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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

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

Become a Westfield Area Y Lifeguard

The Westfield Area Y is providing teens ages 16+ and adults the opportunity to become a leader by participating in a lifeguard training program.  The Y’s comprehensive, education-cent...

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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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Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces Young Entrepreneurs Academy

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

June 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ – Starting this fall, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) will offer 24 students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to become actual CEOs through The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, a groundbreaking educational program that takes kids through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of an academic year.

Begun in 2004 at the University of Rochester, YEA! now has programs in 17 states. This will be the first in New Jersey.

“It’s a very exciting program,” said Mitch Beinhaker, chairman of GWACC. “Students who participate will have all the skills to start a business.”

Past YEA! participants in other areas have launched successful businesses including Running Wild Paintball, Bragg’s Fine Swine and Intel 4 India, which operates English learning centers across rural India that allow students to gain an educational advantage for just 25 cents a month.

In addition to enrolling students, the chamber is currently looking for local business people to get involved as mentors, guest speakers, sponsors, committee volunteers and other roles. Some will take part in an investor panel “kind of like Shark Tank for kids,” said Beinhaker, that will evaluate the students’ projects, give suggestions and ultimately choose a finalist to be flown with a parent to YEA!’s national competition in Rochester, NY.

Applications are currently being accepted for the YEA! class of 2013, which will meet on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Westfield High School. Students from the GWACC's towns of Westfield, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside and Scotch Plains are invited to participate.

Applications are accepted and approved on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students submit them as soon as possible. The selection process is considered competitive. Tuition for the year is $395, with limited financial assistance available. Classes will begin in October of 2013 and end in June of 2014.

The next informational meeting will be held June 17 at 3 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield. For More information, call 908-233-3021 or email yea@westfieldareachamber.com.