Religions and Spirituality

March 31, 2020

“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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A basketball tournament being organized by two local youths will benefit the National Kidney Foundation and the Plainfield Area Humane Society. Residents Jake Ben-Hayon, 13, and Ethan Selvers, 12, created the three-on-three tournament, “Hoop-It-Up For Humanity,” as a bar mitzvah ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For those seeking a vibrant, active Jewish community, the town of Westfield is a great choice. Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, founded in 1950, became the largest Reform synagogue in New Jersey while led by Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff who served as Senior Rabbi from 1966 through ...

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Updated at 9:47 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests credibly accused of sex abuse earlier this year, Westfield resident Michael Mautone distinctly recognized one name on the list: the man he recalls abused him when he was 16 years old. The church ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Just footsteps away from a train station with access to New York City, some 400 people gathered Wednesday to memorialize victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Eighteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, residents still felt the loss, including ...

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Memorial Ceremony set for 7 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Twelve town residents were among the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. They are remembered in local ceremonies each year. Countless people have also died since the Sept. 11 attacks due to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 22-year-old Plainfield resident who grew up in Westfield has died. Thomas Declan Dazzo died suddenly at his home in Plainfield last Tuesday, his obituary said. Dazzo had worked in maintenance at the Barker Lounge in Cranford, a doggie daycare center, the obituary said. He was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 people gathered in front of Westfield High School Friday night to commemorate the life of a recent high school graduate who died Sunday. The mourners — mostly students — reflected on the life of 18-year-old Olivia Anna Booth, describing a faithful friend with a ...

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