TOP LOCAL NEWS

Westfield Board of Education Reviews Roles & Responsibilities

September 21, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a brief regular meeting on Tuesday night, the Westfield Board of Education held a special workshop to review the roles and responsibilities of its members.

Led by David Nash, Esq., Director of Legal Education for the NJPSA/FEA, the group examined how and where the state board of education, commissioner of education and superintendent all come into play.

With ...

Westfield Student Selected to Play in Army Bowl Marching Band

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield High School student Michael Hauge, a clarinetist in the school’s marching band, is one of 125 high school seniors in the country to be selected to play in marching band during the US Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance in San Antonio, Texas, this January.

Hauge is one of only two students from New Jersey to receive the ...

Could Full-Day Kindergarten be Coming to Westfield?

WESTFIELD, NJ — As the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public School district begins its first year offering full-day kindergarten, Westfield parents are increasingly asking why we can’t have the same services here.

According to Westfield School Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan, the challenges involved in offering full-day kindergarten to Westfield students are largely financial and ...

Westfield JV Volleyball Wins Bloomfield Invitational Tournament

September 26, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The No. 5 seeded Westfield High School JV volleyball team went on to win the Bloomfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday.  The all-day tournament involved 24 teams from throughout New Jersey. 

The WHS JV team beat the first and second seeded teams, defeating No. 2 Old Bridge to claim the championship ...

Girls Soccer: Westfield Defeats Watchung Hills, 1-0

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills held possession for most of the game, and outshot Westfield 9-4, but one play on a controversial hand ball call made the difference. Grace Elliott scored on an assist from Taylor Morgan to lead the Westfield girls varsity soccer team over Watchung Hills on Saturday, 1-0.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Watchung Hills was called for a hand ...

Football: Westfield Keeps Win Streak Going with 37-10 Win Over Franklin

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity football team beat Franklin 37-10 Saturday, achieving the school’s 16th consecutive win and maintaining ownership of the highest win streak in New Jersey.

Although the streak is drawing crowds of proud Westfield residents, head coach Jim DeSarno is focusing more on what they need to do in the new season.

“Really we’re ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln and Operation Rebound: Working Together to Help Veterans and First Responders

September 26, 2016

UNION, NJ – Operation Rebound and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln have partnered together before, but the recent bike relay ride to Walter Reed Medical Center was special. 

Operation Rebound NJ Racing Team is a premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue ...

Westfield Moms Get Fit, Support Each Other, in Union County Running Group

UNION COUNTY, NJ — From first-time 5K runners to experienced marathoners, every woman is welcome in Union County Moms Run This Town, a local Facebook-based running group.

Westfield member Jackie McCormack called MRRT “an amazingly supportive group of women. Running may be what brought this group together, but the support we provide each other in every area of life goes way beyond ...

Westfield Dad, Navy Vet, Marches to Prevent Veteran Suicide

WESTFIELD, NJ — Navy vet and Westfield dad Marc Herzog was one of hundreds to march in the Silkies Hike NYC  this weekend with Irreverent Warriors, a non-profit that uses humor and camaraderie to prevent veteran suicide.

Wearing Silkies (military-style PT shorts made famous by the United States Marines), Herzog and about 380 others hiked 13 miles, many carrying ...

Westfield FestiFall Street Fair Attracts Record Crowds

September 26, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tens of Thousands of people visited Downtown Westfield Sunday for the  2016 FestiFall Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It's the largest attendance we've ever had,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said. “It's just thousands upon thousands of people.”

The ...

Westfield Landlord Fighting Harvest Group in Court Over Addams Tavern Construction

WESTFIELD, NJ — Even as a sign over its window reads “now hiring,” a legal battle is being waged in New Jersey Superior Court over Addams Tavern, a much-anticipated bar and restaurant said to be opening soon in Downtown Westfield.

Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, filed a civil complaint against Harvest Restaurants Group and its owners Aug. 17 claiming that construction on the ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s FestiFall Street Fair Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln and Operation Rebound: Working Together to Help Veterans and First Responders

September 26, 2016

UNION, NJ – Operation Rebound and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln have partnered together before, but the recent bike relay ride to Walter Reed Medical Center was special. 

Operation Rebound NJ Racing Team is a premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue ...

Girl Scouts Museum Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Museum celebrated its grand opening Saturday at 201 Grove Street East.

The little museum consists of uniforms dating back to 1918, vintage cookie tins, badge collections and other classic Girl Scouts memorabilia. Members of the GSHNJ’s board of directors Dolores Kresge, Nancy Avery and Sherley Penrose started collecting ...

Over 200 Cyclists Participate in Bike MS: Country Challenge 2016; Raise Over $200K for Research

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cycling is a great way to lose weight, socialize and distress. But for more than 200 cyclists on Saturday, their hobby went towards raising more than $200,000 for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.

Across from Loantaka Brook Park and the sleepy horses grazing at Seton Hackney Stables, cyclists of all skill levels gathered at 475 South Street starting at 6:45 in the morning ...

Owner of Westfield ‘Watcher’ House Seeks to Tear it Down, Build Two New Homes

September 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of Westfield’s infamous “Watcher” house, 657 Boulevard, have filed a zoning application with the Westfield Planning Board to have the Dutch colonial torn down and replaced with two new homes, according to a Westfield resident who said she and other neighbors were advised of the plans in an official letter Saturday. Site plans obtained Monday ...

Dredging of Westfield’s Mindowaskin Pond Begins

WESTFIELD, NJ — The long-awaited dredging project at Mindowaskin Pond began Thursday, though visitors may not have noticed anything different. Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained at Tuesday night’s town council meetings that the first step is to gradually lower the level of the pond.

“That going to take a handful of days to do,” he said. “As the water gets ...

Westfield Board of Health Hears of Repeat Violations at Food Establishments & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ – Members of the Westfield Board of Health gathered on Monday to review both July and August’s health reports, which revealed two conditionally satisfactory grades given to local food establishments.

NY 8th Avenue Deli (NY Korean BBQ), a business that was brought before the board for a hearing in 2015, is under the board’s microscope yet again.

Westfield Landlord Fighting Harvest Group in Court Over Addams Tavern Construction

September 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Even as a sign over its window reads “now hiring,” a legal battle is being waged in New Jersey Superior Court over Addams Tavern, a much-anticipated bar and restaurant said to be opening soon in Downtown Westfield.

Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, filed a civil complaint against Harvest Restaurants Group and its owners Aug. 17 claiming that construction on the ...

Westfield Mom, Legal Expert to Speak About Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Greer Gurland, author of “How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law” (Amazon Books) will speak at Westfield Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Gurland is a Harvard educated lawyer specializing in special education law and the ...

Prosecutor’s Office: Connecticut Man Admits to Westfield Vehicular Homicide in 2011 Crash

ELIZABETH, NJ — A Connecticut man admitted responsibility Monday for an alcohol-related crash in Westfield in 2011 that killed one person and seriously injured another, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park has announced. The crash occurred at Tice Place and Clifton Street.

According to the prosecutor’s office, 30-year-old Robert McGowan of Trumbull, Connecticut, ...

Owner of Westfield ‘Watcher’ House Seeks to Tear it Down, Build Two New Homes

September 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of Westfield’s infamous “Watcher” house, 657 Boulevard, have filed a zoning application with the Westfield Planning Board to have the Dutch colonial torn down and replaced with two new homes, according to a Westfield resident who said she and other neighbors were advised of the plans in an official letter Saturday. Site plans obtained Monday ...

Westfield Landlord Fighting Harvest Group in Court Over Addams Tavern Construction

WESTFIELD, NJ — Even as a sign over its window reads “now hiring,” a legal battle is being waged in New Jersey Superior Court over Addams Tavern, a much-anticipated bar and restaurant said to be opening soon in Downtown Westfield.

Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, filed a civil complaint against Harvest Restaurants Group and its owners Aug. 17 claiming that construction on the ...

Bowcraft Announces 2017 Schedule as Zoning Board Plans to Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  —  Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season, it told customers Tuesday. The amusement park operators sent an email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent:

To Our Valued Customers,

There is much buzz in social ...

Westfield FestiFall Street Fair Attracts Record Crowds

September 26, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tens of Thousands of people visited Downtown Westfield Sunday for the  2016 FestiFall Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It's the largest attendance we've ever had,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said. “It's just thousands upon thousands of people.”

The ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s FestiFall Street Fair Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Westfield’s NJ Festival Orchestra Gets Ready for 2016-2017 Season

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, led by Music Director David Wroe, is gearing up for another dynamic season, starting with “An American and Paris,” the first week in October featuring two of George Gershwin’s best-loved orchestral works — “An American in Paris” and “Concerto in F” — as well as ...

Donnelly Running Unopposed for Westfield Town Council Seat this November

September 15, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Republican Ken Donnelly will run unopposed in a special election this November for re-election to his Ward 2 Westfield Town Council seat.

Chair of the Westfield Democratic Committee Janice Siegel announced in a statement Thursday that no Democrat would run and no other resident filed for candidacy in time for Wednesday’s deadline, according to the Union County ...

Pericolo Drops Out of Westfield BOE Race, Endorses Bielen and Galligan

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a letter to the editor Thursday, Westfield Board of Education candidate Anthony Pericolo announced that he is dropping out of the race and endorsing Michael Bielen and incumbent Brendan Galligan. Pericolo is the second person to withdraw his candidacy. Will Harmer announced his withdrawal in August.

Pericolo and Harmer are both 2016 graduates of ...

Dredging of Westfield’s Mindowaskin Pond Begins

September 16, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The long-awaited dredging project at Mindowaskin Pond began Thursday, though visitors may not have noticed anything different. Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained at Tuesday night’s town council meetings that the first step is to gradually lower the level of the pond.

“That going to take a handful of days to do,” he said. “As the water gets ...

Injured Hawk Found in Westfield Brought to The Raptor Trust

WESTFIELD, NJ — A injured Cooper’s hawk is being treated at The Raptor Trust after he was found and rescued Monday by Brendan Galligan, a Westfield resident and member of the Westfield Board of Education.

Galligan said that the bird had crashed into his neighbor’s house.

“He kept trying to get up and fly away, but he would only get a few feet before crashing back to ...

Obituary: Debra Ann Parente Rosin of Westfield

September 14, 2016

Debra Parente-Rosin

Amazing Mother, Wife, Aunt, Musician, Teacher and Wonderfully Caring Person

Debra Parente-Rosin, 59, of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. She was a loving mother, wife, aunt and musician who was very active in the arts. Debra was born and raised in North Arlington, NJ. She received her Bachelor in Music Education from Montclair State University ...

Westfield Remembers Those who Died in September 11 Terror Attacks on 15th Anniversary

WESTFIELD, NJ — A crowd gathered at Westfield’s September 11th Memorial Park Sunday evening to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky read the names of the 12 people from Westfield who lost their lives that day: Andrew J. Alameno, David Otey Campbell, Michael A. Davidson, Dean P. Eberling, Stephen Mark Fogel, Thomas Glasser, Leo Russell ...

Westfield, County to Commemorate 15th Anniversary of 9/11

WESTFELD, NJ — The town of Westfield will observe the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a community gathering on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to gather at Westfield's September 11th Memorial at North Avenue and East Broad Street, Mayor Andy Skibitsky announced.

The ceremony will begin with ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

September 26, 2016

Go to TAPinto Travels for more travel ideas.

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

Four Ideas for Family Fun this Weekend

TAPinto Travels Presents

Enjoy the crisp fall air this weekend by traveling to Northern New Jersey for a slew of fun-filled festivals and events. With plenty of food, drink, and music at each event, you and your entire family are guaranteed to go home happy.

Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek in Vernon

Every year, Mountain Creek holds the top Oktoberfest in the entire ...

Roselle Park Gearing Up for RP Loves Arts! Festival

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The community is gearing up for Saturday as the 2nd Annual “Roselle Park Loves Arts!” festival will attract hundreds of people from all over NJ.

The event is a celebration of the arts and will showcase over 100 artists and performers featuring an art walk of visual artists and handcrafted items from a variety of artisans. Some artists will offer ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Celebrity Chef Showdown Oct. 6 Heralds Arrival of Soup Kitchen 411; Event Serves as Fundraiser to Fight Hunger

September 23, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ — More than 45,000,000 Americans struggle just to put food on the table. Soup Kitchen 411, a newly-formed non-profit, is aiming to stamp out hunger because the organization and its supporters believe the problem is 100 percent solvable.

Soup Kitchen 411 is a web-based portal containing a national directory of ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting & Workshop Sept. 20

September 22, 2016

PERSONNEL

The Board approved several curricular and co-curricular assignments for the 2016-2017 school year.

FACILITIES

Business Administrator Dana Sullivan reported that summer projects are progressing and most have been completed.  The new Public Address system continues to be tested and fine-tuned.

 

CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION & PROGRAMS

The Board approved several ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e103f3bfa5073ee147c0_089758a7b1a61ad73701_exercise_class_7-27-16__46_

Mon, September 26, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Gentle Chair Yoga at SAGE Eldercare

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_38df4bcc70903de7b192_4b04ea5b2d181d163791_1d4v0013_lowres

Mon, September 26, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Nutrition Seminar for Individuals with High ...

Health & Wellness

Mon, September 26, 4:00 PM

Westfield Neighborhood Council, Westfield

Registration for WNC After School Homework ...

Education

Two Arrested in Connection with Shoplifting in Westfield & More

September 21, 2016

September 15, 2016 12:38 p.m.

Mr. Duquan Randolph, age 31, was arrested at the Warren County Jail on the strength of one outstanding warrant issued by the Westfield Municipal Court ($939 bail). He was transported to Westfield Police Department headquarters for arrest processing and held in lieu of posting the requisite bail.

September 15, 2016 1:54 p.m.

Ms. Megan Denner, age 29, of ...

Career Closet Community Open House to be Held Oct. 7

September 26, 2016

The Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield’s signature project, Career Closet, will be hosting a community Open House on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET at their location in Cranford at 110 Walnut St., 2nd floor. This is an opportunity for the public, social service agencies, high school counselors, community partners and any community service projects serving women ...

Become a Westfield Area YMCA Lifeguard and Keep Your Community Safe Around Water

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing teens ages 16+ and adults the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and certification to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. 

The Y Lifeguard certification is a nationally recognized certification for clear water (pools) and open water (lakes/beaches) facilities.  The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding ...

Cat Found in Westfield

Cat found in a Westfield family's yard Monday.  Described as very affectionate. May be injured. Picked up by Animal Control. 

'How do you hold your dad in your life?' she asked

“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10

I first began working in the field of children’s grief support in 1997 as a volunteer for the Rainbows program in Montclair. I’ll never forget a little girl named Elizabeth who was 10 years old when she came to Rainbows. Her father had died suddenly of a heart attack.

Lindabury Adds Two New Attorneys

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced today that Lisa Gingeleskie and Christopher Reilly have joined the firm in its Westfield New Jersey office. Lisa will focus her practice in the area of Labor and Employment law while Chris will join the firm’s Construction group which represents contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on claims related to defective ...

Westfield In-Service Readies School Personnel

Westfield Public School teachers and support staff returned to school early this year with an In-Service held on September 7.  The Curriculum, Instruction and Program Department outlined a full schedule for staff at all grade levels.

A variety of topics were covered, from curriculum development and technology to CPR.  For example, elementary teachers attended differentiated ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

How Hot is the Real Estate Market?

We hear the nationwide market is shifting downward. Yet, in this part of Union County, that is certainly not the case as of August figures.  The markets in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Cranford are all strong. Supply is low, and prices are on average up from a year ago.  Let's examine the statistics based on the Garden State MLS from from August 2016 with ...

What do employment law attorneys look for when selecting a harassment or discrimination case on a contingency fee basis?

What do employment law attorneys look for when selecting a harassment or discrimination case on a contingency fee basis?

Likable and competent client – charisma and competency add value to a case, lending credibility to the plaintiff’s story.
A direct statement or overt act against the client motivated by prejudice against his or her protected class status (ie. race, gender or ...

Lance Takes Immediate Action: More Terror Funds in Wake of NJ Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.

“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to ...

In Your Community

Teen And Dad Join Team Atlantic Health System at Bike MS

Ryan Amalfitano, who turns 15 this weekend, plans to ride his bicycle 100 miles in two days.  He won't be alone ‑ he and his father, Chris Amalfitano, chair of the emergency department at Overlook Medical Center, are part of Team Atlantic Health System which is taking part in Bike MS, a nationwide fund-raising effort on Sept.17 and 18.

Their team and at least another 52 teams of ...