FAIRFIELD, NJ - This week, the Fairfield Public Library will be offering teens and older children an opportunity to gather together and volunteer to help the troops. All children, ages 8 and older, are welcome at the free event, "Give Back to Your Heroes," during which the children will put together Compassion Kits for deployed soldiers. The gathering takes place on Thursday, July 16, at 6pm at the library which is located at 261 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield.
Anyone interested in donating items may do so at the library up until Friday, July 18. The following items are in demand:
Toiletries and Clothing
Fairfield Public Library
261 Hollywood Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Relay for Life of West Essex; Saturday, June 13, from 12pm to 12am, James Caldwell HS Bonnel Field, 265 Westville Ave, West Caldwell.
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This weekend, the West Essex community will come together in an effort to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Formerly the Relay for Life of Caldwell, the
Relay for Life of West Essex
has grown into a larger undertaking which now encompasses teams and individuals from all around the West Essex area. Janice Alworth Stickels is directing this year's efforts and is sending a call out to all in the community to participate in the Relay on the day of the event, or to show their support by coming in person to cheer on the walkers. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants which will be offering refreshments during the occasion. This will be the first year the event takes place from noon until midnight instead of walking overnight as groups have in the past.
So far 17 teams and 128 participants have registered and have raised over $34,400. Anyone can show up at the gathering and join the walkers by making a donation of their choosing; there is no registration fee. Additionally, a host of activities for all ages will take place throughout the day for everyone to come by and enjoy. All monies raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. The relay takes place on Saturday, June 13, from 12pm to 12am, at James Caldwell High School's Bonnel Field, located at 265 Westville Ave, West Caldwell.
Relay for Life of West Essex Teams
So far, 17 teams and 128 participants have raised over $34,400 for the 2015 fundraising year. Everyone is welcome to come to the walk on the day of the event, make their own donation, and participate as well. Together, all of the team and individual donations raised are collectively donated by Relay for Life of West Essex to the American Cancer Society. The registered teams are as follows:
"When you drive down Westville Avenue on Saturday,
~ anyone is welcome to join them
Although the Relay event happens on June 13, the account for Relay For Life Of West Essex remains open until August. The American Cancer Society is putting donation dollars to work now, investing in groundbreaking cancer research and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. They aren't just fighting one type of cancer, they are fighting for every person threatened by every cancer. All donations fuel their progress to end this disease. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Relay for Life Team of West Essex can do so online here.
"Please come by to cheer on friends, family, groups or all of us.
Schedule of Events
"A must see is our Luminary Ceremony which will happen once it gets dark;
Relay for Life
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement. During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they've overcome, remember people who have been lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.
Relay for Life of West Essex 2016
Teams for 2016 can sign up starting in September.
Relay for Life
Regional Coordinator Daniel Stermer
Relay for Life of West Essex
Sophia's Funds for Friends Lemonade, Art and Toy Sale; Saturday, June 13; 9am to 3pm; 90 Ravine Ave, West Caldwell
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - For the fourth year, West Caldwell resident Sophia Pedrazzi will be hosting "Sophia's Funds for Friends Lemonade, Art and Toy Sale" as a benefit for her friends who suffer from severe medical issues. The event will take place Saturday, June 13, from 9am to 3pm, at her home located at 90 Ravine Ave, West Caldwell.
Since the summer of 2012, Sophia has raised over $3,800 which she has completely donated to her two causes.
“After explaining the concept of fundraising to her,
With the help of her mother, Sophia started the sale to benefit two of her young friends Rafaella Kopelan and Owen Wevodau, who are ill.
“I feel that what I am doing is important because it teaches people
Vero Amici Ninth Annual Casino Night and Tricky Tray; Friday, June 12; 7pm; Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover
EAST HANOVER, NJ - This week, Vero Amici for Charity will be holding their Ninth Annual Casino Night and Tricky Tray at the Hanover Manor. The event is their only fundraising event each year and allows the organization to raise funds which it then disperses to needy individuals and charitable organizations throughout the West Essex area. Tickets include Casino gaming chips, a buffet dinner, Cocktails and dessert. Those who win chips then trade them in for tickets which are used at the Tricky Tray at the end of the evening. The benefit takes place Friday, June 12, from 7pm to 11pm; the Hanover Manor is located at 16 Eagle Rock Ave, East Hanover.
Tickets are $80 per person and include:
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 underprivileged youths who need medical or financial assistance and to promote local awareness in our communities.
"We inviting the community to come out to our Casino Night.
Direct donations are always needed and appreciated and may be made online here.
Vero Amici for Charity
President Joe Garamella
PO Box 1264
West 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.
Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale; Saturday, May 30; 10am to 6pm; Barnabas Health, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange
WEST ORANGE, NJ - In an effort to raise money for the Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, "Superheroes for Hospice Charity" comic book sale will take place this weekend. Offering many different types of adult and children's comic books and graphic novels, along with related toys and t-shirts, the sale will also feature comic book creators and sketch artists. The free event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 10am to 6pm, at the Barnabas Health Office, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange.
Thousands of comic books will be on sale, from Archie to Vertigo, including books for children and adults. Also on sale will be graphic novels, action figures, toys, superhero t-shirts and comics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Scheduled to appear is a variety of comic book creators, sketch artists and caricaturists including Paul Castiglia, Paris Cullins, Stephen Coughlin, Vincent DelVecchio, Jr., Sean Douglas, Darrell "The Nightray" Goza, Michael Grassia, Alex Lowe, David E. McClain, Jonathan Miller, Will Torres, Emilio Velez, Jr., and Neil Vokes.
Superheroes for Hospice Charity
Volunteer Coordinator Spiro Ballas
Sustainable Verona Hosts Verona's Outdoor Green Fair; Saturday, May 30; 11am to 3pm; Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Avenue
VERONA, NJ - This weekend, the Township of Verona, along with Verona's Green Team "Sustainable Verona," will be hosting a Green Fair. The public is invited to enjoy the free event located outdoors at the Verona Civic Center. The Fair is aimed towards raising awareness about environmental issues, innovative sustainability ideas and showcasing the steps people and communities can take to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
The event will feature live music, food and craft vendors, exhibitions from green businesses and family activities. The Fair takes place Saturday, May 30, from 11am to 3pm at the Center, located at 600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona.
Entertainment and Family Activities
Health Exhibits, Activities, and Vendors
Environmental Vendors and Demonstrations
Local Organizations and Township Departments
The township of Verona is a Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey certified community; one of only 180 in the state. Certified New Jersey municipalities create environmental programs which aim to help their community improve efficiency, cut waste and stimulate the local economy; steps which propose to sustain their resident's quality of life over the long term. Verona's certification requirements included creating a Green Team made up of:
West Caldwell Fire Department Invites Public to "Wild, Wild, West Wetdown;" Saturday, May 16; 3pm to 9pm; 8 Fairfield Avenue, West Caldwell
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The West Caldwell Fire Department is inviting the West Essex community to officially welcome their newest Fire Fighting Rescue Pumper at their
"Wild, Wild, West Wetdown" this Saturday, May 16. The free event will be held at their firehouse from 3pm to 9pm and all are welcome. Seating with tables and chairs will be inside of the firehouse in case of rain.
The station is located at 8 Fairfield Avenue, West Caldwell.
Tickets are not required for the occasion; the event will include unlimited drinks and down-home cooking available through the purchase of a mug. In addition, there will be entertainment from a DJ, live music from Southern Steel and a bucking bull.
Plastic Mug ~ $10
Free pony rides will be available from 4pm to 7pm.
T-Shirts bearing this logo will also be available for sale for $20.
A wetdown is a ritual celebrated by many rescue departments during which a new vehicle is put into commission by anointing it with water sprayed by another rescue apparatus. At Saturday's wetdown, the traditional hose fights are expected to take place as neighboring fire departments arrive to anoint the new engine. All guests will be able to get a closer look inside the vehicle as well.
West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department
Chief Jim Alvine
6 Fairfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Children's Corner Preschool Hosting "RJ Mercado Scholarship Annual Pancake Supper;" Tuesday, May 12, 5pm to 7pm; 40 Freeman Street, Roseland
ROSELAND, NJ - This week, the Children's Corner Preschool is hosting their first annual "RJ Mercado Scholarship Pancake Supper" fundraiser. The fundraising event, a celebration of life honoring the short time RJ spent at the preschool, will benefit a scholarship fund in his name. The public is welcome to attend the gathering which takes place on Tuesday, May 12, from 5pm to 7pm, at the school located at 40 Freeman Street, Roseland.
Children's Corner staff members will be making the "all-you-can-eat" pancakes; all of the supplies for the supper have been donated. All monies raised will go directly to the Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be available at the door and are also available for purchase online here.
Scholarship Fund Donations
In celebration of his life, The Children’s Corner has established the RJ Mercado Scholarship Fund which will help former Children’s Corner students, starting with the class of 2018 (the school's first graduating class), as they are leaving high school to further their education. Anyone interested making a donation to the fund may do so online here.
At Tuesday's gathering, there will also be a special dedication for the addition of an Angel to RJ’s Garden, a special memorial in the school's playground.
The Children’s Corner Preschool
Director, Robert Conaway
40 Freeman Street
Roseland, NJ 07068
The Children’s Corner is an eclectic preschool whose mission is to nurture student growth through creative learning in a loving, safe environment. Founded in 2004, the school is a parent-driven non-profit focused on providing high quality education to families at an affordable cost.
"Dreams for Dean" Bake Sale to Support Livingston Infant; Sunday, May 3, 10am to 3pm; Mount Pleasant Middle School, 11 Broadlawn Drive, Livingston
LIVINGSTON, NJ - This weekend, a fundraising event to benefit the family of Dean Usher, a Livingston baby boy born four months prematurely, will be held near the soccer fields of Mount Pleasant Middle School. Organized by second graders on the Livingston U8 Lady Lonestars travel soccer team, the "Dreams for Dean" Bake Sale will take place Sunday, May 3, from 10am to 3pm at the school located at 11 Broadlawn Drive, Livingston. T-shirts will be available for purchase as well.
“There are no words to express how grateful we are,"
The bake sale is one of many efforts that the U8 Lady Lonestars plan to do to benefit "Dreams for Dean." Every contribution, regardless of the size, will go directly to assist the family during this difficult time. To make a contribution, click online here.
Running 4 Answers Cure Alzheimer’s Fundraiser, Monday, April 20, 5pm to 9pm; Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
CALDWELL, NJ - Tonight, Carolyn Mastrangelo and Barbara Geiger, both of Roseland, are hosting an event in partnership with the Cloverleaf Tavern in an effort to raise money for their Annual Running 4 Answers 5K Race and 2-mile Fun Run / Fitness Walk. Cloverleaf diners who purchase a meal, including take-out, on Monday, April 20, between the hours of 5pm to 9pm, will have a portion of their check donated by the Cloverleaf to the race fund. No reservations are necessary, but diners will need to let the server know that they are there supporting the Running 4 Answers fundraiser. The tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.
Anyone interested in donating to the fund may do so online here.
All proceeds from the fundraiser tonight will benefit the Running 4 Answers 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.
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.
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