Giving Back

July 17, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston’s “Team Jake” will not be moving on in the Last Dance Baseball Tournament this summer, the smiles were still evident even under the masks of players, coaches and fans over the last three days of pool play at Okner Parkway’s Tevlin Field. The members of Team ...

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Historical Society and Stafford Recreation are sponsoring the Summer 2020 Concert Series at Manahawkin Lake.  This Monday, July 20 the Flim Flam Band — an Outlaw, hippie, California, vintage country band is performing.  The concert begins at 7 p.m.  There is no charge, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Summit High School Class of 2020 grads Alexander Freire and Maneesh Nemani have each received The Summit Foundation's 'Award for Perseverance' and been awarded a $2,000 scholarship to support their respective college educations. The 'Award for Perseverance' honors students who ...

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HACKENSACK, N.J. — For most of his adult life, Doug DiPaola made it part of his life’s work to ensure that disabled veterans had a safe, comfortable place to call home. Akin to home renovation show “George To the Rescue,” the Harrington Park resident, husband and father applied his hefty ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Mayor’s COVID-19 Community Relief Distribution Fund will distribute 154 grants in  the first round of funding made possible by $2 million in private donations raised since the effort’s April launch.  The grantees, selected after a “thorough selection process,” represent a ...

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This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Reginald Amos visited the St. James Food Pantry in Newark to help feed his family from time to ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of Livingston resident Jack Nathan, who died unexpectedly on July 3 shortly before his 20th birthday, are continuing his mission to raise funds and awareness for charities that support children and families struggling with mental illness. With the help of fellow ...

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NEWTON, NJ—The Weekend Bag Program, started by Newton High School alumnae Isobel Costello continues to help feed people in need throughout the pandemic. The Class of 2020 graduate started the program when she was a freshman. Each week the program helps children in Newton and surrounding school ...

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  HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several dozen volunteers helped distribute food to township residents Wednesday morning at the Willow Road sports complex. The event was sponsored by Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute and Derstine's in collaboration with Hillsborough Township and the Community Assistance ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Artwork by Lisa Cyckowski of Fanwood was set up at The Coffee Box in Plainfield right before COVID-19 caused businesses to shut down.  Despite the closure, the colorful pieces continued to adorn the walls. Recently, the artist, who is a regular patron of the business, suggested to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has launched a “Pay It Forward” campaign to give back to the community for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital employees are encouraged to support the local restaurants who supported ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Edwin Rosales, a graduate student and playwright at Yale School of Drama, woke up one morning in early June with a sense of urgency to do something to support Black liberation as people around the world mobilized in response to the death of George Floyd.  From there, Rosales called ...

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Local Children’s Museum makes Big Impact with PlayPacks MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY - There were lots of smiling faces of children this past Saturday, July 11, 2020, as they received a backpack full of art supplies and snacks. MOMI, Museum of Imagination + Innovation distributed 150 backpacks to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Wednesday, July 15, marks the halfway point in James Leitner’s 900-mile ultra-endurance run to raise funds for his nonprofit, MissionCleanWater.  Leitner, the 27-year-old founder of community-based clean water organization is running 30 miles per day for 30 days during the ...

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PATERSON, NJ - Paterson mother of two Lourdes Fabian has done her best to keep her son Jace, 10, and daughter, Olivia, 4, learning and active in the months since classrooms have been shuttered. Her system, as she described it to TAPinto Paterson Tuesday, including an hour of schoolwork at a time, ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury Boy Scout is hoping to make it easier for people to go kayaking on a local pond. The Scout, 16-year-old Corey Smith, is raising money to build a floating kayak launch off the shoreline of Black River Pond in Succasunna. It will be an Eagle Scout project for Smith, a ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Some of Paterson’s future entrepreneurs are already well on the way to using their business acumen to support the community in a time of need. On Tuesday, Paterson Public Schools announced the launch of a student driven online fundraising campaign to benefit nursing home essential ...

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OLEAN, NY — Orders for the July 15 Olean Elks Cold Sub Wednesday need to be placed by 7 p.m. Tuesday by calling 716-372-4191. Choices for 8-inch subs are ham, tuna or turkey with options of mayo, oil, provolone and shaker cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and banana peppers. Customers should ...

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METUCHEN, NJ – When a student becomes a Saint Joseph High School Falcon, they are a part of the flock for life.    When times are hard for a member of the SJHS family, the group steps in to help physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially. According to school officials, the COVID-19 ...

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VIDEO-Last week, the Asian Community in Holmdel honored the local Police Department, in many different ways to say, "thank you!" Watch here:  HOLMDEL, NJ: The Asian American Community in Holmdel, hosted a week-long Law Enforcement Appreciation Event! Over 80 Asian American families in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Community Relations Committee is seeking new members and additional volunteers for the annual Newcomers Day.  Trustee Summer Jones included the announcement in her comments at the meeting of the Village Trustees last night. She also posted about it on Facebook: "The ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ - Pastor Paul Shen and the Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey have started a mission in Parsippany and that is to offer free hot meals to families in need.   The realized that many families were visiting the Parsippany Food Pantry and gathering non- perishables but the Chinese ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston chapter of UNICO National announced the election of Maria Bucco Brush as its first female president in the service organization’s 65-year history. As only one chapter of the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization, Livingston UNICO exemplifies the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The #StrongerTogether Nutley shirt created by TAPinto Nutley and Guzdan Gear is now available from Pretty Handy. The maroon shirt with gray ink benefits the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad (NVERS). The shirt is available in sizes small to x-large for $15, xxl is $17. $5 ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Dennis Berger, a Vietnam War veteran from Coral Springs, waited 52 years to be thanked for his service by his community. The moment came this weekend when a parade of dozens of police, fire, and other trucks and cars drove past his home and officials gave him gifts to honor ...

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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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WESTFIELD, NJ — A rise in youth bicycling during the pandemic has prompted a local effort to boost cycling safety through positive reinforcement. The campaign will have designated local youths rewarding young bicyclists with coupons for free pizza, slushies, bagels and the chance to win a ...

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WARETOWN, NJ – Passersby may have wondered about the blue tarp covering the sign outside what was historically known as the Waretown Lake & Recreation Area. Ocean Township officials unveiled the sign this Saturday in a dedication ceremony.  The Wells Mills landmark now bears the name of Corliss ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Monmouth Avenue Recreation Field is now the David and Philip Miller Park. The Bridgewater Township Council voted unanimously July 6 to rename the park for a pair of individuals who have made historic contributions to the municipality, and in particular the historical ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — In a small ceremony Sunday afternoon, Millburn Township took the time to honor a small group of youth volunteers who made a big difference in town during the COVID-19 pandemic. Saina and Amay Balsara, Ben Cohen and Bennett and Lucas Murphy were all honored with Mayor's Certificate ...

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