Crime & Safety State News

Union County Man Charged with Fourth Count of Coercing and Enticing Victims for the Purpose of Prostitution

NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted a Union County, New Jersey, man for persuading, inducing and enticing numerous female victims to travel in interstate or foreign commerce to engage in prostitution and other sexual acts, often by use of force, violence and threats, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jose Torres, 42, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was charged today in a superseding indictment with four counts of coercion and enticement. Torres was originally charged in February 2020 with two counts of coercing and enticing and on May 29, 2020, he was indicted on a third count involving another victim. Today’s indictment adds a fourth victim. Torres will be arraigned at a later date.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From May 2015 to October 2019, Torres persuaded, induced and enticed female victims, often commercial sex workers, to travel from various out of state locations, including Canada, New York, and Pennsylvania, in order to engage in prostitution with him. In each instance, Torres lured a female victim to New Jersey with promises of large payments. In three of the charged instances, when the victim asked for payment, Torres became aggressive, often assaulting and raping her. Torres never paid the women for their services.

The two most recently charged counts allege that in December 2015, Torres lured Victim-4 to travel from Pennsylvania to New Jersey on promises of large sums of payment.  In May 2018 Torres lured Victim-3 to travel from New York City to New Jersey on promises of large sums of payment. Once Victim-3 arrived, she began to feel uncomfortable. Torres threatened Victim-3, telling her it was in her best interest to remain in the hotel room. Victim-3 remained in the room and Torres then forced her to engage in unwanted sexual activity, including having sexual intercourse without a condom.

The coercion and enticement charges each carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Joe Denahan in Newark; special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina in Newark; and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, with the investigation leading to today’s superseding indictment.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emma Spiro of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Violent Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations in the superseding indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, July 31, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Federal unemployment benefits

  • Millions of families left hanging after Sen. Mitch McConnell sent Senate home for a long weekend without a solution for Americans

Daily numbers

  • New cases: 699 — Total cases: 181,660 (since March 4)
    • Murphy: Even with the increases, NJ remains one of the 10 states with the lowest number of active cases in the country.
  • Positivity rate: 2.15%
    • NJ remains one of the lowest daily percent positivity
  • Rate of transmission: 1.35, Murphy anticipates that it will grow.
    • “We are standing in a very dangerous place,” Murphy said.
  • Parties and overcrowding “has to stop.”
  • ICU/CCU admissions: 113
  • Death toll: 13,944
  • As of the latest hospital data, there were NO in-hospital deaths over a 24-hour period ending at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night — The first time since Mar. 10. However, sometimes data lags, and some similar reports in NYC have proven false.

2020 Census

  • NJ self-response rate: 64.7%
  • Visit to make sure you’re counted.
  • Census 2020 Push Week activities taking place.

Recent studies on COVID-19

  • Studies show patients 18-34 were not back to health after two weeks of illness.
  • “Sobering reminder” to people, especially young adults that this disease has lingering effects, Health Commissioner Judith Perischilli said.

Tracking Isaias

  • Likely state will just get rain and wind
  • NJ is closely monitoring the storm

Would you consider lowering outdoor gathering capacity if cases increase?

  • The focus is on indoor gatherings and parties

Will gyms reopen anytime soon?

  • When we get there, there will be restrictions on it. (No set date)

What’s the threshold in the rate of transmission that would cause the state to look into rolling back on reopenings (outdoor dining, etc.)?

  • “You should assume we’re there.” Assuming trends continue the way they are, more restrictions will be put in place.
  • If we have a good weekend, we’ll reconsider.

Reopening school year

  • “It’s not going to be normal,” Murphy said.

Jackson AirbnbHas anyone tested positive?

  • No known cases associated with party as of right now.
Latest official numbers:

As of Friday afternoon, there are 181,660 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 13,944 coronavirus fatalities.


Six UFA Defensemen the New Jersey Devils Should Target

Free agency may still be a few months off, but it’s not too early for us to start looking at ways to improve our New Jersey Devils. With the club being one of seven not in the Canadian bubble cities for this year’s postseason tournament, talk turns to how to get the team back to the playoffs. To get back to the playoffs, teams have to shore up their areas of weakness.

The biggest weakness for Jersey’s Team is their back end; outside of Damon Severson, P.K Subban and Will Butcher, the Devils don’t really have any NHL caliber players (Connor Carrick is a fringe NHL player at best) on their roster from last season. There are, however, a number of quality NHL-level defensemen from other teams set to be unrestricted free agents on November 1st.

In this article, we will be looking mostly at defenders who play the left side, as the aforementioned Severson and Subban play on the right. Additionally, Carrick could play the right in a bottom pair role or if Ty Smith makes the team, the Devils might choose to keep the rookie left-shooter on the side he played on in juniors to help acclimate him to the NHL level.

As one last note, I’ve limited the data used to the past four seasons, so as to keep the discussion centered around fairly recent stats. With the ages of the players listed, it also encompasses the ages that many consider to be just prior to a defender’s prime, as well as the first few years of it. Without further ado, here are six defenders I would at least consider bringing in to bolster the Devils’ defense.

6. Erik Gustafsson

We’re going to spend a bit less time on some of the names that fall lower on my list and we begin with Erik Gustafsson. A name that might stand out due to his 60 points in 79 games with Chicago last season, this season saw Gustafsson drop to 29 points, including three assists in seven games after being traded to the Flames at the deadline.

Gustafsson’s advanced stats paint a picture of a player who struggles at times to get the puck moving in the right direction. While his SAT in his rookie (2017-18) campaign was 55.1%, it dropped to 50.1% last season and 48.8% this season; this while his offensive zone start % (OZ%) has been 55% or better each season. Gustafsson realistically should only be an option if they whiff on the five players ranked above him on this list.

While he’s still better than UFA players I haven’t listed here, his deployment seems to be about contributing offense rather than the defense the Devils need; statistically, he’s pretty similar to Will Butcher, albeit slightly larger and older, but since the Devils still have Will Butcher, they’d be wise to pass on said slightly larger and older Will Butcher.

5. Ben Hutton

Another name flying a bit more under the radar is Ben Hutton, who played this past season on a one year deal for the Kings after leaving the Vancouver Canucks via unrestricted free agency. Hutton’s stats prior to his year in LA seem to indicate why he signed only a one year deal: he needed to rebuild his long-term value after a couple of disastrous campaigns with the Canucks.

While 2018-19 was his worst season in terms of advanced stats, perhaps playing 22 minutes per night was simply too much; Hutton was much better in somewhat reduced minutes with the Kings. Hutton falls this low on my list simply because he was using this year to repair his value; it’s entirely possible that he reverts back to being a middling defender. He’s also not a point producer, so if he’s not playing effective defense, he’s not really bringing much to the team. I would take a flyer on Hutton if he’s willing to sign a cheap deal for only a few seasons, similar to John Moore in 2015. If it happens, let’s hope LA Ben Hutton comes to NJ, as Vancouver Hutton might actually be worse than John Moore.

4. Torey Krug

Krug is the first “bigger name” that I’ll address on this list, and if the Devils decide they want more offense from the back, then Krug is the guy! While he fell one point shy of 50 this season, he surpassed that mark each of the prior three, all while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time each season. Additionally, his SAT % over the past four seasons has been over 53% (57.4, 54.1, 53.9, 55.4), meaning he’s pushing play the right way. So why does he fall into the bottom half of this list?

Part of Krug’s advanced stats and his probable contract demands are where I grow worried. While his SAT% looks great on paper, there’s two things affecting it; first, he plays for the Bruins, who are currently a really good team, and second, his OZ% is alarming. While he saw 58.8% of his shifts start in the offensive zone in 2016-17, it rose to 64.7% in 2017-18, inched up to 66% in 2018-19, and jumped to a startlingly high 71% this past season. Now I know this is a team that deploys Zdeno Chara in situations requiring defense, but I worry about Krug on a team that does not currently have a strong option on the left.

If the Devils are able to pick up a strong defensive defenseman AND Krug in free agency, I’d be all for it provided that the price is right. Krug will probably be looking for a healthy bump up from his current $5.25 million cap hit, and while the Devils certainly need to improve their back end, I think Krug is more of a high end version of what the team currently has, rather than what they truly need. I would, however, add him to the team, if a few conditions (see section below my #1 choice) are able to be met.

3. Joel Edmundson

Edmundson arrived in Carolina this season as part of the Justin Faulk trade, where he would have the best offensive season of his career with 20 points in 68 games. His ice time also stayed relatively high, at roughly 18 minutes per game, despite this being a decrease from the prior two seasons in St. Louis. Joel is also one of the younger players who will be available, as he just turned 27 last month.

In terms of advanced stats, Edmundson isn’t too shabby either; he always receives fewer than 50% of his starts in the offensive zone (he came close to 50% in 2017-18) while his SAT% is above 50% save for 2016-17, which was only his second season in the NHL. Edmundson is known more for defense than offense, and his stats aren’t too shabby. Additionally, I don’t believe he would cost an exorbitant amount, and the possibility of him accepting less than a seven year deal exists.

If the Devils sign him, I could see Edmundson being placed next to either Severson or Subban on the second pairing. Joel would be the more reliable player, staying closer to home, while his partner would be able to freely lead a rush up ice in the right situation. Joel’s stats also indicate that he knows how to get the puck out of his own end, which is another skill the Devils need from their defense. However, Edmundson is my backup pick if the Devils can’t get my #1 choice.

2. Alex Pietrangelo

The one exception to the left side rule for this article (at least according to positions on CapFriendly) is the big fish of the defense market this offseason in Alex Pietrangelo. The current Blues captain enjoyed a successful regular season with 16 goals and 36 assists in 70 games. For those worried about a career year, Pietrangelo’s 52 points is one of his better seasons, but overall in line with his usual point totals.

While he may be a pipe dream (their will certainly be other suitors including the Blues who will more than likely try to keep him) and plays the side where the Devils don’t need as much help, his SAT percentage has been over 50% each of the last four seasons, while usually starting fewer than 50% of his shifts in the offensive zone. The only exception to that last sentence is this season for both, but just barely; his SAT went from a 53.3% in 2018-19 to a 53.1% this season, while OZ% went from 49.8% to 52.9%. He’s playing effective hockey, and eating up at least 24 minutes per night doing so.

Pietrangelo’s leadership and winning ways would be welcome in Jersey as well, but his contract demands would be my concern. As the premier name in free agency for defensemen, Alex knows he will be able to get a long-term, big money deal. With the Devils still seeming to be a few years away from being competitive, Pietro could be on the decline (with an albatross of a deal) as the Devils are ready to be relevant again.

1. Brenden Dillon

Brenden Dillon isn’t the most recognizable name on this list, but in terms of bang for the buck, I feel he is most likely to be the most valuable player of this year’s free agency class. While he shares the same age bracket of give or take a year with Pietrangelo and Krug, Dillon isn’t known for being the big point producer that the other two are. Dillon is known more for his defense, and as that’s what seems to be missing most from the Devils’ back end, Dillon seems to fit the Devils like a glove.

Dillon’s average time on ice has gone up over the past couple of seasons, and while his SAT has fluctuated a bit, it’s always been over 50%, even as his OZ% has been falling. Even when he’s starting in the neutral or his team’s defensive zone, Dillon helps to push play in the other direction. Dillon has also been durable throughout his career; his lowest season total GP (excluding this truncated season and the 2013 lockout season) is 76. Every other season he has appeared in 80 or more of his team’s contests. He’s also seen time on ice increase in each of the last four seasons to boot.

I think Dillon could be had for less than Pietrangelo and Krug, at least in terms of dollars if not contract years, so attempting to sign him makes the most sense for New Jersey. The Capitals might want to re-sign him, however they will only have roughly $10 million needing to sign at least two forwards, three defenders and a goalie. If they elect to bring back Braden Holtby or Radko Gudas, it probably doesn’t leave enough money for Dillon and rounding out those other spots.

In a Perfect World

In today’s NHL, I think fans and teams alike have learned that tying up too much money in players that might start to decline isn’t wise. I would love for the Devils to sign Dillon and Pietrangelo to contracts that wouldn’t cripple their long-term flexibility. That scenario is, sadly, probably unrealistic both in terms of want and money.

Now if the stars were to align, and the team could get any combo of above players (excluding Dillon/Pietrangelo), I would want to see the Devils pick up Dillon and Krug or, if they strike out on Dillon, Edmundson and Krug; signing Dillon/Edmundson would satisfy the need for a more defensive minded defender to roll out when protecting a lead that I mentioned in my analysis on Krug. Krug/Severson or Krug/Subban could either be really good or really bad depending upon how the pairing meshes and if Krug is the real deal away from the Bruins. For this to be viable, the Devils would need to make one more move; they would need to trade Will Butcher.

I like Butcher, but he sadly isn’t moving the needle and making a bad team better. If the Devils were able to shed his $3.7 million salary (taking back little to no salary), they would have roughly $30 million to play with; even if they tied half of that to Krug and Dillon (they shouldn’t nor do I believe both players in total would cost that much) they would still have $15 million to put into new contracts for Jesper Bratt and MacKenzie Blackwood while also being able to sign/re-sign depth pieces.

The season after that sees Travis Zajac’s contract come off the books (even if re-signed, Zajac won’t cost nearly as much) and a much friendlier Cory Schneider buyout structure (if it’s not done this season) with only Kyle Palmieri and Nikita Gusev needing to be re-signed. By the time 2022-23 rolls around, Subban’s cap hit will be off the books, leaving money to give Jack Hughes a new deal.

The main point is that if the Devils want to get better now, they have the cap in place to do so, and if they stick to a plan, even two large free agent contracts won’t ruin their long-term cap structure. Again, I don’t think Dillon and Krug together would cost $15 million; maybe somewhere in the $12-13 range, but even leaving $2-3 million extra would help the Devils moving forward. Now, if you’re wary of free agency, there are other ways to improve the team, such as trades, but that’s a topic for us to discuss next week.

Your Take

What are your thoughts on the available free agent defenders? Who do you want to see the Devils sign if anyone? Who do you see the team realistically signing? Are you wary of free agents wanting too many years and declining in the back end of their contracts? Leave any and all comments below and thanks as always for reading!

Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Indoor parties causing spike in cases

  • The increasing number of cases being traced to indoor house parties is troubling, Murphy said. Read more.
  • “We cannot continue to have crowded house parties. They are not safe, period. They are how coronavirus gets passed around more efficiently,” the governor said.
  • The number of new cases over the last four days rose by 2,000, Murphy said. “We’re now back to where we were roughly a month ago in the daily number of new cases,” he added.
  • In July, 24-33% of cases were between the ages of 18 and 29, compared to 12% in April and 22% in June.
  • In Middletown, there was a series of house parties that have resulted in at least 55 new cases of coronavirus. Those who became sick are between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • Nearly three dozen lifeguards in Surf City and Harvey Cedars have been sidelined with COVID-19 after attending a party.
  • The governor also mentioned a 700-person party in Jackson. “We don’t even know yet how many new coronavirus cases may ultimately be the outcome of this party,” he said.
  • “When there are hundreds of people crammed into a house, where the air-conditioning system is simply blowing the air around and people are not wearing masks, you have also invited coronavirus to your party,” the governor said.
  • Murphy said these parties are examples of why indoor activities such as indoor dining are not yet moving forward in the reopening plan.

NJ MVC long lines, delays

  • “MVC is working hard to mitigate these delays,” the governor said. “In less than a month, they’ve worked through more than half of the backlog created by the agency’s three-month closure.”
  • Murphy urged residents to check online first to see if a transaction can be done at home.
  • He also reminded residents that document expirations and deadlines have been extended.

Health data

  • There are 489 new cases, pushing the total since March 4 to 180,766.
  • Another 18 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 13,923.
  • Of those sick, 761 are hospitalized, 116 are in ICUs and 49 are on ventilators.
  • The spot positivity rate for tests from July 25 was 2.42%.
  • The rate of transmission remains 1.14.
Latest official numbers:

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 180,295 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 13,905 coronavirus fatalities.

Covid-19 State News

NJ reports 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 4 days; ‘We cannot go backwards,’ Murphy says

NEW JERSEY — Although New Jersey has made great progress in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the state reported 2,000 new cases within the past four days, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

“We’re now back to where we were a month ago” in the daily number of new cases, he added.

“We cannot go backwards.”

The governor said indoor and outdoor gatherings, particularly house parties, are partly to blame.

“This is no time for anyone to be vying for induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame. Coronavirus is more easily transmitted indoors. Crowded indoor house parties are not smart or safe,” the governor said.

A cluster of cases in Middletown was linked back to a house party teenagers attended. About 55 new cases have been linked back to the party, most of which are people between ages 14 and 19.

In Jackson, police also broke up a house party that had more than 700 guests.

On Long Beach Island, more than two dozen lifeguards in two boroughs have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a party in Surf City.

A graduation party in Cape May County led to 46 cases among New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents between the ages of 16 and 23 while an outbreak among Rutgers football players reported 15 positive cases.

These examples account for more than 125 new cases of COVID-19 “every single of those cases has the potential to infect more people — their grandparents, their parents, their friends, loved ones. If any of their contacts have underlying conditions… the result could be fatal,” according to Health Commissioner Judith Perischilli.

The percentage of cases that fall between the ages of 18 to 29 continues to increase, she said.

For the first three weeks of July, the rate of cases among that age group was at 24 to 33% compared to 12% in April and 22% in June, Perischilli said.

Murphy and Perischilli both reiterated the fact just because you’re younger, it does not mean they are not susceptible to the virus.

New Jersey reported 489 new cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s number of total cases to 180,766.

The state has also reported a 13,923 death toll as well as 1,875 in probable deaths, Gov. Murphy said.


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NJAC Postpones Fall Sports Competition Scheduled for Fall 2020 Semester

In the best interest of the health and safety of our campus communities, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Presidents Council has made the difficult decision to postpone all fall sport contests and conference championships scheduled for the upcoming 2020 fall semester.

As a result of this decision, William Paterson University’s field hockey, football, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball programs will not compete against other institutions this fall.

Our hope is that improved public health conditions will allow our fall teams to compete during the spring 2021 semester. We also are working on plans to allow our fall sport student-athletes to participate in limited on-campus practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester. These fall activities will not exhaust a season of your NCAA eligibility, and would be structured to comply with evolving COVID–related health and safety guidelines.

The William Paterson Athletics staff worked tirelessly with institutional, local, conference and NCAA authorities since March to plan for a return to competition this fall. We are all eager to see you back in the Orange and Black, competing in the sports you love, and we share your disappointment that we are not yet able to safely do so.

We Are Pioneers, and we will persevere through this adversity, united and stronger. Please continue to follow all public health directives, comply with personal hygiene and physical distancing guidance, and wear a face covering. Doing so helps protect you, your family, teammates, friends and community.

For more about William Paterson’s response to COVID-19, please visit the University’s information page. For more about the action taken by the NJAC, please view President Helldobler’s communication to the William Paterson community as well as the statement on I also encourage you to read the 2020-21 Fall Student-Athlete FAQs for additional information.


Pizza study shows one big meal isn’t as bad for you if your nutrition is healthy overall

Most people would have enjoyed participating in this study by University of Bath researchers — especially because it involves eating a lot of pizza.

Researchers recruited 14 healthy participants and had them eat pizza on two occasions: one time until they were comfortably full, and the other until they couldn’t eat another bite. The results, as the eternal clickbait goes, will surprise you.

Researchers at the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism at the University of Bath analyzed the blood of participants before and after each meal.


In the ‘eat all you can’ group session, participants ate around 3000 kcal on average, roughly about one and a half large pizzas — about two times more than the other ‘normal meal’ group. However, this varied a lot, as some individuals were able to consume up to two and a half large pizzas in one go. Researchers were surprised to see that even when participants pushed way beyond their usual limits and doubled their calorie intake, they managed to keep the amount of nutrients in the bloodstream within the normal range, at least in the short term.

Essentially, this one overindulgent meal did not seem to make much of a difference, says lead researcher Aaron Hengist.

“We all know the long-term risks of over-indulgence with food when it comes to obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but we know much less about some of the immediate effects ‘all you can eat’ places on the body. Our findings show that the body actually copes remarkably well when faced with a massive and sudden calorie excess. Healthy humans can eat twice as much as ‘full’ and deal effectively with this huge initial energy surplus.”

For instance, blood sugar was no higher than after a normal meal, and blood lipids were only slightly higher. The one major difference was the amount of insulin in the blood, which was 50% higher for the large meal than the normal one.


The study also analyzed the participants’ appetite and found that after eating the big pizza meal, participants felt sleepy, lethargic, and had no desire to eat anything else, even dessert. This was somewhat surprising, researchers note, because reward centers in the brain are typically food-specific, so eating a lot of pizza might not be expected to change the desire for sweet food.

This study should not be interpreted as ‘eat all you want and all is OK’. All the participants in the study had a healthy body mass index and were generally healthy — this was a one-off for them, and it was a very small sample size, insufficient to draw any general conclusions.

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Still, given all the interest in nutrition and how people tend to overeat, we know surprisingly little about maximal eating, says Professor James Betts, who oversaw the work.

“We know that people often eat beyond their needs, which is why so many of us struggle to manage our body weight. It is therefore surprising that no previous research had measured the maximal capacity for eating at a single meal in order to understand how the human body responds to that challenge.”

“This study reveals that humans are capable of eating twice as much food as is needed to make us feel ‘full’, but that our bodies are well adapted to an excessive delivery of dietary nutrients at one huge meal. Specifically, those tested in this study were able to efficiently use or store the nutrients they ingested during the pizza-eating challenge, such that the levels of sugar and fats in their blood were not much higher than when they ate half as much food.”

The study could also help reconcile research about how and when we eat. For instance, recent studies have shown that people who eat one big breakfast burn more calories than those who don’t.

While the question of the long-term effects of one-off big meals is still unanswered, it’s encouraging to know that if your diet is healthy overall, one exception probably won’t make a huge difference.

“The main problem with overeating is that it adds more stored energy to our bodies (in the form of fat), which can culminate in obesity if you overeat day after day. However, this study shows that if an otherwise healthy person overindulges occasionally, for example eating a large buffet meal or Christmas lunch, then there are no immediate negative consequences in terms of losing metabolic control.”


The Science of Light Exercise

A healthy body is a mix of a healthy diet and exercise. Exercise can come in many forms but the most important thing is to move your body. Always speak with your physician before starting an exercise program.

Why is exercising so important?

Exercising is the BEST way to increase nitric oxide inside our bodies. Nitric oxide prompts our body to make its own medicine, dilate arteries, deliver more blood flow and nutrients to your organs and optimize blood pressure. Even very light exercise helps increase nitric oxide.

Exercising does not need to take a long time to perform. Set aside 20 minutes a day, five days a week.

If moving your body is too painful, then start small. Start with isometrics, contractions of a muscle without a lot of movement.

1. Resistance Band exercises.

· Use a Resistance Band while sitting down. Hold the band with both hands and pull apart until both arms are straight out.

· Place center of Resistance Band under your foot while sitting down. Hold ends of band and do bicep curls.

2. Squeeze-ball Finger Flex

· Hold rubber ball and squeeze it with both hands until tired, rest briefly, then repeat.

· Alternatively, squeeze ball with one hand, then the other hand.

If isometrics is too easy for you then try using an exercise step, smaller weights, or an exercise ball. As each exercise becomes easier for you to do, increase the amounts and size of the weights.

Work your way up to going out for a walk. Eventually you will get there. It takes time and patience but the end result will be worth it.

Local News

Man, Woman Shot on Carroll Street in Paterson

Passaic County authorities announced that at approximately 12:23 a.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of Carroll Street and Godwin on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, responding officers discovered a 39-year-old male Paterson resident, a 31-year-old female and a 39-year-old male Paterson residents who each sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Police say the victims were immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for treatment.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.