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Westfield Council Moves on 5-year Tax Incentive Law for Downtown District

May 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Under a proposed local law intended to incentive development, property owners in the downtown who substantially improve their infrastructure would not immediately see the resulting property tax increases that typically come with higher property values.

The town council on Tuesday introduced the law that would allow for tax abatements of up to five years on the value of ...

Westfield Residents can Still get Backyard Pools in Time for Summer, Officials Say

Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to issue guidance on opening public pools during COVID-19.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hoping to put in a backyard pool can still do so in time for summer, town officials said. 

As residents worry over the state of public pools, applications to the town for private pools have been coming in steadily, said Frank Vuoso, a construction official for the ...

Westfield: Public Hearing Tuesday on $46.08 Million Town Budget

WESTFIELD, NJ — A virtual public hearing on the town’s 2020 budget is set for Tuesday.

The $46.085 million spending plan reflects reductions in revenue from court fines and fees, building department fees and parking fees, officials said. These reductions, the officials said, are largely a result of COVID-19.

The owner of a home assessed at the town’s average value of ...

Westfield to Stream Memorial Day Ceremony

WESTFIELD, NJ — Memorial Day ceremonies will be held privately in Westfield Monday morning and available to watch on the town’s social media pages, the mayor announced.

Due to social distancing requirements, the ceremony will not be open to the public, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement Friday evening.

“It will be recorded and available on the Town’s social ...

Plans to Launch Full Day Kindergarten in Westfield Stall Amid Pandemic

Following public pressure, the district has added a second grade section at Tamaques School.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for full-day public kindergarten in Westfield are on hold.

The school board’s long-range planning committee met earlier in May and determined it would be best not to move forward with plans for full-day kindergarten at this time, said ...

Potholes, Sewers, Sidewalks: Westfield Service App Sees Usage Spike

WESTFIELD, NJ — The requests submitted from the cell phone application Westfield Connect include those to fill potholes, remove tree branches from the streets and unclog sewer drains — among other tasks.

In its first year of implementing the technology allowing residents to submit public works service requests through their smartphones, the town took in 781 requests, ...

Westfield Tennis Courts Reopen Friday. No Chest Bumping Allowed.

Tennis courts and batting cages will be open, but basketball courts will remain closed.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventh-grader Savannah Cohen has been struggling to find places to practice her tennis swing during the pandemic.

Cohen, 13, found herself pounding a tennis ball against a wall of the closed L'Oreal facility in Clark recently, but it's a lousy substitute ...

Westfield Declares Downtown a Rehabilitation Area. What's That Mean?

WESTFIELD, NJ ­— Owners in the town’s special improvement district who choose to improve their properties won’t be immediately saddled with an increased tax assessment under a plan approved by the Town Council.

The town council on Tuesday designated the town’s special improvement district, or SID, an “area in need of rehabilitation” — a designation ...

Westfield to Ease Park Restrictions as Local Curve Flattening

WESTFIELD, NJ — This weekend the town intends to open parks to vehicular traffic along with the tennis courts in those parks, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town would announce more details about the anticipated openings later this week.

UPDATE: Westfield Tennis Courts Reopen Friday. No Chest Bumping Allowed.

“We are aiming to have protocols finalized for ...

Westfield Deer Hunt 2020: Bow Hunters Bag 20 in Two Zones

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bow hunters bagged 20 deer in Westfield as part of Union County’s annual deer hunt this past winter, the town administrator said Tuesday.

The hunters killed 16 deer in Brightwood Park and four in the area of Lamberts Mill Road, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday's virtual council meeting.

“There were no deer running beyond the limits of ...

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Union County Clerk to Resume Limited In-Person Services, by Appointment Only

May 27, 2020

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates.

Everyone seeking these services in person is required to make an appointment in advance and wear a face mask at all times, in order ...

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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, ...

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Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

May 26, 2020

UNION, NJ — Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

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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Wed, May 27, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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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 ...

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 ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Share Talents in Show

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided a wonderful hour of entertainment in last week’s Rising Stars Talent and Variety Show. The event, which was live-streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live, included vocal, instrumental and dance performances.

Among the show’s many highlights were a piano vocal by Julia Machado (pictured) of ...

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 ...

Lockdown with Your Partner -- Togetherness and Separateness

While some couples prefer autonomy and independence in a relationship, others enjoy a strong emotional connection. One partner may want to talk things through and need to always feel connected, reassured while the other will be more distant and removed.  When the partner remains removed and distant, we then continue to pursue even more. As we pursue, the distancer retreats and ...

How To Approach Market Volatility If You Are In Retirement or Close To It

Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn’t have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to ...

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 ...

Newark Cigar Bar Maestro Peter Jimenez Pozo Remembered

May 18, 2020

On the side of Jimenez Tobacco, a black-and-white portrait of Peter Jimenez Pozo, the face and personality of the family-run cigar and cocktail lounge on the edge of the Ironbound, is framed by bright flowers and dark bunting. 

The site is now a place of pilgrimage, Pozo's elegant pose presiding over those who come to see him. 

Pozo was usually seen inside Jimenez Tobacco ...

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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