Giving Back

May 13, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jay Goldberg has been getting some curious looks when he pulls up at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Ryders Lane. Some people come right over, some slowly sidle up to the truck and still others aren’t sure what to do. The sight of Elijah’s Promise’s new boxy, bright red ...

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Demand for food assistance expected to remain high as pandemic begins to fade This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Almost 300 ...

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WOODLAND PARK, N.J. - Local scouts gave a helping hand to clean and beautify the environment. The West Paterson Boy Scouts from Troop 238 and the Webelos Cub Scouts from Pack 31 came together to pick up trash that had accumulated near the Boys and Girls Club/Senior Center, located at 8 Memorial ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said. A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When the documentary filmmaker duo Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno trained their lens on poverty in Newark, they did it not just to spotlight a serious socio-economic issue. The husband and wife team want to use their camera as a tool to take down a plague that has blighted the city ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Free bags of toiletries for children of all ages are now available to pick up for any area families in need. Families can pick up bags on any school day during food service times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main entrances to Memorial School, 15 Memorial Dr., and Charles ...

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LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - National Donate Life Month was given a spotlight during the Little Falls Township Council's recent virtual meeting on April 12. Mayor James Damiano said the topic of organ and tissue donations hits very close to home when it comes to the Township. According to the New Jersey ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Skillfully helping to steer Eva’s Village through a global pandemic has earned Howard Haughton the permanent position of Chief Executive Officer of the expansive non-profit organization that has been serving the Paterson community since 1982. Earlier this week the Board of ...

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MARLTON, NJ — A Burlington County man and his family are asking for the public’s help to save his life. Mark Klayman, who lives in Marlton, is in desperate need to find a kidney donor – and time is literally running out. Mark, who was diagnosed in 2009 with kidney cancer, has Stage 4 Kidney ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Late one night, Brunna Martins was scrolling through Facebook when she came upon a plea from a City of Coral Springs employee who was looking for a kidney donor. Something about the man’s eyes spoke to the Fort Lauderdale pediatric nurse. “He had a kind soul,” she ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Popcorn for the People is one of ten finalists out of 1600 companies for a $30,000 grant from the New York Knicks and Squarespace. These funds will help hire more workers from the Autism Community, but they need your help! Popcorn for the People is a snack company founded ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Shortly after news about the passing of Totowa Police Officer Gary Potenzone broke, residents asked what they can do. Totowa being Totowa, people began to make donations to care for the Potenzone family. Friend Paul Rubestello established a GoFundMe page on which residents can make ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Greater Newark Conservancy will be able to further support its food security programs during the COVID-19 pandemic after the organization on Wednesday received a $100,000 grant.  The Newark-based organization received the grant from Prudential Foundation Inc., the philanthropic ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – A United States Army veteran plans to donate 36 acres of land on Route 72 in Barnegat to set up transitional housing for homeless vets. Martin Weber and his late partner, Jeff Poissant, purchased the property in October 1994. Weber attributes Poissant’s death a few years ago to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) has been awarded funding by the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, a regional grantee of the NJ Department of Health, to execute a broad COVID Vaccine Awareness Campaign shaped by and designed for ...

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One year after COVID-19 struck New Jersey, shutting the entire state down and precipitating an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) is releasing a special report on a year’s worth of activity in response to the pandemic. The report, titled “We Are ...

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Emergency food assistance expected to stay at record levels for two years or more. Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Visitors to Wallkill Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County have access to two “little free libraries” created by Brianna Conlon. Conlon built the book sharing structures for her Eagle Scout project.  Conlon said she undertook the project after contacting the refuge.  They offered a list ...

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WOODLAND PARK - Woodland Park Cub Scout Pack 31, and Boy Scouts Troop 238 of Woodland Park and Troop 12 of Montclair have launched "Bags of Hope," a service project that will benefit Tomorrow's Children at Hackensack University Medical Center, which serves children with cancer and blood ...

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Denville, N.J. - Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman.  Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s.  However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Like many Holocaust survivors, Larisa and Anatoly Rabinovich suffered from a lack of food and medical care as children. The impact on their health lasted a lifetime, including problems with their teeth and gums. After years without proper oral health care, the Sussex County ...

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CLARK, NJ – Mason, a five-year-old boy from Clark has become an overnight entrepreneur and philanthropist. Some might even say he is a downright ‘smashing’ success. It all began shortly after Christmas when Mason decided he wanted to donate money to kids who did not have as many toys as he did ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - The statues on the Green have new winter accessories. With colder temperatures and more snow hitting the area, the Morristown Fiber Fairies have been hard at work, knitting scarves and hats and leaving them on the Green for those in need. The beautifully woven hats and scarves ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DiPauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A ...

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MADISON, NJ - Want to say "I Love You" this Valentine's Day? Download a Valentine's Day card from St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. Cards are free, but donations are appreciated. To download your free card, click HERE   Get your local news delivered to your inbox for FREE each day. Sign ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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SPARTA, NJ – History is being made in Sparta as seven girls earn the rank of Eagle Scout in Scout Troop 1150.  The girls are among the first in Scouts BSA who are eligible for the rank.  Scouts BSA opened their program to girls in 2018 and set Feb 2021 as the first date they are eligible to become ...

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After the successful response to the 10th Annual Italian Family Style Dinner, the Totowa Public Library will be hosting their first ever Corned Beef and Cabbage Irish Dinner on Monday, March 15. This year’s Italian Style Dinner was a little different due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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After record distributions in 2020, providers say economic damage will outlast pandemic. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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