Tae Kwon Do Athletes Advance In Rank

Black belt Jason Currie at his belt rank testing at the Westfield Area Y. (Photo courtesy of the Westfield Area Y)

WESTFIELD — Over 70 students of Gedman’s Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area Y advanced to their next belt rank at the Dec. 14 belt testing at the Robert and Virginia Bauer Family Branch. Students ages 5 to 50 tested for orange through third degree black belts.

Raritan Valley Line To Introduce One-Seat Ride To Manhattan In March

An NJ Transit train at Plainfield Station (Photo credit: Adam E. Moreira)

STATE — NJ Transit will roll out a morning off-peak, one-seat ride on to New York’s Penn Station on the Raritan Valley Line starting March 2, 2014, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and the One-Seat Ride Coalition announced Monday.

One year of senseless silence on gun violence

Voice of the People by James J. Devine

One year ago today, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers. To mark the anniversary of that tragedy with…

Westfield Area Y Teen Leaders Help With Lunch With Santa Event


WESTFIELD — Over 100 kids and adults attended the Westfield Area Y’s “Lunch with Santa” event on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Main Y Facility in Westfield. Families enjoyed pizza and sandwiches while listening to Christmas music and of course visiting with Santa and sharing their Christmas wish list with him.

Report: Homeowner Charged With Assaulting Police During Attempt To Reach Burning Building

WESTFIELD – A 50-year-old township woman who is one of the owners of the Wychwood Gatehouse allegedly bit and kicked police officers Friday evening when they prevented her from going towards the burning building, according to a Westfield Patch report.

Westfield Area Y “Angel Tree” Helps Spread Holiday Cheer To People In Need

Y Angels generously donate gifts to those in need this holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Westfield Area YMCA)

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Y, located at 220 Clark Street in Westfield, is hosting its annual Angel Tree. Caring members of the Y are selecting an angel between now and Dec. 23 to spread holiday cheer and help a community member in need this season.

Middlesex, Union Counties Agree To Share Forensics Laboratory Services

WESTFIELD — Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced today that a new DNA analyst has been hired to work at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Forensics Laboratory in Westfield under a shared-services agreement reached between the Middlesex and Union county boards of chosen freeholders.

Westfield Area Y Schedules Holiday Party, Sells Christmas Trees


WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Y’s holiday round up starts with the Westfield Y’s Men’s Club annual tree lot sale at the Elm Street Field in Westfield. All proceeds benefit the Westfield Area Y and other community organizations. The lot is now open and hours are as follows: Weekdays from 5–9 p.m. and weekends: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Dec. 23.For more information, call Leonardo Gonzalez at the Y at 908-233-2700 x271.