Warming Center Increases Options For Growing Homeless Population in Union County

January 27, 2023

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Responding to an increase in the unhoused population, Union County officials approved an Elizabeth church as a warming center as more information is collected on those living without homes within county borders.

There have been more than 55 “Code Blue'' nights in the county this season, Debbie-Ann Anderson, the county’s Director of Human Services, ...

Molotov Cocktail Attack at Synagogue in Bloomfield Draws Condemnations, Concern

January 29, 2023

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of a synagogue in Bloomfield early Sunday morning, police said.

Security footage shows a man approach the synagogue at 3:19 a.m., light the incendiary device then throw it at the front door of Temple Ner Tamid, Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio said in a statement.

The ...

Letter: Unease Over PILOTS & School Funding in Westfield

January 26, 2023

On 1/21/23, in response to a resident’s question on the Mayor’s Facebook page asking how PILOT payments could impact taxpayers and the school budget, Mayor Brindle stated:

“I agree with you 100% that great schools are key to maintaining property values. That’s why schools are always paid first out of the property taxes the town collects. The schools don’t lose ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, January 31
07:00 PM — 11:45 PM

Municipal Building, Westfield

Westfield Town Council Meeting


Wed, February 01
06:00 PM — 08:00 PM

Evalyn Dunn Gallery, Westfield

Mix & Sip at Evalyn Dunn Gallery


Sun, February 05
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

The Curious Heart , Westfield

Healing Circle with Catherine Glastal

Impact100 Garden State Begins 2023 Grant Review Process

January 29, 2023

With more than 60 applications received for its $100,000 grants, Impact100 Garden State, an all-women organization for collective giving, has begun training its volunteer members on the important work of understanding and evaluating grant applications. 

Impact100 Garden State awards high-impact grants of $100,000 to nonprofits serving one or more of the five ...


15 Homes Sold Jan. 21-28 in Westfield Area

Information provided to you by Susan Massa Broker Associate 908-400-0778.

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Textbook Alternative Program on pace to save Rowan students up to $6 million

Rowan University’s Textbook Alternative Program (TAP), which began in 2019 with anticipated savings to students of $120,000, is on pace through 2023 to save as much as $6 million.

The program developed as an initiative of the campus Affordability Task Force, encouraging faculty to move from assigning traditional textbooks to free, online study materials, in a University-wide ...

Winchester, Altobelli, Ansong Lead Union Catholic Boys Basketball Team Over Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys basketball team hung on to win a nail-biter over Plainfield, 54-53, on Tuesday night.

The Vikings, who have won three of their last four games to improve to 8-7, were clinging to a one-point lead when Plainfield missed two free throws with five seconds to go in the game. After the second free throw bounced off the rim, UC's Yaw Ansong grabbed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Selected to All-State Band

Luke Tan of Edison and Sophia Fontaine of Somerville, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, who earned the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band. The W+H students auditioned for the All-State High School Bands and Orchestra at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison on Jan. 21. 

Sophia was accepted into the Wind Ensemble on euphonium and Luke was accepted into ...

Westfield Student Musicians to Perform with All-State Band

All four of the Westfield High School student musicians who qualified for Region Band in January also were awarded spots in All-State Band.

They are:

Nolan Daly, 11th grade, Trumpet, All-State Symphonic Band
Charlie Hu, 11th grade, Oboe, All-State Wind Ensemble
Liliana Lincoln, 9th grade, Bb Clarinet, All-State Symphonic Band
Sarah Lincoln, 11th grade, Contrabass Clarinet, ...

At the Risk of Sounding Like a Broken Record, Mark Swingle Says ‘Stay the Course!’

During my fun and perhaps misspent youth, I listened to the album “Who’s Next” by The Who until the vinyl crackled under the repetitive pressure of the needle and the dreaded “skip” became part of the song. “… It’s only teenage wastelaaand … [skip] wasteland … [skip]…. wasteland … [skip]…. wasteland ...

The Truth About Self-Esteem

Self Esteem is a way of thinking, feeling and acting that implies that you accept, respect, trust, and believe in yourself. When you accept yourself, you can live comfortably with both your personal strengths and weaknesses without undue self-criticism. When you respect yourself you acknowledge your own dignity and value as a unique human being. You treat yourself well in much the same way you ...

What You Need to Know About the Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax Credit

The IRS issued a notice regarding the commercial clean vehicle credit for commercial vehicles purchased and placed in service during the taxable year.

This states that the incremental cost of all street vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 14,000 pounds will be greater than $7,500 in calendar year 2023.

Accordingly, the incremental cost will not limit the ...

Agent Spotlight: Ebtsam "Sam" Sayed

Ebtsam “Sam” Sayed, Sales Associate in the Westfield office, is a dedicated Realtor, a skilled negotiator, and a mother of two. Sam specializes in Union County, working in Westfield, Clark, Scotch Plains, and beyond but she also does plenty of business in Middlesex and Somerset counties. With over a decade and a half of experience as a full-time real estate agent, Sam has the skill ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...

Know It Alls

The latest Monmouth University poll showing New Jersey residents don’t like their elected State House representatives ain’t exactly man-bites-dog news. But, it’s worth going deeper into that.

The core of the reaction is that those residents have little or no idea about whom or what they are talking about. If they did, they’d act out their anti-angst every ...


Westfield Residents Named to Centenary University Dean's List

January 24, 2023

Isaiah Anderson and Luke M. Jayroe of Westfield have been named to Centenary University Dean's List for the Fall 2022 semester. To achieve this honor, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.8 or above and complete a minimum of 12 semester credits.