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Giving Back

September 8, 2022

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - If it's football season, then Hasbrouck Heights resident Ron Kistner is hitting the road, walking to games and raising money for charity. This year, though, the walk is more personal. Kistner started walking to Hasbrouck Heights football games with his longtime friend Bob ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation hosted 250 golfers and 300 dinner guests at its annual golf outing which directly contributes to expanding the services, programs, support, and care the foundation provides to the region's underserved communities. On August 8, ...

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MOVCHANIVKA, UKRAINE - Nearly three dozen large parcels of clothing, military-grade supplies, non-perishable food, and more successfully crossed the Atlantic and Europe to finally arrive in the village of Movchanivka in Ukraine.  The donations were the product of the generosity of Hawthornites and ...

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POLAND - While the rest of us watched our televisions as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, 17-year-old Millburn High School student Peter Ren booked an airplane flight to Poland to document Ukrainian refugees as they entered Poland. His film, The Cost of War, is an eyewitness account of Ukrainians at ...

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NEWARK — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, First Lady Tammy Murphy and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole are special guests at a fundraiser for Ukraine at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Friday. Proceeds raised at the star-studded event will be split among ...

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  A recent Hasbrouck Heights graduate planned and installed sensory hallways for students in both elementary schools during COVID-19 for his Eagle Scout project. And now he’s heading out for basic training in the United States Army. Brian Gaffney is a member of the ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ — Two Paramus Boy Scouts were recently honored for achieving the highest level as Scouts during an area ceremony. Paramus Councilman Ace Antonio was on-hand to offer congratulations, as well as the district 5 congressman.  Chris Haines and Michael Haines, both in Paramus Boy Scout ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Donations are being sought to help a 24-year-old Succasunna man whose once-active life, including college and career plans, has been derailed by a serious case of ulcerative colitis that began when he was 19 and was complicated by the COVID-19 crisis. The GoFundMe site, accessible ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - Sakaria "Zack" Zahhan, a twenty-one year old New Jersey resident who is credited for helping identify the alleged perpetrator of a mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway on April 12, will be honored in Prospect Park Friday by Mayor Mohamed Khairullah and Montvale Mayor Mike ...

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PARAMUS, NJ  – The creation of a Paramus High School alumni association was a long-time dream of the late Ken Tashian, class of 1964, who had worked for years to keep the “Spartan spirit” alive through the creation of the alumni website, ParamusSpartans.net. After Tashian died suddenly in May ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – Luke Scaglione thought about what it would be like to leave his home, immediately, without a plan, just like the children in war-torn Ukraine. Luke, a 4th grader at Ridge Ranch Elementary School, realized most refugees would be without essential items like toothbrushes and ...

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NEW JERSEY — NJ native and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi is teaming with Gov. Phil Murphy to help raise money to feed Ukrainians displaced by Russia's war on Ukraine. Bon Jovi and Murphy hope to raise $2 million in total. Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, have committed $500,000 to ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - Piles and piles of socks--no, it's not the household laundry pile, but rather it's the borough's attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the most collected socks in an eight-hour period. Apparently, this is a thing, who knew!?! Participate, but you have only till 4 p.m.

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Hillsborough third-grader is fighting back against the Russian invasion of the Ukraine with a paintbrush and quiet determination to resupply the Ukrainian army with medical supplies and to ease the pain and hardship of children her age suffering the ravages of war and an ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ - By the time Fair Lawn’s Ukrainian clothing drive began at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, Mayor Kurt Peluso was already wading through a sea of clothing donations frantically working to get it organized. “That's what's so amazing about Fair Lawn,” Peluso said. “When they hear ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - In just six weeks, Junior Girl Scout Tyne Brogan, a member of Troop 63317, has sold Girl Scout cookies in all 50 states. She began her challenge on Jan.11 and completed her sales effort in North Dakota on Feb. 25. She kept track of her progress state-by-state with a crayon and ...

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WAYNE, NJ - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney. Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A native of Ukraine’s capital living in Westfield is rallying support for his home country as it defends itself against Russian military assault. Max Ryvkin said that when he saw a picture of the democratically elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, a former boxer, armed and ready ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - Following an assault that took place earlier this month at Hackensack University Medical Center, a fellow staff member has set up a GoFundMe page to help the victim and her family through the difficult time.  The GoFundMe page reports the victim remains in critical but stable ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - NJ Sharing Network, a statewide nonprofit organization responsible for aiding in donated organ and tissue donations, is reflecting on some of their organ donor heroes that have gone on to save lives throughout the Garden State for Black History Month. The organization shared the ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - For the better part of 2021, Joe Caramagna has been all about that dough — raising it, eating it and tweeting it. Back in March, when Krispy Kreme began offering a free Original Glazed doughnut through December 31 to anyone who showed proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19, ...

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An annual “Journey of Hope” fundraiser for Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, suffered a major setback when approximately 3,500 solicitations dropped off for mailing to past donors somehow went missing.   As Co-chairman of the Board, John Ursin, explained, “Our ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - Although the gift-giving has, for the most part, subsided, the giving season doesn’t have to.  Every year, millions of gifts are given that are certainly appreciated, but may not be exactly loved by their recipient. Regifting to a friend, relative, or throwing in the office gift ...

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An annual “Journey of Hope” fundraiser for Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and their babies, suffered a major setback when approximately 3,500 solicitations dropped off for mailing to past donors somehow went missing.   As Co-chairman of the Board, John Ursin, explained, “Our ...

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PARAMUS, NJ - A real estate developer has made a "substantial" donation to the Children's Program and Reading Room addition of the Paramus Public Library. “There are three kinds of people in the world," Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said. "Those that make things happen, those who watch things ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ - This holiday time is an extremely stressful time for many and the students of Hackensack High School wanted to find a way to help the community. The Comets’ student athletes from the Football and Softball teams felt that a toy drive would be the best way of giving back to the ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – While 100 city police departments across the nation work to deliver free toys to children, Paramus Police are kicking in to bring that joy close to home. "We love doing this because we know what happiness it brings to those who are in need," said James Teehan, Paramus Police ...

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PARAMUS, NJ –– This past Veteran's Day, Representative Mikie Sherrill asked residents to write a "Thanksgiving Thank You" note to veterans.  To date, the campaign received over 3,000 Thank You notes for Veterans, announced Sherrill's Office.  Residents thanked local veterans and active service ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Ten Hawthorne families will be able to give thanks for a turkey at their dinner table because of the generosity of a fellow Hawthorne resident. The mystery person provided a donation to Martha’s Pantry at St. Clements Episcopal Church to distribute turkeys to families who might ...

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