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Westfield Schools Develop High School Elective Course on the Holocaust

September 25, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town public schools are planning to add an elective high school course in Holocaust and genocide studies in 2023, bolster related curriculum in lower grades and partner with a university to educate teachers on the Holocaust and prejudice reduction, according to officials.

Assistant Superintendent Paul Pineiro told TAPinto in an email on Wednesday that the ...

Westfield Schools Grappling With Bus Driver Shortage

WESTFIELD, NJ — The school business administrator addressed a shortage of bus drivers serving the district at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

Business Administrator Dana Sullivan said the district is working to fill two driver vacancies affecting two routes within town.

“It’s been no secret, I think I said it whenever I talked about transportation, that ...

New Jersey is One of the Happiest States in America: New Study

September 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Despite research from the American Psychiatric Association that finds that 87% of Americans feel “anxious” or “very anxious" about inflation, New Jerseyans seem to be among the least worried, according to a new study by WalletHub.

 

In its analysis of 2022’s Happiest States in America, the personal-finance website ...

Wonder No Longer Has to Register Food Service Trucks With Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The service that prepares food for you in a truck in front of your home no longer has to register its vans as food trucks, the local health department said.

Citing a letter from the state Health Department’s retail food division to Wonder, Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone told board of health on Monday that the trucks are ...

21-Gun-Salute Scheduled Thursday in Westfield for WWII Vet

September 22, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents near the Dooley Colonial Funeral Home in Westfield may hear gunfire Thursday evening as a 21-gun salute is scheduled, police announced.

Air Force members are set to deliver the salute between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., police said in a Nixle alert Thursday.

Military honors are scheduled to be held for the late George Lanzano, according to the funeral ...

Dog Killed, Pedestrian Injured in Westfield Crash Tuesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A dog was killed and its owner taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a pedestrian involved crash in Westfield Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Sgt. Michael Walsh said the driver of vehicle moving southbound on Westfield Avenue rear-ended a car waiting to turn onto 1st Street.

This caused the waiting vehicle to move forward and hit a ...

Doggy Day PAWrade in Westfield a Treat for Families, Pooches

September 26, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dogs and their owners joined in a day of music, games and canine competitions at Mindowaskin Park on Sunday.

The inaugural Doggy Day PAWrade in support of the Westfield Neighborhood Council and Wise Animal Rescue was a treat for families and their pets.

George Withers Jr. — car, motorcycle and special events coordinator of G-WIZ Auto Entertainment in Westfield ...

First Ever Doggy Day PAWrade to Support Westfield Neighborhood Council, Rescue

WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time Westfield is welcoming the Doggy Day PAWrade, an event set to feature canine competitions in tail-wagging, tricks and obedience, plus some treats for two-legged participants.

A fundraiser for the Westfield Neighborhood Council and Wise Animal Rescue, the PAWrade is scheduled for Sunday Sept. 25, at Mindowaskin Park.

A nonprofit social service ...

Tickets Sales for Westfield’s AddamsFest Beer Garden Start Wednesday

September 18, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tickets for the AddamsFest beer garden — Charlie’s Ale Garden — go on sale this week, the festival announced.

The band Saved by the 90s will headline the town-run event with additional entertainment provided by a lineup of local bands, organizers said.

“The most in-demand event of the season will once again feature beer and wine poured by ...

Falafel, Shawarma, Babaganoush: Chutzpah Kitchen Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Supreme self-confidence. Shameless audacity. Brass.

This is the meaning of the Hebrew word chutzpah for which the new Westfield fast casual restaurant Chutzpah Kitchen is named. And if the early reviews are an indicator, Chutzpah Kitchen, which opened in Westfield on Wednesday, has reason to be confident.

“It was delicious. It was so good,” Lucie ...

French Bakery, Fresh Food Franchise, ‘Sugaring’ Studio Coming to Westfield

September 24, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — French-inspired baked goods, healthy foods and an alternative type of Brazilian hair removal are headed for downtown Westfield.

The 2,400-square-foot bakery Kirshenbaum Baking Co. at 62 Elm St. has scheduled its grand opening for Wednesday, the company said.

“We are thrilled to call Westfield home and couldn’t be more excited to welcome local ...

Baby Boutique Francis Henri Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Katherine Oyer, an entrepreneur and Cranford mom of three, celebrated her birthday Friday with a unique gift to herself — the grand opening of her first retail shop, children’s clothing boutique Francis Henri, in downtown Westfield.

The shop at 258 East Broad St. (formerly Westfield Creamery) specializes in international clothing for babies and ...

Westfield Debates Turf Field Proposal as Study Results Promised

September 23, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The controversial plan to build turf fields at Edison Intermediate School was a major point of discussion during a Westfield school board meeting earlier this week.

The proposal is estimated to cost about $9 million and if approved, would include two full-sized LED-lighted turf multipurpose recreation fields and one natural-grass baseball field, along with a ...

Westfield Lord & Taylor Redevelopment Plans Include Offices, Housing, Retail

WESTFIELD, NJ — Offices, apartments and two parking garages are proposed as part of a plan to redevelop the shuttered Lord & Taylor building on North Avenue and build on the town’s two train station parking lots.

Executives for Streetworks Development, the real estate development arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, on Tuesday detailed the plans for a 731,000-square-foot ...

NJ Festival Orchestra to Hold Outdoor Concert in Westfield Next Weekend

September 26, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra is back on Oct. 1 with one last outdoor concert in Westfield before the weather turns cold.

“From Olden American Times” will feature some of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess Fantasy” and pastorals, gavottes and tarantellas by Igor Stravinsky.

The ...

Bear Spotted in Summit Friday

SUMMIT, NJ — A bear was spotted on West End Avenue Friday evening.

The City of Summit Police Department, via an emailed alert sent at 7:52 p.m., asked residents to keep pets indoors.

Residents were further reminded to never approach wildlife.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife has a host of resources related to bear safety ...

Football: Westfield Blanks Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 30-0

September 25, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Dylan Wragg rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns, while Aidan Harper scored on a five-yard run to lead Westfield to a 30-0 shutout of visiting Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Kehler Stadium. 

Wragg, Harper (66 yards total), and quarterback Trey Brown (32 yards), combined for 300 yards on the ground. Brown also was 7-of-11 for 71 yards ...

Boys Soccer: SPF Charges to 1-0 Win Over Westfield at Red Bull Arena

HARRISON, NJ — Red Bull Arena's major league atmosphere brought a new level of fervor to the storied Scotch Plains-Fanwood vs. Westfield soccer rivalry on Thursday, but in a reversal of recent results, it was the Raiders who came out on top on the big stage. 

Patrick Watt's goal about 20 minutes into the game gave Scotch Plains-Fanwood a 1-0 lead that ...

On 21st Anniversary of 9/11, Westfield Honors Memory of Lives Lost

September 12, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Westfield kept local victims’ memory alive at a remembrance ceremony on Sunday. 

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks — 12 of them from Westfield.

In front of Westfield’s memorial, which was funded, designed and installed less than a year ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

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Scotch Plains Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Girl Repeatedly, Authorities Say

September 23, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A Scotch Plains man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of two years, authorities said.

Following a jury trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Thomas Isenhour, Jeff Banatte, 37, was convicted Tuesday on charges of first degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of third degree aggravated ...

Westfield High School Courtyard Dedicated in Honor of Beloved Former Principal

A dedication ceremony was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for the Dr. Derrick Nelson Memorial Courtyard in memory of Westfield High School’s beloved former principal who died in 2019 from complications suffered during a procedure to donate stem cells to a boy in France he didn’t know.

Family, friends, and colleagues joined in the ceremony at Westfield High School, including ...

Letter: True Cost of Artificial Turf Fields For Westfield

September 22, 2022

When considering the proposed Edison Field Project, the Town Council, Board of Education, and residents should consider the total cost of ownership for the project. 

Both the town council and the board of education need to approve the project if it is to move forward as currently conceived. Town residents will NOT get to vote on the expenditure. The fundamental question for everyone ...

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Tue, September 27, 7:00 PM

Online/Zoom, Westfield

Human Relations Advisory Commission Meeting

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Wed, September 28, 7:00 PM

The Curious Heart Apothecary & Spiritual Center, Westfield

Crystals 101 & Gridding

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Thu, September 29, 8:00 AM

Echo Lake Country Club , Westfield

Legislative Panel

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services to Host Annual Golf Event at Echo Lake Country Club

September 27, 2022

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services will host its 2022 Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, NJ. The annual golf tournament raises money for recovery from mental health and substance use problems through programs and services in 10 northern New Jersey counties, from Hudson to Sussex.

“The Bridgeway Golf Classic raises critical unrestricted ...

Curious About Crystals?

Crystals…they are purported to help with everything from sleep to anxiety. But do these natural substances really do what they say? Or is it just brilliant marketing?

The crystal industry is a $1 billion a year business … and growing! The recent pandemic has only made the crystal business more robust as people look for natural alternatives to allieve their stress and anxiety ...

19 Homes Sold Sept. 17 -24 in Westfield Area

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Union Catholic Girls XC Team Rolls, Wischusen Opens Season With Win at Bowdoin Classic

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.     

Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Seventh Graders Visit Thomas Edison Memorial Museum

Seventh graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison kicked off their school year with a field trip and movie screen centered around local history on Friday, September 17. Chaperones Mrs. Kirstin Rogers, Ms. Tamica Van Dunk and Ms. Henna Tailor accompanied the students.

First, students visited the Thomas Edison Memorial Museum at Menlo Park, right here in our hometown of Edison. Students ...

NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

Agent Spotlight: Jenny Brigante

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and ...

When Your College Freshman Wants to Come Home

Do you have a college student who is asking to come home from college already?  Are they telling you that they do not get along with their roommate or that they are lonely? 

It is very common for your student to experience difficulty in adjusting to this transition. This can happen if they are across the country or even in the same state. I remember my youngest coming home ...

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents in October, Free of Charge

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use our free ...

Dishing Up Details on Atlantic City Restaurant Week 

With so many of the best restaurants in the Atlantic City region participating in this year’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week (Oct. 2-7, 2022), you may be asking yourself how you will choose where to dine during the 14th annual six-day culinary bonanza. 

That’s a good problem to have. After all, with participating restaurants throughout Atlantic City and the ...

Going Through The Mail Bag

NEW JERSEY — With a summer behind us, it seemed like a good time to regroup at TAPinto, and catch up to the more recent reader mail and comments that were piling up.

By far, the reader responses were focused on two separate stories recently written about two former Governors, Democrat Jim McGreevey and Republican Christine Todd Whitman, and what they’ve been up to since ...

Holy Trinity Starts the School Year Strong and Honors World Peace Day

WESTFIELD – Holy Trinity School opened the 2022-23 school year on September 8 on the newly resurfaced playground with returning students and new families. At one of the first celebrations of the school year, all grades participated in celebrating International Day of Peace. Also known as World Peace Day, it is observed each year around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating a milestone — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022.

It’s the second time the local news and digital marketing platform, which launched three years ago, passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was ...

Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Warns Scotch Plains Athletes About Drug Addiction

September 21, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Former Rutgers and NFL Quarterback Ray Lucas visited to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to spread awareness on drug addiction in the sports world. Lucas is working with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) on a program called "Knock Out Opioid Abuse."

This ...