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Westfield High School Freshman Tapped by Competitive Youth Soccer League Heads to International Tournament

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Westfield High School freshman Ronit Rao headed to Holland on April 10 to compete in the Rotterdam Cup 2017 tournament, as part of the Next Gen USA College Prep soccer program.
 
This comes on the heels of Rao’s selection in the highly-competitive North American youth soccer league, the Super Y League, in January. Rao,15, will compete against international champions league teams, including Bayern Leverkusen, Sparta Rotterdam and Stabaek FC.
 
Rao heads to Holland after participating in the prestigious 2017 United Soccer League Experience, a program run by the Super Y League that was hosted by the United Soccer League’s San Antonio FC team from March 30 to April 2.
 
 
To make the cut for the United Soccer League Experience, he was first selected from over 10,000 players who competed to be a part of a national pool that represents the top 1 percent of the Super Y League. He was drafted into the league’s national pool comprising 27 boys in his age group in September after by being scouted by several youth team coaches and a dozen college team coaches.
 
After competing in the Super Y League nationals in December, he was then picked to join a group of 18 players in his age group invited to participate in the United Soccer League Experience. The program provided players high-level professional training and meetings with pro players, along with access to professional coaches and training facilities.
 
Since 2013, Rao has been playing with Newark, New Jersey-based Ironbound Soccer Club’s 02 Fever team under coaches Sal Rosamilia and Chris Tolkin, who provided him exposure to the Super Y League. The prestigious league has paved the way for many talented young players to be picked by U.S. national team programs. 
 
Rao will play in the Rotterdam Cup as part of the Next Gen USA College Prep soccer program, which is separate from his Ironbound SC club team but complements his training. In March, he attended a private ID camp, which offers players a glimpse into collegiate-level soccer, at Duke University, under the Next Gen USA program headed by Coach Kevin McCarthy.

 
Rao plays as a defender and midfield player. Currently a freshman at Westfield High School, he realized his passion for soccer as a child when he keenly watched soccer games with his parents on television and at live events. 
 
“My goal is to play college-level division 1 soccer and then go pro and play for the U.S. national team,” says Rao. “I’m excited to play in Holland after the United Soccer League experience, where I got to play at the highest level of competition with some of the best players and learned from some of the best coaches in the country.”
 
Rao attributes his success in making it to the Super Y League and Rotterdam cup to his coaches, parents and teammates at Ironbound Soccer Club and Next Gen USA. This summer, Rao will continue to play Super Y League games with Ironbound SC, as well as participate in the New Jersey Cup, New Jersey State Cup and NPL league. He was a part of the Ironbound SC Fever team that won the New Jersey State Cup U12 soccer championship in 2013.
 
As a sophomore this fall, he will play continue his second high school season with Westfield High School.
 
In addition to soccer, Rao has been a part of the Westfield Flyers Track program since 2011. He placed third in the regional 3K cross-country race at the 2014 U.S.A Track & Field Junior Olympic championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
 

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Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ — An explosion heard in Cranford Wednesday has led to the arrest of 26-year old Michael Kossup of Linden, NJ, according to authorities. Kossup has been charged with Possession of Prohibited Destructive Devices (3rd Degree); Possession of Under 50g (Marijuana); and Possession of Paraphernalia. 

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Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on June 19

June 22, 2018

I opened the Board meeting on a somber note, announcing the death of sophomore student Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel.  Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over his death.  We extend our condolences to the Uziel family.  I noted that school counselors are available for all students or staff who may wish to discuss their feelings ...

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Westfield Police Blotter: Criminal Mischief to Vehicles Continues & More

June 20, 2018

June 13, 2018 9:24 a.m.

Officer Santangelo arrested Hakan Kaya, age 46, of Westfield, New Jersey on an outstanding warrant (#E19490) in the amount of $304.00 out of Neptune City Municipal Court pursuant to turning himself in at WPD Headquarters. Subject was processed and released after posting the full bail amount.

 

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Summer Foreign Festival to kick off at Westfield Memorial Library

June 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Summer Foreign Film Festival kicks off at the Westfield Memorial Library on Monday, July 2 with all films showing at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad St.

On the roster is “A Fantastic Woman” on July 2 (Spanish, 104 minutes); “The Fencer” on July 16 (Estonian, 99 minutes); “The Women’s Balcony” ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...

Understand the New Law for Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave is now the law in New Jersey.

New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave law which preempts paid sick leave ordinances adopted by several cities and towns so there is now one uniform law in this area for New Jersey employers. Here is what you need to know about the new law.

33 Homes Sold June 10 to June 17 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside & Cranford

Thirty-three Homes sold from June 10 to June 17, 2018, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside.*

 

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Westfield 3rd Graders Receive Top Honors at Mock Trial Competition

Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair.

“I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention in the 3rd Grade category [of the Law Fair ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

Healthy U Spring Symposium Marks 10 Years of Community Impact

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health. 

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Bridgewater Mall Shut Down for 2 Hours After Fight Breaks Out

June 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — No injuries have been reported after a fight involving a crowd of people shut down the Bridgewater Commons Mall for two hours Thursday evening.

According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall was resuming normal business operations.

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Obituaries

Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
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