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Giving Back

September 22, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – The East Franklin Fire Department (EFFD) has launched a fundraising effort to help a longtime volunteer member and his family in need.  On Sept. 21 at 3 a.m., a fire broke out in the home of Firefighter Steven VanDeursen. While VanDeursen, along with his wife, Dineen, children ...

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FAR HILLS, NJ _ Returning after more than a year's interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlantic Visiting Nurse home and hospice organization returns the giant fundraising rummage sale on Oct. 1 to 3 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds. There are two more days, Monday and Tuesday, to make tax ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The nonprofit group that repairs discarded bicycles and is dedicated to promoting the joys of cycling is helping organize a bike rodeo – a skills event generally geared toward children which provides a course to practice and develop skills that will help them to become better ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -Sunday's closing performance of the multi-venue Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Somerville will be a benefit performance for local victims of Tropical Storm Ida who have lost their belongings, homes and businesses to the indiscriminate ravages of the Sept. 1 ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – For the past seven weeks, in Somerset, New Jersey, a handful of high school students participated in a new culinary boot camp known as, Cooking with Cops. The innovative program was the brainchild of the Franklin Township Police Department, after they opened a community center on 935 ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Two GoFundMe campaigns have been set up in memory of 4-year-old Kyle Meyers, who drowned in a tragic accident at Sunset Lake Friday. The first campaign, according to Kyle’s uncle Bill Meyers, was set up by neighbors of the family in the Sunset Lake area of Bridgewater. As of ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — Six days after the Champlain Towers South building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, Vincent Inzano deployed with a New Jersey task force of FEMA-trained first responders to help recover personal items, identify victims and — if they were lucky — find survivors in the rubble.  With ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A warm, soapy shower not only cleans the body, but it also cleanses the soul. Leaving people feeling refreshed, renewed and restored – that’s the mission behind the local nonprofit organization ARM’s new mobile hygiene unit. The members of ARM (Archangel Raphael’s Mission) ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New location, same selfless work. The members of the New Brunswick Bike Exchange have been busy serving the city and some of its organizations since settling into their new space in the back of the Recreation Center’s Hub Teen Center at 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave. The ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The dream - the one about  providing an opportunity for adventurous Rutgers students to spend their summers on a journey to help various grass-roots organizations - is still alive. Not even a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could keep The Dream Project from ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Franklin’s Grace Resource Center opened its doors to the community today, hoping to act as a central hub for services that local leaders said have been lacking in the area.  Anyone can walk into the offices -- located at 873 Hamilton St., Unit D and accessible from the parking lot ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food ...

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FRANKLIN, NJ –  Joseph Roche, a member of Franklin Boy Scout Troop #100, recently completed his Eagle Scout project and, through his efforts, two free little libraries have been erected within the community; one behind Hillcrest Elementary School and, the other, outside Griggstown Reformed ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Crossroads Theatre Company is sponsoring a community-wide event Tuesday to acknowledge the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd. “Art-Making as a Community: Thoughts on Freedom and Justice” will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the New Brunswick Performing Arts ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Volunteers came together Saturday for a 'Women Build' day to work on a new single-family home on Spruce Street in Plainfield. Several families have applied for the three-bedroom, two-bath home, and a lottery will be held to select the new homeowner. The land was purchased from ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jay Goldberg has been getting some curious looks when he pulls up at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Ryders Lane. Some people come right over, some slowly sidle up to the truck and still others aren’t sure what to do. The sight of Elijah’s Promise’s new boxy, bright red ...

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FRANKLIN, NJ – A group of local women have affectionately become known as 'Franklin Angels' for their dedication and efforts in helping members of the community secure COVID-19 appointments.  Over the past several months, Franklin resident Carla Visser, along with Barbara Fisher, Susan Goen, and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In his role as an activist, Tormel Pittman has spearheaded marches to denounce police misconduct in the wake of George Floyd’s death and led protests to demand the renaming of Roosevelt School. On Saturday, he will be helping organize an event to take on the issue of urban ...

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METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School is hosting a 24-hour Giving Day event starting on Friday, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. The event will be an interactive day filled with live broadcasts, video interviews and more according to organizers. Gifts provided on #SJGivingDay support the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – It’s been a long year for Marilyn Kuna and her family. Like many New Jerseyans, the 84-year-old couple and Marilyn’s son have largely been homebound as COVID-19 upended life across the country.  But when New Jersey announced its rollout of coronavirus vaccines in December, hope ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s most visible resource for food insecurity will need help of its own today. Elijah’s Promise, the community kitchen that served more than 200,000 meals last year, suffered a sprinkler system malfunction early this morning. Their kitchen and dining facilities at ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A GoFundMe page set up to help pay the funeral fees for a man stabbed to death on Saturday has raised more than $20,000 in three days. Segun Thomas, 62, of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, was found stabbed to death on Jan. 16 in a common stairwell of a multi-use ...

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FRANKLIN, NJ ­– Members of the Franklin Township community are invited to join in a national effort to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19.  The Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) last week announced that a lighting ceremony to commemorate American lives lost to COVID-19 will ...

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Students crafted holiday cards and participated in a virtual sing-a-long with residents of The Bristal Assisted Living Facility, who were unable to make in-person visits this year. SOMERSET, NJ - The Bristal Assisted Living in Somerset has had a difficult year. Because of the ongoing pandemic, ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - More than 500 pieces of winter apparel were recently donated to the Zakee Bowser Enrichment Foundation (ZBEF), courtesy of Assemblyman Joe Danielsen's "Head to Toe" clothing drive.  ZBEF will distribute the clothing to local children in need, according to organizers. “Due to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – COVID-19 could not quarantine South Plainfield’s generosity as 1,000’s of gifts were dropped off at Borough Hall in support of South Plainfield’s 8th annual Toys for Tots campaign. “None of this would be possible without the outpouring of support from our community, its ...

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The arrival of the holiday season is when many people think about how they can give back. Often taxpayers want to donate to a charity. The IRS has a tool that can help people figure out if giving to their favorite cause will also give them the gift of a tax deduction. Tax Exempt Organization ...

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FRANKLIN, NJ – A memorial fundraiser in honor of a well-known and respected member of the community has raised thousands of dollars for a Franklin-based agency. On Nov. 23, Dr. Krish Venkat of Princeton passed away suddenly at the Capital Health Hospital in Trenton and, in lieu of flowers, a ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A group of South Plainfield teens attending Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen recently set out to make the holidays a bit brighter for those in need. Looking to expand upon the philanthropic efforts taking place in their school, Keagan Edmondson, Jayden Hunter, and Rocco ...

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