Top Local News

Westfield Students Collected Over 2,000 Items this Year for People in Need

September 19, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the fourth straight year, students at Westfield High School led a clothing drive for people in need, collecting more than 2,100 items over the spring and summer to be given to three local charities, according to Jane D’Alessandro, a teacher who oversaw the effort.

“As in the past, we asked for jeans and pants of any style, size, color ...

People of All Ages, Abilities Join Westfield Area YMCA 5K Run for Everyone

WESTFIELD, NJ — Competitors took to the streets Sunday for a 5K race to benefit programming for people with special needs at the Westfield Area YMCA.

Jon Johnnides of Westfield crossed the finish line bare-chested and covered in sweat. Johnnides noted an increase in people running on local streets in the weeks leading up to the race.

“As I’ve been around ...

Suicide Prevention Month: Westfield-Based Crisis Hotline Raising Awareness

September 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The volunteer staffed crisis hotline Caring Contact is raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month with coffee sleeves that have been distributed to cafés in the town.

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery, Boxwood Coffee Roasters and Farinolio are all distributing the sleeves with Caring Contact's logo to help educate and reduce the ...

Westfield Rescue Squad Shares Back-to-School Safety Tips

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools open this year on Thursday, Sept. 5. Help kids stay safe and healthy as they head back to the classroom with tips from the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Alert your school nurse to changes in allergies and ailments.

“Keep medications and medical records up-to-date, including EpiPens to prevent allergic reactions, and insulin to ...

Telling of His Own Abuse at Hands of Priest, Westfield Man Asks Victims to Step Forward

September 12, 2019

Updated at 9:47 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests credibly accused of sex abuse earlier this year, Westfield resident Michael Mautone distinctly recognized one name on the list: the man he recalls abused him when he was 16 years old.

The church lists “child pornography” next to the name of that man, Kevin Gugliotta, and shows ...

In Westfield, Remembering 9/11 Still ‘Imperative’ 18 Years Later

WESTFIELD, NJ — Just footsteps away from a train station with access to New York City, some 400 people gathered Wednesday to memorialize victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Eighteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, residents still felt the loss, including that of the 12 victims from Westfield.

Carolyn Ibrahim, of Westfield, had been in the World ...

Westfield Students Collected Over 2,000 Items this Year for People in Need

September 19, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the fourth straight year, students at Westfield High School led a clothing drive for people in need, collecting more than 2,100 items over the spring and summer to be given to three local charities, according to Jane D’Alessandro, a teacher who oversaw the effort.

“As in the past, we asked for jeans and pants of any style, size, color ...

Public Weighs in on Security Updates at Westfield Schools

WESTFIELD, NJ — The community is responding to security procedure changes in Westfield public schools. 

Over 20 community members spoke at the school board meeting Tuesday night, offering their thoughts on topics ranging from the use of armed officers in schools to public communication about security plan updates and protocols for after school events.

“Security is ...

You Can Now Get Wine at Vine Ripe Markets in Westfield

September 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Picking up a meal at Vine Ripe Markets now can also be an opportunity to pick up some vino.

Frank Bruno, a partner at Vine Ripe Markets, said the store had longed to be a one-stop-shop for customers putting together dinner, but securing a liquor license proved an elusive task.

A new arrangement through an outlet license, however, will allow the Washington State Winery, ...

Vegan Shawarma’s Plant-Based Foods Recreate Tastes of an Israeli Childhood

September 19, 2019

Consumers identifying themselves as vegan has increased from just 1% to 6% between 2014 and 2017, a 600% increase, according to a report in Forbes. Growth of plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products is on the rise. Vegan (no animal products, including dairy) products are growing in popularity even among those who don't consider themselves vegetarian ...

New Jersey Date Night: Autumn Apple Picking

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

When you date someone not from New Jersey they might ask why we’re known as the Garden State. Typically the answer can be found with one visit to a local farmer’s market, but if doubt persists all you have to do is take them to a New Jersey orchard. 

A beautiful fall afternoon becomes ...

Public Weighs in on Security Updates at Westfield Schools

September 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The community is responding to security procedure changes in Westfield public schools. 

Over 20 community members spoke at the school board meeting Tuesday night, offering their thoughts on topics ranging from the use of armed officers in schools to public communication about security plan updates and protocols for after school events.

“Security is ...

Westfield set to Talk Pedestrian Safety as Crossing Guard Transition Continues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crashes in this town injured 72 pedestrians and 33 bicyclists between 2013 and 2017, the most recent state data show. Vehicular accidents killed two people and incapacitated five in that time, the figures show. Then there are the spots that stoke public fear.

Residents expressed concerns about these at a workshop last July, during which they discussed dangerous turns, ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Griffin Rooney

September 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — His leaping one-handed grab of the 24-yard-long pass put the Blue Devils at the opposing team’s 20-yard-line.

Wide receiver Griffin Rooney made the catch in the season opener against Linden Saturday helping the Westfield High School varsity football team to secure a 28-14 win. Rooney is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate ...

Pickleball: This Mash-Up Paddle Sport is Taking Westfield by Storm

The tennis courts at Tamaques Park in Westfield have been lined for pickleball play.

WESTFIELD, NJ — She was driving through a park in Clark about a year ago when she heard the popping sound coming from the tennis courts.

Resident Jodi Jacobs, who is an avid tennis player, stopped her car and peered into the courts, where she witnessed people playing a game similar ...

Patriots Hang Ten on Skeeters

September 13, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (22-38, 64-66) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (31-28, 66-63) 10-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

The Patriots jumped put to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Olmo Rosario started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Jimmy Paredes. Edwin Espinal then launched a two-run home run (7) ...

Patriots Acquire RHP Taylor Wright from Frontier League

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots have acquired right-handed Taylor Wright in a trade with the Evansville Otters (Frontier League) for future considerations. He is active for tonight’s game against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Wright enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’5” righty spent his first professional season ...

Local Attorney Parag Patel Understands Tax Problems and Estate Planning

September 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Who do you call when you need an expert in both law and taxes? Attorney Parag Patel, a Westfield dad who also serves part-time as Westfield’s municipal judge, can help.

“What I do is unique because very few lawyers are also tax professionals,” Patel said.

The big difference between him and some other guys?

“I don’t run away from ...

Telling of His Own Abuse at Hands of Priest, Westfield Man Asks Victims to Step Forward

Updated at 9:47 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests credibly accused of sex abuse earlier this year, Westfield resident Michael Mautone distinctly recognized one name on the list: the man he recalls abused him when he was 16 years old.

The church lists “child pornography” next to the name of that man, Kevin Gugliotta, and shows ...

Choices Announced for JCC’s Annual Jewish Film Festival

September 17, 2019

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The JCC of Central New Jersey has announced the schedule for annual Jewish Film Festival, which will take place this year at AMC Mountainside, 1021 Route 22, Mountainside.

The festival begins on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and concludes on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The featured films are:

Love in Suspenders
Wednesday, October 16 • 7:30 ...

Addams Fest 2019: Select Groups get First Shot at Westfield Beer Garden Tickets

WESTFIELD, NJ — Following a wildly popular beer garden at last year’s AddamsFest, a series of ticket sales for the beer garden, called Charlie’s Ale Garden, will begin next week, the town announced Monday night.

Select groups of people — including volunteers for the festival — will get a first chance at purchasing tickets to the beer garden to be held at the ...

You Can Now Get Wine at Vine Ripe Markets in Westfield

September 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Picking up a meal at Vine Ripe Markets now can also be an opportunity to pick up some vino.

Frank Bruno, a partner at Vine Ripe Markets, said the store had longed to be a one-stop-shop for customers putting together dinner, but securing a liquor license proved an elusive task.

A new arrangement through an outlet license, however, will allow the Washington State Winery, ...

Community Invited to Office Evolution’s Grand Opening Celebration in Clark

CLARK, NJ – Workspace can be as important as the work being done. Surroundings can affect productivity, creativity and more.   

Office Evolution of Clark offers flexible and affordable professional workspace in a newly designed space.   Members can choose traditional office space or a more open coworking option. They also offer conference room space, ...

Bulk Waste: For $185, Westfield Homeowners Can Toss 750 pounds of Junk

September 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s annual bulky waste pickup program received a green light from Town Council Tuesday marking the second consecutive year in which the municipality is not subsidizing the program, resulting in higher fees for homeowners purchasing permits for it.

The council awarded a contract for the program to Republic Services, of New Brunswick, at a cost of $185 per ...

Got Junk? Westfield set to Award bid for Bulky Waste Pickup

WESTFIELD, NJ — After uncertainty about its feasibility, the municipality’s annual bulky waste pickup program, commonly referred to as “junk day,” is anticipated to return.

The Town Council is set to award a contract to the lone bidder for the program, Republic Services, at a special meeting to be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“The special meeting is being called in ...

Westfield Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning Thursday Night

August 22, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A severe Thunderstorm warning is in effect for the area until 8:45 p.m., the National Weather Service said Thursday night.

Gusts of wind up to 60 mph are expected, it said.

The service said to expect damage to trees and power lines.

How much local news do you miss because you aren’t signed up for free enews delivery? What are you waiting for?

Telling of His Own Abuse at Hands of Priest, Westfield Man Asks Victims to Step Forward

September 12, 2019

Updated at 9:47 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests credibly accused of sex abuse earlier this year, Westfield resident Michael Mautone distinctly recognized one name on the list: the man he recalls abused him when he was 16 years old.

The church lists “child pornography” next to the name of that man, Kevin Gugliotta, and shows ...

In Westfield, Remembering 9/11 Still ‘Imperative’ 18 Years Later

WESTFIELD, NJ — Just footsteps away from a train station with access to New York City, some 400 people gathered Wednesday to memorialize victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Eighteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, residents still felt the loss, including that of the 12 victims from Westfield.

Carolyn Ibrahim, of Westfield, had been in the World ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 17, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The end to the 2019 summer flounder season in New Jersey is drawing near with the final day this Saturday, Sept. 21. Predicted strong winds will roil the ocean up for most of the rest of the week and likely mean a slow finish to the season.

I fished the Little Egg Reef with fishing buddies Joe Hummel and Dave Rinear last week, and we returned to the ...

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Ad

Snuffy's Disputes It Is Closing Despite Lease Agreement with Lidl Shared with Scotch Plains Officials

September 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After multiple public hearings and several news reports about plans for a Lidl supermarket to be built on the property owned by Snuffy's Panagis Renaissance at the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Park Ave. in downtown Scotch Plains, Snuffy's posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the catering facility is not closing and that the news is being ...

Letter: In Defense of a Parking Garage

September 18, 2019

Dear Editor:

I love our town. It’s dripping with charm, rich in history and screams America. One visit downtown will have you wanting to wave miniature American flags in both hands while singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” Having grown up in South Florida, where American history is limited to Native Americans and Henry Flagler‘s East Coast Railroad, it’s pretty ...

Candidate Statement: Lifelong Westfield and Supporting Our Seniors

September 19, 2019

While knocking on doors in Ward 4, I have met residents who raised their kids here and want to continue living in their homes through retirement. My wife Caroline and I cared for her parents as they did the same. And we learned firsthand that it isn’t easy finding basic services, and we often spent hours sourcing and vetting what little was available. 

That’s why the work of ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_96fb993518eeeecaa74f_mini_magick20190917-13584-1bvuc7k

Thu, September 19, 12:00 PM

Westfield Community Center, Westfield

How To Protect Your Stuff: Attorney to Talk in ...

Health & Wellness

Thu, September 19, 7:30 PM

Home of Anne Wargo, Westfield

Welcome Back Event for College Woman's Club of ...

Giving Back

Point View's Next Free Webinar Sept. 24 Offers Insights for Retired Investors

September 19, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. for a live complimentary webinar on 'The Most Important Questions for Retired Investors Today', featuring Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist David Dietze and the firm's Portfolio Manager Donna St.Amant.

David and Donna will discuss how much you can spend from ...

Is it Time for New Jersey to 'Get in the Game', and Permanently Move Up Our Presidential Primary?

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week: New Jersey's late Presidential Primary

On the Democratic side, there more than 20 candidates running for President -- there might be some very crowded state primaries. On ...

Charity Spotlight: Intensive Family Support Service

Charity Spotlight is a new monthly column featuring a local nonprofit organization selected by David and Sheryl Machlowitz of Westfield. Each of the nonprofits, which benefit Westfield residents in some way, receive a $500 donation from the couple. The Machlowitz family hopes that this will encourage those in need to seek help from the charities and others to donate to them.

The ...

Best Local Office Space for a Tight Budget

Best Office Space for a Tight Budget 

Is the cost of your office space stealing too much of your budget? Having a home for your business is usually the single biggest cost of doing business when you consider all of the overhead with which it comes. Aside from the monthly rent, you also have to pay for the initial buildout, furniture and decor, utilities, internet, and all the other little ...

NJ TRANSIT Graduating Seven Locomotive Engineer Classes in Two Years – Same Number Graduated in Last Five Years Combined

With the recent June 2019 graduating class and six more classes of locomotive engineering trainees graduating through December 2020, NJ TRANSIT will have graduated seven classes in two years (2019 – 2020). That’s the same number of classes that graduated in the previous five years combined (2014 – 2018.)

Agency officials attribute the significant increase in engineer training ...

What to Do if Your Child Is Being Bullied

Most children who are bullied keep quiet about it and do not tell an adult or parent. It is embarrassing for the child to admit that they are being bullied.

Some signs to look out for include:

doing poorly in school and being reluctant to go to school, 
having low self esteem,
being depressed,
having sleep problems,
withdrawing from school or social ...

Possible Changes to Over Time Rules

More changes could be coming to the rules governing overtime for employees whose hours worked change from one week to the next. The U.S. Department of Labor recently indicated it would examine ways that employers who pay bonuses and other incentives can be given more flexibility in calculating overtime for workers with fluctuating workweeks.

The department’s plan to increase the ...

20 Homes Sold Sept. 8 — 15 in Westfield, Garwood, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood

Twenty homes were sold Sept. 8 — 15 in Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside.*

TOWN                  ADDRESS                            ...

Brain Surgery Breakthrough and Other News from Atlantic Health System

On this AtlantiCast, see how Atlantic Health System is breaking new ground when it comes to brain surgery, learn about a new clinical trial into the treatment of melanoma, find out how Overlook Medical Center is turning trash into treasure and making health care more environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Gold: Is it the Answer to this Market?

Recession concerns abound. Manufacturing worldwide is slumping, with the latest read in the US pointing to outright contraction.  

The much-feared yield inversion has occurred, linked historically with a follow-on recession. Haven assets, including sovereign debt, precious metals, and non-cyclical dividend paying stocks, have attracted much buying interest, as investors try ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis of TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro

The featured TAPinto franchisee for September 2019 is Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis of TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro.  The loss of the weekly newspapers in Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge motivated Faith, a communications professional and active community volunteer, to start TAPinto in her area.  

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in ...

An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

We talk a lot about the value of networking. After all, opportunities to grow can come from anywhere, and networking is the key to seeking the most valuable opportunities out there. For some, this is a no-brainer. You put yourself out there. You attend professional associations and events. You meet new folks. You cultivate relationships and build a network that can support you as you ...

70 Years Ago, Camden Man Became Nation's First Mass Murderer

His name, like the names of his victims, is nearly forgotten. 

But what Howard Unruh did 70 years ago today in Camden, N.J. foreshadowed the insanity of mass shootings we live with today.

Insanity is the operative word here. From lockdown drills in nursery schools to bullet resistant backpacks, random mass shootings have become part of the “uniquely American” cultural ...

Events and Programs for Older Adults at the Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA is committed to helping older adults be active in spirit, mind and body. Daily adult water and group fitness classes are available for participants to enjoy and stay fit. There are also exercise programs for special health groups such as: Arthritis Exercise; Project Healthy Bones; and Delay the Disease: Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms. The Y’s ...

Man Charged with Tearing Up Greens at Trump National Golf Course

September 11, 2019

BEDMINSTER, N.J. – A 26-year-old Milford man has been charged with criminal mischief after police say he tore apart the 11th and 13th greens at Trump National Golf Course with his car in two separate incidents, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The suspect, Richard J. McEwan, was arrested at his Church Road home on Tuesday following an investigation, ...

Obituaries

Jul 16, 1991 - Aug 25, 2019
Brett W. DeFazio, 28, of Westfield, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Aug. 25, ...
Read more