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More Coronavirus Variants Likely on The Way, Health Officials Warn

April 14, 2021

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At least one in four recent COVID-19 infections diagnosed in New Jersey is likely linked to a coronavirus variant, according to federal figures, and state officials warn other new ...

NJ Pauses Delivery of J&J Vaccine, Awaiting Guidance from Feds

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies Tuesday issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

What Are Westfield’s COVID-19 Numbers as of Friday? How About Vaccinations?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Teenagers continue to be the most highly infected by COVID-19 in Westfield, the mayor said Friday as she reported new cases occurring over the course of the prior seven days.

What’s New? The Westfield Regional Health Officer reported 73 new COVID cases in Westfield April 1 – 8, Mayor Shelley Brindle said.

The most impacted? The most highly impacted age ...

Union County Mobile COVID-19 Units Bring Vaccines to Seniors in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Union County Mobile COVID-19 vaccine units brought vaccine supplies to seniors at Scotch Plains Senior Housing and St. John's Baptist Church in Scotch Plains as part of ongoing efforts throughout the state to increase the vaccination rate, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Pastor Shawn Wallace and his wife, Carita, of St. John's Baptist ...

Murphy Reports Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals, Plugs NJ Shot Finder

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday.

Murphy said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

NJ Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19, Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of vaccine to essential frontline workers, educators, ...

Westfield Sees 3 COVID Deaths in March as Total Cases Rise 17%

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town reported three coronavirus deaths in March as total virus cases rose by 17% to 272 people, according to the mayor.

Mayor Shelley Brindle had in March reported that a 78-year-old woman, a 90-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man died, bringing the number of Westfield COVID-19 deaths to 56 people.

On Friday, Brindle reported that of the 272 coronavirus cases the ...

Twitter Bots Can Help You Find COVID Vaccine Shots in Union County & NJ

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With supplies limited, the COVID-19 vaccine is often tough to come by.

Twitter bots, which are automated Twitter accounts, track when certain COVID-19 sites post new batches of vaccine appointments online.

Click the bell icon on the Twitter page to have the bots that you want to notify you when new appointments are posted.

The following accounts are among the ...

Union County Vaccine Guide: What You Need to Know (UPDATED)

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Thursday, 4.3 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in New Jersey and 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

The doses are being administered statewide through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey’s ...


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Local Author’s ‘Hello Grandma!’ Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — “I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!”

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

“Hello Grandma!,” Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner ...

Letter: New Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day in Union County

April 14, 2021

April 2021

As Earth Day approaches, many Union County residents and visitors look for ways in which to commemorate the event.

Picking up litter, planting trees, and producing educational programs are among the many traditional Earth Day activities supported by the Board of Commissioners.

We also recognize that our everyday habits can have an impact on the environment, and we encourage ...

Candidate Statement: Can't wait to connect! Ward 1 Town Council Candidate Amanda Como

April 8, 2021

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Como, and I am running for Town Council in Westfield’s Ward 1.

I am Jersey born and raised; after living up and down the East Coast; my husband Brad and I established roots here in December 2007.

Like you, we fell in love with Westfield’s great school district and charming downtown.

Fourteen years, two children and a dog later, a lot has ...

Union County’s Inclusive Activity Series Continues with Virtual Dance Party and Bubble Trouble, April 23 + 25

April 14, 2021

Free community events in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month.

In recognition of April as Autism Acceptance Month, the Union County Board of Commissioners presents a new edition of free online programming for persons with disabilities and special needs, featuring interactive fun for the whole family. The series is hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special ...

Allocate Your Assets for Maximum Tax Efficiency!

Investment management for private clients presents unique challenges.  Near the top is that profits generated cannot be enjoyed until they’ve passed through the tax filter.  Understanding the tax implications of investing allows some control over the amount of taxes paid even if the path of the financial markets is beyond control.

In a Nutshell

The tax tail should never wag ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Frauds, Bicycle Found, Posters Stolen & Vehicle Burglaries

April 13, 2021

4/5/2021 at 11:16 a.m. — Fraud

A resident of 100 block of Myrtle Avenue reported an incident of fraud. Victim stated that in January she was contacted on Instagram by an unknown actor who offered her high return rates on her investment if she invested with his company. Over the course of three months, victim made several money transfers into various accounts provided by the persons ...

IRS Recalculating Taxes on Unemployment Benefits. Refunds Start in May

The IRS will take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent changes made by the American Rescue Plan.

This allows taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income to exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all ...

Westfield Public Schools' Community Service Week Benefits a Slate of Causes

Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during Community Service Week in the Westfield Public School District.

Community Service Week — held this ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Caring for the Caregiver with Respite Care Options

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Set For Timely Symposium

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests.

Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

14 Homes Sold April 4 -11 in Westfield Area

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

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Losing a Child ~ Losing a Friend

The loss of a child is like no other. Losing a child to a tragic accident is grief that lasts a lifetime.  It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.  You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel worse. 

While you cannot take away the pain of the loss, you can provide some needed comfort and ...

Westfield Area YMCA's Pamela Gedman Achieves Songahm Taekwondo Master Level

Pamela Gedman, chief instructor of Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area YMCA, has earned the recognition and achievement of Songahm Taekwondo Master Instructor and has received a national award from ATA International.

Ms. Gedman became eligible for the title of Songahm Master upon achieving her 6th degree black belt, which in itself takes approximately 20 years of ...

Saint Joseph HS Grad Marc Johnstone Signs with Washington Capitals' Affiliate South Carolina Stingrays

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone.

Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season ...

The Eternal Covenant

And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised (Leviticus 12:3)

This verse comes from the opening lines of this week's Parshah and, as they say, the rest is history.

A Bris is a covenant and through the millennia, Jews have kept this mitzvah like no other and have thereby maintained their eternal covenant with G‑d. There were ...

6 Ways To Increase Car Safety for Your Child

While there have been significant strides to increase car safety in the last 50 years, every year, 1.35 million people die in car accidents, and when you look at the United States, 37,000 Americans lose their lives every year.

Far more unfortunate is the case of children who lose their lives in these types of accidents. Sure, we can obey the car seat laws set forth, but what else can we do? ...


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Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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Wayne PD: Man Accused of Strangling Fast-Food Worker in Fight Over Mask Wearing

April 7, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — A township man was arrested last week in connection with the strangling of a Burger King employee on Route 23 South, police said.

A fellow employee intervened during the assault and the suspect fled. He was later found and arrested by Wayne Police, according to police.

Detective Captain Dan Daly said video footage from the Burger King security cameras showed two ...