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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 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

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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Westfield Board of Ed Votes to Keep Armed Cop in Schools

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

May 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ - A resolution to keep an armed police officer with the title of School Resource Officer (SRO) in district schools was approved and an award-winning technology teacher was acknowledged at the Westfield Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

“The majority of the school resource officer’s time is spent in the high school,” said District Supervisor of Counseling Maureen Mazzarese.

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Westfield Officer Jeffrey Johnson has been the district’s SRO since last September and, according to Mazzarese and Westfield High School Assistant Principal Jim DeSarno, he has helped students in ways beyond ensuring their safety.

“He’s a big help,” said DeSarno. “He’s a huge resource with trends of substance abuse and law.”

Despite concerns about an armed officer making students nervous, Mazzarese stated that she saw no increase in anxiety among the students but rather the inverse. She also said that his gun “stayed in his holster.”

Board member Mitchell Slater voiced opposition to having an armed officer in the schools and said that he was disappointed that Johnson had not come to the meeting in person.

“I continue to believe it’s just not worth the risk,” said Slater.

Slater was the only member to vote against the resolution.

Technology Education teacher Sean Bonasera was acknowledged at the meeting for winning the award for Excellence by the New Jersey Technology & Engineering Educators Association.

“I am a strong believer in hands-on learning,” said Bonasera.

Bonasera teaches at Edison Intermediate School and started the eighth-grade robotics program as well as the award-winning robotics club. Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan nominated him for the award.

“Bonasera lives and breathes technology education,” said Dolan.

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