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A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

Saving for Higher Education Part 1 – Six Options for Savings   Introduction Your children’s education may be the most cost-intensive purchase you ever make. A family of three children that all attend private universities will likely pay close to $1 million for their degrees. No matter your personal financial objectives or your children’s choice of school, establishing a sound plan to save is of critical importance. Cost of Education College tuition costs are skyrocketing. According to The ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — In the Westfield High School girls varsity soccer game against rivals Scotch Plains-Fanwood Saturday, Faith Dobosiewicz provided Westfield with the lone score that ultimately proved to win the game. She found the ball at her feet in front of the 18 yard box, on a pass from Josie Greenwood, who sent a perfect pass that split Raiders defenders, creating wide-open space for Dobosiewicz.  Dobosiewicz then unleashed a rocket off her foot, and her strike soared right over the hands of Scotch Plains goalie Maya ...

AtlantiCast

On this AtlantiCast, a promising new study in the fight against pancreatic cancer, Inside Jersey names 2017 Top Doctors, meet an Everyday Hero and much more!

Connecting Commerce and Community

Richard DeLuca of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper law firm has joined the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC). “We are fortunate to have Mr. Richard DeLuca join our board of directors. His experience will complement those of the current board members and I am sure that he will be a very active member and bring new and fresh ideas to all of us,” said Executive Director Gene Jannotti. DeLuca is the director of business development and marketing at Lindabury. Prior to that, he ...

Employment Law

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer? Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you. If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for a free 15-minute telephone consultation at 908-301-9095. If, after you speak, he believes that he can be of help, Shahrooz-Scampato ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight

Whether it is in math, reading, science, handwriting or social studies, Holy Trinity School first graders have an opportunity to embrace foundational concepts in a fun way and learn how to be independent thinkers. This is important as students make the transition from kindergarten to a more structured academic day. Creating an environment that enables students to not only learn but also to thrive academically is important.  Holy Trinity School’s curriculum and structure enables teachers to give students a personalized and ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System's Acne Treatment and Research Center is conducting a study of an investigational treatment for people with moderate-to-severe acne. To qualify for the study, people must: Be at least 9 years of age Have at least 20 red, irritated pimples, and at least 20 whiteheads or blackheads, and Have no more than two large, hard bumps on the face Qualified participants will receive all study medication and study-related visits at no cost, and may receive compensation for their time. Health ...

In the Schools

The Westfield Public School District is once again providing a senior citizens’ “Golden Pass” to Westfield residents 65 years and older to attend many school-sponsored events for free.  The pass will provide free admission to events that normally collect entrance fees such as Westfield High School musicals, matinee performances of plays and certain concerts.  The pass will also be accepted at Westfield High School athletic events with the exception of those organized by the county and NJSIAA.  Westfield ...

Insured and Secured

 With the recent storms passing through the area I thought I'd share some of the storm safety tips I shared with my customers this week. Unfortunately, there is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United ...

JCC NEWS

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger (ret.), an insider on U.S.-Israel relations and consultant to Israel’s cabinet and legislators, will speak at the JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains on Monday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC and regularly briefs the U.S. Congress and their staff on issues of bilateral concern. He will talk about Israel, the "Arab demographic tsunami," Israel’s isolation in the world, and its defense ...

Keller Williams Realty: Real Life ... Real People

There will always be those who try to "time the market," but there's one factor you can't know — when buying a home will become more expensive. Certainly you can tell from recent trends whether or not prices and mortgage interest rates are in your favor. Monthly prices have risen year-over-year for three years. Mortgage interest rates are slowly rising, but remain at extremely attractive levels. You could wait for prices to fall, but there are two problems with that idea. First, it would take an economic recession ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Liz on Theatre

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre. By Liz Keill PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations. In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse scheme, but dissolved that relationship 15 years ago. (Simpatico was the name of the race horse.) The hapless Vinnie (Guy Van Swearingen) is visited by ...

Local Color

DID YOU KNOW that according to New Jersey lore, the original sloppy joe sandwich was created in 1935 at Town Hall Deli in South Orange, NJ? And that the idea for the sandwich came from a bar called Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, Cuba? Thomas Sweeney, a Maplewood, NJ politico at the time, was vacationing in Cuba and a frequent visitor to the bar. The bar’s proprietor would set out fixings so that his patrons could assemble a sandwich for themselves. Sweeney fell in love with the combination of ingredients, and upon ...

Lost & Found Pets

UPDATE: Juliet was found safe and has been reunited with her owner. ORIGINAL POST: Juliet, a boxer, was last spotted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by the south side firehouse in Westfield on Central Avenue.  If you see her, please call 908-380-3319.

Meet the Neighbors

Name: Jane Hoffman Years in Westfield: She’s a lifer! Family: Christian Hoffman Avery, 9 Claire, 8 Blythe, 7 Foster kids in New Jersey couldn’t dream of a better advocate than Westfield’s own Jane Hoffman, founder of A Birthday Wish. The big-hearted wife and mother of three ultimately left a career in finance to start the nonprofit, which makes wishes come true for neglected or abused children who have been removed from their homes, after a serendipitous stroll through the annual Westfield ...

Point View WealthPoints

Very quietly, members of the President’s economic team have been meeting with key lawmakers to craft a tax reform plan. The stated goal is to pass legislation by year end.  That is an optimistic timetable, but the outlines of a concrete revision may emerge before then. Any Tax Code revision requires Congress to deal with tax expenditures. Tax expenditures are deductions, exclusions, and preferences that reward certain behaviors or certain taxpayers. Essentially, they are indirect government spending. Given the ...

Rivero CPA

Scam Alert 1: Fake Donations It's a testament to the generosity of the people in our nation to want to pitch in and help those affected by a catastrophe. As we see all the destruction that Harvey and now Irma are imparting, our hearts go out to these folks, and we want to respond by opening our wallets. Unfortunately, criminals and scam artists are counting on that generous spirit, too, and they have concocted quite a few convincing fake platforms to take that money out of your caring hands and into their own accounts. The IRS has ...

Talking about Grief

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Imagine held its’ sixth youth facilitator training. Eighteen amazing young people, ages 14 to 18, attended the full day training which sensitizes teen participants to the issue of childhood grief, and prepares the youth to assist with the facilitation of peer-support groups for children who are coping with the death of a parent or a sibling. Through the development of listening and facilitating skills, these teens are now prepared to be loving listeners, group facilitators and advocates for grieving ...

Views of Holy Trinity

Are you looking to make a wise investment? Who isn’t? We all want to make wise investments. Investing in your children is one of the most important things you can do. Many families at this time of year are either looking to enroll their children in school for the first time, thinking through a transition to middle school, high school, or college, or simply just wanting something different – something better -- for their children. So why not consider making a wise investment in a Catholic ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA Early Learning programs recently celebrated International Dot Day.  During this day of creativity, courage and collaboration, all classes began by reading and discussing the book “The Dot.” The classes then participated in a variety of age-appropriate activities including creating art projects with dot paints, paper circles, and other round items.  Physical activities included playing “Twister” in the gym and dot “scavenger hunts.”  It was a fun-filled learning day ...

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