Letter: One Westfield Place Project - The Numbers Matter

February 2, 2023

With thanks for inspiration to Joe Salemme who addressed the issue of PILOTs and School Funding last week. As he pointed out, the project's own numbers show that the Southside parking lots will generate $780,752 in Land Tax Revenue over 30 years ("North/South Zone" in their table), or an average of $26,000 per year. At the normal 60% going to schools, ...

Letter: Resident Details His Concerns About One Westfield Place Financials

Groups of Westfield residents have been trying for months to analyze the important financial assumptions to the One Westfield Place project and determine risks and hidden costs. Based on the limited financial information being made available, these are among the major financial concerns so far:

1. The assumption on retail spending by office workers, which the mayor proposes is the reason ...

Warming Center Increases Options For Growing Homeless Population in Union County

January 27, 2023

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Responding to an increase in the unhoused population, Union County officials approved an Elizabeth church as a warming center as more information is collected on those living without homes within county borders.

There have been more than 55 “Code Blue'' nights in the county this season, Debbie-Ann Anderson, the county’s Director of Human Services, ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, February 05
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

The Curious Heart , Westfield

Healing Circle with Catherine Glastal

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Sun, February 05
02:00 PM — 04:00 PM

Miller Cory House Museum, Westfield

Vintage Valentines

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Wed, February 08
12:00 PM — 01:00 PM

Haven Pelvic Physical Therapy, Westfield

Sensory Play (Haven Mommy Meet Up)

Kean University Professor Matthew Niepielko Receives Prestigious NSF Award to Support Genetic Research and STEM Education

February 2, 2023

Kean University Assistant Professor Matthew G. Niepielko, Ph.D., has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to fund genetic research while supporting students at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels.

As one of the most prestigious NSF awards for faculty members beginning their careers, the CAREER award will provide $829,000 to Niepielko’s lab over ...

Columns

Elementary School in Westfield Hosts First Annual Multicultural Festival

It was a feast for the senses as students and their families celebrated the first annual Multicultural Festival at Tamaques Elementary School on Jan. 25.

“To Egypt we go,” said one student to another as they strolled through the colorful and aromatic display set up in the school’s multipurpose room. With 16 countries represented, there was much to learn about ...

Dudas Career Best Day Propels Union Catholic Bowling Team To Victory Over Dayton

LINDEN, NJ -- David Dudas has been waiting all season to have a breakout performance.

The wait ended on Monday when the Union Catholic sophomore struck for a career-high game of 192 and a lifetime the best series of 522 to ignite the Vikings to a 7-0 victory over Dayton at Jersey Lanes.

Led by Dudas, the Vikings rolled up a season-high pin total of 2,044 and improved their record ...

Not Your Grandmother's Cheerleading

MONTVILLE, NJ — Cheerleading has its place I suppose. On the early sidelines of life. Maybe.

I was the oldest of five boys growing up, and we all played sports hoping to be cheered, not to do the cheering.

Then, with my own brood of three sports boys, the same.

My daughter, the youngest, played parochial school basketball, but she also expected to be cheered for, and ...

First Congregational Church of Westfield Seeks Candidates for 2023 Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award

The First Congregational Church of Westfield Board of Outreach Ministries is currently seeking nominations for the annual Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award for 2023. Candidates for this scholarship must be young adults between the ages of 16-22, living in Westfield or the greater Union County area, who have distinguished themselves in the area of human rights. The selected individual will have ...

Textbook Alternative Program on pace to save Rowan students up to $6 million

Rowan University’s Textbook Alternative Program (TAP), which began in 2019 with anticipated savings to students of $120,000, is on pace through 2023 to save as much as $6 million.

The program developed as an initiative of the campus Affordability Task Force, encouraging faculty to move from assigning traditional textbooks to free, online study materials, in a University-wide ...

15 Homes Sold Jan. 21-28 in Westfield Area

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

Town            Address          Style           RMS  BR      Bth     List Price  Sale Price

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Making an Impact in Plainfield

The Upper School’s Plainfield outreach programs are going strong and growing at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. The afterschool programs at Barlow Elementary and Jefferson School run Mondays through Thursdays from 2:45-4 p.m. W+H students work with students in the after school programs on homework and skills support. Current participants include Sreeprada Arumilli of Edison, ...

At the Risk of Sounding Like a Broken Record, Mark Swingle Says ‘Stay the Course!’

During my fun and perhaps misspent youth, I listened to the album “Who’s Next” by The Who until the vinyl crackled under the repetitive pressure of the needle and the dreaded “skip” became part of the song. “… It’s only teenage wastelaaand … [skip] wasteland … [skip]…. wasteland … [skip]…. wasteland ...

The Importance of Self Care

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. People Pleasing is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make comments such as ...

Agent Spotlight: Ebtsam "Sam" Sayed

Ebtsam “Sam” Sayed, Sales Associate in the Westfield office, is a dedicated Realtor, a skilled negotiator, and a mother of two. Sam specializes in Union County, working in Westfield, Clark, Scotch Plains, and beyond but she also does plenty of business in Middlesex and Somerset counties. With over a decade and a half of experience as a full-time real estate agent, Sam has the skill ...

TAPinto Named a 2023 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto was recently named a Top Franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 18th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchisees.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized as one of the top 200 franchises in the United States," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "The fact that this ...

Milestones

Westfield Residents Named to Centenary University Dean's List

January 24, 2023

Isaiah Anderson and Luke M. Jayroe of Westfield have been named to Centenary University Dean's List for the Fall 2022 semester. To achieve this honor, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.8 or above and complete a minimum of 12 semester credits.

Sayreville Councilwoman Shot, Killed in Front of Her Home, Police Say

February 2, 2023

SAYREVILLE — A 30-year-old, recently-married Sayreville councilwoman — the chair of the borough's public safety committee — was repeatedly shot in her car last night at the LaMer townhouse development, authorities said.

Police found Eunice K. Dwumfour in her white SUV near Samuel Circle at about 7:22 p.m. on Feb. 1 and she was pronounced dead at the scene, ...