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Westfield Foundation Announces Fund Drive and End of Year

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Former Presidents (l to r): Charles A. Kroloff (2004-10), Dave Owens (2000-06), Anthony Cook (2006-12), Gail Cassidy (1999-2005), Janet Sarkos (current President), and Russell Finestein (2010-16). Credits: Ingrid McKinley
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In 2017, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $355,000 in grants to 37 different agencies, among them:  Westfield PAL, Imagine, Jewish Family Service, Literacy New Jersey, Westfield Neighborhood Council and the Westfield Art Association. The diversity of grant recipients is a testament to the fact that the Foundation’s grants impact many lives. 

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. Additionally, the Foundation has become an important resource for organizations with new or emerging needs. In 2017, the Foundation provided seed money for various projects, including the creation of a mobile food market program spearheaded by Groundwork Elizabeth.

In the fourth fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed $74,200 to nine organizations. Various grants allowed the purchase of groceries for families whose children are battling cancer, scholarships for autistic students to attend a camp, the implementation of a peer coordinator model program and funds for a teen wing remodeling project. Recipients included the Westfield United fund, Union county College, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Westfield Y, CASA of Union County, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA of Union County, the Boys and Girls Club of Union County and Trinitas Health Foundation.

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The Foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services. For 2017, 42 percent of the grants were for educational requests, 29 percent for health, 19 percent for social services and civic and 10 percent for the arts.

Currently, the Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign. If you wish to donate to the Foundation’s current annual appeal, donations can be sent directly to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091. If you need more information about the Westfield Foundation, please visit the Foundation website at www.thewestfieldfoundation.com. If you have questions about making a donation or are interested in creating a ‘family legacy,’ which would benefit the community for years to come, please contact Betsy Chance, executive director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to foundation@westfieldnj.com.

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NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Thank you, Mayor Brindle and Six Members of Town Council, for Approving 2018 Budget

April 25, 2018

Thank you, Mayor Brindle, and the six members of council, who voted to approve the 2018 budget last night and to Mr. Gildea, Councilwoman Habgood and the finance committee members who worked tirelessly to prepare it. Thank you for the lowest tax increase I can recall while producing a budget that provides for smart investment in our town. 

For most of my residency here, the same ...

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Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

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Westfield Police Blotter: Two Reported Shopliftings & More

April 25, 2018

April 19, 2018 9:36 a.m.

Officer McCarthy arrested Paul S. Lee, age 36, of Ridgewood, NJ, at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield warrant in the amount of $89. Subject was processed and released after posting bail.

 

April 19, 2018 12:01 p.m.

A resident of Central Avenue reported being the victim of identity theft. Unknown actor(s) ...

Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

April 25, 2018

Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

This popular, educational program presents an opportunity to hear up-to-date presentations from leading ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
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‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...