Giving Back

June 9, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former Wayne Hills High School and NFL tight end, Greg Olsen had successful heart transplant surgery this weekend and the Olsen family is feeling grateful. TJ’s congenital heart defect was detected before he was born. He suffered from hypoplastic left ...

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WAYNE, NJ — The Greater Wayne chapter of the American Association of University Women has chosen two deserving women to receive $2,500 in scholarships to help their continuing education. “This year we received 17 applications from qualified, motivated women who were each making sacrifices to ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Caroline is this week's Save The Animals Rescue Team (START) Pets of the Week. She is looking forward to finding her forever home. Caroline likes staring out the window and dislikes the warlock’s curse that transformed her into a black cat! Caroline thinks that some ...

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WAYNE, NJ – All along the parade route on Valley Road, were former soldiers and sailors easily identifiable by their caps which indicated what divisions they served. Before the parade began, TAPinto spoke with a number of these veterans and asked them what Memorial Day meant to them. Charles ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township is participating in a joint humanitarian effort to provide personal care and other basic items to the 108 individuals recently impacted by activities at the BAPS Temple. On May 11, federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple to ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching implications to so many aspects of life. One way that all residents of Wayne have been or may be negatively impacted is the shortage of new volunteers for the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad (FAS). During this past Wayne Town ...

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CARTERET and RAHWAY, NJ — Sometimes a story is more than just a story. And sometimes a request from a neighbor involves just a bit more than asking for that old clichéd cup of sugar. Occasionally, too, it happens that one encounters such acts of goodness and charity and decency and love, albeit ...

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WAYNE, NJ – If you've ever wondered what life is like for the volunteer members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad, here is an example of the calls the squad received over a 48-hour period. First Aid Commissioner, Bob Coe always provides a monthly report to the Wayne Township Council during ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The Old Preakness School #2, listed as a historic site on the township website, is home to the Wayne Counseling and Family Services Center. The inside of this building was desperately in need of minor repairs, painting and a complete refresh. The lot surrounding the building needed it ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. — Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, gives a substantial “Thank You” to the persons who donated 402 second-hand bikes, which will be used by needy persons in rural communities of African countries.   The parking lot of Faith, on Saturday, May 8, ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Mayor Chris Vergano read aloud an official proclamation naming the Week of May 16 – May 22 as Emergency Medical Service Week during the past Town Council meeting. The honorific this year was even more meaningful as Wayne’s all-volunteer Memorial First Aid Squad had to perform their ...

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can ...

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MARLTON, NJ — A Burlington County man and his family are asking for the public’s help to save his life. Mark Klayman, who lives in Marlton, is in desperate need to find a kidney donor – and time is literally running out. Mark, who was diagnosed in 2009 with kidney cancer, has Stage 4 Kidney ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Dr. Joe Manfredi has recently opened his second dental office in Wayne Township, called Artista Dental Studios. He brings with him, his community and patient-driven philosophy and has decided to provide free services to the volunteers at Wayne’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic. To date, the ...

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WAYNE, NJ — For more than a year, during a global pandemic, the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry has been helping food-insecure families and individuals living right here in Wayne, NJ. The economic downturn due to mitigation efforts has left its toll on many local residents and the WIN Food ...

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin providing nationwide financial assistance for funeral expenses, in an amount up to $9,000 per funeral, for deaths related to the coronavirus to help ease some financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Getting an appointment for a vaccine has been described as a full-time job.  It is not an easy task and takes determination and the ability to navigate multiple websites.  This month millions more people will be added to the list of those eligible to make vaccine appointments, so the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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WAYNE, NJ – There is a new strip mall on Hamburg Turnpike with Trader Joe’s as the anchor store.  Within the mall are several new businesses starting up in the midst of a global pandemic.  The timing makes for a very rocky start, but one new store believes that giving is the best way to succeed in ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Lionshead Lake is one of Wayne’s treasures but for a time, it fell into disrepair. The lake, without treatment became unswimmable and the beach became overgrown.  One man was instrumental in re-organizing the residents around the lake, leading the charge to clean it up and make the lake ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Each year Wayne Township honors local veterans by placing Hometown Heroes banners along the local roadways.  Applications are now being accepted for 2021. If you know a local veteran who has served the United States Armed Forces past or present, you can nominate them for a Hometown ...

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WAYNE, NJ – This year’s Christmas is different. For many that means not traveling, or less family gathering at your home, or not visiting friends. But for seniors living in long-term care facilities, this may be the loneliest Christmas of their long lives. With the onset of the second wave of ...

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WAYNE, NJ – This Christmas, 8-year-old Adam Gora received a special present from the Wayne Police Benevolent Association. They presented him with a custom-decorated bike as a way of recognizing a selfless act. Gora and his neighbor, retired Wayne Police Sergeant, Mel Palicia, have a “special ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Amid one of the greatest periods of need in U.S. history, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation announced Monday that they are donating $1.5 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and Long Island that support those hit the hardest by the pandemic.      The impromptu holiday donations will help ...

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WAYNE, NJ – On Sunday morning, Twenty-three Wayne children were treated to holiday shopping sprees at the Target in Riverdale for the annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ program sponsored by Pristine Auto Spa in Wayne and the Wayne Police Benevolent Association. These children are a part of twelve families ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Annika Aristimuno and Layla Hurwitz, both juniors at Montclair High School, have found a unique way to occupy their time while in quarantine. They started an organization, Letters for Rose, to help combat loneliness of the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The duo collect ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry has received some much-needed support during this holiday season.  As usual, Wayne residents do as they always do this time of year, donating food to help make the holidays season special for people who are food challenged. Businesses and ...

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WAYNE, NJ – With the second wave of the coronavirus upon us, virtual events instead of actual ones are all the rage.  For non-profits who rely on fundraisers to keep their programs running, creativity is the key to survival and Passaic County CASA is never short on creativity and Wayne never seems ...

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WAYNE, NJ – “It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the guns stopped,” said Wayne American Legion Post 174 Adjutant, Mike Smith. He was speaking about November 11, 1918, the last day of World War I. “It was a moment to be celebrated when the largest and deadliest ...

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