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Fundraiser Started for Family of Westfield Man Who Died Snorkeling in Florida

November 12, 2018

Updated: 10:07 p.m. Nov. 12

WESTFIELD, NJ – An online fundraiser has been started for the family of a 49-year-old resident who died while vacationing in the Florida Keys last Thursday.

Rodney Jinkins, who had 8-year-old twin children in McKinley School, died while snorkeling just off of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, authorities had said. As of Monday, funeral ...

Westfield Athletes Hit Streets For ‘Booster Button Day’

WESTFIELD, NJ – Started 30 years ago, the Westfield High School “Booster Button Day” has since switched from distributing buttons to distributing magnets in exchange for donations.

But the fundraiser for local athletics is still commonly called “Booster Button Day.”

An estimated 500 local athletes buttoned up donations in Westfield on ...

Westfield ‘Small Plates’ Event, Fashion Show at Lord & Taylor a Big Success

WESTFIELD, NJ – About 280 people turned out for a fashion show at Lord & Taylor Thursday evening, funds raised from which will benefit local community programs, organizers said.

The third annual “Small Plates for a Great Cause” featured food from 25 local eateries and had Westfield High School football players and cheerleaders sporting the latest Lord & Taylor ...

Westfield Health Board Assessing Local Impact of Opioid Abuse

November 7, 2018

The Westfield Rescue Squad plans to equip its ambulances with the opioid antidote naloxone.

WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking to focus efforts on better fighting the opioid epidemic, local health officials are seeking statistics to help evaluate the extent to which opioid abuses are impacting residents.

Westfield Regional Health Department officials said at the Westfield Board of Health ...

Final Count: Westfield School Board Election Day Outcome Holds

November 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – With provisional ballots tallied on Tuesday, the outcome of a school board race with six candidates running for three seats remained the same as that on Election Day, figures from the Union County Clerk’s Office show.

While the difference between winning incumbent candidate Charles Ostroff and fellow incumbent Robert Garrison, who lost, narrowed to 62 votes ...

Westfield School Board Race Outcome Hangs In Balance

The gap between incumbents Charles Ostroff and Robert Garrison narrowed to 65 votes on Friday, from the 98 vote difference garnered at the polls.

WESTFIELD, NJ – The outcome of a close school board race for three seats hangs in the balance as the Union County Board of Elections tallies mail-in and provisional ballots, county officials said.

Westfield voters' 3,796 mail-in ...

Election 2018: Westfield Votes Democratic in Federal, County Races

WESTFIELD, NJ – Turnout was strong on Election Day with 47.8 percent of the local electorate's 23,217 registered voters going to the polls.

Mirroring the pick across the Seventh Congressional District, Westfield voters favored Democratic newcomer Tom Malinowski with 6,523 votes over longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Leonard Lance’s 4,297 votes, according to the Union County ...

Atlantic EMS Worker Injured in Fiery Westfield Crash

November 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – An ambulance worker was rushed to the hospital after injuring an arm during a fiery crash on Central Avenue early Monday morning, authorities said.

A 2015 BMW 540 sedan crossed the double-yellow lines while driving north near Clover Street at 12:23 a.m. and crashed into the ambulance coming in the opposite direction, police Sgt. Michael Walsh said on Tuesday.

The ...

Westfield Man, 49, Dies While Snorkeling in Florida Keys, Sheriff Says

KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 49-year-old Westfield man died while vacationing in Florida, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Rodney Jinkins was snorkeling with his family when witnesses saw him unresponsive in the water at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the spokesman, Adam Linhardt said.

“He was taken on the boat,” Linhardt said. “The ...

Westfield ‘Small Plates’ Event, Fashion Show at Lord & Taylor a Big Success

November 2, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – About 280 people turned out for a fashion show at Lord & Taylor Thursday evening, funds raised from which will benefit local community programs, organizers said.

The third annual “Small Plates for a Great Cause” featured food from 25 local eateries and had Westfield High School football players and cheerleaders sporting the latest Lord & Taylor ...

Westfield Schools to Get Door Security Upgrades, Other Updates

November 14, 2018

Updated: 2:42 p.m. Nov. 14

WESTFIELD, NJ – A slate of summer construction projects the school district is seeking early bids for will include significant security upgrades, school officials said.

The projects detailed for the school board on Tuesday include doorway security upgrades, auditorium updates, lobby upgrades, refurbished restrooms and upgrades to the television studio ...

Ice Rink Slides Into Westfield with Much Fanfare Sunday

Updated: 5:53 p.m. Nov. 11

WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months.

Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed in a tent at Gumbert Park. The rink started hosting hockey practices earlier in the week ...

WATCH: Westfield Weekly Recap: BOE Race Results, Ice Rink Opening, Parks Plan Clash & More

WESTFIELD, NJ – Voters picked candidates at the polls, but the final outcome of the race hangs in the balance. An ice rink that raised some hackles is turning out to be wildly popular.

A plan to hire a planner to develop concept designs for Westfield parks has some concerned. In other news, a Westfield man died while snorkeling in the Florida Keys Thursday afternoon.

Westfield Schools to Get Door Security Upgrades, Other Updates

November 14, 2018

Updated: 2:42 p.m. Nov. 14

WESTFIELD, NJ – A slate of summer construction projects the school district is seeking early bids for will include significant security upgrades, school officials said.

The projects detailed for the school board on Tuesday include doorway security upgrades, auditorium updates, lobby upgrades, refurbished restrooms and upgrades to the television studio ...

Registration for Annual Math Competition at Saint Joseph HS Open to All 7th and 8th Graders in New Jersey

METUCHEN, NJ — Know a student that soars through math challenges without hesitation?  Have a Math whiz in the family?  It's time to get them to sign up for the Saint Joseph High School Annual Mathematics Competition.   

The event is open to any New Jersey students in grades seven or eight. The 45-minute exam consists of 16 questions including algebra, ...

Project SEARCH at Overlook Medical Center to Hold Open House Dec. 12

SUMMIT, NJ — The Project SEARCH program at Overlook Medical Center which, since launching in 2016, has seen 15 out of 18 interns securing competitive employment in the community, will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on Dec. 12, from 7 - 8:30 p.m, at the hospital.

Attendees wil learn more about one of New ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: James McCutcheon

November 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The high school senior finished eighth overall in a Group 4 cross-country meet at Holmdel Park over the weekend with a personal best of 16:38 on the 5K course.

James McCutcheon is this week’s Ron Bansky & Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. It is not just his speed that has earned him praise.

Head coach Christopher Tafelski said that ...

Westfield PAL President John Dugan Gets His Due at Tamaques

Updated: 11:47 a.m. Nov. 12

WESTFIELD, NJ – It was a day of many Dugans at Tamaques Park.

The Westfield Police Athletic League flag football program honored its founder John Dugan, a former Westfield police officer and the Police Athletic League President with an “Appreciation Day” on Saturday.

Young athletes sported T-shirts emblazoned with the name Dugan and the ...

Ice Rink Slides Into Westfield with Much Fanfare Sunday

Updated: 5:53 p.m. Nov. 11

WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months.

Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed in a tent at Gumbert Park. The rink started hosting hockey practices earlier in the week ...

Westfield’s First Revaluation in 35 Years Could Potentially Bring ‘Wild Changes’ for Some

November 8, 2018

Homeowners will receive letters notifying them their new assessments in January and February, according to Realty Appraisal Company.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The average home is assessed at $180,913, the sixth highest of Union County’s 21 towns, state data shows.

That is about to change as the town undergoes a revaluation of its 9,200 taxable properties, the first full ...

Westfield Neighbors Fuming Over Proposed Double Home Build

WESTFIELD, NJ — Should a developer be allowed to build two homes on a property where one exists?

Although the Planning Board made no decision Monday, it considered an application with this aim as a developer proposed subdividing a property of just over half-an-acre at 885 New England Drive, and an attorney representing neighbors argued against the subdivision.

About 50 residents, some ...

Westfield Realtor Susan Massa Draws on a Lifetime as a Union County Resident for Her Expertise

WESTFIELD, NJ – A lifetime of local knowledge can be a prohibitive advantage for a Realtor in a particular community.

In addition to her three-plus decades as a licensed Realtor in Westfield, Susan Massa, a broker associate with Keller Williams, also has lived locally her entire life. Massa grew up in Mountainside and attended Gov. Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights.

As a ...

A Bizarre Take on ‘Hamlet’ To Show at Westfield High School

November 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – A play described by its director as a “daunting drama” and “absurdist comedy” will show at Westfield High School this week.

The comedy "Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead," by Tom Stoppard, turns the play “Hamlet” on its head by shifting the perspective to two of the most minor characters, Rosencrantz and ...

Watch: ‘Zombie’ Dance Invasion at AddamsFest in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — A performance during AddamsFest by the Westfield Ballroom Saturday included local "zombies" dancing to the Michael Jackson song "Thriller."

The festival, organized by some 300 volunteers, was a first for Westfield and included three days of activities relating the history and works of Westfield native Charles Addams, creator of the ...

Point View's Claire Toth Details How to 'Rewrite Your Financial Future' at SAGE Nov. 15

November 11, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ — Claire Toth, Point View Wealth Management Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will present 'Rewrite Your Financial Future With Clarity' November 15, beginning at 6 p.m., at SAGE Eldercare.

Life changes like divorce, job loss, and widowhood can be financially challenging and isolating. Those contending with a a life change are invited to ...

Minuteman Press Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Minuteman Press, a full-service printing, marketing and design shop, celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Located at 334 South Ave. East, the franchise is run by Westfield couple Jim and Barbara Mooney and their son, Seamus.

Minuteman Press has about 1,000 franchise locations around the world, according to Regional Vice President James ...

Castle Bootery Didn't ‘Lose its Lease,’ Westfield Property Owners Write

WESTFIELD, NJ — Andrew Calcagno of Flatiron Realty LLC, the new property owner of 50-52 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield — where Castle Bootery is located — said he was surprised to learn in an email announcement Friday that the 70-year-old children’s shoe store would close at the end of December.

Castle Bootery in Westfield Closing Shop After 70 ...

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Clark Will be Home of L’Oréal's New Research and Development Center

November 14, 2018

CLARK, NJ – L’Oréal plans to build a new Research and Development facility on Terminal Avenue according to Clark Business Administrator John Laezza. 

Laezza  revealed during a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting that Clark was competing with Berkley Heights to be the future home of this corporate investment. Laezza said he has been in negotiations with ...

Letter: A Hearty Thanks for AddamsFest 2018

November 10, 2018

To The Editor:

 

As a 30-year resident of Westfield, I would like to thank Mayor Brindle, the Town Council and Adrian Pastore for all of their efforts of putting together Addamsfest.

 

What a great way to honor the history of our town by celebrating one of its famous past residents with a series of exciting events that could be appreciated by all ages. Week-long ...

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Thu, November 15, 12:00 PM

Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield

Westfield High School Play: 'Rosencrantz And ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, November 15, 6:30 PM

Westfield High School, Westfield

College Night Set at Westfield High School

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Thu, November 15, 7:30 PM

JCC, Scotch Plains

A Night of Recipes and History - The ...

Food & Drink

Westfield Police Blotter: Arrests For Shoplifting, Outstanding Warrant

November 14, 2018

Nov. 11 at 09:43 a.m.

Officers arrested Andre Thomas, 22, of Plainfield, in connection with a shoplifting reported at an undisclosed business in the 200 block of West South Avenue, police said.

Westfield officers turned Thomas over to the South Plainfield police department on an outstanding warrant and issued him a summons for the suspected shoplifting, police said.

Nov. 12

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An O. Henry Christmas

November 14, 2018

Little Black Sheep Productions and the Presbyterian Church in Westfield announce the upcoming performances of “An O. Henry Christmas” to be presented on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. “This wonderful, heart-warming mix of four O. Henry stories, including the well- known short story ‘Gift of the Magi’ will put people in the ...

Veterans Day: Westfield Schools Honor Those Who Served

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students and staff across the Westfield Public School District honored the nation’s military veterans on Nov. 12 with assemblies and commemorations thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

"We should not forget how difficult it must be for them to leave their families and put themselves in harm's way," said Andrea Hanchuk, a seventh-grader at ...

Column: What Does Retirement Look Like, Reinvented?

Retirement means different things to different people.

You might think of it as a standing tee time at Echo Lake Country Club, while your neighbor would like to hop on a six-month cruise around the world. Many millennials and younger professionals aren’t thinking about retirement in that traditional sense at all, as they face the burdens of student loan debt and an uncertain future ...

Proper Ventilation During the Holiday Season

With everyone home for the holidays, the extra bodies, shower use, and cooking power in your home can really bring up the heat. While that’s nice for your heating bill, it may cause unwanted ventilation issues in your home.

Kitchen

Remember a few tips for keeping smoke out of your eyes and steam from coming out your ears while your kitchen works overtime:

Use the hood ...

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 our head.

For ...

Dog Found in Westfield

Dog found running across Mountain Avenue in Westfield with her leash attached. Described as a very friendly little black dog. Taken to Westfield Police Department.

If you recognize her, call Westfield Police at 908-789-4000.
 

The Monster Lurking In Your Paycheck

Halloween may be over but, for certain taxpayers, there could be some spine-chilling moments ahead. With the tax reform bill passed at the very end of 2017, lower tax rates are in effect and you are likely seeing the benefits directly in your paycheck. Those larger amounts in your bank account, however, may be providing you with a false sense of security.

Indeed, the Federal income tax rates ...

The Matchmaker

Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer) had just taken ill. The town butcher had no one to do the slaughtering and was desperate when he bumped into the visitor. The traveler looked pious and G‑d fearing (perhaps he wore a black hat and a beard) so the butcher ...

Pittsburgh Memorial Invocation

November 2, 2018

Rabbi Levi Block – Remarks & Prayer at Seton Hall Law School “Service of Remembrance–Tree of Life Synagogue,” Oct. 31, 2018

Dean Boozang, Father Gengaro, esteemed faculty members, members of the Jewish Law Students Association, Students of Seton Hall Law School, ladies and gentlemen:

Thank you for including me in today’s Service of Remembrance for ...

15 Homes sold 10/26/18 thru 11/3/18 In Westfield, Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Cranford

Fiftteen homes were sold Oct. 26 2018 through Nov. 3 2018 in Cranford Westfield Scotch Plains Mountainside and Fanwood.

TOWN                  ADDRESS             STYLE    ...

Worst October for Markets Since 2008 Offers Bargains for Investors

They say buy low, sell high. This month’s global sell off, with all major indices having reached correction territory, and several in brutal bear markets, is yielding mouthwatering bargains.

Let’s be clear, momentum traders, algo players, nervous nellies, and a whole host of non-fundamental players, indeed speculators, could force prices down to even lower levels.   ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!

 

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Morristown Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Implement BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before.

While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long ...

Fair In Springfield Connects Special Needs Families, Youths With Services

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Over 40 therapists, doctors and other practitioners, who serve people with special needs spoke with parents at the fair. The experts included speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists, social skills coaches, ABA therapists and cognitive therapists, among ...

Missing Mountain Lakes Teen Found Safe

November 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15 teenager from Mountain Lakes, has been found. According to police, he is safe.

Kolding has been missing since Oct.30. Law enforcement confirmed that he traveled by train from Denville to Newark - Broad Street Station. From there, he traveled by train from Broad Street Station to ...