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Superintendent Peter Capodice Retires from Union County Vocational-Technical School

December 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Family, friends, public officials and colleagues came together at a retirement celebration for long time Union resident, former Union mayor and Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical School, Peter Capodice.

Capodice, 67, joined the Union County Vocational-Technical School District in September 1999 as the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary.

Westfield Board of Education Meeting and Workshop on Dec. 4, 2018

December 9, 2018

HONORING OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES

On behalf of the entire Board, Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented congratulatory certificates to 10 members of the Boys Cross Country team and their coaches as NJSIAA Sectional Champions.  The boys team also finished 2nd at the Group 4 State Championship and competed at the Meet of Champions.  Coach Christopher Tafelski, who also was ...

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Wed, December 19, 6:30 PM

Mountainside Elks Lodge #1585, Mountainside

Dinner with the Mountainside Elks

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Mon, December 24, 7:00 PM

Vine Ripe Markets, Westfield

Mozzarella-Making Class at Vine Ripe Markets

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Westfield Police Blotter: Vehicle Burglaries, Warrant Arrest

December 13, 2018

Dec. 5 at 8:21 a.m.

A resident of the 500 block of Highland Reported being the victim of a motor vehicle burglary, police said. The person told police their motor vehicles were both parked in their driveway and unlocked. The person said that about $3 was stolen from one of the vehicles, according to police.

Dec. 6 at 9:18 a.m.

Officers arrested Torrell Pearson, 27, on an outstanding ...

Scotch Plains Public Library Kicks Off 'Sunday Sounds' with Elvis Celebration

December 17, 2018

The Scotch Plains Public Library has announced the return of “Sunday Sounds,” a musical series scheduled for the first Sunday of each month.

On Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., the library will celebrate Elvis’ birthday. The Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative will play hits from the Million Dollar Quartet (Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash) in a program that is ...

5 Ways for Small Business Owners to Save Money on Taxes

It may be late in the year but it is certainly not too late to save money on taxes.  Here are some important items for you to consider:

#1 Buy big stuff – cars, equipment, computers, phones and tablets, furniture and certain building improvements if in service for your business by year-end, are all deductible. The new tax law allows you to depreciate aggressively so that ...

Westfield Area YMCA Men's Club Tree Lot Enters Final Weeks

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas is almost here and the Y Men’s Tree Lot still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community.

All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth.

Other organizations that benefit ...

How to Deal with Difficult Family During The Holidays

Family get-togethers are not always easy. Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like. 

We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong ...

Westfield Students Enjoy Coding During Computer Science Education Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — There was a low hum of excited voices in the Washington School library on Dec. 5 as a group of third and fifth graders took part in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week.

“I made it,” said one youngster as he did a little dance in his seat upon completing a programming level.

Computer code is the basic set of instructions or rules ...

42 Home Sold In Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Cranford

                              42 Home sold November 26 thru December 9 2018 in Mountainside Fanwood ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Ferlanda Nixon of TAPinto Denville

In less than 3 months, new owner/publisher of TAPinto Denville, Ferlanda Nixon, has nearly tripled the site's traffic and has made TAPinto Denville the go-to place to get original local news about the community. "Ferlanda is really rocking it in Denville. TAPinto Denville is experiencing incredible growth in such a short period of time since Ferlanda franchised TAPinto ...

How To Pay For Long Term Care -- And How Not To

Want to terrify yourself? Read statistics about aging and long term care. Today, about 6.3 million Americans need long term care.  That number is expected to increase to 15 million by 2050. Scarier still is that few individuals have the resources to pay for the necessary care. That’s why 83 percent of all care is provided by family members or friends. Unsurprisingly, 75 ...

Rivero: The Skinny on New IRS Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments for tax year 2019. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000.

The limit on annual contributions to an IRA is increased from $5,500 to $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals ...

Boneparth: Saving for Your Child's Future

As young parents, many of us spend a lot of time, money and energy having and raising children. After all, family planning is what brought me and my wife to our beautiful town of Westfield. But, what about planning for things once our kids grow up? I am glad you asked because there are a number of things we can do as parents to help save for their future, whether it’s a college education, ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Edison Police Officer Arrested, Charged with Tampering

December 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County authorities today announced that another Edison police officer was arrested, this time for destroying evidence he believed would be used in an investigation.

Nicholas Lunetta, 31, of Scotch Plains, was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstructing the administration of law, Middlesex County Prosecutor ...