Police & Fire

Westfield’s ‘Wall of Love’ Damaged by Tree Branch

55ab5e56d563f0584228_1c4eca67cfb4c2b45f53_IMG_4025.JPG
“The Wall of Love” in Westfield is still standing, but a portion was taken out around 5 a.m. Monday morning when a large tree branch fell on it. Credits: Valerie Latona
b580e81fa4dfb01a3133_DSC_0846.JPG
“The Wall of Love” in Westfield is still standing, but a portion was taken out around 5 a.m. Monday morning when a large tree branch fell on it. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
b981dbd0e094a40dd4d1_DSC_0845.JPG
“The Wall of Love” in Westfield is still standing, but a portion was taken out around 5 a.m. Monday morning when a large tree branch fell on it. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
55ab5e56d563f0584228_1c4eca67cfb4c2b45f53_IMG_4025.JPG

WESTFIELD, NJ — Most of the fence bordering the yard of Valerie Latona and David Contract’s yard, known as “The Wall of Love,” is still standing, but a portion was taken out around 5 a.m. Monday morning when a large tree branch fell on it. The branch also damaged several bushes, their childrens’ trampoline and part of their roof.

Contract is the Ward 3 Democratic candidate for Westfield Town Council.

“Many people stopped by worried that it had been vandalized,” Latona said.

Sign Up for E-News

Contract said that workers from the Westfield Department of Public Works told him that the branch probably weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

“I’m just really thankful that it happened when it did. It could have killed someone,” Contract said. “The DPW did a fantastic job. I was really impressed with their professionalism and attitude.”

The oak tree that lost the branch will likely need to be removed, Contract said, and that part of the fence will need to be replaced. The hearts from that section will be relocated to other parts of the fence, he said.

The wall, which originated as one “love trumps hate” sign on the fence before the Presidential election, grew after it was repeatedly vandalized and new signs were hung. Foam hearts with written messages by hundreds of people now adorn the fence.

In March, the Union County Freeholders honored the family for creating “The Wall.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

2018 Municipal Budget is on Collision Course with Principles of Financial Soundness & Stability

April 18, 2018

Having chaired the town council’s finance committee in the recent past, I appreciate the hard work that goes into developing a municipal budget for a town as large and dynamic as Westfield. But as I have expressed publicly and also to the mayor and my council colleagues, I do not support the adoption of Westfield’s 2018 municipal budget. Although the budget contains much that I ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Wed, April 25, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, April 25, 12:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Kroloff

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_0d1e344b249d6f43f819_spring_2018_film_fest_

Wed, April 25, 7:30 PM

Rialto NewVision Theater, Westfield

Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ - Ben Gurion: ...

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

Learning to Fly Drones at Lamberts Mill Academy

April 24, 2018

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Columbia Bank Foundation the students at Lamberts Mill Academy are learning how to build, program and fly drones. This innovative program will ensure that students gain skills needed for 21st Century employment. 

 

Lamberts Mill Academy, located in Westfield, New Jersey, is part of the Union County Educational Services Commission.

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...