Giving Back

March 8, 2018

UNION, NJ – Franklin Elementary School students helped spread the word about the importance of keeping a healthy heart recently when they participated in the Jump Rope For Heart event. Organized by Franklin Elementary physical education teachers, Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield High School volunteer baseball coach Mike Cappiello is in desperate need of a kidney donor. The 28-year-old former WHS baseball player hit 46 doubles playing college ball for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire — the most in the school's history. One day in ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union Board of Education member, a township business owner, a Union police officer and the Director of the Union Chamber will be honored by The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, at the upcoming Springfield-Union Good Scout Award Dinner. This year’s honorees include ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A recent grant from the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has allowed Trinitas Regional Medical Center to purchase five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU),  “Lives will surely be saved,” said Hospital Officials. The radios will be used to ...

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UNION, NJ – Students in Erik Gabriel’s Language Arts class at Burnet Middle School had a unique opportunity on Tuesday to share with their peers the knowledge and understanding they recently obtained while learning about and interacting with advocacy programs. Gabriel said as part of the ...

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UNION, NJ – February 28th is Rare Disease Awareness Day and teachers in Union are pitching in by wearing jeans and a blue shirt and donating $5 to '“RARE” your BLUE for Dup15q' Day. Union High School Counselor Lauren Weissberg is sponsoring the district-wide dress down day in support of the ...

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UNION, NJ – Washington School students were able to combine their desire to give with their love of football through their recent “Soup-er Bowl” donation drive. With each can of soup brought into school, students were able to vote for the team they wanted to win the Super Bowl by placing their ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Longhorn Steakhouse just beat the rain on Saturday to make a generous donation to the New Jersey Veterans Network. The check for $3,902 was tendered by Longhorn Steakhouse’s managing partner, Anthony Levy, to Michael Boll, the Network’s president, and David Tyms, the Network’s ...

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ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ – Two local non-profit organizations are working together to find housing and other needs for many residents that were left homeless when a fire ripped through their apartment building on 3rd Avenue in Roselle.  The fire broke out in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 on the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The 24th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness was another night of exciting basketball when six local teams paired off to compete to benefit the Elizabeth Coalition’s programs, in particular, its Operation Warm Heart Program, a winter shelter program for the chronically homeless. The ...

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UNION, NJ – The man found deceased in a burning vehicle last week has been identified as Union resident Walter Foster, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office said the cause and manner of Foster’s death, as well as the source of the fire, remain under active ...

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Chesapeake Bay, MD - This January Ryan Fitzpatrick will take on the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Plunge for the 7,549 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. He is a graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School and his younger sister Karly graduated last year.  He is now a senior at Towson ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - St. James the Apostle Parish in Springfield is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym, 41 South Springfield Avenue. Walk-ins are welcome until 12 noon, but appointments are preferred. To make an ...

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Union, NJ – Wanting to spread some cheer over the holidays, students at Jefferson School adopted a homeless family with four young children. Members of the Student Lighthouse Team came up with ideas on how to fundraise for the family, including duct taping the principals and ‘wacky week’.   The ...

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Union, NJ – Union High School’s boys and girls varsity basketball season kicked off with the 3rd Annual St. Jude Classic, raising almost $7,000 to St. Judge’s Children’s Research Hospital. During the Classic, held on Friday, Dec. 15, the Lady Farmers were defeated by the Patrick School, 71 to ...

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NEW JERSEY -- With local hospitals and residents are in need of blood this winter, Community Blood Services, will hold 47 community blood drives throughout January, in seven New Jersey counties to address the shortage. The process is quick and easy, and no advance registration is required. All ...

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UNION, NJ – A taste of Christmas came a few days early to a Union family when Santa and some township police officers arrived in police cars at the Munt home on Saturday afternoon, lights and sirens blaring. Victoria, 14, and Harrison, 10, lost their father Alex Munt suddenly this past ...

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UNION, NJ – About 50 veterans received a free meal on Friday at Burnet B.B.Q., hosted by the New Jersey Veterans Network and the Operation Rebound Racing Team. Nearly 50 veterans attended the event and another 50 food gift certificates were donated to area veteran organizations. “For ten ...

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UNION, NJ – Santa made some very important visits during ‘Operation Gift Drop’ Friday afternoon. With the help of the Township Committee and the Union Police and Fire Departments, Santa visited over 100 families in town delivering presents big and small.  “This is one of my favorite events in ...

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UNION, NJ – Connecticut Farms Elementary School teachers got into the holiday and giving spirit this week with a gingerbread house contest, benefiting Relay for Life. Teachers from each grade level got together to design and create the gingerbread houses.  The houses were on display in the lobby ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police officers, firefighters, PTA members and resident volunteers gathered together on Saturday in Union High School’s gym to unload, sort through and wrap the thousands of toy donations from the Santa in Blue toy drive. Established in 1995, the Santa in Blue program is in its ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union Knights of Columbus, JFK Assembly #666, cosponsored a Wreaths Across America event on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Elizabeth with the Elizabeth Garden Club, in tribute to the lives of hero soldiers dating from the American Revolution. Earlier in ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Rotary continues to give back to those in need. During the last year, the Union Rotary collected over 75 pounds of pop tabs and donated them to The Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick.  According to Rotary member Robert O’Connell, the pop tabs are recycled and the money ...

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UNION, NJ – Vauxhall seniors enjoyed a holiday breakfast on Saturday, hosted by Breakfast with the Browns, an organization that helps seniors and the homeless. The event, held at the Golden Rule Lodge 24, was run by Adrian Brown, who founded Breakfast with the Browns with her husband in 2015.  ...

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UNION, NJ – A Mayor’s Award was presented to Marilyn and Tyler Feliciano at this week's Township Committee for their work with T.Y.L.E.R.’s Project. T.Y.L.E.R.’s Project is a program focusing on engaging children, families and the community in acts of charity and good will.  The concept of the ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School will be hosting their 3rd Annual Team Up for St. Jude Varsity Game Day event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, Dec. 15. The St. Jude Classic consists of three varsity basketball games held in Union High School’s Louis J. Rettino Gymnasium.  ...

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UNION, NJ – To the delight of children and their families, Golden Rule Lodge #24 held their annual toy giveaway and visit with Santa on Saturday.  “We have been doing this for 25 years,” said Golden Rule Worshipful Master Tyshiem Dasher.  “It gives us a chance to really connect with the ...

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UNION, NJ -  A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Union Township Community Action Organization was held on Friday evening at Galloping Hill Caterers. “The Board of Directors and I are excited and proud to celebrate 50 years of dedicated service to children, families, senior citizens and ...

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UNION, NJ – OPERATION CHILLOUT, a homeless veteran’s outreach program, was the recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Union Rotary Club at the Club’s 76th anniversary meeting on Thursday. The donation was part of the fundraising from the Rotary’s recent Automobilia event in November.  Held each ...

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UNION, NJ – November was a busy month for fundraising at Battle Hill Elementary School. Students and teachers raised $845 for St. Joseph’s Social Service Center.  “Battle Hill’s donation will provide 700 meals to those in need this holiday season,” said Bernadette Murphy, a representative for ...

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