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Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Downs Westfield, 4-3, in Nail-biter

May 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — In a battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Union County Tournament, Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Westfield, 4-3, in Wednesday's game at the Raiders' home field. 

Just a day after a 12-1 beating at the hands of Cranford, the state's No. 1 ranked team, the Raiders bounced back against their arch rivals.

Seniors Dallas Lorenzetti went ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Nicholas Conti

WESTFIELD, NJ — Fresh off the boys golf team’s first place win at the North II Group IV Sectional Championship at High Bridge Hills Tuesday, junior Nicholas Conti had praise for his fellow Blue Devils.

“I was proud of how we all played,” said Conti, whose score was 78.

This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week has been ...

Greta’s Run for Imagine, in Memory of Westfield Girl, Happening This Week

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The 8th annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died when a tree branch fell on her in 2002, is virtual this spring for a second year, organizers said.

Last year the run began fundraising for Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, which provides free, year-round grief support for children.

ARCHIVE: Mom Reflects ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Michaela Hobson

WESTFIELD, NJ — Varsity softball pitcher Michaela Hobson recently struck out nine batters and walked one while giving up just two earned runs and four hits in a game against Summit.

Hobson, a senior who also plays first and third base, helped power the Lady Blue Devils to the 6-2 win April 30 in one of what have been a series of victories for the team. She is this week’s Ron Bansky ...

Softball: Westfield’s Lady Blue Devils off to a 7-0 Start

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School softball team has shown the ability to score runs in its 7-0 start to the season.

The Lady Blue Devils are averaging 12 runs per game in victories over Union, Chatham, Union Catholic, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Dayton, Summit and Johnson. Westfield has score double-digit runs in five of its seven wins, opening the season with four straight ...

Westfield Youth Throws Perfect Game in His First Time Pitching for Pingry Varsity

WESTFIELD, NJ — In his debut game pitching for Pingry School’s varsity baseball team last week, 16-year-old Jake Francis of Westfield accomplished the notable feat of throwing a perfect game.

Held April 23 at Pingry’s home field, the game lasted five innings and ended in a mercy rule. The sophomore totaled 12 strikeouts while on the mound, and the Pingry School won 15-0 ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Enzo Mizerek

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield varsity baseball team went 5-0 during opening week, and left fielder and relief pitcher Enzo Mizerek was a key piece to its success.

In the Blue Devils’ first two games, Mizerek, the leadoff hitter, went 5-7 at the plate, scored four runs and stole six bases. The Westfield High School senior is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates ...

Westfield Athletics: 10 High School Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

WESTFIELD, NJ — Ten Westfield High School student-athletes signed recently Letters of Intent with colleges and universities, signifying recognition of the seniors’ accomplishments both academically and athletically, the school district announced.

The students will be participating in sports ranging from cheer to football and basketball.

The following student-athletes will ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Allie Fernandez

Updated April 22

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Allie Fernandez has committed to continuing her gymnastics career in college as a Division II athlete for Kutztown University’s new Acrobatics and Tumbling team.

Fernandez, who is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week, credits her coach for letting her know that she ...

Westfield Gymnastics Team Wraps Season with Second Place Finish at County Final

WESTFIELD, NJ — After an undefeated season, the Westfield High School gymnastics team came in second place to Scotch Plains-Fanwood at the Union County Finals.

The team was hoping for a win Thursday, but for team captain Izzy Cano and coaches Amanda Diaz and Jenna Zito, the event was not just about winning but the culmination of a great season in spite of COVID-19.

“After ...


Devilfish Send Swimmers to YMCA Swimming Festival NJ

May 7, 2021

The Westfield Area Y Devilfish swim team sent 14 swimmers to the YMCA Swimming Festival NJ meet in Voorhees April 8 – 11. This meet replaced YMCA Nationals which was canceled this year due to Covid-19. Many of our swimmers contributed to multiple top 16 finishes and several relays made it into the top 8.

Top 16 finishes were achieved by the following swimmers:

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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 ...


- 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 ...