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Andover Township Women With PSTD Raises Funds for Her Emotional Support Chickens

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Meena Ganti

“I live in Andover township and I’m trying to keep my emotional support chickens. The town ordinance says that in order to have poultry you need 6 acres. We are not raising our chickens for a food source we are raising them for support animals. I have a doctor’s note saying that I need them for my PTSD they help to calm me and give me purpose but the town is telling me that there is nothing they can do to help me. The town is aware that other towns people have chickens but will not be violating any of them. My question is how is that fair especially when I need them for mental health reasons??

Thank you for all you help”.

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Ridgewood marathon swimmer raises funds to help Paterson kids learn water safety


Ridgewood marathon swimmer raises funds to help Paterson kids learn water safety

October 27, 2014, 7:27 AM    Last updated: Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:37 AM
Staff Writer |
The Record

RIDGEWOOD – Charlotte Samuels, the teenager who made headlines and broke a record when she swam the English Channel last month, turned a celebration Sunday into a fundraiser to help Paterson children learn how to swim.

The 16-year-old Ridgewood High School junior, who this year became the youngest person to complete the open-water swimming Triple Crown, and her parents invited more than 150 guests to an open house at their home in the village, where there was food and a huge congratulatory cake for Charlotte. The attendees included family, friends and mentors who helped Charlotte achieve her success in her demanding passion, long-distance swimming.

“We’re doing the party to thank people,” said Charlotte’s mother, Suzanne Samuels.

At the gathering the Samuels family also solicited donations for a cause close to its heart: Citizens for Swimming, a program in which Paterson youths are given swimming lessons at Graydon Pool in Ridgewood in the summer. This weekend’s event raised more than $1,500 for Citizens for Swimming, according to a preliminary tally of in-person and online donations.

“This is absolutely found money for us,” said the program’s director, Dawn Walter of Ridgewood, who attended the celebration.

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