WEFE Raises Money for West Essex With Successful Holiday Shop

Rori Berse sells clothing to Mary and Julia Nunes, a West Essex High School sophomore from Roseland. Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - More than 300 West Essex High School families, teachers and members of the public got an early start on their holiday shopping at the West Essex Foundation for Education's (WEFE) first ever "Shop Till you Drop" Holiday Shop. The event on Oct. 29 in the high school’s cafeteria was a huge success with shoppers purchasing everything from jewelry to clothing, according to WEFE President Cari Moskowitz.

"Thanks to our generous sponsors, made up of both corporations and families, we were able to raise over $12,000," Moskowitz said. "We look forward to this event growing each year and becoming a tradition at West Essex. We are so thankful to everyone who attended, shopped and supported this event."

Rori Berse was there for the occasion. Her clothing shoppers included Julia Nunes, a sophomore from Roseland, and her mom, Mary.

From left: Rori Berse, Julia Nunes and Julia's mom, Mary  Credit: Allison Freeman 

West Essex eighth graders Maddie Galligan and Grace Irwin, both of Essex Fells, and Rachel Wojtowicz of North Caldwell, made sure to do some of their shopping at the holiday shop.

From left: Maddie Galligan, Grace Irwin, Rachel Wojtowicz  Credit: Allison Freeman 

Mariam Whalen and daughter Eva, a West Essex Middle School seventh grader from Essex Fells, sold treats at the holiday shop from Mrs. Whalen’s business “My Sweet Oven.”

Eva Whalen and her mom, Mariam Whalen  Credit: Allison Freeman 


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Rock “N” Joe Coffee Bar, Caldwell

Caldwell Coffee With a Cop

Police & Fire


Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

Concert with Stephen Fuller Quartet

Arts & Entertainment

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...