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Play for P.I.N.K. in Scotch Plains Raises Over $35K for Breast Cancer Research

July 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — More than $35,000 was raised for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation last week at Play for P.I.N.K., a golf tournament, luncheon and fundraiser held at Shackamaxon Country Club.

The event was co-chaired by Westfield residents Beth Hornstein and Shari Berman.

“This was my 14th year of volunteering for Play for P.I.N.K.,” Hornstein said. “The ...

Westfield Men to Play 100 Holes of Golf in One Day for Charity

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Kevin Vedder and Shaun Murphy will play 100 holes of golf in a single day this Monday  for the 100 Hole Hike, a global network of golf marathons to raise money for various charities.  

 It’s Vedder’s fifth year participating the hike. He chooses to raise money for Els for Autism, a foundation started by pro golfer Ernie Els, ...

Family Promise, Overlook Family Medicine Partner to Host Community Health Fair Geared Toward 'Sustainable Independence'

ELIZABETH NJ — More than 80 adults and 30 children, either former guests of Family Promise’s Union County Program or neighbors in Elizabeth, visited the Community Health Fair, a biannual joint effort by Family Promise, a Summit-based national non-profit which provides services to families experiencing homelessness, and Overlook Family Medicine of the Atlantic Health ...

Play for P.I.N.K. in Scotch Plains Raises Over $35K for Breast Cancer Research

July 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — More than $35,000 was raised for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation last week at Play for P.I.N.K., a golf tournament, luncheon and fundraiser held at Shackamaxon Country Club.

The event was co-chaired by Westfield residents Beth Hornstein and Shari Berman.

“This was my 14th year of volunteering for Play for P.I.N.K.,” Hornstein said. “The ...

Workout, Swim for Free During Westfield Area YMCA’s ‘Wellness Wednesdays’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA is bringing back free Wellness Wednesdays this summer at its main facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Y’s land and water group exercise classes, swim assessments, open gym, open swim and racquetball times as well as the fitness facilities free of charge on every Wednesday from ...

Overlook Medical Center, Other Atlantic Health System Hospitals Seek Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Participants

SUMMIT, NJ — When treated in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is over 90 percent. However, only 15 percent of cases are found at this early stage due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of available early detection tests.

When discovered at a more advanced stage, the ovarian cancer survival rate can be as low as 18 ...

Four 2017 Westfield High School Grads Pursue Military Careers

July 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Four members of the Westfield High School Class of 2017 are pursuing careers with the United States Military: Brian Callahan, Ben Kelly, Benjamin Kwok and Jack Newhard. They spoke to TAPinto Westfield about their plans:

Brian Callahan

Callahan has elected to join the Marine Corps in the infantry on a four-year contract. His training will begin with a 13-week ...

Watch Westfield High School’s Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony Online

WESTFIELD, NJ — A video of Westfield High School’s graduation ceremony  last month created by the WHS Blue Devils TV Department is now available at https://vimeo.com/224325781, or watch it here:

Four-hundred-twenty-eight students were awarded diplomas from Westfield High School in June. The distinguished group included 240 receipts of the President’s ...

Podcast: Chat with Retiring Westfield Recreation Department Director Bruce Kaufmann

July 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Host Mike Cohen interviews Westfield Department of Recreation Director Bruce Kaufmann, who is retiring after 16 years.

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Fraidy Reiss, Founder of Westfield-Based Unchained at Last, Talks About her Mission to End Forced Marriages

Chat with Maestro David Wroe ...

Improvements Planned for Westfield’s Traffic Circle

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council passed a resolution this week to award contract for a company to create a concrete border around the South Avenue traffic circle. 

“You may have noticed, in the traffic circle the old brickwork that when a car or a truck went over it bricks went flying into the roadway — we removed all that,” Town ...

Assemblyman Bramnick Urges State Legislature to Solve Affordable Housing Issues

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) is calling for a special state legislature session to solve the issues in communities that are caused by affordable housing laws.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that municipalities must include affordable housing. If the municipality is not meeting the affordable housing quota, it can be sued by builders for the ...

Union County Rallies in Final Minutes of Snapple Bowl to Top Middlesex

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Recent Westfield High School graduates Jeff Gagum and Max Schwetje were part of the Union County team that rallied in the final minutes of the 24th Snapple Bowl all-star football game Thursday to beat Middlesex County, 27-14, at Kean University's Alumni Stadium.

The first half of this game was pretty quiet with only one score.  Union County ...

Westfield Men to Play 100 Holes of Golf in One Day for Charity

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Kevin Vedder and Shaun Murphy will play 100 holes of golf in a single day this Monday  for the 100 Hole Hike, a global network of golf marathons to raise money for various charities.  

 It’s Vedder’s fifth year participating the hike. He chooses to raise money for Els for Autism, a foundation started by pro golfer Ernie Els, ...

Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic Repeats as Gatorade Athlete of the Year

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — In a career filled with historic performances, Union Catholic’s Sydney McLaughlin added one final piece of history to her legendary high school track and field career when she became the first athlete, male or female, to win the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year in consecutive years when she received that honor on Tuesday night at the Ritz Carlton in Los ...

Westfield Law Firm will Sue to Make Handicap-Accessible Parking Available

July 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield employment lawyer Fred Shahrooz Scampato wants to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to what most of us take for granted. That’s why his office is teaming up with the law firm of Jacobson & Rooks in South New Jersey to bring lawsuits against the operators of parking lots and parking garages that fail to adhere to Americans with ...

Assemblyman Bramnick Urges State Legislature to Solve Affordable Housing Issues

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) is calling for a special state legislature session to solve the issues in communities that are caused by affordable housing laws.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that municipalities must include affordable housing. If the municipality is not meeting the affordable housing quota, it can be sued by builders for the ...

Mesina Realty Opens in Downtown Westfield

July 19, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mesina Realty Group celebrated its grand opening at 52A Elm St. in Downtown Westfield last weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were joined by Mayor Andy Skibitsky, the Downtown Westfield Corporation and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The new group sets itself apart from others by specializing in luxury sales and project-based real ...

Assemblyman Bramnick Urges State Legislature to Solve Affordable Housing Issues

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) is calling for a special state legislature session to solve the issues in communities that are caused by affordable housing laws.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that municipalities must include affordable housing. If the municipality is not meeting the affordable housing quota, it can be sued by builders for the ...

Ribbon-Cutting Held for Westfeld’s New 70-Unit Apartment Building on Central Ave.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a new 70-unit luxury apartment building at 333 Central Ave. in Westfield. In attendance were executives from The Hampshire Companies, Claremont Companies, Circle Squared Alternative Investments, project investors and Westfield officials including Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

“We’re excited ...

Westfield Ballroom Hosts Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

July 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Ballroom (formerly Fred Astaire of Westfield) hosted about 50 local business people Tuesday for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly open networking breakfast.

The social dance studio recently moved to 361 South Ave. East.

Attendees — including current and prospective members — had the opportunity to introduce ...

Westfield’s Chief Spirit Officer Announces TAPinto Column, Promotes Businesses & More at Town Council Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Meaghan Murphy, Westfield’s chief spirit officer, announced the debut of her new TAPinto Westfield column at Tuesday’s town council meeting. Called “Meet the Neighbors,” the column profiles interesting people around town, who share their favorite things about Westfield.

To read the column, click here.  

Murphy invited the ...

Westfield Teens’ Sleeveless Hawaiian Shirt Company Takes Off

WESTFIELD, NJ — One year after graduating from Westfield High School, Luke Beaulieu and Michael Stokes are simultaneously attending college and running their own startup business, Kahunas Sleeveless Hawaiians, a sleeveless Hawaiian shirt company.

Beaulieu, who studies entrepreneurship and finance at Babson College in Massachusetts, began building the concept last year as his senior ...

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Union County Sheriff's Office Earns Prestigious Accreditation for 3rd Consecutive Time

July 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two Union County Sheriff’s officers were serving an eviction notice Thursday in Union Township when they saw the house’s gas meter “spinning like a top” and candles left lit in the home, according Union County Sheriff Joseph Cyran.

The son of the home's owner has since been charged with causing or risking widespread injury ...

Wardlaw-Hartridge Athletes Named to All-Division Teams

July 22, 2017

Eleven athletes from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison were named to All-Division teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference after the spring season. The Rams were represented on five different teams.

Baseball players Ovidio Chavez of Elizabeth and J.J. Stueck of Scotch Plains and softball players Jane Anderson-Schmitt of Scotch Plains and Kristyn Smith of South Plainfield were named to ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Check and Credit Card Fraud, Shoplifting Reported & More

July 19, 2017

July 12, 2017 12 p.m.

Police officer O’Holla filed a report regarding a theft in the 700 block of Carlton Road. The victim reported that suspect(s) unknown altered a stolen check from her checkbook and had it cashed in the amount of $18,000.

 

July 12, 2017 12:26 p.m.

Police Officer Jackus filed a report regarding a shoplifting to a business in the 200 block of East Broad ...

Cat Found in Westfield

Friendly cat found in Westfield on Sandy Hill Road. Call Westfield Police at 908-789-4000 if you recognize him/her.

Westfield’s STEM Camp Attracts Future Scientists & Engineers

The Westfield Public School District is hosting its fifth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp from July 10 - 28 for the students of Westfield. More than 380 girls and boys entering grades 3-8 are participating. 

According to Paul Pineiro, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Program in the Westfield Public Schools, “Our ...

'Skeleton Crew' hits home

UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, in its quest for new, richly layered plays, is now presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau.

The playwright had her play “Follow Me to Nellie’s” work shopped at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut several years ago. That was followed by s fine production at the Kean University ...

Get a Real Loan Approval Before You Shop for a Home

Potential homebuyers benefit in several ways by consulting with a lender first and obtaining a pre-approval letter. This gives buyers an opportunity to discuss different loan options and budgeting for the upcoming home purchase. Lenders will also check their credit report and alert the buyers to any potential problems.

Guaranteed Rate’s high tech digital mortgage gives buyers an ...

Surviving Multiple Generations Under One Roof

We're back to 1950.

Historically, we can point to periods in time when it was popular for generations of a family to share one home. Remember the TV show "The Walton's?" Grandparents, parents and children all said goodnight to each other, loving and living under one roof. Well, today, 19 percent of Americans are back to sharing a house with multiple ...

The Benefits Of Divorce (And Post-Divorce) Mediation

Many couples who are contemplating divorce or separation believe that litigation is their only option. The truth is that many couples can utilize mediation as a means of resolving their marital issues. Additionally, many couples who have been divorced but are dealing with issues which have arisen after their divorce settlement can use mediation as a cost-effective means of achieving a resolution.

Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Self and Others

July 19, 2017

We all have personal boundaries. Our boundary defines who we are and determines how we are able to interact and relate to the world, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My boundary lets me know where I end and you begin. My boundary allows me to express who I am and allows you to do the same. Boundaries exist for our protection. When our boundaries are intact, we know that we ...

Meet Natalia Rodriguez Goldman, MD

NAME: Natalia Rodriguez Goldman, MD

YEARS IN WESTFIELD: 7

FAMILY:

Husband, Ryan Goldman, co-creator of cocktailcourier.com; Managing Director, Seaport Global Securities 

Daughters, Ciela, 9

Son, Grayson, 7

Son, Franco, 6

Daughter, Mica, 4 

Chances are you’ve seen Natalia tooling around town on her bright orange Yuba Mundo electric cargo ...

Obituaries

- Jul 15, 2017
Edward A. Jardim of Long Hill Township died on July 15 at Morristown Medical Center with his family ...
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South Brunswick Police Save Infant From Locked, Hot Car

July 20, 2017

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Officers averted tragedy in Thursday’s sweltering heat when they saved an 18-month-old accidentally locked in a vehicle.

The incident took place at 11:20 a.m. Thursday at the Nassau Square townhouse complex when a mother and her 18-month-old daughter stopped to drop something off at a friend’s house.

The unidentified mother told arriving officers that ...