March-a-Mile Event in Westfield Benefits Veterans in Need

December 11, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — American Legion Post 3 in Westfield held its second Annual March-a-Mile event in Tamaques Park Saturday to benefit homeless and in-need veterans.

“It was snowing and cold, but that’s one of the reasons why we chose December — it helps get the point across, ” American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3 President Sharon Knight said. “Thirty-two people ...

Westfield Businesses Collecting Toys for Furniture Assist

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency and Kinderprep of Westfield are collecting new and gently used toys this season for local children in need. Toys will be donated to Furniture Assist, a Springfied-based volunteer organization that provides families in need with everything required to furnish their homes.

“Helping out Furniture ...

Local Group of Jewish and Muslim Women Helps People in Need

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Members from the Union County chapter of the Sisterhood of the Salaam Shalom spent a Saturday afternoon serving a meal at the Muslim Community Soup Kitchen in Plainfield.

Sixty people, on average, show up for a hot meal each week. Costco donates the breads, and Pepsico donates the juices. The team of volunteers from Plainfield, Westfield and Summit ...

Westfield Board of Health Takes Action Against Restaurant, Reviews Lead Testing Policies

December 5, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The owner of Cuban restaurant Old Havana did not appear at a scheduled second hearing with the Westfield Board of Health during Monday night's meeting. 

Old Havana's owner, Luis. E. Alvarez, appeared before the board in March following three consecutive ratings that were less than satisfactory. Last month, a new inspection found the restaurant less than ...

Bella Organici Spa Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bella Organici celebrated its grand opening at 519 South Ave. West in Downtown Westfield this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Andy Skibitsky and representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

The spa, which also has locations in Cranford and Fairlawn, offers organic  treatments including tans, peels and facials; micro-needling; ...

Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center

SUMMIT, NJ  — It takes a village … not just to raise a child, but to treat patients with brain tumors. The Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center in Overlook Medical Center is the medical version of a village and, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, the official ribbon cutting ceremony marked its grand opening.

Members of the Glasser Foundation, two of the three co-directors of ...

Westfield Board of Ed Appoints New Coordinator of School/Community Relations

December 8, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s board of education approved the appointment of Mary Ann McGann as coordinator of school/community relations at its meeting Tuesday.

McGann most recently served in a similar position with the Warren school district. She also has experience as a writer, reporter and producer for CNN and the National Geographic Channel.

The appointment becomes ...

Westfield Board of Education Says Goodbye to 2 Retiring Members

WESTFIELD, NJ — Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented retiring Westfield Board of Education members Mark Friedman and Christopher Langhart with resolutions at their last meeting Tuesday night.

“I could not have asked for two more thoughtful and conscientious colleagues,” Ohlig said. “You’ve both served this board and the Westfield community in so many ...

Westfield Boys Cross Country Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys cross country team was honored at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.  

The varsity team, which won the Group 4 North Sectional Championship, the Watchung Division Conference and the Union County Championship title, was there Tuesday to accept their recognition.

“If that weren’t impressive enough, you placed ...

Westfield Town Council Approves Affordable Housing Ordinances

December 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved two ordinances with a final vote Monday that address the town’s affordable housing obligation, which was determined “reasonable and fair” in last month’s settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center.

The Westfield Planning Board agreed upon the ordinances at its meeting last week.

The first ...

Westfield Town Council Says Goodbye to Departing Mayor & Councilmen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council honored Mayor Andy Skibitsky and four departing councilmen — Keith Loughlin, Sam Della Fera, David Oliveira and Ken Donnelly — at their last meeting Monday night.

Each was presented with a proclamation thanking them for their dedication and service. Members of the council and the public also took turns thanking Mayor ...

Westfield Town Council Approves Spending on Playground Equipment at Mindowaskin

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a final vote Monday night, the Westfield Town Council approved a bond ordinance authorizing the replacement of playground equipment at Mindowaskin Park for $1,250,000.

“Different than other capital ordinances, this ordinance anticipates grant money to offset much of the cost,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea said. “To date, we have about ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Megan Raftery

December 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The only goalie on the Westfield High School girls varsity ice hockey team, Megan Raftery plays a vital role.

This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week is a sophomore, part of the two-year-old girls ice hockey program at WHS.

“Megan is a gamer. She’s at her best in a competitive environment,” head coach Matt ...

Westfield High School Football Team Honored by Town Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School football team, which recently won its third-straight state championship, was honored at Monday night’s town council meeting. The team, whose slogan is “Refuse to Lose,” owns the current state-best winning streak of 37 games.

Reading from a proclamation congratulating the Blue Devils, Mayor Andy Skbitisky said, ...

Westfield Board of Ed Approves Lights at Kehler Field for Spring Soccer Season

WESTFIELD, NJ — At its meeting Tuesday, the Westfield Board of Education approved the Westfield Soccer Association’s use of temporary lighting again this spring at Kehler Field, with terms similar to those of last year.

Among the conditions: The lights can only be used during scheduled practice sessions (not games), only on weekdays, and practices must end before 9:30 p.m. with ...

Train Service on Raritan Valley Line to Resume Monday After Friday’s Derailment in Union

December 10, 2017

UNION, NJ – New Jersey Transit reports the Raritan Valley Line trains will resume regular weekday service between Cranford and Newark and High Bridge and Raritan on Monday. Train service was suspended over the weekend after the freight train derailment in Union on Friday afternoon.  

According to their website, NJ Transit says customers may experience possible ...

Train Service Remains Suspended on Raritan Valley Line Following Friday’s Derailment

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union, according to authorities

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening. “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park ...

Service on Raritan Valley Line Suspended Due to Freight Train Derailment

UNION, NJ — Service on the Raritan Valley train line was suspended Friday in both directions between Newark Penn Station and Cranford and also between Raritan and High Bridge due to a freight train derailment near Union Station.

The derailment took place at about 2:15 p.m. Friday afternoon.

According to Township of Union business administrator, the freight ...

Nick’s Pizza & Restaurant in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nick’s Pizza, located at 311 South Ave. West, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsy, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Located across from the Westfield train station, the restaurant has been greeting guests for about six ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Westfield Planning Board Agrees Upon Affordable Housing Ordinances, Approves Real Estate Office Application

December 5, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield planning board agreed to forward two new ordinances to the town council and approved an application for a new real estate business at Monday night’s meeting.

The ordinances address the town’s affordable housing obligation, which was determined “reasonable and fair” in last month’s settlement with the Fair Share Housing ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Wows Holiday Concert-Goers in Westfield

December 9, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors” earned a standing ovation Saturday night at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

 A nearly packed house came out despite the snow to hear the symphony orchestra with choir students from Franklin Elementary School and renowned tenors Cody Austin, Cameron Schutza and ...

Holiday Festivities Continue in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Holiday festivities continue in Downtown Westfield this month with musical entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation. 

Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, visitors can enjoy roaming musical ensembles, such as the Yuletide Carolers, Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band, NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns, NJ Workshop for ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Holiday Concert to Feature Westfield Students, 3 Holiday Tenors

WESTFIELD, NJ — Choir students from Franklin Elementary School, as well as three renowned tenors, will perform with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra Dec. 9 for “The Return of the Three Holiday Tenors” at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

The family-friendly concert is made up of three fundamental elements, Music Director David Wroe explained.

“Seasonal favorites ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Another Year

December 7, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 90 local leaders and business people attended the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party Wednesday night at Shackamaxon Country Cub.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome our members to a great holiday celebration with good food and music and a good time,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said. “We thank all ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Location Downtown

WESTFIELD, N — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce marked the move to its new office at 212 Lenox Ave. in Downtown Westfield Saturday with a grand opening celebration.

Representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Mayor-Elect Shelley Brindle, Garwood Mayor Charles Lombardo, Westfield Councilman Mark LoGrippo and past executive directors of ...

At Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in Westfield, Union County Torah Center Says Goodbye to Mayor Skibitsky

December 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Torah Center said farewell to Mayor Andy Skibitsky during its annual menorah lighting ceremony on Wednesday evening at the North Avenue Train Station.

According to Rabbi Levi Block, Skibitsky (Westfield’s longest-serving mayor) has attended the menorah lighting every year he was in office. To honor his commitment, Block led the crowd in a ...

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Clark Target Evacuated After Workers Fall Ill

December 14, 2017

CLARK, NJ –  Shoppers and employees at Target on Central Avenue in Clark had to evacuate the store for a short time Thursday as emergency responders and utility employees checked for carbon monoxide after two employees working in the cafe area fell ill, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos.

The store was evacuated around noon as a precaution, he said.  

“The ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield Temporarily Closes for Renovations Required by Landlord

December 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Family of Addams Tavern,

We, unfortunately, announce that Addams Tavern must temporarily close for business on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, so that we can begin construction of additional improvements at the restaurant required by our landlord.  We are unsure how long this work will take, but we look forward to the completion and re-opening of the Addams Tavern soon.

We ...

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Hoopla Digital Adds New Read-Along Feature to Kids Books at Westfield Memorial Library

December 14, 2017

The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Hoopla Digital now provides an e-reader with a Read-Along feature for new or reluctant readers and second-language learners. The Read-Along feature highlights words in red as they are automatically narrated, so the reader both sees and hears the story.

Hoopla is a service that partners with public libraries to provide online and mobile ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Mercedes Stolen, Packages Swiped & More

December 13, 2017

December 6, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Eric M. Medina, 24, of Bloomfield, NJ, was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant ($750) out of Westfield Municipal Court, pursuant to a prisoner pick-up at Essex County Jail. Mr. Medina was transported to Westfield Police Department where he was processed and held in lieu of bail.


December 7, 2017 11:37 p.m.

Officers Kenny and Jaramillo arrested ...

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 12, 2017

About three years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is ...

Favor Value Over Growth for 2018

Pricey growth stocks have been all the rage in 2017, running circles around cheaper value plays. We believe that one of the most powerful forces in investing, reversion to the mean, may cause value stocks to outperform in 2018.  Position your portfolio accordingly.

Understand the Difference Between Value and Growth

Growth stocks are typically more expensive than value stocks.

Franklin Third Graders Connect with NASA Scientist via Cyberspace

Third graders at Franklin Elementary School connected via cyberspace with NASA Scientist Kristen Weaver recently to ask questions prompted by their classroom activities. Through videoconferencing in the Franklin auditorium, students spoke face-to-face in real time with Weaver who is with the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The five ...

Volunteer Opportunities Available with the Westfield Area Y Men's Club

The Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Christmas Tree Sale is well underway, with a wide selection of trees, wreaths and roping to satisfy large and small families alike.  With so many trees, the Y’s Men are in need of volunteers to help at the lot. This is a great project for youth groups and others looking to help out in the community. It's a great way to give back and ...

Minimizing Taxes Before Year End

It's no secret that the new 2018 tax legislation will mean plenty of changes for us. Also, there are provisions of the law that are not being changed in the new legislation that do impact 2017 and 2018.

As we look ahead, we wanted to share some tips for taxpayers to implement before the year end, in order to take advantage of the existing tax law.

Individuals -

Pay your State ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes different than the competition, what she did before coming onto and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 


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Tips To Make Your Home Photo-Ready and Market-Worthy

You’re selling your home, or you’re starting to think about it, but your house hasn’t been updated or painted in years. You want it to look its best before presenting it to prospective buyers, but you don’t know where to begin.

Home Staging Tips
Sprucing up your home can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint, inside and out, or as extensive as interior renovation ...

What is Sexual Harassment?

New Jersey recognizes two forms of sexual harassment. The first is call quid pro quo harassment.The phrase is Latin and means a solicitation for sex in return for something, such as a promotion, raise or just being allowed to stay employed. Essentially, the victim receives a sexual proposition at work and the victim understands that she (or he) must tolerate sexual advances in ...

'An Act of God' takes a leap of faith at George Street

‘An Act of God’ takes leap of faith at George Street Playhouse

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If anyone can portray God, it must be Kathleen Turner. Local theatre goers are fortunate indeed, to have the throaty, stage smart Turner in our midst.

Turner, of course, is not only an acclaimed actress, but a female God with plenty to say about the ups and downs of religion ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

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When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

Famed Chef Marcus Samuelsson Opens Restaurant in Newark

December 11, 2017

NEWARK, NJ —  Acclaimed celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.

He helped Harlem, long the hub of African-American culture, become happening again with a pair of successful restaurants that are contributing to the revitalization of the famed Manhattan neighborhood.

Samuelsson is rolling the dice by opening a new restaurant in Newark, now ...