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With Fundraiser, Westfield Community Rallies Around Family of Mom, 46, Taken By Cancer

October 17, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – With four children and a husband who coaches youth athletics, Jeannie Dillon cheered on local youth sports teams religiously on weekend mornings, her older sister said.

As can happen in youth sports, parents would sometimes become overly engaged, but Dillon had a way to quell the crowd, the sister, Anne Dillon, said on Tuesday.

“In the middle of some of ...

Cancer Survivors Win At Westfield’s 10th Annual ‘Pink Out’ Volleyball Tournament

WESTFIELD, NJ — As important as the match was for both Westfield and Union Catholic, the cause both teams played for put the volleyball result in the back seat Saturday. 

Union Catholic captured a three-set win in a likely preview of the upcoming Union County Tournament final. But the Scotch Plains win wasn’t the main event at Westfield High School's ...

Westfield to Go Pink Saturday for Annual Volleyball Tourney for Breast Cancer Awareness

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School will make the switch to pink from its traditional color of blue this Saturday afternoon, as the Westfield girls’ volleyball program will host its 10th annual “Pink Out” tournament in accordance with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

All three Westfield girls’ volleyball teams — Freshmen, JV, and ...

Online Survey Queries Westfield Senior Citizens On Services

October 19, 2018

Updated at 6:58 p.m. Oct. 19

Print Options For Answering Questions Also Offered

WESTFIELD, NJ – Do senior citizens use ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, or do they take the senior bus? How many senior citizens surf the Internet? Do senior citizens access the web from their cell phones?

These are among the questions the Lifelong Westfield Advisory Council is ...

Volunteers Sought for Westfield Task Force to Tackle Mental Illness

WESTFIELD, NJ – A newly formed task force of local officials and volunteers has been charged with identifying best practices for handling mental illness, reducing the stigma surrounding it and heightening awareness of resources available for treatment.

The 10-member Westfield Youth and Family Mental Health Commission to be directed by Mayor Shelley Brindle, Schools Superintendent ...

Grand Opening at Arbor Terrace Mountainside was Indeed Grand

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Grand Opening celebration of Arbor Terrace Mountainside not only met expectations, it exceeded most people's.

It drew hundreds of people – including Mayor Paul Mirabelli, members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Arbor Terrace “home office” executives, and others who helped turn Arbor Terrace Mountainside from a dream into a ...

Union County: ‘Hackers’ Won’t Get Westfield, After $1.9M Voting Machine Purchase

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Candidates on the “ballot” Monday included Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Swamp Thing, as Union County officials showed residents the workings of a new voting machine at the Town Hall.

But this November, voters casting ballots in this undecided town in the hotly contested Seventh Congressional District race for Rep. Leonard Lance’s seat will pick real ...

New Voting Machines to be Used in Westfield this Election; Demo to be Held Monday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A resolution for $1.9 million for a new vote tabulation system by ES&S was approved at the first Union County Freeholders mobile meeting on Thursday, held in Plainfield's municipal court.

Nicole DiRado, an administrator from the Office of the Board of Elections, said that although the machines will not be in use in most parts of the county until 2019, they will ...

Intruder Sends Union County Vo-Tech Schools on Lockdown Friday; Student Got Threatening Texts, Authorities Say

October 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex. 

Located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, the VoTech school district is comprised of Academy for Allied Health ...

Westfield PD Quiet On Crash By Lambert's Mill Academy

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Few details were available pertaining to a crash reported near a school on Lambert's Mill Road Thursday afternoon, the latest in a series reported on or near the winding roadway.

A police department spokesman did not respond to requests for information on the crash Thursday evening, and the police chief was not available to discuss the incident.

By 5 p.m., traffic ...

Update: Route 22 East Reopened After Crash in Scotch Plains Wednesday Morning

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — U.S. Route 22 and Terrill Road have reopened following a motor vehicle accident involving a box truck. 

Expect delays in the area.

Tickets to Westfield Beer Garden Snapped Up In Seconds; More Available on AddamsFest Website Sunday

October 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Getting into the beer garden at AddamsFest has become akin to securing a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton.”

At least that’s the drama that played out on the festival organizers’ Facebook page Thursday night as a limited batch of tickets to the festival’s beer garden were snapped up within seconds of them being put up for ...

Emma’s Brick Oven Celebrates a Special Anniversary

CRANFORD, NJ – Emma’s Brick Oven in the heart of downtown Cranford is celebrating its one year anniversary under the management and ownership of Victor Biancamano and Andrew Galli.

“It’s been a great year; we have introduced new items to the menus, renovated the space and worked to create an amazing dining experience. It’s what we think of as ...

More Tickets to AddamsFest Beer Garden in Westfield to be Released this Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Disappointed that you couldn’t get tickets for Charlie’s Ale Garden during AddamsFest? Despite a “sold out” image on the Beer Garden page on AddamsFest.com, organizers said that more tickets will become available for purchase later this week.

“As we said, we can only pre-sell as many tickets as our rain location at the Armory will ...

Watch: TAPinto Westfield Weekly News Recap, Oct. 20

October 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Catch up on this week's local news with this quick video, and find the stories linked below.

Westfield Mayor Reacts to Outcry Over Poor Communication Of Home Burglary Spree

Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield: Police

Batch Of Westfield Beer Garden Tickets Snapped Up In Seconds

Westfield Rallies Around Family Of Mom Taken By ...

Road Resurfacing Ahead for Sycamore, More in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Municipal officials announced the following roadway schedule of roadway improvement Friday, on Facebook:

Carleton Road, Grove Street, Sycamore: The installation of handicapped accessible ramps will continue on these streets, including the replacement of manhole and drainage inlet infrastructure, the announcement said. Starting the week of Oct. 29, the roadways will be ...

Lot 7: Downtown Westfield’s Top 98 Free Parking Spots, For Now

WESTFIELD, NJ – Visitors to the downtown have 98 free parking spaces accessible to them, at least for now.

The long-awaited reconstruction of a Parking Lot 7, at the intersection of Central and Lenox avenues, is nearly complete and the lot is open, the municipality announced Wednesday.

The work expands the parking lot’s capacity by 12 spaces, bringing it from 86 to 98 spaces, ...

Intruder Sends Union County Vo-Tech Schools on Lockdown Friday; Student Got Threatening Texts, Authorities Say

October 20, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The five schools that comprise the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) campus went into lockdown for about two hours on Friday afternoon when an unidentified individual who admitted carrying a pocket knife entered the complex. 

Located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, the VoTech school district is comprised of Academy for Allied Health ...

Code Ninjas Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Code Ninjas, a coding center for children ages 7 to 14, celebrated its grand opening in at 1006 South Ave. West in Westfield this weekend.

At Code Ninjas, kids can learn by designing their own video games, as well as through STEM activities.

“We’re not trying to make every child a programmer,” said Protima Pandey, who owns the franchise with her ...

Will Westfield’s Kehler Stadium Redo Sidetrack Spring Sports?

WESTFIELD, NJ – A $3.03 million renovation to Kehler Stadium has been moved up by one month to accommodate concern raised by track teams, who will have to practice elsewhere during the stadium’s overhaul.

The Board of Education on Tuesday amended its contract with Your Way Construction Inc., of Irvington. The company will replace the running track, resurface the turf field and ...

Football: Elizabeth Shuts Down Westfield Offense, 12-0

October 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ  — Even when it was going undefeated en route to winning sectional football championships the last couple of years, Westfield always found itself locked in rugged defensive wars when it lined up against Elizabeth.

The Elizabeth players who were part of those low-scoring defensive struggles remembered well, and turned the tables on the Blue Devils Saturday. Elizabeth ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Lily Maz

WESTFIELD, NJ – A center back defense player, Lily Maz is a local fly girl, at least when it comes to field hockey.

The 17-year-old high school senior and year-four varsity starter has led the team’s defense, powering the Lady Blue Devils to a 12-5 record this season, head girls field hockey coach Caitlin Cheddar said.

Lily is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where ...

$4.9M Westfield Mansion Makes Traditional Home Magazine

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Before she found Westfield, Michigan native Paige Gaines thought all of New Jersey looked like Secaucus, a thickly populated Hudson County town best known for its major commercial distribution center and transit hub.

“How could I know that there would be the Westfields of the world out there,” Gaines said on Monday. “It’s a ...

Westfield's Reeve House, Triangle Park Up For Historic Designation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Built in 1872 in the Italianate Victorian-style, The Reeve House has been designated a national historic landmark but has no local historic designation, something that is about to change.

Looking to take advantage of a proposed state tax incentive program, municipal officials are on track to giving The Reeve House and Triangle Park, both on Mountain Avenue, local ...

Tickets to Westfield Beer Garden Snapped Up In Seconds; More Available on AddamsFest Website Sunday

October 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Getting into the beer garden at AddamsFest has become akin to securing a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton.”

At least that’s the drama that played out on the festival organizers’ Facebook page Thursday night as a limited batch of tickets to the festival’s beer garden were snapped up within seconds of them being put up for ...

Are You Man Enough To Sing? Westfield Men, Boys Invited to ‘Guys Night’ Concert

Rutgers Glee Club To Perform at At 'Guys Night' Concert Friday

WESTFIELD, NJ — It's not always considered “cool” for men and boys to sing, but that's what's going to happen at Edison Intermediate School this Friday.

The Westfield High School Choral Department will host its first “Guys Night of Singing,” to be held in the Edison Intermediate ...

‘The Prom’ on Broadway: Westfield’s Matt Sklar Writes For the Stars

WESTFIELD, NJ — From Westfield’s New Jersey Workshop for the Arts to the stages of Broadway, Tony and Emmy Award Nominated Composer and Westfield native Matthew Sklar continues to wow with his third musical, “The Prom.”

The Broadway show, which opens Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theater, is about a group of Broadway has-beens who decide to shine and hopefully ...

Westfield's Elm Street Reopens, But Will Traffic Nightmare End?

October 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – A major artery in the downtown has reopened after the month-long closure of Elm Street from Walnut Street to East Broad Street.

Union County workers shut down the thoroughfare to replace a culvert, a type of drainage infrastructure, last month and although the thoroughfare reopened this week, the traffic woes on Elm Street might not be over.

In the project’s ...

Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where ...

Code Ninjas Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Code Ninjas, a coding center for children ages 7 to 14, celebrated its grand opening in at 1006 South Ave. West in Westfield this weekend.

At Code Ninjas, kids can learn by designing their own video games, as well as through STEM activities.

“We’re not trying to make every child a programmer,” said Protima Pandey, who owns the franchise with her ...

$4.9M Westfield Mansion Makes Traditional Home Magazine

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Before she found Westfield, Michigan native Paige Gaines thought all of New Jersey looked like Secaucus, a thickly populated Hudson County town best known for its major commercial distribution center and transit hub.

“How could I know that there would be the Westfields of the world out there,” Gaines said on Monday. “It’s a ...

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Plainfield Music Store to Close

October 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ — An institution in Union County, the Plainfield Music Store has announced that it will be closing its doors for good. The last day of business will be Saturday, Oct. 27.

Founded in 1951 and currently owned by Plainfield local Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist, the store has offered a vast archive of sheet music from many publishers, and has been a ...

Councilman Dardia on Combating Crime in Westfield

October 12, 2018

Dear Residents,

Given the recent spate of burglaries in town, Westfield residents are on justifiably on edge. A number of neighborhood homeowners came to the town council meeting to express their legitimate concerns about community safety. No Westfield resident should live in fear of a home invasion.

They asked what precautions were being taken to prevent further criminal activity.

Statement from Dennis Cariello, Candidate for Board of Education

October 12, 2018

My name is Dennis Cariello and I am running for a seat on the Board of Education.  I ask that you please vote for me on Nov. 6.

I moved to Westfield in 2014 from Queens, NY and live in here with my wife and three daughters. We love living in Westfield and are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community. It’s been my pleasure to coach basketball at the Westfield ...

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Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Miller-Cory ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: 4 vehicles Stolen, 7 Broken Into & More

October 17, 2018

Oct. 7, 2018

A BMW X5 went missing from a driveway in the 200 block of Sylvania Place on Oct. 7, police said. The car thief allegedly crept into the house and took the vehicle’s key and some of the residents' cash, according to police.

Oct. 10, 2018

Three residents of Columbus Avenue told police unknown persons entered their vehicles and rummaged through items inside, but did ...

Westfield Foundation Announces 2018 Van Dellen Scholarship Winners

October 20, 2018

The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce Claire Hunter and Mia Melao as the Clarence H. and Florence Horn Van Dellen Scholarship recipients for 2018. 

Claire was an outstanding student at WHS, taking a very demanding program of study.  She balanced her rigorous academic schedule while teaching “Little Stars” – a dance program for children with special needs ...

Westfield: Community Comes Out To Lincoln School Pumpkin Patch

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Lincoln School PTO's annual pumpkin patch drew a crowd.

Addictive Behaviors That Affect Self-Esteem

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that becomes the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities or has begun to harm the individual whether it be physically, mentally or socially is considered an addictive behavior. A person can become addicted to anything whether it be shopping, surfing the internet, food, alcohol, drugs, compulsive gambling, sex, work, ...

Point View Q4 Newsletter Available Now

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Five Annuity Pitfalls
How to Pay for Long Term Care-And How Not to
The Long View: Stocks for the Next 20 Years
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AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 21

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!

 

Autumn Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Just Make Sense

Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months? 

If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay comfortable next season.

The number one cause of air conditioning and ...

12 Homes Sold 9/30/18 thru 10/7/18 in Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Cranford, Fanwood

Twelve Homes were sold in the week of  9/30/18 through 10/7/18 in Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Cranford and Fanwood.  This information from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service is brought to you by Susan Massa, Broker Associate at Keller Williams Realty. www.susanmassa.com

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'Other Desert Cities' unfolds with family secrets

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway.

The ...

Dog Lost in Westfield, Seen Headed Toward Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Cristal is a 3-year-old small white Maltese. She was last seen on Thursday around noon in the South Avenue/West Broad Street Avenue area of Westfield, headed toward Scotch Plains.

If you see her, email andreagmm@outlook.com. Cristal is wearing a collar with her phone number on it.

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Promotes Awareness and Access at Women's Wellness Expo in Wayne NJ

October 16, 2018

WAYNE, NJ — The Susan G. Komen North Jersey promotes local community awareness and access to high quality breast cancer care at the 2018 Women's Wellness Expo.

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Executive Director Kelly E. Nagle spoke to TAPinto TV staff at the event, which took place at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey.

"Komen's mission is to save lives ...

Grand Jury indicts five Edison Police Officers for 'No Show Jobs'

October 20, 2018

Edison, NJ –  Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced Friday that a grand jury indicted five Edison police officers on multiple charges including official misconduct, participating in a pattern of official misconduct, and theft.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Carey’s office, Sergeant Ioannis (John) Mpletsakis, 39, Patrolman Paul Pappas, 44, Patrolman ...