Religions and Spirituality

Friends and Supporters Gather at a Tearful Vigil for Mark Hollaway in Westfield

Students held a vigil for Westfield High School student Mark Hollaway, who died Wednesday from illness related to the flu. Credits: https://www.facebook.com/RipMarkHollaway
Lanre Badmus, seen here, was one of the event's organizers and helped create the Facebook page RIP Mark Hollaway. Credits: https://www.facebook.com/RipMarkHollaway?ref=ts&fref=ts

WESTFIELD, NJ—Tonight, Jan. 20, friends, family and fellow Westfield High School students of Mark Hollaway held a vigil on the front steps of the school for the ninth-grade student, who died from illness related to the flu earlier this week. It was an extremely sad night and a crowd of over two hundred came together in the dark, fighting the cold and the wind to pay homage to one special young man. For the majority of the night those with candles fought with the wind as it blew the flames.

The first speakers of the night included Mark’s mother, grandmother and godmother, who each described Mark “as a shining star.” He was a kind and caring person, someone who will be missed tremendously, they told the crowd. Mark’s mother, Angel Hollaway, repeatedly said how amazed she was about the support she had received from the high school community even though Mark had moved to Westfield from Newark just a few months ago.

Mark was remembered by some of his former classmates and teammates from outside of the Westfield community, as well. Repeatedly, they all stated they would not want to be anywhere else but attending this vigil and honoring and remembering their lost friend.

Sign Up for E-News

Tears ran down the cheeks of those attending the vigil, and the constant sound of sobbing could be heard throughout the event. At times the sound was so loud it drowned out the speakers.

Lanre Badmus, one of Mark’s friends at Westfield High School, organized the event and helped create the Facebook page RIP Mark Hollaway. He described the event as, “A very special night. It was an awful thing that happened to Mark. It was something that should happen to no one, especially someone like him.” This sentiment was expressed by many others.

“He was a really good kid. He never did anything wrong, he is going to be really missed.” said James Scortino.

Mark was simply a very special person, many said. Those who knew him said he was very shy, but once you got to know him even just a little bit it became obvious just how special he was. He was a kind, humble understanding kid with a great sense of humor.

Another of Mark’s friends, William Fazio, had this to say: “He really cared for others. He could understand what they were feeling and always found a way to make them feel better.”

Mark is described as one amazing young man, someone who impacted every single person he met with his kind words and humor who will be missed by everyone in Westfield. As the RIP Mark Halloway page says, “You'll never be forgotten. We know you're in a better place, but selfishly, we all wish you were here with us. We love you Mark.”

Harry Wachtel is a ninth-grade student at Westfield High School.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Union County Daughters of Ireland Raise More Than $3,500 with Cranford Bar Crawl

September 19, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County’s women of Irish descent are coming together to build relationships, network and raise money for young women of Irish heritage.

Two Clark women, Kate Mooney and Lori Connolly, teamed up last April to start the Union County Daughters of Ireland. They were inspired by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a group of which Mooney’s father is a proud ...

Linda Habgood Will Get the Job Done!

September 22, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I encourage the residents of Westfield’s 1st Ward to support the candidacy of Linda Habgood for town council. 

I’ve known Linda for 25 years and believe that her character, integrity, determination, and professional and community experience will serve the 1st Ward and the town extremely ...

My Record on Tree Preservation

September 22, 2017

One of the many positive attributes that attracts people to Westfield is our tree-lined streets. For the past eight years as councilman, and the past four years as chair of Westfield’s Tree Preservation Commission (TPC), I have made the preservation and proliferation of shade trees in town a priority.

Last year, for example, Westfield planted approximately 500 trees on public ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, September 22, 8:00 AM

Moving/Estate Sale, Westfield

Moving/Estate Sale

Carousel_image_e7794c05218c83df7623_oktflyer-nv

Fri, September 22, 5:00 PM

NosVino, Westfield

Free Oktoberfest Beer Tasting!

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_fc5b5626003c59ab0830_8e5f9e67f8bdfb8a9e43_img_9192

Fri, September 22, 6:30 PM

The James Ward Mansion , Westfield

5th Annual Rahway Film Festival the The James ...

Arts & Entertainment

Union County College Names New Governor to the Board

September 22, 2017

 At the September 19, 2017, Joint Meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Hugh C. Welsh, of Cranford, was sworn in to serve as a new Governor. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel and Board of Governors Chair Elizabeth Garcia welcomed Mr. Welsh to the meeting and initiated his swearing in.

Mr. Welsh is the President, General ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Home Burglary Reported & More

September 20, 2017

September 14, 2017 8:50 a.m.

A resident of the 1000 block of Harding Street reports a theft to their motor vehicles while parked in the driveway of their residence. The vehicles were left unsecured during these incidents. Unknown actor(s) entered the one vehicle, a silver-colored Nissan Pathfinder, and removed approximately $5 in US coin currency. Actor(s) also entered a Nissan Maxima and ...

Meet Jane Hoffman

Name: Jane Hoffman

Years in Westfield: She’s a lifer!

Family:

Christian Hoffman

Avery, 9

Claire, 8

Blythe, 7

Foster kids in New Jersey couldn’t dream of a better advocate than Westfield’s own Jane Hoffman, founder of A Birthday Wish. The big-hearted wife and mother of three ultimately left a career in finance to start the nonprofit, which makes ...

Dog Lost in Westfield

UPDATE: Juliet was found safe and has been reunited with her owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Juliet, a boxer, was last spotted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday by the south side firehouse in Westfield on Central Avenue. 

If you see her, please call 908-380-3319.

Free Pass to School Events for Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Public School District is once again providing a senior citizens’ “Golden Pass” to Westfield residents 65 years and older to attend many school-sponsored events for free.  The pass will provide free admission to events that normally collect entrance fees such as Westfield High School musicals, matinee performances of plays and certain concerts.  The pass ...

Westfield Area YMCA Celebrates International Dot Day in Early Learning Programs

The Westfield Area YMCA Early Learning programs recently celebrated International Dot Day.  During this day of creativity, courage and collaboration, all classes began by reading and discussing the book “The Dot.” The classes then participated in a variety of age-appropriate activities including creating art projects with dot paints, paper circles, and other round items.  ...

Op Ed: High Schools Should Teach Students CPR

September 18, 2017

You walked through the halls together. You sat together at lunch. You couldn’t wait to go to college together. But all of it was destroyed by one minute of that day. One minute she was smiling. The next she was on the floor, pale, and lifeless. I couldn’t save her. Everyone gathered around her as she choked, no one knew what to do. I lost my best friend that day because my education ...

Whether You’re Selling Your Home or Want More Peace

Realtors always advise home sellers to eliminate clutter when selling their homes because it makes a remarkable difference. A clutter-free home can look like a new one altogether, and you shouldn’t wait until you sell your home to make it look better. Furthermore, clutter can have adverse effects and cause mental and physical stress. You can take steps to conquer your clutter by breaking ...

Teens Complete Youth Facilitator Training at Imagine

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Imagine held its’ sixth youth facilitator training. Eighteen amazing young people, ages 14 to 18, attended the full day training which sensitizes teen participants to the issue of childhood grief, and prepares the youth to assist with the facilitation of peer-support groups for children who are coping with the death of a parent or a sibling.

Through the ...

Two Scams You Should Know About

Scam Alert 1: Fake Donations

It's a testament to the generosity of the people in our nation to want to pitch in and help those affected by a catastrophe. As we see all the destruction that Harvey and now Irma are imparting, our hearts go out to these folks, and we want to respond by opening our wallets.

Unfortunately, criminals and scam artists are counting on that generous spirit, too, ...

Saving for Higher Education

Saving for Higher Education

Part 1 – Six Options for Savings

 

Introduction

Your children’s education may be the most cost-intensive purchase you ever make. A family of three children that all attend private universities will likely pay close to $1 million for their degrees. No matter your personal financial objectives or your children’s choice of ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...

Obituaries

Oct 24, 1926 - Aug 14, 2017
Elizabeth H. List, 90, of Westfield and Cape May, NJ, died peacefully surrounded by her family ...
Read more

Robbery Suspect Flees Getaway Car After Fiery Wreck in Short Hills

September 22, 2017

SHORT HILLS, NJ — The afternoon calm along Route 124 in Short Hills was broken when police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire Thursday. Police investigating found that a robbery suspect in a 2006 Mercedes Benz fled the mall parking lot after the driver, Marquis Dixon stole a $500.00 necklace from an individual he met through an app, police said.

As Dixon fled the car he ...