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We Can’t Let This Bank Fail

 New Jersey Food Bank Needs Your Help……

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Economy Leaves Americans with Empty Plates

 More than 35 million Americans, including 12 million children, either live with or are on the verge of hunger. In New Jersey alone,estimated 250,000 new clients will be seeking sustenance this year from the state’s food banks. But recently, as requests for food assistance have risen, food donations are on the decline, leaving food bank shelves almost empty and hungry families waiting for something to eat. 

The situation is dire, no more so than at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), the largest food bank in the state, where requests for food have gone up 30 percent, but donations are down by 25 percent. Warehouse shelves that are typically stocked with food are bare and supplies have gotten so low that, for the first time in its 25 year history, the food bank is developing a rationing mechanism.

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As the state’s key distributor of food to local banks – serving more than 500,000 people a year and providing assistance to nearly 1,700 non-profits in the state – the stability of replenishment of the CFBNJ is essential to ensuring that individuals in need have access to food.

If everyone could just do a little, it would help those in need a lot. To help, people can:

Make a monetary contribution: Visit http://njfoodbank.org.
Donate food: Drop off a bag of food at your local food pantry.
Organize a food drive: We can help explain the logistics of starting a food drive. Just call 908-355-FOOD.
Help “Check Out Hunger:” Look for the “Check Out Hunger” coupons at your local supermarket and donate. No donation is too small!

One thing that people commonly confuse is the role of the food bank.  The CFBNJ is similar to a wholesale distributor, as they provide food to more than 1,600 charities throughout the state, which then give food directly to the hungry (the food bank does not give food directly to individuals).  The food bank also does not accept small amounts of food, such as a cart of groceries.  They encourage those donations go directly to a local food pantry or soup kitchen.  Rather, the food bank accepts large quantity food donations, such as a truck full of groceries, as well as monetary donations which they stretch to purchase food at wholesale prices, such as 300 lb. bags of rice, for example.

Where you can help in Hudson County

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Toys- Top Toys for the Holidays

cute-kid-with-toy-dog.JPG(Family Features) Every year as the holidays approach, parents are faced with the dilemma of which toys to buy for their kids. With over 10,000 new toys to choose from, selecting the right toy for a child can be a daunting task.  

That’s where Jim Silver and Chris Byrne come in. Silver, editor-in-chief at TimetoPlayMag.com, and Byrne, renowned toy and children’s lifestyle expert (aka The Toy Guy), each have over 25 years of experience in the toy and family entertainment industry and are known for accurately predicting each season’s hottest toys and trends.

 

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Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor -Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Posthumously

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PO2 (EOD2)(Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save his fellow Seals.

 During Mike Monsoor’s funeral in San Diego,

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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy For 2008

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(ARA) – Holiday entertaining can feel overwhelming to even the most seasoned host. Between shopping, cooking, cleaning and decorating, it can feel like there’s no time left to enjoy the festivities. But with a little time management and some creativity, having friends and family over to celebrate can be fun again.
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HOME DECOR-Holiday Accessorizing Tips for $25 or Less

(ARA) – Tough economic times may mean your holiday budget is tight this year. But trimming your holiday spending doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. With some creativity, you can add extra icing to your holiday decor – for less than $25. decor-25-or-less.JPG

“We’re all more conscious of our spending right now, so that means it’s time to be imaginative and resourceful, especially when it comes to decorating for a specific season,” says Gary Babcock, a design expert with Arhaus Furniture (www.arhaus.com). “By using existing items in your home and purchasing just a few ‘key,’ but inexpensive elements, you can create a show-stopping holiday display within your budget.”

Babcock offers some festive and fresh ways to deck the halls:
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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS- Jersey City Kicks Off Campaign This Holiday Season

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Photo caption:  Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Lt. Joe Delaney, Pres. of the PSOA, place cellphones into a box at the kick-off of Jersey City’s Cell Phone for Soldiers campaign.

The Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association will be participating in Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national cell phone drive for military personnel overseas.  All used cell phones will be collected at each of the citys four police districts in specially marked boxes from November 15, 2008 through January 15, 2009.    

The phones are then sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone — enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.  The goal of the Jersey City drive is to collect enough cell phones for more than 150 troops overseas, while nationally the non-profit hopes to obtain 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards.

 Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money.  Since then, the registered 501C3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.  

The Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association and Cell Phones for Soldiers address an everyday emotional need that many have experienced: the imperative to phone home, to hear a familiar voice while far away.  Although overseas calls are expensive, to a military family, a phone call home is priceless.  Please help our troops by donating your used cell phones today.  For more information, go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

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Disabled Boy’s Pony Maybe Evicted by Town-Maybe the Public Can Help?

Ontario Town Says Pony’s Smell Is Problem

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Pony named Emily is therapy for three year old  little boy with Cerebal Palsy who can’t walk or crawl

Town threatens to evict disabled boy’s pony            Boing Boing

“Anyone interested in helping the mother of the boy has established a PayPal account to fund the legal work of keeping the pony. That address: antoniaspiteri82@hotmail.comShare/Save/Bookmark

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What Will They Think Of Next -Interesting Product Ideas

Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Chews Creating Quite A “Buzz” Among Consumers.

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12 tablets of Foosh Energy Mints has the caffieine content of 12 cups of coffee, 15 cans of energy drink, 36 cans of the leading cola, 24 cups of tea, 17 cans of Jolt, 6 Tablets of No Doz, 13 lbs of chocolate

Get the Idea- FOOSH

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Jersey City Actor George Pogatsia-River View Observer Profile

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As a working actor, George Pogatsia considered a move to Los Angeles

A Brooklyn native who’s called Jersey City his home for the past six years, Pogatsia was doing well. Over the past few years, he’d starred in more than 20 art-house films like Bookies,Your Honor and Showdown Of The Godz. He won key roles in some of the most popular television series in recent history. His career was on the right track here at home. But, he found himself planning a move to the West Coast to take things to the next level.

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