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Former NY Giant Charles Way, Wife Tahesha join Komen North Jersey to Fight Breast Cancer; Way Joins 2017 'Pink Tie Guys' Class

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Charles Way Credits: Charles Way
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Susan G. Komen North Jersey recently announced that former New York Giants player Charles Way has committed to being a 2017 Pink Tie Guy. The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. This exclusive group of gentleman are advocates of Komen North Jersey by helping to raise funds and spread the message about the importance breast health education and breast cancer awareness. The Pink Tie Guys are leaders who can help mobilize, energize and engage people in Komen’s mission and events in their communities, companies and organizations. Tahesha Way, Charles’ spouse, has also committed to helping Komen North Jersey by supporting breast cancer survivorship programs in northern New Jersey and raising funds to find the cures for breast cancer.

Executive Director of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, Kelly Witkowski, is inspired by their dedication. “Komen North Jersey is privileged to have Charles as the newest member of the Pink Tie Guys,” Witkowski explains, “The fighting spirit that made him a champion on the field is critical to bringing us another step closer to finding the cures for breast cancer. The passion he and Tahesha bring to Komen’s mission will have an immediate impact our how we can support survivors and fund breast health education, breast cancer services, and research.”

Charles Way is a former fullback at the New York Giants from 1995-1999 and made an immediate impact on the team. As a team captain, NFL Players Association team representative, and 16-game starter during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Charles led by example. His teammates held him in high esteem for his strong work ethic, relentless style and performance consistency.

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When a knee injury sidelined Charles’ from the football field in 1999, the Giants named him their Director of Player Development. During his 14-year tenure leading player services with the Giants, Charles was instrumental in developing new programs including leadership training, professional development, and team building. Charles went on to become the Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. In this role, Charles oversaw the continued evolution and implementation of a broad array of support programs and services that are provided to all NFL teams, players and their families.

Charles left the NFL in the fall of 2016 to pursue new professional and philanthropic opportunities—including turning his focus to urban redevelopment and empowering urban communities in northern New Jersey. On both a personal and professional level, Charles has long been dedicated to giving back to his community. His personal community service involvement includes board positions for the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation, Starlight Foundation and M-CAM. In addition to serving as a spokesperson for The New York and New Jersey United Way, Charles has served as the Gates – Ferry lecturer for Centenary College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his service. He holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

Tahesha Way grew up in the Bronx, New York and is the daughter of parents who worked for the New York City Transit Authority. Tahesha earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from Brown University. While attending Brown, she served as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Vice President of the NAACP, taught religious education and was a radio announcer for WBRU-FM.

Upon graduation from Brown, Tahesha attended the University of Virginia law school. At UVA, Tahesha served as a law clerk for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, the United Steel Workers of America, and for Polygram. Also while attending UVA, Tahesha served as the Social Chair for the Black Law Students Association, acted as a Peer Advisor, was a Big Sister with Action for Better Living and a member of the Articles Review Board for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. After law school, she worked for then-Court TV providing legal research and then went on to became an associate at the general practice law firm of Steven A. Varano in Totowa and an adjunct English Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She has also taught administrative law and practice.

In July 2006, Tahesha was appointed to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was later elected that following November. In 2008, she became the Deputy Freeholder Director, and in 2009, Tahesha served as the Freeholder Director. During this time, she also served as a councilmember for The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. In January 2010, Tahesha was appointed a Judge for the State of New Jersey. Presently, she serves as special counsel for an agency within Passaic County.

Charles and Tahesha reside in Wayne, NJ with their four children.

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Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at jpopper@tapinto.net.

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Festival Continues July 18 at Echo Lake Park Featuring 5 Against 1

July 15, 2018

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday July 18, with the band 5 Against 1 taking the stage at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

The free series is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. It is held at Echo Lake Park during July and moves to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during August.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at Echo Lake Park ...

New Outlook Pioneers hosts 18th Music in the Park at Milt Campbell Field

Plainfield, NJ - On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 5PM Sponsored by: The City of Plainfield (including the Cultural & Heritage and Human Relations Commissions), Mayor Adrian Mapp and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; along with CO-SPONSORS: New Outlook Pioneers, Mr. Plainfield (Robert Graham),TD+Partners -A Community Impact Development Firm, and Re/Max Select, Sandra L.

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It's the Third of July, Chris Fritz and the Impulsives Lead Tuesday's Night Entertainment Opportunities on Long Beach Island and in Stafford

July 3, 2018

LONG BEACH ISLAND –Tuesday entertainment headlines with a free concert from 7-9 p.m. at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township.  Chris Fritz and the Impulsives are performing  Visitors are reminded to bring a beach chair, a cooler to enjoy the concert and beautiful sunset at the bay. 

Here is the list of Tuesday',s additional entertainment options in Stafford ...

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

A Guide to July 4: Fourth of July Fun Facts, a Video and Where to Find Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks Displays

WARREN, NJ -  Independence Day 2018. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson penned words based on what he learned as a student of the enlightenment.  John Locke’s writings were ...

Bedminster Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car in Mall Parking Lot

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

Somerset County Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Grace Gurisic, First Woman Freeholder

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County will fly its flags at half-staff July 12 in memory of Grace A. Gurisic, who served as the county’s first woman freeholder more than half a century ago.

Gurisic passed away June 9; she was 84. Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, from the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home in Wayne. A funeral mass will follow at St.

Somerset County Cops Take a Break for Coffee and Conversation with Residents

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The baristas at Starbucks got some help Tuesday right after the lunch crowd crush, with more than a dozen Hillsborough police officers in uniform helping to serve coffee, frappuccinos, shakes,  cappuccinos and pastries – mixed in with some earnest conversations.

Led by Police Chief Darren Powell, who spoke with customers and PBA President Chris Giraldi, who worked ...

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

July 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

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Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting.  

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal system being installed as part of the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...