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Mardi-BRA: Supporting Women in Need; Clark Event March 11

February 20, 2017

CLARK, NJ - When asked to help those in need, many are quick to fill a bag with canned goods, gather the kids' outgrown clothes, or perhaps assemble a box of shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. While all of those items are needed and appreciated, many don't realize that some of the most basic, everyday necessities are among the least donated.

Often overlooked in the quest ...

Imagine Open House at New Center in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, has moved into a dedicated home of its own at 244 Sheffield Street in Mountainside and invites the public to an Open House on Feb. 22 to see and learn more about Imagine. Sessions are 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Imagine is a free, year-round grief support ...

Mobile Meals of Westfield Hosts Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mobile Meals of Westfield, a non-profit community service that provides meal delivery to those who are unable to shop and prepare their own meals due to age, illness or disability, hosted the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking breakfast Tuesday.

Located at 170 Elm St. (in the First Baptist Church of Westfield), for almost 50 years the ...

Brothers Repay Center for Hope Hospice’s Kindness with Generosity

SCOTCH PLAINS-WESTFIELD, NJ -- Chris and Tim Boyle were young men back in 1986 and their mother was nearing the end of a long battle with cancer. Tim remembers his mother and entire family finding great solace in the hospice care provided by the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains.

“In a room full of emotionally overwrought people who can’t make decisions because of all the ...

Breakfast Fundraiser to Support SPFBL Cooperstown Team on Feb. 26 at Applebees - Clark

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball will host a Flapjack breakfast Sunday, Feb. 26, at Applebee’s of Clark (1255 Raritan Road, Clark) to support the league’s 12U Cooperstown Tournament teams during the Summer of 2017.

Breakfast served anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meal includes: pancakes, eggs, sausage, and a choice of ...

Holy Trinity Students Learn About Plainfield YMCA Services

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The 7th grade class from Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield visited the Plainfield YMCA Housing Division to learn first-hand how the shelter operates, and to see the facilities that are used to house an average of 25 families and individuals each night.

Theresa McCoy, the YMCA’s Housing Director, explained how the shelter provides assistance to Union County ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys' Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Clinic for Special Needs Kids

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The undefeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders boys’ varsity basketball team is doing more than winning basketball games. Saturday, the team hosted a large, successful clinic for special needs children at the Newmark School in Scotch Plains. 

The Raiders’ varsity team worked with the Wolves Basketball Academy to run the clinic. Wolves Basketball Academy, ...

Crisis Listening Line to Offer Suicide Prevention Training and Volunteering Opportunities

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone in crisis?

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will offer Excellence in Listening training beginning March 20 at the First Baptist Church at 170 Elm Street in Westfield. Classes run for three hours one night a week, plus one full weekend, ending June 12.This award-winning training enables ...

The JCC of Central NJ Receives One of 22 Making Music Happen Grants

 The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is one of 22 JCCs across North America to receive a grant from JCC Association (JCCA) of North America in honor of its 2017 Centennial Celebration. The grant is intended to enable JCCs to create music projects tailored to their community’s interests and needs and is funded by Marvin J. Pertzik, a former JCCA board member, in cooperation with ...

Scenes from MLK Day Events in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood celebrated the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, with an opening ceremony at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and numerous social activism events in the community.

Activities included:

Food Drive to benefit Operation Jersey Cares in effort to support our ...

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Refugee Assistance Partners Plans Aid for Local Families

February 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP), an interfaith coalition in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area, has helped a number of refugee families resettling in New Jersey, and continues their quick pace in the wake of a rapidly changing political climate for refugees arriving here.

Sponsoring several families and donating to more, RAP volunteers are people from many faith ...