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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

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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Westfield to Get Direct Train to NYC During Off-Peak Hours Starting March 2

By MINDY SCARLETT

December 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

SOMERSET, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) announced at its quarterly meeting Monday in Somerset that NJ Transit will roll out a morning off-peak one-seat ride to New York’s Penn Station starting March 2 using newly purchased dual-powered locomotives. The trains will arrive in New York between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Representatives from RVRC met with NJ Transit last week to see how the newly purchased dual-mode locomotives will be deployed, and to emphasize the need for one seat service during peak times.

The new dual-powered locomotives make it possible for the first time for trains on the Raritan line to go all the way into Manhattan, giving commuters the possibility of a “one-seat” ride. Currently, all commuters on the line must exit their train at Newark and change platforms, a move that involves a mad dash up and down stairs and confusion over which platform has the next train into Manhattan.

The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, joined by a coalition of 30 mayors of towns along the line, seek to ultimately achieve a complete one-seat ride Manhattan service on the Raritan Valley Line, including a.m. and p.m. peak hour service, off-peak weekday and weekend.

“Transit-Oriented Development is a major focus in New Jersey, and many towns along the line are starting or planning major developments,” said Somerset County Freeholder and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer. “It is important for the Raritan Valley Line to have full one-seat ride service to be able to service these developments and attract even more development. The weekday off-peak service is an important first step – but it is only a first step.”

He credited the mayors’ coalition, headed by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, with being “vital to the long-standing effort of the Rail Coalition to bring the one-seat ride to fruition.”

NJ Transit, which has championed Transit-Oriented Development, has agreed to meet quarterly with the RVRC to evaluate the results of the new service and discuss further expansion. The next step would be to offer evening one-seat ride service during off-peak hours after 8 p.m.

“We will be monitoring progress at our meeting in February, and we will continue to work with NJ Transit to bring about the peak hour ‘one-seat’ ride for the entire Raritan Valley Rail Line,” said Palmer.