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A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

Did you know you can make the simplest changes to improve your finances?  Wills and estate planning – Amazingly, many individuals and families have a spouse, children, and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all. There are vast dangers in ignoring estate and probate law – failure to be proactive can have catastrophic results. Skilled attorneys and financial professionals can ask you the right questions and help you avoid these potential pitfalls.  An end to debit cards – Aside from ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School varsity swimmer Ryan Bebel came in first in all four of the events that he swam in during the Union County Championships Jan. 22— the 100-Yard Backstroke and the 200-Yard Medley as an individual and as part of the team for the 200-Yard Medley Relay and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay — helping the Blue Devils bring home the championship title. “Ryan is a special swimmer — in fact one of the best in the history of the program,” head coach Jeffrey Knigt said of this ...

AtlantiCast

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD. Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

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

New Jersey is an "at-will" employment state. That means that if you are not in a union, have vested tenure or civil service rights or a personal employment contract that limits your termination to being "for cause" only, then your employer can pretty much fire/lay you off for any reason, including erroneous reasons or no reason at all. The rationale behind this is that the courts do not wish to get involved in mundane employment decisions.  These types of decisions should be left in the hands of the employers who ought ...

Family Health

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt. Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be trusted and that a stroke neurologist must think like a detective. In a presentation he titled “Stroke Mimics,” Belt recently spoke to a ...

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 the Schools

Westfield High School sophomore Brooke Walden auditioned and was selected to the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for a second straight year.  Brooke was the top scoring piccolo player and ranked third on the flute.  She will perform in February with the Wind Ensemble and in November with the Orchestra. Walden also was among 12 WHS musicians to perform in January with the 2018 Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Region II Band and Orchestra. Region II Orchestra Kelly Eagan (Grade 9) - ...

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

Let’s see who wins and who may lose. We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan. Depending on your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it. The new tax plan has had a negative response to the American dream by some real estate professionals & groups. But are these fears surrounding the new, lower cap ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Liz on Theatre

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies By Liz Keill SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles. Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on their own experiences. She notes that many of their members have been with Dreamcatcher for 20 years, an rare commitment in today’s rapidly ...

Local Color

Did you know…. there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond? Those were the days! This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy flood basin surrounding the Passaic, the freshet, provided acres and acres of open space to skate on. Reportedly half the town could be found skating on ...

Lost & Found Pets

UPDATE: Reunited with family! ORIGINAL POST: Cat found in Golf Edge area of Westfield. Call 908-913-0509.

Meet the Neighbors

Name: Anna Mastroianni Years in Westfield: 16 Work: Owner Sole Fine Italian Shoes, 201 East Broad Street, 908-654-7800 Anna Mastoianni has filled some pretty big shoes in her day and not just because she’s the owner of the exquisite Italian shoe store Sole in Downtown Westfield. Turns out the Hollywood stunt double has a resume that would make your head spin, literally. “One of my first jobs was racing a cherry red ’57 Chevy and stopping just inches away from a mailbox for the daytime drama Another World,” ...

Point View WealthPoints

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits. Give from your IRA. Those aged 70-1/2 or older, who must take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts, can give up to $100,000 annually from those accounts to charity. The money going to charity is not included in income at all and does not affect the size of ...

Real Estate News From Your Neighborhood

Six homes sold last week, 2/4/2018-2/11/18, in Westfield, Scotch  Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside and Cranford.* Sale Price   TOWN                  ADDRESS                  STYLE              RMS       BRS        ...

Rivero CPA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings a host of changes to tax returns for 2018. Highlighted are just a few of the new rules that may impact many of our clients. Please reach out to us to find out if and how your personal situation is impacted. For Business: ·       A flat 21% corporate tax rate for C corporations replaces the 15% - 35% graduate rate structure. ·       100% bonus depreciation for property purchased 9/2017 – 2022. This is also ...

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Talking about Grief

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.    The first step in coping with grief at the holidays is to acknowledge that the first holiday season is difficult and then to prepare for it in advance by making specific plans ...

The Falcon's Nest

The last week of January marks Catholic Schools Week across the country.  It is a time to celebrate the unique traditions and academic excellence of Catholic schools.   Catholic schools allow parents to educate their children in a faith- based environment.   At Saint Joseph High School, the administration practices a holistic approach to education, nurturing not only the academic side of the scholastic experience, but tending to the spiritual, physical and emotional requirements of each young man. “We ...

The Hyperlocal Consultant

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

Torah Thought for the Week

    And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? Wasn’t He already dwelling with the people? Why, it was just the other week that we read of the revelation at Sinai, where G‑d came down from heaven to ...

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

Your child can have a blast this summer at the Westfield Area YMCA! The Westfield Area YMCA camp Early Bird Special ends this Tuesday, Jan. 30. Pay in full for camps and receive a 10 percent discount (does not include extended care).  There is also a multi-child discount of five percent for all additional children in the same family registered for the same week(s) of any traditional camp. Discount is applied to the camper(s) with the lower camp fee. In-person registration only for camp specials. Westfield ...

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