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Westfield Parents Set to Perform in 70th Annual Washington School Show

January 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — It has run longer than Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Cats. Combined. 

This year marks the 70th annual of the Washington School Show, with showings on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday at both 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School. 

This year’s original adaption, #Hack to the Future, features a 150-person cast, ...

Westfield Students Hope to Collect 4,000 Jeans for People in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — Led by Westfield High School teacher Jane D'Alessandro, students in the WHS service groups Kids on the Block and The Optimist Club are collecting jeans for homeless teens and others residing in local shelters with a project called Teens for Jeans through dosomething.org. So far this year, they have collected more than 125 pairs.

Jeans are the most requested ...

Protesters in Westfield Ask Congressman Lance to Save the Affordable Care Act

January 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people from various groups gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday evening to ask Lance to vote “no” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The rally was one of several “vigils to save health care” that evening around the state promoted by New Jersey Citizen Action.

Club Pilates Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Club Pilates, a new fitness studio at 225 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting last weekend.

Attendees included Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Club Pilates offers a wide range of classes and state-of-the ...

Westfield Parents Set to Perform in 70th Annual Washington School Show

January 20, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — It has run longer than Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Cats. Combined. 

This year marks the 70th annual of the Washington School Show, with showings on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday at both 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School. 

This year’s original adaption, #Hack to the Future, features a 150-person cast, ...

Niche Ranks Westfield Public Schools No. 26 in NJ for 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — National educational research and rankings firm Niche recently ranked Westfield Public Schools No. 26 in the state and gave them an A+ in its new 2017 list of Best School Districts.  The district ranked No. 234 in the United States.

In its 2016 list, Niche ranked Westfield schools No. 32 in the state and 243 in the country.

Niche gave Westfield Public Schools ...

‘Sister’ Women’s March Planned in Westfield Saturday

January 19, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A march in Westfield Saturday is one of six planned throughout the state in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. planned that day. According to organizers, the marches are meant to "send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

Organizers are planning a ...

Protesters in Westfield Ask Congressman Lance to Save the Affordable Care Act

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people from various groups gathered in front of Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday evening to ask Lance to vote “no” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The rally was one of several “vigils to save health care” that evening around the state promoted by New Jersey Citizen Action.

Westfield Town Council Lowers Sewer Fee for Homeowners, Raises Fee for Businesses

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents who own single-family homes will enjoy a three-percent reduction in their sewer fees this year, or $5 per year per home, thanks to a resolution passed by the town council Tuesday night.

“We’re pleased that due to the collections that we received we’re able to make an adjustment in a positive way for the residents who live in ...

Girls Swimming: Westfield Takes Second Place at Union County Championships

January 22, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Scotch Plains-Fanwood made it a three-peat at the Union County Championships at Rutgers on Sunday. The Raiders' point total was 430, followed by 2) Westfield 297, and 3) Gov. Livingston 228.50. 4) Oak Knoll 225, 5) Cranford 224, 6) Summit 212, 7) New Providence 168, 8) Kent Place 105.50, 9) Union Catholic 103, and 10) Union ...

Boys Swimming: Rivals Westfield, SP-F Finish 1-2 in Union County Championships

PISCATAWAY, NJ — At a meet that featured two of the top-rated teams in the state, Westfield swam to victory in the Union County championships on Sunday at Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils totaled 459 points, while Scotch Plains-Fanwood finished second with 378. They were followed by 3) Summit, 4) Gov. Livingston, 5) Oratory, 6) New Providence, 7) Union, 8) ...

NJSIAA Approves Wardlaw-Hartridge, Union Catholic Boys Lacrosse Partnership

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – A varsity boys lacrosse team is coming to Wardlaw-Hartridge School and Union Catholic Regional High School.

Following a seven-month fight to create a joint program between the Middlesex and Union County private schools, the NJSIAA Executive Committee voted in overwhelming fashion to allow Wardlaw-Hartridge and Union Catholic to form a co-op program at their monthly ...

Scotch Plains JCC Deemed Safe After Bomb Threat

January 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey was closed for a short time after preschool began there Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat. A bomb squad swept the building for explosives and no bomb was found, according to Lt. Jeff Briel of the Scotch Plains Police Department.

“This is another in a series of bomb threats to JCCs up and down the ...

Standoff with Police in Westfield Ends Peacefully

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman who police said had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded gun was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night after a standoff with police that shut down the 900 block of Grandview Avenue.

The incident began at about 9 p.m. when police responded to a call to check on the welfare of a resident, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said at the ...

Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

January 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Duke’s Deli, a shop with a long history in Westfield, reopened recently under new owners Asad and Sofia Hussain as Duke's Deli & Convenience. The couple, with staff and their family, celebrated Saturday with free tastings of Indian and Pakistani food and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and ...

New Lawsuit Over Addams Tavern in Westfield Cites Safety Concerns

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The newest civil complaint filed by landlord Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, has been obtained by TAPinto Westfield. Filed on Dec. 20, it names not only the town of Westfield and Harvest Restaurants Group but also Steve Freedman in his capacity as construction official for the town.

To read the entire ...

Town of Westfield Named in New Addams Tavern Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has been named in a new civil complaint filed by Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, Councilman Sam Della Fera told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

“There had been litigation ongoing for some time that, as we know, delayed the opening of Addams Tavern,” ...

New Lawsuit Over Addams Tavern in Westfield Cites Safety Concerns

January 13, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The newest civil complaint filed by landlord Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, has been obtained by TAPinto Westfield. Filed on Dec. 20, it names not only the town of Westfield and Harvest Restaurants Group but also Steve Freedman in his capacity as construction official for the town.

To read the entire ...

Town of Westfield Named in New Addams Tavern Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has been named in a new civil complaint filed by Tarta Luna Properties, LLC, regarding 115 Elm St., the building housing Addams Tavern, Councilman Sam Della Fera told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday night.

“There had been litigation ongoing for some time that, as we know, delayed the opening of Addams Tavern,” ...

JCC of Central NJ's Youth Community Theater Presents 'Peter Pan'

January 23, 2017

SCOTCH PLAIN, NJ — The JCC of Central New Jersey’s Youth Community Theater Group, in its ninth year, will present "Peter Pan" on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.and on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. All performances are at Terrill Middle School, 1301 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains.

See ...

Westfield Parents Set to Perform in 70th Annual Washington School Show

WESTFIELD, NJ — It has run longer than Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Cats. Combined. 

This year marks the 70th annual of the Washington School Show, with showings on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday at both 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School. 

This year’s original adaption, #Hack to the Future, features a 150-person cast, ...

Westfield Allstate Agency Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

January 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Agency celebrated its move from the circle in Downtown Westfield to the newly renovated 100-year-old Victorian house at 502 East Broad St. with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. Among the attendees were Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, members of the Greater Westfield Area ...

Barbara Tomalonis Named Portfolio Manager at Point View Wealth Management

SUMMIT, NJ - Point View Wealth Management, which provides customized portfolio management services and comprehensive financial planning, has named Barbara E. Tomalonis as Portfolio Manager.

Tomalonis has more than 15 years of investment management experience. Most recently, she worked for a private equity fund investing in community bank stocks, serving as a valuation and ...

Club Pilates Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Club Pilates, a new fitness studio at 225 East Broad St. in Downtown Westfield, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting last weekend.

Attendees included Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

Club Pilates offers a wide range of classes and state-of-the ...

Westfield MLK Association Holds 30th Annual Interfaith Service

January 16, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned the ultimate freedom: the freedom achieved in struggle; the freedom reached in brotherhood; the freedom fired by the dream of a man; the freedom inspired by the cry of a people; the freedom free of hate; the freedom full of love.” 

Those were the words spoken Monday in the Litany delivered by Jaawell L. Faggins of ...

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Newark Man Shot in Roselle Dies, Police Charge Suspect with Murder

January 22, 2017

ROSELLE, NJ — Twenty  one-year-old Tyquan Johnson of Newark, who was shot in the early morning hours on Saturday in Roselle, died later that afternoon. Authorities are searching for 25 year-old Nathaniel Price from Roselle and have charged him with murder and other related weapons offenses, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Roselle Police officers were ...

Please Help Teen Members of Boys & Girls Clubs Attend National Keystone Conference

January 23, 2017

Dear Editor:

Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Keystone Teen Leadership Club are planning to attend the 50th National Keystone Conference March 2-4 in Chicago, Illinois. This year, 30 deserving teens will attend the Keystone Conference. Your sponsorship will underwrite a member to attend and continue to strengthen the community service results of our Keystone Club. Keystone ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Vehicles Burglarized, Attempted Home Burglary & More

January 18, 2017

January 8, 2017 4:15 a.m.

Joseph Bruno, age 52, of Westfield, NJ, was arrested for driving while under the influence pursuant to a motor vehicle accident. Subject was processed and issued multiple summonses and released to a responsible party.

January 10, 2017 12:38 p.m.

Report of shoplifting in the 200 block of W. South Avenue. Victim’s reported suspect(s) unknown took an unknown ...

Learn all about Ben Franklin at Westfield Memorial Library

January 24, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present, “An Armchair Art Tour: Meeting Ben Franklin.” The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Meeting Ben Franklin will be presented by Michael Norris, PhD, who was an art educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for many years.

Through art and artifacts drawn from East Coast ...

Westfield High School Earns Outstanding Delegation Award at Model UN

Westfield High School’s delegation of 183 students participated in wide ranging debates at the YMCA Model United Nations Conference in Hershey, PA January 6 - 8.  Following months of research and preparation, Westfield High School received several awards, including the Outstanding Delegation Award that is presented to one school who excelled the best in all parts of the ...

Tax Season Starts Today

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. Some refunds will not be released until after Feb. 15. The IRS still anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but there are some important factors to keep in ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Programs for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs

The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to offer programs for children and young adults with special needs. 

The Dragonfly program for young adults 18-26 with special/adaptive needs offers physical, recreational and social programs free with membership. Classes include:

Strength & Conditioning:  Ambulatory participants learn about muscle ...

A Winning Real Estate Strategy

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, consider this …

Interest rates are still historically low and home prices are at record highs.  With predictions that interest rates will adjust upwards in 2017, there is presently an abundance of buyers looking to capitalize on these low rates.  Low interest rates mean more buying power.

We are in the hottest selling ...

Doing Too Much for Our Children

January 20, 2017

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves, Are we doing too much for them? 

We are all guilty of mild and extreme acts of over-protectiveness and over- parenting that can be very damaging to our children. Many parents are willing to overextend themselves in catering to their children and excessively ...

Testing Your Resolve

Now that the ball has dropped in Times Square it is time for another annual tradition – New Year’s resolutions. So, along with improving your diet and exercising more, consider adding these:

“Will” you? – I have lost count of how many clients with whom I have met that have a spouse, children and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all.

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

Video: Mistreated, Harassed, Abused, Discriminated Against or Retaliated Against at Work?

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer?

Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you.

If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for ...

Imagine Receives Grant of $20,000 from the Northfield Bank Foundation

“We are so grateful to The Northfield Bank Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 for the expansion of our bereavement support programs at our new center in Mountainside!” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  “We are moving in the nick of time as all of our Green Groups (ages 10-12 approximately) are full.  Moving into this new space will allow us to ...

South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

January 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students walked out of school today at about 12:30 p.m. in protest of the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to reports, SOMS students began protesting inside the halls at about 12:15 p.m., with the walkout happening shortly afterwards. The protest, which was student-led and organized, was largely organized ...