Giving Back

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ - A food donation event, sponsored and hosted by the Portuguese American Civic Association of Union (PACA) will be held Saturday, May 30, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m According to PACA, over the last few weeks, they have donated 100 bags of food, containing a week's worth of groceries.  ...

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UNION, NJ – A pop-up Community Table on Stuyvesant Avenue has been the scene of much activity since the pandemic hit this area as residents from Union and surrounding neighborhoods stop by to drop off or pick up much-needed pantry items. Holly Schneider said the Community Table began as a ...

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UNION, NJ – About 50 volunteers were on hand Saturday morning to help distribute about 570 boxes of fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, wraps and desserts – enough food for a family of four for a week -- via a drive-thru pantry at Jefferson School. The food items were purchased from monetary ...

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UNION, NJ – A fundraiser coordinated by the Union Athletic Department raised over $1,300 for the Union Food Pantry earlier this month. Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta said she had just finished reading an article about the Union Food Pantry when a vendor asked her if she was interested in ...

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UNION, NJ - MTN's food pantry will be at Jefferson School on Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The pantry will be a drive-thru only with no contact. Patrons will drive through, keeping all windows rolled up, popping only their trunks. Volunteers will place a box of food in the trunk and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Trinitas Regional Medical Center employees were treated to gallons of coffee and dozens of fresh donuts Tuesday morning from Dunkin' Donuts owner Vik Arora.   “A lot of healthcare employees are under stress, and I feel we can bring them a little happiness with coffee and donuts,” ...

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UNION, NJ – Alyssa and Alyiah have been friends since their Battle Hill School days.  Now, Alyiah Melton, a nurse working at Trinitas, is helping those in need and Alyssa Inghilleri wanted to say thanks. Inghilleri asked her mother Patty, owner of Café Z restaurant, if they could send Melton and ...

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UNION, NJ – First responders, healthcare workers, and public works employees were treated to lunch on Monday by the Union Township Education Association (UTEA) as a thank you to those who work on the front lines to keep Union safe. “The Union Township Education Association is a huge part of our ...

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UNION, NJ – Three Union photographers teamed up with others from around the state to offer free five-minute front porch photo sessions, through the Front Steps Project created by Cara Soulia of Massachusetts.  Stephanie Steinmetz-Napholtz, Jennisse Uy, and Rosa Herrera said they partnered to ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library is working with Raphael's Life House, a resident program providing shelter and support for homeless mothers ages 18-21 and their babies, to collect donations. All donations must be new.  Items will be collected March 1 through April 4.  Donations must be ...

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UNION, NJ – Union school district staff will honor Rare Disease Day with a dress down day on Friday, Feb. 28, to support the Dup 15q Alliance.  One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Alliance. Holden Weissberg, son of Union High School Counselor Lauren Weissberg, was ...

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UNION, NJ – A Kawameeh School student, who has been in the foster care system for several years, was the inspiration behind a project for seventh-grade students at the school recently. Students and staff raised $3,200 from candy sales and teacher dress down days.  Seven hundred dollars was ...

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UNION, NJ - Livingston School students, staff and PTA members came together after school last week to help make a difference in children’s lives as they celebrate their birthday. The Livingston School PTA created the idea of the ‘birthday bags’ and accepted donations from student families, staff ...

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UNION, NJ – A  generous donation on behalf of Union High School, the result of week-long fundraising events last month, was made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the advancement of cures and prevention of pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. A check for ...

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UNION, NJ - The Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 will be hosting a Toys for Tots Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to bring children to get their photo with Santa.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 is located at 221 ...

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UNION, NJ – Students, girl scouts, a soccer team, Union police officers and firefighters, Union High School Spanish Honor Society members, Police Explorers, kids and adults came out Sunday morning for the Union Police Department’s 24th Annual ‘Santa in Blue’ toy drive sorting and wrapping ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters presented members of the Steitz family and the New Jersey Veterans Network a donation to the Anthony Steitz Scholarship Fund from the department’s “Staches for Steitz” fundraiser Wednesday at fire headquarters. The fundraiser, part of ‘No Shave November’, raised ...

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UNION, NJ - With their 7th Annual "We Care, We Share" community service project, Girl Scout Troop 40724 started the holiday season off by giving back to a Union family in need. Each year “We Care, We Share” reaches out to the Township of Union Public Schools to identify students and families in ...

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UNION, NJ – The Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church Food Pantry welcomed a donation from Union PBA Local 69 of 32 turkeys on Saturday, just in time for the holiday season. The Food Pantry is open once a month to Union residents in need.  This month special holiday meal items such as a turkey, ...

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UNION, NJ - Battle Hill School students, staff, and parents pitched in again this year to make 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the “Be The Change” organization. The sandwiches were placed in bags decorated by the students.  Each sandwich was accompanied by a water, chips, a granola ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Volunteers for Wreaths Across America will be honoring deceased United States veterans by laying wreaths on graves at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Elizabeth on Saturday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by the Union JFK Assembly Knights of Columbus and the Elizabeth Garden Club, ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union eleven-year old has already begun her philanthropic pursuit by establishing a non-profit charity to benefit children with cancer. Jaya Persaud, a sixth grader at Kawameeh Middle School, said she began the non-profit business, Bracelets for Babies, after seeing a St. Jude ...

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UNION, NJ – Once again this year, members of Union’s police department paid a very special visit to the Deron School on Thursday to help them celebrate the season and their Harvest Fest. “A lot of children from the school aren’t able to celebrate a typical Halloween because of the sights and ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union High School football player has been in a coma since last Friday night’s game against Bridgewater-Raritan. Senior Kofi Ansah was on the football field Friday, October 25, when he suffered a lacerated spleen during the away game.  Since then, Ansah has been in a medically ...

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UNION, NJ - Throughout the month of November, the Union Public Library (main branch and Vauxhall branch) will be collecting items to be donated to homeless shelters in Union County. The Library will be accepting: Gallon/2.5 storage bags Warm socks Warm ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union police officer and his family received a surprise visit Tuesday morning from actor and advocate Chazz Palminteri. Police officer Juan Vargas, his wife Anna and sons Anthony, 16, and Aiden, 8, were the recipients of a special visit and donation from the actor.  Palminteri runs ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union teenager gathered up clothes, appliances, books and toys, held a yard sale, and donated the proceeds to the treatment of and research in the battle against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Nikolette Aponte raised $100 at her yard sale and donated all ...

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UNION, NJ - Special Strides provides therapy, recreation and education in a farm setting for individuals with special needs, and the Union Police Department wants to help. "The Township of Union Police Department and its members have always supported to autism community," read a social media ...

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UNION, NJ – It was a beautiful morning for runners, walkers, and spectators for the kick off of Union’s 9th Annual Mayor’s Day 5k Race at Union High School Sunday morning. “We are excited for our ninth year,” said Union Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Masterson.  “When we started in ...

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UNION, NJ – American Shave Classic Barber welcomed members of the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Region Championship team, the Elmora Troopers, for haircuts and breakfast at their Stuyvesant Avenue shop on Saturday morning to celebrate the team’s accomplishments. Host of “Breakfast of Champions” and American ...

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