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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 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.