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Hudson County, NJ--Pumpkins are surely no good for our landfills or environment.
Since landfills lack oxygen, organic matter such as pumpkins produce methane gas, which is quite harmful for the climate, according to a report by Environmental Magazine.
But fortunately the report listed six methods to recycle pumpkins -- so be "eco-friendly" –go to one of HCIA's events to get rid of them, this year.
You can compost your pumpkins, feed wild animals or birds, consume the seeds, eat the skin and/or refresh it, as well.
First, remember to compost, as pumpkins are loaded with vitamins.
And while water is harmful to the landfill, it's great for the compost pile.
"Clean out the seeds so you don’t have unwanted pumpkins growing in the pile," said the report. "Chop up the rind to speed up decomposition and bury it under dried leaves or sawdust to keep hungry critters away."
While animals in your backyard tend to be a nuisance, it's still nice to feed them.
Yes, "Many backyard animals (e.g., deer, rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks) get that “pumpkin feeling” in the fall, and they can’t pull up to a Starbucks like we can," noted the magazine, adding: "Leave the jack-o-lantern out, as is, for your furry friends to snack on...”
To please the birds, slice pumpkin in half lengthwise and fill it with birdseed, writes the magazine.
"...Hang it from a tree branch or railing. You can also cut out a large, oval opening at the front of the pumpkin and clean out the inside," said the magazine. "The birds will have a soft, cozy place to land in and have a snack."
Most of us know that those seeds are delicious and also health food, so why not save them? (Or if you don’t, go to one of HCIA’s recycling events to get rid of them.)
"Roast the seeds by first using a paper towel to blot away any pulp, then spread the seeds out on a paper bag to dry overnight," said the report. "Next day, spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and roast for no longer than 20 minutes. Bag the roasted seeds to have ready-to-go snacks or use them in salads, soups, or burger mix.”
Still, why not bake pumpkin skin chips? Yes, the skin is full of essential vitamins and nutrients.
"Carefully cut off the skin in long slices, as thin as you can get them. Put the skins into a large bowl, sprinkle generously with Kosher salt,” said the report. "Let sit for 10 minutes (and) add a small amount of extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees. Sprinkle the pieces of skin with paprika and sea salt and crisp in a dehydrator for additional flavor."
You can also prepare a puree for pies, shakes, lattes or ice cream, so long as you haven't carved the pumpkin.
But to replenish your skin and make a skin coating: "Cut up the rind, steam it until tender and puree it in a food processor or with a hand-held mixer... Mix about one-fourth of a cup of the puree with one egg and add an ingredient for your skin type, e.g., honey for dry skin, apple cider for oily skin," added the report.
Bright fall pumpkins are reportedly everywhere. But they don't go in the landfill, according to the report. They're mostly water and add way too much water to landfills. So please attend one of HCIA’s recycling events.
Pumpkins also make groundwater contamination worse.
"As pumpkins break down," said the report. "They create methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas that is more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2)."
Saturday, December 3rd 2022 between 10am and 2pm
Here are the drop-off locations for December’s event.
Jersey City | Lincoln Park (Duncan Ave Parking Lot)
North Bergen | Braddock Park (Picnic Area Parking Lot)
Bayonne | Gregg Park (Parking Lot #1)
Kearny | West Hudson Park (Duck Pond Parking Lot)
Each separate event is on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm.
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Four Hour Event to Make Dog and Puppy Adoptions a Reality!
‘Save a Life with Every Step!’: Local Humane Association
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The North Brunswick Humane Association’s (NBHA’s) annual “Dog Walk-a-Thon & Adoption Day” prevents animals from having to live in shelters.
The event on September 25 is set to handily surpass its record of 15 dog adoptions, compared to last year, while providing a slew of activities and entertainment for all.
Moreover, with the day set to garner as many as 45 adoptions this year – all pet lovers should attend NBHA’s biggest event of the year. Even to simply experience the fun.
So, save the date: September 25 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain date October 9).
The day features an array of sub events, including:
- Rescue Row - Here you’ll find dogs for adoption, from local shelters
- Costume Contest – For dogs that is! A Parade of Pooches with many prizes awarded! You can dress up too – hint, hint: increases your chance of your pup winning.
- Doggie Games – Why not let your pooch search for the golden egg? Yes, a scavenger hunt!
- Vendors – Will include groomers, pet boarding, pet sitters, pet supply retailers, rescues and veterinarians, among other local businesses! Rescue groups will be on site arranging dog and puppy adoptions.
- Entertainment – Emceed by a DJ to rock the day on!
- Ice Cream – Scoop it up -- A modern food truck will your favorite flavors of ice cream, while serving food and beverages, too!
NBHA’s board, which currently includes five members, meets monthly at the North Brunswick municipal building. Vincent Sheehan is the association’s president while Lisa Coletta is serving as vice president.
Founded in 1983, NBHA does not operate under the restraint of a territory; it’s not uncommon, for example, to help animals and their owners in Mercer County, among other counties, noted Sheehan.
Sheehan is also the owner of Katie’s Pet Depot located in North Brunswick, which launched a decade and a half ago and has grown to become one of the areas premier retailers. He expressed excitement over the event being right around the corner.
“We don’t want animals to go into shelters,” period, he said. “We depend on the day to help fund NBHS’ operations for the entire year.”
The society also collaborates with animal control, which must adhere to state rules when it observes stray dogs, explained Sheehan citing positive relationships with local officers.
Currently NBHS is working on ways that people would learn their dog has been taken and how to get it back. For instance, microchips, which run about $30 each represent one solution that’s catching on.
Sheehan said that there’s no real system in place to alert people that their dog was taken to an impound shelter (and frequently taken to Newark after getting picked up).
“But we are trying to do something to help people understand what they have to do to find the dog.”
And he said NBHS naturally works on educating people on “how not to loose their dogs in the first place.”
“Last year, the event included 15 dogs getting adopted, a day of fun in the sun and with some delicious food truck cuisine,” added Sheehan.
Save bucks and pre-register for the September 25 event -- it’s only $15 for one dog and $5 additional per dog.
But Day-of registration is $10 more ($25 for one dog) with $5 added per additional dog.
But whether people register or not – the should consider adopting, as no registration is required to bring home a new dog or puppy, according to NBHA.
The “Dog Walk-a-Thon & Adoption Day,” one of NBHA’s largest adoption and fundraising events, takes place at North Brunswick Community Park on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Groomers, pet boarding entities, pet sitters, pet supply stores, rescues, veterinarians and other local business will be on site.
The association also holds an inexpensive vet clinic on the first Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, which provides vaccination, added Sheehan.
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ--THE PARK Indian Restaurant is hosting their GRAND OPENING with Banana Leaf Thali on Saturday July 16th ! Ribbon Cutting Event at approximately 10:30am !
Please come and welcome THE PARK where you will be enjoying their authentic and traditional Southern and Northern Indian Cuisines! The PARK named after the idea of actually constructing a small park on the property for families to enjoy and kids to play and have fun. The PARK is looking forward to becoming the new hot spot in town for parties and events as well as just enjoying family time for lunch and or dinner. The PARK has plenty of space as well as an extra party or meeting room for a memorable occasion!
THE PARK offering Northern and Southern cuisines presents dishes you may not find at many traditional Indian eateries. For instance, begin with a Chicken Malli Saru soup made with Chettinadu spices!
One of the vegetarian appetizers is THE PARK’s Veg Cutlet, simple mashed and spiced vegetable patty dipped in batter, bread crumbs and deep fried! More vegetarian treats as appetizers must be explored!!
THE PARK’s non-vegetarian appetizers present Egg Bonda which is hard boiled eggs coated with a batter made from gram flour and then deep fried! You may want to try Nethili Fish Fry or perhaps Shrimp 65. Many more unique non-vegetarian apps for you to check out!
THE PARK serves traditional and non-traditional Tandoori plates, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Some of the vegetarian options are the Potato Capsicum Masala which is a South Indian style gravy made with potato and capsicum, and Paneer Butter Masala, a rich and creamy curry with paneer, spices, onion, tomato, cashews and butter!
THE PARK’s both Northern and Southern cuisines as entrees include such interesting dishes as House Spl Egg Curry, Malabar Fish Curry, and Kadai Chicken. Of course many Biryanis are offered for you to try such as Vegetable Dum Biryani and Egg Biryani!
Some of the unique breads to check out would be the Kashmiri Naan and the Cheese Naan, Tawa Roti and the House Special Naan. So many choices!
THE PARK of course presents Dosa Specials for you such as Podi Dosa, a Southern Indian spl Thin rice and lentil crepe filled with a mixture of dry spices powder! Many more fascinating dosas and South India Specials, for instance, Idly ( a savory rice patty made from lentils served with chutney and sambar) or perhaps try the Chat Corner for Aloo Papri Chat or Samosa Chat!
Grill Griddle dishes such as Malabar Parotta with Salan and Veg Kothu Parotta again are there for you to explore!
Many wonderful Indian dishes to try and enjoy!!!!
THE PARK reminds you to BYOB as well!
Conveniently located at 2316 HWY 130 in Dayton, New Jersey and is open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed only on Mondays).
THE PARK also offers ordering for your pick up as well!
THE PARK is delighted to serve your family/friends and or business occasions and events even offering a private entrance for your guests!
Make your RESERVATION, meet THE PARK’s awesome staff (hailing from Southern AND Northern India) and socialize w your community in this lovely setting!
The Grand Opening at THE PARK will feature the Traditional Feast of Indian foods.
Available slots are:
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:00
Unlimited Banana Leaf Thali at $35.00/person!
Call THE PARK at 1-732-820-6650
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New Brunswick, NJ–A proposed merger between RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System was, following federal action, recently abandoned by the two rivals.
The parties’ plans to combine unraveled quickly this month; The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on June 2 authorized an administrative complaint and lawsuit in federal court to block the deal, saying it was “anticompetitive” and “should never have been proposed” in the first place.
To boot, FTC wants the blocked merger to send a signal to other hospital systems throughout the country.
“[We] will not hesitate to take action in enforcing the antitrust laws to protect healthcare consumers faced with unlawful hospital consolidation,” said the agency.
“There is overwhelming evidence that this acquisition would be bad for patients, because the parties would no longer have to compete to provide the lowest prices and the best quality and service,” FTC Bureau of Competition Director Holly Vedova, said of the deal in early June. That’s when FTC sued to block the acquisition by RWJBH.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital and RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick are less than a mile from each other. The pair is included among the three largest hospitals in Middlesex County, yet the only two in New Brunswick.
The FTC said that Saint Peter’s Healthcare began considering whether to partner with a larger health system in 2015.
“In February 2018, Saint Peter’s Healthcare decided to proceed further and, by November 2018, had issued a Request for Indicative Proposal to 40 entities. Four entities responded to the request, including RWJ,” said court papers. “Saint Peter’s Healthcare narrowed its potential merger partners down to RWJ and one other entity before ultimately selecting RWJ. [In the fall of 2020] RWJ and Saint Peter’s Healthcare entered into a Member Substitution and Merger Agreement setting forth the terms of the Acquisition.”
The commission said a combined healthcare system would have given it at least half the market for general acute care services in Middlesex County — easily creating “a presumption of harm under the antitrust laws.”
RWJBH and Saint Peter’s Healthcare are direct competitors and both systems routinely identify the other as the most significant competitor when assessing competition and strategizing on providing general acute care services in Middlesex County, according to the commission.
“This competition incentivizes RWJ and Saint Peter’s Healthcare to improve quality, technology, amenities, equipment, access to care, and service offerings,” added the commission.
The entry of other health providers into the general acute care services market in Middlesex County will not be timely, likely, or sufficient to counteract the anticompetitive effects of the acquisition, said the FTC, explaining that it issues an administrative complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the [agency] that a proceeding is in the public interest.
The issuance of the administrative complaint marks the beginning of a proceeding in which the allegations will be tried in a formal hearing before an administrative law judge, added the commission.
RWJBH has 614 licensed beds and did $6.6 billion in revenue in 2021, while Saint Peter’s Healthcare (478 beds) recorded $579 million in revenue for the same period. RWJBH is headquartered in West Orange, New Jersey, while Saint Peter’s Healthcare is headquartered in New Brunswick.
The FTC vote to issue the administrative complaint and to authorize staff to seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction was 5-0. The federal court complaint and request for preliminary relief was filed in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey to halt the transaction pending an administrative proceeding. The administrative trial was scheduled to begin on November 29, 2022.
In Utah, on June 16 another deal also was called off by two healthcare systems seeking to combine.
“Had this transaction been allowed to proceed, it would have combined the second and fourth largest healthcare systems in Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front region of Utah, resulting in higher prices, less innovation, and lower quality care for patients,” said Vedova, adding that it “should be a lesson learned to hospital systems all over the country.”
“I am glad that patients and healthcare providers will not have to endure any more uncertainty while waiting for courts to rule on the FTC’s legal challenges.”
“This difficult decision was not reached lightly,” RWJBH CEO Barry Ostrowsky said in a statement. “We are disappointed in the termination of the proposed transaction, which we believe would have transformed quality, increased access and decreased the overall cost of care for the people of this state through the creation of a premier academic medical center.”
Saint Peter’s Healthcare said the decision to call off the deal was shared between the two organizations.
“We are now assessing the best way to move forward as we consider potential options to ensure Saint Peter’s longstanding Catholic healthcare mission,” Saint Peter’s Healthcare President and Chief Executive Leslie D. Hirsch said.
Watchdog Agency to Update Merger Guidelines
The FTC and Department of Justice (DOJ) review more than a thousand merger filings per year.
And since certain deals like the proposed merger in New Brunswick require in-depth investigation, the FTC relied on its toolbox of best practices to help identify combinations that present competitive problems.
While the FTC has said that for some deals it’s possible to resolve concerns by consent agreement with the parties, in a few cases the stakeholders cannot agree on a way to fix competitive problems – so the federal government goes to federal court to prevent the merger in the first place. (Pending an administrative trial on the merits of the deal.)
The FTC and the DOJ are currently revising the existing merger guidelines.
“This is basically our enforcement manual for how we identify unlawful deals,” said FTC Chair Lina Khan, recently.
The watchdog agency also is “stepping back and doing a bigger reset,” added Khan.
The commission hopes to publish its final guidelines by the end of the year.