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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's Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mobile Command Center Discussed at Town Council Meeting

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

March 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ - Resolutions concerning the upcoming father-daughter dance were passed and the use of the mobile police command center was questioned at Tuesday's town council meeting.

During the public comment section of the meeting resident and former police officer Greg Kasko spoke. Kasko reported seeing the town's Mobile Command Center in Hoboken during the Super Bowl as well as a few weeks ago during Lepre-Con. Upon questioning Police Chief David Wayman about it, Kasko said that he was told that the center was purchased for bomb threats and that the center could be back in Westfield from Hoboken in 20 to 25 minutes.

“I don’t think a bomb is going to wait 25 minutes,” said Kasko.

Instead of answering Kasko's questions, at one point Mayor Andy Skibitsky told him, “Continue with your conspiracy theories."

The Mobile Command Center, which sat just outside the municipal building during the town council meeting, cost the town $249,000.

“What’s wrong with shared services?” asked councilman Frank Arena.

Kasko answered that he saw no problem with Westfield officers helping local Union County municipalities, but that they have no place in Hudson county.

The next town council meeting will be held on April 1, when the budget will be discussed.

Three resolutions were passed authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to draw warrants for the cost of participant payment, maitre d’ fees and disk jockey services for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on March 30 at L’Affaire in Mountainside. The Westfield Recreation Department is sponsoring the dance and all girls in grades 1-6 and their fathers are invited.