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Westfield Boy Scout’s Park Project Memorializes Fire Chief Dan Kelly

August 17, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  A ceremony was held Saturday to celebrate the installation of a bench dedicated to the memory of late Westfield Fire Chief Dan Kelly in Edgewood Tree Park (at Hanford Place and Edgewood Avenue, near where Kelly lived). 

The project, which also included a landscaped area and stone walkway, was organized by Aidan Windorf, a Hanford Place ...

Local Students Travel to Guatemala to Construct Classrooms

SUMMIT, NJ — Five students from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, including Isabelle Weldon of Westfield, spent part of their summer building classrooms and a playground for children in Guatemala. For two of the students, the trip was an opportunity to build on their own foundation. 

Rising seniors Isabelle Kenny and Christina (Nina) Maurizi, both of ...

Westfield Welcome Club Invites Women of All Ages to Get to Know Their Neighbors

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Welcome Club, a non-profit organizataion, provides women from Westfield and neighboring towns a way to get to know others in the community while experiencing what the area has to offer. The WWC has been “creating new friendships since 1959,” according to their website. 

Currently, the club boasts a membership of more than 70 ...

‘High-Performing’ Overlook Medical Center Rises in US News and World Reports ‘Best Hospitals’ Rankings

August 14, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ — Overlook Medical Center in Summit has been recognized as a high-performing hospital in Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Diabetes and Endocrinology in US News and World Reports' 2017-18 "Best Hospitals" Rankings. Overlook’s rankings made a jump in New Jersey, breaking the top 10 to occupy the eighth spot — up from 13th last year ...

Westfield Board of Health Discusses Restaurant Violations, Tobacco Sales to Underage Consumers

WESTFIELD, NJ – A hearing took place between the Westfield Board of Health and Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza on Quimby Street at Monday night’s meeting.

According to health inspector Alison Kasica, Fiamma received three consecutive conditional ratings between May of 2016 and June of 2017 for recurrent issues, mainly the hand-washing sink and the cooling temperatures for foods. Fiamma was ...

Niche Ranks Westfield Public Schools No. 26 in NJ for Second Straight Year

August 7, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — In its newly released rankings, national educational research and rankings firm Niche has placed Westfield Public Schools No. 26 in the state for the second year in  a row.

The firm gave the district an overall A grade, down from an A+ on its 2017 list. It gave the district an A+ for academics, A+ for teachers, A+ for college prep, A for resources and ...

Westfield to Begin Conducting Town-Wide Property Revaluation

August 11, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Since November 2016, Westfield officials have known that the town, along with many others, might soon be required to conduct a revaluation of the properties within its boundaries for taxation purposes. (Westfield hasn’t conducted a one since 1981, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the time.)

The town will soon select a firm to begin the revaluation this ...

Westfield’s Sidewalk Cafés Don’t Leave Enough Room for Pedestrians, Resident Tells Town Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — There isn’t enough room for pedestrians, especially those with disabilities, to pass in front of the tables and chairs set out in front of some of Downtown Westfield’s restaurants, resident Greg Kasko told the town council at Tuesday night’s meeting. It’s a problem that’s being going on for years, he said, but this is the first time he’s ...

Summer Roadwork Underway in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town Engineer Kris McAloon gave the town council an update on this summer’s road paving program, which is currently underway, during the council’s Tuesday night conference meeting.

Already, the contractor has put in ADA-compliant ramps at all of the intersections and replaced manholes, McAloon told the council.

“So really now all the roads are prepped ...

Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone Sept. 10 will Benefit Young Adults with Special Needs

August 4, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Registration is open for the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for everyone Sunday, Sept. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. Sign up to run, walk or roll, or to sponsor or volunteer at www.westfieldynj.org/get-involved/5k-run-for-everyone.

“This event has a tangible local cause,” Greg Hatzisavvas, Westfield Area YMCA senior director of member and wellness ...

Westfield Police to Increase Patrols for ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

August 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Expect to see more Westfield police on the road beginning Wednesday courtesy of a federal “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” grant.

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, summertime and the end-of-year holidays are some of the most deadly times on American roads due to impaired driving.

“We’ll be putting more patrols out ...

Westfield Dinner Club Offers Unique Experience

August 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Rob Dietze, co-owner of BKC Kitchens located at 401 Cumberland Street, always knew he wanted to use his kitchen cabinet showroom as an after-hours dining space. With the creation of Dietze & DeLuca Dinner Club last January, that vision became a reality.

“I built this to help people buy a kitchen but the plan was to have events like this,” said ...

Police: Pit Bulls Involved in Fatal Incident with Bichon in Garwood Considered ‘Not Dangerous’

August 9, 2017

GARWOOD, NJ – No action will be taken against the two dogs – which have been described as pit bulls and bulldog mixes – that fatally attacked Lucky, an 8-year-old Bichon, in Garwood near the Westfield border last month.

On July 22, Lucky’s owner, Nancy Rubin, was walking him on leash when she said Lucky broke away and ran across the street to where ...

Cinemark Theater and 2 Anchors Receive Approvals to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ — Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the ...

Westfield to Begin Conducting Town-Wide Property Revaluation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Since November 2016, Westfield officials have known that the town, along with many others, might soon be required to conduct a revaluation of the properties within its boundaries for taxation purposes. (Westfield hasn’t conducted a one since 1981, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the time.)

The town will soon select a firm to begin the revaluation this ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivision & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board approved two new appeals and passed one resolution during a brief meeting Monday night.

One application sought a subdivision on 569 Downer Street. The current block holds a home on one lot and a garage on the other. The applicant sought to remove all structures, re-establish a property line and build one duplex home on each ...

Cinemark Theater and 2 Anchors Receive Approvals to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ — Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the ...

Jazz Night in Westfield Postponed to Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Jazz night in Downtown Westfield has been moved this week from Tuesday, Aug. 15, to Wednesday, Aug. 16, due to the rain, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced Tuesday afternoon.

Bands and locations will remain the same. For the full Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival schedule, visit www.westfieldtoday.com. 

 

TAPinto Westfield Profile: Sherry Cronin, Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation & Volunteer

August 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — She may have been born in a small town in Arkansas, but it’s hard find anyone more involved in Westfield more than Sherry Cronin since she and husband, John, settled here in 1993. For the past 16 years, she has served as executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. She also serves as treasurer and vice president of finance for the Westfield Historical ...

Westfield to Begin Conducting Town-Wide Property Revaluation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Since November 2016, Westfield officials have known that the town, along with many others, might soon be required to conduct a revaluation of the properties within its boundaries for taxation purposes. (Westfield hasn’t conducted a one since 1981, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the time.)

The town will soon select a firm to begin the revaluation this ...

Westfield’s Chief Spirit Officer Announces ‘Bestfield’ Day Event, Promotes Businesses at Town Council Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Meaghan Murphy, Westfield’s chief spirit officer, announced she and the Westfield Spirit Squad are organizing a “Bestfield” Day event for Sept. 14 at Athleta in Downtown Westfield during Tuesday's town council meeting. The event will include giveaways and a book signing by Laurie Gelman, author of the bestselling book “Class Mom.” People who ...

Westfield Boy Scout’s Park Project Memorializes Fire Chief Dan Kelly

August 17, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  A ceremony was held Saturday to celebrate the installation of a bench dedicated to the memory of late Westfield Fire Chief Dan Kelly in Edgewood Tree Park (at Hanford Place and Edgewood Avenue, near where Kelly lived). 

The project, which also included a landscaped area and stone walkway, was organized by Aidan Windorf, a Hanford Place ...

‘Stand with Charlottesville’ Vigils to Continue in Westfield this Week

August 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — After nearly 150 people turned out for a “Stand with Charlottesville” vigil in Westfield Sunday night, organizers Lydia Kaplan and Pam Brug — chairs of the race justice committee for the group Westfield 20/20 — have decided to hold an additional vigil each night this week, “so that everyone in our community has an opportunity to participate ...

Members of Westfield Community Gather for ‘Stand with Charlottesville’ Vigil

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 150 people attended a “Stand with Charlottesville” vigil at Westfield’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial Sunday night. The Westfield event —  one of many held Sunday after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in violence — was organized in a matter of hours by Lydia Kaplan and Pam Brug, members ...

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Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snap Chat with Help from Union County Sheriff's Office 

August 18, 2017

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to experts, ...

Shelley Brindle: ‘Charlottesville is Personal’

August 16, 2017

My husband Kip and I are graduates of University of Virginia, as is my sister, brother-in-law and two of my nieces. What’s going on in Charlottesville is personal, for many reasons.

Returning home from the vigil Sunday night, I couldn't be prouder of our community. In the face of this horror, we are brought together by hope and the presence of each other.

I grew up in Virginia, ...

Academy of Continuing Education for Adults with Disabilities Enrolling for Fall Semester

August 18, 2017

The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) in Cranford is accepting applications for its August 28-October 20 semester. ACE offers adults with developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to pursue continuing education as an alternative to traditional day programs.

"Adults with disabilities who have graduated from the public school system or specialized schools often have limited ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Bicycles Reported Stolen & More

August 16, 2017

 August 9, 2017 12:08 p.m.

Mr. Kareem Jordan, age 42, of Plainfield, NJ, was arrested at the Middlesex County Courthouse on the strength of one outstanding warrant issued by the Westfield Municipal Court. Mr. Jordan was transported to the Union County Jail in lieu of posting the requisite bail.

 

August 5, 2017 4:57 p.m.

A business located in the 200 block of E. South Avenue ...

Obituaries

Oct 24, 1926 - Aug 14, 2017
Elizabeth H. List, 90, of Westfield and Cape May, NJ, died peacefully surrounded by her family ...
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Fostering Healthy Habits in Young Children

August 17, 2017

Every parent knows that fostering healthy habits in children is important, but there is no instruction manual for how to go about it. It can be tough to recognize habits forming before they become routine, and, as most parents know firsthand, bad habits are hard to break. In the middle of a tantrum or a broccoli boycott, it can even seem like giving in to unhealthy habits is the only option. But ...

Westfield Area YMCA Healthy U Program Recognizes Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and many families need support changing their families’ habits with the ultimate goal of being a healthy weight. That’s why the Westfield Area YMCA wants families to improve eating habits and increase physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects one in six children in the U.S.

Richard DeLuca Joins GWACC Board

Richard DeLuca of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper law firm has joined the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).

“We are fortunate to have Mr. Richard DeLuca join our board of directors. His experience will complement those of the current board members and I am sure that he will be a very active member and bring new and fresh ideas to all ...

Meet Pete Brown

Name: Pete Brown, manager at Gartland and Mellina Group (GMG), a management consulting firm in New York City.

Years in Westfield: 9

Family: 

Wife, Megan, Realtor at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty 

Children:

Seamus,  9

Fiona, 7

Declan,  5

MEET PETE

This devoted husband and loving father of three ...

Small Dog Found in Roselle Park Monday

UPDATE: Reuninted with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Small male dog found on Faitoute Avenue in Roselle Park around 6 p.m. Monday. He was not wearing a collar. Picked up by Roselle Park Police Department.

Marble, Quartz, Granite — What is the Best Choice for Your Counter?

Are you thinking about remodeling an outdated kitchen or bath? There are so many wonderful choices these days when it comes to countertop materials ... it can be hard to decide which to use. Here are a few that are favored by today’s buyers and therefore, would increase the value of your home!

Granite has been a popular choice for a long time. It is a natural stone that is mined ...

Protecting Your Credit; Before, During and After a Divorce

Unfortunately, at the time a divorce is finalized an individual can encounter new and unanticipated financial obligations. Any debt that was incurred during the marriage and will not be paid off at the time of divorce needs to be addressed in the parties’ settlement agreement. It is important that any written settlement reached between the divorcing parties be thorough and clear as to which ...

NJ Expert Offers Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 16, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ — The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, planetarium associate and technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAPinto and its readers some expert ...