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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

$100 in Cigarettes Reported Stolen from Westfield 7-Eleven

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. An employee of 7-Eleven located at 1200 West South Ave. reported being the victim of a shoplifting. Victim reports that a white male between 40-50 years old entered the ...

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Columns

JCC NEWS

The JCC of Central New Jersey Welcomes Conductor Thomas Elefant for a Music Appreciation Series

During the month of June, the JCC of Central New Jersey is hosting conductor Thomas Elefant who will teach a Music Appreciation series.  Elefant is the Founder and Conductor of The Handel ...

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Weltman Home Services

If You Are on the Fence, the Time is Now!

If you are on the fence replacing your on AC the time is now!  Weltman Home Services is offering a $750 INSTANT CASH REBATE on all new installations but it's only good until JUNE 15th. ...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

BrawlHouse Announces Women's Only Self-Defense Classes

Did you know that 1/5 female college students will become a victim of rape or sexual assault? More evidence rape a significant problem on U.S. college campuses. Women’s Only ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Participates In Red Nose Day 2015

On Thursday May 21, 2015 the attorneys and staff of Lindabury McCormick participated in Red Nose Day and raised money to provide assistance to children and young people in the United States living ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance is joined by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. to discuss business before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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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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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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Westfield Area Y

New Local Mental Health Coaltion Launched

Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur to all of us at various times.  Yet, there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health.  In recognition of Mental Health ...

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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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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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Monday with Millicent

Time to Eat at Fiamma Quimby Street, Westfield

The first Fiamma Restaurant opened about five months ago on the corner of Main and Essex Street in Millburn. Owned by brothers Tony Fetajak, Charlie, and Sam Magjuni, and their friend Sam Bek, ...

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Westfield Wallet Thieves Spent More Than $1,000 at Shop Across the Street From Victim

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

March 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — One of the women looked about eight months pregnant, according to Daniela Palumbo, owner of Ella Allure Interior Design Center in Downtown Westfield, whose wallet was stolen from her shop Wednesday afternoon.

Two women entered the shop at about 2:30 p.m. and claimed to be interested in interior design.

“They said they had this project,” said Palumbo. One of them told her, “What time are you open until? Because I see you’re busy right now. We’ll be back.”

While they were at the shop, “One of the girls stuck her hand in my client’s shopping bag, right in front of us, which was weird,” said Palumbo.

After the two had gone, Palumbo’s purse was where she had left it, out of sight, and she didn’t notice that her wallet was missing until 4:30 p.m. when she got a call from Bank of America alerting her to suspicious activity on one of her credit cards.

That day, someone used Palumbo’s credit card to buy almost $1,100 of merchandise at the Victoria’s Secret across the street from her store. Later, the pair was seen spending $282 with Palumbo’s card at a downtown boutique, where they allegedly stole that merchant’s credit cards while buying baby clothes. They also used one of Palumbo’s cards to buy more than $350 worth of cleaning supplies at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Clark, she later discovered.

Palumbo described the two women as Hispanic and in their late 20s, both about average height. One woman was very pregnant, wearing a gray wrap sweater, her brown hair in a ponytail. The other woman had stringy orange-blond hair cut chin-length, with her bangs pinned up, she said, and was wearing light-colored jeans, sneakers and a horizontal-striped black-and-white sweatshirt.

Workers at other stores confirmed that these were the two women using Palumbo’s credit cards.

“I’m devastated,” said Palumbo. “It’s such an invasion of privacy—your personal belongings and your identification is out there in the hands of these strangers.”

Captain Scott Rodger of the Westfield Police Department said that the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.

Additional reporting by Sara Carpien.