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Shovlin Mattress Factory Donates $3,100 to Breast Cancer Research

December 5, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer.

This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to the local event, which raises money for ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Drive with Santa and Sparky Lyle Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m to noon.

Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the ...

Kids at Westfield Library Gain Confidence Reading with Help from Four-Legged Friends

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, 6-year-old Jonah Block, a first grader at Franklin Elementary School, had a chance to sit in a room in the Children’s Department of the Westfield Memorial Library and read book to his friend Broadie, a therapy dog who happens to live in his neighborhood.

“I loved that he’s always paying attention and that he looks at the book. I read ...

Westfield PD Raise $1,791 in ‘No Shave November’ Cancer Fight Fundraiser

December 10, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — In its first year participating, 40 officers from the Westfield Police Department raised $1,791 for “No Shave November,” police announced.

The nonprofit No Shave November grows awareness of cancer and raises funds to support cancer prevention, research and education, the fundraising website says.

Other police departments in Union County to participate ...

Westfield Police Commended for Car Chase, Suicide Threat Response & More

December 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The carjacker shoved a 62-year-old woman to the ground in front of her home, grabbed her keys and sped off in her Lexus SUV in broad daylight, police said.

The Newark man led police on a March 31, 2014, chase into Mountainside before dumping the Lexus just off a Route 22 exit ramp and hopping into a second vehicle waiting for him, authorities said.

Police ...

Police: 2 from Irvington Arrested in Westfield 7-Eleven Car Theft

The 2004 Acura was later used in a robbery in Irvington, Maplewood police said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Irvington man and a teenager in connection with the theft of a vehicle that was later used in an Essex County robbery, authorities said Monday.

Dquan Dupont, of Irvington, had stolen the car left running in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 800 ...

More Hate Graffiti Found at a Westfield School, Superintendent Says

Updated at 7:49 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are looking into hate-filled graffiti found at a local school Thursday and appear to have linked the crime to one student.

School officials condemned the hate crime at Edison Intermediate School but did not detail its full scope, and local police were not available Thursday to provide details on the incident. It ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

December 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Ice Rink that Wows Westfield Not as Good for Garwood, Neighbors Say

December 6, 2018

Garwood Police offered a warning to ice rink patrons who slide their cars into the wrong spots: Beware the tow truck.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Just a month after its establishment under a massive tent in Gumbert Park, an ice rink has become wildly popular — too popular for some people.

The rink established on the Garwood border through a partnership with Westfield’s ...

Westfield Denies Double Home Build that Riled Neighborhood

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Brian Murphy moved into his New England Drive home in 1986, he thought his residence was the last new home on the block.

So when a developer proposed tearing down a home on his street and building two in its place, he became concerned. 

Murphy, now 71, said he doesn’t want the neighborhood of stately homes with wide lots to be disturbed, something ...

What You Need to Know About Westfield's 2018 Leaf Collection

A snowstorm early in the season prompted the DPW director to recommend Westfield extend its leaf collection program by two weeks.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Departing from the New Jersey norm, residential leaf collection in this town does not involve vacuum suction, something officials said makes getting vehicles off the street during the collection more important.

While many municipalities ...

Westfield Students Hash Out Feelings About Hate Crimes

December 8, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A spike in hate crimes was the topic of a discussion that included community leaders at Westfield High School this week.

Westfield High School social studies teacher Ryan Daly, a co-advisor of Agora, the group that organized the open forum held Thursday, said recent incidents had set students and faculty ill at ease.

“Many had an emotional response after the ...

Westfield Schools Announce Kindergarten, First-Grade Registration

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District will be registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2019-20 academic year. The district also is interested in reaching children who have not attended the Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first grade in the fall.

“It is very helpful for the District to have this information so that ...

8 Westfield Students Earn Top Scores on Parts of SAT & ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight Westfield High School students recently achieved the highest score possible on parts of the SAT and ACT standardized tests, the district announced Thursday:

Mark Falletta (October ACT Reading), Sivaji Turimella (October SAT Math), Stephen Park (November SAT Math/ October ACT Reading), William Surks (October ACT Science and STEM), Samantha Shih (October ACT Reading), ...

Westfield Boys Basketball Will Sport a Different Look in 2018-19

December 9, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — After seven years as the junior varsity coach at the school, Jim McKeon will be taking the reins as the Westfield boys varsity head basketball coach this winter.

And this might be a particularly appropriate time for the program to make the transition, because McKeon will be coaching a lot of the players who were under his watch last year, when the JV posted an 11-10 ...

Allstate Westfield Athletes of the Week: Charlotte Clausen & Eliza Weiniger

‘Doubles is different, but it’s really fun.’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The tennis duo competed in the state doubles tournament championship match in October, the first time since 2005 that a Lady Blue Devils pair made it to the final.

Recognized by the school board on Tuesday, seniors Charlotte Clausen and Eliza Weiniger are this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate ...

Bowling: Westfield Steamrolls Roselle Park in Season Opener

LINDEN, NJ — The Westfield High School Blue Devils began its 2018-19 bowling season with a strong performance against Roselle Park on Tuesday, besting the Union County competitor 7-0.

Freshman Dante Morales was one frame away from bowling a perfect score, finishing game one with a score of 279 and completing the match with a 659 series, head coach Ralph Corey announced.

Junior Trey ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

December 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Support Builds for Westfield Detective’s Widow Fighting Cancer

Updated: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 28

Westfield to discuss better care for fallen officers’ families during PBA contract negotiations 

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials acknowledged on Tuesday that the death of a police detective before his retirement combined with his wife’s cancer has revealed a healthcare coverage gap in the municipality’s contract with the local ...

Should Westfield Fund Cancer Care for Fallen Detective’s Widow?

WESTFIELD, NJ – The detective was getting ready for work when he died from heart failure on May 22.

A 47-year-old Scotch Plains man, Eric Lieberman had served with the Westfield Police Department for 27 years before his death. The department hung purple and black banners outside of its headquarters in his honor, and the town rallied with a T-shirt sale fundraiser in his honor.

Six ...

Westfield Denies Double Home Build that Riled Neighborhood

December 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Brian Murphy moved into his New England Drive home in 1986, he thought his residence was the last new home on the block.

So when a developer proposed tearing down a home on his street and building two in its place, he became concerned. 

Murphy, now 71, said he doesn’t want the neighborhood of stately homes with wide lots to be disturbed, something ...

Kids at Westfield Library Gain Confidence Reading with Help from Four-Legged Friends

December 2, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, 6-year-old Jonah Block, a first grader at Franklin Elementary School, had a chance to sit in a room in the Children’s Department of the Westfield Memorial Library and read book to his friend Broadie, a therapy dog who happens to live in his neighborhood.

“I loved that he’s always paying attention and that he looks at the book. I read ...

Holiday Festivities, Free Parking Offers Continue in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The trees are lit, the decorations are placed and as we head into December Downtown Westfield has more holiday fun up its sleeves.

Music in the Streets

The entire family can enjoy roaming musical entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, including Yuletide Carolers, Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band, NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns and Brass ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Holiday Shows to Bring Westfield Happiness in Divisive Times

WESTFIELD, NJ – Holiday tunes, Neapolitan songs and classic arias, including selections from the “Great American Song Book” will be included in upcoming performances by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

For David Wroe, the orchestra’s music director, picking a favorite part of the orchestra’s next show is not easy when considering the performances that will ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holidays, Looks Forward to 2019

December 6, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 100 people gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Wednesday for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party, where several long-time members were honored and local business people had the opportunity to network while enjoying dinner and music.

“This is the largest event we’ve had in four years,” Executive ...

Shovlin Mattress Factory Donates $3,100 to Breast Cancer Research

FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer.

This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to the local event, which raises money for ...

If You’ve Got It, This Westfield Finance Guru Can Help You Crush It

WESTFIELD, NJ – His most visually notable characteristic is his bouffant, a shock of hair that that can add a good 3 inches to his height, making him stand out from the crowd.

Douglas Boneparth, who moved to Westfield from New York City just over two years ago, said his experience as a suburban dad and entrepreneur, combined with his acumen as a financial advisor for more than 14 years, ...

Westfield Kicks Off First Night of Hannukah with Menorah Lighting

December 2, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — In observance of the first night of Hanukkah, Westfield residents attended a menorah lighting by the North Avenue train station with Union County Torah Center-Chabad. Attendees enjoyed treats of doughnuts and gelt (chocolate coins), courtesy of the synagogue.

The menorah, lighting held during a light rain, marks the beginning of the eight-day Jewish festival ...

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Man Dies in Cranford House Fire Sunday Morning

December 9, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ — A house fire early Sunday morning destroyed a home on Hillcrest Avenue and left one man dead. 

The body of the man is believed to be the homeowner. Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh called the body "unidentifiable" but investigators can use other methods such as dental records to help identify the victim.  

Firefighters from multiple towns ...

Westfield Board of Education Meeting and Workshop on Dec. 4, 2018

December 9, 2018

HONORING OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES

On behalf of the entire Board, Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented congratulatory certificates to 10 members of the Boys Cross Country team and their coaches as NJSIAA Sectional Champions.  The boys team also finished 2nd at the Group 4 State Championship and competed at the Meet of Champions.  Coach Christopher Tafelski, who also was ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, December 10, 7:00 PM

Vine Ripe Markets, Westfield

Mozzarella-Making Class at Vine Ripe Markets

Food & Drink

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Tue, December 11, 7:00 PM

Westfield Municipal Building, Westfield

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Community Calendar Government

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Wed, December 12

Ava's Kitchen & Bar, Kenilworth

Guest Mixologist Raymond Keane at Ava's Kitchen & ...

Food & Drink

Westfield Police Blotter: Drunken Driving, Fraud, Vehicle Burglary

December 5, 2018

Dec. 1 at 10:52 p.m.

Officers arrested Hasitha Kakileti, 21, of Westfield, for drunken driving, police said. The person was processed and released to a responsible party, police said.

Dec. 1 at 12:19 a.m.

Luis Caguana Loja, 30, of Newark, was arrested for drunken driving, police said. He was processed and released to a responsible party, police said.

Dec. 4 at 7:19 p.m.

Kenneth ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend Teen Hunger Summit

December 9, 2018

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, a group of 25 sophomores and juniors from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison attended the Teen Hunger Summit at Seton Hall Prep in South Orange. This is the second year that W+H students have attended the summit, an event organized by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  

Students participated in breakout workshops related to hunger issues around ...

Tepp: Home Info for the Holidays

Well, here is some lousy news for you: Interest rates are increasing and the stock market may continue its decline. 

For much of the last two months, the stock market has been particularly volatile while dropping over 10% from its year highs. Interest rates have been increasing and are expected to continue to rise through 2019. 

Higher interest rates have deterred home ...

Westfield Schools Announce Kindergarten, First-Grade Registration

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District will be registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2019-20 academic year. The district also is interested in reaching children who have not attended the Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first grade in the fall.

“It is very helpful for the District to have this information so that ...

Westfield Area YMCA Announces Winter Registration

WESTFIELD, NJ — Registration for the Westfield Area YMCA Winter program session begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 for Full Members and at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10, for Basic and Non-Members.  The session runs Jan. 2 — Feb. 23. A printable version of the Winter Session Guide is available at www.westfieldynj.org.

Kick off the New Year at the Y and enjoy programs ...

What Happens When Your College Student Returns

The return of the college student during the holiday season is a very exciting time.  Many of our youngsters have been away at school for the first time and are eager to come home to visit with their family and friends.

College students who return home are usually not the high school graduate that you dropped off at college. They have experienced independence while at school. Once ...

What You Need to Know About Selling Your Home in Winter 2018

Written By Susan Massa Broker CRS SRES ABR Keller Williams Premier Properties. Contact her at 908-400-0778 Visit her websites at www.NJHomeshowcase.com, www.SusanMassa.com and www.summitwestfieldhomes.com.

So you thought we were going to coast thru the winter but Mother Nature has given us a little blizzard. So Now what. Winter can be a harsh, uninviting and unappealing time to sell your ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Bobbie Peer

This week's featured franchisee owns not one, not two, but three TAPinto franchises! Find out what she loves about owning and operating her own business, how she got started, and how she manages, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, TAPinto New Providence, and TAPinto Mountainside full-time.

Q: When did you join TAPinto.net?

Bobbie Peer: I started as a sales ...

ESG Investing -- Finding the Balance Between a Conscience and Winning Performance

Many investors have personal values and priorities they wish to extend to their investment portfolios, be it global warming, income inequality or corporate employment practices. Environmental, Social and Governance Investing (ESG) has skyrocketed in popularity among investors.  ESG investing focuses on factors that can also have financial relevance and propel a company to generate positive ...

Guest Op-Ed: Vote to End US Military Presence in Yemen

November 27, 2018

Buildings collapse. Bodies lie still in piles of rubble. Children scrounge for food. Smoke and flames paint the skies of cities. Bombs rain down, soldiers shoot and tanks pass through. But the way we talk about policy in Yemen is in relation to Iran and our foothold in the Middle East.

In March 2015, rebels took over Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Concerned about the rebels’ ...

Rivero: What You Need to Know About Finances and Living Together After 50, Unmarried

An increasing number of people over 50 are deciding to share a living arrangement with a partner rather than get married. There are about 18 million people of all ages in these relationships, the Pew Research Center notes, up about 30 percent in less than a decade.

About one-quarter of them are 50 or older, and that number has jumped 75 percent in the same period. Here is some advice on ...

Boneparth: Saving for Your Child's Future

As young parents, many of us spend a lot of time, money and energy having and raising children. After all, family planning is what brought me and my wife to our beautiful town of Westfield. But, what about planning for things once our kids grow up? I am glad you asked because there are a number of things we can do as parents to help save for their future, whether it’s a college education, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 23

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.

 

Make Pasta Amazing with this Foodie Find: Bottarga Di Muggine (Cured Mullet Roe)

December 8, 2018

Where we found it: Eataly NYC Downtown

Last year, our au pair from Sardinia, a little island of Italy, brought home grated cured mullet roe from her trip to the city with friends.

“This is from my hometown!” Giulia told us, taking out a little jar of Bottarga Di Muggine. The next day, she made a simple dish of spaghetti with asparagus, sprinkling each bowl with a spoonful ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

December 7, 2018

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Hundreds Attend Clark Vigil Honoring Michael Sot

December 5, 2018

CLARK, NJ — The glow of holiday lights stood in stark contrast to the solemn crowd gathered to remember and mourn Michael Sot on Tuesday evening.  The crowd came together to pray, cry, reminisce, reassure and support each other after the loss of one of their own just hours before.

Jackie Caplette, Christine Greenbush, Joe Sortino and Caleb Bain worked together with the township to ...

Obituaries

Dec 28, 1940 - Nov 15, 2018
Susan Jo Kaplan, 77, Gold Medal Maccabiah Olympic Games Judo Champion, Westfield Rescue Squad ...
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