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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

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

Members of Westfield Area Y Flyers Win a National Championship and a Silver Medal at Indoor Track Championships

Three athletes from the Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club recently competed in the AAU and USATF Track and Field National Indoor Championships. Benjamin Spergel competed in the AAU National...

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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 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.