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Swim with Santa this Sunday at the Westfield Area YMCA

December 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — You don’t have to be a member of the Westfield Area YMCA to enjoy their third annual “Swim with Santa” this Sunday, Dec. 16.

Families can choose a 30-minute time slot between 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m. to get in the pool with Old St. Nick and his elves.

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Arts and crafts will also be offered.

The Main Y Facility is ...

Shovlin Mattress Factory Donates $3,100 to Breast Cancer Research

FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer.

This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to the local event, which raises money for ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Drive with Santa and Sparky Lyle Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m to noon.

Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the ...

Counseling Service ‘The Runaway Fork’ Opens in Downtown Westfield

December 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Part of my passion is to help people heal their relationship with food ...

Westfield Officials Want NJ to Consider Public Health in Legalizing Recreational Pot

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the importance of bringing public health into the forefront as the state moves toward legalizing marijuana.

“The state health commissioner has been extremely loud and clear: The Department of Health is not involved with recreational marijuana,” said Westfield Regional Health Department Director ...

Westfield PD Raise $1,791 in ‘No Shave November’ Cancer Fight Fundraiser

WESTFIELD, NJ — In its first year participating, 40 officers from the Westfield Police Department raised $1,791 for “No Shave November,” police announced.

The nonprofit No Shave November grows awareness of cancer and raises funds to support cancer prevention, research and education, the fundraising website says.

Other police departments in Union County to participate ...

Chris Battiloro is Westfield's New Police Chief, Mayor Says

December 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — After an extensive search, the town has a new police chief, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced the appointment of Christopher Battiloro to the position of chief on Wednesday. Battiloro has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past four months, following the abrupt departure of former Chief David Wayman.

A graduate of Westfield High ...

Woman Taken to Hospital After Rush Hour Crash in Westfield, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — One woman was transported to the hospital following a crash involving at least three vehicles at the intersection of St. Marks and South Euclid avenues Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman reported neck pain, but the injury did not appear to be critical, acting Police Chief Chris Battiloro said. The crash happened at 8:49 a.m., Battiloro said.

One car ...

Investigation Continues Into Bias Graffiti at School in Westfield

Updated: 9:29 a.m. Dec. 11

Reporting hate crimes allows the public, researchers, law enforcement and community leaders to develop preventative measures, the FBI says.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The hateful graffiti recently found at Edison Intermediate School targeted a number of groups of people, school officials said.

The officials had strongly condemned the hateful messages found at the ...

Addams Tavern in Westfield Reopens After Yearlong Closure

December 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a court-mandated closure that lasted about a year, the popular restaurant and bar Addams Tavern has reopened.

A state court had ordered the restaurant shut over safety violations, but on Dec. 3 ruled that those violations were no longer to the extent that the establishment needed to remain closed.

On Thursday, Downtown Westfield, the entity managing the ...

Popular Restaurant Addams Tavern in Westfield Readies to Reopen

WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in the downtown that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff.

Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern, said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make after its yearlong closure.

While the interior and the exterior of the building appear ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Dog Feces Stinking up Westfield’s Gumbert Park, Woman Says

December 14, 2018

The town can levy a $100 fine on anyone who drops animal feces in the wrong spot and does not clean it up.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Pick up your pooch’s poop.

Such is the message that resident Debbie Lynn has for anyone who drops canine feces on the ground in Gumbert Park, which is near to her Garwood residence.

Lynn, 45, said that at least one dog walker is ...

Payday for Westfield Municipal Officials: Symbolic $1 Checks

WESTFIELD, NJ — In Scotch Plains, the municipality budgeted $30,000 to pay its mayor and Township Council this year.

In Cranford, the municipality budgeted $15,000 to pay its Township Committee for its service in 2018.

In Mountainside, the Borough Council budgeted $12,000 for its own salaries this year.

This week, Westfield’s mayor and Town Council got their paychecks: ...

Chris Battiloro is Westfield's New Police Chief, Mayor Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — After an extensive search, the town has a new police chief, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced the appointment of Christopher Battiloro to the position of chief on Wednesday. Battiloro has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past four months, following the abrupt departure of former Chief David Wayman.

A graduate of Westfield High ...

Investigation Continues Into Bias Graffiti at School in Westfield

December 10, 2018

Updated: 9:29 a.m. Dec. 11

Reporting hate crimes allows the public, researchers, law enforcement and community leaders to develop preventative measures, the FBI says.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The hateful graffiti recently found at Edison Intermediate School targeted a number of groups of people, school officials said.

The officials had strongly condemned the hateful messages found at the ...

Westfield Students Hash Out Feelings About Hate Crimes

WESTFIELD, NJ — A spike in hate crimes was the topic of a discussion that included community leaders at Westfield High School this week.

Westfield High School social studies teacher Ryan Daly, a co-advisor of Agora, the group that organized the open forum held Thursday, said recent incidents had set students and faculty ill at ease.

“Many had an emotional response after the ...

Westfield Schools Announce Kindergarten, First-Grade Registration

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District will be registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2019-20 academic year. The district also is interested in reaching children who have not attended the Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first grade in the fall.

“It is very helpful for the District to have this information so that ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: William Shepherd

December 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — William Shepherd bowled a perfect game on Saturday.

“It was really just exhilarating, yet nerve-wracking,” said Shepherd, a 17-year-old Westfield High School senior. “Just because it’s a perfect game. It’s so close and on that final shot it could all just be a 299 if that one pin still stands.”

After attaining the high score of 300, ...

Westfield Cross-Country, Tennis Doubles, Field Hockey Honored for Achievements

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys cross-country team, members of the girls tennis team and the girls field hockey team have been recognized for a season of accomplishments.

The Board of Education recognized the cross-country team for becoming the NJSIAA Sectional Champions, finishing second at the Group 4 state Championship and competing at the Meet of Champions.

On Dec.

Westfield Girls Basketball Team Shooting for Lofty Goals in 2018-2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Some coaches err on the side of caution when they assess their team's prospects for an upcoming season.

But Liz McKeon, head coach of the Westfield girls basketball team, which opens its season at home Friday against Union Catholic at 4 p.m., is taking a bolder approach in setting her squad's pre-season goals.

“We are looking to continue to be one of the ...

Judge Gives Addams Tavern in Westfield Green Light to Reopen

December 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.

The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.

“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA ...

Westfield Denies Double Home Build that Riled Neighborhood

December 4, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Brian Murphy moved into his New England Drive home in 1986, he thought his residence was the last new home on the block.

So when a developer proposed tearing down a home on his street and building two in its place, he became concerned. 

Murphy, now 71, said he doesn’t want the neighborhood of stately homes with wide lots to be disturbed, something ...

Profits Tallied, Westfield’s AddamsFest Could Have Sequel: Mayor

December 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Not only did the town’s festival honoring cartoonist and “Addams Family” creator Charles Addams delight the public, it was also profitable, the mayor said on Tuesday.

The town-wide celebration in honor Addams, a native of Westfield, netted the municipality just over $20,000, Mayor Shelley Brindle said. The figure, she said, accounts for the costs for ...

Swim with Santa this Sunday at the Westfield Area YMCA

WESTFIELD, NJ — You don’t have to be a member of the Westfield Area YMCA to enjoy their third annual “Swim with Santa” this Sunday, Dec. 16.

Families can choose a 30-minute time slot between 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m. to get in the pool with Old St. Nick and his elves.

Story continues after video:

Arts and crafts will also be offered.

The Main Y Facility is ...

Kids at Westfield Library Gain Confidence Reading with Help from Four-Legged Friends

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, 6-year-old Jonah Block, a first grader at Franklin Elementary School, had a chance to sit in a room in the Children’s Department of the Westfield Memorial Library and read book to his friend Broadie, a therapy dog who happens to live in his neighborhood.

“I loved that he’s always paying attention and that he looks at the book. I read ...

Counseling Service ‘The Runaway Fork’ Opens in Downtown Westfield

December 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Part of my passion is to help people heal their relationship with food ...

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holidays, Looks Forward to 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 100 people gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Wednesday for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party, where several long-time members were honored and local business people had the opportunity to network while enjoying dinner and music.

“This is the largest event we’ve had in four years,” Executive ...

Shovlin Mattress Factory Donates $3,100 to Breast Cancer Research

FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer.

This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to the local event, which raises money for ...

Westfield: 100 ‘Gregarious’ Birds Descend on Rooftops

December 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 100 small birds took to a rooftop in the 400 block of West Broad Street earlier this week.

Caught on video, the birds could be seen moving from one house to the next, not unlike something out of a scene from the 1963 horror film “The Birds.”

A birding expert, who viewed the video Friday, identified the creatures as common grackles, which have ...

Cost of 2019 Curbside Recycling in Westfield Nearly Doubles, Officials Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — When it comes to curbside recycling pickup, the town will be paying more money for fewer options in the coming year, a result of the changing market for scrap plastics, officials said.

After rebidding it, the Town Council on Tuesday awarded a $607,000 contract for the curbside collection of recyclable material to Giordano Company, of Newark, the resolution ...

Indian Festival: Westfield Family, Community Celebrate Diwali

December 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —Shushmita and Amit Srivastav opened their Westfield home last month to more than 200 friends and neighbors to celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. Attendees included Mayor Shelley Brindle and Councilman David Contract.

“There was so much positive energy that day. It was amazing,” said Shushmita Srivastav. “There were not just Hindus there. There were ...

Westfield Kicks Off First Night of Hannukah with Menorah Lighting

WESTFIELD, NJ — In observance of the first night of Hanukkah, Westfield residents attended a menorah lighting by the North Avenue train station with Union County Torah Center-Chabad. Attendees enjoyed treats of doughnuts and gelt (chocolate coins), courtesy of the synagogue.

The menorah, lighting held during a light rain, marks the beginning of the eight-day Jewish festival ...

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Superintendent Peter Capodice Retires from Union County Vocational-Technical School

December 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Family, friends, public officials and colleagues came together at a retirement celebration for long time Union resident, former Union mayor and Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical School, Peter Capodice.

Capodice, 67, joined the Union County Vocational-Technical School District in September 1999 as the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary.

Westfield Board of Education Meeting and Workshop on Dec. 4, 2018

December 9, 2018

HONORING OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES

On behalf of the entire Board, Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented congratulatory certificates to 10 members of the Boys Cross Country team and their coaches as NJSIAA Sectional Champions.  The boys team also finished 2nd at the Group 4 State Championship and competed at the Meet of Champions.  Coach Christopher Tafelski, who also was ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, December 15, 9:15 AM

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit

Make-Your-Own Christmas Ornament

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back

Sat, December 15, 4:00 PM

First United Methodist Church, Westfield

Community Christmas Show

Arts & Entertainment Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, December 16, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Swim with Santa

Giving Back

Westfield Police Blotter: Vehicle Burglaries, Warrant Arrest

December 13, 2018

Dec. 5 at 8:21 a.m.

A resident of the 500 block of Highland Reported being the victim of a motor vehicle burglary, police said. The person told police their motor vehicles were both parked in their driveway and unlocked. The person said that about $3 was stolen from one of the vehicles, according to police.

Dec. 6 at 9:18 a.m.

Officers arrested Torrell Pearson, 27, on an outstanding ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Send Cards to Detention Camp

December 15, 2018

Middle and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created Christmas cards to send greetings and positive thoughts to adolescent immigrants who have been detained for several months at the Tornillo detention camp in West Texas after fleeing violence in Central America.

The facility, which was supposed to be temporary, houses 2,400 currently and the population is ...

5 Ways for Small Business Owners to Save Money on Taxes

It may be late in the year but it is certainly not too late to save money on taxes.  Here are some important items for you to consider:

#1 Buy big stuff – cars, equipment, computers, phones and tablets, furniture and certain building improvements if in service for your business by year-end, are all deductible. The new tax law allows you to depreciate aggressively so that ...

Westfield Area YMCA Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Weeks

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas is almost here and the Y Men’s Tree Lot still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community.

All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth.

Other organizations that benefit ...

How to Deal with Difficult Family During The Holidays

Family get-togethers are not always easy. Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like. 

We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong ...

Westfield Students Enjoy Coding During Computer Science Education Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — There was a low hum of excited voices in the Washington School library on Dec. 5 as a group of third and fifth graders took part in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week.

“I made it,” said one youngster as he did a little dance in his seat upon completing a programming level.

Computer code is the basic set of instructions or rules ...

42 Home Sold In Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Cranford

                              42 Home sold November 26 thru December 9 2018 in Mountainside Fanwood ...

How To Pay For Long Term Care -- And How Not To

Want to terrify yourself? Read statistics about aging and long term care. Today, about 6.3 million Americans need long term care.  That number is expected to increase to 15 million by 2050. Scarier still is that few individuals have the resources to pay for the necessary care. That’s why 83 percent of all care is provided by family members or friends. Unsurprisingly, 75 ...

Rivero: The Skinny on New IRS Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments for tax year 2019. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000.

The limit on annual contributions to an IRA is increased from $5,500 to $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals ...

Boneparth: Saving for Your Child's Future

As young parents, many of us spend a lot of time, money and energy having and raising children. After all, family planning is what brought me and my wife to our beautiful town of Westfield. But, what about planning for things once our kids grow up? I am glad you asked because there are a number of things we can do as parents to help save for their future, whether it’s a college education, ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 23

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.

 

NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, NJ.

In ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

December 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation.

Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing the administration of law, Middlesex County Prosecutor ...

Obituaries

Dec 28, 1940 - Nov 15, 2018
Susan Jo Kaplan, 77, Gold Medal Maccabiah Olympic Games Judo Champion, Westfield Rescue Squad ...
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