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Be Alert for ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ Says Health Commissioner As NJ Passes 200K Coronavirus Cases

September 21, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Referring to the coronavirus as a marathon, rather than a sprint, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli wants residents to be wary of “pandemic fatigue.”

As New Jersey passes 200,000 coronavirus cases Monday, she said the COVID-19 has forced many families to confront financial hardship, grief due to loss, uncertainty, isolation and ...

Superintendent: 1 New COVID Case at Westfield High School, 30 Students Quarantining

WESTFIELD, NJ — Another Westfield High School student has tested positive for coronavirus, and at least 30 other students have been ordered to self-quarantine after reporting that they had contact with someone infected with the virus, the school district’s superintendent said Friday.

Superintendent Margaret Dolan’s announcement comes after six Westfield High School students ...

Rise in Westfield COVID Cases Comes Amid Concern Over Social Distance Violators

September 16, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has seen 11 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases in Westfield since the beginning of the pandemic to 383, the mayor said Tuesday.

The uptick in cases comes along with “many messages of concern” that Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has received from residents reporting a lack of social ...

COVID-19: Westfield Health Officials Preparing for Mass Vaccination Clinics

WESTFIELD, NJ — Officials are in the early stages of planning mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19, the director of the Westfield Regional Health Department said Monday.

Director Megan Avallone, who serves as local health departments’ lead to the state Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination task force, told the Westfield Board of Health the vaccines could be available for ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

Downtown Westfield: Get Your ‘Foodie Stroll’ Tickets While They Last

September 16, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tickets for Downtown Westfield Corp.’s upcoming “Foodie Stroll” are selling out quickly with nearly half the spots filled up for the upcoming walk, when eateries will offer sample-sized dining and drinking options, the DWC’s executive director said.

The DWC is limiting participation in the Sunday, Oct. 4, event to 400 people to ...

Online Fundraiser Started for a Struggling Vicki’s Diner in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — For 21 years Vicki’s Diner on East Broad Street has been a staple of Downtown Westfield, and now its customers are hoping to make sure that it stays.

When customers learned the diner might not make it through the pandemic, they pitched in with an online fundraiser that as of Friday morning had raised $15,689 for the restaurant struggling to make it through ...

Westfield High School National Merit Semifinalists: 3 Seniors Named

September 21, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Three Westfield High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, the school district announced on Monday.

Grace Endy, Samantha Salz and Maxwell Scialabba are among a nationwide pool of about 16,000 semifinalists who represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, school officials said. The academically talented ...

Westfield Mourning Loss of First-Grade Teacher Patricia Merlo

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield school community is mourning the loss of Patricia “Trish” Merlo, a first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, who died Monday.

She was 53 years old.

“Patricia Merlo meant the world to all who knew her,” fellow Jefferson School teacher Anna Carissimo wrote on a GoFundMe page she organized to support the Merlo family.

Pedestrian Safety: Westfield Police Conducting Crosswalk Crackdown

September 15, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — With school in session, town police are conducting a pedestrian safety operation that could result in tickets for drivers who fail to yield people crossing within crosswalks.

Officers dressed in plain clothes will be crossing the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalks for drivers and pedestrians who fail to stop, police announced Tuesday. Officers will ...

Westfield Sumo Champ Disputes Charges in Bucks County Fight Over Her Cat

BUCKS COUNTY, PA — A Westfield-based real estate sales associate, who is also a middleweight national champion in Sumo wrestling, faces criminal charges after what she told TAPinto Westfield was her successful effort to recoup the tuxedo cat her former roommate absconded with.

Helen Delpopolo, 27, of South Plainfield, is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and simple assault, in ...

Former Westfield DPW Worker Claims Town Retaliated, Ignored His Heart Condition

September 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A former Westfield public works employee claims that the town refused to provide him with personal protective equipment he had requested because his heart condition put him at greater risk of death should he contract coronavirus.

The lawsuit filed by Christopher Bohnyak in Superior Court in Elizabeth Sept. 4 claims that the town discriminated against him because he ...

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Leaving Westfield for Cranford

September 10, 2020

CRANFORD, NJ — Westfield's loss is Cranford's gain.

After operating the past five years at 218 East Broad St. in Westfield, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming announced it will be moving into the former A La Mode Creamery location at 2 South Ave. East inside the Cranford Crossing.

“We truly appreciate the support we have received over the ...

Murphy Touts $1,000 ‘Baby Bonds’ Proposal in Revised FY 2021 Budget

PATERSON, NJ — Joined by legislators, faith leaders, and others, Gov. Phil Murphy held a press event in Paterson to promote his “Baby Bonds” initiative that would provide a $1,000 deposit into an account for every baby born into a New Jersey household with income less than 500% of the Federal Poverty Level ($131,000 for a family of four) in 2021. The plan, which ...

Public Input Sought for Westfield Pop-Up Bike Lane Event

September 20, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A trial bike lane “pop-up” on Prospect Street once conceived as a three-day event will now be just four hours long and will only occur if the town council approves it after hearing public feedback on the specific project, the councilman leading the initiative said.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m., the Green Team hopes to test the lane on one side ...

Westfield to Honor Late Civic Leader Who Demanded Equity for Black Families

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Recreation Commission has unanimously agreed to dedicate a plaque at the Westfield Memorial Pool Complex in honor of a Westfield civic leader who advocated for Black families.

In addition to advocating to keep the area that is now the Westfield Memorial Pool complex from becoming a dump-yard in the 1960s, Charles Morrison Sr. was instrumental in having ...

Westfield’s 2020 Columbus Day Event Canceled Due to COVID, Organizers Say

September 14, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be no formal Columbus Day program in Westfield this year, organizers of the annual event said.

The Westfield Italian American Club and Greater Westfield UNICO in a statement said the event’s organizers consulted with town officials and agreed to cancel the program in case there is a resurgence of COVID-19.

In June, Westfield health officials indicated ...

AddamsFest 2020: Westfield ups Ante for Annual ‘Haunt Your House’ Contest

WESTFIELD, NJ — Registration is open for the town’s annual Halloween home decorating contest, officials announced Monday.

The “Haunt Your House” contest being held as part of Westfield’s third annual AddamsFest celebrations will include more significant prizes than those awarded last year, officials said in a release.

“Haunt Your House was a ...

Westfield 300 Milestone Awards Honor Town’s Longest-Married Couple, War Vets, More

September 21, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — What Westfield couple has been married the longest? Who served in WWII? What’s the oldest running car in town?

Lifelong Westfield, a volunteer initiative of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council, surveyed the public recently to identify residents, pets, cars and businesses that qualified to earn town’s Westfield 300 Milestone ...

Westfield Volunteer Initiative to Reveal ‘Unbelievable Histories’ in Town

WESTFIELD, NJ — Who is the oldest resident in town? What couples in Westfield have been married the longest?

The public is anticipated to learn the answers to these questions — and more — as Lifelong Westfield announces the winners of the Westfield 300 Milestone Awards in a virtual ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, officials said in a release. It ...

Pak Plays On! Scotch Plains Native Makes The Cut at the U.S. Open (VIDEO)

September 19, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Scotch Plains native John Pak finished Round 2 tied for 33rd place and was the only amateur and the only player from the New York metropolitan area today to advance.

Patrick Reed finished at the top spot with -4, followed by Bryson DeChambeau at -3. Harris English, Justin Thomas, and Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in a three-way tie for third at -2.

The ...

Disappointment in Westfield Over Suspension of High School Sports Due to COVID

WESTFIELD, NJ — The shortening of the high school’s athletics schedule, including the cancelation of Westfield High School football team’s season opener against Union, after six students tested positive for COVID-19 has caused disappointment.

What would have otherwise been the Blue Devils’ second game of the season — a contest against St. Joseph High School ...

In Westfield, Historic Designation May Soon Come With a Tax Incentive

September 9, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Historic designation of a property in Westfield could soon come with a tax incentive if the owner is also making improvements to that property, the mayor said.

The town council on Tuesday voted on and referred to the planning board for review a resolution that, should it gain final approval, would declare the entire municipality an “area in need of ...

Westfield Approves Historic Homes Law Over Residents’ Objections

WESTFIELD, NJ — The third time’s a charm.

The town council on Tuesday approved the third recent version of an update to its historic preservation law with proponents of the legislative update arguing it would help to prevent teardowns of historically significant homes by putting in a review process for demolition permits, while opponents characterized the revision as ...

Public Input Sought for Westfield Pop-Up Bike Lane Event

September 20, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A trial bike lane “pop-up” on Prospect Street once conceived as a three-day event will now be just four hours long and will only occur if the town council approves it after hearing public feedback on the specific project, the councilman leading the initiative said.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m., the Green Team hopes to test the lane on one side ...

Cleaning Your Closets? Head to the Second Annual ‘Free Market’ in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Shed the stuff you’re done with, get the stuff you want. That’s the idea behind the Westfield Green Team’s second annual free market, a swap for town residents aimed at keeping perfectly good used items out of landfills and incinerators, planned for Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event is like a giant yard sale, organizers explained, except everything ...

Westfield Commemorates 19th Anniversary of 9/11 in the Midst of Another Crisis

September 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents gathered at the town’s 9/11 monument Friday evening, where clergy offered prayers and the mayor reflected on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Mayor Shelley Brindle read aloud the names of the 12 people from Westfield who were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. Brindle drew parallels ...

Westfield Schedules 9/11 Ceremony, Masks Required This Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town will observe the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, the town announced.

Mayor Shelley Brindle will open with remarks at the 9/11 monument followed by prayers of commemoration from local clergy members, the announcement said.

An honor guard will present a ceremonial wreath, ...

NJ Election 2020: Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

September 8, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere — whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil ...

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Man Charged in Connection with Theft and Long-term Neglect of Elderly Fanwood Woman

September 17, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ — A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with neglecting and stealing nearly $90,000 from an elderly Fanwood woman in his care over the course of nearly four years, authorities said.

Castor A. Toro, 52, is charged with second-degree theft, second-degree theft by deception, and third-degree abandonment or neglect of an elderly person, acting Union County ...

Westfield’s Nicholas Gismondi, 65, Remembered for Love of Family and Sport

September 22, 2020

This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit

Nicholas Gismondi, a Westfield man most remembered for his vibrant personality, has drawn accolades for his community contributions.

Nick ...

Letter: Updates on COVID-19 & More from the Westfield Board of Health

September 18, 2020

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on Sept. 14.

The Board discussed the progress and accomplishments of the Westfield Regional Health Department in responding to the pandemic of Covid-19 in Westfield and our seven contract neighboring municipalities. Although the situation in town had stabilized this past month, proven preventive measures are still needed because of the ...

Westfield Board Education Candidate Sahar Aziz Introduces Herself

September 15, 2020

Dear Westfield Residents,

In so many ways, this is a unique historic moment for our country. The challenges posed by a global pandemic coupled with unprecedented political polarization make it more imperative than ever for us to come together as a community. As such, I write to introduce myself and ask for your vote in the Board of Education elections.  

Thanks to ...

AddamsFest Opens Submissions for Art Contests

September 22, 2020

Painted Pumpkin Path and The Draw This in Your Style Challenge Invite Artistic Talent to be Showcased

AddamsFest is conjuring artists of all ages to contribute their talents to two new programs as part of its annual upcoming festivities. This year’s re-imagined AddamsFest will include The Painted Pumpkin Path and The Draw This in Your Style Addams Family Challenge — both of which ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Marijuana Possession, Garden Hose Theft

September 22, 2020

The following is the Westfield Police blotter for Sept. 13 – Sept. 19. The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

9/18/2020 5:35 p.m.

Officer Gill arrested William Blackmon of Newark, NJ for Poss. CDS (Marijuana) during a motor vehicle stop and subsequent investigation ...

Westfield Rotary Club Gives Back to Veterans





Rotarians are always honored to be amongst our bravest. As part of their monthly distribution the Community Hope shelter for homeless veterans at Lyons VA, duffel bags filled with essentials were distributed by General Needs Ltd., Morristown Rotary Club and Westfield Rotary Club.

The highlight of the event was a 60-year-old friend ...

26 Homes Sold Sept. 13 - Sept 20 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Mountainside & Garwood

Twenty-six homes sold Sept. 13 through Sept. 20, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Cranford and Mountainside, according to the Garden State MLS.

TOWN                  ADDRESS             ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

Bargain Asset Classes Amid FAANGM Frothiness!

It’s been described as surreal.  Despite the worst recession since the 1930s, an unemployment rate not seen since the same vintage, and a pandemic that’s killed over 925,000 globally, the S&P 500 hit its highest point ever at the start of September, recouping its Covid-19 triggered downturn and more.

Leading the charge has been the FAANGMs, namely Facebook, Amazon, Apple, ...

Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

How Has Lockdown Affected Your Relationship?

COVID-19 has reshaped our personal relationships. Life in lockdown has forced us to live in close proximity to one another and balance work, children, homeschooling and finances during an already stressful time. On the other hand, social distancing has isolated us from our friends, family, communities and activities that we once enjoyed.

Although we are beginning to see some sense of what use ...

7 Signs You’re Destined for Success

You’ve got your own style. Sure, you’ve had mentors who inspire you and you’ve worked with leaders who have been great examples of what not to do. You’ve meshed these examples with your own personality and developed a leadership style that’s uniquely you. Yet, even with that flair of individuality there are two universal truths:

Your style is likely evolving ...

Boneparth: New York Made

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.

New York is in my blood. My parents, grandparents and great grandparents all hail from New York. I was born ...

NJ Gas Tax Rate to Increase Oct. 1

The Treasury Department announced that lower fuel consumption trends, due to exacerbated COVID-19 pandemic, will increase gas tax to 9.3 cents per gallon in order to ensure compliance with the Trust Fund (TTF) program. This is expected to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2020.

This was the outcome of a thorough review of fuel consumption statistics and consultation with the Legislative Budget ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Does Your Employment Attorney Have Empathy?

I often hear from potential clients:

I would like a consultation with an experienced employment law attorney to see whether I have a claim. However, attorneys usually charge four or five hundred dollars an hour and I don’t want to pay that if I may not have a claim. Also, even after an appointment is set up, I am usually shuffled around various paralegals and never get to sit ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Resume Tutoring Work

EDISON, NJ -- The global pandemic and the need to work remotely has not stopped The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison’s partnership with Interfaith RISE of Highland Park and the W+H student-to-family tutoring program.  

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, along with Maya Wahrman, R&P Case ...

Five Things You Should Know About Rainbow Babies

1. What is a Rainbow Baby?

A rainbow baby is a baby born after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in infancy. This term is given to these precious babies, because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what’s to come.

2. Who coined the term, Rainbow Baby?

While no one knows the exact origin of Rainbow Baby, it is a term that has ...

First Day: Westfield Students, Teachers Return to Learn With Hybrid Model

It was a rainy start to the school year but spirits were not dampened, as many students returned to their classrooms in Westfield Public Schools on Sept. 10.  Like other districts across New Jersey and the country, Westfield schools opened with a hybrid combination of in-person and remote instruction.  Last month, approximately 84% of survey responses representing more than 6,100 ...

Opinion: Seize the Moment — Act Now on Global Fragility

September 9, 2020

Mira Mehta is a senior at Westfield High School and a member of the Managing Committee at STAND (the student- and youth-led movement to end mass atrocities).

As the beginning of the decade reveals itself to be an accumulation of 1920s tragedies rather than a time replete with the splendor of Gatsby-esque parties, Americans have not only united to support their communities but also begun to ...

Murphy, State Assembly and Senate Leaders Agree to Add ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ in 2021 Budget

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside statewide leaders, on Thursday announced that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget will raise the state’s gross income tax rate on income between $1 million and $5 million per year. 

The rate will increase from the current 8.97% to 10.75% for every dollar earned between $1 million and $5 million annually, bringing it in line with ...