Giving Back

May 30, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Care One at East Brunswick Assisted Living is dishing out a sweet fundraiser in June to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month and nine popular Middlesex County ice cream shops have joined Care One at East Brunswick Assisted Living in ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Memorial Day marks the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day and began in 1868, following the conclusion on the American Civil War. Unlike in past years, there were not any parades or fanfare because of the ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - For the first time since Memorial Day became a federal holiday, the borough did not hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Memorial Day marks the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. Initially, the ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek did not want to let Memorial Day 2020 pass without remembering the meaning behind the day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday, marking the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. Initially, the holiday was called Decoration Day and ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing Helmetta's Hometown Heroes during the past few weeks. On Saturday, he gave a shoutout to the residents of the borough that have joined together to support frontline workers. He recognized the many Helmetta residents have been sewing ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is seeking photographs from Spotswood School District parents showing their distance learning experiences. The PTA would like to use the photos as a part of a special video thanking the parents who suddenly found themselves home schooling their children when remote ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Ed Schapley is better known as Officer Ed to Spotswood School District students. He is the Spotswood School District's Resource Officer and works with students through the DARE and LEAD programs in addition to being the district's safety officer. Schapley has been an officer with the ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for the second straight year this spring. The prestigious award is bestowed upon organizations that work hard serving both the school district and the community. "The President's Volunteer Service Award is ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Sangeetha Rai and Pinky Shah decided back in April that they needed to do something to give local restaurants a boost and help those struggling financially because of the coronavirus shutdown. Their "Dinner is on Us" initiative was born. Rai and Shah partnered with Gennaros and ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many residents have been clearing out closets during the coronavirus shutdown and the Blackhawks Girls Lacrosse program wants gently used clothing and more for their upcoming Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 16 at 350 Dunhams Corner Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donated items ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Ronald Dzingleski is the current Helmetta Borough Council President. He is a longtime borough resident. His family has lived in Helmetta for generations. As a youngster, Dzingleski attended school in Helmetta at the Borough Hall. Since 1986, Dzingleski has worked in the grocery ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - While everyone is feeling the impact from the seemingly never ending coronavirus stay-at-home order, seniors have been hit the hardest as the age bracket most vulnerable to COVID-19. Spotswood Office on Aging Program Coordinator Donna Faulkenberry and her staff have been working ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Rob Simonelli Jr. is a fulltime 911 dispatcher for the Spotswood Police Department. In addition to that, the borough resident is a volunteer firefighter with the Helmetta Fire Department and also works as a firefighter for Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. His dedication to ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing the borough's hometown heroes for their efforts and dedication during the coronavirus pandemic. Today is Mother's Day and Sunday's Hometown Hero is Sue Slavicek, the mom of the popular Helmetta mayor. The mayor describes his mom has ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - The first Mother's Day was celebrated back in 1908. Mother's Day 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as the oddest with New Jersey being under a stay-at-home order. Despite the trying times, Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek put together this video tribute to moms throughout the ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Paul Reed is the Supervisor of the Helmetta Department of Public Works. While Reed has always been dedicated to serving the community of Helmetta, the coronavirus pandemic has placed him on the front lines especially with the closure of Borough Offices. This is why he is Saturday's ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been recognizing Helmetta's front liners for their service during the coronavirus pandemic. Borough residents working as first responders, teachers, healthcare workers, truck drivers and more have been nominated by loved ones for their contributions ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - JC and Mallorie Murawski are both volunteers with the Jamesburg First Aid Squad. The sisters were nominated to be Thursday's Helmetta Hometown Heroes by their mother, Stephanie. "A mom couldn't be more proud of these two young women," Stepahine Murawski said. "They are so giving ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Bill Peterson has been a borough resident for more than two decades and a member of the Spotswood Volunteer Fire Department for over thirty years. He is a former fire chief works as an engineer for the department. During the coronavirus pandemic, his experience has been a huge help ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Lauren Buchanan may be a new resident to the borough, but she is a longtime Guidance Counselor at Spotswood High School. The coronavirus pandemic changed the way guidance counselors work these days as distance learning has become the new normal for Spotswood School District students ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Gerard Longmore has been a borough resident since 2004. He and his wife Heidi and their two children Nate and Shannon are active members of the community. As a general manager of Panera Bread on Route 9 in Manalapan, Longmore has been working to lend a hand to those in need of a meal ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - John J. Grote started his career in healthcare right after graduating from high school. He began working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick as a patient transporter. The experience made him realize his true passion was caring for people and he began working ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - The borough's Red to the Rescue program was the brainchild of Saturday's Helmetta Hometown Hero Joe Reid. Red to the Rescue helps seniors, the disabled and any borough resident in need with any essential errands during the coronavirus crisis. Reid began serving the community back in ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Spotswood Police Officer Mike Taylor graduated from the police academy in 2013. He was the valedictorian of his class. Taylor joined the SPD in 2017 and has resided in Helmetta for the past two years. He is Friday's Helmetta Hometown Hero. "It is sometimes rare to hear about good ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Since early April Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek has been saying thank you to Helmetta's hometown heroes on social media. From first responders to healthcare workers to teachers and beyond, Slavicek has been highlighting the efforts of Helmetta residents putting themselves on the ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Sandy Bohinski has been the Borough Clerk in Helmetta for more that 32 years. She is also the borough's registrar and Planning Board Secretary in addition to assisting with all of Helmetta's recreation and special events. Her dedication to Helmetta over the past three decades and ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Birthday celebrations are looking very different for kids these days thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek wants to make the happy day a little brighter for the borough's youngest residents. Parents are invited to send an email to mayor@helmettaboro.com ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - There is a long list of coronavirus heroes and Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek wants to honor them each night in May by sounding an alarm of thanks. Residents are invited to join in honking, hollering, banging pots and pans or clapping from 7 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. each evening in May ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Pete Genthe has been a resident of the borough for the past eight years. Genthe was tapped to be Wednesday's Helmetta Hometown Hero by his loving family. He and his wife Noreen along with two of their daughters, Francesca and Jacqueline, are active members of the Helmetta and ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Dave Allen has been a borough resident for the past two years. He is a proud public servant. Allen has been a New Jersey State Trooper since January of 2012. His varied work responsibilities include traffic enforcement along the New Jersey Turnpike as well as responding to critical ...

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