Cranford’s Emma Rothman Finds Her Voice in New Book 10 Years After Heart Transplant

September 28, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — When she was 12 years-old, Cranford native Emma Rothman had a heart transplant. That incredible moment saved her life, but also changed its trajectory forever.

In 2011, the typically healthy and active middle-schooler was out of breath and exhausted. “At first I thought I was just tired from a busy weekend.” But the fatigue never got ...

Letter: Councilwoman Root Earns Endorsement of Fellow Speech Language Pathologist

October 2, 2022

It is my pleasure to endorse my friend and colleague, Emily Root, for Town Council representing Ward 1 this November. The attributes of a fellow speech language pathologist are ones that I know would be beneficial to anyone serving on our Town Council.

Speech language pathologists are compassionate. I cannot think of a more important trait to have when working with others. Whether it is with a ...

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Echo Lake Country Club, Westfield

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services Annual Golf ...


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Westfield Recreation Commission Meeting


Tue, October 4, 6:00 PM

Union County Torah Center — Chabad, Westfield

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Ralph Jones, Who Loved Westfield and Preserved its History, to Join Hall of Fame

October 2, 2022

Ralph Jones was a true Westfield native. Raised in town, he graduated from Westfield High School in 1950. He was a member of the National Honor Society, co-editor of the Hi’s Eye, and on the track and football teams.

Jones attended both Muhlenberg College and Indiana University, obtaining degrees in History, Government and Economics. He joined the Air Force in 1952, completing ...

29 Homes Sold Sept. 24 to Oct. 1 in Westfield Area

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Rivero CPA: Text Message Scams are on the Rise

The IRS is warning taxpayers of a recent increase in IRS-themed texting scams aimed at stealing personal and financial information.

In recent months, and especially in the last few weeks, IRS-themed "smishing" (texting scams) have increased exponentially. The scam messages often look like they're coming from the IRS, offering lures like fake COVID relief, tax credits or ...

How to Resume a Former Name At or After the Time of Divorce

One topic new clients ask about is how they can resume a former name at the time they get divorced. Others were divorced but did not resume a former name at that time and ask is it too late to do so now? Still others did resume a former name but have questions about what to do next.

In New Jersey, Courts permit a Party to formally resume the use of a former name (or other surname) upon the ...

Westfield Financial Planning: What Should Long-Term Investors Do in the Face of a Recession?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s no question 2022 has been a turbulent year for the U.S. markets and the economy. Writing this on September 26, year to date the S&P 500 has fallen 24% and the US Aggregate Bond Market has declined 14.9%. With current inflation rates not seen since the 1980s, people want to know: Is the U.S. in or heading towards a recession?

On ...

New Senior Minister to be Installed at First Congregational Church of Westfield

On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, First Congregational Church of Westfield (FCC) will install Rev. Dr. Jennifer Testa Hrynyk as the 15th called senior minister in its 142-year history. The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. during the weekly worship service and will welcome guest preacher Rev. Dr. Jenn Graffius to deliver the morning’s message, as well as Rev. Ron Verblaauw representing the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School Announces Clubs at Info Session

Upper School student leaders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared brief presentations describing a wide variety of extracurricular options at last week’s Clubs meeting in the Berry Performing Arts Center. This year’s impressive list of clubs includes Animation Club, The Beacon, W+H Book Club, Chess/Strategy and Board Games, Chinese Culture Club, Competitive Business and ...

Minniti and Esteves Score to Rally Union Catholic Boys Soccer Team to Victory Over Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ -- Preston Minniti and Anthony Esteves scored second half goals to propel the Union Catholic boys soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Roselle on Wednesday.

After Roselle took a 1-0 lead, Minniti scored to tie the game in the fist half, and then Esteves scored the game winner in the second half for the Vikings, who improved to 3-5 on the season.

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 


Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

Animal Communication Comes To The Curious Heart Shop

Has your pet ever exhibited a peculiar behavior? I know my dog, Bella, a beautiful flat coat retriever shepherd mix, likes to take a few pieces of food out of her bowl and bring them into the next room to eat in privacy. It's both kind of funny and kind of strange. Our family has often wondered why she performs this peculiar ritual every time she eats. 

Can your ...

Westfield High School Marching Band Wins Top Honors

The Westfield Marching Blue Devils kicked off their competitive season with first place honors at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood New Jersey Marching Band Directors Association Contest on Sept. 24.

The band placed first in class AAAA winning music and overall effect. They also were awarded Best Overall Music and Overall Effect for the entire event as well as being named the Grand Champion of ...

Agent Spotlight: Jenny Brigante

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Pinter to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free ...

Dishing Up Details on Atlantic City Restaurant Week 

With so many of the best restaurants in the Atlantic City region participating in this year’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week (Oct. 2-7, 2022), you may be asking yourself how you will choose where to dine during the 14th annual six-day culinary bonanza. 

That’s a good problem to have. After all, with participating restaurants throughout Atlantic City and the ...

New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Holy Trinity Starts the School Year Strong and Honors World Peace Day

WESTFIELD – Holy Trinity School opened the 2022-23 school year on September 8 on the newly resurfaced playground with returning students and new families. At one of the first celebrations of the school year, all grades participated in celebrating International Day of Peace. Also known as World Peace Day, it is observed each year around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

September 30, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...