RWJBarnabas Health is reminding parents and guardians to remember to schedule their child’s annual checkup with a pediatrician. These visits are an important part of monitoring a child’s developmental health and can also act as an impetus for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. more

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A collaborative research group led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been awarded a $788K grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement restoration and protection measures for polluted lakes and ponds. 

The grant is part of a $10M allocation announced by the Murphy administration to develop water quality improvement projects across New Jersey, funding for which stems from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan that was appropriated by the state legislature.  more

The Sourland Conservancy (SC) has announced that their staff, community partners, and volunteers have planted another 10,000 trees in 2022. This brings their forest restoration project total to 25,200 planted in the last three years.

Rob Aluck, the Conservancy’s stewardship director says, “We are tremendously grateful for the support of the entire community. Nonprofit organizations, land trusts, counties, municipalities, private residents, volunteers, and donors are all working together to restore the forest and reduce the impact of ash decline.” more

Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (PFARS) urges families throughout the greater Princeton community to enjoy a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season with a few extra tips. Keeping home and travel safety in mind will help to minimize any unnecessary injuries and hazards. 

Starting from December into the new year, hospitals and emergency departments tend to see an increase in accidents, injuries, and cardiac deaths relating to the holidays. The risk rises due to holiday stress, over-exertion, skipping medications, dietary mistakes, roadway accidents, and falls on the ice. Accidental burns from cooking, falling from a ladder, and allergic reactions from food choices can sometimes lead to injuries and even hospitalization. more

For the past 26 years, the Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of gently used winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. Last year, Jersey Cares collected more than 20,000 coats across the state of New Jersey. Companies, churches, police stations, schools, and other organizations volunteered to be drop off locations, and this type of cooperation made the Jersey Cares Coat Drive such a success.  more

Penn Medicine and Princeton House Behavioral Health invite the public to An Evening with Matthew Perry at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, located at 102 Carnegie Center Drive in Princeton on Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is $45 per person, which includes a copy of Perry’s book, light desserts, coffee, and tea. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3VdOXEj.

Join Friends star Matthew Perry and a special guest for a rare in-person conversation about his new memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.  more

Do you feel you’re lacking a little biodiversity in your own backyard? Have you recently lost an ash tree or would simply like to see more birds, butterflies, and flowers? Well, consider the Sourland Conservancy’s new Biodiversity Tree Kit.

Each kit contains one back tree, two Carolina rose bushes, deer protection, and a new perennial bed design. This design was created by Pensive Weeds, a full service floral and landscape company located in Pennington. Conservancy members will also receive three little bluestem plants. These plants are ideal for replacing mowed lawn in a sunny, well-drained spot.  more

Standing on the plot of land once owned by Joseph Bonaparte — former King of Naples and Spain and brother of Napoleon – garden steward Lara Periard shares her enthusiasm for developing the Point Breeze Historic Garden.

“This project is unique for several reasons,” Periard says. “Unlike a standard vegetable garden or farm, its purpose is to represent the history of the land, as well as to grow food for donation to the community. We are growing historic crops, primarily what would’ve been grown by Bonaparte’s gardener at the time.” more

Learn the basics of self-defense in this multi-session, in-person, activity-based program presented by Penn Medicine Princeton Health and held at the Community Wellness Center at the Hamilton Area YMCA. For $40 person, women will be led through RAD Women, a nationally certified defense course that includes safety drills, muscle memory work, physical defense techniques, and sensory awareness techniques. This course is open to all, regardless of age or physical fitness levels. Dress in sneakers and comfortable clothing. more

Drew University and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have announced a Dual-Degree partnership through the BUSPH Select Scholars program. 

The BUSPH Select Scholars program provides Drew undergraduates the opportunity to explore different options available in the field of public health and to connect with Boston University mentors for academic and career advising. 

Students accepted into the highly competitive graduate program at BUSPH may choose to pursue a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Population Health Research, or a Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics.  more

From left, Sheila G. Kempf, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer (CNO), Princeton Health; Karyn A. Book, MSN, RN, associate CNO, Princeton Health; Kari A. Mastro, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, director of professional practice, innovation, and research, Princeton Health; Nowai Keleekai-Brapoh, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, professional development specialist, Princeton Health; James Demetriades, CEO, Princeton Health; and Lynda Benton, senior director, Global Community Impact Strategic Initiatives, Johnson & Johnson Nursing.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health has launched an Institute for Nursing Excellence to foster highly skilled and empowered nurses who will help lead the way in delivering high-quality clinical care across Princeton Health and in the community.

The institute will build on Princeton Health’s tradition of nurse-led quality initiatives and meaningful research that directly translates to better care at the bedside.  more

Go the distance for all youth in the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon on November 13. In-person, virtual and youth run options means that there is a race for everyone. The 13.1-mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place. The Victory Village will be stationed at Princeton YMCA and all racers will receive a commemorative medal, shirt, and bib. Participants cannot exceed a 14-minute mile and the field of racers is limited to 1,800. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time at https://bit.ly/3Qp5DpC. Registration is $100 until the race sells out. more

Join Beast Coast Productions on September 18 for the first annual Mercer County Half Marathon. This is a USATF 13.1-mile course that traverses farmland and quiet roads throughout the community of Robbinsville. Slightly rolling hills and a few turns will encourage fast race times and an enjoyable course. The race chip will be timed, and acclaimed Beast Pacers will be on-site to assist with timing all finishers.  more

Every Wednesday in August from 8 to 9 a.m., Bowman Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pa. will host relaxing and restorative outdoor yoga sessions led by Priscilla Hayes. Hayes is a Preserve volunteer naturalist as well as a certified yoga teacher in the art of gentle yoga, which aims to build body awareness, flexibility, and strength. Holding the class outdoors adds another element for participants, enabling them to better disconnect from technology and reconnect to the sounds and rhythms of the summer season. more

With locations in Red Bank, Summit, Montclair, and Hoboken in New Jersey, Woodhouse Day Spa is a great way to treat yourself to some end-of-summer pampering. 

In addition to year-round bridal packages, Woodhouse offers facials, massages, body treatments, nails, sculpting, and more. Their “ritual” treatments incorporate mood-enhancing aromatherapy oils as part of exfoliation, dry brushing, and deep tissue massage. The Happy Mama package includes a mother-to-be-massage and holistic rejuvenation pedicure.  more

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has opened a new hospital, the Middleman Family Pavilion, in King of Prussia, Pa. Located at 550 South Goddard Boulevard, it is CHOP’s second location in King of Prussia.  more

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has appointed Anastasia Rivkin, Pharma.D., Ed.D., as the dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, effective July 1. Rivkin has been serving as the interim dean.

“Anastasia’s leadership and expertise provide tremendous strength for the future of FDU’s heath initiatives in pharmacy and beyond,” said Michael J. Avaltroni, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. 

Rivkin joined FDU as assistant dean for faculty of the School of Pharmacy (as it was then called) in 2012. Since then, she has been instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Pharmacy program curriculum, assessment, and accreditation efforts.  more

 

Located along the Delaware River in New Hope, Pa., Solebury School’s Summer Day Camp is a great option to keep kids busy, healthy, and having fun throughout the warmer months. 

Campers are overseen by a dedicated and highly trained staff that enjoys spending each day outdoors as much as the kids. Solebury also prides itself on being a confidence building setting where children can express themselves, test new skills, and improve already established skills like swimming, theater, and a variety of sports.  more

Raritan Valley Road Runners Race Series returns on Tuesdays — June 28, July 12, and July 26. The races all begin at 6:30 p.m., making for a fun evening spent outdoors. The races traverse mostly grass and dirt terrain with long stretches along the scenic Raritan River. There will also be a Youth Series each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration for the Youth Series opens at 5 p.m. 

Participants should meet at Grove 4 (near the boat launch), Donaldson Park in Highland Park. 5K (3.1 miles) and 2.5K (1.5 mile) distances are available. Individual race admission is $20 or participate in all three events for $65. Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/3NSj3cjmore

Join the 17th annual ETS Firecracker 5K, which will be held June 1-15. Participants are welcome to walk, run, or ride at their own pace throughout the two-week period. Proceeds from this event will support YWCA Princeton’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through programs and resources that address inequity by creating opportunities for personal and professional development, wellness, and connecting with others. 

Visit https://www.ywcaprinceton.org/homepage/signature-events/5k/ to register. There is a $50 registration fee that will be built into the challenged $100 minimum fundraising goal. The YWCA Princeton’s overall goal for this year’s event is $20,000. more

Celebrate Princeton’s LGBTQIA+ community on Friday, June 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Shopping Center. The special event will include music, games, activities, giveaways, and more. Rain date is June 5.

Families of all ages are welcome to participate. There will be a bubble show by OMG Bubbles, hula hooping with Color Me Hoopy, yoga, a community mural, and live tunes from DJ Mona of Mon Amie Events NYC. more

Daily movement and exercise are central components of a healthy and active lifestyle. A strong heart and cardiovascular system have been shown to prevent a range of physical and mental degenerative diseases. With that being said, it is important that daily activity is balanced with stretching, hydration, and adequate rest. 

Did you know that a sprain is an injury to the joints of your body caused by the over-stretching or tearing of ligaments? The good news is the physicians at Princeton Primary & Urgent Care Center (PPUCC) can spot a sprain almost immediately and will be able to recommend a recovery plan that includes elevation of the injury and regular icing. more

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On Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m., get ready to race in the Watershed Solstice Trail Run in Pennington!

Back and bigger than ever, the trail run offers both a 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) distance. Participants can run or walk virtually or in person. The in-person competitors will have the chance to enjoy the signs of early summer at the Watershed Reserve. No walk-ins are allowed, so all runners must purchase admission ahead of time at https://thewatershed.org/solstice-run/.  more

The Annual Big Red Race at The Lawrenceville School’s campus will take place on Sunday, May 1. The 5K (3.1 mile) race is mostly a flat, twisting course in and around the campus of The Lawrenceville School, located at 2500 Main Street in Lawrenceville. All proceeds from the race will go directly to support Lawrence Township children who have been selected to attend the School Camp, a summer camp serving underprivileged youth for over 100 years. Pre-register for the race here: https://www.raceforum.com/bigred  more

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March 26 at 10 a.m.

Join author Clifford Zink for a walking tour outside Princeton University’s eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the 16 Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. 

Copies of Zink’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will be available for sale at a discounted price at the tour.  more

It’s the summer conundrum that every parent faces — what camp do I sign my child up for this summer? While there are seemingly unlimited options for every interest in greater central New Jersey, one all-inclusive program that might appeal to your child is Rutgers Preparatory School Summer Programs. From in-classroom science classes to lacrosse coaching, Rutgers Prep has a variety of camp programs for different age levels. more

On Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m., join Gary Mount, owner of Terhune Orchards, for a free pruning class in his own orchards located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. Mount is frequently asked for his advice on pruning and will answer attendee questions through formal demonstrations and conversation. He will also discuss the varieties of fruit trees suitable for planting by the homeowner and the difference between various rootstocks.  more

An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association, ranging from function issues such as underactive or overactive conditions to cancer. These conditions, once diagnosed, can usually be successfully treated with either monitoring; medication; or surgically, usually through a minimally invasive procedure that may or may not require an overnight stay. more

The Rubin Museum in New York City presents AWAKEN, a podcast hosted by acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In 10 episodes, the audience is led into a “deep dive” through the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspectives on life. From deep introspection to curious, yet life-changing subtle inquiries, awakening can take on many forms, from the mundane to the sacred. more

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At the end of October 2021, Penn Medicine opened the doors to its 1.5-million-square-foot future-ready pavilion. The 17-story building on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus houses 504 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms. The pavilion will play host to the latest inpatient care for cardiology, cardiac surgery, medical and surgical oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, and transplant surgery. It will also be the site for Penn Medicine’s new emergency department. more