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Gov’t Shutdown: Westfield Businesses Step up After Feds Hold Workers’ Pay

January 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted.

Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning advice.

Downtown Westfield Corporation, which represents businesses in the town’s ...

MLK Day 2019 in Westfield: Here’s How You Can Participate

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local religious and civic groups are set to march from the Dr. Martin Luther King Monument at the circle on the south side of town to a church on Elmer Street Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the march will precede to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service at the ...

Westfield Pizza Shop Lends a Hand to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay.

Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by the shutdown with meals.

“This is the first week that they didn’t get paid ...

Westfield Council Proposes Smoking Ban at Town Events, on Rooftop Dining Areas

January 15, 2019

Updated at 10:04 p.m. Jan. 15

WESTFIELD, NJ – Smokers lighting up at a street fair or town festival here could face fines, even those who do so with an e-cigarette.

The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a regulation to ban smoking at public events such as jazz nights, the AddamsFest beer garden and FestiFall. And it looks like smooth sailing for the update to an existing local ...

Risk-Based Restaurant, Food Retailer Inspection Fees Headed to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Inspection fees for establishments serving food in town will be based on the public health risk of the food served and no longer determined by the size of the establishments if a recently proposed regulation is adopted.

The Westfield Board of Health is set to hold a public hearing and adopt on Feb. 4 the measure changing the fees it charges to inspect food retailers. The ...

Maternal Health in Mind as Westfield Board Reorganizes

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Health reorganized earlier this week, picking a new president, meeting new members and discussing an effort to raise awareness of maternal health.

The board picked as its president Dr. Lawrence Budnick, a professor of health at Rutgers University Medical School in Newark, who previously served as the Westfield board’s president.

Budnick, ...

Newark Man Accused of Attempted Daytime Break-in in Westfield

January 15, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – Officers have arrested a 20-year-old Newark man who police say attempted to break into a home on Fair Hill Drive during broad daylight on Monday, authorities said.

A resident living in the 70 block of Fair Hill Drive called police to report that a man, later identified as Wali Wiggs, was attempting to enter the residence by breaking windows shortly before 1:40 p.m., ...

Traffic Alert: Electric Upgrades set for Some Westfield Streets

WESTFIELD, NJ – Parts of the already busy downtown could be a bit busier Thursday and Friday as utility workers upgrade electric facilities on four streets.

The work in Westfield is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday on Clark Street, Cowperthwaite Place, Ferris Place and Prospect Street, Lauren Ugorji, a spokeswoman for PSE&G, said.

“We are upgrading our ...

Westfield Pizza Shop Lends a Hand to Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

January 14, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay.

Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by the shutdown with meals.

“This is the first week that they didn’t get paid ...

Risk-Based Restaurant, Food Retailer Inspection Fees Headed to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Inspection fees for establishments serving food in town will be based on the public health risk of the food served and no longer determined by the size of the establishments if a recently proposed regulation is adopted.

The Westfield Board of Health is set to hold a public hearing and adopt on Feb. 4 the measure changing the fees it charges to inspect food retailers. The ...

Poke Bowls Come to Westfield with Opening of Orgreen

WESTFIELD, NJ — Hawaiian-inspired Poke Bowls are coming to Downtown Westfield this weekend.

Orgreen, located at 132 East Broad St., is set to begin serving on Saturday with a formal opening to be held at 11 a.m., the restaurant’s manager, Kidd Fang, said.

Poke bowls, which are comprised of diced raw fish served over rice and vegetables, will be served at the eatery located ...

NJ Congressman Tom Malinowski Opens Office in Somerville

January 17, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs.

The flagship District Office will be located at 75-77 N Bridge St. Somerville. The facility is currently undergoing construction which ...

Westfield Crash Causes Council to Consider Parking Law Change

WESTFIELD, NJ — A dramatic crash in the 2nd Ward last month has caused the town to consider changing parking regulations on South Euclid Avenue, officials said.

Following the Dec. 12 crash, an engineer for Westfield recommended parking be prohibited on the northwest side of South Euclid Avenue for 75 feet north of its northwest curb line intersecting with Lenox Avenue, Town Administrator ...

Westfield Revaluation Results Rolling in – What Happens Now?

WESTFIELD, NJ – A major adjustment of property values that hasn’t happened here in just over three decades is well underway, but officials say the municipality won’t be collecting more taxes as a result of the revaluation.

Town Administrator Jim Gildea said that by Wednesday 8,000 letters will have gone out to property owners detailing the valuations, and that several hundred ...

MLK Day 2019 in Westfield: Here’s How You Can Participate

January 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local religious and civic groups are set to march from the Dr. Martin Luther King Monument at the circle on the south side of town to a church on Elmer Street Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the march will precede to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service at the ...

Two Westfield School Board Members Resign, Volunteers Sought

WESTFIELD, NJ – Following the resignations of two members, the Westfield Board of Education is seeking applicants to serve through the end of the year.

Charles Ostroff, who was re-elected in November, resigned earlier this week citing work commitments and Lynn Benner, who was elected in 2017, also stepped down this week, the school district announced Wednesday.

Ostroff cited ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Alumni Share Advice with Students

EDISON, NJ -- Six graduates from the Class of 2018 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The discussion was moderated by Susan Swenson of Plainfield, Director of College Counseling.

This year's ...

Boys Basketball: Westfield Edges Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Thrilling Game, 60-59

January 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Westfield High School varsity boys basketball team edged out Scotch Plains-Fanwood Thursday night in a thrilling game, 60-59.

The Blue Devils held a three-point lead with under a minute left when the Raiders had a chance to score with 17 seconds left. Scotch Plains-Fanwood hit the final shot, a two-pointer, which left them one shy of Westfield’s ...

Saint Joseph High School Resurrects its Athletics Hall of Fame

METUCHEN, NJ — Saint Joseph High School Athletics Hall of Fame is again taking nominations for induction this year following a 17-year hiatus. Inductees must be Saint Joseph graduates, must have lettered in a varsity sport, attended the school for at least three years, and must possess a record of high performance and excellence.

On Jan. 4, the Falcons hosted St. Benedict's ...

Professional Athlete in Westfield: Girls Play Hockey, Too

A girls hockey workshop at the Westfield Rink drew 55 players this week.

WESTFIELD, NJ – There weren’t many opportunities available for girls to play hockey when she grew up in the town, but that didn’t stop her.

Rebecca Morse, who plays for the Metropolitan Riveters, a part of the National Women’s Hockey League, is pleased to see that the sport has become more ...

Westfield Revaluation: First Property Valuation Letters Get Mailed This Week

January 8, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the town of Westfield’s first full readjustment of assessed home values for Westfield in since 1981 nearing completion, the first round of letters with new property valuations will be mailed to most residents later this week by the town’s certified vendor, Realty Appraisal Company, the town announced Monday. Letters will continue to be mailed out on a ...

Parents to Take Center Stage in Westfield School Play, ‘Happily Ever After’

January 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not your average school play.

Washington Elementary School parents are in rehearsal for a PTO-led play in which they act out the main roles.

Written by Anthony Tessitore, the father of daughters, ages 7 and 11, “Happily Ever After” details the efforts of two junior librarians, who join forces with icons from children’s literature to save ...

Train Arrives for Westfield Gingerbread Building Contest Winners

WESTFIELD, NJ – A representation of a home that made international news is among the winners of a town-wide contest of gingerbread building, but it is not the top vote-getter in the competition whose winners the public picked in an online poll.

Tara and Rob Donnelly along with Brian and Amy Shields, of Westfield, built the gingerbread model of the “Watcher ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Show in Westfield Brings Audience a Twist Before Ball Drops

WESTFIELD, NJ — In his rendition of a tune from the musical “Bells are Ringing,” Broadway vocalist Cooper Grodin played the role of a con artist and gangster looking to win over a wealthy lady.

Before performing the song with vocalist Maria Failla at the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve show Monday, Grodin told the full house that his character, a ...

Gov’t Shutdown: Westfield Businesses Step up After Feds Hold Workers’ Pay

January 18, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted.

Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning advice.

Downtown Westfield Corporation, which represents businesses in the town’s ...

GWACC Kicks Off 2019 with Networking in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tepp Accounting Services/Tepp Financial Planning in Downtown Westfield hosted about 40 local business people Wednesday morning at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s first open networking breakfast of 2019.

“We’re very grateful we had such a wonderful turnout. I want to give a big thank-you to the chamber,” said owner David Tepp, ...

Westfield Revaluation: First Property Valuation Letters Get Mailed This Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the town of Westfield’s first full readjustment of assessed home values for Westfield in since 1981 nearing completion, the first round of letters with new property valuations will be mailed to most residents later this week by the town’s certified vendor, Realty Appraisal Company, the town announced Monday. Letters will continue to be mailed out on a ...

Watch: What You Need to Know About Westfield's New Recycling Rules

January 3, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – With the New Year has come new regulations for recycling in the town.

The key message is that the town will only recycle plastics labeled #1 and #2, and no longer takes plastics labeled #3 - #7, Councilman David Contract said. The modification is a result of changes in the market for scrap plastics, officials previously said.

All other guidelines remain in effect, said ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers Cold Weather Efficiency and Safety Tips

January 20, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the freezing temperatures upon us, experts state that several key factors play an important role in maintaining a warm and safe home throughout the long, cold winter. 

“Maintenance is key when it comes to your home running safely and efficiently,” said Mike Iarrapino, owner of Edison Heating and Cooling. “Ensuring that your home is ...

MLK Day 2019 in Westfield: Here’s How You Can Participate

January 17, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local religious and civic groups are set to march from the Dr. Martin Luther King Monument at the circle on the south side of town to a church on Elmer Street Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the march will precede to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service at the ...

Family-Friendly Chocolate Festival Coming to New Jersey Jan. 27

January 19, 2019

Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival.

Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer tastings and sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, ...

Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

New Jersey Date Night: Keep the Ball Rolling

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

There are two things we can count on happening when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. One is that a big shiny ball will fall on Times Square, signifying the beginning of a … well, new beginning. The other is that we have 365 days ahead of us with which to plan really great ...

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Code Blue in Effect, Union County Looks to Add Shelter in Elizabeth

January 18, 2019

In Union County, the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Found 459 Homeless Persons

ELIZABETH, NJ – With the proposed addition of a shelter to the roster of places the homeless can go during freezing temperatures, Union County government is looking out for its homeless population.

The “Code Blue Emergency Shelter Initiative” is designed to “prevent death and injury among ...

Mayor Brindle on Appointments, Revaluation, One-Seat Ride, Cannabis & More

January 16, 2019

Mayor's update, town council opening remarks, Jan. 15, 2019.

Good evening everyone. I hope your new year is off to a great start. We are diving right into the new year and I would like to give you an update on a few initiatives.

But first I would like to congratulate Westfield resident Kimberly Palmieri Mouded on her swearing in as a Freeholder which I had the great pleasure of ...

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Sun, January 20, 9:00 AM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

3C Worship: Coffee, Conversation and Communion

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, January 20, 3:00 PM

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Cafe Q

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Mon, January 21, 8:30 AM

Code Ninjas Westfield, Westfield

MLK Day Camp - Probability & Coding

Arts & Entertainment Education

Video: Point View's Dietze — Interest Rates Pose Key Question for Bank Earnings

January 20, 2019

Point View Wealth Management’s Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on CNBC’s Nightly Business Report detailing the stellar results of recent bank earnings:

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Note - segment begins at the 6:30 mark

For over 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been ...

24 Homes sold the first 2 weeks of 2019 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside & Cranford

UNION COUNTY -- Twenty-four homes were sold in the first two weeks in 2019  in Westfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Mountainside and Cranford.

Information from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, courtesy of Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams premier Properties ...

Boneparth: Patiently Waiting – From Cooking Stock to the Markets

Immediate gratification is not a Millennial thing, it’s an everyone thing. No one likes to wait, which is why you can pay extra not to. Retailers offer next day shipping, amusement parks offer fast passes to cut the lines and don’t even get me started on instant coffee (if you can call it coffee). We’re a society that wants things yesterday and the 100 million plus and ...

Dog Found on Wyandotte Trail in Westfield Reunited With Owner

Update: The pooch has been reunited with its owner.

A large white dog found on the 900 block of Wyandotte Trail was recently reunited with its owner.

Westfield Students Compete in Cyber Robotics Competition at NJIT

NEWARK, NJ – Four eighth-graders at Edison Intermediate School recently competed in teams of two as finalists in the 2018 New Jersey Cyber Robotics Competition at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, with one of the teams placing third in the state coding championship.

“Mrs. Paiva and I introduced our Grade 8 Project Technology students to Cyber Robotics Coding, using CoderZ ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

January 11, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...

Prosecutor's Office Investigating Apparent Suicide in Bloomfield Police HQ

January 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred in the Bloomfield Police Department overnight.

The preliminary investigation indicates that retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella shot himself in the Bloomfield Headquarters while being processed. The 58-year-old was a resident of Bloomfield.

Montella was arested for an ...