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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Burglaries Reported at Two Westfield Homes

April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 1:24 a.m. Officers Bruno and Carrero arrested Marcin Krepula, age 38, of Clark for driving while intoxicated subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Nevada Street an...

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Columns

ViaNutrition

Partnering With a Health Coach to Achieve Personal Transformation

Many people find themselves in the grocery store, enticed by sugary treats or purchasing the same processed foods every week. Yet, they still find themselves with a mid-afternoon energy crash, u...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Thanks Volunteers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce there were 504 individuals who donated their time and talent in 2014. The Y applauds their efforts. A special &ld...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Donates to Good Cause

Westfield High School recently donated more than $2,000 to The Good Project to help construct a school in a remote village in Costa Rica. David Good, founder of the non-profit, The Good Project,...

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Monday with Millicent

Let’s Visit the Westfield Diner

309 North Avenue, Westfield Call: 908.233.5200 Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday FYI: Casual dress. ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

Young Entrepreneurs from GWACC Awarded Funding to Launch Startups

On Wednesday, April 1, 14 student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students were dressed as ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

National Window Safety Week is April 5-11

The Window Safety Task Force works year-round to promote window safety awareness, and every April it sponsors National Window Safety Week. For 2015, Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. ...

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Take Five

Resources for a Rocky Marriage

If you’ve been married for more than two years, odds are, you’ve had several “moments” when you started thinking that the only way you could honor Til Death Do Us Part wo...

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Guest Column

Eating Fresh Made Easy

Sign-up time is here! The team at Just Farmed is busy prepping for our 2015 farm box season, which starts the week of May 4th and ends in December. Our mission is to deliver fresh...

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Broadway Actor Comes to Westfield to Sing National Anthem at Greta’s Run Sept. 15

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

September 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ —Russell Fischer, who currently plays “Joey” in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway and is the understudy for the part of Frankie Valli, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Sept. 15 at Greta’s Run, a 5K run/walk and fundraiser for special needs programs at the Westfield Area Y in memory of Greta Schoenemann.

Fischer learned of the event from Allison Siko, a 2006 Westfield High School grad who has been involved in theater since she was a child.

 “I am volunteering as much as I can to help with Greta's Run because I knew Greta since kindergarten—we shared classes and were in Girl Scouts together,” said Siko. “That's why when I heard we needed someone to sing the National Anthem I immediately said I could help.”

“Over the years I have grown up with many people who are now in movies and on television and Broadway,” said Siko. “One of those great people is Russell Fischer. We met at Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theater Conservatory in 1999. We have worked together and been friends ever since. He has such a wonderful voice and such a kind heart that I instantly thought of him for Greta's Run. I sent him an email, told him about the run, what the money is being raised for, and in less than five minutes I got his response saying he was in!”

“Even though he's on Broadway, he still has New Jersey roots. His brother is actually a pastry chef at Bovella's in Downtown Westfield and he frequents the town whenever he can,” she added.

Regionally, Fischer has performed in “The Music Man” at Chautauqua Opera, “Children of Eden” at Paper Mill Playhouse, “The Sound of Music” at the Palace in Myrtle Beach, SC, and“Monkey: Journey to the West” at Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC.

To learn more about Greta’s Run, click here.

Before the 5K takes place, 25 original oil paintings by local artist Maxwell Sang will be sold at “Petals for Greta” Sept. 7 at Swain Galleries in Plainfield, also to benefit special needs programs at the Westfield Area Y. For more information, click here.