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Leaf Blowers: Westfield Looks at Education Before Regulation

May 12, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to limit noise and pollution from two-stroke gas leaf blowers, the local Green Team is looking to the Westfield Board of Health to issue a statement on the harmful impacts of the landscaping equipment.

Last week, Westfield Green Team co-chair Lois Kraus told the board of health that the team hopes to have the board acknowledge the harmful impacts of ...

Westfield Cannabis Commission to Take Public Feedback at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-person Westfield Cannabis Commission is set to take public feedback both at an upcoming meeting and via email, the town announced Friday.

Following the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey municipalities must decide if they want to “permit any class of cannabis establishment or distributor” within its borders, town officials said.

Once a ...

Westfield Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1.

Board members approved a five-year contract with González at Tuesday’s virtual board meeting. Gonzalez will be paid an annual salary of $231,540 for the period of Aug. 1, 2021, through June ...

After Controversial Talk, Westfield School Board Probes How Guest Speakers Vetted

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education may be changing its policies for assembly speakers after a student-requested Black History Month speech touched a nerve with some parents and at least one board member with his candid political remarks. 

Policy Committee Chairman Brendan Galligan said at Tuesday’s school board meeting that following a “robust ...

When Westfield Plans to Use Its Share of $1.5M in County Infrastructure Grants

WESTFIELD, NJ — A $100,000 Union County grant will fund the resurfacing of Willow Grove Road, work the town said is anticipated to be completed this summer.

The project encompasses the entire length of Willow Grove Road for handicapped accessible ramps, milling and paving, Kim Forde, public information officer for Westfield, said.

The road was last paved in 2009, a project that ...

Westfield Grad Made Assistant Principal at Franklin School; Wilson Principal Retiring

Updated on April 29

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mary McCabe, who will take over as Franklin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, was warmly welcomed to her new post at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting.

The board also accepted the retirement of Wilson Elementary School Principal Joseph Malanga, whose last day of employment will be July 31. He has been with the ...

Westfield at Bottom of WalletHub List for Starting a Business. Is That Fair?

WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis.

Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while Mayor Shelley Brindle decried the list as unfair, and Republicans seeking to ...

Westfield Looks to Expand County Bow Hunt on Clark, Cranford Border

WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials hope to expand an annual deer hunt to include a wooded area of Ward 3, something that two years ago proved controversial because of the land’s proximity to homes.

Last week, the town council requested that Union County “explore and investigate” launching its deer management program at the southeast corner of Westfield’s border ...

Westfield Looks to Tone Down ‘Big Ugly’ Signs Advertising Space For Rent

WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation wants to replace “ugly” signs advertising vacant spaces in its special improvement district with ones that officials at a meeting earlier this week said are more tasteful.

And while the government entity plans to help local landlords with the cost of the new signs, at least one broker is uncertain that the new designs will get ...

Westfield Town Taxes 2021: Council OK’s a $46.6M Spending Plan, Talks Surplus

Updated on April 22

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town council on Tuesday approved a $46.6 million budget that increases the tax rate by 1.98% while using surplus to make up for pandemic-related losses, such as parking revenues and court fees, officials said.

Council members approved the spending plan 8-1 after discussing the surplus, the revenue declines and the impact of $2.9 million in ...

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Summit PD: Man Posing as Uber Driver Attempted Sex Assault

May 11, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ — City police said Tuesday evening that a man posing as an Uber driver attempted to sexually assault a person he was taking from New York City to Pennsylvania.

In a statement posted to Facebook, police said the driver exited Route 78, stopped on Glenside Avenue and the victim escaped the vehicle unhurt.

“The suspect, who drove off in a dark-colored sedan, unknown ...

Letter: Support Mike Dardia for Westfield Town Council

May 8, 2021

We were thrilled when we heard that Councilman Dardia was seeking another term as Ward 2 council person. Mike has worked tirelessly in his role on Town Council to creatively solve complex and meaningful issues to improve the quality of life for his constituents and the town at large.

He has been out connecting and collaborating with residents, town employees, businesses and area officials to ...

Candidate Statement: A Matter of Safety, Time to Leverage Interagency Partnerships

May 7, 2021

The recent spate of break-ins and car thefts is having a profound effect on the psyche of our town. After being told for months to lock our cars and hide our valuables, that message seemed to be sinking in. However, brazen thieves are now entering homes — sometimes forcibly — and helping themselves to those coveted key fobs, along with residents’ wallets and other ...

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Union County Announces Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Plan to Boost Numbers

May 11, 2021

County plans to go door-to-door to reach unvaccinated residents, will set up mobile popup clinics and partner with community groups.

In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners today announced a door to door campaign aimed at reaching the unvaccinated that will begin at the end of May throughout the ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Tree Stolen, Vehicle Theft, Suspicious Incidents & More

May 11, 2021

5/2/2021 12:04 a.m. — Motor Vehicle Burglary

A resident on the 300 block of Vernon Place reports that unknown actor(s) entered their neighbor’s vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and parked in their driveway. The victim stated that no items were stolen from the vehicle. There are no arrests pertaining to this exact incident.

5/2/2021 6:42 p.m. — Motor Vehicle ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

23 Homes Sold May 2 - May 9 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Westfield, NJ, 908-400-0778.

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Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

529 Educational Distributions -- How to Break Open the Piggybank

Congratulations -- you and your child have both done your parts. You’ve saved diligently in a 529 account, building tax-free money to pay for education.  Your child has studied hard and been accepted to a school where she’ll thrive. Now what? How do you connect the dots between that 529 account and paying the cost of your child’s education with tax-free ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Holy Trinity School Students Win State Award for National Handwriting Contest

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Students in Holy Trinity start learning to write in cursive in the second half of second grade. As they progress through each grade level, cursive writing is used more than printing.  This year students from grades 3 to 8 participated in the 30th anniversary year of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Holy Trinity is proud to have two state winners, ...

Mothers and Young Adult Daughters

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- A mother/daughter relationship is one of the most important ties each will have in her lifetime.  Many women have difficult relationships with their mothers and daughters, even when they want good relationships.  A mother may wish her daughters happiness, yet --- from the point of view of her daughter, she acts quite opposite.  A mother may describe her ...

CWI.Design Hosts Watercolor Fundraising Event for Connie Dwyer Breast Center Foundation

Children have not been the only people learning online during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Social media is full of photos and stories about how-to classes that people have taken during the past 13 months — knitting, wine-making, canning and painting come to mind. The group experience is still there and the students are safe, at a remote location. 

Recently a group of novice watercolor ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Five Apps That Can Be Helpful While Grieving

Although nothing can replace the love and support of friends or family, sometimes you need to grieve on your own.

Here, we take a look at five grief apps that may help you understand death and the emotions you’re experiencing when adapting to life after the loss of a loved one. We have even featured a few apps that can help children handle their grief.

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How Are We to View Jews by Choice?

Are converts looked down upon in Judaism? Is conversion to our faith frowned upon? To be sure, I have been privy to plenty of disparaging remarks over the years—ironically, often made by people who themselves are far from religiously observant. “A leopard doesn’t change its spots” is one of the milder ones I’ve heard. But, never mind what certain individual Jews may ...

Obituaries

- Feb 28, 2021
Robert F. Barrett, 82, lived a rich life. His early years were filled with formal training as a ...
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A New Adam Sandler Movie is Filming Scenes in NJ

May 11, 2021

CAMDEN NJ — This city will be the spotlight as comedic actor Adam Sandler films scenes here for “Hustle,” an upcoming movie that he and NBA great LeBron James are producing for Netflix.

Production crews for “Hustle” have already filmed across the river in Philadelphia, but the N.J. Motion Picture & Television Commission confirms more scenes are going to be ...