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NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

May 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Plans to Launch Full Day Kindergarten in Westfield Stall Amid Pandemic

Following public pressure, the district has added a second grade section at Tamaques School.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for full-day public kindergarten in Westfield are on hold.

The school board’s long-range planning committee met earlier in May and determined it would be best not to move forward with plans for full-day kindergarten at this time, said ...

4 Westfield High School Teachers Honored for Excellence

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School community has honored four teachers with awards of excellence, the school district announced. 

During virtual announcements to staff and students last week, Principal Mary Asfendis named the award winners, who were nominated by students, staff and parents at the school, school officials said.

Science teacher Suzanne Glynn earned the ...

Westfield Senior Class President Lobbying Murphy for in-Person Graduation

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, on various social media platforms. The letter explains the necessity ...

Westfield’s Graduation Plans Remain a ‘Work in Progress,’ Superintendent Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Graduation plans for Westfield public schools have not been finalized as the district awaits updated guidance from the state, school officials said this week.

“WHS administration continues to work with seniors, teachers and parents on June 23 virtual graduation as they await updated guidance from Governor Murphy,” district spokesperson Mary Ann McGann ...

Westfield School Board Updates Distance Learning Plan

Instruction at Westfield’s public schools will remain online through at least the end of the summer.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield school board approved the district’s new distance learning plan, which was updated to meet additional requirements set forth by the state, during its virtual meeting Tuesday night.

The board voted 8-0 in favor of the plan. Board member Tara ...

Student from Westfield Wins National Merit Scholarship Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — A student at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains is the winner of a National Merit Scholarship award.

Westfield resident Deborah C. Obiajulu, who has a probable career in medicine, has won a $2,500 scholarship, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced.

Obiajulu is among 2,500 merit scholarship designees chosen from 15,000 finalists in the ...

Westfield Scout Cadette Earns High Honors For After School Efforts

WESTFIELD, NJ — A member of Girl Scout Troop 40430 has earned the highest award a girl scout cadette can.

Ashleigh Stewart earned her silver award by working with Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center to improve their afterschool program with a variety of activities.

“Over the summer, I created and taught theater and drama lessons and games for the students,” ...

NJ Seniors Deserve a Proper Graduation Ceremony, Parent Says in Petition

NEW JERSEY — Has coronavirus put a crimp in your high graduation? You're not the only one, and a growing chorus of signers to an online petition want the governor to do something about it.

One parent has started an online petition calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to “find a creative way for the class of 2020 to graduate in a traditional matter.” By of 5:20 p.m.

Westfield Library Children’s Area Getting Facelift During COVID-19 Closure

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the Westfield Memorial Library closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the children’s department is undergoing redecoration due to the generosity of the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library.

The children’s department now features a series of arches made to capture the beauty of nature, decorated with flowers, creatures and other greenery. All of ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 21, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate. You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos. Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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Fourth of July Fireworks at all Union County Parks Canceled Due to COVID-19

May 27, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in its parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks that were previously scheduled to take place at the following sites:

Cranford's fireworks scheduled to take place in ...

Letter: The Problems with PILOTs-Part II

May 27, 2020

Last week, we began to expose the many problems with PILOTs and the tax abatement programs that the Brindle Administration recently set in motion in Westfield, without any meaningful public debate or input, and during a pandemic.

The harms that can be caused by such programs are detailed in a report published by the NJ State Comptroller, ...

Point View Webinar Focuses on 'Investment Fundamentals Amid Covid-19' May

May 27, 2020

"Investment Fundamentals Amid Covid-19" - May 28 at 11 a.m.

David Dietze & Elaine Phipps will share practical advice on managing your investments through this pandemic.

Here's what you'll learn:

*See historically how the market has performed and rebounded from financial crises.
*Why failure to observe this one rule can put your nest egg at risk

*The one ...

COVID-19: I Feel Unsafe About Returning to Work. Do I Have to?

If you are getting unemployment insurance, that means that you have indicated that you are presently able to return back to work. So, if you are being offered suitable work (e.g. same or similar title, pay, weekly hours, etc.) and you refuse, it is likely that you would subsequently be denied any further unemployment compensation benefits. The general principle here is that if their ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

12 Homes Sold May 17 - May 23 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Cranford & Mountainside

Twelve homes sold May 17 through May 23, 2020, in Westfield, Mountainside, Garwood, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Cranford, according to the Garden State MLS:*

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Consumer Defensive Stocks – A Safe Port in the Storm?

As the Coronavirus grips much of the world, global travel and commerce have come to a screeching halt.  The last thing people want to think about is getting on an airplane, checking into a hotel or spending money on the latest fashions.  They are concerned about sourcing food, cleaning supplies, and the holy grail – toilet paper. 

Investors have long been drawn to consumer ...

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

May 20, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

Westfield Intermediate, High Schools Receive ‘No Place for Hate’ Designations

Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School have received official designation as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“It is clear from all of your efforts that you and your committee brought the right amount of thoughtfulness, commitment and intention that we look for in the schools that engage and thrive ...

Lockdown with Your Partner -- Togetherness and Separateness

While some couples prefer autonomy and independence in a relationship, others enjoy a strong emotional connection. One partner may want to talk things through and need to always feel connected, reassured while the other will be more distant and removed.  When the partner remains removed and distant, we then continue to pursue even more. As we pursue, the distancer retreats and ...

How To Approach Market Volatility If You Are In Retirement or Close To It

Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn’t have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Missing Jews

How many Jews are there in the world? 13 million? Perhaps 14 million, if you’re generous. How many Jews were there before World War II? Apparently the number was around the 19 million mark. So if we deduct the six million wiped out in the Holocaust, we are down to 13 million—which is exactly where we are today. So the colossal question is this: Where are all the missing Jews? Or, ...

Milestones

Catherine Serratelli Graduates Boston College with Honors

May 19, 2020

Catherine Serratelli graduated from Boston College in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences in their Honors Program and with Communication Honors.  

She will begin her career in a 2 year program for an online retailer in merchandising this fall in Boston.

We are so incredibly proud of Catherine and all her hard work and determination. 

Congratulations!  We ...

Newark Cigar Bar Maestro Peter Jimenez Pozo Remembered

May 18, 2020

On the side of Jimenez Tobacco, a black-and-white portrait of Peter Jimenez Pozo, the face and personality of the family-run cigar and cocktail lounge on the edge of the Ironbound, is framed by bright flowers and dark bunting. 

The site is now a place of pilgrimage, Pozo's elegant pose presiding over those who come to see him. 

Pozo was usually seen inside Jimenez Tobacco ...

Obituaries

Jun 18, 1944 - May 1, 2020
John La Forte, of Edison, NJ passed away early Friday morning May 1, 2020, due to ...
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