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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

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

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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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Offers Cool Classes This Summer

The Westfield Area Y Summer Session runs June 21 – August 29. Registration for Gold and Silver individual and family members begins Thursday, June 4. Members can register online. Open ...

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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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Weltman Home Services

SAVINGS FROM WELTMAN HOME SERVICES

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Call Weltman Home Services at 888 935 8626    

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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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Monday with Millicent

David’s Country Inn

At some special time in your life, you may be called upon to arrange a special affair for a family member, dear friend, or just because. Such was the case when we received an invitation to ...

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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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Westfield to Get Direct Train to NYC During Off-Peak Hours Starting March 2

By MINDY SCARLETT

December 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

SOMERSET, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) announced at its quarterly meeting Monday in Somerset that NJ Transit will roll out a morning off-peak one-seat ride to New York’s Penn Station starting March 2 using newly purchased dual-powered locomotives. The trains will arrive in New York between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Representatives from RVRC met with NJ Transit last week to see how the newly purchased dual-mode locomotives will be deployed, and to emphasize the need for one seat service during peak times.

The new dual-powered locomotives make it possible for the first time for trains on the Raritan line to go all the way into Manhattan, giving commuters the possibility of a “one-seat” ride. Currently, all commuters on the line must exit their train at Newark and change platforms, a move that involves a mad dash up and down stairs and confusion over which platform has the next train into Manhattan.

The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, joined by a coalition of 30 mayors of towns along the line, seek to ultimately achieve a complete one-seat ride Manhattan service on the Raritan Valley Line, including a.m. and p.m. peak hour service, off-peak weekday and weekend.

“Transit-Oriented Development is a major focus in New Jersey, and many towns along the line are starting or planning major developments,” said Somerset County Freeholder and Rail Coalition Chairman Peter S. Palmer. “It is important for the Raritan Valley Line to have full one-seat ride service to be able to service these developments and attract even more development. The weekday off-peak service is an important first step – but it is only a first step.”

He credited the mayors’ coalition, headed by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, with being “vital to the long-standing effort of the Rail Coalition to bring the one-seat ride to fruition.”

NJ Transit, which has championed Transit-Oriented Development, has agreed to meet quarterly with the RVRC to evaluate the results of the new service and discuss further expansion. The next step would be to offer evening one-seat ride service during off-peak hours after 8 p.m.

“We will be monitoring progress at our meeting in February, and we will continue to work with NJ Transit to bring about the peak hour ‘one-seat’ ride for the entire Raritan Valley Rail Line,” said Palmer.