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Downtown Westfield: 6 Top Options for Dining, Drinks, Fun — Plus, Chocolate

February 20, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — From insane wings to exquisite oysters and world-class art, Downtown Westfield Corp. has compiled six great things to enjoy among the myriad dining, drinking and entertainment choices in Downtown Westfield.

Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Eat at RoosterSpin, 251 North Ave., by the train station. Get your groove on in the karaoke rooms or check ...

Would the Westfield Rialto Theatre Work as a Performing Arts Center?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the municipality and the owner of a 97-year-old movie theater, which closed abruptly six months ago, are working to convert the landmark location into a performing arts center.

The town had sought a grant to hire a consultant to study what the best use for the theater space could be. However, Mayor Shelley Brindle this week said that grant opportunity fell ...

Westfield Looks to Hatch New Law to Allow for Hen Raising

February 18, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents here may soon be permitted to raise backyard hens, but they shouldn’t scramble to build coops just yet.

While raising chickens has become an increasingly popular hobby for consumers seeking organic eggs, the existing regulations in Westfield prohibit keeping live chickens. It is a local law that town officials are taking a second look ...

Should Westfield Day Cares, Pre-Schools Post Vaccination Rates?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are considering a mandate that pre-schools and day care centers make their immunization rates more widely known.

While the Board of Health has yet to put the proposal in writing, its membership on Feb. 3 discussed mandating that the institutions post vaccination rates online and at their facilities.

“The idea is to inform the parents ...

Four Westfield High School Students Advance as National Merit Scholarship Finalists

February 12, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Four Westfield High School seniors have advanced as finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, the district announced Wednesday.

Julia Tompkins, Connie Liu, Aidan Kilbourn and Ian Gurland met academic and other standards to become eligible for scholarships, which will be announced in the spring.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors students ...

Two Westfield Students Take Top Spots at Regional Spelling Bee

Updated at 4:55 p.m. 

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Correctly spelling the word “electricity,” Charlotte McLaughlin, a fifth grader at Holy Trinity School, took first place in the Regional Spelling Bee Competition held in Montclair this weekend.

Arboria Abrams, a student at Franklin Elementary School*, came in third and was the only fourth grader to place in the ...

Kings Bowl Café Opens in Westfield, Offers Smoothies, Shakes, Salads & More

February 22, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a juicy new spot in town.

Kings Bowl Café, 331 West Broad St., is open for business. Located in the space formerly occupied by beauty business Jersey Boutique Spa, the café offers juices, smoothies, fruit bowls, oatmeal bowls, avocado toast, salads, coffee and ice cream, among other items.

The shop’s owner, Byron Chinchilla, a ...

Downtown Westfield: 6 Top Options for Dining, Drinks, Fun — Plus, Chocolate

WESTFIELD, NJ — From insane wings to exquisite oysters and world-class art, Downtown Westfield Corp. has compiled six great things to enjoy among the myriad dining, drinking and entertainment choices in Downtown Westfield.

Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Eat at RoosterSpin, 251 North Ave., by the train station. Get your groove on in the karaoke rooms or check ...

NJ Pastry Chef to Compete in Food Network’s ‘Chopped Sweets!’

February 22, 2020

This story first appeared in TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood.

Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, founder of the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group, will compete on the Food Network program “Chopped Sweets!” on Monday, Feb. 24. The show, hosted by “Chopped!” judge and “Best Bakers in ...

8 Great Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day in New Jersey

Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day. In honor of the holiday, we compiled a list of great places in New Jersey to imbibe one of the tasty tequila cocktails, whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen.

Salud!

Jose Tejas, Woodbridge and Fairfield. It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering fajitas or crawfish etouffee —  nothing goes better with a ...

Westfield Crossing Guard’s Special Carving Celebrates Town’s Tricentennial

February 20, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crossing guard Bob Lewis has carved out a spot for himself in the history of Westfield, and a bit of that history is anticipated to be on display at Town Hall.

In his 26 years guarding students from traffic at Washington School, Lewis made it his custom to gift every graduating fifth-grader at Washington Elementary School a handcrafted woodcut carving he emblazoned ...

Downtown Westfield Corp Poised to Name New Head Executive

WESTFIELD, NJ — The government entity managing the town’s special improvement district is set to name a new and permanent executive director, Downtown Westfield Corp’s top official said Tuesday.

Kathleen Miller Prunty, the interim executive director of Downtown Westfield Corp., said board members will meet the newly selected executive director at the DWC board’s next ...

Wrestling: Westfield Finishes Second at District 14 Tournament

February 23, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Host team Westfield finished second at the District 14 Wrestling Championships Saturday with 184 points, thanks to wins by Luke Jacobs (113 lbs.), Quinn Gimblette (120 lbs.), Luke Hoerle (126 lbs.), Jeremy Silber (132 lbs.) and Luke Scanlan (160 lbs.).

Cranford won the tournament with 204 points. The Cougars were led by first-place finishes from Colin Murray ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Megan Raftery

WESTFIELD, NJ — She was the first ever goalie to play for Westfield High School’s Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team.

Megan Raftery is a three-sport athlete, and the 18-year-old has shown improvements throughout her high school hockey career as she leads the state in saves in her senior season. Raftery is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield ...

Westfield Officer Who Arrested Armed Carjack Suspect in 2010 Rises to Lieutenant

February 17, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-year-long veteran of the town’s police department has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant.

Marcin Kapka, who arrested an armed carjacking suspect after a high-speed chase in 2010, is anticipated to be formally sworn into his new role on March 10, police announced. Lieutenant Nicole Stivale, the highest ranking woman in the local police department’s ...

Unlocked Cars Targeted in Trio of Weekend Burglaries in Westfield, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — Burglars broke into three unlocked cars on Warren Street and Hyslip Avenue over the weekend, police said Monday.

An attempted burglary from a car on Nancy Way was averted when the suspect found the car locked, police said in an electronic notification sent to neighborhood residents. The vehicle burglaries, which occurred in the Fourth Ward, are latest in a series of ...

Westfield Crossing Guard’s Special Carving Celebrates Town’s Tricentennial

February 20, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crossing guard Bob Lewis has carved out a spot for himself in the history of Westfield, and a bit of that history is anticipated to be on display at Town Hall.

In his 26 years guarding students from traffic at Washington School, Lewis made it his custom to gift every graduating fifth-grader at Washington Elementary School a handcrafted woodcut carving he emblazoned ...

‘I’m Not a Monster,’ Man Who Brought Gun to Westfield School Grounds Says at Sentencing

February 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Delaware man who admitted to bringing a loaded handgun and hollow point bullets to a school parking lot in Westfield offered a tearful apology at his sentencing Friday.

Superior Court Judge William A. Daniel sentenced Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, to a 5-year term in state prison. Wilkie must serve 42 months of that term before he becomes eligible for ...

Westfield Officer Who Arrested Armed Carjack Suspect in 2010 Rises to Lieutenant

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-year-long veteran of the town’s police department has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant.

Marcin Kapka, who arrested an armed carjacking suspect after a high-speed chase in 2010, is anticipated to be formally sworn into his new role on March 10, police announced. Lieutenant Nicole Stivale, the highest ranking woman in the local police department’s ...

Downtown Westfield Corp Poised to Name New Head Executive

February 19, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The government entity managing the town’s special improvement district is set to name a new and permanent executive director, Downtown Westfield Corp’s top official said Tuesday.

Kathleen Miller Prunty, the interim executive director of Downtown Westfield Corp., said board members will meet the newly selected executive director at the DWC board’s next ...

Employees Cleared in Partisan Tweet That Riled Westfield, Records Show

WESTFIELD, NJ — A forensic investigation into the alleged partisan political tweet from the official account of the Downtown Westfield Corporation clears employees of the quasi-governmental agency of wrongdoing, records released Thursday show.

The investigation conducted by the firm Charles River Associates found no evidence that an unauthorized person accessed the official twitter ...

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Scotch Plains Puppies: Adoption Information, How to Help

February 21, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Adoption of the puppies and kittens that were taken from the Scotch Plains puppy mill is temporarily on hold for two weeks, according to the Plainfield Area Humane Society's director Elijah Brice-Middleton.

“There's a hold on them [adoptions of the animals confiscated from the house on Laurie Court and Terrill Road in Scotch ...

Letter: They Support Tom Malinowski for Congress

February 13, 2020

To the Editor:

As residents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, we strongly urge our fellow residents to support the re-election of Rep. Tom Malinowski.  

The time and energy Tom has spent on constituents’ behalf has been nothing short of extraordinary. Crisscrossing the district every weekend and recess, Tom has held 32 Town Halls and ...

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Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

Counting Our Blessings - A Family Program at ...

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Celebrate Westfield 300 with ‘Colonial’ Meal and ...

Food & Drink

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Creative Movement Showcase

February 23, 2020

EDISON, NJ — Students in grades 5-8 have been taking the Creative Movement class every Monday afternoon for two trimesters. On Feb. 12, they performed an “Informance” in which they shared what they normally do in class each week: a warm-up routine and across-the-floor exercises designed to practice specific dance steps. They demonstrated Chassé and Pas de ...

Bringing Archdiocesan Vision to Life Within Parishes

In 2019, under the direction of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, the Archdiocese launched Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead. This pastoral vision charts a positive path forward for the Archdiocese and its ministries.

One of the vision’s six pillars, “Parish Pastoral Planning,” challenges parishes to develop a strategic pastoral plan for the ...

Community Members, Family Foundation Mark American Heart Month with $2.5 Million Donation to Gagnon Cardiovascular Center Expansion

As individuals and organizations across the nation gather to raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, Thomas P. and Sally Mac Mahon and Ken and Claudia Silverman have marked the occasion by giving $1.5 and $1 million, respectively, to further expand the largest cardiovascular program in the state — Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. The ...

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

If you have a pet, you know the costs of keeping them healthy can add up quickly. From annual vet visits, to medication to special diets, pet ownership often includes a variety of expenses. Plus, you never know when they may need emergency care, surgery, or other expensive treatment. You may wonder, is pet insurance a smart way to manage these unexpected expenses? Read on for Arias & ...

Know The Signs of Anxiety in Teenagers

Anxiety can be one of the most unpleasant emotions that people feel. The word “anxiety” describes periods of fear, worry, nervousness, and restlessness. It comes with thoughts of danger and helplessness.

Life experiences, especially those that occurred in childhood and adolescence, often determine our perception and expectations of threats and vulnerability. We react with ...

'Unmasked' Takes High Energy Look at Andrew Lloyd Webber

No doubt Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in recent years. We’ve all heard the music of “Cats” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and a host of others. Paper Mill Playhouse honors him in this moving tribute

The show is  quite a pistache of well known, and not so well known, creations. It’s fascinating to see clips of ...

9 Homes Sold Feb. 9 - Feb. 16 in Mountainside, Garwood, Cranford, Fanwood, Scotch Plains & Westfield

Nine homes sold Feb. 9 through Feb. 16, 2020, in Mountainside, Garwood, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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The SECURE Act Will Have Implications to Retirement Accounts and Estate Planning

The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act,” more commonly known as the SECURE Act, was attached to an appropriations bill that was rushed through both houses to prevent another government shutdown.

One thing is clear: the new law will not “enhance” everyone’s retirement. 

Read more here.

Boneparth: The Relativity of Disappointment

Douglas A. Boneparth is a Westfield resident and Founder of Bone Fide Wealth, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm in New York City, and co-author of The Millennial Money Fix. Contact Douglas to learn how he’s not your parent’s financial advisor.

Heather had been planning the trip since September. For her birthday, Hazel discovered she was going to Walt ...

How to Work Smart and Stop Holding Yourself Back

When working toward building a life you love, you need to be able to rely on yourself and harness your power. This is impossible if you are bogged down by fear, insecurity, inaction, and uncertainty. Your strengths, skills, and relationships can help encourage you and give you assurance in the face of all the you-never-knows in life that make us scared to pursue what we truly want.

Have people ...

A Culture of Kindness in Westfield Public Schools

Whether observing Kindness Month or taking The Great Kindness Challenge or encouraging Random Acts of Kindness, there is a common theme taking place this month and last across the Westfield Public School District.

“I am so inspired by your generosity,” said Wilson principal Joseph Malanga at the closing ceremony for the Month of Hope on Jan. 31 during which the Wilson school ...

Productivity and Busyness are not one and the Same (Column)

February 13, 2020

Editor's Note: Chris Varano is 2016 graduate of Westfield High School and senior at the University of Maryland where he is studying neurobiology.

This past January, like most people I created a New Year’s Resolution. My resolution was to design and execute the most diverse and productive morning routine possible. I had spent the last few days of December imagining what kind ...

Saint Peter’s Nurse Cares For Premature Father, Son 33 Years Apart

February 21, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s been a whirlwind of interviews for Lissa McGowan. CNN called. Then the Washington Post. Then “Good Morning America.” On and on.

The eyes of the world have turned their loving gaze toward the Saint Peter’s University Hospital nurse since major media outlets began covering her incredible story earlier this week.

Nurse Lissa had been ...