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West Essex YMCA Program Champions Make a Big Community Impact

January 14, 2019

VERONA, NJ — Following a rehab center stay for a fractured hip, 94-year-old Carrie Jean Pagley began a specialized physical activity regimen in her Verona home, provided by the West Essex YMCA.

Cardiac nurse Valerie Beck, the Health and Wellness coordinator at the West Essex YMCA, visited Pagley twice a week for many months in 2015.

“She liked Val and looked forward to her ...

Local Rotary Clubs Provide Dictionaries to Livingston's Third Graders

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Sunrise Rotary and the Livingston Rotary Club recently teamed up to purchase and deliver dictionaries to every third grader in town.

Harrison Elementary School, whose students are pictured above with Rotarians Sean Whalen, Monte Ehrenkranz and Jay Freireich, was the first to receive this gift.

The mission of the Dictionary Project, which is a ...

Livingston Community to Participate in Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Jan. 21 will be a day off for most as the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day, the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) will invite the community to attend the township's annual "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service" at the Livingston Senior and Community Center.

During this day of service and celebration, ...

Livingston Doctors Participate in Sunrise Rotary “Walk With A Doc”

LIVINGSTON, NJ – A group of Livingston doctors recently joined the Livingston Sunrise Rotary for its local version of “Walk With A Doc,” a global walking program for everyone interested in taking step to a healthier lifestyle. The event was held at the Livingston Mall, Livingston Sunrise Rotary also sponsored a “Gift of Warmth” Winter Coat Drive at the Livingston ...

Big L Club to Rename Annual Casino Night in Memory of Livingston's Trish Duffy

EAST HANOVER, NJ — The Big “L” Club’s annual Big L Casino Night has been renamed “Duffy Casino Night” in memory of the event’s creator, Trish Duffy, a lifelong Livingston resident who died on Dec. 3 surrounded by family.

The annual fundraiser, to be held on Jan. 25 at the Hanover Manor, will help provide a scholarship ...

Livingston Brain Aneurysm Survivor Uses Second Chance to Save Lives

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After surviving a ruptured aneurysm and fully recovering without the permanent damage that is common among survivors, 20-year-old Livingston resident Justin Gelman immediately knew he had to use his second chance at life to help others who face similar situations.

Gelman, whose aneurysm ruptured while he was alone in his Duke University apartment in February, has joined ...

Free ESL Program Open to All Levels of English Language Learners

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Any community members looking for a non-threatening but informative environment in which to improve their English-speaking skills are invited to participate in the West Essex YMCA’s expanding English as a Second Language (ESL) class, offered twice a week for free at the Livingston facility.

Led by Livingston High School (LHS) senior Rohat Chari and other volunteers ...

Amanda Reflects on Her 'Journey of Hope' in the Final Episode Released by Birth Haven

NEWTON, NJ — Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, located in Newton, has released its fifth and final “Journey of Hope” video series. 

In the final episode, released earlier this week, Amanda reflects on her time spent at Birth Haven and shares details of how her baby has brought her closer to her family. Watch all ...

New Jersey Devils Deliver Toys to Young Saint Barnabas Patients

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Patients and staff at the RWJBarnabas Health family of hospitals, including Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston, were treated to a holiday-season visit by members of the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League (NHL) team.

As RWJBarnabas Health is the official health care provider for the New Jersey Devils, current players, team alumni and the NJ ...

Baby Comes Early in Birth Haven's Third "Journey of Hope" Video

NEWTON, NJ — Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies located in Newton, is continuing its “Journey of Hope” video series by releasing its third, and most surprising, feature of the series. 

In the third part of this series, Amanda continues to prepare for her life as a mother. Early-morning chores, meetings, doctor appointments, ...

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