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Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Kids Get Free Homework Help & More at Westfield Neighborhood Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC) has been a staple on Cacciola Place since its founding in 1969. This community center provides low-cost and free educational and cultural services to members of the Westfield community. The WNC creates an opportunity to unify all Westfield residents, by providing opportunities to participate in programs, volunteer or just ...

Atlantic Health System Medical Centers Recognized for Safety

April 25, 2018

Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, today announced Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. Overlook Medical Center’s ‘A’ rating is an increase from last year, while Morristown Medical ...

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio celebrated its grand opening recently at 407 South Ave. West in Downtown Westfield. The studio offers a variety of classes including hot vinyasa, ashtanga, yin and meditation, yin and yang and foundational yoga.

Owner Brandi Hoynowski, who teaches most of the classes there, said that the studio uses infrared heating.

“It’s ...

Party Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Of The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Strains of “Happy Birthday” filled the atrium recently at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center.  The occasion was the kick-off party to a month’s long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the center.

Even before the song rang out, music filled the atrium, as it has for the past 17 years from 9 a.m. to noon ...

Westfield Board of Education Adopts Budget for 2018-2019 School Year

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education formally adopted a budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday. According to School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Dana Sullivan, the final revenue budget total is $106,092,590.00 — exceeding last year’s budget by nearly $1.75 million. According to the district, the adopted budget will result in a ...

Westfield School Board Recognizes Student for Winning NJ High School Journalist of the Year Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education recognized Westfield High School senior Greta Frontero on Tuesday for being named New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year by Garden State Scholastic Press Association. According to the district, the award includes the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press ...

Kids Get Free Homework Help & More at Westfield Neighborhood Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC) has been a staple on Cacciola Place since its founding in 1969. This community center provides low-cost and free educational and cultural services to members of the Westfield community. The WNC creates an opportunity to unify all Westfield residents, by providing opportunities to participate in programs, volunteer or just ...

Town of Westfield’s Planned Road Improvements for 2018 Announced

April 26, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — About six miles of municipal roads are scheduled to be paved in Westfield this year — about two more miles than last year, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the town council’s conference meeting Tuesday.

A complete list can now be found on the town’s website here.

Also planned this year is hiring of a road engineer as a consultant to help the town ...

Musical Club of Westfield Honored at Town Council Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Musical Club of Westfield, now celebrating its 103rd year, was honored at this week’s town council meeting. Mayor Shelley Brindle presented a proclamation recognizing May 6 to 13 as “National Music Week” to outgoing club president Drude Crane and incoming president Gerry Shea.

National Music Week was created by longtime Westfield resident Charles M.

Westfield Town Council Adopts 2018 Municipal Budget

WESTFIELD, NJ — With a 7-2 vote, the Westfield Town Council adopted the 2018 municipal budget at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Municipal taxes will increase by $30 per year for the average Westfield household, according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea. At .5 percent, it will be the lowest tax rate increase in decades, he said.

“The fact that this budget delivers the lowest tax ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Carlee Swanson

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — As a goalkeeper, Junior Carlee Swanson has been a crucial member of the Westfield High School’s girls varsity lacrosse team. Recently, Swanson made the 300th save of her career. The milestone came during Friday’s game against Sparta, where she made 11 saves and brought her career total up to 307. Westfield won the game 16-10.

“This, for me, is an ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rallies from 4-0 Deficit to Defeat Westfield, 7-5

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — On a day when Scotch Plains-Fanwood's top starter Danny Wilkinson didn't meet his usual standard of dominance, senior Matt Kipp came in and kept hitters off balance with 4 1/3 innings of relief at the Raiders overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Westfield, 7-5.

Westfield pitcher Christopher Ho, a freshman, lasted 3.1 innings and was charged with ...

Softball: Howell, Hobson Lead Westfield in 6-5 Win Over Johnson

CLARK, NJ — Coming into Monday afternoon’s game, all the Westfield High School Lady Blue Devils had to do was remind themselves what happened on May 7 of last season. After sweeping the 2017 regular season series against the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity softball team, it was the Crusaders who upended the Blue Devils 7-4 in the 2017 Union County Tournament ...

Contractor Seriously Injured in 3-Story Fall from Roof in Westfield, Police Say

April 25, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A contractor was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after falling three stories from the roof of a Westfield home he was working on, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman.

The man was working on a home on Marion Avenue when he fell around 1 p.m., Wayman said. Westfield Police requested a helicopter to airlift the man to the hospital, but because of the ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street around noon on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, ...

Rock 'n' Joe in Westfield to Reopen on Friday

April 26, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe on Prospect Street will reopen on Friday, less than two weeks after a small electrical fire damaged the interior of the business.

In celebration, the store will receive a plaque from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry. He also plans to hold a grand re-opening soon.

“Right now, we are opening ...

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Subdivision of Historic Property, Reviews Short-Term Rental Ordinance

April 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously approved an application to subdivide 667 Fourth Avenue at Monday night’s meeting.

The application was carried from last month’s meeting, at which the board heard lengthy testimony from several experts and members of the community, who voiced support for the subdivision. 

The house on that site was originally ...

Musical Club of Westfield Honored at Town Council Meeting

April 26, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Musical Club of Westfield, now celebrating its 103rd year, was honored at this week’s town council meeting. Mayor Shelley Brindle presented a proclamation recognizing May 6 to 13 as “National Music Week” to outgoing club president Drude Crane and incoming president Gerry Shea.

National Music Week was created by longtime Westfield resident Charles M.

Party in Westfield this Weekend will Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native.

“As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this incredible charity,” ...

Westfield H.S. Band and Chorus Visit Europe Over Spring Break

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School Band and Chorus programs spent the district’s spring break touring and performing on separate European trips.

The band began their trip in Florence, Italy, on Tuesday, April 3, with a guided walking tour and welcome dinner, before a day trip to tour Venice on Wednesday. The band toured the Accademia Museum, home to Michaelangelo’s ...

Westfield Green Team Hosts Earth Day Celebration

April 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Coordinated by the town’s Green Team, Westfield held an Earth Day Celebration from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, capping off a weekend of environmental events commemorating the 48th annual Earth Day.

Sunday’s event was held in the North Avenue train station parking lot. Town residents could pick up one of four different types of saplings to plant on their ...

Dozens Sleep in Boxes Outside Westfield Church to Raise Funds, Awareness About Homelessness

April 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield hosted 40 overnight guests on Saturday, April 21, in a temporary “Box City” set up on the church’s front lawn. 

The event was organized to drive awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the FISH Hospitality Program, a rotating shelter staffed by volunteers that houses 14 people per night, a week ...

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NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on April 24, 2018

April 26, 2018

Board President Gretchan Ohlig recognized Westfield High School senior Greta Frontero as 2018 New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year and winner of the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press Foundation. Ms. Ohlig praised Ms. Frontero for her investigative reporting for Hi’s Eye, the school newspaper, and presented a ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Two Reported Shopliftings & More

April 25, 2018

April 19, 2018 9:36 a.m.

Officer McCarthy arrested Paul S. Lee, age 36, of Ridgewood, NJ, at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield warrant in the amount of $89. Subject was processed and released after posting bail.

 

April 19, 2018 12:01 p.m.

A resident of Central Avenue reported being the victim of identity theft. Unknown actor(s) ...

Wine Tasting to Support the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care

April 26, 2018

Annual Wine Tasting Supports the Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care The Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Auxiliary is preparing for it’s Annual Wine Tasting with both a Silent and Live Auction to be held on May 20, 2018. The event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 16 Prospect Wine Bar and Bistro located at 16 Prospect Street in Westfield. The tickets will be ...

Come Enjoy a Spring Concert with Westfield Public Schools

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

3/27/18      RIS Chamber Music Night
4/24/18      WHS Chamber Music Night @ United Methodist Church
5/3/18        Franklin Advanced Band
5/5/18        WHS May-Hem
5/8/18        Wilson Band (date changed from 5/1/18)
5/9/18      ...

Plan for a Better Year

You survived another year’s tax filing — was the outcome what you expected? After looking at the results of this last year, and in light of the recent tax changes for this year, if you're concerned about getting the best possible results, why not reach out to me so we can take a look at planning possibilities together?

 

Call 908-935 -0181 and we'll get ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

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Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
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New DMV Office To Open in South Plainfield May 14

April 26, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The new Department of Motor Vehicles Office in South Plainfield is scheduled to open May 14 at 5000 Hadley Road.

Mayor Anesh received the official notification from B. Sue Fulton, the newly sworn director of the state DMV announcing the opening.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped make this become a reality,"Anesh said. "This is a ...