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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

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 Town Council Hears Proposal for Apartments at Central and South Avenues

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

February 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — At a conference meeting Tuesday night, the Westfield Town Council heard a proposal for a 70-unit apartment building that Claremont Companies hopes to build at Central Avenue and South Avenue.

Dean Marchetto, founding principal for Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, showed the council what the proposed building would look like. Taking cues from architectural examples downtown, the firm designed a four-story, 70-unit building meant to fit into Westfield, he explained.

The proposed building would be four stories high (one story higher than the area is currently zoned for), 42 feet above the ground—2 feet higher than current zoning allows. Of the units, 35 would be one-bedroom (renting for about $2,400 per month) and 35 would be two-bedroom (renting for about $3,200 per month). Apartments would be for rent only, not sale.

There would be 122 parking spaces, all behind the building and most of which would be enclosed. The building would also include a gym and common area for residents.

The building would be about 20 feet from the street. Retail space is not part of the plan.

“When you walk by the building, you can see windows, you can see people,” said Marchetto.

The apartments, which would be located very near the train station, would likely draw empty-nesters looking to downsize and young couples, Marchetto noted, and not families with school-age children.

In order to meet Westfield’s affordable housing requirements, 15 to 20 percent of the units could be rented at lower rates to those who qualify. Councilman Keith Loughlin pointed out that these reduced-rent “affordable” units could attract families with children who attend public school.

More on the Feb. 18 town council meetings to come.