Old Bridge: 3-Year-Old Saved By Mother and Grandfather’s CPR Training

Source: Bridgewater

Theresa Reinel is on a mission. After the Morganville resident’s three-year-old son Joey suffered cardiac arrest at a party in August, Reinel feels charged with getting the word out about the need for everyone, particularly teachers and parents, to know and be certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

He had been his typical self at a baptism celebration in Old Bridge for the child of Reinel’s oldest friend. He was a little “punky” when he woke up from a nap in the car and complained that he didn’t want to be at the party, but a cookie and playing with his twin brother Julian distracted him.

Then, Joey fell to the floor.

“Julian told him to get up — he shook his arm, but it flopped,” Reinel said. She ran over and remembered her CPR training from 25 years ago. Her father Stanley Paczkowski joined her. “I started breathing on him while my dad did compressions.”

Paczkowski said, “The whole time I was doing it, I was thinking, ‘I’m doing CPR on my three-year-old grandson. This isn’t going to end well.’ The angels were with him.”

Though it felt like “forever,” Old Bridge police and emergency medical services arrived within seven minutes. Joey would go in and out of consciousness — the defibrillator was used about half a dozen times. In all, Joey (he and Julian were born prematurely) had no response for 15 minutes and 23 seconds. Once responders got a faint heartbeat and stabilized the little boy, he was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

While there is no definite diagnosis, Joey is currently on medication and beta blockers, and has had a defibrillator implanted. “He’s likely to be on heart medication for the rest of his life. But he is here — our sweet, shy, silly, and sometimes stank face little boy is still with us. And for as long as we have with him, we will be eternally grateful!”

Reinel would like all teachers to required to be AED- and CPR-certified: currently state law dictates that five staff members for each facility must have certification. Reinel also suggests communities come together to offer CPR education. “When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, time is critical. Chances of surviving drop seven to 10 percent every minute without defibrillation. Every second counts — every minute.

“In two years, I will have to drop Joeu off at school and not know that there is someone within 20 seconds of being able to provide the compressions, at least. Learn CPR. Please. For your family, for your children, for everyone you love. Know about it. Learn about it. Take that class. You will never know how valuable it will be — until it’s needed.”

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A hotline set up by New Jersey officials for citizens to report sexual abuse by priests was so overwhelmed with calls that the state had to assign more workers to the hotline — and people are still having trouble getting through.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal launched a special task force to look into allegations of sexual abuse within the state’s branches of the Catholic church, and part of that included a call-in center for victims to give tips to investigators — and those tips haven’t stopped coming in.

Division of Criminal Justice spokesperson Peter Aseltine would not disclose how many calls have been received, but said the state has taken steps to ensure that the hotline is adequately staffed. Calls to the toll-free number, (855) 363-6548, were being answered almost immediately. But why was the line so overwhelmed?

Perhaps it’s because of how much church leaders have downplayed the scandals and covered up for fellow priests. Perhaps it’s because more people are willing to speak out when they believe investigators will actually take them seriously for once.

Or perhaps it’s because people have seen what’s happened in other places (like Pennsylvania and Boston) and have been waiting for the opportunity to tell someone their own stories.

When people in power are honestly listening, it’s not surprising that stories will pour out of people who have been afraid to speak out.

Certain advocates for child abuse survivors already knew the church’s power and secrecy were keeping some victims silent, so they predicted the hotline would be popular. For example, Mark Crawford, New Jersey’s director of the Survivors Network Of Those Abused by Priests, anticipated there could well be a great many calls to the state’s hotline.

“I suspect they are getting many calls from victims throughout the country who once lived here as a youngster and experienced clergy sexual abuse at that time,” he said. “I know this as I myself have received many calls — far more than the regular volume of survivors reaching out. There have been some in their seventies who stated they had never spoken to someone, anyone, of their abuse before now.”

Sources: Asbury Park Press; Tree Of Life

The expansion of Monmouth Medical Center expansion at Fort Monmouth in Tinton Falls is expected to include plenty of services patients find at a hospitals along with technology that precludes actually having to go there, according to the chief of the hospital’s health care system.

Over the summer, a deal was made to buy 36 acres at the former military site for $8 million. Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of RWJBarnabas Health, said the campus on the site of the former Hexagon building will be tailored to patients who are demanding convenience they would expect from a retailer.

“I think when you construct new health care venues, you’ve got to take into consideration technology,” Ostrowsky said. “I think that’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a cultural change to some extent.”

RWJBarnabas is one of the state’s biggest health care systems. It owns Monmouth Medical Centers in Long Branch and Lakewood, plus a Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Most recently, RWJBarnabas partnered with Rutgers University, agreeing to invest $1 billion during the next 20 years to bolster scientific research that ultimately should lead to better care for its patients.

The Tree of Health Center (TTOHC) is offering Lean & Light Permanent Weight Loss, a 24-week program that utilizes Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to release cravings and eliminate emotional eating. The program will be facilitated by expert EFT practitioner Debra M. Hollinrake.

EFT is a form of cognitive therapy that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupressure, neuro-linguistic programming and energy medicine. It has been used effectively in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress reduction, PTSD in vets and survivors of domestic abuse, and those suffering from physical ailments such as neck pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches.

“Diets don’t work because it’s not about the food,” Hollinrake said. “When we overeat or crave unhealthy but satisfying foods, we are looking for a way to ‘feel good.’ Uncover and release the reasons for this behavior, and you end the addiction to food and, naturally lose the weight.”

Participants will learn to reduce cravings, eat mindfully, build body positivity, release negative thought patterns, find out what really drives their hunger, and end emotional eating by breaking the effect that past trauma has on present behavior. The class allows for group support and step-by-step guidance to build a life-long healthy body and body image.

The Lean & Light Weight Loss program begins October 16 at 6:30 PM at The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd, Unit 107, Newton, NJ. To learn more, or to register, go to or call (973) 500-8813.

Source: Ronald Hall,

There are few places in the world where dark skin isn’t stigmatized.

Many Latin American countries have laws and policies in place to prevent discrimination relative to skin color. In many Native American communities, “Red-Black Cherokees” were denied acceptance into the tribe. In India, dark-skinned Dalits are viewed as “untouchables” to this day. And according to Japanese tradition, a woman with fair skin compensates for “seven blemishes.”

The United States has its own complicated history with skin color, primarily because “mulatto” skin – not quite black, but not quite white – often arose out of mixed-race children conceived between slaves and slave masters. These variations in complexions produced an unspoken hierarchy: Black people with lighter complexions ended up being granted some of the rights of the master class.

By early 19th century, the “mulatto hypothesis” emerged, arguing that the “white blood” of light-skinned slaves made them smarter, more civilized and better looking.

It’s probably no coincidence that light-skinned blacks have emerged as leaders in the black community. To white power brokers, they were less threatening: from Harvard’s first black graduate W.E.B. Du Bois to former U.S. president Barack Obama.

I coined the term “bleaching syndrome” to describe this phenomenon: it has three components. The first is psychological: This involves self-rejection of dark skin and other native characteristics. Second, it’s sociological, in that it influences group behavior (hence the phenomenon of black celebrities bleaching their skin). The final aspect is physiological, which takes bleaching to the extreme of altering hair color and even eye color to mimic the dominant group.

To obtain a fairer complexion, many apply bleaching creams. Some of the most popular are Olay, Natural White, Ambi Fade and Clean & Clear Fairness creams.

While skin bleaching creams can work, they can be dangerous: Some contain cancer-causing ingredients. Despite the potential danger, the global profits of skin bleaching cream sales is predicted to reach $31.2 billion.

The fact that so few in mainstream culture can even acknowledge the existence of the bleaching syndrome is a testament to how taboo the topic is.

Source: NJ Spotlight

New Jersey became the first state to regulate the PFAS class of chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses, but which is not regulated by the federal government — despite a growing national focus on risks to public health from the chemicals in drinking water.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formally adopted a plan to set a maximum contaminant limit (MCL) for perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), which was used in consumer products such as nonstick cookware and flame-retardant fabrics. Although it was phased out by U.S. manufacturers, it persists in some water systems.

The DEP’s action concludes a four-year period of research into PFNA by state scientists. It will require water system operators to comply with the new limit of 0.013 micrograms per liter, stricter than the state’s previous standard, which was only advisory.

Operators of public water systems using groundwater to serve up to 10,000 people will have to start testing for the chemical in the first quarter of next year. Systems using surface water and those serving more than 10,000 people must start testing in the first quarter of 2020. Any operator detecting the chemical as low as 0.002 micrograms per liter will have to do quarterly monitoring even though the MCL is much higher.

Any supplier that finds its water exceeding the new limit will be expected to comply within a year, according to the rule, which amends the state’s Safe Drinking Water Act. Operators may be subject to administrative orders by the DEP if it concludes that prompt action is needed to protect public health.

But the DEP will be able to extend the deadline for compliance with the rule if there is no imminent threat to public health, and if more time is needed to build a new treatment plant, the rule said. The rule was adopted only five days before it would have expired under DEP rules. It becomes the first MCL for a new contaminant adopted by the DEP since 1996.

“Today the state has met the challenge to protect people from exposure to PFNA, one of the most toxic perfluorinated compounds known,” said Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and a longtime campaigner for strict limits on the chemicals. “This historic moment has been a long time coming and at times looked impossible, but communities persevered in their demand for clean water.”

The Environmental Working Group (EWP), a national advocacy and research group, said the absence of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on the issue exposes people to health risks in drinking water. Accorting to the EWG senior scientist David Andrews, “This is another significant state action that stands in stark contrast to the federal government, which continues to drag its feet, leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to PFAS water contamination.”