Six Things To Know About 17-Year Cicadas in Union County

April 22, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Don’t be alarmed if you start hearing piercing sounds and seeing the brown shells of insect bodies on the ground next month.

JD Stamler, a park naturalist at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, said some of the periodical cicadas in Brood X will emerge from the ground in Union County after 17 years in late May and early June.

“I ...

Letter: He Supports David Contract for Reelection to Westfield’s Town Council

April 19, 2021

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to enthusiastically endorse David Contract for re-election as Ward 3 Councilman. I’ve lived in Westfield for over 30 years, and I’ve never seen my councilman work as hard and care as much about our community as Councilman Contract. And I know he’ll continue doing this to move Westfield forward if he’s re-elected on Nov. 2.

I ...

Candidate Statement: Shawn Mullen Advocates Targeted Development, Support of Businesses

April 16, 2021

As a candidate for the Westfield Town Council and a 22-year resident, I’d like to introduce myself to Third Ward voters.  I’ve dedicated most of my adult life to serving my country and my community—as a soldier, Army Reserve officer, public servant and FBI agent.  In addition to serving over two decades in uniform, I worked in local government—specializing ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, April 22, 5:00 PM

Online, Union County, NJ

Public Hearing on Union County’s 2021 Budget



Sat, April 24, 9:30 AM

South Avenue Lot, Westfield

Got Junk? Want Treasure? Free Market at Westfield ...



Sat, April 24, 10:00 AM

The Reeve House - Westfield Historical Society, Westfield

Library on the Lawn in Westfield

Arts & Entertainment Education

'Planning with Your Tax Return': Peapack Private Wealth's Next Free Webinar Set for Apr.22

April 22, 2021

'Planning with Your Tax Return'. Don’t just file away your 2020 tax return. Instead, review it for information to reduce your 2021 tax bill. Join Fritz Schoenhut and Claire Toth from Peapack Private Planning on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET for a live webinar, as they explain how best to position yourself to maximize your 2021 after-tax income.

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Joseph Behr Earns 2021 Hampshire Honor Society Recognition

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced its members of the 2021 Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday, April 14, and senior defensive back Joseph Behr, a Sayreville native, who played his high school football at St. Joseph (Metuchen), was among the names receiving the honor from across all divisions of football.

Behr was among ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Symposium Addresses Race and Identity

EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities: Race and Identity” on April 14. The event provided students with a valuable experience addressing a critical topic and featured two keynote speakers and included presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

The ...

First Congregational Church of Westfield to Host Free Webinar on Simple Estate Planning

First Congregational Church of Westfield is pleased to host a free webinar on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3 p.m. with special guest Patricia Dulinski, a local Westfield resident and family law practitioner.

Attendees will be guided through the ins and outs of simple estate planning, including three essential documents: Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will.

Westfield Police Blotter: Fraud, Identity Theft

April 20, 2021

4/14/2021 at 4:16 p.m. — Fraud, Identity Theft

A resident of the 500 block of Boulevard reported being a victim of an identity theft and fraud. According to the victim, unknown person(s) used her identity to open a fraudulent Best Buy account and attempted to make $849 in unauthorized purchases. Victim did not suffer any monetary loss as a result of this incident.

The Value of Sponsorship

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course they sponsor to show their public support.  But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring.  They ...

What's Technology Doing to Design? A Designer Reveals Hidden Dangers

Have you ever wondered how today's technology is impacting design? We spoke to a leading interior designer about unexpected complications that can come with a wired home renovation. She also revealed what may clients don't understand about the magic of HGTV and those inspirational Pinterest boards.

Technology Builds Hidden Costs into Design

Nowadays, many clients approach designers ...

Balancing a Caregiver into Your Parent’s Life

While it wasn’t an easy decision, you finally came to the conclusion that you could use some extra help caring for your parent. But now you feel overwhelmed again with all the “what ifs.” Where do you go from here? First, take a deep breath; then read on for some helpful tips to navigate senior home care.

Finding the right caregiver

When you’re inviting a new ...

17 Homes Sold April 11-18 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate CRS, 908-400-0778.

TOWN                  ADDRESS                            STYLE    ...

President Signs PPP Deadline Extension Into Law

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline formally changed from March 31 to May 31 when President Joe Biden signed the extension into law.

The additional 60 days provided by the bill will greatly help small businesses, not-for-profits, and the CPAs that serve them complete existing PPP loan applications and file new ones. The extension act also provides the SBA time to address ...

Is Your Family Very Involved in Your Life?

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- If you have ever watched the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, known as the Portokalos family, then you can certainly understand what it’s like having an overbearing family. The family is very large, loud and intrusive. The movie was released in 2002 and the premise of the movie is basically about a woman named Toula  (Nia Vardalos) who is unmarried at ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Lifeguard Course Dates

Gain the knowledge, skills and certification to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer! The YMCA Lifeguard Course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS), First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration Certifications. The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury ...

Allocate Your Assets for Maximum Tax Efficiency!

Investment management for private clients presents unique challenges.  Near the top is that profits generated cannot be enjoyed until they’ve passed through the tax filter.  Understanding the tax implications of investing allows some control over the amount of taxes paid even if the path of the financial markets is beyond control.

In a Nutshell

The tax tail should never wag ...

Westfield Public Schools' Community Service Week Benefits a Slate of Causes

Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during Community Service Week in the Westfield Public School District.

Community Service Week — held this ...

Community Conversations: Summer Safety and Fun for Kids

Preparing children for a healthy summer of activity starts now! On this Community Conversation, pediatrician Sarah Nielsen, MD, has some must-see information on childhood health and safety, whether they are at home or at camp, including the latest news about COVID-19 and children.

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The Eternal Covenant

And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised (Leviticus 12:3)

This verse comes from the opening lines of this week's Parshah and, as they say, the rest is history.

A Bris is a covenant and through the millennia, Jews have kept this mitzvah like no other and have thereby maintained their eternal covenant with G‑d. There were ...


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Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Remembered as Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend

April 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups, was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two ...