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Atlantic League Honors Patriots' Patrick McVerry as Top Exec

October 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball has named Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerrythe 2018 Joe Klein Executive of the Year.

The Somerset Patriots also received the Ken Shepard Award For Promotional Excellence for the second consecutive season.

McVerry oversaw the Somerset Patriots’ 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018, where ...

Code Ninjas Celebrates Grand Opening in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Code Ninjas, a coding center for children ages 7 to 14, celebrated its grand opening in at 1006 South Ave. West in Westfield this weekend.

At Code Ninjas, kids can learn by designing their own video games, as well as through STEM activities.

“We’re not trying to make every child a programmer,” said Protima Pandey, who owns the franchise with her ...

For Westfield Biz Magnate, Neighbors Were ‘Extremely Important’

WESTFIELD, NJ — A late New Jersey industrialist and his wife who both lived to 100 have been recognized for their quiet community contributions.

Town officials on Tuesday named a small island at the entrance to Watchung Fork after Patricia and Grover Connell, president of the Connell Co., a manufacturer of rice and sugar. Grover Connell died in October. His wife, Patricia, died in ...

NJ Crackdown Aside, Breweries May Be in Hopper For Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – More beer here.

Such was the message from the Town Council on Tuesday as it approved regulations intended to draw microbreweries and craft distilleries into its downtown.

The new local law allows for microbreweries and craft distilleries within Westfield’s central business district and delineates definitions for the establishments. Council members approved the ...

FestiFall: Community Coalesces at Westfield Fest Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ – Enclosed in a clear plastic booth, two teens moved frantically to untangle a blue wire and plug the ends into sockets on opposite-sided walls.

Avery Avella, 10, and Alice Manzo, 11, secured one side, but it popped out of the socket at the opposite end as they attempted to fit the tangled wire in.

The duo missed their deadline.

Smoke spewed from the top of the ...

Westfield Wants to Be NJ's Most Biz-Friendly Town, Feds Help

WESTFIELD, NJ — The uniqueness of the town’s local shops was on display Tuesday as federal officials sought to highlight the benefits of government-backed loans for small business owners.

Nabig Sakr and Carmen Cascao, owners N&C Jewelers, have worked in Westfield for 40 years, the past four of them at their location on Quimby Street. In an age where legacy brick-and-mortar ...

Special Chefs See a Slice of Success at Pizza Shop in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Dough, cheese, sauce, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni are among the ingredients that 10 children, half of them with special needs, used to make individual pies at a local pizza shop earlier this week.

The gathering of elementary school-aged youths at Outta Hand Pizza, 311 South Ave. West, on Sunday, included lessons from the local shop’s owners and ...

Shovlin Mattress Factory Buys Everyone’s Coffee at Westfield Manhattan Bagel Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfeld family-owned business located in Fanwood, is buying coffee for everyone who visits Manhattan Bagel in Westfield Saturday, Sept. 8.

“The community has been supporting us forever, so we wanted to give back to them,” said Ron Shovlin, who owns Shovlin Mattress Factory with his wife, Kara Shovlin.

Shovlin also wanted thank ...

Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses Retailer to Occupy Former Coldwater Creek Space in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Warby Parker, retailer of prescription glasses and sunglasses based in New York City,  is coming to 137 Central Ave. in a portion of the space formerly occupied by Coldwater Creek, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced in its monthly newsletter, out Wednesday.

“Warby Parker is based on the belief that buying glasses should be easy and fun,” ...


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Opportunities Following Dow’s Wild Ride

October 15, 2018

Investors just experienced a volatile week, the worst since March, as the Dow plunged over 1300 points on Wednesday and Thursday.

Instead of bonds being the answer to shaky markets, they were the culprit.  Yields on US Treasuries rose to levels not seen in seven years, with the 10 year Treasury briefly touching 3.24%, as investors sold off bonds.   The much-ballyhooed propensity ...