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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting – April 28

April 30, 2015

PUBLIC HEARING ON 2015-2016 BUDGET In a unanimous decision, the Board adopted the school district budget for 2015-2016.  The tentative budget was approved by the Executive County Superinten...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft Reported In Westfield

April 29, 2015

April 26, 2015 4:26 p.m. Officers Merritt and Wierzbicki arrested Thomas Macken, age 21, of Scotch Plains for two outstanding criminal arrest warrants ($1,480 total) out of Westfield municipal c...

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Columns

Experts of H.O.M.E.

Spring Cleaning: Four Must-Do Projects

Spring is the perfect opportunity to take strolls in the park and enjoy outdoor activities. But it's also a great opportunity to clean up the damage caused by the winter season, and prepare you...

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In the Schools

68 Westfield High School Seniors to Receive Seals of Biliteracy

Together, the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/New Jersey Bilingual Educators (NJTESOL/NJBE) have joined a Federal initiat...

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Ince Landscape Construction & Management

Is Your Hardscape Ready for Summer?

The snow is gone, the sun has been shining and giving us warmer days, but have you noticed your patio and hardscape looking a bit worse than you remember in the fall? If you are feeling that you...

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Weltman Home Services

Weltman Home Services Offers Spring Tips for Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Spring has arrived and that means warmer temperatures and the need for a home cooling system check-up. Tapinto spoke with Dan Weltman of Weltman Home Services, located in Ber...

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Kayla's Creative Art Studio Calendar of Classes

Kayla's Creative Art Studio's May Calendar of Events

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kayla's Creative Art Studio offers a full calendar of classes throughout the month. Visit www.kaylascreativeartstudio.com for a calendar of events includin...

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ViaNutrition

8 Things You Can Do Now to Clean Up the Diet

The first step to a successful weightloss and fitness program is getting the gunk out (processed foods and foods that are inflammatory), getting rid of what holds you back and adding in what is goi...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Healthy Kids Day a Success

On Saturday, April 25th at the Westfield Area Y Main Y Facility over 400 people came out for Healthy Kids Day to enjoy an afternoon of free, fun, engaging and creative activities promoting healthy ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Beware the Equity Indexed Annuity

A financial product that allows you to participate in the stock market’s upside, promises you won’t lose money, and gives you income for life—it sounds too good to be true.  ...

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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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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

More Suggestions for Mother's Day

Dear Fans of ‘Monday With Millicent,’I thank-you for sharing your favorite places to dine.   As Mother’s Day approaches, I’d like to wish each of you special mom...

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Westfield Town Council Restricts Marijuana Dispensary Locations, Hears from Opponents of Athletic Field at UCC and More at Meeting

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

June 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ - Westfield’s Town Council voted unanimously on second reading to restrict potential medical marijuana dispensaries to commercial zones at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Councilman Frank Arena were absent from the meeting.)

During open discussion by citizens, several Westfield and Cranford residents asked the Town Council to oppose a proposed athletic field at Union County College, which they said could exacerbate flooding, parking, traffic and safety problems, as well as increase noise pollution and light pollution. Many asked the council to support Cranford’s resolution opposing the project.

In April, UCC President Margaret M. McMenamin said in a letter to Christopher Hudak, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, that the college had postponed its plans to construct a field for its soccer, lacrosse and track teams at its Cranford campus in light of community concerns and that UCC was seeking to identify a suitable alternative location.

Among those asking for the council’s support Tuesday night was Cranford Public Affairs Commissioner and former Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen, who implored, “Please, consider joining us in our resolution.”

Also during public comments, Resident Greg Kasko, who has asked the council in the past what it cost Westfield taxpayers when the town’s mobile command center was used in other cities, told the council, “I want to know what compensation was given those officers.”

He gave an example of an officer who was paid for unused comp time when he retired, and said that when officers do use comp time someone else could get paid overtime while covering for them.

Resident Adina Enculescu complained that the HAWK pedestrian-activated light and crosswalk system in front of her house on Central Avenue goes unused “because it is dangerous.”

“This was a favor. This was a mistake,” she said of the location of the crossing mid-block. “This is a waste of money of the taxpayers.”

And Perry DiPiazza of FieldTurf objected to the town’s plans to use another company’s product to returf Sid Fay and Houlihan Fields based on the recreation commission’s recommendation. The town later passed a resolution awarding contract for synthetic turf at the fields to a contractor using Desso Sports Systems artificial turf.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Westfield High School swimmers were honored and Betty List from the Westfield Garden Club spoke. More on these stories to come.