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Westfield Native Reflects on Summer as White House Intern

August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Ben Nanna, a Westfield High School graduate and co-founder of Greta’s Run, served as an intern at the White House over the summer.

Nanna was a WHIP Intern in the office of management & administration, helping to produce professional development events with White House senior staffers, leadership workshops for the intern class and intern-led ...

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 ...

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, ...

Dog Injured by Train in Westfield Needs Home

August 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Animal Control Solutions is looking for the owner of a German Shepherd mix, or possibly a new home for him, after he was hit by a train in Westfield Sunday morning. The unaltered male is about 5 years old, according to Beth Comitas, vice president of Animal Control Solutions, which handles animal control in Westfield.

Although he needed to have one leg amputated, ...

Report: Westfield Woman Dies While Hiking in Catskills

HUNTER, NY — Marcie Yates, 56, of Westfield fell to her death while hiking in the Catskills Friday, according to according a report in the Register-Star.

Yates was hiking with two others along a narrow trail when she fell 100 feet off a ravine near Kaaterskill Creek Friday at about 5:45 p.m., according to the publication. The article says that Yates was pronounced dead at the ...

Union County Authorities Warn of Increase in Phone Scams

WESTFIELD, NJ — An elderly Westfield resident was one of several recent victims of phone scams, according to a joint announcement by Union County Prosecutor Grace Park and Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan Thursday.

The man received a phone call from a person claiming to be an attorney who falsely reported that his grandson had been arrested in New York and that he needed ...

NJ Monthly Ranks Westfield High School No. 8 in State

August 24, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  In its September issue, New Jersey Monthly ranked Westfield High School No. 8 on its list of top 100 public high schools in the state. The last time the list came out, in 2014, Westfield High School was ranked No. 21. In 2012, it was ranked No. 49.

The rankings are based entirely on data reported by the schools to the state Department of Education, according to NJ ...

Harmer Drops from Westfield BOE Race, Endorses Galligan

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a letter to the editor Friday, Westfield Board of Education candidate Will Harmer announced that he is dropping out of the race and endorsing incumbent Brendan Galligan. Harmer, a 2016 graduate of Westfield High School, was one of six candidates vying for three seats on the board.

“Over the past month, I have been looking through documents, talking to board ...

Newsweek Ranks Westfield High School No. 67 in US

WESTFIELD, NJ — Newsweek has released its annual ranking of the Best Public High Schools in America, and Westfield High School comes in at No. 67.

WHS was omitted from the list in 2015. The magazine said last August that it never received the school’s data. In 2014, Newsweek ranked the school No. 29 in the nation.

This year’s list included 51 New Jersey high schools ...

Westfield High School Football Looks to Repeat as Champions

August 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Last season, the Westfield High School varsity football team broke a long dry spell by winning their first state championship since 1977 with a 10-7 win over Bridgewater-Raritan at MetLife Stadium to cap off a perfect 12-0 season. The Blue Devils hope to duplicate that success this fall.

“This year, we have prepared just like we did last year,” senior ...

Westfield Olympian Nick Delpololo Mulls Post-Rio Future

WESTFILED, NJ — This is not the comeback story that leaves everyone feeling good.

For Westfield native Nick Delpopolo, getting back to a second Olympics in Rio as a judo fighter after he was sent home during the 2012 games in London for a positive marijuana test still leaves him feeling unappreciated by USA Judo — and questioning a possible move to Mixed Martial Arts ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 5K Run for Everyone Benefitting Young Adults with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Participants of all ages and abilities are sought for the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone on Sunday, Sept.18.

The Run for Everyone continues the September 5K tradition at the YMCA initiated by Greta’s Run four years ago. (Greta’s Run has since expanded its mission and become the Greta’s Run Foundation.)

Money raised from the 5K will be ...

Westfield Rescue Squad Offers Back-to-School Health & Safety Tips A-Z

August 26, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The new school year is nearly upon us and there are many reasons to stay safe during this very stressful period.  Here are some reminders to adhere to in case you or your child has gotten out of practice over the summer.

Allergies – Inform new teachers and school nurses of any allergies your child may have.  Provide something in writing so the ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 5K Run for Everyone Benefitting Young Adults with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Participants of all ages and abilities are sought for the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone on Sunday, Sept.18.

The Run for Everyone continues the September 5K tradition at the YMCA initiated by Greta’s Run four years ago. (Greta’s Run has since expanded its mission and become the Greta’s Run Foundation.)

Money raised from the 5K will be ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Counts on Donations for Vital Funding

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad members work together to offer free emergency medical services to the community. Their funding? Entirely composed of donations from the very people they are serving.

According to David Sloan, WVRS vice president, donations are used to update equipment, improve ambulances, repair the squad’s ...

über bistro in Westfield Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

August 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  über bistro, a café in on South Avenue specializing in healthy American comfort food, celebrated its recent opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

Menu items at über bistro include grass-fed beef burgers on brioche buns, breakfast sandwiches, hand-cut fries, ...

NosVino Wine Shop in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

WESTFIELD, NJ — NosVino, formerly known as CoolVines Westfield, celebrated its grand re-opening Saturday with free tastings, a band and food from local restaurants, including the new Butcher Block Burgers.

The name NosVino means “our wine.”

“My wife Alicia and I are extremely excited to be launching our own brand and want our customers to know we’ll be doing it ...

CoolVines Wine Shop in Westfield is Now NosVino; Grand Reopening Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — CoolVines, the popular boutique wine shop in Downtown Westfield, is now NosVino. Owner Erick Garcia said the name change and new look, as well as some new products, are in line with his hopes to make the shop more his own.

NosVino means “our wine,” he explained.

“I just felt it was the right time to take that step,” said Garcia, who has owned ...

Dog Injured by Train in Westfield Needs Home

August 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Animal Control Solutions is looking for the owner of a German Shepherd mix, or possibly a new home for him, after he was hit by a train in Westfield Sunday morning. The unaltered male is about 5 years old, according to Beth Comitas, vice president of Animal Control Solutions, which handles animal control in Westfield.

Although he needed to have one leg amputated, ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host 5K Run for Everyone Benefitting Young Adults with Special Needs

WESTFIELD, NJ — Participants of all ages and abilities are sought for the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone on Sunday, Sept.18.

The Run for Everyone continues the September 5K tradition at the YMCA initiated by Greta’s Run four years ago. (Greta’s Run has since expanded its mission and become the Greta’s Run Foundation.)

Money raised from the 5K will be ...

IDF Festival in Westfield Canceled

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s first annual International Development Festival scheduled for this Thursday in Unami Park has been canceled. The event was planned to honor the late Darren Lederman and to raise funds to help his family.

Organizer Lisa Pipher said that there were not enough soccer registrations to make the event feasible. In addition, she said, with a high ...

Westfield Native Reflects on Summer as White House Intern

August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Ben Nanna, a Westfield High School graduate and co-founder of Greta’s Run, served as an intern at the White House over the summer.

Nanna was a WHIP Intern in the office of management & administration, helping to produce professional development events with White House senior staffers, leadership workshops for the intern class and intern-led ...

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 ...

Town Introduces New Interactive Map of Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new interactive map on the town of Westfield’s website lets users see information such as which leaf pickup zone they live in, bus stops nearby and even a property market analysis.

The town of Westfield partnered with GovPilot to develop the interactive geographic information system (GIS) map of services, districts and geographic information.

To view the ...

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

August 29, 2016

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, ...

Union County Authorities Warn of Increase in Phone Scams

WESTFIELD, NJ — An elderly Westfield resident was one of several recent victims of phone scams, according to a joint announcement by Union County Prosecutor Grace Park and Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan Thursday.

The man received a phone call from a person claiming to be an attorney who falsely reported that his grandson had been arrested in New York and that he needed ...

8 Attorneys from Westfield-Based Law Firm Listed as ‘Best Lawyers in America 2017’

WESTFIELD, NJ — “The Best Lawyers in America” has announced that eight attorneys from the Westfield-based law firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. have been named to this year’s list. Inclusion in "Best Lawyers" is based on peer review.

The recipients of this year’s honor include: Retired Superior Court Judge John M.

TAPinto Westfield Complete Guide to Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival: Week 9

August 28, 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., continues Aug. 30 with its ninth evening of free outdoor concerts by five bands at locations throughout Downtown Westfield. (Rain date Aug. 31.)

On this last night of the 2016 season, Quimby Street will be closed to traffic to make way for music and ...

Westfield Jazz Fest to Take Over Quimby Street Tuesday for Summer Finale

WESTFIELD, NJ — On the last night of Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival 2016, to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 7 p.m. to p.m., Quimby Street will be closed to traffic beginning at about 4 p.m. to make way for special activities, including live music, a balloon artist, chalk drawing and giant games of checkers, tic tac toe, Connect Four and Anagram Cubes, according to the Downtown ...

TAP into Westfield’s Complete Guide to Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival: Week 8

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., continues Aug. 23 with its eighth evening of free outdoor concerts by five bands at locations throughout Downtown Westfield. (Rain date Aug. 24.)

The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Your complete guide to week eight ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking Breakfast Downtown

August 17, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 40 local business people came together at Savory Spice Shop in Downtown Westfield Tuesday morning for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s August networking breakfast.

“We want to thank the Savory Spice Shop for sponsoring our networking breakfast. We had a large turnout,” GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti said.

Wired Co-founder Kevin Kelly Remembers Hometown of Westfield

PACIFICA, CA — From traveling Asia as a freelance photographer for National Geographic to biking across America, Kevin Kelly, co-creator of the award-winning Wired magazine, has led a pioneering career since graduating Westfield High School in 1970.

At WHS, Kelly was a member of the school’s first soccer team and a sprinter on the track team. He said that track coach Walt ...

Duke’s Deli in Westfield to Reopen in September Under New Ownership

WESTFIELD, NJ — Duke’s Deli, a shop with a long history in Westfield, is set to reopen at the beginning of September under new owners Asad and Sofia Hussain.

The original Duke’s Deli was a Westfield staple, known for its sub sandwiches. That restaurant closed more than 10 years ago and has since been both a pasta bar and a bakery. Duke’s was resurrected in the same ...

Harmer Drops from Westfield BOE Race, Endorses Galligan

August 19, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — In a letter to the editor Friday, Westfield Board of Education candidate Will Harmer announced that he is dropping out of the race and endorsing incumbent Brendan Galligan. Harmer, a 2016 graduate of Westfield High School, was one of six candidates vying for three seats on the board.

“Over the past month, I have been looking through documents, talking to board ...

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

August 30, 2016

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 ...

BROTHERHOOD WINERY in Washingtonville, NY, for Wine Connoisseurs and Many More

August 29, 2016

WASHINGTONVILLE, NY - Brotherhood Winery is a true experience in the art of winemaking. As the oldest winery in North America, their history is as rich as the wonderful wines they produce. Located in Washingtonville - the heart of the Hudson Valley - Brotherhood Winery is an extraordinary day trip.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, wish to learn about the production of wine and champagne or ...

TAPinto Westfield Complete Guide to Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival: Week 9

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., continues Aug. 30 with its ninth evening of free outdoor concerts by five bands at locations throughout Downtown Westfield. (Rain date Aug. 31.)

On this last night of the 2016 season, Quimby Street will be closed to traffic to make way for music and ...

Rocking Horse Ranch: Year-Round Family Fun in the Hudson Valley

HIGHLAND, NY — If your kids get bored easily, Rocking Horse Ranch is up to the challenge.

Just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Westfield, the all-inclusive offers year-round horseback riding (“pony” rides for the little ones) on well-trained horses, a small indoor water park, an arcade with mini bowling, ping pong and a BB gun rifle range. In the winter, there’s ...

St. Bart's Festival Takes Place in Scotch Plains This Weekend

August 30, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — It's arrival brings both sadness and joy.

The annual Labor Day Italian Feast hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO, St. Bartholomew's Church and St. Bartholomew's Academy, marks the end of summer, but at the same time is a highlight of the local calendar that produces memories that folks young and old cherish for decades.

The ...

Mozart & More with Woodland String Quartet at Scotch Plains Public Library

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Woodland String Quartet will perform their 47th annual Mozart and More concert at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Monday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is A Little Night Music, anchored by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade in Four Movements (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”). The rest of the program will consist of selections from ...

Construction to Begin on Pedestrian Bridge in Cranford

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County is set to begin construction on the pedestrian bridge off of Riverside Drive toward Nomahegan Park next week.

The bridge will be closed in both directions to pedestrian/bicycle traffic, beginning Monday Aug. 29 and run through Friday Sept. 2.

According to the county, repairs will include the handrail, posts and decking.

 

 

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There is Room for Improvement in Westfield Schools

August 17, 2016

Dear Parents and Students of Westfield, 

I was delighted to learn that Westfield High School was ranked 67th in Newsweek’s list of best schools in the nation. I’ve been truly blessed to have spent the past 12 years in Westfield Public Schools and can say that the award is both well deserved and not surprising. However, just two years ago, Westfield was ranked 29th in the ...

Westfield BOE Candidate Announces he is Dropping from Race

August 19, 2016

Dear Westfield Residents,

Today I write, with some sadness, that I am withdrawing my candidacy for Westfield Board of Education. I thank Westfield residents for taking my candidacy into consideration, and I thank all the support I have received, but due to reasons I will explain, I cannot continue to run in good conscience for the board.

Over the past month, I have been looking through ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, August 31, 10:00 AM

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Jumble Store Re-opening

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Burger Night (Wednesdays) @ uber bistro of ...

Food & Drink

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Fri, September 2, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Caipirinhas Cocktail Tasting!

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Westfield Home Under Construction Burglarized & More

August 24, 2016

August 18, 2016, 10:41 a.m.

Report of a theft filed by a victim in the 700 block of Clark Street. Suspect(s) unknown took property valued at $50 from the front lawn of the victim’s property.

August 18, 2016 11:39 a.m.

Paul Linhart, age 24, of Medford, NJ, and Dean Nisenbaum, age 38, of Parlin, NJ, were arrested during a motor vehicle stop at E. Broad Street and Jefferson Avenue by ...

Gallery U Steps 'Out of the Box'

August 30, 2016

Gallery U Boutique, located at the circle in the Root building at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ, is proud to welcome announce its upcoming art exhibit, "Out of the Box.” The exhibit will be open from Sept. 1, 2016 until Oct. 3, 2016. A public artists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1,  from 6-8 p.m.. All are welcome. Artists submitted ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Cats Found in Westfield

Two young cats/kittens found on Tremont Avenue. They have been coming to a resident's house and staying in the garden for the last two days, day and night, and show no sign of leaving. The two are described as inseparable.

One is black and white, the other is all gray. Contact Dee at 716-698-5847 if you have any information .

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Water Exercise Classes for All Ages and Fitness Levels

Westfield Area YMCA, 220 Clark Street, offers new water exercise classes this fall to help maximize fitness results while minimizing the stress on joints and muscles! 

New classes are Aqua Boot Camp which allows participants to reach their goal in a simple yet effective high intensity interval training and Yo Pi Chi which is a fusion class that combines Yoga, Pilates and Ai Chi in shallow ...

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Entrepreneurship Academy to Be Hosted at Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- YEA! Westfield (Union County) will collaborate with Union Catholic High School to offer state-of-the-art classroom space for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative program entering its fourth year in Scotch Plains this fall that transforms students in grades 6 through 12 into successful business owners.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes ...

Thinking of Buying a Vacation Home?

Owning a vacation home is many people’s dream.  Being able to own property in one of your favorite locations as a second home provides a much needed escape from the pressures of everyday life.  It’s a special place designated to create memories with our families for years to come.  In fact, vacation home sales soared to 1.13 million in 2014.  The spike shows that ...

Vacation Homes - To buy or not to buy?

If you are anything like me, you begin to truly relax around the third day of your vacation. Soon after that, you visualize what life would be like working from a beach house six months out of the year.  Then you start to analyze:  How can I be sure I can afford the purchase? Is it a good investment?  Are there tax consequences?    

Here are some ...

Westfield School District Prepares English Language Learners

Westfield Public School students in the “English as a Second Language (ESL)” summer program enhanced their study of English prior to entering first, second, or third grades in September.  The eleven participants in the extended school year program are from China, Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, Germany, India, Philippines and Russia.

This year, the program focused on learning ...

Beware of Tax Scams, & More

Beware of Tax Scams!

The Internal Revenue Service has issued warnings of an increasing number of telephone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS.  

Many are using strong-arming tactics, like threatening your arrest, to scare people into making payments or giving out their social security numbers, credit cards or other personal information.  

Understand ...

Redefining Emerging Markets

For the past 15 years, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) had been given the most hype as emerging markets. These four nations carried the global economy, particularly when the US housing bubble burst in 2008. However, today only one BRIC stands as emerging, India.

China has already emerged as the second largest economy in the world. China’s economy is projected to ...