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Who is Running for Westfield School Board in 2021?

July 27, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven candidates, two them incumbents, are running for three seats on the Westfield Board of Education.

The candidates are as follows, according to the Union County Clerk’s office.

Emily Barker
Robert Benacchio
Kent Diamond
Robert S. Garrison
Ilya Eric Kolchinski
Kristen T. Sonnek-Schmelz
Mary Wickens

Benacchio is running under the slogan ...

Thoughts on Westfield’s Turf Fields Proposal? How to Submit Feedback

Just because there is no public vote on the plan, doesn’t mean there is no public input.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the public will have more opportunity to voice their views about a proposal for lighted turf fields behind Edison Intermediate School.

While the concept plans for three turf fields has riled the neighborhood, officials have cast it as means to provide much needed ...

What the CDC’s New Masking Guidance Means for New Jersey

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated.

The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to ...

Atlantic Health’s Morristown Medical Center Again Ranked Top Hospital in NJ

 MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings.

The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

Pharmacy, Sweet Shops, Vegan Restaurant Coming to Downtown Westfield

July 22, 2021

A pet bakery and liquor store are in the cards for the downtown.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A pharmacy, a vegan restaurant and two sweet shops are slated for the downtown, while entrepreneurs have expressed interest in opening both a pet bakery and a liquor store, the director of Westfield’s special improvement district said.

Downtown Westfield Executive Director Bob Zuckerman ...

Public Welcome to Enjoy Music, German Food and Fun at Clark's Deutscher Club

Throughout the year, the Clark-based Deutscher Club hosts a variety of special events open to the public. 

This month, the Deutscher Club, a private social club on Featherbed Lane, will host a Mercedes Biergarten featuring a mini car show and live music from Bernie's Orchestra on Friday, July 23; the cost is $5 per person. Additionally, on Saturday, July 31, grab your cowboy ...

After a COVID Hiatus, Westfield Police Looking Forward to National Night Out

July 29, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A DJ, face painter and free food aren’t your average crime fighting tools.

But those are planned to be among the attractions at the North Avenue side of the Westfield Train Station from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, as the Westfield Police Department observes National Night Out.

“National Night Out is a tremendous opportunity for us to casually ...

Cops Chase Stolen Car Spotted Speeding Out of Westfield Country Club, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A stolen car occupied by two masked men wearing hooded sweatshirts sped out of a country club parking lot, prompting a police chase earlier this week, authorities said.

At 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, the 2019 Audi spotted in the parking lot of Echo Lake Country Club left the lot “at a high rate of speed,” police said in a report shared by the mayor Friday.

Officers ...

Affordable Senior Housing Facility Disputes Westfield’s $2M Claim For PILOT Fees

July 25, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An affordable housing nonprofit is contesting the town's claim that it owes the local government $2 million as payment in lieu of taxes for its Boynton Avenue facility.

The owner of Westfield Senior Citizens Housing claims in the state court lawsuit filed earlier this month that under a 1993 PILOT agreement with the town, the 131-unit senior housing ...

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Westfield Nursing Home Claims Assault, Battery

WESTFIELD, NJ — The son of a woman who died at a nursing home in Westfield in 2019 shortly after a photo of her severely bruised and bloodied face was circulated on social media has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the home. It includes claims that she was physically and verbally assaulted.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Essex County in May claims that Westfield Center, a ...

Tote Bag Controversy: Were Downtown Westfield’s Giveaways a Good Use of Relief Funds?

July 30, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation is disputing media scrutiny that calls into question its use of federal COVID-19 relief funds for — among other things — the purchase of tote bags that it was unable to use during the height of the pandemic.

The quasi-governmental agency, which is an arm of the town, defended its use of the $72,530 grant from the Main Street New ...

Downtown Westfield Looks at Ways to Ease Labor Shortage

WESTFIELD, NJ — A plan is in the works to aid businesses struggling with a shortage of available employees.

Downtown Westfield Corporation has started listing jobs on its website and in coordination with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce is aiming to host a job fair in September.

Last week, business leaders discussed the efforts during a monthly meeting of Downtown ...

Tote Bag Controversy: Were Downtown Westfield’s Giveaways a Good Use of Relief Funds?

July 30, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation is disputing media scrutiny that calls into question its use of federal COVID-19 relief funds for — among other things — the purchase of tote bags that it was unable to use during the height of the pandemic.

The quasi-governmental agency, which is an arm of the town, defended its use of the $72,530 grant from the Main Street New ...

Westfield Pulls Back on Plans for Brightwood Park Bike Trail Improvements

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mountain bike group’s proposal to improve recreational trails in a local park may have reached a dead end amid strong resident opposition.

Westfield Recreation Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Gilman on Thursday said the commission supports mountain biking as a permitted use in Brightwood Park, but the town must focus its efforts on maintaining and improving the ...

After a COVID Hiatus, Westfield Police Looking Forward to National Night Out

July 29, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A DJ, face painter and free food aren’t your average crime fighting tools.

But those are planned to be among the attractions at the North Avenue side of the Westfield Train Station from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, as the Westfield Police Department observes National Night Out.

“National Night Out is a tremendous opportunity for us to casually ...

Westfield's Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival Gets More Space

WESTFIELD, NJ — All lanes of Quimby Street will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians Tuesday night during Downtown Westfield’s Sweet Sounds Music Festival, officials said.

It marks a departure from the first nights of this year’s event running Tuesdays in July and August during which Quimby Street was open to one lane of traffic and the rest of the street ...

Nominate Favorite Charity or Non Profit for Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway; Deadline July 31

July 29, 2021

MANVILLE, NJ — Make your vote count! Nominate your favorite charity or non-profit to win Valairco Care's next giveaway of $500. Voting deadline July 31, 2021. Click here to nominate your charity or nonprofit.

In honor of Valairco Heating and Cooling's 50th anniversary, Valairco created Valairco Cares donating $500 to a charity or non-profit in the ...

Have you Seen It? Westfield Neighborhood Aims to Help Distressed Tuxedo Cat

WESTFIELD, NJ — Neighbors are hoping to help an apparently distressed tuxedo cat seen with a piece of refuse wrapped around its neck. One rescuer, however, is worried as it’s been at least two days since anyone has seen the feline.

Wendy Rogers, a resident of Cumberland Street who volunteers with the rescue Grateful Paws NJ, had posted images of the cat to The Westfield Southsider ...

Thoughts on Westfield’s Turf Fields Proposal? How to Submit Feedback

July 23, 2021

Just because there is no public vote on the plan, doesn’t mean there is no public input.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the public will have more opportunity to voice their views about a proposal for lighted turf fields behind Edison Intermediate School.

While the concept plans for three turf fields has riled the neighborhood, officials have cast it as means to provide much needed ...

Westfield High School Grad Named USA Today’s Top Boys Golf Player For 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — USA Today has named a 17-year-old Westfield High School graduate its Boys Golf Player of the Year.

Colin Summers, who has committed to play golf at Fairfield University in the fall, is among the top performing high school golfers — one from each state — to be considered for the award, the school district announced Thursday.

The recognition follows ...

Westfield Pulls Back on Plans for Brightwood Park Bike Trail Improvements

July 30, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mountain bike group’s proposal to improve recreational trails in a local park may have reached a dead end amid strong resident opposition.

Westfield Recreation Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Gilman on Thursday said the commission supports mountain biking as a permitted use in Brightwood Park, but the town must focus its efforts on maintaining and improving the ...

What You Need to Know About The Mystery Deaths Among New Jersey Songbirds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Local wildlife organizations need county residents’ help to solve the mystery of an unknown illness killing young songbirds in the state, and to stop its spread.

What’s happening to songbirds? Dr. Nicole Lewis, a wildlife veterinarian with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, told TAPinto on Tuesday the condition has affected birds in the nestling and ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: The Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

July 22, 2021

EDISON, NJ —  Edison Heating and Cooling offers new and existing customers the option to purchase a maintenance contract and, according to owner Mike Iarrapino, there are various benefits for routine HVAC maintenance. 

"Routine check-ups and maintenance are key to ensuring your comfort systems are performing at their best," Iarrapino said, ...

Westfield Graduate, 28, Pushed Through Illness to Accomplish, Give Back

July 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Memorial services are scheduled for a 28-year-old Westfield High School graduate who died from Lupus.

Parker Enix-Ross had been diagnosed with the disease at age 14, a condition that brought with it debilitating joint pain but didn’t stop him from helping others and working in the media industry, his father said.

“He was always motivated to move forward and ...

Who is Running for Westfield School Board in 2021?

July 27, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven candidates, two them incumbents, are running for three seats on the Westfield Board of Education.

The candidates are as follows, according to the Union County Clerk’s office.

Emily Barker
Robert Benacchio
Kent Diamond
Robert S. Garrison
Ilya Eric Kolchinski
Kristen T. Sonnek-Schmelz
Mary Wickens

Benacchio is running under the slogan ...

National Weather Service: Tornado Watch in Effect for Thursday Evening

July 29, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of New Jersey for Thursday until approximately 9 p.m.

Thunderstorms also are expected to move through the state with high winds and heavy rain. 

The Tornado Watch includes Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, ...

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Clark Target Reopens Monday After Early Morning Evacuation Due to Carbon Monoxide

July 26, 2021

CLARK, NJ — Elevated carbon monoxide levels at the Target on Central Avenue prompted the store's evacuation early Monday morning, authorities said.

The department store has since reopened.

Alarms began ringing just before 6:30 a.m. due to elevated carbon monoxide readings in the store, a fire chief said.

Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa said 60 employees and contractors were ...

Letter: Westfield Mayor, School Board Should Reject Edison Field Turf Project

July 30, 2021

I have only recently become aware of the proposal to turn the fields behind Edison into lighted turf fields.  While there may be a need for additional recreational fields for the town I find it hard to believe that the committee considering expansion decided that developing turf fields behind Edison was the best option. Turf fields will replace over 9 acres of grass with turf.

This ...

Candidate Statement: Brightwood Park Update From Councilwoman Linda Habgood

July 29, 2021

Brightwood Park is one of Westfield’s only natural parks — replete with historical significance, original forest, native flora, migratory birds and walking and biking paths. It was also a favorite Saturday classroom location of beloved science teacher, Noel Taylor, who is memorialized in the park.

Our 2019 Parks’ Master Plan included the idea of establishing mountain biking ...

Rental Assistance Available for Tenants in Union County Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 30, 2021

Tenants can apply for assistance beginning August 2; their landlords must also register.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new grant program to provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can receive up to 12 months of ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Be Part of Our Team at the Westfield Area YMCA!

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As an employee of the Westfield Area YMCA, discover your passion and make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. You will engage with people of all ages who possess diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Reap the reward of personal satisfaction that comes from nurturing the potential of youth and teens, improving ...

Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

Swingle on Market Fears: ‘Won't Get Fooled Again’

“Won't Get Fooled Again”

The Who from: Who's Next (1971)

 It’s a glorious day for a hike on your favorite trail. Suddenly you find yourself on high alert as a black bear crosses your path. Your natural fight-or-flight response takes over because we are hard-wired to react in a crisis. That black bear is like “looming” inflation or a ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul.  Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our ...

25 Homes Sold July 18-25 in Westfield Area

Provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties 908-400-0778.

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Westfield Police Blotter: Rooftop Mischief, Home Burglary Attempt, Vehicle Burglary & More

July 27, 2021

7/20/2021 at 3:47 p.m. — Criminal Mischief

A business owner on the 100 block of Quimby Street reported criminal mischief to their building. The business owner stated they observed two large phallus symbols spray-painted onto a wall accessible only by the roof of his building. The graffiti was first observed in June 2021 but only reported on July 20 in connection with juveniles ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

The Never Ending Voice

When the Ten Commandments are repeated in the Torah as part of Moses' review of the Israelites' 40 years in the wilderness, Moses describes how G‑d spoke those words in "a mighty voice that did not end" (Deuteronomy 5:19). One of the explanations offered by Rashi is that Moses is contrasting G‑d's voice with human ...

Take Advantage of the New Tax Credit

Taxpayers who may qualify for the Advance Child Tax Credit should be aware of important changes that will help them receive advance payments of the credit.

 

The IRS will pay half of the credit amount due taxpayers in monthly payments on July 15, Aug. 13, Sept. 15, Oct. 15, Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, while taxpayers will claim the other half after filing their 2021 income tax ...

Dog Seen Running Loose in Westfield Saturday Morning

A white dog with curly hair was seen running around the Edgewood/Coleman/Hanford area of Westfield Saturday morning, July 17. Approximately 13-15 pounds, may be a poodle or Maltese mix. Described as very friendly.

If you have any information, call the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-4000 x0.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

9 Reasons to Have Your Severance Agreement Reviewed by an Employment Attorney

Top 9 reasons an employee should have their severance/separation agreement reviewed by an experienced employment law attorney:

You can find out whether the severance that you are being offered is fair and equitable under the circumstances.
You can find out whether you have a viable claim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation which would allow you to potentially negotiate for more ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Westfield Student Connects With Senior Citizens for Environmental Outreach

Edison Intermediate School sixth-grader Madeline Cortes delivered flyers, brochures and other educational materials to Westfield Senior Citizens Housing on June 21.

It was part of an environmental outreach to share information about severe weather, extreme heat, wildfires, blizzards and other natural hazards.

The educational outreach was part of a sixth-grade research project on Natural ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Obituaries

Apr 23, 1929 - Jul 20, 2021
Longtime Westfield resident, Mr. Kenneth Brown (PaPaDo), passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at ...
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