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Letters to the Editor

Increasing VA Accountability & Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans This Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

Dear Friend, Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

$100 in Cigarettes Reported Stolen from Westfield 7-Eleven

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. An employee of 7-Eleven located at 1200 West South Ave. reported being the victim of a shoplifting. Victim reports that a white male between 40-50 years old entered the ...

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Columns

JCC NEWS

The JCC of Central New Jersey Welcomes Conductor Thomas Elefant for a Music Appreciation Series

During the month of June, the JCC of Central New Jersey is hosting conductor Thomas Elefant who will teach a Music Appreciation series.  Elefant is the Founder and Conductor of The Handel ...

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Weltman Home Services

If You Are on the Fence, the Time is Now!

If you are on the fence replacing your on AC the time is now!  Weltman Home Services is offering a $750 INSTANT CASH REBATE on all new installations but it's only good until JUNE 15th. ...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

BrawlHouse Announces Women's Only Self-Defense Classes

Did you know that 1/5 female college students will become a victim of rape or sexual assault? More evidence rape a significant problem on U.S. college campuses. Women’s Only ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Participates In Red Nose Day 2015

On Thursday May 21, 2015 the attorneys and staff of Lindabury McCormick participated in Red Nose Day and raised money to provide assistance to children and young people in the United States living ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance is joined by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. to discuss business before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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Point View WealthPoints

Soaring Dollar and Your Portfolio: What You Need to Know

Over the last year the Dollar has appreciated nearly 22% versus the world’s currencies.  With forecasts for continuing Dollar strength, what’s the next move for ...

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ViaNutrition

Mindful Eating Tips to Help with Health and Weight Loss

Everyone just wants to feel better, move better, look better and be happy.  Not always in that order but they all rank up there. How we get there is different for everyone. Coming off of a ...

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Westfield Area Y

New Local Mental Health Coaltion Launched

Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur to all of us at various times.  Yet, there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health.  In recognition of Mental Health ...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Senior Jorge Ledesma Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Jorge Ledesma, a senior at Westfield High School, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Ledesma is one of 141 outstanding ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces The Community Street map

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again produce its Community Street Map, which includes all of our five towns--Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. ...

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Monday with Millicent

Time to Eat at Fiamma Quimby Street, Westfield

The first Fiamma Restaurant opened about five months ago on the corner of Main and Essex Street in Millburn. Owned by brothers Tony Fetajak, Charlie, and Sam Magjuni, and their friend Sam Bek, ...

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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.