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Letters to the Editor

Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting on March 17

March 19, 2015

2015-2016 BUDGET PRESENTATION Technology Paul Pineiro, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, led the discussion regarding how technology affects our classrooms and ult...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Vehicle Reported Stolen, Drug Arrest

March 25, 2015

Mar 24, 2015 5:38 p.m. A resident in the 0-100 block of Gallowae reports an identity theft by unknown actor(s). Actor(s) fraudulently filed a tax return using the victim’s social secur...

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Columns

NJ Perfect Home, Your Real Estate Source

Spring 2015 Real Estate Market Update

Although temperatures outside might not be exhibiting warmth, spring is here, and the real estate market is heating up! If you’re thinking about selling your home, now is a great time to a...

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Weltman Home Services

Want Under The Kitchen Counter Lighting?

Call 888 WELTMAN to set up your appointment today!

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In the Schools

Pi Day a Real Treat at Westfield Elementary School

A variety of pies were served by parents to third, fourth and fifth graders at Franklin Elementary School on March 13.  The occasion was national Pi Day, and besides a slice of pie, student...

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The Innovative Classroom

A Week in the Life of PARCC

During the month of March, Westfield High School, along with schools in 13 other states, participated in one of the most controversial educational moves to date — the implementation of of ...

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ViaNutrition

Getting Your Body in Balance for Optimum Fitness Results

What is going on? You eat pretty well, you exercise and still nothing is changing. Does this sound vaguely familiar? Well, the body is a complex machine, and the right balance of energy is neces...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y's 'Fun for Fours' Class Enjoys the Study of Animals

Children in Mrs. Zarember’s “Fun for Fours” class at the Y’s Preschool located at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford recently finished their stu...

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The Academic Coach

Strong Finish

All long distance runners know that a marathon doesn’t really start until the 20 mile mark. That’s the point at which the race gets really tough and many competitors “hit a wal...

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Ince Landscape Construction & Management

Did Winter Burn Compromise Your Trees and Shrubs?

Oh, winter!  It has been a long, cold winter this season, but spring is here and I am sure you are seeing the affects winter had on your trees and shrubs. As prepared as our landscape i...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Make your Home Spring-Ready

Here are some tips to get your home ready for Spring as we start to thaw: As the snow and ice finally melt, check along the foundations for any cracks or signs of damage. Small crac...

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Employment Law

Super Lawyers Magazine Chooses Fred Shahrooz-Scampato

The firm is proud to announce that Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, Esquire, has been chosen for a second year in a row, to receive the distinguished honor of Employment Litigation: Plaintiff by Super La...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

Mobility Clinic for CrossFit Athletes

CrossFit Westfield and FLO Fitness are excited to announce a special mobility clinic on April 19th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  Chris Flores will spend 90 minutes going through his R.D.A. Pro...

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Talking About Grief

Talking about Death and Dying at Local Conversation Cafe - Sponsored by Summit Medical Group, My Gift of Grace and Atlantic Health System

Ever considered a dinner conversation about end of life but haven't been able to have it? Ever consider that this conversation could actually be fun and interesting? Then consider joining Im...

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Monday with Millicent

Easter Sunday Dining Options

Perhaps you’re looking for a place to dine on Easter Sunday or any other Day? Enclosed is a group of restaurants for your dining pleasure. Do let me know if you’ve enjoyed your e...

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Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended with Crash in Mountainside (Updated)

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF

April 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Updated:

Two Newark men are in custody and facing multiple charges after a carjacking that took place in the victim’s driveway on Minisink Way in Westfield Monday afternoon. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

Caavon Hinson, 24, and Lamar Randleman, 25 are charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree criminal conspiracy, and third-degree theft. Hinson additionally is charged with second-degree eluding police, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault, while Randleman is additionally charged with third-degree resisting arrest.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the victim arrived at her home on Minisink Way in Westfield and was approached in her driveway by an unknown male wearing a mask, according to the investigation, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, Randleman took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away.

Randleman then drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside, a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department revealed. Shortly thereafter, a Mountainside police officer spotted Randleman and started pursuing him on foot until Randleman arrived at a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle, driven by Hinson.

Hinson then allegedly drove in the direction of the Mountainside officer, who fired multiple rounds from his service weapon as the vehicle approached him. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire, and following a brief police pursuit Hinson crashed the getaway vehicle at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside. The two defendants were then taken into custody without further incident.

The Mountainside officer who had pursued Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The two defendants were not seriously injured.

Bail for Hinson and Randleman was set at $750,000 and $1 million, respectively, by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearances in court later this week.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.