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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®

The Eyebrows Have it

“Can I ask you a question? Who does your eyebrows?” I turned and looked at the woman in the aisle at the makeup store who was peering intently at my eyebrows. “Um, I’m ...

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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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Westfield Dentist Volunteers to Restore Smiles in Dominican Republic

By JILL D'AMBROSIO

June 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ – On a wall in the waiting room of his dental practice in town, Dr. Peter Louie displays a plaque commemorating the three days he recently spent in the Dominican Republic, donating 35 clinical hours of his time to repair teeth and restore smiles.

“It was just an amazing experience,” said Louie, now back at the Westfield Avenue office of The Laser Dental Group.

Working with the International Dental Implant Association, Louie traveled to the Dominican Republic with a team of about 20 dentists from around the United States in late May. He spent three days removing infected teeth, performing bone grafts and implanting new fixtures with the help of local dental assistants and students at a clinic about 30 minutes from the capital city of Santo Domingo.

He estimates that the group of dentists saw 300 to 400 patients over the three days at the clinic.

Louie, who lives in Westfield with his wife, Lillian, was impressed by how appreciative his patients were for the free dental work.

“They were lined up down the sidewalk, and when we walked in the clinic they were just clapping and cheering,” he said.

Louie noted that many of the patients he assisted worked in the country’s tourism industry, where bright, healthy smiles are beneficial to business.

Louie is a general dentist, but he became interested in studying the growing field of dental implants. He earned a fellowship in implants from the IDIA before he decided to volunteer with the group on the trip to the Dominican Republic.

The association’s president, Dr. Arun Garg, hails from the Dominican Republic and planned the trip to help the disadvantaged in his home country.

The trip took serious planning, and patients were pre-screened. The group transported about 60 suitcases filled with dental supplies with them to the Caribbean nation that shares an island with Haiti.

Louie, who also maintains an office in Union, aims to learn to more advanced dental surgeries and hopes to take more volunteer trips with the group in the future.

“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said

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