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May 10, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ —Ukraine has been fighting for survival for 76 days, ever since Russia declared war and invaded the country. Local residents Lada Bidiak and Olena Kiyko haven't gone a day since without crying. Those tears, shed for friends, family, beloved towns and cities, and everyone in Ukraine, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ten Tamaques School fifth-graders are making a lasting impact on the Westfield community. For their Bronze Award project, the members of Girl Scout Troop #40360 refurbished the Tamaques Park women’s bathroom to make the experience more sanitary and enjoyable. In fall 2020, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Stack after stack and row after row of books for people of all ages will be available when the annual spring book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, returns this week after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The sale will offer a plethora of used ...

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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, 2022. Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. The most recent winner was Visions and Pathways. Bridgewater based Visions and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outstanding teaching. Interest in children. Continued pursuit of professional growth. These are the criteria that the Optimist Club of Westfield on Monday announced it will consider as it takes nominations for the 24th annual “Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Scotch Plains woman is offering a $500 reward for the return of her lost family heirloom ring. Meredith Baumbach was walking her father’s dog in the area of Monument Circle on North Avenue Thursday evening when she thinks the ring slipped off of her pinky finger. Baumbach ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Community Service Club is partnering with the Student Government Association to host Westfield High School’s fourth annual week of service. For five days this week — Monday to Friday — students will participate in a variety of service activities. This year’s main events ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sadie Trynin paints man’s best friend. The Westfield resident and eighth-grader at Red Oaks middle school in Morris County has been painting portraits of dogs searching for homes at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison as part of her eighth-grade service project. The ...

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WESTFIELD — The financially challenged Elks Centennial Lodge 400 and Centennial Temple 246 on West Broad Street is seeking the community’s support following a sewerage backup that has closed the club. The community service organization finds itself in a significant financial hole from costs ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As students streamed out of Jefferson Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, they were greeted with a large box of colored chalk and invited to draw positive messages on the sidewalk in front of the building. The initiative spearheaded by Westfield’s Human Relations Advisory ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Visions and Pathways 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 Visions and Pathways trustees Emily Benadon, Laurie Pellegrino, and ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick honored Sean Flannery, owner of Sheelen's Crossing and Sheelen's Fish Market in Fanwood, as the recipient of the William A. Boyle, Sr. Union County Irishman of the Year at its annual Irish Heritage Tribute Dinner on Thursday, Mar. 10. Flannery, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several hundred people turned out in Mindowaskin Park for a vigil Thursday in a show of support for Ukraine. People waved Ukrainian flags, bowed their heads in prayer and dropped off supplies including diapers, blankets and protein bars to be shipped to Ukraine to aid the country ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Clergy Association has planned a vigil Thursday to support Ukraine. The vigil in Westfield is among demonstrations of support of the democratic country being held across New Jersey and the nation as Ukraine fights an invasion from the Russian military. “They not ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A junior at Westfield High School recently collected more than 400 non-perishable food items to be donated to nonprofit Angela Cares in Jersey City, as a part of the continuing “Share the Warmth” project he began in 7th grade. In preparing for his bar mitzvah at Temple ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As a member of the Westfield Ultimate Frisbee team, Westfield High School senior Jakob Ayala is organizing a “Kancer Jam” fundraiser to raise money for families impacted by cancer. The first-ever event for the Ultimate team, run through the Delaware Valley Youth League, is ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A native of Ukraine’s capital living in Westfield is rallying support for his home country as it defends itself against Russian military assault. Max Ryvkin said that when he saw a picture of the democratically elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, a former boxer, armed and ready ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A group of Westfield businesses, led by organizer Peggy Rothbaum, are collecting personal items for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. “I heard about the coalition early in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rothbaum, who is a psychologist in Westfield. “I was working with ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Through the years, the couple has become known as “Mr. and Mrs. Garwood” for their volunteer efforts. But Barbara and Allan Tweedle are themselves in need of support. Barbara Tweedle, 63, has been diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer and the medical bills are mounting, Jennifer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A junior at Union County Magnet High school is sharing her love of coding with children through a new volunteer run program she has launched at the Westfield Memorial Library. Aashi Mishra, a 16-year-old from Westfield, recently led Codified’s first session where elementary ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Organizers are seeking community groups to participate in the Westfield Memorial Day Parade, which is slated to return after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 is leading the effort to honor war ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — After a successful inaugural event in December, Dress Express Boutique is presenting their second pop-up event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights located at 250 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. The boutique offers donated, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The holidays may be long over, but at A Birthday Wish giving is never out of season. A remote-control car. Wooden blocks. Arts & crafts. Those are just some of the birthday wishes the organization hopes to make come true for kids in foster care. A nonprofit founded by ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Scotch Plains native and endurance athlete James Leitner will begin running one marathon a day for 52 days, starting on June 1, to call attention to clean water issues in the U.S. His goal is to raise $100,000 for his non-profit, MissionCleanWater. Each day he will travel to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When it comes to the repeated defacing of public property in Westfield with swastikas and racial slurs, the public attention has often been on the problem. A forum in Westfield Thursday, however, sought to change the conversation by focusing on solutions to address how the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A public forum set for Thursday night will reflect on recent incidents of hate and discuss how residents can make Westfield more inclusive, organizers announced. The event by the Westfield Human Relations Advisory Commission and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield announced Monday the finalists in its 2022 essay, poetry and art contest for grades 1-8 and public service announcement contest for grades 9-12. “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield was very pleased with ...

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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 Jan. 31, 2022.  Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit. The most recent winner was Elle Foundation out of Bridgewater. Laurie and Dean ...

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Update: Due to inclement weather forecasted for Saturday, Jan. 29, the date of this event has been changed to Feb. 5. WESTFIELD, NJ — After experiencing how hard it can be to get a COVID-19 test when you need one, members of a local congregation decided to do something about it. Echo Lake ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight fourth-grade girls from Westfield have parlayed their love of beading into a fundraising enterprise called JamminBraceletz and are donating a portion of the proceeds from their personalized bracelets to Trial Blazers for Kids, a pediatric cancer organization founded in memory ...

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