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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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Friends and Supporters Gather at a Tearful Vigil for Mark Hollaway in Westfield

By HARRY WACHTEL

January 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ—Tonight, Jan. 20, friends, family and fellow Westfield High School students of Mark Hollaway held a vigil on the front steps of the school for the ninth-grade student, who died from illness related to the flu earlier this week. It was an extremely sad night and a crowd of over two hundred came together in the dark, fighting the cold and the wind to pay homage to one special young man. For the majority of the night those with candles fought with the wind as it blew the flames.

The first speakers of the night included Mark’s mother, grandmother and godmother, who each described Mark “as a shining star.” He was a kind and caring person, someone who will be missed tremendously, they told the crowd. Mark’s mother, Angel Hollaway, repeatedly said how amazed she was about the support she had received from the high school community even though Mark had moved to Westfield from Newark just a few months ago.

Mark was remembered by some of his former classmates and teammates from outside of the Westfield community, as well. Repeatedly, they all stated they would not want to be anywhere else but attending this vigil and honoring and remembering their lost friend.

Tears ran down the cheeks of those attending the vigil, and the constant sound of sobbing could be heard throughout the event. At times the sound was so loud it drowned out the speakers.

Lanre Badmus, one of Mark’s friends at Westfield High School, organized the event and helped create the Facebook page RIP Mark Hollaway. He described the event as, “A very special night. It was an awful thing that happened to Mark. It was something that should happen to no one, especially someone like him.” This sentiment was expressed by many others.

“He was a really good kid. He never did anything wrong, he is going to be really missed.” said James Scortino.

Mark was simply a very special person, many said. Those who knew him said he was very shy, but once you got to know him even just a little bit it became obvious just how special he was. He was a kind, humble understanding kid with a great sense of humor.

Another of Mark’s friends, William Fazio, had this to say: “He really cared for others. He could understand what they were feeling and always found a way to make them feel better.”

Mark is described as one amazing young man, someone who impacted every single person he met with his kind words and humor who will be missed by everyone in Westfield. As the RIP Mark Halloway page says, “You'll never be forgotten. We know you're in a better place, but selfishly, we all wish you were here with us. We love you Mark.”

Harry Wachtel is a ninth-grade student at Westfield High School.