New Jersey’s Baby Boxes to Reduce Motility rate

There is an innovative program that is aimed at increasing the mortality rates and give a chance to the new parent and their babies to get some sleep, this program will be available in New Jersey.

 

 

The company behind the project said that it had established a partnership with the state’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board to supply the sustainable cardboard boxes that contain essential items that are meant for the infants and large enough to function as a bed for an initial couple of months of the baby’s life.

 

 

The New Jersey will become the first U.S state to offer a universal baby box initiative for its citizens. Through the support from the U.S Centers for Disease Control, the state will see that the project succeed. During this year the project is expected to provide 105, 000 baby boxes.

 

 

The main purpose of the program is to reduce the U.S infant motility rate that is at all time high at the rate of 6.5 death for every 1000 birth. The main causes of the high infant motility rate are the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. U.S ranks 23rd in the world and is behind most developed countries. The majority of the infant death that were encountered last year were as a result of sleep complications a characteristic of the SIDS, this was 93% of the death.

 

 

The utilization of boxes has been associated with enhanced health results for the infants and reduction rate of SIDS. This concept has been borrowed from the Finland 80 years ago, where the infant motility rate is at lowest at 1.3 death per 1000 births, the lowest in the world. The health officials in New Jersey are working hard to ensure that the new mothers in the state receive baby boxes. They are also making efforts to give the boxes to the newborns a safer place to sleep and enlighten couples to the betters of parenting techniques. To receive the boxes the new parent will have to complete a three stage process. The boxes will come with diapers, breast pads, and a onesie as well as nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers. The first step will be to register one the company’s website, then they must review the curriculum on the newborn and finally take a short quiz. The parent can choose to pick up the box or request for delivery at home.

 

County Freeholder in Hot Water Over Comment

While the women’s march was supposed to bring attention to concerns about the new president and his approach to women in general, one New Jersey freeholder turned the attention in a new direction. County Freeholder John Carman is in hot water because his comment about the event really struck a sour note with the people in the march. The county freeholder in hot water over comment concerning those women in the march has now gotten nationwide attention.

 

Freeholder John Carman posted on his Facebook page the day of the women’s march asking is those ladies would be home in time to cook dinner. While this might have been an odd attempt at humor, considering what the focus of the march in Washington was for, it was not taken lightly. In fact, many in attention who came from New Jersey voiced their concerns that this is exactly the reason they were marching in the first place. These comments have no place in today’s society, especially from elected officials.

 

Although the march in Washington was to bring attention to the comments of Donald Trump on women, this New Jersey Freeholder only confirmed that comments like this are too easily being dismissed as male banter and not being seen for what they really are. Making an insensitive comment about women getting back home so they could make dinner is similar to how decades ago men who refer to women as being barefoot and pregnant back at home.

 

When reach for comment, Freeholder John Carman said that he did make the comment but it was taken completely out of context. Although looking back now he says the comment was in bad taste and a bad choice of words, he reiterates it was a joke and he was only trying to make sure that everyone was back home safe in time for dinner. His wife was also reached for comment, and she said that her husband is completely respectful towards women and that this is just his silly sense of humor, she was not offended and thinks others should not be either.

 

The reason the comment has gotten nationwide coverage is because it was posted as the march in Washington was taking place. One resident of New Jersey held up a box of macaroni and cheese at the press conference and told Carman to cook his own dinner.

 

Record Numbers of Flu Cases in New Jersey, Impacting State’s Children, Should Alert Parents of the Need to Vac

Old Man Winter is living up to his irascible reputation, so far this year, at least for residents of New Jersey. Besides having to face a recent and nasty deluging Nor’easter, Garden-Staters have been treated to a notably higher than average incidence of flu cases.

 

Recent statistics from the state’s Department of Health show a total of more than 1500 reported flu-cases. These statistics specifically reflect those cases brought to the attention of the department, beginning in early October, proceeding up to the first week of January. Numbers from the same period of last year were markedly lower, totaling less than 300.

 

While flu outbreaks are never good, this year’s should be of particular concern to parents, as a high number of the flu-affected appear to be school-age children. A whopping 75% of counties, throughout the state, are noting a higher than usual absentee-rating. In the lead are Cumberland, Salem, Warren and Atlantic Counties. Dr. David Namerow, the founder of Pediatric Care Associates, with branches located throughout the state, affirms the findings, stating; “we’ve had a bunch of kids with flu…fever, chills, headache, cough.” Doctors also concur that the 2017 manifestation of the flu, H3N2, has been making its targets more ill than earlier variants.

 

The silver lining, amidst the sobering statistics? Doctors continue to advocate vaccinating as the number one way to avoid the flu. In particular, vaccinations are recommended for vulnerable individuals, like children. This particularly applies to children that suffer from chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes. These children are especially in need of the extra protection afforded by vaccinations.

 

The other important thing to remember is it’s not too late. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides guidelines for vaccinating children, noting that there are appropriate options for all ages. And, just like their adult counterparts, children should be vaccinated to protect them against the flu every year.

 

It’s a relatively sure bet that 2017’s New Jersey flu epidemic isn’t leaving just yet. And while Old Man Winter continues to wage his worst, parents should be encouraging their children to wash their hands, cover their mouths when sneezing, or coughing, and most importantly, getting them vaccinated!

New Jersey Govenor Goes on the Attack

Those who follow New Jersey news closely know that the relationship between Governor Chris Christie and the newspapers has been strained recently. In addition to the constant attacks on him for BridgeGate, he has been the fodder of laughs concerning his relationship with president-elect Trump. This week Governor Christie has done what can only be surmised as an act of revenge on the newspapers, fast tracking a bill to lessen their revenue and give it to the municipalities instead.

 

Turning the Tables on the Newspapers

This has not been a particularly good year for the Governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie recently saw his approval rating in the state drop to an all-time low, thanks in part to the never-ending barrage of bad publicity he receives in the press. Chris Christie, not one to take things lying down, decided to buck tradition and put a bill on the table that will allow municipalities to post legal notices on their websites rather than having to follow the law and place them in the newspapers where the public can read them. If passed, the loss in revenue to the newspapers in the state would be crippling because almost ten percent of their revenues come from those legal notices placed on a daily basis.

 

Making a Bold Move for Change

With so many pressing issues affecting the state of New Jersey, one would argue that the Governor should be focusing his efforts on things that would improve the lives of the residents. Instead, many are calling his actions to push through this bill as nothing more than an act of vengeance against the newspapers he feels have cat him in the worst possible light this year. If passed, the newspaper industry in the state could be on life support as staff will need to be trimmed in order to stay in business with the reduced revenues.

 

With up to 300 journalists losing their jobs if the bill is passed, the New Jersey Star-Ledger says that this is nothing more than a true threat to free press. Those in the press feel Christie is determined to rid the state of hundreds of watchdogs that were keeping close eyes on his actions, and now giving the worst politicians a new way to fight those they oppose.

 

New Jersey Leads County in One Dubious Distinction

The Garden State is located in the center of all the action. A few miles to the west you have all that is New York City, to the south Atlantic City, and to the west the beauty of historic Philadelphia. This is part of the reason millions flock to Mew Jersey to start a family. The trouble for these residents is that exploding property taxes and one of the highest cost of living rates in the country is causing many to lose that dream of owning a home in the state. New Jersey leads the country in foreclosures, and this is in contrast to the rest of the country seeing a decrease across the board.

 

The Woes of New Jersey

Part of the reason the foreclosure rate is exploding in New Jersey is people can not afford to live in the state any longer. It isn’t all to blame on property axes, there are other factors in play that have ballooned the foreclosure rate in New Jersey. Manufacturing jobs leaving the state, toll roads increasing fees annually, some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country, and cost of living among the highest, all contribute to a family being unable to make payments on their homes any longer. The national average rate for foreclosure is currently at .006, but according to RealtyTrac, New Jersey is tops at .16 and growing. Although New Jersey did see a 7% drop in foreclosure rates in the last year, the national average dropped by more than double that at 17% last year.

 

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Take a closer look at the foreclosure problem and the numbers are concerning, with over 5,900 foreclosures just last month. That equates to one foreclosure in every 598 homes in New Jersey. Of all the counties in New Jersey, Salem County had the highest rate of foreclosure in the country. A whopping .35, which equals one foreclosure in every 287 homes. According to the data, Trenton and Atlantic City had the biggest foreclosure rates with populations of more than 200,000 residents. Currently there is no legislation on the books to further help New Jersey residents to keep their homes.

 

The foreclosure numbers for New Jersey only reflect the actual houses that are currently listed in the court system for foreclosed properties. This does not account for the growing number of houses in default or the pre-forclosure process.

 

New Jersey Court Rejects Case Based on Discrimination

Everywhere you look these days it seems another case about discrimination finds its way to the highest courts and get global recognition. This was the case this week when a New Jersey appeals court decided to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by a woman who says she was fired by the Catholic school she worked because she married a woman. The combination of gay rights and the church made this case front page news across all of central New Jersey.

 

Fighting the Church

In recent years the church has been taking a beating in the press and in the court systems, and this appeared on the surface to be a slam dunk for the defendant who says she was fired solely based on the grounds that she was married to a woman and not a man. The Catholic school did not take this lying down, and fought hard to prove they were not terminating her contract based on those reasons alone. Once the Archdiocese of Newark got involved, they presented their case in a way that challenged the lower court ruling to would allow the case to proceed for determining whether or not state laws or church tenets would apply in this case. It appears that they go the benefit of the doubt as the case was later tossed this week.

 

The Details in the Story

When Kate Drumgoole was fired from Paramus Catholic High School, she went on the offense by bringing her claims to court to show that the school in fact violated discrimination laws set forth by the state. She worked as dean of guidance and was a respected coach of the high school basketball team. Drumgoole says her record speaks for itself, and that once the school became aware she was married to a woman, she was promptly terminated from her position with the school.

 

When the school was asked for comment, a representative of Paramus Catholic High School said that they did not base the decision solely on the fact that she was married to another woman, they were simply upholding a state law that says same-sex marriages in New Jersey are subject to the tenets of the church, for which they have the right to fully enforce.

 

New Jersey Port Authority Concrete Testing Facility

When it comes to the roads and bridges New Jersey drivers travel, things may be getting a little safer without anyone realizing. Behind the scenes at the New Jersey Port Authority’s Materials Engineering Unit, the team is hard at work testing concrete for safety concerns. Procedures that were in place only a decade ago have been improved upon, and that means the laborious task falls on the Port Authority to take samples and ensure everything is up to code.

 

Collecting a Variety of Samples

The New Jersey Port Authority’s Materials Engineering Unit has already begun the process of collecting concrete core samples from bridges, highways, airports, and buildings, to test for strength issues in the material. These core samples are now processed through a variety of tests that involve crushing the concrete, freezing it, heating it, and submerging it in water. The tests are designed to see how long before cracks or the concrete is compromised. These tests allow workers to head out to areas of concerns and make changes before disaster happens.

 

Protecting New Jersey Residents in the Future

One of the reasons this testing facility is getting so much attention lately is because they are making efforts to produce new concretes that are designed to last longer than materials currently being utilized. The new concrete blends are so durable that they were used to help construct the new World Trade Center building. The new concrete is allow the state to up standards across the board in projects around the state that impact residents. Bridges and roadways that are in need of repair are being tapped for use with the new concrete for a number of reasons. Not only will the new stronger concrete make the roads safer for drivers in New Jersey, it will extend the life of these areas so that they do not need as frequent upgrades as in the past.

 

By taking a proactive approach to bridge, building, and roadway construction, New Jersey hopes to set a precedent that other states soon follow. When the concrete is stronger, building costs are reduced, worker hours cut, and drivers enjoy a safer riding experience without constant inconveniences due to construction or repairs across the majority if the state.

 

New Jersey to Catch Up on Pension Payments

In recent years, New Jersey has been getting some unwanted attention due to their failing pension payment system. The state has been misappropriating funds for years, which has lead to a growing deficit and a huge concern for those who have paid into the system for years and are now approaching retirement. Governor Chris Christie has made it priority one in recent years to make an annual pension payment to begin correcting the growing deficit. It appears the New Jersey governor has a new pension plan to allow the state to catch up even faster.

 

Bucking the Tradition in New Jersey

One of the reasons that the pension system in New Jersey is in such terrible shape these days is because both Republican and Democratic administrations in recent years were making underpayments. Each year a payment was short of the required amount, the debt escalated. Years and years of failing short of the bar left the state in a financial hole that many believed could not be corrected. Governor Christie has taken the bull by the horns and signed legislation that will require the state of New Jersey to now make quarterly pension payments. Supporters of the bill say that by making the payments every three months will increases returns year after year.

 

Restoring a Damaged Image

Governor Chris Christie has been under fire in recent months for a variety of things. Christie has been pushing for gambling in the northern sections of the state but has gotten zero resident support. Christie has been embroiled in the BridgeGate scandal, costing taxpayers million this year. He has even fast tracked a bill allowing him to make money in office writing a new book. The new legislation is a step in the right direction for the governor to make amends with many of the state workers who depend on that money. The debt-laden pension system will get a huge shot in the arm each year with these payments that could result in returns up to $200 million due to the payments coming in four times a year as opposed to once at the end of the year.

 

The $70 billion pension fund is responsible for supporting over 800,000 retirees and workers, and thanks to the governor it is headed in a positive direction.

 

Fantasy Flight from New Jersey to North Pole for Sick Children

At Newark International Airport in New Jersey children who are currently patients at University Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Trinitas Hospital were given the surprise of a lifetime. These sick children got to see Santa, in fact, they flew on a real commercial flight out of Newark that took these children directly to the North Pole. Children and their parents were all on board the flight to the North Pole to help give these children something to be happy about this holiday season.

 

The Real North Pole

When the children were told they needed to bundle up because they were going to be a part of a special flight that would bring them directly to the doorstep of Santa Clause, they were all on best behavior that day. The children were all seat belted in their chairs as flight attendants sang Christmas songs and got the kids all excited about the journey. Once the plane was in the air, the pilot spoke directly to the children and told them how long before the plane touched down at the North Pole. This fantasy trip was especially quick, and the kids arrived at the North Pole where Santa was already waiting at the gate.

 

The Kids Excitement

While the kids were all excited about the idea of flying in a real plane and going to the North Pole, the hospitals and United Airlines had arranged for the plane to only be in the air briefly for the trip. The plane simply returned back to Newark a few minutes later, but the kids had no idea where they were. The gate was decorated to look like the North Pole, and Santa and friends greeted all the sick children. Some of the children, like Sabur Clark, is battling cancer of the muscles and will be undergoing chemotherapy. This trip to the North Pole put the treatment out of his mind for a short while..

 

The children got to tell Santa what they wanted this year for Christmas, and with a little holiday magic these kids should be getting exactly what they wished for this year. This is the 23rd year that the United Airlines Fantasy Flights has taken place for sick children in hospitals.

 

New Jersey Ranks Dead Last in Campaign Against Smoking

What appears to have become a pattern, the state of New Jersey for the 5th straight year will spend exactly zero dollars in the effort to stop smoking. This means there is zero money spent on making commercials to stop kids from smoking, or zero dollars spent on programs designed to help smokers kick their habit.

 

Ranking Last is a Bad Thing

Make no mistake about it, in this particular effort, last is not a good thing. According to the Tobacco Free Kids Campaign, New Jersey ranks dead last in efforts to help curb or stop smoking in the state. That means no commercials aimed at teenagers showing the deadly effects of smoking, no aggressive promotion of programs to help smokers finally kick the habit, no effort at all to reduce the number of people dying in the state each year from lung disease associated with smoking.

 

The Big Contradiction

One of the reasons the state of new jersey is getting so much attention on their lack of efforts to help curb smoking, they still have their hand out accepting $944.5 million in revenues and taxes from the big tobacco companies. It appears the state knows a good thing when it sees it, and curbing the smokers would only kill the gravy train of cash being pumped somewhere into the system. Until the money is audited and every dollar accounted for, this appears to have no end in sight.

 

According to New Jersey state health department officials, the state does have smoking prevention programs, but they are currently being funded by the federal government. So where is all that $944 million dollars being spent, no one appears to have a clear answer. Those looking for answers argue that the state of New Jersey all all its public officials are both putting people’s lives at risk while at the same time putting the burden on the taxpayer by refusing to adequately fund cigarette prevention programs which are designed to save health care dollars.

 

New Jersey spent millions upon millions of dollars recently in the BridgeGate trial, which appeared to be nothing more than a waste of time for taxpayers and only the lawyers seemed to be the ones who benefited. Until New Jersey takes a more proactive approach with smoking campaigns, it will continue to funnel in revenues at an alarming rate.