Westfield Woman Launches Animal Rescue Organization

December 17, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Rosina Wissel, who has lived in Westfield her whole life, said it's her love of animals that motivated her to start her own non-profit rescue organization in town. Pop-Up Paws rescue specializes in helping animals who pose the greatest burden to traditional shelters. The primary focus is on infant kittens and cats, but organization also takes in the ...

March-a-Mile Event in Westfield Benefits Veterans in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — American Legion Post 3 in Westfield held its second Annual March-a-Mile event in Tamaques Park Saturday to benefit homeless and in-need veterans.

“It was snowing and cold, but that’s one of the reasons why we chose December — it helps get the point across, ” American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3 President Sharon Knight said. “Thirty-two people ...

Westfield Businesses Collecting Toys for Furniture Assist

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency and Kinderprep of Westfield are 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.

“Helping out Furniture ...

Local Physician Discusses Menopause Management

December 15, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani of K Primary Care and Medical Weight Loss Center recently held a small group discussion open to the public about managing the symptoms of all stages of Menopause.

Dr. K discussed the symptoms and stages of menopause, which is a process that generally occurs over a four-year period and this is called peri-menopause. The depletion of ...

Westfield Board of Health Takes Action Against Restaurant, Reviews Lead Testing Policies

WESTFIELD, NJ – The owner of Cuban restaurant Old Havana did not appear at a scheduled second hearing with the Westfield Board of Health during Monday night's meeting. 

Old Havana's owner, Luis. E. Alvarez, appeared before the board in March following three consecutive ratings that were less than satisfactory. Last month, a new inspection found the restaurant less than ...

Westfield Board of Ed Appoints New Coordinator of School/Community Relations

December 8, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s board of education approved the appointment of Mary Ann McGann as coordinator of school/community relations at its meeting Tuesday.

McGann most recently served in a similar position with the Warren school district. She also has experience as a writer, reporter and producer for CNN and the National Geographic Channel.

The appointment becomes ...

Westfield Board of Education Says Goodbye to 2 Retiring Members

WESTFIELD, NJ — Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented retiring Westfield Board of Education members Mark Friedman and Christopher Langhart with resolutions at their last meeting Tuesday night.

“I could not have asked for two more thoughtful and conscientious colleagues,” Ohlig said. “You’ve both served this board and the Westfield community in so many ...

Westfield Boys Cross Country Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys cross country team was honored at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.  

The varsity team, which won the Group 4 North Sectional Championship, the Watchung Division Conference and the Union County Championship title, was there Tuesday to accept their recognition.

“If that weren’t impressive enough, you placed ...

Westfield Town Council Approves Affordable Housing Ordinances

December 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved two ordinances with a final vote Monday that address the town’s affordable housing obligation, which was determined “reasonable and fair” in last month’s settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center.

The Westfield Planning Board agreed upon the ordinances at its meeting last week.

The first ...

Westfield Town Council Says Goodbye to Departing Mayor & Councilmen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council honored Mayor Andy Skibitsky and four departing councilmen — Keith Loughlin, Sam Della Fera, David Oliveira and Ken Donnelly — at their last meeting Monday night.

Each was presented with a proclamation thanking them for their dedication and service. Members of the council and the public also took turns thanking Mayor ...

Westfield Town Council Approves Spending on Playground Equipment at Mindowaskin

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a final vote Monday night, the Westfield Town Council approved a bond ordinance authorizing the replacement of playground equipment at Mindowaskin Park for $1,250,000.

“Different than other capital ordinances, this ordinance anticipates grant money to offset much of the cost,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea said. “To date, we have about ...

Podcast: Chat with Westfield Football Coach Jim DeSarno

December 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Host Mike Cohen interviews Westfield High School’s head football coach, Jim DeSarno, who has led the Blue Devils to three straight state championships. His team owns the current state-best winning streak of 37 games.

Do you have a question for the Coach DeSarno? Email it to and we may use it in our upcoming podcast.

Listen to our ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Megan Raftery

WESTFIELD, NJ — The only goalie on the Westfield High School girls varsity ice hockey team, Megan Raftery plays a vital role.

This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week is a sophomore, part of the two-year-old girls ice hockey program at WHS.

“Megan is a gamer. She’s at her best in a competitive environment,” head coach Matt ...

Westfield High School Football Team Honored by Town Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School football team, which recently won its third-straight state championship, was honored at Monday night’s town council meeting. The team, whose slogan is “Refuse to Lose,” owns the current state-best winning streak of 37 games.

Reading from a proclamation congratulating the Blue Devils, Mayor Andy Skbitisky said, ...

Train Service on Raritan Valley Line to Resume Monday After Friday’s Derailment in Union

December 10, 2017

UNION, NJ – New Jersey Transit reports the Raritan Valley Line trains will resume regular weekday service between Cranford and Newark and High Bridge and Raritan on Monday. Train service was suspended over the weekend after the freight train derailment in Union on Friday afternoon.  

According to their website, NJ Transit says customers may experience possible ...

Train Service Remains Suspended on Raritan Valley Line Following Friday’s Derailment

UNION, NJ – No hazardous material was involved in the freight train derailment Friday afternoon in Union, according to authorities

“There’s severe damage to the tracks,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio at a press conference Friday evening. “There’s multiple piles of cars at different locations up and down the span of the tracks from the Roselle Park ...

Service on Raritan Valley Line Suspended Due to Freight Train Derailment

UNION, NJ — Service on the Raritan Valley train line was suspended Friday in both directions between Newark Penn Station and Cranford and also between Raritan and High Bridge due to a freight train derailment near Union Station.

The derailment took place at about 2:15 p.m. Friday afternoon.

According to Township of Union business administrator, the freight ...

Nick’s Pizza & Restaurant in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nick’s Pizza, located at 311 South Ave. West, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsy, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Located across from the Westfield train station, the restaurant has been greeting guests for about six ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

December 14, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Westfield Planning Board Agrees Upon Affordable Housing Ordinances, Approves Real Estate Office Application

December 5, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield planning board agreed to forward two new ordinances to the town council and approved an application for a new real estate business at Monday night’s meeting.

The ordinances address the town’s affordable housing obligation, which was determined “reasonable and fair” in last month’s settlement with the Fair Share Housing ...

Free Holiday Parking in Westfield Starts Saturday, Special Events Continue

December 15, 2017

WESTFELD, NJ —  From Dec. 16 to Jan. 1, the town of Westfield is giving shoppers, diners and visitors to Downtown Westfield the gift of free metered parking at designated 2-hour on-street meters and 4-hour parking lot pay stations.

Just don’t plan to hog your spot — while parking in these spaces is free, restrictions and time limits will be still be enforced to ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Wows Holiday Concert-Goers in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors” earned a standing ovation Saturday night at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

 A nearly packed house came out despite the snow to hear the symphony orchestra with choir students from Franklin Elementary School and renowned tenors Cody Austin, Cameron Schutza and ...

Holiday Festivities Continue in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Holiday festivities continue in Downtown Westfield this month with musical entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation. 

Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, visitors can enjoy roaming musical ensembles, such as the Yuletide Carolers, Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band, NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns, NJ Workshop for ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Another Year

December 7, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 90 local leaders and business people attended the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party Wednesday night at Shackamaxon Country Cub.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome our members to a great holiday celebration with good food and music and a good time,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said. “We thank all ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Location Downtown

WESTFIELD, N — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce marked the move to its new office at 212 Lenox Ave. in Downtown Westfield Saturday with a grand opening celebration.

Representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Mayor-Elect Shelley Brindle, Garwood Mayor Charles Lombardo, Westfield Councilman Mark LoGrippo and past executive directors of ...

At Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in Westfield, Union County Torah Center Says Goodbye to Mayor Skibitsky

December 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Torah Center said farewell to Mayor Andy Skibitsky during its annual menorah lighting ceremony on Wednesday evening at the North Avenue Train Station.

According to Rabbi Levi Block, Skibitsky (Westfield’s longest-serving mayor) has attended the menorah lighting every year he was in office. To honor his commitment, Block led the crowd in a ...

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Two Car Crash Reported on Garden State Parkway Near Exit 137

December 15, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ — Injuries are reported following a two-car crash on the Garden State Parkway near exit 137, according to Trooper Gene Hong of the New Jersey State Police.

The crash occurred at about 1:35 p.m.

According to sources, the vehicles went into the woods after colliding, with two passengers pinned in one of the cars.

“Injuries are reported but they are not life ...

Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health

December 17, 2017

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on December 4, 2017.  

A Board Hearing was conducted as one food establishment had a second conditional rating in a row. The Board provided the Department with direction intended to ensure that the establishment will comply with the sanitary code should they not be able to achieve a satisfactory rating upon the next ...

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Thu, December 21, 5:00 PM

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Wardlaw + Hartridge Students Attend Teen Hunger Summit

December 18, 2017

A group of 16 students from 10th and 11th grade, as well as members of the AP Human Geography class, attended the Teen Hunger Summit, hosted at Seton Hall Prep on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The students were accompanied by Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater, Director of Service Learning, Dawn Francavilla of Somerset, Director of Student Life, and Dina Congregane of Scotch Plains, School Counselor.

At the ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Mercedes Stolen, Packages Swiped & More

December 13, 2017

December 6, 2017 7:52 p.m.

Eric M. Medina, 24, of Bloomfield, NJ, was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant ($750) out of Westfield Municipal Court, pursuant to a prisoner pick-up at Essex County Jail. Mr. Medina was transported to Westfield Police Department where he was processed and held in lieu of bail.


December 7, 2017 11:37 p.m.

Officers Kenny and Jaramillo arrested ...

Westfield Area Y's Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Week

Christmas is just a week away and the Y Men’s Tree Lot on Elm Street still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community. All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth. Other organizations that benefit from ...

Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health

December 12, 2017

About three years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated from residency about twenty years ago. To say that my family was bewildered is ...

Favor Value Over Growth for 2018

Pricey growth stocks have been all the rage in 2017, running circles around cheaper value plays. We believe that one of the most powerful forces in investing, reversion to the mean, may cause value stocks to outperform in 2018.  Position your portfolio accordingly.

Understand the Difference Between Value and Growth

Growth stocks are typically more expensive than value stocks.

Franklin Third Graders Connect with NASA Scientist via Cyberspace

Third graders at Franklin Elementary School connected via cyberspace with NASA Scientist Kristen Weaver recently to ask questions prompted by their classroom activities. Through videoconferencing in the Franklin auditorium, students spoke face-to-face in real time with Weaver who is with the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The five ...

Minimizing Taxes Before Year End

It's no secret that the new 2018 tax legislation will mean plenty of changes for us. Also, there are provisions of the law that are not being changed in the new legislation that do impact 2017 and 2018.

As we look ahead, we wanted to share some tips for taxpayers to implement before the year end, in order to take advantage of the existing tax law.

Individuals -

Pay your State ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Westfield's Jackie Lieberman

This week's feature will focus on TAPintoWestfield franchisee, Jackie Lieberman. Find out what makes different than the competition, what she did before coming onto and how an inexperienced sales person became one of TAPinto's most successful franchisee's. 


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I started as a freelance reporter in 2011 ...

Tips To Make Your Home Photo-Ready and Market-Worthy

You’re selling your home, or you’re starting to think about it, but your house hasn’t been updated or painted in years. You want it to look its best before presenting it to prospective buyers, but you don’t know where to begin.

Home Staging Tips
Sprucing up your home can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint, inside and out, or as extensive as interior renovation ...

'It's a Wonderful Life'from film to stage to radio

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

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When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

Hunterdon Central High School Sophomore Dies

December 18, 2017

RARITAN TWP., NJ – The student at the center of the medical emergency at Hunterdon Central High School last week has died.

"It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that one of our students, Allison Vandal, passed away this afternoon," said school Superintended Jeff Moore in an email to parents. "The cause of death was suicide."

Vandal, a sophomore and ...