Clark Police Seeking Eyewitnesses to Early Morning Hit-and-Run Death (Updated)

October 20, 2020

Updated at 2:54 p.m.

CLARK, NJ — An 82-year-old township man died at the scene of a hit-and-run Tuesday morning, authorities said.

James B. Leinbach was crossing Raritan Road at the intersection of the Clarkton Shopping Center when the driver of an unidentified vehicle heading east on Raritan Road hit him, according to Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

The crash happened at 6:04 a.m., ...

John Laterra Could Cook Anything, but his Sandwiches Were on Another Level

October 13, 2020

This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit

Once the owner of Charlie’s Delicatessen in Westfield, John Laterra could cook anything, his daughter, Linda Butler, said. But his ...

Letter: Gratitude for Grant from the Westfield Foundation | Opinion

October 19, 2020

On behalf of the Westfield Service League (WSL), we wish to publicly thank the Westfield Foundation for funding our roof grant request in spring, 2020. We were honored and thrilled that the Foundation selected our project, especially during these fiscally challenging times when there is such a tremendous community need.

The Westfield Service League offers a three-fold service opportunity to ...

Holy Trinity School in Westfield Celebrates World Peace Day

October 22, 2020

World Peace Day is observed each year around the world on Sept.21. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981, and two decades later, in 2001, unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield celebrated in several meaningful ways. Third grade students made artwork pieces of doves to ...

NJEDA Announces $70 Million Phase 3 COVID-19 Grant Program

Phase 3, which will be funded with $70 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, significantly expands eligibility for the Grant Program and increases the amount of funding businesses can receive. To ensure funding goes to businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, Phase 3 sets aside funding for restaurants, micro-businesses and businesses based in ...

Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

The Rotary Club of Westfield Inducts 5 New Members

The Rotary Club of Westfield announced this week the induction of five new members.

“Our club is such a dynamic group of caring individuals,” said club President Liz Ensslin. “We are able to accomplish so much in our community and globally because Rotarians truly put 'Service Above Self' and we are excited to welcome our newest members.”

On Tuesday, ...

28 Homes Sold Oct. 11 - Oct. 18 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Cranford & Mountainside

Twenty-eight homes sold Oct. 11 through Oct. 18, 2020, in Westfield, Cranford, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Mountainside, according to the Garden State MLS.*

TOWN                  ADDRESS             STYLE    ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Enhances Learning with Owl 360 Camera Systems

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enhanced its virtual classroom experience with the installation of Owl 360° cameras in more than 50 classrooms last week. The Technology Department installed Owls in classrooms of all three divisions.

According to the Owl website, “Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers School Age and Early Learning Programs to Meet the Needs of Today’s Families

The Westfield Area YMCA understands the balancing act facing today’s working families as they navigate the ever-changing world of remote learning and the multi-faceted demands on parents. 

School Age

The Y is pleased to offer a supervised remote learning and redesigned after school program in Westfield, Mountainside and Garwood for students in 1st-5th grades.

A hybrid A/B ...

Losing a Pet: How You and Your Child Can Cope

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love. If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different from when a person you love dies. 

It’s natural for family and friends to express sorrow for your loss for a human, unfortunately, many people do not ...

Community Conversations: #AskHer

Are you ready to #AskHer? Join Atlantic Health System in asking the women in your life if they have had their annual mammogram. On the next Community Conversation, breast surgeon Rebecca Yang, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates, and Lydia Nadeau, Executive Director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, discuss mammograms and how you can #AskHer!


Westfield Schools Observe Week of ‘Extra’ Respect, District Says

Whether virtual or in-person, students and staff in Westfield Public Schools participated in lessons and activities emphasizing the meaning of respect and the different ways people show it during the Week of Respect Oct. 5 – 9, observed annually by public school districts across New Jersey, school officials say.

“We call it the Week of ‘Extra’ Respect because respect ...

Are you Productive or Are You Busy?

Let’s just cut to the chase: being busy is not the same as being productive. In an age where we wear our busyness like a badge of honor, it’s time to step back and get real about the true value (or lack thereof) of the chaotic overload we’ve deemed a mark of success.

On the surface, being busy and being productive can look similar. In both instances there’s a lot of ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Unlocked Cars Burglarized, Shoplifting & Drunken Driving

October 20, 2020

The following is the Westfield Police blotter for Oct. 11 – 17. The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

10/11/2020 at 9:57 a.m. — Shoplifting

Officers responded to CVS on West South Avenue on a report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. Subsequent to a motor vehicle stop, ...

Portfolio Considerations for the Fourth Quarter

The new year can’t seem to come soon enough for most investors, and yet we still have almost three months before we belt out Auld Lang Syne.  A global pandemic to start the year led to economic shutdowns and depression-like conditions across the world.  As populations grappled with how best to battle Covid-19, the United States was simultaneously facing political unrest in its ...

Football: Defense, Turnovers Lead St. Joseph Past Westfield, 20-3

WESTFIELD, NJ — The St. Joseph of Metuchen football team capitalized on a pair of interceptions and used an aggressive defensive performance to improve to 2-0 and get past Westfield, 20-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Blue Devils’ home opener at Gary Kehler Stadium.

St. Joseph, coming off a 17-12 victory over Elizabeth last week, was stout on the defensive end all game. Westfield, ...


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5 Female Rutgers Professors File Pay-Equity Lawsuit

October 16, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Five female Rutgers professors have filed a pay-equity lawsuit against the university, according to a press release from the union representing 6,000 employees and graduate workers at the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses.

According to the press release, the situation came to light through a program to address faculty salary inequality that was part of the ...