Giving Back

Shillelagh Club in West Orange Hosts Seventh Annual St. Baldrick's Event

 Shaved Shillelaghs Kevin Kinney (left) Scott Harrington (middle) Christopher Mott (right).  Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
JT of JT's in Verona shaves Christopher Mott. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
John Scheid , #3 earner for the day, beginning the shaving process. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Kevin Kinney, organizer and emcee, with a young "shavee". Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Scott Harrington up next on the shaving platform. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Irish Dancing talent from DeNogala School of Irish Dance in Verona. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Face painting was available for the multitude of kids at the event. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe

 WEST ORANGE, NJ - On September 21, the Shillelagh club on Prospect Ave in West Orange hosted their Seventh Annual St. Baldrick's event featuring six bands playing for a charity for children’s cancer research.  The bands included new faces like The Poor Man’s Opera and Brass Illusion Band. Others were returning favorites, including Eamonn Ryan and Paddy and the Pale Boys.  

Tents were set up on the grounds.  One tent was set up for donations and information.  For $5 attendees could eat, and for $20 draft beer was added.   Food  included pizza, hot dogs, pasta, mussels, chips & salsa, and several kegs were in place.  The food and beer were donated. A tricky tray was set up to raise money with gifts donated from all over Essex county, including dinners at local restaurants, spa trips, DVD packs and gift certificates, as well as a 50-50 raffle.

To date, the Shillelagh organization has donated over $500,000 to St. Baldricks, with this years’ total standing at roughly $50,000. Donations are used to fund research attempts to cure childhood cancers and the clinical trials that are needed to ensure the safety and success of new medicines.  For information regarding use of donations and to donate towards the Shillelagh Club's goal of $100,000, go to .

A most popular component of the St. Baldrick's event is head shaving to raise money to aid research to find a cure for childhood cancer, and over 50 heads were shaved.  Thirteen men of the 50 that volunteered to shave their heads raised over $1,000 individually, including John Scheid, Michael Cito and Kevin Kinney.  This was Kinney’s eighth time shaving with St. Baldrick’s and is responsible for organizing this event for the seventh year running. Kinney shares his motivation for his involvement with this charity, ‘I've been very blessed with 2 healthy children and it's just my way of giving something back to help others that aren't so fortunate. We have also been fortunate to see a few young local children who had cancer, conquer it. It warms my heart to see them come back year after year.’ 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education


Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline


Tue, May 29, 6:30 PM

Council Chambers, West Orange

Township Council Meeting

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

We are all in amazement of the dedication and talent of our young West Orange athletes. One of the goals of our youth sports programs is to develop our players so they are ready for high school and are prepared for success at that next level of play. Throughout the course of the year we will be featuring some of our talented young athletes and coaches. This week we have the perspective of ...

West Orange On Three!

The spring season is in full swing, and we are excited to debut this new column focusing on all things youth sports!  We thought we would kick things off with an overview of the programs West Orange has to offer, and then go behind the scenes to see what makes youth sports tick.

West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

May 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...