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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.
Junior Girl Scouts Honored for Charity Work

Junior Girl Scouts Honored for Charity Work

The troop was recognized for making blankets and donating them to the Children's Ward of St. Barnabas Medical Center.
Nominate Someone for the 2014 Russ Berrie Award

Nominate Someone for the 2014 Russ Berrie Award

The Russell Berrie Foundation is looking for nominations of New Jersey residents who have made a difference in other peoples lives.
Pleasant Valley Productions to Present the Musical 'Ragtime' Next Month

Pleasant Valley Productions to Present the Musical 'Ragtime' Next Month

The community based theater group will present 'Ragtime' at Roosevelt Middle School in February.
Rotary Club Seeks Students For Study Abroad Program

Rotary Club Seeks Students For Study Abroad Program

The Rotary International World Peace Fellowship is now taking applications.
Student Recognized at Jazz Concert as a Recipient of Horatio Alger Scholarship

Student Recognized at Jazz Concert as a Recipient of Horatio Alger Scholarship

Horatio Scholar Sania Kamran was recognized at the Jazz Concert at Lincoln Center on Wednesday.
Local Nurse Helps Patients Stay Healthy at Home

Local Nurse Helps Patients Stay Healthy at Home

Resident Melissa Garfield is a clinical supervisor for Barnabas Health Home Care in the township and uses her experience to help care for people in their homes.
Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

Gabby Giffords' Skydive Emboldens Us All

What we can learn from Gabrielle Giffords’ return to skydiving.
Cub Scouts Pack 10 Donated Books and Toys to Mayor's Sunshine Fund

Cub Scouts Pack 10 Donated Books and Toys to Mayor's Sunshine Fund

The holidays were a little brighter for West Orange families in 2013, as the cub scouts collected books and toys for donation.
West Orange Student Volunteers in New Orleans Over Winter Break

West Orange Student Volunteers in New Orleans Over Winter Break

Ari Esrig, a student at Golda Och Academy, participated in Young Judaea's Alternative Winter Break.
The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

The Most ‘Feel Good’ Patch Stories of 2013

Patch remembers the beautiful moments of 2013
Mayor Honors Volunteers of Special Needs Program

Mayor Honors Volunteers of Special Needs Program

Volunteers for the Mayor's Program for Individuals with Special Needs were recognized for their dedication to the program and its families.
Essex County Juvenile Detention Center Named 'Facility of the Year'

Essex County Juvenile Detention Center Named 'Facility of the Year'

The juvenile detention center was recognized by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
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.