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Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy: Restaurant, Retail Workers Required to Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Westfield Allowing Gyms, Trainers to use Some Town Parks Free of Charge

June 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — In an effort to help the businesses recoup losses caused by the pandemic, the town is allowing gym owners and personal trainers to hold fitness classes and trainings at municipal parks free of charge.

The program will prioritize Westfield businesses, with non-Westfield businesses being accepted once the local requests are met. Class sizes will be capped at ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

MORRISTOWN, NJ — As of June 4, there are more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Wagyu burgers. Andouille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Downtown Westfield’s ‘Girls’ Night In’ Shines Light on Local Businesses

May 29, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Girls’ Night Out in Downtown Westfield, a popular yearly event supporting downtown businesses, went virtual Thursday, becoming “Girls’ Night In” to meet the challenges of social distancing.

Along with special promotions from shops and restaurants, there was a livestreamed video “pre-party” Thursday afternoon that spotlighted some of the ...

Honk! Honk! Surprise Delivery Boosts Graduating Westfield Seniors’ Spirits (Video)

May 31, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — If all you heard were the police sirens and horns, you might think that certain streets of Westfield were beset by traffic woes more common at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.

Such, however, was far from the case on Wednesday.

Westfield High School seniors, who have suffered the loss of traditional celebrations during their senior year, were feted during ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at Friday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Westfield Council Moves on 5-year Tax Incentive Law for Downtown District

WESTFIELD, NJ — Under a proposed local law intended to incentive development, property owners in the downtown who substantially improve their infrastructure would not immediately see the resulting property tax increases that typically come with higher property values.

The town council on Tuesday introduced the law that would allow for tax abatements of up to five years on the value of ...

How to Report Potholes in Westfield: With App, Mayor Enlists Public for ‘Pothole Patrol’

June 5, 2020

To report a pothole in Westfield, NJ click here.

WESTFIELD, NJ — They’ll flatten your tire, cause costly repairs to your vehicle’s suspension and hitting one while riding a bicycle could turn your whole world upside down.

Mayor Shelley Brindle is calling on the public to help finger potholes so that they can be more quickly patched.

“We need you on our Summer ...

Westfield Setting up Opportunities for Tiered Parking Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated June 4) The town’s eight surface parking lots are obsolete and ideal spots for development options that include tiered parking.

Such is among the conclusions of a 98-page report commissioned by Westfield in support of the Planning Board’s recommendation earlier this week that the town declare its municipal lots in the downtown a ...

Scotch Plains Man Struck, Killed Crossing South Ave. in Westfield Friday

June 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — An 87-year old Scotch Plains man died Friday afternoon after he was struck while crossing West South Avenue at the intersection of North Scotch Plains Avenue, police said.

The victim’s name has not been released. No charges have been field against the driver at this time, police said.

Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a press release that ...

Westfield PD Prep for Potential ‘Mass Gatherings.’ Protest set for Sunday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9 a.m., June 3) Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement said the department was preparing for potential “localized mass gatherings” related to the killing of ...

Tour Historic Westfield Spots, Snap Selfie for Shot at a Prize

June 4, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 6:31 p.m.) Do you remember ice skating at Mindowaskin Park? Maybe you had a birthday party at the Rialto Theatre when you were young.

Members of the public are invited to revisit these memories during a socially distanced walking tour of 16 locations the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission has detailed. The commission is encouraging walkers to snap ...

Westfield Sisters’ Tiles Put Smiles on Faces During Tough Times

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic causing difficulties for many, two Westfield students have made the most of their crafting skills to spread positivity throughout the community.

Since last Monday, 12-year-old Bianca Vesuna and 15-year-old Annika Vesuna have been selling sets of handmade coasters in a project called Tiles for Smiles. All profits are equally donated between ...

Westfield Sisters’ Tiles Put Smiles on Faces During Tough Times

June 1, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic causing difficulties for many, two Westfield students have made the most of their crafting skills to spread positivity throughout the community.

Since last Monday, 12-year-old Bianca Vesuna and 15-year-old Annika Vesuna have been selling sets of handmade coasters in a project called Tiles for Smiles. All profits are equally donated between ...

Honk! Honk! Surprise Delivery Boosts Graduating Westfield Seniors’ Spirits (Video)

WESTFIELD, NJ — If all you heard were the police sirens and horns, you might think that certain streets of Westfield were beset by traffic woes more common at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.

Such, however, was far from the case on Wednesday.

Westfield High School seniors, who have suffered the loss of traditional celebrations during their senior year, were feted during ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Colin Freer

June 3, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A three-sport athlete headed to Princeton University to play lacrosse, he’s got both sports savvy and academic acumen.

An 18-year-old senior, Colin Freer is the Union County Scholar Athlete representing Westfield High School in the Union County Interscholastic Association Conference. Freer is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of ...

Westfield Waiting on NJ Guidance for Pools, Camps and Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Recreation department officials say state guidelines from Trenton lack detail on how to proceed with summer activities, as the town tries to safely return to normalcy amid the coronavirus. 

Instructions for seasonal activities like summer camps, pools and even graduation are murky, officials said. Some programs, like opening the Westfield Memorial Pool, are ready to ...

Somerset Patriots Take the Field for First Practice of 2020 Season

June 5, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – One dozen local Somerset Patriots players and a few who'd like to join the team gathered at TD Bank Ballpark on a hot and humid Thursday for the first workout of 2020, an opportunity provided by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order on May 26th allowing professional sports franchises to resume practices,

“Right now it is all about doing it the ...

George Floyd Protest Westfield: Student-led Event Set for Sunday

June 4, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Student organizers are gearing up for a Sunday protest to be held in Mindowaskin Park and include tributes to George Floyd — a black man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

A 16-year-old junior at Westfield High School and the event’s principal organizer, Nala Scott said black students will share their experiences of racism and allies are ...

Protesting George Floyd’s Death, 1,500 March From Scotch Plains to Westfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An estimated 1,500 people prayed and chanted during a march from Scotch Plains to Westfield Thursday displaying outrage over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

But the those gathered for the protest spoke loudest when they said nothing at all for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Minneapolis police Officer Derik ...

Westfield Deer Hunt 2020: Bow Hunters Bag 20 in Two Zones

May 12, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bow hunters bagged 20 deer in Westfield as part of Union County’s annual deer hunt this past winter, the town administrator said Tuesday.

The hunters killed 16 deer in Brightwood Park and four in the area of Lamberts Mill Road, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday's virtual council meeting.

“There were no deer running beyond the limits of ...

Westfield Residents can Still get Backyard Pools in Time for Summer, Officials Say

May 27, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to issue guidance on opening public pools during COVID-19.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hoping to put in a backyard pool can still do so in time for summer, town officials said. 

As residents worry over the state of public pools, applications to the town for private pools have been coming in steadily, said Frank Vuoso, a construction official for the ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

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‘Today We Use Our Voices’: Conversations About Race Start at Clark Rally

June 5, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Demonstrations were held at the Clark Commons for several hours on Thursday before more than 400 people marched down Raritan Road with a police escort to Westfield Avenue and finally assembled in front of the Clark Police Department.

Once there, organizers invited Police Chief Matos to address the crowd.

“I wish there is something I could say that would take away the ...

Understanding, Love, Compassion Create Change, Local Football Coach Writes

June 4, 2020

Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letter to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. Published here with permission.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch Plains-Fanwood. However, today I’m writing to you as something more than that. I’m ...

Letter: The Problems with PILOTs – Conclusion

June 5, 2020

This week, we conclude our examination of the many problems with PILOTs and the tax abatement programs that the Brindle Administration recently set in motion in Westfield. It is an examination that we would have expected the Mayor and Council to openly undertake with input from all residents, preferably after the global pandemic ended. Unfortunately, Mayor Brindle chose a different ...

Union County Board of Elections Advises Voters on Polling Places for July 7 Primary

June 5, 2020

Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminds voters that the upcoming Primary Election on July 7 will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A limited number of in person polling locations will be available on Election D

“The COVID-19 precautions are still in force, and ...

House Passes Bill That Would Relax PPP Forgiveness Requirements

Recently the U.S. House approved legislation making it easier for small businesses and other recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to qualify for forgiveness of the loans.

What to know?

The bill extends to the recipients have to spend their funds which is 8-24 weeks.
The measure lowers to 60% from 75% the portion of PPP funds borrowers must pend on payroll costs ...

Westfield Rotary Donates Face Shields to Area Hospitals

Rotarian Phil Richardson has spearheaded a drive to raise funds through The Rotary Club of Westfield in order to donate two cases of face shields to two local hospitals: The Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Face shields are part of the “PPE” — Personal Protective Equipment — needed in health care ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

COVID-19: What Should I do if I Think my Workplace is Dangerous?

The State of New Jersey requires businesses which reopen to be in compliance with all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Center for Disease Control (“CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. OSHA guidelines require employers to ...

6 Homes Sold May 24 — May 31 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Cranford

Six homes sold May 24 through May 31, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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Morristown, Overlook Chief Nursing Officers Named ‘CNOs to Know’ by Becker’s Healthcare

SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field.

Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, ...

The Dow Hits 25,000 While Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000: Do You Say Buy or Bye to the Market Now?

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date.

Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

Registration Now Open for Westfield Area YMCA Summer Day Camp

The Westfield Area YMCA is excited to announce that traditional day camp programs for kids entering grades K through 10 will begin July 6. Registration is now underway. 

All camps will meet the new guidelines set by the CDC, ACA (American Camp Association) and state and local health departments. These include social distancing regulations, small consistent ...

What to Do with a Stale Mate

“Nothing new under the sun,” wrote King Solomon in Ecclesiastes. And so, we discover in this week’s Torah reading that infidelity and other marital problems aren’t exactly a new societal phenomenon.

One of the main features of our Parshah is the story of the sotah, a woman accused of adultery. In the biblical account, the husband ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer accountability, ...

Obituaries

Jun 18, 1944 - May 1, 2020
John La Forte, of Edison, NJ passed away early Friday morning May 1, 2020, due to ...
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