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Giving Back

May 13, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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Scenic Hill resident Thomas Seltzer was fortunate that last week’s fire didn’t spread to his home. He wants to help his neighbors and set up a GoFundMe page several days ago to help the 16 families who have been displaced by the fire. Seltzer described the aftermath of the terrible fire, “On ...

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East Orange, NJ - On May 10, 2022 Family Connections will honor former Maplewood Mayor, Frank McGehee with the Roger Manshel Lifetime Achievement Award and Valley National Bank with the Champion of the People Award.   The Roger Manshel Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For several weeks, 5 clients of JESPY HOUSE have been busy knitting and crocheting Ukrainian Flag Pins. The flags are available for purchase from Rocket Ship Print Shop here in South Orange, the General Store Cooperative in Maplewood and directly from JESPY for $5.00. Sales have ...

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SOUTH ORAGE, NJ – The South Orange Rescue Squad is holding it 79th Anniversary Gala in May. The event is scheduled to be held at the Maplewood Country Club, 28 Baker Street at 6pm and includes and Open Bar, Entertainment, and Dinner. Additionally, there will be a silent auction featuring items from ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Police PBA and SOA Local 12 supports Autism Awareness by selling LIMITED EDITION police autism patches to help benefit Nassan's Place, a local non profit organization. To learn more about Nassan's place here: https://www.nassansplace.org/ Did you know, the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE - The General Assembly floor in the State House in Trenton, NJ was abuzz with monumental activity on March 24, 2022. JESPY’s Board President Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine was honored with an Assembly Resolution alongside medical professionals, first responders, educators, and other women ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - As announced well in advance of the day, the SOMA Kiwanis Club on South Orange and Maplewood prepared 200 boxes of food for the distribution which was held in front of the Maplewood Community Pool. Kiwanis partnered with the Township of Maplewood and Kiwanis supplied the food, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Kiwanis has announced they will be handing out FREE Food Boxes on Saturday, March 19th between 11am and 12 noon. Reservations fora box are available at: kiwanishelps.org, and questions can be answered by calling 973-762-8120.  

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WAYNE, NJ - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney. Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do ...

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STATEN ISLAND, NY - On Valentine's Day the first new Staten Island Ferry made its maiden voyage. This state-of-the-art ferry is special in many ways, but it's the name which makes the Staten Island Ferry Service's newest member so noteworthy. The ferry bears the name SSG Michael H. Ollis. Ollis is ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – February 14, 2022 - The Outreach Team of the Community Care & Justice program worked with the South Orange Police Department and Rescue Squad to collect and distribute coats throughout January. Nearly 150 coats were donated by the community, and the South Orange Rescue ...

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SOUTH ORANGE - The neighbors of JESPY House clients who reside in The Michael Och House, A Center for Aging at JESPY, recently showed a wonderful gift of giving and kindness. On an annual basis, the neighbors have held an informal Turkey Trot for family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. This ...

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MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The parking lot of the South Orange/Maplewood School Districf (SOMSD) was a very busy place on the morning of Nov. 20, as a wide assortment of people brought Thanksgiving donations for less fortunate families. Cartons and bags of food were assembled for the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Firemen's Mutual Benefit Association (FMBA 25) and the new Greenway market last weekend donated 24 turkeys to Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange. The FMBA 25 paid for 10 turkeys and Greenway donated 14. The firefighters delivered the turkeys Saturday morning for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood honored its veterans on Nov. 11 with an outdoor event that included music, prayer and comments from Mayor Frank McGehee. The annual ceremony took place outdoors, for the second consecutive year, due to COVID-19 concerns. The event featured music by Bruno Lee, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Fire Department is once again running a food drive to help assist Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry. The pantry currently assists well over 300 local families and, as of late, is critically low on supplies. The firefighters are asking for those who can donate to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Outside, a strong wind whipped ghost decorations on porches as rain dimmed jack-o-lanterns. But inside133 Fairview Ave. spirits refused to be dampened; residents flocked to the new Seton Village Civic Center on Friday evening. Halloween costumes glittered and children laughed ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — NBA legend Allan Houston brought The FISLL Project to Seton Hall University  on Tuesday to continue the success of his foundation’s nationwide mentoring program. SHU is a partner in South Orange’s Community Care and Justice Program, along with Essex County, and will ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Out with the old. In with the...used! This Saturday brings a popular clothing and toy swap to South Orange-Maplewood, an event put on by SOMA Families Meetup. The event is one of the most popular for the nonprofit group, which was created by parents in 2016 to connect families ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - More than $4,000 was raised for Epilepsy Services of New Jersey during the recent Third Annual Laura Holtz Tennis Tournament for Epilepsy, according to organizers. They congratulated tournament champions Mark Bochner and Eric Bochner and runners-up Lara Tomlin and Barry ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ _ Memorial events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will take place this Saturday in both Maplewood and the Township of South Orange Village. The event in Maplewood will happen at 8:30 a.m. outside the Hilton Branch Library at ...

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West Orange, NJ — On Saturday, Sept. 11, Essex County officials and residents will gather at 8 a.m. in Eagle Rock Reservation to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The 9/11 Memorial is located at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue and Prospect Avenue in West ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Cinema Ed, a non-profit organization that teaches filmmaking to high school students, will be the beneficiary of the 4th Annual South Orange Invitational golf outing, it was announced last week. “Cinema Ed provides local underrepresented high school students with a variety of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In collaboration with the New Jersey Devils, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has opened registration for its annual “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Wellness Walk,” to be held in both live and virtual formats in October. The live, in-person run will take place on Sunday, Oct.

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NEWARK, N.J. — Parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark are invited to take up a special collection during Masses this weekend to help those affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated the southwestern region of Haiti on Aug.14. All proceeds from the collection will benefit Catholic ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The social services nonprofit organization Isaiah House will hold its first annual “SunUp” event at 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, in Maplewood Memorial Park. Inspired by the popular morning rave party Daybreaker, the event includes an hour of yoga and meditation with Baker Street ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — New Jerseyans rarely need a reason to celebrate, but National New Jersey Day on July 27 was a great excuse for families to come out to Meadowland Park, even in the heat, to honor the Garden State. Gathering on Flood's Hill and getting dinner delivered personally by Town Hall ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In addition to bringing together a panel of local mayors to discuss the many challenges facing their municipalities, the Inter-Chamber Coordinating Council (ICCC) of Essex County also recently honored Essex County icon Louis LaSalle with a Lifetime Achievement award upon his ...

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Albert A. Kubichek of Short Hills passed away at age 96 on Friday, June 6th at his home.  Kubichek was born in Newark and raised in Maplewood by his parents, Andrew and Maria Kubichek. He attended Seth Boyden Grammar School and Columbia High School, which he left in May of his senior year to ...

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