Giving Back

January 14, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  –  A resident of the borough for 12 years, Roberto Sayers first became involved with Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) two years ago and, in late 2018, was elected to serve on its board. He was sworn in to a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Federal employees who are out of work because of the partial government shutdown now can find a little bit of sympathy from a group of New Jersey coffee shops that are giving the workers free cups of java and some pastry. Hidden Grounds Coffee, which has two shops in New ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre may have suffered a fatal allergic reaction to the smell of fish being cooked at his grandmother’s home in Brooklyn, NY where he was visiting on New Year’s Day, according to a WABC news report. The official cause of death for Cameron is still ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even before all the wrapping is cleared away from the holiday gift-giving, the city is announcing plans to help residents with that oft-dreaded chore that looms after the start of the new year: filing tax returns. Members of the Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting and Finance ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - This time of year is called the holiday season, but for some, it is a painful time, a time of dealing with depression, and for those who are homeless, it is still more days of getting by to survive. On Friday, Dec. 21, the Holy Family Parish will host a "Solstice of Silence," ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Laura Allen always knew her father had only one kidney, a condition present from birth. As a child, she promised he could have one of hers, if he ever needed it. “I said it as kind of a joke,” Laura said. A few months ago, that joke turned into reality.  Her father, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Families with children ages 14 and younger are invited to attend the New Brunswick Recreation's annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the HUB Teen Center at 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave. Local kids can come for a photo with ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset is holding a blood drive this month in honor of Thomas Gorman, of Middlesex, a longtime donor who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and his brother, John Gorman, of South Plainfield, whose life ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - On April 29, 2018, as Reanna Nelson played in a Hillsborough Soccer Club game, her grandfather, Romano Borgobello, was stricken while watching from the sidelines. When he became unresponsive, Hillsborough residents Kris Cauda and Alex Wnorowski both registered nurses, along with ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Santa gets around this time of year in any number of ways - firetrucks, flatbed trucks, horse-drawn carriage, small airplanes, and courtesy of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, a huge, lumbering SWATmobile. Santa was the guest of honor at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at ...

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BEDMINSTER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, led by Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer and Co-Chairmen Jonathan Kalafer and Joshua Kalafer, presented a ceremonial check to Somerset County elected officials in the amount of $20,276,654.26 at the team’s annual Holiday Reception on Tuesday, Dec.

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The third annual Operation Cookie Swap went into full drive on December 2, mobilizing to bring holiday smiles to active and non-active military families in the area. Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe Township.

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MILLTOWN, NJ - In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Pasquale Brick Oven Pizza has partnered with Feeding Middlesex County to host a Raise the Dough fundraiser on Sunday, December 30. Fifteen percent of all take-out and dine-in orders placed between 4 p.m. and closing on December 30 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Steam rose from the cups of hot chocolate as choirs filled the air with classic Christmas tunes and people nibbled on samples dished out at booths from local restaurants set up around the city's Monument Square. Meanwhile, during all this hoopla Friday night, everybody waited in ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The  New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture brought manpower and equipment valued at $3.6 million to Colonial Park Dec. 1 for the chapter’s annual Work Day of Service. Professional arborists and urban foresters volunteer a day of work ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several hundred volunteers gathered at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday to help the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed overseas. Several veteran organizations participated, ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m to noon. Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Do you want to help a Middlesex County family have a happy holiday? Consider donating to Project GIFT!  Since 1997, Middlesex County’s 4-H’s Project GIFT has provided a free day of holiday shopping for over 140 needy families in our community. Over 70 4-H teens assist with ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -  A caring message and a few simple pleasures from home can make a big difference to our service men and women serving abroad. That is the underlying mission of Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a Hillsborough-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing US troops serving ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Agencies in the city are asking people to feel the message of the season by making donations to help others. Collection points have been set up around New Brunswick where people can drop-off hats, coats, gloves, scarfs, non-perishable foods and toys. All of the donations ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Friends of the Spotswood Public Library are once again holding a sock and mitten drive to help make winter a bit warmer for Middlesex County residents. The Friends are leading their second annual Sock and Mitten Drive to benefit the more than 400 families who utilize the Alice's ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Santa Claus has reached out to Somerville elementary school students and the Somerville Police Department to help him collect and distribute toys this Christmas on behalf of Foster and Adoptive Family Services. This is the 12th year that the Somerville Policemen's Benevolent ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - For many, Thanksgiving has become a day of heading to the mall for doorbuster deals. In Highland Park,, residents will be doing a different kind of running around. On Nov. 23, with support from the Raritan Valley Road Runners they’ll be walking and running laps around ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Borough Hall once again will be the drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots drive. The drop-off point will be at a box in Mayor Matthew Anesh’s office in Borough Hall. Toys can be dropped off now through Dec. 13. “Last year, we collected over 1000 toys ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street. Carry multi-colored balloons, ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Rohan Singh and Ritik Gupta, seniors at Hillsborough High School are helping impoverished populations in some of the most underprivileged parts of Southeast Asia by tutoring  younger students, cleaning out their closets and asking others to do the same. Through their nonprofit ...

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LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - New or like-new winter coats (excluding leather and suede) will be collected from Nov. 5 through Nov. 15 at East Brunswick Township offices and other locations. The collection hours at the township municipal complex, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, will be Monday through ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A new flag pole was installed and dedicated to the residents and staff of Keystone Community Living, Inc. on Sunday, October 7th. The flag pole, new landscaping and shrubbery were dedicated as part of a community service project that was led and completed by Ryan Carey ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 15th Annual Buddy Walk of South Plainfield took place this past weekend at Putnam Park. Organized by borough residents Michelle and Keith Both, the family-friendly event not only promoted awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome but also raised money for ...

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