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High Demand for Westfield’s First Juneteenth Black History Trolley Rides

June 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Juneteenth trolley tours of Westfield detailing the town’s Black history sold out within just 24 hours of a community group announcing them through its email newsletter early last week.

But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield President Elizabeth Wolf told TAPinto Westfield Monday the three rides scheduled for Saturday won’t be the ...

Westfield School Board Looks to Limit Guest Speakers, ‘Political Activities’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board is set to consider Tuesday a slate of policies formed in response to a Black History Month speaker whose remarks on race and politics touched a nerve with parents, prompting a conversation about what is appropriate in public schools.

While the speaker, Westfield High School alumnus and Olympic athlete Chris Campbell, did not comment on the ...

Westfield Teacher’s Lung Illness Serious But Not as Dire as Initially Believed

June 3, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Doctors have determined that a local teacher initially thought to have a potentially fatal cancer in fact has a severe bacterial infection in her lung, a friend close to her said.

Lisa Barretta, a teacher at Lincoln Early Childhood Center, had found herself hospitalized and believed to have lung cancer last week. With her not being able to teach, community members ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

3 Officers Hurt as Westfield Man, 19, Arrested in Vehicle Thefts, Burglaries: Police

June 10, 2021

Updated at 7:34 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 19-year-old Westfield man charged with numerous motor vehicle thefts and burglaries within the town struggled with officers during his arrest Wednesday evening, police said.

Two detectives and a patrol officer were injured as they arrested Justin T. Bass while he was leaving his residence in the 1000 block of Lawrence Avenue around 5:15 p.m., ...

Authorities Seeking Cause of 2-Alarm Fire in Westfield Saturday (UPDATED)

Updated at 8:26 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — It took crews just 18 minutes to knock down a two-alarm fire that started in the kitchen of a home on West Grove Street Saturday afternoon.

The owner suspects a microwave may have played a role in igniting the fire, and police do not believe that foul play was to blame.

Jeffrey Santos, a contractor who purchased the home at 453 West Grove Street ...

Feds: Westfield Mail Carrier Fraudulently Claimed Over $10K in Worker’s Comp

June 10, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mail carrier who worked at the Westfield Post Office bilked the government out of more than $10,000 in federal workers’ compensation benefits to which she was not entitled, authorities said.

Federal authorities charged Aida Perez, 42, of Roselle Park, with making fraudulent representations in connection with her application for and receipt of federal ...

Garwood to Join Growing Number of NJ Towns Outlawing Pot Biz — At Least For Now

June 14, 2021

GARWOOD, NJ — Don’t expect to purchase recreational marijuana in this borough in the near future.

While officials said they might later revisit the decision, the borough council on Thursday joined a growing number of New Jersey municipalities who will prohibit cannabis commerce within their borders following the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

“For ...

New Salon Opens on South Ave. in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new salon offering hair and makeup services celebrated its grand opening on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield earlier this month.

Mayor Shelley Brindle and representatives from the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand to help celebrate Salon Peak by Marcella Nicole’s opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony ...

High Demand for Westfield’s First Juneteenth Black History Trolley Rides

June 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Juneteenth trolley tours of Westfield detailing the town’s Black history sold out within just 24 hours of a community group announcing them through its email newsletter early last week.

But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield President Elizabeth Wolf told TAPinto Westfield Monday the three rides scheduled for Saturday won’t be the ...

Garwood to Join Growing Number of NJ Towns Outlawing Pot Biz — At Least For Now

GARWOOD, NJ — Don’t expect to purchase recreational marijuana in this borough in the near future.

While officials said they might later revisit the decision, the borough council on Thursday joined a growing number of New Jersey municipalities who will prohibit cannabis commerce within their borders following the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

“For ...

After Hiatus, Westfield Community Concert Band Returns with Free Summer Concert

June 9, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Community Concert Band is back this summer, marking its return after an 18-month hiatus with a free summer concert in Mindowaskin Park July 1, the band announced.

The 109-year-old organization had suspended its rehearsals and performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement said.

The upcoming concert will feature selections of popular ...

Head to Downtown Westfield Saturday for Free ‘Mini Grand Prix’ Car Racing

WESTFIELD, NJ — Start your engines! The Downtown Westfield Corporation is inviting people of all ages to participate in “Mini Grand Prix” racing this Saturday, featuring 1/18th scale cars under the tents on Quimby Street.

The races, sponsored by Extreme Party Racing, move at a scaled speed of 200 mph on a 20’ x 20’ track, with drivers at six ...

NJ Grant to Boost Union County Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging

June 12, 2021

Scroll below for a town-by-town listing of vaccination rates.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department ...

High Demand for Westfield’s First Juneteenth Black History Trolley Rides

June 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Juneteenth trolley tours of Westfield detailing the town’s Black history sold out within just 24 hours of a community group announcing them through its email newsletter early last week.

But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield President Elizabeth Wolf told TAPinto Westfield Monday the three rides scheduled for Saturday won’t be the ...

Tour Tiny Houses at Girl Scouts’ New ‘Fairy Trail’ This Weekend in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — New housing is slated for Westfield and the public need not be concerned with its impact on the town’s infrastructure.

Talie Schaible, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Edison Intermediate School, led the installation of fairy houses — teeny tiny homes fit for fairies — on a trail at Tamaques Park Saturday as she works to obtain her Silver Award with ...

Girls Lacrosse: Westfield Wraps Season With Sectional Title, Showing at State Final

June 13, 2021

“These seniors came out with heart, hustle and an insane amount of positive energy despite the circumstances,” — Head Coach Abigail Cohn.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls lacrosse team completed an exceptional season with a trip to the Group 4 tournament final.

The Blue Devils defeated Ridgewood in the North Jersey, Group 4 final, 10-8, on Thursday for ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Sebastian Birse

WESTFIELD, NJ — The boys varsity lacrosse team was into its second overtime in a tight game against Delbarton.

Sebastian Birse, an 18-year-old Westfield High School senior who plays long stick midfield, recalled that the team was nervous, but the coaches called for a time-out and told the team not to worry. It was advice that paid off for the Blue Devils who, with Birse’s ...

Westfield OKs Housing for Williams Nursery. Center Says it Won’t Close Soon

June 10, 2021

Williams Nursery says it’s booking orders for the 2022 season.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A plan to increase the density of housing planned for the site of Williams Nursery got the Planning Board’s approval earlier this week.

The measure approved by the planning board Monday increases allowable density at the nursery, 524 Springfield Ave., from 20 units per acre to 24.6 units ...

Memorial Day 2021: Westfield Honors Fallen War Heroes (Video)

May 31, 2021

Scroll below for a live-streamed video of the event.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A National Guard Commander discussed the toll COVID-19 has taken on the nation’s war heroes and the mayor recalled the memory of her father — a pilot killed in Vietnam — during a Memorial Day ceremony at the town's World War I monument Monday.

Lt. Colonel Noel Heath Lyn-Kew, who was recently ...

NJ Primary Election is Tuesday. What Westfield Voters Should Know

June 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey primary election is Tuesday and while there’s no challenge to candidates running for local office in Westfield, voters have some choices to make when it comes to picking candidates at the county and state levels.

Here’s what you need to know about voting.

Voter Registration. The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if ...

Who is on the Ballot in Westfield for the 2021 Primary?

(*Denotes Incumbent)

Democratic Candidates for Town Office

Mayor: Michelle W. Brindle*
First Ward: Linda S. Habgood*
Second Ward: Michael J. Dardia*
Third Ward: David Contract*
Fourth Ward: Dawn Mackey*

Republican Candidates for Town Office

Mayor: JoAnn Neylan
First Ward: Amanda Como
Second Ward: Denise Garrett
Third Ward: Shawn Mullen
Fourth Ward: James ...

Westfield Under Flash Flood Warning Tuesday as T-Storms Roll Through

June 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for Union County until 6:15 p.m. as thunderstorms carrying heavy rain hit the area, the National Weather Service announced.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

“Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the weather service ...

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Union County Vaccinations by Town: See How Westfield Compares

June 12, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Friday, just over half of all Union County residents have been immunized with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but where you live plays a significant role in how well vaccinated your community is, state figures show.

While the rate of people partially or fully vaccinated stands at 55.1% countywide, COVID-19 immunization rates vary widely by town, with the ...

Letter: Reactionary Education Policies Hurt Critical Thinking

June 14, 2021

Westfield’s Board of Education is currently considering a slate of policies formed in response to a Black History Month speaker, Chris Campbell, whose remarks on race and politics were deemed “too controversial” by some parents. As a parent of two children in Westfield public schools, I see these proposed policies as a short-sided and reactionary mistake.

Our children will be ...

Public Safety is Critical to Your Quality of Life

June 9, 2021

Public safety is a crucial component of quality of life in a community. I’ve heard from a number of my neighbors about concerns they’ve had over the years related to street safety and listened to their suggestions about how to better protect themselves and their families while getting around Town. As the Chair of the Public Safety, Transportation and Parking Committee, I’d ...

Westfield Parents to Debut 74th Washington School Show This Weekend

June 14, 2021

The Washington School Show or “The Show,” as it is affectionately referred to, is an integral part of the Washington Elementary School community and just one of the reasons Washington School is so special. The tradition began in 1948, making this the 74th annual production.

“The Show” is unique in that it is written, produced, and performed by parents and faculty of ...

Market Volatility: A Part of the Investment Experience

Market volatility is a part of the investment experience and seasoned investors understand that acting emotionally can be more harmful than helpful. It is always appropriate to understand and prepare for market volatility and downturns, even when markets are going up. Investors should not let market movements force them to lose focus.  A knowledgeable investor understands that markets go up, ...

27 Homes Sold May June 6-11 in Westfield Area

Provided by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, 908-400-0778.

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How the American Rescue Plan Affects 2021 Taxes

Below is a small summary of all the updates. We recommend reading the full article to get a better understanding.

 

Child and dependent care credit increased for 2021 only

The new law increases the amount of the credit and the percentage of employment-related expenses for qualifying care considered in calculating the credit, modifies the phase-out of the credit ...

Sportsmen or Spectators?

Are you a spectator or a participant? Do you only watch the soccer World Cup, or do you sometimes kick a ball yourself?

A few years ago, it was decided to widen the seats at Wimbledon. Apparently, the problem was rather simple—obesity. It appears that the fans who admire the tennis stars in action don’t get much exercise. The chairman of the British Sports Council was prompted to ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Theft, DUI

June 9, 2021

6/1/2021 at 4:45 a.m. — Suspicious Incident/Person/Vehicle

A resident of the 300 block of Orenda Circle, while viewing their Nest Doorbell camera footage observed a pickup truck stop in front of their neighbor’s house at 04:45 hours. The pickup truck then drives away. Shortly after an individual is seen walking on the sidewalk in front of their residence.

6/1/2021 at 8:45 ...

Holy Trinity Scouts Earn Religious Awards

WESTFIELD- On Sunday, June 6, Holy Trinity School’s second grade Girl Scouts of Brownie Troop 40839 and two sixth grade Boy Scouts from Troop 73 were honored by The Most Reverend Gregory J. Studerus, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark with Catholic Scouting Awards. The ceremony took place in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The eleven girls, led by Brownie troop leaders Mrs.

Black Cat Missing From Westfield Home

Chip is missing from a home on Scotch Plains Avenue in front of Memorial Pool.

He has a mole on his right ear. If seen, please call 908-666-2174.

Helping Children Cope with the Loss a Parent to COVID

SCOTCH PLAINS NJ-- The pandemic has taken a toll on a scale that none of us has experienced in our lifetimes. Individuals and families have had to deal with loss and grief in addition to the extreme anxiety and stress we have all experienced. And the high mortality rate among prime-age adults, many of whom are parents, has left an unprecedented number of children to cope with the death of one or ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

St. Joseph (Metuchen) Wins GMC County Tournament, 2-0, Thanks to Strong Pitching, and RBI Squeeze Play

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph (Metuchen) won the GMC Conference Championship over South Brunswick on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in East Brunswick. Andrew Goldan started and pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings before being removed for reaching the 110 pitch limit. He gave up just two hits. Colin Leyner closed out the game with a strikeout for St. Joseph.

Jack Kern executed a squeeze ...

U.S. Senate Confirms Fanwood Native Zahid Quraishi to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi, a Fanwood native, to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a vote of 81-16. 

He is the first Muslim federal judge in the nation’s history.

“Another barrier has been broken, and it has been broken in New Jersey,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “I ...

Obituaries

- Apr 21, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Frank P. DiLollo, announces his peaceful passing on ...
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