Local Author’s ‘Hello Grandma!’ Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — “I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!”

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

“Hello Grandma!,” Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner ...

Letter: Victim Shaming and Blaming in Westfield

April 14, 2021

Sadly, crime victim blaming and shaming is alive and well in Westfield.  Like me, I am sure that you have received dozens of Nixle alerts from the Town advising of yet another stolen car, but quickly adding that it was “unlocked” or that the “key fob was left inside.”  I understand and agree that residents should take reasonable precautions to safeguard their ...

Candidate Statement: Can't wait to connect! Ward 1 Town Council Candidate Amanda Como

April 8, 2021

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Como, and I am running for Town Council in Westfield’s Ward 1.

I am Jersey born and raised; after living up and down the East Coast; my husband Brad and I established roots here in December 2007.

Like you, we fell in love with Westfield’s great school district and charming downtown.

Fourteen years, two children and a dog later, a lot has ...

Mobile Meals of Westfield Receives Donation from Northfield Bank

April 14, 2021

Northfield Bank located at 828 South Avenue West in Westfield donated $5,000 to Mobile Meals of Westfield on April 9.

Mobile Meals is a nonprofit organization which has been providing meals to people unable to provide meals for themselves since 1968.

The organization serves the communities of Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield.

If you or anyone ...

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 Police Blotter: Frauds, Bicycle Found, Posters Stolen & Vehicle Burglaries

April 13, 2021

4/5/2021 at 11:16 a.m. — Fraud

A resident of 100 block of Myrtle Avenue reported an incident of fraud. Victim stated that in January she was contacted on Instagram by an unknown actor who offered her high return rates on her investment if she invested with his company. Over the course of three months, victim made several money transfers into various accounts provided by the persons ...

IRS Recalculating Taxes on Unemployment Benefits. Refunds Start in May

The IRS will take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent changes made by the American Rescue Plan.

This allows taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income to exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all ...

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 ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Caring for the Caregiver with Respite Care Options

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Set For Timely Symposium

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

14 Homes Sold April 4 -11 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams Premier Properties, 908-400-0778.

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Losing a Child ~ Losing a Friend

The loss of a child is like no other. Losing a child to a tragic accident is grief that lasts a lifetime.  It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.  You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel worse. 

While you cannot take away the pain of the loss, you can provide some needed comfort and ...

Westfield Area YMCA's Pamela Gedman Achieves Songahm Taekwondo Master Level

Pamela Gedman, chief instructor of Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area YMCA, has earned the recognition and achievement of Songahm Taekwondo Master Instructor and has received a national award from ATA International.

Ms. Gedman became eligible for the title of Songahm Master upon achieving her 6th degree black belt, which in itself takes approximately 20 years of ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

Just Do It

How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, without going into major psychological dissertations (which I'm not qualified to do in the first place), let's see if we can find some insight in this week's Parshah.

Everything was set for the inauguration of the sacred service in the Sanctuary. The week-long ...

6 Ways To Increase Car Safety for Your Child

While there have been significant strides to increase car safety in the last 50 years, every year, 1.35 million people die in car accidents, and when you look at the United States, 37,000 Americans lose their lives every year.

Far more unfortunate is the case of children who lose their lives in these types of accidents. Sure, we can obey the car seat laws set forth, but what else can we do? ...


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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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Wayne PD: Man Accused of Strangling Fast-Food Worker in Fight Over Mask Wearing

April 7, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — A township man was arrested last week in connection with the strangling of a Burger King employee on Route 23 South, police said.

A fellow employee intervened during the assault and the suspect fled. He was later found and arrested by Wayne Police, according to police.

Detective Captain Dan Daly said video footage from the Burger King security cameras showed two ...