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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Burglaries Reported at Two Westfield Homes

April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 1:24 a.m. Officers Bruno and Carrero arrested Marcin Krepula, age 38, of Clark for driving while intoxicated subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Nevada Street an...

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Columns

ViaNutrition

Partnering With a Health Coach to Achieve Personal Transformation

Many people find themselves in the grocery store, enticed by sugary treats or purchasing the same processed foods every week. Yet, they still find themselves with a mid-afternoon energy crash, u...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Thanks Volunteers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce there were 504 individuals who donated their time and talent in 2014. The Y applauds their efforts. A special &ld...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Donates to Good Cause

Westfield High School recently donated more than $2,000 to The Good Project to help construct a school in a remote village in Costa Rica. David Good, founder of the non-profit, The Good Project,...

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Monday with Millicent

Let’s Visit the Westfield Diner

309 North Avenue, Westfield Call: 908.233.5200 Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday FYI: Casual dress. ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

Young Entrepreneurs from GWACC Awarded Funding to Launch Startups

On Wednesday, April 1, 14 student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students were dressed as ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

National Window Safety Week is April 5-11

The Window Safety Task Force works year-round to promote window safety awareness, and every April it sponsors National Window Safety Week. For 2015, Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. ...

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Take Five

Resources for a Rocky Marriage

If you’ve been married for more than two years, odds are, you’ve had several “moments” when you started thinking that the only way you could honor Til Death Do Us Part wo...

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Guest Column

Eating Fresh Made Easy

Sign-up time is here! The team at Just Farmed is busy prepping for our 2015 farm box season, which starts the week of May 4th and ends in December. Our mission is to deliver fresh...

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Westfield Town Council Hears Proposal for Apartments at Central and South Avenues

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

February 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — At a conference meeting Tuesday night, the Westfield Town Council heard a proposal for a 70-unit apartment building that Claremont Companies hopes to build at Central Avenue and South Avenue.

Dean Marchetto, founding principal for Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, showed the council what the proposed building would look like. Taking cues from architectural examples downtown, the firm designed a four-story, 70-unit building meant to fit into Westfield, he explained.

The proposed building would be four stories high (one story higher than the area is currently zoned for), 42 feet above the ground—2 feet higher than current zoning allows. Of the units, 35 would be one-bedroom (renting for about $2,400 per month) and 35 would be two-bedroom (renting for about $3,200 per month). Apartments would be for rent only, not sale.

There would be 122 parking spaces, all behind the building and most of which would be enclosed. The building would also include a gym and common area for residents.

The building would be about 20 feet from the street. Retail space is not part of the plan.

“When you walk by the building, you can see windows, you can see people,” said Marchetto.

The apartments, which would be located very near the train station, would likely draw empty-nesters looking to downsize and young couples, Marchetto noted, and not families with school-age children.

In order to meet Westfield’s affordable housing requirements, 15 to 20 percent of the units could be rented at lower rates to those who qualify. Councilman Keith Loughlin pointed out that these reduced-rent “affordable” units could attract families with children who attend public school.

More on the Feb. 18 town council meetings to come.