Giving Back

September 26, 2019

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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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’ve got children’s books to offload and are seeking some fresh reads for your kids, you may want to visit the Westfield Memorial Library next week. The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library announced its volunteers will be accepting book donations then selling them ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For the fourth straight year, students at Westfield High School led a clothing drive for people in need, collecting more than 2,100 items over the spring and summer to be given to three local charities, according to Jane D’Alessandro, a teacher who oversaw the effort. “As in the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Competitors took to the streets Sunday for a 5K race to benefit programming for people with special needs at the Westfield Area YMCA. Jon Johnnides of Westfield crossed the finish line bare-chested and covered in sweat. Johnnides noted an increase in people running on local ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With a light show in the field at Tamaques Park, rock music playing and cheering from the sidelines, the atmosphere at the 5K race was as much celebratory as it was competitive Sunday night. “There should be a wine truck,” a woman called out while running the first Night of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Long before Victoria’s Secret came and went in downtown Westfield, there was Milady’s Shop. Its proprietor was Saul Drittel, who began his career working at a clothing manufacturer in Elizabeth. Drittel was born in Roselle, the youngest of three children. His family lived in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A collection of gently used book bags at public schools in Westfield Wednesday and Thursday morning will benefit children at a program that benefits at-risk and homeless youths in Elizabeth, the town’s Green Team announced. The Westfield Green Team will be collecting the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not often the tooth fairy visits twice, at least not for the same tooth. But that’s what happened after 6-year-old Alex Miskolczi plucked a baby incisor from the bottom of the town pool days after Colette Sahm, also 6, lost the wiggly tooth and the children met to exchange, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police and firefighters partnering with community members will be sweating for a common goal on Sunday: hoops at Windsor Park. The first responders are slated to play basketball with youths during the 28th annual Unity Day Sunday. It is an event that organizers hope will draw a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you see a police bicycle hot on your tail in this town, don’t think that you’ll be able to out-run it just because the officer is only on two wheels. The Westfield Police Department on Tuesday announced local businessman Rory Chadwick’s donation of an electric bicycle built ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone has established itself as a race not to be missed in the fall running calendar, and it continues to support programs for young people with special needs at the Y. This year’s race will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Like plucking a needle from a haystack, 6-year-old Alex Miskolczi found a baby tooth underwater at Westfield Memorial Pool this week. Now, even more incredibly, he's found the local girl who lost the incisor. Colette Sahm, a 6-year-old headed to Washington School next month, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With federal authorities advising Newark residents to drink bottled water so as to avoid lead contamination, a group here is teaming up with a state assemblyman to collect donations of bottled water for residents of New Jersey’s largest city. The Westfield Neighborhood Council ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It was a day for the dogs (and their owners, too) on Quimby Street. Downtown Westfield Corporation’s “Dog Days of Summer” Sunday included not only a pet parade but also the opportunity for pooches to take a dip in a kiddie pool, play with beach balls and have their portraits ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It has been two years since the late Joan Lowell Smith’s article about Gail Cassidy appeared in TAPinto Westfield and Mrs. Cassidy is “still going strong.” In her article, Mrs. Smith definitively captured her friend’s warmth, humor and intelligence. Although Mrs. Cassidy ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8-week-old puppies being helped by Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio are unfortuantely unable to make their planned appearance this Saturday, said studio manager Jody Heavey. But there will still be plenty of cuddly canines to practice yoga with, as some adorable, adoptable adult dogs ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Need a dose of puppy love? Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio in Downtown Westfield will hold its second “Puppy Yoga” event Saturday, Aug. 10, where the public can practice gentle yoga and play with a litter of adoptable 8-week-old puppies. Money raised from the class, which is $25 per ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Helping others has been a significant part of William “Bill” Shepherd’s life. His easy-going manner, quiet humor and expertise have contributed to his success in business and community endeavors. Shepherd credits his wife, Anne, whose support allowed him to participate in numerous ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Rotary Club is again partnering with local public schools to collect lunches for area soup kitchens. During the school year, all of the Westfield Schools collect an extra lunch one day a week and the lunches are taken to the Salvation Army in Plainfield and St.

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School boys’ ice hockey team this week helped a food pantry to address a deficit of summertime donations. The boys’ ice hockey team had selected St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Elizabeth and Dunk Your Kicks, a fundraising program supporting the Max Cure Foundation, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – If anyone can be described as a human dynamo, it would be Elizabeth List, known as Betty. Born in Orange in 1926, she graduated with honors from East Orange High School and in 1948 from Bucknell with degrees in French and chemistry. She met Robert E. List at university and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Food Pantry’s third annual summer food drive is taking place now through Aug. 16. “The generosity of Westfielders is so appreciated as food donations are less plentiful during the summer months,” said organizer Emily Root. “Any donation that can be offered is so ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield High School graduate is recovering from serious injuries she sustained when struck by an SUV in Belmar last month. Carly Friedman, 23, who was once a double varsity athlete at the high school, has seen an outpouring of support from community members over the past six ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Oona Harrigan was 6 years old when her mother enrolled her in her first Irish dance classes. Harrigan, now 23, continued competitive Irish dance in high school and then college. So when she was given the opportunity to participate in a fundraising bicycle ride in support of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A replica of the police car featured in the “Andy Griffith Show,” a 1977 Cadillac El Dorado named “Don Vito” and a mock robot from the movie “Transformers” were among vehicles on display at the train station’s parking lot Saturday. The sun reflected off of chrome trim, washed ...

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