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Families Escape 2-Alarm Fire in Westfield Apartments, Red Cross Assists

May 13, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — An early morning fire tore through a home on Grant Avenue Friday, displacing five people, the fire chief said.

The blaze at 849 Grant Ave. erupted just before 5:43 a.m., Chief Michael Duelks said. Firefighters who arrived at 5:49 a.m. found thick smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the 2 ½ story residence, he told TAPinto Westfield.

“All ...

Don’t Even Think About Turning Left at This Westfield Intersection

WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re driving southbound on Prospect Street onto East Broad Street don’t plan on turning left.

On Tuesday, the town announced that left turns are prohibited at the intersection “addressing a long-time problem area for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.”

Signs seen at the intersection and fresh roadway painting communicate the right ...

Westfield Police Arrest Suspect in Scotch Plains Stabbing, Authorities Say

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A man accused of stabbing his roommate following an argument fled the scene but was arrested by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains police said Tuesday.

Officers arrested Nelson Sanchez, 48, of Scotch Plains, on Friday, May 6, and charged him with possession of weapons for unlawful purpose and assault, police said in a statement.

Scotch ...

Elizabeth Man Charged in Cranford, Westfield Burglaries, Police Say

CRANFORD, NJ — An Elizabeth man was arrested on Thursday on multiple burglary charges, including three business burglaries in Cranford and one in Westfield, police announced Monday.

Antoni Kuhl, 52, of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of third degree theft and three counts of fourth degree criminal mischief roughly one day after the ...

3-Alarm Fire Leaves Westfield Home Uninhabitable Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A three-alarm fire that left a home in the Second Ward uninhabitable Saturday started with an electrical malfunction, the fire chief said Monday.

When firefighters arrived at 5:36 p.m., they saw thick smoke pouring from all sides of the 2 ½ story home at Springfield Avenue and Unami Terrace, fire Chief Michael Duelks said in a statement.

Firefighters immediately ...

Firefighters Knock Down 3-Alarm Blaze in Westfield

UPDATE: 3-Alarm Fire Leaves Westfield Home Uninhabitable Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters from multiple Union County towns knocked down a blaze that tore through a single-family home in the Second Ward Saturday evening.

Fire Chief Michael Duelks said the blaze at 346 Springfield Avenue rose to three alarms. The cause was not immediately known, Duelks ...

‘Exceptional Character’: New Westfield Fire Chief Takes Helm

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has a new fire chief following the retirement last week of Chief Anthony Tiller.

Chief Michael Duelks took the oath of office at Tuesday’s town council session. Duelks is the 12th chief to serve the town, said acting Mayor Mark Parmelee.

“He’s been part of the leadership of the department and has proved to be a person of exceptional ...

Westfield Police Warn of Bear in Park Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s a bear in Brightwood Park, town police said Wednesday afternoon.

In a Nixle alert at 12:29 p.m., Westfield police told the public of the sighting in the park located on the border of Scotch Plains.

“Use extreme caution if in the area and report any such sighting to the Westfield Police Department immediately,” police said.

 It ...

Westfield Fire Chief Retires After 29 Years of Service to Town (VIDEO)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fire Chief Anthony Tiller, the first African American to become the town’s fire chief, served his last day with the Westfield Fire Department Friday.

Tiller is retiring after 25 years of service with the department as a career firefighter and 29 total years serving the town. He received praise as firefighters lined the sidewalk and clapped in his support during ...

Westfield Police Monitor Bear Resting in Tree. Subsequent Sightings in Nearby Towns

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sightings of a black bear that was apparently resting in a tree in Westfield Thursday night continue in the area.

Town resident Justin Drazin told TAPinto Westfield he was on his way home from work when he saw the bear "mostly sleeping" up in a tree at the corner of Alden and Bradford avenues around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“I saw two Westfield ...


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Overturned Car Closes Intersection in Scotch Plains Monday Afternoon

May 16, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A car overturned in a crash near the corner of Forest Road and Westfield Avenue (near Fresh Mart) in downtown Scotch Plains on Monday afternoon. Police closed off the intersection around 5 p.m.

A witness who did not want to be identified said that the car sped around the corner and hit a parked car, then flipped and landed ...

A Letter From Westfield Citizens For Right Sizing The Prospect Street & Ferris Place Development

May 18, 2022

We are residents in Westfield asking the Town Council to reduce the size and scope of the proposed Sophia apartment development on the corner of Prospect Street & Ferris Place.

The proposed four-story development includes 64 apartments and 96 parking spaces on less than one acre of property. 

We are not opposed to redevelopment; rather, we ask that this project ...

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Summer is Here and Ready for a Memorable 2022 in the LBI Region

May 18, 2022

After a soggy spring, everyone is looking to heat things up for Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer along the Jersey Coast. The weather is just one of many reasons to take a quick trip to 18 miles of beautiful beaches, scenic bays, and of course legendary Pinelands.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which operates a year-round visitor center in Ship Bottom; ...

Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

23 Homes Sold May 7 -14 in Westfield Area

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties 908-400-0778.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ -- Gurinder Singh of Carteret, 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, ...

Facing the unknown – What parents can tell kids when answers fail

A wise therapist once told me, “David, no matter how much you think you can, no one can predict the future. So stop trying and making yourself crazy in the process.” Excellent advice, especially considering my future predictions tend to veer into sometimes frightening territory.

Predictions are like opinions, everyone has one. When I signed on for parenthood, I tried to anticipate ...

Tips on Manifesting and Getting Stuff Done

Ever wonder how some people seem to get so many things done in a short period of time?  Well, they probably know the secret to quickly manifesting their goals. There are tons of books out there on manifesting, but the truth is, you only need to be in tune with your own body to really achieve your goals and dreams. 

In the above video, I give you some tips on how to super ...

Westfield 5th Graders Qualify for National Geography Bee

Franklin 5th graders Henry Tuttle, Karl Westerling, Matt Taormina, James Holleran and Shaan Patel (not pictured) made it to the final rounds of the regional competition of the International Geography Bee while qualifying to compete in Nationals in June.

Essential Summer Water Safety Tips From the Westfield Area YMCA

National Water Safety Month is in May and is a kick-off for the summer season. This is the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip kids and adults with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.

As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the YMCA teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and ...

Is the Spike in Commodity Prices Sustainable?

For a glimpse of just how volatile commodities currently are, look at nickel markets. Prices doubled in early March. Then they fell sharply. Then the London Metals Exchange halted trading. In late March, the market for nickel — a key component in electric vehicle batteries and stainless steel products — reopened but with strict trading limits.

It’s just one example of how the ...

Who is Holy?

Who is holy? Is it the mystic in the mountains, the monk in the monastery, or the guru in the garage? Perhaps it is the lady with the crystal ball or the meditating yogi?

People today have fallen in love with Spirituality, Mysticism and Kabbalah. Great. I’ve even given a whole series of Kabbalah classes myself. Judaism is certainly rich in spirituality and the mystical ...

How To Change When It Feels Impossible

As a mental health and pain management coach, I spend a lot of time talking to my clients about managing chronic pain, chronic illness, and mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. 

In the process, I often hear, "I want to change Christina, but I just can't." My response is always, "well…you get to decide that." ...

Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...


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