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Archive for November 11th, 2008

TRENTON – The State of New Jersey, in partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has reached a major milestone in a project designed to increase commuter rail capacity between New Jersey and New York, officials announced earlier this week. The Mass Transit Tunnel project received federal approval of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

The monumental project, also known as Access to the Region’s Core (ARC), will greatly enrich commuter rail service between New Jersey and New York, doubling train capacity with two new single-track tunnels under the Hudson River, an expanded Penn Station in New York and track and signal improvements on and along the Northeast Corridor from east of Newark to New York.

“This key federal approval dovetails with our economic recovery plan, which includes a commitment to major capital projects that can jumpstart the state’s construction sector and ensure the creation of thousands of jobs for New Jersey residents,” said Gov. Jon Corzine.

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ELIZABETH—For a medical center located less than 20 miles from New York City in a densely populated urban center, there is no such thing as being too prepared.

“With that reality in mind and in cooperation with Union County, Trinitas Regional Medical Center enacted a significant four-day crisis scenario designed to test our ability to respond at a moment’s notice to an unfolding major medical emergency,” explained Michael McIntyre, director of Support Services and Plant Operations/Administration at Trinitas, who served as the “Incident Commander” during the mock crisis.

Philip E. Solomon, emergency preparedness coordinator at Trinitas, noted that the exercise simulated an infectious disease event that saw the influx of more than 100 simulated patients into Trinitas.

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NEW ORLEANS, La.—Flu shots may reduce the risk of blood clots forming in veins by 26 percent, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008.

“Our study suggests for the first time that vaccination against influenza may reduce the risk of venous thrombotic embolism (VTE),” said Joseph Emmerich, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of vascular medicine at the University Paris Descartes and head of the INSERM Lab 765, which investigates thrombosis. “This protective effect was more pronounced before the age of 52 years.”

VTE is the formation of a blood clot in a vein. The condition is dangerous because the blood clot can break loose and travel through the circulatory system to the right side of the heart. From there it can go to the lungs (a pulmonary embolism), which can be life-threatening or even fatal.

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boxing-gloves-1LINDEN – Friday will be a “night of sparkling diamonds, bubbling champagne and championship boxing” in Linden.

On Nov. 14, the Linden Boxing Association, in conjunction with the Linden Public Property and Community Services Department, will present the 75th Annual New Jersey State Finals of the Diamond Gloves Boxing Tournament. The full night of championship boxing entertainment will be held at the Linden High School Gymnasium, located at 121 West St. Georges Avenue. The first fight is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 each. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Linden Boxing Association President Alfred A. Volpe said, “This is the ninth consecutive year that we are hosting the Diamond Glove Tournament State Finals here in Linden and also the ninth consecutive year that our friends from the Conoco Phillips Bayway Refinery are sponsoring the event. Without their sponsorship, we wouldn’t be able to have this successful night of amateur boxing that annually supports, through its proceeds, a varied amount of programs for our city’s youth.

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King & Queen—Linden High School Homecoming Queen Tierra Adams and Homecoming King Billy Bourgouin are crowned at the high school’s football game.

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place-setting-15RAHWAY—Rahway’s “The Taste ‘08” is sure to delight area food aficionados. Some of the finest area restaurants and eateries will take part in the Nov. 14 event at the Rahway Recreation Center.

The Taste ‘08 will have well over 60 tasting stations – including 30 national brand wine, beer, and aperitif tasting stations. Attendees will have the chance to sample over 150 selections. The gourmet food tasting will include various multi-star rated restaurants, Zagat-rated restaurants, Silver Spoon-winning restaurants, high-end catering vendors, national competition winner restaurants, and some delightful local culinary secrets.

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