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New Jersey’s COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something’s ‘Risky Behaviors’

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings as Transmission Rate Trends Up

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month — from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the state ...

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

August 5, 2020

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 has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power ...

Westfield Health Director Wants More Specifics From State on NJ School Openings

WESTFIELD, NJ — Under New Jersey guidelines, public schools are required to provide an isolation area to place a child in should they show symptoms of COVID-19.

The state guidelines, however, do not detail what barriers must be in place for such spaces, said Megan Avallone, director of the Westfield Regional Health Department, which has been working with public schools in its ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

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

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

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 ...

What Will School Look Like for Westfield Students This Fall?

August 3, 2020

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 ...

Westfield School Board to Vote on Coronavirus Policies at Noon Monday Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board is set to vote on an update to the district’s calendar and a package of coronavirus policies at a virtual meeting set for noon Monday.

The agenda released Friday includes proposed revisions to the 2020-21 academic year calendar that set students’ first day of classes for Sept. 10 — three days after Labor Day — and ...

In Westfield, Auto Thieves Capitalize on Storm

August 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Thieves made off with two automobiles in the aftermath of a tropical storm early Wednesday morning, according to police.

The thieves stole one vehicle on Dudley Court and another on Orenda Circle, police said. The alert did not say if the cars were locked.

The vehicle thefts occurred as authorities worked to clean up downed trees and wires throughout the town ...

Clark FD Responds to Overturned Vehicle on GSP Tuesday Morning

CLARK, NJ — The Clark Fire and Police Departments responded to an overturned car on the Garden State Parkway  around 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Fire Capt. Ryan Might said there were no passengers, and the driver exited the vehicle without injury.

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

August 3, 2020

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 ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

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 ...

Revolutionary War-Era Home in Westfield Would Remain Under New Subdivision Plan

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 263-year-old home that once lodged a member of a Revolutionary War brigade will likely not be demolished, something that had previously been anticipated.

Kenneth Abramson, the owner of the residence, had previously planned on demolishing the two-story farmhouse so that he could build two homes on his .39-acre property at 923 Central Ave. But on Monday he told the ...

Updates for Westfield on Isaias: Power Outages, Road Closures, Train Service (5:31 p.m.)

August 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Around 2,000 customers remained without power in Westfield Wednesday and numerous roads were shut as the region continued its recovery from Tropical Storm Isaias.

As of 5:15 p.m., 1,645 customers in Westfield were without power with the estimated date of restoration being Monday, according to PSE&G’s outage map. They are among 20,251 of the ...

PHOTOS: Storm Isaias Causes Downed Trees, Wires and Small Fires in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tree branches and downed wires littered the town’s streets on Tuesday afternoon, as Tropical Storm Isaias swept through the region. 

Unleashing heavy rain and gusts of wind up to 73 mph, the storm left thousands of customers without power with several streets taped off, blocked by fallen trees, live wires, or both.

People who drove through the ...

Downtown Westfield’s Fitness, Music Events Continue on Quimby St. This Weekend

July 30, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield’s series of weekend events on Quimby Street continue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live music, workouts and yoga events for all ages: 

Friday, July 31

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Lucy Ritter, percussion and vocals, and Catherine Moore, keyboard and vocals, will perform a selection of upbeat pop, soul and jazz songs.

Saturday, ...

Funded by Grants, Expansive Mural in Westfield Chugs Toward Completion

WESTFIELD, NJ — An otherwise dreary underpass dominated by concrete walls is being transformed with a set of expansive murals — the vision of local artist — made possible through grant funding.

Ricardo Roig, a Westfield native who has made a name for himself in the art world with his series of hand-cut prints, is working to complete the second mural under 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 ...

Revolutionary War-Era Home in Westfield Would Remain Under New Subdivision Plan

July 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 263-year-old home that once lodged a member of a Revolutionary War brigade will likely not be demolished, something that had previously been anticipated.

Kenneth Abramson, the owner of the residence, had previously planned on demolishing the two-story farmhouse so that he could build two homes on his .39-acre property at 923 Central Ave. But on Monday he told the ...

Westfield Rolls in as 9th Best Place to Live in NJ During 2020, Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has dropped down two places from where it was a year ago on’s ranking of “Best Places to Live in New Jersey,” but it’s farther up on the list than it was two years ago.

At number nine, Westfield remains among the top 10 places to live in New Jersey, according to the website, which ranked Princeton, Princeton Junction and ...

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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Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

August 4, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

Letter: Let's Update the HPC Before it's Too Late

August 5, 2020

Dear Editor: 

As someone born and raised in Westfield, I find myself somewhat baffled by the opposition to the updates to the Historic Preservation Ordinance. In fact, I don’t know any native Westfielders on either side of the aisle who aren’t saddened by the changes to our town since we were young. After high school, I left this town for college in 1982, then moved to ...

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Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center Recognized for Environmental Sustainability by HealthTrust

August 5, 2020

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has again been recognized for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability with the 2020 Member Recognition Award from HealthTrust, a purchasing and performance improvement organization that serves hospitals, health systems and other health care provider locations.

Overlook received HealthTrust’s award for Social Stewardship, ...

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 ...

42 Homes Sold July 26 - Aug. 2 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Mountainside & Garwood

Forty-two homes sold July 26 through Aug. 2, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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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 ...

Westfield Area YMCA Wallace Pool Now Open for Lane Reservations

Group Swim Classes Begin Aug. 1.

Whether you’re an experienced lap swimmer or are just looking for a supplemental form of exercise, the YMCA is offering lane reservations in the 25-yard Wallace Pool. Hours (subject to change) are Monday – Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 ...

12 Powerful Benefits Gained From Inside a CEO Peer Advisory Group

Whether you are running a business for someone else, or you are the chief executive of your own business, the struggle is real. There is never an easy path when you are the one steering the organization and there is no time like a world pandemic to make things even more challenging. 

In these interesting times, it can often feel lonely at the top and there is always someone or ...

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 ...

NJ Extends Unemployment Benefits by 20 Weeks

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has announced that it will begin providing 20 weeks of extended unemployment this week to New Jersey workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. 

The state extension kicks in after claimants exhaust up to 26 weeks of state unemployment plus 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment ...

Community Conversation: What We Now Know About Coronavirus

Every day more and more crucial information about COVID-19 surfaces. So what’s the most important guidance for you and your family? Join Jason Kessler, MD, on our Community Conversation, as he separates fact from fiction when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.   

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Dr. Erik C. Leite, 47, of Westfield, died on Saturday, July 25. The family will hold a private ...
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A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Aug. 4. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...