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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

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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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Announces Spring Registration with Programs to Help Inspire You

The Westfield Area Y Spring 2 Session runs April 26 – June 20. Registration for Gold and Silver individual and family members begins Thursday, April 2.  Members can register online. O...

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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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Thousands Turn Out for Westfield’s 5K & Pizza Extravaganza

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN AND MILLICENT K. BRODY

July 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 2,600 runners participated in the 12th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza July 24. Participants and spectators enjoyed an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG as well as jazz bands participating in the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival.

More people attended this “Pizza Race” than in any year past, announced Doug Harris of Trinitas Regional Medical Center shortly before the 5K began. The event is one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the New Jersey.

“This is our 12th year of an absolutely great event,” said Dominick Verdic, chairman of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. The DWC's mission is to make Westfield a preferred destination where people want to live, work and visit by promoting activities that complement existing businesses and service.

Just past the finish line, 25 volunteers from the Westfield Jaycees handed out slices from more than 700 pizzas purchased at a discount from Casa di Pizza, Cosimos and Ferraro’s and 5,200 cookies donated by ShopRite of Garwood.

“The Westfield Jaycees are thrilled to once again be a part of the annual Pizza Run,” said Westfield Jaycees President David Tepp. "This event epitomizes the generosity of so many local citizens and organizations. We are thrilled to contribute to the cause.” 

Proceeds from the race will be earmarked for Downtown Westfield streetscape improvements, such as new street lights, sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping. Some ran for other causes, as well.

“There is so much good that comes from exercise and healthy living,” said Jenifer Wirtshafter, owner of Jeni-Fit, who participated in the race with her team of nearly 40 people. “Team Jeni-Fit worked hard to prepare for the Westfield 5K Pizza Race. Everyone has taken the time to train and raise money for Parkinson's Disease in honor of one of our team members who struggles with this disease, and who is doing the race with us. Jeni-Fit offers a variety of classes that get results. Whether you are looking to win a race or shed unwanted pounds, our goal at Jeni-Fit is to help you reach yours. The fact that we raised over one-thousand, eight hundred dollars to date for the Michael J. Fox Foundation is an amazing bonus."

Many remarked on the beautiful weather that evening.

“The course seemed shorter this year, maybe because it was cooler than last year,” said Scott Pyfer of the law firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

“It’s an event we look forward to, and we do it every year,” said Lois Menkin of Westfield, who ran the 5K race with her husband, Eric. “We work our vacation around the 5K race.”

“This is a fabulous yearly event, and a great event for the community,” said Cynthia Alexander of Plainfield. “Westfield has a wonderful downtown, and the 5K race keeps Westfield in the limelight.”

“It’s a great race, and I enjoy being a part of the festivities each year,” said Bruce Gladstone of Westfield, who has participated in all twelve races.

Rhoda and Ike Blake from Somerset County have attended every race since its inception. “It’s an awesome experience,” said Rhoda Blake. “We thoroughly enjoy ourselves.”

Former Westfield resident Meg Mehorter returns to town each year to organize the race.

“We’re really lucky,” said Mehorter. “This is a grand and glorious night for a magnificent race. Look around—everyone is really enjoying themselves.”

At the corner of Elm and Quimby Street, David and Lorena Barbosa of David’s Realty were meeting and greeting folks attending the festivities.

“It’s a great event, and we’re one of the sponsors,” said David Barbosa. “Westfield is certainly a fine community, and this is a very special evening. We’re thrilled to be a vital part of the festivities.”

Sponsors included Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Barnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Overlook Medical Center; Stop & Shop, Advanced Wellness of Westfield; Capital One Bank; David Realty Group; Drew-Rodgers; Get in Shape for Women; JAG Physical Therapy; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Morgan Stanley; Summit Medical Group; Trenk DiPasquale; UBS Financial Services; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westfield Running Company; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group; Creative Dental Care, P.A.; The Office Beer Bar & Grill; PSE&G; Spencer Savings Bank; Thomas Burns, DMD, P.A.; Farmers Insurance - Partners Agency & Associates LLC; and State Farm Insurance Christine Cosenza Agency.

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