Springfield family drops suit over bullying, ‘looping’

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A family who sued the school board in federal court to have their 9-year-old daughter’s class assignment changed after they said she was bullied has withdrawn the suit and removed their children from the school system, school officials announced last month. The development in the highly publicized case, which highlighted the practice […]

Democratic candidates forum starts with withdrawal

Democratic candidates forum starts with withdrawal

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Democrat who had outraised her closest opponent by more than $130,000 in a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance with $300,000 of her own money withdrew as she faced six foes in her party’s candidates forum on Feb. 7. Springfield native and Westfield resident Lisa Mandelbatt took the microphone as […]

Springfield gets cyberbullying primer at public forum

Springfield gets cyberbullying primer at public forum

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Children have been known to use electronic devices to bully or harass others as early as the third grade, a detective with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office told parents at a Springfield Town Hall forum on cyberbullying and internet safety Nov. 27. The relatively young age for using computers comes since technology is […]

Springfield bullying claims go before mediator

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Springfield school officials and a mother who claims her 9-year-old daughter has been bullied will go before a mediator to settle a widely publicized dispute over the girl’s fourth-grade class assignment. The two sides were ordered into mediation by U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi after Irina Spektor sued the district in federal […]

Springfield schools’ looping policy stirs parents

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A bullying claim by the mother of 9-year-old student who has not attended her Springfield elementary school for almost six weeks has escalated to address the practice of “looping.” Concerned parents are questioning district policy regarding the elementary school placement protocol, which keeps teachers and students together as they progress from one grade […]

Springfield dentist agrees to repay $250,000 to Medicaid

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A Springfield dentist has agreed to repay $250,000 to Medicaid for improper billing during a 4 ½-year period, the state comptroller announced in an Oct. 12 release. Louis Tratenberg, who runs a practice in Springfield, will repay the money in seven installments through April, according to the settlement between the comptroller’s office and […]


Chris Capodice, Democrat Chris Capodice is a school administrator and has experience on Springfield’s Planning Board, Environmental Commission and Green Team. He has lived in Springfield for 11 years with his wife, Lisa, and two children, who both attend public schools. Capodice has volunteered in his children’s athletic programs, as well as the Girl Scouts and as a lector at St. James Church. […]

Springfield welcomes autumn with Fall Festival, 5K

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — From competitive running races to antique cars on display, Springfield will welcome the turn of the season Sunday, Oct. 1, with its annual Fall Festival and a brand new event. The Salute To Veterans inaugural 5K and 1-mile fun run will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in honor of Union County […]