Rotary Club of the Caldwells Presents Caldwell University Student Tulaja Shreseha with $2,500 Donation for the American Nepal Medical Foundation
CALDWELL, NJ - On Tuesday, July 22, the Rotary Club of the Caldwells presented Caldwell University student Tulaja Shreseha with $2,500 on behalf of the American Nepal Medical Foundation. The Foundation will use the funds for medical supplies to aid the victims of the April earthquake. Presenting Shreseha with the donation were Rotary President Geetha Prasad, and Past President Tim Blattner.
The Rotary Club of The Caldwells
President: Geetha Prasad
PO Box 98
Caldwell, NJ 07006
The Rotary Club of the Caldwells has been serving the West Essex community for over 60 years. During that time, the group has supported valuable humanitarian projects both at home and abroad. New members are always welcome; the group meets weekly at the Cloverleaf Tavern, Tuesdays at 12:15pm.
Congregation Agudath Israel Third Graders Benefited The Seeing Eye of Morristown with "Bark Mitzvah"
CALDWELL, NJ - Congregation Agudath Israel's (CAI) third-grade girls gathered on Sunday, March 15, to participate in a "Bark Mitzvah." The event, which celebrated the life of Spencer, a 13-year-old Portuguese water dog, invited guests to bring dog food and supplies which were ultimately donated to The Seeing Eye of Morristown.
The Seeing Eye, established in 1927 in Morristown, was the first school of its kind in the world. Thousands of lives have been enhanced through the companionship provided by the dogs which have been specially trained to assist those who have loss of sight.
Educational Director at Agudath Israel Susan Werk led the group in a service honoring Spencer and the participants made dog-themed tzadakah boxes.
Spencer's family members, CAI congregants Erica, Glenn, Zoe and Zack Lieberman, were on hand for the occasion and Zoe and her friend Marlee Perlmutter also participated in the service and educated their friends.
The Seeing Eye receives no government funding and donations are always welcome.
Those interested may donate online here
or mail a check to:
Congregation Agudath Israel
Religious Leader: Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD
20 Academy Road
Caldwell, NJ 07006
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - In January, James Caldwell High School Vice Principal John Bertollo will find himself in a warm place for a good cause. Bertollo is presently training to run his first marathon in Orlando, Florida, with the aim of benefiting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). For years, Bertollo has been running competitively in an array of different races and has competed in several 5Ks, 10Ks, and four half marathons.
"I've run races in New Jersey, New York, Florida,
Make-a-Wish is the well-known philanthropic organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
This coming year, Bertollo has decided to work to benefit the ASPCA when he competes in the "Dopey Challenge" at Walt Disney World. The January race will be Bertollo's first time taking on a full-scale endeavor. The race, which is named after one of the Seven Dwarves featured in Walt Disney's classic Snow White, is considered challenging because it consists of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on four consecutive days, totaling 48.6 miles.
All of the funds raised will be given to the ASPCA.
Bertollo has a personal goal he has set for himself to raise $1,200 to donate to the ASPCA. The monies raised will help the ASPCA continue to provide local and national leadership in three key areas:
Anyone interested in making a contribution to Bertollo's team may do so online here.
"As I thought about a cause to run for," detailed Bertollo, "I looked at my
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Vero Amici Donates $5,000, Followed by 50 Turkeys, to the Local Assistance Board and it's Caldwell Food Pantry
CALDWELL / WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Vero Amici for Charity announced that, on Monday, their philanthropic group purchased 50 turkeys for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Local Assistance Board. The Board's Caldwell Food Pantry was in dire need as it is in the process of providing Thanksgiving meals for many area families.
Vero Amici's Thanksgiving gift comes on top of the $5000 check which the men's group had already given to the board on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Currently, about 84 families make use of local assistance on a monthly basis. For Thanksgiving, the food pantry is expecting to make up over 120 baskets for those who are not able to provide the traditional holiday dinner for their families.
In the past seven years, Vero Amici has donated over 400 turkeys to Caldwell's food pantry and has donated $35,000 to help keep the food bank stocked throughout the year.
At the Nov. 13 gathering, Vero Amici's President Joseph Garamella presented the Board Director Maria Burak with the substantial donation. Also present for the occasion was West Caldwell's Board Chair Rose Marie Jackie DeBonis. Garamella recounted to the audience how, seven years ago, Burak had contacted Vero Amici requesting 50 turkeys just a few days before Thanksgiving. The men went to Shop Rite and delivered Burak 50 turkeys that day, and thus the tradition began.
"You do not realize how many people cannot afford a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving right here in the West Essex community," Garamella commented. "We're not talking inner cities, we're talking right here in our own backyards. When we got her the turkeys, it was then that she told us
The assistance board is involved with many aspects of the community's welfare. As she accepted the donation, Burak described how the board had just helped a single mom with three kids stay in their home. Community groups, area schools, local scouts and religious organizations all help to provide food donations for the pantry.
Yesterday, despite the many turkey donations the food pantry had already received, Burak again notified Vero Amici that many more were needed.
"Yesterday, Maria Burak called to say that the pantry
Burak explained the Local Assistance Board donations are used to provide emergency assistance to people.
"If someone's lights get turned off, for instance,
Garamella expressed that part of Vero Amici's mission as a charity is to help promote local awareness of those in the community who are in need.
"We are here to make the community aware that
Donations to the Local Assistance Board and Caldwell Food Pantry may be mailed or delivered to the following address:
Local Assistance Board
14 Park Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Vero Amici for Charity was established in December, 2005, by local men from the West Essex community. The mission of Vero Amici, which translates to "True Friends," is to raise money through charitable contributions that are dedicated for children, citizens with disabilities, senior citizens and under-privileged youths who need medical or financial assistance and to promote local awareness in our communities. The values of Vero Amici come from the individuals that make up their association. These individuals are compassionate, committed and most importantly, caring.
"Dancin' Donna" Moves On From Caldwell, Looks Fondly on her Time Spent Waving from the Bloomfield Avenue Wall
CALDWELL, NJ - Donna Lee, also known as "Dancin' Donna" and "Rockin' Rhonda" has moved on from Caldwell and has left her Bloomfield Avenue wall behind. Lee moved earlier this fall after living her entire life, 42 years, in Caldwell. She could be found on most nice afternoons sitting on the wall at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Westover and on other occasions, like the July 4th Fireworks, or Caldwell Street Fair, she was sure to be seen walking around smiling or warmly greeting people.
"I just wanted to let all my 'Rockin' Rhonda' and 'Dancin' Donna' fans know that I have a bit of sad news; I have relocated," Lee commented.
Lee is the essence of all that is Caldwell. She grew up going to St. Aloysius Grammar School and then moved on to James Caldwell High School.
"I have lived in Caldwell for 42 years," Dancin' Donna explained.
Lee says she can't recall exactly when she started sitting on the wall and listening to music. She thinks it may have been six or even ten years ago. As time went by, people have grown accustomed to seeing her sit on the wall at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Westover, nodding her head and smiling and waving to people as she listened to the music from her headphones.
"Riding down Bloomfield Avenue won't be the same,"
Lee commented that her wall experience helped her recover from earlier days when she had been bullied.
"The wall was my happy place.
During Sandy, when much of West Essex was without power, without car fuel - Lee made it her mission to get back on that wall and wave to people. A local resident, Veronica Steele, took note of her service and uploaded it to YouTube.
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, 9am to 2pm, Saturday, Nov. 22; 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
by Lauren Restaino
CALDWELL, NJ - It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning colors, the night air is getting cooler and families are making their holiday plans. Unfortunately, too many families cannot plan their holiday. They are too busy wondering how they are going to put food on the table for the rest of the week but we can help.
The Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive takes place on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9am to 2pm in the circular driveway at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. The church is located at 326 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell.
Food Donations Needed
Please help by donating a turkey. Other nonperishable foods donations needed are:
Many of our local grocery stores are giving turkeys to those who spend a certain amount. Families can donate their free turkey or purchase an extra one to donate. Last year, the Caldwell community helped over 250 families celebrate the holidays. We hope to help at least that many families once again. The NJ FoodBank uses all donations to assist NJ families who would otherwise have no means to provide a holiday meal. When sitting down to dinner tonight, please think about those families and help out on Nov. 22.
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
Senior Pastor: Dr. Richard N. Sommers
326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
CALDWELL, NJ - Just six weeks after the West Essex First Aid Squad was trained to administer Narcan to counter the affects of Opioids (narcotic drugs such as Heroin, Codeine and Morphine), their training was put to full use. On Thursday evening, a Caldwell patient who was unresponsive was revived through the EMT's administration of the special anti-overdose narcotic.
According to WEFAS Captain David Black, the patient was unconscious when the EMT's arrived and less than one-minute after they properly administered the Narcan drug, the patient regained consciousness.
"Clearly it was well worth the time and attention that the
West Essex First Aid Squad
President: George Carnrick, Jr
Captain: David Black
642 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006