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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

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

Members of Westfield Area Y Flyers Win a National Championship and a Silver Medal at Indoor Track Championships

Three athletes from the Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club recently competed in the AAU and USATF Track and Field National Indoor Championships. Benjamin Spergel competed in the AAU National...

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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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In the Schools

Westfield Teacher Returns from National Ed-Tech Conference with New Instructional Strategies

Jeanine Gottko, K-5 Master Technology Teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, was among more than 9,000 educators, administrators and technologists from all 50 states and more than 40 countries...

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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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Weltman Home Services

Want Under The Kitchen Counter Lighting?

Call 888 WELTMAN to set up your appointment today!

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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

Let's Go Out to Eat: Water and Wine

Water & Wine in Watchung will celebrate its eleventh year of service during the month of  August, 2015. Along with La Griglia in Kenilworth, these restaurants are the pride and joy of p...

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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.