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Westfield Area Teen Foundation Board Created to Teach Philanthropy to Young Adults

January 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience program is currently seeking applicants to join its first Teen Foundation Board.

“We are looking for the next generation of leaders in our community,” Vicki Simpson, assistant program director of WAYVE, said.

The board will be made up of 15 teens who will participate in allocating foundation grants to ...

Westfield Resident Receives Scholarship from NJ Chinese Festival Organization

MONTVILLE, NJ – Westfield resident and NYU student Cindy Qiang received a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Chinese Festival organization on Dec. 28.

The group marked 2017 as their fourth year giving the scholarships, according to festival chair Margaret Lam. Ten students are honored with the freshman scholarship, plus two scholarships for political science students ...

Westfield Businessman, Partner Hope to Save Rain Forests and Improve Lives with Global Ecology Corp.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Joe Battiato and Charlie Cacici are on a mission to save the rain forests and improve the lives of people living in developing nations. 

Cacici, a Westfield resident, founded Global Ecology Corp. in 2012 with Battiato, who lives in Woodbridge.

Both men are 63 and have spent 35 years on Wall Street — Cacici with Solomon brothers and American Express and ...

Westfield Resident Receives Scholarship from NJ Chinese Festival Organization

January 14, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Westfield resident and NYU student Cindy Qiang received a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Chinese Festival organization on Dec. 28.

The group marked 2017 as their fourth year giving the scholarships, according to festival chair Margaret Lam. Ten students are honored with the freshman scholarship, plus two scholarships for political science students ...

Westfield Board of Education Approves New Course in Industrial Arts for High School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Roosevelt Intermediate School Industrial Arts teacher Laura Doyle shared details about a new industrial arts course involving engineering and design that will be offered to 10th, 11th and 12th graders at Westfield High School during Tuesday’s Westfield Board of Education meeting.

“For months and months we’ve met. We visited schools. We’ve ...

Westfield Superintendent of Schools Discusses 2017-2018 District Goals at Board of Ed Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield School District Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan provided an update on the 2017-2018 district goals during Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting.

“I am pleased to say that we are progressing,” Dolan said.

The first district goal focuses on transitioning all district schools to a new website by September 2018.

“We ...

2nd Annual Women’s March in Westfield Planned for Jan. 20

January 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield is planned for Jan. 20, organizers have announced.

“Our chief purpose in having the march in town again this year is to inspire and empower our children, to teach them to have a voice and to use it to inspire change,” said Jessica Golden Cortes, who is organizing the event with Lee McDermott Schaefer. Both are ...

Westfield Planning Board Swears in New Members, Reviews Kehler Field Proposal & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board appointed and swore in new members, reviewed proposed changes to Kehler Field and annulled an application for three apartment units at 414 Central Avenue during an eventful meeting on Wednesday night.

The board appointed Robert Newell as chairman, Francis “Frank” Smith as vice chairman and Town Engineer Kris McAloon as secretary.

Appointments Made, New Members Welcomed at Westfield's First Town Council Meeting of 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Appointments to Westfield’s boards and commissions were made and announced Tuesday night during the town council’s first meeting of the year. Jim Gildea was re-appointed town administrator, Kris McAloon town engineer and Scott Olsen tax collector.

And, for the first time, TAPinto Westfield was named the town’s electronic news source.

In the two ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

January 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, according to a report by Greg Tufaro of MyCentralJersey.com.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken list” prior ...

Boys Ice Hockey: Westfield Seeded No. 2 in County Tournament

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys varsity ice hockey team has been seeded no. 2 in this week’s Union County Tournament. The Blue Devils will play the winner of Monday’s Scotch Plains-Fanwood vs. A.L. Johnson game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Summit is seeded no. 1.

“We lost to Summit earlier in the year, but we are hoping to meet them again in ...

Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Remains Unbeaten, Downs Westfield, 46-37

WARREN, NJ — Senior Julia Cunningham tallied a game high 18 points and eight rebounds for the Watchung Hills Girls basketball team as they triumphed at home over Westfield on Saturday, 46-37. 

Watchung Hills remains unbeaten. The Warriors are now 9-0.

Molly Ryan led the scoring for the Lady Blue Devils with 18 points. 

Watchung Hills took control in the ...

Power Restored in Westfield After Widespread Outages Friday Morning

January 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — PSE&G has reported that all power in Westfield has been restored, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said Friday morning at about 11:40 a.m.

Some parts of Westfield lost power again in the afternoon until about 4:45 p.m.

Customers had been reporting widespread power outages across Union County and other parts of New Jersey Friday morning, with power out ...

Extreme Cold Causes 15 Water Main Breaks in Westfield in 1 Week

WESTFIELD, NJ – Fifteen water main breaks were reported in Westfield between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8, according to New Jersey American Water.

The number is well above average for the town, according to Denise Venuti Free, director of communications and external affairs for NJ American Water. The breaks are caused by freezing temperatures, she said.

“For January, our average number of ...

Westfield’s Parking Restrictions in Effect as Town Braces for Winter Storm

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Department made the following announcement Wednesday evening:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for eastern Union County and a Winter Weather Advisory for western Union County in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. 

In eastern Union County, heavy snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel ...

Westfield Planning Board Swears in New Members, Reviews Kehler Field Proposal & More at Meeting

January 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board appointed and swore in new members, reviewed proposed changes to Kehler Field and annulled an application for three apartment units at 414 Central Avenue during an eventful meeting on Wednesday night.

The board appointed Robert Newell as chairman, Francis “Frank” Smith as vice chairman and Town Engineer Kris McAloon as secretary.

Rehearsals Underway 71st Washington School Show in Westfield

January 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s that time of year again when parents of Washington Elementary School prepare for their annual musical theater production. This year’s original musical, “The Show of Shows,” is a comedy about a storm-stricken school community seeking to raise money to rebuild their destroyed downtown and school grounds.

Show ...

YESTERcades Arcade Coming to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — YESTERcades will open its third arcade at 151 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield this spring, the company announced Tuesday. The space was formerly occupied by City Sports.

YESTERcades describes itself as gaming experience straight out of the “golden age of gaming.” They offer a variety of arcade video games, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street Fighter ...

Nails Spa & Beyond Opens in Downtown Westfield

January 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nails Spa & Beyond celebrated its grand opening at 125 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield Saturday by offering a free manicure or pedicure to its first 100 customers and holding a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Shelley Brindle and representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

The 4,300 square foot spa, which ...

Westfield Businessman, Partner Hope to Save Rain Forests and Improve Lives with Global Ecology Corp.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Joe Battiato and Charlie Cacici are on a mission to save the rain forests and improve the lives of people living in developing nations. 

Cacici, a Westfield resident, founded Global Ecology Corp. in 2012 with Battiato, who lives in Woodbridge.

Both men are 63 and have spent 35 years on Wall Street — Cacici with Solomon brothers and American Express and ...

Westfield Businessman, Partner Hope to Save Rain Forests and Improve Lives with Global Ecology Corp.

January 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Joe Battiato and Charlie Cacici are on a mission to save the rain forests and improve the lives of people living in developing nations. 

Cacici, a Westfield resident, founded Global Ecology Corp. in 2012 with Battiato, who lives in Woodbridge.

Both men are 63 and have spent 35 years on Wall Street — Cacici with Solomon brothers and American Express and ...

Westfield Recycling Schedule Updated

WESTFIELD, NJ — Giordano Company, the company that collects recycling for the town of Westfield, is collecting in Westfield’s zone 3 for as long as possible as long as conditions permit, the company posted on its website on Thursday at 5 a.m.

Zone 3 was not completed Wednesday due to extremely high volumes, the company wrote.

Zone 4 recycling is scheduled to be collected on ...

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Two Injured in Ceiling Collapse at Galloping Hill Caterers in Union

January 15, 2018

UNION, NJ — Two people were injured after the ceiling collapsed at the Galloping Hill Caterers at 5-Points this weekend.

Union Fire Dept. was dispatched to the scene at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. On arrival, firemen discovered a 10 x 20 foot suspended ceiling had collapsed, according to authorities.

Fire personnel removed two people from the building. They were treated for basic ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Organization Meeting Jan. 9

January 11, 2018

ORGANIZATION OF BOARD 

Business Administrator Dana Sullivan acknowledged Lynn Benner, Kent Diamond and Peggy Oster, who were elected to three-year terms on the Westfield Board of Education on Nov. 7, 2017, and sworn into office prior to the start of the Jan. 9, 2018 meeting.  Ms. Ohlig was nominated to continue as president of the Westfield Board of ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Alumni Share Advice with Students

January 15, 2018

Four graduates from the Class of 2017 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day in Lower Snowdon. The discussion was moderated by Susan Swenson of Plainfield, Director of College Counseling.

This year's panel included, from left: Manasvinee ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Cars Stolen from Driveways

January 10, 2018

January 3, 2018 8:18 p.m.

Officers Natale and Martinez arrested Jared Banksy, 18, of Tallahassee, FL, for possession of marijuana under 50 grams pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of 100 Central Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released with a complaint summons.

 

January 3, 2018 8:20 p.m.

A business in the area of 200 West South Avenue ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Garwood Family Center YMCA students honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by learning about his role in history.

The Garwood Family Center YMCA is a branch of the Westfield Area YMCA. To learn more about full-day and half-day early learning programs, summer camp, and before and after school care for Garwood students, contact Director Shannon McGillis Jackson ...

Dog Found in Roselle Still Being Held at Newark Shelter

A dog that was found on Jan. 9 is still being held at the Newark Animal Shelter because no owner has claimed him. 

Roselle Police said the dog was found in the area of the Roselle side of Warinanco Park. The dog has a distinct blue eye and brown eye. Police also said the animal was checked and had no chip or tags. 

The Newark Animal Shelter has ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

January 15, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

290 Hands Create Mural at Westfield’s Jefferson School

The year 2017 ended on a bright note at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield as students put the finishing touches on the giant mural spanning the building’s main hallway. A total of 290 third, fourth and fifth grade students each participated in 20-minute sessions creating scenes which represent their school and town. Jefferson traditions such as Walk to School Day, the ...

Governor Signs Legislation — Breastfeeding is Now a Protected Category Under the NJ Law Against Discrimination

Effective Monday, January 8, 2018, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination was amended to include breastfeeding as a protected status. As a result, an employer cannot refuse to hire, cannot discharge and cannot treat someone adversely with regard to the terms, conditions or privileges of their employment because that employee is breastfeeding and needs workplace ...

The New Tax Plan: When It Comes To Real Estate, There are Still Winners

Let’s see who wins and who may lose.

We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan. Depending on your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it.

The new tax plan has had a ...

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AtlantiCast Medical Minute – Winter Weather Edition

On this episode of AtlantiCast Medical Minute, learn how to take the fight to Old Man Winter, while staying safe! Learn some winter health tips with Anthony Brutico, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newton Medical Center.

 

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

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Mary Jo (Wade) Juelis, 71, formerly of Westfield, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, ...
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School PARCC Testing Dead? Governor-Elect Murphy Calls for Change

January 15, 2018

New Jersey — He called for its end during his campaign for Governor and now Governor-Elect Murphy places PARCC testing for students on the ropes for real.

Friday, after the Governor-Elect announced that Asbury Park School District Superintendent Lamont Repollet will lead the State Education Department, he pivoted to ...