Giving Back

July 24, 2020

Essex County, NJ — The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event is today, July 23, at the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food to be distributed are meant to benefit families who are dealing with food ...

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TUCKERTON, NJ -  News of two accidental deaths have left friends and family devastated, as the community struggles to aid children left behind. On Monday, July 20, Stacy and Keith Kaznowski passed away in unrelated incidents just hours apart leaving behind a teenage son and daughter. An online ...

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ROSELLE, NJ — Janna Williams, Roselle resident and Air Force veteran, has reached the final round of the Ms. Veteran America pageant. Only the top twenty-five contestants made it to the final round of the competition. Due to the pandemic the October 11 final, which was scheduled to take place in ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - As some recent high school graduates head to college and focus on their education, while some make a difference in their community and beyond. One such individual is 18-year-old Morristown High School graduate Sofia Wawrzyniak. She is currently a freshman at the University of ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A group of Livingston High School students who share a common goal of improving the lives of as many people as possible through social outreach are currently carrying out multiple community service projects to benefit a variety of local causes. Through an entirely student-led ...

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TOTOWA, N.J. - A special event will be held at the Totowa Community Center, that aims to help feed the community. The "Help your Neighbors Food and Necessities Drive" will be an all day event that will gather donations for the St. Agnes of Little Falls Food Pantry and Eva's Kitchen in ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - With schools out, the importance of nutrition in the home becomes all the more critical. With the added socioeconomic pressures of the COVID-19 crisis, the Hoboken Family Alliance 2020 Summer Food Drive takes on even greater importance, as families look for ways to keep hunger off the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Thirty-four graduates from Elizabeth High School Class of 2020 shared a record $38,000 in scholarships from The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.  Since the Fund’s establishment in 1986, a total of $646,000 has helped further the education ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Rotary International Clubs in Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City saw a changing of the guard on July 1 as new presidents took control of the community service group’s local chapters.   The recently elected leaders have the next year to assess their cities’ needs and determine ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ - A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends to support Florham Park resident Eric Fralley who has serious injuries as the result of a diving accident. According to the GoFundMe page, he suffered a break in his neck from an awkward jump after diving into the bay. He was ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - With nonessential face-to-face meetings largely on hold due to COVID-19, services for people with developmental disabilities are evolving with virtual options to help people meet their goals and find enrichment in a challenging time.  Day habilitation and vocational and ...

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CHERRY HILL, NJ --  Despite the stormy weather Friday, leaders of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey spread out across the region to honor the 74 remarkable young women who earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor -- the Gold Award.  In a well-orchestrated and timed effort, team ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP -The Jetty Coquina Jam is an all-female, team surf contest and also a fundraising event. Women are paired randomly after being separated into two age pools and compete in this Summer event to support female cancer through David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. The ...

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WARETOWN, NJ – Ocean Township Police have been busy handing out citations to local children this summer. However, evidence confirms collusion exists between Trailside Gardens and township law enforcement officials.  Fines dished out require an in-person appearance at Trailside’s soft-serve ice ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — A drive-up food distribution for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University. Sponsored and coordinated by the County of Union and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the food distribution ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - On Monday evening, July 20th, firefighters from Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Company were recognized by Liquid Church for their continued dedicated service during the COVID crisis.   Members were treated to a Pizza Party catered by Anthony Franco’s of Parsippany.  In this ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Lennon and Zaros children got an early taste of philanthropy selling lemonade on July 11 to raise money and buy a gift card for the Fairfield Police Department. Charlotte (10 years old), Patrick (7) and Andrew Lennon (5) and their cousins Grace (11), Ella (9) and Allie Zaros ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Gail Korkhin, a 30-year Livingston resident, is in desperate need of a kidney after the 59-year-old’s nephrologist advised her that her kidney is only functioning at 10 percent and that she will need to begin dialysis soon without a transplant. Korkhin contracted kidney disease ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – A Montville nurse tragically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic recently received a new roof thanks to a program through Morris Habitat for Humanity, Blue Nail Roofing and GAF Roofing. Called Roofs for Heroes, the program is designed to provide a roof, free of charge, for an ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When Diane Vigilanti was diagnosed with bone metastatic breast cancer last April, her friends organized an upcoming fundraising event called "Light Up Hawthorne."  Their hopes are that the borough of Hawthorne will band together for what is sure to be a memorable event in honor of ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - The Union County College Foundation (UCCF) has received a donation of $10,000 from The Summit Foundation to fund scholarships for Union students. The grant supports the UCCF’s 'Operation Graduation' program, a student success initiative developed six years ago that has had a dramatic ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - FLAG​ (Front Line Appreciation Group) was started as a direct response due to the coronavirus pandemic. FLAG of Kenilworth not only provided meals to frontline workers and essential businesses but was able to donate about $4,100 to St. Theresa's and the United Methodist Church Food ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Former Spotswood PTA President Melissa Hallerman was honored by Helmetta on Saturday with a special tree planting ceremony. Hallerman has been a part of the Spotswood PTA for the past 12 years and served as its president for the last four. The Spotswood resident stepped down from her ...

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The Community Foundation of South Jersey Announces Round Three of Covid19 Response Fund Grants, and local nonprofits received much-needed support to continue their efforts. In a release today, the Community Foundation of South Jersey announced grants to twenty-six  nonprofit organizations from the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A recent graduate of Westfield high school and student at Colby College, along with her friend from Summit, are addressing an inequity in the distribution of menstrual products that has been worsened by the pandemic. Linzy Rosen, of Westfield, and Diya Khullar, a recent ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Close to 3,000 cases of produce will be distributed for free to families in need on Wednesday in Coral Springs, organizers said. The nonprofit, Chabad of Coral Springs, is expecting a major shipment of produce from Simply Fresh to give out to people in cars on a first-come, ...

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MANVILLE, NJ  - Valairco Heating and Cooling presented a $500 check to Jan Homstrup, Executive Director of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity as the recipient of the seventh Valairco Cares giveaway. "We are honored, and we think what you're doing for the community [through Valairco Cares] is just ...

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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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PLAINFIELD, NJ — There have been many stories told of everyday people wanting to give back to first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is another deserving one — meet "Kori the SoapMaker," a 7-year-old who lives in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield. Kori Johnson, who can ...

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MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - In a time when good news can stand out, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of July 19, on that particular day there were no new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County reported, ...

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