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Local Teens find Volunteering with Dog Rescue a Rewarding Experience

Credits: Home For Good Dog Rescue
Credits: Home For Good Dog Rescue
Credits: Home For Good Dog Rescue
Credits: Home For Good Dog Rescue

When asked what she would tell other teens considering volunteering, Home for Good junior volunteer, Lily Husek, replied “I would tell them to get involved; its great working with dogs and its fun. These dogs come from the worst situations and helping them is the best feeling in the world. To see them happy and healthy is the greatest reward in volunteering.” 

Home for Good Dog Rescue, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue, would like to extend an invitation to teens 16 years of age or older to participate in their junior volunteer program. Home for Good offers a wonderful experience, promotes community involvement and offers teens an alternative to team sports and school clubs. 

Home for Good’s mission is to rescue, nurture and place adoptable dogs into loving homes for good. Home for Good rescues dogs from high-kill shelters (dogs at high risk of being euthanized due to shelter overcrowding) and matches them with loving families.

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In an effort to inform teens about Home for Good and the volunteering and dog fostering opportunities that are available, Home for Good is having an open junior volunteer meeting on Tuesday, May 15th at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the Summit Elks Club located at 40 Maple Street (second floor) in Summit, NJ. Experienced junior volunteers will be on hand for a question and answer session with new and potential volunteers.

Zach Grochowski got involved with Home for Good Dog rescue because he loves to interact with dogs and wanted to help them. Wanting to work with dogs and help them find new homes is a common motivation amongst the volunteers. Junior volunteers Taylor and Karly Deland, have two dogs of their own and love dogs, but what they like most about volunteering is seeing the dogs get good loving homes.  Fellow volunteer Doug Chacon got involved after his older sister, Anthonella, began fostering dogs. “I like learning about the kinds of breeds, diseases, and other things related to dogs” remarks Chacon.

According to Home for Good Foster and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Strell, “the junior volunteers are an important and valuable part of our organization.” At adoption events, the junior volunteers help by setting up the crates, caring for the dogs during the event and packing up after the event. Adoption events are held on weekends at various pet supply stores in the Essex, Hunterdon, Morris and Union County area.

Home for Good provides training on all aspects of the junior volunteer program. Training will involve education on the proper and safe way to take dogs out of their crates, procedures to follow at adoption events, and general dog handling information.

When school is not in session, during summer and vacations, junior volunteers can help with the dog transports. This involves bathing, walking and feeding the dogs as they come off the transports, as well as setting up crates before and cleaning up after.

Other activities the juniors participate in include fundraising and community outreach programs.  During the week the volunteers can assist with office work such as photo copying, preparing medical folders and adoption folders, keeping inventory of supplies, and stocking the grooming room with towels, newspapers and cleaning supplies.

If you love dogs and are 16 or older, why not donate your time by volunteering?  It’s a very rewarding experience.

For more information on the junior volunteer program, contact Susan Strell at 908-598-8212 or

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Union County Magnet High School to Hold Silent Auction

February 21, 2018

A great night out with family and friends for just $10.  And we provide dessert and coffee/tea.

Please come to the Magnet High School PSA Silent Auction on Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (West Hall Cafeteria). 

Tickets are only $10. You can then bid on over $12,000 worth of ...

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Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

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I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

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Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

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CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

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‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

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CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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