Giving Back

May 10, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three staff members from Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and RWJBarnabas Health were recently honored for their outstanding service to the Livingston community when the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) teamed up with the Livingston Township Council to ...

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Dr. Gonzalo “Zal” Valez, Deputy Mayor of West Orange to former township Mayors Sam Spina and John McKeon and current Mayor Rob Parisi, passed away on April 28. Velez, born in the Philippines, held a Doctorate in Education and served as an Education Commissioner under Ronald Reagan. He later ...

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  WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and Student Council President Anya Dillard has been named “2020-21 Student Leader of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils. In addition, the Liberty Middle School and WOHS Student Councils were recognized for ...

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Michael Karu of Levine Jacobs & Co. LLC announced that the West Orange Rotary Club is piggybacking with the Rotary District to run a 50/50 raffle with many cash prizes.   The money raised by the 50/50 will be donated to college scholarships, Community Service Grants and other worthwhile ...

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West Orange resident Stacey Reese posted an open invitation on Facebook’s West Orange 411 asking people to join her in picking up debris that’s accumulated behind Eagle Rock Lanes. Reese shared, “My 3-year-old son Finn and I were taking our dogs for a nature walk around Crystal Lake and decided ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Teamsters from Local 863 surprised the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry with 11 huge pallets of donations on March 24 with items ranging from spiral hams to fruit, vegetables, diapers, and non-perishables.   In 2019, the pantry provided food for approximately 6,100 ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, March 25 at Essex County Hendricks Field Golf Course in Belleville to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Residents will receive one box of non-perishable food items. It will ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — John Tirado, a radiation therapist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, was among those honored last week by the New Jersey Devils on Healthcare Hero Night Saturday, March 13. Tirado, a veteran of the United States Navy, was designated the Hero of the Game "for his tireless ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange community is mourning the passing of long-time resident and VFW Post 376 Commander Ralph Panciello. Panciello, who died on Thursday, served the veterans of West Orange for many years after his own years serving as a veteran. Panciello's passing came on the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Senior citizens in West Orange sent a virtual “Legacy of Love” inspirational greeting to community youth ages 13-18 for Valentine's Day. In a project conceived by West Orange Senior Services Program coordinator Laura Van Dyke, seniors were asked to submit a brief statement ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Longtime Wayne resident Harry Stricker needs a kidney. After a battle with kidney cancer 15 years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only chance.  According to the kidneyfund.org, “Nearly ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School student Marley Dias has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her Netflix show "Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices." Dias is internationally known for her #1000BlackGirlsBooks movement," her own book "Marley Gets it Done," and being named as one ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Class of 2016 graduate Justice Rooney has completed the United States Army Basic Officer Leader Course and has been named a Second Lieutenant Field Artillery Officer. Rooney was a four-year cadet in the Air Force JROTC program while at the high ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DiPauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dr. Steven Arsht, a Livingston resident and orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was so overcome with emotion when he received his first COVID-19 vaccination that it led to the establishment of a new social media campaign intended to encourage others to get ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — With Livingston resident Jessica Cohen at the helm as the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) chapter’s committee chair for The Longest Day—an annual worldwide initiative that brings thousands of people together to fight Alzheimer’s and other dementias through an ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — In an effort to enhance its efforts help ease social isolation within New Jersey’s assisted Livingston and long-term care (LTC) facilities during the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) recently conducted a volunteer initiative within the ...

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NEW JERSEY -- A new program called Sustain and Serve NJ has been launched by the NJEDA that enables struggling New Jersey restaurants to prepare meals that would be distributed to nonprofit organizations to feed for needy residents. Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that helps ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Christmas in the time of a pandemic came to St. John's Roman Catholic Church in downtown Newark with quiet majesty on a gray December day, praying for hope to be born. More than 100 people lined up for a hot meal in front of the nearly 200-year-old church on Mulberry Street on ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — In the wake of the shortest day of the year, better known as the winter solstice, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) has begun preparing for The Longest Day, an annual worldwide initiative that brings thousands of people together to “fight the darkness of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation awarded West Orange High School with a $2,000 grant on Dec. 15 in recognition of their fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization. The annual event is held each year at West Orange High School to raise funds for the Nikhil Badlani ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County distribution of pantry items for those dealing with food insecurity will have special contents for the Christmas holiday. In addition to a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Hispanic Foundation, West Orange teachers and administrators, and the West Orange High School JRAFROTC helped to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of local children during a special toy giveaway at Washington Elementary School on Dec. 12. The West Orange ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Rotary Club of West Orange is selling luminary kits again this holiday season. Each kit contains 10 luminaries and the cost is $10 per kit. Many people choose to put them out on Christmas Eve, although many residents save them instead to light and display on New Year’s Eve.

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it,” said the mother of 8-year-old Nicholas Storms of Cedar Grove, concerning her son’s battle with cancer.  After a long year of hardship, Nicholas’ parents, Brian and Jaclyn, are happy to announce that Nicholas ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- West Orange first responders and the township's public schools were the recipients of assorted PPE items and school supplies recently donated by Staples of West Orange.  Store manager Naji Jones was quick to respond when Event Coordinator Kathy Cogan presented the idea and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, West Orange resident Charlotte Wescott has sewn more than 2,600 face masks. The masks Wescott makes provide protection to nursing home residents, foster children and Native Americans across the United States, as well as home health ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents may donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this month.  The drive to benefit families in need will be held from Dec. 8-31. Because of the pandemic, visitors will ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Hahn family of West Orange is in need of support after a motorcycle crash put Matt Hahn in the hospital with a spinal injury.  The accident occurred last weekend, and Hahn is currently in the critical Intensive Care Unit. According to Hahn's brother Jayson on the Go Fund Me ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey's most decorated community held a virtual Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The annual event took place at Veterans' Memorial Park in front of West Orange Town Hall without the public in attendance as in prior years. It was ...

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