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Westfield Boosters Association Plans Annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction

February 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 150 people are expected to attend the Boosters Association’s annual dinner dance and silent auction on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

“The event is a great opportunity for the community to come together and support all Westfield High School athletics for a night of fun, food and dancing,” event chair Jeffrey ...

Party Dress Sale in Westfield will Benefit The Paul Jackson Fund

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Paul Jackson Fund will hold a party dress sale for teens in Westfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring new and gently used dresses at bargain prices. Money raised will help provide financial support to families in crisis because of a catastrophic illness or disability.

Prices range from $15 for short dresses to $20 for gowns.

“This is a wonderful ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 2nd Annual Pizza Palooza

WESTFIELD, NJ — Who serves the best pizza pie in town? Decide for yourself at the Westfield Area YMCA’s second annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, March 5, where you can try and vote on slices from some of Westfield and Garwood best-loved pizzerias, including Buona Pizza, Di Farina, Ferraro's, Gennaro's, Randazzo’s, Rudy's,  Mama’s and La Casa. 

The event ...

Overlook Medical Center in Summit Named Among ‘America's 100 Best Hospitals’ by Healthgrades

February 22, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ — Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” for clinical excellence by consumer rankings group Healthgrades. The designation places Overlook in the top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance.

“As healthcare becomes ever more focused on value, the ...

JCC to Present Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'Life, Animated' Feb. 21

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains will host a free screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary "Life, Animated" on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Seating is limited. RSVP is required to mzipkin@jccnj.org.

"Life, Animated," produced in 2016, is a documentary film chronicling the ...

Pro-Obamacare Protests Continue in Westfield at Congressman Lance’s Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people protested outside of Congressman Leonard Lance’s office on North Avenue for the fourth Wednesday in a row this week to urge Lance to vote “no” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Several brought signed petitions.

The rally was one of several “vigils to save health care” that evening ...

Westfield 5th Grader Takes Second in District Spelling Bee

February 19, 2017

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ — Emily Gao, a fifth grader at Washington Elementary School in Westfield, finished in second place in the Liberty District Spelling Bee Saturday, securing a spot in next month’s State Spelling Bee.

After 11 rounds, fifth grader Keilah Torriollo of Summit won with the word “milling,” but competition continued with an intense spell-off to determine the ...

Crimson Education Introduces Summer Camps that Make Learning a Blast

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ready to make the most of summer? Kids can play out zombie scenarios, publish their own books, make Shakespeare come alive, take on Greek gods , explore the Art of War, create with Mine Craft and more during Crimson Education’s day camps in Westfield.

“We hired the best local high school teachers and came up with this amazing curriculum,” co-owner Jessie ...

Westfield Board of Ed Approves Use of Temporary Lights at Kehler Field

WESTFIELD, NJ – After digesting a presentation from the Westfield Soccer Association and opinions of residents, the Westfield Board of Education approved the use of temporary lighting at Kehler Field during its meeting on Tuesday.

The program, originally run as a pilot in March of 2015, was pitched to the board once again with new conditions.

In an attempt to stay within parameters ...

Protesters Rally at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office Against Trump’s Immigration Policies

February 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 50 people gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office for 45 minutes Thursday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. Among them were members of immigrants’ rights organization Make the Road, Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.

Demonstrators chanted “No hate, no ...

Head of Westfield’s Downtown Task Force Offers Update at Town Council Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bill Heinbokel, head of the Mayor's Downtown Task Force, gave an update on its progress during Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Heinbokel, who also serves as chair of the Westfield Board of Adjustment, began by explaining the limitations of Westfield’s government.

“For example,” he said, “the town cannot intercede in private ...

Westfield Town Council Extends Parking in Train Station Lot to 2 a.m

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a final vote, Westfield’s town council voted unanimously in favor of changing the “no overnight parking” rule in the lot on the south side of the train station Tuesday night.

Previously, the ordinance prohibited parking in that lot after 1 a.m. without a permit, even though the last train arrives at 1:50 a.m. The change makes that lot consistent with ...

Girls Basketball: Westfield Varsity and JV Teams Aim to Win County Championships Friday

February 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The No. 3 seeded Westfield High School girls varsity basketball team will go up against No. 1 seed The Patrick School Friday in the Union County Tournament final at Kean University Friday after defeating New Providence, 39-33, Wednesday.

“The girls have been preparing all season,” head coach Liz McKeon said. “We have four losses: two to The Patrick ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Matt Meusel

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School junior Matt Meusel ran a little bit in middle school, but ultimately joined the cross country team his freshman year because he thought it would be a great way to meet people and have something to do after school.

For this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week, the sport ended up being so much more. With his ...

Westfield Boosters Association Plans Annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 150 people are expected to attend the Boosters Association’s annual dinner dance and silent auction on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

“The event is a great opportunity for the community to come together and support all Westfield High School athletics for a night of fun, food and dancing,” event chair Jeffrey ...

Westfield Firefighter, 35-Year-Old Father of Two Michael Lanza Dies

February 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Active Westfield firefighter Michael Lanza, 35, of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He was a father of two. 

According to his obituary, Lanza was born and raised in Westfield and  lived in Scotch Plains with his family; wife Annett Lanza and children Anthony and Charlotte. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2000 and the Union ...

Westfield Schools Closed Thursday for Expected Snowstorm, Police Remind Residents of No-Street Parking Rule

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools will be closed Thursday due to hazardous walking and driving conditions as a result of the impending snow storm, the district announced Wednesday evening.

A powerful storm is expected to hit the area late Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, with eight to 12 inches of snow accumulation ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 2nd Annual Pizza Palooza

February 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Who serves the best pizza pie in town? Decide for yourself at the Westfield Area YMCA’s second annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, March 5, where you can try and vote on slices from some of Westfield and Garwood best-loved pizzerias, including Buona Pizza, Di Farina, Ferraro's, Gennaro's, Randazzo’s, Rudy's,  Mama’s and La Casa. 

The event ...

Podcast: Westfield Chef, Owner of Butcher Burgers C. J. Reycraft, Jr.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Join host Mike Cohen for TAPInto Westfield’s second podcast, featuring C.J. Reycraft, Jr., award-winning chef and owner Butcher Burgers in Downtown Westfield.

To listen to our previous podcast, click here.

Planning Board Approves Westfield Home to be Used as Day Care Center, Subdivision Approved on Edgar Rd. & More

February 9, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board heard from both neighbors and a homeowner of Coolidge Street during a meeting on Tuesday, where an applicant sought approval to use their single-family residence as limited child care home.  

Lindsay Bliss, mother of three who teaches and cares for toddlers, appeared before the board after a zoning official was alerted of activity at her ...

Westfield Band Audible Soul Releases Single; Hear Them Live at Molly Maguires Friday

February 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A chef, a personal trainer and the owner of a music school walk into a bar. And start jamming.

Chef by day, guitarist by night, C.J. Reycraft, Jr., owner of Butcher Burgers in Downtown Westfield is known in town for his killer burgers and crazy milkshakes. But when he steps out of the kitchen, he’s likely playing with his band, Audible Soul, which just dropped a new ...

JCC to Present Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'Life, Animated' Feb. 21

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains will host a free screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary "Life, Animated" on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Seating is limited. RSVP is required to mzipkin@jccnj.org.

"Life, Animated," produced in 2016, is a documentary film chronicling the ...

Westfield Area Chinese American Association Celebrates New Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association celebrated Chinese New Year Sunday with a festival at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity, connecting with old friends,” Lu Qiu, treasurer of WACAA, said. “It's also great meeting new friends, to promote Chinese culture and enjoy this happiest moment of ...

Head of Westfield’s Downtown Task Force Offers Update at Town Council Meeting

February 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bill Heinbokel, head of the Mayor's Downtown Task Force, gave an update on its progress during Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Heinbokel, who also serves as chair of the Westfield Board of Adjustment, began by explaining the limitations of Westfield’s government.

“For example,” he said, “the town cannot intercede in private ...

Dredging of Westfield’s Mindowaskin Pond Nears Completion

February 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The dredging portion of the Mindowaskin Pond restoration project is nearing completion, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during last week’s conference meeting. Because of the wet winter, it took extra time for the materials removed from the pond to dry out, he explained.

According to the town of Westfield’s website, nearly ...

Westfield Garden Clubs Join Forces to Help Pollinating Birds and Insects

WESTFIELD NJ — The Garden Club of Westfield and the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield are working together with local nurseries to create “pollinator centers” that will display plants for butterfly, bee and bird gardens. Signs created by the clubs will show gardeners which plants are host and nectar plants and even which time of year insects and birds will visit them so ...

Westfield Garden Clubs Join Forces to Help Pollinating Birds and Insects

February 14, 2017

WESTFIELD NJ — The Garden Club of Westfield and the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield are working together with local nurseries to create “pollinator centers” that will display plants for butterfly, bee and bird gardens. Signs created by the clubs will show gardeners which plants are host and nectar plants and even which time of year insects and birds will visit them so ...

Westfield Firefighter, 35-Year-Old Father of Two Michael Lanza Dies

February 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Active Westfield firefighter Michael Lanza, 35, of Scotch Plains died suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He was a father of two. 

According to his obituary, Lanza was born and raised in Westfield and  lived in Scotch Plains with his family; wife Annett Lanza and children Anthony and Charlotte. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2000 and the Union ...

Westfield Area Chinese American Association Celebrates New Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association celebrated Chinese New Year Sunday with a festival at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity, connecting with old friends,” Lu Qiu, treasurer of WACAA, said. “It's also great meeting new friends, to promote Chinese culture and enjoy this happiest moment of ...

Trevor Noah, Paul Auster to Speak at Montclair Literary Festival

February 20, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As the new Montclair Literary Festival launches on March 31 and April 1, 2017, Trevor Noah and Paul Auster are set to appear.

Dozens of award-winning and emerging authors will talk about writing, read from new works and sign books on March 31 and April 1 at the first annual Montclair Literary Festival.

The two-day festival, which aims to showcase the ...

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Union Resident Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

February 23, 2017

UNION, NJ – A Township of Union man has been charged with possessing and distributing hundreds of computer files depicting child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against Jadir Souza, 62.  Souza is charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography, second-degree ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting Feb. 7

February 10, 2017

 

PERSONNEL

 

Following my recommendation to the Board, the appointment of Dr. Derrick Nelson as Principal of Westfield High School was unanimously approved effective February 8. Dr. Nelson has served admirably as Acting Principal at the High School since August 2016.  During that time, he has demonstrated proven leadership skills while building positive relationships ...

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Fri, February 24, 4:00 PM

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Crimson Speech and Debate

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Fri, February 24, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Gin Tasting: Death's Door Gin

Food & Drink

Sat, February 25, 8:00 AM

Turning Point, Westfield

Great Food for a Great Cause

Food & Drink Giving Back

Obituaries

Michael A. Lanza, 35 of Scotch Plains passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
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Westfield Police Blotter: PayPal and Credit Card Fraud Reported & More

February 22, 2017

February 16, 2017 12:58 a.m.

Miriam Gerges, age 22, of Livingston, NJ, was arrested on the strength of two outstanding warrants out of Westfield Municipal Court ($1,500) pursuant to a prisoner pick-up at the Livingston Police Department. She was transported to Westfield Police department headquarters where she was processed and held in lieu of bail.

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Westfield Art Association Hosts Art & Music Presentation

February 23, 2017

The Westfield Art Association (WAA) will host a presentation on the relationship between visual and musical art on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1p.m. to4 p.m. in Patton Hall at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, located at 125 Elmer Street. This event is free and open to all. 

As the oldest arts organization in the state, the WAA is now in its 95th season of bringing ...

Why use a CPA to Prepare your Taxes?

Don't you just love all those commercials we're seeing on TV this time of year? You know, the ones that suggest that getting your taxes in order is as easy as popping some numbers into a tax software program, then click-click-click-done!

Does it make you wonder why CPAs aren't obsolete? That's right, we're not going away anytime soon, because the reality is that taxes can ...

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

February 22, 2017

Is the AWV visit a physical? How much will it cost me?

If you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you are eligible for a specific type of visit without any out-of-pocket cost called the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).

During this visit, your primary care provider will address your preventive care needs such as vaccinations, risk assessments, and screenings. They will ...

The IRS Isn’t Calling

Receiving mail with the IRS listed in the envelope’s upper left corner induces fear in most people. Receiving a phone call with the IRS listed on caller ID is even scarier. Fear can cause you to act before you think—many people fall for criminal scams out of fear. Don’t be one of them.

Bottom line: The IRS does not phone taxpayers or communicate via email. The IRS does not ...

Will President Trump Make Real Estate Great Again?

You would think with Donald Trump’s transition from real estate mogul to President of the United States would make this answer a resounding “yes.”  

According to Allan Glass, founder of ASG Real Estate in Los Angeles, President Trump's presidency will result in fewer business regulations, which allows lenders to be more liberal with underwriting standards, and ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight - PreK4 and PreK4+

A day in the Holy Trinity School PreK-4 and PreK-4Plus program is always exciting! The PreK -4 year old program at Holy Trinity Mountainside Campus is based on the knowledge that a child’s early years are ones of tremendous development – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. The curriculum challenges the child to develop through experience with language, mathematics, ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...

Lance Responds to Questions on Russia, Impeachment, Environment at Town Hall

February 23, 2017

BRANCHBURG, NJ – There was so much interest in Rep. Leonard Lance’s Town Hall yesterday that a second one has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lance said Raritan Valley Community College’s Nash Theater was chosen for each event because it’s the largest venue in his district. Saturday’s Town hall will be Lance’s 42nd such meeting since being elected to ...