Giving Back

May 11, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The 8th annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died when a tree branch fell on her in 2002, is virtual this spring for a second year, organizers said. Last year the run began fundraising for Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With food insecurity rising because of the pandemic’s economic fallout, Westfield police, schools and community groups will again partner for an annual food drive. Officer Tiffany Kenny, who serves as a school resource officer, said last year’s food drive was a “great success,” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An ailing mother fox spotted in Westfield’s First Ward is in for a treat along with some treatment for its mange, a resident of Stanley Oval said Friday. Susana MacLean told TAPinto Westfield she found the red fox on the grounds of her home and noticed its severe mange. Sarcoptic ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — Westfield High School freshmen Ava Aronowitz, Brooke Horowitz and Emily Constable, founders of the school’s mental health awareness club, Every Mind Matters, look to make a meaningful impact in their community one cookie at a time. Coming together after a club meeting in early ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It should be a teacher students really look up to. The Optimist Club of Westfield is seeking nominations for its 23rd annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award, the school district announced. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 7, officials ...

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MANVILLE, NJ — Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline April 30, 2021.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A school-wide collection for the Westfield Food Pantry, cards for front-line healthcare workers and a patriotic tribute in recognition of the late Westfield High School principal are set to happen at Westfield High School as part of student-organized week of service. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A recent charity golf outing organized by two Westfield residents was a high scoring event for community policing and several local charities. Leprecohen LLC — the brainchild of Mark Shore and Barge Tennyson, of Westfield — recently presented checks to the Westfield Police ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s high time for Sky the cat to find a new home. The 12-pound domestic short-hair, who found herself stuck in a tree on Rahway Avenue for six days in 2020, is again seeking a home after unforeseen circumstances led her new owner to give her up, said Westfield resident Irma ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Friends of Elaine Gannon, a single Westfield mom who died earlier this month, have created a fundraiser to benefit her three children. Gannon died on March 7 at age 45 just four months after she was diagnosed with colon cancer, her friend Sascha Field told TAPinto ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While the pandemic has made things challenging for most clubs at Westfield High School, the Community Service Club has managed to thrive despite the unusual circumstances, helping the local community through a myriad of virtual events. The Community Service Club is an integral ...

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More registration clinics will be held in Westfield Tuesdays and Fridays in March. WESTFIELD, NJ — Volunteers are conducting in-person outreach in an effort to help vulnerable populations, who might not otherwise have the means to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, register for the life-saving ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mother of a 12-year-old boy severely bruised when a driver hit him while he was crossing in the Fourth Ward is warning the public about a potentially dangerous intersection. Danielle Corso’s son, Vincent, was crossing in the crosswalk at West Broad Street and South Avenue ...

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MANVILLE, NJ — Independence for Veterans, Inc. is the recipient of a $500 donation from the Valairco Cares program. Kevin McHugh, owner of Valairco Heating and Cooling, and company's founder Richard Valenti recently presented a check to Stacia McDonough and volunteers from Independence for Veterans ...

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Updated 3/1 with additional information about donating. WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Women’s History month, the Westfield High School Treat People With Kindness Club is holding a drive to collect necessary items for women in need. Run by the club’s two-year president, senior Alexa Cassiba, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Neighborhood Council is celebrating the life of a pivotal figure who bettered the lives of many families through his work at the center. Ronald Grant, the first executive director of the Westfield Neighborhood Council, died in November. He was 77. As the executive ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Jordan Mirrione is strong — world record-breaking strong. There was cause for celebration when the Westfield High School freshman broke his father’s record for the most jump squats in one minute, 87, on Sunday in Manhattan. His dad’s record stood for a mere seven months. “I ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Taylor Addis, a junior at Westfield High School, has found a way to leverage her generation’s ease with technology to help get senior citizens vaccinated. Working with her aunt, Michelle Cisneros of Mountainside, Addis has created Gen2Gen Helpers, a group of volunteers that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic has created educational challenges, but one neighborhood group is doing its best to ensure that students receive the help they need. The Westfield Neighborhood Council’s tutoring program has been helping students in person for years, but much like the rest of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Foundation remains committed to its goal of providing financial support to nonprofit organizations, many of which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The foundation, which offers grants to nonprofits based in Westfield and surrounding areas, has been ...

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CLARK, NJ — Timothy Digney visited the Clark Commons for lunch on Dec. 19.  By the time he left, the Westfield man had glimpse of the past thanks to a bag full of paperwork from a bygone era. Digney said he found a sealed plastic bag on the ground that appeared to have been pushed aside by a ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield High School graduate is using his artwork to honor late Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson. Adam Wachtel, who graduated last year, painted the mural near the elevator at the high school to as a reminder of the values Nelson stood for. The mural prominently ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town resident Rob Naulty is in need of a live liver donor. “Some of you may know that I have liver disease. Over time, my liver disease has gotten worse causing my liver not to work well enough to keep me alive,” Naulty writes in a letter, shared with TAPinto Westfield by his ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The words written on the rocks carefully placed throughout Westfield vary, but the messages all have one thing in common: They are all positive. Layla Halterman, 20, of Westfield, has put uplifting messages on about 100 rocks and placed them around her hometown in a project she ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Thanks to the Westfield community, Stop & Shop was able to donate 600 bags of non-perishables and toiletries to a local food pantry, organizers said. Due supply chain issues brought by the pandemic, Stop & Shop had modified its annual effort and sold $10 bags of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield resident has launched a nonprofit that provides mentoring and support to students who are the first in their families to attend college. Audrey Fisch, an English professor at New Jersey City University, posits that the non-academic obstacles to student success — which ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — During the pandemic’s first wave, elaborate balloon messages of hope popped up around the town. A couple’s cruise wedding got canceled due to COVID, but the owners of the James Ward mansion stepped in to provide a venue for them. Donations in support of local businesses ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Foundation Executive Director Betsy B. Chance is retiring after 26 years. Chance reflected on her time with the foundation, which makes community grants to nonprofit organizations in Westfield and the surrounding area. “It’s very gratifying to be able to do this kind ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The annual Westfield High School Music Christmas Tree Pick-up is happening again this season, organizers said. Westfield residents can support the Westfield High School Choral and Band Departments by signing up to have their Christmas trees collected on Jan. 4, organizers said.

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