Giving Back

November 6, 2018

CRANFORD - Members of the Cranford Police Department, ranging from the rank of Captain to Communications Officer, are participating in Cranford PBA Local 52’s No-Shave November. From November 1st through November 30th, Officers and Civilian employees will be putting down their razors in an effort ...

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GARWOOD, NJ - Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) was honored Thursday with the Humanitarian of the Year award at the Annual Gala Dinner Dance of the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited, held at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. Also honored were Senate Majority Leader ...

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CRANFORD – Six Cranford Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 40071 recently received the prestigious Silver Award for their community service efforts. The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. It represents a girl’s accomplishments as a leader in her community and reflects a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - For Stephen Soares, two things have remained constant throughout his 30 years: a love of cars, and a dream to drive a truck.  “All my life, I wanted to be a truck driver,” he said. “I wanted to do something that was going to make a good living and earn enough money to make things ...

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CRANFORD - Friends of Colin is gearing up to hold its 4th annual Turkey Trot, scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Friends of Colin formed after the death of 16-year-old Cranford resident Colin Maher. Colin died after a fight with ...

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CRANFORD – Four reusable pet oxygen mask kits were donated to the Cranford Fire Department by the Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 42870. The masks will be kept onboard the fire department’s first responder vehicles to help Cranford’s pet community in the event of an emergency. “The Cranford Fire ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Brenda Peguero, manager of Wendy's restaurant in Hillside, hired Robert Capello as a greeter. It was not long before his work ethic and reliability convinced her to increase his responsibilities, she said. Working three hours a day, three days a week, Capello cleans tables, sweeps ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center held a dedication ceremony and tour of the opening of its new high-tech Breast Center, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center on Monday evening. The 3.4 million Breast Center will provide the latest in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for women, ...

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CRANFORD, N.J. – More than 350 Girl Scouts from the Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48 and their volunteer leaders held a two-day encampment at Hanson Park, September 22 – 23. For many of the girls, this was their first overnight camping experience and it included a wealth of learning ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The future leaders of Union County's nonprofit community were celebrated on Thursday at the graduation of the inaugural class of the Union County Non-Profit Leadership Fellows Institute, held at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) in Elizabeth. The institute's Class of 2018 comprised ...

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CRANFORD - Trinity Cranford Episcopal Church is hosting a charity ice cream sale on Sunday, September 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sherlock Hall at Trinity Church, 119 Forest Avenue, Cranford, NJ. "Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Good Shepherd Home for Children in Cameroon that ...

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CRANFORD - Girl Scouts of Cranford Troop 40534 has recently completed a Silver Award project. The Silver Award is the second-highest award in Girl Scouting. To complete the award, three girls from Troop 40534 worked together on a project to improve their community. The girls decided to focus their ...

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CRANFORD - The 1st Annual Charlie’s Angel Prostate Cancer Walk honoring the memory of Charlie Robert Bathelus, will be held at Nomahegan Park in Cranford on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new non-profit foundation and its work, are in honor of the late Charlie Robert Bathelus, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It's not every day that young athletes and young adults and teens with special needs get the opportunity to sport designers such as Gucci and Armani, but that's just what they'll do Saturday night. Members of the Westfield Area YMCA Flyers youth track team and participants in the ...

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CRANFORD - Cranford is among 11 Union County towns represented last week by volunteers sworn in as court appointed special advocates (CASAs), thanks to residents Judy Eisenhardt and Dorothy Wolf. “When someone asks me how I joined CASA,” noted Eisenhardt, “I tell them, ‘I didn’t find CASA. CASA ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Staff, and residents of the Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford made a special road trip to the Radiation Oncology Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center on September 6. The visit had a purpose, to deliver 27 handcrafted heart pillows to be donated to patients undergoing ...

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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department, Cranford Police Athletic League, and Cranford High School Class of 2022 are holding a car wash fundraiser for students Nicholas Swandrak and Ray Schwartz on Sunday, September 16th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lincoln School, 132 Thomas Street, ...

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CRANFORD - Hilltop Bicycles of Cranford donated a new bicycle to the Cranford Police Department as part of the department's ongoing efforts to start a Bicycle Patrol Unit. The bicycle donated, a Raleigh Cadent electric bike, has an estimated value of $2,800. The Cranford Police Department has ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Despite possessing work habits that make them excellent candidates, people with disabilities experience increased rates of discrimination and difficulty finding employment, according to local nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU). CAU, which supports people with ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In just its third year, the Westfield YMCA’s Run for Everyone 5K has become a staple on the area September running calendar, while continuing to grow the organization’s dedication to assisting young adults with special needs. This year’s race will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 16, at ...

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CRANFORD - The Project Home of Cranford's annual Town Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 29th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. This is a great opportunity for residents to clean out items they no longer need, make some cash for themselves, and most importantly, help support ...

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CRANFORD - The Mothers’ Center of Central New Jersey (MCCNJ) is very excited to announce its newest program in literacy, Books for Babies. In partnership with select local libraries, MCCNJ is offering families a warm welcome to the world of reading with their babies. Union County families that have ...

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CRANFORD - The third annual Mom Olympics of Cranford will take place on Saturday, September 8th at 12 p.m. “During the Summer Olympics of 2016, the Cougar Squad in town, a group of moms, thought it would be a fun idea to hold their own Olympic event and raise money for a good cause,” said Ally ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will hold its Annual Ira Geller Memorial Walk-a-Thon Saturday, September 15, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark to raise funds for programs and services that support people with disabilities and at-risk youth. Community Access Unlimited, a Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The achievements of ten people with disabilities were celebrated last week at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) in Elizabeth during the agency's annual Performance Recognition Night. Each of the individuals, all CAU members, were recognized by their fellow members, staff and family ...

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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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CRANFORD - The Cranford Police Department is sponsoring a school supplies drive to help families who are having difficulty providing the proper tools for their children to succeed in school.  From now through September 2, you can drop off items such as markers, glue sticks, erasers, pens, ...

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CRANFORD - Daniel Serna is a Cranford High School student running his fifth annual school supply drive to benefit children whose families are served by Homefirst in Plainfield. Area residents can drop off new school supplies in the donation box at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - More than seventy local youth learned about the challenges and rewards of independence at the annual Independent City training event held at Community Access Unlimited (CAU) in Elizabeth on July 21. Independent City is a mock-community set up in CAU's auditorium consisting of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Sparky Lyle is inviting volunteers to join him at TD Bank Ballpark Saturday morning to help Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world. Lyle, Manager Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots, is a ...

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