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TAPinto Westfield Profile: Author, Volunteer, Leader Gail Cassidy Still Going Strong

May 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you aren't familiar with Gail Cassidy's wide-ranging impact on Westfield as a leader, teacher, writer, volunteer and motivational speaker, as you read the litany of her altruistic achievements and community involvements, you'll assume she must be at least 100. She's not even close, although she could be a retiree but that's not on her agenda now, ...

Westfield Boy Organizes Fire Department vs Police Department Charity Hockey Game

WESTFIELD, NJ — Twelve-year-old Ben Handwerker is at it again. The Westfield boy who raised money for the Westfield PBA with “Ben’s Stops for Cops” last year is organizing a Westfield Fire Department vs. Westfield Police Department hockey game to benefit the family of Michael Lanza, a Westfield firefighter who died suddenly in February at the age of 35.

The 2017 Spring ...

Westfield Kids Plan 7th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 7th Annual Charity Wiffle Ball Tournament benefiting Sr. Pat’s Kids Camp is set for the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The tournament is organized by a board of four students from Westfield High School — Michael Birle, Katie Sullivan, Andrew Caminiti and Bryce Dannevig — and Delbarton student Jack Cushing.

Participants of all ages are ...

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Declares May Mental Health Month (Video)

May 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky read a proclamation during last week’s town council meeting making May Mental Health Month in Westfield, encouraging everyone to take the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “Stigma-Free Pledge” on the organization’s website.

Carolyn Buoscio and Janet Sarkos of the Westfield-based crisis hotline Caring Contact were ...

Potentially Record Breaking Tick Season Made Worse by Powassan

The Centers for Disease Control is expecting this summer to be the worst tick season on record made even more troubling by Powassan, a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by ticks. 

Summary article: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_165462.html

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While there are many benefits to a mild winter including lower heating bills and fewer snow days, one down ...

With Lyme Disease on the Rise in Westfield, Experts Offer Advice on Staying Safe

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local experts anticipate an increase in Lyme Disease this spring. With five confirmed cases in the Westfield area recently, experts urge precaution to aid in prevention.

“We are certainly expecting to see more Lyme’s this year,” said health officer Megan Avallone at an April Westfield Board of Health meeting. “The problem is ...

Westfield Ward 2 Republican Candidate James Corcoran Introduces Himself

May 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a letter to the editor Thursday, Republican candidate for Westfield Town Council in Ward 2 James Corcoran formally introduced himself to the public.

“Having grown up in Westfield, I learned at a young age that our beloved town is not defined by merely its borders, but the many wonderful and talented people who care about our town,” Corcoran wrote.

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Kicks off Re-Election Campaign with Party (Video)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky kicked of his re-election campaign Saturday surrounded by supporters at the home of Jitendra and Veena Sharma. About 185 people attended the kickoff party, according to his campaign manager, Alicia Barker.

The mayor was introduced by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Skibitsky’s wife, Debbie Skibitsky.

Skibitsky, a Republican and the ...

Westfield Board of Education Recognizes State and Regional Accomplishments of Music and Drama Students

May 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Sometimes we need a bigger room, but that’s a good problem to have,” Gretchan Ohlig, president of the Westfield Board of Education, said Tuesday night.

It was standing room only at the Westfield Board of Education meeting where high school and intermediate school performing Arts students and their teachers were honored for regional and ...

Susie Hung, Ed. D, Appointed Principal of Westfield's Jefferson Elementary School

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education approved the appointment of Susie Hung, Ed.D, as principal of Jefferson Elementary School effective July 24, during Tuesday night's meeting. Hung will replace Jeanette Munoz, who is retiring from the Westfield Public schools after more than 14 years as the Jefferson School principal.

Hung taught at Tamaques Elementary School ...

Crimson Education in Westfield Offers Summer Camps that Make Learning a Blast

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.

For a limited time, Crimson Education is offering 20 percent off when you sign your child up.

“We hired the best ...

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky Declares May Mental Health Month (Video)

May 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky read a proclamation during last week’s town council meeting making May Mental Health Month in Westfield, encouraging everyone to take the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “Stigma-Free Pledge” on the organization’s website.

Carolyn Buoscio and Janet Sarkos of the Westfield-based crisis hotline Caring Contact were ...

Westfield DPW Director Honored by Public Works Association of New Jersey

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Director of Public Works Greg O’Neil has been given the “Director Excellence” award by the Public Works Association of New Jersey. A special presentation was made at last week’s town council meeting to honor him.

O’Neil, who was was nominated by public works employees, has worked for the town of Westfield for just over two ...

County to Resurface Central Avenue in Westfield and Clark

WESTFIELD/CLARK, NJ — Central Avenue from South Avenue to Barnes & Noble is on the county’s list of roads to be resurfaced this year, the board of freeholders has announced. The work will be conducted at night when possible, the county said, in order to minimize the need for detours during peak travel periods. 

The 2017 Road Resurfacing program will cost approximately $8.2 ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Noah Reich

May 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Senior Noah Reich helped lead Westfield High School’s tennis team to a third consecutive sectional title against JP Stevens, winning his singles match with 6-2 and 6-0 victories on Monday. Reich finished the year 4-0 in Singles 1 play and 20-3 in Singles 2 play after the team’s season ended at the hand of the first ranked team in the state, Montgomery, on ...

Baseball: Westfield Defeats Piscataway, 10-0, in Sectional Tournament

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Piscataway High School varsity baseball team was full of confidence and had some momentum with a little two-game winning streak heading into the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Tournament, but 11th-seeded Chiefs ran into a solid sixth-seeded Westfield squad.

Behind excellent pitching and power at the plate, the Blue Devils beat Piscataway, 10-0, in the first round of ...

Westfield Boy Organizes Fire Department vs Police Department Charity Hockey Game

WESTFIELD, NJ — Twelve-year-old Ben Handwerker is at it again. The Westfield boy who raised money for the Westfield PBA with “Ben’s Stops for Cops” last year is organizing a Westfield Fire Department vs. Westfield Police Department hockey game to benefit the family of Michael Lanza, a Westfield firefighter who died suddenly in February at the age of 35.

The 2017 Spring ...

7-Eleven on Central Ave. in Westfield Evacuated After Carbon Dioxide Detector Goes Off

May 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 7-Eleven at 800 Central Ave. was shut down and evacuated for a short time Wednesday morning after a carbon dioxide detector went off.

Westfield firefighters responded to an alarm about 8 a.m. They notified Union County HAZMAT, which came to the scene to take carbon dioxide levels. They determined that the carbon dioxide levels were within normal limits, ...

Westfield Boy Organizes Fire Department vs Police Department Charity Hockey Game

WESTFIELD, NJ — Twelve-year-old Ben Handwerker is at it again. The Westfield boy who raised money for the Westfield PBA with “Ben’s Stops for Cops” last year is organizing a Westfield Fire Department vs. Westfield Police Department hockey game to benefit the family of Michael Lanza, a Westfield firefighter who died suddenly in February at the age of 35.

The 2017 Spring ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield to Reopen Monday Morning After Minor Fire Sunday Night

WESTFIELD, NJ — Trader Joe’s in Downtown Westfield closed early Sunday night due to a minor electrical fire, its entrance taped off and parking lot blocked.

“We will be open 8 a.m. tomorrow,” Manager Casey Latsko said. “It was a small wire, but you want to be cautious and protect everybody, customers and crew.”

Trader Joe’s is located at 155 Elm ...

Town of Westfield Back in Court Over Proposed Stop & Shop Expansion

May 17, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A years-long legal battle over the proposed expansion of Downtown Westfield’s Stop & Shop could be over by as soon as June, Town Attorney Russell Finestein told the Westfield Town Council during Tuesday’s conference meeting.

The town made its oral argument in appellate court Tuesday morning, nearly two years after a superior court judge’s ...

New Video Details History of Westfield’s Pierson-Clark Home

May 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield native Neal Acito created a video recently detailing the history of one of Westfield’s oldest houses, the Pierson-Clark home. Built in 1755 and located at the end of East Broad Street, the home could be torn down to make room for a 55+ townhouse project.

Acito,who graduated Westfield High School graduate in 1981 and who has lived in the area for more ...

Westfield’s NJ Festival Orchestra Ends Season with ‘Battle of the Titans’

May 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra's final concert of the season, “Battle of the Titans,” featuring cello soloist Sophia Bacelar, took place Saturday night at the Presbyterian Church in Downtown Westfield. A second repeat performance take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at Drew University.

Bacelar, Wroe and the orchestra mesmerized the crowd for the first half of ...

Fashion First Workshops in Westfield Help Aspiring Young Designers Build Confidence

WESTFIELD, NJ — Making your own clothing isn’t easy, unless you know how. With the help of Renée Nesbitt-Baird and Fashion First Workshops, kids can learn to sew and create their own garments in no time.

“Fashion First Workshops is a program that teaches the fundamental skills to not only learn how to sew and design, but also to build self-esteem,” said ...

Westfield’s NJ Festival Orchestra to Perform Season Finale, ‘Battle of the Titans,’ this Weekend

WESTFIELD, NJ — Special guest virtuoso Sophia Bacelar joins Westfield’s own New Jersey Festival Orchestra this weekend to perform Tchaikovsky’s demanding cello showpiece “Variations on Rococo Theme.” Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 will then bring the 2016-2017 season to its conclusion.

Performances take place Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the ...

Westfield Town Council Moves Forward with Downtown Task Force’s Recommendations

May 17, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council took steps Tuesday night to turn more than a dozen of the near-term recommendations made by the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force into reality by approving on first reading two ordinances aimed at making it easier to do business downtown.

“The task force report came out in April and some of the recommendations are already being ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Bonus Savings

May 17, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – This year marks Edison Heating and Cooling’s 30th anniversary and, in honor of its three decades of service, the company is offering customers special bonus savings. Through the end of June, residential costumers can receive $2,000 off any combined high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner purchase and installation.

“Our Double Coupon ...

Tour of Westfield's Notable Homes Attracts Crowds Despite Rainy Weather (Video)

WESTFIELD, NJ — The crowds were undeterred by the weather this Saturday and showed up in droves to experience the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s 2017 Tour of Notable Homes. 

“Despite the rain, we still expected attendance to be good since so many tickets were purchased in advance,” said Alicia Barker, president of the Friends of the ...

WWII Love Letter Finally Delivered After Westfield Moms Facebook Group Gets to Work

WESTFIELD, NJ — It was marked “return to sender.” Melissa Fahy, a sixth grade science teacher at Roosevelt Intermediate School, and her husband were doing extensive renovations on their home on Hazel Avenue this week when they came upon a 72-year-old letter hidden inside a stairwell.

It was Melissa Fahy’s father, in town to help the couple with the work, who ...

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VIDEO: Public's Assistance Needed to Help Solve 2-Year-Old Homicide

May 24, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Investigators in the Union County Prosecutor's Office are requesting assistance from the public in identifying and locating two persons of interest in a homicide that occurred two years ago this week in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

The Prosecutor’s Office has released video clips depicting the male and female, ...

Thank You for a Successful Book Sale

May 20, 2017

Thank you from the co-presidents of the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library:

We would like to thank the community for making our 44th annual Spring Book Sale a success. With the help of the Westfield Department of Public Works and the Board of Education, we were able to set up the bookcases and tables needed to display over 30,000 books, CDs and DVD's. Trader Joe's, ...

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Thu, May 25, 7:00 PM

Administration Building, Elizabeth

Union County Freeholders Regular Meeting

Government

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Fri, May 26, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Free Tasting: Brews for the Beer-B-Q!

Food & Drink

Sat, May 27, 12:00 PM

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Chess II for Elementary Students

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Obituaries

- Apr 11, 2017
Allen Chin, 80, former Mayor and Councilman of Westfield, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, ...
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Westfield Police Blotter: Westfield Resident Charged with Prostitution & More

May 24, 2017

 May 17, 2017 12:43 p.m.

Officers Jackus and O’Holla arrested Maria E. Acosta-Matos, age 33, of Livingston Avenue, North Brunswick, on the strength of Hillside Municipal Court ATS warrant in the amount of $1,000. No 10 percent option pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in area of North Avenue by Charles Street. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released after ...

Imagine Recognizes Talented Young Artists

May 24, 2017

Katie Rao and Alex Fontz of South Plainfield High School received Certificates of Appreciation for their outstanding volunteer contribution of artwork at the new Imagine Center in Mountainside. We will be forever grateful for their talent and unique expression for our memory tree murals that captured exactly what we hoped for to make our space warm, safe, nurturing and imaginative.

U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards Gene Jannotti of New Jersey the Regent Scholarship

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), has been awarded, for the second year in a row, a Regent Scholarship. Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Explosion in Manchester

May 24, 2017

Whether you are very young, adolescent, teenager or even an adult the music of Ariana Grande has a catchy tune that we can all sing along to. Concerts are supposed to be fun and safe. On May 22 in Manchester, England, at the Ariana Grande concert, an explosion took place that killed 22 and injured 59.  Millions of parents are facing the question of how do I explain this to my ...

Two Dogs Found Together in Westfield

These two dogs were found together on Forest Avenue Monday night. One is a puppy and one is an older dog. No identification. If you know who they belong to, call 908-310-1452, according to the Union County Lost Pets Facebook page.

Remembering our Service Men & Women

As we enjoy our long weekend and time spent with family and friends, it is important during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend to remember those that gave their lives fighting for our country and all the veterans that served our country, as well as the active servicemen and women. These individuals made countless sacrifices in order to protect our nation and our families, and we should keep them ...

Westfield Students & Parents Hear Advice on Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Westfield High School’s auditorium was filled to capacity during two morning sessions on May 15 as students and teachers attended a presentation on fostering skills to create healthy coping mechanisms against stress, bullying behavior, alcohol and other drug use.

“Getting High Naturally,” a positive, science-based approach to substance abuse prevention was the title of the ...

Recent Changes to a Parent's Child Support Obligation

Parents who are either currently going through a divorce or were divorced many years ago often ask “at what point do I no longer have to pay child support for my children?” It surprises some parents to learn that there has been no specific age at which time parents are no longer obligated to pay child support.

Parents who are already divorced should review their settlement ...

Merchant of Venice Makes Memorable Opener at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – “The Merchant of Venice” has plenty to say about prejudice, suspision, money and cruelty.

Yet it has redeeming features as well, with Portia’s “quality of mercy” speech and Shylock’s insistence that Jews are individuals with feelings, thoughts and emotions as much as any other man or woman.  

Director Robert Cuccioli has gathered ...

What's the Impact of Lower Corporate Tax Rates on Small Business and the Economy?

Many of my small business clients ask how they can pay less in income taxes. As their accountant, I hear that all of the time.  I found this interview, which addresses this concern, of particular interest, which comes from Nasdaq CEO, Adena Friedman. 

 

The beginning of the interview talks more about Nasdaq’s blue print and the importance of the capital market are to ...

Teen Missing from Bloomfield Found

May 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Jack Fernandez, the Bloomfield teenager who was last seen by his parents on Monday, was located Wednesday.

The Bloomfield Police Department sought assistance in locating the 15-year-old, who  was last seen by his parents on May 22 at 07:15 a.m. He is a student at Bloomfield High School but was absent Wednesday.

Jack is was in possession of his cell phone ...