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Message in Westfield on MLK Day: ‘Extreme Love’ Needed More Than Ever

January 21, 2019

Updated at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 22

WESTFIELD, NJ — How does one respond to acts of hatred? Speakers addressed this topic during a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his works on Monday.

Stanley Talbert, a doctoral student at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, told a full house at the First Congregational Church to strive for better in a time when hate is ...

UPDATED: MLK Day 2019 in Westfield - How You Can Participate

WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to freezing temperatures, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March set for Monday morning has been called off, but the church service is still on, authorities said.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer St., starting at 1 p.m.

The ...

Gov’t Shutdown: Westfield Businesses Step up After Feds Hold Workers’ Pay

WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted.

Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning advice.

Downtown Westfield Corporation, which represents businesses in the town’s ...

Forum in Westfield: Top Expert Tips for Digital Detox

January 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With their beeping, buzzing, chiming and bright colors, smartphones phones can be much to handle.

Recognizing this, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here2Help Mental Health Coalition held its first forum, one among a series on mental health topics, at the Westfield Memorial Library Thursday, on the topic of smartphone overuse.

FULL COVERAGE: Addicted to Your ...

Addicted to Your Smartphone? Experts Discuss Digital Detox in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – The brain chemical contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction is produced as people scroll through social media feeds and answer messages on their smartphones.

Sean Foley, a social worker at Prevention Links, a Union County nonprofit fighting substance abuse, discussed the production of dopamine during a talk about the debilitating effects of smartphone ...

Westfield Council Proposes Smoking Ban at Town Events, on Rooftop Dining Areas

Updated at 10:04 p.m. Jan. 15

WESTFIELD, NJ – Smokers lighting up at a street fair or town festival here could face fines, even those who do so with an e-cigarette.

The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a regulation to ban smoking at public events such as jazz nights, the AddamsFest beer garden and FestiFall. And it looks like smooth sailing for the update to an existing local ...

Westfield MLK March Cancelled Due to Freezing Temps, Indoor Service a Go

January 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With a deep chill setting in, the outdoor portion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March has been called off, but services planned for the observance will still be held, police said.

The Westfield Police Department announced the cancellation of the outdoor march shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service in a statement Monday warned wind chill ...

Newark Man Accused of Attempted Daytime Break-in in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said.

A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali Wiggs, was attempting to enter the residence by breaking windows shortly before 1:40 p.m., ...

Traffic Alert: Electric Upgrades set for Some Westfield Streets

WESTFIELD, NJ – Parts of the already busy downtown could be a bit busier Thursday and Friday as utility workers upgrade electric facilities on four streets.

The work in Westfield is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday on Clark Street, Cowperthwaite Place, Ferris Place and Prospect Street, Lauren Ugorji, a spokeswoman for PSE&G, said.

“We are upgrading our ...

Westfield Pizza Shop Lends a Hand to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

January 14, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay.

Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by the shutdown with meals.

“This is the first week that they didn’t get paid ...

Risk-Based Restaurant, Food Retailer Inspection Fees Headed to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Inspection fees for establishments serving food in town will be based on the public health risk of the food served and no longer determined by the size of the establishments if a recently proposed regulation is adopted.

The Westfield Board of Health is set to hold a public hearing and adopt on Feb. 4 the measure changing the fees it charges to inspect food retailers. The ...

Poke Bowls Come to Westfield with Opening of Orgreen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Hawaiian-inspired Poke Bowls are coming to Downtown Westfield this weekend.

Orgreen, located at 132 East Broad St., is set to begin serving on Saturday with a formal opening to be held at 11 a.m., the restaurant’s manager, Kidd Fang, said.

Poke bowls, which are comprised of diced raw fish served over rice and vegetables, will be served at the eatery located ...

Westfield Council Considers Limiting New England Drive Lot Sizes

January 22, 2019

The anticipated change for the area encompassing New England Drive follows significant public opposition over a proposed subdivision in the neighborhood.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A proposed rezoning of the area encompassing New England Drive would allow only for the larger lot sizes already existing in the area, officials said.

The new regulations were discussed at last week’s Town ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

Westfield Crash Causes Council to Consider Parking Law Change

WESTFIELD, NJ — A dramatic crash in the 2nd Ward last month has caused the town to consider changing parking regulations on South Euclid Avenue, officials said.

Following the Dec. 12 crash, an engineer for Westfield recommended parking be prohibited on the northwest side of South Euclid Avenue for 75 feet north of its northwest curb line intersecting with Lenox Avenue, Town Administrator ...

Students Recognized for Essays, Poetry, Art at 32nd MLK Service in Westfield

January 22, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Twenty-three students from nine schools were recognized for essays, poetry and artworks at Westfield's 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service on Monday.

The students recognized in the annual contest are as follows:

Intermediate schools

Essay contest winners are as follows:

First Place – Matthew Akins, seventh grade, Holy Trinity ...

UPDATED: MLK Day 2019 in Westfield - How You Can Participate

WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to freezing temperatures, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March set for Monday morning has been called off, but the church service is still on, authorities said.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer St., starting at 1 p.m.

The ...

Addicted to Your Smartphone? Experts Discuss Digital Detox in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – The brain chemical contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction is produced as people scroll through social media feeds and answer messages on their smartphones.

Sean Foley, a social worker at Prevention Links, a Union County nonprofit fighting substance abuse, discussed the production of dopamine during a talk about the debilitating effects of smartphone ...

Boys Basketball: Westfield Edges Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Thrilling Game, 60-59

January 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity boys basketball team edged out Scotch Plains-Fanwood Thursday night in a thrilling game, 60-59.

The Blue Devils held a three-point lead with under a minute left when the Raiders had a chance to score with 17 seconds left. Scotch Plains-Fanwood hit the final shot, a two-pointer, which left them one shy of Westfield’s ...

Saint Joseph High School Resurrects its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ — Saint Joseph High School Athletics Hall of Fame is again taking nominations for induction this year following a 17-year hiatus. Inductees must be Saint Joseph graduates, must have lettered in a varsity sport, attended the school for at least three years, and must possess a record of high performance and excellence.

On Jan. 4, the Falcons hosted St. Benedict's ...

Professional Athlete in Westfield: Girls Play Hockey, Too

A girls hockey workshop at the Westfield Rink drew 55 players this week.

WESTFIELD, NJ – There weren’t many opportunities available for girls to play hockey when she grew up in the town, but that didn’t stop her.

Rebecca Morse, who plays for the Metropolitan Riveters, a part of the National Women’s Hockey League, is pleased to see that the sport has become more ...

Westfield Council Considers Limiting New England Drive Lot Sizes

January 22, 2019

The anticipated change for the area encompassing New England Drive follows significant public opposition over a proposed subdivision in the neighborhood.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A proposed rezoning of the area encompassing New England Drive would allow only for the larger lot sizes already existing in the area, officials said.

The new regulations were discussed at last week’s Town ...

Westfield Revaluation: First Property Valuation Letters Get Mailed This Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the town of Westfield’s first full readjustment of assessed home values for Westfield in since 1981 nearing completion, the first round of letters with new property valuations will be mailed to most residents later this week by the town’s certified vendor, Realty Appraisal Company, the town announced Monday. Letters will continue to be mailed out on a ...

Parents to Take Center Stage in Westfield School Play, ‘Happily Ever After’

January 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not your average school play.

Washington Elementary School parents are in rehearsal for a PTO-led play in which they act out the main roles.

Written by Anthony Tessitore, the father of daughters, ages 7 and 11, “Happily Ever After” details the efforts of two junior librarians, who join forces with icons from children’s literature to save ...

Train Arrives for Westfield Gingerbread Building Contest Winners

WESTFIELD, NJ – A representation of a home that made international news is among the winners of a town-wide contest of gingerbread building, but it is not the top vote-getter in the competition whose winners the public picked in an online poll.

Tara and Rob Donnelly along with Brian and Amy Shields, of Westfield, built the gingerbread model of the “Watcher ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Show in Westfield Brings Audience a Twist Before Ball Drops

WESTFIELD, NJ — In his rendition of a tune from the musical “Bells are Ringing,” Broadway vocalist Cooper Grodin played the role of a con artist and gangster looking to win over a wealthy lady.

Before performing the song with vocalist Maria Failla at the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve show Monday, Grodin told the full house that his character, a ...

Business Energy, a Collaborative Workspace in Westfield, is Expanding

January 22, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Just months after opening, Business Energy, a flexible and collaborative work space in Downtown Westfield, is expanding, the company announced Tuesday.

Located at 220 Lenox Ave., BE celebrated its grand opening in the fall with three private offices, plus six work stations and a conference room that are available on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. 

Now ...

Gov’t Shutdown: Westfield Businesses Step up After Feds Hold Workers’ Pay

WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted.

Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning advice.

Downtown Westfield Corporation, which represents businesses in the town’s ...

GWACC Kicks Off 2019 with Networking in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tepp Accounting Services/Tepp Financial Planning in Downtown Westfield hosted about 40 local business people Wednesday morning at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s first open networking breakfast of 2019.

“We’re very grateful we had such a wonderful turnout. I want to give a big thank-you to the chamber,” said owner David Tepp, ...

Watch: What You Need to Know About Westfield's New Recycling Rules

January 3, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With the New Year has come new regulations for recycling in the town.

The key message is that the town will only recycle plastics labeled #1 and #2, and no longer takes plastics labeled #3 - #7, Councilman David Contract said. The modification is a result of changes in the market for scrap plastics, officials previously said.

All other guidelines remain in effect, said ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips

January 20, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, experts state that several key factors play an important role in maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, cold winter. 

“Maintenance is key when it comes to your home running safely and efficiently,” said Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling. “Ensuring that your home is ...

Message in Westfield on MLK Day: ‘Extreme Love’ Needed More Than Ever

January 21, 2019

Updated at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 22

WESTFIELD, NJ — How does one respond to acts of hatred? Speakers addressed this topic during a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his works on Monday.

Stanley Talbert, a doctoral student at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, told a full house at the First Congregational Church to strive for better in a time when hate is ...

UPDATED: MLK Day 2019 in Westfield - How You Can Participate

WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to freezing temperatures, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March set for Monday morning has been called off, but the church service is still on, authorities said.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer St., starting at 1 p.m.

The ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Keep the Ball Rolling

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

There are two things we can count on happening when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. One is that a big shiny ball will fall on Times Square, signifying the beginning of a … well, new beginning. The other is that we have 365 days ahead of us with which to plan really great ...

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Union County: When do I Take out Recycling? There’s an App for Knowing That

January 21, 2019

Recycle Coach App, Homelessness Initiative, Summer Events among Topics Discussed at First Union County Freeholders Meeting of 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All 21 municipalities in the county have submitted information to a cell phone application that tells homeowners when to take out the recycling, the county’s public works director said.

Roll out of the cell phone application, ...

Mayor Brindle on Appointments, Revaluation, One-Seat Ride, Cannabis & More

January 16, 2019

Mayor's update, town council opening remarks, Jan. 15, 2019.

Good evening everyone. I hope your new year is off to a great start. We are diving right into the new year and I would like to give you an update on a few initiatives.

But first I would like to congratulate Westfield resident Kimberly Palmieri Mouded on her swearing in as a Freeholder which I had the great pleasure of ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, January 22, 4:00 PM

Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

Kids Eat Free at Vinny's Pizza & Pasta

Food & Drink

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Tue, January 22, 7:30 PM

Administration Building (Room 105), Westfield

Westfield Board of Education Meeting

Education

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Wed, January 23, 11:30 AM

Echo lake Country Club, Westfield

GWACC 3rd Annual Legislative Panel

Business & Finance Government

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named Vice Chair of NJCCC Executive Committee

January 22, 2019

CRANFORD, NJ – In November 2018, Mary M. Zimmermann, Vice Chair of the Union County College Board of Trustees, was elected as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC).

Mrs. Zimmermann, a resident of Summit, describes herself as a “professional volunteer.” She was first elected to the NJCCC Executive Committee in November 2017.

17 Homes sold Jan. 13 - Jan. 20, 2019 in Westfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Cranford, Mountainside

Seventeen homes were sold Jan. 13 through Jan. 20 in Fanwood, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Cranford and  Mountainside. 

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Boneparth: Patiently Waiting – From Cooking Stock to the Markets

Immediate gratification is not a Millennial thing, it’s an everyone thing. No one likes to wait, which is why you can pay extra not to. Retailers offer next day shipping, amusement parks offer fast passes to cut the lines and don’t even get me started on instant coffee (if you can call it coffee). We’re a society that wants things yesterday and the 100 million plus and ...

Dog Found on Wyandotte Trail in Westfield Reunited With Owner

Update: The pooch has been reunited with its owner.

A large white dog found on the 900 block of Wyandotte Trail was recently reunited with its owner.

Westfield High School Earns Outstanding Delegation Award at Model UN Conference

WESTFIELD, NJ – Westfield High School’s Model United Nations Club won the Outstanding Delegation Award for excelling in all parts of the annual conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from Jan. 4 – 6.

Approximately 2,000 students from 80 Mid-Atlantic schools attended the conference.

“The students participated in wide-ranging debates that were the culmination of ...

New Jersey Video Production Company Looks Back at Project Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- 2019 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, and this year, on the federal holiday that celebrates his legacy, East Main Media looks back on a very special project completed with Michele Adubato, CEO of The North Ward Center in Newark.

“The East Main Media team was honored to produce this video,” said CEO & Executive ...

End of an Era: Construction Begins on Wawa at Former Fabricland on Route 22

January 21, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — It started with demolition. And now construction has begun on the new Wawa at the former location of Fabricland on Route 22 at Wilson Avenue.

After 57 years in North Plainfield, Fabricland and its sister company, Metropolitan Window Fashions, relocated in 2018 down the road in Green Brook. They have been in business for 85 years, continuously owned by the same ...