From left: WEFAS Captain David Black, Stephanie Niemiec, MICP, Tim Enchelmaier, Barbara Ashton, Janice Stickles, Mary Donovan, Jerry Gordon, Matthew Striziver, Linda Piccirillo, Michael Bell, Jessie Bunn, John Taylor, Rosemarie Sutherlin and Jeff Sutherlin Not shown: Peter Nancoz, Dwight Drastal and John Ihling
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Recently, members of the West Essex First Aid Squad (WEFAS) were trained to administer Naloxone, also known as Narcan which is a special narcotic medication used to reverse the effects of opioids (narcotic drugs such as Heroin, Codeine and Morphine). The training was conducted on June 24 by Stephanie Niemiec, MICP and attended by WEFAS officers.
WEFAS Captain David Black understands that the West Essex First Aid Squad is the first agency in the area to be approved to carry and administer Narcan.
"While we hope to never need to use this life saving drug,
According to New Jersey's Office of the State Medical Examiner, drug-related deaths have increased from 1,026 deaths in 2011 to 1,294 deaths in 2012. In March, Governor Chris Christie announced that the NJ Department of Health had passed the “Overdose Prevention Act” to allow health care professionals, under certain circumstances, to dispense Narcan.
"Allowing first responders to administer Narcan will save lives.
To prevent fatalities, the act grants all certified NJ EMTs the authorization to administer Narcan to any individual believed to be experiencing an opioid overdose. The act, signed by Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd, was necessary because the use of Narcan was not currently covered by state EMT rules and the present administration wanted to act quickly in the face of what has been described as an epidemic of heroin-related deaths.
"Every minute counts in an emergency overdose situation
West Essex First Aid Squad
President: George Carnrick, Jr
Captain: David Black
642 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - New Jersey Family magazine recently asked its readers to select their favorite doctors in all practices and Kathy Lutz, of West Caldwell, was nominated by her patients as their favorite pediatric psychotherapist. As part of her practice, Lutz has been a Therapeutic Riding Instructor for over ten years at Rocking Horse Rehab, a family wellness center which specializes in equine-assisted therapy for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing various special needs such as high functioning autism, anxiety, mood disorders and depression. The Rocking Horse Rehab is in West Orange on the grounds of the Essex Equestrian Center.
This is the second year Lutz has received the honor. As a psychotherapist, Lutz is a licensed clinical social worker.
"I teach social skills and mood regulation skills," Lutz explained.
Lutz stated that the horses are part of the treatment team; they help people to learn how to manage their behaviors in a more socially constructive way.
Lutz calls Small Fry the "star of the barn" and her "best buddy."
A chalk message inside the Rocking Horse Rehab barn reads:
Lutz works with all ages and she also has a private practice in Montclair where she specializes in drug and alcohol treatment and treating people with Aspergers.
Kathy Lutz, LCSW
CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Students on the Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School Student Council are making use of their free time this summer by organizing an effort to collect new or gently used backpacks which they will fill with school supplies and distribute to Newark and Jersey City public school students.
Tricia Speidel Newcomb, a West Essex NOW reader from Cedar Grove, is helping to spearhead the effort. She is reaching out to the West Essex area to let residents know that before they set aside or discard a gently used backpack, they instead could donate it to the school's collection.
"This was my daughter Camryn's initiative," Newcomb explained.
The students have been collecting the backpacks since the end of the school year. In speaking to a few teachers personally, they found three who expressed a dire need for their schools. Newcomb explained that the students have applied for a grant to cover the cost of purchasing the backpacks, but at this time they have not yet heard back.
"A mom from the middle school works in a Newark public school and she made us all aware of the need for the backpacks," Newcomb explained.
Backpack Donation Drop Off Location
Items can be dropped of at the Cedar Grove Library's indoor collection bin or directly to Newcomb's home:
"For most of us," Newcomb expressed, "a new backpack is part of back to school shopping, regardless of the condition of last year's.
Tricia Speidel Newcomb
Alumni, Students, Family and Faculty Save a School; Immaculate Conception High School Will Stay Open
MONTCLAIR, NJ - One month ago, on June 10, in the middle of final exams, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers announced to the faculty and students of Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, that come September, the school would be closing by the end of the month. The bishop stated that the reason for the closure was the school's debt of over $500,000 and the dwindling student enrollment. Only ten days before, the school had celebrated its 85th graduation.
Students and faculty set to work establishing a plan of fundraising events which would help to offset the school's debt. Two members of the faculty, Carlos Franco and Ryan Horan, set up a Go Fund Me "Keep Immaculate Conception High School Open" online account which allows anyone to make a contribution to the school.
The two teachers, along with their co-workers, immediately began phoning friends and alumni to make the school's predicament known and to direct everyone to the donation site.
Class of '84 Alumna Barbara Hughes has remained active with the football teams over the past 15 years. She got together a small group of other alumni Kevin Kinney '79, of West Caldwell, Suzanne Alworth '79 , of Verona, Sean Morris '94, of Bloomfield, Tim Fox '94 of Clifton and Omar Mitchell '96 of East Orange, so that they could strategize on a series of upcoming fundraising events.
During the first week after the announcement, the students held a car wash and bake sale, and a few days after that, the NJ Jackals donated 300 game tickets which the students sold with all the proceeds going to the school.
"I am a proud graduate of Immaculate and I treasure the experiences and friendships forged through my association with the school,"
Additionally, the school's Board of Trustees met and individually wrote checks totaling over $103,000. Many local businesses contributed to the effort and companies including Horizon, Sealed Air, Prudential and PSEG each gave matching gifts of $5,000.
Alumni and friends quickly came to their assistance and slowly money began to accumulate in the online account set up to receive the contributions. In the first week alone, the school raised over $211,000.
By June 17, the Archbishop conceded that if the school could put in place a proper financial plan, and increase enrollment, then by July 15, the diocese would consider keeping the school open this coming fall. Faculty, alumni, parents and friends of ICHS made phone calls and actively publicized the fundraising efforts through social media. Students also wrote moving letters to the archdiocese, expressing their love for the high school.
Video Credit: Amy B. Popp
On July 4, the school marched as a unit in Montclair's Independence Day Parade, handing out postcards which announced the school's fundraising campaign and selling school t-shirts. Marching alongside them were many supporters including
the district's Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin who had put his own children through the school and is an Immaculate Board Member. By July 8, the school had raised $342,126, meeting 68% of their goal.
At every fundraising occasion, all food, beverages and entertainment were entirely donated, in most cases by alumni and parents of students. The effort really grew with a "Family Reunion" gathering at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Club in West Orange on July 12.
"At the Shillelagh Party, we had over 200 attendees, from almost every decade that the school has been in existence," Hughes expressed.
But the bulk of the fundraising came simply from online contributions, and they are still needed. On Tuesday, Kevin Cummings, President & CEO of Investors Bank, announced "The fight is not over!" and pledged that the bank was matching the next $30,000 added to the fund.
At present, the high's school online account has accumulated over $488,000 from 949 contributors. Donors decide the amount that they want to give and no amount is too small; donations can even be made anonymously. Many have donated $5, $10 and $15 and some have donated thousands, including two anonymous donations of $10,000, a couple who gave $15,000 and two individuals who each donated $30,000 anonymously. Many gave in the name of family members and others donated in gratitude for their own time spent at the school as students.
John Nolan of Caldwell commented, "I hope they reach their goal and stay open. My two sisters, my mom, and both of my mom's parents went there.
On July 14, the school was granted a reprieve. A letter addressed to Immaculate Conception Board of Trustees Chair William C. Slattery was sent from the archbishop stating: "Immaculate Conception High School will be open in September."
"You have achieved something we do not often see
"I am gratified by the Archbishop’s confidence in Immaculate," commented
The school still needs to meet it's goal of $500,000; donations are being accepted and welcomed.
To access the site online, click here.
Checks by mail may be sent to:
Save Immaculate Appeal
Immaculate Conception High School
33 Cottage Place, Montclair, NJ 07042.
In addition, Barbara Hughes explained that the school will be bringing the booster club back to life over the next few months to help with fundraising and scholarships for scholar athletes. Going forward it will be known as the Blue Lion Boosters.
"Immaculate was a big part of who I am today!
Myers was installed in Newark in 2001; since 1999, his diocese has closed 78 schools. This year Newark Schools Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy in West Orange, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Wallington, St. Agnes School in Clark and Saints Mary and Elizabeth Academy in Linden all closed their doors.
Immaculate Conception High School, located at 33 Cottage Place in Montclair, NJ, strives, within the context of family, to develop the whole person: morally, intellectually, socially, and physically. Recognizing the worth and uniqueness of each individual, the school prepares students for life beyond high school, so that as responsible Christians, they will make a difference in the world of today and tomorrow. Admission to Immaculate Conception High School is open to young men and women of any background who fulfill our academic requirements. Please call Ms. Kathy Badillo, Director of Admissions, 973-744-7445, ext. 24.
ROSELAND, NJ - Kathy Pigott, of Roseland, has always been one to show compassion and goodwill to strangers. For years now, Pigott has been assisting with The Gellman Foundation, a group which hand-delivers needed goods weekly to the homeless of New York City.
"These are the folks who are not living in shelters,
The Roseland resident runs a family business, Mama's Boy Cookies and still finds the time to collects supplies to serve the less fortunate. The Gellman Foundation consistently visits those who are living on the streets, which in some cases is entire families. The group is always in need of clothing in all sizes - for children and adults - and sweatshirts are particularly welcomed since they are good for adding the layers needed to provide warmth. Backpacks and food store plastic bags also help for carrying possessions.
"I have always believed 'there but for the grace of God, go I'," Pigott expressed.
Right now Pigott is collecting the toiletries hotels and motels provide to their guests and no item is too small.
"I am reaching out to travelers to let them know that we're collecting
Anyone interested in helping should drop off the items to Kathy Pigott's home, located at 38 Passaic Avenue, Roseland, and place them in front of the garage. The bag should be marked, "For NYC."
Women's Club of Caldwell Presents Generous Gift of $50,000 to Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
CALDWELL, NJ - In an act of generosity, the Women's Club of Caldwell presented a $50,000 donation to the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association on Friday during the annual July 4 Ice Cream Social. According to the Association's President Dr. David A. Cowell, the gift will be used for the building of the new Visitor's Center which will be housed in the restored Carriage House to the rear of the Cleveland house. The Women's Club gift was meant to be a lead grant to promote fundraising for the Visitor Center among other service, community and historical groups.
Gathered for the occasion along with Cowell was the Association's Board Member Alice Gibson. The Women's Club President Nancy Howley was present as well along with members Carol Crump, Elaine Denman, Beverly Sannito, Connie Shick and Gloria Teshkoyan.
"The Visitor's Center will be built in the restored and adapted Carriage House,"
The Grover Cleveland House Museum is state owned and is managed by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection under its division of State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
207 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Caldwell Women’s Club
President: Nancy Howley
31 Westville Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association Hosts Enjoyable July 4 Ice Cream Social