Giving Back

February 12, 2019

CRANFORD, NJ — On Tuesday morning, Raymond Schwartz of Cranford passed away at the age of 15. Schwartz was an honorary member of the Cranford Police Department. The son of Stacy Schwartz, who is on leave from her job as a dedicated paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Although the local Boy Scouts didn’t get on the Food Network, they learned some real-life lessons when they completed their “Cast Iron Chef” requirement. Eight Boy Scouts in fourth and fifth grade planned, cooked and devoured a meal of personal pizzas at Outta Hand Pizza last ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — The family of 15-year-old Raymond Schwartz is currently faced with the greatest challenge of their lives.  The son of Stacy Schwartz, who is on leave from her job as a dedicated paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield, and Raymond Schwartz Sr., the teen was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 300 people — new drivers and their parents — attended a program by “Share the Keys,” a research-based orientation program offered by NJM Insurance Company, at Westfield High School Tuesday night.  Speaker Pat McCormick, Share the Keys coordinator for NJM, explained the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local student-athletes will benefit from two renovated athletic training rooms thanks to a $38,000 donation from the Westfield Boosters Association. One room at Westfield High School has already been completed while work on another at Gary Kehler Stadium is planned in the next ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The golden-colored canine with curly hair was picked up in the rain on Summit Avenue Sept. 25, 2018. The pooch, named Hansen, found itself in police custody as authorities took to social media to find the dog’s owner, who came forth to reclaim the canine. Hansen is among the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Members of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad went out on 2,136 calls in 2018, according to their records. They made 1,175 trips to local hospitals, had more than 25 CPR saves and delivered one baby. And they did it all without pay. “Everything that you get in return is smiles, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A local Boy Scout looking to spruce up a bird sanctuary just off of Dunham Avenue has gotten the municipal government’s sanction to do so. Kevin Stokes obtained the Town Council’s approval Jan. 15 to install 10 birdhouses in the preserve bordered by Summit Avenue, Clifton Street ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Federal employees dealing with the government shutdown, which has lasted for 33 days, can work off their frustrations at the Westfield Area YMCA for free. The YMCA announced this week that federal employees are eligible for a free one-month membership during the shutdown. To ...

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Updated at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 22 WESTFIELD, NJ — How does one respond to acts of hatred? Speakers addressed this topic during a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his works on Monday. Stanley Talbert, a doctoral student at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, told a full ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to freezing temperatures, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March set for Monday morning has been called off, but the church service is still on, authorities said. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s 32nd Interfaith Commemoration Service will be held at the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted. Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A local pizzeria owner is helping to take the sting out of the partial government shutdown that has stopped federal workers’ pay. Outta Hand pizzeria owner Burim Regjaj said Monday that after reaching out with an offer on social media, he has provided five families impacted by ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – He makes it his work to help others get healthy but now needs help himself. Community members are rallying to support a local man sidelined by a spinal injury. Tony Bianchino, owner of Out Run Your Fork, a Garwood personal training and nutrition business, had emergency spinal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Jake Tooley was 19 when he died in a house fire. Since the 2017 blaze, the community has rallied around his family, which also lost their puppy in the flames that destroyed the Prospect Street home. Sam Tooley, Jake’s now 26-year-old brother, subsequently formed the Tooley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Clean water is typically a given in New Jersey. But in developing countries, such is often not the case, something Westfield Police Officer Tiffany Kenny is hoping to help change as she travels to El Salvador in February with the Garwood-based group of Liquid Church to help bring ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The 5-year-old had never been ice-skating before. But without hesitation, Logan laced up his skates at the Westfield Rink, slid onto the ice and with a huge smile on his face, gripped an adaptive skating walker while his mom, a coach and volunteers from the Westfield Hockey Club ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When BAYADA’s Certified Home Health Aides were invited to celebrate the holidays at their Westfield office, they were treated to a few surprises. First there was the catered hot lunch and gift of a soft, warm blanket that proudly states, “I Love What I Do.” Field employees were ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield resident and shop owner Rory Chadwick will take his second annual ride around Westfield dressed as Santa this Christmas morning, and this time he’ll be giving out goodies donated by local businesses with help from others. “I have a very small family, just my dad and me, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local and county officials celebrated the opening of a newly renovated playground at Mindowaskin Park Saturday. The playground includes Victorian-inspired design elements to honor the park’s origins, according to the town. In addition to a variety of imaginative play stations ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The law offices of Westfield’s Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., were transformed into Santa’s workshop recently when the firm partnered with The United Way of Greater Union County to provide some much-needed holiday cheer to 65 deserving children this holiday ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sometimes, it can seem there is not enough good news in the world. But right here in Westfield, we've got plenty to celebrate. Below, brighten your day with some of our recent reports of good and fun news in town. Happy reading! $4.9M Mansion Makes Traditional Home ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The former owners of a local business are facing a medical and financial crisis as cancer wreaks havoc on their family. Theresa and Kyu Choi emigrated from Korea in 1991 and opened Priceless Cleaners near the South Avenue train station next to Manhattan Bagel in Westfield in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas trees can be a delight, but once the holiday passes you might not want one crowding your living room. Solution: The Westfield High School Music Christmas tree pickup. For $20, Westfield residents can register to have Westfield High School music students pick up ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It is rare to see one person successfully combine so many skills and aptitudes, especially when some of them seem diametrically opposite. But that's what Jamie Lemberg, president of the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and also the director of digital and social ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You don’t have to be a member of the Westfield Area YMCA to enjoy their third annual “Swim with Santa” this Sunday, Dec. 16. Families can choose a 30-minute time slot between 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m. to get in the pool with Old St. Nick and his elves. Story continues after ...

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FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer. This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m to noon. Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, 6-year-old Jonah Block, a first grader at Franklin Elementary School, had a chance to sit in a room in the Children’s Department of the Westfield Memorial Library and read book to his friend Broadie, a therapy dog who happens to live in his neighborhood. “I loved ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local businesses, police and a high school club are among those collecting donations for people in need this holiday season. Toy and Teen Gift Drive A handful of area businesses are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children and gifts for teens to be donated to the ...

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