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Candidate Statements

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend

July 2, 2015

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Following is a speech I gave when I was first elected to the Westfield Town Council: It is a real honor and privilege for me to ...

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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, Car Damaged, Bikes Reported Stolen

July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 1:31 a.m. Officers McCarthy and Martinez arrested Zenasia Bowers, age 20, of Elizabeth subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Mountain Avenue and Kimball Avenue on an ...

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Columns

In the Schools

Westfield Grad Earns Gold Medal in National Latin Exam

Westfield High School recent graduate Jameson Maher earned a gold medal on the National Latin Exam for four consecutive years, it was announced by the University of Mary Washington, which administers ...

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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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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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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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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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Broadway Actor Comes to Westfield to Sing National Anthem at Greta’s Run Sept. 15

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

September 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ —Russell Fischer, who currently plays “Joey” in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway and is the understudy for the part of Frankie Valli, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Sept. 15 at Greta’s Run, a 5K run/walk and fundraiser for special needs programs at the Westfield Area Y in memory of Greta Schoenemann.

Fischer learned of the event from Allison Siko, a 2006 Westfield High School grad who has been involved in theater since she was a child.

 “I am volunteering as much as I can to help with Greta's Run because I knew Greta since kindergarten—we shared classes and were in Girl Scouts together,” said Siko. “That's why when I heard we needed someone to sing the National Anthem I immediately said I could help.”

“Over the years I have grown up with many people who are now in movies and on television and Broadway,” said Siko. “One of those great people is Russell Fischer. We met at Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theater Conservatory in 1999. We have worked together and been friends ever since. He has such a wonderful voice and such a kind heart that I instantly thought of him for Greta's Run. I sent him an email, told him about the run, what the money is being raised for, and in less than five minutes I got his response saying he was in!”

“Even though he's on Broadway, he still has New Jersey roots. His brother is actually a pastry chef at Bovella's in Downtown Westfield and he frequents the town whenever he can,” she added.

Regionally, Fischer has performed in “The Music Man” at Chautauqua Opera, “Children of Eden” at Paper Mill Playhouse, “The Sound of Music” at the Palace in Myrtle Beach, SC, and“Monkey: Journey to the West” at Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC.

To learn more about Greta’s Run, click here.

Before the 5K takes place, 25 original oil paintings by local artist Maxwell Sang will be sold at “Petals for Greta” Sept. 7 at Swain Galleries in Plainfield, also to benefit special needs programs at the Westfield Area Y. For more information, click here.

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