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All are Welcome at First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Westfield is pleased to host a free webinar on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3 p.m. with special guest Patricia Dulinski, a local Westfield resident and family law practitioner. Attendees will be guided through the ins and outs of simple estate planning, including three essential documents: Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will. During the presentation, Patricia will explain the importance of a Will for any person who owns property and/or has children. She will also discuss ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School shot put and discus thrower junior Maggie McCauley recently placed second in the Union County Championship meet with a shot put throw of 34-feet, 9-inches. McCauley, who also set a school outdoor record for shot-put with throw of 36-feet, 2.25-inches, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the week. Assistant Coach Sam Haimmon said that McCauley has shown steady improvement throughout the indoor season, putting in a lot of hard work, both in the ...

Ask Maria

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her daughter’s choices as failures criticizing her clothes, her music and friends. Understanding the relationship is critical to young adult girls and ...

BAYADA Home Health Care: Where Your Family Comes First

While it wasn’t an easy decision, you finally came to the conclusion that you could use some extra help caring for your parent. But now you feel overwhelmed again with all the “what ifs.” Where do you go from here? First, take a deep breath; then read on for some helpful tips to navigate senior home care. Finding the right caregiver When you’re inviting a new caregiver into your parent’s home, it’s bound to introduce some anxious feelings. Knowing as much as possible beforehand can allay many concerns ...

Business Advice for the Real World

Yes, we know. We dedicated an entire article recently explaining why your success (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with luck. We’re not reversing course. In fact, we’re doubling down. Success isn’t about luck in the truest sense of the word — success or failure brought on by chance. While there are outside factors that can contribute to the success of your business or your career, there is a lot you can do to help propel yourself and your company forward. That’s what we want to explore today. Think ...

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Health Matters

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations at: https://www.atlantichealth.org  

Holy Trinity News

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students in Holy Trinity start learning to write in cursive in the second half of second grade. As they progress through each grade level, cursive writing is used more than printing.  This year students from grades 3 to 8 participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Holy Trinity is proud to have two state winners, Natalie Isola, grade 3 and Caoimhe Gorham, grade 6.  Both students will now be entered into the next level to compete for the Grand National ...

In the Schools

It took several hours, eight traffic routes, 45 teachers and 12 staff members from the Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Department of Public Works to deliver 387 signs to surprised and delighted Westfield High School seniors on May 10. The massive feat of organization and collaboration was the latest in a series of monthly surprises provided by the WHS Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) to celebrate the Class of 2021.  “We started in January and have provided a surprise to every senior monthly,” ...

Lost & Found Pets

Update: Watch Bo the Dog, Missing 10 Days, Get Reunited with His Family Have you seen Bo, who went missing in Plainfield on March 13? He is a male, black dog with some white coloring, he weighs 50 pounds and is 6 years old. Owners Craig and Sheila say Bo will be afraid, so please do not chase him. He was wearing a blue collar when he went missing, and he is microchipped. Posts on Scotch Plains-Fanwood Facebook groups indicate Bo has been spotted at the Scotch Plains YMCA, Shackamaxon and St. Bart's. If found, please ...

Money Talk

“All that glitters is not gold.”  — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice Bitcoin — A Primer “Fiat” is a term derived from the Latin meaning “Let it be done.” The US Dollar, like all major global currencies, is a fiat currency. This means the US government merely declared the dollar is legal tender as opposed to the previous standard of backing the currency with gold. The value of a dollar is determined by a host of intangible factors such as history, supply and demand, and ...

Peapack Private Wealth Insights

Congratulations -- you and your child have both done your parts. You’ve saved diligently in a 529 account, building tax-free money to pay for education.  Your child has studied hard and been accepted to a school where she’ll thrive. Now what? How do you connect the dots between that 529 account and paying the cost of your child’s education with tax-free dollars? Here, we focus on post-secondary education, with step-by-step instructions. Can you use the 529 at your child’s school? If ...

Real Estate Update by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Westfield, NJ, 908-400-0778. TOWN               ADDRESS                       STYLE                RMS     BRS             ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items. “Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and straws are the most significant source of ocean pollution, so taking steps to diminish litter has a positive impact on our wildlife habitats and our ...

Rivero CPA

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline formally changed from March 31 to May 31 when President Joe Biden signed the extension into law. The additional 60 days provided by the bill will greatly help small businesses, not-for-profits, and the CPAs that serve them complete existing PPP loan applications and file new ones. The extension act also provides the SBA time to address significant loan application process challenges, including confusing validation and error codes, delayed guidance, and changes to the PPP loan amount ...

TAPinto Insider

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels. Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate names—and even when they do, as the saying goes: "There is no Democratic or Republican way to fix a pothole."    Read more here.

The Falcon's Nest

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS. Bielak had the thrill of pitching in the Bronx for the first time as a Major Leaguer, taking over in the 5th inning for former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. However, it was a ...

Torah Thought for the Week

Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement; now they would have eleven men. But a strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they could never manage a minyan! When we know we are indispensable, we make a point of being there. Otherwise, "count me out." This ...

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

Although nothing can replace the love and support of friends or family, sometimes you need to grieve on your own. Here, we take a look at five grief apps that may help you understand death and the emotions you’re experiencing when adapting to life after the loss of a loved one. We have even featured a few apps that can help children handle their grief. My Grief Angels My Grief Angels is an app with the objective of creating a global community, for people to be there for one another during their difficult times. The ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge News

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to Zoom.   All students dressed up in either beautiful dresses or dress slacks, button down shirts and a tie, donned a face shield, so they could ...

Westfield Area YMCA

After a year of isolation, remote learning and missed extracurricular activities, teens and young adults have more reasons than ever to gain a summer job.  According to the American Camp Association, the essence of camp is in the human relationships forged in a safe, caring and supportive environment. Being part of that staff team develops hands-on leadership skills and the chance to be a positive role model influencing the emotional lives of kids who have had anything but a normal year.   The Westfield Area YMCA has always ...

Westfield Real Estate Made Simple

Is there enough inventory for the number of buyers fleeing to the suburbs? The answer is no. There are a number of reasons for this lack of available homes. Some potential sellers are concerned about the safety of showings. Others wonder where they will go if they sell their home. Or they are overwhelmed at packing up many years of “treasures.”  Just give me a call and I would be happy to help you navigate all your concerns!

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Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Letter: Support Mike Dardia for Westfield Town Council

May 8, 2021

We were thrilled when we heard that Councilman Dardia was seeking another term as Ward 2 council person. Mike has worked tirelessly in his role on Town Council to creatively solve complex and meaningful issues to improve the quality of life for his constituents and the town at large.

He has been out connecting and collaborating with residents, town employees, businesses and area officials to ...

Candidate Statement: It’s Time to Put Shovels in the Ground to Improve Town Parks

May 13, 2021

Three years ago, I was watching my son play an in-town basketball game. Excitement was in the air -- the buzz was around the finalization of the Tamaques Park Redevelopment Plan and all the benefits it would bring residents and our families in just a couple of years. Parents were giving each other high-fives knowing how much impact these changes would have for our kids.

Even our older children ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, May 16, 12:00 AM

Virtual, Westfield

Greta's Run

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other Sports

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Sun, May 16, 10:30 AM

Zoom, Westfield

Shavuot Cheesecake Bake

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Sun, May 16, 11:00 PM

Union County Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Celebrate Shavuot with Union County Torah Center ...

Religions And Spirituality

Peapack Private Wealth Webinar Offering 'Top Strategies for More Investment Income' Set for May 20

May 16, 2021

Want More Investment Income? Ten Tips and Strategies! Join Peapack Private Wealth Management's David Dietze and Elaine Phipps for a special webinar on May 20, staring at 11 a.m. EST, where we will do the deep dive on how you can squeeze more income dollars out of your nest egg.

Register now: https://bit.ly/3tE6hU1

In this webinar, we’ll analyze:

The big ...

21 Homes Sold May 9 -16 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Westfield, NJ, 908-400-0778.

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Luck is the Ultimate DIY Project

Yes, we know. We dedicated an entire article recently explaining why your success (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with luck. We’re not reversing course. In fact, we’re doubling down. Success isn’t about luck in the truest sense of the word — success or failure brought on by chance. While there are outside factors that can contribute to the success of your ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Tree Stolen, Vehicle Theft, Suspicious Incidents & More

May 11, 2021

5/2/2021 12:04 a.m. — Motor Vehicle Burglary

A resident on the 300 block of Vernon Place reports that unknown actor(s) entered their neighbor’s vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and parked in their driveway. The victim stated that no items were stolen from the vehicle. There are no arrests pertaining to this exact incident.

5/2/2021 6:42 p.m. — Motor Vehicle ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Share Original Work in Poetry Café

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

529 Educational Distributions -- How to Break Open the Piggybank

Congratulations -- you and your child have both done your parts. You’ve saved diligently in a 529 account, building tax-free money to pay for education.  Your child has studied hard and been accepted to a school where she’ll thrive. Now what? How do you connect the dots between that 529 account and paying the cost of your child’s education with tax-free ...

Holy Trinity School Students Win State Award for National Handwriting Contest

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students in Holy Trinity start learning to write in cursive in the second half of second grade. As they progress through each grade level, cursive writing is used more than printing.  This year students from grades 3 to 8 participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Holy Trinity is proud to have two state winners, ...

Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

CWI.Design Hosts Watercolor Fundraising Event for Connie Dwyer Breast Center Foundation

Children have not been the only people learning online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social media is full of photos and stories about how-to classes that people have taken during the past 13 months — knitting, wine-making, canning and painting come to mind. The group experience is still there and the students are safe, at a remote location. 

Recently a group of novice watercolor ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

A Lawn Sign Surprise for Westfield High School Seniors

It took several hours, eight traffic routes, 45 teachers and 12 staff members from the Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Department of Public Works to deliver 387 signs to surprised and delighted Westfield High School seniors on May 10.

The massive feat of organization and collaboration was the latest in a series of monthly surprises provided by the WHS Parent Teacher Student ...

Every Jew Counts

Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement; now they would have eleven men. But a strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they ...

Obituaries

- Feb 28, 2021
Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Montclair’s Bellevue Theatre Slated to Reopen After Renovations, Owners Say

May 14, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week.

During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf of owner Jesse Sayegh, announced plans to reopen following renovations to the ...