Giving Back

May 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA).  Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with ...

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Honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights invites the community to rally together as part of the Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights “Light The Fight” Event at The Grove @ Connell ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline April 30, 2021.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — One of the best kept secrets in the township may be the Woman’s Club. As a philanthropic group, its work often makes the news, but there is much more to the service club than raising money. The club hosts speakers, members play bridge and mahjong, knit lap blankets for ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, will again be collecting second-bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries. The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 2020-21 members of the Junior Board of the Overlook Foundation are hosting a panel discussion on Teen Mental Health in Our Community in support of Pediatric Mental Health at Overlook on Thursday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Griffin Faecher, a junior at ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A dog named Bo captured the hearts of people in his Plainfield hometown and in neighboring communities when he went missing for ten days. Luckily, Bo’s story had a happy ending after he was found with the help of the Plainfield Residents' Association for Animal Rescue and other ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Math isn’t fun in Zykir’s house. The fourth grader struggles with mathematics, but it’s just one of the trials he has confronted in his short life. Six years ago, his family faced homelessness when his mom, Roneeka, lost her job. Fortunately, the family found Family Promise Union ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Siblings, Alex and Jack Munies, created ConnectCare Community to help the elderly video chat with distant family and friends, creating virtual face-to-face memories and increasing mental wellness.Tablets are collected from generous donors, then distributed to rehabilitation ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Most folks spend their weekends running errands. Thirteen-year-old Hilltop City resident Brady O'Shea spent his weekend running 48 miles. That's right. Forty-eight miles. And, to boot, he selflessly accomplished what for many would be an unimaginable feat to benefit Goryeb ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Independence for Veterans, Inc. is the recipient of a $500 donation from the Valairco Cares program. Kevin McHugh, Owner of Valairco Heating and Cooling, and company's founder Richard Valenti recently presented a check to Stacia McDonough and volunteers from Independence for Veterans ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Selflessly donating your time and energy to those in need is not an easy task, especially at a young age, but Gov. Livingston sophomore Aidan Linde did just that with his mission to help as many kids as possible through his very first youth sports equipment drive.  Since ...

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On Sunday, February 28th, 12 members of New Providence Boy Scout Troop 63 worked on the ongoing restoration of the former bridle trail at the Watchung Reservation. The trail, which dates back to the 1700’s was known at one time as the “Road from Westfield to New Providence,” had become badly eroded ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Forty-eight years ago Lonnie and Pernell Brice moved from Baltimore, Maryland, into a home on Hamilton Avenue across from Franklin Court. When they moved in, most of Hamilton Avenue was all woods, and “we picked blackberries in the woods over there. That’s all gone now,” ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Rene H. Rasheed of Roselle has received Union County’s 9th annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian award honoring those who exemplify the spirit of community service.  Rasheed, owner of Rene's Fashion Designs Boutique, has lived in Roselle for 38 years and has run her boutique for more ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Taylor Addis, a junior at Westfield High School, has found a way to leverage her generation’s ease with technology to help get senior citizens vaccinated. Working with her aunt, Michelle Cisneros of Mountainside, Addis has created Gen2Gen Helpers, a group of volunteers that ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination is fraught with roadblocks for everyone. Enter Kristof Slevens, who was born and raised in Berkeley Heights. His mother, Wendy, said he told her he had seen “many seniors on the forums who were having trouble making an ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline January 31, 2021.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by making it a day on, not a day off. That was the message from the speakers at the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council's 6th Annual Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service event Monday morning.   Volunteers of all ages normally ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - All generations were shocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but while adult brains were processing, the children were wondering what their future looked like. Caoimhe Gorham, an 11-year-old girl, wonders if we will be wearing masks by next Christmas. Allison Spivak, a five-year-old ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - While most are still trying to assist others against the coronavirus, in the Chathams, district residents are teaming together to help another face a different enemy. For the morning and afternoon, Saturday at Chatham High School, a drive-through bone marrow screening has held for ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - The School District of the Chathams and the Chatham Education Association PRIDE committee have joined forces to find a bone-marrow stem cell donor match for 5-year-old leukemia patient, Jackie Erb. The screening event will be held at Chatham High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ...

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Holiday cheer multiplies through acts of kindness by community members.  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The residents at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Berkeley Heights were treated to a live performance by traveling carolers from Performing Arts 5678 on a frigid Saturday afternoon. Typically, Autumn Lake ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mountainside Cares, FLAG Berkeley Heights, and FLAG New Providence were created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a testament to our community's compassion towards the amazing work of our many frontline healthcare workers. These organizations were created to support our ...

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Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss was one of 14 organizations to receive a major donation from PSEG and PSEG Foundation this week to help families and individuals who are struggling due to COVID-19. At Imagine, this unrestricted $100,000 donation will help ensure that those in hard-hit areas ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Early in December, the Gov. Livingston High School Interact Club met and decided to spread some joy and cheer for patients at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. Members recorded over 50 funny jokes for the patients to watch and the club officers created one ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Drive for Autism Foundation distributed $25,000 in the form of eight grants to school-based programs providing education and training to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. "2020 has been a year like no other, and we are pleased with the support we received this ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Students are always finding ways to give back to the community. Junior Elizabeth Chin is doing her part through her new club, Operation Smile. Operation Smile targets raising money for cleft lip and palate surgeries for kids in undeveloped countries.  Chin, who transferred ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — While many of us are confined during the pandemic with the company of our favorite movies, binge worthy television shows and Spotify playlists — two local sisters saw quarantining as an opportunity to exercise their creative muscles and spread a message of hope through ...

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NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents. Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps ...

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