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Archive for November 27th, 2008

Army Reserve SPC Ashley Bonet, currently serving in Tallil, Iraq, sends a Thanksgiving greeting to her family in Metuchen.

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ELIZABETH—Americans will spare a few moments this Thursday to take stock of their lives and give thanks for that which they have – a home or job, family and friends, their health. For some it will be a passing moment before passing the turkey and gravy. For others there also may be an annual trip to the local food pantry to volunteer time before returning home to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Yet there are some who may be most thankful and feel this way everyday, even though they may seem like the least fortunate or the caregivers and volunteers with the greatest burden to carry. They are the members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) and the agency employees and volunteers who give their time to them.

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True Holiday Spirit

letter-to-the-editorby Bryan Golden

Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is, “what did you get?” Much less frequently asked is, “what did you give?” Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts. Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially when it’s backed up by your actions.

However, the most valuable presents are those that aren’t sold in stores. When you give your love, your time, help someone in need, aid another in solving a problem or overcoming an obstacle, you give something priceless.

The true spirit of the holidays is giving. When you give, you receive. You can get anything in life you want by helping enough others get what they want. But only if you give without expecting anything in return. The impact of giving isn’t limited to just the holiday season, it’s something that has value all year.

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turkey-cooked-1PERTH AMBOY–Assemblyman Joseph Vas joined Mayrich Development, LLC on Monday to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families in the 19th Legislative District at three Perth Amboy locations.

“As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we must remember to share our good fortunes with others,” said Vas (D-Middlesex). ”This endeavor will help to enrich the lives of residents in our district. I am proud to join our partners, Mayrich Development, for this event.  This partnership is a prime example of how the benefits of redevelopment cascade throughout the community.”

Mayrich Construction began over 70 years ago with a dream that cultivated through the early years and now serves as an elite force in excavation and foundation construction in New York City.  They have become “the best” and their reputation is unprecedented.

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firefighters-spread-thanksgFirefighters Spread Thanksgiving Cheer—Members of Linden FMBA Locals 34 and 234 assisted the members of LINCS in passing out Thanksgiving Dinners to the needy.  The LINCS sponsored Food Pantry was also happy to receive a substantial monetary donations from the FMBA groups.  Pictured below (left to right) Frank Gallo, Past Grand Knight, Linden Knights of Columbus and member of LINCS; Fire Fighter Ted Turon, Lt. James Kushner, Lt. Wayne Hanns, Fire Fighter Pete Dente,  Fire Fighter Jay Mayer and (kneeling)  Fire Fighter Luke Monsorno.

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a-thanksgiving-production-112808A Thanksgiving Production—Patricia Klein’s fourth grade class presented their annual Thanksgiving play at the Madison School auditorium on Nov. 21. The play also featured musical selections by the first grade classes. The cast of characters included: pilgrims Jose Lopez, Amanda Vansco and Kelly Kneisel; Indians Michaela Woolley, Matthew Pereira, Jada Figueroa, Juan Hoyos and Tiffany Thebodeau; and narrators Chantel Winstead, Matthew Hoffman, Scott Marcondes and Danielle McCarthy. Tiffany Moreles and Rayanne Melendez served as the stage crew. Pictured above, Matthew Hoffman, Jose Lopez, Anabella DeMeo, Amanda Vansco and Danielle McCarthy rehearse for the play.

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trinitas-continues-tradition-of-giving-112508Trinitas Continues Tradition of Giving—Recognizing that many families in Union County have been hard hit by the current economy, employees of Trinitas Regional Medical Center rallied for the fourth consecutive year to pool their resources in creating abundant Thanksgiving baskets for distribution in the community. At the main campus of Trinitas in Elizabeth, Sister Marion Scranton, SC, director of community initiatives, and Gary S. Horan, FACHE, president & CEO, are surrounded by many of the more than 80 baskets and shopping carts filled with all the makings for a Thanksgiving meal, plus staples like coffee, tea and rice, as well as Shop Rite gift cards. Appreciative families in Elizabeth and other communities in the Trinitas RMC service area received the donations several days before Thanksgiving.

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