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Peter McGovern, MD of Westfield and David Bleich, MD of Westfield on Top Doctors List Experts Selected For New York Metro Area

The 2013 “Top Doctors” list for the New York Metro area includes Dr. David Bleich of Westfield, Dr. Peter McGovern of Westfield and 44 other physicians at University Hospital in Newark. Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., a New York City research and information company, publishes the list annually. The University Hospital physicians recognized are as follows:

Dr. Helen Aguila, Pediatric Pulmonology
Dr. Joseph Apuzzio, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Dr. Suzanne Atkin, Internal Medicine
Dr. John Bach, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation*
Dr. Jacqueline Bartlett, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Joseph Benevenia, Orthopaedic Surgery*
Dr. Wayne Berberian, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Neelakshi Bhagat, Ophthalmology
Dr. David Bleich, Endocrinolology
Dr. Giovanni Caracci, Psychiatry
Dr. Stuart Cook, Neurology*
Dr. Joaquim Correia, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Dr. Bernadette Cracchiolo, Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Diana DeCosimo, Internal Medicine
Dr. Edwin Deitch, Surgery*
Dr. Patrick DeRespinis, Ophthalmology
Dr. Franklin Desposito, Clinical Genetics*
Dr. Larry Frohman, Ophthalmology
Dr. Robin Gehrmann, Sports Medicine
Dr. Orazio Giliberti, Ophthalmology
Dr. Mark Granick, Plastic Surgery
Dr. Robert F. Heary, Neurological Surgery
Dr. Debra S. Heller, Pathology*
Dr. Peter Hersh, Ophthalmology*
Dr. Robert Johnson, Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Mark Jordan, Urology
Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Pain Medicine
Dr. Marc Klapholz, Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Paul Langer, Ophthalmology
Dr. Huey-Jen Lee, Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. David Marks, Neurology
Dr. Peter McGovern, Reproductive Endocrinology*
Dr. Evelyn Montalvo Stanton, Pediatric Pulmonology
Dr. James Oleske, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Dr. Jayoung Pak, Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Francis Patterson, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, Urology*
Dr. Steven Schleifer, Psychiatry
Dr. Robert Schwartz, Dermatology
Dr. Paulette Stanford, Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Virak Tan, Hand Surgery
Dr. Roger E. Turbin, Ophthalmology
Dr. Gerson Weiss, Reproductive Endocrinology*
Dr. Marco Zarbin, Ophthalmology

Castle Connelly selects Top Doctors based on a peer-review survey in which doctors nominate their peers as best doctors. Once a physician is nominated, Castle Connelly’s physician-led research team evaluates several factors including each nominee’s medical education, training, hospital appointments and disciplinary history.

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According to Castle Connelly, its publication, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, is the authoritative guide to finding the top primary care and specialty care doctors in the tri-state metropolitan New York area. The publication profiles more than 5,650 top primary care and specialty care physicians in a 20-county area spanning three states - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The physicians represent the top 10 percent of doctors in the area for 65 medical specialties and subspecialties that include the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions. The book also has detailed information regarding many of the leading medical centers, hospitals and specialty hospitals in the New York Metro area.

University Hospital is one of the United States' premier academic medical centers.  Located in the Central Ward of Newark, it is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and offers high quality patient care across many medical specialties.

*Per Castle Connelly, asterisk denotes that a doctor, in Castle Connolly's estimation, is among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty.  Doctors listed without this icon are determined to be in the top 10% in their region.

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County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 23, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ — A rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced they are holding a public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony for Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“Raising the rainbow ...

Open Letter to Dr. Dolan & Westfield High School Administration About Graduation

May 23, 2018

Editor's note: The following is a response to a letter sent to parents from Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson telling parents that, due to the potential of Kehler Field being re-turfed, this year’s graduation will be held on the back field behind Westfield High School, with the inclement weather location the varsity gymnasium. The letter tells parents ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale



Mon, May 28, 9:00 AM


Memorial Day Parade

Westfield Police Blotter: Package Stolen from Porch, Shoplifting & More

May 23, 2018

May 15, 2018 11:40 a.m.

A resident of Vernon Terrace reported the theft of a package from their front porch on May 12, 2018 between 11:40 a.m. and 5 p.m.


May 19, 2018 1:16 p.m.

Rhonda Boston, age 32, of Newark, NJ was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for her arrest from Westfield Municipal Court in the amount of $580. Subject was picked up at New Jersey State ...


VISITATION Friday May 25, 2018 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral ...
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How to Find Beneficial Native Plants for Healthy Yards and Gardens

May 24, 2018

Home gardeners and property managers who are interested in joining the native plant movement can get resources and information – and plants – through the Union County “Plant Swap & Shop” event on Thursday evening, June 7, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Union County Demonstration Garden in the Watchung Reservation.

Plant Swap & Shop is free but re-registration ...

There are Really 3 Reason Buyers Choose the Homes They Buy

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Ask Maria: How can I help my son? 

Q: My son's best friend's mom just passed away. I am concerned for my son and don't know what to do for him. He is distraught. How can I help my son? 


Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. No two people grieve the same, even in the family. I am certain that your son’s friend and mom are like family to your son. Losing his ...

Dog Missing from Fanwood Home

UPDATE: Reunited with owner!

ORIGINAL POST: Lexi was seen north side of Fanwood Thursday. She's 25 lbs., tall and looks like a fox.

Lexi is friendly and was wearing a collar with a tag. Call 732-259-5570 if you spot her.

IRS Grants Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Reduction of Maximum Deductible HSA Contributions

The IRS recently announced relief for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) who contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).


For 2018, taxpayers with family coverage under an HDHP may treat $6,900 as the maximum deductible HSA contribution.


The annual amount had been reduced to $6,850 for 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.


Q. When did you join

I joined in September, ...

Sixty Westfield H.S. Students Inducted into National Honor Societies

Twenty-six Westfield High School students were inducted into La Sociètè Honoraire de Français (the National French Honor Society) on May 10. Listed alphabetically, the inductees are: Ireland Applegarth, David Broughton, Anthony Butera, Julia Csorba, Valerie Chang, Faith Dobosiewicz, Caroline Gallagher, Leonie Humig, Emily Isaacman, Viggo Jabon, Emma Karp, Madeline ...

‘Chambers USA 2018’ Recognizes John Schmidt Among List of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce that John H. Schmidt has once again been recognized by “Chambers USA” in their annual list of leading lawyers for business. Chambers and Partners, which produces “Chambers USA,” is a client referral organization that researches and subjectively ranks attorneys and law firm practice groups nationwide ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

Stocks Can Rise in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Investors remain concerned about the potential impact of higher interest rates on stocks. In their most recently released minutes, the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee indicated the US economy is on solid footing and the economic conditions warrant continued gradual increasing of interest rates. This set off a sale in the stock and bond markets as investors began pricing in a fourth ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that ...