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Letters to the Editor

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

$100 in Cigarettes Reported Stolen from Westfield 7-Eleven

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. An employee of 7-Eleven located at 1200 West South Ave. reported being the victim of a shoplifting. Victim reports that a white male between 40-50 years old entered the ...

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Columns

JCC NEWS

The JCC of Central New Jersey Welcomes Conductor Thomas Elefant for a Music Appreciation Series

During the month of June, the JCC of Central New Jersey is hosting conductor Thomas Elefant who will teach a Music Appreciation series.  Elefant is the Founder and Conductor of The Handel ...

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Weltman Home Services

If You Are on the Fence, the Time is Now!

If you are on the fence replacing your on AC the time is now!  Weltman Home Services is offering a $750 INSTANT CASH REBATE on all new installations but it's only good until JUNE 15th. ...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

BrawlHouse Announces Women's Only Self-Defense Classes

Did you know that 1/5 female college students will become a victim of rape or sexual assault? More evidence rape a significant problem on U.S. college campuses. Women’s Only ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Participates In Red Nose Day 2015

On Thursday May 21, 2015 the attorneys and staff of Lindabury McCormick participated in Red Nose Day and raised money to provide assistance to children and young people in the United States living ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance is joined by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. to discuss business before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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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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Monday with Millicent

Time to Eat at Fiamma Quimby Street, Westfield

The first Fiamma Restaurant opened about five months ago on the corner of Main and Essex Street in Millburn. Owned by brothers Tony Fetajak, Charlie, and Sam Magjuni, and their friend Sam Bek, ...

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Westfield Schools Continue to Aid Sandy Victims with Upcoming Rock Concert and More

By PATRICIA HARRIS

January 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ—Efforts to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy continue in the Westfield school community, with the latest being a benefit rock concert to be held Friday, Jan. 25, at Westfield High School. The event is being organized by a team of students, faculty and staff members at the high school who met several months ago to discuss ways to help.

“One of those first ideas was a benefit concert, and it sparked a lot of excitement,” said Alexandra Palatucci, one of the main student organizers.

Through connections in the music industry, organizers reached out to four bands that have deep roots in the Westfield community. They are The Flying Dogs of Jupiter, Static Jacks, Hammond and Transit Radio. The bands were started locally or include graduates or current members of the school system.

“We’ve put a lot of work into the concert, and we’re extremely excited for the finished product,” Palatucci noted.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students in middle and high school. All proceeds will go towards relief efforts on the Jersey Shore as well as the high school’s Helping Hands Fund. Donations can be made out to Westfield High School.

Other relief efforts were announced at the Jan. 3 board of education meeting. Attempts to make the recent holidays a little brighter for Sandy victims included:

--On Dec. 18, Roosevelt Intermediate School’s Student Council presented the United Fund of Westfield’s Sandy Relief program with $856 raised for local victims of the storm.

 --Westfield’s High School’s Key Club raised $1,100 through its Stop the Clock fundraiser held at the high school. All the money is targeted for the Westfield United Fund’s Sandy Relief efforts. The club also held its annual craft fair for children, Winter Wonderland, on Dec. 15 with all proceeds going to the local Habitat for Humanity building programs.

--In addition to previous contributions to shore communities, families at Tamaques Elementary School donated dozens of holiday gifts and $750 in gift cards for families in the Atlantic Highlands who have been affected by the disaster.

--Through efforts led by Westfield High and Edison Intermediate schools, the community collected $5,000 worth of gift cards for Jersey Shore families. In addition, another $600 in donations, as well as several boxes of cleaning supplies, was given to a Barrier Island church that had been feeding and caring for hundreds of families for more than two months.

 --“A Jersey Shore Christmas” was organized by a niece of Linda King, the district’s supervisor of fine arts. District administrators, members of the fine arts department and the Westfield High School Choir contributed a total of $6,000 in toys, backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for families in Manahawkin, Seaside, Toms River and Silverton.