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: Amanda Como has the Character to Lead in Westfield

April 22, 2021

Amanda Como is running for Ward 1 Councilperson, and I couldn’t think of a better candidate.

I have known Amanda for the past 11 years, first meeting when our kids were in the YMCA pre-school program and maintaining a friendship through the years. When I learned of her run for Ward 1 Councilperson, I thought about her in the role; what strengths she would bring to the table, and what ...

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


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


Sun, April 25, 9:00 AM

Fanwood Train Station | South side, Fanwood

Flea Market & Collectible Fair in Fanwood

Arts & Entertainment Other

LISTEN: Peapack Private Wealth's Dietze Take Stock of Bank Earnings

April 23, 2021

Peapack Private Wealth Management's David Dietze appeared live on “Bloomberg Markets AM" with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller. Topic: With bank earnings for Q1 soon to be reported, should you be investing in bank stocks

With Trust and Integrity, Peapack Private provides comprehensive financial, tax, fiduciary and investment advice to ...

A Springtime Reminder

Finally, it’s Spring!  Thank God the winter is over!  Bring on … well, whatever outdoor activities we can safely practice these days!

But first…let’s talk a little about two important medical topics that are related to April and one another.  Of course, I am talking about oral cancer and immunizations.

That’s what you were going to guess, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Winter Athletes Named to All-GMC Division Teams

EDISON, NJ-- Several W+H winter athletes were named to All-Division teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference. Congratulations to our Rams listed below:

Swimming – Tyler Jones of Scotch Plains, Matt Faust of Westfield, Aiden Lee of Sewaren, Giselle Lee of Edison, Maiti O’Connor of South Plainfield, William Tao of Plainfield

Track and Field – Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel, Nate ...

When Facebook Groups Replace Credible News Outlets

Facebook already serves as a news source for more than half of all Americans. But some communities solely rely on Facebook and other social media platforms for local information because no nearby news outlet exists.

Local groups dominate the digital landscape, often accumulating thousands of active participants who populate public forums with well-meaning but unvetted information. Even ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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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Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $10M to Support Food Banks in New Jersey

April 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the ...