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Westfield Sophomore Co-Moderates at United Nations Summit; Receives Human Rights Award

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Westfield High School Sophomore Isabella Gelfand Credits: Westfield Public Schools
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Westfield High School Sophomore Isabella Gelfand prepared and actively participated for the third consecutive year at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  She was selected as one of 10 delegates to the UN CSW on behalf of the Working Group on Girls, a coalition of 80 international organizations which advocates for the rights of girls worldwide.  Previously, Isabella was one of 20 delegates selected nationwide on behalf of Girls Learn International, a non-profit organization that supports universal education for girls which has its roots in the Westfield Public Schools.

The major theme of this spring’s CSW was: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.  Isabella had the exceptional experience of sometimes leading, as well as participating in, various meetings and roundtable discussions.  She co-moderated a panel discussion on girls’ rights and made presentations to various Missions to the United Nations on the issue of Child Marriage.   

“I feel that there are so many girl issues that go unnoticed,” stated Isabella, “and establishing a more equal playing field can improve these issues in the world.   

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“It’s been proven that there is a positive ripple effect in the economy when women and girls are empowered.”

Additionally, Isabella acted as a panelist along with Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, during the celebration in Manhattan of the 10th anniversary of Girls Learn International (GLI).  Westfield High School Chapter Leader, Melanie Nettler and Roosevelt Intermediate School Chapter Leader, Deanna Hanchuk, along with chapter members from throughout the country spoke about achievements of their GLI Chapters over the past 10 years. First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, spoke about the importance of youth activism. Honored guests included Lisa Alter, a former Westfield Board of Education member, and her two daughters, Jordana and Arielle, GLI co-founders.  

As a result of Isabella’s leadership role and activism in GLI, she was named the recipient of this year’s Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award, named for a former WHS student who was active in human rights and who lost his life in a car accident in 1990.  The award is given annually by his family to a young person for outstanding commitment to human rights.  Isabella currently serves as the vice president/treasurer of the WHS chapter and a member of the New York/New Jersey Regional GLI Junior Board. 

Responding to the recent kidnapping in Nigeria of hundreds of school girls, Isabella said, “It’s not as shocking as a lot of people think.  Women and girls are targeted all the time.  This has received national attention because of the grand scale, but there also needs to be attention on a smaller scale.

“I am pleased that it is receiving attention, but more steps need to be taken in Nigeria.  How much do they care about getting their girls back?”

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Health Authorities Investigating Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl who had Flu

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte — Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update

February 15, 2018

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

I first want to congratulate Nick Calello and David Went for their promotions to patrol officers in the Westfield Police Department. I’d also like to welcome and congratulate new Patrol Officer Fortunato Riga, who joins the police department this week upon his ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Scholarship Finalist Standing

February 17, 2018

The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo and Suraj Chandran of Edison received their Finalist certificates from Susan ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

February 15, 2018

February 7, 2018 10:25 p.m.

Officers Natale and Gill arrested Brian Mueller, age 55, of Westfield, NJ for driving while intoxicated pursuant to an accident investigation in the area of Mountain Avenue by Colonial Avenue. Subject was transported to headquarters, processed and released to a sober adult.

 

February 9, 2018 2:21 a.m.

Selena G. Palacios, age 22, of Westfield, NJ was ...

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

Nineteen homes sold last week, 2/11/2018-2/18/2018, in Westfield,  Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside and Cranford.*

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How Tax Reform Impacts You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings a host of changes to tax returns for 2018. Highlighted are just a few of the new rules that may impact many of our clients. Please reach out to us to find out if and how your personal situation is impacted.

For Business:

·       A flat 21% corporate tax rate for C corporations replaces the 15% - 35% graduate rate ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Westfield Public Schools Celebrate High School and Intermediate Music Honors

Westfield High School sophomore Brooke Walden auditioned and was selected to the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for a second straight year.  Brooke was the top scoring piccolo player and ranked third on the flute.  She will perform in February with the Wind Ensemble and in November with the Orchestra.

Walden also was among 12 WHS musicians to perform in January with ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 13, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...

Love Craft Beer But Hate the Tour? State Assembly Moves to Make it Easier for You to Belly Up to the Bar

Good news is a brew for New Jersey craft beer advocates. In February 2018, the New Jersey Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee paved the way for the introduction of Bill A2196, which would remove a current licensing rule requiring breweries and distilleries to provide a tour of their facilities before serving alcoholic beverages to consumers. Currently, breweries holding a ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

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AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Cat Found in Westfield

UPDATE: Reunited with family!

ORIGINAL POST: Cat found in Golf Edge area of Westfield. Call 908-913-0509.

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...

Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Christian (nee Helmstetter), age 73 of Surf City, NJ, passed away peacefully at home ...
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East Brunswick Rabbi Charged with Engaging in Prostitution with a Child

February 19, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aryeh Goodman, 35, the rabbi from the  East Brunswick Chabad Learning Center, has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was one of 30 men charged with having sex with the teenager over a four-week period.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman was ...