Giving Back

August 6, 2020

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Shortly into a food distribution event at Chabad of Coral Springs, Eric Young and his son, Spencer, were preparing to put a box of produce into an approaching car when the driver asked for a favor. To get through another tough week during the pandemic, the elderly woman ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – April Doyle, a 2020 graduate of New Providence High School, was among the 9 recipients to receive a NJ Sharing Network Scholarship. She was presented the scholarship from the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund at the NJ Sharing Network's headquarters in New Providence during a ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Touch NJ Food Alliance's weekly food drive, which it hosts in collaboration with Camden County, has been canceled due to forecasted thunderstorms. The event was initially set for Friday morning at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden city. “Since May, we have held at least one food ...

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TUCKERTON, NJ- Calvary Baptist Church has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a Tuesday, August 11  blood drive as donations are dangerously low With COVID19 Pandemic effecting blood donors and the ability to schedule drives this is a critical time for the community. The American Red ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — In a pre-coronavirus world the main lobby of Camden’s Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center at the start of August could be coated by confetti in celebration of a birthday. The walls could be echoing in applause as a group of nursing graduates prepare to embark on their careers. A ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Coral Springs resident, activist and businessman, John Ruffin, died on July 24, but his legacy will live on with a day dedicated to his service to others.   Coral Springs city commissioners on Wednesday approved creating a day in honor of Ruffin, 79, who died of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, a successful businessman, philanthropist, founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a loving husband, proud father and grandfather who cares for the community as much as his family has been selected as an inductee with other prominent New Jerseyans ...

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MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: With a history that goes back nearly 74 years to 1947, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund (MPCF) has cemented itself in the history of Monmouth County as one of the most notable and successful non-profit agencies. Having raised nearly $9.9 million for those at risk or in need in ...

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MADISON, NJ - The summer continues to effect people all over New Jersey. First COVID-19, then a Tropical Storm and then power outages. And yet, there is no shortage of good people giving back to their community. Recently, in the Rose City of Madison, a food drive has been being conducted over ...

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UNION, NJ - A food pantry donation for seniors in need will be held on August 15 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. from the Vauxhall Community Garden's Food Pantry. Each senior will receive a bag of fresh vegetables.  The Vauxhall Community Garden is located on the corner of Springfield and Eastside ...

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Brought Weekly Communion to Patients at Scotch Plains Hospice Residence SCOTCH PLANS, NJ – For 30 years, Betty Swisher of Fanwood brought weekly communion to hospice patients at the Center for Hope’s Scotch Plains residence. She would seek out those who wanted to receive communion and spend time ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Since the start of Covid-19, it’s become a Wednesday tradition at Chabad of Coral Springs: hundreds of cars lined up late in the afternoon to pick up boxes of donated produce.   This Wednesday, the food distribution continues at the synagogue/community center on 3925 N.

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FRANKLIN, NJ – A group of township youth last week delivered much-needed food and monetary support to help the Franklin Food Bank continue its mission of assisting families in need.  Back in April, members of the New Jersey chapter of Design Your Careers (DYC) set up a GoFundMe and reached out ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 20-year-old Livingston resident is becoming a recognized face throughout the tri-state area after he saved 8-year-old Dylan Dratch from an attacking fox that could have caused much worse damage had he not interfered. While walking with a friend near a shed on Springbrook Road ...

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CRANFORD -  The Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 40722 tied hundreds of colorful bows to the bridge railing on Springfield Avenue with a center banner that reads, “TIES THAT BIND” #CRANFORD STRONG.” The bridge is located across from Girl Scout Park, which is across from the Cranford Canoe Club ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Joseph Gasper, a recent David Brearley High School Graduate, and Eagle Scout, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the “Live like AJ” Scholarship in memory of firefighter AJ DeVito. The annual scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits selflessness, kindness, optimism, ...

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The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest cadet members, Emma Lu! Emma has lived in Berkeley Heights since she was 4 years old. She is a graduate of Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School and Columbia Middle School. Currently, Emma is a rising junior at Newark Academy (NA) in Livingston, NJ.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In this time of increased food insecurity, Middlesex County is proud to introduce the Share Your Foodways program: a way to create delicious, culturally distinct dishes from ingredients available at your local food pantry. All the dishes featured in the program are easy to ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day. Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide ...

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Hospitalman Qasim Cunningham, a native of Paterson, is playing a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to maintain a healthy and ready fighting force in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a hospital corpsman working at Naval Dosimetry Center in Bethesda, Maryland, ...

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PARKLAND, FL- The Coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of life in most areas of our world. No area appears to have been impacted more than the educational system, which has some of the most complex challenges to face in the coming season. Millions of students are adjusting to the "new ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — If you have been following the Caldwell Library's Facebook page, you might have seen the posts about Alex Sloan's Eagle Scout project: a sign for the Caldwell Public Library Gardens. Alex mounted the sign Thursday afternoon. Due to the pandemic, a public ceremony was not held. The ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect that the deceased worked in Livingston but was not a Livingston resident, as previously stated.  LIVINGSTON, NJ — After Magdalena “Magda” Fitkowska, a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) at Livingston’s Sacks Orthodontics, died suddenly on ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day. Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Omar Cruz from Roselle Park and assigned to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A seven-year-old girl has been recognized by the Montclair Police Department after jumping into the pool and dragging her sister to safety. Last week, Chief Conforti, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Hurlock and the men and women of his department, honored Ruby at her home. Ruby ...

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RED BANK, NJ: Stuck at home?  Want to get a little exercise and help out those in need at the same time? The Red Bank Family YMCA, 166 Maple Ave., Red Bank, will be distributing boxes of fresh produce to those in need each Tuesday, from 12pm to 2pm, until August 25. 2 volunteers are needed ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, August 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “Making a difference, that is what life is about.  Making the world a little bit better and helping your fellow people,” said New Providence Mayor Al Morgan who was on hand to support local business owner Craig Bass, of Bagel Cafe NP, who received the very first Impact Award ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough community rallied behind the Spotswood Chargers U12 and their bid to go to Cooperstown this summer to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Baseball Tournament. The tournament is a "Field of Dreams" tournament for 12-year-olds across the nation. This Chargers U12 team was ...

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