Westfield Top Stories

December 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a court-mandated closure that lasted about a year, the popular restaurant and bar Addams Tavern has reopened. A state court had ordered the restaurant shut over safety violations, but on Dec. 3 ruled that those violations were no longer to the extent that the establishment ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —Shushmita and Amit Srivastav opened their Westfield home last month to more than 200 friends and neighbors to celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali. Attendees included Mayor Shelley Brindle and Councilman David Contract. “There was so much positive energy that day. It was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the importance of bringing public health into the forefront as the state moves toward legalizing marijuana. “The state health commissioner has been extremely loud and clear: The Department of Health is not involved ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — William Shepherd bowled a perfect game on Saturday. “It was really just exhilarating, yet nerve-wracking,” said Shepherd, a 17-year-old Westfield High School senior. “Just because it’s a perfect game. It’s so close and on that final shot it could all just be a 299 if that one pin ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After an extensive search, the town has a new police chief, the mayor said. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced the appointment of Christopher Battiloro to the position of chief on Wednesday. Battiloro has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past four months, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When it comes to curbside recycling pickup, the town will be paying more money for fewer options in the coming year, a result of the changing market for scrap plastics, officials said. After rebidding it, the Town Council on Tuesday awarded a $607,000 contract for the curbside ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — One woman was transported to the hospital following a crash involving at least three vehicles at the intersection of St. Marks and South Euclid avenues Wednesday morning, police said. The woman reported neck pain, but the injury did not appear to be critical, acting Police Chief ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Not only did the town’s festival honoring cartoonist and “Addams Family” creator Charles Addams delight the public, it was also profitable, the mayor said on Tuesday. The town-wide celebration in honor Addams, a native of Westfield, netted the municipality just over $20,000, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys cross-country team, members of the girls tennis team and the girls field hockey team have been recognized for a season of accomplishments. The Board of Education recognized the cross-country team for becoming the NJSIAA Sectional Champions, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in the downtown that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff. Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern, said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You don’t have to be a member of the Westfield Area YMCA to enjoy their third annual “Swim with Santa” this Sunday, Dec. 16. Families can choose a 30-minute time slot between 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m. to get in the pool with Old St. Nick and his elves. Story continues after ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Some coaches err on the side of caution when they assess their team's prospects for an upcoming season. But Liz McKeon, head coach of the Westfield girls basketball team, which opens its season at home Friday against Union Catholic at 4 p.m., is taking a bolder approach in ...

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Updated: 9:29 a.m. Dec. 11 Reporting hate crimes allows the public, researchers, law enforcement and community leaders to develop preventative measures, the FBI says. WESTFIELD, NJ — The hateful graffiti recently found at Edison Intermediate School targeted a number of groups of people, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In its first year participating, 40 officers from the Westfield Police Department raised $1,791 for “No Shave November,” police announced. The nonprofit No Shave November grows awareness of cancer and raises funds to support cancer prevention, research and education, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After seven years as the junior varsity coach at the school, Jim McKeon will be taking the reins as the Westfield boys varsity head basketball coach this winter. And this might be a particularly appropriate time for the program to make the transition, because McKeon will be ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Newly appointed JCC of Central New Jersey Executive Director Mike Goldstein believes the organization is poised for more growth. "When it comes to programming, we are top notch," said Goldstein in an interview at his office at the JCC. "We have best-in-class pre-school, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A spike in hate crimes was the topic of a discussion that included community leaders at Westfield High School this week. Westfield High School social studies teacher Ryan Daly, a co-advisor of Agora, the group that organized the open forum held Thursday, said recent incidents had ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local officials knocked down a proposal to tear down a home and build two in its place. Two people have been arrested in connection with the theft of a car left running at 7-Eleven. And 30 days after its opening, an ice rink being tested for three months in Gumbert Park has some ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen. The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday. “There appear to be remaining ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District will be registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2019-20 academic year. The district also is interested in reaching children who have not attended the Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — About 100 people gathered at Shackamaxon Country Club Wednesday for the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party, where several long-time members were honored and local business people had the opportunity to network while enjoying dinner and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight Westfield High School students recently achieved the highest score possible on parts of the SAT and ACT standardized tests, the district announced Thursday: Mark Falletta (October ACT Reading), Sivaji Turimella (October SAT Math), Stephen Park (November SAT Math/ October ...

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Garwood Police offered a warning to ice rink patrons who slide their cars into the wrong spots: Beware the tow truck. WESTFIELD, NJ — Just a month after its establishment under a massive tent in Gumbert Park, an ice rink has become wildly popular — too popular for some people. The rink ...

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‘Doubles is different, but it’s really fun.’ WESTFIELD, NJ — The tennis duo competed in the state doubles tournament championship match in October, the first time since 2005 that a Lady Blue Devils pair made it to the final. Recognized by the school board on Tuesday, seniors Charlotte Clausen ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer. This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the ...

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LINDEN, NJ — The Westfield High School Blue Devils began its 2018-19 bowling season with a strong performance against Roselle Park on Tuesday, besting the Union County competitor 7-0. Freshman Dante Morales was one frame away from bowling a perfect score, finishing game one with a score of 279 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The carjacker shoved a 62-year-old woman to the ground in front of her home, grabbed her keys and sped off in her Lexus SUV in broad daylight, police said. The Newark man led police on a March 31, 2014, chase into Mountainside before dumping the Lexus just off a Route 22 exit ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When Brian Murphy moved into his New England Drive home in 1986, he thought his residence was the last new home on the block. So when a developer proposed tearing down a home on his street and building two in its place, he became concerned.  Murphy, now 71, said he doesn’t ...

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The 2004 Acura was later used in a robbery in Irvington, Maplewood police said. WESTFIELD, NJ — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Irvington man and a teenager in connection with the theft of a vehicle that was later used in an Essex County robbery, authorities said Monday. Dquan Dupont, of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – His most visually notable characteristic is his bouffant, a shock of hair that that can add a good 3 inches to his height, making him stand out from the crowd. Douglas Boneparth, who moved to Westfield from New York City just over two years ago, said his experience as a suburban ...

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