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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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Police Blotter

In Westfield, Several Claims Of Fraud And Identity Theft Reported

April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 4:20 p.m. Elizabeth Tedeschi, age 47, of Westfield responded to Westfield police department to satisfy an active traffic warrant issued by Westfield municipal court. The subje...

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Columns

Westfield Area Y

New CRS Training: Cycle.Run.Swim at the Westfield Area Y

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce that CRS Training: Cycle.Run.Swim. has been added for the Spring 2 session. This class begins Sunday, April 26 and runs through June 20 at the Main Y ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

GWACC Spring Fling

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung, and it is time for the 21st Annual Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling. The event will be held on the streets o...

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ViaNutrition

The 11 Commandments of Nutrition

Focus on eating nutrient dense food, not counting calories. This sounds counterintuitive but most nutrient-dense foods are not high in calories. Get your nutrients from foods, not supp...

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Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Get the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift at Evalyn Dunn Gallery

You must stop into Evalyn Dunn Gallery to see their great new gifts that have arrived just in time for Mother's Day. The gallery has expanded their jewelry department to include four new lin...

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Monday with Millicent

Mark Your Calendars for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, April 23!

No matter what, Thursday, April 23, 2015 is the date you are due in Downtown Westfield for their grand and glorious Girls’ Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., you’re welcome to come and enj...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Earns 6 Award Nominations for Fall Drama

The cast and crew of Westfield High School’s fall drama, "The Laramie Project," has been notified that the production received six Montclair State University "Theatre Night ...

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Westfield Wallet Thieves Spent More Than $1,000 at Shop Across the Street From Victim

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

March 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — One of the women looked about eight months pregnant, according to Daniela Palumbo, owner of Ella Allure Interior Design Center in Downtown Westfield, whose wallet was stolen from her shop Wednesday afternoon.

Two women entered the shop at about 2:30 p.m. and claimed to be interested in interior design.

“They said they had this project,” said Palumbo. One of them told her, “What time are you open until? Because I see you’re busy right now. We’ll be back.”

While they were at the shop, “One of the girls stuck her hand in my client’s shopping bag, right in front of us, which was weird,” said Palumbo.

After the two had gone, Palumbo’s purse was where she had left it, out of sight, and she didn’t notice that her wallet was missing until 4:30 p.m. when she got a call from Bank of America alerting her to suspicious activity on one of her credit cards.

That day, someone used Palumbo’s credit card to buy almost $1,100 of merchandise at the Victoria’s Secret across the street from her store. Later, the pair was seen spending $282 with Palumbo’s card at a downtown boutique, where they allegedly stole that merchant’s credit cards while buying baby clothes. They also used one of Palumbo’s cards to buy more than $350 worth of cleaning supplies at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Clark, she later discovered.

Palumbo described the two women as Hispanic and in their late 20s, both about average height. One woman was very pregnant, wearing a gray wrap sweater, her brown hair in a ponytail. The other woman had stringy orange-blond hair cut chin-length, with her bangs pinned up, she said, and was wearing light-colored jeans, sneakers and a horizontal-striped black-and-white sweatshirt.

Workers at other stores confirmed that these were the two women using Palumbo’s credit cards.

“I’m devastated,” said Palumbo. “It’s such an invasion of privacy—your personal belongings and your identification is out there in the hands of these strangers.”

Captain Scott Rodger of the Westfield Police Department said that the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.

Additional reporting by Sara Carpien.