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Westfield Boosters to Hold Dinner Dance Fundraiser Feb. 24

February 5, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Boosters Association will hold its annual dinner dance fundraiser the evening of Saturday, Feb. 24, at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains. Proceeds will benefit the Westfield High School Athletic Program.

The Boosters raised and donated about $500,000 to WHS athletic programs over the past five years, according to their records. They association ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

February 16, 2018

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

February 12, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) Colleen Mahr is calling for the use of voting machines at the Feb. 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The Feb. 21 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the ...

Westfield's Mandelblatt Drops Congressional Bid; Endorses Malinowski

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Westfield's Lisa Mandelblatt dropped her Congressional bid and endorsed Tom Malinowski for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, at a forum for the Democratic candidates held at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield on Wednesday night.

Mandelblatt, a substitute elementary school teacher who grew up in ...

Westfield Schools Continue to Review Safety Procedures After Parkland Shooting, Superintendent Says

February 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dr. Margaret Dolan, superintendent of Westfield schools, said in a letter to parents this week that the district continues to review its safety procedures in light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and she offered  online resources for parents. 

Dolan wrote:

Dear Parents,

We are stunned and saddened by Wednesday’s mass shooting ...

Westfield High School’s NJDOE School Rating Doesn’t Tell the Full Story, District Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — In the New Jersey Department of Education's recently released school performance report, which assigns every public school a score between 1-100, Westfield High School got a 63.1. 

In its official statement, the Westfield School District said that, when measuring student growth and performance, it is important to consider a wide array of indicators ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

February 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

Westfield Sewer Fees Remain the Same in 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council passed a resolution Tuesday night establishing the sewer fees for 2018, with the fees remaining the same as 2017.

Last year, Westfield residents who owned single-family homes got a three-percent reduction in their sewer fees from the year before ($5 per year per home), while the fees for commercial/industrial properties increased by $100 ...

Congressman Lance Fields Questions on Russian Sanctions, Electoral College, DACA Reform at Town Hall

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — With Bridgewater Township Police prepared outside the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School for potential protestors, Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7, held his 46th town hall meeting Saturday, fielding questions from constituents about his thoughts on the relevance of the electoral college, sanctions on Russia and immigration reform.

Only two protestors made an appearance as ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Erica Lawrence

February 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s been banner week for Westfield High School junior Erica Lawrence.

On Friday, Lawrence won the North II Group IV State Sectional championship in shot put — the first in her team’s history in this event. She tied her school record at 37’ 10.5”

“I could not have been more excited,” Lawrence said. “I ...

Boys Basketball: With Overpowering Offense, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Spoils Westfield's Senior Night

WESTFIELD — Two years ago, when Westfield last hosted Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the Blue Devils drilled their neighboring rivals in a 34-point route. Westfield would go onto win their conference and 18 games that year, while the Raiders endured a painfully long 3-22 season. 

But Monday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, now the owner of 18 wins this year, was the power team, while Westfield ...

Westfield Track & Field Shines at Sectionals

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Westfield High School girls and boys varsity track and field teams both placed third overall in the team standings Friday night at the North II Group IV State Sectionals.

Junior Erica Lawrence was the sectional champion in the shot put — the first in her team’s history in this event. She tied her school record with 37’ 10.5”

Sarah ...

Westfield Schools Continue to Review Safety Procedures After Parkland Shooting, Superintendent Says

February 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dr. Margaret Dolan, superintendent of Westfield schools, said in a letter to parents this week that the district continues to review its safety procedures in light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and she offered  online resources for parents. 

Dolan wrote:

Dear Parents,

We are stunned and saddened by Wednesday’s mass shooting ...

Winter Storm Warning for Westfield; Parking Restrictions in Effect

WESTFIELD, NJ — With a winter storm warning in effect for the area from 5 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday, the Westfield Police Department has announced that parking restrictions are in effect.

In a Nixle alert,  police said that the town continues to monitor the development of this storm and is prepared should plowing operations need to commence. Generally, plows ...

Westfield Ranked 70th Safest ‘City’ in New Jersey

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield was ranked No. 70 among the safest cities in New Jersey, according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety. 

The town was one of only six Union County municipalities to make the top 100.

To ...

Make Reservations Now for Dine Out Westfield, a 2-Week Food & Wine Event

February 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 20 restaurants downtown are preparing for Dine Out Westfield, planned for  Sunday, Feb. 25  to Thursday, March 8, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

The annual two-week culinary event celebrates local dining with special prix fixe menus at affordable prices. Participating restaurants offer two or more course prix fixe menus for breakfast, ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

February 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

Westfield Parent Demands Apology, Reimbursement for Legal Fees After Daughter & Service Dog Denied Bus Ride to School

WESTFIELD, NJ — “I am here because unfortunately, the Public Service Department at the Westfield School District for the past three years has made my life and my daughter’s life a living hell,” Westfield parent Fraidy Reiss to the Westfield Board of Education at Tuesday's meeting.

According to Reiss, her 12th grade daughter Avigail and her new service dog ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

February 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Variance for Subdivision on Fairfield Circle

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board approved an application filed by Villane Builders for a subdivision with a frontage variance at 621 Fairfield Circle in a five to four vote at Monday’s Planning Board meeting.

According to testimony from the applicant’s planning consultant, Peter G. Steck, the variance on the frontage requirement is a justified hardship ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) to Perform Free Concert, “Musical Traditions in Song and Story,” on Feb. 18

February 10, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ — The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, “Musical Traditions in Song and Story,” on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Lawton C. Johnson Middle School in Summit, NJ. The performance will begin at 3 p.m., and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

February 16, 2018

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking Breakfast at Escapeology

GARWOOD, NJ — Dozens of local business people gathered at Escapeology in Garwood Tuesday morning for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly open networking breakfast.

Participants had the opportunity to share something about their business with the group, network and tour the facility's escape game rooms.

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce ...

Winners of Westfield’s McKinley School’s STEAM Night Environmental Poster Contest Announced

February 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The winners of McKinley Elementary School’s poster contest from its fifth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Night last month have been announced:

First Grade Winner:  Laila Mehmedovic

First  Grade Runner-Up:  Julia Thorburn

Second Grade Winner:  Jane Glavin

Second Grade Runner-Up: Brody ...

‘Ashes to Go’ Available at Westfield Train Station Wednesday Courtesy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

February 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Wednesday, Feb. 14, is Ash Wednesday. As a help to commuters who are unable to get to church before their journey into the city, Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston and friends from St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will be at the south entrance to the train station beginning at 7:20 a.m. to place ashes on anyone who wishes, the church announced ...

Six Arrested, Including Clergy, at ‘Clean Dream’ Sit-In at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including four clergy members, who were  holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers” were arrested Monday, according to Westfield police.

The Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet in Montclair, ...

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After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

February 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on  Feb. 18. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end Sunday.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes and ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update

February 15, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

I first want to congratulate Nick Calello and David Went for their promotions to patrol officers in the Westfield Police Department. I’d also like to welcome and congratulate new Patrol Officer Fortunato Riga, who joins the police department this week upon his ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Middle School , Summit

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Free ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, February 19, 11:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

President's Day Jump

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Thu, February 22, 8:30 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, Hamilton , Hamilton

Defending Your Independent Contractor & Wage & ...

Business & Finance Education Law & Justice

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Scholarship Finalist Standing

February 17, 2018

The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo and Suraj Chandran of Edison received their Finalist certificates from Susan ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

February 15, 2018

February 7, 2018 10:25 p.m.

Officers Natale and Gill arrested Brian Mueller, age 55, of Westfield, NJ for driving while intoxicated pursuant to an accident investigation in the area of Mountain Avenue by Colonial Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released to a sober adult.

 

February 9, 2018 2:21 a.m.

Selena G. Palacios, age 22, of Westfield, NJ was ...

How Tax Reform Impacts You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings a host of changes to tax returns for 2018. Highlighted are just a few of the new rules that may impact many of our clients. Please reach out to us to find out if and how your personal situation is impacted.

For Business:

·       A flat 21% corporate tax rate for C corporations replaces the 15% - 35% graduate rate ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Westfield Public Schools Celebrate High School and Intermediate Music Honors

Westfield High School sophomore Brooke Walden auditioned and was selected to the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for a second straight year.  Brooke was the top scoring piccolo player and ranked third on the flute.  She will perform in February with the Wind Ensemble and in November with the Orchestra.

Walden also was among 12 WHS musicians to perform in January with ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 13, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Love Craft Beer But Hate the Tour? State Assembly Moves to Make it Easier for You to Belly Up to the Bar

Good news is a brew for New Jersey craft beer advocates. In February 2018, the New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee paved the way for the introduction of Bill A2196, which would remove a current licensing rule requiring breweries and distilleries to provide a tour of their facilities before serving alcoholic beverages to consumers. Currently, breweries holding a ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

6 Homes Sold Last Week in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford & Mountainside

Six homes sold last week, 2/4/2018-2/11/18, in Westfield, Scotch  Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside and Cranford.*

Sale Price   TOWN                  ADDRESS                  ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Cat Found in Westfield

UPDATE: Reunited with family!

ORIGINAL POST: Cat found in Golf Edge area of Westfield. Call 908-913-0509.

Doing Well While Doing Good

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits.

Give from your IRA. Those aged 70-1/2 or older, who must take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts, can ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...

Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Christian (nee Helmstetter), age 73 of Surf City, NJ, passed away peacefully at home ...
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Nutley Schools Closed Friday Following Security Threat

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department is currently investigating a video posted to Instagram that suggested a possible threat to schools. Dr. Julie Glazer, Nutley Superintendent of Schools, made the decision late Thursday night to close Nutley schools on Friday as a safety precaution. 

The Nutley Police Department reports they have spoken to the individual ...