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Police: Westfield Officers Revived Two from Apparent Overdoses in One Day

May 11, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the Westfield Police Department successfully revived two people suffering from apparent opioid drug overdoses within a few hours of each other last month by administering naloxone nasal spray, which is also known by the brand name Narcan, police said Tuesday.

At about 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 9, officers Matthew O’Holla, Joseph Saunders and Ryan Weiss ...

Westfield Fire Department is on the Job 24/7, Chief Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — What does Westfield’s paid fire department do when it's not putting out fires?

A whole lot, Chief Anthony Tiller explained Monday during a Q&A with Mayor Shelley Brindle.

“It’s not just the guys are sitting here waiting for a fire to happen. There’s so much more that happens in this town that the fire department is involved in ...

Westfield Community Groups, Police Partner for Food Drive

WESTFIELD, NJ — With food insecurity rising because of the pandemic’s economic fallout, Westfield police, schools and community groups will again partner for an annual food drive.

Officer Tiffany Kenny, who serves as a school resource officer, said last year’s food drive was a “great success,” and organizers are hoping for similar success this year.

When will ...

Union County Expanding Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders. 

At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 million contract to H&S Construction and Mechanical Inc., of Elizabeth, for ...

Westfield PD: Burglars Creeping Into Homes to Grab Fobs, Steal Cars

WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said.

In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on Golf Edge was also burglarized overnight. The incidents followed a report of an unknown person ...

Westfield Police Make Arrest in Tuesday Burglaries of Unlocked Cars

WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers arrested a Middlesex County man Tuesday morning on charges in connection to vehicle burglaries on Bates Way, police said Wednesday.

At about 6:40 a.m. on Lamberts Mill Road near West Broad Street, police responded to a report of a person who appeared to be unsteady on his feet and in need of apparent assistance, police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a ...

Police: Teen Arrested, Driver Loose Sunday After Crashing Into Westfield Cop Car

Updated at 4:36 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old from Newark was arrested and his counterpart got away after crashing into a patrol vehicle responding to reported car burglaries on Topping Hill Road over the weekend, police said Tuesday.

At 6:14 a.m. Sunday, officers arrested the Newark teenager and subsequently charged him with receiving stolen property and obstruction, police ...

Westfield Ranks Among 50 Safest Cities in NJ, SafeWise Study Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — With a continuously low rate of violent crime, the town of Westfield is New Jersey’s 31st safest city, according to a new study by a Utah-based company that reviews home safety companies and products.

SafeWise based its findings on crime data from 2019 FBI crime report statistics (which it says are the most recent complete reports available at the time of ...

Here Are 23 Headlines Telling People in Westfield to Lock Their Cars

WESTFIELD, NJ — Hit the button on the key fob — the one that locks the doors. Don't leave your keys, or fobs, in your car, or your garage.

And when you do get in the house, lock the doors.

It's a simple message that police in Westfield are repeatedly telling the public after a recurring problem of car thefts of and burglaries from unlocked vehicles has kept them busy. If ...

Unlocked Cars Make Westfield a Soft Target. What Police Are Doing About It

WESTFIELD, NJ — A local detective assigned to the New Jersey State Police to recover cars stolen from the town, officers patrolling in stealth police vehicles and the arrests of suspected burglars and thieves have not stopped a spate of vehicle thefts and burglaries here — nearly all of which have been of and from unlocked cars, the police chief said.

Police Chief Christopher ...

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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 ...

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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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 ...