Giving Back

June 21, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In addition to bringing together a panel of local mayors to discuss the many challenges facing their municipalities, the Inter-Chamber Coordinating Council (ICCC) of Essex County also recently honored Essex County icon Louis LaSalle with a Lifetime Achievement award upon his ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove chapter of UNICO presented scholarships to three recipents at its annual awards dinner last week. Mike DeFrancisci received the Maione Scholarship, named after former Chapter President Joe Maione and his wife, the late Grace Maione. Abby Fennele was awarded ...

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CARLSTADT, NJ — Police officers from Cedar Grove and Verona took part in the inaugural PAPD indoor 5V5 Soccer Tournament at SOFIVE Meadowlands in Carlstadt.  Sixteen law enforcement teams from New Jersey and New York played soccer to raise funds for the Port Authority PBA Widows and Children’s ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove High School boys and girls lacrosse teams have challenged each other to a marathon run to raise money for the program and for charity. The challenge will take place on April 17 at 8 a.m. at the high school track. Each team will run a total of 13 miles with ...

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VERONA, NJ — The service of the 270,000 Americans engaged in AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs annually was recognized earlier this month during AmeriCorps Week 2021 (March 7-13). Among those citizens helping their communities in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is Grace ...

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DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Longtime Wayne resident Harry Stricker needs a kidney. After a battle with kidney cancer 15 years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only chance.  According to the kidneyfund.org, “Nearly ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DiPauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A ...

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NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents. Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it,” said the mother of 8-year-old Nicholas Storms of Cedar Grove, concerning her son’s battle with cancer.  After a long year of hardship, Nicholas’ parents, Brian and Jaclyn, are happy to announce that Nicholas ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, West Orange resident Charlotte Wescott has sewn more than 2,600 face masks. The masks Wescott makes provide protection to nursing home residents, foster children and Native Americans across the United States, as well as home health ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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VERONA, NJ — The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is inviting all local children to write their letters to Santa. All letters must be mailed to: Santa Claus The North Pole c/o P.O. Box 91 Verona, NJ 07044 Letters will be accepted through Saturday, Dec. 12. Parents are reminded to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Cedar Grove Chapter of UNICO National this week presented a donation of $2,000 to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair. Chapter President Will LaRusso, executive vice-president Steve DeStefano, secretary Cheri DiPrenda and treasurer Amy Tufaro presented the check to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — After the Bahamas were ravaged by Hurricane Dorian last year, Caylee Matejicka, then a second-grader at South End Elementary School, was inspired to take action to assist students on the Caribbean islands. Upon learning of the damage the hurricane caused, Caylee organized a ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Two brothers from Cedar Grove, Matthew and Michael, will be collecting new pajamas for pediatric patients that are in the hospital for extended stays.  The boys have collected and donated hundreds of new pajamas in the past four years to local hospitals in memory of Christopher ...

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VERONA, NJ — The Verona Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Wednesday morning on the steps of Town Hall, 600 Bloomfield Ave. at 11 a.m.  The event will be recorded and also live-streamed on Facebook. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside and closed to the public. Verona Mayor Jack ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, November 12, in Essex County Weequahic Park in Newark will he held to help families negatively impacted by the pandemic. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families facing food insecurity ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Den 4 of the Cedar Grove Cub Scouts will be hosting a trick-or-treat themed food collection event on Halloween morning for the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Verona.   http://holyspiritverona.org/food-pantry The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ...

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VERONA, NJ — The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona will kick-off this year’s Verona Fights Hunger Week on Sunday, Oct. 11. The townwide food drive will run through Saturday, Oct. 17..  Verona Fights Hunger Week is a townwide supersized food drive that brings together local businesses, civic groups, ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Real Panthers Wear Pink Walk to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Panther Field. All proceeds collected will be donated to Minette’s Angels (minettesangels.org). Founded in 2004, Minette's Angels is a non-profit breast ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump. In an essay ...

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VERONA, NJ — The township of Verona will hold a ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Friday morning. The ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Civic Center Monuments at Town Hall at 600 Bloomfield Ave. Masks will be required and attendees are ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Beginning on Labor Day, Cedar Grove Town Hall was illuminated in blue to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Continuing through the month of September, the township will commemorate those lost on 9/11, and is encouraging residents to do the same with its Light ...

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VERONA, NJ — Like many other activities and events in 2020, the Verona Labor Day 5K will be going virtual this weekend. The 38th annual Verona Labor Day Classic can be run any time between 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. All the proceeds from this event go to support local ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Cedar Grove residents Joe and Giselle Mongiello are asking for support for the third annual NICUSTRONG Walk on Sept. 13. Last year's walk was at Van Saun Park in Paramus, but, because of government-imposed crowd restrictions due to COVID-19, this year's walk will be held ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Prior to last April, the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad provided free uninterrupted emergency medical services to the residents of Cedar Grove for more than 80 years.  The sudden onset of COVID-19 forced CGARS to close its doors, but, according to CGARS member Mark ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Eagle Rock Reservation will be closed for five hours on the morning of Sept. 11, when Essex County will hold a 19th anniversary memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. This year’s ceremony will be held remotely and live-streamed on the Essex County website and social ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, August 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to ...

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Essex County, NJ — The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event  will be on Thursday, July 16 in Essex County Weequahic Park in Newark to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been ...

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