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Berkeley Heights

Service Above Self

The Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 12:15pm
Chimney Rock Inn
342 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ  07933
United States
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May 2018
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This year’s Festival and Ducky Race will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 12 Noon to 4 pm at the Passaic River Park, 151 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.
FREE ADMISSION!  Enjoy seeing friends and neighbors and coming together as a community.
The Rubber Ducky Race will be the featured event. Thousands of tiny yellow plastic duckies will “swim” their little hearts out, coming down the Passaic River in their quest to be the first to the finish line for their “parents.” (This is a “green” event. All ducks are removed from the river, cleaned, and donated to kids summer camps.)
Ducky adoption tickets are just $5 each and available throughout Berkeley Heights on weekends up to the Festival date. (A limited number of ducks will be available for adoption on Festival Day.)
The race has an outstanding array of top prizes:
  • Grand Prize: 4 Box Seats behind home plate at a Yankees home game ($1,100 Value)
  • 2nd Prize: 12 Monthly Flower Arrangements by Hall’s Garden Center ($500 Value)
  • 3rd Prize: 50-in Samsung Flat-Screen HDTV ($500 Value)
  • 4th Prize: 3-Month Family Membership at the Berkeley Heights Y ($368 Value)
This year’s hot food will be for sale by the popular “Gastro Truck” by Embassy Suites, plus bottled water by the Rotary Club.

SANDY HOOK, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Rotary Club and friends showed up on Saturday morning, April 21, 2018, and served vittles for the more than 850 volunteers who came out to clean the beaches there of litter of all sorts.
The Rotary Club has been doing this for over 15 consecutive years, in cooperation with Clean Ocean Action, the semi-annual cleanup of New Jersey beaches known as “Beach Sweep.” In the course of the morning, cleanup volunteers plowed through one thousand hot dogs, gallons and gallons of iced tea and water, and ten 50-pack boxes of chips and nachos—all food and drinks are provided free to these sandy stalwarts by the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club.
This year’s Beach Sweep was a huge success. The “sweepers” at Sandy Hook removed vast amounts of litter. The “top 5” were: over 9,400 discarded pieces of plastic, including a major number of plastic water bottles; 6,580 candy and food wrappers; 5,989 bottle caps and coffee cup lids; and over 7,442 straws, stirrers, and Styrofoam cups; plus one Styrofoam chunk of dock material measuring 5’x3’x2’! All this and much more in less than three hours’ time!  
On Saturday, April 21 the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights again participated in the annual Beach Sweep at Sandy Hook State Park.  The Rotary Club prepared and served one-thousand hot dogs with chips and drinks to the masses of high school students who took part in this annual service project.  Thanks to all that helped out.  It was a beautiful day!

The New Jersey Sharing Network is a not-for-profit organization created over 30 years ago to recover and place donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. Right now, some four thousand New Jerseyans are awaiting transplants. The Sharing Network operates 24-7-365 with a team of over 150 highly trained and dedicated staff members on staff.

MissionCleanWater began with the passion of one man -- James Leitner. His Life Mission: To help those without clean, accessible drinking water.

On discovering first-hand the enormous number of people in the world who don't have access to clean, drinkable water -- something we all take for granted when we simply turn on our taps -- Jim Leitner decided maybe there's a way he could make a difference, to reduce the number (it's in the tens of thousands!) of people who die each year simply because THEIR WATER KILLS THEM!

For one full year, he completed a marathon-a-month, but not like the thousands of runners we see in New York, Boston, and beyond. Jim decided to run these marathons CARRYING 5 GALLONS OF WATER (1 gallon = 8.36 lbs.) to symbolize the distance women and children must walk every day just to find water. But Jim didn't stop there. Next, he completed a walk from New Jersey to California (that's over 3,200 miles) PULLING 10 GALLONS OF WATER to symbolize the total distance a child walks in one year just to get water.

These feats of dedicated endurance helped to raise the money needed to make a real difference in the lives of people he'll never meet--but who will stay alive thanks to his efforts.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – That’s right, it’s official – The ducks are coming to town again!
The 15th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival will be on Saturday, June 9, from 12 Noon to 4 pm at the Passaic River Park, 151 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At a recent gathering of Scouting volunteers from the Patriots' Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America, five Berkeley Heights Scouters were recognized for their efforts on behalf of the youth of this community. These five are the key leaders of Troop 68, one of the two Boy Scout troops sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights.
Mike Del Duca, manager of the Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate office in New Providence and a member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights since 2006, has been honored for his dedication to the club's Medic-Alert program.

The Medic-Alert program for solo seniors in Berkeley Heights and New Providence provides a neck-worn pendant and matching telephone that will call the wearer's local police dispatch in the event of a fall or other significant accident while at home. Over 200 residents in the two towns are provided with Medic-Alert systems, which require both initial installation and wearer instructions, and annual check-ups and maintenance. Almost single-handedly, Mr. Del Duca has spearheaded and maintained this initiative for the past ten consecutive years.

The Paul Harris Fellowship chosen by the Rotary Club to honor him recognizes $1,000 contributed to The Rotary Foundation--a 501(c)(3) with 100% and Four-Star ratings by CharityNavigator) in Mr. Del Duca's name.

PHOTO (left to right): Jim Ramentol, Club President; Mike Del Duca.

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