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Westfield Woman, Sanitation Workers Rescue Engagement Ring From Garbage Truck

May 26, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin knew finding her engagement ring and an accompanying earring that found their way in the garbage would be a challenge, but she tried anyway — and her trip to the incinerator paid off.

Cronin, who has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years determined that the ring had gone out with the garbage Friday morning and so over the weekend called ...

Westfield Memorial Day 2020: Audience at Home, Town Honors its War Heroes

View video of the full ceremony below text.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Church bells rang. The bugle played. The mayor gave a speech.

A solemn Memorial Day ceremony was made even more solemn with no audience in attendance at the town’s World War I monument Monday.

“Let this day be a day of commemoration and honor for those who sacrificed their lives in order to give us liberty and ...

Livestreamed Nikki Briar Concert Raising Funds for Westfield Businesses

WESTFIELD NJ — Local country music performer and Sweet Sounds of Downtown favorite Nikki Briar performs a porch concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location for the Westfield community.

Watch the concert here and at https://www.facebook.com/nikkibriar. Viewers are encouraged to donate money to the Westfield United Fund's We Love Local campaign to help ...

Westfield Rescue Squad Volunteers on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Fight

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tyvek suits to protect them from COVID-19, an ultraviolet light to scrub ambulances of potential coronavirus contaminants and a heightened awareness when entering long-term care centers are standard protocol for the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad these days.

The squad members in Westfield have been regular visitors to the town’s two long term care centers in ...

Westfield Area YMCA to Host Clothing Drive June 3

WESTFIELD, NJ — Have you been using your quarantine time to clean out your closets? The Westfield Area YMCA has just the event for you.

On Wednesday, June 3, from 7:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. the Westfield Area YCMA invites the public to drop off clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bedding, stuffed animals and small plastic toys on a tarp to be laid in front of ...

Westfield Neighbors Helping Their Mail Carrier After Fire Destroys His Home

ELIZABETH, NJ — Jonathan Patiño was home when the tractor trailer crash lit up propane tanks and set his family’s Carlton Street home ablaze.

Patiño, 28, along with his sister and parents escaped unharmed. They recovered a fireproof box containing some essential documents after the April 24 blaze. But that was all they recovered.

“Everything else ...

Westfield Community Helps Make 117 Gowns to Protect Healthcare Workers

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Mayor Shelley Brindle called for Westfield residents to help make protective gowns for healthcare workers, one resident stepped in — resulting in over one hundred gowns being made.

“I was just in a position to be able to give,” said Mitch Gambert, who donated 320 yards of pre-cut fabric to help make 117 protective gowns for Genesis HealthCare's ...

Greta’s Run 2020 Q&A: Virtual Participation Rising in Annual 5K

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crowds of sweaty runners are out of the question during the pandemic but with virtual participation an annual 5K is well on its way to success.

The annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died tragically in 2002, is virtual this year and partnering with Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, which provides free, year-round grief ...

Westfield Police, Community Partnering for Contactless Food Drive

WESTFIELD, NJ — Working with local faith leaders, the town’s police department is spearheading an annual food drive that would have otherwise been sidetracked by COVID-19.

Officers are offering contactless pickup for an annual food drive for the Westfield Food Pantry that would typically happen at the Westfield Post Office, police said.

“It’s kind of all hands on ...

Westfield Honors Market Workers at Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s

WESTFIELD, NJ — These days they’re behind plexiglass windows, scanning shoppers’ grocery purchases, stocking shelves and delivering news about toilet paper supplies.

Town officials in Westfield recently honored the front-line employees at Stop & Shop and Trader Joe’s for their work during the pandemic.

The stores, Mayor Shelley Brindle wrote in a proclamation ...

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Roosevelt Intermediate School Gets a New Spring Flower Garden Thanks to Westfield Girl Scout

May 21, 2020

Margaret Danenhauer, of Westfield Girl Scout Troop 40490, has earned her Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadette can earn and gives girls the chance to do big things and improve their community.

For her award, Margaret planted a spring flower garden at Roosevelt Intermediate School around the school sign at the corner of Clark Street ...

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Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 30, 9:00 AM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Blood Drive at Westfield Presbyterian Church

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Wed, June 3, 7:30 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Bauer Branch, Westfield

Clothing Drive

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Thu, June 4, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

Blood Drive in Clark - Urgent Need! Appointment ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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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, ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 30, 9:00 AM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Blood Drive at Westfield Presbyterian Church

Giving Back

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Sat, May 30, 7:00 PM

First United Methodist Church, Westfield

CANCELED: NJFO Season Finale: Russian Nights

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, June 1, 5:30 PM

Westfield

Westfield Board of Health Meeting

Government

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 ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

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 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

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 ...

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 ...

Murphy on Floyd Killing: ‘We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility’

May 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

“George Floyd should be alive today — not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of ...

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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