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These 9 Westfield Crossing Guard Posts Will Not be Staffed Next Week

May 21, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Some parents may consider walking their children to school next week as nine crossing guard posts will not be staffed.

Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Friday that the posts will be vacant for the week of May 23 because of COVID-19 infections and off-duty personal injury cases.

“The town must once again temporarily reduce the number of crossing guard ...

Downtown Westfield Executive Director Resigns, Taking Post in Red Bank

WESTFIELD, NJ — The executive director of Westfield’s special improvement district announced that he is resigning from his post in Westfield and taking a job leading Red Bank’s downtown district.

Bob Zuckerman, who was hired in 2020, announced his resignation at Wednesday's meeting of the board of Downtown Westfield Corporation.

His last day on the job in Westfield ...

Westfield HRAC: Town Commission Updates 2022 Meeting Dates

WESTFIELD, NJ — A town commission that serves as a partner in fighting hate has announced updated meeting dates for the year.

The Human Relations Advisory Commission will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on the following dates, the commission announced:

Tuesday, May 31
Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Tuesday, Nov. 29

“HRAC serves as a resource and community ...

Rally in Westfield Protests Supreme Court’s Pending Abortion Decision

WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.”

Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision to overturn the landmark abortion ...

Union County Approves 2022 Budget. See Tax Impact in Your Town

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy.

While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality with the average homeowner in Union County slated to pay $2,066 in county taxes this year. In ...

A Changing of the Westfield Town Clerks: Veteran Retires, Deputy Takes Helm

WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s been a change in leadership at the Westfield Town Clerk’s Office.

The town council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Maureen Lawshe, formerly the deputy town clerk, to the position of town clerk at the same meeting during which the mayor and council offered honors to retiring Town Clerk Tara Rowley.

“Tara has often been described as ...

Residents Petition Against Plans for Westfield Apartments. See New Renderings

WESTFIELD, NJ — A developer’s plan to build a 64-unit apartment building on a residential street in downtown Westfield continues to draw criticism from residents and support from the town’s government that on Tuesday defended its role in the redevelopment process.

Opponents of the development, known as the Sophia, voiced their opposition during the town council meeting and ...

Don’t Even Think About Turning Left at This Westfield Intersection

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re driving southbound on Prospect Street onto East Broad Street don’t plan on turning left.

On Tuesday, the town announced that left turns are prohibited at the intersection “addressing a long-time problem area for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Signs seen at the intersection and fresh roadway painting communicate the right ...

Westfield Council Approves $52.04M Spending Plan, Responds to Transparency Question

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council has adopted a $52.04 million budget that increases the municipal tax rate by 1.98%.

The budget approved Tuesday, April 26, hikes the tax levy by 3.04% to $30.24 million. This amount does not include the $2.84 million library tax. The budget cites allowable exceptions to the state's 2% tax cap law, including for pension obligations and ...

Westfield Lord & Taylor Developer Will Establish ‘Preview Center,’ Display Plans

WESTFIELD, NJ — A space that once housed a clothing retailer on Elm Street is anticipated to serve as a center for a developer to present its plans for the former Lord & Taylor and train station parking lot properties.

The planning board on Monday approved an amendment to the Downtown Westfield Scattered Site Redevelopment Plan that would allow the property at 76 Elm Street, the ...

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Union County to Receive 2022 NACo Achievement Award for First Proprietary County-Run COVID-19 Lab in the Nation

May 17, 2022

Union County will receive a 2022 NACo Achievement Award, acknowledging the groundbreaking partnership between the County and Kean University, forming the first proprietary, County and academic run COVID-19 testing lab in the nation. NACo – the National Association of Counties – has awarded Union County with three 2022 Achievement Awards in total.

“Since the onset of ...

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Letter: The Sophia is Too Bulky, Not Supported by Master Plan, Zoning or Public, She Says

May 19, 2022

To the Editor:

The proposed Sophia apartment building at Prospect Street and Ferris Place is obtrusive and out of scale with its surrounding residential neighborhood. At a height of 50 feet and a footprint of 35,000 square feet, the bulk of the Sophia building would overwhelm the adjacent single-family houses at this prominent corner location.

Hundreds of Westfield residents have already ...

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Fatal Crash Shuts Eastbound Route 24 in Union County Thursday (UPDATED)

May 19, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ — One person died, and another victim was flown by helicopter after a tractor trailer crash shut down Route 24 east Thursday afternoon, according to the City of Summit Fire Department.

At about 2 p.m., authorities responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Route 24 east near mile marker 9, the fire department announced. Five cars and a tractor trailer were ...

Letter: The Sophia is Too Bulky, Not Supported by Master Plan, Zoning or Public, She Says

May 19, 2022

To the Editor:

The proposed Sophia apartment building at Prospect Street and Ferris Place is obtrusive and out of scale with its surrounding residential neighborhood. At a height of 50 feet and a footprint of 35,000 square feet, the bulk of the Sophia building would overwhelm the adjacent single-family houses at this prominent corner location.

Hundreds of Westfield residents have already ...

Candidate Statement: Amanda Como for Ward 1 Town Council

May 20, 2022

Hello Ward 1 residents,

My name is Amanda Como, and I am running to be your next Councilperson.

Many of you may remember that I was on the ballot just 7 months ago in November 2021. While I came up short in the end, I am not letting that loss deter me.

The Ward 1 seat is available now because of Jim Boyes’ decision to resign over a conflict of interest for both the Prospect and ...

Bring Your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident ...

32 Homes Sold May 14 -21 in Westfield Area

Provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate 908-400-0778. Keeping you up to date.

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How To Change When It Feels Impossible

As a mental health and pain management coach, I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about managing chronic pain, chronic illness, and mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. 

In the process, I often hear, "I want to change Christina, but I just can't." My response is always, "well…you get to decide that." ...

Saint Joe's Valedictorian Credits Extracurricular Activities for His Academic Success

METUCHEN, NJ -- There was very little doubt in Aayush Agnihotri’s mind when it came to choosing where he wanted to attend high school. Aside from the wide array of academic offerings and extracurricular activities, there was a deeper connection to Saint Joseph High School that only a select few understand - the legacy connection. 

After seeing his older brother, Aniket (Saint ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Present Middle School Art Show

EDISON, NJ --Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created a wonderful array of art to display at last week’s first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019. 

Miss Tanda Tucker’s students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

Continued Academic Honors at Westfield High School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School students continue to be honored for academic and artistic achievements in recognition of their hard work and dedication to furthering their education.

Eleventh grader Mattia Butera will attend the Governor's School of Engineering and Technology this summer at Rutgers University.  As a selected Governor's Scholar, he will take four ...

Tips on Manifesting and Getting Stuff Done

Ever wonder how some people seem to get so many things done in a short period of time?  Well, they probably know the secret to quickly manifesting their goals. There are tons of books out there on manifesting, but the truth is, you only need to be in tune with your own body to really achieve your goals and dreams. 

In the above video, I give you some tips on how to super ...

Essential Summer Water Safety Tips From the Westfield Area YMCA

National Water Safety Month is in May and is a kick-off for the summer season. This is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip kids and adults with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.

As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the YMCA teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

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Nov 28, 1931 - Jan 19, 2022
Austin George Habib, 90, passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2022, surrounded by his ...
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