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Murphy: 33 States and Territories Remain on NJ Quarantine List

August 11, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has updated its list of 33 states and territories — near and far — from which people should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The states include populous ones such as Texas, Florida and California, as well as remote locations including Montana, Idaho and Puerto Rico.

Nearby New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, ...

NJ Health Commissioner Signs Directive So Long-Term Care Facilities Can Reopen in Phases

NEW JERSEY — Despite almost 7,000 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths across 679 long-term care facilities, New Jersey health officials and Gov. Phil Murphy believe there’s a way some can soon open their doors to visitors safely. 

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli signed a directive Monday for “phased in” re-openings at nursing homes across the Garden State, ...

Younger COVID-19 Patients Bring New Challenges For Westfield Health Officials

August 6, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Health officials in Westfield this week reported challenges in containing the spread of COVID-19 among young adults.

Speaking to the Westfield Board of Health on Monday Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone said that in July Westfield saw an increase by about 250% of COVID-19 incidence in adults in their late teens and early ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

NEW JERSEY — Raw meat left unrefrigerated? How about that cheese that warmed up during the power outage?

When Tropical Storm Isaias took out power to at least 1.3 million across the state, many went without refrigeration and many still have yet to get it back.

The CDC's FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

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

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

NJ Home Bakers One Step Closer to Earning a Profit

New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. But that may be about to change.

The state Senate recently passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs in the Garden State to make and sell baked goods out of their homes that do not require refrigeration or additional cooking after they are baked.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th), who sponsored the bill, said it ...

Downtown Westfield Serves up ‘Parklets’ for Restaurateurs Hurting in Pandemic

July 24, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of Boxwood Coffee Roasters on East Broad Street would typically have over 60 seats available, but not for the past four months during which the state has prohibited indoor dining — the result of COVID-19, the shop’s owner said.

On Thursday morning, however, that changed as employees of the Westfield Public Works Department trucked in cement ...

Hungry? Downtown Westfield Invites Public to Self-Guided ‘Foodie Stroll’

WESTFIELD, NJ — At least 15 eateries in Downtown Westfield are participating in a self-guided food tasting this Sunday.

The “Downtown Westfield Foodie Stroll” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. with each participating establishment offering bite size items in a “pay as you go format,” Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.

The menu has offerings for both ...

Your Westfield School Reopening Questions Answered, Officials Say

August 9, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board earlier this week approved the district’s hybrid learning model for the coming academic year.

Students in grades 6-12 will see two days a week of in-person instruction and K-5 students will see 2.5 days of in-person instruction per week with students alternating in-person instruction every other Wednesday, school officials said.

The public ...

What Will School Look Like for Westfield Students This Fall?

WESTFIELD, NJ — School officials on Monday offered the public its first look at the district’s plan for reopening in the fall, detailing a schedule for students to come into buildings on alternating days.

Superintendent Margaret Dolan at a virtual school board meeting held at noon said students in grades 6-12 would be split into two groups with one group coming into ...

Tamaques Park in Westfield Reopens After Storm Debris Cleared, Police Say

August 10, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A municipal park on the Scotch Plains border has been reopened after workers cleared storm debris, police said Monday afternoon.

Four days after Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked havoc Aug. 4, taking down trees and branches throughout the municipality, police announced that the park was closed for the storm cleanup.

On Monday afternoon, police said that the ...

Westfield Police: Tamaques Park Closed as DPW Assesses Trees After Isaias

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tamaques Park is closed until further notice, Westfield Police announced Saturday afternoon.

The Department of Public Works had been performing storm-related tree work there, police said.

“For safety reasons, Tamaques Park closed until further notice. DPW needs to assess condition of trees,” the police department said in a Nixle alert at 5:46 ...

Westfield Declares Rialto, Lord & Taylor Properties ‘In Need of Redevelopment’

August 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two sites emblematic of Westfield are being eyed for redevelopment.

The town council on Tuesday declared the now vacant Rialto Theatre, the Lord & Taylor property and two nearby parking lots as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

“It enables you to do more planning on these properties to potentially work with the private parties that own them and ...

Lord & Taylor Bankruptcy Comes as Westfield Sets up for Site Redevelopment

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parent company for Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy protection — the latest indicator of financial distress for the owner of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

The online fashion brand Le Tote — which purchased the chain of Lord & Taylor stores in 2019 — filed for bankruptcy in federal court Sunday, indicating that it has ...

Westfield Declares Rialto, Lord & Taylor Properties ‘In Need of Redevelopment’

August 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two sites emblematic of Westfield are being eyed for redevelopment.

The town council on Tuesday declared the now vacant Rialto Theatre, the Lord & Taylor property and two nearby parking lots as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

“It enables you to do more planning on these properties to potentially work with the private parties that own them and ...

Bicyclists in Westfield Rewarded for Wearing Helmets

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bicyclists in Westfield are being rewarded for their safety as “Caught Wearing A Helmet” ambassadors are stopping riders wearing helmets to give them coupons for free prizes.

Developed by the recently formed Bike Safety Task Force consisting of students, parents and several council members, the campaign started this past weekend, the task force ...

Westfield Collecting Storm Debris from Town Trees Only. Cleanup Could Take Weeks.

August 8, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is collecting storm debris from municipally owned trees only, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said Friday that the municipality will not be conducting curbside pickup of storm debris, a service the town has only provided in the “severest of emergencies.”

Gov. Phil Murphy had declared a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Isaias, which ...

UDPATED: What Roads are Closed, Reopened in Westfield as Storm Cleanup Continues

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 8:30 p.m.) As the town cleans up from Tropical Storm Isaias a series of roads remain blocked due to downed wires and storm debris.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the following roadways are impassable, according to police:

Boynton Avenue (2000 block to Clark Township line) – tree(s) & wire(s) down
Carleton Road (800 block) – ...

Westfield’s Dr. Virginia Apgar, Charles Addams Make NJ Hall of Fame

August 7, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two town natives are inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019-20.

Dr. Virginia Apgar, the famed anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar Score; and Charles Addams, the cartoonist and creator of The Addams Family, are among the 2020 inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame representing the best and brightest people in the Garden ...

Public Art: Fiberglass Butterflies Land in Westfield, Celebrating 300th Anniversary

WESTFIELD, NJ — People walking around Downtown Westfield are taking notice of large fiberglass butterflies installed in recent days — part of public art project celebrating the town’s 300th anniversary.

The project spearheaded by the town’s recently formed Public Arts Commission features 30 butterflies, each painted by a different artist, throughout the ...

Local Man Runs 900 Miles Over 30 Days in Westfield for Clean Water

July 31, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the past 30 days, James Leitner has been running 30 miles each day in Tamaques Park. On Thursday, he ran his last mile of his latest endurance fundraising effort after surpassing his $30,000 goal to fund a clean water system for the St. Elizabeth’s All-Girls School in Uganda.

The Scotch Plains resident and 27-year-old founder of MissionCleanWater ran a ...

Westfield’s Living History Museum Lives on Thanks to Westfield Foundation Grant

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Miller-Cory House Museum, built in 1740 and serving as the town’s first and only colonial living history museum, needed a new roof to replace the one that had been deteriorating, and it had to be historically accurate.

So this spring, the Westfield Foundation stepped in with a $140,000 grant to have it repaired by a contractor experienced in restoring historic ...

Turf Fields in Tamaques, Other Improvements Eyed For Westfield Parks

August 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Recreation Department is considering the addition of turf fields in Tamaques Park, amid other possible improvements to facilities and grounds at local parks. 

During an online recreation commission meeting Tuesday, members of the recreation department discussed a wetlands delineation study which found seven acres of land between the Tamaques ...

Brothers From Westfield Reunited on Field for Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws

WESTFIELD, NJ — Chris Aslanian had just finished practice when his phone started buzzing. 

The general manager of the Denver Outlaws, the Major League Lacrosse team Chris plays for, was calling. He had a simple message to deliver. 

We got Pat.

Pat Aslanian — Chris’ younger brother by one year — was acquired from the Chesapeake Bayhawks in return for ...

Westfield Declares Rialto, Lord & Taylor Properties ‘In Need of Redevelopment’

August 11, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two sites emblematic of Westfield are being eyed for redevelopment.

The town council on Tuesday declared the now vacant Rialto Theatre, the Lord & Taylor property and two nearby parking lots as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

“It enables you to do more planning on these properties to potentially work with the private parties that own them and ...

After Public Pushback, Westfield Tweaking Historic Homes Law Update

WESTFIELD, NJ — An extensive revision to the town’s historic preservation law that continues to raise resident concern is to be further revised, but opponents of the proposal argue those anticipated revisions are not enough.

The town council had been anticipated to approve the ordinance following a public hearing Tuesday, but now plans to amend the ordinance and hold a public ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

July 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

10 Candidates Vying for 3 Seats on Westfield Board of Education

July 28, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ten candidates are running for three open seats on the Westfield Board of Education in the November election, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office.

The deadline for candidates to file with the Union County Board of Elections was Monday. Board of Education President Peggy Oster and school board member Brian Morrissey, whose terms will expire at the end of the ...

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Federal Suit Claims Mountainside Man, Elizabeth Landlord Demanded Sexual Favors of Tenants

August 8, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Department of Justice has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in Newark against Mountainside resident Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rental units in buildings in Elizabeth and the surrounding area.

The lawsuit claims Centanni demanded “actual tenants provide him with sexual favors, including oral sex, in order not to lose housing,” and, on other ...

Letter: Westfield Town Historian Rebuffs Petition Circulated by Builder

August 11, 2020

There is currently an inflammatory and factually incorrect letter of protest being sent around from a contractor/builder who is attempting to misinform the public as to the details of the revised ordinance. I would like to set the record straight by providing you with factually correct information.

1) All historic preservation ordinances in the state of New Jersey are considered zoning ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, August 11, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

Clark Blood Drive - Urgent Need!

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Tue, August 11, 8:00 PM

Virtual, Westfield

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Government

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Westfield College Women's Club Webinar on ...

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Join the 8th Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk Virtual Edition

August 11, 2020

The 8th Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk: Virtual Edition will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

Due to the present pandemic, after seven live annual events, we will be transitioning the 5K Run/Walk held  at Oak Ridge Park, in Clark, New Jersey, to a virtual experience which allows organizers to open up registration to participants all around the world. The present ...

The Dirty Dozen of Tax Scams: What to Watch Out For

The Internal Revenue Service announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments.

This year, the Dirty Dozen focuses on scams that target taxpayers. These criminals view everyone as potentially easy prey, so be on guard all the time and look out for ...

34 Homes Sold Aug. 2 - Aug. 8 in Mountainside, Garwood, Fanwood, Cranford, Westfield & Scotch Plains

Thirty-four homes sold Aug. 2 - Aug. 8, 2020, in Mountainside, Garwood, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Westfield, according to the Garden State MLS.*

TOWN           ADDRESS                    STYLE   ...

Community Conversation: Immunizations, Physicals and Other Back to School Safety Tips

Whether it’s in-person or virtually, children will be going back to school in the fall. So how can parents keep their kids safe, healthy and ready to learn? On Atlantic Health System’s latest Community Conversation, join Tyree Winters, DO, a pediatrician with Atlantic Medical Group, for some important tips that will help make this school year an A+!

 

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Outdoor Fitness Classes

The Westfield Area YMCA is now offering outdoor fitness classes to members, including Barre; Cardio & Strength Madness; Cycle; Cycle & Abs; Cycle, Strength & Core; Fitness for Teens; HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training); R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance); and Yoga.  

To learn more about the YMCA's about group fitness offerings, ...

Rotary Club of Westfield Remembers Diana Taylor, 92

The Rotary Club of Westfield is sad to report that Rotarian Diana Taylor passed away on July 30, 2020, at the age of 92.

Diana joined Rotary Club of Westfield the first year women were permitted to join in 1988 and had perfect attendance up until recently.

She loved participating in Pancake Day, and used to sit at the door selling tickets. Pancake Day (now called Breakfast with the ...

COVID and the College Experience

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents. There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses. It is a new phase in life for ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

Tabby Cat Missing From Westfield Home, May be Headed to Scotch Plains

Has anyone seen this golden/tan tabby cat? Her name is Sadie. She is missing her entire tail and has a tipped ear. New the area, was last seen on June 19, 2020 near the corner of Central Avenue and Laurel Place in Westfield, NJ. 

Family just moved from Scotch Plains on the day she went missing, so she may be making her way back to Scotch Plains.

Sadie is a shy ...

Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Election 2020: How to Play It!

While Covid-19 and its effect on our health, economy, and financial markets continues to grip the Nation, investors and others increasingly are casting a wary eye at the upcoming November elections.  Its potential outcome, possible policy changes, and impact on the investment markets are being carefully scrutinized.

As we entered 2020, the reelection of the incumbent, Donald Trump, seemed ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Parents, Students Grateful for Strong College Guidance

EDISON, NJ -- The college admission landscape, like so many other things in the world of education, has been plagued by uncertainty since the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States and the world. The global health crisis has changed the rules on almost a daily basis and caused institutions of higher education to alter their procedures and safety protocols. Some colleges and universities ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

Obituaries

Sep 30, 1972 - Jul 25, 2020
Dr. Erik C. Leite, 47, of Westfield, died on Saturday, July 25. The family will hold a private ...
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Men’s Wearhouse: Latest National Retailer With Coral Springs Location Files For Bankruptcy

August 6, 2020

MENLO PARK, NJ — Another national retailer with a local address has filed for bankruptcy. Tailored Brands, the parent company of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a restructuring plan.

It’s the result of a rise in debt and a drop in demand for office attire attributed to the pandemic, as millions of ...