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Storm Causes Flooding, Damage in Westfield

July 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Monday afternoon’s torrential rains caused flooding around town, turning several streets into mini rivers.

On Mountain Avenue, the water came up to the wheel wells of cars.

Petra Guglielmetti, who lives on Barchester Way, estimated that water was as much as a foot deep in some places on her street. She joked about her new “lakefront” ...

Westfield Firefighters Respond to Fire on Windsor Ave

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield firefighters extinguished a fire at a home on Windsor Avenue at Grandview Avenue at about 6 p.m. Monday.

No one was injured, according to authorities.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Westfield Area Under Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Warnings Monday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield and the surrounding area is under a severe thunderstorm warning Monday until 5:45 p.m., the National Weather Service announced late Monday afternoon.  

The area is also under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m.

There have been reports of 70 mph wind gusts, penny-sized hail and torrential rainfall from this storm, the service said.

TAP into Westfield’s Complete Guide to Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival: Week 4

July 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 20th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, taking place Tuesday nights in July and August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., hosts its fourth evening July 26 with free outdoor concerts by five bands at locations throughout Downtown Westfield. (Rain date July 27.)

The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Your complete guide to week three ...

‘Woody Harrelson Moving to Westfield’ Story a Hoax

WESTFIELD, NJ — No, Woody Harrelson has not announced that he’s moving to Westfield, NJ. The fake story making the rounds on social media is by Newsdaily10.com, which describes itself as a fantasy news website.

"Most articles on newsdaily10.com are satire or pure fantasy," the sites says in its "about us" section.

The article ...

Pokémon Go Invades Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Pikachus at Roosevelt School, Weedles in Mindowaskin park and Pidgeys downtown. Yes, Pokémon have taken over Westfield, along with an abundance of young (and sometimes not so young) players who walk around town holding up their iPhones.

Nintendo's newest craze, Pokémon Go, has captivated millennial nostalgia in young people across the country ...

Murray Perch Bids Farewell to Westfield Train Station News Stand

July 16, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a 33-year stint at the Westfield Train Station, Murray Perch celebrated his “last stand” as the Sunnyside News provider Saturday morning surrounded by family and lifelong friends.

The Miami native got his first glimpse of the historic hut (built in 1900) when he picked up newspapers for his delivery service three decades ago. A few years later, when ...

Committee Nixes Ban on 24/7 Stores in Westfield

WESTFIELD NJ — The town should not ban 24-hour business operations in Westfield, Councilman Sam Della Fera, chairman of Westfield’s code review and town property committee, advised the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

The idea was brought to the council in January by a resident who opposed a 24-hour 7-Eleven on Central Avenue.  

“We were ...

Westfield Mayor Creates Task Force to Address Downtown Retail Slump

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky told the town council Tuesday that he has created a volunteer committee advise to the council on what changes should be made in the town’s laws to keep up with the paradigm shift in the retail industry that is negatively affecting Downtown Westfield.

“It’s hard to pick up a newspaper nowadays and look at the business section and not ...

6 Candidates Vying for 3 Westfield Board of Education Seats

July 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — This November, Westfield residents will choose from six candidates to fill three three-year terms (2017-2020) on the Westfield Board of Education. The deadline to file for candidacy was July 25 at 4 p.m.  

Running for re-election are Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and newly appointed member Amy Root, who was approved by the board to fill the seat vacated by Mitch ...

College Men’s Club of Westfield Awards More than $60K in Scholarships

WESTFIELD, NJ – The College Men’s Club of Westfield announced that it has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to four outstanding seniors from the Westfield High School Class of 2016: William Kelly, JD Marner and Michael Vricella-Stokes each received a $20,000 scholarship and Jacob (Jack) Ritter received a $1,000 scholarship named in memory of Keith Hertell, ...

Amy Root Sworn in to Westfield Board of Education

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The Westfield Board of Education’s newest member, Amy Root, was sworn in Thursday morning by attorney Richard Kaplow. Root was appointed by the BOE to fill the seat of former member Mitch Slater, who stepped down in June, about six months before his term was to expire on Dec. 31.

Root said she plans to run in the general election this ...

6 Candidates Vying for 3 Westfield Board of Education Seats

July 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — This November, Westfield residents will choose from six candidates to fill three three-year terms (2017-2020) on the Westfield Board of Education. The deadline to file for candidacy was July 25 at 4 p.m.  

Running for re-election are Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and newly appointed member Amy Root, who was approved by the board to fill the seat vacated by Mitch ...

Three Westfield Board of Education Seats Available for 2017-2020 Term

WESTFIELD, NJ — This November, Westfield residents will have the opportunity to run for three three-year terms (2017-2020) on the Westfield Board of Education. The deadline to file for candidacy is July 25.  The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The three members on the school board whose terms expire on Dec. 31 are Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and newly ...

Westfield’s French Brasserie Amuse to Close, Reopen with New Concept

July 8, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — After more than two years at 39 Elm Street downtown, Amuse is saying “goodbye” to Westfield. Its award-winning chef ,C.J. Reycraft, Jr, is not.

The French brasserie will close its doors after Saturday, July 9, and reopen in about a month with a new name and new concept, according to Reycraft. He’s not yet saying what will be on the menu.

“All I ...

Garwood Food Emporium Celebrates Grand Opening

GARWOOD, NJ — New Jersey’s first Food Emporium celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday in Garwood. The supermarket has been open about a week.

“I wish you luck,” Mayor Charles Lombardo said. “It’s a great facility inside and out.”

Owner Kevin Kim, who owns four other supermarkets, told the crowd that he will bring good ...

Westfield Police to Get Bulletproof Vest Courtesy of Ivy Rehab

July 21, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy in Westfield donated just under $1,000 to the Westfield Police Department Thursday to be used for the purchase of a potentially life-saving bulletproof vest.

“We wanted to do something for the community, and what better way than to do something for the police department that protects us every day?” Clinical Director Judy ...

Facebook Group Gives Back to Union County Sheriff’s Office with Cards, Lunch

ELIZABETH, NJ — About a dozen members of a local Facebook group dedicated to doing good deeds delivered hand-made cards and lunch to the Union County Sheriff’s office Wednesday.

Good Deeds by the Heart by Women, founded by Stefanie Hilarczyk, was the same group behind a similar event last week at the Westfield Police Department and events with police around the ...

Help Westfield Rotary Feed the Hungry at Jazz Nights

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Tuesday night and all other Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival nights, the Westfield Rotary Club will be on hand asking for help to feed the hungry.

Look for Rotary’s table on Elm Street next to Addams Tavern, where they will give lunch bags to anyone who would like to make lunches for hungry people in the community. A recommended lunch is a sandwich ...

Committee Nixes Ban on 24/7 Stores in Westfield

July 14, 2016

WESTFIELD NJ — The town should not ban 24-hour business operations in Westfield, Councilman Sam Della Fera, chairman of Westfield’s code review and town property committee, advised the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

The idea was brought to the council in January by a resident who opposed a 24-hour 7-Eleven on Central Avenue.  

“We were ...

Westfield Town Council Passes Law Regulating Solar Panel Installations

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ordinance approved by the Westfield Town Council at Tuesday’s meeting will regulate the installation of solar energy systems.

“The two-fold purpose is to encourage solar energy opportunities while at the same time ensuring that our town character and the character of our neighborhoods is maintained,” Councilman Sam Della Fera, chair of the code ...

Westfield Town Council Considering Ban on Street Parking During Snowstorms

WESTFIELD, NJ — At its most recent conference meeting, the Westfield Town Council learned the results of the town’s in-depth review of its handling of January’s Winter Storm Jonas, otherwise known as the Blizzard of 2016. To read the full report, click here.

The review’s authors made four recommendations to the council:

Enact an ordinance to prohibit parking on ...

Westfield Town Council Passes Law Regulating Solar Panel Installations

July 12, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ordinance approved by the Westfield Town Council at Tuesday’s meeting will regulate the installation of solar energy systems.

“The two-fold purpose is to encourage solar energy opportunities while at the same time ensuring that our town character and the character of our neighborhoods is maintained,” Councilman Sam Della Fera, chair of the code ...

Dredging of Pond in Westfield’s Mindowaskin Park to Begin Next Month

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dredging of Mindowaskin Pond is expected to begin in about a month, Town Administrator Jim Gildea announced during the town council’s most recent conference meeting.

“The goal was to have the project started by August first,” Gildea told them. “We’re in that range.”

The process will take about three months, he explained, and will ...

Westfield Area YMCA Brings Back Free Wellness Wednesdays

July 19, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA is inviting members of the community to enjoy its facilities and group fitness classes for free each Wednesday beginning July 20 and ending August 10.

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

JCC of Central NJ Announces Full Summer Slate

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains (1391 Martine Ave.) offers  a multitude of events and programs that span all ages throughout the summer.

Featured in the JCC’s upcoming calendar is the institution’s pride and joy, Camp Yachad, which celebrating a quarter century this summer with a 25th Anniversary Bash held on July 22 from 6 - ...

Storm Causes Flooding, Damage in Westfield

July 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Monday afternoon’s torrential rains caused flooding around town, turning several streets into mini rivers.

On Mountain Avenue, the water came up to the wheel wells of cars.

Petra Guglielmetti, who lives on Barchester Way, estimated that water was as much as a foot deep in some places on her street. She joked about her new “lakefront” ...

Westfield Firefighters Respond to Fire on Windsor Ave

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield firefighters extinguished a fire at a home on Windsor Avenue at Grandview Avenue at about 6 p.m. Monday.

No one was injured, according to authorities.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

East Broad Street in Downtown Westfield to Close at Night for Roadwork

WESTFIELD, NJ — The intersection of East Broad Street and Elm Street in Downtown Westfield may be closed the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week for roadwork, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman announced Tuesday.

Milling, paving and striping of East Broad Street downtown is scheduled to take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize inconvenience.

The ...

Vigil for Peace in Westfield Brings Together Community, Police

July 21, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

That quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  was the theme of Thursday evening’s vigil for peace, organized by the MLK Association of Westfield and attended by members of the community, members of the Westfield Police Department, Mayor Andy ...

Westfield MLK Association to Hold Vigil for Peace Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield announced that it will hold a vigil for peace on Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m. at the MLK monument in Downtown Westfield.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield is organizing a candlelight vigil for peace in order to give Westfielders the opportunity to take a moment to pause, consider ...

Obituary: Jeffrey Hoens of Westfield

Today my family and I must face the reality that our son Jeffrey Peter Hoens’s physical presence will no longer be with us. He had a “quirky” personality. He was our most creative child. He would go up to people and ask them “do you want to be friends?” When he was 2 years old he walked on the ice in the middle of a NJ Devil’s practice at Cody arena and ...

Westfield Grads Help Union Win Snapple Bowl All-Star Football Game

July 22, 2016

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – The electric atmosphere of the fourth quarter during Thursday’s 23rd annual Snapple Bowl made up for the lackluster first three, as the Union All-Stars broke a scoreless tie with two late touchdowns to beat Middlesex, 13-7, at Woodbridge’s Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

Offensive lineman Tom Morley, a recent Westfield High School graduate, proudly played ...

Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Planned for July 27

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Thousands are expected to participate in Downtown Westfield’s 15th annual 5K & Pizza Extravaganza next Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. Organized by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the “Pizza Run” attracted more than 2,400 runners and thousands of spectators last year.

After the race, pizza, beverages and desserts will be provided for ...

Westfield Native Joe Greenspan Returns to Pro Soccer

DENVER, CO — After a shortened 2015 rookie season, Westfield native Joe Greenspan, 23, has received a special waiver from the Navy to fulfill his service requirements and return full-time to professional soccer.

A 2011 graduate of Westfield High School, Greenspan was drafted 26th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after four years at the Naval ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Minor

July 25, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ - Hector Guillermo Narvaez, 32, of Murray Street in Elizabeth has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, the result of an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday, July ...

Fanwood Resident Ana Bogdanovski's Unlikely Swim Course Has Led Her to the Olympics in Rio

FANWOOD, NJ — Ana Bogdanovski is perhaps the most unlikely participant at the Summer Olympics in Brazil, where the Fanwood resident will carry the flag for her nation: Macedonia, a country located in the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe.

Bogdanovski's parents both are natives of the country, and she has dual U.S.-Macedonian citizenship. Now a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, ...

Midday Accident on Central Ave. in Clark Sends Police Officer to Hospital

CLARK, NJ – A Clark police officer was taken to the hospital after a collision at the intersection of Raritan Road and Central Avenue at approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

The officer was travelling east on Raritan Road, responding to an emergency call at the Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, when the accident occurred, Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos said. 

A witness who was in the ...

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Anthony Pericolo Announces Run for Westfield Board of Ed

July 25, 2016

Dear Westfield Residents, 

It is my honor today to humbly announce that I am seeking the position of Board of Education in our fantastic town this November. I decided to run because there are a few simple budgetary and attitudinal changes that I’ve noticed as a student in Westfield that, if achieved, will revitalize our school system.

Westfield currently has a $1.2 million ...

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Tue, July 26, 3:00 PM

Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant, Clark

BOGO Burgers @ Molly Maguires in Clark

Food & Drink

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Tue, July 26, 7:00 PM

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

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Wed, July 27, 12:00 AM

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Free Wellness Wednesday at the Westfield Area ...

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Home Burglaries Reported in Westfield, Pool Filter Stolen & More

July 20, 2016

July 14, 2016 12:08 p.m.

Officers Carrero and Shaughnessy arrested Joseph A. Pankiewitz, age 48, of Fanwood, NJ, for driving while intoxicated pursuant to a motor vehicle stop in the area of North Avenue in Scotch Plains, NJ. Subject was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters where he was processed and released to a sober and responsible adult.

July 15, 2016 9:26 a.m.

A ...

Westfield Art Association (WAA) Presents 'Summer Daze' at Gallery U Boutique

July 25, 2016

Gallery U Boutique, located at the circle in the Root building at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ, is proud to welcome members of the Westfield Art Association (WAA) for its upcoming art show: “Summer Daze.”

The exhibit will be open from Aug. 5, 2016, until Aug. 29, 2016. A public artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, from 6-8 ...

Understanding New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act

New Jersey's Prevention of Domestic Violence Act protects individuals in married, dating, cohabiting and co-parenting relationships from 18 categories of criminal acts by their significant others, including harassment and coercion.  In C.G. v. E.G., an unpublished decision dated June 30, 2016, Judge Lawrence Jones, Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County, reiterated ...

Westfield Area YMCA Enters Into Partnership with Newest YMCA in the World

The Westfield Area YMCA is happy to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the YMCA of the Cayman Islands, the newest YMCA in the world. The YMCA of the Cayman Islands was originally started with resource and training development from the YMCA of the USA and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, FL.  The Westfield Area YMCA is proud to be lending a hand.

The Cayman Islands was ...

GWACC Foundation Awards Scholarships to Scotch Plains-Fanwooid Students

The GWACC (Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) Foundation has awarded five local high school seniors $750 scholarships each toward their college education.

As the GWACC Foundation was formed in 2015, this is the first year that the Foundation is providing scholarships.  Each winner is a Business major with a solid academic and community service record. The GWACC represents the ...

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

52 Awards Earned by Westfield High School Students on National Latin Exam

A total of 52 Westfield High School students earned a variety of awards and recognitions at all four levels of the National Latin Exam, which is given annually in all 50 states and a number of countries worldwide. Freshman Tomas Taaffe earned a perfect score on the level 1 exam and will receive special recognition for his accomplishment.

WHS Latin teachers James Rowan and Barbara Bair were ...

Grief Starts at the Moment of Diagnosis: A Program for Children and Families Coping with Illness

When I ask people how they heard about the bereavement program at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, their response will often be very simple: “Everyone!”

That response fills me with hope. It tells me our community recognizes the emotional needs of grieving children. The culture of grief support for children has changed dramatically in the past thirty years since The Dougy ...

Healthcare Stocks Under Pressure: Opportunity Knocking?

Healthcare care stocks had been one of the best performing sectors for years, but that performance came to a halt last year as concerns in the sector have moved into the spotlight. The issues pressuring the stocks are not new, yet the worries have been further ignited by increased attention from the media and from politicians on the campaign trail.  

Controls over drug pricing are ...

Anti-Cop Rhetoric and the Dallas Police Assassinations

July 8, 2016

The assassination of five Dallas law enforcement officers should shock and disgust us all.  No society can be safe, no rights can be assured and no justice can be found in any place where police officers are intentionally targeted for murder.  

Sadly, this vicious attack comes on the heels of yet another viral video of a police shooting.  Despite that fact that they have no ...