UNION COUNTY — Jacklyn Beviano of the 4-H Dog Obedience Club (right) and Susan Gruskos paint snowmen door stops at the Union County 4-H Holiday Gift Night last month. Both girls are residents of Linden. Gift Night is an annual event open to all children in Union County.
PATERSON – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, recently received a special holiday visit from New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
JERSEY CITY — New Jersey City University recently awarded its annual Gothic Knight Academic Achievement Awards and for the second year in a row both winners came from the men’s and women’s volleyball programs.
RAHWAY — On Dec. 14, members of the Rahway High School Madrigal Choir and their director, Donald Pannell journeyed to Newark’s basilica, Sacred Heart Cathedral, to join in the annual carol sing.
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CLINTON – Unity Bank and its employees will donate a total of $14,000 to 14 food pantries in Central Jersey and Easton, Pa. this month, one service organization for each Unity branch. The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.
NEWARK–On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey received a visit from nine-year-old Justin Martin and his father, who delivered 50 bears from Build-A-Bear Workshop to give to children at the hospital this holiday season.
LAKEWOOD — Harrogate, a Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community, is spreading holiday cheer this season across the Ocean County community by donating toys to Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) of Catholic Charities.
STATE — A new congressional district map that was drafted by Republicans and puts the hometowns of two incumbent congressmen in the same jurisdiction was adopted by the 13-member redistricting commission today.