2016 Fire Front

A devastating fire

In the early hours of Tuesday May 31, 2016 we were alerted by the property managers of 236 Washington St. Toms River, NJ that our headquarters suffered a devastating fire. The historic building, known as the Birdsall House was erected in 1868 and served as our headquarters for the non-profit Hometown Heroes over the last 2 years. Fire crews […]

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Edgewater River Fire

A massive, multi-alarm fire that lit up the western skyline along the Hudson River has destroyed an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey and left hundreds homeless. Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland, who took office Jan. 2, declared a local state of emergency as firefighters battling the blaze reported it remaining out of control four hours […]

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A Generous Donation from Blue Ridge HVAC

We’re very grateful for this donation of $3,000 from Blue Ridge Heating & Cooling. Bill Stueber and his daughter Jennifer came into our office recently to present us with this check. Hometown Heroes Executive Director Jennifer Barna is seen here accepting the check. We honored Jen at our 2011 Gala & Awards Dinner for her […]

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Picking up the pieces

“It feels like just yesterday we got the phone call telling us our office was on fire….In times like this we can either fall apart or come together. Our team; really family, is stronger than ever,” says founder Mike Schwartz. With the help of all our heroes stepping up we are now well on the […]

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We lost everything

The outpouring of love & help has been incredible. So many heroes have stepped up when we needed them. Today we’d like to shine the spotlight on our friend Eric Katz. We came to his aid after Hurricane Sandy, and now he’s the one helping us. Eric has personally donated $500 and hopes to raise […]

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Breaking News 3-alarm fire at Hometown Heroes

A 3-alarm fire that broke out early Friday morning in downtown Toms River is out but crews remain to put out out hot spots and begin their investigation onto the fire on the corner of Washington and Robbins Street. Police expect Washington Street to remain closed for several hours into the Friday morning commute as […]

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