Giving Back

August 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Nancy Fela Parenti and her son Matthew volunteer at Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains every Monday evening, serving ice cream and visiting with patients and families at the Center for Hope Hospice.  The Fanwood residents do the same once a month at Father Hudson House, the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- This summer, the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 8th graders will once again host a summer brunch from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 30, for senior citizens who live in the area.  This is a free event, but RSVP is needed in order to plan for refreshments. Call ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — “On every ultrasound we had throughout the pregnancy, my son’s face was always hidden by his hands,” Francine Magrone wrote on her website, WalkinSunshineCharity.org. “The technicians would tease me and say he was camera shy.” Francine was 30 weeks pregnant when she noticed that ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market's highly-anticipated From Farm to Table benefit dinner will take place on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, outside at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.). The proceeds of this special event will benefit Operation Chillout Homeless ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thursday, July 26, will be a "Dog Day of Summer" in downtown Fanwood. Three local businesses -- at Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream, and Fanwood Grille -- are joining forces to raise money for the North Shore Animal League on Thursday, July 26,  when each will donate ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Chelsea at Fanwood assisted living residence raised $2,400 for Alzheimer’s New Jersey at its second annual Tricky Tray fundraiser for Alzheimer’s on Thursday, July 19. Gift baskets with donated goods of all kinds were auctioned off. Those participating included many people ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends of 17-year-old Fenov Pierre-Louis have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family of The Academy for Information Technology (AIT) student, who lost his long battle with Stage 4 Nueroblastoma cancer this week. Diagnosed when he was a second grader, Fenov fought the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old girl from Rockaway, NJ, took her own life on June 14, 2017, after enduring horrific bullying. Following the pain of this senseless tragedy, her parents, Dianne and Seth Grossman, started a charitable foundation called Mallory’s ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Since their lemonade stand fundraiser for Children’s Specialized Hospital last summer was so successful, Olivia Haley, Dante Castronuovo and Ian Weisholtz have decided to do it again. This year, the three rising second graders at Brunner Elementary School are hosting a lemonade ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser took place at Shackamaxon Country Club on Wednesday, July 11. More than 210 women, including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelly Brindle, along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department hosted its 150th Anniversary fundraiser at Stage House Tavern (Mountainside) on Tuesday, July 17. "We are planning a celebration for next June 15, 2019, and the money raised tonight will help cover the costs," said Fire Chief John Lestarchick ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Six local Girl Scouts this year earned their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award that they can achieve.  The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Girl Scouts held their 33rd annual Gold and Silver Awards Ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary's Nazareth Center before the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The main reason that teens leaving the home for the first time don’t eat well is because of a lack of time, resources, and money. Rising senior, Katie Agnello, is trying to fix this. Katie is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Katie’s Kitchen. This project includes a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Seven students from high schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area Have received a total of $13,750 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Tuesday, June 12th, at the Spain Inn in Piscataway. The scholarships are financed by a bequest ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- J. Ackerman Coles School in Scotch Plains-Fanwood has been busy collecting lunches to share with neighbors in need. In 2014, the PTA Kid’s Care Committee started a program called “Sharing Lunches”. Each month, on a designated day, the children at Coles School (grades Pre-K-4th) ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Rescue Squad received a grant of $1,000 from New Jersey American Water at the Borough Council meeting on Monday evening. Accepting the grant from NJAW’s Manager of Operations Michael Bange (left) was squad president Ed Winsor, accompanied by (left to right) squad ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Audrey Davis, who will be a senior at Union Catholic in the fall, has founded and organized a club for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The name of the club is the A.W.A.R.E Club-which stands for Active Walking and Respite Exercise Club. It's a walking club for teens and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ --The Banks family organizers of the annual Rockin' For Autism festival at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, presented a check for $17,500 to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, June 5, at Sheelen's Crossing. The money was raised during the music festival in April and several other events. The ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Brigitte and Reese Priel and Gia Milano are focusing on reading for their 7th grade service learning project, which is part of the social studies curriculum at Terrill Middle School. The girls have undertaken a multi-step project centered around books. They are ...

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SOMERSET, NJ -- The Banks family of Fanwood organized the Rockin' for Autism and Fanwood Community Day at the Somerset Patriots game on Sunday. The fundraising continues following the highly successful LaGrande Park event last month, founded and organized by Mallory Banks, 16, and the game at TD ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- School One hosted the Paws and Claws for a Cause Art Show and Benefit. This event, hosted by Jessica Cavaliere’s and Brian Rosenberger’s 4th grade artists, gave School One and its community an opportunity to join in on a service project to support the Plainfield Area ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local community members at the annual BSA Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains. This year’s honorees are Catherine ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Center for Hope Hospice Auxiliary is hosting its annual Wine Tasting on Sunday, May 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Westfield.  More of a cocktail party than a wine tasting with swirls and small sips, the fun-filled event features full ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn.  The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- At the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16, Mayor Colleen Mahr read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals' 50th anniversary and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy and Josephine Walsh. Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The fourth annual Shane Sheppard Softball Tournament, which benefits two treatment centers, will be played on Sunday, April 22, at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains. The pre-game ceremony will start at 12:00 noon, followed by the game. The Sheppard family, Steve, Gladys ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Himanee Hendre, 16, a student at the Union County Magnet School, was named "Volunteer of the Month" at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16. Hendre has given her time for several years to the Fanwood Recreation Commission with event planning and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area residents every day. They passed their one millionth meal delivery several years ago. Mayor Colleen Mahr (left) read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy (right) and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America and volunteer co-chairs, Dawn and Rich Buchanan of Fanwood will host a Riedel Wine Tasting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masker's Barn located in the Watchung Reservation in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Guests will enjoy great wines using Riedel wine ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Scott Matthews, Executive Director of Intensive Therapeutics in Fanwood, spoke to the Council on Monday evening. Intensive Therapeutics offers various programs for children with autism and other disabilities and is the recipient of the ...

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