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Cantor at Scotch Plains Temple Appears in HBO Series ‘The Plot Against America’

April 23, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Guests Afar, Westfield Couple Weds in Living Room

“People have been really positive. I feel Westfield famous,” the bride said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — With the hopes of giving friends and family something to focus on other than the coronavirus pandemic, Westfield residents Michelle Tugentman and Dan Salerno married in the Maplewood home of Tugentman’s parents on Saturday. 

Guests watched via the ...

Virtual Interfaith Service in Westfield to Show ‘Power of Love’ Amid Coronavirus

WESTFIELD, NJ — Houses of worship from across the town will join together in prayer during a virtual service intended to sooth emotions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Community members are invited to the prayer service to be held on the online platform Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Participants are being asked to register in advance. Click here to register.

“Our hope is that ...

Pastor from St. Helen’s in Westfield Named Bishop-Elect of Archdiocese of Newark

WESTFIELD, NJ — Father Michael Saporito of will be stepping down from his role as Pastor of St. Helen’s Church of Westfield as he moves on to serve as a Regional Bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, which encompasses Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark announced the new appointment last month. The Bishop-Elect will have ...

Gathering While Afar, Westfield Temple Holds its First Online Bar Mitzvah

WESTFIELD, NJ – It wasn’t quite how he’d planned it.

On Saturday, with his synagogue closed due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, Ethan Selvers streamed his bar mitzvah to about 80 families live from his house in Westfield. It was the first time Temple Emanu-El ever held virtual bar mitzvah.

“We were aware that Ethan’s bar mitzvah could have been impacted ...

Westfield MLK March 2020: Community, Clergy Call for Racial Justice

WESTFIELD, NJ — A commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held Monday served as a call to action supporting racial justice.

Escorted by police, about 65 people marched through the downtown singing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round” prior to the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service, which over 200 people ...

33rd Annual MLK Service set for Westfield, Racial Justice as Theme

WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. an Interfaith Commemorative Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave., following a March from the Dr. King Monument at the South Avenue circle, organizers said.

People planning to march should arrive at the monument at 12:15 p.m., the announcement said.

Chocolate Flies From on High at Westfield Menorah Lighting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighter Tom Bottini had an unusual, albeit important, assignment.

Perched atop a fire ladder truck that might typically position a hose above a burning building, the firefighter instead delivered chocolate coins — known as Hanukkah gelt — to some 200 people gathered for a menorah lighting at the Westfield Train Station Sunday night, the first night of the ...

Westfield Residents Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at Community Party

WESTFIELD, NJ — Decorated saris, twinkling lights and the sounds of upbeat Indian songs marked the occasion the first-ever Westfield Community Diwali party held earlier this month. More than 300 Westfield residents gathered at the JCC in Scotch Plains, bringing various cultures, ethnicities and families together to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Guests initiated the celebrations ...


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Fourth of July Fireworks at all Union County Parks Canceled Due to COVID-19

May 27, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in its parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks that were previously scheduled to take place at the following sites:

Cranford's fireworks scheduled to take place in ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

May 31, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

Iconic Clark Business to Close, Bernie’s Westbrant Owner to Retire After Decades of Service

May 30, 2020

CLARK, NJ — After 67 years, Bernie’s Westbrant Auto Parts and Repairs will permanently close its doors on July 17, 2020.  The iconic Clark business has anchored the intersection of Westfield Avenue and Brant Ave since founder Bernie Gittleman started the business with his wife in 1952.

“Bernie’s has been my heart and soul throughout my entire life,” ...

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.*

TOWN                  ADDRESS             ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

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 ...

COVID-19: I Feel Unsafe About Returning to Work. Do I Have to?

If you are getting unemployment insurance, that means that you have indicated that you are presently able to return back to work. So, if you are being offered suitable work (e.g. same or similar title, pay, weekly hours, etc.) and you refuse, it is likely that you would subsequently be denied any further unemployment compensation benefits. The general principle here is that if their ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Consumer Defensive Stocks – A Safe Port in the Storm?

As the Coronavirus grips much of the world, global travel and commerce have come to a screeching halt.  The last thing people want to think about is getting on an airplane, checking into a hotel or spending money on the latest fashions.  They are concerned about sourcing food, cleaning supplies, and the holy grail – toilet paper. 

Investors have long been drawn to consumer ...

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

May 20, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

Westfield Intermediate, High Schools Receive ‘No Place for Hate’ Designations

Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School have received official designation as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“It is clear from all of your efforts that you and your committee brought the right amount of thoughtfulness, commitment and intention that we look for in the schools that engage and thrive ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

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, ...


Catherine Serratelli Graduates Boston College with Honors

May 19, 2020

Catherine Serratelli graduated from Boston College in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences in their Honors Program and with Communication Honors.  

She will begin her career in a 2 year program for an online retailer in merchandising this fall in Boston.

We are so incredibly proud of Catherine and all her hard work and determination. 

Congratulations!  We ...

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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