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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’s 1st Ward Town Council Candidate Fields Questions at Forum

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

October 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield candidates for mayor and ward council seats sounded off Oct. 24 at a forum sponsored by The Westfield Leader in conjunction with TV36. Lauren Barr of The Leader moderated.

The forum began with questions to Republican Sam Della Fera, who is running unopposed for reelection to his First Ward council seat. As chair of the council’s finance policy committee, he fielded questions about spending, saying that the town spent what it could to fix Westfield’s roads and paved all or parts of 80 roads in town since he was elected four years ago.

Regarding the increased bill from the Rahway Valley Sewage Authority, he said that although there is now a sewage bill, the town still subsidizes the bill to the RVSA.

“In 2014, we will move to a consumption model for our sewage fee,” said Della Fera.

In his closing statements , Della Fera said he would work to “protect and preserve our way of life.” He said that even though there had been a “perfect storm” of economic dilemas, “Westfield is in better financial shape than it was four years ago.”

The entire debate will be available for viewing on TV36 and on The Westfield Leader’s Website, www.goleader.com.

To learn more about the candidates, visit our Candidates Statements section by clicking here.

To read our recap of the mayoral debate, click here. To read about the third ward candidates' debate, click here. To read about the fourth ward candidates' debate, click here. Republican Vicki Kimmins, running unopposed for re-election in the second ward, was absent from the forum.