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Candidate Statements

The War on Drugs Has Failed. Let’s Legalize and Regulate Drugs Instead

July 21, 2015

Heroin overdose deaths in the United States have quadrupled since 2002. If that weren’t alarming enough, New Jersey’s rate of heroin overdose deaths is more than three times the national ...

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Letters to the Editor

Time to Stop Giving Developers Carte Blanche in Westfield

July 26, 2015

I have had the pleasure of living in Westfield for over 25 years. During these years, I've seen many changes, and as a pragmatist, I understand progress and growth. When developers ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Driver Arrested in Westfield for DWI After Crashing into Police Car

July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015 [no time listed] Tyrell Ferguson, age 29, of Plainfield was arrested on the strength of an outstanding arrest warrant for his arrest from Westfield municipal court in the amount of ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance and Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas discuss business before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, with a focus on the Takata Air bag recall.   

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

Learn & Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with 4x World Champion Vitor Shaolin

Widely considered the most important aspect of the ground game, jiu-jitsu artists have been taking advantage and succeeding in competitions and "real life scenarios" by implementing ...

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SERVPRO - Helpful Tips Regarding Fire & Water Clean Up & Restoration

Pay Attention to Your Landscaping to Avoid Emergency Air Conditioning Repair

If your air conditioner is surrounded by plants and shrubs, the foliage could potentially lead to a need for emergency air conditioner repair. While it’s not likely, there is a ...

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In the Schools

Westfield Extended School Year Program Strengthens Academic Skills

The Westfield Public School District’s Extended School Year Program for pre-school through high school students is coming to a close. The five-week program is designed for targeted ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Late Summer Plantings

The hottest part of summer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your garden yet. There are still great options for planting, even this late, that will give you an ...

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Personal Fitness: In the Studio

Personal Training Costs and Value - Fourth in a 4-part Series

Fourth in a 4-part series. In previous articles, we’ve discussed what personal training is, who needs it and what to look for when selecting a personal trainer.  Today, we’ll ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Rising Rates and Your Portfolio

The topic of rising interest rates has consumed the financial media. We do know the Federal Reserve has ended its easing policy and that an increase in the Federal funds rate will follow as soon as ...

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Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Everything is on Sale!

Evalyn Dunn Gallery announces a gallery-wide sale. In this unprecidented event, EVERYTHING in the gallery is on SALE through August 31, 2015. Please stop in to the gallery for ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Puddle Jumpers Have Summer Fun, Build Skills & Make New Friends

Westfield Area Y Puddle Jumpers enjoy developing new friendships and building skills through inquiry, exploration and weekly themed activities during their summer camp sessions.  Puddle ...

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Lost in Suburbia®

Dig This

“Uh-oh,” warned my son.  “Monty’s been digging holes again.” “How do you know?” I asked my son from my seat on the couch where I was peacefully ...

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Monday with Millicent

Welcome to Dreyer Farms

There is still time to join the Dreyer Farm CSA  (Cranford Supports Agriculture) program. By becoming a member, local families are able to enjoy weekly  boxes of the freshest, locally-grown ...

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The Academic Coach

Did You Know the ACT Writing Test is Changing?

There has been so much information and discussion about the coming changes to the PSAT and SAT that many people aren’t aware that the ACT Writing Test, the essay, will be significantly ...

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Westfield Residents and Council Members Debate Changing Liquor License Law


May 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — At the Westfield Town Council meeting Tuesday night, resident John Blake brought up proposed changes to Westfield’s liquor laws that would delete certain limitations on premises holding conditional restaurant licenses to allow greater flexibility in their bar service operations. The changes, proposed by the code review and town property committee, would affect five Westfield restaurants.

To read our earlier story about this and other proposed changes, click here.

“At present, you have three bars downtown and you have five restaurants that serve alcohol,” said Blake. He said the change could result in those five restaurants becoming bars that serve food.

Blake warned that, although they knew “the devils with whom you now deal,” the council couldn’t know what kinds of establishments might buy those licenses later.

“You are going to increase the availability by 150 percent,” said Blake, who then warned that there would be a proportionate increase in public safety problems and the need for stronger police presence near those establishments serving alcohol in the evenings.

He said that enforcing the rule that the restaurants must make as much money on food as they do on liquor would be difficult to enforce, noting current enforcement issues regarding tables and chairs from restaurants that take up more of Downtown Westfield’s sidewalks than is allowed.

After Blake spoke, two residents told the council that they were in favor of the change. 

Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins later told TAP that the proposed change to the liquor licenses has been the subject of many discussions among council members.

“I am totally opposed to a change in our liquor license,” said Kimmins. “I do not agree with comments quoted by other council members and do not understand the current drive or motivation to change our laws. I will be voting against it. I believe it will change the fabric of our downtown. As lovely as Summit and Cranford are, I am not looking for Westfield to become Summit or Cranford. Westfield has the reputation it has for a reason. I enjoy that our town is not full of ‘bars.’ Our downtown sidewalk cafe tables are currently enjoyed by families, and I would like to keep it that way.”

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