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Scotch Plains, Fanwood Police Step Up Security Near Jewish Institutions

December 13, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The Scotch Plains and Fanwood police departments are increasing their patrols around the Jewish centers in the community — Congregation Beth Israel, the JCC of Central NJ, Temple Sholom and the Chabad Center — following the deadly shootings in Jersey City last weekend that appears to have targeted members of the Jewish community ...

Letter: Veterinarian Objects to Westfield Deer Hunt

December 10, 2019

The following letter was sent to Mayor Brindle and Councilman Contract:

Dear Mayor Brindle:

I hope that you will reverse your decision in support of crossbow killing of deer in Westfield and instead investigate/support the suggestions of “Deer Smart Communities” and review the approaches to wildlife of Mayors DeBlasio of NYC and Swiderski of Hastings on Hudson, NY.

With ...

Westfield Optimist & Rotary Clubs Deliver Food Baskets to People in Need

December 14, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of the Westfield Optimist Club and Rotary Club again demonstrate their commitment to community service by providing a record number of holiday food baskets to Westfield area families and individuals in need. The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and Saint Joseph’s Social Service Agency in Elizabeth also received holiday food basket ...

Three Atlantic Health System Hospitals Get Top Honors for Prudent Antibiotic Use, Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance

Three of Atlantic Health System’s hospitals – Overlook, Morristown and Chilton medical centers – recently received the Gold Award in the first New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program (ASRP).

The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition in the program, which acknowledges local health care facilities’ efforts to enhance ...

Governor Murphy Celebrates Milestone for Latest Class of NJ TRANSIT Locomotive Engineers

Governor Phil Murphy and NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett this week recognized NJ TRANSIT’s latest locomotive engineer training class for completing their formal training.

This unique pilot class consisted of assistant conductors training to become locomotive engineers by leveraging their knowledge of the railroad.  The class of eleven trainees will be graduating ...

Students, Staff in Westfield Public Schools Take Part in ‘No Place for Hate’ Program

An advisory committee of Westfield High School students, staff and parents recently gathered for training in the WHS library as part of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) “No Place for Hate” Program. 

“It’s an amazing thing when a school decides to be proactive and cultivate a positive school culture,” said program facilitator Rhetta Morgan at the ...

What’s New for Social Security in 2020?

With the new year upon us, those who collect Social Security or pay into the public retirement program through payroll deduction will see some changes. The Social Security Administration makes cost-of-living adjustments on an annual basis. Here’s how the changes may impact you, via Arias & Partners Wealth Advisors:

For those receiving retirement benefits

If you collect Social ...

Giving the Gift of Work-Life-Holiday Balance

’Tis the season to scurry to and fro! Your to-do list includes all the usual stuff. Now, however, you’ve added decorating, baking, gift buying, school parties, work parties and an assortment of social gatherings. It’s hard enough to balance work and life sometimes; but balancing work, life, AND holidays can be especially overwhelming. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ...

The Importance of Self-Care -- Especially During The Holidays

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself  In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. People Pleasing is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make comments such ...

Lame-Duck Session in New Jersey: What Can They Get Done? 

The period of time between Election Day in early November, and when a new Governor or new legislators take the oath of office in January is often fraught with many twists and turns. In the middle of lots of holiday festivities, there's a rush to try to get stuff done.

Congress in 1933, passed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, as President Hoover was leaving the White House, and newly ...

'A Christmas Carol' Reverberates at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ - When the spirited production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” begins, you’re inclined to think it’s a comedic take on grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge. But we soon see that the Neil Barlett adaptation of the tale does dwell on the dark side. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has more than done justice to this familiar tale.

Dickens had a way of ...

2% Mortgages

Douglas A. Boneparth is a Westfield resident and Founder of Bone Fide Wealth, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm in New York City, and co-author of The Millennial Money Fix. Contact Douglas to learn how he’s not your parent’s financial advisor.

When we bought our home three years ago, I remember telling my wife that we would never again see mortgage ...

Walk in Sunshine In Midst of Holiday Fundraiser

Starting this past Saturday, Walk In Sunshine Charity launched their holiday fundraiser with the assistance of local Westfield retailer Bespoke by Gambert. From Dec. 7 - Dec. 14, anyone who donates more than $50 to Walk In Sunshine Charity will receive 10% off their entire purchase. 

People can either make a donation in person by visiting the store on 221 North Avenue East ...

29 Homes Sold Dec. 1 - Dec. 8, 2019, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Garwood & Cranford

Twenty-nine homes sold Dec. 1 through Dec. 8, 2019, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Fanwood, Garwood and Cranford.*

Town           Address         Style           Rms   BRs   Bath Gar   SALE ...

Preparing for the Next Recession

The media are warning of a looming recession, to the point where some worry they are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Yes, there will be another economic downturn someday. Yes, we are all going to die someday. Making drastic changes right now as though either event will occur tomorrow can lead to unhappy consequences.  Far better to have a long-term, organized financial plan in ...

Cat Lost from Westfield Home

Joey got out of his home on the 800 block of Summit Avenue Wednesday. He is a long-haired gray cat, 7 years old. He is chipped.

Joey may be inside of someone's garage, shed or outdoor building. If you see him, please call 908-233-2262.

Meet Westfield Area YMCA Staff Member Nick Morelli!

Meet Westfield Area YMCA staff member, Nick Morelli. Take Coach Nick’s advice and “do something that you can enjoy for the rest of your life”. Come enjoy working at the Westfield Area Y. Join our staff--check out our current employment opportunities at: www.westfieldynj.org/about/job-opportunities.

 

 

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Elizabeth Clee of TAPinto Clark

The featured TAPinto franchisee for December 2019 is Elizabeth Clee of TAPinto Clark.  Elizabeth, a former Human Resources corporate warrior, has used her corporate background and business experience to create her own successful, profitable business while giving back to the community at the same time. 

Q. Why did you want to franchise your  TAPinto site? What caused ...

Rutgers' LeGrand Spreads Inspirational Message to High School Students

December 13, 2019

ROSELLE — As he was wheeled into recovery following surgery, fear and doubt followed Eric LeGrand.

This was October 2010 and the Rutgers defensive lineman had just days earlier suffered two fractured vertebrae in a collision with an Army kick returner. When he tried to move his arms and legs, he said, it was like they were held down by 10,000-pound weights.

Soon, though, friends ...