Giving Back

May 18, 2020

MONTVILLE, NJ – When nine New Jersey kids saw the need for nursing home residents and hospital patients to be able to communicate with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, they formed a non-profit to make that possible. Colin and Grace Volpe are freshmen at Montville Township High School.

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SOMERSET, NJ - The nonprofit SALT Foundation will be holding a Community Love Drive-Thru food pantry event for the needy Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on 135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873. Residents in need can drive up and volunteers will provide pre-packed ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Jonathan Patiño was home when the tractor trailer crash lit up propane tanks and set his family’s Carlton Street home ablaze. Patiño, 28, along with his sister and parents escaped unharmed. They recovered a fireproof box containing some essential documents after the April 24 ...

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MADISON, NJ - To meet the current demand for healthy practices, Hat Shop Madison has added a series of handmade face masks to their store. Previously, the store’s lineup primarily consisted of a variety of hats and other headwear. Currently, Hat Shop Madison is providing free masks to grocery ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Park’s annual Memorial Day Service will be conducted virtually, on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. Residents can view the ceremony live on the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library’s Facebook Page, the Borough’s YouTube Channel, Verizon TV Channel 32, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — When Gerald Davis, executive director of non-profit Touch New Jersey, recently got on the phone with Philabundance — the Philadelphia area's largest hunger relief organization — one semi-truck was on the table.  The 1,600 boxes of food — including fresh meat, dairy, fruits, ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Residents of New Providence are planning an art installation to begin on Flag Day, June 14, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town (1720-2020). Most Tricentennial events have been canceled or postponed due to virus isolation protocols. This project is a way to keep ...

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EAST HANOVER, NJ - Aside from food and supply collections during the COVID-19 crisis, other individuals are making efforts to make sure their community clean. These individuals include 17-year-old Hanover Park High School juniors Brian Mullen, Ashley Alfano, Christopher Bartlett and Dominic ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The doors of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA may be closed, but the Y is open for good with team members working to assist their neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, May 15, the Y held a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. The gym was turned ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Mayor Shelley Brindle called for Westfield residents to help make protective gowns for healthcare workers, one resident stepped in — resulting in over one hundred gowns being made. “I was just in a position to be able to give,” said Mitch Gambert, who donated 320 yards of ...

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PARAMUS, N.J. — On International Nurses Day, which was May 12, HealthyLine -- a Manhattan-based provider of far infrared heat therapy mats made with natural hot stones -- donated hundreds of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the nurses, doctors and other hospital staff at Bergen New Bridge ...

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WAYNE, NJ – On a cool Sunday evening, with the light of the day fading behind the trees, a parade of cars, fire trucks from Wayne Company #5 and ambulances from the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad began a trek through the maze of streets surrounding Packanack Lake.  Their goal was to parade past the ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Mountainside Restoration Committee recently sold “Marvelous Mountainside Mom” t-shirts for Mother’s Day with profits going toward the #mountainsidecares group. Mountainside Cares was formed by a group of Mountainside ladies to raise funds applied immediately to a variety of ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District, in partnership with the borough, is asking the community to join together for a ‘Light the Fight’ event this Thursday. A ‘field of lights’ set up at the middle school lawn will pay tribute, celebrate, and thank all front line workers ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The neighbors of Whitney Drive in Berkeley Heights have been showing their appreciation to the COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers with a nightly display of cheer. The neighborhood comes alive as the clock approaches 7 p.m.with families stepping out to their front lawns ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Although a genetic disorder prevents 16-year-old Danny Roman from speaking, the smile on his face was enough to show his excitement for the dozens of honking cars and fire trucks that drove by his Piscataway home on Sunday to wish him a ‘Happy Birthday”. “He’s loving it, the ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Dr. Zachary Berman of Embrace Family Orthodontics on Lafayette Avenue had been practicing at his present location for a year before the coronavirus pandemic required him to shut down.  "It was almost a year to the day," Dr. Berman said.  "It's pretty crazy."  But, as the situation ...

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ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury police, and maybe some fire trucks, will lead a convoy of exotic and custom cars loaded with pizzas as they are delivered Wednesday to medical workers at Morristown Medical Center, said Paul Bellardini, the man making the pies. Bellardini, the owner of Luigi's Pizza in the ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Undaunted by the obstacles thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic, six vocalists, all members of the Hillsborough High School Choir, have put together a video of patriotic songs dedicated to veterans and all members of the military.   They'd prefer to be performing live in ...

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WARREN, NJ - Pride. Each year the NJEA provides grants for school districts to complete projects that support the community. This year, Warren Township Central School’s very own school secretary, Jane Auriemma, applied for a special grant on behalf of the Warren Township Education Association ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- When TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville first caught up with Mercer Mask Project in mid-March, the volunteer group of just five individuals had already made 105 masks for health care workers and first responders to protect them from COVID-19 (coronavirus). In the two months since, ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - To view the completed slideshow that honors Kenilworth town heroes, please see the following link https://bit.ly/2yWvGSF or go to the FLAG of Kenilworth Facebook page. FLAG team member Stacie Holzinger who produced the video stated, “I would like to thank all the residents who ...

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UNION, NJ - MTN's food pantry will be at Jefferson School on Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The pantry will be a drive-thru only with no contact. Patrons will drive through, keeping all windows rolled up, popping only their trunks. Volunteers will place a box of food in the trunk and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - John El-Maraghy saw that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought out the best in many people who want to donate food to pantries and personal protection equipment to health care heroes. No one was addressing, however, the hand hygiene of the city’s homeless population during a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Doug Schneider recently brought lunch to all the workers at two local Trader Joe's. He did the same thing for the dozens of cashiers, stock clerks and other workers at some local ShopRite supermarkets. Schneider’s #FeedRVillage campaign recognizes that it takes a village ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Police Department will host a 'contactless' community food drive to benefit the Junior League of Summit’s G.R.A.C.E. Pantry program, which helps feed 500 families each week. The initiative will be held on two consecutive weekends -- May 30-31 and June 6-7 -- from 9 ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic have come lay-offs, and with no income has come increased need at the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry. Cedar Hill Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Committee decided to help out by hosting a “food pantry parade.” The fifth graders collected and shopped for ...

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ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Rotary Club recently donated more than $1,000 worth of gift cards to Roxbury Social Services as part of its pledge to eliminate hunger in the township, said club President Steve Alford. "Roxbury Rotary has set some goals to help make sure no one in Roxbury is going ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2015 alumna Esther Davila has been busily at work during the global health crisis, providing COVID-19 information and ensuring the rights of immigrants over the last several weeks. Davila graduated in 2019 with honors from Boston ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing Helmetta's Hometown Heroes during the past few weeks. On Saturday, he gave a shoutout to the residents of the borough that have joined together to support frontline workers. He recognized the many Helmetta residents have been sewing ...

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