My Walk in Manhattan: my walking experience around the whole island. I started this project on Father’s Day, June 2015

My Inspiration for my “MywalkinManhattan” was the determination of my father to get better with every day of his illness. Don’t think you can’t get better but there will be a new normal. Always strive and say “I am going to do more today” and “I want to get better and here are my goals”. My best to all caregivers out there. My best to you!!


Happy Father’s Day!

(This project is dedicated with much love to my father, Warren George Watrel, who still inspires me!)

Hello and Welcome to ‘’, an extensive  project to walk the entire island of Manhattan. My name is Justin Watrel and I will be your guide in exploring the island of Manhattan, searching every nook and cranny of the island for the unusual, the usual and the in between.

‘Walking the Island of Manhattan’ may not be terribly original as there are about four other people doing the project at the same time, but this project is different in the way I see the island. Not rushing through to prove I have walked it but to see what these neighborhoods are all about and what is there to discover and enjoy.

For all you ‘Manhattanites’ who think you know your island, I will show you things that you have never…

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Skin Surveillance Program: What are the chances you have skin cancer?

Skin Surveillance Program: What are the chances you have skin cancer?

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Early Detection

1 in 5 people will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer such as melanoma can appear at any time in your life and the risk increases as you age. The good news is that if it’s detected early, it’s almost always treatable. So don’t leave it to chance.

At MoleSafe, our advanced Skin Surveillance Program is designed to look deep inside a mole’s structure to detect any potential skin cancers that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program is a comprehensive skin documentation system designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam by a doctor or dermatologist. The MoleSafe system produces high-resolution diagnostic images and created a profile for your skin that is monitored for any changes in your lesions over time. Following the exam, an extensive diagnostic report of your results is sent to you and your doctor with recommendations and instructions for follow-up visits and/or treatment.

The number one Choice for over 30,000 patients worldwide.

The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program:

*Meeting with Melanographer: First you meet with our certified melanographer to discuss medical history and address skin concerns.

*Skin Evaluation & Imagining: A head-to-toe skin evaluation is performed. Clinical and dermoscopic imagines are taken of any moles/lesions of concern.

*Expert Dermatologist Report: A full diagnostic report is created by our expert dermatologist/demoscopist with results and recommendations sent to you and your doctor.

*You’re part of the MoleSafe family! We regularly check in with you and provide the tools and education to keep your skin safe.

*Total Body Photography: A series of high definition pictures are taken of 97% of the body’s surface to create a clinical profile of your benchmark images.

*Digital Melanogram: Exam images are complied into a digital record, along with other information. Including lesion coding and history to fully document.

*Secure Online Archive: Your files are securely kept on record that you and your doctor can access via our online portal to keep monitoring your skin.

Get your skin checked and live with confidence.

Melanoma can be fast-growing and is the most life-threatening of all skin cancers but if caught early there is a nearly 100% survival rate. If you have ever been badly sunburned: used a sunbed; have a family history of skin cancer, have many moles or you have an outdoor lifestyle; your chances of getting melanoma increase dramatically.

Your skin is always changing. That’s why our proven system combines advanced technology with skin cancer expertise to track those changes over time. It’s the most effective way to detect melanoma early-when it’s most treatable.

MoleSafe: Skin Surveillance Program-Full Body Screening

Our most comprehensive service essential for first-time patients and anyone considered to be medium to high risk.

*Session with a Certified Melanographer

*Total Body Photography

*Head-to-Toe Skin Check

*Clinical and Dermoscopic Imaging of Individual Moles and Lesions

*Expert Dermatologist Diagnosis

*Diagnostic Report and Follow-Up Recommendations

*Secure Online Access to all of your images

*Skin Cancer Education and support

*HSA/FSA Accepted

-No referral needed

-No long waiting periods

-Safe Professional Caring

Don’t put this off. Book now.

Schedule an appointment. It’s easy. Book online or call us. 1-877-665-3723

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the MoleSafe pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call or email them for more information on the program.

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Vbeam Prima: Redness, Brown Spots, Wrinkles and Acne

Vbeam Prima: Redness, Brown Spots, Wrinkles and Acne

Get healthier, more youthful-looking skin with Vbeam Prima treatments

Great skin should be an option at any age. Because when we look our best, we often feel out best. An advanced form of laser therapy, Vbeam Prima treatments are customized to meet your individual skin care needs. Vbeam Prima laser treatments offer a way to reduce the appearance of unwanted skin conditions such as:





*Poikioderma of Civatte

*Sun Damage

Treats redness and brown spots at the same time.

Fast lasing results: The Vbeam Prima system treats a wide range of skin conditions, including redness, acne, wrinkles and sun spots on the face and chest by delivering targeting laser therapy.

Patients treated with Vbeam technology reported experiencing minimal discomfort during treatment and were highly satisfied with the result.

*After 3 treatments patients had  less 90% reduction in small red veins (telangiectases) and dark brown spots (lentigines).

*100% of patients treated for facial wrinkles reported being satisfied with their results.

What to expect:

*You can typically expect 2 to 4 treatments

*Your healthcare provider may administer instant cooling to the skin before, during or after treatment for added comfort.

*Each treatment typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

*The number and duration of treatments will vary depending on the condition and your skin type.

Versatile treatments, proven results:

*Targets a wide variety of skin conditions

*FDA cleared for most to all skin types

*Improves skin appearance and texture

*Highly rated by patients

Ask your healthcare provider if Vbeam Prima laser therapy is right for you.

Disclaimer: this information was take from the Vbeam Prima laser website and I give them full credit for the information. I have never used the service so I have no opinion on it either yes or no to how good it works. Please call them or check out the website for more information.

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Check WIC Out: Give your child a healthy start!

Check WIC Out: Give your child a healthy start!

New Jersey WIC Woman, Infants & Children: Every Child Deserves a healthy Start

Shop at over 900 convenient WIC Approved Grocery Stores

What is WIC?

WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education and community support to income-eligible pregnant women, moms of infants and children up to 5 years old.

You may Quality for WIC Benefits if you:

*Live in New Jersey and are:

*Pregnant (or recently pregnant)

*A breastfeeding mother (up to 1 year)

*An infant or child under 5 years old.

*Meet the income guidelines even if you work or receive Disability, Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

*Have a nutritional need

WIC Income Guidelines (Effective July 1, 2019)

If your household income is less than or equal to, the guidelines below, you may qualify for WIC.

Household Size/Yearly Income:









WIC Shopper-WIC shopping simplified

Use WIC benefits to save an average of $60 per month for each family member on WIC.

Food options for Moms and Children

*Vegetables and Fruit (fresh, canned, frozen) 100% juice

*Breakfast Cereal, Cheese, Eggs and Peanut Butter

*Beans, Peas, Lentils-dry or canned varieties

*Whole Grain Foods like bread, pasta, rice and tortillas

*Milk, Soy Milk, Tofu and Yogurt

*Canned Fish (for exclusively breasfeeding women only)

Food Options for Infants:

*Formula, cereal, baby food including vegetable and fruit varieties

*Meat baby food for exclusively breastfed infants

For more information:

Other WIC Services:

WIC connects families to other local services like dental care and immunizations.

WIC Provides you with three options for learning:

*Meet individually with a nutrition and/or a breastfeeding expert to get your questions answered.

*Online WIC lessons are available at

*WIC Discussion Groups are a great way to meet and learn from other parents.

Plus-breastfeeding support if and when you need it.

The WIC Websites and regulations:

Contact your local program to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-328-3838 (24 hours)

North Jersey:

East Orange WIC-(973) 395-8960

Jersey City WIC-(201) 547-6842

Newark WIC-(973) 733-7628

North Hudson WIC-(201) 866-4700

Passaic WIC-(973) 365-5620

NORWESCAP WIC-Newton, Phillipsburg, Hackettstown and Washington (908) 454-1210

St. Joseph’s WIC-(973) 754-4575

Rutgers WIC-(973) 972-3416

Please see the website to see the locations in Central and South Jersey and New York City.

Disclaimer:  This information was taken directly from the WIC pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number or check out the websites for more information.


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Census 2020: Count all kids

Census 2020: Count all kids

In our communities, every person counts. When we miss a young child in the Census, our communities lose out on funding for that child for the next 10 years.

Making sure our children get their fair share

A major way our communities get money for child and family programs is by participating in the U.S. Census, which occurs once every 10 years. The  state and federal government use Census data to fund important services including early childhood education, free and low-cost school meals, child care and NJ Family Care.

New Jersey receives a total of $22.7 billion annually in federal funding based on data from the 2010 Census. In New Jersey, 27,000 children (5.2%) under age 5 were missed by the 2010 Census. If children are underrepresented in the Census count in 2020, it will result in less funding for important public services.

New Jersey received a total of $22.7 billion annually in federal funding based on data from the 2010 Census for important programs like:

NJ Family Care: $9.6 Billion

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): $ 1.2 Billion

Section 8 Housing Vouchers: $741 Million

Special Education Grants: $370 Million

National School Lunch Program: $261 Million

Head Start: $164 Million

WIC: $151 Million

Child Care: $120 Million

Participation in the Census is safe, confidential and only takes about 10 minutes. Everyone should include their children on the census to ensure their communities receive their fair share for local schools, medical care and child care. Please share this information with your family and friends; it is important that everyone is informed.

Here is how the Census works:

  1. In March 2020, you will get a Census invitation in the mail.
  2. Follow the instructions on the invitation to compete the Census survey online or over the phone.
  3. You may wait to receive a paper form in the mail if you prefer to respond on paper. If you do not complete the Census by the end of April, a Census official will come to your home to help you fill out the survey.

For more information, please see:

Are my answers confidential?

Yes. By federal law, your responses cannot be shared with anyone outside the Census Bureau. That includes all police, governments and individuals. No one can use your Census information to reduce your benefits, evict you, deport you or fine you.

What does the Census ask?

Just the basics. The questionnaire will ask for your name, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, relationship to other people in the home and whether you rent or own your home.

What if my child is a baby or was just born-do I list him or her on the Census?

Yes. Please list your baby no matter how old, even if you are still in the hospital!

I have kids living with me who aren’t mine-do I list them?

Yes. You should count every child who is living at your address, even if only temporarily.

My child doesn’t live with me all the time-do I list him or her?

It depends. Whomever your child lives with most of the time should count your child. If time is split evenly, the child should be counted wherever they stay on April 1, 2020.

How does it take?

About 10 minutes.

Make sure you are counted so that your community receives the funding and services it deserves. For information and assistance, call NALEO Educational Fund’s bilingual toll free hotline: 1-877-EL-CENSO (352-3676).

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the US Census pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please be on the lookout for this information in 2020.


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The Truth About Tobacco-Tips for Teens

The Truth About Tobacco-Tips for Teens

Get the Facts:

*Tobacco damages your health:

Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Smoking is also a leading cause of cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas and kidney. Smokeless tobacco can cause mouth cancer tooth loss and other health problems.

*Tobacco affects your body’s development:

Smoking is particularly harmful for teens because your body is still growing and changing. The 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke affect your normal development and can cause life-threatening diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, heat disease and stroke.

*Tobacco is addictive:

Cigarettes contain nicotine-a powerfully addictive substance. Three-quarter of young people who use tobacco daily continue to do so because they find it hard to quit.

Tobacco can kill you:

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country. More than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year and most of them began using tobacco before the age of 18.

Know the signs…

*How can you tell if a friend is using tobacco?

Sometimes it’s tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If your friend has one or more of the following signs, he or she may be regularly using tobacco:

*Wheezing, coughing, bad breath

*Smelly hair and clothes

*Yellow-stained teeth and fingers

*Frequent colds

*Decreased senses of smell and taste

*Difficulty keeping up with sports and athletic activities

*Bleeding gums (smokeless tobacco)

*Frequent mouth sores (smokeless tobacco)

What can you do to help someone who is using tobacco?

Be a real friend. Encourage your friend to quit. For information and referrals, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 800-729-6686.

Before you risk it…

Know the law-It is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco-related products.

Stay Informed-Addiction to tobacco is hard to control. More than 90% of teens who use tobacco daily experience at least one symptom of withdrawal when they try to quit.

Keep your edge-The poisons in cigarettes can affect your appearance. Smoking can dry your skin out and cause wrinkles. Some research even relates smoking to premature gray hair and hair loss.

Be aware-It can be hard to play sports if you use tobacco. Smoking causes shortness of breath and dizziness and chewing tobacco causes dehydration.

Think of others-Smoking puts the health of your friends and family at risk. Approximately 3,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer each year from breathing other peoples smoke.

Get the facts-Each day more than 3,000 people under age 18 become regular smokers. That’s more than 1 million teens per year. Roughly one-third of them eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

Look around you-Even tough a lot of teens use tobacco most don’t. According to a 1998 study; less than 20% of teens are regular smokers. In fact, 64% of 12 to 17 years olds have never even tried a cigarette.

The Bottom Line: If you know someone who is using tobacco, urge him or her to quit. If you are using it-stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being. It’s never too late. Talk to your parents, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher or another adult your trust. Do it today!

*Curious about the TV ads of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign? Check out the Web site at or visit the Office of National Drug Control Policy Web site at For footnote reference see our Website at

Q: Doesn’t smoking help you relax?

A: No. Smoking can actually increase feelings of stress and nervousness. Break the cycle: use drug-free strategies to calm your nerves like exercise and talking to your friends.

Q: Isn’t smoking sexy?

A: Only if you think, bad breath smelly hair, yellow fingers and coughing are sexy. Advertisements often portray smoking as glamorous and sophisticated but think carefully about who created these ads and why.

Q: Isn’t smokeless tobacco safer to use than cigarettes?

A: No, form of tobacco is safe to use. Smokeless tobacco users are 50 times more likely to get oral cancer than nonusers. Those who don’t develop some form of cancer are still likely to have signs of use, like stained teeth, bad breath and mouth sores.

To learn more about tobacco or obtain referrals to programs in your community, contact one of the following toll-free numbers: SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 800-729-6686. TDD: 800-487-4889-linea gratis en espanol 877-767-8432.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Elks National Drug Awareness Program. Prevention through Education. and I give them full credit for this information. Please contact the above numbers for more information.



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A Gift from Captain Buscio-Statistics tell the Story

To all First Responders,

This exam is free to all of us. Please take the time to take a full check up every year as part of your health plan.

The Brothers of Engine One Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department NJ

A Gift from Captain Buscio-Statistics tell the Story

Statistics tell the Story:

When it comes to the relationship between firefighters and heart attacks, the statistics speak for themselves:

*Despite fluctuations, the trend in the proportion of firefighter fatalities from heart attacks has remained constant since 1984.

*More than one-half of all fatal heart attacks strike firefighters while on scene of a fire or non-fire emergency.

Firefighter victims may not have had a previous medical history of heart disease. For this reason getting a comprehensive medical evaluation that is specific to your profession is not just for peace of mind. It is absolutely necessary.

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For additional details on this statistical data, visit the United States Fire Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Website,

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How a gift from Captain Buscio’ Works:

All fire departments whose fire fighters and officers are participating in the program throughout the State of New Jersey…

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