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Westfield Mayor: 2 More Town COVID Deaths, Cases Rising as Vaccine Rolls Out

January 15, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Friday reported two more Westfield COVID-19 deaths and also said the town saw 133 new coronavirus cases over a seven-day time frame.

The newly dead were a 92-year-old man associated with a long-term care facility, and another 92-year-old man, who was hospitalized, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her coronavirus update. They bring the number of Westfield ...

NJ Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY — Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Westfield High School Announces 2020 National Honor Society Inductees

January 15, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District announced Wednesday that 163 Westfield High School seniors, who were inducted into the National Honor Society as juniors, last spring have received recognition for the achievement.

With in-person ceremonies sidelined due to COVID-19, the seniors received their National Honor Society certificates, pins, charms and gold tassels from NHS ...

Westfield School District Opens Online Registration for Kindergarten, First Grade

WESTFIELD, NJ — Registration for the Class of 2034 is now open, Westfield Public Schools announced. Once done in-person, registration is now available online.

Kindergarten registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year for all children who are residents of Westfield and will reach the age of 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2021. 

First grade registration is also being held for ...

Westfield Mayor: 2 More Town COVID Deaths, Cases Rising as Vaccine Rolls Out

January 15, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Friday reported two more Westfield COVID-19 deaths and also said the town saw 133 new coronavirus cases over a seven-day time frame.

The newly dead were a 92-year-old man associated with a long-term care facility, and another 92-year-old man, who was hospitalized, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her coronavirus update. They bring the number of Westfield ...

Westfield Aims to Combat COVID Vaccine Hesitancy During ‘Confusing’ Rollout

WESTFIELD, NJ — In an effort to boost COVID-19 immunizations, health officials in Westfield have formed a subcommittee to address questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Westfield Board of Health approved the formation of the committee earlier this week as the town’s health officer discussed public confusion over the rollout of vaccines in New Jersey.

“The simple truth ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

Bareburger: Upscale Hamburger Restaurant and Bar Opens in Westfield

December 18, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The wait is over for an upscale hamburger restaurant and bar.

The Bareburger location at 126 Central Ave. in Westfield is open for business, the chain announced on Instagram. Patrons could be seen dining at the establishment Friday evening.

In 2018, Bareburger purchased the unused liquor license from the former Jolley Trolley Bar & Grill, which had closed in ...

Owner of Historic Home Destroyed in 2013 Fire Sues Westfield Over Permit Denials

January 10, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a landmark house wrecked in a 2013 fire claims in a lawsuit served this week that she lost profits, her property rights and suffered mental anguish as a result of the town’s denying approvals needed for rebuilding her residence.

Lisa Varandas, owner of the Wychwood Gate House, had in 2016 said that although it would be costly to ...

Point View Duo Presents Annual Financial Outlook to Suburban Chamber Jan. 8

December 29, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ — As has become tradition, Point View Wealth Management will deliver its annual financial outlook to the Suburban Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's inaugural “First Friday” event of 2021.

David Dietze, Point View's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, along with Fritz Schoenhut, the firm's Managing Director and Portfolio ...

Green Energy Savings Program in Westfield Would Automatically Enroll Customers

January 13, 2021

If the town moves forward, residents would have the ability to opt out, officials said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials anticipate deciding next month if they will enroll residents in an energy aggregation program intended to reduce residential electricity costs while adopting more renewable energy sources.

Gabel Associates, the energy consulting firm the town had contracted to oversee ...

Plans Underway to Open Westfield Pool for Summer 2021 with COVID Precautions

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Memorial Pool is preparing to open for the Summer 2021 season, potentially with similar coronavirus precautions implemented during the last pool season. 

“We're very proud of the way we were able to operate the pool last year even during the COVID season we had to operate,” said Aquatic Supervisor Heather Re during Monday ...

Who Won the Third Annual Westfield Gingerbread Building Contest?

January 13, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Replicas of the bandstand in Mindowaskin Park, Vicki’s Diner and the firehouse in Downtown Westfield are among the winners of the town’s third annual Gingerbread Display and Competition.

Awards, announced this week, are as follows:

Best in Show

Mindowaskin Gazebo created by Laura Skidmore

Iconic Westfield

First Place: Westfield Fire House ...

Three Westfield 11-Year-Olds Author Time Travel Adventure Novel

WESTFIELD, NJ — Kai Vasquez, Devan Regas and Liliana Vasquez just published their first book – and they’re only 11 years old.

Authors Kai and Devan, as well as illustrator Liliana, recently self-published the action and adventure novel “The Adventures of Greg Smith: The Time Travel Treachery.” The three young creators recently spoke to TAPinto Westfield about ...

Westfield Grad Spreading Hopeful Messages With Rock Art

January 5, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The words written on the rocks carefully placed throughout Westfield vary, but the messages all have one thing in common: They are all positive.

Layla Halterman, 20, of Westfield, has put uplifting messages on about 100 rocks and placed them around her hometown in a project she hopes is bringing people smiles.

“I really just wanted to circle back to the idea ...

Stop & Shop Food Drive Nets 600 Bags of Non-Perishables for Westfield Pantry

WESTFIELD, NJ — Thanks to the Westfield community, Stop & Shop was able to donate 600 bags of non-perishables and toiletries to a local food pantry, organizers said.

Due supply chain issues brought by the pandemic, Stop & Shop had modified its annual effort and sold $10 bags of non-perishable food items for donation to the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Brooke Scheuermann

January 13, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brooke Scheuermann will play lacrosse at Salisbury University next year.

The Westfield High School defender, who recently signed to play at the Division 3 school, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. And before she heads off to play in Maryland, Scheuermann hopes to play one last season for the Lady Blue ...

Boys Ice Hockey: New Players Step up as Westfield Preps for Season

WESTFIELD, NJ — After graduating eight seniors in their 15-8-2 season last year, Westfield is bringing in many new faces for the shortened 2021 season.

Before they graduated, the seniors prepared their underclassmen to lead the team into the new season, head coach Joe Bertucci said.

“I am excited to see new players step up this year,” Bertucci said. “We certainly ...

Owner of Historic Home Destroyed in 2013 Fire Sues Westfield Over Permit Denials

January 10, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a landmark house wrecked in a 2013 fire claims in a lawsuit served this week that she lost profits, her property rights and suffered mental anguish as a result of the town’s denying approvals needed for rebuilding her residence.

Lisa Varandas, owner of the Wychwood Gate House, had in 2016 said that although it would be costly to ...

Bald Eagle Spotted at Park in Westfield Thursday. Bird’s Numbers Rising in NJ

January 15, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The emblem bird of the United States made an appearance in Westfield Thursday.

Justin Drazin and his family spotted the bald eagle just over the pond at Mindowaskin Park during the afternoon.

“My wife and I were out for some fresh air with our little girl. We stopped at the Mindowaskin playground and then took a walk over to the pond to see the ducks,” ...

Green Energy Savings Program in Westfield Would Automatically Enroll Customers

If the town moves forward, residents would have the ability to opt out, officials said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials anticipate deciding next month if they will enroll residents in an energy aggregation program intended to reduce residential electricity costs while adopting more renewable energy sources.

Gabel Associates, the energy consulting firm the town had contracted to oversee ...

Green Energy Savings Program in Westfield Would Automatically Enroll Customers

January 13, 2021

If the town moves forward, residents would have the ability to opt out, officials said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials anticipate deciding next month if they will enroll residents in an energy aggregation program intended to reduce residential electricity costs while adopting more renewable energy sources.

Gabel Associates, the energy consulting firm the town had contracted to oversee ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers HVAC Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all ...

Westfield to Hold MLK March and Service After Tumultuous Year for Racial Justice

January 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An annual march symbolic of the marches of the Civil Rights Movement will happen in Westfield Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield will lead the march and, due to COVID-19, is taking an accompanying service online. Westfield's 34th annual MLK events come at a time of increased attention to racial justice ...

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Car Driven by Fanwood Woman Crashes Into UPS Store on Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A vehicle crashed into the front door of the UPS store located at 2560 Rte 22 East, Scotch Plains just after 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Scotch Plains police responded and found a 2016 Green Subaru on the sidewalk in front of the building with heavy front end damage.

The driver was a 93-year-old Fanwood woman who was not injured, according to the Scotch ...

BOE Recap: New Members, Looking Ahead, HVAC, More

January 12, 2021

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
Business Administrator/Board Secretary Dana Sullivan opened the virtual meeting with the results of the annual school board election on November 3, 2020.  Sahar Aziz, Leila Morrelli, and Sonal Patel  were elected for three-year terms.  The Board unanimously elected Amy Root as Board President and Brendan Galligan as Board Vice President.  Board ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, January 18, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library/Virtual, Westfield

Multi-Week Zumba Series through the Westfield ...

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness

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Mon, January 18, 12:00 PM

MLK Monument , Westfield

MLK Day March and Service in Westfield

Giving Back

JCC of Central NJ Presents 3 Films Focusing on Black-Jewish Partnership for Social Justice

January 15, 2021

 Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, the JCC will stream three extraordinary films that explore the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities. These true stories illuminate the Jewish/Black alliances that helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

“As a community agency, we must use our voice to take a stand against racism, discrimination and social ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Running Food Drive for MLK Day

EDISON-- In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is holding a food drive. Although the pandemic has prevented the school from hosting its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on campus, the school remains committed to supporting his dreams of friendship, peace, love, equal opportunity and unity.

W+H families will ...

Register Now for Westfield Area YMCA 2021-2022 Full Day Child Care, Half and Full Day Preschool and Full Day Kindergarten

The Westfield Area YMCA understands the balancing act facing today’s working families. For over 30 years, children have become independent engaged learners and creative confident thinkers in Westfield Area Y Early Learning Programs. 

The Y continues to adapt to changing needs while strictly adhering to all CDC and Board of Health safety protocols. Registration is going ...

Jefferson School Early Act Club Supports Community over the Holidays

Members of the Jefferson School Early Act Club spent the winter break and the weeks leading up to it making nearly 200 rubber band mask lanyards for local first responders.

The Early Act Club, an elementary student service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westfield, and the school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated masks with the handmade lanyards to the Westfield Police and Fire ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Criminal Mischief, Fraud, Shoplifting & More

January 12, 2021

The following is the Westfield Police blotter for Jan. 3 - Jan. 8. 2021. 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.

1/3/2021 at 8:45 a.m. — Fraud

A resident from the 70 block of Sandy Hill Road indicated being the victim of fraud. Resident attempted to purchase a puppy ...

How to Live with Uncertainty

SCOTCH PLAINS-- Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming our way.  The current COVID-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, our government, relationships and of course our mental and physical health. It is natural to want to feel safe.  The fear of uncertainty can leave us feeling very stressed, depressed and ...

Get Ready for the Second Round of Economic Impact Payments

The IRS and the Treasury Department have rolled out a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments last year.

The IRS emphasizes that there is no action required by eligible individuals to receive this second payment. The IRS ...

Holy Trinity School Prepares for the 21-22 School Year

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Holy Trinity School students returned to school on January 4 to find some building upgrades. During the Christmas break, a chairlift was installed for disabled students, new gates for the Watterson Street entrances, and a new fence for the First Street main entrance. The new gates are the first step in increasing safe play areas for all grade levels.

“The next step ...

22 Homes Sold Jan. 3 - Jan. 10 in Mountainside, Cranford, Westfield, Garwood, Fanwood & Scotch Plains

Twenty-two homes sold Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, 2021, in Mountainside, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood and Cranford, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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New Year, Smart Goals: Resolutions That Actually Stick

New Year’s resolutions are so … last year. If you’re like most people, by the end of January, you'll have given up on the promises you made to yourself New Year’s Eve. But maybe that’s because the resolutions of the past were too vague and lacked a plan. If you want to try something new — with a much better chance of success — try SMART goals ...

Good Riddance 2020 -- Keep Your Investing Emotions in Check

We are all glad to bid 2020 adieu.  It was a year unlike any other as the ravages of Covid 19 and a plunging global economy took an emotional and financial toll.  We look forward to 2021 with optimistic anticipation.  The promise of a Covid vaccine, continued global stimulus, and a recovering stock market have brought calm to many. 

The past year has forced us to grapple ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Obituaries

Jun 9, 1967 - Dec 12, 2020
Laurie Ellen (Lipson) Wagner, age 53, of Westfield, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 ...
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