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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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Police Blotter

In Westfield, Several Claims Of Fraud And Identity Theft Reported

April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 4:20 p.m. Elizabeth Tedeschi, age 47, of Westfield responded to Westfield police department to satisfy an active traffic warrant issued by Westfield municipal court. The subje...

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Columns

Connecting Commerce and Community

GWACC Spring Fling

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung, and it is time for the 21st Annual Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling. The event will be held on the streets o...

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ViaNutrition

The 11 Commandments of Nutrition

Focus on eating nutrient dense food, not counting calories. This sounds counterintuitive but most nutrient-dense foods are not high in calories. Get your nutrients from foods, not supp...

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Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Get the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift at Evalyn Dunn Gallery

You must stop into Evalyn Dunn Gallery to see their great new gifts that have arrived just in time for Mother's Day. The gallery has expanded their jewelry department to include four new lin...

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Monday with Millicent

Mark Your Calendars for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, April 23!

No matter what, Thursday, April 23, 2015 is the date you are due in Downtown Westfield for their grand and glorious Girls’ Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., you’re welcome to come and enj...

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Westfield Area Y

New 'Move it and Lose it' Coaching Program Launches at the Westfield Area Y

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce “Move It and Lose It,” an 8-week coaching program designed to motivate participants to success through teamwork. Participants will pic...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Earns 6 Award Nominations for Fall Drama

The cast and crew of Westfield High School’s fall drama, "The Laramie Project," has been notified that the production received six Montclair State University "Theatre Night ...

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Controversial Home to be Built in Westfield Gets a Facelift

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

August 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — At a meeting of the Westfield Town Council Aug. 6, the demolition of a home at 257 Walnut Street was once again a source of discussion. At the town council meeting on July 9, many residents argued that its demolition and the construction of a two-family home at that location could endanger the street’s historic status application.

Despite the opposition July 9, the demolition was approved that evening. However, the  house could not be demolished because demolition of its detached garage had not been included in the original request.

On Aug. 6, with a resolution to authorize that demolition on the agenda, only one resident was present to voice concern. Changes to the new home’s plans likely played a role in the lack of opposition.

At a council conference meeting held before the regular town council meeting that evening, Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained that a new zoning ordinance requires homes built in that zone to appear from the front to be single-family homes. Drawings submitted by the builder before and after that ordinance went into effect were handed out to council members. (See drawings above.)

Bob Burslem, one of the residents who had opposed the demolition on July 9, told the council, “What we see in the plans being proposed is a tremendous improvement and will fit in the neighborhood well.”

However, Burslem said he was concerned that the new plans add two curb cuts, two driveways and two detached garages.

“It just seems like something more than what the spirit of the ordinance change envisioned,” said Burlsem.

The demolition was approved later that evening at the regular town council meeting. More on that meeting to come.