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Westfield Community Invited to Participate in Edison School Community Day May 6

April 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Volunteers of all ages will have the chance to help with more than 15 hands-on service projects during the Second Annual Edison Intermediate School Community Day, taking place May 6 from 10 a.m. until noon at EIS.

Opportunities will include projects such as writing letters to the troops, making lunches and care kits for homeless people, making ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

More Than 1,000 Expected to Participate in Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greta’s Run, a 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities organized in memory of Greta Schoenemann takes place this Sunday at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

Online registration ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. The entry fee is $30.

Greta was Westfield High School freshman in 2002 when she died from injuries after a large tree branch fell on her ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

April 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

More Than 1,000 Expected to Participate in Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greta’s Run, a 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities organized in memory of Greta Schoenemann takes place this Sunday at Roosevelt Intermediate School.

Online registration ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. The entry fee is $30.

Greta was Westfield High School freshman in 2002 when she died from injuries after a large tree branch fell on her ...

Environmental Group Awards Overlook Medical Center for Practice Excellence, Achievements

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized for environmental excellence with two awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Practice Greenhealth is a Reston, VA-based non-profit founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and ...

Westfield Board of Ed Shares Instructional Technology Update, Approves $103M Budget

April 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education finalized its 2017-18 budget, set at $103,481,072, on Tuesday night. According to the board’s analysis, there is an increase of $2,111,582 from the previous year. 

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Paul Pineiro joined master tech teachers during Tuesday’s meeting to provide an update on instructional technology ...

Westfield Board of Ed Responds to Concerns About School Rankings

WESTFIELD, NJ – Members of the Westfield Board of Education addressed circulating reports of the district’s absence from a popular “Best High Schools” rankings on Tuesday night.

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Margaret Dolan, opened the discussion for the board, highlighting a change in criteria by U.S. News & World Report.

According to Dolan, the ...

U.S. News & World Report Leaves Westfield High School Off ‘Best Schools’ List for Second Year

WESTFIELD, NJ —  For a second year, U.S. News & World Report has left Westfield High School off of its “Best High Schools” list, published this week. In 2015, WHS ranked No. 30 in New Jersey and No. 536 in the nation.

“Similar to last year, Westfield High School did not pass Step 1 in the four-step methodology for the 2017 Best High Schools ...

Lights Fixed at Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park, Pathways Restored as Improvements Continue

April 25, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Improvements continue at Mindowaskin Park as a months-long pond dredging project comes to a close and the town prepares the park for its 100 year anniversary in 2018.

“If you haven’t been out in the park at night, we’ve made a big effort the past few weeks to have the lighting fixed,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the Westfield Town ...

26 Westfield Roads Slated for Improvement this Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — An interactive map with planned road improvements for 2017 is now available on the town of Westfield’s website. To see it, click here.

This July, August and September, expect to see work done on at least part of Harrison, Cory Place, Raymond Street, Parkview Avenue, Edgewood Avenue, Effingham Place, Ramapo Way, Stanley Avenue, Archbold Place, Arlington Avenue, ...

Westfield Historical Society Gets County History Grant

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Westfield Historical Society will get $2,000 for administrative and operational costs thanks to the 2017 Union County History Grants Program, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced. 

The grant is one of 16 made possible from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, totaling ...

Softball: Westfield Defeats Johnson, 6-3, in Last Game Before Union County Tournament

April 27, 2017

CLARK, NJ — The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity softball team hosted longtime rival, Westfield High School, Thursday afternoon, but couldn’t get anything going on offense, losing by a final score of 6-3.

Westfield, No. 2 seed in the upcoming tournament, got on the board first in Thursday’s game.  A third-inning RBI double by sophomore Erica ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Jake Triarsi

WESTFIELD, NJ — Distance runner Jake Triarsi, one of Westfield High School’s track & field captains, anchored the Blue Devils distance medley relay to the win over Union Catholic Saturday at the Blue Devil Classic. He will race at the Penn Relays this weekend as a member of the 4x800 relay.

“Jake has emerged as one of our most consistent guys in every aspect — ...

Greta’s Run 5K Honors Memory of Westfield Teen, Raises Money to Help People with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Almost 1,000 people participated in the fourth annual Greta’s Run in Westfield Sunday. The 5K run, walk, roll and fundraiser for people of all abilities is held in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died 2002 after a large tree branch fell on her during lunch.

“Greta was a beautiful person inside and out,” Greta’s ...

Cops: Serial Burglar Arrested in Westfield was About to Strike Again

April 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jon Rincom of Roselle was looking to burglarize a home in Westfield April 12 when cops arrested him and charged him in connection with two past Westfield home burglaries, according to Westfield Police.

Plainclothes officers in undercover cars were monitoring the area proactively under the direction of Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, according to Sgt.

Black Bear Seen in Scotch Plains Thursday May be Headed Toward Westfield

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A black bear sighted near Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Thursday morning appeared to be heading toward Westfield Thursday afternoon, according to  Scotch Plains Police. It was seen in the area of Mountain Avenue in Scotch Plains, not far from Route 22.

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman advised people to stay away from the bear call police if they ...

Two Vehicles Crash Near Westfield High School Monday Morning, Flipping One Car Over

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of Rahway Avenue and Shackamaxon Drive Monday morning, flipping one car over and causing damage to the front of the minivan involved. The drivers of both vehicles were taken away by ambulances, according to witnesses.

The crash happened at about 8 a.m. when, according to reports, one of the vehicles appeared to have run a STOP ...

New Houdini Pizza Laboratory in Fanwood Serves Magic on a Plate

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ — Harry Houdini had the rare ability to make the impossible seem effortless and became the greatest magician of all-time. The new Houdini Pizza on South Avenue in Fanwood shares this level of commitment and a remarkable flavor for life with the illusionist. 

The original Houdini Pizza opened in Ridgewood, Queens, not far from Houdini's final resting place. It ...

Newark Man Convicted of All Counts in 2014 Westfield Carjacking

April 27, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts against a man responsible for an afternoon carjacking on Minisink Way in 2014, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Lamar Randleman, 28, of Newark was convicted on charges of first-degree carjacking and third-degree theft following a two-and-a-half-week trial before state Superior Court ...

Legal Battle Over Westfield Stop & Shop Expansion Moves Forward

WESTFIELD, NJ — A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop could be over by September, Town Attorney Russell Finestein told the Westfield Town Council during this week’s conference meeting.

A superior court judge’s decision in the summer of 2015 to dismiss the case against the expansion was appealed that ...

Westfield Townhouse Proposal: Country Classics Presents Site Engineer & Architect at Meeting

April 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Adjustments held its fourth hearing on Country Classics’ application of a proposed multi-family, 55+ age-restricted townhouse project on East Broad Street on Wednesday evening as the applicant presented two key witnesses including the site engineer and architect.

Both witnesses testified on several key components of the proposed project and ...

Niche Ranks Westfield in Top 15 on 2017 ‘Best Places to Live in New Jersey’ List

WESTFIELD, NJ— National rankings firm Niche is out with its 2017 list of “Best Places to Live,” and it ranks Westfield  No. 14 in the state of New Jersey.

Niche also ranked Westfield No. 10 in New Jersey on its “Best Suburbs” list and No. 16 in the state on its “Best Places to Raise a Family” list.

The company gives Westfield an A+ for its ...

Westfield Native Andrew McCarthy Talks About His New Book, ‘Pretty in Pink’ & Coming Home

April 26, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Though he may best be known as Blane McDonough from the John Hughes classic “Pretty in Pink,” actor/director/writer Andrew McCarthy is, as he says, always moving onward.

McCarthy, 54, recently released his first young adult novel, “Just Fly Away.” The novel tells the story of Lucy, a 15-year-old girl who discovers her father had an affair eight ...

Podcast: Chat with Maestro David Wroe of Westfield’s NJ Festival Orchestra

WESTFIELD, NJ — Host Mike Cohen sits down with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s music director and conductor, David Wroe, to talk about the critically acclaimed orchestra based in Westfield.

Learn about the workings of an orchestra, their upcoming season finale, the Friends of the NJFO’s Tour of Notable Homes this May and the orchestra’s work in the ...

Westfield Barber to Appear on NBC Reality Show ‘First Dates’

WESTFIELD, NJ —  NBC’s new reality show “First Dates” will feature Saverio “Sammy” Michielli, a barber at Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club in Westfield, in its May 5 episode.

Michielli, a Bayonne native, originally auditioned for MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore.” He didn’t make it, but after posting a joke on the ...

Amazing Lash Studio Opens in Downtown Westfield

April 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Amazing Lash Studio celebrated its grand opening  at 225 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield recently by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Sam Della Fera.

Owners Dana and Sam Vranicar spoke about their membership-based model for lash extensions recently at a ...

Lights Fixed at Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park, Pathways Restored as Improvements Continue

April 25, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Improvements continue at Mindowaskin Park as a months-long pond dredging project comes to a close and the town prepares the park for its 100 year anniversary in 2018.

“If you haven’t been out in the park at night, we’ve made a big effort the past few weeks to have the lighting fixed,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the Westfield Town ...

Environmental Group Awards Overlook Medical Center for Practice Excellence, Achievements

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized for environmental excellence with two awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Practice Greenhealth is a Reston, VA-based non-profit founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and ...

Volunteers Wanted for Westfield’s Annual Park Cleanup in Honor of Earth Day April 29

WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Earth Day, the town of Westfield is once again inviting individuals, families and groups to volunteer for its annual spring cleanup event at green spaces all over town on Saturday, April 29, with a rain date of April 30. 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a pair of gloves and a rake, if possible, and arrive at one of the following locations between 10 ...

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Nick's Pizza in Fanwood Shares Poems by Middle School Students on 300 Delivery Boxes

April 28, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ — Thinking outside the box, Nick's Pizza will deliver pizza and poetry when customers order pies on Friday, April 28.

As part of a literacy program, Nick's teamed up with Park Middle School in Scotch Plains and will feature more than 300 original poems written by seventh grade students taped to delivery boxes. The effort was initiated by writing teacher ...

Councilman Loughlin Seeks Input on Downtown Westfield

April 27, 2017

Dear Westfield Residents:

Mayor Skibitsky's Downtown Task Force has now presented its initial report and recommendations for improving our award winning downtown.  A copy of the report is available on the town's website at westfieldnj.gov.  I encourage all residents to contact me with any suggestions about our downtown.

As chairman of the Westfield Public Safety, ...

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Sat, April 29, 7:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Fitness 'Fun' Raiser

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Sat, April 29, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton High School, Clark

Free STEM Day at Mother Seton For Girls in 6th, ...

Education

Sat, April 29, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Garage Sale - College Women's Club of Cranford ...

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Obituaries

- Apr 11, 2017
Allen Chin, 80, former Mayor and Councilman of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, ...
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Westfield Police Blotter: Man Arrested in Connection with Burglaries & More

April 26, 2017

April 12, 2017 9 p.m.

On April 12, 2017, members of the Westfield Police Department Detective bureau and crime response team unit arrested Jon Rincom of Roselle in connection with several burglaries. Rincom was charged with two counts of third degree burglary. Rincom was transported to Union County Jail.

April 20, 2017 7:17 p.m.

Tashawn Beckford, age 20, of Newark, NJ, was ...

The MAX Challenge of Cranford Raises $4,000 for Special Olympics, Cranford Young Athletes

April 28, 2017

The Max Challenge, Cranford hosted a series of classes, “Fit For the Cause” for the 2nd Annual MAX Challenge Day of Giving.

The MAX Challenge of Cranford along with fellow franchisee owners, managers, instructors and 20,000 plus MAX Challenge members took part in the 2nd Annual MAX Challenge Day of Giving Charity event on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  The MAX of ...

Small Business Week Resources for New Jersey’s Entrepreneurs

April 28, 2017

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create approximately two thirds of the country’s new private-sector jobs. At the same time, over half of new businesses face significant and unique challenges within the first five years.

National Small Business Week, which takes place from April 30-May 6, celebrates the impact of entrepreneurs and ...

New Supervisor of World Languages Appointed in Westfield

On April 25, the Westfield Board of Education unanimously appointed Enrique Pincay as Supervisor of World Languages and ELL (English Language Learners), effective August 1, 2017.  Mr. Pincay currently holds that position in the Hillsborough Township Public Schools, a school district with nine schools and 7,500 students. 

His new responsibilities will include establishing ...

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot

The real estate market is heating up! Homes are selling quickly in the entry-level price points and things are moving in the luxury market as well. According to NJ real estate valuation expert Jeff Otteau, "For the first time in a decade, we're seeing an increase in demand for houses in the $1M to $2.5M price range ... this is a significant change."

Multiple ...

Lost Dog Spotted in Westfield

This dog was spotted running loose on Sandy Hill Road in Tamaques Park Friday.

Westfield Area YMCA Takes Action to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Westfield Area YMCA is designating a week to raise awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse.   From April 24-28 leading up to Healthy Kids Day on April 29, the Westfield Area YMCA is joining YMCAs across the nation to inform the community on how to recognize, prevent and report child sexual abuse. This ...

What You Need to Know if You Ride NJ Transit Trains

April 27, 2017

NJ — If you ride the train from Westfield into New York, Amtrak is instituting changes that are going to impact your NJ Transit commute. Officials have announced plans to fast-track infrastructure work that will likely cause commuters additional delays. 

In an April 27 release, Amtrak outlined initiatives to improve New York Penn Station that will require ...