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Westfield Robotics Club Gears Up for the 2017 Westfield Wrangle

Westfield Robotics Club for the 2016- 2017 season

The Westfield Robotics Club is looking forward to another successful year where all the three teams strive to qualify for the 2017 FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) State Championships one more time in 2017. The Westfield Robotics Club is made up of three teams: WR That Hertz (5968), WR The Flux Capacitor (7102) and WR Positive Charge (10343). The club is hosting the Westfield Wrangle at Westfield High School on February 5th where more than 35 teams from central New Jersey will fiercely compete for a spot at the state championships.

The season started for the club on a highly encouraging note. Teams 5968 and 10343 were chosen to represent the NJ FTC teams at the New York City Maker Faire on October 1, 2016. Four Maker Faires are held each year in the US and represent the Maker Movement’s festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Many of the top technical companies in the world showcase  their innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives at this event held at the heart of New York City every year.

The club has had a successful season thus far. At the first meet, teams 5968 and 7012 reached the finals, while team 10343 reached the semifinal round and were the first alliance pick. At the second meet, the three teams ranked in the top ten, with 5968 ranking seventh and 10343 coming in at second place. At the championship qualifier, team 10343 won the Think Award which recognizes the team’s ingenuity in their robot design, while team 7102 was nominated for the Connect Award which recognizes a team's involvement with their community.

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For the third year, the club invites the public to watch the teams compete at the Westfield Wrangle on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Westfield High School’s Main Gym at 550 Dorian Road from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s meet will be one of the largest ones in NJ and the top two teams will vie for a position at the state championships. A special event this year will be a team of second graders in FIRST’s Jr. FLL division will demonstrate the robots they built.

Please come out with family and friends to cheer and support the three Westfield teams make it to the States. The club appreciates financial support from the community to run the independent club by using their Amazon affiliate link: If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the club, you may contact Mrs. Karen Fishman at

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Scotch Plains Man Survives Rollover Accident

March 21, 2018

FANWOOD-PLAINFIELD, NJ — A 67-year-old Scotch Plains man survived an accident that totaled his car at the busy intersection of South Avenue and Terrill Road late Tuesday afternoon. 

The driver had difficulty negotiating the turn from Terrill onto South, hit a tree and flipped over, according to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo. 

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Mayor Brindle’s Update, Feb. 13

March 14, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Last week’s back to back nor’easters left a wave of destruction that Westfield hasn’t experienced since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Three thousand homes lost power. Over 40 roads were closed due to downed wires and/or trees. Our police responded to ...

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Center for Hope Hospice Creates Christmas in February for Terminally Ill Patient

March 21, 2018

When a patient expressed disappointment to her nurse that her illness had prevented her from celebrating Christmas Eve at home, the staff at Peggy’s House sprang into action and created Christmas in February, complete with a tree and a visit from Santa. The idea came from Jean Doyle, RN, who was attending to the needs of Liz K.*, who died on February 10, a week after the holiday ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

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March 21, 2018

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16 Homes Sold Last Week in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside & Cranford

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Charitable Spirit Alive and Well in Westfield Public Schools

Students, staff and parents in Westfield Public Schools continue the district’s long tradition of helping others both in and outside of the community, with a number of students recently recognized for their efforts.

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Suspended Hillsborough HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

March 19, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years, had been ...