Giving Back

May 9, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Impact100 Essex has announced the availability of a $100,000 Impact Grant and kicked off its 2021 grant cycle with an information session for Essex County nonprofits. On April 20, more than 60 organizations attended to learn about the grant application process. "We were ...

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MONTVILLE, NJ — Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said. A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s ...

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MARLTON, NJ — A Burlington County man and his family are asking for the public’s help to save his life. Mark Klayman, who lives in Marlton, is in desperate need to find a kidney donor — and time is literally running out. Mark, who was diagnosed in 2009 with kidney cancer, has Stage 4 Kidney ...

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The cat is out of the bag, and starting to run low on food. Much like toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the beginning of the pandemic, the US is now seeing a shortage of pet food. There are many reasons for the shortage, including overzealous shoppers, bad weather, COVID-19 delays, and a ...

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People tend to reveal their true selves during a crisis. That truth is evident in the astounding number of South Orange and Maplewood volunteers and charitable organizations to form and respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robin Peacock, executive director of MEND Hunger ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of Women’s History Month, the Livingston Township Council hosted a virtual ceremony on Monday to commemorate Essex County’s first-ever female mayor Doris Beck, who served as Livingston’s mayor twice during her eight years on the council and whose sons, Bruce and Steven ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village is hoping to improve the lives of all South Orange residents with the Community Care & Justice Program by first addressing issues that affect the most vulnerable members of the community. Village President Sheena Collum and members of the Board of Trustees ...

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Emergency food assistance expected to stay at record levels for two years or more. Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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DENVILLE, NJ — Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Long-time Wayne resident Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer 15 years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DiPauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Opportunity Youth Network has partnered with Schools That Can, Newark Alliance and Newark Youth One Stop to initiate the city’s first collective approach to creating a school-to-workforce pipeline for youth.  The Newark Youth Workforce Collaborative brings together ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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NEWARK, NJ — On any given Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday afternoon, the volunteer staff of Franciscan Charities can be found greeting their “friends,” or the individuals who rely on them for meals, outside the basement of St. Anne’s Catholic Church on South 6th Street.  One of the few soup ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2021. To contribute to the page, click here.  Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born. More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Daniel Ives Foundation, formed this past autumn after the untimely death of Maplewood Bike Shed owner Danny Ives, has made its first distribution.  The foundation was formed after a successful and ongoing gofundme campaign which has now raised more than $48,000 and is still ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Maplewood Township and South Orange Village are currently seeking volunteers to assist at five Essex County vaccination centers, including one at the Livingston Mall, which is anticipated to vaccinate approximately 1,000 people per day for about three to six months. Volunteers ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Amid one of the greatest periods of need in U.S. history, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation announced Monday that they are donating $1.5 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and Long Island that support those hit the hardest by the pandemic.      The impromptu holiday donations will help ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County distribution of pantry items for those dealing with food insecurity will have special contents for the Christmas holiday. In addition to a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, raised a total of $1,050 to donate to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) in Hillside, NJ. The station’s donation will be used by the CFBNJ to provide 3,150 meals to those in need. Students, alumni, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The VolunTEEN Program of the South Orange Public Library was named the November 2020 Villager of the Month at last night's South Orange Board of Trustees meeting. "This is a great program, and it's going to be better and better as the years go on," said Trustee Karen Hilton.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Chimankpam Arungwa was sitting at home earlier this month and realized that he had a lot of extra coats and jackets that could be going to use, so he reached out to a group of friends and Project Warm Up was born. The Project Warm Up team — Chimankpam Arungwa, Alexis Brice, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Veteran’s Day, The Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy held a ribbon cutting to officially dedicate the updated Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Park. The Memorial was originally designed and executed by Todd Lamb, the former supervisor of the Townships Parks and Shade Trees ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A stray pygmy goat found in Montclair and taken to the local animal shelter has now been reunited with his family. A passerby found the goat near Mount Hebron Road and Grove Street on Monday afternoon. Shelter staff then took to social media to try to locate the owners. Until the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ — A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease. "My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%." Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter ...

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One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A group of young black fathers came together to host a community kickball game on September 26 in Glenfield Park as a means of providing a positive service to the community. The organizers explained that the casual game allows participants to recapture their youth, get some great ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will host its weekly Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, October 8th at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who ...

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