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Snowfall set for Saturday in Westfield, Weather Service Says

January 17, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Plan on slippery conditions Saturday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of snow will fall across the region.

The predication came in a Winter Weather advisory issued at 3:54 a.m. Friday.

The snow is anticipated to turn to rain mainly before 10 p.m., the Weather Service said.

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Beware 50 mph Wind Gusts Expected in Westfield Thursday: Weather Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Drivers should beware of windy weather forecast for Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

A wind advisory in effect from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday predicts 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts of up to 50 mph, the Weather Service said.

“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle,” the Weather Service statement said.

Weather Service: Gusty Winds, Possible Power Outages in Westfield This Weekend

WESTFIELD, NJ — A wind advisory has been issued for the area from 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service announced.

Wind gusts of 50 miles per hour could blow around unsecured objects, the Weather Service warned, and tree limbs could be blown down, resulting in a few power outages. Morning thunderstorms are also possible, it said.

The Weather Service predicted a ...

High Winds May Cause Outages, Blow Debris in Westfield, Weather Service Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Now would be a good time to bring in those deck chairs.

A National Weather Service wind advisory in effect from noon Wednesday until midnight for Union County and surrounding areas warns of winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects,” the Weather Service statement said. “Tree limbs could ...


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Scotch Plains Resident Admits Embezzling Over $48 Million, U.S. Attorney Says

January 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — A former executive at a New Jersey publication company pleaded guilty today to defrauding the company by embezzling millions of dollars for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Nestor Charriez, 60, of Scotch Plains, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count ...

Catholic Education: Why We Teach More

January 28, 2020

Dear Editor:

This is Catholic Schools Week. Every year during the last week of January, many Catholic schools celebrate with an opening Mass on Sunday, followed by an open house and a week of various celebrations.

In 2019, Governor Murphy declared, during his signing of a proclamation honoring this week, “Catholic schools provide students an education that emphasizes the formation of ...

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Wed, January 29, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

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Thu, January 30, 7:30 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Free Screening in Cranford of Mighty Times: The ...

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12U Westfied Area YMCA Devilfish Splash into the New Year

January 28, 2020

The 12 and under Devilfish started the new year at the SVY New Year’s Splash from Jan. 3-5 at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ. The following swimmers had top 16 finishes by age group. Congratulations to all the swimmers on another great meet!

GIRLS 10U: Olivia Constable (14th 100 Breast); Emma Crall (4th 50 Free, 11th 100 IM); Mira Emany (9th 100 Breast); ...

Boneparth: Skipping Foundational Steps in Personal Finance is Like Skipping Breakfast

Douglas A. Boneparth is a Westfield resident and Founder of Bone Fide Wealth, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm in New York City, and co-author of The Millennial Money Fix. Contact Douglas to learn how he’s not your parent’s financial advisor

I am a habitual breakfast skipper. Ever since high school, I’ve avoided eating food in the morning. My ...

14 Homes Sold Jan. 19 - Jan. 26 in Mountainside, Garwood, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford & Westfield

Fourteen homes were sold Jan. 19 through Jan. 26, 2020, in Mountainside, Fanwood, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Garwood and Westfield:*

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'Midwives' Poses Questions of Science, Faith and Healing

New Brunswick, NJ - The play based on Cris Bohjalian’s successful novel, “Midwives,”  is receiving a thoughtful, haunting production at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

The stirling cast brings each character to life during a stormy winter in Vermont. The first act takes place in a farmhouse bedroom,  where Charlotte (Monique Robinson) is expected to soon ...

Helping Athletes Keep Their Hearts In The Game: AtlantiCast31

Morristown Medical Center's Sports Cardiology and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Program is excited to welcome Dr. Matthew Martinez! Learn how this innovative leader will help Atlantic Health System benefit athletes of all levels on the latest AtlantiCast!


Vision for Newark Archdiocese: Accountability, Transparency, and Communication

Forward in Faith Together: Our Road Ahead was introduced this past fall by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, as the new vision for the Archdiocese after nearly three years of listening to concerns expressed by parishioners, clergy, religious, and other faithful inside and outside the Archdiocese.

This broad pastoral vision outlines the path forward in the wake of past ...

Tax-Smart Giving with Qualified Charitable Distributions

Thinking about making a large financial gift to charity? Looking for ways to reduce your taxes? If you’re retired and have IRA assets, the qualified charitable donation (QCD) tax rule might work in your favor. The QCD rule allows IRA owners or those who have inherited an IRA to exempt their required minimum distributions (RMDs) from taxation through direct charitable giving. It’s ...

The Risks of Reaching for Yield in a Low Rate Environment

Many of us may remember the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark when Dr. Jones, played by Harrison Ford, makes it through a maze of booby traps in search for the Golden Idol.  He dodges arrows and rocks and ultimately makes it to his glimmering prize. Carefully, he reaches out for the Golden Idol, switching it with a sand-weighted bag as a look of relief comes ...

Success is Not Possible Without Support

What does “support” mean to you? The dictionary defines it as: to give aid or courage, or to strengthen.

When was the last time you needed to draw on your courage or strength? Did you ask for help or did you go it alone? Perhaps you did not take action because you didn’t feel courageous or prepared enough to get started. Or maybe you refused help and tried to go about your ...

Should Stepparents Discipline Their Stepchildren?

Parenting is never easy, having a blended family with biological children and stepchildren makes parenting even more challenging. As families are blended new challenges arise and the family has to define new roles and responsibilities. Finding the right balance can be extremely difficult.

When you first bring everyone together, kids are trying to figure out their place… where they ...

Humidifiers – Keeping Your Family in Good Spirits This Winter

Wintertime often brings dry air, which can adversely affect the comfort and health of your family, as well as impact your home furnishings. A humidifier can go a long way to keeping your family healthy and comfortable all season long. Here are some reasons to invest in a humidifier for your HVAC system.

Improve Health and Comfort

The most important feature of a humidifier is the impact on ...

Westfield Graduates Return to Alma Mater to Share Tips on College Life

Westfield High School graduates returned to their alma mater on Jan. 8 to share tips for navigating college life with current WHS students and their parents. Entitled "I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now - College Edition" and moderated by K-12 Director of Counseling Maureen Mazzarese, the panel of college students discussed selecting majors and classes, time management, roommate ...

Jan. 23 is New Jersey Maternal Health Awareness Day

Yesterday, Jan. 23 marked New Jersey Maternal Health Awareness Day. Walk In Sunshine Charity recognized this day by advocating that women from all socioeconomic levels have access to healthcare during any time during their pregnancy, delivery and aftercare.

It is unfortunately far too common for women to face medical issues like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and ...

Advice: Using Behavioral Activation to Motivate Yourself

January 17, 2020

Chris Varano is 2016 graduate of Westfield High School and senior at the University of Maryland where he is studying neurobiology.

It’s easy to wake up one day and want to be great. It’s easy to wake up one day and want to achieve your goals. It’s easy to wake up one day and get things done. What’s difficult is doing all of this day after day, week in and week ...


Where are they now? Kenilworth's David Brearley High School Graduates

January 17, 2020

We all miss the kids who move away after high school. Let's find out how they are doing... 

Name: Sean Spillane

Year graduated from David Brearley High School: 2013

Favorite memory of high school: 

Getting to spend class, lunch, and practices with my friends every day. You don’t realize how much you’ll cherish that time you had until it’s ...

Hometown Hero Jack Ciattarelli Kicks Off GOP Gubernatorial Campaign in Raritan

January 22, 2020

RARITAN, NJ - Jack Ciattarelli returned to the elementary school where he learned his ABCs and penmanship as a young boy Tuesday to make it official - he is a candidate for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination in the 2021 June Primary, and he is the man to fix New Jersey.

There will be other candidates vying for the votes of Garden State Republicans, but Ciattarelli made no mention of them, ...