Giving Back

Press Releases

CASA Hosts Holiday Mix & Mingle

b437c8e5bb36c2a20330_171a2cf7db619d152d4f_CASA_Mix_Mingle.JPG
Among the CASA volunteer advocates gathered to connect and celebrate the holidays together were, from left, Westfield’s Phyllis Dunlop and Terry Gould, and Springfield’s Isabella Blumberg. Credits: CASA
b437c8e5bb36c2a20330_171a2cf7db619d152d4f_CASA_Mix_Mingle.JPG

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County recently kicked off the holiday season for its more than 160 CASA volunteers invited to gather with staff and board members for a Mix and Mingle at Rosie’s Wine Bar in Garwood.

CASA volunteers are community members who train to become advocates for Union County’s abused, neglected and abandoned children placed in foster care and report to the court on their wellbeing. From myriad wines to tasty small plates, those who mixed and mingled had plenty to enjoy — including the chance at door prizes. As the numbers were called, folks scrambled to check their tickets and cheered for those who won. Among the advocates celebrating were, from left, Phyllis Dunlop and Terry Gould of Westfield and Isabella Blumberg of Springfield.

Said Executive Director Marla Higginbotham, “What a fabulous evening — so many of our volunteer advocates came to catch up with training classmates, share about their lives and their CASA cases and simply enjoy an evening to celebrate during the holidays. And that night out is precisely what we wanted give them, especially after all they do to ensure the foster children they advocate for have as much normalcy as possible despite the chaos and loss surrounding them.”

Sign Up for E-News

There are nearly 600 Union County children in foster care right now and CASA of Union County serves approximately half. Its goal is to provide an advocate for every foster child that needs one. To do that, more community volunteers are needed and encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about how to step up for a child.

Most CASA volunteers have no prior knowledge of the foster system and varied backgrounds. For example, a recent graduating class ranged from age 21 to 81 and were parents and non-parents, retirees, students, business professionals, a teacher, nurse, attorney, professor and homemakers. CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears for Family Court judges and have access to the child and all parties in the child’s life.

For details on upcoming information sessions as well as trainings in the new year, contact Courtney at cgreen@casaofunioncounty.org or (908) 293-8136; visit www.casaofunioncounty.org for more information.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Fanwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Mobile Meals of Westfield

April 22, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ  — At the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 16, Mayor Colleen Mahr read a resolution acknowledging Mobile Meals' 50th anniversary and presented it to volunteers Nancy Otchy and Josephine Walsh.

Mobile Meals, based in Westfield, delivers meals to thousands of area residents every day. The organization passed its one millionth meal delivery several ...

2018 Municipal Budget is on Collision Course with Principles of Financial Soundness & Stability

April 18, 2018

Having chaired the town council’s finance committee in the recent past, I appreciate the hard work that goes into developing a municipal budget for a town as large and dynamic as Westfield. But as I have expressed publicly and also to the mayor and my council colleagues, I do not support the adoption of Westfield’s 2018 municipal budget. Although the budget contains much that I ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, April 24, 4:00 PM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_5307a8f625870288b3e9_best_79fa8c672d731919f994_tap_building

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Westfield Municipal Building, Westfield

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Government

Tue, April 24, 7:30 PM

Westfield

Westfield Board of Education Meeting

Education

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

Imagine Leadership Council Meets

April 23, 2018

Imagine Leadership Council members gathered for breakfast and strategizing at Imagine Wednesday morning, April 18.

“We are so grateful for this stellar and caring leadership team,” said Mary Robinson, Imagine Executive Director. “They all serve as wonderful Ambassadors for Imagine under the leadership of Mayor Paul Mirabelli of Mountainside who Chairs the ...

18 Homes Sold April 15 to April 22, 2018, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Cranford, Fanwood & Mountainside

Eighteen homes sold the week of April 15 to April 22, 2018, in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Cranford and Westfield:*

TOWN   ADDRESS                            ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

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

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 ...

Edison Students Participate in Beta Test of Google Augmented Reality App

Students and teachers at Edison Intermediate School participated in a recent beta test of a Google application that uses augmented reality technology to explore the inner workings of plant cells, the functions and framework of the human skeletal system, and other educational subjects.

Edison Media Specialist Andrew Cusumano arranged for a Google representative to visit the school on April 9 to ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...