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Giving Back

May 13, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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Micole Cohen Richter, who partnered with Joanna Parker-Lentz to raise money and organize Hurricane Ida relief efforts for residents devastated by the storm, now needs Millburn’s help. Her husband Dan had a major stroke over the weekend. Thankfully, he’s in the hospital and his condition is ...

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West Orange's Scenic Hill resident Thomas Seltzer was fortunate that last week’s fire didn’t spread to his home. He wants to help his neighbors and set up a GoFundMe page several days ago to help the 16 families who have been displaced by the fire. Seltzer described the aftermath of the terrible ...

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The weather forecast looks good for Founding Day on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and The Cultural, Diversity and Arts Committee has fun activities planned for attendees. Events will be downtown and at Bauer Center in Taylor Park. Arts and crafts, gardening, spring clean-up, ...

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The owners of Enzzo’s Trattoria in Short Hills are working with Nancy Siegel of the Millburn High School Guidance Department to set up a senior college scholarship or two, depending on how much money they raise, for the class of 2022. According to Perri Urso, owner of Enzzo’s, they plan to ...

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A group of Rutgers University students and professors with relatives and friends in Ukraine have banded together to raise money and collect necessities like diapers, canned food, first aid products and blankets to send there. In addition, they are trying to assist students from Ukraine to come ...

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Jesus Nuñez, the owner of the J Nuñez Gallery, recently collaborated with Millburn’s Opportunity Project members and artists for an exhibit of two Opportunity Project members and artists, Gary Berson and Angel Serrano. According to Nuñez, “The J. Nuñez Love Always collection was also on display ...

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Scouts BSA Troop 15, chartered at Christ Church in Short Hills, has advanced many young men to the rank of Eagle Scout during its history that spans nearly a century. The troop is proud to announce that Jason Lam has achieved this most prestigious Eagle Scout Award. Jason, 16, of Short Hills, ...

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Olena Shumeiko, the Ukrainian Millburn resident hosting cookie decorating fundraisers, recently held a private workshop in Millburn and one in Metuchen. Shumeiko reported, "We made $800 to purchase the requested items from this registry."  The next decorating fundraiser is April 9 in Short ...

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Meest America, 600 Markely Place, Port Reading, Woodbridge NJ is accepting checks, clothing, food and medications for Ukraine. Meest has trucks, ships and planes taking goods to Poland daily. The company ceased its regular business earlier in March and is devoting its resources to ...

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Short Hills’ Community Congregational Church is often fundraising to help those in need. When one of the congregation members, Mary Romancio, shared that her relative is an abbot in a Ukrainian Orthodox parish in a small Ukrainian village called Nova Moshchanytsia (about 230 miles west of Kyiv), ...

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Millburn resident Olena Shumeiko is using her artistic talents to raise money for her native country Ukraine by hosting cookie decorating workshops. She and her daughter Amaliia, now a student at Millburn High School, relocated from Kyiv to the United States in summer 2017 so Olena could attend ...

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Fifth-grade students at Washington Elementary School are holding a South Sudan Walk-a-Thon on Wednesday, March 23 in the backfield of the school. They will simulate the mile walk that some residents of South Sudan have to make to obtain water. In 2018, Washington Elementary School students ...

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Millburn High School’s (MHS) Unified Club has conceived a creative way to raise money for and educate the community about acceptance and awareness of neurodiversity during April, which is Autism Awareness month. The fundraiser contest encourages students to summon their inner artists and design ...

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Two Millburn High School students have created a fundraiser/garage sale for sports equipment this Sunday with 100% of their proceeds directed to help defray the prohibitive costs of shipping goods to Ukraine. There have been many news stories in the past couple of weeks about the 500-plus pallets ...

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Over 250 people gathered at the Livingston Memorial Oval on March 5 to support Ukraine. Organizers Ruslan Karpenko and Max Ryvkin put the rally together in three days, recruiting Livingston Councilman Michael Vieira, Ukrainian Short Hills resident Anna Tomko, Assemblyman John McKeon and others to ...

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Millburn High School junior Vatsal Garg recently founded NextGen Coding, a non-profit organization that teaches coding to underserved students locally and around the world. Garg shared, “The mission of NexGen is to provide free, world-class diverse computer science education remotely for anyone ...

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The Millburn High School TEEEM Burkina Faso Club has partnered with the Georgie Badiel Foundation in an effort to combat water scarcity in Burkina Faso. Please join us for a benefit dinner at Cafe Monet Millburn on Thursday, March 3 to help build wells in these rural communities. The founder ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A native of Ukraine’s capital living in Westfield is rallying support for his home country as it defends itself against Russian military assault. Max Ryvkin said that when he saw a picture of the democratically elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, a former boxer, armed and ready ...

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WAYNE, NJ - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney. Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do ...

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Shannon Davisson was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in 2019. She explained that CML patients used to live three to five years with the illness, but a couple of decades ago, scientists discovered a way to stop the patients' cancer from progressing. Although they are still searching ...

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According to Scoutmaster of Scouts BSA Troop 19, Daniel Cannon, Celia Arracaeta has completed her projects to become an Eagle Scout. He shared, "The path to Eagle started with Celia earning her Arrow of Light from Cub Scouts, then off to Philmont, earning ten BSA Nova Awards, becoming a ...

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Millburn High School Math Analysis teacher Stephen Breslow organizes annual philanthropic projects to help others and to simultaneously enable his students to connect emotionally with the initiatives they work on. Currently, his students are selling t-shirts to raise money for Mayfield, ...

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Millburn Inspire, an organization that inspires young people through art to help those in need, is collaborating with the Lions Club to collect all types and sizes of eyeglasses and hearing devices for the underprivileged. The glasses and hearing aids will be shipped to a Lions Clubs ...

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Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, located in Newton, New Jersey, releases its fifth and final “Journey of Hope” video series.  In the final episode, released today, watch Amanda reflect on her time spent at Birth Haven and share details of how her baby has ...

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An annual “Journey of Hope” fundraiser for Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, suffered a major setback when approximately 3,500 solicitations dropped off for mailing to past donors somehow went missing.   As Co-chairman of the Board, John Ursin, explained, “Our ...

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Millburn Middle School (MMS) chose Caring Kids as their holiday drive and collected 2,000 gifts plus over $7,000 of ShopRite and Walmart gift cards to help families purchase food and other necessities. This was Caring Kids' 11th annual holiday gift drive for the New Jersey Regional Day School in ...

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Wendy Missan, Director of the Mud Ball, reported, "Businesses in Millburn were excited to receive flooding funds from the Millburn Mud Ball yesterday. "Six businesses outside the SID (Special Improvement District) and one latecomer that had missed out on the SID disbursements have been awarded Mud ...

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SOUTH ORANGE - The neighbors of JESPY House clients who reside in The Michael Och House, A Center for Aging at JESPY, recently showed a wonderful gift of giving and kindness. On an annual basis, the neighbors have held an informal Turkey Trot for family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. This ...

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St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church parishioners have been collecting Thanksgiving meals for those in need for the last two decades. This year, they managed to garner 270 complete meals (a turkey dinner for five) and a few thousand dollars to purchase ShopRite gift cards for families in ...

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