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Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member Retires After 45 Years

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

Taste Your Way Through Local Pizzerias at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA will host its third annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 4, from noon until 1:30 p.m in the gym of its main facility at 220 Clark Street. 

Participants can taste their way through participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside pizzerias and vote for their favorite. Participating restaurants will include Buona ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad’s First Female Member Retires After 45 Years

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently honored for 45 years of volunteer service to the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Marie Keller reminisced about her experience as the first-ever female member of the squad.

In the early 1970s, Keller and her husband, Bill, were raising their three sons and one daughter in Westfield. Keller had always enjoyed helping people and was looking for somewhere to ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Atlantic Health, Five Additional NJ Hospital Systems Partner to Form ‘Healthcare Transformation Consortium’

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Recently, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase announced they were joining forces to reduce healthcare costs. Now six New Jersey-based health care systems, including Atlantic Health System — parent corporation of Summit's Overlook Medical Center — have been working on the same goal, and have formed a consortium designed to reduce ...

Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) Colleen Mahr is calling for the use of voting machines at the Feb. 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The Feb. 21 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School went back to their routines after a  lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially called but ...

Westfield Schools Continue to Review Safety Procedures After Parkland Shooting, Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dr. Margaret Dolan, superintendent of Westfield schools, said in a letter to parents this week that the district continues to review its safety procedures in light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and she offered  online resources for parents. 

Dolan wrote:

Dear Parents,

We are stunned and saddened by Wednesday’s mass shooting ...

Westfield High School’s NJDOE School Rating Doesn’t Tell the Full Story, District Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — In the New Jersey Department of Education's recently released school performance report, which assigns every public school a score between 1-100, Westfield High School got a 63.1. 

In its official statement, the Westfield School District said that, when measuring student growth and performance, it is important to consider a wide array of indicators ...

Protesters Gather in Westfield to Demand Gun Control After Parkland Shooting

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Protesters gathered outside of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday to rally for gun law reform and to hold a vigil after the recent Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The Westfield Activist group Westfield 20/20 organizes weekly protests outside of Congressman Lance’s office but, to many, this protest felt different.

6 Protesters Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Westfield Court to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Spencer Weigand

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — When he was a freshman, Spencer Weigand ran to stay in shape for soccer tryouts. Now a two-season track captain and one of the best 800m runners in Westfield High School history, the senior finds that the sport has become so much more to him.

“I was training with the cross country team for soccer tryouts and by chance missed it,” said Weigand. “Then I ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Erica Lawrence

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s been banner week for Westfield High School junior Erica Lawrence.

On Friday, Lawrence won the North II Group IV State Sectional championship in shot put — the first in her team’s history in this event. She tied her school record at 37’ 10.5”

“I could not have been more excited,” Lawrence said. “I ...

Boys Basketball: With Overpowering Offense, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Spoils Westfield's Senior Night

WESTFIELD — Two years ago, when Westfield last hosted Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the Blue Devils drilled their neighboring rivals in a 34-point route. Westfield would go onto win their conference and 18 games that year, while the Raiders endured a painfully long 3-22 season. 

But Monday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, now the owner of 18 wins this year, was the power team, while Westfield ...

Edison School in Westfield Safe After Lockdown Wednesday Morning, Superintendent Says

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students and staff at Edison Intermediate School went back to their routines after a  lockdown Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon.

“Edison students and staff are safe. Westfield Police are investigating a reported incident,” Dolan wrote. “A brief lockdown was initially called but ...

Police: 15-Year-Old Westfield Boy Arrested in Strong Arm Robbery, Car Theft

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old Westfield boy has been charged in the assault and robbery of another teen and, separately, car theft, according to Westfield police.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was first arrested Jan. 9, along with a 16-year-old boy from Newark, when the two were caught by police Newark with a stolen Dodge Charger from ...

Westfield Police: Man Charged with Stealing from Cars, Resisting Arrest

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police caught a man early Tuesday morning who has been linked to numerous thefts from cars in town, Westfield Westfield Police Chief David Wayman has announced.

Michael Defazio, 33, of Westfield has been charged with four counts of third degree burglary, one count of third degree theft, one count of fourth degree credit card theft, one count of ...

Taste Your Way Through Local Pizzerias at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

February 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA will host its third annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 4, from noon until 1:30 p.m in the gym of its main facility at 220 Clark Street. 

Participants can taste their way through participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside pizzerias and vote for their favorite. Participating restaurants will include Buona ...

Make Reservations Now for Dine Out Westfield, a 2-Week Food & Wine Event

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 20 restaurants downtown are preparing for Dine Out Westfield, planned for  Sunday, Feb. 25  to Thursday, March 8, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

The annual two-week culinary event celebrates local dining with special prix fixe menus at affordable prices. Participating restaurants offer two or more course prix fixe menus for breakfast, ...

6 Protesters Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Westfield Court to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

February 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Land Use Ordinances as Part of Fair Share Housing Settlement

February 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced nine new land use ordinances Tuesday night in accordance with the settlement that the town reached with the Fair Share Housing Center in November.

Seven of the ordinances will create “overlay” zones that give property owners the option to build multi-family housing that includes affordable units in the future. The ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Presents ‘Madama Butterfly’ in Westfield March 3

February 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Soloists from the New York Metropolitan Opera and beyond will join the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to present the opera “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s enduring tale of love, honor, betrayal and sacrifice on March 3, at 7 p.m. in Westfield

The concert will be presented with supertitles, costumes, staging and design by Maria ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) to Perform Free Concert, “Musical Traditions in Song and Story,” on Feb. 18

SUMMIT, NJ — The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, “Musical Traditions in Song and Story,” on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Lawton C. Johnson Middle School in Summit, NJ. The performance will begin at 3 p.m., and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s ...

Winners of Westfield’s McKinley School’s STEAM Night Environmental Poster Contest Announced

February 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The winners of McKinley Elementary School’s poster contest from its fifth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Night last month have been announced:

First Grade Winner:  Laila Mehmedovic

First  Grade Runner-Up:  Julia Thorburn

Second Grade Winner:  Jane Glavin

Second Grade Runner-Up: Brody ...

6 Protesters Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Westfield Court to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

February 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of ...

‘Ashes to Go’ Available at Westfield Train Station Wednesday Courtesy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

WESTFIELD, NJ — Wednesday, Feb. 14, is Ash Wednesday. As a help to commuters who are unable to get to church before their journey into the city, Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston and friends from St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will be at the south entrance to the train station beginning at 7:20 a.m. to place ashes on anyone who wishes, the church announced ...

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Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update

February 15, 2018

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

I first want to congratulate Nick Calello and David Went for their promotions to patrol officers in the Westfield Police Department. I’d also like to welcome and congratulate new Patrol Officer Fortunato Riga, who joins the police department this week upon his ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

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Fri, February 23, 5:00 PM

Catanzaro Dining Hall at Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen

Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry

Food & Drink

Westfield Police Blotter: Man Steals 60 Pairs of Pants from Downtown Store & More

February 21, 2018

February 14, 2018 10:53 p.m.

Officers Gill and Weiss arrested Luis Murillo, age 30, of Rahway, NJ, for two outstanding warrants out of Westfield Municipal Court ($500) and Woodbridge Municipal Court ($500) pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in Scotch Plans Township. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released after posting requisite bail.

 

February 15, 2018 5:24 ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Says Market Healthy, Strong Despite Sell-Offs

February 23, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business News discussing the market sell-off post the release of the Fed Minutes:

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

The Missing Moses

A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

‘Month of Hope’ at Wilson School

Inspired by the HOPE Week Initiative introduced in 2009 by the New York Yankees, Mr. Joseph Malanga, principal of Wilson School and a fan of the American League professional ballclub, declared January the “Month of Hope” at Wilson.

Malanga called on the school’s faculty Acts of Kindness Committee to choose the charitable organizations to be recipients of the weekly donation ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Would the Stock Market Affect Your Home Purchase?

"Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy night." ("All About Eve.") While most people misquote this as "It's going to be a bumpy ride," the actual quote works better for the movie. Bette Davis delivers this with the classic style that made her one of the most loved actresses of her generation.

Well for the stock market it’s been a wild bumpy ...

Good News in NJ for Veterans

Beginning in the 2017 tax year, New Jersey will give an additional $3,000 exemption for military veterans. You are eligible to claim this exemption NJ state income tax return if you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States on or before the last day of the tax year.

 

The ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 13, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Love Craft Beer But Hate the Tour? State Assembly Moves to Make it Easier for You to Belly Up to the Bar

Good news is a brew for New Jersey craft beer advocates. In February 2018, the New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee paved the way for the introduction of Bill A2196, which would remove a current licensing rule requiring breweries and distilleries to provide a tour of their facilities before serving alcoholic beverages to consumers. Currently, breweries holding a ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Is FAANG Long in the Tooth?

Investors love to rally around a stock story. Today it’s all about the FAANG stocks. Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOG) are a major reason why the S&P 500 rallied so much in 2017. Mr. Market is convinced the FAANGs are impervious to a sell-off. “Its different this time” is ringing loud and clear, but will the outcome really be that ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...

Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Christian (nee Helmstetter), age 73 of Surf City, NJ, passed away peacefully at home ...
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Cops Called for Two People Shouting Racial Slurs During ‘Black Panther’ in Sparta

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night after a drunken woman and her boyfriend interrupted a screening of the movie “Black Panther” by shouting racial slurs, according to a witness and police.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including ...