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Kindness for Christopher
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Random acts of kindness ease pain a year after NJ boy’s death

Last year, 10-year-old Christopher D'Amico fell off a pontoon boat, then was fatally struck by the vessel during a family outing on Lake Hopatcong. His family has kept his memory alive by dedicating the 24th of every month to paying it forward.

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Volunteers picking up trash
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Central NJ group has removed 3,000 tires out of the Raritan River

Two New Jersey Eagle Scouts, now adults, are at the forefront the Central Jersey Stream Team, which enlists volunteers to help clear trash out of the Raritan River in Somerset County.

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Playing golf, club and ball on tee
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Ocean County nonprofit swings into summer with golf outing

For the fifth straight year, the James Volpe Foundation will sponsor a Golf Classic in its namesake's memory, to be held this June 20 at Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson.

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Crayons
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How NJ group is making math ‘fun’ by having students recycle crayons

This week, thanks in part to a Summit organization's efforts, students across New Jersey will be tallying their broken crayons for a worthy cause.

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Brooke Healey
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NJ girl stricken with fatal tumor lives on in foundation, annual bike run

Brooke Healey was a "perfectly normal" 4-year-old -- until she was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor early in 2013. Her memory is the impetus behind a foundation that brings awareness to the condition that took her life.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run
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NJ cop ‘superheroes’ ready to honor their real-life heroes at Special Olympics

As New Jersey gears up to host its annual Special Olympics Summer Games in June, one group of law enforcement officers is again bringing attention, awareness and funding to the athletes in their own unique way.

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"Distracted" by video games
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National recognition for NJ teen who raises money for video games in hospitals

Each of the last two years, we've brought you the story of Long Valley resident Zach Rice and his "Action for Distraction" 5K, which is now nearing its fourth annual run and continues to grow in popularity and outreach.

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No Roof Left Behind - after installation
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‘No Roof Left Behind’ program helps NJ homeowners in need

For the second year in a row, a Hackettstown-based roofing company is participating in the national "No Roof Left Behind" initiative, designed for local contractors to give away a new, free roof to a deserving family in their service area.

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runners
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New ‘Run the Hook’ event puts spotlight on Sandy Hook, ocean charity

When Monmouth County natives Daragh Kneeshaw and Joey Garofalo launched a new event management and production company about a year ago, they started looking for ways to expand their reach. But as it turns out, they didn't have to look far.

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Traveling Wall
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Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to Carteret this week

Starting Thursday, Carteret will play host to the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a four-day exhibit run by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute that is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the borough.

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