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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 Town Council Changes Liquor Law for Restaurants with Conditional Licenses

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

June 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Thursday, Westfield restaurants holding conditional liquor licenses will be allowed to serve patrons alcohol without necessarily seating them at a table or serving them food, and they will be able to serve at a bar. Only Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins voted no during the final vote on the ordinance, No. 2017, which was held at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. Councilman Keith Loughlin was absent.

Restaurants holding conditional liquor licenses are Ferraro’s Restaurant, Sweet Waters Steak House, Fujiyama Mama, Akai Japanese Sushi Lounge and a new, to-be-named restaurant listed as UT Westfield LLC. These restaurants are still required to make at least 50 percent of their money from food sales. (Councilman James Foerst explained before the vote that this could be determined from sales tax records.)

The ordinance also changes the limitation on the number of musicians who can entertain at these establishments any given time from one to five and raises the town’s annual liquor license fees.

About 30 residents attended the meeting, and many spoke both for and against the ordinance before the vote was held.

Some asked council members to consider how the change would affect Westfield years from now. Several told the council they felt there should be more research into how this would affect the town and how voters felt about the change.

One opponent said that changing the law could result in more DWI arrests, while another called that “fear mongering.”  (He was answered with boos and applause as he sat down.) One resident said the option to go out for a drink in town could result in people walking home instead of driving after drinking.

This woman praised Kimmins for voting against the ordinance during the preliminary vote two weeks ago:

“I do believe that this was very quickly done and there was a push to do it quickly,” Kimmins said before Tuesday’s vote. She told the audience that she believed this was done for the benefit of one or two places that were pushing for the change.

Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan responded that she did not feel rushed, and that she did not believe that anyone on the council was approached or pressured “in any way, manner or form.”

Councilman Frank Arena said the town clerk had contacted the liquor control board in Trenton and discovered that Westfield was the only town with an ordinance like this one. He called the change “common sense.”

“We’ve done a lot of research into towns all around us,” said Arena. “Have they suffered from not having what we have on their licenses? My answer is no.”

The ordinance was one of several that were carried at Tuesday's town council meeting as part of the code review and town property committee’s efforts to update an antiquated town code. Ordinance 2021 requires anyone filming in Westfield to pay a fee. (Filming for educational purposes is exempt, and students would pay a reduced fee.) Other ordinances pertained to exterior property maintenance, streets and sidewalks and trees, shrubs, weeds and other plant growth.

A land use ordinance that would restrict any medical marijuana dispensary opening in Westfield to one approved zone and would limit hours and manner of operation will likely get a hearing and final vote at the next town council meeting on June 17, after the planning board has had a chance to approve it.

Related stories:

Westfield Restaurant Owners Speak Out on Proposed Change to Liquor Law: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/westfield/articles/westfield-restaurant-owners-speak-out-on-proposed

Westfield Town Council Votes on Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana Dispensary Restrictions and More: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/westfield/articles/westfield-town-council-votes-on-liquor-laws-mari

Westfield May Revamp Liquor License Laws, Limit Medical Marijuana Dispensary Locations: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/westfield-may-revamp-liquor-laws-limit-medical-m