Giovanna's Restaurant, Popular Plainfield Dining Spot, to Close at End of June

May 19, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ — It's official.  Giovanna's Restaurant, a South Avenue staple in Plainfield dining, will close its doors for good on June 30.

Giovanna's, established in 1983, has been a popular place to celebrate baby showers, graduations, birthdays, and more. The 20th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner for the Rotary of the Plainfields was recently held there, and the ...

Letter: Pick LaZare on June 4 in Democratic Primary

May 18, 2019

Dear Editor:

There is a hotly contested race on the Democratic ticket in this year's primary.  It's at the top of the ticket for New Jersey Assembly in Legislative District, LD 21, which includes Westfield.

Three women are running for two spots.  One of the candidates, Jill LaZare, has my vote.  Jill has a law practice in Summit and also works as a public defender in ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 20, 7:30 PM

Rialto NewVision Theater, Westfield

Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ - Rescue Bus ...

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, May 21, 11:15 AM

JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains

Music Appreciation Class with conductor Thomas ...

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, May 21, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

Food & Drink

Westfield Police Blotter: Heroin, Marijuana, Unlocked Cars, More

May 6, 2019

April 22 at 1:35 a.m.

Officers arrested Damian Gromek, 27, of Carteret, at the South Avenue 7-Eleven for possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He was transported to headquarters, where he was released with a pending court date, police said.

April 23 at 01:03 a.m.

Kendrick D. Magazine, 42, of South Plainfield, was ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Robotics Team Competes in Botball Event

May 20, 2019

Many students from Upper and Middle School from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison attended the Botball competition on Saturday at the Rahway Recreation Center.

The Action Team included Mark Zhang of Edison, Laura Chen of Fords, John Papetti of Elizabeth, Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains, George Zhong of Edison, Zain Zaidi of Edison, Nate Valcourt of South Plainfield, Feisal Kiiru of Edison ...

Your Business Energy: Meet Suzanne Kimelman

One of our favorite things about Business Energy’s co-working and networking space is that we are able to bring together Westfield’s local entrepreneurs and experts from a wide range of fields, each with unique ideas and experiences to share. We learn something new from everyone who walks through the door at Business Energy, and we’re excited to feature some individual stories ...

Trade Wars One Year Later

Trade wars continue. The US recently ratcheted up the tax rate on $200bil of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The Chinese have retaliated by increasing the tax rate on $60bil of US goods from 5-10% up to 20-25%. Those industries already feeling the impact can expect more pressure on their profitability. Stock market indices have responded by selling off 4% from their recent peak.

Now ...

Use your 2018 Returns to Get Your 2019 Withholding Right

The biggest Tax Day is over — and before you put it out of your mind entirely, use the results from last year to plan for this year's better results. There are plenty of things that are under your control when it comes to tax results.

Checking and then adjusting your tax withholding can help make sure you don’t owe more tax than you were expecting. Being proactive helps you ...

Saint Joseph High School Crew Team Excelled at Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships

The Youth Double (Trent Tighelaar, Ian Hedin) came home with a gold medal and a qualification for the Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida marking the first time Saint Joe's has qualified in the program’s history. Only the top three boats of the event within the region receive a coveted spot at Youth Nationals which is held on June 6th.

The Youth Quad (Keaton ...

24 Homes Sold May 5 - May 12 in Westfield. Scotch Plains. Fanwood, Cranford & Mountainside

Twenty-four homes were sold May 5 through May 12, 2019, in Cranford, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield and Mountainside.* Posted by Susan Massa CRS, 908-400-0778, Keller Williams.

TOWN                  ADDRESS             STYLE    ...

What a Special Needs Mom Wants for Mother's Day

May 9, 2019

Mother’s Day is kind of a misnomer, especially if you are the mom of a special needs child. The cards and presents last about 30 seconds, no one knows how to make pancakes, your “day off” is only until about 11:00 when you have to go downstairs and clean up the disaster in the kitchen and the rest of the day is spent with the same whining, crying and calling “Mommy, ...

‘Skylight’ Takes Emotional Leap for Two Mismatched Lovers

PRINCETON, NJ – Kyra is living on the edge in an upstairs flat in north-west London. When her former employer, and lover, Tom, comes to see her, he is horrified that she will put up with such a sad, paint-peeling habitat.

But we learn, in David Hare’s fascinating “Skylight,” she is making a statement as well as finding fulfillment in teaching poor children in a rundown ...

Taking Responsibility for Other People's Problems

When our loved ones suffer, it’s hard not to get swept up in their pain. We want so desperately to take away their pain and see them happy. We begin to get involved in their issues and try to find ways to resolve their problem. We easily rationalize to ourselves that we are kind and good people and want to help and be supportive.

However, being supportive does not mean we have to fix ...

Foxes Herald Nature’s Resurgence in Suburban New Jersey

For most of my life the only time I saw a red fox it was probably a raccoon. They have those same glow-in-the-headlights silvery eyes.

But a few years ago, I began to see a once-rare piece of roadkill with greater frequency. No matter how flattened the rest of the fox was, it’s bushy-tail would blow around in the highway draft of cars and trucks as they raced past.

I assumed the ...

8 Ways to Beautify Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

With winter just a memory and the sun shining longer, it’s time for your yard to bloom again.

But an outdoor condenser HVAC unit, in all its metal glory, can be a real stumbling block to revitalizing your yard for the spring. If your unit doesn’t blend with your landscaping, consider these DIY-design options.

A wall of flowers will definitely draw the attention away from your ...

Cat Lost in Westfield

Grayson the cat escaped from his home on Summit Avenue in Westfield. If you see him please call 908-377-4201.

Free Lunchtime Lecture At Westfield Area Y: Latest Therapies For Parkinson’s Disease

The Westfield Area YMCA hosts Dr. Antonios Mammis, Functional Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Newark and Dr. Erin Feinstein, Movement Disorder Specialist at University Hospital Newark for a free lunchtime lecture 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Learn about the latest therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Topics include medication management, diet/exercise, and surgical options.

Once You Turn 70 ½ This Tax Requirement May Apply to You. Here’s What You Need to Know.

If your retirement plan includes tax-advantaged accounts, there is a particular tax rule you should know about: required minimum distributions, or RMDs. This tax rule can be complicated, but the following commonly-asked questions can help you understand how it works and how it may apply to you.


Q: What are RMDs?

A: Required minimum distributions are retirement account withdrawals ...

Members of Westfield High School Orchestra Attend Unique Disney Workshop

Fifteen members of the Westfield High School orchestra traveled to Disney World in Orlando over spring break to participate in a unique workshop that culminated in a polished recording in a professional studio, as the WHS ensemble performed special Disney music selections, accompanied by footage from a classic Disney film.

The “You’re Instrumental” workshop – part of ...

Torah Thought for the Week: Holy Matrimony?

Holy Matrimony?

The first kohanim were Aaron (Moses' older brother) and his four sons. Together with their future descendents, they were chosen by G‑d to conduct the service in the Sanctuary as representatives of the entire people of Israel. Due to his sanctified position as a minister serving in G‑d’s Temple, the kohen may not come ...


Jun 20, 1933 - Apr 9, 2019
Joan Lowell Smith, 85, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Robert Wood Johnson ...
Read more

No Progress in 'Path To Progress' Meeting; Sweeney Leaves Stage

May 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK –  It was scheduled to last an hour and a half. It lasted just over 20 minutes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney rushed off stage Thursday night in the middle of a raucous town hall meeting, unwilling to sit and be shouted down when he tried to hype his "Path to Progress" legislation in front of a pro-union audience at Douglass College's Trayes ...