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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in New Brunswick, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

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Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

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With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in New Brunswick, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in New Brunswick, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in New Brunswick, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
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Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in New Brunswick, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment New Brunswick, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

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What’s Cooking in Rutgers' Dining Halls? Undergraduate Research

Photo Credit: Luca Mostello/Rutgers University By TAPinto New BrunswickPublishedMarch 10, 2024 at 12:42 PMLast UpdatedMarch 10, 2024 at 12:42 PMNEW BRUNSWICK – On the Rutgers College Avenue campus, even the cafeterias where so many burritos, sliders and chicken salad wraps are scarfed down each day are being used as teaching tools.That’s because since 2017 Rutgers-New Brunswick has been a part of the Menus of Ch...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – On the Rutgers College Avenue campus, even the cafeterias where so many burritos, sliders and chicken salad wraps are scarfed down each day are being used as teaching tools.

That’s because since 2017 Rutgers-New Brunswick has been a part of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) – an international network of colleges and universities that use campus dining halls as living laboratories.

“A dining facility, be it a dining hall, a diner, a cash operation … can be a living laboratory by looking at records, looking at patterns, looking at behaviors,” said Peggy Policastro, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition for Rutgers Dining Services.

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Policastro, who also is the director of nutrition and culinary literacy for the New Jersey Heathy Kids Initiative, is a co-chair of research and education for the Menus of Change collaborative. The goal behind the collective research effort, founded in 2014 and led by Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America, is to advance healthy, delicious and sustainable food choices using evidence-based research, education and innovation.

She said being part of the collaborative involves more than having a dining facility.

“You have to have researchers, academics, who are part of this,” Policastro said. “That way they can carry forward the research that's done. This is the way for dining facilities to collaborate with their university research areas.”

Through the collaborative, Rutgers-New Brunswick provides a not-so-common opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research.

Among the undergraduate researchers is Alyssa Guidetti, a senior studying nutritional sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

“It's an amazing opportunity and something that really I feel sets me apart,” said Guidetti, 20, of Hazlet, who added she recently went through the graduate school interview process “and it definitely is a standout opportunity that I am able to experience and learn from.”

Allison Righter, co-director of the collaborative and director of health and sustainability programs for the strategic initiatives group at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., said Policastro “is a critical and cherished leader of the MCURC” who mentors Rutgers participants in the MCURC Student Fellows program, which allows undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience conducting research.

Righter said Policastro mentors Rutgers students “as they conduct research and leads unique operational research culminating in both peer-reviewed academic publications and operational toolkits.”

“I have research assistants who actually are collecting the data,” Policastro said. “They're actually writing the institutional review board documents. They are involved in analyzing the data and involved in writing the manuscript. They also recruit students to be involved in the studies.”

The project Guidetti worked on began as a study at Stanford University, where researchers wanted to investigate the effect on athletic performance of eating a plant-based diet.

Guidetti was asked to lead the study at Rutgers-New Brunswick because of her interest in nutrition, sports and athletics. She called the research process “very eye-opening.”

“We're working with recreational athletes, not people who are athletes at Rutgers University, just people who go to the gym on their own time,” said Guidetti, who grew up as a competitive cheerleader and enjoys running for exercise.

“And we're having them eat plant-based food for four weeks and an omnivore diet for four weeks and seeing the results on their athletic performance. And we're working with resistance trainers and runners.”

Another undergraduate researcher, Rachel Ho, 21, worked on assessing college students’ knowledge of plant-based protein sources.

Student researchers set up display boards at the four Rutgers dining halls with different categories of “good source” and “not a good source” of protein. The researchers then presented six different plant-based food items – oats, a potato, almond, milk, fruit loops, black beans and lentils – to student participants who were asked to indicate whether each food item was a good source of protein or not.

Ho said according to the results, 43.6% of students had incorrectly identified almond milk as being a good source of protein.

“And we concluded that when they incorrectly assumed that almond milk was a good source of plant-based protein, it could mean that when they're making the switch to plant-based milks, which is a trend now with switching from dairy milks to plant-based milks, they could be missing out on important nutrients that regular dairy milk could have,” said Ho, who will be attending Rutgers University-Camden to pursue a master of arts in teaching degree with a concentration in family and consumer sciences.

Ho presented research findings during the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo held in Denver in October and at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Freehold in April.

“I think learning how to do research and learning research language is probably one of the best things that happened to me in terms of advancing professionally and developing professional language,” the Edison resident said. “And it helped a lot with my general professional development.”

Study: Best Ways to Recruit South Asian Women for Breast Cancer

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Health & FitnessRutgers Health experts, conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic, found that radio is an effective recruitment toolCommunity Contributor|Updated Mon, Mar 11, 2024 at 9:12 am ETSouth Asian American women increasingly are diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages and with more advanced d...

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Rutgers Health experts, conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic, found that radio is an effective recruitment tool

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South Asian American women increasingly are diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages and with more advanced disease compared with other groups, a fact made even more alarming because they are underrepresented in studies, said Jaya Satagopan, an associate dean for faculty affairs and professor at the School of Public Health and member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

A study she led tackles a crucial factor in addressing the issue: the recruitment of South Asian women in research.

The study, published in PLOS ONE, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic found that broadcast media, such as radio, is an effective recruitment tool.

“Collaborating with a community-based radio station to disseminate study information allowed listeners to hear directly from the researchers, thus helped strengthen community partnerships and credibility at a time when traditional in-person community interactions were suspended due to the pandemic,” said Satagopan.

The research, known as the South Asian Breast Cancer (SABCa) study, was initially focused on understanding breast cancer-related health attitudes in this rapidly growing, yet understudied population. But Satagopan shifted her research focus during the pandemic to recruitment while working with local community organizations, potentially reshaping future community-based health research.

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“To our knowledge, this is the first study on recruiting South Asian American women through community partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Satagopan added.

Recruitment efforts included outreach to multiple community organizations in 2021 to disseminate the SABCa study information. Researchers noted that as these organizations progressively engaged with pandemic-related needs, they had to redirect their strategy. This included community radio, Rutgers Cancer Institute’s Community Outreach and Engagement Program, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s community health programs.

Satagopan said this experience demonstrates that adopting alternative strategies, particularly promoting the SABCa study through broadcast media like radio, was successful in recruiting their target demographic.

According to researchers, radio became a trusted source of information and connection for the public during the pandemic, especially among South Asian communities in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. A popular community radio station among this community, known for its diverse South Asian content, EBC Radio, collaborated with the study researchers to promote the SABCa study – which was advertised using culturally resonant methods, including music and greetings in multiple South Asian languages.

Additionally, Satagopan was invited on EBC Radio’s talk show where she discussed the study and encouraged listeners to share the information in their community networks.

“Use of culturally tailored outreach approaches and trust in community radio and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and their staff as credible cultural brokers in the community were among the facilitators for recruitment and retention of participants,” said Satagopan.

She noted family dynamics, including the support of men as champions of women’s health, also encouraged participation. Findings also suggest that participants’ comfort levels with technology and assistance with digital tools, such as Zoom and DocuSign, were crucial in retaining them in the study.

“Our study can inform strategies for recruiting understudied populations to research studies even beyond the pandemic,” Satagopan said.

Future research should recognize limitations in partnership opportunities during crises and utilize multilingual study protocols, said Satagopan, adding it should identify and engage diverse cultural gatekeepers and pursue targeted social media advertising to engage potential participants.

Coauthors of the study include faculty from Rutgers Cancer Institute and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Department of Family and Community Health Sciences.

Need a Ride in New Brunswick, N.J.? There’s an App for That

Micro, on-demand transit is becoming as common as the smartphones enabling it — and travelers in one central New Jersey city stand to benefit.Starting Tuesday, transit riders in New Brunswick, N.J., will be able to download RIDE On Demand service, from Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) and powered by Via transit technology.The RIDE On Demand service is operated by...

Micro, on-demand transit is becoming as common as the smartphones enabling it — and travelers in one central New Jersey city stand to benefit.

Starting Tuesday, transit riders in New Brunswick, N.J., will be able to download RIDE On Demand service, from Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) and powered by Via transit technology.

The RIDE On Demand service is operated by the Middlesex County Department of Transportation as an additional service to the MCAT. It works much like ride-hailing or a taxi, where a passenger can be picked up from anyplace in New Brunswick and dropped off at any location in the city. Rides are shared, which means there could be another passenger in the vehicle as well.

“This means residents now have another affordable and convenient option for getting around New Brunswick, alongside MCAT’s fixed routes and reservation-based services,” said Khalid Anjum, department head for the Middlesex County Department of Transportation, in an email. The program will be funded “using money set aside specifically for new and innovative transportation solutions,” he added.

Dozens of communities across the country, from major cities like Los Angeles to small hamlets like Winchester, Va., have introduced on-demand shared-transit options to areas where there was no fixed-route bus service. In other areas requiring a smaller transportation footprint, the on-demand van-like vehicles have replaced scheduled buses.

On-demand transit options, which many riders access with a phone app, have become increasingly common, adding to the variety of transit offerings as agencies aim to keep pace with changing and more fluid transportation needs.

“The ubiquity of the smartphone has certainly helped on-demand transit to flourish, since many riders find the app-based booking model to be an intuitive and convenient way to call a ride,” said Mike Vaccarino, head of North American partnerships at Via, a maker of on-demand transit technology.

“That said, we have many riders who are not smartphone owners, or are just not comfortable using apps,” he added. “Via’s goal is to expand access to transit for all citizens, which is why we also offer alternative booking options for riders, like calling a dedicated phone number, or in some cases, booking with an in-person representative at transit hubs.”

Last year alone, Via launched more than 120 on-demand transit services worldwide.

“So it’s no surprise that in 2024, we’re seeing booming interest from community leaders and their residents, who believe on-demand service would be a valuable asset of their local transportation ecosystem,” said Vaccarino. “The inclusion of ‘on-demand mobility services’ on the federal infrastructure bill also validates that we’ve entered a phase where microtransit is no longer the novelty, but a norm.”

RIDE On Demand will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rides will be free for the first two weeks before transitioning to the regular rate of $3 per ride.

“Middlesex County is committed to improving our transportation network and increasing mobility options for our residents to ensure our community is more connected and sustainable,” Anjum said. “Our goal is to reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment by embracing new technologies like electric and autonomous vehicles.”

Judge halts striking nurses’ rowdy pickets at New Brunswick hospital

1,700 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have been striking almost seven weeksA state judge has temporarily ordered striking nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to stop disruptive picketing, calling their round-the-clock protests since their walkout started Aug. 4 “unlawful acts.”Superior Court Judge Thomas Daniel McCloskey a...

1,700 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have been striking almost seven weeks

A state judge has temporarily ordered striking nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to stop disruptive picketing, calling their round-the-clock protests since their walkout started Aug. 4 “unlawful acts.”

Superior Court Judge Thomas Daniel McCloskey acted at the hospital’s request, agreeing after an emergency hearing Monday afternoon that the picketers block entrances and parking garages, intimidate other employees, and obstruct buses carrying replacement nurses to work.

“I find that the defendants’ conduct interferes with essential emergency and scheduled medical services normally provided by the hospital and that the welfare of the community, patients of the plaintiff’s hospital, patient families attempting to gain ingress and egress from the hospital to be and visit with patients under the care of the hospital, treating physicians and medical and administrative support staff providing such patient care, and of the general public as a whole is being adversely affected by such conduct,” McCloskey wrote.

A hearing is set for Friday morning, when the judge will decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction.

Nurse Judy Danella is president of United Steelworkers Local 4-200, the union representing the 1,700 striking nurses. She denied the hospital’s claims that picketers have blocked anyone’s access or threatened anyone.

“We have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, but they’re saying we were blocking things. Nobody’s been hurt. Every time there was an ambulance, they did stop to let the ambulance through. It’s very fabricated,” Danella said. “This is just an anti-union, union-busting tactic on their end.”

The two sides last met Thursday, when a federal mediator called them to the bargaining table to break a contract impasse over the union’s demands for higher pay, a freeze on insurance premiums, and mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, as well as a dispute over sick callouts.

The day ended without an agreement, when hospital officials urged union officials to either agree to binding arbitration or accept their Aug. 2 offer. That offer included increased on-call pay and a $20 hourly bonus for nurses working shifts with high nurse-to-patient ratios standards.

Tuesday, the union held a vote and the nurses voted by an 89% majority to reject that offer and continue striking, Danella said.

No further negotiations are scheduled as of now, she added.

“We want safe staffing levels,” she said. “I don’t know what the future holds. I hope it holds to go back to the table and have serious negotiations.”

Hospital officials are “deeply disappointed” by the nurses’ vote to continue striking, spokeswoman Wendy Gottsegen said.

“RWJUH did everything it could to avoid a strike and urges the union to work with us to reach a resolution. This strike cannot go on forever,” Gottsegen said.

McCloskey’s temporary restraining order is “not about noise or restricting a peaceful demonstration, which we fully support,” she added.

“The judge issued the order in response to the increasingly aggressive activities that began last week,” Gottsegen said. “This order is needed to prevent injury or worse from the increasingly dangerous activities of the picketers.”

Picketers have chanted, blared music, and used air horns, drums, and bullhorns, both to solicit support from passing motorists and to generate attention as they march around the 620-bed hospital. The strike — the nurses’ first since 2006 — entered its 47th day Tuesday.

They were still there — but far quieter and fewer in number on Tuesday.

McCloskey’s order specifically forbade them from “parading or patrolling, gathering, loitering or picketing about the entrances or premises of the hospital or public streets or sidewalks approaching thereto or in the vicinity thereof, except in such numbers and in such manner and at such places as this court may prescribe.” But his order did not specify what numbers or manner they could gather, so Danella said the nurses were awaiting their attorneys’ advice.

“We have to pretty much stop the music, stop any air horns, and I think they want to start limiting the amount of nurses that can picket at one time,” Danella said. “But we otherwise will continue to do what we were doing.”

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$55 million Blanquita B. Valenti Community School ready to welcome New Brunswick students

NEW BRUNSWICK – Blanquita B. Valenti Community School, like its namesake, embodies what’s best about the city it calls home."She was about community, about purpose, about advocacy," said Superintendent of Schools Aubrey A. Johnson. "And this was a real community effort."Some 800 city students will have an extra-special first day of classes Thursday when they walk into the brand-new $55 million school on Jersey Avenue for the first time.Two years in the making, the three-stor...

NEW BRUNSWICK – Blanquita B. Valenti Community School, like its namesake, embodies what’s best about the city it calls home.

"She was about community, about purpose, about advocacy," said Superintendent of Schools Aubrey A. Johnson. "And this was a real community effort."

Some 800 city students will have an extra-special first day of classes Thursday when they walk into the brand-new $55 million school on Jersey Avenue for the first time.

Two years in the making, the three-story, 127,400-square-foot facility replaces Lincoln Annex School, formerly St. Peter's High School and Elementary School, which was demolished for construction of the state's first free-standing cancer hospital. It can house up to 1,000 K-8 students.

The excitement is palpable, said Valenti School Principal Ellen Treadway and the superintendent. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the afternoon of Sept. 6.

"It's very exciting," Treadway said. "It's a beautiful building, absolutely gorgeous. It already has a ton of vitality to it. You can feel it. When you walk in you get that energy of teachers who are excited to set up their classrooms, seeing their new furniture, seeing all the materials that they have, the technology that they have. Everything is vibrant here and you can feel that with all the teachers and staff members who have come in."

Johnson called it a "true community school." He praised Treadway, who has been with the district for about a decade, with being able to connect the Valenti school community and "bring a lot of vision to what the mindset of what Blanquita Valenti was about."

"Everyone's worked together to create the opportunity for us," Johnson said. "From the mayor (Jim Cahill) and his vision to DEVCO (New Brunswick Development Corporation) and their vision to the Board of Education and their vision. And the hospital. The vision was set forward and then everybody pulled together to make it work. I want to say now we are at the micro stage where our administrators and our teachers and our principals and everyone is now filling in those buildings. Before there were just walls. But I feel now there are promises that have come inside. And that makes a school. I'm extremely excited for what's going to happen."

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The school broke ground in spring 2021, just a few months after Blanquita B. Valenti died at age 87. A strong role model for her community, Valenti was a longtime educator, public servant and held numerous elected local and county positions while raising her family in the city. She taught Spanish at John F. Kennedy High School in Woodbridge for 32 years before her retirement.

Valenti's political and community achievements included serving as Middlesex County freeholder from 2004-2019, New Brunswick councilmember from 1990-2010 and as a member of the New Brunswick Board of Education and New Brunswick Planning Board. She also served on the board of directors for St. Peter's University Hospital and Middlesex College, was a founding and charter member of the Puerto Rican Action Board and a founding member of ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey.

She has a huge legacy, Johnson said, one that will be included in the school's day-to-day activities.

"In each instance, she was the first person of Latin American descent to serve in these positions," he said. "We actually have a lot of artifacts that we have collected, and we have a lot of awareness of who she was. We have been talking to the family, and we have a lot of history and legacy, and we definitely plan to incorporate that into our curriculum as well."

Valenti School is walkable for the community, Treadway noted.

"That is something that we're very excited about, being able to have our students and their families walk to school and come to functions," she said. "Even though the other school wasn't far from where we were at, we had to transport them by bus. So now they're able to walk in and it just provides a little bit more opportunities for different events and functions for families to come to."

The school features a health and wellness theme, Treadway said, which is incorporated into the curriculum.

"Health and wellness is something that we will try to put into our daily routines, and we will bring in community members and partners to kind of focus on this with families and students," she said.

According to Sarah Clarke, executive vice president of DEVCO, which developed the project, there was a group of community members, parents and staff that was integral in the early planning stages that helped identify the site and some of the design features.

"I think it really does meet with all of those factors that you would call a community school," Clarke said. "Ultimately, in its operation, it'll be a community school, but certainly as part of the development phase, the design and construction, it's also should be considered a community effort."

Among the amenities are a large outdoor playground, gymnasium, cafeteria and a multi-purpose room with a stage. There is a media center, technology lab, makerspace; biology, chemistry and hydroponics lab, Johnson said.

"I know the students are excited with the playground," Treadway said. "All of our students in grades K through 8 will have that opportunity to go to the outdoor playground for recess. The media center is beautiful. It feels like a mix of a Barnes & Noble with a makerspace area and STEAM area where we will have coding and robotics to offer."

Clarke said the building has a modern, high-tech vibe, designed to give the district the most amount of flexibility, and can host community events the way it’s designed.

"You can give community access in those spaces without having to get access to the rest of the school," she said. "So after hours or for a weekend use by different community groups. I think that is a great feature."

The school was developed in collaboration with the city, Middlesex County, RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Center Institute of New Jersey and DEVCO, with funding provided by RWJBarnabas as part of its cancer center project.

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