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Girl Scouts Build Bat Boxes for Westfield Bird Sanctuary

September 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mackenzi Higgins and Angela Nazzaro, members of Girl Scout Troop 40861 out of Westfield High School, presented their plan to install bat boxes in the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary to Westfield’s town council recently.

The project, which will help the girls earn the Girl Scouts Silver Award, is designed to help bats and raise awareness about how the ...

Community and Cops Connect at Westfield PBA Car Show

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local car lovers enjoyed about 155 cars, Jeeps, trucks and motorcycles at the second annual Westfield Police Benevolent Association Car Show Saturday at the South Avenue train station parking lot. 

Adults and children alike viewed a variety of vehicles and enjoyed food from local vendors and food trucks.

“This event brought the police department and ...

Jeans for Teens: Donations Double in Annual Westfield Denim Drive

WESTFIELD, NJ – Bell-bottoms, skinny jeans, baby jeans and everything in between comprise the denim collected by local high school students with the help of an elementary school PTO in Bergen County.

The Westfield High School Green Team, Kids on Block clubs and Park Ridge’s Westridge School PTO recently collected 1,939 pairs of jeans – 1,602 of them from the Westfield ...

Out Run Your Fork Celebrates New Location at Space4Fitness in Garwood

September 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Out Run Your Fork Personal Training and Nutritional Counseling recently celebrated its move from Westfield to Space4Fitness, a facility located at 155A South Ave. in Garwood.

Out Run Your Fork owner Tony Bianchino calls the facility “3,500 square feet of fun.” The space holds a large variety of equipment, including stationery bikes, weights and obstacles. Part ...

First Responders Treated to a Barbecue at Arbor Terrace Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Who doesn’t like a free lunch? The offer to participate in the “BBQ for Badges” at Arbor Terrace Mountainside went out to first responders throughout the area a few weeks ago and, as expected, police officers, firefighters and EMTs dropped in from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

And, no one should be surprised that each group that spoke to ...

No Pay Day For Westfield PD Chief Who ‘Retired’ Suddenly

September 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The state has approved pension benefits for a former police chief who retired suddenly last month, but he will receive no sick-time payout, a municipal official said.

While police chiefs retiring from other departments in New Jersey have secured significant and widely reported payouts for unused sick time, former Westfield Chief David Wayman will get no such ...

Police: Crossing Guard OK after Westfield Hit-And-Run

Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012.

WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the intersection.

The driver of a black sedan ignored the guard’s signal to stop at ...

Westfield Tire Shop Fire Ruled Accidental, chief says

Updated: 3:06 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ – Thick black smoke billowed from the top of a tire shop on South Avenue early Friday morning, a fire chief said.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting the blaze at Mavis Discount Tire and was treated by the town doctor, Chief David Kelly said.

Firefighters responding to the 6:44 a.m. call to 343 South Avenue East knocked down the ...

No Bad Apples! Westfield Celebrates 10th AppleFest Saturday

September 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Apples will be far from forbidden as the historical society celebrates its 10th annual AppleFest this weekend.

The Westfield Historical Society’s AppleFest will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the lawn of the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Ave.

The festival will feature talks, displays, trivia games and old-fashioned children's games, along ...

Spooky Schedule Set for AddamsFest in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The full schedule for AddamsFest has been announced on AddamsFest.com, and it’s jam-packed with events for people of all ages.

The town-wide celebration will honor Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creation, "The Addams Family," throughout October all around town, with a slew of events planned for the Friday and weekend just before ...

FestiFall: Community Coalesces at Westfield Fest Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ – Enclosed in a clear plastic booth, two teens moved frantically to untangle a blue wire and plug the ends into sockets on opposite-sided walls.

Avery Avella, 10, and Alice Manzo, 11, secured one side, but it popped out of the socket at the opposite end as they attempted to fit the tangled wire in.

The duo missed their deadline.

Smoke spewed from the top of the ...

No Pay Day For Westfield PD Chief Who ‘Retired’ Suddenly

September 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The state has approved pension benefits for a former police chief who retired suddenly last month, but he will receive no sick-time payout, a municipal official said.

While police chiefs retiring from other departments in New Jersey have secured significant and widely reported payouts for unused sick time, former Westfield Chief David Wayman will get no such ...

Will Westfield’s Redesigned Prospect Street Boost Safety? Town Hopes So

WESTFIELD, NJ – A Prospect Street restaurateur used to fear his patrons would be hit while crossing the street just outside his establishment.

Until the town finished its redesign of Prospect Street between North Avenue and Broad Street last week, crossing the thoroughfare was dangerous, Tim Boyle, the owner of 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro, said.

“I was almost hit by ...

ALERT: County Closure Set For Elm Street in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – If all goes to plan, the estimated month-long closure of Elm Street for a county culvert replacement won’t be a nightmare.

Union County is set to begin the second phase of a culvert replacement on Elm Street on Tuesday, with work being done near Orchard Street, town officials announced. 

The roadway will be closed until about Oct. 12, officials said. The ...

Westfield Track Community Objects to Delays For Field Overhaul

September 26, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Construction delays at Kehler Field may force the school district to bus athletes to surrounding towns for evening athletic practices this spring, a proposal that has drawn public concern.

Members of the Friends of Westfield Track & Field organization objected to the revised timeline for the Kehler Field updates during Tuesday’s school board ...

In Westfield, Former NBA Star To Tell Story of Addiction, ‘Rebound’

Updated: 5:18 p.m.

Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country.

Herren, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics a year later, has made it his mission to educate youths on the dangers of substance abuse.

On Tuesday, he will ...

Police: Crossing Guard OK after Westfield Hit-And-Run

Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012.

WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the intersection.

The driver of a black sedan ignored the guard’s signal to stop at ...

Patriots 3 HRs Even Championship Series; Deciding Game Sunday

September 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (2-2) hit three home runs to defeat the Long Island Ducks (2-2) 5-3 in Game 4 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Patriots have evened up the best-of-five playoff series 2-2 and forced a deciding Game 5 at home tomorrow at 5:05 pm.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom ...

Football: Westfield Rallies to Beat Old Bridge, 33-17

WESTFIELD, NJ  — Ownership of the second half became second nature for the Westfield football team during the course of three straight undefeated state championship seasons from 2015-2017.

And, although the Blue Devils lost their 2018 opener two weeks ago, they seem intent on carrying on the program's trademark of being great finishers.

They were on Saturday, when Westfield ...

Record Crowd Cheers Patriots Playoff Win; Game 4 Saturday

BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (1-2) defeated the Long Island Ducks (2-1) 8-4 in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series before an Atlantic League Playoff record 8,143 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

The Patriots cut the Ducks lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took an early 2-0 lead when David Washington struck again, hitting ...

No Bad Apples! Westfield Celebrates 10th AppleFest Saturday

September 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Apples will be far from forbidden as the historical society celebrates its 10th annual AppleFest this weekend.

The Westfield Historical Society’s AppleFest will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the lawn of the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Ave.

The festival will feature talks, displays, trivia games and old-fashioned children's games, along ...

Spooky Schedule Set for AddamsFest in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The full schedule for AddamsFest has been announced on AddamsFest.com, and it’s jam-packed with events for people of all ages.

The town-wide celebration will honor Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creation, "The Addams Family," throughout October all around town, with a slew of events planned for the Friday and weekend just before ...

FestiFall: Community Coalesces at Westfield Fest Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ – Enclosed in a clear plastic booth, two teens moved frantically to untangle a blue wire and plug the ends into sockets on opposite-sided walls.

Avery Avella, 10, and Alice Manzo, 11, secured one side, but it popped out of the socket at the opposite end as they attempted to fit the tangled wire in.

The duo missed their deadline.

Smoke spewed from the top of the ...

FestiFall: Community Coalesces at Westfield Fest Sunday

September 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Enclosed in a clear plastic booth, two teens moved frantically to untangle a blue wire and plug the ends into sockets on opposite-sided walls.

Avery Avella, 10, and Alice Manzo, 11, secured one side, but it popped out of the socket at the opposite end as they attempted to fit the tangled wire in.

The duo missed their deadline.

Smoke spewed from the top of the ...

Westfield Wants to Be NJ's Most Biz-Friendly Town, Feds Help

WESTFIELD, NJ — The uniqueness of the town’s local shops was on display Tuesday as federal officials sought to highlight the benefits of government-backed loans for small business owners.

Nabig Sakr and Carmen Cascao, owners N&C Jewelers, have worked in Westfield for 40 years, the past four of them at their location on Quimby Street. In an age where legacy brick-and-mortar ...

Special Chefs See a Slice of Success at Pizza Shop in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Dough, cheese, sauce, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni are among the ingredients that 10 children, half of them with special needs, used to make individual pies at a local pizza shop earlier this week.

The gathering of elementary school-aged youths at Outta Hand Pizza, 311 South Ave. West, on Sunday, included lessons from the local shop’s owners and ...

Girl Scouts Build Bat Boxes for Westfield Bird Sanctuary

September 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mackenzi Higgins and Angela Nazzaro, members of Girl Scout Troop 40861 out of Westfield High School, presented their plan to install bat boxes in the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary to Westfield’s town council recently.

The project, which will help the girls earn the Girl Scouts Silver Award, is designed to help bats and raise awareness about how the ...

‘Junk Day’ is on: Westfield Bulk Waste Pickup Plan gets Green Light

WESTFIELD, NJ – After concern over the program’s finances, residents will be able to rid their homes of bulk waste this month through the town's annual program.

The municipality announced on Facebook Monday that it has met the minimum number of registrants needed to run the residential bulk waste pickup program – commonly referred to as “junk day.”

The town ...

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Pocketbook, Accessories, and Costume Jewelry Sale Coming to the Clark Public Library

September 25, 2018

CLARK, NJ - The Friends of the Clark Library will be hosting a Pocketbook, Accessories, and Costume Jewelry Sale at the library on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 - 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit library programming and more.  

 

Here is a pricing preview:

All jewelry - Only $1.00
Large purses - $5.00
Small purses-$3.00
Wallets - $2.00
Belts, ties, gloves and ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update, Sept. 25

September 25, 2018

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

It’s been a very busy three weeks in Westfield.

I want to begin by thanking everyone who attended and participated in our 9/11 ceremony, including Father Sapporito, Rev. Boyea and Rabbi Sagal, and to our DPW team for beautifully maintaining the memorial, and to ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, September 28, 3:00 PM

Westfield Neighborhood Council, Westfield

Halloween Costume Sale

Giving Back Green

Sat, September 29, 10:00 AM

Westfield Neighborhood Council, Westfield

Halloween Costume Sale

Giving Back Green

Westfield Police Blotter: Two Cars Stolen From Driveways, License Plate Stolen & More

September 13, 2018

August 5, 2018 6:55 p.m.

A resident from the 900 block of Columbus Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. The victim states that unknown actor(s) gained entry into their unlocked motor vehicle and stole $10.00 from the motor vehicle.

August 5, 2018 4:58 p.m.

Beverly Davis, age 63, of Plainfield was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for her arrest from Westfield ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Believes Market Will Continue to 'Power Through' Trade, Political Turmoil

September 25, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on CNBC explaining the market's resilience in the face of trade conflicts and political turmoil:

cnbc.com/video

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio ...

Westfield High School Seniors Named ‘Commended Students’ in Nat'l Merit Program

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Twenty Westfield High School seniors have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise as Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are:

Kathryn Armstrong
Matthew Cafiero
Katherine Ceraso
Jeremy Cha
Colby Chen
Casey Cohen
Fiona Gillen
Jared Greenspan
Brianna Hatch
Sophie Hendricks
Julia Hollosi
Elisha ...

7 Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer.

“The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” ...

‘Buried Child’ draws on chilling family secrets via Shepard

‘Buried Child’ draws on chilling family secrets via Shepard

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The dysfunctional family, with its dark, disturbing secrets, is at the heart of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child.”  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a taut, insightful production, under the direction of Paul Mullin.

The actors live in their roles as ...

16 Homes Sold Sept. 16 - 23 In, Around Westfield

Sixteen homes were sold between Sept. 16 and Sept. 23, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside.

The sales are as follows:

TOWN          ADDRESS      STYLE                   ...

IRS Deadlines Loom For Income Taxes, Payroll Returns

Don’t let the government catch you by surprise. The following IRS deadlines are ahead:

Sept. 17 – Third-quarter estimated income tax payments
Sept. 17 – Income tax returns for calendar year partnerships and S corporations on extension
Sept. 20 – New York second-quarter sales tax returns
Oct. 15 – Income tax returns for individuals on extension
Oct. 15 ...

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. 

Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally.  What affects one, affects all in the family system.  For example: when family members get anxious, the anxiety can escalate by spreading from one ...

Four Things You Can Do For A Family Who Has Lost a Child

Losing a child is one of the most difficult situations a family can face. Life isn’t supposed to happen this way. And when this terrible situation happens, what should friends of the family do? Everyone reacts to this situation differently, however, most families will be grateful for acknowledgment of their loss, and kind gestures sent their way over the coming days and months may mean more ...

Westfield PD Scoop Up Lost Pooch

WESTFIELD, NJ - Police are on the lookout for the owner of a golden-colored canine found in the rain on Summit Avenue near Grove Street Tuesday.

Anyone who recognizes the dog is asked to call the department at 908-789-4000.

 

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Anna Sandler and Fred Smith of TAPinto SOMA

This issue of TAPinto Featured Franchisee highlights TAPinto South Orange and Maplewood with the site's owner Fred Smith and lead editor Anna Sandler. Check out the interview to find out how owning and operating a TAPinto site came at the most opportune time for these NJ residents.
 
Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?
I first joined TAPinto in 2014 as a sales and ...

World-Class Vocal Groups Mentor Young Singers at Jersey Harmony Explosion

September 22, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - This year's Jersey Harmony Explosion, a festival where professional acapella and barbershop performers bring their talents and expertise to aspiring singers, was hosted at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ.

"I loved hearing all the barbershop quartets sing for us. I found that was completely inspiring," said Christina Freeman, a participant ...

Rutgers Opens Autism Research Center

September 25, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University has opened research center to study the treatment and service needs for people with autism spectrum disorders that will allow an advisory board of parents and advocates of the disability community to identify unmet needs.

Based in New Brunswick, the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence is funded through the Governor's Council for ...