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May 18, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-year-old senior at Westfield High School was recently awarded a national scholarship for her work making Westfield greener. Ashley Hu has been a member of Westfield’s Green Team since her junior year in high school. The team focuses on educating the youth and finding ways to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Three Westfield High School juniors recently earned perfect scores on ACT and SAT subject tests, the school district announced Wednesday. The students are the following: Matthew Christian (ACT English - April 2022),  Cooper DelGandio (SAT Math - March 2022) Audrey Jones ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A Boy Scout from Westfield’s Troop 72 has gained the local government’s approval to add lifesaving apparatus to a local park pond. Grant Ziegler, 13, secured the Westfield Town Council’s authorization last week to build and install a life ring with a storage box at the pond near ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time in two years, an annual 5-kilometer race started in memory of a Westfield High School freshman who died suddenly will happen in person. What’s New? New to the race this year is a 0.6-mile “Memory Walk” where families can walk in memory of anyone who has died, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — COVID may have rained on Westfield’s Memorial Day parade for the past two years, but this May the town's observances are back and bigger than before. The events May 30 honoring fallen heroes and those who served will begin with a Memorial Day service at the North Avenue Circle at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A town commission that serves as a partner in fighting hate has announced updated meeting dates for the year. The Human Relations Advisory Commission will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on the following dates, the commission announced: Tuesday, May 31 Tuesday, July ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s first Mental Health Fair on Sunday gave people hands-on connections with providers, education about mindfulness and other coping techniques and a relaxing walk in the park complete with furry friends and sweet treats.  Attendees strolled through Mindowaskin Park during ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.” Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A developer’s plan to build a 64-unit apartment building on a residential street in downtown Westfield continues to draw criticism from residents and support from the town’s government that on Tuesday defended its role in the redevelopment process. If you’re driving southbound on ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An early morning fire tore through a home on Grant Avenue Friday, displacing five people, the fire chief said. The blaze at 849 Grant Ave. erupted just before 5:43 a.m., Chief Michael Duelks said. Firefighters who arrived at 5:49 a.m. found thick smoke and fire showing from the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s been a change in leadership at the Westfield Town Clerk’s Office. The town council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Maureen Lawshe, formerly the deputy town clerk, to the position of town clerk at the same meeting during which the mayor and council offered honors to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mindowaskin Park will once again serve as a gathering spot for activists Saturday afternoon, when a rally for reproductive rights is planned. Responding to a leaked draft opinion last Monday from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito which would overturn Roe v. Wade, Tom Malinowski ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A stroll in the park, sweet treats, therapeutic art sessions, a chance to meet therapy dogs and more are slated for Westfield’s first Mental Health Day Sunday, May 15 in celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The day’s activities are for people of all ages, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 17-year-old junior was the top scoring golfer in a county competition last week, one in a series of successes he has secured for the Westfield High School golf team this season. Westfield High School junior Barnes Blake won the top placement at the Union County Tournament at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A developer’s plan to build a 64-unit apartment building on a residential street in downtown Westfield continues to draw criticism from residents and support from the town’s government that on Tuesday defended its role in the redevelopment process. Opponents of the development, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re driving southbound on Prospect Street onto East Broad Street don’t plan on turning left. On Tuesday, the town announced that left turns are prohibited at the intersection “addressing a long-time problem area for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.” Signs seen at the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A man accused of stabbing his roommate following an argument fled the scene but was arrested by Westfield police on Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains police said Tuesday. Officers arrested Nelson Sanchez, 48, of Scotch Plains, on Friday, May 6, and charged him with possession ...

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CRANFORD, NJ —Ukraine has been fighting for survival for 76 days, ever since Russia declared war and invaded the country. Local residents Lada Bidiak and Olena Kiyko haven't gone a day since without crying. Those tears, shed for friends, family, beloved towns and cities, and everyone in Ukraine, ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — An Elizabeth man was arrested on Thursday on multiple burglary charges, including three business burglaries in Cranford and one in Westfield, police announced Monday. Antoni Kuhl, 52, of Elizabeth, was arrested on three counts of third degree burglary, two counts of third degree ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A three-alarm fire that left a home in the Second Ward uninhabitable Saturday started with an electrical malfunction, the fire chief said Monday. When firefighters arrived at 5:36 p.m., they saw thick smoke pouring from all sides of the 2 ½ story home at Springfield Avenue and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council has adopted a $52.04 million budget that increases the municipal tax rate by 1.98%. The budget approved Tuesday, April 26, hikes the tax levy by 3.04% to $30.24 million. This amount does not include the $2.84 million library tax. The budget cites allowable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Music lovers cheered Westfield’s own New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night during its “Roses from the South” performance, a tribute to Mother’s Day featuring Strauss waltzes, Debussy and songs, ballads and serenades sung by famed Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns. “Tonight is a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Stars from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television series were the big draw for Downtown Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out Thursday. A controversial plan to build turf fields at Edison Intermediate School is anticipated to undergo A $14,000 review by an engineering firm ...

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UPDATE: 3-Alarm Fire Leaves Westfield Home Uninhabitable Saturday WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters from multiple Union County towns knocked down a blaze that tore through a single-family home in the Second Ward Saturday evening. Fire Chief Michael Duelks said the blaze at 346 Springfield Avenue ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With newly identified variants of the disease spreading, health officials are telling people to test early if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19, the mayor said Saturday. In April, Westfield recorded 294 cases of COVID-19, marking an increase of 131% from the 127 cases ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Kayla Louison received her first Rising Star Award nomination from Paper Mill Playhouse this week for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Female-Identified Role. Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards is a ...

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CLARK, NJ — It's a scene that is very familiar to fans of the Raiders and the Blue Devils: Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Westfield in a seesaw battle with Union County Tournament advancement at stake.  Only this time, it was not a soccer match at Arthur L. Johnson High School, it was a high stakes ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Stars from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality television series were the big draw for Downtown Westfield’s Girls’ Night Out Thursday. TV personality Margaret Josephs signed copies of her new book, “Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget: How to Survive in Business and Life,” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education is considering taking its school budgets to a public vote, something that would allow it to exceed the state’s two percent property tax cap. The plan school board members discussed Tuesday would have the district move its elections to April and seek voter ...

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