Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Ponytail_Drive_Article_1255012302
at MSU, collects
145inches of hair
CLlFTON - In 2006,lifelong
Cityresident and Montclair State
University student Alicia Feghhi
donated 10 inches of her hair to
Locksof Love,a publicnon-profit
organization that provid~ hair-
piecesto childrenunder ite ageof
In 2007,Oprah kicked off the
Pantene Beautiful Lengths drive
when she cut an 8-inch ponytail
from actress Hilary Swank.
Inspired, Alicia decided to donate
another 9 inches of her hair to the
new drive which has a goal to
accumulate one million inches of
hair for women who have lost their
hair as a result of chemotherapy to
But donating was not enough.
Alicia said she wanted to help the
program reach its goal.
"I want to do something bigger:'
In April, her ambition was to set
up a "Ponytail Drive" that would
aid Pantene Beautiful Lengths in
reaching its end goal. However, she
A folding knife and the stolen
cell phone were found in Mayor's
jacket, according to police reports.
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said the processofbringingevery-
thing together was more arduous
than she had realized. First, she
had to find sponsorsfor the event
and fortunately, the MSU-based
H.EAR T. (Helping Each Other
and Redefining Tomorrow)
stepped in to offer a small, yet very
welcomed financial backing.
to store on Bridewell Place on Oct
23, at 5:20 p.m. Security officers,
according to police reports,
observed Bonilla using a box cutter
to remove the cologne from its box.
The officers responded and recov-
ered the box cutter and found mar-
ijuana and a pipe in Bonilla's pos-
IIl's!ion, ul~cordin~ to Dolice
};I of 145 inches of hair.
"I interviewed every [donor...]
"I Lots of them knew someone who
,. had sufferedfrombreast cancer or
died from it Just to see the smiles
on their faces (and the shock)
when they heard the snips of their
hair was awe-inspiring.I was
touched. I'd say this is the biggest
accomplishment of my life...so far.'
Regarding the turnout, Alicia
said she wishes there had been
more donors, but added she was
"overly pleased considering how it
"I have gotten a lot of e-mails
since having the event I knew
there would have been a bigger
turnout had therebeenmore time~'
Fortunatelyfor Alicia,she may
PHOTOCOURTESYOFALICIA FEGHHI getherchance,infact,~fewmore
chances.With the relativesuccess
of this first"PonytailDrive:'MSU
and H.EAR T. are interested in
making this an annual event -
"For the next Ponytail Drive, it
will be bigger and better. I will have
more hands helping me, along with
more funds and a bigger room~'
Finding sponsorship was not the
only problem the graduate student
faced. Another big hurdle was find-
ing a salon not only interested in
helping the cause, but willing to do
it for nothing more than publicity.
"It was hard. I called a lot of
[uninterested] salons and then I
called Salonsf (in Nutley) and they
With that, Alicia set a date and
time for Oct 13, noon to 4 p.m.
Unfortunately, with everything
pushed to the following semester,
she would only have a month to
spread the word for the first-time
drive to the student body of New
Jersey's second biggest university.
Over the course of the four
MUHAMMmANWAR,36, of Nutley,
was arrested and charged with
shoplifting DVDs from the Costeo
on Bridewell Place on Oct 24.
According to police reports, a
security officer observed Anwar
attempting to leave the store with
the unpaid merchandise. He was
um'sted fUldtrunsported to Dolin'
shopliftingpotato chipsand other
items from Walgreens on Main
Avenue on Oct 24.
Christopher Kelly and Kevin
Colucci responded to the store and
were told by the managerthat
Black had also been spotted on the
~to~~"s 8l~I.:vdlhIl1Cl' V1dl:O !hopl.ift
~ MSUstudent and Clifton
resident, Alicia Feghhi,right,
makesthe first cut in the
Ponytail Drive to collect hair
for cancer patients.
ALANBEAM,45, of Garfield,was
arrested and charged with shoplift-
ing a cart full of merchandise from
Pathmark on Ackerman Avenue
on Oct 26.
store employee observed Bean1 try-
ing to leavewith the unpaid mer-
chandise consisting of .non.foods