Giving Back

January 8, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing through NJ 101.5 evening radio host Steve Trevelise that his “oldest and dearest friend” Robbo Pisani, a fire captain with the North Hudson Fire Department, was struggling with kidney failure, West Orange resident Melissa Kohlman was so moved that she volunteered her ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although more than 700 sea turtles have been stranded this winter in the Northeast region of the United States, hundreds of which did not survive, 13 sea turtles are currently recuperating from the cold at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Sea Turtle Recovery, New Jersey’s only ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — After surviving a ruptured aneurysm and fully recovering without the permanent damage that is common among survivors, 20-year-old Livingston resident Justin Gelman immediately knew he had to use his second chance at life to help others who face similar situations. Gelman, whose ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – At Fire Department Headquarters on Dec. 27, FMBA LOCALS 40 and 240 presented a $3000 donation to Bill Lavin, the founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation.  South Orange Fire Captain Giovanni Grasso's contact with Allied Beverage Corporation was responsible for their ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. capped off its 2018 Christmas party focused on the spirit of giving back. On Dec. 15, the children gathered at The Woodland in Maplewood and put their heart and soul into a community service project dubbed ‘Operation Love ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ ‚ Patients and staff at the RWJBarnabas Health family of hospitals, including Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston, were treated to a holiday-season visit by members of the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League (NHL) team. As RWJBarnabas Health is the official ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - So often a particular phrase will be heard this time year, usually when a high-school age youth opens that gift from a distant aunt and finds a sweater he wouldn't dare wear, and his mother says, "It's the thought that counts." Too often, says Larry Temkin, distinguished ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day." According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to ...

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SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause.  The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village is conducting its first coat and toy drive now through Dec. 7. The drive is collecting unwrapped, new toys and gently worn coats at three drop off locations throughout South Orange:  South Orange Village Clerks Office, 76 South Orange Avenue, Third ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Project SEARCH program at Overlook Medical Center which, since launching in 2016, has seen 15 out of 18 interns securing competitive employment in the community, will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on December 12, from 7 - 8:30 p.m, at the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - The annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo returns for the holiday season. The 'spectacular' takes place weekends in November, then takes place every night in December.  Holiday Lights Spectacular dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 23-25, November ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With three sets of hands on the scissors, the ribbon was cut on Saturday, dedicating the new pocket park on Baker Street in Maplewoood Village. John James, President of the Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA), described the newly revitalized green space as “a pocket park," and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thursday's snowstorm caused massive traffic jams and cars at a standstill for hours, with stranded students waiting for parents at schools and on buses, and also, among all this, there were many accounts of strangers helping to move cars stuck in the snow, of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is requesting the community's participation in a research project, with responses being collected through Nov. 17.   The survey is being conducted by Market Research Students at Seton Hall ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than $160,000 was raised at RWJBarnabas Health’s (RWJBH) second annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk in support of RWJBH and the New Jersey Devils’ collective effort to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With recent attention on possible unsanitary conditions at the bathrooms at local South Orange and Maplewood schools, there is one school where the bathrooms have received notice for how good they look: the girls bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School. As the school year began, ...

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MAPLWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood PBA (Local #44) with the help of the Maplewood Police Department's Community Service Bureau, hosted a 5k "Pets For Vets" 5K run, which was a fundraiser for Troopers Assisting Troopers, a NJ State Police organization that raises money to purchase service dogs for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Sunday, November 11. Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band. After the first musical ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sonia Zenobi, age 10, was recently honored by the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) with the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life last year when Zenobi was just nine. The Medal of Honor is a Lifesaving Award given by Girl Scouts of the United States of America to a ...

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LOIZA, PUERTO RICO — RWJBarnabas Health and the Lakewood BlueClaws minor league baseball team recently brought baseball back to young athletes in Puerto Rico by hosting an equipment drive at First Energy Park after collecting dozens of baseball bats, balls, gloves, helmets, hats and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – As the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils, RWJBarnabas Health will present the second annual “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk,” in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) team on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Essex County’s South Mountain ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Springfield Avenue Public Art Initiative held a Craft Beer Tasting fundraising event to raise funds for murals on Springfield Avenue, with all proceeds from the event being used to bring more murals to Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (SAM). The event was ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Essex-Hudson-Union Walk to End Alzheimer’s doubled in size this year, as more than 1,000 people attended Saturday’s event, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey chapter (AAGNJ) at West Orange’s South Mountain Recreation Clipper Pavilion, in support of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Priya and Sanjay Chawla, owners of Buy Rite Wine & Liquor (formerly A & D Liquors) recently donated $1,000 to the Founders Park Conservancy. The donation, which was presented to Chris Black, Chair of the Conservancy, and Andrew Kit of the Academy Heights Neighborhood ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — With a shared mission of promoting community health, the West Essex YMCA and Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) have developed a successful partnership that is reaping benefits for area residents. SBMC is the YMCA’s Signature Partner for Healthy Living, making a major ...

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LAVALLETTE, NJ — Firefighters from across the state, including from Maplewood and South Orange, are helping to keep a Livingston teen’s name alive through a memorial playground currently being built in Lavallette—the Jersey Shore town where Brendan Tevlin spent every summer of his 19 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Springfield Avenue Public Art Initiative will hold a Craft Beer Tasting fundraising event to raise funds for murals on Springfield Avenue, with all proceeds from the event being used to bring more murals to Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (SAM). “The ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – It was “Welcome to Roxbury” tonight for nine dogs and 14 cats from North Carolina that arrived at the Eleventh Hour Rescue facility in Succasunna. The animals came from shelters in two North Carolina counties ravaged by Hurricane Florence. Awaiting them were people, from Roxbury ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - More than 80 golfers teed off in support of the South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) at the Second Annual South Orange Invitational at the East Orange Golf course in Short Hills, on Sept. 17. According to a press release from the SORS, South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis ...

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