Giving Back

November 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Several inches of snow and nightmare traffic around the Garden State didn’t stop local mom Tami Eagle Bowling's 3rd Annual Survive & Thrive Fundraiser from raising big bucks to help end breast cancer. Held for the first time at The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Some 14 veterans turned out at a pizza shop on South Avenue Wednesday night for a quiet dinner provided on the house. Outta Hand Pizza teamed up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 in Westfield and community members who donated to the “Pre-Pay A Meal for a Veteran” ...

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Updated: 10:07 p.m. Nov. 12 WESTFIELD, NJ – An online fundraiser has been started for the family of a 49-year-old resident who died while vacationing in the Florida Keys last Thursday. Rodney Jinkins, who had 8-year-old twin children in McKinley School, died while snorkeling just off of John ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Started 30 years ago, the Westfield High School “Booster Button Day” has since switched from distributing buttons to distributing magnets in exchange for donations. But the fundraiser for local athletics is still commonly called “Booster Button Day.” An estimated 500 local ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – About 280 people turned out for a fashion show at Lord & Taylor Thursday evening, funds raised from which will benefit local community programs, organizers said. The third annual “Small Plates for a Great Cause” featured food from 25 local eateries and had Westfield High ...

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Updated: 11:56 a.m. Oct. 30 WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Rotary Club has been honored for its contribution of 25 trees planted on Dudley Court. Mayor Shelley Brindle last week read a proclamation to honor the Rotarians for their efforts. The Rotary Club of Westfield had raised $3,500 in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A handful of serviceman were met with positive sentiment at a local diner on Sunday. The five U.S. Army personnel posed for photos with local youths and the owner of Vicki’s Diner picked up the troops' tab. “It’s so nice to be part of this community,” said resident Natalie ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With four children and a husband who coaches youth athletics, Jeannie Dillon cheered on local youth sports teams religiously on weekend mornings, her older sister said. As can happen in youth sports, parents would sometimes become overly engaged, but Dillon had a way to quell the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As important as the match was for both Westfield and Union Catholic, the cause both teams played for put the volleyball result in the back seat Saturday.  Union Catholic captured a three-set win in a likely preview of the upcoming Union County Tournament final. But the Scotch ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School will make the switch to pink from its traditional color of blue this Saturday afternoon, as the Westfield girls’ volleyball program will host its 10th annual “Pink Out” tournament in accordance with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  All ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 54-year-old single mom and longtime Union County resident didn’t think her life would get worse after her home in Westfield was foreclosed on. Then Annie Vann-Ashkenazi, a mother of four, got the call from Overlook Medical Center. “Two days after I got here, I received a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — With a grant from the Westfield-based Stad’s Crabfest Foundation, the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is offering an eight-week cancer exercise training/recovery program for six qualified individuals who are undergoing or recently underwent treatment for cancer. The ...

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Juvenile Diabetes Can Be Be A Bear WESTFIELD, NJ – A fourth-grader at Jefferson School, Jack Hamel has his blood sugar tested by the school nurse daily. Each time he eats, the 10-year-old must take insulin shots. He has type 1, or juvenile, diabetes and hopes one day there will be a cure for ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle will be one of 16 women honorees to be recognized at the YWCA Union County’s 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Westwood in Garwood. Brindle is also one of six mayors to be honored at the event, including mayors from Roselle, Union, Fanwood, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Maddie Sandford is battling a rare brain cancer doctors diagnosed her with nearly a year ago, on her 17th birthday. The diagnosis was far from an ideal birthday gift for the Westfield teenager, but with the help of the Make a Wish Foundation of the Children’s Hospital of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A late New Jersey industrialist and his wife who both lived to 100 have been recognized for their quiet community contributions. Town officials on Tuesday named a small island at the entrance to Watchung Fork after Patricia and Grover Connell, president of the Connell Co., a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mackenzi Higgins and Angela Nazzaro, members of Girl Scout Troop 40861 out of Westfield High School, presented their plan to install bat boxes in the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary to Westfield’s town council recently. The project, which will help the girls earn the Girl Scouts ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local car lovers enjoyed about 155 cars, Jeeps, trucks and motorcycles at the second annual Westfield Police Benevolent Association Car Show Saturday at the South Avenue train station parking lot.  Adults and children alike viewed a variety of vehicles and enjoyed food from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Bell-bottoms, skinny jeans, baby jeans and everything in between comprise the denim collected by local high school students with the help of an elementary school PTO in Bergen County. The Westfield High School Green Team, Kids on Block clubs and Park Ridge’s Westridge School PTO ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Glistening with sweat, Scotch Plains resident Sharon Artz finished the area YMCA’s 5K run satisfied on Sunday morning, but not because of her placement in the contest. Artz finished 308, but the knowledge that her efforts will benefit the Westfield Area YMCA’s programming for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It's not every day that young athletes and young adults and teens with special needs get the opportunity to sport designers such as Gucci and Armani, but that's just what they'll do Saturday night. Members of the Westfield Area YMCA Flyers youth track team and participants in the ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle read a proclamation recognizing the Westfield United Fund’s 80th anniversary and expressing gratefulness to the to the organization at last week’s town council meeting. Brindle called the Westfield United Fund “one of our most treasured charitable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfeld family-owned business located in Fanwood, is buying coffee for everyone who visits Manhattan Bagel in Westfield Saturday, Sept. 8. “The community has been supporting us forever, so we wanted to give back to them,” said Ron Shovlin, who owns ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In just its third year, the Westfield YMCA’s Run for Everyone 5K has become a staple on the area September running calendar, while continuing to grow the organization’s dedication to assisting young adults with special needs. This year’s race will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 16, at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Westfield resident Cara Condodina recently spearheaded a book drive at the Westfield Area YMCA to support the African Library Project, then traveled to Kenya to personally bring books to students there. An organization that aims to make an impact on the lives of African children, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Benevolent Association is organizing its second annual car show, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. at the south side of the Westfield train station parking lot* from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Last year we had a lot of cars, we had a big turn out,” said Westfeld ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza in Downtown Westfield is offering to feed veterans for free, and they’ve set up a way for others to help. The restaurant is teaming up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 to hold a get-together for veterans, according to Burim Regjaj, one of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Conservation efforts of the historical burial ground across from the Presbyterian Church of Westfield on Mountain Avenue are in the final stages.  Multi-phased fundraising efforts by the church made it possible to perform maintenance on one of Westfield’s most historically ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Green Team, the Westfield High School Green Team and the Tamaques Learning Team have teamed up this year to collect clean, undamaged used backpacks and lunch bags for kids in need, according to Councilman David Contract. There will be large collection boxes by the ...

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