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Montville's St. Pius Eighth Graders Brighten Foster Kids' Day

December 3, 2016

MONTVILLE, NJ – When Montville resident Patty O’Dowd saw the rooms where foster kids met with their parents each week in Paterson’s office of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, she wasn’t too happy.

O’Dowd works in offices near the two visitation rooms at the Central Passaic location, and realized they needed to be improved.

“There were some ...

Yorktown Teen Center Decorates, Donates Gloves to Needy

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Teen volunteers have decorated and donated gloves to local shelters in time for the winter season.

Members of the Teen Center spent Friday, Nov. 18, sewing decorations onto the gloves, which were donated by Carol Burke, the mother of a Teen Center alumna. The event started last year, said Nicole Fasce, director of the Teen Center, who once again agreed to provide the space and ...

Edison Elks Deliver for Toys for Tots

EDISON, NJ – For the 16th straight year, members of the Edison Elks Lodge 2487 came through for underprivileged children by hosting their annual Marine Corp ‘Toys For Tots’ Toy Drive.

Doug Pearson, Elks Lodge 2487 Exalted Ruler has been running the event for the entire 16 years.  “It’s an incredible toy drive.  Every year we get more and more toys ...

Cranford High School Donates Blankets of Love

CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford High School Quilting Club hosted its eighth annual Blankets of Love,  Wednesday Nov. 23. The club members met, as well as any high school student who wanted to participate in making no-sew blankets.Each year the blankets are donated to selected hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

This year the blankets were donated to Saint Barnabas Medical ...

Vitrano Dedicates 20 Years to Verona's Fair in the Square

VERONA, NJ - Verona resident Diana Vitrano was recognized for her 20 years of service in organizing the Verona Fair in the Square at this year's fair on Saturday.  Mayor Kevin Ryan thanked Vitrano for all of her hard work on the event through the years.  Vitrano is stepping down as coordinator after this year.  

Vitrano explained how the Fair in the Square developed when the ...

Seniors Holiday Party

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Seniors Holiday Party sponsored by the Springfield Recreation Department and Senior Citizens Club was a glittering success.

The Westwood on North Avenue in Garwood was decorated in a very festive way. Springfield’s own James Patania was the DJ for the event.  He played lots of period favorites.

Local businesses were very generous in donating gift ...

Thatcher McGhee’s Raises $1500 Benefiting Families Devastated by Caldwell Fire

FAIRFIELD, NJ­ – In support of the families affected by the Orchard Square fire in Caldwell earlier this month, residents of Fairfield and surrounding towns gathered at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub on Nov. 22.

The effort raised a total of $1500, which will go directly to the families to help replace the items they lost in the fire, such as clothing and ...

'Real Santa' Ray Beesley Mourned Across NJ

WAYNE, N.J. - People all across New Jersey took to social media today to mourn the passing of Ray Beesley.

Beesley was known to many as the 'Real Santa' for his authentic year round look, jolly spirit, and the charitable things he did, such as make appearances at New Jersey Jackals games  in exchange for tickets for sick kids.

Ray Beesley of Paterson has been portraying ...

Elizabeth Garden Club Honors Veterans with Wreath Laying

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth Garden Club is again remembering the city’s veterans by sponsoring Wreaths Across America at the First Presbyterian Cemetery on Broad street in  Saturday, Dec 17 at noon.

Wreaths Across America is a national program whose mission is to remember the country’s fallen veterans, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of ...

Kick-off of Annual New Winter Clothing Drive for Veterans Living at VA Campus in Lyons Section of Bernards

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough has kicked off her fifth annual, “They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm,” new winter clothing drive to benefit the formerly homeless and disabled veterans that are now in housing on the Veterans Administration campus in the Lyons section of Bernards Township.

McDonough launched the campaign ...

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Mother Seton High School Honors Veterans

December 3, 2016

The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton High School is dedicated to pairing all their activities with a community outreach embedding the school’s mission statement of personal growth and service to others nurturing a richly, diverse community.  The annual Pocket Book Bingo, a very successful fundraiser, added a request for participants and students to literally thank New Jersey ...

Verona Juniors Say Thank You

December 2, 2016

On behalf of the Verona Junior Woman’s Club of Verona, we would like to thank our generous donors in Verona and the surrounding community for supporting and attending our Boo Fest Costume Dance party.  Children attending the event enjoyed breakfast, live music, a costume contest, pumpkin craft and a mini photo session. 

All proceeds from the event benefitted the mission of the ...