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Westfield Health Officials on Possibility of a Second COVID-19 Wave

June 2, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t assume the recent downward trend in coronavirus cases will continue.

The Westfield Regional Health Department is preparing for a potential fall spike in COVID-19 cases and the department’s health officer wants the public to act in kind.

“We’re anticipating a second wave in the fall,” said Megan Avallone, director of the Westfield ...

COVID-19: Westfield Reports 4 More Dead, Bringing Local Death Toll to 41

Three of the newly reported deaths occurred in April. Wednesday marked the fifth day Westfield had not seen a new case of COVID-19.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Four more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 41, the mayor said Wednesday.

Three of those people died in April, were housed at a long-term care facility and are only now being reported to the town as ...

Westfield Rescue Squad Volunteers on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Fight

WESTFIELD, NJ — Tyvek suits to protect them from COVID-19, an ultraviolet light to scrub ambulances of potential coronavirus contaminants and a heightened awareness when entering long-term care centers are standard protocol for the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad these days.

The squad members in Westfield have been regular visitors to the town’s two long term care centers in ...

Westfield Karate Teacher Shares His Coronavirus Survival Story

WESTFIELD, NJ — John Mirrione holds the world record for completing the most one-arm, one-leg pushups in 30 seconds: 42. The 55-year-old karate teacher from Westfield can now also list among his accomplishments that he has fully recovered from coronavirus.

During the last week of April, Mirrione, who is the founder/director of Harmony By Karate, began to suffer what ...

TAPinto Westfield Reader Survey: How Did Stay-at-Home Order Impact Your Beach Bod?

WESTFIELD, NJ — Has staying at home during the pandemic made your body more fab, or more flab?

It’s a question that 78 TAPinto Westfield readers considered for a highly unscientific survey that comes in the lead up to New Jersey’s anticipated May 22 beach openings in time for Memorial Day.

In the Facebook survey conducted over the course of 24 hours this week, 27 people ...

Make Sure Your Face Covering is Safe: Tips from the Westfield Rescue Squad

WESTFIELD, NJ — The CDC has advised that people wear masks, including cloth face coverings, while in public spaces. New Jersey has mandated that people inside of retail businesses, such as food stores, wear masks. But what's the best way to do that with limited supplies of disposable masks?

The CDC says cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably, ...

Westfield Health Officials Looking to School Nurses for Help Tracking COVID-19

Health authorities are wary of COVID-19 antibody tests’ reliability.

WESTFIELD, NJ — With school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year and a mounting need to continue tracing contacts of people infected with COVID-19, the regional health department is looking to school nurses for assistance.

The Westfield Regional Health Department, which serves eight towns, ...

COVID-19: How to Handle Unexpected Togetherness for Couples Who Were Drifting Apart

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, WESTFIELD, NJ — Family times and togetherness have been two of the benefits of the extended COVID-19 social distancing requirements, that is except for couples whose relationships were on the rocks.

For couples who haven't been getting along, all this togetherness is far from ideal.

“Some couples were in the midst of separation. Now they are ...

Watch as Westfield Health Board Gets Coronavirus Update Monday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Board of Health is slated to meet in video conference at 5:30 p.m. tonight and be updated on COVID-19.

Also on the agenda is introduction of an ordinance setting non-union salaries for the Westfield Regional Health Department.

Due to the COVID-19 State of New Jersey stay at home order the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom Webinar, the ...

Westfield Student’s T-Shirt Artwork Supporting Mental Health Nonprofit

WESTFIELD, NJ — When 13-year-old Riley Whitlock received an assignment from her seventh-grade art teacher to express her emotions about the COVID-19 pandemic, she had no idea that her artwork would give her the opportunity to support the mental health of thousands of other students.

Whitlock and her family are selling T-shirts and photo wall tiles featuring her artwork, with all profits ...


Westfield Family Dentistry, Dr. Paul Arfanis, Keeping Patients Safe During COVID-19

June 2, 2020

Oral care is an important part of your health. Don’t put off seeing the dentist!

At Westfield Family Dentistry, we’re taking steps to keep patients and staff safe while gradually reopening during the COVID-19 crisis with new infection control procedures.

When you come to see Dr. Paul Arfanis, our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions.


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‘Today We Use Our Voices’: Conversations About Race Start at Clark Rally

June 5, 2020

CLARK, NJ – Demonstrations were held at the Clark Commons for several hours on Thursday before more than 400 people marched down Raritan Road with a police escort to Westfield Avenue and finally assembled in front of the Clark Police Department.

Once there, organizers invited Police Chief Matos to address the crowd.

“I wish there is something I could say that would take away the ...

Understanding, Love, Compassion Create Change, Local Football Coach Writes

June 4, 2020

Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letter to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. Published here with permission.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch Plains-Fanwood. However, today I’m writing to you as something more than that. I’m ...

Letter: Say the Names — Robert Villane

June 4, 2020

The recent death of George Floyd has hit our family in the regards to “I can’t breathe.” As you read forward I would like to be clear our family supports black lives matter and in no way is this to take from this movement we are pushing for better police training and to honor my brothers name. It’s been nearly 14 years since our tragic loss, and we haven’t ...

How to Return a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Union County

June 4, 2020

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot boxes.

Voters choosing to bring their ballots to the County Clerk’s offices can visit ...

House Passes Bill That Would Relax PPP Forgiveness Requirements

Recently the U.S. House approved legislation making it easier for small businesses and other recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to qualify for forgiveness of the loans.

What to know?

The bill extends to the recipients have to spend their funds which is 8-24 weeks.
The measure lowers to 60% from 75% the portion of PPP funds borrowers must pend on payroll costs ...

Westfield Rotary Donates Face Shields to Area Hospitals

Rotarian Phil Richardson has spearheaded a drive to raise funds through The Rotary Club of Westfield in order to donate two cases of face shields to two local hospitals: The Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Face shields are part of the “PPE” — Personal Protective Equipment — needed in health care ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

COVID-19: What Should I do if I Think my Workplace is Dangerous?

The State of New Jersey requires businesses which reopen to be in compliance with all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Center for Disease Control (“CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. OSHA guidelines require employers to ...

6 Homes Sold May 24 — May 31 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Cranford

Six homes sold May 24 through May 31, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.


The Dow Hits 25,000 While Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000: Do You Say Buy or Bye to the Market Now?

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date.

Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

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, ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer accountability, ...


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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