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Giving Back

July 6, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Two students from West Essex High School were among those recognized for their commitment to service and dedication to improving the lives of others locally and globally with the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Awards. Eli Boshak and Sam Prince from West Essex High ...

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ESSEX FELLS, NJ -- More than $20,000 was raised in less than 24 hours recently for an Essex Fells resident who suffered a work accident resulting in an emergency amputation of his left arm earlier this spring. Noah Rombough, a West Essex High School graduate who is now a Computer Science major ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ – Brian Gallagher, commander of Fairfield’s VFW Post 7925, in his address to the crowd assembled for the annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, said, “The cost of freedom isn’t monetary. It is measured by the lives lost to protect it. And its value is measured by what we do with ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- After two years of COVID restrictions, the West Essex Memorial Day Parade was back in full swing this year beginning with the traditional children’s red, white and blue bicycle march and ending with the fire trucks blasting their sirens on Monday. The grand marshal of this ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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Scenic Hill resident Thomas Seltzer was fortunate that last week’s fire didn’t spread to his home. He wants to help his neighbors and set up a GoFundMe page several days ago to help the 16 families who have been displaced by the fire. Seltzer described the aftermath of the terrible fire, “On ...

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CALDWELL, NJ -- At a meeting last month, the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex donated a mechanical CPR device designed to deliver continuous chest compressions to a patient in a state of acute cardiac arrest to the West Essex First Aid Squad.  The machine will assist first responders in ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- The National English Honor Society hosted its annual Spring Showcase on March 30. It featured students' spoken word, poetry and musical performances. This event is one of the main fundraising opportunities for the charity of the students' choice. This year, the NEHS ...

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CALDWELL, NJ -- The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex held its 10th annual Beefsteak and Tricky Tray last weekend.  Approximately 200 guests attended the event. Local business and club members donated more than 130 prizes, which were raffled off to the attendees. The event raised enough to ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Members of the Fairfield Police honor guard on Friday assisted in the funeral services for Warren Schlapfer, who passed away at age 98. Schlapfer served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Philippine Islands in World War II. He was a founding member of the Fairfield VFW Post ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- “The house cannot last much longer in its current state. A few more years of deterioration and it will be lost forever,” said Michael Middleton, an historic preservation architect and Fairfield resident, speaking about the historic Peter Van Ness House located at 236 Little Falls ...

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WAYNE, NJ - A 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney. Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do anything to ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- Cedar Grove resident Dominic Tafuri, a lieutenant at the Essex County Department of Corrections, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 of an aggressive Lymphoma cancer in December and will be getting chemo treatments over the next several months. A father of three, Tafuri, a ...

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VERONA, NJ -- Two weeks ago, 14-year-old Daria Gebbia, a freshman cheerleader at Verona High School, was preparing for a cheer competition in Atlantic City. Her plans changed when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, but the community is making sure she doesn't battle it alone. Jim Katsios, a ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- The Rocky Marciano Lodge 3000 of Sons and Daughters of Italy presented two local organizations with a total of $6,500 from their inaugural casino night fundraiser.  On Tuesday night at Fairfield’s VFW Post 7925, the lodge presented Dave Black, captain of the West Essex First Aid ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Despite scoring in double digits in only one quarter, the Caldwell boys basketball team won for the eighth time this season, defeating Livingston, 33-22, on Thursday. Rocco Checchetto scored 17 points for the Chiefs (8-1), who outscored Livingston, 13-6, in the third quarter ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ – Fairfield VFW Commander Brian Gallagher, along with other VFW Post 7925 members, presented a check for $713 to Father Robert Lamirez, St. Thomas More (STM) Parochial Vicar, and Meg Balter, chairperson of STM public discipleship ministry on Wednesday night. The money was raised at ...

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An annual “Journey of Hope” fundraiser for Birth Haven, a shelter for homeless preg nant women and their babies, suffered a major setback when approximately 3,500 so licitations dropped off for mailing to past donors somehow went missing.   As Co-chairman of the Board, John Ursin, explained, ...

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CALDWELL, NJ -- Sean Payne from Boy Scout Troop 6 in Caldwell recently became an Eagle Scout.  For his project, Payne updated the horseshoe pit, shuffleboard court and bocce pit, pruned trees and conducted general clean up maintenance in Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in Caldwell/Essex ...

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Over the last 4 weeks, Birth Haven’s 2021 Journey of Hope Holiday Drive brought in much-needed donations for homeless expecting mothers and their babies.   Birth Haven, a shelter for Homeless Pregnant Woman and their Babies, invited former  residents to send in their own video messages recalling ...

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NEWTON, NJ - Birth Haven is a shelter for Homeless, Pregnant Women and their Babies located in Newton, NJ. It is a privately run, non-profit organization providing shelter, support and education for their residents. Historically, Birth Haven has had a large scale holiday fundraising gala. For ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Sons & Daughters Of Italy is holding a drive-up and drop off food collection to benefit the St. Thomas More food pantry. The food collection will be held Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm at St. Thomas Church, 12 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield.  President of Sons & Daughters ...

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CALDWELL, NJ -- The Grover Cleveland Middle School Student Council recently sold pink and navy blue shirts and sweatshirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The Student Council raised $640 to donate to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. Students pictured are Student Council Vice-President ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Another 106 memorial bricks were unveiled at Saturday’s Veterans Day celebration at the Fairfield VFW Post 7925. The original Freedom Walk was unveiled on Memorial Day containing nearly 200 bricks. It was such a success that the post re-opened the fundraiser because people were ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Students from both Churchill and Stevenson schools made donations toward the Fairfield Community Garden's Saint Thomas More food drive. The Churchill School students also contributed to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox holiday drive. Pictured with Fairfield ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ -- The Fairfield Golden Agers held their November meeting on Veterans Day, November 11 at the Fairfield Recreation Complex. Veterans, both living and deceased, were remembered on this historic day. All 70 members attending received a poppy, along with the Poem “In Flanders ...

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Here are some messages from communites in West Essex on Veterans Day: North Caldwell: Council President Frank Astorino, along with Councilman Anthony Floria-Callori and Councilman Ken Tilton, extended gratitude to the millions of U.S. Veterans, including our own Councilman Robert Kessler, for ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Nancy Lopez, Sally Little and Mary Mills, three pioneers of the Ladies' Professional Golf Association (LPGA), presented a commemorative “Thank You Healthcare Heroes” poster to Richard Davis, president and chief executive officer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Bruce ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Temple Sholom of West Essex celebrated the Jewish high holiday of Sukkot this year by inviting members to sign messages of thanks and hope, and to give a donation to local first responders. After the holiday, the Temple presented four pages of written greetings and a monetary ...

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — On the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers, Fairfield remembers their own, John Patrick Salamone, and all those who died that day. Council President William Galese addressed the crowd, saying, “The fact that we are here 20 years after shows our commitment to never ...

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