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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

$100 in Cigarettes Reported Stolen from Westfield 7-Eleven

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. An employee of 7-Eleven located at 1200 West South Ave. reported being the victim of a shoplifting. Victim reports that a white male between 40-50 years old entered the ...

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Columns

BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

BrawlHouse Announces Women's Only Self-Defense Classes

Did you know that 1/5 female college students will become a victim of rape or sexual assault? More evidence rape a significant problem on U.S. college campuses. Women’s Only ...

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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 Businesses, Affected by Severe Weather, Hope You'll Shop Local

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

February 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — A string of winter storms are spelling lost revenues for many local businesses. During Thursday’s Nor’easter, which dumped over a foot of snow on the area, Downtown Westfield was like a ghost town.

Daniela Palumbo, owner of Ella Allure Interior Design Center, decided not to open her shop Thursday for the first time this year. When she came by that day to shovel the sidewalks, “I was surprised that everybody was closed,” said Palumbo. “Even Starbucks.”

Even on the snowy days when she was able to open, few customers ventured out. “It’s been pretty bad,” Palumbo said.

And it’s not just the day that a storm hits—business on days before and after storms is strongly affected, too, Palumbo noted. She said some clients had to cancel Friday because they couldn’t clear the snow from their driveways fast enough, and others canceled on Wednesday because they had to run errands before the storm hit.

Jamie Lester, a massage therapist and Co-Owner of Seraphim Wellness, saw this too, as clients cancelled appointments to take care of preparations for the storm.

After the snow, “The parking situation worsens due to the accumulation,” said Lester. “And people don’t want to trek out in the cold.”

Restaurants are especially hard-hit.

“The weather has had a dreadful impact on our new business,” said Jill Korcusko-Ramirez, who owns Blue Sky Café with husband Marcos Ramirez. “Not only does the snow force us on some days not be able to open, but the cold/polar vortex causes most people to stay inside and not want to venture out for food.”

Severe weather causes supply problems, too.

“For instance, our bread company was closed yesterday so we didn’t get our bread delivery today,” Korcusko-Ramirez said on Friday. “Since we order fresh daily we literally have no bread to open for business today. We've seen our numbers in January and February plummet compared to the prior months.”

Local leaders are asking people to support small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the weather.

“In trying times such as these, when weather patterns are wreaking havoc on anticipated revenues, we must all be deliberate in our buying decisions,” said Heather L. Robinson, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “If you live in an area, supporting your local businesses acts to help you, as well as them. It is a symbiotic relationship, and is of the utmost importance. To shop local is to take care of each other. Strengthening our local economy is vital to our collective prosperity.”

As the snow melted downtown on Friday, “Everyone is open today and many of the restaurants are booked for Valentine’s Day,” said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. “Business is brisk for Brummer’s, The Chocolate Bar, Crumbs, Bovella’s and Carlo’s Bakery, too. Jeffrey’s said that they are opening on Sunday, as well, this week. There are many posts on Facebook reminding customers that they are open. Le Bain is having a Stupid Cupid ANTI-Valentine’s Day event today from 6 to 8 p.m.”

She added, “We hope they can recoup the lost sales due to this crazy weather.”