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Giving Back

July 23, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - They swung their bats in earnest, but the results were often feeble, with the bright yellow softball dribbling towards the pitcher or the foul lines. Of course, there were those whose swings launched the softball beyond the reach of the outfield. No matter. Saturday's heroes ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Grinch has stolen the Hillsborough Township Christmas Tree and Hillsborough’s annual tree lighting is in jeopardy.  “Thanks to the quick thinking of a resident with a video camera, the entire incident was captured on film, and Hillsborough Police responded quickly to ...

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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 July 31, 2023.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. The most recent winner was Wagner Farm Arboretum Giving Garden (WFAGG) in Warren.

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hundreds of softball players will fan out throughout Somerset County on Saturday, July 8th to play ball for a cause in the 31st annual Jack Gardner Softball Tournament. Jack’s Kids will be the beneficiaries of the day’s events, which culminates with an afternoon party and ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND - The 15th annual Coquina Jam - an all women's surf competition with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Jetty Rock Foundation and David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation kicks off on July 23.  The event is held to support women, children and families affected by a Cancer ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - New volunteers recently completed three full days of training in order to join Imagine’s amazing team of volunteer facilitators. During their training, space was provided where they could share their stories of loss with one another and give and receive support as Imagine staff ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The North Plainfield Lions Club will hold its third annual Fiore Ciarfello Memorial Golf Outing at Beaver Brook Country Club, in Annandale on Monday, Sept. 18. This Lions fundraising event is chaired by Mike Giordano, and is open to both golfers and sponsors.  The cost is ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – A pack of Somerville police officers will escort the Special Olympics Torch of Hope through the downtown shopping and restaurant district on Friday afternoon, June 9. The Somerville Police contingent will pick up where a group of Bridgewater police and Somerset County Sheriff’s ...

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WATCHUNG - Sondra “ Sandee” Fechtner, at the last meeting of the Watchung Borough Council, was presented the key to the Borough of Watchung and honored for her volunteerism with a proclamation by the Mayor and Borough Council.  Mayor Ronald Jubin said, “if anybody deserves it after seven decades ...

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NEW JERSEY - It’s often said that freedom isn't free. Although the US has adopted the Memorial Day holiday as the unofficial kickoff to summer, the day itself is intended to honor those who have served in the United States military and paid the ultimate sacrifice. While originally created to ...

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WARREN, NJ - Wagner Farm Arboretum Giving Garden (WFAGG), meeting the growing need for healthy vegetables in the communities they serve, is the recipient of a $500 donation from the Valairco Cares program. Every quarter Valairco donates $500 to a nonprofit or charity based on the desire of their ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough collected 5,759 pounds of non-perishable food for 3 local food pantries in the recently-completed FoodStock Food Challenge. In addition, a total of $1,400 was donated to the food pantries; more than one dozen towns in Somerset County participated in this friendly ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough collected 5,759 pounds of non-perishable food for 3 local food pantries in the recently-completed FoodStock Food Challenge. In addition, a total of $1,400 was donated to the food pantries; more than one dozen towns in Somerset County participated in this friendly ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – An estimated 50 volunteers clutching paint brushes will help Arts on Division celebrate its 15th anniversary with the Greenway Mural Project, scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at the intersection of Bridge and Green streets in front of the YMCA building. Artist Leon Rainbow is the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Led by an honor guard of motorcycles, hundreds of police officers from northern and central New Jersey stopped Main Street traffic as they pedaled through town Tuesday afternoon on their way to Washington, DC, the first of four days on the road for the long blue line, riding in ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough police officer Vito Spadea slowed his bicycle and stopped along East Main Street to greet his wife, two daughters and other supporters as several hundred police officers from New Jersey towns passed through the borough on their way to Washington, DC where they will join ...

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WARREN, NJ — Amanda Medina threw a 5 inning no hitter, allowing one walk and striking out 11, and went 2-for 2 at the plate, to lead Watchung Hills to a 14-0 win over Montgomery on Tuesday. Morgan Bobrowski, Ella Stevinson, Mia Simon and Maddie Cerami each had 2 RBI. Watchung Hills is on a ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The 34th annual Tour de Franklin charity bike ride will kick off Apr. 30 at Franklin High School.  The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser and is expected to draw at least 700 cyclists and walkers. Franklin residents and their supporters along ...

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SOMERVILLE. NJ – Students and their families, together with the faculty and staff of Immaculate Conception School, recognized the service and sacrifice of law enforcement at its annual Blue Mass, Friday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. “The will to serve, to sacrifice in loving ...

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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, 2023.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. The most recent winner was GRACE out of Summit. In 2016, GRACE (Giving and Receiving ...

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WARREN, NJ — The 20th Annual Bob Beckert Memorial 5k Run/Walk is set for June 4, 2023 at Watchung Hills Regional High School. Everyone is invited to celebrate and remember the life of Bob Beckert for this fun community event. All proceeds go towards college scholarships, awarded to WHRHS ...

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SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - After years of work, students at the Somerset County Educational Services Commission have finished converting a 54-passenger school bus into a mobile library to be shipped to Ghana, Africa, to provide educational support to villages in that region. Now they just need the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police Officer Vito Spadea, the department's affable and high-profile Community Policing officer, has been nominated as a "Do Good Hero" in a national program that recognizes fire-rescue and police departments and personnel for community service activities above and beyond their ...

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SOMERSET, NJ – For the past seven weeks, in Somerset, New Jersey, a handful of high school students participated in a new culinary boot camp known as, Cooking with Cops. The innovative program was the brainchild of the Franklin Township Police Department, after they opened a community center on 935 ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Volunteers from Operation Shoebox New Jersey have shipped several dozen care packages to a small contingent of US Army troops stationed at remote bases in Syria, with more on the way. Operation Shoebox New Jersey, with its headquarters in Hillsborough, is an all-volunteer ...

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BOUND BROOK, NJ - RWJBarnabas Health and the Players Development Academy unveiled the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset Community Field, a new mini-turf soccer field at the Tea Street Sports Complex in Bound Brook Wednesday. Community leaders from Bound Brook and South Bound Brook ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Know a hero? The deadline for applying for a North Plainfield HOMETOWN HEROES Banner Program is April 1, 2023.   SEE https://veteranbanners.com/north-plainfield-new-jersey-veteran-application/

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WATCHUNG, NJ ---Watchung PBA Local 193 is excited to offer a $2,500 college scholarship honoring Officer Matthew J. Melchionda, a Watchung Police Officer who died in the line of duty on March 8th, 2006. The scholarship is open to any High School Senior who is a resident of Watchung and will be ...

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WARREN, NJ — Watchung Hills Soccer Association President, Frank Sena was recently honored with the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association Liesel Krehan Volunteer of the Year Award.  The award is presented to an individual “who serves as a great role model to the soccer community while also ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - GRACE, serving Summit families and individuals in need, is the recipient of a $500 donation from the Valairco Cares program. Every quarter Valairco donates $500 to a nonprofit or charity based on the desire of their customers, friends and interested parties. Kevin McHugh, Owner of ...

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