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Westfield Family Gives Away 7,000 Pounds of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brothers James Ward and John Ward gave away about 7,000 pounds of turkeys this Thanksgiving to people who may not otherwise have been able to afford them. It’s a family tradition that has grown over the years, according to James Ward.

The brothers operate and manage apartments, including senior housing. Twenty years ago, when they heard that some of the ...

Westfield Girl, Westfield United Fund Honored by Homefirst

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Twelve-year-old Sophie Braun of Westfield and The Westfield United Fund were among the honorees last week during Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc.’s Evening of Thanks awards dinner at Shackamaxon Country Club.

The event raised more than $35,000 for Homefirst, which provides transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homelessness ...

Scotch Plains Mom Raises $60K for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Over the past two years, Tami Eagle Bowling has raised about $60,000 through her various fundraising efforts for metastatic breast cancer research.

Bowling, a Scotch Plains mom of two, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in in 2015. With no history of breast cancer in her family, she said she was shocked to find out these results after a routine mammogram ...

Atlantic Health Recognizes Randi Cataquet and Stephen Coughlin for Neuroscience Nursing Excellence

November 22, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System presented its annual neuroscience nursing awards to Stephen Coughlin, RN, of Parsippany and Randi Cataquet, of Springfield.

Coughlin, who works at Morristown Medical Center, was named the Atlantic Health System Neuroscience RN Rising Star Award winner. In presenting him with the award, Gayle Walker-Cillo RN, said Coughlin has a reputation for ...

Scotch Plains Mom Raises $60K for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Over the past two years, Tami Eagle Bowling has raised about $60,000 through her various fundraising efforts for metastatic breast cancer research.

Bowling, a Scotch Plains mom of two, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in in 2015. With no history of breast cancer in her family, she said she was shocked to find out these results after a routine mammogram ...

6 Things to do in Westfield Over Thanksgiving Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be lots of fun for everyone in Westfield over the Thanksgiving holiday, from free entertainment to bargain hunting to a 5-mile run and even complimentary photos with Santa. Find out what’s happening in our Thanksgiving week guide, below.

1.  Work out for free at the Westfield Area YMCA. Nov. 22 kicks off a month of free “Wellness ...

11 Westfield High School Students Earn Top Scores on Parts of SAT & ACT

November 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eleven Westfield High School recently students achieved the highest score possible on parts of the SAT and ACT standardized tests, Westfield Public Schools announced Monday.

The top scorers are: Elisha Israel – Math 2;  Sarah Ward- Math 2; Abby Rothenberg – Math; Mary-Joy Sidhom – Math; Julia Friss – ACT English; Matthew Cafiero ...

Friends of Westfield Library Offering Scholarships

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education announced an important scholarship opportunity for individuals enrolled in library-related courses during its meeting Tuesday.

The Friends of Westfield Memorial Library, a volunteer organization that supports the library, is inviting individuals enrolled in library-related, credit-bearing undergraduate or graduate courses to apply.

Westfield Schools Director of Counseling Provides Guidance Report to Board of Education

WESTFIELD, NJ – Maureen Mazzarese, director of counseling K-12 for the Westfield School District, provided a guidance report at Tuesday evening’s Westfield Board of Education meeting.

“Not much has changed,” she said after comparing her current report to a report that she provided three and a half years ago to the board.

“It’s based on a developmental ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Panel of Influential NJ Legislators

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A panel of five state legislators created a prevailing air of equanimity as 90 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and guests gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Tuesday morning for networking at a breakfast and an hour-long panel discussion on current state concerns. Hosted by the GWACC, Republicans and Democrats put their heads together to ...

Westfield’s Town Council Waives Restriction on Alcohol Sales for Holidays & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council passed a resolution waiving the restriction of alcohol sales on two Sunday mornings before holidays this December at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

Christmas and New Years Day both fall on a Monday this year. According to Councilman Sam Della Fera, a business owner argued that Westfield’s wine and liquor stores would be at ...

Westfield Town Council Appoints New Clerk, Says Farewell to Claire Gray

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tara Rowley was officially sworn in as the Municipal Clerk of Westfield at Tuesday evening’s town council meeting.

“Westfield is a great town. I’ve lived near by for nearly 26 years and I’m very excited to be here,” Rowley said after being sworn in by Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

Rowley has served in municipal government for more than 20 ...

Football: Westfield Receives Complete Team Effort in 37-7 Win Over Plainfield

November 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — It took a quarter for the Westfield football team to heat up on a chilly Thanksgiving morning, but once the Blue Devils found their scoring ways, they couldn’t be stopped.

In the annual Westfield versus Plainfield Thanksgiving Day football game, the Blue Devils exploded for five touchdowns and a safety to hold off the Cardinals, 37-7. Westfield’s ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Mia Melao

WESTIELD, NJ — Senior Mia Melao broke the school record for the course last week at the Cross Country Meet of Champions, helping her team come in sixth place and medal at the meet for the first time since 1995.

“Mia embraced the training and racing plans all season and continued to improve throughout,” said Jen Buccino, who coaches the team with Joe Berardi.

Westfield PAL Football A Team Stops Chatham, Finishes Perfect

PERTH AMBOY, NJ — The Westfield PAL Football A Team defeated Chatham 27-0 in the 2017 North Jersey Suburban Youth Football League (NJSYFL) Super Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 19. With this win, the A Team finished undefeated at 11-0 in NJSYFL action. 

The undefeated 2017 season wasn't the only record at stake in Sunday's championship game, but rather a 43-game ...

New Cuban Restaurant Opens in Westfield

November 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — New restaurant 1958 Cuban Cuisine is officially open for lunch and dinner. Located at 301 South Ave, on the corner of South Ave and Boulevard, the restaurant offers authentic Cuban cuisine including Ropa Vieja and Churrasco a la Cubana. According to the restaurant’s Cuban owner, Luis Perez, the restaurant is named for the “last great year in Cuba” ...

6 Things to do in Westfield Over Thanksgiving Week

November 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be lots of fun for everyone in Westfield over the Thanksgiving holiday, from free entertainment to bargain hunting to a 5-mile run and even complimentary photos with Santa. Find out what’s happening in our Thanksgiving week guide, below.

1.  Work out for free at the Westfield Area YMCA. Nov. 22 kicks off a month of free “Wellness ...

Westfield High School Students to Perform Comedy ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ This Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School Theater Department will present its fall play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

The comedy, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, takes place in 1938 just after the Great Depression around Christmastime.

Senior Julian Mazzola, who has been taking part in theater ever since middle schools, ...

Westfield Historical Society Organizes Downtown Walking Tours

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Historical Society will kick off its first formal downtown walking tours on Sunday, Nov. 12. According to the Westfield Historical Society, participants will learn about the town’s most notable buildings and landmarks with a focus on history and architecture, including a look at the 1911 built Spanish-style firehouse, the World ...

Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Panel of Influential NJ Legislators

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A panel of five state legislators created a prevailing air of equanimity as 90 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and guests gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Tuesday morning for networking at a breakfast and an hour-long panel discussion on current state concerns. Hosted by the GWACC, Republicans and Democrats put their heads together to ...

Podcast: DWC Executive Director Sherry Cronin Talks About Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, talks with host Mike Cohen about the how the DWC works, upcoming events and the challenges Downtown Westfield faces.

Cronin works with Assistant Executive Director Beth Brenner and Digital Marketing & Social Media specialist Jamie Lemberg at their office at 105 Elm St. To learn more ...

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Elizabeth Cops Seek ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Man

November 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ —  Elizabeth police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an "armed and dangerous" man wanted on multiple arrest warrants. According to officials, all of the warrants are for violent crimes.

Police have identified the man as William Valentin, 42. Valentin is of Puerto Rican descent with a muscular build, hazel eyes and black hair.

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting Nov. 14

November 16, 2017

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT REPORT

Maureen Mazzarese, Director of Counseling in the Westfield Public Schools, prepared a report summarizing the department’s missions, goals and practices in supporting our K-12 students and their families.  Here are some highlights which briefly summarize the comprehensive report:
 

At every grade level, counselors are working with students ...

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Sat, November 25

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Free Parking in Downtown Westfield

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Wed, November 29, 5:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Wellness Wednesday at Westfield Area YMCA

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Thu, November 30, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Revolution Brewing

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A Holiday Feast For Train Fans Is On Display At The Model Railroad Center

November 23, 2017

Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Drop in to the Model Railroad Center and enjoy a festive sound and light show highlighting a sprawling, meticulously detailed HO layout.

See if you can spot the Batmobile and other surprises!

Snack bar, toddler rest area and gift shoppe conveniently located on site. Modest admission fee goes to support the non-profit Model Railroad ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Car Stolen from Street Corner & More

November 22, 2017

November 15, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Marcus Rowles, age 49, of Newark, NJ, was arrested on the strength of outstanding warrants out of Newark Municipal Court ($250), Bloomfield Municipal Court ($250) and Union Township Municipal Court ($155) pursuant to a motor vehicle investigation in the area of 421 Central Avenue. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department where he was processed and ...

Franklin School Sends Treats to Troops

Franklin Elementary School students in Westfield are following the school’s annual tradition of donating the bulk of their Halloween candy collection to the military. 

On Thursday, Nov. 18, a truckload of approximately 400 pounds of candy was delivered to the American Legion, which will arrange for final transport to the troops.

Helping to fill the boxes are (kneeling, ...

Garwood Family Center YMCA After School Students Enjoy Fall Leaves

The Garwood Family Center YMCA provides full-day and half-day early learning programs for 2½ year olds - preschoolers as well asbefore and after school experiences for Garwood students in grades K-5.  Activities include sports, recreation, arts & crafts, homework time and much more!  A healthy snack is provided and the Healthy U program is incorporated into the ...

No NJ Estate Tax!

Did you know that the New Jersey estate tax has been repealed?

The regulation was passed in the transportation bill in late 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the estate tax repeal goes into effect, so there will no longer be New Jersey estate tax. For deaths as of Jan. 1, 2017, the NJ estate tax exemption increased from $675,000 to $2 million. That means an individual ...

Black Cat Missing in Westfield

UPDATE: Found.

ORIGINAL POST: Black cat went missing on Grove Street near Central Avenue Sunday. He was not wearing a collar. 

If you see him please call 908-962-8677

Great Places to Take Holiday Photos in the Westfield Area

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will ...

Recovering from Addiction

November 16, 2017

You don’t recover from an addiction by just quitting.  You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use.  If you do not create a new life for yourself, then all the factors that led you to your addiction will eventually catch up with you again.  AA teaches that you must change people, places and things.

You don’t have to change everything in your ...

The First Holiday Season Without Your Person — Making a Plan, Checking it Twice

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.   

The first step in coping ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...

5 Ways for Small Business Owners to Separate Business and Personal Finances

I suspect most business owners that provide for their families would argue that nearly all business matters are personal! Unfortunately, too many times I have seen clients, intentionally or not, commingle their personal objectives with their business. This can quickly lead to decision making that has calamitous results for both your personal and business planning.

Here are five issues I hear ...

Celebrating the Holidays After a Divorce – How Separated Couples Choose to Share Time With Their Children Can Make a Big Difference

With the holidays approaching, people are busy making travel arrangements and shopping lists, digging out old recipes and getting their homes ready for what is arguably one of the most family oriented times of the year. However for couples with children who are ending their marriage or relationship these times come with an added layer of concern as to how they will share time with their children ...

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Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

Body Discovered at Flemington Walmart Store

November 23, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The body of a man found in a bathroom at the Walmart store here was that of a store employee, Raritan Township Police Captain Kevin Donovan said Tuesday.

In a press release issued by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, the man was identified as Noah Gold, 48, of Quakertown, Pa.

The Hunterdon County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the cause ...