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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

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's Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mobile Command Center Discussed at Town Council Meeting

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

March 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ - Resolutions concerning the upcoming father-daughter dance were passed and the use of the mobile police command center was questioned at Tuesday's town council meeting.

During the public comment section of the meeting resident and former police officer Greg Kasko spoke. Kasko reported seeing the town's Mobile Command Center in Hoboken during the Super Bowl as well as a few weeks ago during Lepre-Con. Upon questioning Police Chief David Wayman about it, Kasko said that he was told that the center was purchased for bomb threats and that the center could be back in Westfield from Hoboken in 20 to 25 minutes.

“I don’t think a bomb is going to wait 25 minutes,” said Kasko.

Instead of answering Kasko's questions, at one point Mayor Andy Skibitsky told him, “Continue with your conspiracy theories."

The Mobile Command Center, which sat just outside the municipal building during the town council meeting, cost the town $249,000.

“What’s wrong with shared services?” asked councilman Frank Arena.

Kasko answered that he saw no problem with Westfield officers helping local Union County municipalities, but that they have no place in Hudson county.

The next town council meeting will be held on April 1, when the budget will be discussed.

Three resolutions were passed authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to draw warrants for the cost of participant payment, maitre d’ fees and disk jockey services for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on March 30 at L’Affaire in Mountainside. The Westfield Recreation Department is sponsoring the dance and all girls in grades 1-6 and their fathers are invited.