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Overlook Auxiliary Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting Set for May 11; Keynote Speaker to Detail Concept, Benefits of 'Mindfulness'

March 28, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - The Overlook Auxiliary will celebrate its Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting on May 11 featuring keynote speaker Charlotte Pendleton, who will discuss the concept of 'mindfulness'. The event will be held at Baltusrol Golf Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Overlook Auxiliary is a volunteer organization committed to serving the entire Overlook Medical Center ...

Westfield Area Chamber Offers Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits Panel Discussion at JCC April 4

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host panel discussion: "Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits" at the JCC (1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains) on Tuesday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Skyrocketing operational costs affect all organizations, especially nonprofits. With shrinking revenue and increasing costs, experts say ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Overlook Auxiliary Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting Set for May 11; Keynote Speaker to Detail Concept, Benefits of 'Mindfulness'

March 28, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - The Overlook Auxiliary will celebrate its Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting on May 11 featuring keynote speaker Charlotte Pendleton, who will discuss the concept of 'mindfulness'. The event will be held at Baltusrol Golf Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Overlook Auxiliary is a volunteer organization committed to serving the entire Overlook Medical Center ...

Overlook Hosts Facebook Live Event Answering Questions Regarding Weight Loss Surgery

SUMMIT, NJ - Ever wonder when someone should consider weight loss surgery? How much weight a person can expect to lose? Or what the health benefits are?

Visit Overlook Medical Center’s Facebook page March 24 at 2 p.m. (EST) for a Facebook Live event in which Ajay Goyal, MD, medical director of Overlook’s bariatric surgery program, will answer these and other ...

Morristown Children’s Hospital First Hospital in New Jersey to Administer Newly Approved Treatment for Rare Genetic Disease

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, was the first hospital in the state to administer nusinersen, a newly approved medication to a patient with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and sometimes fatal genetic disease that causes progressive loss of muscle strength and movement.

Because of the demand for the ...

Nominate Your Favorite Westfield Intermediate School Teacher for Optimist Club Award

March 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Optimist Club of Westfield is now accepting nominations for its 20th annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Awards. Two intermediate school teachers – one from Edison and one from Roosevelt Intermediate Schools – will be chosen to receive the award on June 14 at an Optimist dinner and will be honored at a Westfield Board of Education meeting ...

8 Westfield Students Get Perfect Scores on Parts of SAT & ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight  Westfield High School juniors achieved the highest score parts of the SAT or ACT recently, the district has announced. The standardized tests are widely used for college admission and placement criteria.

Earning the perfect SAT score is Robert Faktor - Math 2. ACT higher scorers are: Marlo Avidon - English; Chloe Brown - Math; Andrew Dazzo - Science, STEM ...

Principal Carey to Retire from Westfield's Roosevelt Intermediate School After 48 Years with District

WESTFIELD, NJ — Roosevelt Intermediate School will say goodbye to Principal Stewart Carey at the end of the school year, following 48 years in the Westfield school system.

Carey came to Westfield from Charlottesville, VA, in 1969, when he was hired as a physical education teacher at Edison Intermediate School. Carey taught physical education at both Edison and Westfield High School ...

VIDEO: Union County Freeholders Recognize Westfield Family for 'Wall of Love'

March 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Freeholders held their regular meeting Thursday night and a special resolution was introduced to recognize and commend Westfield couple Valerie Latona and David Contract for creating their "Wall of Love."

Chairman Bruce Bergen and Vice Chairman Sergio Granados made the presentation.

Latona then took the microphone and ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces 2017 Budget

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced the 2017 municipal budget during its regular meeting Tuesday. Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained the $42,829,987 budget to the public with a detailed PowerPoint presentation that will soon become available on the town’s website, www.westfieldnj.gov.

“People always talk about taxes, how high taxes are in Westfield, ...

Westfield Residents John Dugan Jr. and Joe Nolan Recognized by Town Council for St. Patrick’s Day Honors

WESTFIELD, NJ — John J. Dugan Jr., the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County’s Irishman of the Year, and Joe Nolan, grand marshal of this year’s Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, were honored at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Ushered in and out of the council chambers by bagpipes, the Westfield residents each received a proclamation read by ...

Westfield High School Baseball Aims for a Strong Follow-up to Last Year’s Record-Breaking Season

March 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A staggering 19 consecutive victories. That’s what last year’s Westfield High School varsity baseball team achieved last year, breaking the school's all-time school record. The Blue Devils eventually lost in the semifinals of counties and state sectionals and finished with a 22-6 record.

The team hopes to make another deep run this season despite the loss ...

Westfield High School Athletes Selected to Play in Snapple Bowl All-Star Football Game

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Westfield High School senior football players, Jeff Gagum and Max Schwetje, have been chosen to participate in this summer’s 2017 Snapple Bowl. The all-star game pits teams from Middlesex and Union Counties against one another for a chance to play the game they love before college.

“I’m very excited that Jeff and Max were selected to play in the ...

Westfield Resident, Seton Hall Basketball Coach Kevin Willard Has Team Ready for NCAA Tournament

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ  — The Seton Hall basketball team showed their typical tough-minded, never-quit attitude on the court in an early February game at the Prudential Center defeating Providence in overtime 74-72. That night the Pirates also delivered that same message in real life first-hand to 13-year-old Chatham boy Will Cody, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia back in the ...

Suspect Arrested Thursday in Connection with Calls Threatening JCCs

March 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Multiple news outlets reported that law enforcement officials in Israel detained an Israeli American teenager Thursday in connection with multiple phone threats to Jewish Community Centers across the United States. 

It is unclear at this point if the suspect may have been responsible for the phone call that led to the evacuation of the ...

Pedestrian Hit by Bus on Route 22 in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police and EMS responded this afternoon to a pedestrian who "was struck in front of the movie theater" on eastbound Route 22. 

According to the initial report from Breaking News Network (BNN), the pedestrian was hit by a bus and possibly "pinned under the bus." The report was received just before 4:30 p.m.

Two more reports from ...

Westfield Police Ask Public to Remove Cars from Downtown Streets Late Thursday Night for Snow Removal

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police are asking the public to remove their vehicles from Downtown Westfield streets late Thursday night so that the Department of Public Works can clear snow from midnight until 7 a.m. Friday morning, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman announced Thursday via Nixle.

To sign up to receive Nixle alerts directly from the Westfield Police Department, click ...

Westfield’s C.J. Reycraft, Jr, Owner of Butcher Burgers, Offers Advice to Aspiring Chefs

March 16, 2017

JERSEY CITY, NJ — C.J. Reycraft, Jr., an award-winning chef and owner of Butcher Burgers in Downtown Westfield, was a judge at the ProStart Culinary NJ state competition recently. He offered some words of advice to the aspiring chefs there:

“This is my second year of judging this competition and I am blown away by the talent of all of these young cooks. The future of the restaurant ...

Owners of Westfield’s ‘Watcher House’ Still Hope to Knock it Down, Build 2 New Homes

March 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield’s now-infamous “Watcher” house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board’s decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

According to the complaint, filed recently, the board’s decision was ...

Podcast: Chat with Westfield Employment Lawyer Fred Shahrooz Scampato

WESTFIELD, NJ — Host Mike Cohen chats with Fred Sharhooz Scampato, an employment lawyer in Westfield who stands up for the rights of women and minorities.

Listen to our previous podcasts:

Interview with Westfield High School Football Coach Jim Desarno, Westfield Chef, Owner of Butcher Burgers C.J. Reycraft, Jr., Chat with TAPinto Westfield Publisher Jackie Lieberman.

Owners of Westfield’s ‘Watcher House’ Still Hope to Knock it Down, Build 2 New Homes

March 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield’s now-infamous “Watcher” house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board’s decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

According to the complaint, filed recently, the board’s decision was ...

Age-Restriction Notification Hitch Delays Westfield Townhouse Project Application

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Adjustment held a hearing regarding Country Classics’ application of a proposed multi-family townhouse on East Broad Street on Monday evening. The property, more commonly known as the Daniel Pierson home, is one of Westfield's oldest houses and is currently zoned for single-family houses. It is located outside of the ...

JCC Hosts 12th Annual NJ Jewish Film Festival at Westfield's Rialto Theater, Begins April 19

March 27, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The JCC will host ITS 12th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ at the Rialto Theater 250 East Broad St., Westfield, beginning its Spring 2017 series on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

On the Map

Wednesday, April 19 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Dani Menkin

Country: Israel, 2015

Language: English and Hebrew with subtitles

Running Time: 78 ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Volunteers, Books Wanted for Westfield Memorial Library Book Sale

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are looking for volunteers to help with their 44th annual spring book sale, planned for April 25 through April 29. Proceeds from the sale will go directly toward funding Friends-sponsored programs, which include children’s programs, a speaker series, museum passes and trips to the opera.

Friends member ...

Westfield Area Chamber Offers Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits Panel Discussion at JCC April 4

March 28, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host panel discussion: "Cost-Sharing for Nonprofits" at the JCC (1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains) on Tuesday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Skyrocketing operational costs affect all organizations, especially nonprofits. With shrinking revenue and increasing costs, experts say ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Speaker Series in Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce's hosted the second installment of its Fanwood Speaker Series with Terry Viney's advice on "Landing New Clients" at The Chelsea at Fanwood (295 South Avenue) on Thursday, March 16.

"You can land new clients just by changing the way you think," said Viney, whose mission is ...

Westfield Ward 3 Councilman Oliveira Announces Run for Re-Election

March 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Third ward Councilman David Oliveira announced Wednesday that he plans to seek re-election this fall.

“For the past four years, I have proudly served the residents of the 3rd Ward as their councilman,” Oliveira wrote in a letter to the editor announcing his candidacy. “This November, I will ask those residents for the opportunity to represent them once ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

March 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

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Clark High School Student Arrested After Fight

March 28, 2017

CLARK, NJ – A physical altercation between two students at the Arthur L. Johnson High School resulted in one boy's arrest Tuesday morning, Clark Police have confirmed. 

According to Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos, a security guard intervened between the students and restrained one of them.

No injuries were reported and no weapons were involved, Matos said. Matos said ...

Congratulations to Franklin School Girl Scouts on Variety Show

March 28, 2017

Congratuations to all of the Franklin School Girl Scouts for their fabulous performances for the annual Franklin Girl Scout Variety Show Friday, March 24.

Ten troops performed original dances in creative, colorful costumes with huge smiles. We are all so proud of all of them!

 

The show has been a highlight for the Franklin Scouts for many years. Each year, the graduating 5th ...

Obituaries

Feb 12, 1953 - Feb 26, 2017
Michael D. Celock, 64, of Cranford, NJ, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep ...
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Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Possession Arrests Made in Town & More

March 22, 2017

March 15, 2017 9:08 p.m.

Officers Martinez and Johnson arrested Trenton Boyer, Jr. age 26, of Linden, NJ, on the strength of a Westfield Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $294 and a Roselle Park Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $100 at Linden Police Department. Subject was transported to headquarters where he was processed and released on his own recognizance.

March 16, 2017 ...

'Speed Dating' Event for Union County Houses of Worship Coming April 26

March 28, 2017

The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council will hold a networking event April 26 at which residents from throughout Union County looking for a faith community to join may "speed date" with various faith-based organizations. The event, called Faith in Action, will be held at Suburban Golf Club at 1730 Morris Avenue in Union from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is the second ...

Westfield High School Violinists Excel

Practice has paid off for Westfield High School violinists Morgan Eng and Kevin Li.  The sophomores were accepted into the Central Jersey Music Education Association’s Region 2 Orchestra and performed with other select musicians on January 8, 2017 at Montgomery High School. 

In addition, on Saturday March 18, Li auditioned for and was accepted into the NJ All-State ...

Bright Lights, Big Difference

Every home has its own distinct personality and style. If the way we paint, furnish and treat windows in a home are like its clothing, then light fixtures are the jewelry. They sparkle and shine, set the mood, and help us to see everything else.

Light fixtures can add great impact as the focal point of a room. They can be as creative and interesting as works of art. Some truly ARE works of ...

Dog Found in Westfield Friday

UPDATE: Reunited with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Found in Westfield Friday. Contact the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-4000.

Spring has Sprung and so has Registration for Westfield Area YMCA's Spring 2 Session Programs

Registration for Westfield Area YMCA’s Spring 2 program session begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 6th for Full members and at 7:30 am, Monday, April 10th for Basic (Program) and Non-Members. Spring 2 is a 9-week session that runs from April 23rd – June 24th.  Featured classes for adults include: Triathlon Swim & Run Training, Cardio ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...

The Floor Plan

There's an App for That - Cove's Digital 'Stainfighter'

Clean-Up on Aisle...!

We have all been there, spills happen and are a fact of life.

Don't distress ... You don't need a 'bat phone', signal for The Green Hornet, or check the cloak closet to see if Clark Kent is changing into his tights and cape as he morphs into his alter-ego.

When a 'Stain Emergency' occurs, the Cove Carpet One Floor ...

Proposed Wage Discrimination Legislation Could Alter New Jersey’s Employment Playing Field

Although it is presently illegal under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the “LAD”) to pay people different wages for performing the same work under similar working conditions because of their gender, there is currently pending in both the State Senate and Assembly legislation “concerning equal pay for women and employment discrimination, requiring public contractors to ...

Imagine Trains Newest Class of Volunteer Facilitators

Eleven new volunteers attended our four-day volunteer facilitator training to help Imagine start a fifth Night of Support.

“The training has restored my belief in the compassion of all and was truly transformative. I have learned so much and my life will be, and already has been, enriched by the knowledge shared.” - Stephanie Naphtali.

Thank you as always to our ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

Clark's Kleespies and Horwitz Offers Smart And Fun Ways To Use Your Tax Return

You may already have big plans for spending your tax refund. Many think of this extra money in black and white terms — you either do something responsible with it or you frivolously spend every last cent of it. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your tax refund while still having a little fun.

Pay off consumer debt. This is generally one of the best uses for extra cash.

Watchung Hills High School Students Honored for Saving Classmate's Life

March 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ –  Two Watchung Hills students who helped to save a classmate's life were recognized at the meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education on Tuesday.

WHRHS student Sarah Magaldo went into sudden cardiac arrest while on one of the events on the Project Adventure course on the morning of Jan. 19. Two students who had just ...