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Giving Back

May 13, 2022

WARREN, NJ — Warren Lions helped to break a Guinness Book of World Record - "Longest Chain of Spectacles (Eyeglasses)” on May 1 at Liberty State Park. The record was originally established in Fukui, Japan on May 5, 2011, using 16,530 pairs of eyeglasses measuring 6,597 ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough police officer Vito Spadea slowed his bicycle and stopped along East Main Street mid-afternoon Monday to greet his wife, two daughters and other supporters as several hundred police officers from New Jersey towns passed through the borough on their way to Washington, DC ...

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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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BERNARDS TWP., The Junior Women's club of Somerset Hill is sponsoring an Arbor Day poster contest about, what else, trees. The theme this year is "Trees are Terrific." One of the reasons "Trees are Terrific" is that by strategically planting trees, a household can save up to 25 percent on ...

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  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Berkeley Heights will return to The Grove in Connell Park this year. It was postponed because of COVID-19 in 2020, then was held "in person" last year at The Grove, when 26 teams and individuals from Berkeley Heights and ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Operation Shoebox New Jersey staff were joined by volunteers Saturday to assemble care packages containing personal care items, toiletries, snacks and food items at the Hillsborough YMCA. The packages will be shipped to members of ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A GoFundMe campaign has been started for a Bridgewater family whose 11-year-old daughter was killed while riding her bike on Fulton Street Saturday evening. The Bastos family, in Bridgewater, is mourning the loss of Victoria, who was hit by a pick-up truck while riding her ...

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GREEN BROOK, NJ — Green Brook Cub Scout Pack 129's Bear Den collected donations for the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter and delivered them on Sunday. The boys solicited donations at IEF school and through Boy Scouts Troop 129, where they even caught Mayor Van Arsdale's attention. They ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - United Reformed Church, The Church on Main is hosting the Central Jersey #Walk4Ukraine to raise funds to support Ukrainian refugees. The Central Jersey #Walk4Ukraine will take place on Friday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. The walk will start and end at United Reformed Church, 100 W.

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TRENTON, NJ — Food banks and pantries will be granted a six-month extension to phase out plastic bag use. Food pantries and food banks are also granted an exemption from the part of the law prohibiting plastic bags.   Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Morris) introduced the bill. It was signed into law ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Hillsborough third-grader is fighting back against the Russian invasion of the Ukraine with a paintbrush and quiet determination to resupply the Ukrainian army with medical supplies and to ease the pain and hardship of children her age suffering the ravages of war and an ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ — Used, broken or otherwise unwanted ice hockey sticks are getting a second life —keeping local waterways clean. NY/NJ Baykeeper, along with several Hudson County-based organizations, are collecting hockey sticks and then plan to repurpose them into oyster habitat units that can be ...

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ODESSA, UKRAINE -- Men in the Ukrainian city of Odessa on the Black Sea drew inspiration from Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" on March 22 as they prepared for another Russian attack.  “This is for the ones who stood their ground… Odessa, Ukraine. #SlavaUkraini,” the Sayreville native and Rock & ...

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ —- The 19th Annual North Plainfield St. Baldrick's event returned in-person on Saturday and so far has raised $27,945 for the cause. In a strong statement of solidarity with kids with cancer,  local firefighters, high school students, parents and members of the community ...

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WATCHUNG, NJ  - Watchung Mayor Keith Balla and the Borough Council, at its last meeting, recognized two residents with proclamations and designated upcoming days in their honor. Vera Stine Day will be celebrated on Thursday, March 24 and Charles Aubrey Eaton Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, March ...

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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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WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Borough Council at its last meeting voted to approve Hometown Hero banners to display twice per year, around Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.  The program will begin the tradition of honoring those Veterans and Service Members (living and deceased) as well as Active ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Since February 24, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has dominated adult news feeds. The conflict though has not gone unnoticed by children. Appleby School third-grader Ellie Lui had heard about the invasion from her father and saw snippets on the news. Her dad provided her with an ...

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  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Earlier this week the township raised the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine at the Municipal Complex. Those who are interested in showing their support for the people of Ukraine now can display a blue and yellow bow donated by Hall's Garden Center and, through a $10 ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Although watching events in Ukraine from afar may feel like watching an action film to some, or a problem that is occurring far from our borders,  for others, the events in Ukraine are hitting much closer to home.  There are many Ukrainian-Americans like my family living in ...

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state and this year was no different. Warren's Team Toby again participated raising over $9,000. Over 6,000 participated in jumping in the frigid ocean waters on Saturday ...

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WARREN, NJ — 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Warren Township Police Department, and Warren Township is ready to commemorate the anniversary. Look for retro designed police cars, commemorative hats and patches, and a sign fundraiser sponsored by the Warren Township Honorary PBA. See them ...

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY - A Plainfield man who was working at a construction site in Brooklyn Heights fell to his death on Friday, Feb. 11. Angel Pilataxi was on the roof of the 10-story building at 124 Columbia Heights. The New York City Department of Buildings has since imposed a stop work order for ...

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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 February 20 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights located at 250 Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. The boutique offers donated, ...

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WARREN, NJ - Much of the talk this weekend was of the Super Bowl , the logistics, and the ads. But not surprising given Warren's love of animals, it was also of the Puppy Bowl. Who will win the LombarkyTrophy?  Puppy Bowl coaches Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are returning to the Puppy Bowl ...

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WARREN, NJ —Rachel Castela and Phoebe Costalos each posted 14 points and Mia Gestosani added 12 points for Mount St. Mary (12-7) as they topped Watchung Hills in Warren on Saturday, 55-52. Junior Julia Puglisi led the Warriors with 18 points while Bella Murray added 16 points and 7 rebounds for ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - NJ Sharing Network, a statewide nonprofit organization responsible for aiding in donated organ and tissue donations, is reflecting on some of their organ donor heroes that have gone on to save lives throughout the Garden State for Black History Month. The organization shared the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is now accepting applications for its Healing Homes initiative which offers transitional housing for Somerset County individuals or families who have an illness that caused financial hardship ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Going thrifting? Then be sure to put the SHOP at St. Peter's on the list. Spotswood's St. Peter's Church is the home of the popular Thrift Shop. Its part of St. Peter's community outreach programs which includes the Alice's CUP Food Pantry, the Wednesday Night Community Suppers, the ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's Newspaper Photography Project continues to make progress, with more volunteers joining the effort to create a digital record of people, events, and places recorded in Somerville’s now defunct weekly newspapers, some dating back to the 1850s. Volunteers work at home ...

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