To the Editor:The Community Cancer Support Group would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came together to make our toy and gift drive a success this year. For bringing the true spirit of the holidays to these children and their families we thank Tom Coughlin and the entire staff of BCB Community Bank. We are grateful for your continued support. To the men who are the foundation of this drive, Rocco Paolino, Tom Murphy, John McGovern, Buddy Klimkowski and Phil Higgins, thank you for all of your hard work. To Damion Andrisano, my Santa, and our elf, Barbara Andrisano, and Chris Fanguy, thank you for your time and compassion. To George Ponik and Mike Elia, your help and driving skills are deeply appreciated. To my knitter, Mickey Orlandini, thank you for the beautiful blankets and scarves for our infants and toddlers.For their most generous donations, we thank Pat Russo, Ernie & Ken Poesl, Barbara Kubert, Mary Ellen Quinn and Ed Rutkowski. Thank you to Arnold Valentino and over 30 musicians who planned and played a fantastic night of music and collected toys at the Big Apple for us. To owners Vinnie and Toni Bottino, thank you for so many years of support. You will be missed by us all. To Linda Klimkowski, President of the Community Cancer Support Group, none of this is possible without you and the hundreds of things that you do to ensure this is a success year after year.To the countless people who, at a day’s notice, came and wrapped and made packages as we received the lists and took time from their busy schedules. We especially thank Georgia Rigos, Ioanna Rigos, Linda Kocha, Lance Caposella, Meaegan and Alexandra Duran,Special thanks go out to all of the financial institutions and their staffs that year after year support and help us get what we need to the hospitals: Bank of America, Garden State Community Bank and Provident Bank, a huge thank you! Thanks go out to Barbara DeBenedictis and the Peer Group of School #14, Linda Klimkowski and the staff and students who held a special fundraiser at Midtown Community School, Stanley Wojciechowski of Chances and the patrons of Tropical Tanning for the wonderful collection of beautiful gifts for us. To our anonymous donor from Garden State Community Bank who lives on Avenue E, we were truly humbled by your generous donation of gifts. Thanks to TJ Johnston and Tyrone Simms who coordinate the adult party and helpers, Johnathan Ramos, Teresa Caposello, Jasmine Roman, Jennifer and Ashley Cuipa. Thank you to City Hall and The Public Library for their collection also. To Maria Doria for collecting gifts for our adult party thank you. To Nancy Aleman and the staff at Bayonne Medical Center thank you. To everyone who saw our need and made a donation, thank you!From the families and staffs at Hackensack University Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert-Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital as well as the children who needed to use the Emergency Room or take part in the special preschool programs in our community we thank you all for your little acts of love and kindness and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. BARBARA HOJNOWSKICommunity Cancer Support Group
Northern Irish company Irwin’s Bakery has secured a deal with Tesco to stock its Jammy Joeys and Snowy Joeys in more than 700 Tesco stores across Britain.The listing has increased Irwin’s annual business with Tesco by 10% and the contract means the Co Armagh bakery will supply more than one million packs of Joeys to Tesco stores in Britain each year. The decision follows a trial run.A joey is a sweet madeira bun covered in a flavoured coating and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.John Hopkins, Irwin’s Bakery sales director, said: “As Northern Ireland’s leading bakery, we are always delighted to share the news of a much-loved local product’s popularity in other markets.“We have invested in our production facilities, which has allowed us to increase capacity and win business on this scale. It is fantastic to secure this contract with Tesco, as it not only strengthens our existing relationship, but showcases the quality and taste of our products.”Caoimhe Mannion, Tesco Northern Ireland’s marketing manager, said: “We are delighted that such a firm favourite in our stores in Northern Ireland is now being brought to a wider audience.“This deal to supply Joeys to Tesco stores in Britain builds on a relationship between the two companies, which stretches back more than 20 years.“And it once again highlights the willingness of our Northern Ireland-based commercial team to help local food and drink companies to win business with Tesco right across the UK.”Joeys were created by Howell’s Handmade and Irwin’s has ramped up production to 60 million joeys a year since its acquisition of Howell’s in 2009.The bakery, which has a 400-strong workforce, has invested in its production capacity as a result of the latest deal with Tesco.