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Learn Grow Thrive: Child Care at the Westfield Area Y

Need help with child care this fall? The Westfield Area Y offers a safe and nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow. Comprehensive and flexible options are available for children 6 months of age through 8th grade to accommodate the needs of busy parents. 

Y Child Care in Garwood provides children ages 2 ½ - 5 with full and half day care, and children in Pre K-5th grade with before and after school child care.  Drop-in care, a flexible, fun and stimulating environment for children ages 2 ½ - 5 years is available by the hour or by the day with a one-time registration fee.  For more information, contact Melinda McHale at mmchale@westfieldynj.org.

The Y’s NAEYC-accredited Full Day Child Care Center on Elm Street offers a well-balanced blend of social interaction and self-discovery through free play,art, music and learning centers for children 6 months to 5 years of age.  For more information, contact Karen Theiss at ktheiss@westfieldynj.org.

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The Y’s NAEYC-accredited Preschool at the Robert& Virginia Bauer Branch offers children ages 2-5 the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Experienced and loving staff members lead programs in classrooms designed for exploration and hands-on learning.  For more information, contact Eileen Rooney at erooney@westfieldynj.org.

School Age Child Care programs provide children with a fun and safe learning environment before and after school.  Vacation and snow day programs are also available.  Before School Care is offered at the Main Y on Clark Street as is Kindergarten Wrap-around and extended care (6:00-6:30pm). After school programs are offered at the Main Y as well as onsite at the McKinley, Tamaques, Jefferson, Wilson and Washington schools in Westfield. The Y’s Club Mid program is offered at Edison and Roosevelt Schools. For more information, contact Carolyn White at cwhite@westfieldynj.org

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense to Meet on Tuesday in Fanwood

February 17, 2018

Following the mass shooting in Florida this week, the Union County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the LaGrande Park Building  in Fanwood.

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Mayor Brindle’s Update

February 15, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

I first want to congratulate Nick Calello and David Went for their promotions to patrol officers in the Westfield Police Department. I’d also like to welcome and congratulate new Patrol Officer Fortunato Riga, who joins the police department this week upon his ...

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Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Middle School , Summit

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Free ...

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Mon, February 19, 11:00 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

President's Day Jump

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Thu, February 22, 8:30 AM

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Senior Signs National Letter of Intent

February 16, 2018

Mia Reyes of Piscataway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge soccer star signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record 59 assists, is ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

February 15, 2018

February 7, 2018 10:25 p.m.

Officers Natale and Gill arrested Brian Mueller, age 55, of Westfield, NJ for driving while intoxicated pursuant to an accident investigation in the area of Mountain Avenue by Colonial Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released to a sober adult.

 

February 9, 2018 2:21 a.m.

Selena G. Palacios, age 22, of Westfield, NJ was ...

How Tax Reform Impacts You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings a host of changes to tax returns for 2018. Highlighted are just a few of the new rules that may impact many of our clients. Please reach out to us to find out if and how your personal situation is impacted.

For Business:

·       A flat 21% corporate tax rate for C corporations replaces the 15% - 35% graduate rate ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

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Westfield Public Schools Celebrate High School and Intermediate Music Honors

Westfield High School sophomore Brooke Walden auditioned and was selected to the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for a second straight year.  Brooke was the top scoring piccolo player and ranked third on the flute.  She will perform in February with the Wind Ensemble and in November with the Orchestra.

Walden also was among 12 WHS musicians to perform in January with ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 13, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Love Craft Beer But Hate the Tour? State Assembly Moves to Make it Easier for You to Belly Up to the Bar

Good news is a brew for New Jersey craft beer advocates. In February 2018, the New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee paved the way for the introduction of Bill A2196, which would remove a current licensing rule requiring breweries and distilleries to provide a tour of their facilities before serving alcoholic beverages to consumers. Currently, breweries holding a ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

6 Homes Sold Last Week in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford & Mountainside

Six homes sold last week, 2/4/2018-2/11/18, in Westfield, Scotch  Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside and Cranford.*

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AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Cat Found in Westfield

UPDATE: Reunited with family!

ORIGINAL POST: Cat found in Golf Edge area of Westfield. Call 908-913-0509.

Doing Well While Doing Good

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits.

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Nutley Schools Closed Friday Following Security Threat

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department is currently investigating a video posted to Instagram that suggested a possible threat to schools. Dr. Julie Glazer, Nutley Superintendent of Schools, made the decision late Thursday night to close Nutley schools on Friday as a safety precaution. 

The Nutley Police Department reports they have spoken to the individual ...