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MLK Association of Westfield to Hold Vigil Tuesday in Support of Muslims

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week that left at least 50 people dead, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield is planning a vigil Tuesday evening to show support for Muslims.

“The fight against Islamophobia is a part of our continued fight against racism, discrimination and bigotry in general,” said ...

Taste & Vote for Your Favorite Pie at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

WESTFIELD, NJ — Think you know who makes the best pizza in town? Put your favorites to the test and give some new places a try at the Westfield Area YMCA’s 4th Annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday.

“Pizza Palooza is a great family-fun way to support the Y’s financial assistance program,” said Sharon London,  assistant aquatic director and ...

Westfield Allstate Agency Collecting Used Linens to Help People, Pets in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’ve been busy tidying up (or just watching “Tidying Up” on Netflix), here’s a chance to say “thank you” and “goodbye” to some of your stuff and give back to the community at the same time.

Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency at 502 East Broad St. is serving as a linen drive collection site ...

Overlook Celebrates ‘National Hospitalist Day’

March 16, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ — Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center recently celebrated the nation's first “National Hospitalist Day” which recognizes the talented, dedicated “hospitalists” — a term that refers to physicians whose practice emphasizes providing care for hospitalized patients.

“Hospitalists” focus on the ...

Atlantic Neuroscience's Memory Loss Forum Tackles All Aspects of Dementia as a Disease

SUMMIT, NJ – Often friends and family worry that a loved one who is forgetting words or losing their car keys is in the beginning stages of dementia – it could be normal aging.   

That became clear at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s second memory loss symposium, “A Day to Remember: A Conference for Those Living with Memory Loss,” held at Overlook ...

Westfield’s Dr. Virginia Apgar Getting her Due

WESTFIELD, NJ — The work of a town native who developed a five-point assessment to evaluate infants' vital signs right after birth is being celebrated as part of Women’s History Month.

Born in Westfield, Dr. Virginia Apgar, an obstetrical anesthesiologist, is best known for creating the Apgar Score, a clinical system for evaluating the physical condition of ...

After 26 Years, Westfield Fire Chief David Kelly Calling it a Career

March 15, 2019

Updated at 6:05 p.m. March 15

Tiller Tabbed Acting Fire Chief

WESTFIELD, NJ – He started as a volunteer with the Westfield Fire Department in 1988, joined the paid fire service two years after and later rose to the rank of chief.

After 26 years with the paid fire service, Chief David Kelly is retiring. Friday was his last day with the department, Kelly said.

“It’s ...

Former Westfield Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest in the town and was later accused of sex abuse was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on ...

Taste & Vote for Your Favorite Pie at Westfield Area YMCA’s Pizza Palooza

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Think you know who makes the best pizza in town? Put your favorites to the test and give some new places a try at the Westfield Area YMCA’s 4th Annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday.

“Pizza Palooza is a great family-fun way to support the Y’s financial assistance program,” said Sharon London,  assistant aquatic director and ...

Groupon Makes Good on Deal for Shuttered Westfield Restaurant

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Italian restaurant on Elm Street announced its final closure last Tuesday, but seven days later, Groupon hadn’t gotten the message.

As of Tuesday morning, the e-commerce marketplace was still selling Groupon deals to the restaurant. The deal: $33 for $50 worth of food, marked down from an initial offering of $35, the website stated.

By Tuesday afternoon, and ...

Theresa’s Restaurant in Westfield Shuts After 25 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ — An Italian restaurant on Elm Street that has been in town for 25 years is closed for good, its owner said.

The owner of Theresa’s Restaurant, Robert Scalera, in a letter shared by Downtown Westfield Corporation Tuesday said he is closing the restaurant and moving on to another business opportunity. Two other downtown restaurants owned by ...

In Westfield, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

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

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

9-Year-Old NJ Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

PSE&G Says Westfield Officials Knew of Power Pole Project in December

March 16, 2019

Updated at 6:24 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ – Faced with a throng of residents fearful of a public utility’s plan to install taller power poles and increase the voltage in some of its electrical lines through residential areas, the mayor this week told residents she had only learned of the plan last month.

PSE&G spokeswoman Karen Johnson, however, said the utility first ...

Lawsuit Claims Westfield's December Denial of a Subdivision was Illegal

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hailed the Planning Board’s December denial of a proposal to subdivide a property of just over half-an-acre on New England Drive, but now the board and the municipality itself are being sued for that denial.

Approving the subdivision would have been a first step toward allowing a developer to tear down a home at the location and built two in its place, ...

Westfield Town Taxes Steady as Average Assessment More Than Triples With Reval'

WESTFIELD, NJ – The owner of the average home in town paid $2,725.32 in municipal taxes in 2018, and the town government has proposed not hiking those taxes this year, in advance of property owners getting their first tax bills following a major adjustment of assessed home values.

The spending plan benefits from increased revenues derived from fees and permits, interest on ...

Radio Celeb Joe Nolan to Visit Holy Trinity, Speak at Westfield Library Wednesday

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Veteran radio traffic reporter and former Westfield resident Joe Nolan will return to Holy Trinity School Wednesday afternoon to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the school's new gym. Nolan was a graduate of the former Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and later honed his broadcasting skills at Seton Hall University's radio station. He is also the ...

4 Westfield Students Earn Perfect Scores on Parts of ACT

WESTFIELD, NJ — Four Westfield High School students earned perfect scores on sections of the February 2019 ACT, the district announced this week.

The standardized test is widely used for college admission criteria.

Pictured here with Westfield High School Assistant Principal James DeSarno are high scorers Henry Meiselman (Science & STEM), Abbey Zidel (English), Brianna ...

Westfield’s 2019-20 School Budget Funds New Hires, Hikes Levy 2.8%

A public hearing for the school spending plan is set for April 30.

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Board of Education has introduced a spending plan that hikes the tax levy by 2.8 percent using permitted exceptions to the state’s levy cap and funding new hires for the school district, including a coordinator of health and wellness.

The $108.46 million budget for the 2019-20 academic year ...

Former Westfield Athlete is Second-Round Draft Choice By Pro Lacrosse Team

March 14, 2019

GENEVA, NY — Chris Aslanian, a 2014 graduate of Westfield High School, has been selected in the second round of the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Denver Outlaws.

But before Aslanian decides to sign a contract with the Outlaws to play professionally, he's got some unfinished business to attend to.

Aslanian is a senior at Hobart College in New York state.

Westfield High School Varsity Bowling Team Wraps a Championship Season 17-1

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School Varsity Bowling Team was recognized at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

The team, led by coaches Ralph Corey and Al Rabinowitz, scored eight team scores of over 3,000 and have a 17-1 record as of the 2018-2019 Watchung Conference Champions, Board President Peggy Oster said.

At the conclusion of their season, the team earned a ...

Westfield Boys Track Team Caps Historic Season at Nationals, Sets 2 School Records

NEW YORK, NY – The Westfield boys winter track team concluded a historic winter season this past weekend, setting two new school records at the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet in the 4x400 and 4x200.

Both relays were comprised of seniors Matthew McIntyre, Ajay Olson, Jake Saltzer and Steve Zucker. McIntyre started the 4x200 in 23.4, giving Olson (21.8) the baton in fifth. Olson handed ...

Assemblyman from Westfield: Find a Regional Fix for Affordable Housing

March 7, 2019

CRANFORD, NJ - Residents concerned about affordable housing mandates imposed by the courts shared their thoughts with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi.

Bramnick, the Republican representative from the 21st district and Schepisi, the Republican representative from the 39th district, held a town hall meeting at the Roy Smith Theater at Union County College on ...

Radio Celeb Joe Nolan to Visit Holy Trinity, Speak at Westfield Library Wednesday

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Veteran radio traffic reporter and former Westfield resident Joe Nolan will return to Holy Trinity School Wednesday afternoon to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the school's new gym. Nolan was a graduate of the former Holy Trinity High School in Westfield and later honed his broadcasting skills at Seton Hall University's radio station. He is also the ...

Comedy at Westfield High School Tells of Love in 1960s NYC

WESTFIELD, NJ – A romantic comedy detailing misadventures in love is almost ready to light up the stage.

The Westfield High School Theatre Department will present Sweet Charity Thursday, March 14, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Sweet Charity, based on the book by Neil Simon, score by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and original choreography by Bob ...

Jon Bramnick Knows Why People Don’t Like You

WESTFIELD, NJ — Avoiding direct conversation with others while walking around stark naked might seem common sense, but not for everyone — apparently.

A jarring locker room conversation brought the need to teach this lesson to light for state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick not too long ago.

“A naked guy walks up to me and starts talking about the marijuana bill,” said ...

‘Midday Madness’ Clue Hunt set for Downtown Westfield this Weekend

March 6, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Teams are encouraged to use their wiles in an upcoming contest that will have them solve riddles and dash around the downtown on Sunday.

What is it?

The New Jersey company Midnight Madness Events has partnered with Downtown Westfield Corporation for the hunt, which will have people of all ages solve the queries and take selfies at spots in the downtown for ...

Westfield is 7th Best Place to Live in NJ, New Ranking Says

WESTFIELD, NJ – The town has been ranked the seventh best place to live in New Jersey.

Niche.com included Westfield in its “2019 Best Places to Live” rankings released Monday.

The ranking, which is based on public data sets and user reviews, gave Westfield an A+ for its public schools, a B for housing, an A + as a community “good for families” ...

Is Your Home Properly Prepared for Winter Storms?

NEW JERSEY – In spite of recent groundhog-inspired predictions of spring, there remains a real chance we may face another plan-altering, snow-filled weather event this year.

According to Kevin Perri, president of Tinton Falls-based A.J. Perri Plumbing Heating and Cooling, LLC, homeowners who take proactive measures ahead of bad weather have the tools and confidence that their home and ...

PSE&G: 54 Trees in Westfield to be Cut, Replaced For Upgrades

February 27, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – PSE&G will take down 54 trees and trim 43 more in the next six months as it upgrades its electrical infrastructure, representatives for the utility told the Town Council on Tuesday.

PSE&G spokesman Michael Coyle said the utility will make the cuts to make room to replace existing utility poles with taller ones that meet the state's safety requirement for ...

MLK Association of Westfield to Hold Vigil Tuesday in Support of Muslims

March 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Following the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week that left at least 50 people dead, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield is planning a vigil Tuesday evening to show support for Muslims.

“The fight against Islamophobia is a part of our continued fight against racism, discrimination and bigotry in general,” said ...

Repenting on the Go: Westfield Priest Among Those to Give Drive-Through Ashes

UNION COUNTY, NJ – Not one to let religion get left in the dust-up of modern day life, a Westfield priest was among those clergy members to offer ashes to worshipers on the go Wednesday.

For one hour on Ash Wednesday, Father Duncan Johnston, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield imposed ashes to anyone who drove up to the breezeway at the Chelsea at Fanwood’s ...

Holy Trinity School in Westfield Empowers the Next Generation Through Catholic Education

WESTFIELD, NJ — At Holy Trinity School, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade, the mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential both spiritually and academically while adhering to the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. The goal is to enable them to become responsible members of their families, high schools, churches and communities in an ...

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Scotch Plains Fire Department Rushes from Dril to Battle Real Fire on Rahway Road

March 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Members of the Scotch Plains Fire Department were going through demolition exercises at the vacated rectory at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Monday night when they were summoned to use those skills for real at a structure fire on Rahway Road two miles away.

Residents appeared to have been able to escape the flames. 

TAPintoSPF will update this story as ...

Letter: Westfield in Talks with Union County on Tax Relief

March 16, 2019

First, I would like to thank everyone for your outreach to me about our initiative for Tax Relief from Union County to our town.

With that in mind, I have what, in my view, is a bit of good news. At our Feb. 26 Town Council Meeting, Mayor Shelley Brindle made note of a meeting with Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski to discuss Westfield's priorities and request for her/The ...

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Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Cranford

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DCH Millburn Audi Career Information Session

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Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

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Westfield Police Blotter: Drunken Driving, Identity Theft, Warrant Arrests

March 7, 2019

March 1 at 11:13 p.m.

Officers arrested Vasco Raingin, 23, of Elizabeth, on outstanding warrants out of the Elizabeth Municipal Court, and Dawn Cadet, 23, of Elizabeth, on an outstanding warrant out of the Perth Amboy Municipal Court, police said. Vasco was released and Cadet was turned over to the Perth Amboy, police said.

March 3 at 2:23 a.m.

Officers arrested Nigelever Lonis, 23, of ...

Festival Chorus to perform Dubois’ ‘Seven Last Words of Christ’

March 18, 2019

On Sunday morning, April 7, the Festival Chorus of the First Congregational Church of Westfield will present Théodor Dubois’ dramatic cantata "The Seven Last Words of Christ" during the 10 a.m. worship service.

This beloved work, originally published in 1899, is a highlight of choral music from the late 19th century. It recounts in music the seven last ...

The Top 5 Tax Filing Mistakes Business Owners Make

Let’s face it, business owners of all varieties of industries can count on one thing we have in common – the dread of filing taxes. And when we dread something, we tend to put it off – if April 15 is our deadline, we can sit down to do our taxes on the 14th, right?

 

If you’ve ever been there, I don’t need to tell you that this is not the best ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

Two Cranford Schools Launch Healthy U Program With The Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA is proud to announce that Cranford’s Orange Avenue School and Hillside Avenue School are offering the Healthy U program as part of the curriculum this school year.

The Healthy U program is a collaboration between The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. Healthy U’s goal is to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent ...

How to Cope with College Rejections

It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges.  Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news. Some have already received their responses, while others are on a wait list.

It is important to recognize that rejection letters are out of your control. Many schools are ...

15 Homes Sold March 3 - March 10 2019 in Westfield, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood, Scotch Plains

Fifteen homes were sold March 3  through March 10 in Westfield, Mountainside Cranford, Fanwood and Scotch Plains. Here are the listings.

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Your Business Energy: Meet Ryan Meyers

One of our favorite things about Business Energy’s co-working and networking space is that we are able to bring together Westfield’s local entrepreneurs and experts from a wide range of fields, each with unique ideas and experiences to share. We learn something new from everyone who walks through the door at Business Energy, and we’re excited to feature some individual stories ...

Boneparth: College Education is the New Timeshare

“Laws of nature do not make exceptions for nice people. A bullet has no conscience; neither does a malignant tumor or an automobile gone out of control. That is why good people get sick and get hurt as much as anyone.”  ― Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

For a few years now, I’ve been assisting an elderly client (a retired public ...

Why Your Teen Should Join Private School Clubs

A private school education gives students the knowledge and skills they need to excel in college, but your child could be gaining even more from their secondary school career. By joining clubs and after-school activities, your son will enrich his learning with a variety of new experiences. 

Here are some of the many benefits of getting involved in ...

Is Value Investing Back in Vogue?

With the rise in stock market volatility this year, value investing is back in the spotlight.  

In value-style investing, fundamentals take the lead. A stock is considered a good value when its price seems to be too low relative to the strength of the company’s financial performance.  Often the stock is trading at a price lower than that of its peers in the same ...

Seven Ways to Clean Your Financial House This Spring

Spring is on the way. For many of us, the increasingly longer days and warmer weather signify a chance to tidy up and start fresh. If you enjoy the ritual of spring cleaning, why not take time to spruce up your finances as well? The following list is a great place to start:

 

Your goals. If you set New Year’s financial resolutions, now is a good time to evaluate your progress. If ...

Obituaries

Sep 29, 2000 - Mar 3, 2019
On Sunday, Madeleine (Maddie) Marie Sanford, 18, died peacefully at home. Maddie endured a lot ...
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Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

March 13, 2019

STAFFORD, NJ — We are several days into March, and the month sure has roared in like a lion. The water temperatures have remained low and need to see an increase of several degrees before the striped bass become active.

The big news of the past few days has been the revelation that the New Jersey summer flounder regulations have been pretty much set. I understand that there is still ...