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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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Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended with Crash in Mountainside (Updated)

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF

April 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Updated:

Two Newark men are in custody and facing multiple charges after a carjacking that took place in the victim’s driveway on Minisink Way in Westfield Monday afternoon. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

Caavon Hinson, 24, and Lamar Randleman, 25 are charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree criminal conspiracy, and third-degree theft. Hinson additionally is charged with second-degree eluding police, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault, while Randleman is additionally charged with third-degree resisting arrest.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the victim arrived at her home on Minisink Way in Westfield and was approached in her driveway by an unknown male wearing a mask, according to the investigation, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, Randleman took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away.

Randleman then drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside, a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department revealed. Shortly thereafter, a Mountainside police officer spotted Randleman and started pursuing him on foot until Randleman arrived at a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle, driven by Hinson.

Hinson then allegedly drove in the direction of the Mountainside officer, who fired multiple rounds from his service weapon as the vehicle approached him. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire, and following a brief police pursuit Hinson crashed the getaway vehicle at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside. The two defendants were then taken into custody without further incident.

The Mountainside officer who had pursued Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The two defendants were not seriously injured.

Bail for Hinson and Randleman was set at $750,000 and $1 million, respectively, by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearances in court later this week.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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