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Westfield High School National Merit Semifinalists: 2 Seniors Named

September 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Westfield High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced.

Gillian Strout and Yuchen Yang are among a nationwide pool of about 16,000 semifinalists who represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, according to the corporation.

These academically talented ...

Westfield Debates Turfing School Fields as Plans Cut in Half

WESTFIELD, NJ — What started as an $18.2 million plan to install three turf fields at a local school has been reduced by about half in a proposal that continues to draw neighbors' objections.

A standing-room-only audience filled the cafeteria at Edison Intermediate School for a public input session Monday night where residents learned that the plan now calls for just two ...

Droppings Land Westfield Restaurateur in Court. Owner Says Pest Problem Fixed

September 18, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a restaurant on South Avenue is due to appear in Municipal Court next month after a health department inspector found rodent feces and issued him a summons for not showing proof of pest control services.

The principal health inspector for the Westfield Regional Health Department told Board of Health earlier this week that she found mouse droppings at 1958 ...

Westfield COVID Cases Double in August. NJ Approval of Booster Shots Anticipated

The Westfield health officer presented new state data on breakthrough COVID-19 cases.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s health officer on Monday reported that COVID-19 cases in Westfield rose to 136 in August, up from the 48 cases recorded in July.

Health Officer Megan Avallone also told the Westfield Board of Health that as of Monday, her department recorded 78 cases in the first ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Droppings Land Westfield Restaurateur in Court. Owner Says Pest Problem Fixed

September 18, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a restaurant on South Avenue is due to appear in Municipal Court next month after a health department inspector found rodent feces and issued him a summons for not showing proof of pest control services.

The principal health inspector for the Westfield Regional Health Department told Board of Health earlier this week that she found mouse droppings at 1958 ...

Victoria’s Cake, a ‘Salon de Thé,’ Opens in Westfield, Complete with Coffee & Cake

WESTFIELD, NJ — Victoria’s Cake, a café and bakery offering treats including French croissants, macrons and cupcakes, as well as Italian coffee drinks and fruit nectars, opened its doors to a small crowd of waiting customers Sunday.

“I’m very proud of this bakery. I’m so happy,” owner Victoria Marmet said, addressing her first patrons before ...

Westfield Chief Briefs Council on Crossing Guard Post Reductions, Needs (Updated)

September 19, 2021

This story has been updated with additional information.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the school year started earlier this month, students and their parents found some intersections bereft of their usual crossing guards.

And that’s as it was planned, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told the town council Tuesday as the municipality enters its third school year of ...

Westfield Man, 22, Among 3 Targeted in Wayne Sports Bar Shooting, Authorities Say

WAYNE, NJ — A detention hearing was scheduled Monday for a man charged in a sports bar shooting that targeted three men including one from Westfield, authorities said.

Two days after the shooting at Mother’s Ale House in Wayne, police arrested Robert Jackson, 33, of South Hackensack, on attempted murder charges in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, authorities ...

Westfield Hikes Fines for Bias Crimes, Recognizes Problem of Antisemitism

September 17, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — In response to a swastika discovered at a playground two weeks ago and others found over the past year, the Town Council has proposed increased fines for bias crimes and approved a measure recognizing the growing problem of antisemitism in the United States.

The action follows the the discovery Aug. 30 of the swastika etched in playground equipment at Mindowaskin Park as ...

Westfield Man, 22, Among 3 Targeted in Wayne Sports Bar Shooting, Authorities Say

WAYNE, NJ — A detention hearing was scheduled Monday for a man charged in a sports bar shooting that targeted three men including one from Westfield, authorities said.

Two days after the shooting at Mother’s Ale House in Wayne, police arrested Robert Jackson, 33, of South Hackensack, on attempted murder charges in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, authorities ...

What Kind of Aid is Available to Westfield Businesses Impacted by Ida?

September 14, 2021

Applications for NJEDA grants to aid small businesses impacted by Ida open Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A mainstay in Westfield, the diner re-opened Sunday after being flooded out during Tropical Storm Ida.

While much of the Westfield business community was spared from Ida's worst ravages, The Westfield Diner was closed for nearly two weeks after 6 feet of floodwater ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

Westfield Debates Turfing School Fields as Plans Cut in Half

September 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — What started as an $18.2 million plan to install three turf fields at a local school has been reduced by about half in a proposal that continues to draw neighbors' objections.

A standing-room-only audience filled the cafeteria at Edison Intermediate School for a public input session Monday night where residents learned that the plan now calls for just two ...

Westfield Chief Briefs Council on Crossing Guard Post Reductions, Needs (Updated)

This story has been updated with additional information.

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the school year started earlier this month, students and their parents found some intersections bereft of their usual crossing guards.

And that’s as it was planned, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told the town council Tuesday as the municipality enters its third school year of ...

Westfield Makes a National Magazine’s Roundup of ‘Spooktacular Towns’

September 20, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The place where Addams Family creator Charles Addams grew up and is celebrated annually is featured in a national magazine as among “Spooktacular Towns.”

In its October edition, Woman’s Day gives a shout-out to AddamsFest, the town’s annual celebration of Addams, and prominently features a photograph of the house Addams is said to have ...

Westfield Library’s Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale Returns This Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Stack after stack of books for kids will be available at bargain prices when the Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, returns this week.

The sale will offer a plethora of used books for all levels, along with DVDs and CDs, according the Friends’ website.

The sale also ...

Westfield Library’s Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale Returns This Week

September 19, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Stack after stack of books for kids will be available at bargain prices when the Childrens’ and Teens’ Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, returns this week.

The sale will offer a plethora of used books for all levels, along with DVDs and CDs, according the Friends’ website.

The sale also ...

Community Access Unlimited Golf Outing to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk, September 27

ELIZABETH, NJ — Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Monday, September 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and ...

Westfield Debates Turfing School Fields as Plans Cut in Half

September 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — What started as an $18.2 million plan to install three turf fields at a local school has been reduced by about half in a proposal that continues to draw neighbors' objections.

A standing-room-only audience filled the cafeteria at Edison Intermediate School for a public input session Monday night where residents learned that the plan now calls for just two ...

Football: Westfield Defeats Watchung Hills, 15-13, in Friday Night Thriller

WARREN, NJ — A score after a Watchung Hills trick play with 1:35 left in the game gave the home team the lead, but Westfield took it back with 33 seconds left after quarterback Trey Brown scored on a 20-yard run to top Watchung Hills in a Friday night thriller, 15-13.

Watchung Hills players and fans wore white as show of solidarity against bullying.

The student sections for both ...

Westfield Debates Turfing School Fields as Plans Cut in Half

September 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — What started as an $18.2 million plan to install three turf fields at a local school has been reduced by about half in a proposal that continues to draw neighbors' objections.

A standing-room-only audience filled the cafeteria at Edison Intermediate School for a public input session Monday night where residents learned that the plan now calls for just two ...

After Ida’s Deluge, Westfield Forms Flood Risk Reduction Working Group

WESTFIELD, NJ — Citing a need for urgent action following the unprecedented flooding that reached Westfield during Tropical Storm Ida, the mayor on Tuesday said a new committee will be tasked with developing improved stormwater management solutions.

While Mayor Shelley Brindle acknowledged at Tuesday’s council meeting that Westfield does not witness the extensive flood damage ...

‘More That Unites Us’: On 9/11’s 20th Anniversary Westfield Stands in Solidarity

September 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at what is the first permanent monument in New Jersey to honor all the victims of the 9/11 attacks by name.

The ceremony that included a bagpipe procession, posting of colors and songs from the Westfield High School Chorale came on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people ...

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FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything We Know About FEMA Aid

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Milestones

Jimmy Arbes Heads to 2021 USGA-Mid Amateur Championship

September 17, 2021

Jimmy Arbes graduated Westfield High School as a two-time state champion golfer. Arbes went on to play for Rutgers University on a golf scholarship. Since then, Jimmy has become a father and stepfather, but remains highly competitive in amateur golf within the NJSGA and MGA sections.

Since qualifying and making the cut at the 2021 Met Open, Jimmy has qualified to compete in the 40th USGA ...

Letter: She Recommends Amanda Como for Ward 1

September 21, 2021

Almost 25 years ago, Amanda was among the first member of my marketing and special events team in the growing Southeast Nordstrom region. She immediately established herself as an invaluable member of the team — someone who led with positivity and confidence and got things done, no matter what challenges she was faced with. 

There was nothing that Amanda would not take on and ...

Candidate Statement: Infrastructure Improvements and Public Safety

September 21, 2021

During my 16 years on the Westfield Town Council, I helped to implement many critical enhancements to our Town’s infrastructure and facilities. It takes a lot of planning, man power, and teamwork to keep a town like Westfield in tip-top shape, and I salute the Town professionals and workers who labored so hard to help me execute on our plans and accomplish the many goals set during my ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 21, 7:00 PM

Cafeteria B of Westfield High School, Westfield

Westfield School Board Meeting (New Location)

Education Government

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Wed, September 22, 7:30 PM

Online, Westfield

Downtown Westfield Corp Board Meeting

Government

Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish Looking Forward to Having a Regular Season

September 21, 2021

After a season like no other, the Westfield Area Y Devilfish were back to long course training this summer and are looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 season.

With the team split between the Westfield Memorial Pool and The Mountainside Community Pool, the Devilfish were able to get in more practice time and compete in two dual meets as well as send some kids to YMCA Festivals in ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Resident Scammed Out of Nearly $12K, Bikes Stolen, More

September 21, 2021

9/10/2021 at 5 p.m. — Fraud

A resident of the 1100 block of Boynton Avenue reported a fraud incident. According to the victim, he was contacted through an email by an unknown actor pretending to be a McAfee Antivirus Vendor. The actor advised the victim of an outstanding balance on his account and convinced him to provide his personal information and allow him remote access to his ...

COVID Home Testing an Eligible Medical Expense

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that the cost of home testing for COVID-19 is an eligible medical expense that can be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) or Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs).

That is because the cost to diagnose COVID-19 is an ...

27 Homes Sold Sept. 12 -19 in Westfield Area

Information provided to you by Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties 908-400-0778.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins Junior Golf Tourney Title

EDISON -- Claire Lu of Edison, a sophomore at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, played three solid rounds to prevail in the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) tournament at Normanside Golf Club in Albany, NY earlier this month.

Claire opened the tourney with a 2-under par round of 68 to take the lead, but fell a stroke behind after a 4-over par 74. She repeated her stellar opening ...

Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

The Uncertainty of Not Knowing

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of not knowing what is coming our way.  The current Covid-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment, finances, our government, relationships and of course our mental and physical health. It is natural to want to feel safe.  The fear of uncertainty can leave us very stressed, depressed and anxious.

Managing our anxiety ...

Focusing on Factors You CAN Control

Every investor normally has personal goals in mind that they would like to achieve. Although most non-retired adults have some savings, only 36% say their nest egg is “on track,” according to the Federal Reserve. Sometimes, those eager to boost retirement savings could become more aggressive and start considering more volatile assets in an attempt to achieve higher returns. Sadly, ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Scenes from Holy Trinity's First Day of School

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Wednesday, Sept. 8, was the first day of the academic calendar for Holy Trinity School in Westfield.

The K-8 students arrived at the school, dutifully posed for pictures for their parents, and got reacquainted with friends. Principal Dr. Adele Ellis led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Father Anthony Randazzo led them in a group prayer before the students ...

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Obituaries

Apr 23, 1929 - Jul 20, 2021
Longtime Westfield resident, Mr. Kenneth Brown (PaPaDo), passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at ...
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