Giving Back

September 10, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 4th Annual Bob Miller Oysterfest for Melanoma Awareness will be held this Saturday, September 15, at The Woodland (60 Woodland Road) from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event was designed to raise funds for cancer research and awareness, as well as provide financial support to families ...

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ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Some Essex 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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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Studio Players suffered significant damage to their facility during the flood last week that left parts of Montclair under water. As a result, they are now asking for community groups to assist them in the cleanup effort, and the Maplewood Strollers sent an email to their community ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the Maplewood Makos swim team, which is made-up of 140 Maplewood Pool members between the ages of 5 and 18, this summer was about swimming, but also about sportsmanship and fun, as well as giving back to the community. The Maplewood Makos compete in the North Jersey ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Sadie's, the women's and men's clothing store located at 65 Valley St. in South Orange, is joining the "no plastic straw" movement and giving out a free reusable metal straw with each purchase over $50 while supplies last. BACK TO SCHOOL SALES August also brings several ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Peter Oates was working as a private nurse for Princess Diana’s father in England, but left when he was offered a job in the 1980s at San Francisco General Hospital’s slated AIDS unit. “They offered me a job, but I couldn’t be hired because Medicaid and Medicare had withdrawn ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Monday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez led a roundtable with local parents of children with autism at Maplewood’s Words Bookstore, the latest stop on his Jersey Jobs Tour. Menendez addressed parents’ concerns of treatment costs and overall legislative representation. He pointed ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Pub Nite is an annual event at St. James's Gate that takes place in June and kicks-off the fundraising effort for the Bob Miller Oyster Fest, which happens in September. The Oyster Fest is in its 4th year and raises funds to promote awareness and research for a cure for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Bob Miller Oyster Fest isn't until September, but the first event is being held this Wednesday, June 20, at St. James's Gate Pub. The Pub Nite Kick-Off Party features guest and celebrity bartenders, swag for the Oyster Fest and the annual raffle. This year, the main raffle ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The second annual Maplewood South Orange Book Festival opened on Friday night, June 8, with a SOMA Library Benefit at The Woodland featuring best-selling author David Baldacci. All proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Maplewood and South Orange Library Foundations equally, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Thursday night there was a Pretty in Pink Rosé Tasting fundraiser to benefit Springfield Avenue Maplewood (SAM) beautification efforts. The event took place in the Wine Barrel parking lot on Springfield Avenue, and featured unlimited tastings of rosé and additional varietals ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The cast of the Columbia High School (CHS) musical, Hairspray, collected messages and donations during show performances in March to support the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 14 students and three staff members were ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - JESPY House held its annual Community Appreciation Night at Giorgio’s Restaurant, which was attended by JESPY House staff, board members, and supporters. Tara Roberts, who manages Marketing and Community Relations for JESPY House, welcomed all and thanked members of the South ...

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STILLWATER, NJ - Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, where many from SOMA go for summer camp and to participate in year round programs, has appointed a new senior director who has strong ties to the year-round camp and environmental center, having served a decade as its summer programs director, stated a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Local photographer Carl Patterson of CP Photography shares his photos from the Maplewood Memorial Day parade and the 20th Annual Duck Race on Monday. More about the Duck Race here.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hundreds came out on Memorial Day to enjoy the excitement and spectacle of rubber ducks wobbling down the Rahway River at the 20th Annual Duck Race, which is sponsored and run by the South Mountain YMCA. The duck race “started” when Mayor for the Day, Tyler Baptiste, dropped the ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is a lot going on in the two towns this Memorial Day weekend, as well as some closures on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. SATURDAY, MAY 26 The Maplewood Community Pool opens at noon for the 2018 season. (The South Orange Community Pool is opening ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA is getting ready for the Annual Duck Race on Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 - directly following the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. This Maplewood tradition will be back for its 20th year, with hundreds expected to attend to watch and to cheer their ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach, Inc. Executive Director Lois Bhatt and Deputy Executive Director Bethany Tulloch have announced their retirement and, effective May 29, Richard J. Uniacke will begin his tenure as the Summit-based nonprofit's new Executive Director. Uniacke, who will become just ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Aspiring Kindness presented the South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) with a check for $17,000 on Sunday, April 22. Aspiring Kindness, a non-profit organization, was created on the tenth anniversary of the tragic fire that occurred on January 19, 2000, in a Seton Hall University ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, with lots of sun, activities, and healthy snacks, which were provided by the Stop and Shop of South Orange and Trader Joe's of Millburn, The afternoon of fun included a climbing wall, an obstacle course, laser tag, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red for Women campaign, a lifesaving movement that raises funding for cutting-edge research focused on cardiovascular health and celebrates women’s ability to inspire others to fight heart disease and stroke, hundreds of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis ...

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SUMMIT, NJ -- Bridges Outreach has been awarded a $20,000 grant to provide case management services to individuals in Newark who are experiencing homelessness by the The Lena Willis Mission Fund of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit. The grant will provide seven individuals with access to job ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Fire Department presented "After The Fire" to Bloomfield High School's senior class.  "After the Fire" is an award winning documentary about the arson fire on the campus of Seton Hall University in 2000. Three students were killed and over fifty were injured in a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Glee Club's spring concert on April 29 will feature this year's local scholarship winners: Hunter Kovacs, a senior at Columbia High School, and Catherine Moore, a senior at Westfield High School, according to a Facebook post from The Maplewood Glee Club. Hunter ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 21, which organizers describe as "a free, fun-packed event to inspire children and their parents to engage their bodies and minds all summer long."  Sponsored by Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s and Tropicana, ...

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PARKLAND, FLA. - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students have put together a fund-raising public service announcement to raise funds for the victims' families. Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said, "The Parkland community steps up," Michael Udine, Broward County Commissioner, said. "You ...

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