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Livingston Public Schools has Announced an Early Dismissal on April 8th due to the Solar Eclipse

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Livingston NJ, the Livingston Public Schools has announced an early dismissal on April 8th due to the solar eclipse scheduled to occur later that afternoon, as noted on the academic calendar.

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Christie’s Real Estate Expands To Manhattan

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New York NY, the fastest growing real estate company in Northern New Jersey announced its expansion, creating a New York metro real estate force connecting suburban and New York City markets, under one ownership. Sonja Cullaro, Executive Vice President, discusses the company and its ongoing expansion throughout the tri-state area.

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November 19, Lunar Eclipse known as a “Blood Moon” will be visible from North Jersey

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Ridgewood NJ, in the early hours of Friday, November 19, 2021 a lunar eclipse known as a “Blood Moon” will be visible from Northern New Jersey.

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Regional Real Estate Agents Recognized with NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Sales Awards®


Agents of Christie’s International Real Estate Northern New Jersey Acknowledged for Outstanding Sales Performance in 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, Christie’s International Real Estate Northern New Jersey, an exclusive partner of Christie’s International Real Estate, voted Christie’s Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, announced today that a number of its affiliated real estate agents recently received NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Sales Awards® for 2019. The awards recognize NJ REALTORS® members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.

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Linda Rowe-Gray of Christie’s International Real Estate Northern New Jersey Finds Superior Customer Service is the Key to Success

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Saddle River NJ,  In the active real estate marketplace in northern New Jersey, Linda Rowe-Gray, an accomplished real estate expert and licensed broker, has found great success in the industry through the combination of her multi-faceted professional background, recognized level of customer service, deep knowledge of the area, continuing industry education, and, more recently, the power of Christie’s and its industry-leading home marketing programs. Rowe-Gray is a Broker Associate® with Christie’s International Real Estate Northern New Jersey, an exclusive partner of Christie’s International Real Estate and voted its Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

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August 24,2016

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Trenton NJ,  As a result of continued dry weather, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water supply drought watch for most of northern New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The DEP is urging residents in the affected areas to voluntarily conserve water and for the rest of the state to practice wise water use due to continued dry weather that is impacting levels in reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams as well as shallow ground water sources. The drought watch affects the Northeast, Northwest, and Central regions.

These regions include all of Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The purpose of the drought watch is to raise public awareness, formally alert all water suppliers in the affected regions, and seek voluntary cooperation to preserve existing supplies.

The goal is to moderate demand should dry conditions persist. “We have been carefully monitoring precipitation, reservoir storage, surface water and ground water conditions,” Commissioner Martin said. “The northern part of the state, which is very dependent on reservoirs, has experienced some of the driest conditions in the state over the past several months. Conditions in other parts of the state, though not as severe, are showing signs of stress, and residents of these areas should also conserve water. “We advocate for conservation of water at all times, but are urging residents to be especially aware of the situation and use water more carefully, especially when it comes to lawn watering and other non-essential uses,” Commissioner Martin added. Precipitation deficits over the past 90 days are as much as 40 percent below average in many parts of northern New Jersey, while deficits in central New Jersey are more moderate, ranging between 10 and 25 percent. Precipitation has been above average only in the southernmost counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem.

Some suggested water conservation tips include:

• Do not over-water lawns and landscaping. Two times per week for 30 minutes in the morning or late evening typically is sufficient. Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs.

• Avoid watering lawns and plants during the heat of the day, since much of this water will evaporate without helping the lawn.

• Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose.

• To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes.

• Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving.

• Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.

“Our hope is to avoid a water emergency and the need to impose mandatory restrictions by preserving supplies now until more rainfall provides relief and replenishes water reserves,” Commissioner Martin added. “When everyone pitches in, many millions of gallons of water could be saved each day.”

Reservoirs are the primary source of drinking water in the Northeast Region, with a total of 12 reservoirs and a combined capacity of 70.6 billion gallons. While combined reservoir storage throughout the region remains relatively good, some are showing declines that are steeper than the long-term summertime averages due to lack of rainfall and increased demand. Two reservoir systems will warrant careful observation if the dry trend continues – Suez WaterNJ’s Oradell system in Bergen County and the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission’s Wanaque system in Passaic County. The concern is that these systems could become particularly stressed if dry conditions persist.

These two systems are critical to the region, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the total storage volume and serving some of the most densely populated areas of the state. Both systems have dropped to below 80 percent of capacity, about eight percent lower than usual for this time of year. If conditions remain warm and dry and water demands do not decrease, the DEP will consider further regulatory actions, such as the designation of a drought warning.

Under a drought warning, the DEP may order water suppliers to develop alternative sources of water or transfers of water between areas of New Jersey with relatively more water to those with less. For more state water supply status information, visit: For more information on water conservation, visit:

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Ridgewood’s Valley and Mount Sinai Partner to Provide Comprehensive Cancer Care in Northern New Jersey

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June 27,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System is pleased to partner with Mount Sinai Health System to offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care in northern New Jersey. This partnership will enable Valley to provide enhanced inpatient and outpatient cancer services by offering access to an expanded roster of clinical trials and Mount Sinai’s nationally renowned experts in the field of cancer care, and the development of new programs and services.

In December 2015, Valley and Mount Sinai announced plans to join forces on clinical programs, research, and educational offerings. The oncology alliance is one of the first such collaborations between the two organizations. Mount Sinai and Valley will work together to enhance patient care both at Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus and the main campus inRidgewood by:

Establishing new clinical programs and services
Enhancing existing programs and services through access to and coordination with Mount Sinai’s nationally renowned cancer experts
Expanding access to clinical trials
Initiating research programs to advance education and medical science
Establishing clinical information system linkages that will enhance quality, continuity, and evaluation of care
Collaborating in the development of a clinically integrated physician network for the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient care.

“We are proud to partner with Valley Health System to offer cancer care services,” said Steven Burakoff, M.D., The Lillian and Henry Stratton Professor of Medicine, Professor of Oncological Sciences, and Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. “We recognize the high quality of cancer care that Valley Health System has traditionally provided, and see many opportunities to offer patients in northern New Jersey the foremost in cancer care through this partnership.”

Arthur Klein, M.D., President of the Mount Sinai Health Network, said of the alliance, “The clinical and academic affiliation between the Valley Health System and the Mount Sinai Health System will lead to better coordinated, higher quality health care in many arenas across our tri-state Metropolitan region.”

New York City-based Mount Sinai comprises seven hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Valley Health System, headquartered in Ridgewood, New Jersey, includes The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care, and Valley Medical Group.

“This relationship with Mount Sinai will benefit our community by offering access to an expanded roster of clinical trials, programs, and services for patients diagnosed with cancer,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System and The Valley Hospital. “We look forward to working with Mount Sinai to bring world-class cancer care to the residents of northernNew Jersey.”

According to Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director of Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center, among the first Mount Sinai clinical trials that Valley patients will have access to include new treatments and treatment protocols for cutaneous malignancies, including melanoma and other skin cancers; genitourinary malignancies, including prostate and kidney cancers; and hematologic cancers and serious blood disorders, including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes. Some treatment protocols will include bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapeutic vaccines.

“Many of these new treatments are at the vanguard of cancer care today,” Dr. Korst says. “We are very excited that our patients will experience expanded access to these treatments and to Mount Sinai’s physician network – all integrated within the personalized high-quality cancer care that they receive at Valley and from their Valley physicians and cancer specialists. Our Valley cancer experts also look forward to expanded clinical research opportunities with their colleagues at Mount Sinai.”

Several renowned Mount Sinai cancer experts are expected to begin collaborating with Valley’s cancer care team, including:

Philip Friedlander, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Dermatology
Luis M. Isola, M.D., Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, Gerald J. Friedman Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Pediatrics
Sundar Jagannath, M.D., Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program and Professor of Medicine,Hematology and Medical Oncology
William K. Oh, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Ezra M. Greenspan M.D., Professor in Clinical Care Therapeutics, Associate Director of Clinical Research, and Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Urology

An important aspect of this Valley-Mount Sinai partnership is the opportunity for prospective multidisciplinary videoconferences, during which cancer care experts at both hospitals will discuss patient cases with a goal toward determining optimal treatment, follow-up, and management of individual patients. Physicians, researchers, nurses, social workers, and other members of the cancer care teams at both cancer facilities will participate in these videoconferences.

“Our relationship with Mount Sinai also enables our physicians and other members of the cancer care team to reach Mount Sinaiproviders easily for consultations on specific patient cases and for combined educational opportunities, which will allow them to learn from each other,” notes Thomas Rakowski, M.D., Director of Medical Oncology at Valley.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has awarded Valley’s Cancer Program a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation Gold Level, the highest level of recognition and one attained by only 30 percent of cancer centers in the U.S. It has also been honored by the Commission with a prestigious 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. Valley is the only hospital in northern New Jersey and one of only two in New Jersey to receive this award in 2015. Other recognitions include a Women’s Choice Award(r) as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care and six Gold Seals for cancer care from The Joint Commission.

Valley’s cancer care services include:

Diagnostic pathology, mammography, MRI, CT scan, PET scan, and ultrasound
Medical, surgical, and interventional oncology
Radiation oncology and Gamma Knife Center
Chemotherapy and infusion therapy
Clinical trials
Specialized management of breast, lung, GI, gynecologic, urologic and hematologic cancers
Pain management services
Outpatient and Inpatient Palliative care services for patients needing symptom management
Integrative health services, including massage and exercise classes
Social work services
Nutrition counseling
Genetic counseling
Support groups
Educational programs
Free annual screenings
Home care and hospice services

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About Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services – from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,000 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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About Valley Health System

Valley Health System is a regional healthcare system that employs close to 5,000 people and serves more than 500,000 residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York. It includes The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, not-for-profit, regional acute-care hospital that has been consistently recognized for quality care and patient satisfaction; Valley Home Care, a home care and hospice agency; and Valley Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of more than 200 doctors and advanced practice professionals representing over 40 medical and surgical specialties who practice at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Valley’s Cancer Center in Paramus, eight urgent and primary care centers in New Jersey and New York and many community-based physician practices throughout the region.