New Jersey calls public well being emergency amid omicron hospital surge

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks to volunteers as he meets with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka during the gubernatorial election in Newark, New Jersey November 2, 2021.

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Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey reinstated a public health emergency Tuesday as hospitals struggle to keep up with an influx of patients as Covid cases surge amid a persistent shortage of medical staff.

The recent spike is being fueled by the rise of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has in its possession These account for about 95% of the sequenced Covid-19 cases in the US Although vaccines, and especially booster doses, provide statistical protection against serious illness and death, experts say the sheer volume of cases is overwhelming hospitals.

Murphy said the state is seeing nearly 35,000 new Covid cases a day and more than 10,000 residents have been hospitalized in the past two weeks.

The re-declaration allows the governor to exercise certain emergency powers, including mask mandates in schools.

Murphy said the renewed state of emergency will have “no new impact at all” on local residents’ daily lives.

“That’s what it doesn’t mean,” he said. “It doesn’t mean new universal mandates or passports. It means no bans. It means no business restrictions or collection limits.”

Half of the hospital beds at Newark University Hospital are filled with patients who have been diagnosed with Covid-19, some of whom were admitted for something else but subsequently tested positive, said hospital president Dr. Shereef Elnahal in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk box” On Wednesday.

But Elnahal said the Covid infection itself is not his main concern.

“Actually, I’m more worried about a health issue than a Covid-19 issue,” Elnahal told CNBC Becky Swift. “Right now we see our workforce demoralized. There is no light at the end of the tunnel to paint now like I did in Spring 2020.”

He said the industry is losing talented clinicians between the ages of 45 and 60, “often the most energetic and knowledgeable people in the hospital.” That’s a problem that may actually outlast omicron, “which appears to have already plateaued, at least in cases in the New York metro area.”

Elnahal said nearly 10% of his hospital’s staff are traveling with Covid, bringing the hospital closer to a staff crisis with “awkward” staff-to-patient ratios.

Elnahal said he would like the government to come up with a “clear definition” of the endgame in relation to Covid-19.

“Which case level defines the endemic case?” What does this mean for healthcare regulations and what can we do, what should we avoid? How much capacity should we create? What is the guidance for healthcare organizations that will be dealing with this pandemic but also with the aftermath?” are some of the questions he wants answered.

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New Jersey ought to put its infrastructure cash into the sewer | Mulshine

It is seldom that Jeff Tittel and I agree on an environmental issue. But here we agree:

“Windmills off the coast don’t keep floods out of people’s cellars,” Tittel told me the other day.

Watery cellars are a subject he is very familiar with. Tittel lives in Lambertville, one of the many cities in New Jersey that have been flooded when Hurricane Ida dropped about 10 inches of rain on the region.

Tittel himself had the foresight to buy a house on relatively high ground, but his neighbors closer to the Delaware River got a good bath.

The issue of wind turbines came up because so many of our politicians used the storm as an example to argue that we need to switch to less fossil fuel generation.

But that’s an argument for another day. For now, it’s about what we’re going to do about the flooding that inundates New Jersey every time a bad storm hits.

I recently wrote about Cranford this Union County town full of lovely Victorian houses that Flooded by Irene in 2011 and then Ida almost exactly 10 years later.

In the case of Cranford, the blame is not on the people who built houses on the Rahway River during the Revolutionary War. The guilt rests with those who paved the land upstream, thereby channeling the rainwater into the city.

The only solution to this is a word that is buzzing around a lot in Washington these days: infrastructure. In the case of the Rahway River, a plan is needed to drain the reservoir upstream from storms, local officials say.

But that costs money. And there is a lot of money to be had in the laws before Congress now. The Biden Administration American establishment plan, which is part of a $ 3.5 trillion spending plan that includes social services such as daycare. Republicans support a $ 1.2 trillion bill that sticks to traditional infrastructure.

Child care is a goal worth striving for. But first things first. And New Jersey is full of things that should be done first. Many of them are in Lambertville

Like Cranford, Lambertville was first settled before the Revolutionary War.

“Washington’s army marched through here and crossed at Lambertville,” Tittel told me. “My point is that there were houses on Ferry and Swan Streets even before the Revolutionary War.”

Much has developed in the hills above the city and the sidewalk will not take in water, he said.

“The soil in the forest will soak up four inches of rainfall during a storm,” he said. “You cut this forest and for every morning you get a million gallons of drainage.”

But Delaware floods are only a small part of the New Jersey problem. A much bigger problem is in the older towns of North Jersey.

Steve Lonegan, the arch-conservative ex-mayor from the Bergen district who ran for national offices several times, told me about the flooding in Hackensack, where he runs a restaurant in Ida, the basement of which was flooded.

“Me and Tittel are on the same page in that regard,” said Lonegan. “This should be the number one infrastructure problem.”

Virtually all older cities have Mixed channel systems that transport both sewage and rainwater. They work well when it’s not raining. But when it rains heavily, the effect is similar to what happens when knowing what hits the fan.

“I have a video of the sewage lifting those big iron manhole covers,” Lonegan said.

But Hackensack has a lot under construction, he said.

“I don’t even know how to add these buildings to this system,” he said. “The sewer system is 100 years old.”

It was worse in Hoboken, said Tittel.

“You get sewage on the streets,” he said. “They even have a pump to send it into the river.”

That’s not the kind of topic politicians like to talk about and our governor doesn’t talk about it. said Tittel.

“He’s talking about windmills and reducing greenhouse gases,” said Tittel. “But we have a serious flood problem. Climate change is part of it, but poor land use patterns and overdevelopment are causing it. “

Whatever the cause, it won’t stop by itself. Ida was particularly bad, but the remnants of Hurricane Henri a week earlier caused severe flooding in Hoboken and other cities in North Jersey as well.

That will happen as long as hurricanes work their way up the coast.

Forever, in other words.

So we’d better start planning.

Leisure venues throughout New Jersey nonetheless ready for federal COVID-19 grant funds

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Live theaters, cinemas, museums, and certain other venues that were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic are still awaiting federal grants promised by the government.

“Of course, given the economic challenges, we were fortunate to have 10 to 15 volunteers,” said Gabor Barabas, executive director of the New Jersey Repertory Company.

Barabas says the volunteers helped renovate the Long Branch building. He is also grateful to the donors who made it possible to purchase new seats and floor coverings.

But the nonprofit theater hopes a $ 150,000 federal grant will come in soon. The grants will help bring staff back and start the next shows.

“Three employees in one year and the beginning, just the beginning – the seeds of the new musical,” says Barabas.

New Jersey Repertory is among more than 14,000 venues in the United States that have applied for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant – a program that was signed into law last December but has been plagued by delays.

“It was clunky. It was frustrating, ”said Adam Philipson, CEO of the Basie Center for the Arts.

The nonprofit Red Bank is also waiting for a $ 2 or 3 million grant. It will partially cover the losses that occurred during the state-ordered shutdown and the capacity limits.

“You have the staffing that needs to be done now, training that needs to be done now because a lot of that will be new employees,” says Philipson.

The Small Business Administration, which manages the $ 16 billion grant program, says a team is reviewing the cumbersome applications. But the government says, “… the current pace of awards does not reflect the high standards that we are aiming for at venues.”

Many venues still have a long way to go before they can welcome a full audience, including improvements to ventilation and staff recruitment.

According to the SBA, scholarships were only awarded for a few hundred venues, so thousands had to wait for the funds. Just over a dozen applicants in New Jersey have received scholarships from the program.

Jersey Shore BlueClaws Again within the Stadium, Offering Aggressive Leisure and Household Enjoyable

June 10, 2021

Jersey Shore BlueClaws are back in the stadium, offering competitive entertainment and family fun

By Tim Morris

Professional minor league baseball is back with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. BlueClaws fans could see their team in action on May 4th as they opened their 2021 season at home in FirstEnergy Park.

One of the most popular summer pastimes on the Jersey Shore is back. Professional minor league baseball and its fan-friendly environment have returned to FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood after a year of absence due to the pandemic with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

The BlueClaws, a minor league subsidiary of the Philadelphia Phillies, officially opened the 2021 season on May 4th at FirstEnergy Park.

“There is a lot of excitement,” said BlueClaws director of communications and radio station Greg Giombarrese. “It’s been a unique year for us with the name change, the promotion and the 614 days between the season opener and our last game.”

As expected, the response from the population and regional companies was positive. When tickets went on sale, the public devoured them. Since the BlueClaws played their first home game in 2001, nearly 8 million people have walked through the turnstiles to watch a game. Catching a BlueClaws game became a must.

Due to the current restrictions on the stadium with 6,588 seats, the team cannot currently occupy all seats. Tickets are sold in pods for two to six people with social distancing.

However, more fans can watch the team play in person via the stadium’s 360-degree hall, where they can watch the games from picnic tables and grass berms outdoors.

Aside from simply getting back to the game, there is excitement about the caliber of baseball that is played in Lakewood. Jersey Shore is playing in the High A East division this year, not the new Low A division.

“The players have come one step closer to the Major Leagues,” said Giombarrese.

The BlueClaws 2021 are managed by Chris Adamson and have a roster of 30 people. Major league health protocols are followed in minor leagues. It is more likely than ever that fans will have the opportunity to see players advancing to the big league.

Due to the pandemic and the resulting loss of revenue, Major League Baseball restructured the minor leagues, with many cities losing their teams due to cost reductions. Giombrasse said the BlueClaws were confident the team would be back in business after baseball returned.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the Phillies all along, and we’ve been great partners,” he said.

Even in the single aloop, the BlueClaws sent more than their fair share of players to the next level.

“108 players went to the show from the bank,” noted Giombarrese.

The team has withdrawn two numbers, number 19 from Cole Hamels and number 29 from Ryan Howard. Hamels was an all-star pitcher for the Phillies and the MVP of the 2008 Philadelphia World Series champions. First baseman Howard was also a multiple All-Star for Philadelphia, as well as Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP, and was a key member of the 2008 Champion Team.

Another positive aspect of the restructuring is the division in which the BlueClaws are located. You are located with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees), Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals) and Aberdeen Iron Birds (Orioles). Having the Yankee and Met teams in the division is a plus, explained Giombarrese, because it helps audience numbers as Yankee and Met teams will draw their fans into the stadium. In addition, the close proximity of the teams makes it easier for BlueClaws fans to see their team play on the street.

The BlueClaws play a 120 game board with 60 home appointments.

Jhailyn Ortiz (13) high fives Logan O’Hoppe (6) after his double home run in the fifth inning that helped the Jersey ShoreBlueClaws open the 2021 season with a 6-2 win over Hudson Valley at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. It was the Blue Claws’ first game in 614 days

In addition to baseball, the BlueClaws offer many other activities for fans. In 2018, the club renovated the ballpark and added the Toyota Home Run Pavilion, which includes a nine-hole mini golf course (each hole is named after a former BlueClaw) and boardwalk games and rides for the family. There are also 17 live fireworks nights, including July 4th, and themed nights. Themed evenings include Pride Night (June 4), Girl Scout Family Night (June 11), Father’s Day (June 13), Camp Day (July 6), Military Appreciation Night (July 8), Autism Awareness Night ( August 6)) and Fan Appreciation Night (September 12).

Baseball fans aren’t the only ones happy that baseball is back. This also applies to those who are dependent on work in the stadium. When the BlueClaws are at home, they employ up to 200 people. This is work that wasn’t available a year ago.

The BlueClaws were the Lakewood BlueClaws until the 2021 season. Giombarrese said the team planned to move from Lakewood to Jersey Shore in 2020 to pay tribute to its large fan base.

“[The name change] the next logical step was to take advantage of the support we have from all over the Jersey Shore, ”said Giombarrese.

Esports Leisure will get New Jersey gaming license approval


Sport Entertainment Group announced that its GMBL’s subsidiary Application became formal accepted until New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) On Monday. This assumption enables the company to send its software to the DGE test laboratory and apply for a transaction waiver.

As soon as the DGE tests are passed, the license enables the EEG to operate and maintain weather in the Garden State. This includes through its esports-oriented sports betting The company expects Complete this process and take live bets in the state by the end of the first fiscal year.

The CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, Grant Johnson, said: “This is an important step for us in our growth strategy in the US. According to a study by the data company Interpret, over 50% of US sports fans said they are likely to bet on sports betting. We are therefore confident that the demand will be strong. Getting access to what is currently the largest sports betting market in the United States is very exciting. We are also in talks with partners and regulators in other countries to continue our expansion plans.

New Jersey won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 where all 50 states can offer legal sports betting if they so choose. It quickly dominated the east coast market, challenging Nevada for national leadership. With a solid legal framework based on player protection, business stability and growth, the New Jersey gambling industry has seen exceptional growth in recent years.

$100 million New Jersey deli firm fires CEO Paul Morina

Paulsboro coach Paul Morina cheers on George Worthy as he takes on Bergen Catholic s Wade Unger in the 152-pound bout during a wrestling match at The Palestra in Philadelphia,

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The shareholders of the mystery $100 million New Jersey deli company Hometown International fired CEO Paul Morina — a high school principal and renowned wrestling coach — after weeks of questions about the firm and his role there, a financial filing revealed late Friday.

Hometown International’s majority shareholders also voted to remove the company’s only other executive, vice president and secretary Christine Lindenmuth, who works with Morina as an administrator at nearby Paulsboro High School. The deli, located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is Hometown’s only operating business asset.

Their ousters came a week after a previously unreported resignation of the president of a shell company, E-Waste, which has multiple connections to to Hometown International

Securities and Exchange Commission filings show that the shareholders voting to remove Morina and Lindenmuth almost certainly included all or some members of two different groups of investment entities, one based in Hong Kong, the other based in Macao, a special administrative region in Hong Kong.

Morina, 62, held a slew of other titles at Hometown International before he was removed. According to financial filings, he owns 1.5 million common shares of the deli owner, making him, on paper at least, worth more than $18 million.

Morina was replaced as chief executive officer by Peter Coker Jr., who is Hometown International’s chairman.

Coker Jr., who is based in Hong Kong, is aligned with investment entities there that have major stakes in the deli owner.

Coker Jr.’s father, North Carolina businessman Peter Coker Sr., himself is a major investor in the company.

The related shell company E-Waste also has replaced its president, John Rollo, 66, after similar questions were raised by CNBC about him, that company and its similarly preposterous sky-high market capitalization despite a total lack of ongoing business.

Rollo, a Grammy-winning recording engineer, until recently was working as patient transporter at a New Jersey hospital.

Rollo, also a New Jersey resident, was replaced as E-Waste’s president by 31-year-old Elliot Mermel, a California resident who is getting paid $8,000 per month in that role.

Mermel’s colorful business background includes founding a company that raised crickets as human food, and a partnership in a cannabis-related business with Paul Pierce, the former Boston Celtics superstar basketball player.

Pierce, who won an NBA title with the Celtics, last month was fired as an analyst by ESPN for a racy Instagram Live poss that showed him in a room with exotic dancers.

On Saturday, the Boston Globe reported that Pierce will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its 2021 class.

Mermel also founded a biotech company and an artificial intelligence company, and was a business development consultant to a fertilizer company, according to a financial filing.

Mermel, a Colby University graduate, has another company, Benzions LLC, that had been collecting $4,000 each month since December under a consulting agreement with E-Waste.

That agreement was terminated as part of his taking over management of E-Waste, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday.

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce waves to the crowd after reaching No. 2 on the all-time Celtics scoring list, surpassing Larry Bird, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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SEC filings show that Benzions in March signed another consulting agreement with a second shell company, Med Spa Vacations, connected to Peter Coker Sr., which likewise pays Mermel’s firm $4,000 per month.

CNBC has reached out for comment from Morina, Lindenmuth, Rollo, Mermel, Hometown International’s lawyer and a spokesman for the Hong Kong investors.

The current president of Med Spa Vacations is former E-Waste president Rollo, who took that job in February, according to filings.

The changes in executive leadership at both Hometown International and E-Waste were disclosed in 8-K filings with the SEC.

The deli owner’s filing gave no reason why shareholders who control 6 million shares of common stock — which represents about 77% of the company’s voting power — voted out Morina and the 46-year-old Lindenmuth. At least 5.5 million of Hometown International’s common shares are controlled by the Hong Kong and Macao investors.

Both Morina and Lindenmuth remain principals in the deli itself, according to the SEC filing.

Morina also is involved in an entity that leases the deli space to Hometown International.

E-Waste’s filing said that Rollo resigned as president on May 7, a day after CNBC reported on the opaque nature of the Macao group of investors.

Your Hometown Deli in Paulsboro, N.J.

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The moves appear — like other recent ones by each of the money-losing companies — to be an attempt to eliminate controversial issues that could harm their joint goal of merging with other firms in a transaction that would exploit their status as publicly traded companies on U.S. markets.

Hometown International first drew widespread attention last month when hedge fund manager David Einhorn, in a letter to clients, pointed out the company’s market capitalization, which had topped $100 million despite owning only a single small Italian deli.

That eatery had sales of less than $37,000 in sales for the past two years combined and was closed for nearly half of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Einhorn noted the incongruity of Morina being Hometown International’s CEO while working his day jobs as high school principal and wrestling coach.

Hometown Deli in Paulsboro, N.J.


Morina’s team at Paulsboro high school is a perennial contender for state titles, and he is among the most successful coaches in New Jersey wrestling history.

But he has no apparent history of operating either a publicly traded company or food service business before the Hometown Deli opened in his own hometown.

However, Morina, whose brother is a New Jersey county sheriff, wrestled in the 1970s at Paulsboro High School with a man named James Patten, who works at Coker Sr.’s firm Tryon Capital.

Patten was barred by FINRA, the broker-dealer regulator, from acting as a stockbroker or associating with broker-dealers, according to the regulator’s database.

Before that sanction, Patten was the subject of repeated disciplinary actions by FINRA, which included not complying with an arbitration award of more than $753,000 for violating securities laws, unauthorized trading and churning a client’s account.

Since Einhorn’s letter, CNBC has reported other eyebrow-raising details about Hometown International and E-Waste, whose stocks, traded on the low-tier Pink over-the-counter market, in the past year have risen to stunning levels as ties have been formed between them.

Among those questions was why some investors would pay so much to buy shares in either thinly traded company, given their lack of meaningful revenue in the deli owner’s case, or, in E-Waste’s case, a lack of any revenue at all.

Even if both companies achieve their goal of engaging in reverse mergers or similar transactions with private firms looking to become publicly traded, current investors will not receive payments that reflect — in any way — the trading price of the stocks.

On Friday, just 205 shares of Hometown International were traded, closing at $12.40 per share. Given the company’s nearly 8 million shares of common stock outstanding, that gives it a market capitalization of $96.68 million.

E-Waste closed Friday at $9 per share, after no shares traded hands. With 12.5 million shares outstanding, E-Waste has a market cap of $112.5 million.

In recent weeks, both the deli owner and E-Waste disavowed their stock prices, saying in extraordinary SEC filings that there was no financial justification for their market capitalizations.

The moves followed the demotion of Hometown International from a more prestigious OTCQB over-the-counter market platform for what OTC Markets Group called “irregularities” in their public disclosures, and OTC Markets telling CNBC that it would be eyeing E-Waste as well.

A trio of Hong Kong investment entities led by Maso Capital, which last year became some of the largest investors in Hometown International’s biggest investors, are understood to be involved in likewise positioning E-Waste as a reverse merger candidate.

The Hong Kong investors include entities that are investment arms of Duke and Vanderbilt universities.

E-Waste’s biggest single investor, Macao-based Global Equity Limited, is also the largest investor in the deli owner, and in Med Spa Vacations, another shell company linked to Coker Sr..

The office building on Avenida Da Praia Grande in Macao, China, the address for multiple entities listed as investors in Hometown International, the owner of a single New Jersey deli.

Catarina Domingues | CNBC

Rollo remains the president of Med Spa Vacations, a shell company with no business operations whose office address is that of a business operated by Coker Sr.

Hometown International loaned Med Spa Vacations $150,000 in February, records show.

That loan came after E-Waste was loaned an identical amount by Hometown International in November, according to an SEC filing.

Records show that Coker Sr. loaned E-Waste $255,000 last September, most of which was used to pay the prior owners of E-Waste before they sold their shares to Global Equity Lmiited.

CNBC’s articles have detailed how Coker Sr., a former college basketball star who has refused to comment when contacted by a reporter, has been sued for allegedly hiding assets from a creditor to whom he owed nearly $900,000 and for business-related fraud. He denied wrongdoing in those cases.

He also has been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, according to a Raleigh, North Carolina, police report, and for exposing himself to and trying to proposition three underage girls, according to a 1992 newspaper article.

Peter Lee Coker mugshot from the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI).

Source: Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

A firm controlled by Coker Sr., Tryon Capital, had until recently been collecting $15,000 a month from Hometown International under a consulting agreement. E-Waste was paying Tryon Capital $2,500 per month for its own consulting agreement.

Those agreements were terminated last month after CNBC articles described those deals and Coker’s tangled legal history.

SEC filings show that Med Spa Vacations is paying Tryon Capital $2,500 per month for its own consulting agreement.

Coker Sr.’s partner in Tryon Capital, Peter Reichard, in 2011 was convicted in a North Carolina court of his role in a scheme that facilitated the illegal contributions of thousands of dollars to the successful 2008 campaign for governor by Bev Perdue, a Democrat.

The scheme involved the use of bogus consulting contracts with Tryon Capital. Coker Sr. was not charged in that case.

Peter Reichard, a top Perdue aide, takes the oath before his apearance in Wake County Court, Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.

John Rottet | The News & Observer | AP

Reichard is also a managing member, with Coker Sr., of an entity called Europa Capital Investments, which owns 90,400 common shares of Hometown International, and has warrants for another 1.9 million shares.

Reichard is the son of Ram Dass, the late spiritual and LSD guru who gained renown in the 1960s and 1970s.

CNBC earlier this week detailed how Coker Sr. and Reichard in 2010 created eight shell companies that were later sold off to other owners.

Most of those shell companies, after they were sold, ended up having their registrations revoked by the SEC for failing to keep current in their disclosure filings, records show.

One of the companies ended up being owned by a real estate tax lawyer in New York named Allan Schwartz, who did work for former President Donald Trump decades ago in connection with Trump’s real estate holdings. Schwartz told CNBC he knew nothing about Reichard and Coker Sr., or the deli owner.

Hometown Deli, Paulsboro, N.J.

Mike Calia | CNBC

Records show that a securities lawyer named Gregg Jaclin was involved in the creation of those shell companies. Jaclin also was involved three years later in the creation of Hometown International.

Jaclin was disbarred as an attorney last year after pleading guilty to federal criminal charges related to his creation of shell companies to sell to individuals “who used those shell companies as publicly traded vehicles for market manipulation schemes,” court records show.

None of the shells in that scheme were one of the ones created by Coker Sr. and Reichard, or to Hometown International.

Huntsville Havoc elevating cash for St. Jude via Jersey Public sale Saturday night time

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Havoc have teamed up to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a shirt auction on Saturday night after the game.

The Havoc is auctioning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jerseys, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the hospital known for treating it regardless of a family’s solvency.

One of St. Jude’s eight partner clinics is located at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, so children in northern Alabama suffering from childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases can be treated close to their homes.

Cassie Smith is Arab. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 17.

“I totally lost walking, I had no idea how to do it. My muscle mass was gone, I couldn’t go up the stairs alone, my father had to carry me most of the time. I couldn’t get up for more than a minute or I would pass out because I was just too weak, ”says Cassie Smith.

Cassie was treated for the first three months at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“It was hard for me to see my parents go home, my sister go home, and then I had to stay up there,” says Smith.

But the partner clinic in Huntsville offers Cassie and others in North Alabama the opportunity to be closer to home.

“You know nothing is better than at home. When I was in Memphis, I had pretty big problems because I wasn’t home, ”says Smith.

“If we weren’t here, these families wouldn’t be in their homes, in their community, with the support they need. And if they come here and let us do their treatment and care for them, they can be at home and have a more normal life, ”says nurse Laura Wiggs.

Now, three years later, Cassie is officially through with chemotherapy. The St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Huntsville held a “No Mo Chemo” party to celebrate.

“While Cassie looks great today, there have been days when she really wasn’t feeling well and yet she only won in the end, and so do all of our children regardless of their diagnosis. They’re just inspiring, ”says nurse Caroline Webster.

Cassie credits St. Jude for her recovery.

“My nurses in particular, my doctors here at the subsidiary, are amazing. You’ve helped me a lot on this trip, ”says Smith.

The shirt auction, which supports St. Jude’s efforts, will be held at the VBC Arena after the game in Huntsville Havoc. You must be there in person to participate.

You can send HOPE to 61094 to donate St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bring your donation receipt to the game information booth for a free St. Jude Swag!


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Bruce Springsteen arrested for drunk driving at New Jersey nationwide park

Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during the 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2019 in New York City.

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Working-class rock legend Bruce Springsteen was arrested in a New Jersey national park late last year for drunk driving, the Home Office said Wednesday.

The news surfaced just days after the rocker appeared in a Super Bowl commercial.

Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process” when he was arrested on November 14 at Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area, known locally as Sandy Hook, National Parks Service spokeswoman Brenda Ling noted.

The “Thunder Road” singer has been cited for driving under the influence of reckless driving and drinking in an enclosed space.

Last November, Springsteen’s new album “Letter to You” debuted at number 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart. With this placement, Springsteen became the first musician to have a new top five chart album in each of the last six decades.

News of Springsteen’s arrest comes just days after the musician appeared in his very first Super Bowl commercial. In the Jeep ad, Springsteen urged Americans to find the unit after a divisive year.

“There is hope on the road ahead of us,” said Springsteen in the two-minute commercial in which he drove a Jeep CJ-5 over country and city roads.

Springsteen and Jeep spokespersons did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on his arrest.

In Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run”, published in 2016, the musician admitted that he avoided drugs and only tried alcohol at the age of 22, also because drinking influenced his father.

In the 500-page book, Springsteen revealed that he had a long history of depression, a surprise to many.

Springsteen has been praised by his fans and bandmates for his healthy lifestyle habits, like going to the gym and avoiding drugs and alcohol, that give him the stamina to give decades of concerts in his career.

“I mean, I’m sure he’s had a drink or two a few times in his life, but he’s never been a drinker either,” said Steven Van Zandt, musician in Springsteen’s famous E Street Band, in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Springsteen’s arrest was first reported by TMZ early Wednesday.