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Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Michaela Hobson

May 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michaela Hobson can take the pressure that comes with being on the pitcher’s mound, but with this softball season’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the intensity of game play has taken a backseat to practice and preparation.

The 16-year-old Westfield High School sophomore has been keeping herself in the game, having gotten together with fellow ...

Can You Hold a Virtual Pizza Run? Downtown Westfield Plans on it

WESTFIELD, NJ — The man who brought Westfield the Night of Lights 5K is set to bring the town a markedly different event.

Downtown Westfield Corporation has hired Sam Tooley, owner and head coach of the specialty fitness center Alpha Performance, to head up a virtual Pizza Run this summer.

Last week, Tooley outlined for the DWC board how he intends to engage the community through ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Amanda Paden

WESTFIELD, NJ — Amanda Paden’s typical track event is the 800 meter and the 1600 meter, and while she’s running alone on the streets during the pandemic, she’s still covering her usual distances.

Paden, an 18-year-old senior at Westfield High School, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Head girls track coach Joe Berardi ...

Westfield Teen Wins Regional Equestrian Championship

WESTFIELD NJ — A 14-year-old Westfield equestrian recently won in her division at the Regional Championship in the 2019-20 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) competition.  

The IEA was designed to promote equestrian sports to middle and high school students, according to the association’s Facebook page. Claire Flagg has participated in IEA competitions ...

Greta’s Run 2020 Q&A: Virtual Participation Rising in Annual 5K

WESTFIELD, NJ — Crowds of sweaty runners are out of the question during the pandemic but with virtual participation an annual 5K is well on its way to success.

The annual run held in memory of Westfield High School freshman Greta Schoenemann, who died tragically in 2002, is virtual this year and partnering with Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, which provides free, year-round grief ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Alivia Macaluso

WESTFIELD, NJ — Alivia Macaluso is keeping her head in the game of softball — but it’s not always in the usual ways.

With the spring season called off due to COVID-19, the sophomore and third basewoman said, she has been practicing softball daily both on and off the field. Macaluso is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Part of ...

Westfield Tennis Courts Reopen Friday. No Chest Bumping Allowed.

Tennis courts and batting cages will be open, but basketball courts will remain closed.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventh-grader Savannah Cohen has been struggling to find places to practice her tennis swing during the pandemic.

Cohen, 13, found herself pounding a tennis ball against a wall of the closed L'Oreal facility in Clark recently, but it's a lousy substitute ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week: Victor Coustan

WESTFIELD, NJ — A great leader both on and off the baseball diamond, third-baseman Victor Coustan was penciled in to bat fifth this season, his coach said.

Before COVID-19 came to New Jersey, the 17-year-old Westfield High School senior was set to come back this spring after recovering from a surgery, head varsity baseball coach Bob Brewster said. Coustan is this week’s Ron ...

Westfield Plans to Open Town Pool June 6 — if NJ Will Allow

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town's Recreation Department is preparing to open Westfield Memorial Pool on June 6, unless state orders forbid it from doing so.

“Although we don't know exactly what's going on for this summer, we are hopeful, and we are pushing forward,” said Heather Re, the town’s aquatic supervisor. 

Pool maintenance has continued like ...

Schools in NJ to Remain Closed for Rest of Academic Year, Murphy Says

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in an ongoing effort to contain COVID-19. Remote learning will remain in place.

“We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, administrators and staff,” Murphy said. 

The governor's ...


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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.*

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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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