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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

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

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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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.