SECAUCUS — Acting State Health Commissioner Christopher Rinn has approved the sale of Meadowlands Hospital to Long Island developer Yan Moshe, according to a letter sent to the hospital’s acting CFO Friday.In his letter, Rinn says he “evaluated” Moshe’s application and believes it is consistent with state standards.Rinn’s approval clears the final hurdle for transferring hospital ownership from MHA, LLC to NJMHMC. Moshe is principal owner of NJMHMC. Moshe said he plans on keeping the same number of services the hospital has currently, and improving on them in the future.Rinn also said in the letter that Moshe’s application “expresses its commitment to the continuity of services in Hudson County.” He noted that at a November meeting with the state health planning board, Moshe said that “the hospital has been a greatly underutilized asset and there’s much more that can be done to enable it to achieve its full potential.” At that same meeting, according to Rinn’s letter, Secaucus Town Administrator Gary Jeffas, on the town’s behalf, spoke positively of the application to purchase the hospital.At a public hearing regarding the sale in October, 12 of 13 people who spoke favored the application, helping sway Rinn’s decision, according to the letter.According to Rinn’s letter, Moshe will put up $5 million for the hospital’s $12.2 million purchase price. The remaining $7.2 million will come via loan.
After years and years of anticipation, delays, and a variety of obstacles, the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be made available to the public on May 26th via Amazon Prime Video. The film, produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, made its debut at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to glowing reviews. Running nearly four hours in length, this sprawling look at the history of one of the most influential bands in American music history features in-depth interviews from roadies, band members and extended Dead family members, along with incredible unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage spanning from the band members’ childhood through the various rungs of their climb to success.Long Awaited Grateful Dead Documentary Will Soon Be Available On AmazonEarlier this week, Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive clip from the movie, which features interspersed video interviews of Garcia (from the ’90s) and bassist Phil Lesh (in the present day) talking about the origin of the band’s name. As they explain in the clip, the band had been using the name The Warlocks, but after discovering another group with that name, they had to pick a new moniker. While brainstorming ideas, Jerry opened a dictionary to a random page, and written on the page, nestled in the small print, were the words “Grateful Dead.” You can check out the clip below, via EW:The movie is broken into six distinct parts, touching on Jerry Garcia’s well documented history of drug addiction, the complications of the band’s increased popularity in the 80s and the unique community that grew an unwieldy size by the early 90s. While the film’s scope is wider than any film about the band to date, it is less concerned with displaying a detailed chronology of The Grateful Dead and more focused on conveying the bands adventurous and idiosyncratic essence–how their music manifested as a truly communal artistic effort, and garnered a following closer to that of a religion than that of a rock and roll band. As clips, clues, and reviews continue to surface ahead of its public release, our level of excitement could not be higher for the long-awaited Long Strange Trip this May![h/t – Entertainment Weekly]
The Columbia River is nearing its 16-foot flood stage, likely crossing into the threshold sometime today, according to the National Weather Service. That means there could be flooding in low-lying areas along the river’s bank.Some area parks and trails near the water have already flooded.As of 6:48 a.m., the river was 15.91 feet above sea level, according to the weather service. The river spent much of Monday at about 15.7 feet. The Columbia fluctuates about six inches during its high to low tide cycle. That, along with light rain, was enough to flood a 60-foot section of Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail Monday evening after it had spent most of the day dry. “Wet weather anticipated midweek may result in additional river rises late in the week,” the weather service wrote in a bulletin. Here’s the rest of the week’s forecast:Wednesday: Rain. High near 58. Calm wind becoming southwest between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.