Giving Back

December 26, 2019

NEW YORK, NY — Burim Regjaj has been well known for his selfless efforts in Westfield, the New Jersey town where he owns a pizzeria, and on Christmas day his kindness showed again as he ran into a burning building on the Upper East Side to help people trapped inside. Regjaj, who lives in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The dangers that police guard against are many and local officers with the help of public school students recently took on a serious one: winter’s harsh cold. The Police Department last week completed a collection of 755 coats to donate to people in need. Supporting the drive for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Live Christmas trees can be a delight, but once the holiday passes you might not want their needles falling off in your living room. Solution: The annual Westfield High School Music Christmas tree pickup. For $20, Westfield residents can register to have Westfield High School ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Over 20 years ago, James and John Ward would give away 10 to 20 turkeys to those who were in need. The effort grew and it has become a family event that continues to this day. This Thanksgiving season, the brothers and their families delivered hundreds of turkeys purchased ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is looking for a bunch of good volunteers. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that the town has opened applications for people wishing to volunteer on Westfield's boards and commissions. “Our annual call for volunteers is now open for 2020 boards, commissions and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Hitting the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales? Annette Ferrigno, owner of Kids for Kids, a Mindfulness Movement hopes you’ll put something for a child you don’t know on your shopping list. This is the third year that Ferrigno has headed up a toy drive for less ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After her recent fundraiser at The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield, a Scotch Plains mom of two has now raised more than $200,000 for metastatic breast cancer research, including $77,582 in 2019 for grants via METAvivor and Breast Cancer Alliance. Tami Eagle Bowling, who ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Stop & Shop on Elm Street has donated $4,500 to the Westfield Food Pantry through a collection from its customers, the supermarket announced. Stop & Shop raised the funds through its Food for Friends Campaign, an annual program where customers at the supermarket’s ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, recently donated $1,500 to Play for P.I.N.K to help fight breast cancer. This was the third year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — A new student center at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine honors the late Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson. Officials at the Seton Hall University facility located in Nutley and Clifton unveiled the Dr. Derrick E. Nelson Student Life Services Center on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In a 2013 commencement speech at Westfield High School the president of Marvel Studios — who had graduated from the school 22 years prior — encouraged new grads to use technology in surprising and revelatory ways. Kevin Feige has now helped to give future generations of Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Students from Holy Trinity School learned first-hand about the sacrifices made by veterans and service members during the Veterans Day ceremony at Westfield’s World War I memorial. “I think it was really great that we had the opportunity to honor our veterans who sacrificed for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Here’s something you can warm up to. The Westfield Police Department and the Westfield PBA Local 90/90A are collecting new and gently used winter coats until Monday, Dec. 9. Coats will be donated to Jersey Cares — a New Jersey nonprofit which then distributes the coats to its ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Max Marchiano completed the New York City Marathon with a time of 4:14.51 on Sunday. Running 26.2 miles at an average pace of 9:44 per mile is no small feat, but the Westfield native raced the streets for a reason greater than himself. Marchiano, a Marine Corps sergeant, raced in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 24-year-old four-time All-American wrestler from Rutgers and the 2019 college national champion in the 149-pound division inspired an audience this week at Addams Tavern. Anthony Ashnault shared thoughts on his remarkable career with members of the Westfield Rotary ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town police are caring for a 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix found at Mindowaskin Park on Friday. A Westfield resident fostered the dog — named Basitdo — over the weekend and turned him over to Westfield Police on Tuesday, police said in statement posted to Facebook. “Basitdo ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Barbara Hale, co-chair of the Westfield Hall of Fame Committee, presented the Farley Family at the Westfield Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet held last month at Ferraro’s Restaurant. Here is her introduction: “I am so pleased and honored to be presenting the Farley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A well-liked custodian at Westfield High School will be able to provide a wheelchair ramp for his daughter thanks to students’ fundraising efforts. Westfield High School junior Douglas Manning set up the GoFundMe page for Mario Arana’s 18-year-old daughter. The fundraiser netted ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Tamaques School fourth grader Luke Politi has a lofty goal — to raise $5,000 in this month’s “October Saves” hockey fundraiser, which donates money to cancer charity Lara’s League. As a goalie for the Union Thunder, Politi wanted to do what he could to offer his support. “A lot ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters and Boy Scouts are both collecting food for people in need. The Westfield Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Local 30 has started its annual Holiday Food Drive for area residents in need, the FMBA announced. Non-perishable food items will be accepted at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Got a used bike or sewing machine that you no longer need? Donate it this weekend to Pedals for Progress on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Westfield Board of Education building from 9 a.m. to noon during a drive sponsored by the Westfield Rotary Club. They’re accepting adult and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A sophomore at Westfield High School will perform in her second annual Gig For Good charity concert to support the Agape Community Kitchen in Elizabeth this weekend. Samantha Smith, 15, has volunteered at Agape with the Youth group from Presbyterian Church in Westfield. The group ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Church ran a major Food Drive Wednesday to collect for needy individuals and families in the community. Collection started at 8:30 a.m. when congregants of Temple Emanu-El attending Yom Kippur services brought bags of food with them to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Friends of a well-known Westfield High School custodian are raising monies that will go toward the purchase of a wheelchair ramp for his daughter. The GoFundMe page says custodian Mario Arana’s 18-year-old daughter, who is the oldest of three, requires the device so that she can ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A basketball tournament being organized by two local youths will benefit the National Kidney Foundation and the Plainfield Area Humane Society. Residents Jake Ben-Hayon, 13, and Ethan Selvers, 12, created the three-on-three tournament, “Hoop-It-Up For Humanity,” as a bar mitzvah ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An infantryman in the Marines, physical activity is a part of Max Marchiano’s everyday duties, but that’s not stopping him from training for an upcoming marathon. When Marchiano learned his brother would be running in the New York City Marathon, the 25-year-old Westfield man ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Climate Week has wrapped, but events that benefit the environment are continuing year-round, including with a slate of October happenings. The Westfield Green Team’s efforts to reduce the municipality’s carbon footprint have included offering incentives for local businesses to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For those seeking a vibrant, active Jewish community, the town of Westfield is a great choice. Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, founded in 1950, became the largest Reform synagogue in New Jersey while led by Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff who served as Senior Rabbi from 1966 through ...

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Look for 12-year-old Ella Katz selling bracelets for JDRF at Saturday’s WHS football game.   WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ella Katz was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) 11 years ago just after her first birthday, her parents Lynel and David began learning everything they could about the disease.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Lifelong Westfield hosted the Senior Activities Expo at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.  The free event last Friday featured over 30 local clubs and organizations offering social and enrichment activities to benefit seniors for seniors seeking social, volunteer and employment ...

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