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Westfield Incident Points to Need for Stronger Federal Gun Laws, Malinowski Says

April 20, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A handgun and 130 rounds of hollow point bullets legally purchased in Delaware found their way into the hands of a man who brought them to an elementary school in Westfield two years ago an incident that was recounted on the House floor Friday as federal legislators consider stronger gun safety laws.

Rep. Tom Malinowski, a Democrat representing the Seventh Congressional ...

Westfield Repealing Law That Could Land Library Patrons in Court for Overdue Books

WESTFIELD, NJ — Library patrons who fail to return materials and lapse in payment of late fees could theoretically find themselves stuck with an additional $200 municipal court fine, something that is anticipated to no longer be possible — starting Tuesday night.

The town council is set to repeal provisions in the municipal code providing penalties for failing to return ...

Westfield PD Chief Praises New Pot Law Provision on Parent Notification

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s police chief on Thursday had praise for New Jersey legislators’ decision to overturn a state law that prohibited police from notifying parents of their children’s first-time marijuana offenses.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro pointed to the “extreme displeasure” voiced by both law enforcement and parents over that particular ...

Anti-Asian Bias Surging, Westfield and Malinowski Stand Against Racism

Updated at 7:52 a.m. March 28

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 2017 graduate of Westfield High School, 21-year-old Cindy Qiang was walking from her apartment to school last month when a man pointed at her and said, “let’s get some bubble tea.”

Again, referring to the Chinese drink, the stranger said, “let’s get some bubble tea.” Qiang shook her head and continued ...

Murphy, state AG, Rep. Kim Hold Roundtable on Hate Crimes in Wake of GA Killings

Bias incidents targeting Asian or Pacific Islander individuals increased by 82 percent in 2020, authorities said.

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday on bias and hate crimes, one week after a shooting rampage in Georgia left eight dead, including six Asian women.

The ...

Westfield Mayor Responds to Concerns About Swastikas in Schools, Parks

WESTFIELD, NJ — The high school principal and a town commission aimed at countering hate were scheduled to talk Friday after authorities discovered two swastikas etched in a bathroom stall at Westfield High School and a prominent Jewish leader called for the mayor to take a stronger stance against antisemitism.

In a joint statement with Westfield Human Relations Advisory Commission ...

Westfield Employment Attorney Named a Super Lawyer for 8th Straight Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — Employment lawyer Fred Shahrooz-Scampato has been chosen to be featured by Super Lawyers Magazine for his work in employment litigation for the eighth year in a row.

Each year, no more than 5% of New Jersey lawyers receive inclusion into this state's Super Lawyers Magazine.

The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super ...

8 Things to Know About Bias Crimes in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Bias crimes in New Jersey have risen significantly with the number of reported incidents jumping from 569 in 2018 to 994 in 2019 — a 75% increase, according to the state’s most recent bias incident report.

Westfield saw nine bias crimes reported in that year, according to the report, which says that because the figures only include those incidents reported to ...

Atlanta Area Shootings Hasten Efforts to Counter Anti-Asian Hate in Westfield

A peaceful protest against anti-Asian hate is planned for Saturday in Mindowaskin Park.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Anger and sadness filled Lu Qiu following last week’s shootings in Georgia that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.

“Society has regressed in a sense,” Qiu said. “This is not the reason why all these immigrants, including ...


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Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

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: It’s Time to Put Shovels in the Ground to Improve Town Parks

May 13, 2021

Three years ago, I was watching my son play an in-town basketball game. Excitement was in the air -- the buzz was around the finalization of the Tamaques Park Redevelopment Plan and all the benefits it would bring residents and our families in just a couple of years. Parents were giving each other high-fives knowing how much impact these changes would have for our kids.

Even our older children ...

NJ GreekFest to Go!

May 14, 2021

If you’re looking for some good homemade Greek food, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield is hosting their Annual GreekFest but it’s “TO GO.” 

Get some delicious take out on June 4 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. and June 5 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Some of their specialties like Pasticcio, Souvlaki, Gyros and desserts like Baklava and ...

Luck is the Ultimate DIY Project

Yes, we know. We dedicated an entire article recently explaining why your success (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with luck. We’re not reversing course. In fact, we’re doubling down. Success isn’t about luck in the truest sense of the word — success or failure brought on by chance. While there are outside factors that can contribute to the success of your ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

A Lawn Sign Surprise for Westfield High School Seniors

It took several hours, eight traffic routes, 45 teachers and 12 staff members from the Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Department of Public Works to deliver 387 signs to surprised and delighted Westfield High School seniors on May 10.

The massive feat of organization and collaboration was the latest in a series of monthly surprises provided by the WHS Parent Teacher Student ...

Every Jew Counts

Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement; now they would have eleven men. But a strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they ...


- 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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Montclair’s Bellevue Theatre Slated to Reopen After Renovations, Owners Say

May 14, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week.

During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf of owner Jesse Sayegh, announced plans to reopen following renovations to the ...