Alpine lost its spot as New Jersey’s most expensive zip code six year reign

Amanda Huneke was nine months pregnant on the morning of Oct. 15, when she toed the starting line at the Shore A.C. 5-Kilometer cross country race in Holmdel Park. And the Olympic-level runner from Jackson certainly knew what it feels like to kick.

A standout at Jackson Memorial High School, the runner formerly known as Amanda Marino won back-to-back cross country championships at Villanova. Then she stretched her speed far enough to compete in the U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon trials in 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Now 32 and married, Huneke ran all through the nine-month marathon that is pregnancy. That October morning, she breezed to the finish in the 5K.

“I was really surprised when I was passing people in the second half of the race,” said Huneke. “I was accelerating. I couldn’t believe it.”

That final burst of speed pushed mother and baby across the finish line in the time of 22:42, good for fourth place in the women’s division. But the clock kept ticking, of sorts.

“I ran six miles the next day,” Huneke recalled. “I came in after the run, and at first I felt like I had a stomach ache.”

But it soon became clear this was no stomach ache. Her husband, Jarrett, grabbed the baby bag and it was off to Jersey Medical Center in Neptune.

She said the delivery was more like a sprint than a marathon. She was in labor for only about 40 minutes when baby Hudson Miles arrived, weighing in at six pounds, 14 ounces.

Huneke said she and the baby are doing fine. She credits running with not only keeping her in shape, but with the quick delivery.

“My doctor encouraged me to keep running during pregnancy,” Huneke said. “It’s important for women to keep exercising during pregnancy.”

Huneke said she felt fine the whole time, but backed off the pace and didn’t train hard. “My running form felt the same,” she said. “I just felt like my body adjusted to the weight. But the times were a bit slower.”

Alpine lost its spot as New Jersey’s most expensive zip code six year reign.

The Bergen County town, with a median sales price of $2.18 million, was unseated by Monmouth County’s Deal, which has had a median sales price of $2.3 million in 2022, according to real estate data company Property Shark.

Property Shark on Thursday released its annual list of the 100 most expensive zip codes in the country. New Jersey had four zip codes on the list — a record for the Garden State. The previous record was set last year when three New Jersey zip codes made the top 100.

Property Shark used residential transactions for condos co-ops single- and two-family homes that closed between January 1, 2022, and October 31, 2022 to build the list. And they used only zip codes that had at least three transactions during that time period.

A total of 128 zip codes made the list of 100 because of 22 ties. They are from 10 different states. California had the most with 90 and New York ranked second with 17.

The four New Jersey zip codes that landed in the national ranking of 100 were Deal (No. 58), Alpine (No. 66), Avalon (No. 82) and Short Hills (No. 95).

Alpine has been number one in the state since 2016. Deal previously made the list in 2019. Avalon debuted last year and returned for a second time, 10 spots higher after a 20% increase in its median sales price. Short Hills is back after being absent from the list for a few years. It ranked from 2016 to 2019.

Weeks after Roe vs. Wade was overturned, Dr. Grace Ferguson treated a woman whose water had broken halfway through pregnancy. The baby would never survive, and the patient’s chance of developing a potentially life-threatening infection grew with every hour.

By the time she made it to Pittsburgh to see Ferguson, the woman had spent two days in a West Virginia hospital, unable to have an abortion because of a state ban. The law makes an exception for medical emergencies, but the patient’s life wasn’t in danger at that moment.

“She was just kind of standing on the edge of the cliff,” Ferguson said, “waiting for an emergency to happen or for the baby to pass away.”

In Pennsylvania, at the hospital a four-hour drive away, Ferguson was able to induce labor to end the pregnancy.

Doctors say they’re forced to balance medical judgment with potential punishments, including prison time. Although even the strictest laws allow abortion to save a mother’s life, a weighty question lingers: How close to death must the patient be?

“You don’t automatically go from living to dead,” Ferguson said. “You slowly get sicker and sicker.”

It’s impossible to say when that line is crossed, said Dr. Alison Haddock, who’s on the board of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “There’s just no moment where I’m standing in front of a critically ill patient where I know: OK, before their health was just in danger. But now, their life is in danger,” she said.

Experts say it’s hard to pinpoint data on abortion denials when serious complications arise. Employers often discourage healthcare workers from speaking about them, though the Associated Press reached more than a dozen doctors and patients who shared stories of such denials.

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