Giving Back

June 1, 2020

EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS Event is Thursday, June 4th at Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange   Essex County, NJ – One thousand boxes of food will be distributed Thursday, June 4that Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange to help families ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As protests and riots gripped many cities around the country this week, dozens of protestors laid down on South Orange Avenue for eight minutes to mark how long Police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to George Floyd’s neck, killing him. To allow for coronavirus ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, June 6th, from noon to 4 p.m., the SOMA community will join in a different kind of parade to raise money to provide food and other essential materials to over 500 SOMA families in need. To take part, create and display a “message of hope” artwork on your ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — To promote social distancing, South Orange Village marked Memorial Day this year on Facebook Live.  Rabbi Jesse Olitsky of Congregation Beth El gave the invocation. Village President Sheena Collum spoke to families who have lost relatives in the Armed Services: "This day ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee, Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, and Committee Members Greg Lembrich, Nancy Adams, and Victor DeLuca honored Memorial Day today at Ricalton Square. In his remarks, McGehee paid tribute to "the women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our Constitution, ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28th at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — When Gary Jones bought his daughter a sewing machine five years ago, he never expected he’d be the one to use it more. But as coronavirus gripped the U.S., he wanted to do something to help others and got stitching making face masks.  “I was very slow, but by the end of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Serving the Maplewood, NJ area for over 95 years, you can trust the experts at Woolley Home Solutions for safe propane tank refills for your grill and outdoor patio in New Jersey. During this pandemic, Woolley has put a contact-free system in place to make sure the grilling never ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Jake Ezzo, choir director for South Orange Middle School, was lauded today by Gov. Phil Murphy in his daily press briefing. Murphy held up Ezzo as an example of a New Jerseyan making a difference for others during the coronavirus pandemic. Ezzo is a coordinator of the group NJ ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — One of the most challenging, heartbreaking and unexpected roles for me is reaching out to South Orange families who have lost loved ones. The Agba family is dealing with grief right now and has asked for financial assistance in returning Paul Agba, an 8-year resident in the Seton ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Today is Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012, it is described on its website as "a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the South Orange Fire Department received a generous gift of medical masks to supplement their personal protective equipment, they turned around and shared the wealth. After all, the masks are worth their weight in gold right now. Dr. Kaixuan Liu of Atlantic Spine Center ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Some 620 Town Hall Deli meals have been ordered by FLAG — Front Line Appreciation Group of South Orange/Maplewood. Town Hall Deli, with its famous Sloppy Joe sandwiches, is set on Wednesday to make its eleventh FLAG delivery to hospital staff and first responders. Recipients have ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Police Department and the Community Service Bureau will be hosting a pizza contest for Maplewood residents Pre-k through 4th grade and 5th through 8th grades. MPD will post contests with detailed instructions on its Facebook page (@maplewoodpolicedepartment) every Friday ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Longtime Hilton neighborhood resident Carl Patterson wants you to support local businesses. And he’s giving out a great incentive while participating in The Front Steps Project portrait trend, to document family life during quarantine: Patterson is offering complimentary porch ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Woolley Home Solutions today announces a contest to show gratitude and thank all of those who are doing their best during this time. Kids of SOMA, we want to see your chalk drawings! The theme of the drawings is "Gratitude." Gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Go Fund Me charitable drive has been established for the benefit of Frenchesca Gerard, the daughter of Athalante Debrosse, the first Maplewoodian to die of COVID-19. The fund is named SOMA Supports Frenchesca's Education. The fund's description says "this Go Fund Me was ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Some local children celebrating birthdays this month with only their immediate families are getting personal parades, and the first round of them started yesterday afternoon, April 4, to the great delight of the recipients.  Acting on an idea from Village President Sheena ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Police and Fire Departments are coming together to cheer up local kids who cannot have birthday parties during social distancing. The first responders are offering children with April birthdays a mini parade in front of their home.  Community Relations Officer ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — While other students were heading off for spring break, students from Seton Hall University’s WSOU 89.5 FM took time last week to volunteer at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey. The team of station staff members sorted and packed food on Feb. 28 for distribution to food ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Choosing a gown or a suit for the prom should be an exciting task for a high school senior. Unfortunately for some students and parents, the cost fills the experience with more anxiety than anticipation. This is where the Pop-Up Prom Shop comes in.  Clothing, shoes, and ...

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The auditorium of the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange was the place to be the night of Feb. 8: It hosted the third annual benefit dance, The House of Love 2020, to raise funds for Isaiah House in East Orange.  More than 300 people from Maplewood, South Orange, and all over ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Ten area locals, including one Broadway and television star, told stories from their own lives to help raise money for hunger relief this past Saturday night. Mapso Storytelling 2020 raised over $2,000, said organizer Elizabeth Trundle. The Jan. 25 event at the Burghdorff Center ...

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At least 150 people were present to decorate luminaries last Saturday, Jan. 4, in an event sponsored by the Community Coalition on Race. They are to be lit in the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day outside homes to bring light to the world. Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President, told ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Whitney Malin’s vocation may be as a voice over performer, but her avocation is animal advocate. She regularly fosters dogs or cats in her home, and has often facilitated private adoptions so that owners who can’t keep their animals won’t surrender them to shelters. When the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — ​ A luminary decorating party, hosted by Village President Sheena Collum, ​will be Jan. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.​, at ​SOPAC Loft. The kids will learn about Dr. King and decorate their luminary bags while having fun with snacks.​ Bring your luminary bags or buy them during the event. Pizza ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Go Fund Me page has been started to raise money for the Maplewood family whose Hilton neighborhood home was badly damaged by a fire early Christmas morning. Sandorfi Gedin and her two children were not home at the time of the fire. Gedin's boss, Alexander Scott, started the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Thousands of locals and out-of-towners turned out for the fifth annual Robert J. Miller Oysterfest for Melanoma Awareness event in September. The donations and sponsorships have all been added up, and the final tally is a $20,000 check to the Melanoma Research Foundation. This ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, when you can purchase Beautiful Christmas Trees and Wreaths at the Annual Maplewood Rotary Christmas Tree Fundraiser at Maplewood Town Pool! Not only do you go home with the centerpieces of your Holiday Season, but with the knowledge ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — “Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader” is this year’s theme for the Essex County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated’s 2019 Debutante Leadership Program and 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion. Chloe Rose Mason and Noelle Melissa Mullins, both of South ...

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