American mothers a century ago largely gave up the habit of nursing their infants for at least the first several months of their lives. Not only did this go against 200,000 years of natural human behavior, it also defied an effort by the U.S. medical community to maintain breastfeeding.
Over the past couple of decades, a housing-first model for helping homeless people has gained traction among American social services providers. It prioritizes stabilizing a person’s life with permanent housing, instead of first requiring measures of progress such as overcoming addictions or…
New Jersey since 2001 has had a strong graduated-license program for teen drivers, which limits some well-known risks until they have had a year or two of experience behind the wheel.
The tragic mishandling of the water system in Flint, Michigan, made the nation aware last year of the risk of lead in drinking water. That prompted the discovery that half the school buildings in Newark — which average 92 years old — had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water.
Community theater is always a labor of love, and sometimes many years of labor are needed before the curtain rises.
There are about 41,000 men and women held in prisons and jails across New Jersey, at a cost of about $54,000 each per year. After they are released, about a third wind up back in prison within a few years.
When Stockton University removed a sculpture of its namesake late last month and received an outpouring of criticism in response, it said it hoped the affair would be “a teachable moment” for students and the community. We agree and hope the university’s administrators have learned their les…
Gov. Chris Christie last month signed into law a bill making it easier to keep the waters around docks and marinas deep enough to float the boats.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tried again this year to cut back funding that hospitals, mainly in South Jersey, pay providers to care for seniors and low-income patients.
In 1996, a local car club held a show and crafts sale on a Saturday around Halloween at Fleming’s Auto Parts, a vehicle junkyard on Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township. It was an instant hit, drawing 35 classic cars and a crowd its first year.
Students might find the start of school this week daunting, but the bigger changes and challenges this year are for teachers and administrators, thanks to some recent successes at the local and state levels.
Election campaigns in New Jersey are smelly affairs. Candidates promise or imply they’ll benefit self-interested groups or factions. The wealthy and powerful try to buy the favor of candidates or even the outcome of a race.
Abusing or killing animals for perverse enjoyment and profit is horrible, so last year’s multistate raid on a dog-fighting network was very welcome. It was sad, though, to see seven of the 10 people charged and 19 of the 66 dogs seized come from Cumberland County.
Domestic violence remains a serious problem in New Jersey, where it led to 52 deaths last year. In Atlantic County, which had the third-highest rate of domestic violence among the state’s 21 mostly more populous counties, it’s a special concern.
The terrible devastation in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey strikes a deep chord of sympathy in residents along the Jersey Shore. They know the damage water can do, and they experience cyclonic storms that sit on the coast and dump rain inland (called nor’easters here), although nothi…
New Jersey legalized daily fantasy last week, culminating a few years of work toward regulating and taxing the growing form of online gaming. Players put together fantasy teams based on real players and bet on the outcome of simulated competitions. The state expects its 10.5 percent tax to g…
Earlier this month, Atlantic County and Atlantic City found a good way to save money while continuing to provide quality, essential services.
The Christie administration’s plan to reorganize the state departments that oversee health is a good idea that received little attention, since it was proposed right ahead of the government shutdown in June.
Fire is an everlasting threat to people and their property. When it burns a forest, it can reach a devastating, uncontrollable size. The power and speed of forest fires each year kill people who can’t outrun them, and even some of the specially trained firefighters trying to avert such tragedies.
Before he found his calling in public service, Jim Whelan was focused on something else he loved and did very well — swimming. Fitting, then, that his first public job was in the 1960s as a teenage lifeguard in Atlantic City.
People have enjoyed gambling for thousands of years, probably since they became people. Making bets is just the most direct example. Humans have made taking chances a habit and have succeeded by getting better at assessing the risks and rewards.
Give South Jersey Gas credit. In August 2014 it got state approval for a three-year, $103.5 million project to help prevent storms from disrupting vulnerable natural gas systems from Atlantic City to Cape May. Now, three years later, the work is done and at the expected cost.
For several years, New Jersey politicians have mounted a bipartisan crusade against e-cigarettes. They weren’t sure about the science, but they knew tobacco taxes and settlement money were pumping more than $900 million a year into the state budget — and smokers were switching to e-cigarette…
The well-designed Egg Harbor Township Dog Park that will soon hold its grand opening is a great success eight years in the making.
George E. Norcross III is chairman of Cooper Health System and its Cooper University Hospital, chairman of national insurance brokerage Conner Strong & Buckelew, and oversees one of the state’s most powerful Democratic coalitions, which he co-founded.
American roads have gotten less safe for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists the past few years, so it’s no surprise that fatalities are rising for motorcyclists too.