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Our House, Inc Announces 17th Annual 4 Mile Run/2 Mile Walk to Benefit Adults with Developmental Disabilities on May 21


On Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., over 300 runners and walkers are expected to join together at the Village Green in Summit, New Jersey for the 17th Annual Our House 4 Mile Race and 2 Mile Walk. This USATF sanctioned event draws sports enthusiasts and casual runners and walkers alike thanks to its unique mileage and fun, friendly atmosphere where participants raise money to support adults with developmental disabilities. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Our House Foundation which funds programs and services provided by Our House, Inc.

Thanks to community support, donations and sponsors, including Associate Sponsors CR Bard Foundation and Investors Bank, Our House hopes to reach its goal of raising $150,000 at the event. Master of Ceremonies, John Elliott of CBS News, will be on hand to emcee the event.

"I always feel inspired when I help out Our House! I feel a special connection with many of the residents and participants, since it reminds me of my late brother in law, who, in spite of a disability, lived a rich life, full of laughter and love. At each Our House event, I hear the same kind of laughter and feel the love from the amazing people that participate," said Elliott. "I also know how important it is that people with special needs receive excellent care and ongoing social, educational and employment opportunities. The committed Our House staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that all individuals can live life to their full potential by providing them with ongoing support and chances to learn and grow."

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In addition to the USATF certified races, the 13th Annual ‘Everyone’s A Winner Race’ will be held. This is a free event for the special needs community. Our House residents and program participants, as well as any other attendee with special needs who wishes to participate may join in the fun. This feel good race kicks off at 10:45am and is a highlight of the day with medals presented to all of the participants by Mr. Elliott.

The 4 mile and 2 mile race courses travel through the beautiful rolling hills and flat terrain of gorgeous residential and downtown Summit, New Jersey. In addition to race activities, arts and crafts, face painting, complimentary food and a DJ will be on hand to add to the festivities. All participants receive a race bag that includes a sleeveless tech tee and other goodies. The 4 miler kicks off at the Village Green in Summit at 10am, followed by the 2 miler at 10:15am. Awards ceremony will be held at 11:15am.

Mile clocks and water stops are located along the routes and the race is chip timed. $2000 in prize money is up for grabs and medals will be presented to the top 3 overall racers, as well as to the top 3 finishers in each 5 year age group. For more information on prize categories, please visit

Online registration is now open at until May 19 and costs $28 ($25 for USATF-NJ Members) Day of the event Registration on May 21 is $33. For more information on Our House, Inc. or the Our House Foundation, please visit

The mission of Our House Inc. is (1) to provide healthy and stimulating environments for people with developmental and other disabilities, through the provision of community residences, employment opportunities, social programs and other supports designed to help them achieve their full potential for living meaningful and productive lives; and (2) to provide affordable housing for low income individuals, consistent with IRS guidelines for low income housing programs, as a means of relieving the poor and distressed.

Our House Inc. offers programs to individuals across New Jersey in towns including: Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Maplewood, Millington, New Providence, Newark, Summit, Union, Verona, West Orange and Westfield. They are slated to open their newest residence in Livingston in summer 2016.

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NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

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

April 18, 2018

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Learning to Fly Drones at Lamberts Mill Academy

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Thanks to a very generous donation from the Columbia Bank Foundation the students at Lamberts Mill Academy are learning how to build, program and fly drones. This innovative program will ensure that students gain skills needed for 21st Century employment. 


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On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

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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.

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‘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 ...