Giving Back

March 23, 2019

Elizabeth, NJ — A Union woman was one of more than two dozen volunteers to be sworn in by Superior Court Judge Richard Wischusen to advocate for Union County youth removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and placed in foster homes or residential facilities. Diane Zinkowicz of ...

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UNION, NJ – A retired Union police officer battling a debilitating disease will be this year's “Taste of Union” beneficiary.    Five years ago, Union Police Officer Dave Cuozzo came face to face with a perpetrator that nearly took his life.  That perpetrator was not a man or woman.  It did not ...

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UNION, NJ - The inaugural Vauxhall Women’s Month program, celebrating women of the community, took place on Saturday, sponsored by th Golden Rule Lodge and the National Council Negro Women Vauxhall.     “The purpose of the program is to highlight woman of the Vauxhall area,” said Rev. Angela ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Girls on the Run (GOTR) of New Jersey East is currently seeking volunteers to empower girls through running for the spring 2019 season at various chapters, including Livingston, West Orange, the Caldwells, Roseland, Fairfield and other locations throughout the area. GOTR is a ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Call it luck, faith, the power of prayer or the reach of Facebook, less than 17 hours after Cindy Gelormini posted on Facebook about losing a cherished necklace, it was back in her hands. She lost the necklace, a silver chain with a disk of spun blue glass containing her son ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - A local animal rescuer was awarded at a luncheon this week with two Certificates of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutors Office. Darcy Del Castillo received two Certificate’s of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, one for her work as Elizabeth ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Animal Shelter was the recent beneficiary of the generosity of St. Michael’s students and staff during Catholic School’s Week. On “Service Day”, students at St. Michael’s School raised over $600 for the Union Animal Shelter.  Students donated $2.00 to wear their pajamas to ...

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UNION, NJ – In response to the federal government shutdown, Union Mayor Michele Delisfort outlined the “We Care About Our Community” program run through the Special Improvement District at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. “More than 800,000 federal workers are affected by the ...

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UNION, NJ - The New Jersey Veteran's Network is holding a Business Attire & Tech drive for veterans in New Jersey.  The drive has begun and continues until March 4. The following items will be gratefully accepted:  Laptops, ipods, Mp3s, smart phones, business attire and business clothing.  ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas. The ...

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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 with about 150 anxious and excited children. The event, in its 26th years, features Santa Claus and his elves providing toys for children of the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic continued its strong commitment to social justice this holiday season as students, faculty, and the UC Community joined together to help those in need. The annual Christmas Drive, coordinated by Union Catholic faculty members Ms. Samantha Scutieri, Mrs.

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UNION, NJ – Union High School students, parents and residents came out in force on Friday night for the Team Up for St. Jude Game Day to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. According to event co-organizer Cheryl Fiske, $13,000 was raised, with more sponsors planning to send ...

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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, members of Troop #25 Boy Scouts from Staten Island, Girl Scouts from Union’s Troop #40024, ...

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UNION, NJ -  A rock festival to help Union police collect toys for needy children took place Saturday night at The Salem Roadhouse Café at Townley Presbyterian Church. The idea for the “Santa in Blue” event at the Salem Roadhouse Café was born when Emma, the daughter of regular performer Ray ...

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UNION, NJ – The Union Soccer Club is looking to help a grieving Union family and has set up a GoFundMe page for the education fund of their children.  The children’s mother, Denise Braga Graca, 36, passed away on Saturday.  According to the obituary, she passed away peacefully at her home in ...

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UNION, NJ – Union will once again be hosting the Santa in Blue Toy Drive to benefit families in need this holiday season. “Children are the spirit of the season and this collection helps support those who otherwise may go without,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas. The yearly event has ...

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UNION, NJ – Union High School will be hosting their 4th Annual Team Up for St. Jude Varsity Game Day event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, December 14. The St. Jude Classic consists of three varsity basketball games held in Union High School’s Louis J. Rettino ...

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UNION, NJ – The Rotary Club of Union held its 9th Annual Automobilia Night, the Rotary’s major fundraising event, Friday evening, as guests marveled at the private collection of automobiles, bicycles, games, and thousands of other items of memorabilia.  The evening was hosted by the Rotary Club and ...

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UNION, NJ - Battle Hill School students and parents pitched in Tuesday night to make sandwiches for the homeless and those in need. Alex Rankin and Stacey Callahan from “Be the Change” helped coordinate the sandwich-making effort.  “Be the Change” is a non-profit organization founded by Dr.

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UNION, NJ – Union Boy Scout Troop 68 collected and donated over 500 food items to help replenish the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church’s food pantry as they prepare for Thanksgiving. According to Assistant Scoutmaster Lazara Rovira, during a troop meeting in October, scouts distributed ‘Food ...

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UNION, NJ – John “Jack” Finnigan was a special honoree among the veterans honored at Ehrhart Gardens Senior Housing Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday. “Throughout this Nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guards men have bravely answered the call to defend our ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union woman was one of four competitors vying for the title of Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2019 on Sunday in Monroe. Caitlin Goerlich said she was a little nervous at the beginning of the competition, but “after talking with the other three ladies and figuring that we were all ...

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UNION, NJ - The Salem Roadhouse Cafe will be hosting a rock festival to help the Union Police Department collect toys for needy children. The event, set for December 1, will include performances by Melinda Davis, Rich Kubicz, Jake Thistle, Robert and Paulina Hill, Ray Powers & Friends, Mike ...

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UNION, NJ - Battle Hill Elementary School continues their mission to help those in need.  The school began their philanthropic endeavors this school year during the month of October, by recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  The ...

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UNION, NJ – The Deron School of NJ, Inc. joined with Autism Speaks last week to participate in the organization’s annual Union and Morris County walk.  The walk, held at Nomehegan Park in Cranford, raised funds and awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder and connected resource providers, families, ...

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UNION, NJ - It’s that time of year again!  For the month of October, Townley Presbyterian Church is concentrating their efforts on hosting Townley’s most successful rummage sale yet.  They have been collecting items since their last sale in the Spring.  They have closets stocked with items in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With four children and a husband who coaches youth athletics, Jeannie Dillon cheered on local youth sports teams religiously on weekend mornings, her older sister said. As can happen in youth sports, parents would sometimes become overly engaged, but Dillon had a way to quell the ...

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LAVALLETTE, NJ — A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead and members of the United States Coast Guard floated nearby as hundreds celebrated the grand opening of a playground recently built in Lavallette Beach in memory of Livingston resident Brendan Tevlin a little more than four years ...

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UNION, NJ – Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.  Last week, Battle Hill School students heard from her uncle, Larry Scott, about kindness and about making a difference to help make school a better place.  The Columbine tragedy was ...

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