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Bake Sale Remembers Slain Hillsdale Girl

Joan D'Alessandro
Joan D'Alessandro Photo Credit: D'Alessandro Family
This short video highlights some of the group's work in 2015.
This short video highlights some of the group's work in 2015. Video Credit: John D'Alessandro

HILLSDALE, N.J. -- Come buy treats and other items to support a worthy cause this weekend, at a Joan's Joy Bake Sale and Rosemarie's Yard Sale, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15.

Joan's Joy, or the Joan Angela D'Alessandro Memorial Foundation, is a nonprofit founded by Joan's parents, "to promote child safety and protection, advance victims' rights, and help homeless and neglected youth," according to its website.

Joan was assaulted and murdered by a neighbor in 1973. The murderer has been up for parole several times and denied it -- but it's possible he could someday be paroled. Following this crime, Joan's mother worked to pass a law that would make perpetrators ineligible for parole if they murder a child under the age of 14 in conjunction with a sexual offense.

Baked goods will be sold to benefit Joan's Joy, and there will be five racks of clothes, two tables of jewelry, original artwork, electronics, linens, household goods, toys, books and furniture.

The group will be collecting signatures in support of the amended "Joan's Law," which seeks to increase the relevant victim age to 18. For more background on Joan's Joy, read this 2015 Daily Voice article, or visit the group's website or Facebook page.

The sale will be from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. at 45 Florence St., off Clinton Avenue, in Hillsdale.

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