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Reporting Daily COVID-19 Tallies ‘Unsustainable’ for Westfield Health Department

March 27, 2020

The Westfield Regional Health Department serves eight towns.

WESTFIELD, NJ — With resources stretched thin, the Westfield Regional Health Department will no longer provide a daily count of coronavirus cases to each of the eight municipalities it serves, the mayor said Friday.

The lag time with test results as well as the time required to complete the confirmation of each positive ...

Gov. Murphy: on FEMA Assistance, Help for NJ Small Businesses and More

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy announced at his Thursday press conference that federal emergency aid has been made available for New Jersey through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to supplement state and local recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The action makes federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals; ...

7 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Westfield Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, are known in Westfield Thursday, the mayor announced.

The newest cases in town are two men, ages 59 and 22, and five women, ages 52, 45, 43, 32 and 20. All are managing symptoms at home, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement.

This brings the official count from the Board of Health to 26 cases, including one ...

Garwood ShopRite Worker Has COVID-19, Market Says

GARWOOD, NJ — An associate working at ShopRite of Garwood has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, the supermarket announced.

The supermarket said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening that the associate is not working at the store at the moment, ShopRite has notified colleagues who were in close contact with the person and those people have been required to ...

COVID-19 Patient Count Rises to 19 in Westfield Wednesday, Mayor Says

A fundraising campaign for impacted Westfield businesses has raised $70,000.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The count of people in town with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19 rose to 19 by Wednesday night, the mayor said.

The new patients from Westfield are two men, ages 55 and 27, and a 50-year-old woman, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced. All of the new patients from Westfield are ...

COVID-19 Surge May Come in 2-3 Weeks For Parts of State

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s top health official said that the number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of New Jersey could peak in the next two or three weeks.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at a press conference Tuesday that positive cases in Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties could soon surge based on a projection made a day earlier by New York Gov. Andrew ...

COVID-19 Front Lines: Emergency Doctor Seeing Young People Affected by Virus

WESTFIELD, NJ — Young people are not immune to the impacts of COVID-19, coronavirus, a doctor of emergency medicine said Wednesday.

Westfield resident Dr. Anand Swaminathan, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, told TAPinto Westfield that he treated 30 people with COVID-19 during one shift last week, and he has seen ...

How Are Coronavirus Cases Handled in Westfield?

WESTFIELD, NJ — If I test positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, do I need to call someone? What happens if I was near someone at the store who has the virus?

Mayor Shelley Brindle recently explained how cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, are handled locally and what you can do to if you think you might have it.

“As a community, we will get through this, but we need to all ...

Westfield Health Officer Urges Residents to Stay Out of Stores When You're Sick

Corrected March 25 at 9:30 a.m.: Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211 for messages about what’s happening statewide

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle announced three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Westfield Tuesday night — two men, ages 48 and 20, and a 41-year-old woman. All three are managing symptoms at home, she said.

It brings the number ...

Murphy Says Some Bosses Forcing Employees Work From The Office

NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has a warning for business owners who are defying Executive Order 107 and forcing their workers to come into their offices rather than work from home.

“Let me be clear: my executive order is not a polite suggestion,” Murphy said. “It is an order. No one and I mean no one who can do their job from home should be going to work in an office.

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Church in Scotch Plains Fights Despair With ‘Boxes of Hope’

March 27, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Pastor Chris Morante of Evangel Church in Scotch Plains says that he has rarely seen any strife cause as much such despair in people as the coronavirus.

The pastor invited Scotch Plains Township officials to his church on Terrill Road to show the relief efforts that he and his small army of volunteers are putting together to help people in need during this coronavirus ...

Letter: More Details Wanted on Coronavirus Infected Residents in Westfield

March 17, 2020

While unfortunate for those affected, it's disturbing to learn of two known cases of coronavirus in Westfield.  There are others in surrounding communities as well. What could be helpful is if authorities could find out from those infected, where they have been in the past two weeks and when were they there. No need to publish the names of those who are infected but their ...

Westfield Houses of Worship Band Together for COVID-19 Virtual Service

March 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ – As communities around the globe continue to endure this time of uncertainty and relative discomfort, Westfield Houses of Worship are coming together — virtually — for a Community Interfaith “Power of Prayer” Service.

On Monday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m., the entire community is invited to come together as one united people with one purpose and humbly ...

Boneparth: This is Where I Am

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.

These past few weeks have had their moments. With everyone in triage mode, it’s been hard to find the ...

Taxes in the Time of Coronavirus

Amidst a pandemic, it’s hard to think of tax relief as much of a positive.  However, Congress and the IRS have given taxpayers a little less to worry about.  Like everything else, the situation is in flux. Here are current highlights:


Most 2019 non-corporate income tax returns, along with any balance due, are delayed until July 15.


First-quarter estimated payments ...

Westfield Public Schools Pitch In to Help Community

Whether donating 10,000 medical gloves to an area hospital, helping to disinfect Westfield police vehicles or setting up a social media fundraiser to buy grocery gift cards for families in need, the Westfield Public Schools community is pitching in to help during this public health crisis.

Custodial and maintenance crews from the district’s Department of Buildings and Grounds are ...

What The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Teaching Us About Ourselves

A pandemic has a way of bringing us all together. 

This pandemic reminds me of 9/11. We all came together as a country and were able to embrace one another with compassion, tears, understanding, concern and love.

We are forced to think together on this one and work together. This virus has forced us to slow down. It’s not just a physical virus, it’s here to ...

Opinion: Let’s Stay Positive During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 24, 2020

The following guest column was written by Westfield High School freshman Annika Vesuna.

The coronavirus has impacted many people’s lives around the world, including mine.

My life has been put on hold, as I’m trapped in my house all day. It was day one after the schools closed and I was stuck at home and I was bored. Bored out of my mind because I had nothing to do. It was ...

Dog Lost by Garwood/Cranford Border

UPDATE: Norman has been found!

ORIGINAL POST: Norman was last seen by Yummy ice cream shop on North Avenue on the border of Cranford and Garwood on Tuesday afternoon

Do not chase. Call 908-512-4567 if you see him. Reward offered.

11 Homes Sold March 15 — March 22 in Mountanside, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Garwood & Fanwood

Eleven homes sold March 15 through March 22, 2020, in Mountanside, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Garwood and Fanwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

TOWN            ADDRESS                  STYLE    ...

Add A To-Do to Your Spring-Cleaning List: Your Finances

When the warm weather finally hits, most of us get bit by the spring-cleaning bug. Our to-do lists often include cleaning out our garages, basements and closets. But this year, it might be time to add another section to the list: finances.

Whether you just need to reorganize or do a thorough cleansing, this to-do list from Arias & Partners Wealth Advisors will help you tidy up your ...

Extraordinary Care From One Care Giver to Another

Morristown Medical Center team member earns DAISY Award for life saving action

Nurses are always committed to the care of their patients and don’t often get to provide care for each other, but that’s exactly what happened recently at Morristown Medical Center. A phlebotomist was drawing blood when she began to feel ill. She had developed a great rapport with the patient and wanted ...

Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 27, 2020

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One of the many lessons of the coronavirus pandemic may well be: Faith will find a way

Easter and Passover come in early April this year. Both holidays typically mean ...