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These 9 Westfield Crossing Guard Posts Will Not be Staffed Next Week

May 21, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Some parents may consider walking their children to school next week as nine crossing guard posts will not be staffed.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Friday that the posts will be vacant for the week of May 23 because of COVID-19 infections and off-duty personal injury cases.

“The town must once again temporarily reduce the number of crossing guard ...

Westfield High School Student Earns Scholarship for Environmental Contributions

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-year-old senior at Westfield High School was recently awarded a national scholarship for her work making Westfield greener.

Ashley Hu has been a member of Westfield’s Green Team since her junior year in high school. The team focuses on educating the youth and finding ways to be more sustainable in Westfield and the surrounding area.

After volunteering with ...

Three Westfield Students Earn Perfect Scores on Parts of SAT, ACT Tests

WESTFIELD, NJ — Three Westfield High School juniors recently earned perfect scores on ACT and SAT subject tests, the school district announced Wednesday.

The students are the following:

Matthew Christian (ACT English - April 2022), 
Cooper DelGandio (SAT Math - March 2022)
Audrey Jones (ACT Reading - February 2022)

Westfield Drama Student Kayla Louison Nominated for Rising Star Award

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Kayla Louison received her first Rising Star Award nomination from Paper Mill Playhouse this week for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Female-Identified Role.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards is a statewide high school recognition program created in 1996 to encourage and reward ...

Westfield School Board Mulls Move to April Elections, Public Budget Vote

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education is considering taking its school budgets to a public vote, something that would allow it to exceed the state’s two percent property tax cap.

The plan school board members discussed Tuesday would have the district move its elections to April and seek voter approval for the annual spending plan.

“It’s direct democracy,” said ...

FACT - Families & Community Together: Wraparound Care With Results and Quality Assured

Families & Community Together, is a CMO (Care Management Organization) that provides care management and wraparound services to children ages five up until their 21st birthday. FACT helps families and caregivers create a more stable and healing environment for children, address barriers to well-being, and maximize youth and family strengths.

TAPinto talked with Richard ...

Westfield Rotary Awards Fellowship to Washington Elementary Teacher

WESTFIELD, NJ — “Calm and caring,” with dedication that is “contagious,” Westfield native and Washington Elementary School fifth grade teacher Matthew Cognetti is the 2022 recipient of the Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship in recognition of outstanding teaching at the elementary school level, the school district announced Friday.

Cognetti ...

Westfield School Budget 2022-23: Community Protests Education Job Cuts

WESTFIELD, NJ — An elementary school music teacher who brightens his students’ days, Benjamin Norkus is among the Westfield Public Schools staff members who will be looking for other employment following the elimination of approximately 24 positions district wide to help plug a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

During a school board meeting that drew an overflow crowd to ...

How Westfield High School Placed in U.S. News’ 2022 Rankings

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School has dropped in both state and national standings but remains among the best in New Jersey and across the nation, the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday show.

U.S. News put Westfield High School as #48 among 406 high schools ranked in New Jersey, marking a decrease of seven places. Nationally, the school placed at ...

24 Posts Slated to be Cut Under Westfield School Budget Set for Approval Tuesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — As it approves its budget for the 2022-23 academic year on Tuesday, the Board of Education will be faced with also authorizing the elimination of nearly two dozen positions in academics, the arts and secretarial services.

Background. School officials told the board last month that while all programs would remain intact, the district would have to cut staff in making up ...


Union County College Recognized as REACH Reward Recipient from Phi Theta Kappa

May 16, 2022

Union County College is honored to be named a 2022 REACH Chapter from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for students attending two-year colleges. The organization recognizes students with high academic achievement at associate degree-granting colleges, and membership is by invitation only. The Iota Xi Chapter of PTK at Union is incredibly active on campus, with 250 to 300 ...


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Fatal Crash Shuts Eastbound Route 24 in Union County Thursday (UPDATED)

May 19, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ — One person died, and another victim was flown by helicopter after a tractor trailer crash shut down Route 24 east Thursday afternoon, according to the City of Summit Fire Department.

At about 2 p.m., authorities responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Route 24 east near mile marker 9, the fire department announced. Five cars and a tractor trailer were ...

Letter: The Sophia is Too Bulky, Not Supported by Master Plan, Zoning or Public, She Says

May 19, 2022

To the Editor:

The proposed Sophia apartment building at Prospect Street and Ferris Place is obtrusive and out of scale with its surrounding residential neighborhood. At a height of 50 feet and a footprint of 35,000 square feet, the bulk of the Sophia building would overwhelm the adjacent single-family houses at this prominent corner location.

Hundreds of Westfield residents have already ...

Candidate Statement: Amanda Como for Ward 1 Town Council

May 20, 2022

Hello Ward 1 residents,

My name is Amanda Como, and I am running to be your next Councilperson.

Many of you may remember that I was on the ballot just 7 months ago in November 2021. While I came up short in the end, I am not letting that loss deter me.

The Ward 1 seat is available now because of Jim Boyes’ decision to resign over a conflict of interest for both the Prospect and ...

Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

23 Homes Sold May 7 -14 in Westfield Area

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

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Continued Academic Honors at Westfield High School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School students continue to be honored for academic and artistic achievements in recognition of their hard work and dedication to furthering their education.

Eleventh grader Mattia Butera will attend the Governor's School of Engineering and Technology this summer at Rutgers University.  As a selected Governor's Scholar, he will take four ...

Tips on Manifesting and Getting Stuff Done

Ever wonder how some people seem to get so many things done in a short period of time?  Well, they probably know the secret to quickly manifesting their goals. There are tons of books out there on manifesting, but the truth is, you only need to be in tune with your own body to really achieve your goals and dreams. 

In the above video, I give you some tips on how to super ...

Essential Summer Water Safety Tips From the Westfield Area YMCA

National Water Safety Month is in May and is a kick-off for the summer season. This is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip kids and adults with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.

As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the YMCA teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and ...

How To Change When It Feels Impossible

As a mental health and pain management coach, I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about managing chronic pain, chronic illness, and mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. 

In the process, I often hear, "I want to change Christina, but I just can't." My response is always, "well…you get to decide that." ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...


Nov 28, 1931 - Jan 19, 2022
Austin George Habib, 90, passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2022, surrounded by his ...
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