Giving Back

January 21, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - As the government shutdown continues, the Middlesex County food bank is stepping up to offer assistance to furloughed federal workers and urging the rest of the county residents to pitch in with donations to stock dwindling supplies. "Federal employees from local agencies of ...

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UNION, NJ - You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pet’s health? The Westfield Veterinary Group has some tips to keep your pet safe during the cold New Jersey ...

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SOMERSET, NJ: Members of the Franklin Township Police Department gathered in the living room of Sister2Sister’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon and delivered a $5,000 check to the nonprofit, the culmination a month-long fundraising effort.  In October, the police department collaborated with ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The MacAfee Road School PTO hosted Pasta Night to benefit students looking to expand on their arts education.  More than 100 people attended the event on Dec. 7, according to organizers. A diverse group of vendors sold a variety of items, toys, jewelry, handbags, travel services, ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre may have suffered a fatal allergic reaction to the smell of fish being cooked at his grandmother’s home in Brooklyn, NY where he was visiting on New Year’s Day, according to a WABC news report. The official cause of death for Cameron is still ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Venus Jewelers donated its customer's loose change to help feed almost 100 residents of Franklin Township on Dec. 19.  The money was raised through a holiday campaign called "Round Up For Hunger" where clients were given an opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Venus Jewelers donated its customer's loose change to help feed almost 100 residents of Franklin Township on Dec. 19.  The money was raised through a holiday campaign called "Round Up For Hunger" where clients were given an opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kevin McHugh and Richard Valenti of Valairco Heating and Cooling recently presented a check for $250 to Jerusha Oleksiuk of Moms Helping Moms Foundation as part of their Valairco Cares program. Valairco launched the "Valairco Cares" campaign this past spring and is ...

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During this Season of Giving, the Franklin Woman’s Club has been busy spreading holiday cheer beginning with Service Night 2018 held recently during which members worked on projects to help those in need in the US and abroad. Members created special blankets for the homeless, wrote greeting cards ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – The the New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million to Colonial Park Dec. 1for the chapter’s annual Work Day of Service. Professional arborists and urban foresters volunteer a day of work at a ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Members of the Laurel Circle quilting and knitting-crocheting group, in Bridgewater, presented a number of donations to the Center for Great Expectations, totaling over 230 pieces to date. Laurel Circle, formerly Arbor Glen, is a full service senior living community, and the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause.  The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several hundred volunteers gathered at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday to help the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed overseas. Several veteran organizations participated, ...

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  Update: The last day to purchase tickets is today, Nov. 19. Only a few tickets left. Read more for details. SOMERSET, NJ- On Friday, November 23rd at 6pm, the Warrior for Life Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Scholarship Gala at the Imperia in Somerset. The gala, which serves as the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Johnny Lombardi, aka "Gemini," is the comedic version of a one-man band. He can do it all – depending on his mood and the audience, Lombardi will kibitz with the crowd, fire off one-liners, dazzle with his magic or bring life to a family of sharp-tongued ventriloquist ...

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On Friday, November 23rd at 6pm, the Warrior for Life Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Scholarship Gala at the Imperia in Somerset. The gala, which serves as the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, is considered by founders to be “the most unique experience to impact the lives ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Empty Bowls project of Franklin Township, NJ, in concert with the Franklin Food Bank, will host their first annual Empty Bowls event in early March 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Atrium Drive in Somerset, NJ.  This event will be open to the public. Empty Bowls is a ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -The ninth annual Adopt-A-Family program needs donors to help provide Thanksgiving meals for needy families. The 2018 donation form can be found at http://bit.ly/2018AdoptAFamily “We often hear that people want to help others within their own community,” said Somerset County ...

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EAST MILLSTONE, NJ - Hundreds of local and area residents came out to attend the 8th annual CanalFest on Saturday, Oct. 13, to have a good time while supporting their neighbors in need.    The event featured three stages with live musical performances by High in the Mid 80s, Swing Sabroso, ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 15th Annual Buddy Walk of South Plainfield took place this past weekend at Putnam Park. Organized by borough residents Michelle and Keith Both, the family-friendly event not only promoted awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome but also raised money for ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The Rutgers Prep Community celebrated its annual Day on 4 Service—a campus-wide initiative on Sept. 26.  The event was developed to encourage students to find ways to contribute to their global and local communities, according to organizers.  This year, the lower gym functioned ...

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Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans, according to the CDC. The impact of Alzheimer’s disease on our state and within our community is not trivial.  Luckily, local businesses and practices have ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Tilly Mahon is flying from Melbourne, Australia to the United States in less than a month to meet her grandfather, Colin Driver, a long awaited event filled with anticipation but fraught with anxiety and angst. Two-year-old Matilda, aka Tilly, her mom, Jane, father, Matthew and ...

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Once again, residents of East Millstone, New Jersey, combined their passion for serving their community and having a wonderful time with family, friends and neighbors by organizing a magical outdoor ''Fête en Blanc" which raised $1,350 in funds for the Franklin Food Bank. Over fifty people ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - To celebrate their 50th year in business, Valairco Heating and Cooling presented a check for $500 to Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights at a recent concert in the park in Berkeley Heights.  "For our 50th anniversary we decided we would like to give back to the community," ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - In an emotion-filled ceremony, partner homeowner, Tania-Sue Thomas accepted the keys to her new home surrounded by close family, friends, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and staff of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity earlier this month.  “I’m looking forward to owning my own ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Samantha Santos, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at the borough’s Middle School has a vision and plan to encourage her classmates and other teens to follow a path of exercise and healthy choices. Confident and self-assured, Santos came to a Borough Council meeting last month to ...

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It seems hard to believe that the last month of summer is upon us, with Back to School advertising nudging us to shift gears into the Fall season.  Along with the beginning of a new school year, many clubs, such as the Franklin Woman’s Club, will also re – start after a summer month hiatus and ...

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LOCAL CHILD’S WISH GRANTED BY MAKE-A-WISH NEW JERSEY Wish Granted By Funds Raised During 2018 Jersey Mike’s Subs “Month of Giving” Campaign MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – A local child’s wish was recently granted by Make-A-Wish New Jersey, whose mission is to create life-changing wishes for children ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is holding information sessions about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor. Sessions are being held in September, with one at the Bridgewater Township Library Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Hillsborough Township Library Sept. 12 ...

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