Giving Back

Firefighters Celebrate Thanksgiving with Elizabeth Community

Local 9 members delivered 80 turkey dinners to residents at Elizabeth Towers. Credits: FMBA Local 9
Members delivered 20 prepared turkeys to Capt. Jose Paneto, Commanding Officers of the Salvation Army Elizabeth Temple Corps.  Credits: FMBA Local 9

ELIZABETH, NJ – Despite a busy month that included one of the worst incidents in the city’s recent history,  Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 made time to remember those members of the community who needed help this holiday season.

On Monday, members prepared 80 Thanksgiving dinners with all of the trimmings for participating residents at Elizabeth Towers. The celebration came to being because of the efforts of Diana Jose, a social worker assigned to the residence. Ms. Jose stated, “You brought a smile to their faces!”

Tuesday, members made donations to two local organizations. Turkeys were donated to Missionaries on a Mission. Cerise Simmons, President of Missionaries on a Mission, stated, “Our 2015 goal was to make 200 food baskets, but with the generosity of the community we were able to make and distribute over 300 baskets this Thanksgiving.”

Sign Up for E-News

Members also donated turkeys, stuffing, and vegetables to the St. Joseph Social Service Center. Under the leadership of Sister Jacinta Fernandes, the St. Joseph’s staff was hard at work sorting, packing, and distributing food to the growing line of city residents.

Twenty turkeys and gravy were prepared and delivered to the Salvation Army on Wednesday. Captain Jose Paneto, Commanding Officer of the Elizabeth Temple Corps stated, “With your assistance we will be able to accommodate up to 1000 guests for our yearly Thanksgiving dinner.”

This yearly partnership has become a tradition for Local 9. David Bialas, vice president of Local 9 stated, “This week, month, and year have been very busy for our members. Combining the increased calls for service with our diminishing manpower I am very proud of the work our members have done in the community, especially our members who were just appointed to the department. This past month we celebrated the retirements of a number of members who served the city with a long career with more retirements on the horizon. This Thanksgiving we are thankful for their careers and health and wish them the best in their retirement.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Sun, May 20, 12:30 PM

Church of Christ, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Community Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Mon, June 4, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Tue, June 5, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Goethals Bridge to New Jersey to be Closed Friday Night through Sunday

May 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed to all traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

The Eastbound to NY will remain open. Officials said the closure is necessary to construct the entry and exit ramps for the new westbound span.

At 9 p.m. Sunday night, the westbound span is expected to open in its final configuration, three ...

The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Elizabeth Receives $125k Infrastructure Grant from Union County

May 7, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The City of Elizabeth will receive $125,000 through the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ fourth annual Union County Infrastructure grant.

The annual grant is dedicated to funding projects aimed towards economic development growth and improvements to roads, facilities and more. Approximately $1.5 million in grant funding was awarded throughout Union County ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 17, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.


Q. When did you join

I joined in September, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...

Sample Ballots Now Available on Union County Clerk Elections Website and App

May 17, 2018

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that sample ballots for the June 5 Primary Election are now available on the Union County Votes mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and on the County Clerk’s election website at

“The mobile app and website enable voters to see their sample ballots quickly and conveniently on their computers, laptops and other ...