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Westfield Boy Battling Cancer Gets Trip to Australia to be a Zookeeper

February 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The gift came as a surprise, but it was a wish come true for 8-year-old Westfield resident Gavin Callow.

Gavin and his family went to the Australia Zoo in January as a present through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Gavin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of cancer that invades the blood and can spread to the liver, spleen and lymph nodes, in December ...

Helping Hands Westfield: $1 Goes a Long Way When Over 1,800 People Donate

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students at Westfield High School gave up snacks, coffee and other treats for a day as part of a fundraiser to aid local families in financial crisis.

The Westfield High School Community Service Club hosted the annual “Day Without” fundraiser Feb. 14 in support of the Westfield High School Helping Hands Fund.

Founded in 2012 by former social studies ...

Stepmother of Clark Man Killed in Crash: Westfield Officer an ‘Angel’

Updated at 9:43 a.m. Feb. 19

WESTFIELD, NJ — A town police officer traveling to El Salvador to help bring clean water to those in need is doing so with the memory of a 20-year-old Clark man in mind.

In December, Officer Tiffany Kenny had raised money for the service trip, which she is taking with Liquid Church of Garwood, but giving back isn’t just something she does ...

Overlook Medical Center Earns 'America's 100 Best Hospitals Award' for Third Consecutive Year

February 13, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ — Earning an accolade that places it in top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance, Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center has been selected as the only hospital in New Jersey to achieve the Healthgrades 2019 America’s America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™.

More than 4,500 hospitals nationwide were assessed ...

Teen Drivers and Parents at Westfield High School Learn to ‘Share the Keys’

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 300 people — new drivers and their parents — attended a program by “Share the Keys,” a research-based orientation program offered by NJM Insurance Company, at Westfield High School Tuesday night. 

Speaker Pat McCormick, Share the Keys coordinator for NJM, explained the important role that parents play in helping their teens ...

Westfield Snuffing Out Smoking at Town Events, NJGASP Approves

WESTFIELD, NJ — Lighting up at street fairs, festivals and other town-sponsored public events is now a no-no.

The Town Council on Tuesday extended its smoking ban existing for municipal parks and sidewalk-dining areas to include a prohibition from smoking at the town-approved events and also on rooftop dining areas.

“We are voting on an ordinance that bans smoking during public ...

Westfield PD Investigating Another Rash of Vehicle Burglaries

February 22, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are looking into a string of vehicle burglaries reported to have occurred in town recently, police said.

Five cars were burglarized on Tremont and Kimball avenues, police announced Friday. There were no signs of forced entry, police said in the text message alert.

Friday’s report follows another rash of car burglaries reported earlier this month in ...

No Injuries in Single-Car Snowstorm Crash in Westfield Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools shut early Wednesday with wintry weather in the works, but snow started falling and roads became slick before the dismissal bells rang.

An SUV crashed into a pole at the corner of North Euclid Avenue and East Broad Street shortly after noon, according to police. There were no injuries in the crash, police said.

The Weather Service advised the ...

Stepmother of Clark Man Killed in Crash: Westfield Officer an ‘Angel’

Updated at 9:43 a.m. Feb. 19

WESTFIELD, NJ — A town police officer traveling to El Salvador to help bring clean water to those in need is doing so with the memory of a 20-year-old Clark man in mind.

In December, Officer Tiffany Kenny had raised money for the service trip, which she is taking with Liquid Church of Garwood, but giving back isn’t just something she does ...

Downtown Westfield: No Restaurant Week, Public can fill up on Other Events

February 18, 2019

In the eight years that Downtown Westfield has offered the price fixed restaurant promotion, the competition for diners’ dollars increased, with other municipalities offering similar options.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sensing some eateries might be hungry for change, the Downtown Westfield Corporation has called off its version of restaurant week in favor of a slate of other events ...

Westfield Council: Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales OK, but not Early New Year’s Day

WESTFIELD, NJ — The public will be able to buy alcohol before noon on Sundays here if a proposed regulation change is approved.

The Town Council this week introduced revisions to its liquor sales laws, which would allow the sale of alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays. The ordinance update, if approved, would also remove the ability for restaurants and bars to sell alcohol during ...

Westfield Scouts ‘Iron Chef’ Requirement Brings a Twist to Benefit Veterans

WESTFIELD, NJ — Although the local Boy Scouts didn’t get on the Food Network, they learned some real-life lessons when they completed their “Cast Iron Chef” requirement.

Eight Boy Scouts in fourth and fifth grade planned, cooked and devoured a meal of personal pizzas at Outta Hand Pizza last Wednesday, completing the requirements for the Merit Badge.

“It ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cupid’s Singles Throw-Down

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

Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right time for Cupid to get the perfect aim. Regardless, the singles who’ve yet to ...

Westfield Children’s Place Building to be Developer’s Office Space

February 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The former site of the youth apparel store Children’s Place, which closed in 2017, is set to become office space after clearing a governmental hurtle.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week approved variances for AvalonBay Communities Inc. allowing for the real estate developer to continue with its planned addition of offices to the building at 177 East Broad St., ...

Want One-Seat Rides Back in Westfield? Your Chance to Voice Concerns

Updated at 12:29 p.m. Feb 20

The public is invited to attend hearings with New Jersey legislators and the state Department of Transportation’s commissioner, including one in Westfield set for March 6.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Standing at the Westfield NJ Transit station Tuesday, Chris Iafolla waited for his 9:37 a.m. train to work.

The 36-year-old New York City marketing executive ...

Westfield Wants Feedback, Scooter Options Planned, Town App Ahead, Mayor Says

WESTFIELD, NJ – Among the local government’s initiatives underway are an update to the town’s guide for development, transportation improvements and a new cell phone application anticipated to provide streamlined pothole reporting, along with other benefits.

In updating the guide for development, called a master plan, Westfield is taking input via surveys online and in ...

Families Start Online Petition to Have UC Vo-Tech Teacher Reinstated

February 22, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Students dismayed by the dismissal of Union County Vo-Tech's electrical technology teacher, Daniel Burns, have started an online petition calling for his reinstatement.

The school district fired Burns on Feb. 8, following an investigation into a Jan. 28 incident in which he is alleged to have pushed a student and used profanity.

"Over three weeks ago ...

With Snow in Forecast, Westfield Schools to Close Early Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools will close early Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to the inclement weather forecast, the district has announced.

The National Weather Service is predicting one to three inches of snowfall Wednesday, mainly after 9 a.m., followed by snow, freezing rain and sleet in the evening, eventually changing over to rain after 9 p.m.

“We will ...

NJ Senate President Tours ‘Maker Space’ at Union County Vo-Tech’s Magnet High School

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney visited Union County Vo-Tech campus on Wednesday to the critical importance of the vocational-technical education bond act approved by voters last November in spurring economic growth, creating access to high-paying jobs and meeting the needs of New Jersey’s leading business sectors.

Students from the Magnet High ...

Westfield Grad is NJAC Women’s Basketball Defense Player of Year

February 22, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield High School graduate has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball defensive player of the year.

A sophomore at The College of New Jersey, Shannon Devitt finished her second NJAC season as the league leader in both conference-only rebounding and conference-only field goal percentage, the NJAC announced this week.

It is not ...

Girls Basketball: Westfield Knocks off Roselle Catholic, 60-46, in Union County Semis

CLARK, NJ — Westfield spent the better part of the second quarter putting on a clinic in the fundamentals of a perfectly executed team basketball.

But after the Lady Blue Devils had built a 17-point lead, a foul-plagued third quarter seemed like it might never end for the Westfield girls.

After third-seeded Roselle Catholic threw a second-half scare into second-seeded Westfield, the ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Ajay Olson

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School senior helped to set a school record.

Ajay Olson, 17, broke the record in the 4 x 200 relay on Tuesday in New York City, qualifying for the New Balance Nationals Indoor championship. The team's time: 1:30.53.

Olson is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

“His performances have not ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit Lawsuit Says

February 22, 2019

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.

Barbara Schwartz, an attorney for Garry Ruane, owner of the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall, said her client has been ensnared in the scheme in which Linden-based real estate broker Thomas ...

Westfield Employment Attorney Draws on Own Experiences to Assist Clients

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fred Shahrooz Scampato understands the nature of stereotypes from a couple of different perspectives.

When he was young, Scampato was exposed to a kind of bias unique to most individuals from this part of the world. An attorney in Westfield, Scampato was raised in neighboring Clark, but he spent part of his formative years living halfway around the globe.

“We ...

Westfield Children’s Place Building to be Developer’s Office Space

February 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The former site of the youth apparel store Children’s Place, which closed in 2017, is set to become office space after clearing a governmental hurtle.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week approved variances for AvalonBay Communities Inc. allowing for the real estate developer to continue with its planned addition of offices to the building at 177 East Broad St., ...

Dissent as Westfield Limits Subdivisions in New England Drive Area

Updated at 7:14 p.m. Feb. 22

WESTFIELD, NJ – It was not a popular argument to make, but they made it anyway as the Town Council earlier this week approved a zone change officials said would mitigate future subdivisions in the area of New England Drive, a quiet street with expansive lots.

New England Drive resident Louis Ackerman and an attorney separately objected to the ...

NJFO Brings Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ to Life in Westfield Feb. 23

February 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Everything seems ordinary for Floria Tosca until she becomes jealous of a blond-haired woman in a painting that her lover Mario Cavaradossi created.

Tosca questions Cavaradossi’s love for her. Although Cavaradossi says Tosca is the only one he loves, she isn’t quite convinced.

Then come more twists and turns in the couple’s lives, including a visit ...

Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Victoria’s Secret location on East Broad Street may be gone, but there are still plenty of options for those people looking to treat their loved ones on Valentine's Day.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation, representing businesses in the town’s special improvement district, offered these options for Valentine’s Day gifts.

“Look no ...

Chinese New Year: Porcine Charms Celebrated in Westfield

Updated at 9:24 p.m. Feb. 3

WESTFIELD, NJ — Area families marked the Year of the Pig with a Chinese New Year celebration at Edison Intermediate School on Saturday that included a talent show attended by some 400 people.

Children photographed each other dressed in traditional silk clothing and could be seen sporting pink “piggy” headbands at the Westfield Area Chinese ...

Westfield Children’s Place Building to be Developer’s Office Space

February 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The former site of the youth apparel store Children’s Place, which closed in 2017, is set to become office space after clearing a governmental hurtle.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week approved variances for AvalonBay Communities Inc. allowing for the real estate developer to continue with its planned addition of offices to the building at 177 East Broad St., ...

Westfield Employment Attorney Draws on Own Experiences to Assist Clients

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fred Shahrooz Scampato understands the nature of stereotypes from a couple of different perspectives.

When he was young, Scampato was exposed to a kind of bias unique to most individuals from this part of the world. An attorney in Westfield, Scampato was raised in neighboring Clark, but he spent part of his formative years living halfway around the globe.

“We ...

Your Guide to Valentine’s Day in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Victoria’s Secret location on East Broad Street may be gone, but there are still plenty of options for those people looking to treat their loved ones on Valentine's Day.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation, representing businesses in the town’s special improvement district, offered these options for Valentine’s Day gifts.

“Look no ...

Westfield Got Junk? Green Team’s ‘Free Swap’ is a Fix that Won’t Cost You

February 5, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — One person’s old record player is another’s person’s afternoon repair project.

Leveraging the popularity of “junk day,” a fee-based collection of bulk waste, the Westfield Green Team is leading a “Free Swap” event this spring at which residents will be given the opportunity to give away unwanted goods for no cost and pick up ...

Church: 7 Past Westfield Priests Among Clergy Accused of Sex Abuse

February 13, 2019

Updated at 10:08 a.m. on Feb. 14

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website for the Archdiocese of Newark are seven priests who served at churches in the town.

Six of the priests listed served at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield and one of them served at the ...

Two Westfield Police Chaplains, a Captain Take Oath Tuesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time in its history, the town’s police department has two chaplains.

Rabbi Douglas Sagal and Deacon Keith Gibbons took the oath of office at Town Hall on Tuesday, along with Frank Padovano, formerly a Westfield police lieutenant, who was sworn in as captain before the standing-room-only crowd.

The 2018 death of Westfield Detective Eric Lieberman, ...

Westfield Chief: Pair of Deaths Underscore Need for PD Chaplains

WESTFIELD, NJ — How do law enforcement officials tell family members their loved one has died, and who do police officers turn to for guidance when one of their own passes?

Starting Tuesday, the Westfield Police Department will have two chaplains — Rabbi Douglas Sagal of Temple Emanu-El and Deacon Keith Gibbons of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church — to help address ...

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Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit Lawsuit Says

February 22, 2019

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.

Barbara Schwartz, an attorney for Garry Ruane, owner of the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall, said her client has been ensnared in the scheme in which Linden-based real estate broker Thomas ...

Letter: Westfield’s Kim Mouded - New Freeholder, Same Result

February 22, 2019

The editorial exchange between Councilman Frank Arena of Westfield and newly elected county freeholder, Kim Mouded has been a must-read for concerned Union County taxpayers. My take away so far is that Councilman Arena understands the ridiculous tax burden the county freeholder board imposes on us residents. Kim Mouded, on the other hand, is sadly not the breath of fresh air people had hoped ...

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Prepare to Pass the PMP® Exam with an Exam Preparation Class at Union County College

February 23, 2019

 Establish yourself as a globally-recognized project manager by earning the most sought-after credential in the profession, Project Management Professional (PMP)®. PMP certification is a proven way to enhance your resume, elevate your career potential, and boost your earnings. If you’re ready to earn your PMP certification, the Office of Continuing Education’s PMP Exam ...

Opinion: New Jersey Must Leverage Public Health Expertise During Cannabis Discussion

February 20, 2019

The following is a guest op-ed authored by Westfield Regional Health Department Officer Megan Avallone, president of the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials, along with New Jersey Society for Public Health President Linda Brown, New Jersey Environmental Health Association President Lynette Medeiros, and New Jersey Public Health Association President Paschal Nwako, in ...

10 Homes sold Feb. 10 - Feb. 17 in Westfield, Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Cranford

Ten Homes Sold 2/10/19 thru  2/17/19 In Westfield Fanwood Cranford Mountainside and Scotch Plains. Here are the listings.

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Boneparth: When I Was Your Age

Last month, I wrote about inflation. Riveting stuff, I know. However, in that column I twice used the phrase, “When I was your age…”, a line that has been used by older generations the world over to express, often with disdain, how the times have changed. Then, it hit me like a double shot of espresso. I’ll likely find myself using the same expression on the young ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 24

On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the newest chairman of the American Hospital Association, learn about a breakthrough in heart surgery at Morristown Medical Center, celebrate a year of innovation at Atlantic Health System and see some tips to stay flu free.

 

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining. It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us. 

Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Rivero: What Does NJ's New Minimum Wage Law Mean for You?

Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation that will raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

The current minimum wage in New Jersey is $8.85 per hour. Under the new law, the base minimum wage for New Jersey workers will increase to $10 per hour on July 1, 2019. By Jan. 1, 2020, the statewide minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour, and then will increase by $1 per ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Free Friends Week For The Community

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to announce Friends Week. The month of February is American Heart Month!  Show a friend you care about them and their heart by inviting them to join you at the Y.

During the week of  Feb. 17 - 23, members and their friends can use the Main Y Facility and attend classes for free.  Get fit with a friend and enjoy a land or water ...

Walk in Sunshine: Four Countries with Advanced Maternal Health Commitments

Even though we as Americans enjoy many freedoms and liberties that aren’t shared by people in our world community, one place we are certainly lagging in is maternal health. According to the Save the Children’s State of the Mothers report, the United States ranks last in ranking for maternal health for moms in developed countries. Here, a woman expecting a baby faces a 1 in 1,800 risk ...

Vibes Tribe, LOL Club, More Boost Westfield Schools Culture of Kindness

WESTFIELD, NJ – On any given day throughout the school year, in any of the 10 schools in the Westfield Public School District, there are coat drives and food drives and collections of everyday items for communities in need.

There are Two Lunch Thursdays and Extra Lunch Wednesdays, where students bring an extra lunch and meet to make sandwiches, donating the lunches and sandwiches to food ...

Reward Offered for Pair of Parrots last Seen in Plainfield

The public is asked to be on the lookout for a pair of parrots last seen in Plainfield.

The bird with the blue front is known to have a vast vocabulary while her mate is more subdued, Denise, their owner said.

A reward for the parrots is being offered, Denise said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the birds is asked to contact Denise at 856-693-0690.

"My Very Own British Invasion" is short on plot

‘My Very Own British Invasion’ is short on plot, but long on rock

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a rollicking, rock and roll extravaganza in its premier production of  “My Very Own British Invasion.”

We start with a fast and furious tribute to the Beatles, like “I Saw Her Standing There” and move on to ...

Somerset County Revives Proposal for Amazon HQ2

February 22, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine plans to reopen talks with Amazon about locating the company’s second headquarters – HQ2 – in Somerset County.

He made the announcement Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

Somerset County put in a bid for HQ2 originally, he said, but “the state nixed our idea and went ...