Giving Back

Run/Walk For Nikhil Raises $45,000 for Nikhil Badlani Foundation

b4f17a1e3b59346da600_DSCF3849.JPG
The race is on. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
bf3b47d8bc9d9bd23325_DSCF3821.JPG
Mayor Rob Parisi shows off the Nikhil Tee Shirt. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
ad13478a9fdfe0206367_DSCF3824.JPG
Nikhil's Boy Scout Troop leads participants in the Pledge of Allegiance. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
e39378632adaa66870c5_DSCF3827.JPG
WOHS Principal Hayden Moore and Athletic Director Ron Bligh. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
70ad51da9004dae60e48_DSCF3834.JPG
Anay Badlani (with Marci Selsberg) leads the crowd in the Distracted Driver's Pledge. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
cf493a33c201a6ddd4df_DSCF3844.JPG
Sunil Badlani, Gabe Hurley, and Sangeeta Badlani. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
b9a82e36b67c666ceeec_DSCF3833.JPG
NJ Transportation Commission James Simpson and Mayor Parisi. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
67ba74dec5981d59e532_DSCF3852.JPG
NJ Drive Safer Skid Car. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
3c7d6002adbaf1a8dcbe_DSCF3822.JPG
Kiddie Obstacle Course. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
8a57273dc4a341b1f08d_DSCF3851.JPG
These individuals passed away and donated their organs to save others. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
b4f17a1e3b59346da600_DSCF3849.JPG

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Nikhil Badlani Foundation held its third annual Walk/Run for Nikhil at West Orange High School on a cool, sunny Sunday morning. More than 600 participants registered and raised nearly $45,000 for the foundation and its efforts to provide education about traffic safety awareness, music scholarships and music lessons for West Orange students.  

The environment was positive and upbeat as emcee Marci Selsberg made announcements and kept the crowd apprised of information.  Various organizations were present to provide information.  In addition, Drive Safer was present to provide kids the opportunity to ride their kiddie cars and show their "Skid Car" in action.  The Skid Car is available around the area to help drivers, especially younger drivers aged 15-24, by allowing them to experience skidding and panic scenarios while driving.

“Drive Safer is proud to be a part of the 3rd Annual Stop for Nikhil event,” says Jason Friedman, chief executive officer of Drive Safer. “Traffic safety awareness is so important, and tragedies such as what happened to Nikhil can only be avoided through awareness and knowledge. We will continue to do whatever we can to help save lives.”

Sign Up for E-News

The ceremony began around 9 a.m. as Nikhil Badlani's Boy Scout Troop led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Nikhil would have been a freshman at WOHS this year, and Principal Hayden Moore and Athletic Director Ron Bligh were in attendance to honor Nikhil's memory.

Nikhil's brother Anay led the participants in a Pledge against distracted driving, and Sunil and Sangeeta Badlani, Nikhil's parents, welcomed everyone and updated the crowd on the Foundation's activities over the past year. They then presented the Nikhil Badlani Foundation's Inspirational Award to Gabe Hurley, a young man whose life was forever changed by a distracted driver. 

The Badlanis introduced Mayor Parisi, who welcomed Commissioner for the NJ State Department of Transportation James Simpson.  Simpson noted that "50 percent of commuters text while driving" and that a study of accidents on the Garden State Parkway showed that all accidents over a three month period  "from Friday at 9 p.m. to Sunday at 5 a.m."  involved males between the ages of 17-28."

Simpson then cut the ribbon for the start of the race, which began and ended on the track of WOHS.

The Foundation is accepting donations untitil Oct. 31.  Go to www.stopfornikhil.org to donate and learn more about the organization.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b20a8250917845925251_mini_magick20180715-93558-18g5bx1

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

Caldwell University Alumni Theater, Caldwell

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use ...

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness

Wed, August 15, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

'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 ...