the net-net here, and some will be very happy," Winograd said. "But I want people to understand that this conversation happened out in front week after week."

Mayor Vagianos, before voting in favor, said the "main driver" for adding this field is that all of the village's major fields are in flood hazard areas.

"Imagine living in a community where athletes have to go to neighboring towns to have practices because we don't have enough fields," he said.

"When the floodplain collapses, and (the sports fields) are under water, it wreaks havoc on the entire program for all of our youth."

Reynolds and Perron voted against the plan out of concern that squeezing the field into the limited space would result in more trees removed, and that polyfluoroalkyl substances (also known as "forever chemicals") are reported to have been found in turf.

"We will be tearing down trees, and harming our residents' rights to clean air, safe drinking water and preservation of the natural scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the environment," Reynolds said. "(The vote tonight) takes those rights away from people."

In response, the mayor said "plenty of trees" would, in fact, be planted (to replace those cut down), and argued that PFAS are already found in everyday products such as cookware or some dental floss.

Perron held that the council owed Ridgewood citizens (and all its living creatures) more.

"We know that PFAS is potentially bad for not only humans, but fish, oysters and insects," Perron said.

"Just because PFAS is ubiquitous doesn't mean that we should throw our hands up and say, 'Well, we can't do anything about it.'"

But Winograd put the focus on the Schedler house, which is listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and is also being restored.

"We are putting money into a house for which we have no future intended use," Winograd said.

"I am respectfully asking that the house be added to the discussion for the next work session."

The council also awarded a contract — in an amount not to exceed $8,600 — to a historic preservationist to gather information on the property, identify regulatory approvals, and coordinate with the project team.

All council members voted to award the contract to Peter Primavera Partners, LLC, except Reynolds who said she didn't feel as though she had enough information about the contractor.

"We should not be voting on this; this should come off of the agenda," the councilwoman said. "We are putting ourselves in harm's way."

Mayor Vagianos disagreed; he said CEO Primavera has labored in historic preservation for more many years for numerous town councils, and that the contractor can help "push the Schedler project over the finish line."

"My professional credentials and experience are already accepted by the Ridgewood council, and any towns, counties, states or federal agencies I have appeared before," Primavera told Patch. "My attorneys are evaluating whether anyone's capricious comments (about me) are actionable under New Jersey defamation law."

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