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In Replica Cattle Car, Westfield Students Learn About Holocaust

December 7, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Footprints on the floor of the replica wooden cattle car show how closely people were crammed inside similar looking cars as they were shipped to concentration camps.

Throughout the day Tuesday, about 300 students at Westfield High School entered that freight car and connected with the torments of the Holocaust through the exhibit stationed on the school's front ...

For First Time in Westfield History, Student Rep Sits on School Board

WESTFIELD, NJ — One more chair has been added to Westfield's Board of Education meetings, and for the first time in Westfield’s history, a student will fill the seat. 

Senior Patrick Lanza, student president of Westfield High School, is the first student representative to the Westfield Board of Education.

Following a new state law requiring all school districts in New ...

Westfield Health Officer Says 2022 Flu Season is Hitting Hard

December 8, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — This flu season is notably severe, and it’s not too late to get immunized, according to the town's health officer. 

“We are seeing really high flu rates locally, statewide and across the nation,” Westfield Health Officer Megan Avallone said at Monday’s board of health meeting.

“Nationwide, we’ve seen 14 pediatric ...

Westfield to Consider New Policy After Child Hospitalized For Food Allergen

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Regional Health Department is working on a new policy around the awareness and handling of food allergens in restaurants several months after a child who ate at Inspiration Roll was hospitalized for anaphylactic shock.

Helen Mendez, Westfield’s principal health inspector, said at Monday’s board of health meeting that a complaint had come in ...

‘Expect Delays’: Roadwork Continues on East Broad Street in Westfield

December 2, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re headed into downtown Westfield Friday, you can expect delays due to roadwork on East Broad Street, police said.

“No closures but expect delays,” police said in a Nixle alert Friday.

The roadwork is part of the Union County’s paving and striping of East Street from Springfield Avenue to Euclid Avenue, according to the county.

The ...

Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Westfield. Support Music Students

December 9, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Before all the pine needles fall off, you might want to get rid of your Christmas tree, and now’s the time to schedule the pickup.

Registration is open for the Westfield High School Band and Choir’s annual Christmas tree pickup, a fundraiser for educational initiatives. For a $20 per tree fee, students will take your Christmas tree to the Westfield ...

Westfield Businesses Collecting Used and New Toys for Kids in Need

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Westfield businesses are once again collecting new and gently used toys this season for Furniture Assist, a Springfield-based organization that helps local people in need.

Donors can drop off new and gently used toys (but not large outdoor toys) at the Westfield Allstate Insurance Agency at 502 East Broad St. through Dec. 31 or Kinderprep of ...

Westfield’s Miller-Cory House Museum Celebrates a Colonial Thanksgiving

November 24, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — History was brought to life over the weekend as volunteers at The Miller-Cory House Museum re-enacted a colonial Thanksgiving.

The event on Sunday included a tour of the homestead, in addition to a demonstration of how early colonists cooked their holiday meals.

“We’re having our 50th anniversary here for Miller-Cory House,” said Town Historian Robert ...

Westfield Sushi Restaurant Akai Lounge Feeling Love at New Location

WESTFIELD, NJ — Akai Lounge in downtown Westfield has moved to a new and expanded location, also in downtown Westfield.

The Japanese restaurant with a full bar held a grand opening for the new location at 47 Elm St. on Friday, giving life to the space once occupied by Theresa’s Restaurant before it closed in 2019.

“We are very grateful that the town is so ...

Developer Says Sweeping Project Comes With Traffic Benefits. Residents Not Sure

December 8, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — A plan for converting the vacant Lord & Taylor building into offices, housing and retail along with the redevelopment of two parking lots near the Westfield Train Station would come with traffic safety improvements, including the overhaul of a complicated crossing at North Avenue and Elm Street, according to the developer.

Experts for Streetworks Development, the ...

At Westfield Allstate Agency, Andy Heinz Takes the Torch From Ron Bansky

WESTFIELD, NJ — Andy Heinz’s first day at Westfield’s Allstate insurance agency was the day after Superstorm Sandy hit. It was a frantic time, with power out, trees down and water damage everywhere. Thirteen Westfield homes were condemned, and 53 more were seriously damaged, according to officials.

Heinz got to work answering the phones and putting people’s minds at ...

Developer Says Sweeping Project Comes With Traffic Benefits. Residents Not Sure

December 8, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — A plan for converting the vacant Lord & Taylor building into offices, housing and retail along with the redevelopment of two parking lots near the Westfield Train Station would come with traffic safety improvements, including the overhaul of a complicated crossing at North Avenue and Elm Street, according to the developer.

Experts for Streetworks Development, the ...

Westfield Leaf Collection Will Wrap For Season. Don’t Be Late

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle sees it happen nearly every year on her own street: leaves left curbside too late to be picked up.

The same day the season’s last town leaf collection pickups roll through, neighbors remember they’ve got more leaves to put out, and so homeowners pile the dead foliage curbside, Brindle said.

“People need to really pay attention ...

Success of ‘Wednesday’ Could be Good News for Westfield, Home of AddamsFest

December 5, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The new series “Wednesday,” centered on the Addams Family character as a teenager, now holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an English-language TV series on Netflix, according to the streaming service.

That could be good news for the town of Westfield, which hosted a premiere of the first episode a month in advance during AddamsFest, the ...

NJFO’s Holiday Concert in Westfield Next Weekend to Feature Three Holiday Tenors

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s holiday show, “The Three Holiday Tenors,” returns Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

From traditional to pops, choral favorites, renowned tenor fare and Broadway classics, the NJFO’s annual concert is popular with people of all ages.  

“We have one completely fresh ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Joey Tortorella

December 7, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Blue Devils go up against Hillsborough in their season opener Thursday, they’ll have a strong team captain playing center forward.

Westfield High School senior Joey Tortorella is this week’s Andy Heinz and The Westfield Legacy Agency Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

“Joey is our captain and one of our strongest leaders,” said ...

Girls Ice Hockey: High Hopes for Westfield This Season

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls ice hockey head coach Matthew Gualtieri believes his team has major potential this winter.

With several impact players returning, hopes are high for the program. 

“I believe this to be the best team we’ve had to date,” Gualtieri said. “We have around 35 players in our program, and we’re getting more girls ...

Developer Says Sweeping Project Comes With Traffic Benefits. Residents Not Sure

December 8, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — A plan for converting the vacant Lord & Taylor building into offices, housing and retail along with the redevelopment of two parking lots near the Westfield Train Station would come with traffic safety improvements, including the overhaul of a complicated crossing at North Avenue and Elm Street, according to the developer.

Experts for Streetworks Development, the ...

Westfield to Get an Extra Month of Deer Hunting Starting in December

November 23, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Starting next month, bowhunters are set to deploy in two Westfield parks to thin the herds of deer that have been causing roadway crashes and gobbling up lawn landscapes.

What is it? The Westfield Town Council on Tuesday approved its participation in Union County’s annual deer hunt, marking its fourth year of participation in the program. Council members ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

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Local Moms Launch Nonprofit to Address Childhood Sexual Abuse

December 9, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Childhood sexual abuse is a difficult topic to discuss, but an equally important one to address. A new local nonprofit is hoping to help families and local school districts educate and empower children in order to protect them from sexual abuse. 

“I have seen tremendous suffering because of this,” said Annette Ferrigno, a licensed clinical social ...

Letter: Let’s Right the Ship for Westfield

November 29, 2022

Ever since “One Westfield Place” (the sales office run by the Streetworks Development team) was announced, the Mayor made a point to publicly invite all residents to visit them downtown.

However, securing an appointment online was impossible. I tried three times and never heard back.

Finally, after several weeks, I was glad to learn that there would be an “open ...

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The Presbyterian Church in Westfield Announces Outdoor Carol Sing for Community

December 9, 2022

All are invited to join The Presbyterian Church in Westfield for “Christmas Carols, Cookies and Cocoa” to be held on the church’s front lawn on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 2-3 p.m. Music Director/Organist Paul Sanner and Director of Contemporary Music Kevin Wilkin will again provide the keyboard accompaniment on the steps of the church located at 140 Mountain Avenue. Mr. Sanner ...

Celebrate the coming of the Light of the World!

First Congregational Church invites friends and family everywhere to celebrate Christmas at several live and live-streamed Advent worship services centered around the theme of “The Weary World Rejoices.”

The world is weary from the pressures, pain and brokenness that we all live with on a day-to-day basis. It is into this weariness that God’s presence bursts with hope, peace, ...

Is it Wise to Be Giving Advice to Others?

We usually like to give advice because we want to be helpful. It also makes us feel very good when we can do something for someone else. We may think we have more wisdom in a particular situation and know that we have experience and know better. Our intentions are good when we set out to help others, however, how is this perceived by them?

Inserting ourselves in other people’s problems ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Celebrate Culture on Heritage Day

The second grade classes celebrated heritage and culture with a series of events on Friday, Dec. 2. The day began with a Lower School assembly in the Berry Performing Arts Center and continued with students visiting the second grade classrooms to learn more about the many heritages represented by the second-graders. Parents attended an afternoon presentation in Lower Snowdon.

Dressed in attire ...

Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

7 Westfield High School Vocalists Accepted into 2023 All Eastern Choirs

Seven Westfield High School Choir vocalists have been accepted into 2023 All Eastern Chorus ensembles. 

“Acceptance is primarily based on rankings in our All-State ensembles. All 7 vocalists who applied were accepted,” says WHS Choir Director John Brzozowski.  “Since our students scored so high on the State level, it made them more eligible to represent New Jersey ...

28 Homes Sold Nov. 26-Dec. 3 in Westfield Area

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Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

Agent Spotlight: April Blount

April Blount, Broker-Associate in the Watchung office, has been immersed in New Jersey real estate for over a decade. Specializing in luxury and new developments, she’s a superb guide through the selling and buying process. April crafts custom marketing strategies designed to achieve the best outcome for her sellers and puts in the legwork to meet her buyers’ needs as well. No matter ...

Walk In Sunshine Gives Thanks on Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, we want to give thanks to the generous supporters of Walk In Sunshine. Thanks to our donors and partners, we were able to help more families than ever. This week alone we helped pay for the funeral of a 3.5-month-old baby girl from Edison, New Jersey. A social worker at CHOP in Pennsylvania reached out to us at Walk In Sunshine and was so grateful we could help offset the ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...

Update: A Closer Look at I-Bond Rates

Be sure to take a look at last month’s article which explains the very important details of what I-bonds are, their features and limitations, and how to purchase them. This month’s article we’ll discuss the update to the 6-month rate and whether it still makes sense for your investment portfolio.

The US Department of the Treasury announced they sold a record $979 million ...

Holy Trinity School Opens Registration for Limited Seats 2023-2024 School Year

WESTFIELD- Holy Trinity School, a Blue Ribbon and Middle States Accredited School, has its registration portal open for the 2023-2024 school year. Holy Trinity was open for full time instruction during the 20-21 and 21-22 school years and was able to provide continuity of academics during these years.

 

“We are blessed to have no learning loss during and after the ...

Become a Westfield Area YMCA Lifeguard and Keep Your Community Safe Around Water

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing teens and adults ages 16+ the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a lifeguard and professional rescuer. The course also includes the Health and Safety Institute Basic Life Support, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration certifications. 

 

The course is Dec. 28, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. - 6 ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

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Juan-Diego Lara of Westfield Earns Full Scholarship to University of Chicago

December 6, 2022

Juan-Diego Lara, a senior at Westfield High School, has been awarded an Odyssey Scholarship to attend the University of Chicago through QuestBridge National College Match, a national program that connects high-achieving high school seniors from all backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to 48 of the nation’s best colleges.

Out of over 17,900 applicants, QuestBridge ...

2 Arrested in Mugging at Millburn’s Taylor Park Wednesday, Police Say

December 9, 2022

MILLBURN, NJ — Officers have arrested two suspects in connection with a Wednesday mugging in Millburn’s Taylor Park, police said.

A 46-year-old woman walking in the park around 7:40 p.m. suffered “significant facial injuries” when she was tackled from behind by two men who stole her purse and cell phone then ran off, police Chief Brian Gilfedder said in a ...