As my friends are all dropping off their nearly adult children at colleges and universities this week, I am reminded of my parents dropping me off at college for the first time. I stuffed everything that I could into the gigantic trunk of my father’s baby blue Caddy – which was a lot – and […]

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What do we really want for our children? We want them to grow into kind, functioning adults who are joyful, find their purpose and ultimately contribute to society. Easy stuff right? Under the best of circumstances, that’s a pretty tall order. Parents will do whatever it takes to help their children reach these goals. It […]

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Summer is often home to childhood’s most poignant memories. Grass stained knees. Hands covered in the stick of melted ice cream. The shock of cool, chlorinated water on a blistering afternoon. School is always right around the corner though. Summer’s end is usually synonymous with taking on new, exciting subjects and reuniting with good friends […]

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Going through the foster care system means much more than being separated from your parents. It means moving between 1-2 homes per year. It means losing 4-6 months of academic progress with every change of school. It means that important friendships become impossibly difficult to maintain. And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. […]

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Taryn will wake up this morning to the sound of chirping blue jays and the warmth of the sun beaming across her face. She’ll smell the overwhelming aroma of fresh pancakes and crispy bacon coming from the kitchen. Her dog will hop onto her bed and, with his cold nose and sloppy kisses, ensure that […]

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The Oradell Book & Needle Club was founded in 1915 as an organization committed to community improvement, through volunteering and service. Even after 103 years, these incredible women have remained steadfast in pursuit of their goals. Most indicative of this quality, is their recent decision to make CASA the focus of their Special State Project. […]

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Domestic Violence Has Long-Range Consequences What happens to children exposed to domestic violence? A lot–and none of it is good. Children not only watch the abuse. They hear the sounds of abuse, see the bruises, and of course, very often, they too are the victims. They are taught to keep the family secret. They suffer in […]

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Yesterday on Wednesday, September 12th, the Lyndhurst Women’s Club courteously hosted Bergen County CASA at their first meeting of the year. After treating CASA to a wonderful, homemade lunch, club President Rosemary McGuigan introduced Executive Director Ellen Davis to the 52-member group. Following an overview of CASA’s duties and goals, the projector sparked on and […]

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Summer is often home to childhood’s most poignant memories. Grass stained knees. Hands covered in the stick of melted ice cream. The shock of cool, chlorinated water on a blistering afternoon. School is always right around the corner though. Summer’s end is usually synonymous with taking on new, exciting subjects and reuniting with good friends […]

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Rooted deep within the membrane of the United States, is its unique and inspirational origin as one of the first countries to be founded on a set of ideals and beliefs, rather than claims to a specific piece of land or genetic heritage. Framers Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and so many others, envisioned […]

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