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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

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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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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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 Town Council Restricts Marijuana Dispensary Locations, Hears from Opponents of Athletic Field at UCC and More at Meeting

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

June 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ - Westfield’s Town Council voted unanimously on second reading to restrict potential medical marijuana dispensaries to commercial zones at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Councilman Frank Arena were absent from the meeting.)

During open discussion by citizens, several Westfield and Cranford residents asked the Town Council to oppose a proposed athletic field at Union County College, which they said could exacerbate flooding, parking, traffic and safety problems, as well as increase noise pollution and light pollution. Many asked the council to support Cranford’s resolution opposing the project.

In April, UCC President Margaret M. McMenamin said in a letter to Christopher Hudak, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, that the college had postponed its plans to construct a field for its soccer, lacrosse and track teams at its Cranford campus in light of community concerns and that UCC was seeking to identify a suitable alternative location.

Among those asking for the council’s support Tuesday night was Cranford Public Affairs Commissioner and former Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen, who implored, “Please, consider joining us in our resolution.”

Also during public comments, Resident Greg Kasko, who has asked the council in the past what it cost Westfield taxpayers when the town’s mobile command center was used in other cities, told the council, “I want to know what compensation was given those officers.”

He gave an example of an officer who was paid for unused comp time when he retired, and said that when officers do use comp time someone else could get paid overtime while covering for them.

Resident Adina Enculescu complained that the HAWK pedestrian-activated light and crosswalk system in front of her house on Central Avenue goes unused “because it is dangerous.”

“This was a favor. This was a mistake,” she said of the location of the crossing mid-block. “This is a waste of money of the taxpayers.”

And Perry DiPiazza of FieldTurf objected to the town’s plans to use another company’s product to returf Sid Fay and Houlihan Fields based on the recreation commission’s recommendation. The town later passed a resolution awarding contract for synthetic turf at the fields to a contractor using Desso Sports Systems artificial turf.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Westfield High School swimmers were honored and Betty List from the Westfield Garden Club spoke. More on these stories to come.