Giving Back

May 9, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Every day, patients rely on blood transfusions and the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive.  But blood and blood products cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.   Blood products also typically have a short shelf life ...

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Scotch Plains, NJ – St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains celebrated Mother’s Day by distributing 70 “appreciation bags” to single moms as a way of honoring the sacrifices they make for their children. The church’s Community Outreach division gave 30 of these bags to single mothers in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Park Middle School student Jonah Leske is an avid sports fan who is doing his part to help support the Leveling the Playing Field, a nonprofit organization that donates used equipment to underprivileged sports programs. Jonah currently plays soccer and baseball for the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League's 12U White team hosted a performance car chow to raise money for its trip to play in the Cooperstown tournament next fall.  The event, sponsored by Paul Miller Performance Group - NEDC (North East Drivers Club), featured 20-30 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Love performance cars? This Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a performance Car Show will take place at First United Methodist Church (1171 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains).  to support the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League's 12U White team in its march to ...

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“Kids Jam” Fundraiser to Be Held Saturday, May 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Ashbrook Golf Course SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- When the Scotch Plains-Fanwood 12U Blue baseball team began planning their Cooperstown Kids Jam, they knew it would be a great way to raise funds for their trip to ...

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NJ TRANSIT Has Added More Than 100 New Engineers Since Gov. Murphy Took Office, Total Active Roster Is Now 393 ISELIN, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Dept.of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, and NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett today ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- With pandemic here and so many families and businesses in need, a number of local teenagers are finding ways to help our community.  One such project is the “contactless” food drop off at IHM food pantry, organized by Benjamin Root, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- A little spring cleaning and some decent weather translated into a huge response to the clothing drive organized by K-4 students (and their parents at School One in Scotch Plains on Saturday. Organizers couldn't estimate how much was donated, but the pictures ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is joining the efforts to help the food pantry at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Church raise food and other supplies for people in need who use the pantry each Wednesday.  Among the canned items that the pantry desires are tuna ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Food Truck Festival will roll into town on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the high school's Westfield Road entrance with a social distancing layout. Face masks will be mandatory. The Food ...

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Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Scotch Plains UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold an emergency food distribution event on Saturday, April 17, at 8 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical School (1776 ...

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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and Housing With Hope are helping secure appointments for senior citizens in our area.  The Rotary Club and Housing With Hope have secured appointments with a local pharmacy in Watchung to get seniors 65 years or older vaccinated ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- On the morning of March 16th, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School staff members found over 150 letters in their mailboxes from students, thanking them for all their hard work during the pandemic. This was an effort orchestrated by the Student Guidance Committee (SGC), ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Star Fish Food Pantry, which receives donations from the St. Bart's and St. John's Baptist Church pantries in Scotch Plains, has been serving the Plainfield area for 50 years, and Executive Director Patricia Bixel, a longtime volunteer for Star Fish, reflects on the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Family and friends of Scotch Plains resident Carol Rachko, who has been stricken with ALS, are helping to raise funds for her care.  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A dog named Bo captured the hearts of people in his Plainfield hometown and in neighboring communities when he went missing for ten days. Luckily, Bo’s story had a happy ending after he was found with the help of the Plainfield Residents' Association for Animal Rescue and other ...

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RAHWAY, NJ -- The local supply of blood and platelets, critical for emergency surgeries and cancer treatment, is dangerously low. To help replenish the supply, the FLAG of Rahway (Frontline Appreciation Group, the City of Rahway, Rahway Public Schools and RWJBarnabas Health are teaming up for a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - From pop to blues and rap to jazz, there’s something for everyone at a virtual concert fundraiser for Community Access Unlimited this week, March 22-27. Banding Together features musical performances at 7 p.m. nightly on the CAU Facebook page. All proceeds will support programs ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior, Will Schetelich, will be offering a group jazz program again this spring in his driveway in Scotch Plains.  The target population for the program is middle school students who have an interest in playing Jazz and learning more about ...

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METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School is hosting a 24-hour Giving Day event starting on Friday, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. The event will be an interactive day filled with live broadcasts, video interviews and more according to organizers. Gifts provided on #SJGivingDay support the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every part of New Jersey. They could be our neighbors or the kids in our children's classes. In the state, 774,860 people are struggling with hunger, and of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ-- Terence Downey of BSA Troop 104 is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s newest Eagle Scout. Terence started scouting in 2014 and earned First Class Rank within his first year and mainly served as Troop Quartermaster or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He later went on a 50-mile canoe ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Do you know a phenomenal woman from Union County who has or is making a difference in our community in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency? If so, The Union County Office on Women would like to hear from you. The Union County Office on Women invites residents to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Howard Wingard recalls that when he was in college, he was given a list of white American authors and their books to choose from for a term paper. That didn’t sit right with him, so he asked his professor if he could instead write about Richard Wright or James Baldwin. Why ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School PTA is continuing to raise money for Class of 2021 activities through supporting our local businesses. Savory Selections, is offering a Friday Fish Fry taking place on Friday, Feb. 26 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Every month will be Black Jack for the Class of 2021. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Senior Committee plans to deliver surprise gifts to each member (about 400 total) of the Senior Class on the 21st of every month from now until graduation.  The seniors received ...

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SCOTCH PLANS, NJ – The recent snowstorm provided an opportunity for local children and families to bring smiles to the patients at the Center for Hope in Scotch Plains. Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Kaplan and Lisa Simonetti, a Center for Hope volunteer, talked about having local children build ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains PBA  Local 87 presented a check for $21,700, a figure representing the proceeds from the PBA's 35th Annual Children’s Charities Golf Classic, to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The golf outing was held on Sept. 28, 2020, at Shackamaxon ...

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UNION, NJ -- The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, February 20. A drive-up distribution will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Kean University’s parking lot in Union ...

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