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Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

January 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Rodriguez family anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher Saturday at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. 

When Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton died in 2016 at the age of 24, his family donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, who lives in Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of ...

Video: Westfield Remembers MLK with 31st Annual Interfaith Commemoration Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service took place Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. The event kicked off with a march at 12:30 p.m. from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial at the south side traffic circle where attendees participated in a scripture reading, a song, and a prayer before ...

Westfield Area Teen Foundation Board Created to Teach Philanthropy to Young Adults

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience program is currently seeking applicants to join its first Teen Foundation Board.

“We are looking for the next generation of leaders in our community,” Vicki Simpson, assistant program director of WAYVE, said.

The board will be made up of 15 teens who will participate in allocating foundation grants to ...

Westfield Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Vaccines & Advice

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — In line with both statewide and nationwide data, Westfield and the surrounding area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional ...

Westfield High School Girl Thing/Guy Thing Event May Focus on Mental Health & Wellness

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School students and their teacher hope to offer a night of relaxation and advice with this year’s Girl Thing/Guy Thing event.

Susan Kolesar, a health teacher at Westfield High School, began the Guy Thing in 2004, with the Girl Thing following shortly after. Activities from previous years included hearing anonymous letters from seniors about what ...

Emotional Meeting at NJ Sharing Network Bonds Donor Family and Organ Recipient

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Rodriguez family anxiously waited to meet Robert Fisher Saturday at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence. 

When Nolman Vidal Rodriguez of Trenton died in 2016 at the age of 24, his family donated his kidneys, pancreas, liver, both lungs, heart and corneas. Fisher, who lives in Ocean Gate, NJ, was the recipient of ...

Holy Trinity Student Wins Westfield Spelling Bee

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the word “tedious,” Holy Trinity School fifth grader Esme McLaughlin became the first place winner of the Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield’s 32nd Annual Spelling Bee during the final round Thursday night.

Katie Purse, a fifth grader at Jefferson Elementary School, took second place and Douglas Gee, a fourth grader from McKinley Elementary ...

143 Westfield High School Students Earn AP Awards

 WESTFIELD, NJ — A total of 143 Westfield High School students earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards in recognition of their college level achievement through AP courses and exams administered in 2017, the district has announced.

The score of Westfield’s students averaged 4.33, according to Westfield Public Schools.  AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 ...

Westfield Resident Receives Scholarship from NJ Chinese Festival Organization

MONTVILLE, NJ – Westfield resident and NYU student Cindy Qiang received a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Chinese Festival organization on Dec. 28.

The group marked 2017 as their fourth year giving the scholarships, according to festival chair Margaret Lam. Ten students are honored with the freshman scholarship, plus two scholarships for political science students ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Brindle Outlines Priorities as Westfield’s Mayor, Promises Live-Streamed Town Council Meetings

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about four priorities that she has as Westfield’s new mayor Tuesday at the town council’s conference meeting and again at the council’s regular meeting later in the evening. 

Brindle said that her priorities are improving communication with residents, enhancing services, driving efficiencies and creating opportunities for ...

Westfield’s Revaluation Inspections Begin; Know Who’s Knocking on Your Door

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents can expect inspectors from Realty Appraisal Company to begin knocking on doors soon to inspect the interiors and exteriors of their homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation.

“Commercial inspections started about two weeks ago,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday.

Ice Hockey: Westfield Defeats Rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood in County Cup Semifinal

January 18, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ — For the first time in years, one of Westfield’s main ice hockey rivals was not on the Blue Devils’ regular season schedule. 

Though a Westfield vs. Scotch Plains-Fanwood matchup was not slated when the season started, the two met on Wednesday night with a trip to the Union County Cup final on the line. 

The matchup lived up to its near sell-out ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Sam Stravach

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls varsity basketball player Sam Stravach had 12 points and five rebounds in Tuesday’s game against Roselle Catholic, helping her team win 42-35 and avenge their opening-day loss.

“We were down by one late in the fourth quarter and Sam hit both free throws on a one and one to put us up by one and we never looked ...

Ice Hockey: Glod, Scheer Net Hat Tricks as Raiders Crush ALJ, 11-2, in County Cup

ROSELLE, NJ — The performance put on by Scotch Plains-Fanwood Monday night not only punched the Raiders a state playoff ticket, but it also said something, loud and clear: Bring on Westfield. 

In the midst of their greatest season in program history, the Raiders produced their most dominant game yet with an 11-2 drilling of A.L. Johnson (Clark) in the Union County Cup quarterfinal ...

Water Service in Part of Westfield Interrupted by Repairs Thursday Night

January 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Some people should expect an interruption in water service due to repair work on Carolina Street in Clark Thursday night, the Westfield Police Department announced at about 8:30 p.m. via Nixle.

The areas of Grandview Avenue, Virginia Street and Boynton Avenue will be affected, police said. According to the PD, work will be performed during the night.

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Water Main Break Closes Part of Central Ave. in Westfield Wednesday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ — Southbound Central Avenue was closed at the bridge leading into Clark for the repair of a broken water main, the Westfield Police Department announced via Nixle at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday.

Police told drivers to expect delays in the area and plan an alternate route, if possible.

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Power Restored in Westfield After Widespread Outages Friday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — PSE&G has reported that all power in Westfield has been restored, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said Friday morning at about 11:40 a.m.

Some parts of Westfield lost power again in the afternoon until about 4:45 p.m.

Customers had been reporting widespread power outages across Union County and other parts of New Jersey Friday morning, with power out ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Westfield’s Revaluation Inspections Begin; Know Who’s Knocking on Your Door

January 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents can expect inspectors from Realty Appraisal Company to begin knocking on doors soon to inspect the interiors and exteriors of their homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation.

“Commercial inspections started about two weeks ago,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday.

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Rehearsals Underway 71st Washington School Show in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s that time of year again when parents of Washington Elementary School prepare for their annual musical theater production. This year’s original musical, “The Show of Shows,” is a comedy about a storm-stricken school community seeking to raise money to rebuild their destroyed downtown and school grounds.

Show ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They’ll Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Westfield News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Westfield Businessman, Partner Hope to Save Rain Forests and Improve Lives with Global Ecology Corp.

January 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Joe Battiato and Charlie Cacici are on a mission to save the rain forests and improve the lives of people living in developing nations. 

Cacici, a Westfield resident, founded Global Ecology Corp. in 2012 with Battiato, who lives in Woodbridge.

Both men are 63 and have spent 35 years on Wall Street — Cacici with Solomon brothers and American Express and ...

Video: Westfield Remembers MLK with 31st Annual Interfaith Commemoration Service

January 16, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service took place Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield. The event kicked off with a march at 12:30 p.m. from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial at the south side traffic circle where attendees participated in a scripture reading, a song, and a prayer before ...

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Fanwood Grille Soups Voted ‘Best in NJ’ by The Daily Meal

January 19, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ – National food website The Daily Meal, which has released its list of Best Soups in Every State, has chosen the soups at the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ) as the best in New Jersey.

The Daily Meal wrote that “restaurants all throughout the country are making some truly great bowls of soup from scratch, and we’ve tracked down the best ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Organization Meeting Jan. 9

January 11, 2018

ORGANIZATION OF BOARD 

Business Administrator Dana Sullivan acknowledged Lynn Benner, Kent Diamond and Peggy Oster, who were elected to three-year terms on the Westfield Board of Education on Nov. 7, 2017, and sworn into office prior to the start of the Jan. 9, 2018 meeting.  Ms. Ohlig was nominated to continue as president of the Westfield Board of ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, January 21, 10:00 AM

Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains

Temple Sholom Religious School Open House

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

The Wonderful World of Snow Globes

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, January 21, 2:30 PM

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, Westfield

Westfield Historical Society Presents: T. Thomas ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Home & Garden

Former Westfield Resident Claude Fusco Joins Imagine Board of Trustees

January 19, 2018

Claude had a 36-year career at Ernst & Young LLP including 25 years as a partner serving in various roles around the globe including an International Tax Client Service Partner, Director of Tax for Ernst & Young International, Global Chair of Expatriate Tax Services, and New Jersey Managing Partner.

Claude resided in Westfield with his family from 1986 to 2009. He was married to ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Reported Fraud & More

January 17, 2018

January 10, 2018 12:07 a.m.

Ahmad Komara, age 28, of North Brunswick, NJ, was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in the amount of $500. Subject was processed and posted bail.

 

January 14, 2018 11:49 a.m.

Kehrry Bernard, age 21, of Elizabeth, NJ, was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for her arrest in the amount of $250 from ...

Point View's Q1 2018 Newsletter Available Now

Point View Wealth Management's First Quarter of 2018 edition of Outlook has published, featuring articles offering a wide range of topics for investors as we enter the New Year, such as:

Potential risks to your investments in 2018;
Wrapping your head around Bitcoin;
Debating the FAANG stocks;
Be cautious on Robo-Advisors; and finally,
Explore and understand ...

How Tax Reform Impacts Your 2017 Tax Returns

The majority of the 2017 tax reform is effective after 2017. I’d like to explain important notes that will impact your 2017 tax returns.

Medical Expenses

Add up those medical expenses! Currently if you itemize your deductions, you can deduct qualifying medical expenses which exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income.

Under the new bill the medical ...

Westfield High School Students Perform with Central Jersey Orchestra

Three Westfield High School students — Junlin Yi, Kevin Li and Kelly Eagan — performed with the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region Orchestra on Jan. 7 at the CJMEA concert held in Montgomery High School. 

According to Craig Stanton, Westfield High School Orchestra Director, "Every year hundreds of students prepare and audition for the ...

Addressing Anxiety in Adolescents

January 16, 2018

Anxiety can be one of the most unpleasant emotions that people feel. The word “anxiety” describes periods of fear, worry, nervousness, and restlessness.

Anxiety comes with thoughts of danger and helplessness. Life experiences, especially those that occurred in childhood and adolescence, often determine our perception and expectations of threats and vulnerability.

We react with ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Garwood Family Center YMCA students honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by learning about his role in history.

The Garwood Family Center YMCA is a branch of the Westfield Area YMCA. To learn more about full-day and half-day early learning programs, summer camp, and before and after school care for Garwood students, contact Director Shannon McGillis Jackson ...

Dog Found in Roselle Still Being Held at Newark Shelter

A dog that was found on Jan. 9 is still being held at the Newark Animal Shelter because no owner has claimed him. 

Roselle Police said the dog was found in the area of the Roselle side of Warinanco Park. The dog has a distinct blue eye and brown eye. Police also said the animal was checked and had no chip or tags. 

The Newark Animal Shelter has ...

Governor Signs Legislation — Breastfeeding is Now a Protected Category Under the NJ Law Against Discrimination

Effective Monday, January 8, 2018, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination was amended to include breastfeeding as a protected status. As a result, an employer cannot refuse to hire, cannot discharge and cannot treat someone adversely with regard to the terms, conditions or privileges of their employment because that employee is breastfeeding and needs workplace ...

The New Tax Plan: When It Comes To Real Estate, There are Still Winners

Let’s see who wins and who may lose.

We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan. Depending on your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it.

The new tax plan has had a ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

Obituaries

Feb 28, 1946 - Dec 28, 2017
Mary Jo (Wade) Juelis, 71, formerly of Westfield, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, ...
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NJ Man Who Made Plea for Kidney at Magic Kingdom Gets His Wish

January 19, 2018

NEW YORK, NY — In the summer of 2017, a New Jersey man went to Disney World wearing a shirt with a message; he needed a kidney, and his blood type and phone number were printed on his T-shirt.

Thanks to another Disney fan in the Magic Kingdom, one picture went viral, and Robert Leibowitz of Hamilton's story was picked up by a number of news outlets; months later, Richie Sully, a man ...