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Candidate Statements

New Jersey Needs a Budget That Puts Working Families First

July 1, 2015

It is once again budget season here in New Jersey. Another year has brought another round of conflict between Governor Christie and the legislature, with few long term solutions being hashed ...

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Letters to the Editor

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on June 16

June 19, 2015

RECOGNITION OF ACADEMIC SCHOLAR Board President, Richard Mattessich, presented a Board of Education certificate of achievement to Westfield High School graduating senior, Jorge Ledesma.  ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Wallet Reported Stolen From Home, Car Window Smashed

June 24, 2015

June 23, 2015 4:15 p.m. A resident of the 700 block of Prospect Street reported that her vehicle had its window smashed while it was parked in the 200 block of Clark Street. There are no suspects ...

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Columns

JCC NEWS

Camp Yachad is in Full Swing

Summer 2015 is here, and Camp Yachad is in full swing. We had an exciting first day.  Our brand new zero-entry pool is open and our youngest campers had a great time splashing around in ...

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The Floor Plan

Indoor Comfort, Outdoor Living

It's that time of year. The time when we get to expand our living spaces and spend more time outdoors. When you're looking to decorate an outdoor space, you want to have all the comforts of ...

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ViaNutrition

What is the Difference Between Infrared and Traditional Saunas?

I love, love, love the infrared sauna. It is so peaceful and makes you feel shut off for a half an hour. The benefits of that alone are brilliant. The benefits are far-reaching for your well-being ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Tips for Backyard Entertaining

Summer is in full swing. Is your home ready for entertaining? It’s time to enjoy your home, inside and out. Here are some of our favorite hacks for backyard fun this summer. To chill ...

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Monday with Millicent

Westfield Art Association (WAA) Members Exhibit Artwork at Mulberry House in Westfield

Come View the Exhibit and Stay for Lunch or Dinner Westfield, New Jersey, is buzzing about the first in a series of exhibitions that will be presented by Members of the Westfield Art Association ...

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Personal Fitness: In the Studio

What is Personal Training? First in a 4-Part Series

After the brutal winter we had this year - which was almost immediately followed by mid-summer-esque temperatures - we weren't left with much spring time to gradually shed off our heavy winter ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Shareholder and COO of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper Named Chairman of LEGUS Law Advisory Board

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is proud to announce that shareholder William R. Watkins has been named Chairman of the Advisory Board of LEGUS. To read about it, click here.   ...

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Lost in Suburbia®

Getting Under My Skin

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow. “That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly. “No, these red spots,” he ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y's Summer Enrichment Class Makes Camouflage Hats for Wild Animal Day

The Westfield Area Y’s Summer Enrichment Class at the Robert & Virginia Bauer Branch located at 422 East Broad Street in Westfield recently made a special project for Wild Animal Day. The ...

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In the Schools

Elmo Visits Lincoln School

Kindergarten students performed many great Sesame Street songs at the Lincoln Sing-A-Long with special guest--Elmo. Pictured are Lincoln students having a great time! A special thanks to ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Don’t Fight the Euro Central Bank: Carry On with These Three Dividend Payers!

It’s no coincidence that our stock market has more than tripled in the last six years, since our Federal Reserve depressed interest rates to near zero in late 2008.   The pessimists fear ...

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The Academic Coach

The Summer Plan

The 2014-2015 Academic year is done! Now families can take a deep breath, celebrate successes, and enjoy some free time. But there is one last thing to do and we can help. Chyten Millburn ...

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At Westfield BOE Meeting, Roofing Cost Reduction and Technology Policies Discussed

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

June 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ -   Although voters passed a bond referendum last November authorizing the district to sell $13.6 million in bonds for roofing projects, it will now only need to sell $10.1 million, the Board of Education learned at its June 17 meeting.
 
“We are significantly under our budget amount,” said Business Administrator Dana Sullivan.
 
As required by state law, the district had to take bids from contractors for the roofing projects and then choose the lowest offer, which resulted in $3.5 million in savings.
 
“We can use [the extra money] if something arises in the roof projects,” said Sullivan.
 
By approving the resolution the board secured a 10-year payback period rather than 15, saving the district $336,000 over the life of the bonds. The expected tax increase will also be lower.
 
The board also discussed and approved five policies on first reading. These policies included Acceptable Use for Computer Network, Computers, Personal Electronic Devices and Technology Resources; State Standardized Pupil Assessments; District Pupil Assessments; Digital Communication by School Staff; and Digital Communication by Support Staff.
 
The exact wording was changed so that three of the policies and the titles of the last two policies now include "Social Media".

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