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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.

Hair Loss

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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 Vernon Center, 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 Vernon Center, 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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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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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

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life Starts Here

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!


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NJ Special Olympics Winter Games kicks off with over 100 athletes from 21 counties

VERNON — As world-class Olympians compete halfway around the world in China, a group of athletes with a similar passion for sports — who arguably have more fun — took to the slopes much closer to home Monday for the annual Special Olympics New Jersey Winter Games.More than 100 athletes from all 21 New Jersey counties showcased their athletic prowess across four winter sports in Sussex County, fittingly amid steady snow flurries for much of the morning. The Games were held at Mountain Creek Resort in Ve...

VERNON — As world-class Olympians compete halfway around the world in China, a group of athletes with a similar passion for sports — who arguably have more fun — took to the slopes much closer to home Monday for the annual Special Olympics New Jersey Winter Games.

More than 100 athletes from all 21 New Jersey counties showcased their athletic prowess across four winter sports in Sussex County, fittingly amid steady snow flurries for much of the morning. The Games were held at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon for the first time in almost two years, after the event was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns.

"It's great to be back in person," said Jeremy Davis, senior director of marketing and communications for Special Olympics New Jersey. "The athletes are following all protocols — wearing a mask inside, doing what we're supposed to do — and once they get outside, they're just competing like they've always done."

Mountain Creek hosted Alpine skiing and snowboarding events Monday, while snowshoeing and cross-country skiing took place down the road at Vernon's National Winter Activity Center. The center is hosting the conclusion of the two events Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Winter Games will also feature figure skating and speedskating next month, Davis said. In total, about 200 athletes will take part in the 2022 Games.

This year's festivities got underway Monday morning with the opening ceremony at Mountain Creek, featuring brief remarks from Lori Acker, chair of the Special Olympics New Jersey board of trustees, and Vernon Mayor Howard Burrell. Acker expressed gratitude to all the volunteers and athletes who made the Games possible, and Burrell reminded the participants to "compete but have fun."

The ceremony also included the athletes reciting the Games' oath, credited to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Many of the athletes take the motto to heart, as winning their respective races often takes a back seat to other more valuable aspects of the Games.

Wayne George of Rockaway and Maureen Larsen of Sea Isle City both highlighted meeting new people and making lots of friends as among their favorite parts of competing each year. Larsen said she particularly enjoys Alpine skiing because she likes "to go fast."

This year marks the 54th anniversary of the Special Olympics, which began in 1968 as a worldwide program to showcase individuals with intellectual disabilities. Mountain Creek has hosted Special Olympics New Jersey events for 43 years.

At 73 years old, George is one of the longest-tenured athletes of the Winter Games, having taken part for roughly the past four decades. With a big smile on his face, he said he still has fun skiing and will continue to come back each year "as long as I can do it."

The mixture of determination and appreciation for sports is part of what makes the Winter Games such a beloved event. After a year away, the athletes and organizers were happy to see it return as strong as ever.

"It's [about] coming together, getting back to what we do best, and that's competing," Davis said. "Our athletes want to be out on the slopes, they want to be out on the fields, the courts, where they belong. So having the opportunity to come back together and compete and see each other and the camaraderie, it's invaluable. You can't put a price on it."

You Voted! Now See the Garden State’s Best In 2022

We asked readers for their favorite fun spots, food and drink, places to shop, stroll and more. Read on for the results of our survey of the best of the Garden State!Best Vacation Spot WINNER Cape MayBest Al Fresco Dining Spot WINNER Rat’s Restaurant, Hamilton Twp.Favorite Salon...

We asked readers for their favorite fun spots, food and drink, places to shop, stroll and more. Read on for the results of our survey of the best of the Garden State!

Best Vacation Spot WINNER Cape May

Best Al Fresco Dining Spot WINNER Rat’s Restaurant, Hamilton Twp.

Favorite Salon

Favorite Hotel

Favorite Tri-State Snowtubing/Skiing Spot

Favorite Kids Party Venue

FINALIST Medieval Times, Lyndhurst

Favorite Lake

WINNER Lake Hopatcong

FINALIST Lake Lenape

Best Nature Center WINNER Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly

Favorite Boardwalk WINNER Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach

Prettiest Garden

FINALIST Duke Farms, Hillsborough Twp.

Best National Park WINNER Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, Paterson

Favorite NJ Landmark

WINNER Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May

FINALIST The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus

Best Rock Gym/Ninja Warrior Gym WINNER Gravity Vault, multiple locations

FINALIST High Exposure Rock Climbing, Ninja Warrior & Parkour, Northvale

Favorite Hiking Spot WINNER Stokes State Forest, Sandyston Twp.

FINALIST Stairway to Heaven Trail, Vernon

Most Fun Night Out WINNER Bury The Hatchet, multiple locations

FINALIST Top Golf, Edison + Mt. Laurel

Favorite Beach WINNER Ocean City


Best Zoo WINNER Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

FINALIST Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May Court House

Best Amusement Park WINNER Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson Twp.

Best Indoor Play Place WINNER iPlay America, Freehold

Best Kept Secret for a Family Afternoon Out WINNER The Gardens of Wyckoff, Wyckoff

FINALIST New York Society of Model Engineers Model Train Museum, Carlstadt

Favorite Aquarium

Favorite Museum

Best Kid-Free Getaway

FINALIST Atlantic City

Best Party Planner

Best Children’s Book Shop WINNER The Little Boho Bookshop, Bayonne

Best Indie Book Shop WINNER Bookends, Ridgewood

Best Children’s Clothing Store

FINALIST Small Wonders, Wyckoff

Best Women’s Boutique WINNER Envy by Melissa Gorga, Ridgewood

Best Men’s Clothing Store WINNER Tessuto, Somerville

Best Paint/Craft Place WINNER Board & Brush, multiple locations

Home Decor Store WINNER The Farmhouse Store, Westfield

Best Florist WINNER Family Florist & Gifts, Budd Lake

Best Home Remodeler WINNER Made Anew Home Remodeling, Hamilton

Best Senior Living Community WINNER Sunrise Senior Living, multiple locations

Best Wedding Venue

Best Farm WINNER Ort Farms, Long Valley

Best Downtown WINNER Red Bank

FINALISTS Ridgewood (tie) Somerville

Best Equestrian Center WINNER Saddle Ridge Riding Center, Franklin Lakes

Best Vet Hospital WINNER Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Red Bank

Best Pet Store WINNER Faux Paws Wholesome Pet Shop, Summit

NJ Charity We Need to Know About WINNER Parents of Autistic Children POAC, Brick

Favorite Gym WINNER Life Time, Multiple locations

Best Outlet Mall WINNER Bergen Town Center, Paramus

Best Mall WINNER Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus

Best Plastic Surgeon WINNER The Peer Group for Plastic Surgery, Florham Park

Best Blowout WINNER DryBar, multiple locations

Best Lash Studio WINNER Lure Lash, multiple locations

Best Spa

Best Burger WINNER Maggie’s Town Tavern, Wayne + Little Falls

Most Delish Deli WINNER Vito’s Deli, Hoboken

Best Hot Dog WINNER Rutt’s Hut, Clifton

Best Sub Sandwich WINNER Tastee Sub Shop Edison

FINALIST Cosmo’s Italian Salumeria, Hackensack

Best Pizza WINNER Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth

Best Bakery

Favorite Diner WINNER Tops Diner, East Newark

FINALIST Westfield Diner, Westfield

Best Brewery WINNER Iron Hill, Maple Shade

Best Winery

Best Farm to Table WINNER Ninety Acres at Natirar, Peapack-Gladstone

Best Doughnuts WINNER Broad Street Dough Co., Oakhurst + Freehold

FINALISTS Duck Donuts, multiple locations (tie) Top That! Donuts, Point Pleasant Beach + Rutherford

Best Place to Get a Pork Roll/Taylor Ham WINNER Johnny’s Pork Roll and Coffee Too, Red Bank

FINALIST Big Al’s Hometown Deli, Linden

Tastiest Cookies WINNER The Cookie Connect, multiple locations

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant WINNER Chimney Rock Inn, multiple locations

FINALISTS The Pop Shop, Collingswood + Medford (tie) Rainforest Cafe, Edison

Best Ice Cream WINNER Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream, Ridgewood

FINALISTS Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionary, Bloomfield (tie) Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Spring Lake + Point Pleasant

Best Date Night

Best Place to Have a Cocktail WINNER Watermark, Asbury Park

Best Bagels WINNER Bagel Chateau, Westfield

FINALISTS Bagel Nosh, Franklin Lakes (tie) The Bagel Nook, Freehold + Princeton

Best Brunch

FINALISTS Le Peep, Edison (tie) Raymond’s, Montclair + Ridgewood

The Best Food Events in New Jersey This April

Photo courtesy of Two Bridges Wine, Beer, and Spirits Trail FestivalCelebrate April with food festivals, competitions, live music and more throughout New Jersey.Sip + Bite, Mountain Creek • Vernon TownshipTen people will compete against the clock to find the perfect sip-and-bite. Contestants will have 45 secon...

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Celebrate April with food festivals, competitions, live music and more throughout New Jersey.

Sip + Bite, Mountain Creek • Vernon Township

Ten people will compete against the clock to find the perfect sip-and-bite. Contestants will have 45 seconds to choose items from a pantry and 60 minutes to combine them into a gourmet treat. One partner will create the “sip,” the other will create the “bite.” Tickets are $60pp and the two winners will advance to the Culinary Fight Fest 2022. 200 New Jersey 94 (Red Tail Lodge), Vernon; 973-827-2000

Beers for a Cause, Iron Hill Brewery • Maple Shade & Voorhees

On March 31, Iron Hill Brewery debuted two new beers in support of the Red Cross Humanitarian Relief Efforts for Ukraine. The beers are named Resist (stout with notes of dark cocoa, espresso and vanilla) and Rye of the Tiger (porter draft, aged in whiskey barrels). On April 7, a third beer, benefiting the Philadelphia and Atlanta chapters of the Pink Boots Society, will be released, named We all Beelong (Pilsner brewed with honey). Beers available while supplies last. 124 East Kings Highway, Maple Shade; 856-273-0300 13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees; 856-545-9009

Two Bridges Wine, Beer, & Spirits Trail Festival, Dalton Farms • Swedesboro

South Jersey wineries, breweries and distilleries are getting together for a special event at Dalton Farms. The trail will be available to guests attending the farm’s Tulips Festival. Drink tickets are $8 and can be exchanged for a glass of wine, a cocktail or beer of choice from participating vendors. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the farm. Limit to three drink tickets per guest. 660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro; 856-628-7313

Naturally Grown and Locally Loved Week, Bally’s • Atlantic City

The resort is highlighting locally produced beer, spirits and seafood for a four-day weekend. Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Jerry Longo’s Meatballs, Water Dog and Sportsbook Lounge will participate, with libations from Little Water Distillery’s Liberty Rum, Cape May Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing and more. The weekend will include local artists, live entertainment, beverage pairing dinners and special dishes. 1900 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000

Easter Specials, Gordon Ramsay Steak (Harrah’s Resort) • Atlantic City

Celebrate the holiday with a special menu at this new addition to Harrah’s. The pre-fixe menu includes lamb shank, prime rib marinated in everything-spice, wedge salad with bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The menu is $89pp and available only on Easter Sunday. 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Atlantic City; 609-441-5000

Wine Dinner Series, Mediterra • Princeton

Mediterra is bringing back its wine dinner series this month. A guest winemaker from Alpasion will feature wines from Uco Valley, Argentina. Dinner will feature Argentinian barbecue, with each dish accompanied by a bold wine. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $135 per person. 29 Hulfish Street, Princeton; 609-252-9680

Spring & Bubbles Dinner, Faubourg • Montclair

To celebrate the Spring season, Faubourg—which is one of New Jersey Monthly’s 30 Best Restaurants—is hosting a special Champagne dinner to feature all the best seasonal ingredients. Dishes will include fluke and rhubarb spring beans, lobster and pea risotto, chicken and morels, and almond and vanilla cream for dessert. Each dish will be paired with wines from Champagne Taittinger. The dinner is $250 per person. 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; 973-542-7700

Asbury Park Restaurant Tour • Asbury Park

After a two-year hiatus, the restaurant tour is back. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, guests will taste small bites, samplings and demos from more than 20 Asbury Park restaurants, juice bars, lounges and more. A portion of the funds will be donated to World Central Kitchen. Tickets are $50pp; the event begins in Kennedy Park. 104 Grand Avenue (Kennedy Park), Asbury Park

Outdoor Dining, Orchard Park by David Burke

The Orchard Terrace will open for lunch and dinner. The outdoor patio offers a full-service bar, comfy lounges, fireplaces, televisions, heaters and more. On Fridays, guests can expect live music as the weather warms. Orchard Park offers Tuesday Burger Night, Wednesday Prix Fixe Date Night, Thursday Sushi Night and more. 670 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick; 732-554-5714

Opus One Wine Dinner, American Cut (Ocean Casino Resort), Atlantic City

Chef Romeo DiBona showcases a new menu at this exclusive event in Atlantic City, including steak and eggs, foie gras with scallop and green apple, lobster and wagyu tempura, rack of elk in cinnamon coffee rub and a cheese course. The dinner will be accompanied with the wines of Opus One. Limited seating is available. Reservations can be made online. $385 per person. 500 Boardwalk (Ocean Casino Resort), Atlantic City; 609-783-8000

Women in Wine Series, Son Cubano • West New York

A new monthly series is coming to Son Cubano. The restaurant will spotlight women in the wine industry. The dinner will be hosted by E&J Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the US. McKenna Cassidy, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) will lead the dinner. The event will include a 5-course wine-tasting dinner executed by Culinary Director David Burke and Executive Chef Brian Morales, featuring scallops, duck breast, pork tenderloin, prime New York strip and poached pear. Email [email protected] or reserve online. $125+ pp. 40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York; 201-399-2020

TEDxAsburyPark, Two River Theater • Red Bank

New Jersey Chef David Burke will speak at the annual Asbury Park TED Talk conference. This year’s theme is JOY, and Chef Burke will expound on all manner of joy at the table. The Monmouth native’s talk will begin at 2:30 pm, followed by other speakers, musicians, comics and more. Tickets can be bought online; the event begins at 1 pm. 21 Bridge Avenue (Two River Theater), Red Bank; 732-345-1400

Three-Course Weeknight Prix Fixe, The Feathered Fox • Livingston

An ongoing prix fixe special is happening at The Feathered Fox. Every Tuesday-Thursday, guests can enjoy $55-per-person dinners. The menu includes options such as beet salad, wild boar & mushroom ragout with fettuccini, sea scallops, filet mignon, hazelnut chocolate cake and more. Menu subject to change. 550 W Mount Pleasant Avenue (#1608), Livingston; 973-994-4900

New Brunch Menu, Charley • Harrison

This Viennese Bistro opened in early 2022. Now Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner is introducing a new brunch menu. Dishes include Kaiserschmarrn (Australian caramelized pancakes with raisins and blueberries), bratwurst & eggs, smoked salmon & potato rosti, and more. Brunch will begin at 11 am every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made online. 202 Angelo Cifelli Drive, Harrison; 973-268-8000

Sunday Supper, Eno Terra, Kingston

Every Sunday from 3-8 pm, guests can enjoy a three-course dinner with plenty of choices, including vegetable arancini, Tuscan flatbread, ricotta gnocchi, Amish half chicken, gelato, cannoli and more. The dinner is $45 per person; reservations can be made online. 4484 NJ-27, Kingston; 609-497-1777

Passover Treats, The Hive, Hoboken

This coffee and retail shop is offering Passover treats through April. Chef Kristin Yacovone Karotkin is preparing “Matzoh Crack” topped with chocolate, coconut, nuts, marshmallow and more. Open daily. 1000 Park Avenue, Hoboken; 201-238-2333

Spring Menu, Iron Hill Brewing Company, Maple Shade & Voorhees

Both locations have debuted a menu. The new dishes include Bavarian pretzel sticks, hearth-baked pizza, grilled salmon salad, mushroom & Brie eggrolls and more. Iron Hill is also introducing new dishes made with its own brews, including the Vienna Red Lager. 124 E Kings Highway, Maple Shade; 856-273-0300 13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees; 856-545-9009

Tickets on Sale, NJ Beer & Food Festival • Hamburg

This compelling event for aficionados takes place June 18, but tickets are on sale now. The day will include selections from over 200 breweries, BBQ bites, seasonal snacks, live music from Atomic Funk Project, outdoor games and more. VIP price is $125; Public Price $100. Tickets can be bought online. Wild Turkey Way (Crystal Springs Resort), Hamburg; 866-489-5435

New Spring Menu, Paris Baguette • Multiple Locations

With the new season comes a new menu at Paris Baguette. Springtime items include a yuzu mochi donut, a blood orange mochi donut, berries and cream brioche (topped with custard cream) and more. This bakery café has five locations in the Garden State: Bound Brook, Edison, Fort Lee, Palisades Park and Ridgefield.

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Midwives are misunderstood and underused in New Jersey, report says

If more births utilized the expertise of a midwife, and the profession as a whole were better understood and respected, New Jersey could see a significant improvement in the health outcomes of both mothers and babies, according to a report released on Tuesday.The report from the Burke Foundation and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute cites evidence that the midwifery model of care c...

If more births utilized the expertise of a midwife, and the profession as a whole were better understood and respected, New Jersey could see a significant improvement in the health outcomes of both mothers and babies, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report from the Burke Foundation and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute cites evidence that the midwifery model of care could help reduce racial disparities and improve outcomes for individuals of color.

"Despite being one of the wealthiest states in the country, New Jersey ranks 47th in the country for maternal health, with racial disparities so severe that a Black woman in the state is seven times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than a white woman," said Atiya Weiss, executive director of the Burke Foundation. "In states that have greater access to midwifery care, there are better outcomes."

Fewer than 10% of New Jersey births in 2019 were attended by a midwife, the report found. The Garden State is currently home to a little more than 400 practicing midwives, according to the report — these are trained and credentialed clinicians who specialize in the perinatal period but can provide the full scope of healthcare.

"When we hear people taking about getting access to care and maternity care, we want you to know that if you go to a midwife and you see that person for your annual GYN check, that is going to be the same person who is going to carry you through the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period," said Linda Sloan Locke, who's been a certified nurse midwife in New Jersey for more than 40 years.

To create the report, Delivering Better Care: Midwifery Practice in New Jersey, the groups analyzed literature and interviewed experts and key stakeholders over the course of 2021 and 2022. In addition, they convened more than 40 individuals practicing midwifery.

"Midwives are an essential part of the health care workforce, yet their role is often misunderstood, underutilized, and undervalued," said Kate Shamszad, director of the Medicaid Policy Center at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

The proposed New Jersey budget includes a $1 million allocation for grants related to midwifery education and training. Advocates say this could help to improve the workforce pipeline; they're also interested in seeing a more diverse midwifery workforce, as white individuals make up about 90% of the workforce nationally.

In addition, the proposed budget includes a Medicaid funding increase of $15 million to raise reimbursement rates for maternity care.

Under Medicaid, which covers about 40% of births in the Garden State, midwives are reimbursed at 95% of the physician rate.

According to Julie Blumenfeld, president of the New Jersey affiliate for the American College of Nurse Midwives, upping the reimbursement rate to 100% would be key to expanding access to midwifery care in the state.

"Pay equity signals that midwives are valued contributors to shaping maternal health, it fosters a sense of collaboration between midwives and obstetricians/gynecologists, and it integrates midwives more fully into the maternal health system," Blumenfeld said.

Still, there is no Medicaid coverage for at-home births, and reimbursement for care at birth centers can be very limited, the report notes.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

Work on century-old Roseville Tunnel in Andover to advance Sussex County rail service

ANDOVER — The light at the end of the Roseville Tunnel just might be the reconstruction of the more-than-century-old passageway that has held up re-establishment of the Lackawanna Cut-off and commuter rail service to Sussex County.Rep. Josh Gottheimer visited the site of the long-proposed Andover station, just west of the tunnel on Monday to announce funds are now guaranteed for New Jersey Transit to move forward and take bids for the work to rebuild the tunnel.The funds to support the proposed service expa...

ANDOVER — The light at the end of the Roseville Tunnel just might be the reconstruction of the more-than-century-old passageway that has held up re-establishment of the Lackawanna Cut-off and commuter rail service to Sussex County.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer visited the site of the long-proposed Andover station, just west of the tunnel on Monday to announce funds are now guaranteed for New Jersey Transit to move forward and take bids for the work to rebuild the tunnel.

The funds to support the proposed service expansion of the Lackawanna Cut-off and bring passenger rail to Northwestern New Jersey come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, approved earlier this year and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

With the guaranteed federal money to restore the tunnel, Andover and Sussex County can move forward with the associated project to buy land to rebuild and reroute a stream that flows under Roseville Road near the station.

The station on Roseville Road in Andover is to be the temporary end-of-the-line when passenger service begins, but Gottheimer said the federal money will also cover rebuilding the entire 28 miles of the Lackawanna Cutoff, allowing Amtrak to bring passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, Pennsylvania, with stops along the way.

Andover Mayor Thomas Walsh showed Gottheimer the issues with the passing stream and noted the town's commitment to purchase the land for the project expires in June and the town has run out of extensions.

With the land purchase, the town can proceed with moving the stream. The county's work - replacing a small bridge - can be done without any additional land purchases.

In his remarks, Gottheimer chided New Jersey Transit for "drudging along for more than a decade" on the restoration of rail service from the southern tip of Lake Hopatcong, westward to where the Cutoff crosses the Delaware River in Knowlton Township in Warren County.

There are about 28,000 commuters a day to New York and eastern New Jersey from Sussex County and adjacent areas of the foothills of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, Gottheimer said.

"Sussex County residents have the longest commute of anyone in New Jersey, 38 minutes," he said, "And Vernon residents are said to have the worst commute in the entire state.

The restoration of the Lackawanna Cutoff, completed in 1909, has been on the books for several decades. Passenger service was stopped last century and rail service was discontinued in 1978.

The right-of-way was purchased privately but was never developed and the rails were pulled up and sold. New Jersey Department of Transportation took ownership of the right-of-way in 2001.

About a decade ago, NJTransit began to rebuild the railbed and laid track in a couple of places between Hopatcong and the tunnel, located adjacent to the northeastern corner of Andover's C.O. Johnson Park.

Issues with engineering studies and bidding on the restoration of the interior of the tunnel have since held up the project.

From the beginning of the cutoff's history, the tunnel has been problematic with rocks falling from the tunnel's roof onto the tracks.

The restoration has called for building a new ceiling to the 1,024-foot-long tunnel as well as installing modern communication links for commuters and train crews as they pass through the tunnel.

NJTransit has a bid that is good for six months, said its President Kevin Corbett after a meeting last week.

At that same meeting, Gottheimer told the board he supported the restoration project and moving to award a bid for the Rosevale Tunnel project. He noted that "unfortunately, this project has been subject to repeated delays and uncertain timetables with regulatory hurdles, property disputes and inter-agency negotiations over the last 15 years with no construction having occurred on the project since 2012."

Walsh said this is a "unique one-time opportunity for the residents of the state of New Jersey to receive 75% federal funding for the extension of what would be passenger service across state lines into Pennsylvania."

"Imagine what we can do if we had a way for more people to get here," Gottheimer said about stations in Sussex County.

Staff Writer Colleen Wilson contributed to this report

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with a clarification to reflect Andover has used all its extensions with the agreement now expiring in June.


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