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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect for Westfield Tuesday Evening (Update)

August 25, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the area expired at 6:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph and penny-size hail were possible, it said.  “Expect damage to trees and power lines,” the weather service said.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.

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Flash Flood Warning in Effect for Westfield Thursday Morning

WESTFIELD, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for Union County Thursday morning until 11:15 a.m., the National Weather Service said.

Thunderstorms are producing heavy rain, the Weather Service said. A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, ...

Mayor Says Capacity Guided Westfield’s Decision to not Pick up Homes’ Storm Debris

WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor is standing by the town’s controversial decision not to pick up residential storm debris following Tropical Storm Isaias.

At Tuesday’s online council meeting, Mayor Shelley Brindle acknowledged residents’ objections to the decision, something she said was based on the public works department’s ability to pick up the large amount of ...

Westfield Collecting Storm Debris from Town Trees Only. Cleanup Could Take Weeks.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is collecting storm debris from municipally owned trees only, the mayor said.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said Friday that the municipality will not be conducting curbside pickup of storm debris, a service the town has only provided in the “severest of emergencies.”

Gov. Phil Murphy had declared a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Isaias, which ...

UDPATED: What Roads are Closed, Reopened in Westfield as Storm Cleanup Continues

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 8:30 p.m.) As the town cleans up from Tropical Storm Isaias a series of roads remain blocked due to downed wires and storm debris.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the following roadways are impassable, according to police:

Boynton Avenue (2000 block to Clark Township line) – tree(s) & wire(s) down
Carleton Road (800 block) – ...

Updates for Westfield on Isaias: Power Outages, Road Closures, Train Service (5:31 p.m.)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Around 2,000 customers remained without power in Westfield Wednesday and numerous roads were shut as the region continued its recovery from Tropical Storm Isaias.

As of 5:15 p.m., 1,645 customers in Westfield were without power with the estimated date of restoration being Monday, according to PSE&G’s outage map. They are among 20,251 of the ...

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Union County OKs $110K for Guard Who Claims She Was Attacked, Taunted with Dildos

September 30, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County freeholders have approved a $110,000 settlement for a Black Union County corrections officer, who in a lawsuit claims she was attacked by another guard, subjected to sexual harassment and then targeted for investigation when she reported the alleged misconduct.

The freeholders approved the settlement for Wadlyne Stelus on Sept. 10, following a closed ...

Westfield’s Nicholas Gismondi, 65, Remembered for Love of Family and Sport

September 22, 2020

This story is part of Loved and Lost, a statewide media collaboration working to celebrate the life of every New Jersey resident who died of COVID-19. To learn more and submit a loved one's name to be profiled, visit lovedandlostnj.com.

Nicholas Gismondi, a Westfield man most remembered for his vibrant personality, has drawn accolades for his community contributions.

Nick ...

Volunteering for Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders BOE Campaign, Westfield Student Joins Discussion

September 30, 2020

As a volunteer for Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Board of Education campaign, I was able to join the discussion about the future of WHS, which is important to me, as I am a student there. My experience as a volunteer was very rewarding, as I gained not only practical experience but also learned many specifics about the WHS curriculum and running a campaign, and truly felt ...

Westfield School Board Candidate Deborah Feldman-Kahn Introduces Herself

September 25, 2020

Dear Residents of Westfield,  

My husband, myself and our twins have been residents of Westfield since 2008. I am running for the Board of Education on the Bright Futures platform with David Sexton and Wendy Rogers on column three of the ballot.

I chose David and Wendy as my running mates because they are people of character. I am running because I believe in our school ...

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Sat, October 3, 9:00 AM

Blue Tent, Westfield

Westfield Mayor, Police Chief to Host Q&A on ...

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Sat, October 3, 3:30 PM

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‘Message in a Mansion’: Joshua Rockland Art Show

Arts & Entertainment

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Mountainside Elks Lodge #1585, Mountainside

Mountainside Elks Made to Order Breakfast

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New “OUT in Union County: Queer Power Hour” Series Offers News, Views, and Insights on LGBTQ+ Community

September 30, 2020

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the new OUT in Union County: Queer Power Hour with host Micayla Mirabella. The new free virtual series, organized by the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, begins on Wednesday, September 30 and runs through December 9, 2020. Each hour-long session will begin at 7:00 pm.

“Here in Union County we stand firm in our resolve ...

Westfield Police Botter: Home Break-In, Vehicle Burglaries, Fraud

September 29, 2020

The following is the Westfield Police blotter for Sept. 20 – Sept. 26. The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

9/23/2020 2:56 p.m.

Resident of the 700 block of Clarence St. reports being a victim of fraud via his credit card account. The victim reports unknown ...

Walk In Sunshine Charity Unveils New Section Aimed at Youth Drug Addiction and Loss

Walk In Sunshine Charity has announced a new section on its website aimed at helping families find resources to help with youth drug addiction and for families who have lost a child to addiction.

Providing unique online resources for families of Babies and Children who leave this Earth too soon, continues to be the main focus of Walk In Sunshine. This new section focuses on addiction proves ...

Is it Time to Rethink the 60/40 Portfolio?

The 60/40 portfolio has long been viewed as a win-win for investors.  Conventional wisdom advocates a model portfolio holding a mix of 60% stocks and 40% bonds.  This has historically delivered solid returns with moderate volatility, allowing investors to sleep well at night. 

While the 60/40 can benefit any type of investor, it is especially appealing to those nearing ...

Saint Joseph High School Students Named to National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist List

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School is pleased to announce the names of students who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Semi-Finalist

Benjamin Ulrich

Commended Students

Isaac Alexander
Gregory Bergquist
Ciaran Bubb
Justin Ferber
Matthew Furnell
Patrick Keefe
Isaiah Maningas
Jos Parayil
Harris Pyo
Donald ...

25 Homes Sold Sept. 20 - Sept. 27 in Garwood, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Mountainside & Cranford

Twenty-five homes sold Sept. 20 through Sept. 27, 2020, in Garwood, Cranford, Mountainside, Westfield, Fanwood and Scotch Plains, according to the Garden State MLS:*

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Two Westfield Rotarians Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

The Rotary Club of Westfield honored two club members at their first in-person meeting since March at the Deutscher Club in Clark on Sept. 24. Rotarians Burim Regjaj and Joe Mindak were each awarded with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of exemplifying Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.”

Burim Regjaj recently joined Rotary and has already jumped in by heading ...

Do You Have to Report Hobby Earnings?

Whether it’s something you’ve been doing for years or something you started in an effort to make a little extra money, as a taxpayer, you must report income earned from hobbies in 2020 on next year’s tax return.

But — what if there is a loss? 

Are you able to report losses on your tax return?

And how do you determine whether it’s a hobby and a ...

Atlantic Health System Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Equality and Inclusivity in Health Care

Dedicated to providing a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy, Atlantic Health System announced that each of its six hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This is the third consecutive year all of Atlantic ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge School Fall Athletics Teams Begin Practice

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School athletes began outdoor practices this week, joining the Upper School teams on the soccer fields, tennis courts and cross-country terrain at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. The volleyball season, due to indoor restrictions, has been postponed to later in the school year.

Game competition for the Upper School athletes and teams begins next week, while the ...

Our Topsy Turvy Investment World

The first quarter saw the S&P 500 drop 34% at the fastest pace ever.
Our way of life and our health is under siege by COVID-19.
Our countrymen are suffering the worst bout of unemployment since the Great Depression.
Today’s political environment is among the most divisive in our almost 250 years of history.

Reading this litany of disasters, you might feel you have lost ...

Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Murphy, State Assembly and Senate Leaders Agree to Add ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ in 2021 Budget

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside statewide leaders, on Thursday announced that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget will raise the state’s gross income tax rate on income between $1 million and $5 million per year. 

The rate will increase from the current 8.97% to 10.75% for every dollar earned between $1 million and $5 million annually, bringing it in line with ...