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Reader says , “It is against the law to commit anyone involuntarily unless he/she is a danger to him/herself or to others”

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“As several posters said, “We’ve offered help. He doesn’t want it.” It is against the law to commit anyone involuntarily unless he/she is a danger to him/herself or to others. Some people are so disturbed that they just want to be left alone. He’s not standing in the street begging, is he? When it gets hotter, or colder, he may decide he can use some help and will accept it then. It is also against the law to publicly urinate or defecate. We could legally have him picked up, and then what? The United States has lots of agencies designed to help people such as this. But they have to be willing to take the help. There used to be a drop in center, run privately by donations, to help mentally disturbed people with no questions asked in Hackensack. They lost their lease–but they couldn’t have helped this man. Homeless shelters will take him for a month unless he is an addict or is constantly drunk. There are actually some small shelters for those people. He is probably a result of NJ choosing to close psychiatric hospitals and throw their residents onto the public for assistance. I well know that I am not offering any solution to his presence. In reality, with the law the way it is, there is no solution. He most likely was living on the streets in another community and was literally picked up and dumped here. Someone mentioned that the “Black Lives Matter” group could take a real Black and, with much constant effort and concern be able to help him understand that he needs help and find help for him. That would certainly be a more fruitful use of their time than blocking streets and traffic and expecting everyone else in the world “to see it their way.” But, this group seems to be interested in making noise and proving that their “rights” can do away with others rights as they –think, not know, as they assume–that they are “educated” “with it” etc. What was the quote about nothing is achieved if it is only sought “through sound and fury”? That does seem to be all that they are capable of doing. They are young, yes, and the young always know what is best for the world until they are forced to quit living “in the world as they want it” and accept “the world that really exists today”.  “

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Paterson NJ, The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in collaboration with the Paterson Division of Health and the Passaic County Department of Health have conducted a rapid testing pilot program, Point of Care for the Homeless. The Point of Care test provides test results within 15 minutes and was conducted at Eva’s Village on Wednesday, July 22.


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How Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Became the Madoff of Music Festivals

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Vanity Fair explores how millennial marketing mess of a music festival happened.

Of late, all of the reports on the doomed-before-it-started Fyre Festival have been about its aftermath—the onsite chaos, subsequent lawsuits, and eventual, arrest of co-creator Billy McFarland.

But Vanity Fair has taken a little extra time to weave a soup-to-nuts tale of the buildup to the event—through the eyes of “serial entrepreneur” McFarland.

It appears that this wasn’t McFarland’s first big failure. He got his first bite of success in 2010 via a startup called Spling, which led him to drop out of college. But it was rendered obsolete when Google+ launched with a similar theme.

He then started the Magnises business, which was a members-only club that were given exclusive access to a Manhattan townhouse and bar—later adding high-end, celebrity-hosted parties around town. But after bringing in a supposed marketing whiz, who tried to scale the company up, McFarland ended up cutting costs to the business’ detriment. “They began trying to do things bigger and cheaper. The original kids, these rich kids, got disillusioned and began to leave. It was a mess,” says photographer Patrick McMullan, who McFarland burned on a proposed website project.