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Westfield PBA Local 90 to Host Car Show Charity Event

September 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Policemen's Benevolent Association has organized the first-ever Westfield Car, Motorcycle and Jeep charity event with all proceeds going toward the PBA Local 90.

The show will be held in the South Avenue Westfield train station parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sharing the space with the Westfield ...

Westfield Mourns the Loss of Beloved Holiday Icon

WESTFIELD, NJ – The people of Westfield are mourning the loss of Tom Pearson, lovingly known as the town Santa Claus, who died on Wednesday, Sept. 13. After nearly 20 years in the role of Santa, hundreds of local families had come to cherish their time with him every year.

Pearson was 70 years old.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield ...

Atlantic Health Hosts ‘Camp Clover,’ Providing Hope and Healing for Bereaved Children

WARREN, NJ – Paige Snyder was 11 when her mother, Roseann, passed away from cancer at the young age of 48. When Paige heard about Camp Clover Bereavement Camp, she was hesitant but eager to find some healing after such sadness. The camp turned out to be a more inspiring and uplifting experience than she ever imagined.

The sharing circles and activities helped develop the coping skills ...

Summit's Clelia Biamonti Named Executive Director of Overlook Foundation

September 21, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ — Clelia Biamonti, Ph.D., a Summit resident and former management consultant, and a longtime member of the Overlook Foundation Board of Trustees, this week took the reins as the Overlook Foundation’s new executive director. Biamonti steps into the role held by longtime Executive Director Ann Oliva, who retired this year. Oliva, who began her career ...

Gyrotonic Fitness Studio in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

WESTFIELD, NJ — Raritan Valley Gyrotonic celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 100 Elmer St. in Downtown Westfield last week with a ribbon cutting.

Owner Shirley Wallitsch explained all little about the fitness studio’s methods at a recent town council meeting:

 

 

Learn more at www.rvgyrotonic.com.

Atlantic Health Hosts ‘Camp Clover,’ Providing Hope and Healing for Bereaved Children

WARREN, NJ – Paige Snyder was 11 when her mother, Roseann, passed away from cancer at the young age of 48. When Paige heard about Camp Clover Bereavement Camp, she was hesitant but eager to find some healing after such sadness. The camp turned out to be a more inspiring and uplifting experience than she ever imagined.

The sharing circles and activities helped develop the coping skills ...

Westfield Mayoral Candidate Shelley Brindle Releases Campaign Platform

September 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Shelley Brindle, the Democratic candidate for Mayor of Westfield, has released her campaign platform detailing plans to “chart a vision,” “empower our residents,” “challenge the budget” and “champion the issues that matter to you.”

“It’s time Westfield’s tradition of citizens as public servants be ...

Westfield School District to Get New Website & More from Board of Education Meeting

September 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Plans are in the works for a new district-wide website platform to be implemented by September 2018, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan announced at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting.

“We are first determining the information that is needed. Some of it is required by the state, for example,” Dolan said.

According to the ...

Westfield Board of Education Hears WHS Graduation and College Statistics

WESTFIELD, NJ — This year, 422 seniors graduated in the class of 2017 along with one student who, upon completing summer school, received a high school diploma, Superintendent of Westfield Schools Dr. Margaret Dolan said at Tuesday night's Westfield Board of Education meeting.

“It’s rather difficult to do and I congratulate that student,” Dolan said, referring ...

Revaluation of Westfield Properties to Cost Taxpayers Less than Expected

September 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A county-ordered revaluation of the properties within the town of Westfield’s borders will cost less than $800,000, the town council learned during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

The town is in the process of selecting a firm to begin the revaluation and according to Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, who chairs the finance policy committee, three proposals have ...

Town of Westfield Maintains AAA Rating by Standard & Poor’s

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Friday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced that the town of Westfield’s long-term credit rating remained at AAA, Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan announced at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. AAA is the highest rating available. 

“Following in the footsteps of our former chair of finance, our capable Councilman Della Fera, who ...

Allstate Westfeld Athlete of the Week: Tim Alliegro

September 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Early into the Blue Devils’ football  season, halfback Tim Alliegro is already shining. In Westfield’s 23-7 victory over Ridge Friday the sophomore carried the ball 42 times — including 29 times in the second half — for 208 yards and a touchdown.

It was the team’s 27th straight victory.

“I never carried that many ...

Westfield PAL Football Presents 7-Year-Old Battling Leukemia with ‘Tough Guy’ Award

WESTFIELD, NJ – Hundreds of players, coaches and parents gathered to witness the presentation of Westfield PAL’s first-ever “Tough Guy” Award Saturday to 7-year-old Westfield boy Gavin Callow, who is fighting leukemia.

Westfield PAL President John Dugan awarded Callow with a plaque.

“Our program is based on respect, hard work and ...

Boys Soccer: Westfield Defeats Rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1-0, with Goal by Dobosiewicz

WESTFIELD, NJ — The strong defense of the Westfield High School boys varsity soccer team helped to secure their third win of the season Saturday against rivals Scotch Plains-Fanwood, who suffered their fifth loss.

With 22 minutes left in the second half of the game, Jack Dobosiewicz found himself alone against Raider goalie Aaron Schack. Dobosiewicz jumped on a ball that passed through ...

Westfield PBA Local 90 to Host Car Show Charity Event

September 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Policemen's Benevolent Association has organized the first-ever Westfield Car, Motorcycle and Jeep charity event with all proceeds going toward the PBA Local 90.

The show will be held in the South Avenue Westfield train station parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sharing the space with the Westfield ...

Route 22 in Mountainside Reopened After Tree Falls on Cars

WESTFIELD, NJ — Route 22 in Mountainside near Lawrence Avenue was briefly shut down during rush hour Tuesday morning after a tree fell across the road, striking three cars and disabling one of them, according to Mountainside police.

One driver was transported to the hospital as a precaution, but here were no serious injuries, police said.

As of 9 a.m., the road was ...

Central Avenue in Westfield & Clark Closed Overnight for Construction

WESTFIELD, NJ — Part of Central Avenue in Clark and Westfield will closed overnight for approximately the next six evenings to allow for construction, weather permitting, the county of Union announced on its website Friday.

Paving of Central Avenue from Raritan Road in Clark to Clifton Street in Westfield began Friday at about 9 p.m., the county said.

The work ...

‘Bestfield’ Shopping, Book Signing Event in Westfield Draws a Crowd

September 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A special back-to-school “Bestfield” shopping event was held at Downtown Westfield’s  Athleta Thursday night, featuring a book signing by Laurie Gelman, author of the bestselling novel “Class Mom.”

Anne Laird, owner of The Town Book Store, said that she nearly sold out her 75 copies of the book.

“What I really love about this is ...

Revaluation of Westfield Properties to Cost Taxpayers Less than Expected

September 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A county-ordered revaluation of the properties within the town of Westfield’s borders will cost less than $800,000, the town council learned during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

The town is in the process of selecting a firm to begin the revaluation and according to Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, who chairs the finance policy committee, three proposals have ...

Westfield Board of Adjustment Denies Townhouse Project, Approves Apartments Above Day Care

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Adjustment unanimously denied Country Classics’ application during Monday night’s meeting. The applicant sought to build six multi-family, age-restricted townhouses at 1481 East Broad Street with 11 variances.

The board agreed that the application felt more suitable for the zoning board and was outside of their scope.

“This ...

FestiFall Street Fair Returns to Westfield this Sunday

September 22, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ—Thousands of people are expected to visit Downtown Westfield this Sunday, Sept. 24, when the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its 28th annual FestiFall street fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 230 local businesses, vendors and food trucks are planning to participate, according to GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti. There will be a kid’s zone with ...

‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Saved as Route 22 Sears Closes

WATCHUNG, NJ — The “Legend of Watchung” mural was safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good earlier this week after more than 50 years on Route 22 .

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," Watchung Planning Board Chair Tracee Schaefer said at the start of Tuesday's meeting where Seritage was given ...

Westfield Memorial Library to Re-Open Thursday with New Carpeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Memorial Library will re-open Thursday, Sept. 21 — one day earlier than originally planned — after the first floor was re-carpeted this week, the library announced Wednesday.

The new carpeting is thanks in part to a donation from the Friends of the Library.

The library will open at 9:30 a.m.

Designer Resale Store in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

September 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Midtown Authentic, a designer resale store, celebrated its grand opening at at 129 E. Broad St. in Downtown Westfield recently.

Midtown Authentic buys what they call “ex-boyfriend gifts,” such as bags, shoes, watches and jewelry along other designer items. They buy, sell and trade only the best authentic designer couture, according to owner Rory ...

‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Saved as Route 22 Sears Closes

WATCHUNG, NJ — The “Legend of Watchung” mural was safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good earlier this week after more than 50 years on Route 22 .

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," Watchung Planning Board Chair Tracee Schaefer said at the start of Tuesday's meeting where Seritage was given ...

Town of Westfield Maintains AAA Rating by Standard & Poor’s

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Friday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced that the town of Westfield’s long-term credit rating remained at AAA, Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan announced at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. AAA is the highest rating available. 

“Following in the footsteps of our former chair of finance, our capable Councilman Della Fera, who ...

Video: Westfield Residents Gather to Remember Lives Lost on 9/11

September 11, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – Residents gathered at the Westfield September 11th memorial Monday to pay respect to the victims and their families of the attacks that took place 16 years ago.

“Today we stand together as a community to remember and pay tribute to our dearly departed neighbors and to offer our support and comfort to the families who so unjustly lost their loved ...

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Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

September 19, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

Linda Habgood Will Get the Job Done!

September 22, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I encourage the residents of Westfield’s 1st Ward to support the candidacy of Linda Habgood for town council. 

I’ve known Linda for 25 years and believe that her character, integrity, determination, and professional and community experience will serve the 1st Ward and the town extremely ...

Ward 2 Candidate Describes Road Safety Concerns

September 23, 2017

Dear Editor:

Summer is becoming a memory, school starts again for our children, and it is a time of new beginnings. For me, the campaign to become a second ward town councilman accelerates into full swing.

I have spent the last several months canvassing my ward, which encompasses Washington and part of Wilson school districts as well as a swath below South Avenue, listening to concerns ...

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Free Car Wash Day at Allstate

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Chalk the Walks Pop-up Chalk Day in Mindowaskin ...

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Wardlaw Hartridge Students Participate in Community Service Projects

September 23, 2017

Middle School students have begun the school year by participating in two community service projects. Families worked with members of Jersey Cares and Union County Parks Departments to restore and rehabilitate trails at the Watchung Reservation on Sept. 9.

On the following Saturday, Sept. 16, nine students and their parents took part in our first Service Learning Day at the Highlands Long Term ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Home Burglary Reported & More

September 20, 2017

September 14, 2017 8:50 a.m.

A resident of the 1000 block of Harding Street reports a theft to their motor vehicles while parked in the driveway of their residence. The vehicles were left unsecured during these incidents. Unknown actor(s) entered the one vehicle, a silver-colored Nissan Pathfinder, and removed approximately $5 in US coin currency. Actor(s) also entered a Nissan Maxima and ...

Meet Jane Hoffman

Name: Jane Hoffman

Years in Westfield: She’s a lifer!

Family:

Christian Hoffman

Avery, 9

Claire, 8

Blythe, 7

Foster kids in New Jersey couldn’t dream of a better advocate than Westfield’s own Jane Hoffman, founder of A Birthday Wish. The big-hearted wife and mother of three ultimately left a career in finance to start the nonprofit, which makes ...

Dog Lost in Westfield

UPDATE: Juliet was found safe and has been reunited with her owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Juliet, a boxer, was last spotted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by the south side firehouse in Westfield on Central Avenue. 

If you see her, please call 908-380-3319.

Free Pass to School Events for Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Public School District is once again providing a senior citizens’ “Golden Pass” to Westfield residents 65 years and older to attend many school-sponsored events for free.  The pass will provide free admission to events that normally collect entrance fees such as Westfield High School musicals, matinee performances of plays and certain concerts.  The pass ...

Westfield Area YMCA Celebrates International Dot Day in Early Learning Programs

The Westfield Area YMCA Early Learning programs recently celebrated International Dot Day.  During this day of creativity, courage and collaboration, all classes began by reading and discussing the book “The Dot.” The classes then participated in a variety of age-appropriate activities including creating art projects with dot paints, paper circles, and other round items.  ...

Op Ed: High Schools Should Teach Students CPR

September 18, 2017

You walked through the halls together. You sat together at lunch. You couldn’t wait to go to college together. But all of it was destroyed by one minute of that day. One minute she was smiling. The next she was on the floor, pale, and lifeless. I couldn’t save her. Everyone gathered around her as she choked, no one knew what to do. I lost my best friend that day because my education ...

Whether You’re Selling Your Home or Want More Peace

Realtors always advise home sellers to eliminate clutter when selling their homes because it makes a remarkable difference. A clutter-free home can look like a new one altogether, and you shouldn’t wait until you sell your home to make it look better. Furthermore, clutter can have adverse effects and cause mental and physical stress. You can take steps to conquer your clutter by breaking ...

Teens Complete Youth Facilitator Training at Imagine

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Imagine held its’ sixth youth facilitator training. Eighteen amazing young people, ages 14 to 18, attended the full day training which sensitizes teen participants to the issue of childhood grief, and prepares the youth to assist with the facilitation of peer-support groups for children who are coping with the death of a parent or a sibling.

Through the ...

Two Scams You Should Know About

Scam Alert 1: Fake Donations

It's a testament to the generosity of the people in our nation to want to pitch in and help those affected by a catastrophe. As we see all the destruction that Harvey and now Irma are imparting, our hearts go out to these folks, and we want to respond by opening our wallets.

Unfortunately, criminals and scam artists are counting on that generous spirit, too, ...

Saving for Higher Education

Saving for Higher Education

Part 1 – Six Options for Savings

 

Introduction

Your children’s education may be the most cost-intensive purchase you ever make. A family of three children that all attend private universities will likely pay close to $1 million for their degrees. No matter your personal financial objectives or your children’s choice of ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

Obituaries

Oct 24, 1926 - Aug 14, 2017
Elizabeth H. List, 90, of Westfield and Cape May, NJ, died peacefully surrounded by her family ...
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Robbery Suspect Flees Getaway Car After Fiery Wreck in Short Hills

September 22, 2017

SHORT HILLS, NJ — The afternoon calm along Route 124 in Short Hills was broken when police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire Thursday. Police investigating found that a robbery suspect in a 2006 Mercedes Benz fled the mall parking lot after the driver, Marquis Dixon stole a $500.00 necklace from an individual he met through an app, police said.

As Dixon fled the car he ...