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Holiday Clothing Drive for Lyons Veterans Served About 100 Vets; Continues Into New Year

January 11, 2017

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For the fifth year in a row, Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough spearheaded the "They Kept Us Safe, Let's Keep Them Warm" collection that gathered new clothing, toiletries and additional necessities for "our heroes in need" living at housing at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons.

Even after McDonough and other volunteers delivered ...

Gov. Livingston Alum Acts on Dream: Alec Feinsot Starts Teen Theater Production Company

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston alumnus and entrepreneur, Alec Feinsot (2016 graduate), had an idea when he was 13 to start a teen theater production company -- and now, just six years later, he is seeing that dream realized. His new company, Shining Star Players, launched in 2015 and has already had two productions in 2016. 

In addition to his company, ...

Along with Other Local Volunteers, Hillsborough Army Vet Takes Care of His Brothers-in-Arms

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - James Ball, a young Army vet who lives with his wife and 1 ½-year-old-son Mason in Hillsborough, helped to organize and coordinate a packing event Saturday with the volunteers of Operation Shoebox New Jersey Saturday at Lincoln Tech.

A group of 40 students, staff and volunteers worked to assemble 300 personal care packages for US troops deployed around the ...

Merry Christmas Eve From Downtown Basking Ridge

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- The annual Christmas Eve Community Sing happened this evening on the Basking Ridge green. The event was preceded by the ringing of the church bells at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian and Bishop Janes United Methodist churches. The crowd gathered at the green at about 6:45 p.m. to pick up the song sheets.

After a prelude by the brass ensemble under the direction of Greg ...

Heroic Actions of Postal Worker Saves Life

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The family of Salvatore Melillo believes there is an angel among us after Princepelina Mendez, a US Postal worker, saved his life after finding the 84 year-old unconscious inside his home on December 10 and called 911.

"Her gut knew something wasn't right and she acted on it," said Carla Pastore, Melillo's niece. "In turn, she saved my ...

First 'Day of Giving' at William Annin Middle School Likely to Become Annual Tradition

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The eighth grade students of the William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge hosted their first annual “Day Of Giving" on Friday, Dec. 16, an event that was so successful that it is expected to be repeated in future school years.

At Monday's school board meeting, Bernards Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian and other school officials lauded ...

Gerry Cooney Hosts Party for At-Risk Youth

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood's own Gerry Cooney, Nick's Pizza, and Rocko's Ice Cream this week co-hosted a holiday party for 33 young people at Youth Consultation Service (YCS), where the boxing legend has taught pugilistic and life skills for more than a decade.

"I grew up in a dysfunctional family." said Cooney, who famously battled then-undefeated Larry Holmes for the ...

Community Access Unlimited to hold open auditions for "Aladdin Jr." in January

ELIZABETH, NJ - The CAU Community Players will be holding open auditions for their 2017 production of "Aladdin Jr." Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All auditions will take place in the auditorium of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, 07202.

The CAU Community Players is ...

Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group’s 3rd Annual Christmas Corner Spreads Joy in Basking Ridge

BASKING RIDGE - Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group held their 3rd Annual Nativity Lighting, on the corner of Allen and Mt. Airy Rd., in Basking Ridge, with the hopes of spreading Christmas cheer to the town. “We like to call it Christmas Corner,” stated Kristine Czerniach, Executive Administrative Assistant.

The event is held the first Tuesday of December and the group hopes to ...

St. James MOC Planning 9th Annual Chili & Chowder Cook Off For Charity

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For the ninth year, the St. James Men of Charity has scheduled their annual Chili and Chowder Cook Off for Charity fundraiser - and to heat up a cold winter night - at St. James School in Basking Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Chilis and chowders from pros and home cooks available for tasting

Each year, this event hosts some of the best restaurants and ...

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