Giving Back

December 15, 2018

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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UNION, NJ – Giving back to the community and those in need took center stage on Saturday when the MTN Organization’s Pop-Up Pantry visited Vauxhall. MTN Organization founders Yvette and Reggie Anderson have been helping others since 2010.  “This really started out as my wife’s mission,” said ...

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UNION, NJ – A 34-year old Union resident was crowned the winner of the 6th Annual Union’s Got Talent competition Saturday night at Union High School. Sixteen competitors vied for the top spot, but Jinky Abalos took home the prize singing “Two Less Lonely People”. “This is my first competition ...

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UNION, NJ - The Rotary Club of Union was on hand at the Welcome Fall Festival on Stuyvesant Avenue Saturday and sold raffle tickets for chances to win a Samsung Chromebook or Samsung Tablet with the proceeds to benefit the Union Public Library and its quest to purchase a new scanner/printer. The ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center held a dedication ceremony and tour of the opening of its new high-tech Breast Center, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center on Monday evening. The 3.4 million Breast Center will provide the latest in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for women, ...

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UNION, NJ – The Hispanic Organization for Peoples Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) hosted a graduation ceremony for 13 students of the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes sponsored by them. “Multiple cultures worked together toward a common goal,” said H.O.P.E. Founder/President Patricia ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Elks Lodge #1583 will be hosting their 29th Annual Kustom Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 14. The event will be held at the lodge at 281 Chestnut Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The event, presented by the Union Elks Special Children's Committee, will include ...

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UNION, NJ - The Golden Rule Craftsman Club, Inc. of Vauxhall presents its annual scholarship dinner dance honoring Worshipful Brother Christopher Bruton. The event will be held on Friday, October 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Pantagis Renaissance, 250 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains.  There ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Staff, and residents of the Atria Senior Living Center in Cranford made a special road trip to the Radiation Oncology Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center on September 6. The visit had a purpose, to deliver 27 handcrafted heart pillows to be donated to patients undergoing ...

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UNION, NJ – Although he passed away in a tragic Garden State Parkway accident in 2004 at the age of 24, Douglas Michael Krueger lives on through fundraisers and donations in his honor to the cultural and performing arts. The Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund, Inc. has donated thousands of ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Some Union County chapters of Girls on the Run (GOTR), an afterschool program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences, are currently seeking volunteer coaches to help their young participants ...

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UNION, NJ – The Golden Rule Lodge #24, along with Atlantic Health System and the Vauxhall Civic Association hosted a community event, “A Boardwalk to Better Health” on Saturday afternoon in Rabkin Park. “Service to others is the rent you pay here on earth,” said Chris Bruton, Golden Rule Lodge ...

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UNION, NJ – A Friday night “School Daze” event was held at the Golden Rule Lodge by Golden Rule Chapter #50, where members and friends helped raise funds for backpacks and school supplies for community children. Worthy Matron Sharon Day said last year the lodge filled and donated 200 backpacks.  ...

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UNION, NJ - While parents and children are in the final weeks of summer break, school teachers are preparing lesson plans and classrooms for the upcoming school year. TAPinto Union is publishing a mini-series spotlighting Union teachers who need a little extra help in making their classroom the ...

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