Giving Back

August 6, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — “On every ultrasound we had throughout the pregnancy, my son’s face was always hidden by his hands,” Francine Magrone wrote on her website, WalkinSunshineCharity.org. “The technicians would tease me and say he was camera shy.” Francine was 30 weeks pregnant when she noticed that ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Hailey Rachko, a 2015 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, sets her sights on something she aims high. Now a junior at Boston University, Hailey plans to climb to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, shortly after taking her final ...

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – Several Clark residents joined more than 7,000  participants to ‘get freezing for a reason’ in the 25th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, held by the Special Olympics of New Jersey.    According to the SONJ, thousands of folks plunge into the frigid waters of the ...

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CLARK, NJ – Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo presented the third annual “Volunteer of the Year” award to Scott McCabe at Tuesday evening’s township council meeting. “So many residents offer their services and volunteer their time to help the recreation department throughout the year,” ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Re-entry Corporation opened their doors last week to officials and the public to get a good look at their newest location and what they have to offer to people living in Union County that have a criminal record and may need extra help to get a job, housing and ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Jennifer Colamedici of Clark was among a group of six local women recently honored as The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council held their 17th Annual 'Tribute to Women' Awards Luncheon. Colamedici was joined by Jeanne Kingsley of Berkeley Heights, Katie Nolle of New ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — American Legion Post 3 in Westfield will hold its second Annual March-a-Mile to benefit homeless and in-need veterans Saturday, Dec. 9, in Tamaques Park. The march will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. “The American Legion Department Convention is in Wildwood New Jersey every ...

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Last week a hardworking group of student volunteers from Union County College in Elizabeth pitched in to help maintain a thriving wildflower meadow along the shores of the lake at Warinanco Park in Roselle. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park program, the enthusiastic group spent the day ...

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CLARK, NJ - Bill Lavin of the Where Angels Play Foundation appeared in front of the Clark Council on November 20 to propose the construction of a playground in Clark.  Not just any park, and not just to give kids a place to play, but to honor the memory of James A. Nelson and his daughter Caitlin ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Thousands of United States military serving abroad often lack access to many of their favorite snacks and toiletries, an absence that is felt even more keenly during the holiday season. To help ensure members of the military can enjoy this small reminder of home, The Rotary ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung ...

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MANVILLE, NJ – More than 500 volunteers, young and old, helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,500 personal care packages during the XIII annual Military Appreciation packing event held in conjunction with Veterans Day. The event was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Manville VFW, 600 ...

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CLARK, NJ – Westfield Avenue has been adorned with pink ribbons since the beginning of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One young woman can jokingly tell you how many poles there are along the roadway after selecting 100 of them to embellish with pink ribbons in the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ—The County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced the launch of the Non-Profit Consortium Leadership Fellows Institute. The consortium’s program has a goal to develop the next generation of informed, effective executives in the non-profit sector. The program launched with its ...

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PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, lashing the island with 30 hours of Category 5 winds. By September 21, following an emergency conference call with 33 New Jersey leaders, “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” was born. Fund leaders gathered ...

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CLARK, NJ - The Clark Fire Department is collecting donations for the hurricane relief effort.  Items can be dropped off at the Clark Fire Headquarters at 250 Broadway on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. or Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Shoprite is ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ –Do you know a woman who has made a significant difference in the lives of Union County residents? Consider nominating her for the Annual Women of Excellence Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 26 Annual Women of Excellence awards. The program honors women from all ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - In a rare move, the two leading gubernatorial candidates have come together to voice support of a statewide charity designed to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. “New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief” is sponsored and spearheaded by the Puerto Rican Congress ...

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WARREN, NJ – Paige Snyder was 11 when her mother, Roseann, passed away from cancer at the young age of 48. When Paige heard about Camp Clover Bereavement Camp, she was hesitant but eager to find some healing after such sadness. The camp turned out to be a more inspiring and uplifting experience ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Runners and walkers alike will tie up their laces for a good cause Saturday at the Miracles for Myeloma 5K in Clark. The race aims to raise money for the International Myeloma Foundation in the fight against the incurable and often unfamiliar disease. Multiple myeloma is a cancer ...

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CLARK, NJ - Cadette Girl Scouts Lauren England, Madison Pardo and Gabriella Scipioni, lead by Girl Scout Leader Alicia Scipioni, decided to take action to help end hunger and to educate children about making healthy eating choices. Their decision ultimately lead to them creating a sustainable ...

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CLARK, NJ – Earlier this year, Arthur L. Johnson High School graduate Zack Sandler dived into concert producing with “A Set for Vets” in Asbury Park.  This October he is putting his knowledge to work as an Assistant Production Manager for “Pig Gig 3”. The third annual Pig Gig, hosted by New ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfielders are stepping up once again, this time for their four-legged neighbors from Texas affected by the catastrophic floods of Hurricane Harvey. Plainfield Residents’ Association for Animal Rescue (PRAAR), in conjunction with the Plainfield Police Division, will be ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield resident and Houston native Benjamin Montez and Rory Chadwick, owner of the new Downtown Westfield shop Midtown Authentic, have teamed up to organize a mass donation event for Hurricane Harvey victims. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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BELMAR, NJ — Beach access and parking will be free on Labor Day, September 4, as Mayor Matthew Doherty is waiving the $8 daily badge fee and encouraging beach-goers to instead make a donation to the borough's hurricane relief fund. Collection boxes have been in place since September 1 at every ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -   In a gesture of national outreach yesterday, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen extended a welcome to the families and students displaced by Hurricane Harvey to come to the township and keep up with their education.  Cohen sent a message to Alan Bernstein, Director of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jake Tooley, a Wesfield High School class of 2016 graduate, died Monday morning in a fire at his home on Prospect Street, according to a post on the Westfield, NJ Facebook  group* by his brother, Sam Tooley. To reader our earlier story about the fire, click here. Jake Tooley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Girl Scout Troop 40041 in Westfield is collecting used solar eclipse glasses to be redistributed to schools in Asia and South America by the group Astronomers Without Borders in time for the 2019 solar eclipse there. “The eclipse was such an exciting event that really brought ...

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