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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

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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Weltman Home Services

SAVINGS FROM WELTMAN HOME SERVICES

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Call Weltman Home Services at 888 935 8626    

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Monday with Millicent

David’s Country Inn

At some special time in your life, you may be called upon to arrange a special affair for a family member, dear friend, or just because. Such was the case when we received an invitation to ...

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Westfield Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

October 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Update: The state’s highest court ruled unanimously Oct. 18 to uphold the lower-court order that same-sex weddings in New Jersey must be allowed starting Oct. 21.

The Westfield Regional Department of Health has told The Alternative Press that, as soon as the state gives the go-ahead, it will begin the process necessary to issue same-sex marriage licenses. However, the forms were not available on Friday.

“The forms have to be changed,” said Megan Avallone, health officer.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky was not available for comment.

Original Story:

Some communities in New Jersey began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Oct. 18 in anticipation of the state’s first gay weddings Monday, Oct. 21, but Westfield isn’t one of them.

There is a 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued before a couple can be married, though the waiting periods can be waived by a judge.

A representative of the Westfield Regional Health Department said they received an email from the state not to issue same-sex licenses yet. A judge ruled in September that gay marriage must be allowed in New Jersey beginning Oct. 21, but Governor Chris Christie’s administration has appealed that ruling.

According to CBS New York, Newark, Asbury Park, Lambertville, Lodi and Red Bank are all accepting or about to accept same-sex marriage license applications. Whether the same-sex marriages performed in New Jersey next week will be considered legal is still up in the air.