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Candidate Statements

Thank You to All 3rd Ward Supporters

May 5, 2015

Thank you to everyone who came out this Saturday in support of our literature drop.  It is truly humbling to see so many 3rd Ward Residents come out in support of my re-election this ...

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Letters to the Editor

Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting May 5

May 6, 2015

RESOLUTION TO PHILHOWER FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT We celebrated National Teacher Day and saluted the 600 teaching staff in our Westfield Public Schools who work to guide our students to become ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft Reported In Westfield

April 29, 2015

April 26, 2015 4:26 p.m. Officers Merritt and Wierzbicki arrested Thomas Macken, age 21, of Scotch Plains for two outstanding criminal arrest warrants ($1,480 total) out of Westfield municipal ...

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Columns

ViaNutrition

Sign up for the 7-Day Whole Foods Cleanse!

To learn more, visit: http://www.vianutritionandhealth.com/products/vianutrition-7-day-whole-food-cleanse/

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Monday with Millicent

More Suggestions for Mother's Day

Dear Fans of ‘Monday With Millicent,’I thank-you for sharing your favorite places to dine.   As Mother’s Day approaches, I’d like to wish each of you special ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Spring Cleaning: Four Must-Do Projects

Spring is the perfect opportunity to take strolls in the park and enjoy outdoor activities. But it's also a great opportunity to clean up the damage caused by the winter season, and prepare ...

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In the Schools

Café Cultural a Grandioso Success for Westfield Fifth Graders

Westfield Public Schools’ Fourth Annual Café Cultural recently held at Westfield High School included more than 400 participants who experienced a taste of different cultures. Fifth ...

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Ince Landscape Construction & Management

Is Your Hardscape Ready for Summer?

The snow is gone, the sun has been shining and giving us warmer days, but have you noticed your patio and hardscape looking a bit worse than you remember in the fall? If you are feeling that ...

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Weltman Home Services

Weltman Home Services Offers Spring Tips for Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Spring has arrived and that means warmer temperatures and the need for a home cooling system check-up. Tapinto spoke with Dan Weltman of Weltman Home Services, located in ...

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Kayla's Creative Art Studio Calendar of Classes

Kayla's Creative Art Studio's May Calendar of Events

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kayla's Creative Art Studio offers a full calendar of classes throughout the month. Visit www.kaylascreativeartstudio.com for a calendar of events ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Healthy Kids Day a Success

On Saturday, April 25th at the Westfield Area Y Main Y Facility over 400 people came out for Healthy Kids Day to enjoy an afternoon of free, fun, engaging and creative activities promoting healthy ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Beware the Equity Indexed Annuity

A financial product that allows you to participate in the stock market’s upside, promises you won’t lose money, and gives you income for life—it sounds too good to be true.  ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

GWACC Spring Fling

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung, and it is time for the 21st Annual Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling. The event will be held on the streets ...

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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.