See the uplifting stories from 2021 that made Long Valley special

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Now that 2021 is in the rearview mirror, it’s a good time to take a look back at what was positive about this.

While the issues of Ida, COVID and the pandemic have caused grief to many, there have been shining moments scattered throughout the year that have brought the difficulties to light.

Read some of them below and stay tuned to Patch in 2022 for more. Click the “follow” button on Long Valley Patch here if you haven’t already, to read Long Valley stories over the coming year and beyond and the “Like” button here to stay logged in on Facebook.

Long Valley Business gives a helping hand to families affected by Ida – A hardware store and garden center in Long Valley hosted a pop-up donation event to collect essentials for 300 families in the nearby community of Manville, uprooted from their homes because of the Ida floods. For Anne Marie Harrington, co-owner of Long Valley’s Hoffman’s Supply with her husband, Michael, the idea of ​​collecting items for those in need came to her mind in the middle of the night, seeing post after post on Facebook. the damage. in Manville.

Family project helps raise funds in Long Valley – Two brothers, Sullivan and Tobin Catalano, started a lemonade stand with their dad Rob last summer. With the help of their mother, Jessica, they baked cookies and lemonade, which they sold and donated their profits to Eleventh Hour Rescue.

Long Valley teacher tries her luck in retired gaming career – It was before electronic games and cellphones that Lucille Ann Lucy, a retired teacher who grew up in Long Valley, was looking for ways to help his students get that extra benefit. in learning to read, math and other subjects. She found a simple solution, which then turned into her “Play ‘n Learn” games, thanks to a simple math problem, now the motto of her company: “Play games + Praise + Have fun = To learn “. Her career as a game designer has caught her attention through publications including The Costco Connection magazine and has helped her reconnect with the mother of a former student with terminal brain cancer and that Lucy helped make a difference in her life while the girl was in school in Long Valley.

Long Valley-Raised Actress Celebrates TV Appearance – She’s a singer, dancer and actress and Ellie Baker has taken a few steps forward in acting, including a one-time role on TV , in an episode of the CBS drama, “Taurus.” Baker was humble about the advice she said Patch could pass on to other aspiring artists, borrowing some that Michael Weatherly, who plays Dr Jason Bull, passed on, something she said: ” I will take it with me forever. “

Get to Know the Neighbors Through Long Valley’s Humans Of TCP – Getting to know the community has been one of the goals of The Coffee Potter, a community-based business. When Anna Dower – a photographer and videographer from Atlanta who runs The Coffee Potters’ social media for her parents and owners Dave and Geralyn Hickey – got the chance to take trips to Kenya with her parents, she said they all found the people of Kenya to have a true community spirit. “Do we really know our neighbors? Dower said she and her parents would consider the question on their return trips, with the escapades reiterating the importance of getting to know people better, after seeing the connections between neighbors there. Thus were born the “Humans of TCP,” what Dower calls a “Humans of New York riff,” where one story at a time is told about the scheming people who frequently walk through the doors of the Coffee Potters.

Do you have an optimistic and inspiring adventure to tell in 2022? Contact me at [email protected] to share your story.

This article originally appeared on the Long Valley Patch

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