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Westfield PD Prep for Potential ‘Mass Gatherings.’ Protest set for Sunday.

June 2, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9 a.m., June 3) Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement said the department was preparing for potential “localized mass gatherings” related to the killing of ...

4 Arrested, 1 Wanted After Tuesday Police Chase Through Westfield

CRANFORD, NJ — Authorities remain on the lookout for a man last seen clad in a T-shirt bearing the figure of a Looney Tunes character after a brief car chase from Cranford to Garwood Tuesday evening ended in the arrest four people on charges of receiving stolen property, police said.

At 7:13 p.m., Cranford Patrolman Ryan McSharry attempted to stop a vehicle on South Avenue East for ...

Westfield Police on Lookout for Suspect After Car Chase Out of Cranford

UPDATE: 4 Arrested, 1 Wanted After Tuesday Police Chase Through Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers have arrested four people in connection with a stolen car and are on the lookout for a fifth, police said Tuesday night.

Cranford police were chasing a vehicle that had been reported stolen when the suspects bailed out in the area of Fairfield Avenue by Unami Park in ...

Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Car Thieves From Targeting Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic has slowed down life for many, but you still should lock your car doors.

A thief made off with a car that had been left unlocked and with a key fob inside on Wychwood Drive Wednesday, police said in a text message alert.

It wasn’t the first time.

On March 22, police said car left unlocked with its keys inside the was stolen from Wychview Drive and ...

Single-Car Crash Into Westfield House Thursday Tied to Medical Incident

WESTFIELD, NJ — A young man turning onto Shackamaxon Drive crashed into a single-family home Thursday after he was overcome by an apparent medical incident, police and witnesses on the scene said.

The driver crashed a four-door sedan into the home at 617 Shackamaxon Drive just after 5 p.m., the witnesses said.

“There was no question in my mind,” said Gil McNally, 78, who ...

Eyes in Westfield’s Skies: Police Drones Patrolling Parks

WESTFIELD, NJ — News that the Westfield Police are using drones as part of its patrols created a stir on social media last Wednesday, but the department’s chief said the technology is common and appropriate for law enforcement use.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told TAPinto Westfield that two Westfield Police officers recently gained certification to fly the drones ...

Westfield Parks (Mostly) Reopen Saturday. Don’t Expect Business as Usual.

WESTFIELD, NJ — After being closed for nearly a month due to coronavirus, most municipal parks and fields in Westfield will reopen for passive recreation beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

The National Weather Service has predicted sunny weather with a high near 70 degrees. But with social distancing regulations in place, don’t expect business as usual as people are ...

Stolen SUV Prompts High Speed Chase Into Westfield, Police Say Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A report of a stolen vehicle prompted a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect’s SUV crashed into a house in the 500 block of Bradford Avenue, police said.

Springfield police on Thursday announced the arrest of Bryan Spells Jr., of Newark. Police said in a Facebook post that officers charged Spells with receiving stolen property, eluding police, resisting ...


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Peaceful Protest Honoring George Floyd Held in Cranford’s Nomahegan Park

June 3, 2020

CRANFORD NJ — The Black Lives Matter movement extended into Cranford on Tuesday as Union County residents gathered for a peaceful protest in Nomahegan Park.

An estimated 2,000 people attended, ranging from babies in strollers to adults. They walked around the pond while chanting phrases including “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 1, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Letter: Pleased to See Downtown Westfield Moving Forward on Redevelopment

June 3, 2020

As a Westfield resident and former executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), I have been involved in the evolution of our downtown for over 20 years. In my career as a professional planner, I have worked in towns with diverse central business districts such as Burlington, Vermont and here in New Jersey, in Montclair and Princeton.These communities have benefited from ...

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Vote-by-Mail and the July 7 Primary Election

June 3, 2020

FAQs about Vote-by-Mail have been posted on the Union County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com, and on the free Union County Votes mobile app.

Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi urges voters to familiarize themselves with Vote-by-Mail procedures in advance of receiving their Vote-by-Mail ballot for the July 7 Primary Election.

Due to the COVID-19 ...

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 Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

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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