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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 Food Waste Recycling Program Returns

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents with food scraps once again have a way to recycle them.

Through a partnership with the food scrap collection company Green Bucket Compost Westfield on Thursday restarted its food waste recycling program, a program that started in 2019 but had been suspended during the pandemic.

“There was such a real desire to get it up and running, especially with so ...

Westfield Earth Day Fair and Free Market Draws Strong Turnout Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Several tons of unwanted goods — including 10,000 books — changed hands as environmentally sound practices were promoted Saturday during the town’s Earth Day fair and free market.

For over six hours, 35 volunteers helped as residents dropped off carloads of unwanted items including books, furniture, toys and clothing that shoppers browsed and picked up ...

Westfield to Host its ‘Largest Earth Day Celebration Ever,’ Green Happenings

Updated on April 21

WESTFIELD, NJ — A slate of events are planned for Earth Day in Westfield including a free market and Earth Day fair, a tree planting and an educational event for children at a local park.

The town has announced the following Earth Day events happening this week.

Fair/Free Market. On Saturday, April 24, the town will hold what officials described as ...

What’s Next for Westfield’s ‘Daffodil Hill’ After Tree Clearing?

WESTFIELD, NJ — An embankment in Mindowaskin Park known as “daffodil hill” is looking bare after town workers removed a series of trees, but it’s not anticipated to stay that way for long.

Last week, Westfield High School junior Clara Christian told the town council that she plans to implement the second phase of a Girl Scout project to be installed on the embankment ...

After Branch Pickup Issues, Westfield Looks to Mandate Landscapers Register

The move to register landscapers in Westfield comes amid a push to place limits on gas-powered leaf blowers.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Landscapers operating in Westfield may soon have to register and pay a fee if they want to operate legally within the municipality.

A public hearing is anticipated Tuesday for a local regulation that establishes a registration process and sets an annual fee for ...

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Union County to Hold Free Document-Shredding Event May 15

May 6, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply; event is open to all Union County residents.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that the next mobile paper shredding event of 2021 will be held in New Providence on Saturday, May 15 for free, secure shredding of personal and confidential documents.

“Union County’s mobile document shredding service helps residents fight ...

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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 Torah Center - Chabad, Westfield

Celebrate Shavuot with Union County Torah Center ...

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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 ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

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.

My Grief Angels

My Grief ...

Westfield Financial Planning Offers a Primer on Bitcoin

“All that glitters is not gold.”  — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Bitcoin — A Primer

“Fiat” is a term derived from the Latin meaning “Let it be done.” The US Dollar, like all major global currencies, is a fiat currency. This means the US government merely declared the dollar is legal tender as opposed to the previous ...

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 ...