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Patriots, Diamond Nation Go to Bat for Ailing Ben Fonseca

May 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The cause ...

Westfield Boy Scout Plans More Improvements to Edgewood Tree Park

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Boy Scout Peter Munkittrick is planning to improve Edgewood Tree Park at Coleman Place and Edgewood  Avenue by adding seating and landscaping.

The project, which will help Munkittrick fulfill his requirements to become an Eagle Scout, mirrors an Eagle Scout project on other side of the park completed last year by Boy Scout Aidan Windorf.

Presenting his ...

For 6th Year, Westfield’s Kevin Vedder to Play 100 Holes of Golf for Autism Awareness

WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning at dawn next Monday, Westfield resident Kevin Vedder will begin his Hundred Hole Hike at Echo Lake Country Club.

Along with fellow Westfield parent Shaun Murphy and childhood friend Chris Bartoli, Vedder plans to play 100 holes of golf, walking approximately 35 miles in what he expects will be about 15 hours. This is the sixth time Vedder has participated ...

Westfield Board of Health Holds Hearing with Restaurant & More at Meeting

May 8, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health heard from Xinsong Yang, owner of Sichuan Dynasty, at Monday night’s meeting.

Yang was required to attend the hearing after Sichuan Dynasty received multiple ratings that were less than satisfactory since 2015, according to principal health inspector Helen Mendez.

During the most recent inspection in March, the restaurant experienced ...

TAPinto Sponsors Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate those who have fought the disease and the science and energy behind the ...

Outstanding Westfield High School Teachers, Support Staff Honored

May 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Three teachers and one custodian have been recognized by the Westfield High School community for their excellence throughout the year. Recipients of the annual awards were selected based on nominations from students, parents and other WHS staff members.

Brett Curtis, a social studies teacher, was named the PTSO Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes a teacher who ...

5 Westfield High School Students Earn Top Scores on Parts of ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Five Westfield High School students achieved the highest score possible on parts of the April 2018 ACT standardized tests, the school district announced Friday.

The students receiving a top score of 36 are: Sophomore Ian Gurland – Math; junior Julianne Aronson – English and Reading; junior Brianna Hatch, 11th grade – Science, STEM, English and ELA; ...

Compass SchoolHouse in Westfield Holds Grand Opening of Outdoor Classroom

WESTFIELD, NJ — Compass SchoolHouse held the grand opening on Thursday of its new Outdoor Classroom.

Located at 125 Elmer St., the Outdoor Classroom at Compass SchoolHouse began with the simple idea of cleaning out weeds, branches, sticks and rocks from a corner of the current playground to expand the area for outdoor play. This original idea evolved into the creation of an outdoor ...

Westfield to Commemorate National Poppy Day May 25

May 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle read a proclamation at last week’s town council meeting marking May 25 National Poppy Day in Westfield. The proclamation was presented to Martin Wallberg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3 President Sharon Knight.

At the end of WWI, the American Legion adopted the poppy as its official flower, taking its inspiration from the John McCrae Poem ...

Town of Westfield Website Answers Ice Rink Questions

WESTFIELD, NJ — A frequently asked questions page about the proposed temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park has been added to the town of Westfield’s website. Included is a map of the park showing the proposed rink. To reach the page, click here.

It answers questions from “Why was Gumbert Park chosen as the location?” to “What is the size of the rink?” to ...

Westfield Storm Debris Pickup Nearly Finished, Town Asks County to Pitch In

WESTFIELD, NJ — A town-wide collection of winter storm plant debris, twigs and branches, which started March 19, is expected to be completed by next week, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. As of Thursday, Westfield crews were picking up debris in the final zone, zone six on the town’s leaf-collection map, according to the town's ...

Ducks Thrive Against Patriots in Fog-Shrouded Game

May 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Long Island Ducks (12-8) defeated the Somerset Patriots (12-6) 6-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.

The Ducks took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Lew Ford, a sacrifice fly by David Washington, and an RBI single by Wilkin Castillo.

The Patriots cut the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a double by ...

Patriots: Dudley's 9th-Inning Sac Fly Walk-Off Breaks Scoreless Tie

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots (12-5) defeated the Long Island Ducks (11-8) 1-0 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night.

Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Aaron Dudley delivered a one-out bases loaded sacrifice fly to win the game.

“I was thinking that all I needed to do was get something up and deep,” said Dudley. “He left ...

Patriots, Diamond Nation Go to Bat for Ailing Ben Fonseca

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Diamond Nation have partnered for a special event to raise money for a member of their family, former coach and instructor Ben Fonseca.

Fonseca is battling systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder where healthy tissue is being destroyed because the immune system mistakenly thinks it’s a foreign substance or infection. The cause ...

Downed Tree Takes Out Transformer on Watchung Fork

May 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A tree came down and took a transformer and electrical wires with it on Watchung Fork Thursday morning.

At around 10:30 a.m., the Westfield Fire Department and the Union County Hazmat Unit were called to the scene in the neighborhood behind Franklin Elementary School. A medium-sized tree, wires and a disconnected transformer were laying on the lightly traveled ...

Cyclist Hit by Pickup Truck in Westfield Tuesday Morning

Updated at 4 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman riding a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck at the corner of North Chestnut Street and Kimball Avenue Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.

A neighbor who was inside his house at the time said he heard a woman scream loudly. He ran outside, saw that she’d been hit and called 9-1-1, he said.

Police responded in under a minute, he ...

Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Westfield Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A motorcyclist was seriously injured in crash at North Avenue and East Broad Street early Friday evening, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman.

A helicopter landed at Westfield High School around 6 p.m. to transport the victim to University Hospital.

“The cause of the accident is under investigation. It isn’t a collision,” Wayman ...

Vine Ripe Markets in Westfield Offers Quality, Service, Tradition and a Uniquely Enjoyable Shopping Experience

May 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets, an independent grocery store on North Avenue in Westfield, is not your typical supermarket. For owner Frank Bruno, the son of a cop and a teacher, it’s a dream come true.

 “It was a life-long dream,” Bruno said. “I envisioned the American dream as being a small business owner.”

Bruno, father of Frankie (10), ...

Westfield Planning Board Approves Addition to Historic Building, Hears Additional Applications at Meeting

May 8, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board carried an application for a subdivision of 942 Summit Avenue at the request of the applicant during Monday night’s meeting.

Samuel Michael Strauss, who purchased the single-family home on the property for his daughter and grandchildren, said they’re seeking a subdivision for financial reasons.

“It had to do with ...

Westfield High School Theater Students, Teacher Recognized

May 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Julian Mazzola received the Foxy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 2018 Montclair State University Theatre Night Awards Tuesday. The MSU awards night recognizes excellence in the production of high school and middle school non-musical plays throughout New Jersey.

Mazzola was chosen by judges for his ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Video Preview: Tour Some of Westfield’s Most Notable Homes Mother’s Day Weekend with the Friends of the NJFO

WESTFIELD – This year’s Tour of Notable Homes is this Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This longtime Westfield tradition is presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and highlights some of the area’s diverse architecture and eclectic home design.

“This year we present a stylish medley of four Westfield residences — each with a ...

Mindowaskin Playground in Westfield to Close this Summer for $850K Makeover

May 10, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The playground at Mindowaskin Park will be closed from about July through August for the installation of all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at the town council’s meetings Tuesday night.

Donations and grants totaling $560,000 will offset the playground’s $850,980 cost, he said.

The Westfield Foundation donated $400,000 ...

Westfield’s Bulky Waste Pickup Postponed, Possibly Canceled

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield is still trying to find a company to conduct its annual bulky waste pickup after no companies bid on the job this spring. The pickup usually takes place in June, but must now be postponed until the fall, if it happens at all, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference session Tuesday night.

“Part of the reason we ...

Video Preview: Tour Some of Westfield’s Most Notable Homes Mother’s Day Weekend with the Friends of the NJFO

WESTFIELD – This year’s Tour of Notable Homes is this Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This longtime Westfield tradition is presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and highlights some of the area’s diverse architecture and eclectic home design.

“This year we present a stylish medley of four Westfield residences — each with a ...

Video: Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra Present 37th Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield

May 13, 2018

WESTFIELD — Despite rainy weather, participants showed up by the carload to visit some of Westfield’s most distinctive properties featured on this year’s Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, on Saturday.

“It’s a much better turnout despite the weather,” said tour co-chair Michele Pierce. “The legacy ...

Keller Williams Westfield Associates Beautify Train Station for ‘RED Day’

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Associates from Keller Williams Realty’s Westfield office took time on Thursday to “Give Where They Live” as part of Keller Williams Realty’s RED Day. Short for “Renew, Energize and Donate,” the annual event was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

The associates ...

'Union County Kids Dig In!' Garden Grants Go to 5 Westfield Schools

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded grants totaling $4,952 to five garden projects in Westfield through the "Union County Kids Dig In!" school garden grant program.

Schools with students in grades pre-K through 12 were eligible to apply for a Union County Kids Dig In grant. The grants are funded through the Union County Open Space, ...

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Uniacke Named Bridges Outreach Executive Director as Bhatt, Tulloch Announce Retirement

May 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ — Bridges Outreach, Inc. Executive Director Lois Bhatt and Deputy Executive Director Bethany Tulloch have announced their retirement and, effective May 29, Richard J. Uniacke will begin his tenure as the Summit-based nonprofit's new Executive Director.

Uniacke, who will become just the organization's third executive director in three decades, was ...

A Time for Reflection by Westfield's Town Historian

May 19, 2018

As Westfield’s Town Historian and since we are approaching our 300-year anniversary in 2020, I think this presents a good time to reflect on the town’s history focusing on how it has changed during these past three centuries. Formed as the West Fields of Elizabethtown in 1720, this farming community has undergone significant transformation from inception to a thriving, bustling center ...

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Sun, May 20, 8:00 AM

Applebee's Clark Commons, Clark

Brendan's Meadows Flapjack Fundraiser

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TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Long Island Ducks Baseball ...

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Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

History of Silhouettes & Craft for Children

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Westfield Police Blotter: Counterfeit $100 Bills, Man Arrested in Car Burglary & More

May 16, 2018

May 8, 2018 2:23 p.m.

A business in the 200 block of East Broad Street reported receiving payment for services with a counterfeit $100 bill. The suspect made a small purchase with the counterfeit bill and received change, depriving the business of $94.24 change and $5.26 purchase. Suspect described as a black male 25-40 years of age, with facial hair wearing a black Nike wind breaker jacket ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Fourth-Graders Promote Drug Free New Jersey

May 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- The fourth-grade health class at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, taught by Dawn Francavilla of Somerset, was involved in designing a folder for a Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. The students were challenged to create anti-drug artwork relating to the theme "Fun Things to do Instead of Doing Drugs."

The winning entries had their artwork reproduced as ...

Ask Maria: How can I help my son? 

Q: My son's best friend's mom just passed away. I am concerned for my son and don't know what to do for him. He is distraught. How can I help my son? 

Response:

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. No two people grieve the same, even in the family. I am certain that your son’s friend and mom are like family to your son. Losing his ...

17 Homes Sold week of May 6 to May 13 2018 in Cranford, Westfield, Mountainiside, Fanwood and Scotch Plains

Seventeen homes sold week of May 6 to May 13, 2018, in Cranford, Scotch Plains, Westfield,  Mountainside and Fanwood:*

 

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Dog Missing from Fanwood Home

UPDATE: Reunited with owner!

ORIGINAL POST: Lexi was seen north side of Fanwood Thursday. She's 25 lbs., tall and looks like a fox.

Lexi is friendly and was wearing a collar with a tag. Call 732-259-5570 if you spot her.

IRS Grants Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Reduction of Maximum Deductible HSA Contributions

The IRS recently announced relief for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) who contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).

 

For 2018, taxpayers with family coverage under an HDHP may treat $6,900 as the maximum deductible HSA contribution.

 

The annual amount had been reduced to $6,850 for 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Eight Westfield Student Vocalists Accepted into 2018-2019 All-State Choruses

Eight student vocalists from Westfield High School have been accepted into the 2018-2019 All-State Choruses.

Performing with the 2018 All-State Mixed Chorus in November will be Charlotte Geary, Zachary Lemberg, Joseph Maldonado, Vincent Mora, Nicole Player, and Matthew Siroty. The Mixed Chorus will perform at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention in November and at the New ...

‘Chambers USA 2018’ Recognizes John Schmidt Among List of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that John H. Schmidt has once again been recognized by “Chambers USA” in their annual list of leading lawyers for business. Chambers and Partners, which produces “Chambers USA,” is a client referral organization that researches and subjectively ranks attorneys and law firm practice groups nationwide ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

Stocks Can Rise in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Investors remain concerned about the potential impact of higher interest rates on stocks. In their most recently released minutes, the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee indicated the US economy is on solid footing and the economic conditions warrant continued gradual increasing of interest rates. This set off a sale in the stock and bond markets as investors began pricing in a fourth ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Obituaries

Donn A. Snyder, 88, died at home on May 8 in Southern Shores, NC, where he was a resident for ...
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A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 18, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...