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Westfield Board of Health Holds Last Meeting of 2016

December 7, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ – On Monday, the Westfield Board of Health reviewed its November report, which includes inspections and complaints registered throughout the month.

A total of 18 retail food inspections were conducted, including a pre-operational assessment of the newly rebuilt Trader Joe’s on Elm Street.

One establishment, Duke’s Deli, was determined conditionally ...

Free Wellness Wednesdays Are Back at Westfield Area YMCA

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA is once again inviting members of the community to enjoy its facilities and group fitness classes for free each Wednesday beginning Nov. 30 and ending Dec. 21.

The Y's main facility is located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Check in at the Welcome Center, then take advantage of free TRX classes, swim assessments, open gym/lap swim and ...

Hundreds Flock to Westfield for 33rd Annual Turkey Trot

WESTFIELD, NJ – Despite a cold and muggy morning, hundreds of runners gathered at Tamaques Park to participate in the 33rd Annual Westfield Turkey Trot on Saturday.

Fueled by coffee and bagels, runners of all ages kicked off the day by taking on the PracticeHard one mile race. Children ages 15 and below were awarded medals for first, second and third place in respective age ...

Westfield School District Announces Dates for Kindergarten & First Grade Registration

December 9, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — In January, Westfield public schools will begin registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year, the district announced Friday. The district also wants to register children who are not attending Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first grade there in the fall.

“It is very helpful for the district to ...

Westfield Board of Ed Discusses Projects, Budget and Finances

WESTFIELD, NJ – Rounding out 2016, the Westfield Board of Education held its last meeting of the year on Tuesday to present three superintendent reports and a hold a budget workshop.

In gearing up for the new year, the board welcomed George Duthie, an architect from FVHD, P.C., to present plans for auditorium renovations at Roosevelt and Edison Intermediate Schools.

Both auditoriums ...

Westfield Students Explore Both Sides of Dakota Access Pipeline Story with PSA Project

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School’s freshman humanities class took to YouTube recently to tackle one of the nation's most controversial and pressing issues: The Dakota Access Pipeline.

The class created multiple 45-second public service announcements using pictures, music, quotes and facts to convince their audience to support or oppose the pipeline.

Co-teachers Steven ...

Westfield Board of Health Holds Last Meeting of 2016

December 7, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ – On Monday, the Westfield Board of Health reviewed its November report, which includes inspections and complaints registered throughout the month.

A total of 18 retail food inspections were conducted, including a pre-operational assessment of the newly rebuilt Trader Joe’s on Elm Street.

One establishment, Duke’s Deli, was determined conditionally ...

Planning Board Approves Two Projects in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Following the postponement of one application, the Westfield planning board unanimously approved two applications on Monday.

The first appeal, from Wells Fargo Bank located at 150 Elm St., sought relief from the Land Use Ordinance in order to replace lighting fixtures. Whereas the ordinance allows a maximum of 0.5 foot candles at the property line, the bank requested 8.2 ...

Westfield Planning Board to Hear More on ‘Watcher House’ in January

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fate of the “Watcher House” will have to wait.

A continuation of the Westfield Planning Board’s hearings regarding a request to knock down the Dutch colonial at 657 Boulevard and replace it with two new homes, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed at the request of the objector because neither he nor his expert were available, according to ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Jeff Gagum

December 7, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Westfield High School varsity football team won its second straight state championship against Bridgewater-Raritan Saturday, senior defensive tackle Jeff Gagum played a big role, with nine tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one caused fumble.

“He put the team on his back in the second half,” head coach Jim DeSarno said of this week’s ...

Westfield Native Caroline Baldwin Competes at USA Swimming’s AT&T Winter National Championships

ATLANTA, GA — Former Westfield High School and Westfield Area YMCA swimmer Caroline Baldwin raced this weekend at at USA Swimming’s AT&T Winter National Championships  as part of the University of North Carolina swim team.

Baldwin, who graduated WHS in 2014, was a finalist in three events – placing second in the 100 yard Backstroke and 50 yard ...

Westfield High School Football Wins Second Straight State Championship, 15-13, Over Bridgewater-Raritan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Blue Devils have done it again.

Led by head coach Jim DeSarno, the Westfield High School varsity football team defeated Bridgewater-Raritan in a state championship rematch Saturday at Metlife Stadium.

With two undefeated teams entering the North 2 Group 5 title game again, Westfield proved to be the best of the best, extending their state-best win streak to ...

Westfield Police Seek Public’s Help in Burglary Investigation

December 1, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield police are seeking possible witnesses in a burglary that occurred Friday night as part of an ongoing investigation, according to Police Chief David Wayman.

The department sent the following message to residents Thursday via Nixle:

“The Westfield Police Department requests that if you traveled on Willow Grove Road in the area of Seward Avenue on ...

Update: Route 22 Exit/Entrance on Lawrence Ave. in Westfield Re-Opened

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Lawrence Avenue exit/entrance to Route 22 in Westfield was re-opened Monday morning after it was closed Sunday due to a downed tree.

The Westfield Police Department had announced Sunday night via Nixle that the road was closed until further notice, and commuters were told to plan accordingly Monday morning.

One Seriously Injured in Crash in Westfield on West Broad Street

WESTFIELD, NJ — The driver of one of two cars involved in a head-on crash on West Broad Street near Lamberts Mill Road has been taken via helicopter to a hospital.

The crash happened around noon Wednesday. No one else was seriously injured, according to police.

Police are still trying to figure out what caused the crash, and how one of the vehicles involved ended up facing backward on ...

Learn How Roots & Wings Helps Local Youth at NosVino in Westfield Next Week

December 2, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Roots & Wings, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the critical needs of young adults who have aged out of the state’s foster care system, will hold a wine and cheese informational event at NosVino wine shop in Downtown Westfield on Thursday, Dec. 8.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Roots & Wings Executive ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8 a.m.

The previous building was demolished in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted people at ...

Panera Explains Why it Will Close Westfield Location Dec. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — Panera Bread at 143 East Broad St., a café that many consider a staple in Downtown Westfield, will close Dec. 20, the company confirmed Thursday.

“For years, the Panera Bread bakery-cafe on Broad Street has been privileged to serve our neighbors in Westfield,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Panera continually invests in our ...

Westfield Food Pantry Gets Record Donations from Photos with Santa Event

December 9, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, recently delivered a van load of non-perishable food to the Westfield Food Pantry thanks to the many people who donated during Downtown Westfield’s photos with Santa event over Thanksgiving weekend.

It was the 15th year for the event with Santa & Mrs. Claus of Joannie Productions, hailed as ...

Westfield Realtor Buys Free Shopper Parking Downtown for Everyone this Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Headed to Downtown Westfield to shop this Saturday, Dec. 10? Parking is on Frank Isoldi, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and owner of Bittersweet Designs.

“I’m very grateful for all the support I get from the residents in Westfield and I wanted to give back,” said Isoldi, who was born and raised in Westfield and serves on ...

Westfield Allstate Insurance Agency Collecting Toys for Needy Families

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency is once again collecting new and gently used toys this season for local children in need. Toys will be donated to Furniture Assist, a Springfied-based volunteer organization that provides families in need with everything required to furnish their homes.

"We've been helping out Furniture Assist with ...

Planning Board Approves Two Projects in Westfield

December 6, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ – Following the postponement of one application, the Westfield planning board unanimously approved two applications on Monday.

The first appeal, from Wells Fargo Bank located at 150 Elm St., sought relief from the Land Use Ordinance in order to replace lighting fixtures. Whereas the ordinance allows a maximum of 0.5 foot candles at the property line, the bank requested 8.2 ...

Westfield Planning Board to Hear More on ‘Watcher House’ in January

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fate of the “Watcher House” will have to wait.

A continuation of the Westfield Planning Board’s hearings regarding a request to knock down the Dutch colonial at 657 Boulevard and replace it with two new homes, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed at the request of the objector because neither he nor his expert were available, according to ...

Westfield Food Pantry Gets Record Donations from Photos with Santa Event

December 9, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, recently delivered a van load of non-perishable food to the Westfield Food Pantry thanks to the many people who donated during Downtown Westfield’s photos with Santa event over Thanksgiving weekend.

It was the 15th year for the event with Santa & Mrs. Claus of Joannie Productions, hailed as ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Brings Broadway Stars to Westfield New Years Eve

WESTFIELD, NJ — Broadway soloists will perform American musical favorites at the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s upcoming special New Years Eve performance in Westfield.

The soloists will include Mikki Sodergren, Cooper Grodin and Analisa Leaming. The concert, titled “On the Town,” will feature musical numbers ranging from Gershwin to Disney.

“The lineup ...

The Three Holiday Tenors, Westfield Students to Perform in NJ Festival Orchestra’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Concert

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Three Holiday Tenors, a trio of accomplished vocalists, will perform in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra's “Home for the Holidays” concerts next weekend, along with students from Westfield’s Washington Elementary School fifth grade chorus and Madison’s Central Avenue Elementary School chorus. 

The tenors, Limmie Pullman, Kevin ...

Westfield Realtor Buys Free Shopper Parking Downtown for Everyone this Saturday

December 8, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Headed to Downtown Westfield to shop this Saturday, Dec. 10? Parking is on Frank Isoldi, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and owner of Bittersweet Designs.

“I’m very grateful for all the support I get from the residents in Westfield and I wanted to give back,” said Isoldi, who was born and raised in Westfield and serves on ...

Panera Explains Why it Will Close Westfield Location Dec. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — Panera Bread at 143 East Broad St., a café that many consider a staple in Downtown Westfield, will close Dec. 20, the company confirmed Thursday.

“For years, the Panera Bread bakery-cafe on Broad Street has been privileged to serve our neighbors in Westfield,” the company wrote in a statement.

“Panera continually invests in our ...

Westfield Town Council Votes to Lower Employee Parking Fees Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council voted unanimously in favor of lowering parking permit fees for Downtown employees from $696 to $600 per year and adding the option for employees to purchase three-month permits for $150 at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The ordinance, No. 2075, must pass a second vote to take effect.

“It’s one of the many things that’s ...

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JCC Hosts Big Give Fundraiser for Jewish Federation

December 9, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Union County Freeholders Al Mirabella, Bruce Bergen and Angel G. Estrada recently joined Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ BIG GIVE fundraiser at the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains. Also participating were joined by NJ State Association of Jewish Federations Executive Director Jacob Toporek, and Jewish ...

Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health

December 7, 2016

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on Dec. 5.

The seasonal influenza vaccination program is continuing. A pediatric flu clinic will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Municipal Building. All children who attend preschool must be vaccinated. A simple vaccination can prevent the flu and protect the children. It is best to ...

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Fri, December 9, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Free Scotch Tasting: Glencadam

Food & Drink

Fri, December 9, 7:30 PM

Galeria West Art & Music Gallery, Westfield

Flamenco Nights @ Galeria West Holiday Music & ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Drug-Related Arrests, DWIs & More

December 7, 2016

November 30, 2016 10:40 a.m.

Officer O’Holla arrested Honnie Graham, age 31, of Plainfield at the Middlesex County Jail for an ATS warrant in the amount of $2,500 out of this jurisdiction.

December 1, 2016 11:21 p.m.

Officer Bagan and Natale arrested Amanda Oskierko, age 26, of Maxim Court, Jackson, NJ, for driving while intoxicated pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Says Market 'Has Gotten Ahead of Itself'

December 9, 2016

Point View Wealth Management Founder, President, and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, spoke live on BNN on investment strategies following recent record highs in the stock market:

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Point View Wealth Management, Inc. works with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive financial planning, to ...

Westfield Area YMCA is Here to Help You Make and Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when millions of Americans are thinking of making New Year’s Resolutions.  The question is…will they keep them?  Studies reveal that only 10% of Americans keep their resolutions for an entire year.  You can change that statistic! 

You can become more active. The hardest thing to do is to get started.  Once started, make ...

Give With Your Heart ... But Use Your Head

It is that most wonderful time of the year when every day becomes a mad scramble to attend parties, meet family obligations, buy gifts and, in between, get work done. The holiday season engenders feelings of nostalgia, hope and gratitude. And, with that, we spend incredible sums of money, sometimes without thinking. Generosity is a virtue, so here are some basic tips on giving to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...

Lindabury Hosts Fall Meeting of International Network of Law Firms

The law firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., recently played host to the Fall meeting of LEGUS, is an international network of high quality mid-sized law firms located across the globe.  More than 60 firms from across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East sent senior level representatives to the two-day meeting held at the W Hotel in Hoboken.   ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

Family Portraits After the Death of a Family Member

One of the gifts of working in the field of children’s grief support is the support I receive from my family and friends. They always have their eyes peeled for interesting articles that relate to grief and loss. Usually they send the articles to me with a kind note, like “this made me think of you” or “thought you’d be interested in this!”

A few days ago my ...

Female Dog Found in Roselle

This female dog was found at 315 East 1st Ave. in Roselle.  She is currently at the Roselle Police Headquarters. If this is your pet or you know the owner call the Roselle Police at 908-245- 2000. 

Holy Trinity School Spotlight - Kindergarten

At Holy Trinity School, Kindergarten is cool!  In Kindergarten, students learn the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in a school environment. The Holy Trinity Kindergarten is a full-day, faith-based program focused on reading readiness, language development, math, and science concepts.   Students also take part in several special classes each week that include music, library, ...

GWACC (Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) Invites the Chamber and Community Members to Enjoy a Trip to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast

GWACC has announced today that it will be visiting irresistible Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast, departing Oct. 11, 2017 and is inviting chamber members, and family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.

Rich in culture and stunning scenery, irresistible Southern Italy is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy an eight day ...

Tamaques Elementary Launches New 'Makerspace' Initiative

With the objective of fostering students' critical thinking, imagination and creativity, Westfield Public School librarian Christine Pitarresi has spearheaded a new program at Tamaques Elementary, called "Makerspace." Observing current trends and needs for growing minds, Ms. Pitarresi enthusiastically noted, "We used to be a society of makers, now we are ...

Boy Scouts Honor TAPinto Founder for Service

December 9, 2016

BRIDGEWATER NJ — The Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored TAPinto founder and publisher Mike Shapiro on Wednesday at its 2016 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  Shapiro was one of five recipients.

The Patriots Path Council, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, presents the award to those who exemplify in their daily ...