NUTLEY, NJ - What do classic cars, Nutley Rotary Club and Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad have in common? An idea led by Nutley Rotarian John Monaco, owner of Personal Touch Florist, helped raise $6,000 for NVERS.

Last September, the first day of school, the Rotary Club held a classic car show, blocking off Franklin Avenue to traffic. Although an inconvenience to some, the car show was a success for the volunteer organization.

Monaco owns an antique truck with his business logo Personal Touch Florist on it. He visits many car shows and thought it be a good idea to run one in Nutley. “I did not expect to get what we got, 220 cars and 82 motorcycles. We had to turn some away,” he said.

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Danielle Schaeffer, of the Nutley Rotary and co-chair of the car show with Joanne Salvio said, “It takes a village, and a lot of love for this town. The outcome is friends.”

NVERS president Jonathan Arredondo was present at Rotary’s Car Show awards dinner held at Mamma Vittoria’s on Thursday, Jan. 16. Longtime members of the squad, Chief Emil Pugliese and Marianne Zurawski were also with him to receive the check.

Arredondo said, “There are a lot of worthy charitable organizations in Nutley and we are grateful to be the recipients. We are and continue to be a non-profit organization and continue to offer our services to the residents of Nutley for free […] to our taxpayers.”

NVERS provides services to all residents of Nutley and Belleville and does not charge any out-of-pocket cost; donations and insurance reimbursement provide funding.

Arredondo said the rescue squad will use the funds to equip their new truck with all the first aid and medical supplies needed.

This was the second year the Rotary Club hosted the car show. Clara Maas Medical Center and Nutley Park ShopRite were major sponsors. Vincent Lo Curio received a plaque for the stores contributions as well as TAPinto Nutley for advertising the car show.

Each year the funds from the car show benefit a different Nutley organization and a Nutley High School student receives a scholarship. They already announced that next year’s car show beneficiary —the Nutley Education Foundation. The first car show’s proceeds were donated to the Nutley Police and Fire departments. “Our goal, while Rotary is international, is that we want to fund local charities and volunteer organizations as well,” said Schaeffer.

Besides for the car show, Nutley Rotary runs a food drive the first of every month for Nutley Family Service Bureau.  They also clean up the outdoor classroom in Yanticaw Park. This year the clean-up will take place on March 20. They also donate dictionaries to each third grader in the Nutley public and parochial schools.

Members of Nutley Rotary include President Ben Costa; incoming president Dorothy Huey; Monaco, Schaeffer; Salvio; Walt Smith, project chair; Sue Smith; JoAnn Scarpelli; Linda Buset; Barbara Hirsch; Dan Carnicella; Charlie Kucinski; and Bob Peters.

NVERS accepts members ages 16 and older, from Nutley, Clifton and Belleville, who can commit to a minimum of 48 hours a month. Those who join do not need experience, the rescue squad helps locate a state paid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class and will help with CPR certification.

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