Giving Back

May 6, 2021

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each summer American Legion Post 253's Auxiliary Unit sponsors a high school junior to attend the Girls State program as a delegate. Last summer, Gabriella Sorrentino was the representative chosen by the post. "Girls State is a program where they (the participants) learn about ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Longtime borough resident and Korean War veteran Richard Pugliesi turned 91 on April 23. On Saturday, the John J. Carney VFW Post 4589 helped him celebrate with a special drive by. Pugliesi, who served from 1949 to 1952, watched the drive-by from a wheelchair in his driveway ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The John J. Carney VFW Post 4589 is holding a drive-by on Saturday, April 24 at 12:15 p.m. to celebrate the 91st birthday of Korean War veteran Richard Pugliesi. Pugliesi served from 1949 to 1952 and turns 91 on Friday, April 23. The drive-by will begin at the Spotswood Knights of ...

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love, and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Community Team made the Christmas holidays and Easter a lot happier for local families as well as families living in domestic violence and homeless shelters. A drive is underway to collect donations for the upcoming Mother's and Father's Day holidays. The items will be ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A house fire on Thursday, April 1 destroyed a majority of the home of Teresa and Tyraun Anderson. The fire was caused by grease and the young family, including a four-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, lost the majority of their possessions in the blaze including clothing and ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Saturday, March 20 is the final day to drop off donations for the Spotswood Community Team's Community Giving Baskets. Residents can drop off donations from 10 a.m. to noon at the Spotswood Municipal Complex on March 20 or at the Spotswood Recreation Department's Easter Drive-Thru ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Easter Bunny is getting ready to be hopping down the Bunny Trail for Easter 2021. He will be making an early visit to Spotswood High School on Saturday, March 20 for the Spotswood Recreation Department's Drive-Thru Easter Parade. The Easter Bunny will be making a guest ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The coronavirus pandemic has impacted lives all around for almost a year now. It has forced the cancellation of popular Spotswood Education Foundation fundraising events like its annual Casino Night and 50/50 raffle. However, despite the setbacks, the Spotswood Education Foundation ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - On March 1, borough resident Nick Grisi is setting out on the trip of a lifetime; a cross-country bike ride along the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route. The trail runs from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida, stretching 3,092 miles. Grisi is making the trek to celebrate a ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek is reaching out to residents to help a fellow community member rocked by loss. A young Helmetta family with two small children recently lost their mother and wife. The mayor is asking residents for the following donations to assist the father during this ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Community Team make the holidays brighter for local families in need as well as children living in shelters. For Easter 2021, the Spotswood Community Team is looking to do the same with their Community Giving Baskets drive. Residents can sign up to donate toys and gift ...

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MANASQUAN, NJ - A GoFundMe page has been set up by her colleagues to help Spotswood School District employee Nancy Ricci. Ricci is a longtime paraprofessional at the district's Schoenly School, which houses preschool through first grade students. Her Manasquan home was severely damaged by fire on ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - As the borough continues to dig out from under winter storm Orlena, new drop off dates have been announced for the Spotswood PTA's Soup'er Bowl. Residents can drop off canned or boxed soups to collection bins located outside the Schoenly School on Kane Avenue, the Appleby School on ...

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HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA is getting ready for the big game on February 7 and wants to help everyone have a healthy meal on Soup'er Bowl Sunday. To make this year's Soup'er Bowl tasty, the PTA is holding a Soup'er Bowl soup drive. Residents can drop off canned or boxed soups to ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Recreation Department is inviting its youngest residents to make Valentine's Day cards for the borough's senior citizen population. All valentines can be dropped off in a special mailbox located outside the entrance to the Milltown Police Department at Milltown's Boro ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, January 10. To contribute to the page, click here.  Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough's newly renamed VFW Post 4589 is hosting a memorial paver fundraiser that will honor veterans and first responders. Engraved pavers will be installed at the front entrance of the post surrounding the flagpole and along the sidewalk. The deadline to order the engraved ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Alexander Sanfilippo-Scherer is a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft. The Spotswood native was recently notified he'd earned the Congressional Award's Gold Medal. The Congressional Award is a program set up for teens and young Americans by the United States Congress.

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - 2020 will go down in history because of the coronavirus pandemic and it certainly was a year to remember. The pandemic has been especially difficult for borough seniors. Considered extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 Spotswood seniors faced a lot of trial this past year. However, there ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Recreation Department is calling students and residents to create Valentine's Day cards to help brighten the day for borough seniors on February 14. With the help of Spotswood's Office on Aging, the REC Department will deliver the Valentine's Day cards to Spotswood ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - This holiday season the Spotswood Community Team partnered with the Spotswood PTA and the Spotswood Recreation Department. The result was a philanthropic endeavor aimed to collect gifts and monetary donations to help make the holidays a lot brighter for area families in need as well ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - A GoFundMe has been organized to help a borough couple besieged with medical bills as a result of Brian Bush's long time battle with brain cancer. Brian and his wife Dana met in 1995 and were married in 2002. A year before their wedding, the Milltown volunteer fireman and former ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Saturday, December 12 is the last Saturday to drop off donations for the Spotswood Recreation Department's Community Giving Tree at the Spotswood Municipal Complex. Gift drop off is from 10 a.m. until noon. This holiday season the Spotswood Recreation Department joined forces with ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Friends of the Spotswood Public Library are hosting a dine-to-donate at Otilia's Café on Thursday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Diners can present the above pictured flyer when picking up food in order for a percentage of the receipt to go to the Friends of the Spotswood ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - To help support an urgent call from New Jersey Blood Services about a blood shortage, Spotswood John J. Carney Post 4589 is hosting two emergency bloods drive on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 29. Both blood drives will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donors should be ...

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HELMETTA/MILLTOWN/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Social media feeds are filled with elves showing off their baking and crafting skills. Now don't worry if your elf on the shelf isn't quite so creative and industrious. Not every elf has had the opportunity to sit on Martha Stewart's shelf. If your elf on the shelf ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Tuesday is the final day of Project Graduation's three day dine-to-donate at the Panini Bistro. Diners can show the above flyer on their smartphones, mention Project Senior Week or use the promo code PSW with online orders and a percentage of the receipt will go to help make Senior ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we get deals on things we want to buy. Now, we have #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, “charities, families, businesses, community centers, and ...

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