In The Schools

Oak Knoll Hoops Team Honors Friend, Alumna Who is Winning Bigger Battle

Laura Hefferan, left, embraces Oak Knoll classmate and current Varsity Basketball Head Coach, Katie Cummings, during a home game where students raised $1,800 toward cancer research. Credits: Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

SUMMIT, NJ - When it came time to honor her friend's spirit and courage, Summit's Katie Cummings -- Oak Knoll School Class of 2003 and current Head Coach of the Royals Basketball Team -- found inspiration in the words of the school's foundress, Cornelia Connelly.

“Cornelia Connelly said, ‘Actions, not words,’ so I encourage everyone to come together to find a cure,” said Cummings. “Saturday was a special day in our community as we honored Laura, and came together to raise money for rare cancer research.”

Laura is Cummings' Class of '03 classmate Laura Hefferan, a Chatham resident who, through treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, recently beat a rare form of cancer.

Sign Up for E-News

In her honor, Oak Knoll’s varsity basketball team put on a 'full-court press' to raise $1,800 to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through an effort, affectionately dubbed “Hoops for Hope,” which saw students raising funds through a bake sale, selling Hoops for Hope T-shirts, and accepting donations at the Royals' game versus South Plainfield.

Hefferan, a two-sport athlete at Oak Knoll, was diagnosed in July with an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer called immature teratoma. She has since received a clean bill of health after surgery and nine weeks of chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

“I am so blown away by everyone’s generosity, and know that Memorial Sloan Kettering will be incredibly thankful for the donations as well,” said Hefferan, who expressed pride in the spirit of community at her alma mater, including classmate and varsity basketball coach Katie Cummings ’03. “My dear friend Katie Cummings has been such a supportive, wonderful friend to me for as long as I can remember. Showing her players what it truly means to give back to a wonderful cause is what makes Oak Knoll such a special place, which is one that instills values and faith in daily living.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Status Report #5

June 20, 2018

As summer fast approaches, this will be my fifth semi-annual status report on what I have been up to on Council.  In a change from the prior two years, this year I have been serving as Council president. As such, I have had greater involvement across a multitude of different issues.  However, I want to focus on three themes that have so far permeated this Council: economic growth and ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, June 24, 8:00 AM

Summit Summer Farmers Market, Summit

Summit Farmers Market

Community Calendar Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Summit Police Blotter

June 19, 2018

5/29 - Mark L. Howard, 21, of Nutley was arrested and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking and credit card fraud. Mr. Howard was processed and released with a pending court date.

5/29 - At 1143 hours a report was taken for a theft of stolen license plate from a River Road business. The victim reported the last time the license plate was seen on the property was within the ...

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-19, Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Nonprofits

June 22, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...

Video: Dietze Says Despite Trade War Fears, Economy's Fundamentals Remain Strong

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live from the CNN building on the case for bullishness despite a potential trade war:

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...


AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Video: In The Zone with Christa Anderson

A must watch for anyone considering renovations, here is a recent interview that I conducted -- on my HomeTowne TV Show called “Are You Ready for Life?” -- with Christa Anderson, City of Summit Zoning Officer, to discuss the nuances within the variance process.

I asked Christa to shed some insight into the approval process, explain why it’s necessary, and ...

Hello, Neighbors

Hi, Summit families!

My name is Betsy Stoeber and I’ve been the owner and director at the specialized learning center Brain Balance of Summit since 2011. I first encountered Brain Balance the year before we opened as a parent. My own son participated in our innovative program at the center in Norwalk, CT, to address a number of learning challenges.

Traveling there three times per week ...

My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  


My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  


Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from ...