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Westfield PBA Seeking Sponsors for Second Annual Car Show Next Month

August 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Benevolent Association is organizing its second annual car show, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. at Westfield High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Last year we had a lot of cars, we had a big turn out,” said Westfeld Police Officer Chris Forcenito, one of the event's organizers. “We are expanding it and making it more ...

Outta Hand Pizza in Westfield Gives Back to Veterans and Hopes You will, Too

WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza in Downtown Westfield is offering to feed veterans for free, and they’ve set up a way for others to help.

The restaurant is teaming up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 to hold a get-together for veterans, according to Burim Regjaj, one of the restaurant’s owners.

Anyone who would like to help can pre-pay for a meal for the ...

Conservation Efforts Wrap Up at Burial Grounds of Presbyterian Church in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Conservation efforts of the historical burial ground across from the Presbyterian Church of Westfield on Mountain Avenue are in the final stages. 

Multi-phased fundraising efforts by the church made it possible to perform maintenance on one of Westfield’s most historically significant landmarks, said Dave Rogers, co-chair of the Cemetery Committee at the ...

Westfield Board of Health Considers Changing Requirements for Garbage Collection

August 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health discussed changing the minimum number of garbage pickups required per residential household from twice a week to once a week  at its meeting Monday night.

Councilman David Contract, who heads the town’s Green Team, brought the request to the board, health officer Megan Avallone said. The move could save some people money, if their ...

Westfield Town Council Approves Captain Battiloro as Acting Police Chief

August 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council officially approved the appointment of Westfield Police Captain Chris Battiloro to the role of acting police chief at its meeting Tuesday night.

Related story: Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

David Wayman, who held the position of Westfield Police Chief since 2012, retired abruptly from the Westfield ...

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting:

“In the midst of numerous media reports concerning the Westfield Police Department, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide an update and some additional context regarding the circumstances behind Chief Wayman’s sudden ...

Paving on Grove Street in Westfield Postponed Due to Rain

WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to rain, Grove Street is not being paved Monday as originally scheduled, according to a Nixle alert sent by the Westfield Police Department.

Instead, the street remains open to traffic Monday and will be closed for paving on Tuesday, Aug. 14, weather permitting, according to the announcement.

Grove Street was milled Friday and residents should be cautious of ...

Outta Hand Pizza in Westfield Gives Back to Veterans and Hopes You will, Too

August 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza in Downtown Westfield is offering to feed veterans for free, and they’ve set up a way for others to help.

The restaurant is teaming up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 to hold a get-together for veterans, according to Burim Regjaj, one of the restaurant’s owners.

Anyone who would like to help can pre-pay for a meal for the ...

Westfield Town Council Moves to Legalize Microbreweries, Craft Distilleries Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield's town council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that would allow microbreweries and craft distilleries in Westfield’s central business district during Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

The ordinance, no. 2111, requires that the microbrewery or distillery include a sampling room and retail sales area.

These types of businesses are ...

Realty Appraisal Company Gives Update on Westfield’s Revaluation

August 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Neil Rubenstein of Realty Appraisal Company gave the town council an update on the revaluation process at its recent conference meeting. The company began knocking on doors to inspect the interiors and exteriors of Westfield homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation in January.

“The revaluation is going as planned,” Rubenstein told the council ...

Five Westfield Entities Get Union County HEART Grants

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Tuesday that 63 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2018 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, including five from Westfield:

Lowell Schantz, $1,000, to present two free jazz concerts in Union County libraries; New Jersey ...

Westfield Town Council Moves to Legalize Microbreweries, Craft Distilleries Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield's town council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that would allow microbreweries and craft distilleries in Westfield’s central business district during Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

The ordinance, no. 2111, requires that the microbrewery or distillery include a sampling room and retail sales area.

These types of businesses are ...

Westfield Families Can Donate Used Backpacks, Lunch Bags on First Day of School

August 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Green Team, the Westfield High School Green Team and the Tamaques Learning Team have teamed up this year to collect clean, undamaged used backpacks and lunch bags for kids in need, according to Councilman David Contract.

There will be large collection boxes by the front doors of all three schools at the front entrances of Westfield High School, ...

Westfield High School Announces 4th Marking Period Honor Roll for 2017-2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School announced the 4th marking period honor roll for 2017-2018 Thursday.

WHS recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels — Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll.  For the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student’s GPA must be between 3.75 and 4.0 with no grade lower than a B.  For the Honor Roll, the GPA must be ...

Union County Awards Westfield Library Grant for Children’s Programming

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield has received a 2018 Library Grant of $3,750 for its public library, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming.

The 2018 Library Grants are funded by non-tax dollars through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust ...

Coronado Powers Patriots to Win over Revolution

August 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (22-17, 57-45) defeated the York Revolution (18-19, 50-50), 7-3, at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Patriots rallied for four runs to claim the lead. The Patriots got on the board with an RBI single by Jayce Boyd before Nate Coronado crushed a three-run home run (8) to left field for a 4-3 ...

Molesky Shuts Down Skeeters, Patriots Halt Skid

SUGAR LAND, Texas — The Somerset Patriots (21-15, 56-43) rode an impressive Vince Molesky performance to a 2-0 win over the the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-11, 65-33) Wednesday night at Constellation Field.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard until the Patriots broke through with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Mike Fransoso and Alfredo ...

Newly-Signed Patriots Pitcher Falls Apart in Mound Debut

SUGAR LAND, TX — The Somerset Patriots (20-14, 55-42) were shut out by the Sugar Land Skeeters (23-10, 64-32) 8-0 Monday night at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters jumped in front 2-0 in the bottom of second on a two-out RBI single from Alvaro Rondon and a run-scoring wild pitch. They added five runs in the bottom of the third on a Justin Pacchioli fielding error, a Matt Chavez (10) ...

8 Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers List

August 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Best Lawyers in America has announced that eight attorneys from Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. have been named to this year’s list.

The recipients of this year’s honor include: Retired Superior Court Judge John M. Boyle, for both the Arbitration and Mediation categories; Greg K. Vitali for Construction Law; Edward J.

Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting:

“In the midst of numerous media reports concerning the Westfield Police Department, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide an update and some additional context regarding the circumstances behind Chief Wayman’s sudden ...

Westfield Woman Questions Why Cop’s Daughter Got No Ticket After Crash

Editor's note: This story has been updated.**

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said she told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, she ended up at the hospital.

Redding was driving on Central Avenue when another car, driven by a minor with ...

Realty Appraisal Company Gives Update on Westfield’s Revaluation

August 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Neil Rubenstein of Realty Appraisal Company gave the town council an update on the revaluation process at its recent conference meeting. The company began knocking on doors to inspect the interiors and exteriors of Westfield homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation in January.

“The revaluation is going as planned,” Rubenstein told the council ...

Westfield Planning Board Okays 30-Unit Apartment Building Near Traffic Circle

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board approved an application for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night.

“Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, will contain 30 apartments on the upper floors, with retail or commercial use ...

Westfield PBA Seeking Sponsors for Second Annual Car Show Next Month

August 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Benevolent Association is organizing its second annual car show, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. at Westfield High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Last year we had a lot of cars, we had a big turn out,” said Westfeld Police Officer Chris Forcenito, one of the event's organizers. “We are expanding it and making it more ...

Downtown Westfield Hosts ‘Dog Days of Summer’

WESTFIELD, NJ — Families and their dogs flocked to Downtown Westfield Sunday for the town’s first-ever “Dog Days of Summer” event.  Originally scheduled for  last week but postponed due to weather, it was third event in the Downtown Westfield Corporation’s new “Second Sundays” series, which features a different themed event on the ...

Free Movie Night in Tamaques Park to Feature DJ, ‘Cars 3’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Recreation Department is partnering with Union County to host a free family movie night in Tamaques Park next Thursday, Aug. 23, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

The event will start with a DJ and kids dance party, then the movie ‘Cars 3’ will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring ...

Westfield Families Can Donate Used Backpacks, Lunch Bags on First Day of School

August 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Green Team, the Westfield High School Green Team and the Tamaques Learning Team have teamed up this year to collect clean, undamaged used backpacks and lunch bags for kids in need, according to Councilman David Contract.

There will be large collection boxes by the front doors of all three schools at the front entrances of Westfield High School, ...

Westfield Antique Dealer Moves on After 40 Years

August 9, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the past 40 years, Betty Gallagher has operated her popular antique store in the Felice building on Broad Street. No more, as of Aug. 31. The sign in the window says it all: “Closing: 50% off everything.”   

Over four decades, customers and friends frequently popped in for a chat, usually greeted by Jesse, Betty’s Labrador ...

Conservation Efforts Wrap Up at Burial Grounds of Presbyterian Church in Westfield

August 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Conservation efforts of the historical burial ground across from the Presbyterian Church of Westfield on Mountain Avenue are in the final stages. 

Multi-phased fundraising efforts by the church made it possible to perform maintenance on one of Westfield’s most historically significant landmarks, said Dave Rogers, co-chair of the Cemetery Committee at the ...

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Car Drives Off Road in Clark, Hits Bank and Tree

August 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ – A single car went off the road and onto the grounds of the Columbia Bank on Raritan Road early Tuesday morning. The vehicle traveled  across the lawn, hit the bank, and continued beyond until it hit a tree on the adjacent property according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa.

Clark Police were on scene and the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad attended to and then ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update, Aug. 14

August 14, 2018

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

General Town Business

I’d like to first begin by announcing and welcoming many new businesses to town, including Boxwood Coffee, Farinolio, Spencer Savings Bank, Westfield Shoe Repair, Excel Physical Therapy (in the long vacant bank building across the street ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, August 21, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots

Arts & Entertainment Sports

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Tue, August 21, 7:00 PM

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

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Tue, August 21, 7:30 PM

Union County Torah Center-Chabad, Westfield

Torah Center-Chabad Summer 2018 Film Festival

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: More Tires Slashed, Continued Motor Vehicle Burglaries & More

August 15, 2018

August 9, 2018 8:54 p.m.

Officers Forcenito and O’Holla arrested Jossie Lopez, age 32, of New York for an outstanding traffic warrant out of Secaucus Municipal Court ($500.00) pursuant to a motor vehicle stop on Central Avenue, near Sussex Street. Subject was transported to WPD HQ, processed and released after posing requisite bail.

August 7, 2018 8:18 a.m.

A resident of the 100 ...

Foundation Grants Funds for Mindowaskin Playground Renovation

August 21, 2018

This past May, the Westfield Foundation trustees hosted their public annual end of year meeting at the Westfield Memorial Library. President Janet Sarkos reflected on her tenure at the Westfield Foundation. Since she joined the board in 2013, the Foundation has added 14 new funds, bringing the total of funds to 122.  Assets under management in those five years have more than ...

Students Strengthen Skills During Extended School Year Program

The Extended School Year Program for preschool through high school students in the Westfield Public School District is in its 16th year, with a continued focus on maintaining and strengthening academic skills through the summer to prepare students for the new school year.

The five-week, state-mandated ESY program is designed for students who have been identified as those who would ...

Kitten Lost From Home on Shackamaxon Drive

Tiny, 3-month-old kitten got out this morning Monday, Aug. 20, on 547 Shackamaxon Drive in Westfield. If you see him, please call Tom or Gail Cassidy  at 908-654-5216. He has on a collar but with no name. His name is "Little Guy."

18 Homes Sold Aug. 5-12 in Westfield & Neighboring Towns

There were 18 homes sold from Aug. 5 to Aug. 12 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford and Fanwood:

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Spirituality Made Simple

What is the difference between spirituality and spiritualism?

Spirituality is an awareness of the spirit, of the soul; it is a sensitivity to things beyond the immediate and the material. That’s why some describe the study of spirituality as metaphysics — the study of that which lies beyond the physical.

Spiritualism, on the other hand, is how we describe the practices of ...

Westfield Area YMCA Chief Instructor Gedman Gets Gold in World Championships

The Westfield Area YMCA is proud to announce that Pamela Gedman, Chief Instructor of Gedman’s Black Belt Academy, has become the 2018 World Champion in Sparring in the Woman’s 40-49 year old 4th and 5th degree black belt division.

ATA Martial Arts, the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to all ages, held its World Expo July 9-15 in ...

More Taxes for New Jersey Businesses

The 2019 New Jersey budget that Governor Phil Murphy recently agreed to contains changes and tax increases for businesses. The reforms are quite complex.

A few key highlights:

An increase in the income tax rate to 10.75 percent for taxpayers with income of $5 million and above
Significant corporate business tax changes, including:
A surcharge of 2.5 percent for the next ...

Preparing to Let Go

It is that time again when our children are preparing to leave for school or in some cases leaving for the first time. It is a new phase in life for us and them that represents transition and change. Watching our children step into a separate world can be very challenging for us.  We care about their well being and it’s easy for us to imagine all the difficulties they may ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 19

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find some can’t-miss back to school tips for parents and students, learn about a new treatment for brain injury, see which Atlantic Health System medical center is the only one in New Jersey to make a new, national list, find out how to avoid “avocado hand,” and much more!

 

Customer at Chase Bank ATM in Short Hills Robbed At Gunpoint

August 21, 2018

SHORT HILLS, NJ — A  patron of Chase Bank in Short Hills was robbed at gunpoint Monday night at 9:30 p.m. while using a drive-up ATM, Millburn Police announced. Two men in masks are seen from security cameras approaching the bank's customer from the driver's side of the vehicle, one carrying a handgun.

No information regarding the health of the patron has been ...

Obituaries

May 8, 1958 - Aug 7, 2018
Kevin F. Adams, 60 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving ...
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