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VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

Little Free Library in Westfield Collecting Items for Homeless Women

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Liptack family’s Little Free Library at 710 East Broad St. is collecting supplies for the Purse Project to help homeless women in New York City.

“Please feel free to fill your own purse or donate individual items from the list that we will then pack up,” homeowner Sara Liptack said. “You can drop off in the bin on our porch until July ...

Westfield Teacher Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Heteji Grabko, a mom of two who worked this year at Westfield’s Lincoln School as a special education preschool teacher, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko.

The couple lives in North Plainfield with their two children, 12-year-old Ella and ...

Westfield’s BAYADA Home Health Care Office Named Provider of Choice by Home Care Pulse

June 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — BAYADA Home Health Care was founded 43 years ago in Philadelphia with a purpose of helping people live safely at home with comfort, independence and dignity. Now a national industry leader with a presence in five countries, BAYADA operates a local Westfield office that serves 120 residents in Westfield, Summit and throughout Union County. 

BAYADA ...

Oceans Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Oceans Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry celebrated its grand opening at 522 East Broad St. Friday by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Shelley Brindle and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Oceans is led by husband-wife team Dr. Eric Fank, who is a board certified orthodontist, and Dr. Aimee Liebowitz, a board certified pediatric ...

Deadline to Run for Westfield School Board is July 30

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The deadline for Westfield residents interested in considering a three-year term on the Westfield Board of Education is July 30 at 4 p.m., when nominating petitions are due at the County Clerk’s office in Elizabeth.

The three board members whose terms are expiring are Robert Garrison, Gretchan Ohlig and Charles Ostroff. 

The election will be held ...

Big Bucks Pour Into Lance/Malinowski Congressional Race

FLEMINGTON, NJ — The Congressional Leadership Fund super-PAC announced yesterday it is earmarking $2.1 million for broadcast and cable television ads to help re-elect Rep. Leonard Lance.

It is the second round of television ad buys announced by the PAC, which is endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The advertising will also include “an unprecedented $10 million digital ...

510 Students Graduate from Westfield High School

June 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Applause and celebration ensued Friday afternoon as 510 blue and white caps flew into the air, marking the graduation of the Westfield High School class of 2018.

Despite previous uncertainty as to where the ceremony would be held, graduates and their families were at Kehler Stadium to commemorate the occasion.  

Among the graduates were 299 receivers of the ...

Westfield School Board Recognizes Students for Achievements in Academics, Athletics & Performing Arts

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education conference room was standing room only as the board recognized students for their academic, athletic and performing arts achievements during Tuesday night's meeting.

“If you guys keep it up we are going to have to a put an addition on to Elm Street just to hold board meetings to recognize all of you,” said Board of ...

VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield Planning Private Fireworks Event June 30

June 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield in is planning to hold an event for its members June 30 that will include fireworks.

At its June 19 meeting, the town council approved the use of fireworks at the event, which will celebrate Independence Day, but it put off making a decision about allowing fireworks at a private event at the club on July 14.

Echo Lake Country Club ...

Murphy Signs Bill Ending Child Marriage Championed by Westfield’s Fraidy Reiss and Unchained at Last

WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives.

This makes New Jersey the second ...

Westfield Town Council Approves New Rules for Short-Term Home Rentals

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved an ordinance that puts regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. It is the first time the town has regulated such rentals.

Among the rules included in the ordinance:

Anyone who rents out more than five homes must register with the town.
The person offering ...

Patriots Hit 3 HRs in Win Over Blue Crabs

June 24, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (30-22) defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (22-31) 7-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Mike Fransoso (2).

Somerset added to the lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez that made the score ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week Series to Return this Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, the popular Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the week series highlighting student athletes at Westfield High School will pause for the summer.

Located 502 East Broad St., the Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Agency has been protecting local families and business owners for more ...

Golf: Westfield’s Sean Taylor Earns Top Medalist Honors at US Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Playing in his first-ever USGA Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier, Westfield High School senior and Rhode Island-bound Sean Taylor made the most of his stay on Wednesday.

Taylor was the only player to shoot under-par with a 1-under 69 (35-34), to take home individual medalist honors at the U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at the par 70, 6,558-yard Shackamaxon ...

Driver Who Struck Westfield Teen Walking to School Issued Summonses

June 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The driver of a 2000 green Mercury Mountaineer that hit a 14-year-old boy in front of Edison Intermediate School Thursday was issued summonses, Westfield Police said Friday.  

According to police, the vehicle failed to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk at intersection of Rahway Avenue and West Grove Street with traffic control by a crossing guard stopping ...

Student Struck by Car in Front of Edison School Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ — An Edison Intermediate School student was struck by a car Thursday morning while crossing the street in front of the school. According to Police Chief David Wayman, he was transported to a hospital with a laceration.

In an email to parents, Principal Matt Bolton wrote that the student appeared to be doing well, and that he was following the crossing guard’s ...

VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

Vine Ripe Markets Hosts Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

June 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets at 430 North Ave. East hosted about 50 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce for a happy hour networking event Wednesday evening.

Attendees sampled items from the independent grocery store’s catering department, freshly made mozzarella and specialties from the meat department. NosVino, a wine and spirits shop in Downtown ...

Westfield’s Outta Hand Pizza Maker Marks Over Quarter Million Pies

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Zeni Nimani has made over an estimated 250,000 pies, according to Outta Hand Pizza owner, Burim Regjaj.

“He’s in the best shape of his life. It must be the pizza making,” Regjaj said.

The easy-going yet animated Zeni joined Regjaj and his family-owned restaurants back in 1992 in Groton, Connecticut, and has been making pizza for the family ...

Westfield Town Council Approves New Rules for Short-Term Home Rentals

June 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved an ordinance that puts regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. It is the first time the town has regulated such rentals.

Among the rules included in the ordinance:

Anyone who rents out more than five homes must register with the town.
The person offering ...

Westfield Featured on Cover of AARP’s ‘Where We Live’

WESTFIELD, NJ — A photo of the parklet used in Downtown Westfield last year graces the cover of AARP's third annual “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages” series, out this month.

Creative work from communities across the nation is showcased in this edition, which is available for free. The publication shares more than 100 articles and dozens of ...

Owners of Westfield’s Historic Pierson-Clark Home May Donate It

WESTFIELD, NJ — One of Westfield’s oldest houses, the Pierson-Clark home located at 1481 East Broad St., is back on the market. The owners are willing to donate it to any individual or organization who is willing to pay to move it or buy the land*, according to Historic Preservation Commission Chair Kelly Kessler, Mayor Shelley Brindle and Westfield Historical Society President Nancy ...

Westfield Community Concert Band Begins Summer Concert Series

June 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — On the longest day of the year, the Westfield Community Concert Band began its 106th season with the first concert of four in its Summer Concert Series. Those in attendance Thursday night were rewarded with a picturesque summer evening of serenades. 

Dr. Thomas N. Connors conducted the group of 55 players through a two-hour ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Vine Ripe Markets Hosts Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

June 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets at 430 North Ave. East hosted about 50 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce for a happy hour networking event Wednesday evening.

Attendees sampled items from the independent grocery store’s catering department, freshly made mozzarella and specialties from the meat department. NosVino, a wine and spirits shop in Downtown ...

Five Kids in Contention to be the Boss of Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Spearhead Staffing have announced the five finalists for the 2018 Kid CEO position.

Jimmy Marvits, Hillsborough; Nick Morgan, Piscataway; Darla Rudnicki. High Bridge; Reina Schumann, Flemington, and Simrah Shah, Warren, have been selected for the final interview to be held on the field at TD Bank Ballpark before the Thursday, June ...

Fate of Westfield's Lord & Taylor Unknown as Company Pledges to Close Up to 10 Locations

WESTFIELD, NJ – Lord & Taylor recently announced that it will close several its brick-and-mortar locations, including the flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

TAPinto Westfield reached out to Lord & Taylor’s corporate headquarters with questions about the fate of the town's freestanding Lord & Taylor department store.  

“To better ...

Westfield Gets $10K Recycling Enhancement Grant from Union County

June 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Monday that Westfield is getting a $10,000 Recycling Enhancement Grant. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

According to the town of Westfield's website, the grant ...

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Plainfield Man Dead, Scotch Plains Woman Critically Injured in Shooting

June 25, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that left a Plainfield man dead and a Scotch Plains woman seriously injured in Plainfield late Saturday is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Sunday.

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Welsh, 34, of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on June 19

June 22, 2018

I opened the Board meeting on a somber note, announcing the death of sophomore student Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel.  Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over his death.  We extend our condolences to the Uziel family.  I noted that school counselors are available for all students or staff who may wish to discuss their feelings ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Criminal Mischief to Vehicles Continues & More

June 20, 2018

June 13, 2018 9:24 a.m.

Officer Santangelo arrested Hakan Kaya, age 46, of Westfield, New Jersey on an outstanding warrant (#E19490) in the amount of $304.00 out of Neptune City Municipal Court pursuant to turning himself in at WPD Headquarters. Subject was processed and released after posting the full bail amount.

 

June 13, 2018 11:02 a.m.

Lieutenant McFarlean and Officer ...

Rotary Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony Luncheon

June 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Philip Salerno, president of the Rotary Club of Westfield, convened the 97-year-old service organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony Luncheon on June 12 at the Westfield Area Y announcing that 18 college-bound Westfield students, would be the recipients of scholarships totaling $98,000.

Rotarian Carl Peer, chairman of this year’s scholarship ...

19 Homes Sold June 17-24, 2018 in Westfield and Neighboring Towns

There were 19 homes sold the week of June 17-24, 2018 in Scotch Plains, Westfield ,Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside:*

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AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Summertime Air Quality Issues

Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months. 

Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, they encourage the formation of ozone, a leading air pollutant.  Ozone is ...

Understand the New Law for Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave is now the law in New Jersey.

New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave law which preempts paid sick leave ordinances adopted by several cities and towns so there is now one uniform law in this area for New Jersey employers. Here is what you need to know about the new law.

Westfield 3rd Graders Receive Top Honors at Mock Trial Competition

Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair.

“I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention in the 3rd Grade category [of the Law Fair ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

Bridgewater Mall Shut Down for 2 Hours After Fight Breaks Out

June 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported after a fight involving a crowd of people shut down the Bridgewater Commons Mall for two hours Thursday evening.

According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall was resuming normal business operations.

According to Somerset County ...

Obituaries

Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
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