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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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Olympics: Men's Figure Skating Favorite Fernandez Has NJ Support

By TIM LECRAS

February 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ – When competitive figure skating coach Mickel Garcia came to the United States in 2008, he brought more than just a career of successful coaching years with him. With Garcia, came Javier Fernandez, an amateur skater with dreams of becoming a world champion.

Since coming to America as a 17-year old, Fernandez has reached all of his goals and then some. When he takes the ice on February 13 in Sochi, not only is the Spanish skater a medal contender, many experts believe he will compete for the Gold medal.

“I have never seen such a talent,” Garcia, Fernandez’s former coach and current skating director for Essex County’s Codey Arena, said. “I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. I’ve never seen such a talent, not only in the technical [aspect], but also in competing. He has the right mind. He sees this as a challenge. If he is prepared, he has a 90 percent chance of making a good program.”

Fernandez began is athletic career as a young, multi-sport athlete in Madrid, Spain. As a young boy, Fernandez took to the ice as a skater and hockey player, all while taking up tennis and soccer. It wasn’t until he was in his teenage years that he gave up everything to be a figure skater.

However, convincing him to stick with skating was as difficult as winning an Olympic medal.

“Skating is a way of life,” Garcia said. “He was thinking about quitting. I was coming to the US because I was going to work with one of the big coaches and he said to bring Javier. I talked to his parents, told them to talk to his coaches and make it in a professional way. He decided he wanted to come.”

With his coach’s convincing, Fernandez and his parents agreed to allow Javier to make the jump from amateur skater to professional. When Garcia got a job as a coach under famed Russian instructor Nikolai Morozov at the Ice House in Hackensack, Garcia brought Fernandez with him, and the rest is history.

Fernandez has blossomed into one of the best skaters to ever come from Spain. When he appeared in the 2010 Vancouver Games, Fernandez became the first Spanish skater to compete in the Olympics since Dario Villalba in 1956.

Additionally, Fernandez became the first Spanish skater to win the European Championship, claiming the Gold Medal in 2013 and 2014.

His path to an Olympic Gold Medal might be difficult, however Garcia and the rest of Team Fernandez and Team Spain believe Fernandez can make history in Sochi.

“Javier has a chance to win the Olympics,” Garcia said. He begins his quest on Thursday.