Pay Equity, Pregnancy Key in 2 Women’s Claims Against Union County Prosecutor, Lawsuits Say

March 4, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two women — an assistant prosecutor and a victim witness coordinator with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office — claim in lawsuits that the county’s top law enforcement official discriminated and retaliated against them, each for different reasons.

Attorney Juan C. Fernandez, who represents Susan Gleason and Maria Reynolds-Jerussi, said his clients ...


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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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Letter: On Wanting to Hear Westfield’s Birdsong And Not its Gas Powered Blowers

March 4, 2021

To the Editor:

This is my favorite time to enjoy the outdoors in Westfield. This is the one stretch in which the weather is balmy enough to sit outside and quiet enough to appreciate the birdsong and other sounds of nature. In a few weeks, the gas-powered blowers (I do not call them leaf blowers as for most of the year there are no leaves to blow) will be a near-constant presence ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, March 5, 1:30 PM

Wesfield Memorial Library, Westfield

TGIF Through Westfield Library presents Alexander ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, March 9, 6:00 PM

Virtual Zoom Event , Elizabeth

CASA of Union County Information Session

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Tue, March 9, 7:00 PM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Trivia Night for Adults and Teens on Zoom

Arts & Entertainment

Jefferson Elementary School to Host Clothing & Toy Drive

March 4, 2021

Save The Date: Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Spring Cleaning!

Back by popular demand, Jefferson School will be having a clothing, toy, stroller and bike drive to benefit the 5th Grade Class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Clover Street near Jefferson in Westfield, NJ

Drop-off will only be April 22, 2021. Not before.

Help the 5th grade class with their fundraising efforts ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Thefts, Dine and Dash, Vehicle Burglaries, Lost Ring Found & More

March 3, 2021

2/22/2021 at 6:06 p.m. — Identity Theft

A resident of the 700 block of Prospect Street reported being the victim of Identity Theft. The victim said that unknown person(s) attempted to apply for unemployment benefits using his information. He added that an attempt to open a new bank account was also done in his name as well. The victim stated that he did not sustain any monetary loss at ...

Thematic Investing, Hot or Not?

Thematic investing is a popular strategy that allows investors to capitalize on macro level trends resulting from social disruption, economic developments, or technological advances. They look for opportunities that arise due to a major shift in a society’s or an industry’s behavior and select funds targeted to a specific area of interest with potential upside. Rather than searching ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Swimmers Set Two School Records

EDISON, NJ-- Middle School swimmers at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison set two school records last week. 

Phoebe Kaplan of Scotch Plains set a new school record in the 50-yard breaststroke with a sizzling time of 36.70 seconds. Phoebe also joined Tom O’Connor of South Planfield, Coco Lee of Edison and Sammy Faust of Westfield to establish a new standard in the 100-yard ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisees: Elizabeth Meyers and Steve Lenox from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisees for March 2021 are Steve Lenox and Elizabeth Meyers from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville. 

Neither Lenox nor Meyers are new to the TAPinto community. 

TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville was the third site Lenox launched, after previously opening TAPinto Paterson and TAPinto Bayonne. Lenox was awarded TAPinto’s 2021 Highest Honor ...

Heresy Cloaked in Piety

How did the Jews, who had just weeks earlier personally experienced the Revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments, justify their demand for an idolatrous golden calf?

Well, on the face of it, it did seem as if it might have been a genuine expression of a need for leadership. What was their argument? Make for us gods who will lead us, because this man Moses who took us ...

As a Parent, Failure is … an Option

The tagline for the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (slightly overrated, in my humble opinion) included the phrase, “Failure is not an option.”  That may certainly have been true for the Apollo crew, as failure likely meant death.  However, the phrase has sadly been used in situations that it should not, especially when it comes to parenting.  I cannot tell you how many ...

A Victorian Mash-Up in Summit Gets a Modern Twist

A stately circa 1860 Italianate villa in Summit, New Jersey was given a down-to-the-studs refresh using bold patterns and a crisp color palette while maximizing the architectural interest of the original design elements. The result? A daring amalgamation of classic and contemporary that cleverly balances two different eras.

Every space benefited from the artistic vision ...

17 Homes Sold Feb. 21-28 in Westfield Area

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

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100 and 1,000 Days of School at Holy Trinity

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Celebrating the 100 days of school this year was very special indeed for the students of Holy Trinity. The students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades celebrated 100 days of in-person full days of school the first week of March. The celebrations included building challenges with 100 cups, creative writing and presentations, crowns, and 100 paper glasses. Mrs.

Persistence is the Key to Reaching Your New Year Goals

It's a month and a half since we’ve turned a new page on the calendar. The dawn of January ushered in a season of goal- and resolution-setting. Of course, setting those targets is not the same thing as achieving them. If this year follows the pattern of previous years, 80% of New Year’s resolutions will be forgotten by mid-February (aka NOW). You can, however, beat those odds. The ...

The Disease to Please

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense.  If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become over committed.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is ...

Union County Board of County Commissioners Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of County Commissioners urges residents to download the Recycle Coach App to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County ...

Five Podcasts That Can Help Deal With Grief and Loss

Many who are grieving find support through the stories of others who have experienced a similar loss, and for parents who lose a child, hearing these stories can be very cathartic.

Overall, podcasts are an easy and popular accessible resource that provides grievers with more diverse options for support. From listening in on a conversation to receiving expert advice, take advantage on your own ...

George and Martha Washington 'Visit' Westfield Area YMCA Kindergarten

To celebrate the President's recent birthday, George and Martha Washington “visited” with the Westfield Area YMCA kindergarteners. The children caught them up on what changes they could expect to find in our current century including indoor plumbing, cars and Alexa!

Registration is open now for the 2021-2022 school year for full and half-day preschool programs. For more ...

Virtual Lenten Activities to Start This Week!

First Congregational Church of Westfield invites all to participate in its Virtual Lenten activities starting this week.


Wednesdays, Feb. 24 • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
5 p.m.
Facebook Live

During Lent, Rev. Joel Biggers and Rev. Joy Mounts will alternate hosting a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., starting on Wednesday, ...

Skills That Make a Good Listener

Being a good listener — for example, as a family caregiver for aging parents — is one of the most critical, useful, yet difficult skills to master. When approached unconsciously, listening may look more like waiting for your turn to talk, or communications may fall into old patterns that don’t serve you. But when done with skill, practice, and intention, being a good listener is ...

Thinking of Retiring? Read This First

When considering your retirement plans during this pandemic, here are three observations and considerations to keep in mind:

The pandemic has created a systemic disruption to the economy in ways that many financial advisors never imagined.
COVID-19 is not a black swan (an event that is unpredictable and rare, but when it occurs, its results are catastrophic).
It's time to rethink ...

Westfield Rotary Club Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Rotary Club of Westfield invites all high school seniors who reside in Westfield to apply for scholarships by Tuesday, April 6. The scholarships will be awarded in June and will be announced at the Westfield High School awards night.

All high school seniors who reside in the town of Westfield, NJ, and who will be attending an accredited college or university are eligible for the ...

Westfield Students Discuss Science and Engineering Behind Mars Perseverance Mission

There were excited reactions during a student virtual “watch party” at Roosevelt Intermediate School as NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 18.

“When the coverage of the landing started, some students and teachers logged in to participate in the virtual “watch party,” said science teacher Melissa Czerwinski who organized ...

Rutgers Scientist Discovers Micro Plastic Pollution In Raritan, Hudson Rivers

March 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River.

Their study of tiny pieces of plastic in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary in New Jersey and New York indicates that stormwater could be an important source of ...

Patricia Faggins, 78, a Driving Force Behind Social Justice in Westfield

March 2, 2021

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

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dedication and social justice resonated in the life of Patricia Faggins, a founder of both the Westfield Neighborhood Council and the ...