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‘Work of The Whole Parish’ Brings 4,000 Families a New Church in Westfield

March 21, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — While they won’t be coming into the new worship space all at once, the 4,000 families of The Parish Community of Saint Helen will be returning to a church that has been rebuilt from the ground up — literally.

A ribbon cutting for the 15,700-square foot space is set for Monday, following a years-long initiative to rebuild and add onto the church building ...

Westfield Mayor Visits Holy Trinity, Brings Proclamation of Catholic Schools Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Students at Holy Trinity School greeted a special visitor on Thursday: Mayor Shelley Brindle.

Brindle came bearing a gift: a proclamation recognizing Catholic Schools Week and honoring Holy Trinity's history dating back to 1916 in Westfield.

The mayor read the proclamation over the school's intercom and then visited the classrooms. The children in the ...

In a Traumatic Year, Westfield March and Service Honors MLK

WESTFIELD, NJ — Donna Ray has been attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield’s annual service for some 15 years.

This year, the Westfield resident said it was more important than ever that she and her 13-year-old daughter participated in the annual accompanying MLK Day march that started at the South Avenue Circle and proceeded into downtown Westfield on ...

Westfield to Hold MLK March and Service After Tumultuous Year for Racial Justice

WESTFIELD, NJ — An annual march symbolic of the marches of the Civil Rights Movement will happen in Westfield Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Westfield will lead the march and, due to COVID-19, is taking an accompanying service online. Westfield's 34th annual MLK events come at a time of increased attention to racial justice ...

Kindness Rises Amid COVID, Rabbi Says at Menorah Lighting in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Continuing a tradition that dates back some two decades in this town, community members lit a larger-than-life menorah at the North Avenue side of the Westfield Train Station Thursday evening — the first night of Hanukkah.

Rabbi Levi Block, of Union County Torah Center — Chabad, addressed members of the public who had gathered along with municipal officials ...

With ‘Blue Mass,’ Westfield Clergy Give Thanks to Local First Responders

WESTFIELD, NJ — Marking a first for Westfield, first responders last week participated in a Blue Mass — a service celebrated annually for those in the public safety field.

Bagpipes sounded as the Westfield police and fire chiefs led a column of first responders down the center row of a church Wednesday, video posted to the police department’s Facebook page ...

Members of Westfield’s South Asian Community Organize Virtual Diwali Celebration

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite limits on gatherings due to COVID-19, Westfield residents are still planning to honor Diwali, a South Asian holiday celebrating the Festival of Lights.

The virtual celebration will be held Nov. 14.

The event, primarily planned by residents Sushmita Srivastav, Juliana Mehta and Ashita Dhall, follows the first-ever Westfield Community Diwali party held last ...

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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 ...