Giving Back

October 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — As important as the match was for both Westfield and Union Catholic, the cause both teams played for put the volleyball result in the back seat Saturday.  Union Catholic captured a three-set win in a likely preview of the upcoming Union County Tournament final. But the Scotch ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Knights of Columbus will host their annual Wine Tasting event on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2400 North Ave., on the Westfield/Scotch Plains border. Tickets are $30.00 per person. (Group rate: Buy 5 tickets and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 54-year-old single mom and longtime Union County resident didn’t think her life would get worse after her home in Westfield was foreclosed on. Then Annie Vann-Ashkenazi, a mother of four, got the call from Overlook Medical Center. “Two days after I got here, I received a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — With a grant from the Westfield-based Stad’s Crabfest Foundation, the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is offering an eight-week cancer exercise training/recovery program for six qualified individuals who are undergoing or recently underwent treatment for cancer. The ...

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SCOTCH PLANS, N.J. -- Union Catholic's first ever Special Needs Sports Day for kids and teens last Saturday, run by UC's C.R.A.Y.O.N Club, was a huge success. The event, held in the courtyard at Union Catholic prior to the "Spike Out'' Autism volleyball match between UC and Paramus, attracted ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- NFL players are coming to Scotch Plains-Fanwood to raise money for two good causes on Saturday, Oct. 20. The All-Star Basketball Game sponsored by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will be a great family FUN-raiser in which NFL players from Giants, Jets, and ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Chelsea Senior Living's annual golf outing raised more than $20,000 for volunteer rescue squads across New Jersey. The Fanwood Rescue Squad is among the squads receiving $1,500. Pictured are Councilman Tom Kranz, Director of Communications for Chelsea, Annette Watson, Executive ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — State Superior Court Judge James Hely administered oaths to 13 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County, including Carolyn Colonna of Fanwood and Judy Sturm of Scotch Plains. The volunteers came from 11 towns from across the County.  CASA Volunteers are extra ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr presented a proclamation to Fanwood children (left to right) Olivia Haley, Dante Castronuovo and Ian Weisholtz who raised $1,265 for the Valley Brook Village Community for homeless veterans by selling lemonade.  The second graders, who attend Brunner ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner treated attendees with a six-course meal prepared by Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering, and other local chefs on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the "hedge property" next to the Scotch Plains Municipal ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2018 Good Scout Awards Dinner will honor several members of Scotch Plains-Fanwood community on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Shackamaxon Country Club (1607 Shackamaxon Drive, Scotch Plains) to raise money for Boy Scouts programs in under-served areas.  The 2018 honorees ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Chelsea Senior Living Regional Operations Director Paul Gedbaw has been an avid runner for 20 years. But his participation in this year’s New York City Marathon has special significance. Gedbaw will run with Team ALS in the Marathon, one of the world’s premier foot races, held ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfeld family-owned business located in Fanwood, bought coffee for everyone who visits Manhattan Bagel in Westfield on Saturday, Sept. 8. “The community has been supporting us forever, so we wanted to give back to them,” said Ron Shovlin, who owns ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Some Union County chapters of Girls on the Run (GOTR) -- an afterschool program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences -- are currently seeking volunteer coaches to help their young participants ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the Fanwood Police Department celebrated SUPERHERO week with the children at the Lightbridge Academy on August 30, 2018. During Superhero Week, the officers visited and read to the students.  

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 8th graders hosted a summer brunch fon Thursday, Aug. 30, for senior citizens who live in the area.  The event featured breakfast, sweet treats from The Dessert Ladies, and Bingo. This is a free event, but RSVP is needed in order to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Audrey Davis, a senior at Union Catholic High School, created the Active Walking And Respite Exercise (A.W.A.R.E.) club for teens and young adults with special needs, as part of her Girl Scout Gold award project.  The A.W.A.R.E. club serves special needs teens and young ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Tickets are now on sale for the second annual "From Farm to Table" fundraising dinner with food artfully prepared by local chef extraordinaire, Brian Kirpan, from BK Private Dining and Catering on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Chef Brian will create an ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ -- During a ceremony at Borough Hall, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council declared August 20, 2018, as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County Day. Nearly 10 Fanwood residents are active volunteers or board members, and several attended in ...

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CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council Scouts have begun their fundraising season with the always expected and delicious popcorn sale. Across Union and other counties you will find Scouts selling popcorn in storefronts, festivals, car shows and community events to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Labor Day Italian Feast hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO and St. Bartholomew's Church has honored San Nicola di Bari, patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy, since 1974.  The event, which raises money for St. Bartholomew ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Chelsea at Fanwood's Ice Cream Social, held on Monday, Aug. 20, raised $220 for the Fanwood Rescue Squad. In addition to free ice cream and toppings, there was live music by Jason Bisgay and table magic provided by Josh Lawrence. Members of the Rescue Squad were in ...

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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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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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