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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

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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NJ Transit Will Launch 'One Seat' Service on Raritan Valley Line Beginning March 3

By JOHN MOONEY

February 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Beginning on Monday, March 3, NJ Transit will offer "One Seat" rides into New York City on the Raritan Valley Line during weekday off-peak periods. Thanks to new dual-powered locomotives, commuters who take these trains will be able to ride into Manhattan without having to transfer in Newark Penn Station.

NJ Transit is scheduling five "One Seat" trips into and out of New York Penn Station. The first one will depart at 9:16 a.m. and arrive in New York at 10:09 a.m.

The Raritan Valley line, which comprises about 10 percent of NJ Transit ridership, currently is powered by diesel engines. It is the only NJ Transit line for which passengers must transfer in Penn Station Newark for a connection into midtown Manhattan because diesel trains are not allowed to operate in the tunnels into Manhattan. The Raritan Valley line serves High Bridge, Annandale, Lebanon, White House, North Branch, Raritan, Somerville, Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Dunellen, Plainfield, Netherwood, Fanwood, Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Roselle Park and Union.

After the ARC Tunnel project was cancelled in 2010, NJ Transit decided to purchase three dozen dual-powered locomotives that can switch from diesel to electric power in about two minutes. With the use of these new engines enable the Raritan Valley to operate its “One Seat” service.

NJ Transit has not released a timeframe or procedures for the further deployment of the dual-powered locomotives. It is clear that "One Seat" rides will not be available for morning and evening rush hours any time soon. The amount of trains that can go through the Amtrak-run tunnels into New York City is currently at capacity (25 trains per hour). 

Tom Morgan, senior director of rail service planning for NJ Transit, told the audience at Raritan Valley Rail Coalition meeting held at Westfield Municipal Court this morning that the train line will have additional train crews, and will incur an increase in fuel costs. However, no fair increases are scheduled to accommodate the new service.

The introduction of "One Seat" service will come in phases:

Step 1: Off-peak weekday

Step 2: Evening outbound after 8 p.m.

Step 3: Weekend service

Step 4: Weekday peak service

No parking accommodations planned for towns like Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield and Cranford.

"There are (parking) issues in a number of stations," said Tom Morgan.

NJ Transit plans to publicize the new "One Seat" service through social media and by passing out schedules during off-peak trains.

"They've got to let people know this is available," said Michael A. Weinstock, a Scotch Plains resident who attended the morning meeting. 

"It should be a coordinated effort, including social media, newspapers, digital signage on trains, posters in the station windows, public service announcements at the stations while people are awaiting, and announcements on trains when they pull into Newark," added Weinstock, who travels into New York City twice a week.

Facts About the Raritan Valley Rail "One Seat Ride"

  • Raritan Valley Line is NJ TRANSIT’s only major line with track connectivity to NYC without access to a “One Seat Ride” and it represents 10% of total ridership of all lines with connectivity.
  • Alternative plans to give Raritan Valley access to a “One Seat Ride” such as new rail tunnels are uncertain, costly and at best, many years in the future.
  • “One Seat Ride” is currently possible without major construction by using new, dual-powered locomotives that run on diesel fuel and electricity
  • “One Seat Ride” will decrease travel time and increase property values. (When the Morris and Essex line got the “One Seat Ride” in 1996 property values along the line rose significantly.)
  • NJ Transit will soon initiate a “pilot” “One Seat Ride” on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York for midday, off-peak weekday trains.