WESTFIELD, NJ — At the town council meeting Tuesday night, Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan announced that Westfield has been ranked the 30th safest city in America by NeighborhoodScout. To read our story about this, click here.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky spoke about the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition’s meeting  in Westfield Tuesday morning.  Direct service to and from NYC on the Raritan Valley line will begin March 3. (To read our coverage of that meeting, click here.)

Skibitsky told the council that he had met after the RVRC meeting with Martin Robins of the coalition and Tom Morgan, senior director of rail service planning for NJ Transit, to lobby for more direct rides, especially during “shoulder-peak” times just before the morning rush and just after the evening peak hour.

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Vinnie Tamasso of the Westfield Chapter of UNICO gave a presentation about an upcoming fundraiser supporting the Westfield FMBA #30 and Police Fallen Members Fund:


Hassan (Sam) Mahmoud of the Westfield Historical Society thanked the town for agreeing to tape upcoming lunchtime lectures to be shown on TV 36. The lunches are held on the first Wednesday of each month and are open to the public.

Neylan called the lectures “very interesting.”

“It’s a great way to spend an afternoon,” she said.

During the council conference meeting held earlier in the evening, resident Tara Cuneo presented a petition stating that the intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite Place, the scene of a recent fatal accident, is one of the most dangerous crossings in town and pleading that the council and police take immediate action. To read that petition, click here.

Also during the conference meeting, the council heard a proposal for an apartment building at Central and South Avenues. To read about that, click here.