WESTFIELD, NJ — For some Westfield students looking to make some extra money, the recent winter storms have been the perfect opportunity.

Westfield High School junior Tommy Tardibuono, head of Teen Assistant — a business that pairs students with odd jobs — said his company has seen an uptick in shovelers with the recent snowfalls.

“I have about 17 guys who work for me from the high school, so almost all of them were out for about three or four days shoveling every house that we could get to,” Tardibuono said. “We had 45 or 50 houses asking for help and 15 other kids who asked if they could help out too.”

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Westfield saw nearly 20 inches of snow Feb. 1, then an additional 7.6 inches of snow Feb. 7. More snow and ice is in the forecast for this week.

Tardibuono said both high school and college kids have asked to shovel, especially the students who have not gone back to school in person yet.

Founded four years ago, Teen Assistant is a Westfield-based business that helps people move, rake leaves and do things around the house. Lately, the students have focused their efforts on shoveling.

Tardibuono has run the business for the past two years, and the demand for shovelers has drastically gone up from last year.

“We have a lot of repeat customers, but I’ve definitely seen a lot more new customers due to the snow,” Tardibuono said.

Students looking to work for Teen Assistant can message the company’s Instagram @teenassistant. Teen Assistant can also be reached at 908-499-7727 and by email at teenassistantwestfield@gmail.com.

Jordyn Ives is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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