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For those of us who have suffered through the hell of breast cancer – whether experiencing it firsthand, or supporting a loved one – we know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about so more than a pink ribbon.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month means different things to different people. For some, it’s about celebrating survival and new life after the long battle with cancer has been won. For others, it’s about remembering and reflecting on the life of a loved one lost to the disease. For others still, it’s more controversial – with skeptics arguing that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is little more than a marketing scheme designed to sell merchandise, and increase profits.

Whatever your beliefs on the topic, it’s important not to get caught up in the controversy. At Bergen Imaging Canter we believe that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is personal: it’s about you, and staying abreast of the latest in breast health. That means making sure you’re up to date on life-saving mammograms, and catching up on our educational breast cancer awareness blog series.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed in October by countries all across the world, helps to spread awareness about the disease, highlights the importance of early detection and treatment, and honors those who died. It has destigmatized cancer in general, shed light on the life-saving role of mammography, and taught us that breast cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence.

Independent watchdog organization Charity Navigator gives the Breast Cancer Foundation its highest rating of four stars.

Source: NJTV News

Just halfway into hurricane season, the destruction caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are serving as a warning. Approaching the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and the chance of another, more powerful storm hitting the Eastern seaboard is growing more likely.

“I grew up on the shore. I watched the changes occur. I know most of the policies that we have today are totally obsolete for the conditions we’re living under today,” said Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora. “Dealing with Superstorm Sandy was a nightmare for us.”

Spodofora told a climate change conference in Trenton that Sandy cost his town lost more than 85 percent of waterfront properties during Sandy, not to mention millions in tax ratables. But panelists at New Jersey Future’s forum say the state’s failed to lead a coordinated response on climate preparedness, leaving coastal communities just as vulnerable as they were they were five years ago.

“I think we need somebody who looks at the shore as a whole, helps to bring the towns together and gives some assistance in meeting their goals, but also acts as a steward to tackle this question of climate change,” said American Littoral Society Executive Director Tim Dillingham.

When Sandy struck, part of the problem was none of the towns hit by the storm were equipped to respond to the damage. That’s why these experts say any future planning must come from a regional level.

“The state needs to provide municipalities with assistance and guidance for how they evaluate risk, how they begin to develop strategies that are effectively addressing it. Without the state’s guidance, which has been the case for the last five years, municipalities have been on their own and they really haven’t been effectively addressing these problems,” said New Jersey Future planning manager David Kutner.

For starters, they’d like to see New Jersey develop a coastwide management plan. Panelists also recommend New Jersey rejoins RGGI — the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap and trade program Christie withdrew from after taking office.

“The fund is recommending that we adopt a climate action plan to address the threats to the coast from rising sea levels. The shore protection master plan, as many of you know, is 35 years old, predating decades of development, predating Superstorm Sandy, predating the latest climate revelations and predating sea level rise. We need to update it,” said Ed Lloyd, an environmental law professor at Columbia Law School.

The Regional Plan Association offered up this idea: an ongoing trust fund set up from surcharges on insurance premiums to pay for future projects. The conversation is intended to be the first of many to help prep the next administration on the state’s most pressing issues.

Sources: Haddonfield Sun; Jersey Shore Online

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

To aid the community in achieving this recommendation, the Kiwanis Club Of The Haddons is conducting its annual Citrus Fruit Sale through Nov. 26. Offered this year from Pee Jay’s Fresh Fruit are high quality 2/5 bushel (20 pound) boxes of: California navel oranges for $28, Florida tangelos for $28; or mixed oranges and grapefruit for $28. A 1/5 bushel (10 pound) box of red grapefruit is available for $20.

Also available are a 16–18 pound box Apples-Oranges-Pears for $33 and a 20–22 pound box Tangelos-Oranges-Grapefruit for $33. New this year are 8-inch diameter pre-sliced plain New York Style or strawberry swirl cheesecakes for $18.

To place an order, click on the Club’s ecommerce Web site, Club of the Haddons or call the Club’s Fruit chairman John D. Wilson at (856) 858–1640 or (856) 833–0401; or e-mail him at willaw1 @ All orders will be filled in mid-December.

The Kiwanis Club of the Haddons meets Fridays, 12:15 p.m. at Tavistock Country Club. All citizens concerned with the healthful development of our community are welcome to join.

South Toms River Emergency Medical Services is hosting a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & First Aid Class on September 23 that is open to the public. Class starts at 9 a.m. and costs $65.

The course is a great opportunity for sports coaches, scout leaders, school teachers, babysitters, or anyone who wants to learn what to do in the event of an emergency.

Anyone interested in taking the class should reach out to be added to the class list. Find South Toms River EMS at


The Union County Senior Citizens Council is a non-profit organization devoted to living longer and living smarter.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Council will hold its twelfth annual Health and Lifestyle Fair at The Westwood in Garwood.

In addition to providing attendees with health screenings and a wide range of information on health care concerns and lifestyle issues such as recreational programs and in-home care, this year’s speakers panel will be “Taking your Meds.”

The doors for the Health Fair will open at 9 a.m. with exhibits from service companies and local and county agencies and free on-site health screenings. Flu and pneumonia shots will also be available.

A free continental breakfast will be served followed by the featured presentation at 10:15.

“99% of us take some type of medication. Many of us have been taking three, four or more pills each day for years. How is this really affecting our health?” said Ellen Steinberg, Chair of the Union County Senior Council. “Whether they’re used as a cure or to alleviate pain or other symptoms, drugs have become a part of our lives,” she added.

The featured speakers will cover a variety of topics from mixing medications to drug usage for heart, diabetes and other conditions to PAAD and Part D insurance for drug coverage.

Following an overview including over-the-counter v. prescription drugs, generics v brand names, and vitamins, supplements and home remedies, attendees will hear from Brian Pinto of Tiffany Natural Pharmacy. He’ll discuss the pharmacist role as gatekeeper and will address mixing meds, cutting pills, expiration dates and compounding.

Dr. Matthew Young of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital-Rahway will speak about medications for certain conditions, how to take them, when to revisit them and when to stop. They will also hear from the medical professionals from Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Since it is now Open Enrollment, how can we make sure our drug plan is covering what people need? Justin Lubenow will discuss the tier system and how to make it work for you.

And Officer Victoria Smith from the Union County Sheriff’s Department will address painkillers, addiction and safe drug disposal.

From 9 to noon, attendees will also be able to take advantage of the free on-site health screenings from local hospitals including sponsor Trinitas Regional Medical Center in addition to Overlook Hospital and special information from RWJ Hospital-Rahway.

Flu and pneumonia shots will also be available.

Open to the public, there is no charge for this program, but it is requested that you RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Senior Council at 908-964-7555.


Here are seven fields (out of 21 major job categories) in which full-time workers are most likely to report an episode of major depression in a given year:

Administrative support staff can suffer from a classic case of high demand, low control. They are on the front line, taking orders from all directions. But they are also at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of control and everything filters down. They can have unpredictable days and may not be acknowledged for all of the work that they do to make life easier for everyone else.

Teachers seem to be under constantly growing demand. Many work after school and then take work home. In many areas, they learn to do a lot with a little. There are pressures from many different audiences—the kids, their parents, and the schools trying to meet standards, all (of which) have different demands. This can make it difficult for teachers to do their thing and remember the reason they got started in the field.

Artists and entertainers endure irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, and isolation. Depression is not uncommon to those who are drawn to work in the arts, and the lifestyle contributes to it. One thing seen a lot in entertainers and artists is bipolar illness. There could be undiagnosed or untreated mood disorders in people who are artistic.

Health-care workers (including doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health professionals) might end up giving a lot without saving a little for themselves. They can have long, irregular hours and days in which other people’s lives are literally in their hands. Every day they are seeing sickness, trauma, and death and dealing with family members of patients, putting damper on one’s outlook on the whole that the world — in other words, the stress can be off the charts.

Social workers and others in the “caring professions” are the brink of every imaginable human crisis often 24-7.  Combined with bureaucratic red tape, can be stressful and demanding. There can also be a culture that says that to do a good job, you have to work really hard and often make sacrifices. Because social workers work with people who are so needy, it can be hard to not sacrifice too much to the job and burn out pretty quickly.

Food service staff often get low pay and can have exhausting jobs in which the have to always take orders and always be “on.” While 10% of workers in general reported an episode of major depression in the past year, almost 15% of women in this field did so. People can be really rude and there is a lot of physical exertion. When people are depressed, it is hard to have energy and motivation.

Nursing home/child-care workers report a bout of major depression of 13% (it’s 7% for the general population.) A typical day can include feeding, bathing, and caring for others who are often incapable of expressing gratitude or appreciation because they are too young, ill or socially incapable. Seeing people sick and not getting a lot of positive reinforcement can lead to unsually high stress.

Source: Shore News Today

Oakcrest High School has instituted “Denim Day,” where staff members can wear jeans on designated days and pay a $5 donation toward various charitable causes.

The school year’s first “Denim Day” on Sept. 22 raised $500. Those funds were earmarked for the Bryan Criales Medical Fund. Criales, a 2012 graduate of the school, moved to Florida with his family where he had dreams of becoming a police officer.

Those dreams came to an abrupt halt on Dec. 13, 2015 when the 22-year-old, his sister Carmen and their mother Elisa were involved in a traffic accident with a motorist who was traveling the wrong way on I-95. Carmen was killed and both Bryan and his mother suffered critical injuries.

Bryan suffered severe brain trauma and swelling and bruising. He had four brain surgeries, one involving the removal a part of his skull to allow for swelling. He also had multiple fractures in his shoulders, right knee, toes, pelvis and he had a part of his liver removed. He spent six weeks in coma.

The family has organized a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 to help with the medical costs that continue to climb. To date, $18,569 has been pledged.

Oakcrest Business Education teacher Brandon Wise spearheaded the effort to raise the funds for Bryan: “Oakcrest has always been like a family. When students or staff need help, we rally around them. Even though Bryan is no longer a student of ours, he remains part of the Oakcrest family. When I first saw his story, I knew we could do something for him. His family is doing as much as they can with his medical bills, however they are unable to afford the proper rehabilitation that he needs.”

“On behalf of Bryan and my family we thank you for your valuable support and for still thinking about Bryan who was your former student at Oakcrest,” he adds. “Up to this day, Bryan is still recovering from his traumatic brain injury through several therapies and the support of his family, friends and people who still remember him as you and his teachers at Oakcrest.

“I have high hopes that Bryan will be the same kid that you made him into, and we can’t wait to hear him talking and laughing as he used to. I have no words to describe how much this means for them. We will use this money in a new treatment that is giving great improvements with patients like Bryan. Please thank everyone again for the donation.”

Those wishing to help Bryan in his ongoing treatment to recover from his injuries can go to his page, Bryan Criales Medical Fund, on