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Former Westfield Councilman Commemorates Resident Who Served in WWII as Navy Pilot

May 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A brass plaque was recently placed on the center plot on Stanley Oval to memorialize a World War II Navy pilot who used to live on the Westfield street.

Former Westfield councilman and longtime past resident Kenneth MacRitchie shared a detailed story of Lt. (j.g.) George Jasper Morgan, Jr., a former Westfield resident who served his country in WWII as a Navy ...

Patriots, Diamond Nation Go to Bat for Ailing Ben Fonseca

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The cause ...

Westfield Boy Scout Plans More Improvements to Edgewood Tree Park

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Boy Scout Peter Munkittrick is planning to improve Edgewood Tree Park at Coleman Place and Edgewood  Avenue by adding seating and landscaping.

The project, which will help Munkittrick fulfill his requirements to become an Eagle Scout, mirrors an Eagle Scout project on other side of the park completed last year by Boy Scout Aidan Windorf.

Presenting his ...

DAWN of a New Day: New Treatment Insights Shared at Atlantic Health's 18th Annual 'Stroke Symposium'

May 21, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Time is of the essence when it comes to identifying and treating symptoms of stroke and it’s widely accepted that the sooner treatment is provided the better the outcome will be, however new research suggests that all hope isn’t lost for certain types of stroke victims whose symptoms aren’t treated until later in time after last being seen as ...

Westfield Board of Health Holds Hearing with Restaurant & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health heard from Xinsong Yang, owner of Sichuan Dynasty, at Monday night’s meeting.

Yang was required to attend the hearing after Sichuan Dynasty received multiple ratings that were less than satisfactory since 2015, according to principal health inspector Helen Mendez.

During the most recent inspection in March, the restaurant experienced ...

St. Joseph High School in Metuchen Holds Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2018

May 22, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School held its commencement ceremonies, including a baccalaureate mass and graduation, on Sunday, May 20, at The Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield in honor of the Class of 2018.

Brother Louis Couvillon, S.C., a SJHS resident brother, presided over the mass. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio was in attendance and handed out diplomas ...

Outstanding Westfield High School Teachers, Support Staff Honored

WESTFIELD, NJ — Three teachers and one custodian have been recognized by the Westfield High School community for their excellence throughout the year. Recipients of the annual awards were selected based on nominations from students, parents and other WHS staff members.

Brett Curtis, a social studies teacher, was named the PTSO Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes a teacher who ...

5 Westfield High School Students Earn Top Scores on Parts of ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Five Westfield High School students achieved the highest score possible on parts of the April 2018 ACT standardized tests, the school district announced Friday.

The students receiving a top score of 36 are: Sophomore Ian Gurland – Math; junior Julianne Aronson – English and Reading; junior Brianna Hatch, 11th grade – Science, STEM, English and ELA; ...

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Hosts State Historic Preservation Specialist

May 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jonathan Kinney, state historic preservation specialist and certified local government coordinator of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, spoke during Monday’s Historic Preservation Commission speaker series to drive awareness of preservation regulations and benefits.

“Historic preservation, particularly preservation at the local level, ...

Westfield to Commemorate National Poppy Day May 25

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle read a proclamation at last week’s town council meeting marking May 25 National Poppy Day in Westfield. The proclamation was presented to Martin Wallberg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3 President Sharon Knight.

At the end of WWI, the American Legion adopted the poppy as its official flower, taking its inspiration from the John McCrae Poem ...

Town of Westfield Website Answers Ice Rink Questions

WESTFIELD, NJ — A frequently asked questions page about the proposed temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park has been added to the town of Westfield’s website. Included is a map of the park showing the proposed rink. To reach the page, click here.

It answers questions from “Why was Gumbert Park chosen as the location?” to “What is the size of the rink?” to ...

Boys Tennis: Westfield Beats J.P. Stevens to Win Sectional Title

May 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys varsity tennis team won the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 4 championship Monday with a 4-1 victory over J.P. Stevens.

Damien Ruparel, at first singles; Matthew Bartok, at third singles; Rob Faktor and David Sprung, at first doubles; and Brad Hornbeck and Jacob Tananbaum, at second doubles; were all winners to give the Blue Devils (20-3) the ...

Patriots Shut Down Ducks' 9th-Inning Rally

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots (13-6) defeated the Long Island Ducks (12-9) 5-4 before 6,022 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an error that allowed Alex Castellanos to score.

Somerset extended the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Castellanos and a ...

Ducks Thrive Against Patriots in Fog-Shrouded Game

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Long Island Ducks (12-8) defeated the Somerset Patriots (12-6) 6-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.

The Ducks took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Lew Ford, a sacrifice fly by David Washington, and an RBI single by Wilkin Castillo.

The Patriots cut the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a double by ...

Roadwork to Impact Traffic on Elm St. in Westfield

May 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Tuesday, traffic and parking may be impacted as Union County oversees the replacement of an underground bridge over a stream on Elm Street at Orchard Street, Westfield police announced via Nixle Monday.

The road will remain open, but reduced to a single lane at times, police said.

The first phase of this project will involve utility work, police said, as the ...

Video Shows Woman Ripping Off Tip Jar at Westfield YESTERcades, Manager Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footage from security cameras at YESTERcades of Westfield shows a woman stealing the new game fund/employee tip jar from the counter at 2:10 a.m. (closing time) Sunday morning, according to manager Fred Logue, who shared screenshots of the video.

There was probably about $70 in the jar at the time, according to Logue, who said he reported the theft to Westfield ...

Downed Tree Takes Out Transformer on Watchung Fork

WESTFIELD, NJ — A tree came down and took a transformer and electrical wires with it on Watchung Fork Thursday morning.

At around 10:30 a.m., the Westfield Fire Department and the Union County Hazmat Unit were called to the scene in the neighborhood behind Franklin Elementary School. A medium-sized tree, wires and a disconnected transformer were laying on the lightly traveled ...

Vine Ripe Markets in Westfield Offers Quality, Service, Tradition and a Uniquely Enjoyable Shopping Experience

May 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets, an independent grocery store on North Avenue in Westfield, is not your typical supermarket. For owner Frank Bruno, the son of a cop and a teacher, it’s a dream come true.

 “It was a life-long dream,” Bruno said. “I envisioned the American dream as being a small business owner.”

Bruno, father of Frankie (10), ...

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Hosts State Historic Preservation Specialist

May 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Jonathan Kinney, state historic preservation specialist and certified local government coordinator of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, spoke during Monday’s Historic Preservation Commission speaker series to drive awareness of preservation regulations and benefits.

“Historic preservation, particularly preservation at the local level, ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Addition to Historic Building, Hears Additional Applications at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board carried an application for a subdivision of 942 Summit Avenue at the request of the applicant during Monday night’s meeting.

Samuel Michael Strauss, who purchased the single-family home on the property for his daughter and grandchildren, said they’re seeking a subdivision for financial reasons.

“It had to do with ...

Westfield Audience Cheers for NJ Festival Orchestra’s Season Finale

May 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The New Jersey Festival Orchestra presented its season finale,  In London Town, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield Saturday night. It was auspicious timing, as the royal wedding had taken place in England just that morning.

“We were so happy when Prince Harry and his bride picked our finale date,” Linda Doyle, executive director of the NJFO ...

Westfield High School Theater Students, Teacher Recognized

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Julian Mazzola received the Foxy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 2018 Montclair State University Theatre Night Awards Tuesday. The MSU awards night recognizes excellence in the production of high school and middle school non-musical plays throughout New Jersey.

Mazzola was chosen by judges for his ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Mindowaskin Playground in Westfield to Close this Summer for $850K Makeover

May 10, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The playground at Mindowaskin Park will be closed from about July through August for the installation of all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the town council’s meetings Tuesday night.

Donations and grants totaling $560,000 will offset the playground’s $850,980 cost, he said.

The Westfield Foundation donated $400,000 ...

Westfield’s Bulky Waste Pickup Postponed, Possibly Canceled

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield is still trying to find a company to conduct its annual bulky waste pickup after no companies bid on the job this spring. The pickup usually takes place in June, but must now be postponed until the fall, if it happens at all, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference session Tuesday night.

“Part of the reason we ...

Video Preview: Tour Some of Westfield’s Most Notable Homes Mother’s Day Weekend with the Friends of the NJFO

WESTFIELD – This year’s Tour of Notable Homes is this Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This longtime Westfield tradition is presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and highlights some of the area’s diverse architecture and eclectic home design.

“This year we present a stylish medley of four Westfield residences — each with a ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

May 13, 2018

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Keller Williams Westfield Associates Beautify Train Station for ‘RED Day’

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Associates from Keller Williams Realty’s Westfield office took time on Thursday to “Give Where They Live” as part of Keller Williams Realty’s RED Day. Short for “Renew, Energize and Donate,” the annual event was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

The associates ...

'Union County Kids Dig In!' Garden Grants Go to 5 Westfield Schools

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded grants totaling $4,952 to five garden projects in Westfield through the "Union County Kids Dig In!" school garden grant program.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 were eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant. The grants are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

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Buy a Vet ... Program Helps Formerly Homeless Veterans

May 21, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ — It started with a collection to help fund a Memorial Day barbecue at the Valley Brook Village veterans facility in Lyons, NJ. When the bucket collection raised $7,000 at John's Meat Market in downtown Scotch Plains, they decided to keep it going and had barbecues all summer. The program has grown ever since.

Steve Hackenberg, a Scotch Plains native, ...

Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health

May 21, 2018

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on May 7, 2018.  

The Board discussed bicycle safety. As the weather improves and more people get outside we encourage all bicycle riders to wear properly fitted helmets. All riders under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet under state law. Bicycle safety information for children can be found at ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Counterfeit $100 Bills, Man Arrested in Car Burglary & More

May 16, 2018

May 8, 2018 2:23 p.m.

A business in the 200 block of East Broad Street reported receiving payment for services with a counterfeit $100 bill. The suspect made a small purchase with the counterfeit bill and received change, depriving the business of $94.24 change and $5.26 purchase. Suspect described as a black male 25-40 years of age, with facial hair wearing a black Nike wind breaker jacket ...

Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club Takes First Place in 13 Events at NJ Striders Meet

May 22, 2018

FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club took home 13 first place finishes and set eight team records at the NJ Striders Meet last weekend.

Jasmine Parran (7-8)              1500m Run                 6:32.70            1st ...

Ask Maria: How can I help my son? 

Q: My son's best friend's mom just passed away. I am concerned for my son and don't know what to do for him. He is distraught. How can I help my son? 

Response:

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. No two people grieve the same, even in the family. I am certain that your son’s friend and mom are like family to your son. Losing his ...

17 Homes Sold week of May 6 to May 13 2018 in Cranford, Westfield, Mountainiside, Fanwood and Scotch Plains

Seventeen homes sold week of May 6 to May 13, 2018, in Cranford, Scotch Plains, Westfield,  Mountainside and Fanwood:*

 

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Dog Missing from Fanwood Home

UPDATE: Reunited with owner!

ORIGINAL POST: Lexi was seen north side of Fanwood Thursday. She's 25 lbs., tall and looks like a fox.

Lexi is friendly and was wearing a collar with a tag. Call 732-259-5570 if you spot her.

IRS Grants Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Reduction of Maximum Deductible HSA Contributions

The IRS recently announced relief for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) who contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).

 

For 2018, taxpayers with family coverage under an HDHP may treat $6,900 as the maximum deductible HSA contribution.

 

The annual amount had been reduced to $6,850 for 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Eight Westfield Student Vocalists Accepted into 2018-2019 All-State Choruses

Eight student vocalists from Westfield High School have been accepted into the 2018-2019 All-State Choruses.

Performing with the 2018 All-State Mixed Chorus in November will be Charlotte Geary, Zachary Lemberg, Joseph Maldonado, Vincent Mora, Nicole Player, and Matthew Siroty. The Mixed Chorus will perform at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention in November and at the New ...

‘Chambers USA 2018’ Recognizes John Schmidt Among List of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that John H. Schmidt has once again been recognized by “Chambers USA” in their annual list of leading lawyers for business. Chambers and Partners, which produces “Chambers USA,” is a client referral organization that researches and subjectively ranks attorneys and law firm practice groups nationwide ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

Stocks Can Rise in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Investors remain concerned about the potential impact of higher interest rates on stocks. In their most recently released minutes, the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee indicated the US economy is on solid footing and the economic conditions warrant continued gradual increasing of interest rates. This set off a sale in the stock and bond markets as investors began pricing in a fourth ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Obituaries

Donn A. Snyder, 88, died at home on May 8 in Southern Shores, NC, where he was a resident for ...
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New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Commission Returns to South Plainfield

May 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) opened its doors in South Plainfield on Monday, just one week shy of a year since the borough’s former agency closed its doors. The office, located at 5000 Hadley Road, will provide in-person services to residents of the borough and the surrounding communities six days a week. 

“I would like ...