Established by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is held annually to encourage children of all ages to read with the help of parents, teachers, and other community members. And what better day to hold a school-wide reading celebration than March 2nd, in honor of children’s book author Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Eileen Painter, Executive Director of Nutley Family Service Bureau reads to a 4th grade class in Washington School, Oh The Places You’ll Go!
The IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE”, an exploration of social media’s impact on our lives and the related effects on the human brain, is followed by panel discussion. The one-hour screening presented by the Nutley Educational Foundation, in partnership with the Nutley Public School District, will be followed by a panel discussion including NFSB Trustee and Nutley PD Detective Sergeant, Mike Padilla, NFSB’s Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services and Programming and Staela Keegan, MSW, LCSW, LCADC. The film’s goal is to motivate self-regulation with respect to social media use. Social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care but is that what’s really happening? Families, educators, students, employees and members of the community at large are invited (appropriate for age 10 years+). K-12 parents and students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to attend. Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30pm in the Nutley High School auditorium.
Chico’s Clothing Store, at the Promenade Shops at Clifton, was holding its first onsite Fashion Show to benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau. All attendees made a cash donation or a gently-used clothing donation to attend. The event was Sunday, November 24th, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, at the Route 3 West location. All enjoyed seeing the fashions on the runway, shopping the in-store merchandise and benefiting Nutley Family Service Bureau.
PNHS Patriot Club celebrates veterans and their service on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Nutley High School. Admission is free to veterans and the public. Each veteran in attendance will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation. The program includes patriotic music, NHS Choir performances, and multi-media presentations. Following the ceremony there will be a free pasta dinner provided by Custodi Caterers, Zinicola’s Baking Co., & NHS Culinary Club for all veterans and their families at Nutley Knights of Columbus, 150 Chestnut Street. An RSVP to NFSB (973) 667-1884 for dinner is encouraged. Music presented by Nutley School of Music. The evening is made possible in partnership with Nutley Department of Public Affairs, the Nutley Knights of Columbus, and NFSB.
Suicide Prevention Awareness. Pre-teen suicide rates are rising at an alarming rate. Dr. Debra Wentz, president/CEO NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies states that there is often tremendous pressure to succeed, which causes teen ages and young adults to feel increasingly more isolated and hopeless and contributes to the rising rates of suicide. Further, through various media channels, children are exposed to complex situations and information that they can’t process emotionally or developmentally, which results in a desensitization and contributes to at risk situations. Suicide attempts should be taken seriously, and not dismissed as a call for attention. NFSB provides families with confidential counseling in a psychologically safe environment should the need for intervention arise.
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Our Many Thanks For “Digging In”. Many hands pitched in to upgrade the landscaping at the NFSB Annex located at 169 Chestnut Street. NFSB volunteers were joined by members of Liquid Church to “dig in” with Pastor Jim Gottshall, leading the effort. Liquid Church has been a long time supporter of NFSB’s programs and services. Plants for the new landscaping were generously donated by Centre Ridge Nursery and Richfield Farms Nursery Clifton. The site plans and irrigation system were donated by Tom O’Shea Landscaping, LLC. Many thanks also to Brad Graves for hours of service on this project.
Scouting For Food Drive 2019. Nutley Family Service Bureau partnered with the Nutley Scouts and 120 enthusiastic volunteers to receive over 28,000 non perishable food items. With your help, bags of food donations were collected, dropped off and processed from Saturday, March 30th, at the Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent, Nutley, NJ 07110. Processing the items for the Food Pantry shelves went on thru the month of April.
Carts of Caring, a ministry of Franklin Reformed Church, Nutley, marched in the township’s 100th Memorial Day Parade to collect non-perishable food for the Nutley Family Services Food Pantry. Members of the congregation marched along the parade route with shopping carts on loan from Nutley Park Shop Rite. Parade viewers could put their food donations into the carts as the group passed by. Cash donations were also be accepted. Cash donations were used by NFSB to purchase perishable food for their clients. 2019 marks the third year in a row that the congregants marched to benefit the food pantry operation of Nutley Family Service Bureau.
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Backpacks Are Packed To Go! Volunteers from Nutley Educational Foundation (NEF), Girl Scout Troop 20759, and the community gathered to organize all of the donations to the 3rd Annual NEF “We’ve Got Your Back” backpack drive. Thanks to the generosity of our community we were able to surpass our goal and STUFF 90 brand new backpacks with supplies! Local students will now be able to start the school year ready to learn. Special thanks to Momentum Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Prat Jogani from Nutley Mathnasium. Backpacks will be distributed to student clients of NFSB. Please contact NFSB if you are in need of assistance at 973-667-1884.
Uncles Play Music And Support NFSB. Enjoy the music of Drunk Uncles and support Nutley Family Service Bureau at the same time! Drunk Uncles will perform at Jim Dandy’s Mud Hole, located at 563 Franklin Avenue, on Saturday, December 8th, at 9:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit NFSB programs and services. First 20 people to donate $20 get a free beverage & a tee shirt! The place will be jumping! Free admission! Come join in! DOWNLOAD FLYER.
Leaf Bags And Food Donations. During Leaf Bag Distribution Day, on Saturday October 6th, The Department of Public Works will be accepting donations for the NFSB Food Pantry. Healthy, non-perishable staples (such as canned tuna, chicken, peanut butter) to stock the Food Pantry shelves are welcomed, and NFSB is very thankful to Mayor Scarpelli for continuing to pair-up bio-degradable bag distribution with food item collection. So stop by 1 Cortland Street on Saturday, October 6th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm to be both environmentally friendly and supportive of the NFSB Food Pantry!
400 Gift Bags Donated to NFSB Food Pantry. Jim McGuire, a past president of NFSB Board of Trustees, generated a Holiday Gift Bag drive for NFSB. He put out a call to the Nutley/Belleville community for personal care products to fill gift bags, which are to be distributed to our Food Pantry patrons. Items donated include necessities such as tooth paste, tooth brushes, razors, and aspirin. A big shout out of appreciation for all Jim’s efforts and the generosity of those who contributed!
Caring Crafts For NFSB. Caring Crafts summer class for the Let’s Learn program in town focuses on projects that teach about civic service, and associated qualities such as selflessness and altruism. Elementary school aged girls participated in learning about the Nutley Family Service Bureau operations and contributed to The Stress Ball Initiative, which sought to create a craft to benefit mental health.
Scarfs Aplenty! Comfy, colorful scarfs to keep out the winter chill.Liquid Church provided the generous donation of hand-made fleecy scarfs to be distributed to Food Pantry participants this holiday. We are grateful to Church members for their time, energy and support of NFSB’s efforts to provide for those in our community who are in need.
Oktoberfest Food Drive Festival. Old Canal Inn was celebrating Oktoberfest with a Food Drive Festival for NFSB. It was a day of fun with crafts, music, foods that everybody enjoys, and many local businesses supported the effort on Saturday, September 21st, from 12 to 6 pm. All celebrated Oktoberfest and could bring a donation to stock the NFSB Food Pantry shelves. Canned Beans, Tuna, Chicken, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Hot & Cold Cereals, Pasta & Sauce are especially in short supply.
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Giving and Good Cheer from the Nutley Rescue Squad. A donation of new stuffed animals to NFSB for holiday distribution spread the giving and good cheer, Compliments of Nutley Rescue Squad and the Pet Smart of Kearny, NJ. Hand delivered by Chief Pugliese, Lt. Suarez and Marianne Zurawski.
Presenting “The Black Monk”. NFSB is pleased to present, in partnership with the Nutley Public Library, THE BLACK MONK, a movie from Bongiorno Productions. The reinterpretation of the Chekhov play provides a frame through which mental health is insightfully explored across contents of religiosity/mysticism and psychological complexity. A main theme is the issue of sanity and the struggle for existential meaning. Presentation will take place at the Nutley Library, Saturday, October 13th, 2:00 pm. Light refreshments and Q&A will follow with producers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno. Admission is free. Non-perishable proteins are being accepted for the NFSB Food Pantry. VIEW TRAILER.
Fighting Hunger One Bowl At A Time. “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, carried out by art organizations on a community level. National Art Honor Society members teamed up with Nutley High School and Middle School students to craft beautiful ceramic bowls which were sold at the Annual District Art Show as part of the Empty Bowls project. All proceeds from the sale were given to NFSB Food Pantry. NFSB sincerely thanks all the participating students and faculty for their creativity and generosity in this initiative.
NFSB Partners To Celebrate Veterans. The students of Nutley High School Patriot Club will be presenting a Veterans Day Celebration, on Monday, November 12th, at 7 pm, at the John Walker Middle School. Admission is free. Each veteran in attendance will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation. The program includes patriotic music, NHS Choir performances, multi-media presentations and is followed by a free dinner. Nutley Family Service Bureau is a proud partner of this event. Come join us to celebrate our veterans! For details, DOWNLOAD FLYER.