October has been designated Radon Action Month by Sussex Borough, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Program. Through this partnership, the borough will be offering a limited number of radon test kits to Sussex Borough residents at no charge.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains.
According to Mayor Katherine Little, “Radon is a serious health risk. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer — and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But because radon is invisible and odorless it is easy to ignore this potential hazard in our own homes.
“Approximately 34% of homes in Sussex Borough are predicted to be above the acceptable limits for radon — we would like to see as many homes tested as possible, to reduce the radon risk in Sussex Borough.”
Proof of residency will be required to obtain the free kit. If the test indicates a radon problem, radon mitigation systems can be installed at a cost similar to that of other home repairs. A list of certified mitigation companies is also available from the Radon Program.
For more information, contact Sussex Borough Municipal Building at 973-875-4831; the DEP Radon Program at 800-648-0394; or visit njRadon.org
Hunterdon Hospice celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday with a community celebration on the grounds of Hunterdon Regional Community Health located at 215 Route 31 South behind the Yesterday’s Treasures Thrift Shop.
The celebration, featured food trucks, live music, crafts, face painting, door prizes, games, a health fair and Yesterday’s Treasures annual Fall Yard Sale, with all proceeds benefiting Hunterdon Hospice.
The Hunterdon Hospice Memorial Garden was dedicated to commemorate all those for whom Hunterdon Hospice provided support and care through its 40 years. Attendees were invited to paint memorial rocks that will be placed in the garden. Musical performances were supplied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble as well local musicians including Crossroads, who play for the Hunterdon Hospice Annual Memorial Service.
Since 1979, non-profit Hunterdon Hospice has been providing patients and their loved ones the physical, spiritual and emotional support needed during the end of life journey. Bereavement services are available through bi-weekly support groups, youth art therapy and bereavement mailings. These services are open to all in the community.
For more information, visit HunterdonHealthCare.org