Giving Back

May 30, 2020

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ _ The usual parades and flag ceremonies for Memorial Day were put on hold due to COVID-19 in 2020, but Basking Ridge-based Heartworks reached out in other ways to area veterans. Other years, Heartworks and VFW 7658 each Memorial Day have been serving a barbeque dinner in honor ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township officials will officially mark Memorial Day on Monday, but the event won't be live. The COVID-19 shutdown already had led to the cancellation of Bernards Township's annual Memorial Day parade, rotated each year between downtown Basking Ridge and Liberty ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will not be held this year due to precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the resulting public health emergency, the township has announced. The parade is rotated each year between downtown ...

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Girl Scout Creates an Inspirational Program for Transitioning Students BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be challenging. We’ve all been there. In the blink of an eye, students go from being the top dog in their schools to being at the bottom rung of ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Ron DePasquale, Basking Ridge resident, is on the quest to buy more lunches for area essential workers, after raising enough money to buy all the employees at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge lunch on April 14th.  “I initially set a goal of $500 to buy some staff ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline April 30, 2020.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Basking Ridge sisters Nikayla Karda-Marok (16), a sophomore at Ridge High School, and Adalia Karda-Marok (11), a fifth grader, have raised over $10,000 to feed healthcare workers and first responders. This sister act  was inspired by their friends Navleen (17) and Raj (14) ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Basking Ridge Helping Basking Ridge Facebook group was created about four weeks ago to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The group of neighbors, friends and strangers is 1,000 members strong. Basking Ridge resident Victoria Costa started the Facebook group ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township on Monday announced the launching of a Senior Help Line for older residents needing assistance with such tasks as groceries, meals, or obtaining other necessities during the current COVID-19 lockdown. The township will be working in coordination with ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Nimrit Bagga, Youth Ambassador for the India based non-profit Akshaya Patra Foundation, has raised $7,750 over the past two years.  Bagga, a junior that attends Ridge High School, began by raising $3,700 for the New Jersey Chapter by asking for monetary donations instead of ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Volunteers and donations of non-perishable foods are needed to support a collective community effort being organized by St. Bernard’s Church, Camino de Fe Church, and the SHSD Home School Association with support from local Girl Scouts, Bernardsville OEM and Bernardsville Police ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery has put a callout for donations of baby monitors that will be used by COVID-19 patients to communicate with nurses at Morristown Medical Center. The art gallery at 5 Morristown Road (Route 202) is closed for now, but Studio 7 director Kathleen Palmer ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Basking Ridge resident Bonnie Graziano, owner of Capital Craft, a craft beer tavern in Green Brook, created the Signs of Hope campaign to thank healthcare workers.   Graziano called Erika Desimone, her marketing and public relations director, with her idea and the two got to ...

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BERKEEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A virtual community of volunteer mask cutters, sewers and delivery drivers, inspired by Berkeley Heights resident Amy Rudgard and Berkeley Heights business owner JoAnn Pravata of The Tailor’s Wife has grown to over 170 members.   “The Community Mask Factory Volunteer Group” ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Responding to calls for help, the Bernards Township Board of Education approved the donation of medical suppliers on Monday night, March 30. The items will come from school items in surplus.  The items include assorted surgical masks, N95 masks, other masks, safety goggles, ...

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Editor's Note: Have a TAP Tip? We want to hear from you! Click here. BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Elaine DiDario and her 16-year-old son, Dillion of Basking Ridge, created handmade masks for healthcare workers at Morristown Medical Center. The two were inspired by a Facebook post from Elaine Edge, ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ – It’s all hands on deck when it comes to supplying the health care industry with the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) needed for health care workers throughout the nation and Fellowship Senior Living is on it. The premier senior living provider is putting out a call ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- This week residents of Homestead Village can help the children and their parents talking walks in the neighborhood find bears -- Teddy Bears. The hunt started on March 22 and continues through March 28. A post on the “Basking Ridge Helping Basking Ridge” Facebook page asks ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - "The great Bernards town has come together as one community during this COVID -19 crisis to combat this disease in any way or form to help our dedicated doctors, nurses and other health care professionals," said Richa Gupta and Sudha Pai, founders of Knit Crochet with ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The owners of Pearly Whites & Childsmiles-Familysmiles respond to shortage of medical supplies in a big way by supplying local hospitals and police departments with medical supplies. Dr. Michael & Dr. Brooke Skolnick, owners of the family dentistry and orthodontic ...

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STIRLING, NJ - What started off as friendly competition between the classrooms at The Goddard School of Long Hill turned into a much-needed donation of food for SAGE Eldercare's Portable Pantry,  Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of The Goddard School of Long Hill, had each of the classrooms ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Valairco Heating and Cooling established their ValaircoCares program as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.  Each quarter a charity or nonprofit organization is nominated to receive the $500 donation on Valairco’s website. This quarter, Knit Crochet With Love, a non ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following through on the report of a task force set up this year to honor area veterans, the township is now seeking applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Area residents are being asked to submit an application to honor a veteran who currently lives or has ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A fundraiser for the Basking Ridge Fire Company set for Saturday, March 28, will showcase "some of the finest restaurants in the area," says the invitation to the public from the all-volunteer firefighting organization. [Updated] Advance tickets are now only being sold for ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Police Department, in conjunction with Bernards Township PBA Local no. 357, will be wearing a special department patch on their uniforms during April to raise awareness for children with autism during “Autism Awareness Month,:  The patch that township ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee is waiting to hear a report this Tuesday from a Veteran's Appreciation Task Force set up last month with the initial assignment of researching where to order banners that recognize area veterans. The banners would be put up on appropriate ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Community Hope, which operates the housing and job training programs for formerly homeless veterans at the Lyons facility of the Veterans Administration off Valley Road, is again seeking a grant from Somerset County to assist formerly homeless veterans find jobs. The county ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee has followed through on a proposal to set up a Veteran's Appreciation Task Force with the initial assignment of researching where to order banners that recognize area veterans. The banners would be put up on appropriate holidays, such as ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ For the second year in a row, the staff and volunteers at the Bernardsville Public Library shelved their books, and instead turned the building into a mini-golf center. Mini-golf at the Library - A Hole Lot of Fun was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bernardsville Public ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Members of the Ridge High School boys basketball program collected 9,030 pounds of clothing and 12 bicycles during its annual clothing on Jan. 18. This represented an increase of 60 percent over last year. The drive raised $1,874 to help cover the basketball program's ...

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