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

January 17, 2018

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

January 17, 2018

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 ...

143 Westfield High School Students Earn AP Awards

January 16, 2018

 WESTFIELD, NJ — A total of 143 Westfield High School students earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards in recognition of their college level achievement through AP courses and exams administered in 2017, the district has announced.

The score of Westfield’s students averaged 4.33, according to Westfield Public Schools.  AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 ...

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 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’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 Memorial Pool Memberships Will Cost More This Summer

WESTFIELD, NJ — Membership to Westfield Memorial Pool will cost $20 more per family this year, for both residents and non-residents, after the town council passed a resolution approving the rate increase at Tuesday night’s meeting. Individual rates will increase by $5. Senior citizen rates were not increased.

“The pool rates have not been increased since 2011,” Town ...

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

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 ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Sam Stravach

January 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls varsity basketball player Sam Stravach had 12 points and five rebounds in Tuesday’s game against Roselle Catholic, helping her team win 42-35 and avenge their opening-day loss.

“We were down by one late in the fourth quarter and Sam hit both free throws on a one and one to put us up by one and we never looked ...

Ice Hockey: Glod, Scheer Net Hat Tricks as Raiders Crush ALJ, 11-2, in County Cup

ROSELLE, NJ — The performance put on by Scotch Plains-Fanwood Monday night not only punched the Raiders a state playoff ticket, but it also said something, loud and clear: Bring on Westfield. 

In the midst of their greatest season in program history, the Raiders produced their most dominant game yet with an 11-2 drilling of A.L. Johnson (Clark) in the Union County Cup quarterfinal ...

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

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 ...

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

January 17, 2018

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 ...

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 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 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.

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 ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Westfield News

January 16, 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. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Nails Spa & Beyond Opens in Downtown Westfield

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 ...

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

January 16, 2018

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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Clark Police Make Arrest in Home Burglary Wednesday

January 17, 2018

CLARK, NJ – Clark Police arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Police Chief Pedro Matos, police responded to a call from an alert resident in the area of Orchard Terrace and Hawthorne Drive around 1 p.m.   The resident reported seeing a suspicious blue BMW SUV in the area.

Once on the scene, officers located the SUV ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, January 21, 10:00 AM

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom Religious School Open House

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

The Wonderful World of Snow Globes

Arts & Entertainment

Men of Bronze, Harlem’s Rattlers Featured in Union County Black History Month Celebration

January 17, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to welcome all residents and visitors to the 2018 Union County Black History Month Celebration event, featuring a screening of Men of Bronze, a rare 1977 documentary about the 369th Regiment in World War I.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jeffery Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, will provide commentary on the film and present his ...

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 Students Perform with Central Jersey Orchestra

Three Westfield High School students — Junlin Yi, Kevin Li and Kelly Eagan — performed with the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region Orchestra on Jan. 7 at the CJMEA concert held in Montgomery High School. 

According to Craig Stanton, Westfield High School Orchestra Director, "Every year hundreds of students prepare and audition for the ...

Addressing Anxiety in Adolescents

January 16, 2018

Anxiety can be one of the most unpleasant emotions that people feel. The word “anxiety” describes periods of fear, worry, nervousness, and restlessness.

Anxiety comes with thoughts of danger and helplessness. Life experiences, especially those that occurred in childhood and adolescence, often determine our perception and expectations of threats and vulnerability.

We react with ...

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 ...

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.

 

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 ...

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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Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Her Dog

January 17, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild ...