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Newcomers and Neighbors of Short Hills and Millburn hosting Family Bingo Night on January 23

by: Sue Adler
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Looking for something fun to do indoors now that the weather has turned cold? Join the Newcomers and Neighbors of Short Hills and Millburn at Family Bingo Night on Saturday, January 23rd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Bauer Center in Taylor Park, Millburn.

Bring the whole family for a fun night of bingo, pizza, and prizes. Raffle tickets will be available at the event.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $20 per family when pre-purchased online. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $25.

The event also includes a hat and glove drive. Please help provide hats, gloves, and scarves for needy families of Irvington by donating new or gently used winter gear at this event. All sizes are welcome. The Community Congregational Church of Short Hills has started a monthly food distribution, called OASIS, to needy families of children who attend Irvington Middle School. The Bridge’s Imani Center has partnered with The Community Congregational Church by sending Bridge student volunteers to participate to help distribute the food on designated Fridays. This past month, over 300 families benefited from this food distribution program.

These families stand outside, sometimes for over three hours, in order to receive the food bags. During the winter months, this can be very difficult as many babies and children accompany their family members and stand in line for a very long time. Children are often very cold, sometimes standing in line without hats or gloves or proper winter gear. The hope is to fill a unique need by collecting hats, gloves, and scarves with the purpose of distributing them directly to families who are standing in line at one of the OASIS food distribution days in January

Newcomers & Neighbors of Short Hills & Millburn is a non-profit, social club that is open to all residents of Short Hills and Millburn, no matter how long they have lived in the area. The club, which is run by member volunteers, organizes activities for the whole family during the week, in the evenings and on the weekends.  One of the primary goals is to welcome those newly arrived in the area, to make sure they know they will be welcome here and to find friendship.

The Newcomers Club of Short Hills and Millburn was founded in 1973. All who lived in town for less than one year were invited to join, and membership was limited to three years. The Encore Club (then called Epilogue) began in 1977 for Newcomers club “graduates.” The two clubs merged in 1989, forming the Newcomers/Encore Club of Short Hills and Millburn.

In May 2011 the club changed its name again to Newcomers & Neighbors of Short Hills & Millburn. This name encompassed the mission of the club, to welcome both new and current residents, and also recognized the inclusiveness of the club for people within the neighborhoods of Short Hills and Millburn. The club is not limited to those who are new to town. Rather, they have a vital segment of club members who continue to renew their membership year on year. They hope to provide friendship and opportunities for residents to socialize within the local neighborhood and offer members the use of an online message board.

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