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NJ TRANSIT Launches Partnership to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

May 6, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT announced a new partnership this week to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership, called VAXRide, is expected to give about 11,000 residents free bus and train rides to and from both public and private vaccination destinations. 

Novartis, a New Jersey-based healthcare company, is the program’s lead sponsor with ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ — With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the ...

11 Westfield High School Students Earn Perfect Scores on ACT Subject Tests

May 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eleven Westfield High School students earned perfect scores of 36 on ACT subject areas in the 2020-21 academic year, the school district announced Friday.

“I would like to commend you for this outstanding achievement,” said WHS principal Mary Asfendis to the students.  “It speaks volumes about your abilities and commitment to your ...

Westfield High School Fall Drama ‘26 Pebbles’ Nominated for 6 Foxy Awards

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fall 2020 production of “26 Pebbles” at Westfield High School has been nominated for six Foxy Awards by Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards.

The play, which was presented virtually in December, garnered nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Production of a Virtual Play
Evan Leone, Outstanding Performance by an ...

Westfield Orders Restaurant Shut For 4 Days After Finding Fly-Covered Ribs

May 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A restaurant at the South Avenue Circle has been ordered shut for four days after health inspectors discovered the latest in a series of health code violations.

Principal Health Inspector Helen Mendez told the board of health Monday that an inspector found insect-covered ribs at Sichuan Dynasty along with improper handwashing and other violations April 29.

“She ...

After Violations, Westfield Restaurant Promises to Shape up Sanitization

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a Central Avenue restaurant known for ramen bowls and sushi burritos found himself in front of the Westfield Board of Health earlier this week, where he was called to answer for repeat health code violations including improper handwashing and inadequate sanitization of “food contact surfaces.”

At Monday’s board of health meeting, the owner ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Ice Pops, Vegan Cobblers & Gin: See What’s New at Westfield Farmer’s Market

May 9, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — From locally grown vegetables to prepared soups to vegan cobblers and even wine and spirits, the Westfield Farmer’s Market kicked off its 25th season Saturday with a variety of unique offerings.

Operated by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce with the support of OceanFirst Bank, the market will be at the train station each Saturday from 8:30 ...

At Long Last, Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The waiting was the hardest part.

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened this weekend, more than a year later than originally anticipated due to the pandemic.

A crowd of fans big and small lined up on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street opening day, May 1, for a long-awaited taste of Ralph’s ices, ice cream, smoothies ...

Police: Westfield Officers Revived Two from Apparent Overdoses in One Day

May 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the Westfield Police Department successfully revived two people suffering from apparent opioid drug overdoses within a few hours of each other last month by administering naloxone nasal spray, which is also known by the brand name Narcan, police said Tuesday.

At about 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 9, officers Matthew O’Holla, Joseph Saunders and Ryan Weiss ...

Westfield Fire Department is on the Job 24/7, Chief Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — What does Westfield’s paid fire department do when it's not putting out fires?

A whole lot, Chief Anthony Tiller explained Monday during a Q&A with Mayor Shelley Brindle.

“It’s not just the guys are sitting here waiting for a fire to happen. There’s so much more that happens in this town that the fire department is involved in ...

Westfield Pedestrian Plaza ‘Open Quimby’ Restarts Friday With Fresh Look

April 29, 2021

Quimby Street's one-way setup restarts Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — You’re going to like the way it looks.

Such is the message from Downtown Westfield Corporation on the return of ‘Open Quimby,’ a pedestrian plaza the special improvement district announced will feature enhanced aesthetics, expanded outdoor dining and retail space, and entertainment.

The season is ...

Westfield at Bottom of WalletHub List for Starting a Business. Is That Fair?

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis.

Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while Mayor Shelley Brindle decried the list as unfair, and Republicans seeking to ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

May 14, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Westfield Parents Need to Know

Updated at 2:06 p.m.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With ...

Westfield High School Fall Drama ‘26 Pebbles’ Nominated for 6 Foxy Awards

May 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fall 2020 production of “26 Pebbles” at Westfield High School has been nominated for six Foxy Awards by Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards.

The play, which was presented virtually in December, garnered nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Production of a Virtual Play
Evan Leone, Outstanding Performance by an ...

Westfield Pedestrian Plaza ‘Open Quimby’ Restarts Friday With Fresh Look

Quimby Street's one-way setup restarts Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — You’re going to like the way it looks.

Such is the message from Downtown Westfield Corporation on the return of ‘Open Quimby,’ a pedestrian plaza the special improvement district announced will feature enhanced aesthetics, expanded outdoor dining and retail space, and entertainment.

The season is ...

Greta’s Run for Imagine, in Memory of Westfield Girl, Happening This Week

May 11, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The 8th annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died when a tree branch fell on her in 2002, is virtual this spring for a second year, organizers said.

Last year the run began fundraising for Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, which provides free, year-round grief support for children.

ARCHIVE: Mom Reflects ...

Westfield Community Groups, Police Partner for Food Drive

WESTFIELD, NJ — With food insecurity rising because of the pandemic’s economic fallout, Westfield police, schools and community groups will again partner for an annual food drive.

Officer Tiffany Kenny, who serves as a school resource officer, said last year’s food drive was a “great success,” and organizers are hoping for similar success this year.

When will ...

Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Downs Westfield, 4-3, in Nail-biter

May 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — In a battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Union County Tournament, Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Westfield, 4-3, in Wednesday's game at the Raiders' home field. 

Just a day after a 12-1 beating at the hands of Cranford, the state's No. 1 ranked team, the Raiders bounced back against their arch rivals.

Seniors Dallas Lorenzetti went ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Nicholas Conti

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fresh off the boys golf team’s first place win at the North II Group IV Sectional Championship at High Bridge Hills Tuesday, junior Nicholas Conti had praise for his fellow Blue Devils.

“I was proud of how we all played,” said Conti, whose score was 78.

This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week has been ...

Leaf Blowers: Westfield Looks at Education Before Regulation

May 12, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to limit noise and pollution from two-stroke gas leaf blowers, the local Green Team is looking to the Westfield Board of Health to issue a statement on the harmful impacts of the landscaping equipment.

Last week, Westfield Green Team co-chair Lois Kraus told the board of health that the team hopes to have the board acknowledge the harmful impacts of ...

Westfield Food Waste Recycling Program Returns

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents with food scraps once again have a way to recycle them.

Through a partnership with the food scrap collection company Green Bucket Compost Westfield on Thursday restarted its food waste recycling program, a program that started in 2019 but had been suspended during the pandemic.

“There was such a real desire to get it up and running, especially with so ...

What You Need to Know About Voting in The Primary Election in Union County

May 8, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

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Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Letter: Support Mike Dardia for Westfield Town Council

May 8, 2021

We were thrilled when we heard that Councilman Dardia was seeking another term as Ward 2 council person. Mike has worked tirelessly in his role on Town Council to creatively solve complex and meaningful issues to improve the quality of life for his constituents and the town at large.

He has been out connecting and collaborating with residents, town employees, businesses and area officials to ...

Candidate Statement: It’s Time to Put Shovels in the Ground to Improve Town Parks

May 13, 2021

Three years ago, I was watching my son play an in-town basketball game. Excitement was in the air -- the buzz was around the finalization of the Tamaques Park Redevelopment Plan and all the benefits it would bring residents and our families in just a couple of years. Parents were giving each other high-fives knowing how much impact these changes would have for our kids.

Even our older children ...

NJ GreekFest to Go!

May 14, 2021

If you’re looking for some good homemade Greek food, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield is hosting their Annual GreekFest but it’s “TO GO.” 

Get some delicious take out on June 4 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. and June 5 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Some of their specialties like Pasticcio, Souvlaki, Gyros and desserts like Baklava and ...

Luck is the Ultimate DIY Project

Yes, we know. We dedicated an entire article recently explaining why your success (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with luck. We’re not reversing course. In fact, we’re doubling down. Success isn’t about luck in the truest sense of the word — success or failure brought on by chance. While there are outside factors that can contribute to the success of your ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Tree Stolen, Vehicle Theft, Suspicious Incidents & More

May 11, 2021

5/2/2021 12:04 a.m. — Motor Vehicle Burglary

A resident on the 300 block of Vernon Place reports that unknown actor(s) entered their neighbor’s vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and parked in their driveway. The victim stated that no items were stolen from the vehicle. There are no arrests pertaining to this exact incident.

5/2/2021 6:42 p.m. — Motor Vehicle ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

23 Homes Sold May 2 - May 9 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Westfield, NJ, 908-400-0778.

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Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

529 Educational Distributions -- How to Break Open the Piggybank

Congratulations -- you and your child have both done your parts. You’ve saved diligently in a 529 account, building tax-free money to pay for education.  Your child has studied hard and been accepted to a school where she’ll thrive. Now what? How do you connect the dots between that 529 account and paying the cost of your child’s education with tax-free ...

Holy Trinity School Students Win State Award for National Handwriting Contest

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students in Holy Trinity start learning to write in cursive in the second half of second grade. As they progress through each grade level, cursive writing is used more than printing.  This year students from grades 3 to 8 participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Holy Trinity is proud to have two state winners, ...

Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

CWI.Design Hosts Watercolor Fundraising Event for Connie Dwyer Breast Center Foundation

Children have not been the only people learning online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social media is full of photos and stories about how-to classes that people have taken during the past 13 months — knitting, wine-making, canning and painting come to mind. The group experience is still there and the students are safe, at a remote location. 

Recently a group of novice watercolor ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

A Lawn Sign Surprise for Westfield High School Seniors

It took several hours, eight traffic routes, 45 teachers and 12 staff members from the Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Department of Public Works to deliver 387 signs to surprised and delighted Westfield High School seniors on May 10.

The massive feat of organization and collaboration was the latest in a series of monthly surprises provided by the WHS Parent Teacher Student ...

Every Jew Counts

Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement; now they would have eleven men. But a strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they ...

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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Montclair’s Bellevue Theatre Slated to Reopen After Renovations, Owners Say

May 14, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week.

During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf of owner Jesse Sayegh, announced plans to reopen following renovations to the ...