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Union County Advocacy Group Proposes Turning Unused Train Lines Into Greenway

February 25, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — If county government accepts a local advocacy group's proposal, unused train lines could be transformed into two walkable, bikeable greenways: one connecting Elizabeth and Cranford and another running from Roselle Park to Summit.

“Greenways and trails are a solution to reducing the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities while increasing the amount ...

Letter: Frustrated Over Lack of In-Person Schooling in Westfield

March 1, 2021

To The Editor:

As a Westfield resident and parent of 1st and 3rd grade students in the District, I must say that I was shocked to see the obvious and utter incompetence demonstrated by our superintendent and School Board president at the meeting held on Feb. 23, which I understand had nearly 600 people in attendance, presumably mostly made up of frustrated and concerned parents.

I, as ...

Union County Offers Free COVID Testing in Elizabeth and Roselle March 2, 4

March 2, 2021

Saliva tests to be offered in Elizabeth and Roselle

 The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs all residents of upcoming dates for Union County’s COVID-19 mobile testing program. The Union County Mobile Test Unit has scheduled additional visits to local communities to provide free COVID-19 saliva tests for residents during the month of March. No car is required. All ...

COVID19: Vitamin D and the Sunshine at the End of the Tunnel

As a pediatric orthopaedist, I regularly discuss bone health with my patients, expounding on the multitude of benefits of vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is a cheap, easily available nutrient that impacts bone quality and is known to boost immunity, which is especially relevant as we try to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is profoundly interesting is ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Players Named to GMC SAAC Teams

EDISON, NJ-- Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield and Mehkai Huey of Piscataway, athletes at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, have been named to this year’s Greater Middlesex County Student-Athlete Advisory Committee basketball teams. Both Rams leaders were honored in February for their contributions to their teams in early season games.

Nadia has brought senior leadership and ...

A Victorian Mash-Up in Summit Gets a Modern Twist

A stately circa 1860 Italianate villa in Summit, New Jersey was given a down-to-the-studs refresh using bold patterns and a crisp color palette while maximizing the architectural interest of the original design elements. The result? A daring amalgamation of classic and contemporary that cleverly balances two different eras.

Every space benefited from the artistic vision ...

17 Homes Sold Feb. 21-28 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate 908-400-0778.

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100 and 1,000 Days of School at Holy Trinity

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Celebrating the 100 days of school this year was very special indeed for the students of Holy Trinity. The students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades celebrated 100 days of in-person full days of school the first week of March. The celebrations included building challenges with 100 cups, creative writing and presentations, crowns, and 100 paper glasses. Mrs.

Persistence is the Key to Reaching Your New Year Goals

It's a month and a half since we’ve turned a new page on the calendar. The dawn of January ushered in a season of goal- and resolution-setting. Of course, setting those targets is not the same thing as achieving them. If this year follows the pattern of previous years, 80% of New Year’s resolutions will be forgotten by mid-February (aka NOW). You can, however, beat those odds. The ...

The Disease to Please

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- The Disease to Please is a learned behavior that occurs when we take care of others’ needs at our own expense.  If you are this type, you do too much, too often for others, almost never say “no” rarely delegate, and inevitably become over committed.  These self-defeating patterns take a toll on your health and on your relationships.  It is ...

Union County Board of County Commissioners Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of County Commissioners urges residents to download the Recycle Coach App to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County ...

Five Podcasts That Can Help Deal With Grief and Loss

Many who are grieving find support through the stories of others who have experienced a similar loss, and for parents who lose a child, hearing these stories can be very cathartic.

Overall, podcasts are an easy and popular accessible resource that provides grievers with more diverse options for support. From listening in on a conversation to receiving expert advice, take advantage on your own ...

George and Martha Washington 'Visit' Westfield Area YMCA Kindergarten

To celebrate the President's recent birthday, George and Martha Washington “visited” with the Westfield Area YMCA kindergarteners. The children caught them up on what changes they could expect to find in our current century including indoor plumbing, cars and Alexa!

Registration is open now for the 2021-2022 school year for full and half-day preschool programs. For more ...

Virtual Lenten Activities to Start This Week!

First Congregational Church of Westfield invites all to participate in its Virtual Lenten activities starting this week.

WEEKLY PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Wednesdays, Feb. 24 • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
5 p.m.
Facebook Live

During Lent, Rev. Joel Biggers and Rev. Joy Mounts will alternate hosting a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., starting on Wednesday, ...

Skills That Make a Good Listener

Being a good listener — for example, as a family caregiver for aging parents — is one of the most critical, useful, yet difficult skills to master. When approached unconsciously, listening may look more like waiting for your turn to talk, or communications may fall into old patterns that don’t serve you. But when done with skill, practice, and intention, being a good listener is ...

Thinking of Retiring? Read This First

When considering your retirement plans during this pandemic, here are three observations and considerations to keep in mind:

The pandemic has created a systemic disruption to the economy in ways that many financial advisors never imagined.
COVID-19 is not a black swan (an event that is unpredictable and rare, but when it occurs, its results are catastrophic).
It's time to rethink ...

Westfield Rotary Club Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Rotary Club of Westfield invites all high school seniors who reside in Westfield to apply for scholarships by Tuesday, April 6. The scholarships will be awarded in June and will be announced at the Westfield High School awards night.

All high school seniors who reside in the town of Westfield, NJ, and who will be attending an accredited college or university are eligible for the ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Theft, Business Burglaries, Summer Rental Scam

February 23, 2021

2/15/2021 at 2:51 a.m. — Fraud, Identity Theft

A resident of the 500 block of Elm Street reports unknown persons used their social security number to make application for unemployment benefits through the state of New Jersey. Victim has suffered no monetary loss.

2/15/2021 at 10:28 a.m. — Shoplifting

A business on the 1000 block of South Avenue West reports being a victim of ...

Opportunity is Knocking. Is it Time to Sell?

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 ...

Westfield Students Discuss Science and Engineering Behind Mars Perseverance Mission

There were excited reactions during a student virtual “watch party” at Roosevelt Intermediate School as NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 18.

“When the coverage of the landing started, some students and teachers logged in to participate in the virtual “watch party,” said science teacher Melissa Czerwinski who organized ...

Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award Winner from Roselle to be Honored at Black History Month Event Sunday

February 26, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — Rene H. Rasheed of Roselle has received Union County’s 9th annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian award honoring those who exemplify the spirit of community service. 

Rasheed, owner of Rene's Fashion Designs Boutique, has lived in Roselle for 38 years and has run her boutique for more than 20 years while garnering numerous accolades for her civic ...

Obituaries

May 26, 1944 - Jan 26, 2021
Paulette Suzanne Katz, daughter of the late Hyman Kaufman and Helen Sapun was born on May 26, 1944 ...
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