Sunday, May 19, 2013
The writer is Dr. Jan Huston, medical director of the Breast Health program at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair.
Actress Angelina Jolie just revealed she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in order to lower her risk of breast and ovarian cancer from BRCA gene mutations. BRCA genes are known as tumor suppressors, and mutation of those genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s story has suddenly made many people aware of the importance of genetic testing. Bilateral mastectomy is an option for women who test positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation like Jolie, and can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 90-95%. But it’s important to note, mastectomy is just one option. It’s also important to note that the overall survival rate for those who have a mastectomy is no different than if you keep your breasts …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Teresa Akersten should be a familiar face around Montclair. Take a moment to add her to your media and contact lists.
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I've been the Local Editor of the Caldwells Patch since August 2010, and this week am transitioning over to Montclair Patch. Do I look familiar, but you just can't place it? You may remember me as the former editor of Montclair Magazine or the managing editor of The Montclair Times. Or perhaps you recognize me as a neighbor on St. Luke's Place? (I also lived on Forest and Seymour streets, pre-Wellmont Theatre.) Plus, I have volunteered at the Montclair Art Museum, played volleyball at the Park Street YMCA and Anderson Park and studied drawing at the Adult School. I know many of you already and look forward to saying hello and meeting lots of new faces in the coming days. Take a moment to add me …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Patch Letter to the Editor on Deer Control.
Anti-culling activists insist there are economical and effective non-lethal alternatives to control local deer populations. A previous letter explored the high cost ($3,000+ per deer) and low effectiveness of immuno-contraceptives like GonaCon. Surgical sterilization (either tubal ligation or ovariectomy) would be less expensive (~$1,800 per deer) and far more effective – however, given New Jersey’s current regulations, neither method is operationally feasible. Under statute N.J.S.A. 23:4-42.4, a municipality wishing to conduct any kind of deer management program must first obtain a community-based deer management program permit from the DEP. Imbedded in this statute’s language is the requirement for prior written consent from surrounding …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A thrift shop expert declares NJ a shopping and saving mecca
When I found $20 on the sidewalk, I thought of Jenny DeMaio. The best-dressed girl in my high school, Jenny has moved to the area, and I ran into her recently. Even after nearly 25 years, I remembered and mentioned her sense of style. “And I did it on a dime,” she said laughing. I was skeptical. “No, really,” she said. “I remain the queen of thrift store shopping. Give me an afternoon and twenty bucks and I’ll prove it to you.” With the newfound $20 in my hand, I called Jenny and we made a date. Over the course of the afternoon, she shared thrift-shopping tips. New Jersey is “thrift store Mecca,” says Jenny, as we set out for a thrift store. Not Manhattan, I wondered. “No,” explains Jenny. “In New Jersey, thrift stores are often large …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Have a romantic dinner at home with this three-course feast.
Wednesday, February 6
Editor's Note: Tammy Lipps' gourmet but easy, decadent but delicious Valentine's dinner menu was a big hit last year, so we're pleased she accepted our invitation to share another "eat in," romantic, flavorful menu. It’s me with that decadent, romantic, comfort food dinner for two. What’s on the menu? ***How do you cut a strawberry into a heart shape? If you look closely at the berry BEFORE you do anything to it, you can already see that if you carefully remove the green top with a paring knife, you have to do very little to actually shape the strawberry into a heart. At the top, cut into the side of the green top on two sides, into the center, as if you are “coring” the berry, leaving the two round mounds (as if it were a heart). You may…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A column posted on 'The Daily Beast' touts officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the solution to the GOP's problems.
Wednesday, January 30
Does the Republican Party need more leaders like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? It does, according to an column posted on The DailyBeast.com Wednesday. Columnist John Avlon wrote in the article that Christie is the example other Republicans should be looking to amidst the GOP's "existential crisis." "The 2012 ass-kicking is forcing Republicans to confront their deepest demons—namely, that they cannot simply write off whole regions of the country and remain a viable national party," Avlon wrote. "They cannot afford to alienate the fastest-growing communities of color in the USA. They cannot win a war against modernity." Avlon noted that Christie has maintained largely favorable ratings from voters in a state that went to President Barack …
Friday, January 4, 2013
This mom around town is planning back to school lunches and has some tips to share.
In the spirit of the new year and resolutions galore, we're looking at interesting, healthy lunch box options. Add yours below: Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old too. Regardless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” Kids love the “no …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Republican congressman applauds constituent's efforts that helped get him re-elected.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I am writing to thank the voters of the 11th Congressional District for supporting my re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. I am pleased now to represent many new constituents in Essex, Passaic and Sussex Counties in January. My heart goes out to those who are in need and to so many who were able to vote Tuesday and keep their community and America strong, despite incredible obstacles. Our focus in Congress continues to be jobs and the economy, getting people back to work, government “out of their way,” lowering taxes, and creating a climate where small businesses can survive and flourish. That effort needs to be bipartisan. I am grateful to the voters of the new 11th Congressional District who have allowed me to continue …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's not even Halloween yet and some stores are already putting up Christmas decorations. Is it too soon to deck the halls or are you ready for the 2012 Holiday Season to begin?
It's an annual question for merchants and shoppers: How soon is too soon to deck the malls and shopping centers for the Christmas holiday season? Some stores have already begun the process. Christmas music, decorations and layaway ads can already been seen in the shopping aisle at local stores. Halloween decorations still dominate, but signs of Christmas are already creeping in. So what do you think? When is too early for the Christmas shopping season to begin? Do the decorations and Christmas ads entice you to buy early or make you grit your teeth and wish for more time before the holiday rush begins?