Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The first aid volunteers hope to provide children with holiday cheer after a difficult few weeks.
The Matawan First Aid and Rescue Squad is collecting holiday gifts to donate to families struggling in the aftermath of Sandy. According to first aid volunteer Steven Morley, he and fellow volunteer Joanna Kierce saw the destruction and wanted to do something to help. "We realized that although Matawan Borough was hit hard with power outages, downed trees, and downed wires, everyone still had a place to live and still had their belongings," Morley said. "We decided this is our way of pitching in. Every child deserves a Christmas." The squad will collect new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages until Dec. 10 at three different locations: Volunteers from the first aid squad will be distributing the toys the weekend before Christmas to …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Local salon hopes to help offer children some holiday cheer after their lives were flipped upside down by Sandy.
D'Bella Salon and Operation Jersey Shore Santa want to make sure that children devastated by Sandy will enjoy a bit of hope this holiday season. "We're targeting those families where we can help make their children's holiday brighter in the midst of all this turmoil," said Robert DeSanto, co-owner of D'Bella. Operation Jersey Shore Santa was launched only days after Sandy rolled through New Jersey and their volunteers are working to collect toys and clothes for families who may not have the resources to celebrate this year, explained founder Jackie O'Leary of Brick. O'Leary, a small business owner who operates a party entertainment company for children, had friends and family encouraging her to do a fundraiser for the area. After thinking …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Runners who preregistered will receive a refund, recreation director says.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
The seventh annual Matawan Turkey Trot is canceled due to the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Sandy, according to Recreation Director Deirdre Ring. The 5K race was scheduled for Nov. 24, 2012. Any runners who preregistered will receive a refund. Anyone with questions may contact Ring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 2, 2012
During the worst of the storm, the CERT volunteers assisted the Emergency Office of Communications
Matawan-Aberdeen Community Emergency Response Team volunteers crammed in to a tiny radio room at the Aberdeen Dist. 1 Fire Co. on Lloyd Road while Sandy made landfall and then barreled through Monmouth County. CERT is a volunteer branch of the Office of Emergency Management. According to Aberdeen Township's website, members are trained to respond to emergencies and can provide "critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site." As the wind whipped and the tides surged, they manned the radios and phones alongside Fire Chief Gary Bellone and OEM Communications Coordinator Herb Caravella, who ran the Emergency Office of Communications. They logged downed trees…