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Westfield Schools Strengthen Code of Conduct After Repeated Hate Graffiti

July 1, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has strengthened its code of conduct following a series of swastikas and other hate graffiti that were discovered in the district earlier this academic year, school officials said.

The updated code of conduct approved by the school board last week includes the possibility of expulsion for the most severe offenses, including for ...

‘Avoid The Summer Slide’ With Westfield Public Library Summer Reading Program

WESTFIELD, NJ — Summer offers a break from school, but it doesn’t have to be a break from reading and the educational benefits of that activity.

Registration for the Westfield Memorial Library Summer Reading Program for tots to adults has begun and will continue until the program ends Sept. 2, the library announced. Children who register for the program track their reading ...

Westfield Chief: Children Most at Risk in Use of Novelty Fireworks. See Safety Tips

July 2, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Fire Department’s message to the public on fireworks: they’re best left to the professionals, but if you do use the novelty devices that are legal in New Jersey, do so with extreme caution.

In 2017, the state made it legal to use non-aerial ground-based sparkling devices and novelty fireworks, while keeping all other fireworks illegal, fire ...

Acupuncture and Healing Center Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Zen & Go Acupuncture & Healing Center celebrated its grand opening at 189 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield last week with Mayor Shelley Brindle and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The center first opened in January, said owner Holly Mamiye, a licensed acupuncturist.

“We have a nice regular clientele now,” Mamiye ...

Westfield Chief: Children Most at Risk in Use of Novelty Fireworks. See Safety Tips

July 2, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Fire Department’s message to the public on fireworks: they’re best left to the professionals, but if you do use the novelty devices that are legal in New Jersey, do so with extreme caution.

In 2017, the state made it legal to use non-aerial ground-based sparkling devices and novelty fireworks, while keeping all other fireworks illegal, fire ...

Westfield Firefighters Rescue Ducklings Trapped in Pond Spillway

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ducklings trapped in the spillway for the Mindowaskin Park pond found their way back to their mother with some help from the fire department Tuesday evening, according to the chief.

Firefighters dispatched to the park found multiple ducklings trapped in the lower part of the pond's spillway, Chief Michael Duelks said.

“Firefighters positioned a ...

Westfield Restaurant Chefs Banged up in Saturday Crash, DWI Suspect Charged

June 27, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Old Havana Cuban Cuisine in downtown Westfield is asking customers to be patient with its limited staff in the coming days after its chefs were injured in a crash involving a suspected drunken driver Saturday night.

Restaurant owner Patricia Sommer told TAPinto Westfield that the three chefs were driving home when they were struck at North Avenue West and Edgewood Avenue, ...

Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library Celebrate 50 Years

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are celebrating 50 years of volunteer efforts to provide residents with enhanced library facilities and services.

Mayor Shelley Brindle read a proclamation at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that gave glimpses into the organization’s efforts since its founding in 1972. 

Brindle said the group has contributed ...

Westfield Restaurant Chefs Banged up in Saturday Crash, DWI Suspect Charged

June 27, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Old Havana Cuban Cuisine in downtown Westfield is asking customers to be patient with its limited staff in the coming days after its chefs were injured in a crash involving a suspected drunken driver Saturday night.

Restaurant owner Patricia Sommer told TAPinto Westfield that the three chefs were driving home when they were struck at North Avenue West and Edgewood Avenue, ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

NEW JERSEY — Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

“These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of ...

Westfield Schools Strengthen Code of Conduct After Repeated Hate Graffiti

July 1, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has strengthened its code of conduct following a series of swastikas and other hate graffiti that were discovered in the district earlier this academic year, school officials said.

The updated code of conduct approved by the school board last week includes the possibility of expulsion for the most severe offenses, including for ...

Internal Affairs Investigation Clears Westfield Cop in Racial Profiling Allegations

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield Police Department internal affairs investigation clears a white patrol officer of allegations that he engaged in racial profiling. The report takes aim at the police supervisors who lodged those accusations and claim in a lawsuit they were retaliated against as a result.

The investigation report released to TAPinto Westfield through a ...

Acupuncture and Healing Center Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

June 28, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Zen & Go Acupuncture & Healing Center celebrated its grand opening at 189 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield last week with Mayor Shelley Brindle and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The center first opened in January, said owner Holly Mamiye, a licensed acupuncturist.

“We have a nice regular clientele now,” Mamiye ...

Pelvic Physical Therapy Center Celebrates New Space in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — HAVEN Pelvic Physical Therapy celebrated its new office space at 189 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield this week with Mayor Shelley Brindle and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

At HAVEN, Dr. Katherine Pace, Dr. Jessica Golden and Dr. Jessica Palermo help patients with pelvic floor issues including incontinence, pregnancy, postpartum rehab, pelvic pain, back ...

Road Paving Ramps Up in Westfield This Week

June 29, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Plan some extra time into your drive through Westfield.

In addition to utility work being done by Elizabethtown Gas and New Jersey American Water, utilities began Wednesday to do the roadwork required by the town to repair streets affected by their projects.

In 2019, the council passed an ordinance that requires full restoration of roads that utilities cut into for ...

Downtown Westfield: Baby Boutique, Smoothie Shop In, Co-Working Space Backs Out

WESTFIELD, NJ — A store that sells baby clothing and a new smoothie shop are added to the list of businesses coming to Downtown Westfield, but a co-working space that was planned for a lingerie shop’s old space has backed out of its plans to set up here.

Lew Kimble, chair of Downtown Westfield Corporation, detailed the changes during a meeting of special improvement ...

New ‘Through the Lens’ Photography Exhibit on Display in Downtown Westfield

July 1, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public Arts Commission’s “Through the Lens” photography exhibit is back for a second year, this time with the theme of “Strength and Renewal.”

Members of the WPAC installed the new batch of work by about 60 local photographers on fencing that runs alongside the Rialto Theater on Central Avenue. The exhibit is made possible in ...

Where to Celebrate Independence Day 2022 in the Westfield Area

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tap your toes to tunes by John Philip Sousa, soak up some history and watch the fireworks go boom as America celebrates Independence Day this year.

The family fun isn’t all centered on one date, or one place. Here are three ways you can get into the patriotic spirit locally:

Catch a Community Band Concert: The Westfield Community Band will hold its annual ...

Westfield High School Athletics Are ShopRite Cup Winners

June 30, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School athletics program is the Group IV winner in the annual ShopRite Cup final standings for the 2021-22 academic year.

Wakefern Corporation awards points to schools for winning group championships and for being disqualification-free all year in all NJSIAA sports.

At the end of the year, the six top earning schools (four public schools and two ...

Deer Gives Birth in Westfield Backyard. What to Do if You See Baby Deer

July 3, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — It hadn’t been on his must-see list, but he saw a deer give birth anyway.

It happened right in his backyard last week, Tremont Avenue resident Mitch Slater told TAPinto Westfield.

“It certainly wasn’t on my bucket list to watch a deer give birth, but I did, and it was absolutely incredible,” Slater said. “Props to the ...

Westfield Firefighters Rescue Ducklings Trapped in Pond Spillway

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ducklings trapped in the spillway for the Mindowaskin Park pond found their way back to their mother with some help from the fire department Tuesday evening, according to the chief.

Firefighters dispatched to the park found multiple ducklings trapped in the lower part of the pond's spillway, Chief Michael Duelks said.

“Firefighters positioned a ...

Limited by State’s 2% Tax Cap, Westfield Schools Move to Public Vote on Budget

June 22, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education this week approved moving its elections to April to allow for a public vote on the budget, something that would permit the board to exceed New Jersey’s 2% property tax levy cap.

The move approved by a unanimous vote of the school board on Tuesday will return board elections to the third Tuesday in April and allow the board to approve ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

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Shoplifters Haul $50K in Merchandise from Clark Target, Police Say (Video)

July 2, 2022

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Target store was the scene of a shoplifting haul worth more than $50K this week, according to police.

In a release to the public on Friday, the Clark PD said two suspects, a male and female, stayed in the store’s restrooms until after closing on Tuesday night before emerging into the store dressed in vests impersonating overnight employees.

The duo ...

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WATCH: Peapack Private Wealth's Dietze Examines Reasons for Second-Half Optimism

July 3, 2022

David Dietze, Managing Principal and Senior Portfolio Strategist at Peapack-Private Wealth Management, spoke live on BNN Bloomberg. David discussed his outlook on the market, and what stocks he sees the most opportunity in on pullback:

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56 Homes Sold June 25 -July 2 in Westfield Area

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Torah Thought for the Week: Houses or Households?

This week’s parshah recounts the dramatic mutiny against Moses, led by his charismatic cousin, Korach. As great as Moses was, Korach succeeded in attracting hundreds of followers and mounted a serious challenge to Moses’ and Aaron’s authority.

Korach was a powerful, aristocratic member of the tribe of Levi; a man with oversized ambitions. But his ...

Agent Spotlight: Phillip Migliaccio

Phillip “Phil” Migliaccio, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is an award-winning Realtor! With over 30 years in the real estate business, Phil has assisted hundreds of clients in their journey to become proud homeowners. Their satisfaction leads to one of his greatest attributes; his large amount of repeat customers. And it’s not just his clients who love his ...

Union County Celebrates Plastic Free July by Asking Residents to "Take the Challenge"

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and Union County Clean Communities would like to encourage residents to celebrate and participate in Plastic Free July!

"Finding ways to go plastic free is easier than you think and residents can certainly do a lot on a personal level to help save the environment,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “The information ...

The Disease to Please

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 overcommitted.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is driven by the excessive ...

Rivero: Small Business Changes You Can Expect and Manage in 2022

Small business owners are navigating new challenges in their businesses after the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Can things "go back to the way it used to be?" Here are three factors that prove that we can’t just return to the way it was pre-pandemic.

 

1. Filling Positions

 

Some small businesses assume that once financial support from the ...

First Congregational Church of Westfield Presents 2022 Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award to Berkeley Heights Senior

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, First Congregational Church of Westfield presented its Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award to Makayla Curtis, a highly deserving Berkeley Heights high school senior. The award, which is given annually to a young person who has been an outstanding advocate for social justice, human rights and the rights of the less fortunate.

The award is presented each spring in ...

Using Citrus Essential Oils Safely This Summer

Nothing smells more like summer than the happy fresh aroma of lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils. As much as we may love these essential oils, we need to be mindful that these little gems do come with safety concerns especially when worn out in the sun. 

In this short video, I introduce my summer cooling spray and also talk about how to safely and effectively use citrus ...

Westfield Financial Planning: Understanding Rising Interest Rates

During the last few years, borrowers and spenders have enjoyed historically low interest rates. However, analysts all agreed that at the Federal Reserve’s June meeting, interest rates were going to be increased.  Although rising interest rates have been anticipated, many Americans aren’t feeling prepared for the effects of these new rates. Combined with today’s exorbitant ...

Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

World Language Honors at Westfield High School

One hundred and eighteen Westfield High School seniors received the Seal of Biliteracy, an award granted to students who attain proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

There were other prestigious World Language honors as well. Senior Frank Wietry earned a perfect score on the National Latin Level 2 Exam. The distinction of a perfect score was only attained by a very ...

Sign Up for July TAPinto Ownership Opportunities Webinar

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro will be holding an informational webinar on July 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be interested in owning/operating a TAPinto local news and digital marketing platform.

"TAPinto has become the dominant player in the local news and digital marketing space," Shapiro said. "I look forward to our July ...

'Enchanted April' Delights at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ — It’s a welcome sign to see The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opening for its 60th Anniversary Season. “Enchanted April” is a charming and moving choice with warmer weather coming on. The play also speaks to us on a number of levels, especially after our long hiatus during COVID-19.

The script by Matthew Barger, from a novel by Elizabet ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend gets closer.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased ...

Obituaries

Apr 6, 1946 - Jun 6, 2022
Dr. Udaykumar Champaklal Mehta of Westfield, New Jersey passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, at the ...
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