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Warrenbrook and Other Somerset County Senior Centers Close Friday Due to Expected Snow

March 19, 2015

WARREN, NJ - The following Senior Centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed Friday, March 20, due to the anticipated snow: Raritan, Quail Bro...

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Obituaries

Obituaries

In Memorium: David Christopher Bird

March 25, 2015

David C. Bird, who went missing on January 11, 2014, after going for a walk near his home in Millington, NJ, was found dead on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.   David, 55 years old when ...

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In the Schools

Warren Township Schools: Shining Brighter Every Day

Chicks Hatch at Woodland School

March 25, 2015

WARREN, NJ - For the past fifteen years, Woodland School first graders have experienced an egg-citing, hands-on learning opportunity. First grade teachers, Anita Brower and Dorothy Stolfi, were ...

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Long Term Care Insurance: Do You Need It?

WARREN, NJ - As Americans are living longer, the cost of health and custodial care continues to rise at exponential rates. Long-Term Care Insurance may be something you wish to add to your Retir...

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Kicking Off the Second Season of WBSI Buddy Ball in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Warren Baseball Softball Inc. (WBSI) is proud to announce the second season of Buddy Ball. Buddy Ball is a co-ed baseball program that provides children with physical or mental disa...

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Warren Township Food For Thought

Pioppino Mushroom Salad with Watercress, Pickled Red Onion, and Soft Boiled Egg

WARREN,  NJ - This is a great little salad that can be used as either a starter or a main dish.  Pioppino mushrooms have a mild flavor with a long stem and small button on top and are ...

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The Academic Coach

Strong Finish

All long distance runners know that a marathon doesn’t really start until the 20 mile mark. That’s the point at which the race gets really tough and many competitors “hit a wal...

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Home for Good: Dog of the Week

Dog of the Week - Help Sampson find his "Forever" Home

Sampson is a 5 month old Labrador Retriever- Spaniel mix. He was found in a kill shelter in South Carolina and was about to be euthanized because he limped a bit. Sampson is an amazing, sweet, a...

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Talking about Grief

Talking about Death and Dying at Local Conversation Cafe - Sponsored by Summit Medical Group, My Gift of Grace and Atlantic Health System

Ever considered a dinner conversation about end of life but haven't been able to have it? Ever consider that this conversation could actually be fun and interesting? Then consider joining Im...

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Guest Column

Bond referendum is good value for money

To the Editor, There seems to be confusion about how a school bond referendum interfaces with the operating budget upon which Chatham voters opine each year. A referendum is relatively rare,...

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Time is Running Out: Help Campbell Hoyt Fight Her Cancer

By BRENDA A. NEMCEK

July 16, 2014 at 6:19 AM

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Campbell (Cam) Hoyt has been battling Ependymoma, brain and spine cancer, since Aug. 20, 2009. She was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed. 
 
In the last few weeks, Campbell has had major disease progression. There is no known cure for multiple recurrent anaplastic ependymoma.
 
But there is one possibility to try to cure Campbell's cancer. However, it is costly and the Hoyt's insurance carrier has denied coverage. Friends of the Hoyts have set up two ways to help--a petition to the insurance company and a donation website.
 
Since Cam's recurrence in 2011, she has tried a total of five clinical trials, one multiple drug protocol, one experimental usage of a drug based on research being done at St. Jude, and one compassionate usage of an adult medication. They have tried all clinical trials available to Campbell. Only one worked for about 11 months. The others have failed miserably, with massive growth in her brain tumors. This year alone, Campbell has tried three treatments, without luck. She has now had a total of nine major brain surgeries and one spine surgery. Full gene sequencing has been done on all of her tumors that were removed, to help guide treatment choices.
 
On the website, the Hoyt's say,"We have one last protocol available to try to kill Campbell's cancer. This protocol has not been arbitrarily chosen. Sick Kids hospital in Toronto, Canada, a premier center for ependymoma treatment and research, found that these two drugs when sprinkled on PF primary ependymoma cells (what Cam's are) in a lab, had a remarkable death rate. This rate was increased when the two drugs were used in combination. I am not being melodramatic when I say, this is our last hope. Cam's tumors are growing rapidly, including one that has now infiltrated her brain stem, rendering it inoperable."
 
Both of these drugs are FDA approved for use in children. Azacitadine, an IV chemotherapy, has been approved. The second agent, Vorinostat (also known as Zolinza or SAHA), is an oral chemotherapy, has been denied. The reason given is that it is not FDA approved for treatment of ependymoma. Here's the catch - nothing is. There is no known effective chemotherapy for ependymoma.
 
Not only do they have the Sick Kids research data, and also two other patients who have successfully used this therapy for disease stabilization, but they have Campbell's gene sequencing. This sequencing provides extra evidence that the two drug combination is a good choice for Campbell. 
 
Good is almost irrelevant. It is her only choice at this point; that or death. 
 
They do not have time to waste on the lengthy appeals process, which can take months. Cam is declining rapidly and is supposed to start the oral chemotherapy this week. The cost of the medication out of pocket is $5,000 per month. $10,000 is needed to cover the first two cycles of medication and then Campbell will have scans to determine if the medications are working.
 
To help by donating go to:
 
To sign the petition to help to put pressure on Anthem Blue Cross to approve Zolinza for Campbell so she can start treatment go to: