Giving Back

April 17, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Let’s face reality: America’s collective balloon has popped. Yet, in this suburb, the endless void of newfound nothingness is being momentarily filled, as air rushes into colorful tubes of all shapes and sizes. Dante Longhi, owner of Kenilworth-based Dream Factory Balloons, had ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The latest fundraiser in support of the Westfield United Fund is a video game tournament organized by Westfield High School students. Two juniors at Westfield High School created the event to support the Westfield United Fund’s “We Love Local” campaign, which is supporting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle is imploring residents to help create gowns for medical workers in desperate need of personal protective equipment. “WE NEED GOWN DONATIONS!” Brindle wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend. “Calling all tailors, seamstresses and amateur sewers! Some of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The paintings are displayed on lawns, porches, at the train station and even in front of the Westfield National Guard Armory. Resident Joe Mindak — along with his wife, Audrey, and two children ages 12 and 14 — are turning used shipping pallets into works of art, selling them and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the CDC now encouraging the public to wear masks as protection from COVID-19, coupled with a nationwide shortage of N-95 and surgical masks, Westfield-area residents have been stepping up to craft masks on their own. “I had heard on March 19 that there was a mask shortage ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Looking for a way to give back safely during the coronavirus pandemic? The Westfield Area YMCA is once again serving as a drop off site for the Westfield Food Pantry. Items especially needed are canned soup, canned meals, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly and personal care ...

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A portion of funding will help to provide mental health support for first responders. WESTFIELD, NJ — Coronavirus couldn’t stop one of Westfield’s most anticipated fundraising 5Ks. The annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died when a tree branch ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Jefferson School PTO and the Jefferson Early Act Club will be collecting donations for the Plainfield Food Bank and Plainfield Salvation Army from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The food bank is running low on goods due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Everyone is looking to do ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While the novel coronavirus has prevented local Girl Scouts from selling their cookies door-to-door this season, sales haven’t stopped altogether. The scouts have created a “virtual cookie booth” to continue making a difference while practicing safe social distancing amid the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Minuteman Press in Westfield is giving away 50 “Show Our Local Businesses Some Love” lawn signs in conjunction with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce in response to the economic stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Jim Mooney said he got the idea from a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A service that provides meals for about 80 homebound residents of Westfield and surrounding towns has suspended service amid the coronavirus pandemic and is referring clients to a service with more stringent requirements. Mobile Meals of Westfield notified the population it ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Connor Myers, a native of Garwood, is held a live-streamed concert on Facebook starting Monday to raise funds for Westfield’s “Feed the Frontline: Meals for NJ Healthcare Heroes” efforts and the Wounded Warriors Project, which is assisting veterans with COVID-19. LEARN ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated on April 1) Restaurants and residents in Westfield are banding together to help ensure that healthcare workers are well-fed while they fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The residents are raising money through the GoFundMe “Feed the Frontline: Meals for NJ Healthcare Heroes” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local families are pitching in to help fill the gap left when a program dropped from public schools during the coronavirus pandemic left the St. Joseph’s Social Service Center/The Elizabeth Coalition without its regular supply of sandwiches. Westfield Public Schools had been ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Goo Goo Dolls lead singer and Westfield resident John Rzeznik plans to reprise the concert he held from his porch last week on Live with Kelly and Ryan Friday, March 27, the mayor announced. Rzeznik is raising awareness for the town’s “WE Love Local” Fundraiser, created in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With 2,844 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey and 13 cases in Westfield, including one fatality, Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro has set up a place for people to donate masks to help protect medical workers and first responders, the mayor announced Monday ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mobile Meals of Westfield, which provides meals for about 80 homebound residents of Westfield and surrounding towns, hasn’t had to stop delivering nutritious meals during the coronavirus pandemic, but it has had to make some changes. “Our population is vulnerable,” said Ruth ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is spreading the word about a hand-written note posted to social media urging residents to stand outside Saturday night and clap for health care workers putting their lives on the line amid the coronavirus crisis. The note, whose author is unknown, reads: “Dear ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — First United Methodist Church of Westfield is converting its two Little Free Libraries into small food pantries. With the coronavirus raising concern about the safety of using the little free libraries’ books, the church had last week removed reading material from the miniature ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local businesses are pitching in to collect used linens for the town’s third annual linen drive through March 28, organized by Westfield residents Emily Root and Amy Flax. Last year, the drive collected enough linens, towels, comforters, bath mats, crib sheets and shower curtains ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s 10 a.m on Saturday. Much of Westfield is just waking up. But the Westfield Fun Club at Temple Emanu-El is already buzzing with activity. Families are arriving, greeting each other with hugs and kisses. The younger kids are running to teenage volunteers, who are whisking them ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A South Jersey couple who had to call off their cruise wedding when the worldwide coronavirus outbreak required their guests obtain passports at the last minute has a second shot at keeping their nuptials on schedule thanks to a downtown business. Daniela Kenmure, 29, and Joclyn ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Crossing guard Bob Lewis has carved out a spot for himself in the history of Westfield, and a bit of that history is anticipated to be on display at Town Hall. In his 26 years guarding students from traffic at Washington School, Lewis made it his custom to gift every graduating ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new development of sorts has gained the local government’s approval: a bird feeder and two avian homes. Girl Scout Troop 41178 presented its plan for the bird houses to the town council Jan. 28. The troop will become the latest local scout troop to contribute to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A soon-to-be created committee will be tasked with fostering an environment of inclusivity, the mayor said. The town is accepting applications for the new Human Relations Advisory Committee which will be formalized by ordinance next month, Mayor Shelley Brindle said ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The spirit of volunteerism was on full display Saturday night when the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad kicked off its 69th year of service with an annual dinner dance at the Hilton Garden Inn. The squad answered 1,978 calls in 2019, according to their records, and gave 1,473 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On skates, walkers and sleds, children glided along at the adaptive skate session offered at the Westfield Rink at Gumbert Park. On Monday, 24 families and their children participated, as well as 40 teen volunteers from the Westfield Hockey Club, which also sponsored the event ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local Scouts are helping to plan a memorial to honor the Westfield High School teenager who died in 2017 when she was hit by an off-duty state trooper driving on Central Avenue. Standing in Cub Scout uniform while a den leader held up a sign stating “Terry’s Lil’ Library,” pack ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Children 12 and under with special needs are invited to a special adaptive skating session at the Westfield Rink at Gumbert Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20. Sponsored by the Westfield Hockey Club, the session is free and open to the public. Children of all abilities ...

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NEW YORK, NY — Burim Regjaj has been well known for his selfless efforts in Westfield, the New Jersey town where he owns a pizzeria, and on Christmas day his kindness showed again as he ran into a burning building on the Upper East Side to help people trapped inside. Regjaj, who lives in ...

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