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Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Kids Get Free Homework Help & More at Westfield Neighborhood Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC) has been a staple on Cacciola Place since its founding in 1969. This community center provides low-cost and free educational and cultural services to members of the Westfield community. The WNC creates an opportunity to unify all Westfield residents, by providing opportunities to participate in programs, volunteer or just ...

Atlantic Health System Medical Centers Recognized for Safety

April 25, 2018

Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, today announced Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. Overlook Medical Center’s ‘A’ rating is an increase from last year, while Morristown Medical ...

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio celebrated its grand opening recently at 407 South Ave. West in Downtown Westfield. The studio offers a variety of classes including hot vinyasa, ashtanga, yin and meditation, yin and yang and foundational yoga.

Owner Brandi Hoynowski, who teaches most of the classes there, said that the studio uses infrared heating.

“It’s ...

Party Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Of The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Strains of “Happy Birthday” filled the atrium recently at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center.  The occasion was the kick-off party to a month’s long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the center.

Even before the song rang out, music filled the atrium, as it has for the past 17 years from 9 a.m. to noon ...

Westfield School Board Recognizes Student for Winning NJ High School Journalist of the Year Award

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education recognized Westfield High School senior Greta Frontero on Tuesday for being named New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year by Garden State Scholastic Press Association. According to the district, the award includes the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press ...

Kids Get Free Homework Help & More at Westfield Neighborhood Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC) has been a staple on Cacciola Place since its founding in 1969. This community center provides low-cost and free educational and cultural services to members of the Westfield community. The WNC creates an opportunity to unify all Westfield residents, by providing opportunities to participate in programs, volunteer or just ...

Dozens of Westfield Students Join Town Hall Internship Program

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield officially launched its inaugural Town Hall Internship Program Monday with 33* students from Westfield High School.

The program aims to provide WHS students with valuable experience on the community level. Students are expected to work for two to four hours a week for the duration of the program. High schoolers in all grades were ...

Westfield Town Council Adopts 2018 Municipal Budget

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — With a 7-2 vote, the Westfield Town Council adopted the 2018 municipal budget at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Municipal taxes will increase by $30 per year for the average Westfield household, according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea. At .5 percent, it will be the lowest tax rate increase in decades, he said.

“The fact that this budget delivers the lowest tax ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivision of Historic Property, Reviews Short-Term Rental Ordinance

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously approved an application to subdivide 667 Fourth Avenue at Monday night’s meeting.

The application was carried from last month’s meeting, at which the board heard lengthy testimony from several experts and members of the community, who voiced support for the subdivision. 

The house on that site was originally ...

Dozens of Westfield Students Join Town Hall Internship Program

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield officially launched its inaugural Town Hall Internship Program Monday with 33* students from Westfield High School.

The program aims to provide WHS students with valuable experience on the community level. Students are expected to work for two to four hours a week for the duration of the program. High schoolers in all grades were ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rallies from 4-0 Deficit to Defeat Westfield, 7-5

April 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — On a day when Scotch Plains-Fanwood's top starter Danny Wilkinson didn't meet his usual standard of dominance, senior Matt Kipp came in and kept hitters off balance with 4 1/3 innings of relief at the Raiders overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Westfield, 7-5.

Westfield pitcher Christopher Ho, a freshman, lasted 3.1 innings and was charged with ...

Softball: Howell, Hobson Lead Westfield in 6-5 Win Over Johnson

CLARK, NJ — Coming into Monday afternoon’s game, all the Westfield High School Lady Blue Devils had to do was remind themselves what happened on May 7 of last season. After sweeping the 2017 regular season series against the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity softball team, it was the Crusaders who upended the Blue Devils 7-4 in the 2017 Union County Tournament ...

Video: Hundreds Participate in Westfield’s 5th Annual Greta’s Run

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 800 people of all ages and abilities ran, walked and rolled at the fifth annual Greta’s Run 5K in Westfield Sunday morning. Another 100 volunteers helped make the event happen.

Greta’s Run was created in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died in 2002.

“She had a passion for helping individuals with special ...

Contractor Seriously Injured in 3-Story Fall from Roof in Westfield, Police Say

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A contractor was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after falling three stories from the roof of a Westfield home he was working on, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman.

The man was working on a home on Marion Avenue when he fell around 1 p.m., Wayman said. Westfield Police requested a helicopter to airlift the man to the hospital, but because of the ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street around noon on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, ...

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Outta Hand Pizza Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza celebrated its grand opening at 311 South Ave. West Friday. The restaurant is celebrating by offering customers a 20 percent discount on orders all weekend long.

Outta Hand offers a variety of Italian specialties to eat in, take out or have delivered, including mussels marinara, chicken francese, lasagna and hot and cold subs, as well as “Outta Hand ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivision of Historic Property, Reviews Short-Term Rental Ordinance

April 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously approved an application to subdivide 667 Fourth Avenue at Monday night’s meeting.

The application was carried from last month’s meeting, at which the board heard lengthy testimony from several experts and members of the community, who voiced support for the subdivision. 

The house on that site was originally ...

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Westfield H.S. Band and Chorus Visit Europe Over Spring Break

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School Band and Chorus programs spent the district’s spring break touring and performing on separate European trips.

The band began their trip in Florence, Italy, on Tuesday, April 3, with a guided walking tour and welcome dinner, before a day trip to tour Venice on Wednesday. The band toured the Accademia Museum, home to Michaelangelo’s ...

Overlook Named 'Employer of the Year' by NJ APSE

April 11, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center received the Employer of the Year Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJ APSE) during the Facing the Future 26 Conference on transition and employment. The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is the only national organization with an exclusive ...

Westfield Green Team Hosts Earth Day Celebration

April 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Coordinated by the town’s Green Team, Westfield held an Earth Day Celebration from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, capping off a weekend of environmental events commemorating the 48th annual Earth Day.

Sunday’s event was held in the North Avenue train station parking lot. Town residents could pick up one of four different types of saplings to plant on their ...

Proposed Changes to Westfield Street Fair, Farmers Market & More Discussed at Town Council Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gene Jannotti spoke during the town council's conference session Tuesday to announce planned changes to Westfield’s Festifall Street fair.

“We are always willing to make changes that we think will satisfy the public and increase the street fair in its entirety,” he ...

Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

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NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Thank you, Mayor Brindle and Six Members of Town Council, for Approving 2018 Budget

April 25, 2018

Thank you, Mayor Brindle, and the six members of council, who voted to approve the 2018 budget last night and to Mr. Gildea, Councilwoman Habgood and the finance committee members who worked tirelessly to prepare it. Thank you for the lowest tax increase I can recall while producing a budget that provides for smart investment in our town. 

For most of my residency here, the same ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, April 25, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, April 25, 12:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Kroloff

Religions And Spirituality

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Wed, April 25, 7:30 PM

Rialto NewVision Theater, Westfield

Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ - Ben Gurion: ...

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

Fairview Celebrates 150 Years

April 25, 2018

The Board of Trustees of Fairview Cemetery invites the public to its 150th Anniversary Celebration on April 29. 

A service commemorating its founding fathers will commence at 2 p.m. followed by food and festivities.  Congressman Leonard Lance will present a US Capital Flag to the Board and Mayor Shelly Brindle will present a special commendation. Renowned soloist Samantha Dango will ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
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‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...