The Snooki problemA bill sponsored by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham would establish a new policy limiting the amount of state funds that can be used by a public institution of higher education to pay a commencement speaker, cleared the Assembly and will head to the governor’s desk. ×PROTEST MOVEMENT – Protestors are seeking to eliminate tax breaks for the Kushner family, a family that has become instrumental in the revitalization of areas in the city outside of the waterfront. The target of their protest is Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who has become a close advisor to the president. While Jared Kushner is responsible for some development in Jersey City, none of his properties have received tax abatements from the city. Family members with ties to the Democratic Party, however, have. Cocktail party will benefit autism researchThe sixth annual Blue Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit autism research is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington St., Hoboken. Tickets are $20 pre-sale person, or $25 at the door. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks on behalf of Xavier’s Trailblazers. The bill (S-2355) would prohibit a public institution of higher education from using state funds to pay an individual to deliver guest speaker services for any event, including the commencement address at any graduation ceremony, in excess of $10,000.This legislation was partly inspired by outrage when “Jersey Shore” reality TV star Snooki was paid $32,000 to speak before a commencement ceremony at Rutgers, more than Nobel Laureate Tony Morrison or even film maker Spike Lee – both of whom also earned well in excess of the $10,000.The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the use of state funds to pay these individuals in light of the reduction in state funding to public institutions of higher education and increase in tuition and fees at these institutions in recent years.“Our colleges and universities should not be spending exorbitant amounts of money for a graduation speaker, nor do I believe a speaker should be influenced to speak at a college just because of the amount of money they will be paid,” said Sen. Cunningham (D-Hudson). “This is legislation that will set the appropriate guidelines so schools aren’t spending excessive amounts to secure a graduation or any other kind of speaker. This just makes sense, especially at a time when students are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the cost of a higher education and we are working on various proposals aimed at reform.”A film for our timesThe Jersey City Free Public Library and Friends of the Loew’s will host a joint screening of the film ”1984” on Tues., April 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City. The screening is part of a nationwide event taking place on April 4, with over 180 independent and art house cinemas presenting “1984” in support of the National Endowment for the Arts and other federally funded arts and cultural programs, such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services.Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring local arts and community leaders, who will explore the challenges and possibilities for the arts in the coming years.Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors). The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of George Orwell’s “1984,” compliments of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite (https://1984loews.eventbrite.com). All proceeds will benefit equally the JCFPL and FOL.NJCU announces cultural events for AprilThe New Jersey City University Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre presents the NJCU Jazz Ensemble with award-winning composer/saxophonist Chris Byars (April 10) and Maurice Duruflé’s masterful Requiem, performed by a 175-member chorus and full orchestra (April 30) .In the NJCU galleries, the group show Self Reimagined (on view through April 26) explores the creative ways artists reflect on their own identity. The BFA Exhibition, held off-site at Kearny Point (April 15 – May 14), features work by the class of 2017 – NJCU’s largest ever crop of art department graduates.Throughout the spring, the NJCU writing community celebrates two decades of memoir writing with a series of events featuring students, alums, faculty, and guest writers.As part of a larger effort to support local arts organizations and artists, and encourage dialogues to shape the cultural landscape of the arts in Jersey City and the region, NJCU and its newly-formed Arts Advisory Board are sponsoring a series of free workshops this spring. “Raising Dollars and Your Social Media Profile” (April 21) will feature presentations by marketing and social media guru Jamie Benson; Doris Cacoilo, founder of Gaia, the women’s art collective, and Maria Gatewood, director of Marketing and Development for the Newark Arts Council. This workshop is free with RSVP, and hosted by &Co in downtown Jersey City.For the full calendar of events and additional information on NJCU performing, visual, and literary arts, visitwww.njcu.edu/arts or call (201) 200-3426.All events are open to the public, and for most, admission is free.Reservations and advance tickets may be purchased online at www.njcu.edu/arts or in person at the box office, which opens one hour prior to performances. For group sales and reservations, please contact the box office directly: [email protected] education programTwo nine-month long series of free community diabetes education program events will begin in April, 2017. These classes will be held once each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and a “teachable” dinner will be served at each session. The community of people affected by diabetes is welcome (including Type 1 and Type 2), but registration is mandatory.The event will be held at two locations: Bayonne Medical Center, 29 East 29th St., Classroom 2B, Bayonne, in conjunction with CarePoint Health and Inserra ShopRite. Classes will be held on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Thursday, April 6; and Mary Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, in conjunction with CarePoint Health, Inserra ShopRite, and AngelaCares. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month, beginning Thursday, April 20.Both Bayonne Medical Center and the Mary Bethune Center generously provide giveaways for use by participants, as well as free blood pressure, cholesterol, and A1C blood sugar screenings.Registration is mandatory for the Community Diabetes Education Program and classes fill up quickly. Register by calling the DFI at (201) 444-0037.3 Journal Square to launch leasingLeasing will officially get underway soon for 3 Journal Square, a new 240-unit luxury rental building located just steps from the PATH Station in this resurgent Jersey City neighborhood.In readying for the leasing launch, development partners Hartz Mountain Industries and Panepinto Properties have opened a temporary leasing office adjacent to the building at 1 Journal Square Plaza where prospective renters can preview information and visuals of the building’s residences and amenities, and take advantage of pre-leasing opportunities. The developers have also launched a website at www.threejournalsquare.com, unveiled exterior and lobby renderings and announced that initial move-ins will start mid-to-late-April.Featuring an ultra-convenient location, a full suite of indoor and outdoor lifestyle amenities and prices starting in the $1,600s for spacious and well-appointed studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments spread throughout 12 floors plus a Penthouse level, 3 Journal Square is aimed toward renters looking for a new modern living experience in a burgeoning neighborhood at prices that are attractive for Jersey City.For more information on 3 Journal Square or to schedule an appointment, call 201-617-5818 or visit www.threejournalsquare.com.Dress for Success fundraiser on April 19The Dress For Success annual fundraiser will be held on April 19 at Liberty House, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person. The event will honor founder Lillian Hernández, Francine LeFrak of Same Sky, and Angela V. McKnight, of AngelaCARES, Inc. PROTEST MOVEMENT – Protestors are seeking to eliminate tax breaks for the Kushner family, a family that has become instrumental in the revitalization of areas in the city outside of the waterfront. The target of their protest is Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who has become a close advisor to the president. While Jared Kushner is responsible for some development in Jersey City, none of his properties have received tax abatements from the city. Family members with ties to the Democratic Party, however, have.
Wolf Administration to Introduce Safe Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Pediatric and Adolescent Populations December 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Wolf Administration’s Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, along with doctors and industry leaders in pediatric care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will take the next step in the fight to combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania by introducing the safe opioid prescribing guidelines for pediatric and adolescent populations. The introduction will take place at an event at CHOP’s Colket Atrium today at 1 p.m.“We don’t often think of children and adolescents as being directly affected by this disease of addiction, but they can be more vulnerable than adults,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The opioid crisis does not discriminate based on age or any other factors. My administration is committed to helping all Pennsylvanians impacted by opioid-use disorder overcome their disease, and to preventing the disease in our next generation.”The opioid prescribing guidelines for pediatric and adolescent populations is the latest of 10 different guidelines written by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. This task force, convened by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs, includes members from other state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates and community members.“These guidelines provide pediatricians and family doctors with tools to determine the best form of treatment and work to prevent children from becoming addicted to opioids,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It is essential that as medical professionals we prescribe these medications carefully so that children and adolescents do not develop opioid-use disorders.”Other speakers at the event include CHOP Chief Operating Officer, Doug Hock; Dr. Wickham Kraemer, a pediatrician; and Dr. Carol Ford, one of the task force members.Governor Wolf holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids abuse as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $3.4 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines. To date, there have been more than 12 million patient searches made on the system;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 700;Awarding four $1 million grants for medication-assisted treatment using a hub and spoke model for Pennsylvanians who are uninsured, under-insured or have private insurance.Establishing a 24-hour helpline at 1-800-662-HELP for individuals suffering from addiction and their families and friends. The helpline has received more than 18,000 calls since introduced by the Wolf Administration one year ago, and is providing personal help to individuals.