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NFSB Volunteer Loretta: “It Feels Like I’m Part of Something Special”

NFSB Volunteer Loretta: “It Feels Like I’m Part of Something Special”

Since leaving Queens for Nutley in the 1950s, Loretta Kwapniewski has been the quintessential Nutley “lifer.” She worked for the Township of Nutley in the recreation department for 36 years and in the public works department for another 10 years. After nearly a half-century serving the people of Nutley, Loretta was ready to retire and ...
How to Identify the Risk of Suicide and What You Can Do to Help

How to Identify the Risk of Suicide and What You Can Do to Help

On July 16, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline was made available to all landline and cell phone users as mandated by the federal government. The goal is to reduce the number of negative outcomes by filling gaps in mental health crisis care. “People experiencing a crisis or any mental health-related stress were going without ...
Teens Encouraged to Volunteer at Garden Party on 9/18!

Teens Encouraged to Volunteer at Garden Party on 9/18!

You could say Siri Bhat has become quite the authority on teen volunteering opportunities at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB). Now a senior at Nutley High School, Siri has been volunteering at NFSB since her freshman year. Siri spent three hours every Wednesday all summer volunteering at The Shop and The Pantry. Last year, she ...
Sheldrake Lukas and Xandt Wyntreez Set to Perform at The Garden Party

Sheldrake Lukas and Xandt Wyntreez Set to Perform at The Garden Party

When Sheldrake Lukas and Xandt Wyntreez bumped into a member of the Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) board of trustees at a dinner party in 2018, they had no idea the chance meeting would turn into annual performances at The Garden Party. In fact, they weren’t sure how their talents would be used at such ...
Need a Backpack and Back-to-School Supplies? We’ve Got Your Back!

Need a Backpack and Back-to-School Supplies? We’ve Got Your Back!

The first step to a successful school year is having the right supplies. Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is partnering with the Nutley Education Foundation (NEF) to make sure students are prepared to learn from day one with our annual “We’ve Got Your Back” backpack drive! The NEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in ...
Meet the Counselors: Brandon Lee, MSW, LSW

Meet the Counselors: Brandon Lee, MSW, LSW

As a student at The College of New Jersey with a double major in journalism and interactive multimedia, Brandon Lee had dreams of becoming a sports journalist. Then a tragic loss changed his focus. Brandon decided to start volunteering at Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey and use his talents to help cancer patients and ...
Alyssa Gives Back and Cultivates Her Talent Through Volunteering

Alyssa Gives Back and Cultivates Her Talent Through Volunteering

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is proud to award the first Bedford Scholarship to Alyssa Ostrowski of Nutley High School’s Class of 2022. The $1,000 scholarship is named for Ruth Bedford, a decades-long NFSB board member who was affectionately known by many as the matriarch of Nutley, and will be awarded to each year to ...
Why Emilie Gives to the Community

Why Emilie Gives to the Community

After graduating from Nutley High School, Emilie attended Rutgers University – Newark before moving to Berkeley College, where she earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration. While pursuing her associate’s degree, Emilie first joined NFSB as an intern. “I started as an administrative intern in the mental health office, receiving phone calls and making ...
Volunteering Enables Fiorella to Give Back and Share Her Passions

Volunteering Enables Fiorella to Give Back and Share Her Passions

Recent Nutley High School graduate Fiorella Rivera has been awarded the first-ever LoCurcio Scholarship from Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB). Named for the LoCurcio family, who have been actively involved with NFSB for decades, the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to one student who has volunteered at NFSB. “One thing I love about volunteering ...
Why It’s Important for Kids to Have a Summer Routine

Why It’s Important for Kids to Have a Summer Routine

When school breaks for summer, it’s not uncommon for teens to abandon any kind of schedule. They may stay up late using their phones or gaming systems and sleep half the day away. There tends to be way too much screen time. While it’s completely normal for kids to relax during summer break, maintaining a ...
Join Us for The Garden Party at the Mountsier-Hardie Garden!

Join Us for The Garden Party at the Mountsier-Hardie Garden!

The Mountsier-Hardie Garden in Nutley is private and generally not open to the public with the exception of a few special events sprinkled throughout the year. The Garden Party is one of those special events. Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) invites you to The Garden Party at Mountsier-Hardie Garden, 205 Rutgers Place in Nutley, on ...
NFSB Welcomes Johnny Barrios to Case Management

NFSB Welcomes Johnny Barrios to Case Management

Since being introduced as Nutley Family Service Bureau’s (NFSB’s) first Case Management Coordinator about a year ago, Molly Clark, MSW (Master of Social Work) has developed close relationships with many of our clients, especially in the senior community. Molly has been the go-to resource and advocate for people who need help navigating social programs, filling ...
NFSB receives Inclusive Healthy Communities grant to Support Nutley Residents with Disabilities

NFSB receives Inclusive Healthy Communities grant to Support Nutley Residents with Disabilities

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) was recently awarded an Inclusive Healthy Communities grant for $60,000 from the New Jersey Division of Disability Services. This funding will support a Blueprint for Building an Inclusive & Healthier Nutley Township. NFSB was one of just 12 new recipients of this grant in the State of New Jersey. Through ...
NFSB Awards Scholarships in Honor of Ruth Bedford and the LoCurcio Family

NFSB Awards Scholarships in Honor of Ruth Bedford and the LoCurcio Family

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) has introduced $1,000 scholarships named for community leaders and long-time NFSB supporters Ruth Bedford and the LoCurcio family. We are proud to award the Bedford Scholarship to Alyssa Ostrowski and the LoCurcio Scholarship to Fiorella Rivera! Alyssa and Fiorella are members of the 2022 graduating class of Nutley High School ...
Escape Inflation During the Holiday in July Sale at The Shop!

Escape Inflation During the Holiday in July Sale at The Shop!

The Shop at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) invites you to the annual Holiday in July Sale, July 11-23 during regular Shop hours. This year’s event will feature fall and winter holiday items, from Halloween and Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa! Each year, the Holiday in July Sale features new and gently used items, ...
Thank You, Nutley, for 3 Incredibly Successful NFSB Events

Thank You, Nutley, for 3 Incredibly Successful NFSB Events

Over the course of a six-week span, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) hosted three of our biggest events of the year – the Scouting for Food Town-Wide Food Drive, A Night at the Races, and Rock Hunger V. Thanks to the outpouring of support from the Nutley community, all three have been remarkably successful. Let’s ...
Ever Thought About Volunteering at NFSB? Here’s How You Can Help!

Ever Thought About Volunteering at NFSB? Here’s How You Can Help!

Local, community-based nonprofits like Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) rely on volunteers for both day-to-day tasks and special events that support the organization’s mission. Without volunteers, local nonprofits would struggle to survive. Of course, volunteering is hardly a one-way street. Research has shown that people who volunteer feel better about themselves. They feel a sense ...
NFSB Begins Accreditation Process to Bring Highest Standard of Care to the Nutley Community

NFSB Begins Accreditation Process to Bring Highest Standard of Care to the Nutley Community

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is excited to announce that we are going through an accreditation process that will ensure all areas of the organization are functioning according to best practices. We’re partnering with Social Current (formerly Council on Accreditation), which has been accrediting human service organizations for decades, to navigate this process. The accreditation ...
Nutley Community Steps Up to Help NFSB Secure State Farm Grant

Nutley Community Steps Up to Help NFSB Secure State Farm Grant

When State Farm Neighborhood Assist announced it would award $25,000 grants to 100 nonprofits across the country, about 4,000 organizations submitted applications. When Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) was named one of just 200 finalists, State Farm left it to the supporters of these organizations to decide who would receive the grants. The Nutley Community ...
NFSB Introduces Weekly Women’s  Group

NFSB Introduces Weekly Women’s Group

It’s no secret that the lack of socialization during the pandemic has been difficult to handle. The breakdown of social circles left many people feeling isolated. Although society is learning to live with the pandemic and most restrictions have been lifted, it can be difficult to understand how to act or what to do next. ...
How NFSB Is Addressing the Root Cause of Food Insecurity in Nutley

How NFSB Is Addressing the Root Cause of Food Insecurity in Nutley

June is Hunger Awareness Month. According to the Food Research and Action Center, about one in 12 households in New Jersey experienced food insecurity in 2020. Essex County is among the top 10 counties in New Jersey for food-insecure homes. Although Nutley residents have better access to food stores than other communities in the area, ...
Need Financial Assistance for Healthcare and Prescription Drugs? We Can Help!

Need Financial Assistance for Healthcare and Prescription Drugs? We Can Help!

There are many programs available to help local residents cover healthcare and prescription drug costs. We’ve explained several of these programs in recent posts to the Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) Facebook page. The NFSB Case Management Program is available to help local residents understand and navigate these programs. Rather than simply explaining what to ...
Free Workshop to Explore Self-Harming Behaviors Among Young People

Free Workshop to Explore Self-Harming Behaviors Among Young People

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is excited to continue its free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series with “Self-Harming Behaviors,” a presentation focused on how to identify non-suicidal, self-injury behaviors and support teens with healthy coping skills. This community education event will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm at the NFSB Conference Room ...
NFSB Engages Local Youth to Stomp Out Mental Health Stigma

NFSB Engages Local Youth to Stomp Out Mental Health Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is proud to join a national movement to fight stigma, educate people about mental health disorders, and let people know that help is available. “We want people to be aware that everyone experiences a mental health issue at some point in their life,” said ...
New Assistant Manager at The Shop, New Opportunities for Growth

New Assistant Manager at The Shop, New Opportunities for Growth

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) recently welcomed Heather Amendola as Assistant Manager of The Shop. With experience in retail, customer service, and graphic design, the 2017 graduate of Nutley High School is excited to share her passion for fashion, art, and thrifting with the Nutley community. Peg Conca, Shop and Pantry Manager at NFSB shared, ...
Rock Hunger V: Five Great Bands, One Great Cause

Rock Hunger V: Five Great Bands, One Great Cause

You know an annual event is a hit when people in the local community relive their favorite memories throughout the year and constantly ask about the next one. More people attend each year, and more money is raised for a worthy cause. One thing about this particular event makes it a little different than the ...
How NFSB Supports and Advocates for Residents at Nutley Senior Manor

How NFSB Supports and Advocates for Residents at Nutley Senior Manor

Right around the corner from Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), Nutley Senior Manor provides low-income housing for area older adults. Individuals who are eligible for housing at Nutley Senior Manor are probably eligible for other social programs and services as well. Many are on a fixed income that’s based on the amount of money they ...
We Need Your Votes to Win a $25,000 Grant for Nutley’s Friendly Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program!

We Need Your Votes to Win a $25,000 Grant for Nutley’s Friendly Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program!

State Farm Neighborhood Assist will award $25,000 grants to 100 causes across the country. Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) has been named one of 200 finalists among approximately 4,000 submissions. That means we have a 50-50 chance to win a $25,000 grant! You can vote 10 times per day through Friday, May 6, 2022 on ...
Free Educational Workshop to Focus on Maternal Mental Health

Free Educational Workshop to Focus on Maternal Mental Health

Nutley Family Services Bureau (NFSB) is excited to continue its free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series with “Maternal Mental Health: Before, During and After Baby.” This community education event will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm at NFSB, 169 Chestnut Street in Nutley, across the municipal parking lot from The Mental Health ...
Nutley’s Braden Somers and NFSB Take a Bite Out of Pet Food Insecurity

Nutley’s Braden Somers and NFSB Take a Bite Out of Pet Food Insecurity

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Nutley High School sophomore Braden Somers, it’s that she doesn’t like to sit around and wait for change to happen. As a sixth grader pursuing her Girl Scouts Silver Award, Braden led the charge to initiate an ordinance in Nutley that would ban single-use plastic bags. As a ...
Understanding Trauma and How Therapy Can Help

Understanding Trauma and How Therapy Can Help

A traumatic experience, whether a single event or ongoing trauma, can be difficult for a person to process. If left untreated, trauma can have debilitating, long-term effects. Emotionally, trauma can lead to anxiety and depression. Behaviorally, it can lead to isolation, risky or dangerous behavior, and substance use. Physically, it can lead to chronic inflammation, ...
Free Workshop to Focus on Healthy Body Image and Eating Disorders

Free Workshop to Focus on Healthy Body Image and Eating Disorders

Nutley Family Services Bureau (NFSB) is excited to continue its free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series with “Promoting Healthy Body Image & Habits: How to Identify and Support Someone with an Eating Disorder.” This community education event will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm at 169 Chestnut Street in Nutley. Kristen Petullo, ...
The Shop at NFSB Invites You to a New Higher End “Boutique”  to Support our Services

The Shop at NFSB Invites You to a New Higher End “Boutique” to Support our Services

Recent visitors to The Shop at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) may have noticed the addition of a new room filled with even more “great finds”! These are the enthusiastic words often heard when speaking with Peg Conca, Manager of the NFSB Pantry and Shop. Peg is the passionate force behind several Shop initiatives at ...
Calling All Volunteers for Scouting for Food Drive 2022!

Calling All Volunteers for Scouting for Food Drive 2022!

Last year, the Scouting for Food Drive was another record-breaker as Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) accepted more than 44,000 food items, thanks to local Scouts, parents, troop leaders, volunteers, and generous residents of Nutley. This year, we’re shooting even higher! On Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:30-5, Scouts of all ages will be collecting ...
Volunteers Needed for A Night at the Races, Set to Return in April!

Volunteers Needed for A Night at the Races, Set to Return in April!

Denise Roman’s first major event as a volunteer for Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) was A Night at the Races in 2019. To say she was blown away would be an understatement. “There was so much energy in the room,” Denise said. “Dave (Popkin, NFSB trustee and professional sportscaster, currently serving as a radio announcer ...
How Expressive Therapies Can Help Children When Talk Therapy Does Not

How Expressive Therapies Can Help Children When Talk Therapy Does Not

People of all ages, including young children and teens, may have difficulty talking about certain topics. When talk therapy isn’t working, expressive therapies may be able to help. “I like to think of expressive therapies as other languages that can be used in therapy,” said Jessica Hauck, LAC (Licensed Associate Counselor), ATR (Registered Art Therapist) ...
Free Workshop to Focus on Helping Family and Friends Coping with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Free Workshop to Focus on Helping Family and Friends Coping with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

The Nutley Family Services Bureau (NFSB) is excited to kick off its free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series with “Help for Family and Friends,” a presentation focused on coping with mental health and substance use disorders. This community education event will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm at The Knights of Columbus ...
How You Can Help Kids Overcome a Two-Year Buildup of Covid Anxiety

How You Can Help Kids Overcome a Two-Year Buildup of Covid Anxiety

Two years into the pandemic, children continue to struggle with anxiety, triggered by what they see at home, at school, and in their social interactions. While parents typically do everything possible to shield their children from any type of serious danger, threat, or trauma, Covid has touched everyone on some level. Avoiding Covid has been ...
New Role for a Familiar Face Reflects Positive Changes at The Pantry

New Role for a Familiar Face Reflects Positive Changes at The Pantry

Clients of The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) will be seeing a lot more of a familiar face. Joan Roake, a constant presence at both The Pantry and The Shop at NFSB, has been named Assistant Pantry Manager, a move that will allow her to focus exclusively on The Pantry and the over ...
A Night at the Races to Benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau Returns

A Night at the Races to Benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau Returns

It may seem hard to believe, but the inaugural A Night at the Races fundraiser to benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) was held nearly three years ago. More than 200 people attended on that April night in 2019 and we raised $8,800, far exceeding our expectations. Ever since then, people have been asking when ...
NFSB Kicks Off Free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series

NFSB Kicks Off Free Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series

The Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) family is excited to announce its new Mental Health Monthly Workshop Series, a free program of events that will be led by the NFSB mental health program staff. Workshops will be held on the second Wednesday of the month at The Knights of Columbus Community Room at 150 Chestnut ...
For Margit, Volunteering Provides a Renewed Sense of Purpose

For Margit, Volunteering Provides a Renewed Sense of Purpose

As Margit Rademacher affectionately recalls, she “married into Nutley” in 1971. After her son was born in 1975, she started to wonder what she would do with herself when a friend told her about a thrift shop in town that needed volunteers. “When my son was six months old, my grandmother would babysit and I ...
Meet the Counselors: Kerry McCann, MPA, MA, LAC

Meet the Counselors: Kerry McCann, MPA, MA, LAC

Kerry McCann, MPA (Master of Public Administration), MA (Master of Arts), LAC (Licensed Associate Counselor) made the decision to pursue mental health counseling as a career during an internship that involved helping veterans who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. “I dealt with a traumatic brain injury when I was younger and had my own experiences ...
“Nutley Has Given So Much to Me. Volunteering Allows Me to Give Back.”

“Nutley Has Given So Much to Me. Volunteering Allows Me to Give Back.”

Jim Chambers moved to Nutley with his partner, John, 35 years ago. Jim was working on Wall Street as an IT manager and the commute from Nutley was an easy one. Little did he know at the time what kind of impact Nutley would have on his life. Fast forward to 2018. Jim had retired ...
Tom’s Story

Tom’s Story

So far this year, the Nutley Family Service Bureau Case Management Program has helped clients gain over $12,000 in yearly benefits including Medicaid, food stamps, gas and electric, and various housing supports. Tom and his family recently became a client of the Nutley Family Service Food Pantry. The Pantry is often the initial touchpoint for ...
Meet the Counselors: Carline Dumay, MSW, LSW

Meet the Counselors: Carline Dumay, MSW, LSW

Carline Dumay, MSW (Master of Social Work), LSW (Licensed Social Worker) attended Kean University as a business major. It wasn’t until an internship at United Way brought her closer to the organization’s impact that she discovered her passion for social work. As an intern in the accounting department, Carline was getting bored, so her supervisor ...
Meet the Counselors: Fernando Vazquez, MSW, LSW

Meet the Counselors: Fernando Vazquez, MSW, LSW

When Fernando Vazquez, MSW (Master of Social Work), LSW (Licensed Social Worker) was a high school history teacher in Newark, he earned a reputation as a person who students would feel comfortable seeing if they were dealing with a difficult or confusing situation. “My favorite part of being a teacher was counseling kids,” Fernando said. ...
Madeline’s Story

Madeline’s Story

Madeline called Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) seeking therapy after losing her husband to suicide. When Madeline came to her first therapy session, She felt lost, angry, and terrified as she grappled with the loss of her husband and the thought of being a single parent to their young son. She had so many unanswered ...
How the New Adopt-a-Shelf Program at The Pantry Aims to Provide Healthier, Fresher Food Options for Those in Need

How the New Adopt-a-Shelf Program at The Pantry Aims to Provide Healthier, Fresher Food Options for Those in Need

The biggest challenge faced by The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is keeping fresh items in stock. We need to stock each shelf in our refrigerator and freezer with enough milk, eggs, cheese, meat, and poultry to meet the needs of the community, but this is an ongoing challenge because these items are ...
Helping A Neighbor In Need Like Ryan And His Family

Helping A Neighbor In Need Like Ryan And His Family

Ryan is a 20-year-old college student who started individual therapy services with NFSB during the pandemic with the hopes of improving his academic performance and relationship with his family. Ryan is close with his mother and younger siblings but felt increasingly isolated during the COVID pandemic, forced to participate in his college courses remotely and ...
NFSB Expands Home Food Deliveries to Seniors and Homebound Residents

NFSB Expands Home Food Deliveries to Seniors and Homebound Residents

As part of our ongoing fight against food insecurity in our community, The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) holds bi-weekly food distributions on Wednesdays from 2-5 and Thursdays from 10-1. For those residents who are unable to come to us, especially our senior friends, we bring food directly to them through our home ...
Meet the Counselors: Kelly Rivadeneyra, MSW, LCSW

Meet the Counselors: Kelly Rivadeneyra, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Rivadeneyra (Master of Social Work), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) always had an interest in social work. Her interest grew as a double major in psychology and criminal justice at Rutgers University, but it wasn’t until she started working at an adolescent residential treatment center that she truly found her calling. “I felt like ...
How The Pantry at NFSB Is Planning to Enhance the Customer Experience

How The Pantry at NFSB Is Planning to Enhance the Customer Experience

In recent years, food distributions have been held at The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm and Thursday s from 10 am to 1 pm. Distributions moved outdoors during the pandemic to allow for proper distancing but have returned indoors. While food distributions continue to be ...
Ida Response Shows How NFSB Steps Up in an Emergency

Ida Response Shows How NFSB Steps Up in an Emergency

People were up to their waist in water. Hurricane Ida left its mark all over Nutley. Homes and businesses were flooded. Fallen tree branches covered the ground. Abandoned cars were submerged in water up to the windows. When the Nutley community faces such a crisis, residents know they can turn to Nutley Family Service Bureau ...
Pandemic Leads to Increase in Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens

Pandemic Leads to Increase in Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens

According to CDC research, emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts by girls ages 12-17 increased 26 percent during summer 2020 and 50 percent during winter 2021 from the same periods in 2019. Researchers point out that “disturbances in our social rhythms significantly increase the risk – even predict – the development of major depressive ...
Kick Off the Holiday Season with the Winter Wonderland Sale at The Shop!

Kick Off the Holiday Season with the Winter Wonderland Sale at The Shop!

“Gone away is the bluebird here to stay is the new bird” After the adversity we’ve faced over the past two years, who’s ready to start putting it in the past and celebrate the arrival of the holiday season? At Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), we invite you to face unafraid the plans that we’ve ...
Community Embraces NFSB Thanksgiving Initiative to Make Holiday Special

Community Embraces NFSB Thanksgiving Initiative to Make Holiday Special

The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is receiving support from large and small businesses, schools, scouts, and local families to make Thanksgiving extra special for everyone this year. The NFSB 2021 Thanksgiving Initiative will include a massive Turkey Drive and food basket distribution for clients of The Pantry and local seniors. We’re excited ...
NFSB Provides Infertility Counseling

NFSB Provides Infertility Counseling

Infertility is a problem for about 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Although there is a higher rate among women in their late 30s and early 40s struggling with infertility, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) clinicians see younger women in their 20s who are dealing with infertility. “Many people who are struggling to have ...
How the NFSB Internship Program Has Shaped Our Homegrown Team

How the NFSB Internship Program Has Shaped Our Homegrown Team

What do clinicians Victoria Bukey, Molly Clark, Jessica Hauck, Kerry McCann, Laura Munoz-Torres, and Fernando Vasquez have in common? They all got their start with the Mental Health Counseling Program at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) through our graduate internship program. Together, they represent more than half of our staff! “We’re very proud of the ...
How Our Case Management Services Can Help You Navigate the Challenging NJ Housing Landscape

How Our Case Management Services Can Help You Navigate the Challenging NJ Housing Landscape

The pandemic has made an already challenging housing situation even more difficult. People who lost their jobs or had no other choice but to leave their jobs to care for children may be facing eviction or foreclosure. Meanwhile, the average price of homes has increased dramatically since last year. To make matters worse, Section 8 ...
How Couples Therapy Can Help Relationships Heal

How Couples Therapy Can Help Relationships Heal

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) has seen an increase in couples therapy. Managing families during this time has created a heavy burden of stress, especially in families with children. One or both parents were forced to work from home and manage remote learning for children. People lost jobs ...
Meet the Counselors: Laura Munoz-Torres LAC, ATR-P, NCC

Meet the Counselors: Laura Munoz-Torres LAC, ATR-P, NCC

As a psychology major at the College of St. Elizabeth (now St. Elizabeth University), Laura Munoz-Torres took art classes as both a creative outlet and a reward of sorts for all her hard work in her psychology classes. “Art helped me find balance,” Laura said. “My professor actually told me I should be an art ...
How Case Management and The Pantry Work Together to Address Food Insecurity

How Case Management and The Pantry Work Together to Address Food Insecurity

There has been a stereotype for decades that paints a certain picture of people with food insecurity issues. This picture shows people who are food insecure because of their own poor decisions or have always just depended on social services to survive. As with most stereotypes, this picture is inaccurate. Food insecurity does not discriminate. ...
Dealing with COVID-Driven Increases in Alcohol Use

Dealing with COVID-Driven Increases in Alcohol Use

Early in the pandemic during lockdowns, some people would joke about how many empty bottles of wine and other alcohol they would see in their neighbor’s recycling bin. Given the level of stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic, we’ve seen firsthand at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) how jokes can quickly turn to ...
Meet the Counselors: Jessica Hauck LAC, ATR-P

Meet the Counselors: Jessica Hauck LAC, ATR-P

Jessica Hauck, LAC (Licensed Associate Counselor), ATR-P (Provisional Registered Art Therapist) was always interested in art therapy as a modality when she was younger. When she went to the College of New Jersey, however, she decided to pursue her undergraduate degree in fine arts with the goal of becoming an artist. It wasn’t until a ...
The Value of Family Therapy When a Child Comes Out

The Value of Family Therapy When a Child Comes Out

A young girl who we’ll call Grace was a familiar face at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB). Grace’s family sought counseling for her more than a year earlier when she was having difficulty at school. Over the course of her counseling, Grace developed such a close therapeutic relationship with her clinician that she shared that ...
Senior Outreach Program Shows How Youth Volunteers Are Making a Difference

Senior Outreach Program Shows How Youth Volunteers Are Making a Difference

Siri Bhat, a junior at Nutley High School and member of the local Girl Scouts, started volunteering at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) a couple years ago. Since then, she has been a familiar face at The Shop, The Pantry, and various NFSB events. When it was time for Siri to pursue her Gold Award ...
In-Person and Remote Counseling Available at Nutley Family Service Bureau

In-Person and Remote Counseling Available at Nutley Family Service Bureau

True to our philosophy of responsivity to community needs, Nutley Family Service Bureau adapted across the organization to the many challenges of operating in a time of pandemic. One of the major ways we maintained service delivery was via Telehealth counseling. Teletherapy, also known as online therapy, e-therapy, or video therapy, is delivered via secure virtual ...
The Anxiety of Returning to the Classroom and the Workplace

The Anxiety of Returning to the Classroom and the Workplace

Humans adapt to the environment around them. When society was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic, people adapted. Children learned virtually and anyone who could work from home did so. People used different coping skills to adapt to a lifestyle spent mostly at home. As students return to school and adults return to work, many for ...
NFSB Helps Seniors Navigate Social Services and Overcome Isolation

NFSB Helps Seniors Navigate Social Services and Overcome Isolation

Seniors in our community have been affected more by COVID-19 than any other group. Need for social services in particular has never been higher, and the team at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is eager to guide seniors through what is often a complicated process. “When seniors get a letter from their insurance company, Medicare, ...
The Garden Party to Benefit NFSB Returns to Mountsier-Hardie Garden This Fall

The Garden Party to Benefit NFSB Returns to Mountsier-Hardie Garden This Fall

The return of popular live events in 2021 continues as Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) presents The Garden Party at the spectacular Mountsier-Hardie Garden in Nutley. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 12 from 4 pm to 7 pm and feature food from top local restaurants, an eclectic mix of music and ...
Meet the Counselors: Kristen Petullo, MSW, LCSW

Meet the Counselors: Kristen Petullo, MSW, LCSW

From a young age, Kristen Petullo, MSW (Master of Social Work), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) knew she wanted to help people. She just wasn’t sure how until she went to college to become a teacher. “I remember the light bulb moment,” Kristen said. “I was in an educational psychology class and it dawned on ...
Nutley Bakeries Step Up to Provide Bread to Those in Need

Nutley Bakeries Step Up to Provide Bread to Those in Need

In 2017, Dorothy Huey asked the person behind the counter at a local bakery what they do with their bread at the end of the day. The person said any leftovers are thrown out. “I know bakeries can only put out fresh bread each day, but I didn’t realize the bread that wasn’t sold was ...
How the “Feel Good” Nature of Volunteering Extends to Overall Wellness

How the “Feel Good” Nature of Volunteering Extends to Overall Wellness

When most people think of volunteering, they focus on the “feel good” aspect of helping others and supporting a worthy cause. There’s no doubt that volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities one could experience. At Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), we’ve also seen how the benefits of volunteering support a person’s overall wellness ...
It’s the Holiday Season – in July – at Nutley Family Service Bureau!

It’s the Holiday Season – in July – at Nutley Family Service Bureau!

Prepare for Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) to be transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17 as we host the annual Holiday in July Sale! This year’s festivities will be held outside for the first time to allow for more people to shop comfortably and find the holiday items ...
NFSB Case Management Services Continue Meeting Community Needs

NFSB Case Management Services Continue Meeting Community Needs

For many years, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) has offered case management services to assist members of the community with food insecurity, housing, financial assistance, home care, and other important services. To enhance the case management program and ensure that clients receive the help they need, NFSB recently introduced Molly Clark, MSW (Master of Social ...
Last Chance to Register for the Inaugural Bedford Golf Classic to Benefit NFSB!

Last Chance to Register for the Inaugural Bedford Golf Classic to Benefit NFSB!

Submitted by Dave Popkin, Board of Trustees Openings for two-person teams still remain for the inaugural Bedford Golf Classic, a fundraiser to benefit the Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) on Monday, July 12 at Glen Ridge Country Club. The event is named in honor of Ruth Bedford, affectionately known as the matriarch of Nutley. Ruth ...
Pride Month

Pride Month

Submitted by Dr. Taji Karim-Reisch, Board of Trustees Pride is a deep connectedness to oneself and a belongingness within a community. The month of June celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Allies and Pansexual (LGBTQIAAP) PRIDE. Over the last decade, the acronym evolved to be inclusive of all identities. Prior to the late ...
POWER of PEACE Group Program Makes Connections with Young Students

POWER of PEACE Group Program Makes Connections with Young Students

Since the pandemic, many school systems have made social-emotional learning a higher priority to help children process what’s happening, learn self-regulation and conflict resolution, and become more resilient. Recognizing this need, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) introduced the POWER of PEACE Program for elementary-aged students. As we discussed in a previous article, PEACE is an ...
NFSB’s Collaborative Partnership with Nutley Public Schools

NFSB’s Collaborative Partnership with Nutley Public Schools

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) has enjoyed a long, mutually beneficial partnership with Nutley Public Schools, providing students, families, and staff with valuable resources right in their own backyard. “I think it’s very reassuring for the schools to know we’re here for them and can help at a moment’s notice,” said Staela Keegan, MSW, LCSW, ...
“When People Receive Food and Smile, It Makes My Heart Happy”

“When People Receive Food and Smile, It Makes My Heart Happy”

Joan Roake’s daughter was a volunteer at The Pantry at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. At this point, many of the senior volunteers had to take a step back due to safety concerns, and her daughter was asked to help. That’s when Joan started volunteering at NFSB. “Because my daughter ...
The Grieving Process Is Probably Longer and More Complex than You Think

The Grieving Process Is Probably Longer and More Complex than You Think

Just months before the pandemic, Anne came to Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) because she was having a hard time overcoming the death of her husband of 40 years. She has no children, so losing her husband left every area of her life empty. Anne had tried a grief group through a hospital but felt ...
Nutley is “Going Green” in Honor of Mental Health Month

Nutley is “Going Green” in Honor of Mental Health Month

NUTLEY IS “GOING GREEN” IN HONOR OF MENTAL HEALTH MONTHTake the Pledge to support our Stigma Free Community May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in recognition, John V. Kelly and the Nutley Public Affairs and Health Department, in partnership with the Nutley Family Service Bureau , invite and encourage individuals to join them in ...
Navigating Special Education Services for School-Age Children, Part 2

Navigating Special Education Services for School-Age Children, Part 2

In the previous article, we discussed the challenges faced by parents who believe their children might have a learning disability and could benefit from special education services. The most important thing to remember is that learning disabilities are very common. A learning disability isn’t caused by poor parenting and it doesn’t mean something is wrong ...
Nutley Family Service Bureau Brings Back Rock Hunger Benefit

Nutley Family Service Bureau Brings Back Rock Hunger Benefit

Published by Nutley Neighbors, June 2021 –Submitted by Emma Cortese, Board of Trustees Nutley will be rockin’ on June 5th for the Nutley Family Service Bureau’s Rock Hunger IV live band extravaganza! The fundraiser is the brainchild of Dave Popkin, currently the chair of the Development Committee and a Vice President on the Board of ...
Navigating Special Education Services for School-Age Children, Part 1

Navigating Special Education Services for School-Age Children, Part 1

As a parent, you can tell when something doesn’t seem quite right with your child. Perhaps they don’t want to do homework or go to school. Maybe they have trouble making friends or managing emotions. A teacher may have expressed concern about academic performance or disruptive behavior. This can trigger a number of thoughts for ...
Rock Hunger IV: “An Awesome Way for NFSB to Connect with the Community”

Rock Hunger IV: “An Awesome Way for NFSB to Connect with the Community”

After a one-year hiatus, Rock Hunger is back! Rock Hunger IV, an outdoor concert to benefit the Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), will be held Saturday, June 5 at 1 pm at the Old Canal Inn, 2 East Passaic Avenue in Nutley, NJ. This year’s lineup of bands is the biggest ever, featuring The Attic, ...
When Grandparents Become Caregivers: How Family Therapy Can Help

When Grandparents Become Caregivers: How Family Therapy Can Help

Did you know one in 10 children in the U.S. live in a household with at least one grandparent? In fact, more than one-third of grandparents (35 percent) who live with a grandchild are the primary caregivers. Grandparents are more relied upon today as caregivers than in previous generations. This can happen for a variety ...
How Family Therapy Addresses Challenges by Addressing the Larger System

How Family Therapy Addresses Challenges by Addressing the Larger System

At Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), people often come to The Center thinking their problems exist in an individual vacuum. Someone might say something like, “I’ve been depressed” or “my child is misbehaving at school” and look at the issue from the perspective of an individual. At NFSB, we use family therapy to help individuals ...
From Volunteer to the NFSB Board: Meet Ken Cibelli

From Volunteer to the NFSB Board: Meet Ken Cibelli

A Nutley resident since 1983, Ken Cibelli had been receiving mailings from Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) for years and sending donations from time to time. In 2017, he finally reached out to NFSB and offered to volunteer. “In the back of my mind, I always thought about getting involved because the Bureau seemed like ...
For Denise, Volunteering at the Thrift Shop Is a Source of Fulfillment

For Denise, Volunteering at the Thrift Shop Is a Source of Fulfillment

If you were to say that volunteering is in Denise Roman’s DNA, that would not be an exaggeration. Denise started volunteering when she was just 17 years old. A Nutley resident for 22 years, Denise has volunteered for organizations in Nutley and throughout the county, from supporting VFW Post 493 as auxiliary chaplain, to Our ...
How Volunteers Keep The NFSB Pantry And Thrift Shop Running Smoothly

How Volunteers Keep The NFSB Pantry And Thrift Shop Running Smoothly

April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a month dedicated to celebrating volunteerism and honoring those who give so much of themselves to help others. At Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB), the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop rely heavily on volunteers to support the services that are provided to the Nutley community. “Volunteers gave over 12,000 ...
Scouting for Food Drive to Benefit the NFSB Food Pantry Is Back in 2021!

Scouting for Food Drive to Benefit the NFSB Food Pantry Is Back in 2021!

The Scouting for Food program continued a remarkable, record-breaking streak in 2019 with 34,046 food items donated. This nearly doubled the number of items donated just three years earlier. Although the coronavirus halted this momentum in 2020, local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops are eager to start Scouting for Food in 2021, especially with ...
Why Mental Health Should be a Normal Topic of Conversation with Children

Why Mental Health Should be a Normal Topic of Conversation with Children

In the previous article, we discussed the signs of loneliness and isolation in children and what you can do to help. As parents, it can be difficult to know what to say to children when they’re visibly sad, depressed, angry, or lonely. What’s the right time? What’s the right setting? What’s the right approach? The ...
How to Help a Child Who’s Showing Signs of Loneliness and Isolation

How to Help a Child Who’s Showing Signs of Loneliness and Isolation

While the pandemic has forced all of us into isolation to some degree, children in particular have been struggling from the lack of interactions. In fact, COVID-19 has created an additional layer of isolation that has made the problem worse. “Family isolation is something we had rarely seen in kids until the pandemic,” said Jessica ...
Why Loss and Grief During the Pandemic Are So Difficult

Why Loss and Grief During the Pandemic Are So Difficult

More than 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 in our country. With the constant political bickering during the pandemic, people often gloss over the staggering number of lives lost. With the loss of a loved one comes grief. During the pandemic, however, the grieving process has been disrupted. The purpose of a funeral or other ...
4 Tips for Helping a Loved One with Anxiety

4 Tips for Helping a Loved One with Anxiety

In the previous blog article, we discussed what an anxiety disorder is, the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders, why anxiety disorders are so prevalent, and what can happen when anxiety is left untreated. Anxiety was already the most common mental illness in America before COVID-19, which has caused even more anxiety among adults and ...
With COVID Causing an Increase in Anxiety Disorders, Knowing Symptoms Of Anxiety Is Critical

With COVID Causing an Increase in Anxiety Disorders, Knowing Symptoms Of Anxiety Is Critical

Did you know anxiety disorders affect 18.1 percent of Americans, according to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, making anxiety the most common mental illness in the United States? “Everyone goes through a time in their life when they experience symptoms of anxiety,” said Staela Keegan, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Interim Director of Clinical Services ...
Nutley Family Service Bureau: Pantry Resource For Food Insufficiency

Nutley Family Service Bureau: Pantry Resource For Food Insufficiency

Published by Nutley Neighbors, March 2021 –Submitted by Emma Cortese, PhD, NFSB Board of Trustees Nutley Family Service Bureau, Inc. (NFSB) is a local nonprofit mental health and social service organization working tirelessly to help our clients during the current pandemic crisis. Our Food Pantry is focused particularly on food insecurity at this time. The ...
Stocking the Pantry with Hope and Love

Stocking the Pantry with Hope and Love

Submitted by Joyce Corey | Published by Nutley Neighbors, February 2011 Issue    Throughout the pandemic, there has been a constant conversation about how to make good use of one’s time. Coach Michael Blanchard is trying his best to do that for the over 90 wrestlers in the Nutley Jr. Raiders wrestling program.    “We ...
Pantry Is Resource For Rising Food Insecurity

Pantry Is Resource For Rising Food Insecurity

Pantry Is Resource For Rising Food InsecurityBy Emma Cortese, NFSB Trustee and PR Chair Nutley Family Service Bureau, Inc., (NFSB), serving the Nutley community for over 100 years, is a local nonprofit working tirelessly to help our clients during this pandemic crisis. A recent article in the Nutley Sun, Many Experiencing NJ Food Pantries For ...
Where to Turn for Food Insecurity Needs

Where to Turn for Food Insecurity Needs

Where to Turn for Food Insecurity NeedsPublished by Greater Newark Holiday Fund, December 2020 Mitch T. came in person to Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) administrative offices in desperate need of direction. He hadn’t received an unemployment check for months; as a result, he was in arears for rent and had not a penny for ...
Battling Bipolar Disorder With NFSB

Battling Bipolar Disorder With NFSB

Battling Bipolar Disorder With NFSBPublished by Greater Newark Holiday Fund, December 2020 Billy N, a middle-aged man with an early diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, came to Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) after several psychiatric hospitalizations which corresponded with his father’s death and mother’s unrelenting anxious focus. Billy described a childhood during which the presentation of ...
A message from the Nutley Family Service Bureau Director of Clinical Services and Programming, Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW

A message from the Nutley Family Service Bureau Director of Clinical Services and Programming, Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW

A message from the Nutley Family Service Bureau Director of Clinical Services and Programming, Joe Armentano, MSW, LCSW With the holidays and end of the year upon us, most of us find ourselves caught between the urgency of the moment to get all things done and “wrapped-up,” and the opportunity to reflect on a fresh ...
PNHS Patriot Club Celebrates Veterans

PNHS Patriot Club Celebrates Veterans

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 ...
Success With School Challenges

Success With School Challenges

Success With School ChallengesPublished by Greater Newark Holiday Fund, November 2020 Lilah, a 7-year-old second grader, is described by her parents as a bright, charming and unique child who struggled to enjoy school and relate to her peers. Concerns grew when she would return home form school and express how much she disliked being there. ...
New NFSB Executive Director Leads Thanksgiving Initiative

New NFSB Executive Director Leads Thanksgiving Initiative

New NFSB Executive Director Leads Thanksgiving InitiativePublished by Nutley Neighbors, November 2020 –Submitted by Emma Cortese, PhD, NFSB Board of Trustees The Nutley Family Service Bureau Board of Trustees welcomes Katherine Carmichael, MS.Ed, MSW, LSW, as our new Executive Director. Ms. Carmichael comes to the position as a 20-year administrative leader within non-profit organizations supporting ...
Therapist Viewpoint For The Holidays – Relationship Triangles and Defining A Self

Therapist Viewpoint For The Holidays – Relationship Triangles and Defining A Self

Therapist Viewpoint For The Holidays – Relationship Triangles and Defining A Self (Originally posted on HealingProse.com)Vincent Fitzgerald, NFSB Clinician, MSW Fordham University, LCSW, is a member of the mental health community for 20 years during which he has worked with the mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA) population, served as a school social worker, and psychiatric screener/mobile ...
The Makings of a Thanksgiving Meal at Nutley Family Service Bureau

The Makings of a Thanksgiving Meal at Nutley Family Service Bureau

The Makings of a Thanksgiving Meal at Nutley Family Service BureauPublished By Nutley Neighbors, November 2019Submitted by Emma Cortese, PhD, NFSB Board MemberNutley Family Service Bureau’s goal is to decrease the impact of food insecurity in households by providing a nutritious and dependable resource for family meals. USDA data for 2018 shows that over 11% ...
Nutley Family Service Bureau: Responding In A Time Of Crisis

Nutley Family Service Bureau: Responding In A Time Of Crisis

Nutley Family Service Bureau: Responding In A Time Of CrisisPublished By Nutley Neighbors, October 2020Submitted by Emma Cortese, Public Relations Chair, NFSB Board MemberConsistent with our mission of responsiveness to the community, Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) is addressing the unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19. NFSB is dedicated to providing services and creating workable solutions ...
Oktoberfest Food Drive Festival

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 ...
Self Care Is Not Just About “Self”

Self Care Is Not Just About “Self”

Self Care Is Not Just About “Self” (Originally posted on HealingProse.com)Vincent Fitzgerald, NFSB Clinician, MSW Fordham University, LCSW, is a member of the mental health community for 20 years during which he has worked with the mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA) population, served as a school social worker, and psychiatric screener/mobile crisis outreach worker. In the eight ...
Suicide Prevention Awareness

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 ...
Allowing Elderly Loved Ones to Express Anxiety During COVID-19

Allowing Elderly Loved Ones to Express Anxiety During COVID-19

Allowing Elderly Loved Ones to Express Anxiety During COVID-19 (Originally posted on HealingProse.com)Vincent Fitzgerald, NFSB Clinician, MSW Fordham University, LCSW, is a member of the mental health community for 20 years during which he has worked with the mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA) population, served as a school social worker, and psychiatric screener/mobile crisis outreach worker. We are ...
Backpacks Are Packed To Go!

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 ...
Our Many Thanks For “Digging In”

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 ...
Scouting For Food Drive 2019

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 ...
Why “CAN’T” is Not Allowed in My Therapy Room

Why “CAN’T” is Not Allowed in My Therapy Room

Why “CAN’T” is Not Allowed in My Therapy Room (Originally posted on TapInto Nutley) Many of us enter therapy struggling with external locus of control. We blame partners for dysfunctional relationships, accuse the universe of conspiring against us, or suggest demons assume command of our behavior. When these premises arise in therapy, I strive to ...
Carts of Caring

Carts of Caring

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 ...
Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day

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, ...
Self Care Is Not Just About “Self”

Self Care Is Not Just About “Self”

Self Care Is Not Just About “Self” (Originally posted on HealingProse.com)Vincent Fitzgerald, NFSB Clinician, MSW Fordham University, LCSW, is a member of the mental health community for 20 years during which he has worked with the mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA) population, served as a school social worker, and psychiatric screener/mobile crisis outreach worker. In the ...
Social Media Documentary

Social Media Documentary

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 ...
Giving and Good Cheer from the Nutley Rescue Squad

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. ...
The Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Remind Us Hopelessness Disregards Wealth and Fame

The Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Remind Us Hopelessness Disregards Wealth and Fame

The Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Remind Us Hopelessness Disregards Wealth and Fame (Originally posted on TapInto Nutley) When Anthony Bourdain died by suicide three days after Kate Spade, I read social media grumblings by people insulted the rich and famous would choose to “leave it all behind,” and I was reminded we ...
NFSB And Chico’s Team Up For a Fashion Show

NFSB And Chico’s Team Up For a Fashion Show

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 ...

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