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Video: Westfield School Board OKs Goals as Public Debates Diversity Focus & More

September 24, 2021

The following is a video of the Tuesday, Sept. 21, meeting of the Westfield Board of Education.

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Westfield School Board OKs Goals, Including Audit of Curriculum Diversity

A formal complaint has been filed over a teacher’s use of a book on race, the board president said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — An audit of diversity in the local public school district’s curriculum is among district goals the Board of Education approved at a well-attended meeting Tuesday.

While the school board approved a series of goals, including on the district’s return to ...

84-Year-Old is 61st COVID-19 Fatality in Westfield, Mayor Says in Update

September 25, 2021

In Westfield, 79% of the population has gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the mayor reported.

WESTFIELD, NJ — An 84-year-old resident has become the 61st person in town known to have died from COVID-19, Mayor Shelley Brindle shared in her weekly update Friday.

News of the death came as Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone reported that three of the six ...

Westfield Officials Warn of Possible COVID Exposure at Public Meeting Monday

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you attended the Edison Fields public input meeting Monday night, consider getting tested for COVID-19, the Westfield Regional Health Department advises.

“The Town has been notified that a person who was in attendance at the Edison Fields public input meeting on Monday, September 20, at Edison School, has tested positive for COVID-19,” the health department ...

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Coming Soon to Downtown Westfield: Ice Cream for Dogs, Blissful Beauty & More

September 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — You’ve heard of bakeries for dogs, but how about an ice cream parlor for Fido? Franchisees of Salty Paws, a doggie ice cream bar, are scoping out a spot downtown to scoop out treats, the director of Westfield’s special improvement district said.

“I was in Rehoboth Beach a few weekends ago where they had the original location and took some pictures.

Droppings Land Westfield Restaurateur in Court. Owner Says Pest Problem Fixed

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a restaurant on South Avenue is due to appear in Municipal Court next month after a health department inspector found rodent feces and issued him a summons for not showing proof of pest control services.

The principal health inspector for the Westfield Regional Health Department told Board of Health earlier this week that she found mouse droppings at 1958 ...

Emergency Work Causing Traffic in Downtown Westfield Wednesday, Police Say

September 22, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Avoid driving through Downtown Westfield Wednesday morning, Westfield Police advised.

Southbound Mountain Avenue is closed due to emergency utility work on East Broad Street, the police department announced in a Nixle alert.

The utility work is also causing traffic congestion in Downtown Westfield, police said.

“Please avoid the area if ...

Westfield Chief Briefs Council on Crossing Guard Post Reductions, Needs (Updated)

This story has been updated with additional information.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the school year started earlier this month, students and their parents found some intersections bereft of their usual crossing guards.

And that’s as it was planned, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told the town council Tuesday as the municipality enters its third school year of ...

Westfield Hikes Fines for Bias Crimes, Recognizes Problem of Antisemitism

September 17, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — In response to a swastika discovered at a playground two weeks ago and others found over the past year, the Town Council has proposed increased fines for bias crimes and approved a measure recognizing the growing problem of antisemitism in the United States.

The action follows the the discovery Aug. 30 of the swastika etched in playground equipment at Mindowaskin Park as ...

Westfield Man, 22, Among 3 Targeted in Wayne Sports Bar Shooting, Authorities Say

WAYNE, NJ — A detention hearing was scheduled Monday for a man charged in a sports bar shooting that targeted three men including one from Westfield, authorities said.

Two days after the shooting at Mother’s Ale House in Wayne, police arrested Robert Jackson, 33, of South Hackensack, on attempted murder charges in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, authorities ...

Coming Soon to Downtown Westfield: Ice Cream for Dogs, Blissful Beauty & More

September 24, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — You’ve heard of bakeries for dogs, but how about an ice cream parlor for Fido? Franchisees of Salty Paws, a doggie ice cream bar, are scoping out a spot downtown to scoop out treats, the director of Westfield’s special improvement district said.

“I was in Rehoboth Beach a few weekends ago where they had the original location and took some pictures.

What Kind of Aid is Available to Westfield Businesses Impacted by Ida?

Applications for NJEDA grants to aid small businesses impacted by Ida open Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mainstay in Westfield, the diner re-opened Sunday after being flooded out during Tropical Storm Ida.

While much of the Westfield business community was spared from Ida's worst ravages, The Westfield Diner was closed for nearly two weeks after 6 feet of floodwater ...

Westfield School Board OKs Goals, Including Audit of Curriculum Diversity

September 22, 2021

A formal complaint has been filed over a teacher’s use of a book on race, the board president said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — An audit of diversity in the local public school district’s curriculum is among district goals the Board of Education approved at a well-attended meeting Tuesday.

While the school board approved a series of goals, including on the district’s return to ...

Loud Parties Prompt Westfield Council to Crack Down on Pool, Amenity Rentals

WESTFIELD, NJ — Loud pool parties have prompted the Town Council propose a ban on renting out pools and other amenities.

Last week, the council introduced a local law that, if approved following a public hearing Sept. 28, would bar rentals of “any amenity, feature or accessory building,” including pools, patios, hot tubs and athletic courts in residential ...

Westfield Makes a National Magazine’s Roundup of ‘Spooktacular Towns’

September 20, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The place where Addams Family creator Charles Addams grew up and is celebrated annually is featured in a national magazine as among “Spooktacular Towns.”

In its October edition, Woman’s Day gives a shout-out to AddamsFest, the town’s annual celebration of Addams, and prominently features a photograph of the house Addams is said to have ...

Westfield Library’s Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale Returns This Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Stack after stack of books for kids will be available at bargain prices when the Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, returns this week.

The sale will offer a plethora of used books for all levels, along with DVDs and CDs, according the Friends’ website.

The sale also ...

Westfield Library’s Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale Returns This Week

September 19, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Stack after stack of books for kids will be available at bargain prices when the Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, returns this week.

The sale will offer a plethora of used books for all levels, along with DVDs and CDs, according the Friends’ website.

The sale also ...

Community Access Unlimited Golf Outing to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk, September 27

ELIZABETH, NJ — Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Monday, September 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and ...

Westfield Girls Tennis Off to a Winning Start

September 23, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite a challenging schedule, the Westfield High School girls tennis team has certainly impressed through 13 matches with a 10-3 start.

The Blue Devils recently won the Blue Devil Invitational tournament, defeating some tough competition from around the state.

Westfield head coach Matthew Varhley is encouraged by what he has seen from his group thus ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Erin Doherty

WESTFIELD, NJ — The season is just getting started, and defender Erin Doherty has already made her mark on Westfield High School field hockey, her coach said.

“Erin plays defense and has really saved us during some high-pressure situations this season,” head coach Corinne Varhley said of this week's Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of ...

Westfield Debates Turfing School Fields as Plans Cut in Half

September 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — What started as an $18.2 million plan to install three turf fields at a local school has been reduced by about half in a proposal that continues to draw neighbors' objections.

A standing-room-only audience filled the cafeteria at Edison Intermediate School for a public input session Monday night where residents learned that the plan now calls for just two ...

After Ida’s Deluge, Westfield Forms Flood Risk Reduction Working Group

WESTFIELD, NJ — Citing a need for urgent action following the unprecedented flooding that reached Westfield during Tropical Storm Ida, the mayor on Tuesday said a new committee will be tasked with developing improved stormwater management solutions.

While Mayor Shelley Brindle acknowledged at Tuesday’s council meeting that Westfield does not witness the extensive flood damage ...

National Magazine Makes Over Westfield House Into 4th Annual ‘REAL SIMPLE HOME’

September 23, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — For its latest idea-filled REAL SIMPLE HOME, the national magazine renovated, decorated and organized a house on Lenox Avenue to create a house that melds modern with traditional.

The 1910 Victorian-style home is featured in the October issue of REAL SIMPLE, which is available on stands now, and online at ...

‘More That Unites Us’: On 9/11’s 20th Anniversary Westfield Stands in Solidarity

September 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at what is the first permanent monument in New Jersey to honor all the victims of the 9/11 attacks by name.

The ceremony that included a bagpipe procession, posting of colors and songs from the Westfield High School Chorale came on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people ...

Flash Flood Warning for Westfield Thursday Night, Weather Service Says

September 23, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for Union County until 10 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring.

Thunderstorms are producing heavy rain across the area, the National Weather Service said.

“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” the weather ...

Flooding Possible, Downtown Westfield Postpones Evening Girls’ Night Out Activities

WESTFIELD, NJ — With flash flooding a possibility Thursday afternoon and evening, the night portion of “Girls’ Night Out” in Downtown Westfield has been postponed until Sept. 30, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Union County from 4 p.m. Thursday through Friday ...

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FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything We Know About FEMA Aid

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Milestones

Jimmy Arbes Heads to 2021 USGA-Mid Amateur Championship

September 17, 2021

Jimmy Arbes graduated Westfield High School as a two-time state champion golfer. Arbes went on to play for Rutgers University on a golf scholarship. Since then, Jimmy has become a father and stepfather, but remains highly competitive in amateur golf within the NJSGA and MGA sections.

Since qualifying and making the cut at the 2021 Met Open, Jimmy has qualified to compete in the 40th USGA ...

Letter: Mike Dardia is Leading with Kindness

September 25, 2021

I have known Mike Dardia for close to 10 years and I still remember the first time I heard his name. My husband had just come home from my oldest son’s first travel lacrosse tournament playing on a new team. The tournament weekend also happened to be on my son’s birthday. When my husband got home Sunday night he said to me, “I met the nicest people — Mike and Meredith ...

Candidate Statement: Candidate Shawn Mullen Discusses ‘Misinformation’ Issues

September 25, 2021

 A recent theme in the mayor’s remarks — whether on tax breaks for developers or the Edison fields project — is “misinformation.” In fact, if you search the town’s website for this word you’ll find several references pertaining to subjects like: the budget, historic preservation, PILOTs, deer management, bike lanes and affordable housing.

A ...

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Sun, September 26, 10:00 AM

North Side Lot (Start of Parade), Westfield

Tour De Westfield Bike Parade

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Sun, September 26, 11:30 AM

Union County Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Sukkot Family Celebration

Religions And Spirituality

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Tue, September 28, 7:15 PM

Union County Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Simchat Torah Celebration

Religions And Spirituality

Groundwork Elizabeth Partners with Presbyterian Church in Westfield

September 25, 2021

During the week of June 28, 25 youth volunteers from the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) and their adult advisors worked with Groundwork Elizabeth at their MicroFarm in Elizabeth. 

“In February 2021, we were in a bind. For the past 30 years, PCW youth spent one week each summer on a domestic or international High School Mission Trip (HSMT), serving communities in ...

Karl Anthony Towns, Brandon Bielak Lead Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) Hall of Fame Class

METUCHEN, NJ -- NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and Brandon Bielak, a current pitcher for the Houston Astros, are among the honorees for Saint Joseph High School's Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021. A ceremony and dinner reception will take place at the Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison, NJ on Fri., Oct. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The list of inductees includes:

Craig ...

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5 Proven Tips To Use Email For Marketing Your Holiday Promotions

You have created a killer holiday promotion -- now it’s time to let people know about it! Email for marketing is the perfect vehicle for your message, but, like all vehicles, you have to know how to drive it.

Sending an email is easy, right? You’ve probably sent or received one within the last 10 minutes. But sending out a promotional message along with millions of other companies ...

Scenes from World Peace Day at Holy Trinity

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield celebrated World Peace Day with an outdoor program that featured prayers for peace and songs such as "Let There Be Peace on Earth," led by vocal instructor Samantha Gambuzza.

Each grade made peace posters that were paraded through to outdoor ceremony. Additionally, the students made a mural of doves made into a giant ...

Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...

Accomplished Young Pipe Organist, Composer to Perform Fundraiser Concert at First Congregational Church

On Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m., organist, composer, improvisor and Oberlin Conservatory student William Rehwinkel of Scotch Plains will perform an organ recital at First Congregational Church of Westfield, where he and his family are members.

Rehwinkel plays organ literature with a focus on German baroque and French 20th century composers. His original compositions take inspiration from ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Resident Scammed Out of Nearly $12K, Bikes Stolen, More

September 21, 2021

9/10/2021 at 5 p.m. — Fraud

A resident of the 1100 block of Boynton Avenue reported a fraud incident. According to the victim, he was contacted through an email by an unknown actor pretending to be a McAfee Antivirus Vendor. The actor advised the victim of an outstanding balance on his account and convinced him to provide his personal information and allow him remote access to his ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Explore Outdoors During Trips

EDISON -- Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison embarked on separate adventures during a one-day class trip day on Friday, Sept. 17. 

The sixth grade, led by coordinator Andrea Barnett and fellow advisors Susan Thompson and Tamica Van Dunk, visited Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Upon arrival, the group began the trip with a game of ...

COVID Home Testing an Eligible Medical Expense

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that the cost of home testing for COVID-19 is an eligible medical expense that can be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) or Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs).

That is because the cost to diagnose COVID-19 is an ...

27 Homes Sold Sept. 12 -19 in Westfield Area

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The Uncertainty of Not Knowing

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming our way.  The current Covid-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, our government, relationships and of course our mental and physical health. It is natural to want to feel safe.  The fear of uncertainty can leave us very stressed, depressed and anxious.

Managing our anxiety ...

Focusing on Factors You CAN Control

Every investor normally has personal goals in mind that they would like to achieve. Although most non-retired adults have some savings, only 36% say their nest egg is “on track,” according to the Federal Reserve. Sometimes, those eager to boost retirement savings could become more aggressive and start considering more volatile assets in an attempt to achieve higher returns. Sadly, ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

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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