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11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

11 Years After 'Heaven,' What Life is Like for the Burpo Family

The movie, in stores July 22, is about a real-life boy who says he went to Heaven and met Jesus during surgery. We spoke with the family behind the film about how it can help start a discuss
24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

24 Amazing Ways Residents Inspire Their Communities

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Everyday Inspirations: Incredible Ways People Give Back Locally

Patch readers told us who the "Everyday Inspirations" in their communities are, and we're sharing their stories and the work they've done locally.
'Coupon Queen' Gets $800 Grocery Bill Down to $7, Gives Savings Away

'Coupon Queen' Gets $800 Grocery Bill Down to $7, Gives Savings Away

A New York woman is so good at bargain shopping that she's used her skills to donate groceries and other goods to charity. Learn how you can follow her lead locally.
Charitable Children: 'No Matter What Age You May Be, You Can Change the Life of Another'

Charitable Children: 'No Matter What Age You May Be, You Can Change the Life of Another'

As a part of our "Everyday Inspirations" series, we look at how children across the country are making big impacts locally.
Harp Healing: Woman Uses Music Therapy to Help Hospital Patients

Harp Healing: Woman Uses Music Therapy to Help Hospital Patients

After losing three people close to her in eight months, Edie Elkan picked up a harp for the first time in 28 years. Now she runs a program training others to play the instrument for patients
Nominate 'Everyday Inspirations' in Your Town

Nominate 'Everyday Inspirations' in Your Town

Patch wants to share stories about people who work every day to change others' lives for the better.
Request Snow Shoveling Help in Essex County

Request Snow Shoveling Help in Essex County

The Neighbors for Neighbors SnowCrew map lets you post requests for shoveling assistance.
Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

What we can learn from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to skydiving.
Nutley Kids Invited to Learn Healthy Habits in Bernie's Club

Nutley Kids Invited to Learn Healthy Habits in Bernie's Club

St. Bernard mascot looks to make healthy habits fun.
Nutley Christmas Trees to Restore the Shore

Nutley Christmas Trees to Restore the Shore

Festive firs to have a second life fortifying sand dunes in Bradley Beach.
The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

Patch remembers the beautiful moments of 2013
Holiday Season Lights Up Nutley

Holiday Season Lights Up Nutley

Resident captures the scenes in video.
Christmas Mailing Deadlines Loom in North Jersey

Christmas Mailing Deadlines Loom in North Jersey

There's still a little time to get packages delivered before Christmas.
Nutley 'Miracle Beagle' to Appear in Rose Parade

Nutley 'Miracle Beagle' to Appear in Rose Parade

Daniel will participate in New Year's Day parade after surviving Alabama gas chamber.
Man Steals from Coffee Shop—and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next

Man Steals from Coffee Shop—and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next

Who says the punishment always has to fit the crime?
Second Grader’s “Buddy Bench” Goes Viral

Second Grader’s “Buddy Bench” Goes Viral

Christian Bucks’ idea to foster friendship spreads to 32 states—and counting.