WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council passed a resolution waiving the restriction of alcohol sales on two Sunday mornings before holidays this December at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

Christmas and New Years Day both fall on a Monday this year. According to Councilman Sam Della Fera, a business owner argued that Westfield’s wine and liquor stores would be at a competitive disadvantage should normal Sunday restrictions not be waived for the holidays. It is normally not permitted to sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays in Westfield.

The council also discussed the Special Bond Ordinance No. 2211, which authorizes the replacement of the playground at Mindowaskin Park.

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“This is monies being appropriated to replace Mindowaskin playground in anticipation of the centennial anniversary which is to take place next year,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea said. The authorized sum is for $1,250,000, but Gildea added that the town is “happily seeking grants” to offset costs. According to Gildea, this is one of the last updates the town plans to make before the centennial.

At the meeting's conclusion, Mayor Skibitsky announced a scheduling change. The next town council meeting and the last meeting of the year will be held on Monday, Dec. 11.

Cub Scouts from Holy Trinity Pack 73 and Wilson Elementary School Pack 171 helped kick off the evening’s meeting by initiating the Pledge of Allegiance.