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The Bride of Dracula Snags Her Clown

As a charter member of her church, one of Grace’s key jobs was to organize the social events held there. In October of 1982, she decided to have a singles party for Halloween. She asked one of her friends from the choir, Al, to help her plan it....

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Nancy and Larry Akins – a Commitment to Family and Community

In the summer of 1967, Nancy Newman stood with her friend on a street corner in Asbury Park, waiting for a ride to Bradley Beach. Little did she know that in a few short years, the young man who offered them a lift would become her husband....

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The Charismatic Carbones – Love at First Punch

RoseAnn, a spunky five-year-old girl with a thick head of long dark hair, was sure it was going to be her lucky day. As she headed out to recess at PS113 in the Bronx, a boy, Ralph, asked her if she would like to go on the seesaw with him.…...

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Meet Keith and Dorothy Gabbett

Dorothy and Keith Gabbett are “people people”. Within the first moments of talking to them, this fact becomes apparent....

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Volunteer Hero: Charlotte Aylor-Diaz

Charlotte Aylor-Diaz has undoubtedly saved hundreds of dogs with her hard work, dedication and passion. She’s advocated for canine organizations over 30 years, working with shelters, expanding rescue initiatives through her own nonprofit, and uniting organizations with a common mission....

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Volunteer Hero: Maryann O’Grady

Volunteer Hero, Maryann O’Grady has worked with CVCJ for over fourteen years. When she first joined the team, she was surprised to discover she was getting more out of the experience than she thought her care receivers were. That hasn’t changed. She still feels that way today....

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Volunteer Hero: Donna Demchick

This week’s Volunteer Hero, Donna Demchick, joked, “It’s all Mary’s fault. She’s the reason I’m here.” Donna was referring to long-time volunteer/former staff member, Mary Gualandi, who brought Donna on board to be a coordinator for St Justin’s Roman Catholic Church....

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CVCJ Care Receiver: Marie P

Marie and her husband Joseph both dedicated their lives to their faith and the Catholic Church.  Marie planned to enter the convent to become a nun and Joseph planned to enter the priesthood…until they met in 1955.  They married in 1956 after Joseph left the Airforce and remained married for…...

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Volunteer Hero: Marge DeFalco

Marge DeFalco turns 83 on July 20th, which means starting another year of her making us laugh and inspiring us to get up and go!...

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