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Westfield Pedestrian Plaza ‘Open Quimby’ Restarts Friday With Fresh Look

April 29, 2021

Quimby Street's one-way setup restarts Friday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — You’re going to like the way it looks.

Such is the message from Downtown Westfield Corporation on the return of ‘Open Quimby,’ a pedestrian plaza the special improvement district announced will feature enhanced aesthetics, expanded outdoor dining and retail space, and entertainment.

The season is ...

Westfield at Bottom of WalletHub List for Starting a Business. Is That Fair?

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis.

Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while Mayor Shelley Brindle decried the list as unfair, and Republicans seeking to ...

Westfield Looks to Tone Down ‘Big Ugly’ Signs Advertising Space For Rent

WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation wants to replace “ugly” signs advertising vacant spaces in its special improvement district with ones that officials at a meeting earlier this week said are more tasteful.

And while the government entity plans to help local landlords with the cost of the new signs, at least one broker is uncertain that the new designs will get ...

Medical Aesthetics Practice Debuts in Westfield. Former RHONJ Star on Hand

WESTFIELD, NJ — The nurse practitioner and CEO of a medical grade skincare practice performed a procedure she’s not accustomed to Thursday.

Flanked by her husband and Mayor Shelley Brindle, owner of FACE Aesthetic Artistry Jennifer DeMaio cut the ribbon at the opening of her new practice on North Avenue West while local business leaders, friends, family and clients looked ...

Luna Grace Beauty Bar Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Luna Grace Beauty Bar, a full-service salon at 431 South Ave. West, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

Mayor Shelley Brindle, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the big day.

Though the salon — which offers such ...

Parklets, Open Setup for Quimby Street Poised to Return to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth.

On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining for 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar.

The popular ...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights Ranked 5th Best Embassy Suites Hotel Across US & Beyond

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotels is in. Embassy Suites by Hilton Berkeley Heights is rated #5 of all the 245 Embassy Suites hotels across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

“With perks like all-suite accommodations and complimentary made-to-order breakfasts, the hotels that ...

Selfie Stations NJ: ‘New Jersey’s First Selfie Museum’ Opens in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ann Taylor shuttered its store on East Broad Street last year, leaving yet another storefront vacant in Downtown Westfield, it was the last thing the community wanted — especially Westfield’s Ward brothers, who own the commercial space.

Seven months later, the Wards have a fix — and they like how it looks. Selfie Stations NJ, “New ...

Westfield Considering Concerns About Bicycles on Sidewalks Downtown

WESTFIELD, NJ — With extensive outdoor dining anticipated to return to Downtown Westfield next month, local officials said Tuesday they are considering how to address concerns about bicyclists riding on sidewalks in the downtown.

Downtown Westfield Corporation Executive Director Bob Zuckerman raised the issue at a meeting of the board governing the town’s special improvement ...

With ‘Impulse’ Art, Downtown Westfield Takes a Shine to Lighted Seesaws

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Bob Zuckerman was appointed to lead Downtown Westfield Corporation last year, he said he wanted to make the downtown “sparkle and shine.”

And shining it is, at least in the North Avenue parking lot of the Westfield Train Station, where 15 lighted seesaws have been set up as part of a playful art installation — Impulse — aimed at attracting ...


LISTEN: Peapack Private Wealth's Dietze Looks at Three Factors Contributing to Weak Jobs Report

May 13, 2021

Peapack Private Wealth Management's David Dietze appeared live on Bloomberg Radio with Carol Massar and Tim Stenovec to discuss his market outlook and some of his favorite stock picks!:

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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 ...

Union County to Host Virtual Hiring Event with Amazon

May 13, 2021

Amazon is offering $15/hour and up; benefits available to full time employees

The Union County Board of Commissioners announced that Union County’s American Job Center will be holding a virtual hiring event with Amazon on Tuesday, May 18, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Amazon is filling positions for hourly employment at its warehouse locations in Linden, Carteret, Avenel and ...

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 Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

23 Homes Sold May 2 - May 9 in Westfield Area

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

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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 ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

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 ...


- 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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Roxbury Steps on the Grass with Proposal to Ban Weed Companies

May 14, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Growing and selling marijuana products will be “expressly prohibited” anywhere in Roxbury under a proposed ordinance introduced this week by the Roxbury Mayor and Council.

The proposed law, which would amend the township zoning regulations, is a precautionary measure made necessary by the convoluted way the state Legislature has handled cannabis legalization in ...