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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Several Claims Of Fraud And Identity Theft Reported

April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 4:20 p.m. Elizabeth Tedeschi, age 47, of Westfield responded to Westfield police department to satisfy an active traffic warrant issued by Westfield municipal court. The subje...

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Columns

Westfield Area Y

New CRS Training: Cycle.Run.Swim at the Westfield Area Y

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce that CRS Training: Cycle.Run.Swim. has been added for the Spring 2 session. This class begins Sunday, April 26 and runs through June 20 at the Main Y ...

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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 o...

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ViaNutrition

The 11 Commandments of Nutrition

Focus on eating nutrient dense food, not counting calories. This sounds counterintuitive but most nutrient-dense foods are not high in calories. Get your nutrients from foods, not supp...

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Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Get the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift at Evalyn Dunn Gallery

You must stop into Evalyn Dunn Gallery to see their great new gifts that have arrived just in time for Mother's Day. The gallery has expanded their jewelry department to include four new lin...

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Monday with Millicent

Mark Your Calendars for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, April 23!

No matter what, Thursday, April 23, 2015 is the date you are due in Downtown Westfield for their grand and glorious Girls’ Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., you’re welcome to come and enj...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Earns 6 Award Nominations for Fall Drama

The cast and crew of Westfield High School’s fall drama, "The Laramie Project," has been notified that the production received six Montclair State University "Theatre Night ...

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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.