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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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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 High School Community Service Club Helps Those in Need

Capping off their year round efforts to serve those in need, the Westfield High School Community Service Club’s activities included serving meals to individuals in need in Lower Manhattan ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Expands Corporate Group with Addition of Chemical Industry General Counsel

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce the addition of the firm’s newest partner Michelle M. Monte. To read more, 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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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

The Belmont Tavern & Restaurant

I can’t remember the last time I was at The Belmont Tavern, but it had to be years ago. On a recent Friday evening, we arrived about 7 p.m., to enjoy dinner. Feeling rather smug that we ...

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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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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

Take Advantage of the Greek Tragedy

Concerns of a Greece banking failure and an exit from the European Union have dominated the news headlines once again, and have helped take the global financial markets on a roller coaster ride.

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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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Thousands Turn Out for Westfield’s 5K & Pizza Extravaganza

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN AND MILLICENT K. BRODY

July 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 2,600 runners participated in the 12th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza July 24. Participants and spectators enjoyed an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG as well as jazz bands participating in the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival.

More people attended this “Pizza Race” than in any year past, announced Doug Harris of Trinitas Regional Medical Center shortly before the 5K began. The event is one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the New Jersey.

“This is our 12th year of an absolutely great event,” said Dominick Verdic, chairman of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. The DWC's mission is to make Westfield a preferred destination where people want to live, work and visit by promoting activities that complement existing businesses and service.

Just past the finish line, 25 volunteers from the Westfield Jaycees handed out slices from more than 700 pizzas purchased at a discount from Casa di Pizza, Cosimos and Ferraro’s and 5,200 cookies donated by ShopRite of Garwood.

“The Westfield Jaycees are thrilled to once again be a part of the annual Pizza Run,” said Westfield Jaycees President David Tepp. "This event epitomizes the generosity of so many local citizens and organizations. We are thrilled to contribute to the cause.” 

Proceeds from the race will be earmarked for Downtown Westfield streetscape improvements, such as new street lights, sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping. Some ran for other causes, as well.

“There is so much good that comes from exercise and healthy living,” said Jenifer Wirtshafter, owner of Jeni-Fit, who participated in the race with her team of nearly 40 people. “Team Jeni-Fit worked hard to prepare for the Westfield 5K Pizza Race. Everyone has taken the time to train and raise money for Parkinson's Disease in honor of one of our team members who struggles with this disease, and who is doing the race with us. Jeni-Fit offers a variety of classes that get results. Whether you are looking to win a race or shed unwanted pounds, our goal at Jeni-Fit is to help you reach yours. The fact that we raised over one-thousand, eight hundred dollars to date for the Michael J. Fox Foundation is an amazing bonus."

Many remarked on the beautiful weather that evening.

“The course seemed shorter this year, maybe because it was cooler than last year,” said Scott Pyfer of the law firm Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

“It’s an event we look forward to, and we do it every year,” said Lois Menkin of Westfield, who ran the 5K race with her husband, Eric. “We work our vacation around the 5K race.”

“This is a fabulous yearly event, and a great event for the community,” said Cynthia Alexander of Plainfield. “Westfield has a wonderful downtown, and the 5K race keeps Westfield in the limelight.”

“It’s a great race, and I enjoy being a part of the festivities each year,” said Bruce Gladstone of Westfield, who has participated in all twelve races.

Rhoda and Ike Blake from Somerset County have attended every race since its inception. “It’s an awesome experience,” said Rhoda Blake. “We thoroughly enjoy ourselves.”

Former Westfield resident Meg Mehorter returns to town each year to organize the race.

“We’re really lucky,” said Mehorter. “This is a grand and glorious night for a magnificent race. Look around—everyone is really enjoying themselves.”

At the corner of Elm and Quimby Street, David and Lorena Barbosa of David’s Realty were meeting and greeting folks attending the festivities.

“It’s a great event, and we’re one of the sponsors,” said David Barbosa. “Westfield is certainly a fine community, and this is a very special evening. We’re thrilled to be a vital part of the festivities.”

Sponsors included Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Barnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Overlook Medical Center; Stop & Shop, Advanced Wellness of Westfield; Capital One Bank; David Realty Group; Drew-Rodgers; Get in Shape for Women; JAG Physical Therapy; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Morgan Stanley; Summit Medical Group; Trenk DiPasquale; UBS Financial Services; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westfield Running Company; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group; Creative Dental Care, P.A.; The Office Beer Bar & Grill; PSE&G; Spencer Savings Bank; Thomas Burns, DMD, P.A.; Farmers Insurance - Partners Agency & Associates LLC; and State Farm Insurance Christine Cosenza Agency.

To see more photos from the 5K and Pizza Extravaganza, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestfieldTAP.

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