VIDEO: Westfield Police Show Love for Fallen Detective’s Son at Middle School Graduation

June 20, 2018

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — When his dad, a Westfield police detective who died last month, couldn’t be at young Eric Lieberman’s eighth grade graduation from Roselle Park Middle School, 16 members of the Westfield Police Department instead walked across the stage to give him a hug Tuesday night.

“What a beautiful tribute to both my son and his father,” said his ...

Little Free Library in Westfield Collecting Items for Homeless Women

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Liptack family’s Little Free Library at 710 East Broad St. is collecting supplies for the Purse Project to help homeless women in New York City.

“Please feel free to fill your own purse or donate individual items from the list that we will then pack up,” homeowner Sara Liptack said. “You can drop off in the bin on our porch until July ...

Westfield Teacher Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Heteji Grabko, a mom of two who worked this year at Westfield’s Lincoln School as a special education preschool teacher, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko.

The couple lives in North Plainfield with their two children, 12-year-old Ella and ...

Fundraiser Created for Westfield Teacher Fighting Life-Threatening Liver Disease

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — As Maggie Heteji Grabko, a special education preschool teacher at Westfield’s Lincoln School, awaits a life-saving liver transplant, a GoFundMe page has been created to help her family deal with the costs associated with hospitalization.

Grabko and her husband, Shawn Grabko, live in North Plainfield with their two children, 12-year-old Ella and 13-year-old ...

Fund, Memorial T-Shirt Sales will Benefit Fallen Westfield Detective's Children

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Detective First Grade Eric Lieberman’s watch ended on May 22 when the 47-year-old died suddenly and unexpectedly. Now a fund has been established to raise money for his two teenage boys.

“This is a tough time and we’re just trying to do what we can, trying to show support for our fallen officer, ” said Officer Jeff ...

Walk Across America for Opioid Overdose Awareness Brings Pair to Westfield on Their Journey

WESTFIELD, NJ — Brett Bramble, along with walking partner, John “Stick” Azerolo, passed through Westfield on a months-long journey from Key West, Fla. to Calais, Maine in an effort to raise awareness of opioid overdose and addiction.

Bramble walks for his sister Brittany, who died of an overdose in 2014, while Azerolo walks to support friends who have lost daughters ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Hotline Flooded with Calls After 2 Celebrity Suicides

WESTFIELD, NJ — Calls came pouring in to Caring Contact Friday after people awoke to the news of celebrity chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide, according to Executive Director Janet Sarkos. Just three days before, celebrity designer Kate Spade had also died by suicide. 

 “The phones have been ringing off the hooks,” ...

Westfield Student with Rare Brain Cancer Goes to Prom with Help from Community

WESTFIELD, NJ – Westfield High School senior Maddie Sanford had hoped to participate in all of this year’s school activities, said her mother, Alexandra Sanford. But because of a rare brain cancer, she’s had to miss a lot.

“Every single thing she’s wanted to go to this year, there has been a reason she has had to miss it,” said Sanford. This ...

Optimist Club of Westfield Announces Outstanding Intermediate School Teachers Awards

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public School educators Michele Belz and Dominick Ceccio have been named Outstanding Intermediate School Teachers for 2018 by the Optimist Club of Westfield, the district announced Wednesday.

The Optimist Club, a not-for-profit service organization that supports youth and the community, presents the award annually to two Westfield teachers — ...

Enter Your Favorite Westfield Nonprofit to Win a State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant

WESTFIELD, NJ — State Farm Insurance is kicking off its seventh annual Neighborhood Assist grant program this week. In the past six years, four New Jersey nonprofits have won $25,000 in State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants to support community initiatives. So far, none of them are from Westfield. Agent Christine Cosenza, whose office is located on Elm Street, ...

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Rake and Hoe Juniors Tend Shadowlawn Pocket Park

June 19, 2018

The Junior section of the Rake & Hoe Garden Club of Westfield held their final meeting of the year at the Shadowlawn Pocket Park located at the corner of Shadowlawn and Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ.
The Juniors cleaned up the butterfly garden, planted herb seedlings they had grown themselves (parsley, fennel and dill) and annual flowers. In addition, they decorated plant identification ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 8, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...