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Murphy Increases Capacity at Weddings, Says Each Vaccine Dose ‘Another Ray of Light in a New Dawn’

March 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list, starting Friday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor receptions must abide by indoor dining guidelines. Attendees must wear face covers unless seated and ...

Parents Pepper Westfield Health Board With Questions on Reopening Schools

Westfield's COVID-19 cases declined by about 50% in February, the health officer said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Board of Health on Monday faced a barrage of questions from parents seeking clarity on the local health department’s role in rolling out in-person public school instruction amid a significant decline in Westfield coronavirus cases.

Westfield Regional Health ...

Parting Westfield Super: School District's Greatest Achievements ‘Yet to Come’

March 7, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — After 14 years as Superintendent of Westfield Public Schools, Margaret Dolan plans to retire July 1.

Dolan spent the first 10 years of her career as a music teacher before transitioning to administration with the NJ Department of Education and the Mountainside School District.

She was hired as principal of Westfield’s Franklin Elementary School in 1996, and ...

Westfield Schools to go Fully Remote for 4 Days After Spring Break, Super Says

COVID-19 activity in Westfield is at a “moderate” level, Mayor Shelley Brindle said Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The public school district will shift into fully remote instruction for four days following its spring break, the district announced Friday.

Schools will shift to remote learning Tuesday, April 6, through Monday April 9, Superintendent Margaret Dolan in an email to ...

Parents Pepper Westfield Health Board With Questions on Reopening Schools

March 2, 2021

Westfield's COVID-19 cases declined by about 50% in February, the health officer said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Board of Health on Monday faced a barrage of questions from parents seeking clarity on the local health department’s role in rolling out in-person public school instruction amid a significant decline in Westfield coronavirus cases.

Westfield Regional Health ...

Community is Key, Westfield Author Says in Book on ‘Filling Every Day With YAY’

WESTFIELD, NJ — Meaghan B Murphy is a terrible cook.

“Seriously awful,” is how the Westfield mother of three children — ages 7, 8 and 10 — describes her culinary skill set. And she’s OK with that gastronomic ineptitude.

“I asked myself: Did it really matter whether I made dinner or Trader Joe’s or Ferraro’s in Westfield did?” ...

10 Easy Tricks for Making the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

March 6, 2021

For a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner, grilled cheese has it all — easy, cheesy, gooey comfort food at its finest. Press it in a sandwich press or indoor grill, toast it in a hot pan or pop it into the oven and it’s ready in minutes.

But don’t stop there. Level up your sandwich-making game with these tips for making the best grilled cheese ever:

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As Food Delivery Booms, More Ghost Kitchens Emerge in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Delivery has become our new best friend over the past year. With the pandemic almost a year old and numerous delivery services at our fingertips, the idea of having food come to you (instead of the other way around) has become commonplace.

After the initial shock and shut downs of the pandemic, New Jersey restaurants were put through the wringer with ...

No Sub Sandwiches Here. They’re Called Hoagies! New Wawa Opens in Cranford

March 4, 2021

CRANFORD, NJ — Hoagie lovers can rejoice.

There’s a new Wawa at 500 North Avenue East in Cranford, the chain of convenience stores announced. To celebrate the grand opening, the Wawa hosted a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. featuring VIP customers, local officials and charity partners, the company said in a statement. Doors officially opened to the public at ...

Lions Roar Brewing Sees High Demand in ‘Beer Thirsty’ Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A long awaited nanobrewery in Westfield is open and seeing high demand for its product.

Corinne Grant, who along with her husband, Tim, opened Lions Roar Brewing Co. on South Avenue about a week ago, said they are pleased with how it is going.

“Outside of some expected hiccups, the transition from ‘opening a brewery’ to ‘operating a ...

Crash in Westfield Downs Wires, Prompts Detours Sunday (Updated)

February 28, 2021

Updated at 10:29 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — South Avenue West near Palsted Avenue was closed for most of the day Sunday after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole, knocking wires into the roadway, according to police.

At 7:14 a.m., police said in a Nixle that PSE&G was assessing the situation and at 9:45 p.m. police reported that the roadway had been reopened.

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Do Westfield Police Meet NJ Standards? PD Seeks Public Input for Accreditation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Standards concerning prisoner handling, use of force and fiscal controls are among those the town’s police department is taking a hard look at — including by soliciting public feedback on — as it seeks accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

What is it? To achieve the designation from the state association, Westfield ...

Despite Westfield Police Chief's Pushback, Scutari Stands Behind Legal Weed ‘Cleanup’ Bill

March 1, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills last month that legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey. The “cleanup” bill clarifying how police may respond to minors in possession of marijuana is facing criticism from the Westfield police chief, but the bill’s lead sponsor is not backing down.

Bill 3454 outlines penalties for individuals under the age ...

With ‘Impulse’ Art, Downtown Westfield Takes a Shine to Lighted Seesaws

March 4, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Bob Zuckerman was appointed to lead Downtown Westfield Corporation last year, he said he wanted to make the downtown “sparkle and shine.”

And shining it is, at least in the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station, where 15 lighted seesaws have been set up as part of a playful art installation — Impulse — aimed at attracting ...

Electric Car Dealer Slated For Space of Now Shuttered Grocery in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — An electric car dealership is anticipated to come into the space once occupied by a specialty grocery store that closed in 2019.

Last week, the town council approved a license for Karma of Westfield to operate at 430 North Avenue East.

“The owner is very excited. This is a new car dealership that is going into the Vine Ripe space,” said Town Administrator ...

Westfield Public School Parents Enraged Over Slow Rollout of In-person Instruction

February 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly 600 parents attended the Westfield Board of Education’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, some livid at what they see as incomplete planning for a return to in-person learning in the district.

While board members did not engage in much direct response, public comment continued for several hours and became tense, with some parents claiming the district was ...

12 Things Westfield Wants You to Know About Cell Tower, Park Proposal

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town council on Tuesday discussed a proposal that would permit a wireless carrier to install a cell tower at the Houlihan/Sid Fay Field Complex in exchange for the company expanding parking and installing other amenities there.

What follows is an FAQ from the town about the project. It describes the municipality's official position on the ...

Have Aliens Landed in Westfield? Nope! It’s a Seesaw Art Exhibit. Here’s Video

March 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Shining at the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station are 15 lighted seesaws that have been set up as part of a playful art installation aimed at attracting shoppers and diners into the downtown during what typically would be a slow time for local businesses.

Funded by a grant from Main Street New Jersey, with assistance from Columbia Bank and the food ...

Westfield Teacher’s Viral Virtual Xylophone Used by Students Around the Globe

WESTFIELD, NJ — Franklin Elementary School music teacher Brent Geyer has a hit on his hands. His virtual x­ylophone, created to allow his students to make music remotely, has been used more than 350,000 times worldwide.

Geyer is a certified practitioner of the Orff-Schulwerk teaching method, which uses musical play and discovery to teach music to children. Through grants from ...

Independence for Veterans Receives Valairco Cares Donation: ‘Putting our Veterans First’

March 7, 2021

MANVILLE, NJ — Independence for Veterans, Inc. is the recipient of a $500 donation from the Valairco Cares program. Kevin McHugh, owner of Valairco Heating and Cooling, and company's founder Richard Valenti recently presented a check to Stacia McDonough and volunteers from Independence for Veterans at Valairco's office in Manville. 

Valairco ...

Club at Westfield High School Holding Drive for Women in Need

Updated 3/1 with additional information about donating.

WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Women’s History month, the Westfield High School Treat People With Kindness Club is holding a drive to collect necessary items for women in need.

Run by the club’s two-year president, senior Alexa Cassiba, and advised by Westfield High School Spanish teacher, Paula Parada, the club is ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Charlie Stock

March 3, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School junior ran a personal best 4:21 mile last week, putting him at fourth in the school’s indoor track history.

With his 11-second personal record, Charlie Stock is the current state leader in the indoor mile. Stock is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

“I try not to get lost in the ...

Girls Basketball: Unbeaten New Providence Faces Challenge, Tops Westfeld, 53-47

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — At last, the undefeated New Providence girls basketball team was tested, legitimately, for four full quarters.

They passed.

The Pioneers remained undefeated despite a stern challenge from a Westfield team that wouldn’t go away. And that figures, given that Westfield won the 2020 Union County Tournament, and New Providence would have been the primary ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is — investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference Tuesday morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and ...

Weather Service: Fast Winds, Soggy Ground Could Compromise Trees in Westfield

March 1, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fast winds could blow around unsecured objects, knock down tree limbs and cause power outages Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph are anticipated to gust at up to 50 mph, the Weather Service said in an wind advisory in effect 4 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

With the ground soggy from rain and ...

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‘Favoritism’ or ‘Sour Grapes’? Attorneys Argue Claims Union County Broke Bid Laws

March 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — A contractor’s lawsuit claiming Union County violated state bidding laws is not stopping plans for a new government complex on the site of the county’s motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth from moving forward.

After a hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Walsh denied temporary restraints on the project requested by the Wayne-based Dobco ...

Letter: Westfield Ed Board Takes Lead on Issue of Schools’ Reopening, Health Board President Says

March 5, 2021

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on March 1. Covid-19 and its effect on Westfield, and especially our schools, were the principal areas of discussion.

Currently, the downward trend of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Jersey seems to have stalled, and the daily number of new persons with an infection appears to have plateaued. The current vaccination programs in the state will ...

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Dress for Success Northern NJ Helping Women Rise and Thrive During Pandemic

March 7, 2021

Dress for Success Northern New Jersey-10 Counties celebrates 23 years of advancing northern New Jersey women in the workforce with the 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit March 12, 2021; Rise and Thrive.

“We are extremely excited to offer a day of learning and networking that will inspire and encourage women and allies across the region, while raising the funds so that ...

SJHS Takes Egan Cup for Third Time in a 7-2 Win

METUCHEN, NJ – The Saint Joseph HS Hockey team brought home the Egan Cup again this year.  This is the third time the team has won the honor, this year in a 7-2 win over Bishop Eustace, with SJHS outshooting the opposition 39-26. 

The Egan Cup is named in honor of former Notre Dame high player Nick Egan, who died in 2014. It was formerly a four-team round robin tournament. It ...

20 Homes Sold Feb. 28 - March 6 in Westfield Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa, Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties, 908-400-0778.

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Help Keep Union County Parks Litter Free: Avoid Single-Use Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items.

“Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Attend College Testing Webinar

EDISON, NJ-- On Feb. 25, the College Counseling team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a webinar hosted by Dr. Dulcie Head, Director at Compass Education Group, on Navigating College Admission Tests. The aim of the program was to answer some of the questions surrounding standardized tests – how much they matter, whether they matter, and what the future is likely to hold ...

As a Parent, Failure is … an Option

The tagline for the 1995 Tom Hanks movie Apollo 13 (slightly overrated, in my humble opinion) included the phrase, “Failure is not an option.”  That may certainly have been true for the Apollo crew, as failure likely meant death.  However, the phrase has sadly been used in situations that it should not, especially when it comes to parenting.  I cannot tell you how many ...

Thematic Investing, Hot or Not?

Thematic investing is a popular strategy that allows investors to capitalize on macro level trends resulting from social disruption, economic developments, or technological advances. They look for opportunities that arise due to a major shift in a society’s or an industry’s behavior and select funds targeted to a specific area of interest with potential upside. Rather than searching ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Thefts, Dine and Dash, Vehicle Burglaries, Lost Ring Found & More

March 3, 2021

2/22/2021 at 6:06 p.m. — Identity Theft

A resident of the 700 block of Prospect Street reported being the victim of Identity Theft. The victim said that unknown person(s) attempted to apply for unemployment benefits using his information. He added that an attempt to open a new bank account was also done in his name as well. The victim stated that he did not sustain any monetary loss at ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisees: Elizabeth Meyers and Steve Lenox from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisees for March 2021 are Steve Lenox and Elizabeth Meyers from TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville. 

Neither Lenox nor Meyers are new to the TAPinto community. 

TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville was the third site Lenox launched, after previously opening TAPinto Paterson and TAPinto Bayonne. Lenox was awarded TAPinto’s 2021 Highest Honor ...

Heresy Cloaked in Piety

How did the Jews, who had just weeks earlier personally experienced the Revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments, justify their demand for an idolatrous golden calf?

Well, on the face of it, it did seem as if it might have been a genuine expression of a need for leadership. What was their argument? Make for us gods who will lead us, because this man Moses who took us ...

A Victorian Mash-Up in Summit Gets a Modern Twist

A stately circa 1860 Italianate villa in Summit, New Jersey was given a down-to-the-studs refresh using bold patterns and a crisp color palette while maximizing the architectural interest of the original design elements. The result? A daring amalgamation of classic and contemporary that cleverly balances two different eras.

Every space benefited from the artistic vision ...

100 and 1,000 Days of School at Holy Trinity

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Celebrating the 100 days of school this year was very special indeed for the students of Holy Trinity. The students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades celebrated 100 days of in-person full days of school the first week of March. The celebrations included building challenges with 100 cups, creative writing and presentations, crowns, and 100 paper glasses. Mrs.

More Than Job: Identifying Yourself Beyond Your Career

When you meet someone new, how do you introduce yourself? “Hi, my name is [your name here]. I’m a ____.” How do you fill in that blank? You could plug a lot of descriptors into that blank space. You could share your current state of mind, your astrological sign, your parenting status, your home state and a whole host of things in between. Odds are, however, that ...

The Disease to Please

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense.  If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become over committed.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is ...

Five Podcasts That Can Help Deal With Grief and Loss

Many who are grieving find support through the stories of others who have experienced a similar loss, and for parents who lose a child, hearing these stories can be very cathartic.

Overall, podcasts are an easy and popular accessible resource that provides grievers with more diverse options for support. From listening in on a conversation to receiving expert advice, take advantage on your own ...

George and Martha Washington 'Visit' Westfield Area YMCA Kindergarten

To celebrate the President's recent birthday, George and Martha Washington “visited” with the Westfield Area YMCA kindergarteners. The children caught them up on what changes they could expect to find in our current century including indoor plumbing, cars and Alexa!

Registration is open now for the 2021-2022 school year for full and half-day preschool programs. For more ...

Virtual Lenten Activities to Start This Week!

First Congregational Church of Westfield invites all to participate in its Virtual Lenten activities starting this week.

WEEKLY PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Wednesdays, Feb. 24 • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
5 p.m.
Facebook Live

During Lent, Rev. Joel Biggers and Rev. Joy Mounts will alternate hosting a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., starting on Wednesday, ...

Skills That Make a Good Listener

Being a good listener — for example, as a family caregiver for aging parents — is one of the most critical, useful, yet difficult skills to master. When approached unconsciously, listening may look more like waiting for your turn to talk, or communications may fall into old patterns that don’t serve you. But when done with skill, practice, and intention, being a good listener is ...

Westfield Students Discuss Science and Engineering Behind Mars Perseverance Mission

There were excited reactions during a student virtual “watch party” at Roosevelt Intermediate School as NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 18.

“When the coverage of the landing started, some students and teachers logged in to participate in the virtual “watch party,” said science teacher Melissa Czerwinski who organized ...

Obituaries

- Feb 28, 2021
Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Rutgers Scientist Discovers Micro Plastic Pollution In Raritan, Hudson Rivers

March 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River.

Their study of tiny pieces of plastic in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary in New Jersey and New York indicates that stormwater could be an important source of ...

Patricia Faggins, 78, a Driving Force Behind Social Justice in Westfield

March 2, 2021

This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit lovedandlostnj.com.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dedication and social justice resonated in the life of Patricia Faggins, a founder of both the Westfield Neighborhood Council and the ...