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Westfield Food Pantry Drive to Continue Until Aug. 10

July 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ - The Westfield Food Pantry Drive, which began Monday, July 16, will continue through Aug. 10.

The drive is especially in need, during the summer months, of canned ravioli, Spaghettio's, beef stew, Spam and chili. Other needed food items include pasta, peanut butter, canned fruits (low sugar preferred), canned vegetables, canned soup, canned fish, dried beans, rice, cereal, ...

Local Women Honored at Play for P.I.N.K. Event; $40K Raised for Breast Cancer Research

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser and luncheon took place at Shackamaxon Country Club last week. More than 210 women – including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle – along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney participated. 

The event raised more ...

Westfield PBA Golf Outing Planned Aug. 27

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Police Benevolent Association Local 90/90A Golf Outing is set for Monday, Aug. 27 at Echo Lake Country Club. The annual event is the organization’s largest and longest-running fundraiser, according to Paul M. Ferry, the organization’s president.

“Everyone works tirelessly to make the event as fun and successful as possible, all along ...

Local Women Honored at Play for P.I.N.K. Event; $40K Raised for Breast Cancer Research

July 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser and luncheon took place at Shackamaxon Country Club last week. More than 210 women – including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle – along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney participated. 

The event raised more ...

Workout, Swim for Free During Westfield Area YMCA’s Summer ‘Wellness Wednesdays’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA is bringing back free Wellness Wednesdays this summer at its main facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.

Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Y’s land and water group exercise classes, swim assessments, open gym and open swim times as well as the fitness facilities free of charge on every Wednesday from July 11 ...

Crash on GSP South Causes Closure Near Clark Circle

July 17, 2018

CLARK, NJ - A multi-vehicle accident on the southbound Garden State Parkway shortly beyond Exit 135 has been causing major delays on the roadway Tuesday. 

Clark Police issued a warning that the southbound entrance to the parkway was closed at the Clark Circle due to an accident investigation taking place on the parkway.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  ...

Chlorine Drum Rupture Shuts Down Nomahegan Swim Club in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A ruptured chlorine drum has forced closure of Nomahegan Swim Club on Springfield Avenue Friday afternoon.

According to a Westfield police officer on the scene, a 1,000-gallon drum of chlorine ruptured.

In addition to the swim club being closed, some area streets around the swim club near the border of Mountainside and Springfield were cordoned off. According ...

Westfield Firefighters Give Assist at Overnight House Fire in Garwood

GARWOOD, NJ - The Westfield and Clark fire departments were on hand to assist at a house fire early Thursday morning in Garwood.  The fire was in the upper levels of a vacant home on Willow Avenue, according to officials.

Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa confirmed that five Clark firefighters took one engine to the site. One witness reported seeing emergency responders from ...

Boxwood Coffee in Downtown Westfield Holds Soft Opening

July 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield.

The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.”

“We are planning to phase in items like our made-to-order menu and we are looking forward to our ...

Outta Hand Pizza Honors Westfield Department of Public Works

WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza threw a lunch party Friday afternoon for the Westfield Department of Public Works at the DPW building on North Avenue.

Guests of honor numbered close to 40 DPW employees.

And while Friday afternoon was a pleasant, balmy sunny day in town, Outta Hand Pizza owner Burim Regjaj was providing recognition for the many tasks the DPW has undertaken in ...

Verizon Blog Recognizes Westfield as One of Four NJ ‘Smart Cities’ for Lighting

July 18, 2018

WESTFIELD — Westfield is one of four New Jersey towns that made a Verizon Fios blog’s recent list of “Smart Cities.” The towns were identified by tech blog The Bookmark, a source for tech content and news managed by the company.

“Westfield made the Smart Cities list only because of its use of smart technology in its street lighting,” said Verizon ...

Outta Hand Pizza Honors Westfield Department of Public Works

WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza threw a lunch party Friday afternoon for the Westfield Department of Public Works at the DPW building on North Avenue.

Guests of honor numbered close to 40 DPW employees.

And while Friday afternoon was a pleasant, balmy sunny day in town, Outta Hand Pizza owner Burim Regjaj was providing recognition for the many tasks the DPW has undertaken in ...

Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park Playground to Close Starting Saturday for Renovations

WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Saturday, July 14, the playground area at Mindowaskin Park will be closed so that work can begin on dismantling and removing the current equipment to make way for all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, the town announced Friday.

Donations and grants totaling $560,000 will offset the playground’s $850,980 cost, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at a past ...

Westfield Public Schools Get Additional State Aid for Security

July 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools will receive $223,710 more than previously expected in state funding this year to be used for district-wide security enhancements, the district has announced.

The district was notified by the New Jersey Department of Education of the additional funding on July 13, it said.

“We intend to use this additional state aid for ...

Somerset Patriots Import Infielder from Canada

July 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots have acquired infielder Nate Coronado from the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League for future considerations.

Coronado will be entering his first season with the Somerset Patriots and was in his third season in the Atlantic League, having spent the part of this year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. He previously played for the Barnstormers in ...

Flores Blasts 2 HRs; Pitchers Notch 15 Ks in Patriots Win

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY — The Somerset Patriots (8-2, 43-30) topped the Long Island Ducks (6-4, 36-37) 8-3 in the series opener on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

For the fifth consecutive ballgame, the Patriots scored first. On Friday, they struck for three runs in the third inning on RBI singles from Ramon Flores, Jermaine Curtis and Yovan Gonzalez. The run-scoring singles were part ...

Football: Five Blue Devils Represent Westfield, Union County in Snapple Bowl

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Over the past three seasons, Westfield High School has been the posterchild team of Union County football. The Blue Devils have won three consecutive state championships and currently own a state-best 38 game win streak, dating back to 2015. 

In large part, Westfield’s success — unheralded for most public schools — has been due to the play of its ...

Family Pet Event ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Coming to Downtown Westfield Aug. 12

July 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bring your family and pets to Downtown Westfield for the town's first-ever “Dog Days of Summer” event on Sunday, Aug. 12,  from noon until 2 p.m.

It’s the third event in the Downtown Westfield Corporation’s new “Second Sundays” series, which features a different themed event on the second Sunday of each ...

Downtown Westfield’s Jazz Night Moved to Wednesday this Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to expected storms, the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival night this week has been moved from Tuesday, July 17, to Wednesday, July 18, the Downtown Westfield Corporation has announced.

The 22nd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival features free live music every Tuesday night in July and August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rain dates Wednesdays).

Four ...

Westfield Kicks Off Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

WESTFIELD, NJ – Music lovers enjoyed the summer season’s first evening of Downtown Westfield's Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Tuesday night. Quimby Street was closed to traffic for the kickoff celebration with street and sidewalk dining, seating for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra's big band performance and games and chalk for the kids.

Patricia ...

Point View Wealth Management to Host First-Ever Webinar July 26

July 21, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ — Point View Wealth Management will host its first-ever webinar, sharing the firm's investment philosophy and approach, on Thursday, July 26, beginning at 3 p.m.

In this interactive event, participants will be able to ask questions of presenters David Dietze — Point View's founder, president and chief investment strategist — and Managing ...

Verizon Blog Recognizes Westfield as One of Four NJ ‘Smart Cities’ for Lighting

July 18, 2018

WESTFIELD — Westfield is one of four New Jersey towns that made a Verizon Fios blog’s recent list of “Smart Cities.” The towns were identified by tech blog The Bookmark, a source for tech content and news managed by the company.

“Westfield made the Smart Cities list only because of its use of smart technology in its street lighting,” said Verizon ...

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17-Year-Old Academy for Information Technology Student Dies; GoFundMe Page Established to Help Family

July 21, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Seventeen -year-old Fenov Pierre-Louis, a Roselle resident and student at Union County's Academy for Information Technology, lost his battle with stage 4 Nueroblastoma cancer this week.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help his family. 

Diagnosed when he was a second grader, Fenov fought the disease for about half of his lifetime, ...

Corruption Has No Place in Union County

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman, as county manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Businesses Report Thefts & More

July 18, 2018

July 11,2018 3:50 p.m.

A business located on the 100 block of Central Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. Unknown actor came into the business and removed $2,200.00 worth of property.

July 12, 2018 2:40 a.m.

Danny Burke, age 32, of Edison, NJ was arrested for driving while intoxicated pursuant a motor vehicle stop. Subject was arrested, processed and released to a ...

Kid Make Their Own Pizza

July 21, 2018

Parents, looking for something special and fun for your kids on the weekend?

Emma's now hosting kids make their own pizza on the weekends. Also we are now booking kid parties!

IRS Working on a New Form 1040 for 2019 Tax Season

The IRS plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season. The new 1040 – about half the size of the current version – would replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 

 

This new approach will simplify the 1040 so that all 150 million taxpayers can use the same form. The new form ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Picking up the Pieces – The Benefits of Account Consolidation

Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

Account consolidation offers the ...

Big Changes in Store for New Jersey’s Employers and Employees

Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

New ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

26 Homes Sold July 8-15 in Westfield and Surrounding Towns

There were 26 homes sold between July 8 and July 15 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside`

TOWN          ADDRESS    STYLE            RMS   BRS BTH   GAR   Sale Price

Cranford  115  Bryant Ave ...

Dog Found in Garwood

UPDATE: Reunited with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Dog found on Pine Avenue in Garwood. He was given food and water. Garwood police now has him. Sweet and friendly. Contact the Garwood Police Department.

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You

EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS

Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

ELL Summer Experience at Westfield Public Schools

Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun.

The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July 9-13 at Wilson School, welcoming students in grades 1-4 whose native languages are Russian, ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper Welcomes Stephen A. Timoni to Firm

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced that Stephen A. Timoni has joined the firm in its Westfield office. Stephen will focus his practice in the areas of Corporate and Health Care Law.

“Stephen brings additional depth and experience to our firm. He has tremendous experience in complex corporate, M&A and health care areas of practice. We anticipate that Stephen ...

Livingston Council Votes on Ordinance to Prohibit Vape Shops

July 19, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Concern about the increased use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products were among the reasons why the Livingston Township Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting “vape shops,” or any establishment that primarily sells “electronic devices, liquid nicotine or vapor products,” in the township’s retail commercial ...

Obituaries

Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
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