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Video: Westfield’s Temple Emanu-El Welcomes Refugee Families at Saturday Morning Fun Club

January 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Alissa Berger and Jenny Tananbaum, along with a rotating group of about 75 volunteers, greet refugee families nearly every Saturday at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

What started as a mitzvah project for Berger’s son, Dylan, quickly evolved into a group effort to support refugee families in need.

“We were hearing a lot of news on ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Rodriguez family anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher Saturday at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. 

When Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton died in 2016 at the age of 24, his family donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, who lives in Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of ...

Video: Westfield Remembers MLK with 31st Annual Interfaith Commemoration Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service took place Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. The event kicked off with a march at 12:30 p.m. from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial at the south side traffic circle where attendees participated in a scripture reading, a song, and a prayer before ...

Overlook Earns ‘Distinguished Hospital Award’ for 5th Consecutive Year; Morristown Medical Center Also Again Honored

January 23, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Morristown Medical Center, both part of Atlantic Health System, have each received the 2018 “Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence” from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This distinction — the fifth ...

Westfield Board of Health Introduces New Members & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health introduced three new members at Monday night’s meeting.

Sherl Brand and Elizabeth Talmont were welcomed as new members. Brand works as a registered nurse and director of emergency preparedness for the Homecare Association of New Jersey. Talmont is a nurse practitioner who oversees research projects for Planned Parenthood.

Westfield Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Vaccines & Advice

WESTFIELD, NJ — In line with both statewide and nationwide data, Westfield and the surrounding area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional ...

Meet the Westfield Teacher Running for Congress

January 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — From substitute teacher to congresswoman? Democrat Lisa Mandelblatt says, “Why not?” The Westfield resident has her sights set on Leonard Lance’s seat as District 7’s representative in Congress in the 2018 election.

Born in Springfield, Mandelblatt has lived in Westfield 25 years. She has a law degree from Fordham University ...

More than 1,000 Participate in Westfield’s Women’s March

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

“It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee Schaefer, one of the organizers, said.

The marchers began ...

Westfield High School Football Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

January 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity football team, along with coaches and support staff, was honored at Tuesday evening’s Westfield Board of Education meeting after their undefeated 2017 season.

“I am going to start tonight's meeting and announcements from the podium with what's getting to be a little bit of a habit, but a wonderful one," said BOE ...

8 Westfield Students Earn Top Scores on Parts of SAT & ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight Westfield High School juniors achieved the highest score possible on parts of the December SAT and ACT standardized tests, the school district announced Tuesday. It brings the school’s total of perfect scores reported so far this school year to 42. 

The SAT and ACT are widely used for college admission criteria.

The recent top ACT top scorers are ...

Holy Trinity Student Wins Westfield Spelling Bee

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the word “tedious,” Holy Trinity School fifth grader Esme McLaughlin became the first place winner of the Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield’s 32nd Annual Spelling Bee during the final round Thursday night.

Katie Purse, a fifth grader at Jefferson Elementary School, took second place and Douglas Gee, a fourth grader from McKinley Elementary ...

Meet the Westfield Teacher Running for Congress

January 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — From substitute teacher to congresswoman? Democrat Lisa Mandelblatt says, “Why not?” The Westfield resident has her sights set on Leonard Lance’s seat as District 7’s representative in Congress in the 2018 election.

Born in Springfield, Mandelblatt has lived in Westfield 25 years. She has a law degree from Fordham University ...

More than 1,000 Participate in Westfield’s Women’s March

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

“It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee Schaefer, one of the organizers, said.

The marchers began ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Westfield High School Football Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

January 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity football team, along with coaches and support staff, was honored at Tuesday evening’s Westfield Board of Education meeting after their undefeated 2017 season.

“I am going to start tonight's meeting and announcements from the podium with what's getting to be a little bit of a habit, but a wonderful one," said BOE ...

Girls Swimming: Westfield Takes Second Place at Union County Championship

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Westfield High School girls varsity swim team took second place at Sunday’s Union County Championship meet with a score of 351. Scotch Plains-Fanwood came in first with a score of 422. Third place went to Governor Livingston with a score of 248.

Emma Conlon came in third in the 200-Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:58.67. Keeley Thompson came in third in the ...

Boys Swimming: Westfield Wins County Championship

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Westfield High School boys varsity swim team topped Summit Sunday, 439 to 401, to win the Union County Championship. Scotch Plains-Fanwood came in third with a score of 259.

“The boys responded well to the task at hand,” Westfield head coach Jeffrey Knight said. “We knew that Summit would be a formidable opponent and make it a close meet based ...

Water Service in Part of Westfield Interrupted by Repairs Thursday Night

January 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Some people should expect an interruption in water service due to repair work on Carolina Street in Clark Thursday night, the Westfield Police Department announced at about 8:30 p.m. via Nixle.

The areas of Grandview Avenue, Virginia Street and Boynton Avenue will be affected, police said. According to the PD, work will be performed during the night.

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Water Main Break Closes Part of Central Ave. in Westfield Wednesday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ — Southbound Central Avenue was closed at the bridge leading into Clark for the repair of a broken water main, the Westfield Police Department announced via Nixle at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday.

Police told drivers to expect delays in the area and plan an alternate route, if possible.

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Power Restored in Westfield After Widespread Outages Friday Morning

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 ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Westfield’s Revaluation Inspections Begin; Know Who’s Knocking on Your Door

January 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents can expect inspectors from Realty Appraisal Company to begin knocking on doors soon to inspect the interiors and exteriors of their homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation.

“Commercial inspections started about two weeks ago,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday.

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

How to Keep Important TAPinto Westfield News Stories in Your Facebook News Feed

January 22, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear.

At TAPinto, we believe in serving you with high-quality, objective local news coverage.  To make sure that you continue to see news from us in your Facebook news feed:

Have TAPinto ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

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 ...

Video: Westfield’s Temple Emanu-El Welcomes Refugee Families at Saturday Morning Fun Club

January 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Alissa Berger and Jenny Tananbaum, along with a rotating group of about 75 volunteers, greet refugee families nearly every Saturday at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

What started as a mitzvah project for Berger’s son, Dylan, quickly evolved into a group effort to support refugee families in need.

“We were hearing a lot of news on ...

Video: Westfield Remembers MLK with 31st Annual Interfaith Commemoration Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service took place Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. The event kicked off with a march at 12:30 p.m. from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial at the south side traffic circle where attendees participated in a scripture reading, a song, and a prayer before ...

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Cranford Democrats to Host Meet & Greets with Congressional Candidates for District 7

January 23, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Democrats will host two meet and greets with the seven democratic candidates running for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Local voters will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates and ask questions on two separate dates.

“We want to give voters an opportunity to ask questions of all the candidates and also to speak with them ...

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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Wed, January 24, 7:15 PM

Westfield High School, Westfield

Free Parenting Event & Drug Awareness Program: ...

Health & Wellness

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Union County 4-H Students Share Valentine’s Day Greetings with Air Force National Guard

January 23, 2018

Student members of the Union County 4-H Dog Lovers Club put their hearts and hands into a community service project last Saturday, silkscreening and painting dozens of handmade Valentine’s Day cards for an Air Force National Guard company adopted by the club.

The company is stationed at McGuire Air Force Base and is currently deployed overseas.

Displaying a sample card alongside their ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Reported Fraud & More

January 17, 2018

January 10, 2018 12:07 a.m.

Ahmad Komara, age 28, of North Brunswick, NJ, was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in the amount of $500. Subject was processed and posted bail.

 

January 14, 2018 11:49 a.m.

Kehrry Bernard, age 21, of Elizabeth, NJ, was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for her arrest in the amount of $250 from ...

Westfield High School Earns Outstanding Delegation Award at Model UN

Westfield High School’s Model United Nations Club won the Outstanding Delegation Award for excelling in all parts of the annual conference held in Hershey, PA, Jan. 5 to 7. Approximately 2,000 students from 80 schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were in attendance. The WHS delegation of 181 students participated in wide ranging debates that were the ...

Rules for NJ and Federal Property Tax Deductions Vary

New Jersey taxpayers who prepaid one or two quarters of their 2018 property tax assessments at the end of 2017 need to be aware that the amount they can deduct on their federal tax return is not the same as the amount they can deduct on their state tax return. 

We will work with you to determine the correct deductible amount for both federal and state purposes.

Read tax deduction rules ...

Point View's Q1 2018 Newsletter Available Now

Point View Wealth Management's First Quarter of 2018 edition of Outlook has published, featuring articles offering a wide range of topics for investors as we enter the New Year, such as:

Potential risks to your investments in 2018;
Wrapping your head around Bitcoin;
Debating the FAANG stocks;
Be cautious on Robo-Advisors; and finally,
Explore and understand ...

Family Therapy

January 20, 2018

Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally. What affects one, affects all in the family system.  For example: when family members get anxious, the anxiety can escalate by spreading from one family ...

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 ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

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 ...

Obituaries

Feb 28, 1946 - Dec 28, 2017
Mary Jo (Wade) Juelis, 71, formerly of Westfield, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, ...
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12-Year-Old NJ Girl Falls Victim to Predator on Facebook, Authorities Say

January 23, 2018

STAFFORD, NJ — Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato have announced the arrest of man accused of climbing through a 12-year-old girl's window and sexually assaulting her after a chat on Facebook.

Ninteen-year-old Joseph Barden of Bayville was arrested Jan. 20 and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual ...