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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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Westfield Board of Ed Votes to Keep Armed Cop in Schools

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

May 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ - A resolution to keep an armed police officer with the title of School Resource Officer (SRO) in district schools was approved and an award-winning technology teacher was acknowledged at the Westfield Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

“The majority of the school resource officer’s time is spent in the high school,” said District Supervisor of Counseling Maureen Mazzarese.

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Westfield Officer Jeffrey Johnson has been the district’s SRO since last September and, according to Mazzarese and Westfield High School Assistant Principal Jim DeSarno, he has helped students in ways beyond ensuring their safety.

“He’s a big help,” said DeSarno. “He’s a huge resource with trends of substance abuse and law.”

Despite concerns about an armed officer making students nervous, Mazzarese stated that she saw no increase in anxiety among the students but rather the inverse. She also said that his gun “stayed in his holster.”

Board member Mitchell Slater voiced opposition to having an armed officer in the schools and said that he was disappointed that Johnson had not come to the meeting in person.

“I continue to believe it’s just not worth the risk,” said Slater.

Slater was the only member to vote against the resolution.

Technology Education teacher Sean Bonasera was acknowledged at the meeting for winning the award for Excellence by the New Jersey Technology & Engineering Educators Association.

“I am a strong believer in hands-on learning,” said Bonasera.

Bonasera teaches at Edison Intermediate School and started the eighth-grade robotics program as well as the award-winning robotics club. Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan nominated him for the award.

“Bonasera lives and breathes technology education,” said Dolan.