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Westfield High School Fall Drama ‘26 Pebbles’ Nominated for 6 Foxy Awards

May 6, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fall 2020 production of “26 Pebbles” at Westfield High School has been nominated for six Foxy Awards by Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards.

The play, which was presented virtually in December, garnered nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Production of a Virtual Play
Evan Leone, Outstanding Performance by an ...

Nancy Rygiel Honored With Westfield Rotary Club’s Philhower Fellowship Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nancy Rygiel, a teacher who is known for making math fun, is the 2021 recipient of the Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship Award for outstanding teaching at the elementary school level.

She was honored at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting after receiving the award at a virtual Rotary Club meeting earlier that day.

Rygiel is an Achieve ...

Westfield Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1.

Board members approved a five-year contract with González at Tuesday’s virtual board meeting. Gonzalez will be paid an annual salary of $231,540 for the period of Aug. 1, 2021, through June ...

After Controversial Talk, Westfield School Board Probes How Guest Speakers Vetted

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education may be changing its policies for assembly speakers after a student-requested Black History Month speech touched a nerve with some parents and at least one board member with his candid political remarks. 

Policy Committee Chairman Brendan Galligan said at Tuesday’s school board meeting that following a “robust ...

Westfield School Board OKs $127M Budget as District Sees Enrollment Dip

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education adopted a $127 million budget for the 2021-22 academic year after Tuesday's public hearing.

School property taxes will increase by 1.66% under the spending plan, which maintains class sizes and funding for the public school district’s staff and programs. The Westfield school board had introduced the budget in ...

Westfield Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Intermediate School Teacher Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — It should be a teacher students really look up to.

The Optimist Club of Westfield is seeking nominations for its 23rd annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award, the school district announced.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 7, officials said.

The Optimist Club will choose two intermediate school teachers — one from Roosevelt School ...

Westfield Grad Made Assistant Principal at Franklin School; Wilson Principal Retiring

Updated on April 29

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mary McCabe, who will take over as Franklin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, was warmly welcomed to her new post at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting.

The board also accepted the retirement of Wilson Elementary School Principal Joseph Malanga, whose last day of employment will be July 31. He has been with the ...

U.S. News & World Report: Westfield HS Rises in NJ, Drops in Nat’l Standing

Updated on April 30

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School moved down in its national standings and up among its New Jersey peers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best High Schools.”

The ranking released Tuesday puts Westfield High School at #992 in the national standings, a drop of 13 places from its spot at #979 in 2020. In New Jersey, however, the ...

Principal: More In-Person Return Pushed Back at Westfield High School as COVID ‘High’

WESTFIELD, NJ — While Westfield High School had planned to have all students requesting in-person learning attend four mornings of school a week starting next Monday, that is no longer the case as a result of rising COVID-19 activity, the principal said Wednesday.

In an email to families, Westfield High School Principal Mary Asfendis said that with the COVID activity level ...

NJ School Superintendent Pay 2020-21: How Westfield Compares

Scroll below the story for the full table of superintendents’ pay in 2020-21.

WESTFIELD, NJ — In the year of coronavirus the median school district’s superintendent salary across the state rose by 2.9% to $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department data shows.

Highest Pay. The highest-listed salary statewide comes from ...


Linda’s Pumpkin Patch Earns Perfect Score on License Renewal!

May 6, 2021

All child care center’s operating in New Jersey must be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Child care centers must comply with a manual that contains over 700 regulations with an additional 200 Covid requirements via Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders under the current health emergency.

Overall, New Jersey has some of the toughest requirements and ...


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Summit PD: Man Posing as Uber Driver Attempted Sex Assault

May 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ — City police said Tuesday evening that a man posing as an Uber driver attempted to sexually assault a person he was taking from New York City to Pennsylvania.

In a statement posted to Facebook, police said the driver exited Route 78, stopped on Glenside Avenue and the victim escaped the vehicle unhurt.

“The suspect, who drove off in a dark-colored sedan, unknown ...

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: A Matter of Safety, Time to Leverage Interagency Partnerships

May 7, 2021

The recent spate of break-ins and car thefts is having a profound effect on the psyche of our town. After being told for months to lock our cars and hide our valuables, that message seemed to be sinking in. However, brazen thieves are now entering homes — sometimes forcibly — and helping themselves to those coveted key fobs, along with residents’ wallets and other ...

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Union County Announces Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Plan to Boost Numbers

May 11, 2021

County plans to go door-to-door to reach unvaccinated residents, will set up mobile popup clinics and partner with community groups.

In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners today announced a door to door campaign aimed at reaching the unvaccinated that will begin at the end of May throughout the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

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 ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Five Apps That Can Be Helpful While Grieving

Although nothing can replace the love and support of friends or family, sometimes you need to grieve on your own.

Here, we take a look at five grief apps that may help you understand death and the emotions you’re experiencing when adapting to life after the loss of a loved one. We have even featured a few apps that can help children handle their grief.

My Grief Angels

My Grief ...

Westfield Financial Planning Offers a Primer on Bitcoin

“All that glitters is not gold.”  — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Bitcoin — A Primer

“Fiat” is a term derived from the Latin meaning “Let it be done.” The US Dollar, like all major global currencies, is a fiat currency. This means the US government merely declared the dollar is legal tender as opposed to the previous ...

How Are We to View Jews by Choice?

Are converts looked down upon in Judaism? Is conversion to our faith frowned upon? To be sure, I have been privy to plenty of disparaging remarks over the years—ironically, often made by people who themselves are far from religiously observant. “A leopard doesn’t change its spots” is one of the milder ones I’ve heard. But, never mind what certain individual Jews may ...


- 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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A New Adam Sandler Movie is Filming Scenes in NJ

May 11, 2021

CAMDEN NJ — This city will be the spotlight as comedic actor Adam Sandler films scenes here for “Hustle,” an upcoming movie that he and NBA great LeBron James are producing for Netflix.

Production crews for “Hustle” have already filmed across the river in Philadelphia, but the N.J. Motion Picture & Television Commission confirms more scenes are going to be ...