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NJ Festival Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert Brings Audience to its Feet in Westfield

May 8, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Music lovers cheered Westfield’s own New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night during its “Roses from the South” performance, a tribute to Mother’s Day featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and songs, ballads and serenades sung by famed Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.

“Tonight is a particularly special one,” said Maestro David Wroe, ...

Westfield Drama Student Kayla Louison Nominated for Rising Star Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Kayla Louison received her first Rising Star Award nomination from Paper Mill Playhouse this week for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Female-Identified Role.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards is a statewide high school recognition program created in 1996 to encourage and reward ...

RHONJ Stars Headline Girls’ Night Out in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Stars from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television series were the big draw for Downtown Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out Thursday.

TV personality Margaret Josephs signed copies of her new book, “Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: How to Survive in Business and Life,” while her mother, Marge Senior, and husband, Joe, looked on ...

Westfield’s Spring Fling Street Fair Returns to Kick Off the Season

WESTFIELD, NJ – It’s back. After two years, the chamber of commerce’s Spring Fling street fair once again took over part of Downtown Westfield with festival food, a variety of vendors and a large children’s zone full of rides and games.

The festival was put on hiatus because of the pandemic. But Sunday, the crowds were out, enjoying the beautiful weather and taking ...

NJFO Mother’s Day Concert in Westfield to Feature Irish Tenor, Waltzes & More

WESTFIELD, NJ — Does Mom love live music? On Saturday, May 7, you can take her to the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s “Roses from the South,” a musical tribute to moms featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and serenades just in time for Mother’s Day.

The celebratory program will feature a special guest appearance by renowned Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, founding ...

Shop for Unique Art, Home Décor by Local Artist at The Gallery in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Walk to the back of The Gallery on Elm Street, past the one-of-a-kind paintings, statues, jewelry, custom furniture and various home décor, and you’ll find you’ll find the studio of Lisa Sommers. You may even catch the artist at work.

Sommers, who lives in Clark, first opened the shop in November, but it wasn’t until Saturday that ...

Westfield High School Theatre Department Earns 7 Foxy Award Nominations

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School Theatre Department received seven nominations for Montclair State University’s Foxy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Theater.

The nominations are all for the school’s fall 2021 production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Nominations include:

Outstanding Production of a Classical ...

Listen Up! Westfield’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Series Slated to Return

WESTFIELD, NJ — The music returns to Downtown Westfield starting in July.

While the schedule has yet to be completed, Downtown Westfield Executive Director Bob Zuckerman said, the annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival will run July 5 – Aug. 30. It is scheduled to be held Tuesdays in July and August from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The first night will feature Swing Town, a 20-piece ...

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Mostly Music to Hold Concert and Celebration in Westfield May 15

May 10, 2022

Mostly Music will present its final concert for the season on Sunday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield. The musicians will include our old friends Ani Kavafian and Kerry McDermott on violin, Paul Neubauer on viola, Fred Sherry on cello and David Shifrin on clarinet. They will be playing Beethoven's Trio for Strings in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3; ...

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Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

May 13, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

Letter: Traffic Professional Weighs in on Proposed Prospect-Ferris Development Traffic Impact Study

May 16, 2022

I have had a 52-year career in consulting engineering specializing in traffic and transportation. I am a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers. As a Westfield resident for 50 years, I am proud to have served on the Union County Transportation Advisory Board appointed by many Westfield mayors for ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, May 16, 10:00 AM

Municipal Building, Westfield

Meet the Chiefs Breakfast

Police & Fire

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Tue, May 17, 7:00 PM

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Westfield Board of Education Meeting

Government

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Wed, May 18, 12:30 PM

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Motion is Lotion! Keep Joints Happy and Healthy

Health & Wellness

Free Webinar: Mental Health 101

May 16, 2022

In a resolution passed last week at the Union County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the Department of Human Service’s Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in partnership with Atlantic Health System will host a free webinar titled, “Mental Health 101: How Do We ...

23 Homes Sold May 7 -14 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties 908-400-0778.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Seniors Earn GMC Sportsmanship Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Athletes and teams from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison often receive recognition for outstanding sportsmanship. Earlier this spring, W+H seniors Zain Zaidi of Edison and Izabel Korycki of Colonia represented the school at the 21st Annual Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Banquet.

Zain and Izabel were selected as the W+H recipients and honored along with ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Tips on Manifesting and Getting Stuff Done

Ever wonder how some people seem to get so many things done in a short period of time?  Well, they probably know the secret to quickly manifesting their goals. There are tons of books out there on manifesting, but the truth is, you only need to be in tune with your own body to really achieve your goals and dreams. 

In the above video, I give you some tips on how to super ...

Westfield 5th Graders Qualify for National Geography Bee

Franklin 5th graders Henry Tuttle, Karl Westerling, Matt Taormina, James Holleran and Shaan Patel (not pictured) made it to the final rounds of the regional competition of the International Geography Bee while qualifying to compete in Nationals in June.

Essential Summer Water Safety Tips From the Westfield Area YMCA

National Water Safety Month is in May and is a kick-off for the summer season. This is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip kids and adults with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.

As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the YMCA teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and ...

Is the Spike in Commodity Prices Sustainable?

For a glimpse of just how volatile commodities currently are, look at nickel markets. Prices doubled in early March. Then they fell sharply. Then the London Metals Exchange halted trading. In late March, the market for nickel — a key component in electric vehicle batteries and stainless steel products — reopened but with strict trading limits.

It’s just one example of how the ...

Who is Holy?

Who is holy? Is it the mystic in the mountains, the monk in the monastery, or the guru in the garage? Perhaps it is the lady with the crystal ball or the meditating yogi?

People today have fallen in love with Spirituality, Mysticism and Kabbalah. Great. I’ve even given a whole series of Kabbalah classes myself. Judaism is certainly rich in spirituality and the mystical ...

Holy Trinity Highlights the Arts

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students at Holy Trinity School are showcasing their talents in music, art, and drama this spring after a hiatus of two years. 

On Apr. 6, students in the school instrumental program, under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Samantha Gambuzza, played a concert for the school community that afternoon and in the evening for parent/adult guests. Students played ...

Is An Emotional Affair Cheating?

An emotional affair is when you turn to a friend or co-worker for emotional (not physical) intimacy.  The seduction is that this person gives you what you feel that your spouse does not: support, ego boosts, playfulness, empathy, flirting, and understanding. This relationship begins in a very innocent way, yet you may begin to share more with this person than with your ...

Agent Spotlight: Kelly & Con Hartnett

Kelly and Con Hartnett, Sales Associates in the Livingston office, are a real estate power couple, ranking among the Top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents, nationwide. Kelly is an expert on the North Jersey market and one of BHHSNJ’s Certified Relocation Specialists. Whether you’re moving from the town over or crossing a few time zones, Kelly can guide you to your home of ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dies at 93

May 12, 2022

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battled-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

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