UPDATED WEDNESDAY, July 1
Essex County and West Essex Area Independence Celebrations, listed chronologically.
Friday, June 26
Gates Open: 7:30pm
Saturday, June 27
Tuesday, June 30
Gates Open: 7:30pm
Gates Open: 7pm
Wednesday, July 1
Gates Open: 7:30pm
Thursday, July 2
Gates Open: 7pm
Gates Open: 5:30pm
Saturday, July 4
Gates Open: 7pm
Gates Open: 9am
WEST ESSEX (Caldwells / Essex Fells / Roseland)
Gates Open: 7pm
Gates Open: 6:30pm
Shillelagh Club 2015 Irish Sports Expo; Sunday, June 14; 12pm to 7pm; 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
WEST ORANGE, NJ - This weekend, the Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh will be hosting their annual 2015 Irish Sports Expo. All are welcome at the Irish sport and cultural event which will include hurling and rugby matches as well as traditional Celtic entertainment. Game admission also includes soft drinks, beer and food. The gathering takes place Sunday, June 14, from 12pm to 7pm at the Kelly Athletic Complex, directly behind the Club which is located at 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.
2015 Sports Expo
The day will host two hurling matches and one rugby match
Admission includes the games as well as soft drinks, beer and food, and Celtic music and dancing, raffles, children's bouncy rides
$40 ~ Family
$20 ~ Adults
$5 ~ Ages 12 to 20
Free ~ kids under 12
Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh
648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
Founded in 1967, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh is known as one of the premier Irish-American organizations in the state. The social and charitable organization has a large clubhouse in West Orange with a bar open to the public which is known for its hospitality, welcoming atmosphere and its diversity of entertainment offerings. The Shillelagh Club is host to many Irish groups in the area including the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Women of Irish Heritage and The Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society. Additionally, the Friendly Sons support various charitable organizations including the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Avon Walk for Life, and Wounded Warriors.
Rotary Club of the Caldwells "44th Annual Golf Outing;" Thursday, June 4; Knoll West Golf Club, 990 Greenbank Drive, Boonton
CALDWELL, NJ - This week, the Rotary Club of the Caldwells is hosting their "44th Annual Golf Outing" and golfers are welcome to join the fun. The event, which will benefit Camp Merry Heart - a year-round camp in Hacketstown - takes place on Thursday, June 4, at the Knoll West Golf Club. A variety of package, with or without meals, are available during the gathering which takes place starting at 11:30am, at the Club located on 990 Greenbank Drive in Boonton.
Schedule of Events
The Rotary Club of the Caldwells has been serving the West Essex community for over 60 years. In that time, we have supported valuable humanitarian projects both at home and abroad.
For Second Year, Roseland Firefighters to Take on "Fight for Air Climb" 55 Staircase Challenge to Raise Funds for American Lung Association
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ROSELAND, NJ - For the second year, the Roseland Fire Department will once again be participating in the American Lung Association's annual “Fight for Air Climb" in an effort to raise money for the association's education and outreach programs. On Saturday, March 21, a team including Roseland's Assistant Chief Rich Loveless, Lt. Matthew Popola, Firefighter/EMT Barry Bachenheimer, and Firefighters Perry Lee and Andy Vogel, will join hundreds of other tri-state area firefighters in the unique "vertical road race" fundraising event which will take place at the 57 stories tall One Penn Plaza, in New York City. The skyscraper will challenge climbers to make their way up to the top of the building through 55 staircases made up of 22 steps between each floor.
"Think 55 floors are bad enough?
Anyone interested in making a donation to support the Roseland team’s fundraising efforts for the American Lung Association may do so online here.
Roseland Fire Department
Fire Chief: Kent Yates
300 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
The Roseland Fire Department is an all-volunteer department consisting of 41 members whose primary mission is to provide professional fire and rescue services to the Borough of Roseland. The department is celebrating its 102nd year of service and responds to approximately 250 calls per year.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization dedicated to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The organization provides support and education for those living with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and fights external threats to lung health.
Fight Cancer While Eating and Drinking, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5pm to 9pm; Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
CALDWELL, NJ - This week, Carolynn O'Brien Navarro and Jesus Navarro are hosting an event in partnership with the Cloverleaf Tavern in an effort to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which helps patients who are battling blood cancers. Cloverleaf diners who purchase a meal, including take-out, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, between the hours of 5pm to 9pm, will have a portion of their check donated by the Cloverleaf to the Society. No reservations are necessary, but diners will need to let the server know that they are there supporting the LLS fundraiser. The tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.
The Navarros are part of a group of 30 runners called Caldwell Team R4C that run to increase awareness of Leukemia and Lymphoma. In 2014, the team raised over $65,000 and have raised a total of $275,000 since they began in 2008.
For the seventh year, the couple is also training to participate in the New Jersey / Long Branch Half Marathon as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s "Team in Training" (TNT) on April 26.
"We joined TNT in 2008 to try to raise funds and increase
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
ROSELAND / ESSEX FELLS, NJ - The 6th Annual Running 4 Answers 5K Race and 2-mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk will take place the last Saturday in April and registration is now open for participants. Both runners and walkers are needed for the event which begins at 8:30am on Saturday, April 25 and all money raised will benefit the “Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.”
Started by two Roseland women, Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger, the USATF-NJ sanctioned and certified race and 2-mile fun run/fitness walk provides participants with 500 Grand Prix points and is chip-timed. It will take place rain or shine beginning at the Roseland Municipal Building located at 19 Harrison Avenue Roseland.
Personal trainer and race co-director Mastrangelo first conceived of the competition in 2009 because she could not find any other race benefiting Alzheimer’s disease.
“Having lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer, I knew there were
Registration is available online here and individuals may also register in person on Saturday, April 25. Fees are as follows:
$30 ~ 5K Race Participant
$27 ~ 5K Race Participant (USATF member)
$25 ~ 2-mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk Participant
$22 ~ 2-mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk Participant (age 12 to 17)
Participants will receive water along with bagels and fruit after the race. Everyone is welcome and strollers are permitted on the Fun Run / Fitness Walk.
"So much of what I could say, share or explain is sad,"
According to the race founders, all proceeds benefit the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund; last year the local race raised $40,000 and over the past five years it has raised a total of $175,000. The mission of the fund is to put all dollars raised towards research and so far that research has identified more than 70 genes linked to the disease. Anyone interested in donating to the fund may do so online here.
According to its website, one hundred percent of all funds raised for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly towards researching a cure for Alzheimers. So far the group has donated over $15 million to research in twenty-four different institutions across the country and all research studies done are shared among the participating medical research institutions.
Monetary Prizes for both males and females will be offered as follows:
Medals for First through Third Place, both males and females, will be offered as follows in the following age groups:
Racers and walkers will be passing through “the beautiful tree-lined, rolling hill streets of historic Essex Fells, NJ,” detailed Geiger. Parking is available at the Roseland Municipal Building, as well as the Calvary Evangelical Free Church on Fells Road and the Roseland Free Public Library.
Those who choose to take a more leisurely and shorter route are encouraged to participate in the two mile long Fun Run / Fitness Walk.
Mastrangelo’s mother started showing signs of the disease by age fifty-five.
“She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend…
Running 4 Answers is actively seeking Sponsors. View their 2014 Corporate Sponsorship Flyer to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Corporate Sponsor.
To place a donation online click here.
At the opening of the 2011 race Mastrangelo commented,
Running 4 Answers
PO Box 803
Roseland, NJ 07068
Carolyn Mastrangelo ~ 973-896-9263
Barbara Geiger ~ 973-477-4774
Running 4 Answers is a registered 501c3 not for profit organization
Trinity Academy 5K Reindeer Run and Jingle Jam, 9:30am to 1:30pm, Saturday, Dec. 6; 235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
CALDWELL, NJ - Trinity Academy's fourth annual "5K Reindeer Run/Walk and Jingle Jam" will take place next weekend, Saturday, Dec. 6. The run travels through Caldwell, West Caldwell and North Caldwell while the Jingle Jam takes place at the school, located at 235 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell. Race participants must register and pay an entrance fee of $30; there is also a "Santa Shuffle" for ages3 to 7 which is free. All race proceeds benefit Trinity Academy.
The combination Run/Walk will take place rain or shine, beginning at 9:30am, and at the same time, the Jingle Jam takes place in the school's gym and continues until 1:30pm.
The Jingle Jam will include holiday festivities for the whole family. Donations of new pajamas and books, which will be given to the Pajama Project, will be accepted as well.
5K Reindeer Run/Walk
The 5K route is 3.1 miles long and is a sanctioned USATF-NJ NB 500 Point Grand Prix Race. The race starts and ends at Trinity Academy and includes one water stop. Course marshals will monitor key turns and intersections along the course. Hot coffee and bagels will be provided for all runners.
The route is as follows:
Essex Fells’ Kelly King commented, “We’re hoping everyone comes out
Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 5
"We’ll have a fun Winter Festival with activities and rides
The Jingle Jam will take place inside the school's gym during and following the race and will include holiday festivities for the whole family:
Trinity Academy Reindeer Run
Principal: Mary N. Cassels
235 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
Trinity Academy is a highly regarded Pre-K through Grade 8 school, located in Caldwell. The school's primary mission is to provide students with a challenging academic environment in the Catholic tradition. The academy offers small class sizes, a full-day Kindergarten program, and a nurturing environment that allows every child to thrive. Students achieve honors, scholarships and acceptances to prestigious high schools, and consistently score above the national average on the annual standardized Terra Nova tests.
Friends of Brendan Tevlin Hosting First Annual Lacrosse Festival in his Honor at Seton Hall Prep, Saturday
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, friends of Brendan Tevlin will be hosting the first annual "Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival" on the grounds of Seton Hall Prep's Kelly Athletic Complex. The game will start at 10am and the event includes raffles and refreshments. The complex is located at 700 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.