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More Coronavirus Variants Likely on The Way, Health Officials Warn

April 14, 2021

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At least one in four recent COVID-19 infections diagnosed in New Jersey is likely linked to a coronavirus variant, according to federal figures, and state officials warn other new ...

NJ Pauses Delivery of J&J Vaccine, Awaiting Guidance from Feds

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies Tuesday issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Westfield Math Mavens: Students Earn Perfect Scores on SAT Subject Tests

April 13, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Five Westfield High School juniors earned perfect scores of 800 on subject area tests of the March 13, and Dec. 5 SATs, school officials said Tuesday.

The students are listed as follows by the subject and date of the test, according to the announcement.

Math — March 13, 2021

Anjali Jain
Zachary Roitman
Vijay Sreenivasan

Math — December 5, ...

Westfield High School Announces 2nd Marking Period Honor Roll

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School Principal Mary Asfendis announced Thursday the second marking period honor roll for the 2020-21 academic year.

The high school recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels: Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll, the announcement said.

For the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student’s GPA must be between 3.75 and 4.0 with ...

Community Donates $40.3M to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Expansion, Renovation

April 9, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

Jennifer L. Smith, ...

Westfield Restaurant Cited for Repeat Food Safety Violations, Health Officials Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — Raw beef thawing in a mop-sink, visibly soiled food preparation surfaces and mold on a wall are among the conditions that health officials said have caused them to mandate training for a local restaurant repeatedly cited for health code violations.

During a hearing before the Westfield Board of Health earlier this week, inspectors detailed the unsanitary conditions at ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

Westfield Restaurant Cited for Repeat Food Safety Violations, Health Officials Say

April 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Raw beef thawing in a mop-sink, visibly soiled food preparation surfaces and mold on a wall are among the conditions that health officials said have caused them to mandate training for a local restaurant repeatedly cited for health code violations.

During a hearing before the Westfield Board of Health earlier this week, inspectors detailed the unsanitary conditions at ...

Parklets, Open Setup for Quimby Street Poised to Return to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth.

On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining for 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar.

The popular ...

Westfield Cops to Get Raises, Retroactive Pay in 5-Year Deal

April 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has negotiated a contract with the police department’s rank-and-file bargaining unit that grants an average of 2.2% annual raises for members of the PBA Local 90 retroactive to 2019 and lasting until 2023.

A public hearing on the salary schedule is set for Tuesday, April 20, at which time council members are anticipated to approve the pay ...

New State Data Shows 5 Months of Police Use-Of-Force, Including in Westfield

The state Attorney General’s Office wants your feedback on the platform.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Five months of law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Westfield, are now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of the ...

Westfield Repealing Law That Could Land Library Patrons in Court for Overdue Books

April 5, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Library patrons who fail to return materials and lapse in payment of late fees could theoretically find themselves stuck with an additional $200 municipal court fine, something that is anticipated to no longer be possible — starting Tuesday night.

The town council is set to repeal provisions in the municipal code providing penalties for failing to return ...

Westfield PD Chief Praises New Pot Law Provision on Parent Notification

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s police chief on Thursday had praise for New Jersey legislators’ decision to overturn a state law that prohibited police from notifying parents of their children’s first-time marijuana offenses.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro pointed to the “extreme displeasure” voiced by both law enforcement and parents over that particular ...

Medical Aesthetics Practice Debuts in Westfield. Former RHONJ Star on Hand

April 9, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The nurse practitioner and CEO of a medical grade skincare practice performed a procedure she’s not accustomed to Thursday.

Flanked by her husband and Mayor Shelley Brindle, owner of FACE Aesthetic Artistry Jennifer DeMaio cut the ribbon at the opening of her new practice on North Avenue West while local business leaders, friends, family and clients looked ...

Luna Grace Beauty Bar Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Luna Grace Beauty Bar, a full-service salon at 431 South Ave. West, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

Mayor Shelley Brindle, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the big day.

Though the salon — which offers such ...

Westfield Cops to Get Raises, Retroactive Pay in 5-Year Deal

April 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has negotiated a contract with the police department’s rank-and-file bargaining unit that grants an average of 2.2% annual raises for members of the PBA Local 90 retroactive to 2019 and lasting until 2023.

A public hearing on the salary schedule is set for Tuesday, April 20, at which time council members are anticipated to approve the pay ...

What’s Next for Westfield’s ‘Daffodil Hill’ After Tree Clearing?

WESTFIELD, NJ — An embankment in Mindowaskin Park known as “daffodil hill” is looking bare after town workers removed a series of trees, but it’s not anticipated to stay that way for long.

Last week, Westfield High School junior Clara Christian told the town council that she plans to implement the second phase of a Girl Scout project to be installed on the embankment ...

Westfield Poet Celebrates Release of Her First Collection, ‘The Curator’s Notes’

April 13, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield resident Robin Rosen Chang’s 100-page poetry collection “The Curator’s Notes,” published by Terrapin Books, is now available.

Rosen Chang, who has always loved writing, said she became interested in poetry after attending the Dodge Poetry Festival, an international event held biannually in New Jersey. She began writing poetry in 2011, and ...

Westfield Artist’s Collaborative Project Travels 9,000 Miles

WESTFIELD, NJ — Alexander Frisch, a Westfield resident, created a collaborative art project, “Receive the Moment,” that wound its way across the country for 34 artists to participate in.

The first piece of artwork was made on Aug. 22, 2020 and did not return home to him until March 7 of this year — 197 days.

“I actually didn’t know what to expect ...

Cat Stuck up Tree for 6 Days in Westfield Again Up For Adoption

April 7, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s high time for Sky the cat to find a new home.

The 12-pound domestic short-hair, who found herself stuck in a tree on Rahway Avenue for six days in 2020, is again seeking a home after unforeseen circumstances led her new owner to give her up, said Westfield resident Irma Cardosa, a local advocate for felines in need.

“Sky is once again searching for her ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Emma Hanley

April 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School girls varsity volleyball team heads into a Friday state semi-final with a 12-1 record after overtaking Scotch Plains in the county final last week and securing a win over Linden Wednesday.

Key to the Lady Blue Devils’ success has been outside hitter Emma Hanley. The 18-year-old senior is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates ...

Undefeated Westfield Gymnastics Team to Take on Scotch Plains in County Final

WESTFIELD, NJ — After a strong season, the Westfield High School gymnastics team heads into the county finals against Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

A victory at Thursday’s county finals would continue a season-long winning streak for the Lady Blue Devils.

“This meet is really important because it’s our county meet, which means all the teams in our country ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

What’s Next for Westfield’s ‘Daffodil Hill’ After Tree Clearing?

April 12, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An embankment in Mindowaskin Park known as “daffodil hill” is looking bare after town workers removed a series of trees, but it’s not anticipated to stay that way for long.

Last week, Westfield High School junior Clara Christian told the town council that she plans to implement the second phase of a Girl Scout project to be installed on the embankment ...

After Branch Pickup Issues, Westfield Looks to Mandate Landscapers Register

The move to register landscapers in Westfield comes amid a push to place limits on gas-powered leaf blowers.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Landscapers operating in Westfield may soon have to register and pay a fee if they want to operate legally within the municipality.

A public hearing is anticipated Tuesday for a local regulation that establishes a registration process and sets an annual fee for ...

Edison Heating and Cooling: Check and Replace Cooling Units Before Summer Hits

April 10, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Signs of spring are slowly popping up throughout New Jersey which means the hot and humid days of summer — and the non-stop running of home and office cooling systems — are just around the corner. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, spring is the best time of year to have units checked and, if necessary, ...

‘Work of The Whole Parish’ Brings 4,000 Families a New Church in Westfield

March 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — While they won’t be coming into the new worship space all at once, the 4,000 families of The Parish Community of Saint Helen will be returning to a church that has been rebuilt from the ground up — literally.

A ribbon cutting for the 15,700-square foot space is set for Monday, following a years-long initiative to rebuild and add onto the church building ...

Westfield’s Democratic Mayor, 4 Council Members Seek Reelection

April 2, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor and four incumbent Democratic candidates announced that they are seeking reelection.

Mayor Shelley Brindle along with council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract and Dawn Mackey in a news release Friday announced their bids for reelection. Monday is the deadline for candidates to file petitions to run in the June primary.

“Thank you for ...

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Local Author’s ‘Hello Grandma!’ Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — “I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!”

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

“Hello Grandma!,” Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner ...

Letter: New Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day in Union County

April 14, 2021

April 2021

As Earth Day approaches, many Union County residents and visitors look for ways in which to commemorate the event.

Picking up litter, planting trees, and producing educational programs are among the many traditional Earth Day activities supported by the Board of Commissioners.

We also recognize that our everyday habits can have an impact on the environment, and we encourage ...

Candidate Statement: Can't wait to connect! Ward 1 Town Council Candidate Amanda Como

April 8, 2021

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Como, and I am running for Town Council in Westfield’s Ward 1.

I am Jersey born and raised; after living up and down the East Coast; my husband Brad and I established roots here in December 2007.

Like you, we fell in love with Westfield’s great school district and charming downtown.

Fourteen years, two children and a dog later, a lot has ...

Union County’s Inclusive Activity Series Continues with Virtual Dance Party and Bubble Trouble, April 23 + 25

April 14, 2021

Free community events in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month.

In recognition of April as Autism Acceptance Month, the Union County Board of Commissioners presents a new edition of free online programming for persons with disabilities and special needs, featuring interactive fun for the whole family. The series is hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special ...

Allocate Your Assets for Maximum Tax Efficiency!

Investment management for private clients presents unique challenges.  Near the top is that profits generated cannot be enjoyed until they’ve passed through the tax filter.  Understanding the tax implications of investing allows some control over the amount of taxes paid even if the path of the financial markets is beyond control.

In a Nutshell

The tax tail should never wag ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Frauds, Bicycle Found, Posters Stolen & Vehicle Burglaries

April 13, 2021

4/5/2021 at 11:16 a.m. — Fraud

A resident of 100 block of Myrtle Avenue reported an incident of fraud. Victim stated that in January she was contacted on Instagram by an unknown actor who offered her high return rates on her investment if she invested with his company. Over the course of three months, victim made several money transfers into various accounts provided by the persons ...

IRS Recalculating Taxes on Unemployment Benefits. Refunds Start in May

The IRS will take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent changes made by the American Rescue Plan.

This allows taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income to exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all ...

Westfield Public Schools' Community Service Week Benefits a Slate of Causes

Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during Community Service Week in the Westfield Public School District.

Community Service Week — held this ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Caring for the Caregiver with Respite Care Options

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Set For Timely Symposium

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

14 Homes Sold April 4 -11 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams Premier Properties, 908-400-0778.

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Losing a Child ~ Losing a Friend

The loss of a child is like no other. Losing a child to a tragic accident is grief that lasts a lifetime.  It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.  You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel worse. 

While you cannot take away the pain of the loss, you can provide some needed comfort and ...

Westfield Area YMCA's Pamela Gedman Achieves Songahm Taekwondo Master Level

Pamela Gedman, chief instructor of Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area YMCA, has earned the recognition and achievement of Songahm Taekwondo Master Instructor and has received a national award from ATA International.

Ms. Gedman became eligible for the title of Songahm Master upon achieving her 6th degree black belt, which in itself takes approximately 20 years of ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

The Eternal Covenant

And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised (Leviticus 12:3)

This verse comes from the opening lines of this week's Parshah and, as they say, the rest is history.

A Bris is a covenant and through the millennia, Jews have kept this mitzvah like no other and have thereby maintained their eternal covenant with G‑d. There were ...

6 Ways To Increase Car Safety for Your Child

While there have been significant strides to increase car safety in the last 50 years, every year, 1.35 million people die in car accidents, and when you look at the United States, 37,000 Americans lose their lives every year.

Far more unfortunate is the case of children who lose their lives in these types of accidents. Sure, we can obey the car seat laws set forth, but what else can we do? ...

Obituaries

- Feb 28, 2021
Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Wayne PD: Man Accused of Strangling Fast-Food Worker in Fight Over Mask Wearing

April 7, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — A township man was arrested last week in connection with the strangling of a Burger King employee on Route 23 South, police said.

A fellow employee intervened during the assault and the suspect fled. He was later found and arrested by Wayne Police, according to police.

Detective Captain Dan Daly said video footage from the Burger King security cameras showed two ...