Westfield Top Stories

May 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened last weekend, more than a year later than originally ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An ailing mother fox spotted in Westfield’s First Ward is in for a treat along with some treatment for its mange, a resident of Stanley Oval said Friday. Susana MacLean told TAPinto Westfield she found the red fox on the grounds of her home and noticed its severe mange. Sarcoptic ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-person Westfield Cannabis Commission is set to take public feedback both at an upcoming meeting and via email, the town announced Friday. Following the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey municipalities must decide if they want to “permit any class of cannabis ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will expand its Emergency Services Regional Dispatch Center in Westfield, allowing more towns the option to use its services for fire, EMS, mutual aid and first responders.  At Thursday’s virtual Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners awarded a $3.28 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The fall 2020 production of “26 Pebbles” at Westfield High School has been nominated for six Foxy Awards by Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards. The play, which was presented virtually in December, garnered nominations in the following categories: Outstanding ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A restaurant at the South Avenue Circle has been ordered shut for four days after health inspectors discovered the latest in a series of health code violations. Principal Health Inspector Helen Mendez told the board of health Monday that an inspector found insect-covered ribs at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of a Central Avenue restaurant known for ramen bowls and sushi burritos found himself in front of the Westfield Board of Health earlier this week, where he was called to answer for repeat health code violations including improper handwashing and inadequate sanitization of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Varsity softball pitcher Michaela Hobson recently struck out nine batters and walked one while giving up just two earned runs and four hits in a game against Summit. Hobson, a senior who also plays first and third base, helped power the Lady Blue Devils to the 6-2 win April 30 in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nancy Rygiel, a teacher who is known for making math fun, is the 2021 recipient of the Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship Award for outstanding teaching at the elementary school level. She was honored at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting after receiving ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The waiting was the hardest part. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream of Westfield opened this weekend, more than a year later than originally anticipated due to the pandemic. A crowd of fans big and small lined up on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1. Board members approved a five-year contract with González at Tuesday’s virtual board meeting. Gonzalez will be paid ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School softball team has shown the ability to score runs in its 7-0 start to the season. The Lady Blue Devils are averaging 12 runs per game in victories over Union, Chatham, Union Catholic, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Dayton, Summit and Johnson. Westfield has score ...

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The mayor reported one new COVID-19 death Monday. WESTFIELD, NJ — In the town, 78% of adults have now been partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and 57% of adults are fully vaccinated, officials said Monday. The figures, which are as of April 23, include only people 18 and over. Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — Westfield High School freshmen Ava Aronowitz, Brooke Horowitz and Emily Constable, founders of the school’s mental health awareness club, Every Mind Matters, look to make a meaningful impact in their community one cookie at a time. Coming together after a club meeting in early ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents with food scraps once again have a way to recycle them. Through a partnership with the food scrap collection company Green Bucket Compost Westfield on Thursday restarted its food waste recycling program, a program that started in 2019 but had been suspended during the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. Westfield High School moved down in its national ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education may be changing its policies for assembly speakers after a student-requested Black History Month speech touched a nerve with some parents and at least one board member with his candid political remarks.  Policy Committee Chairman Brendan Galligan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A $100,000 Union County grant will fund the resurfacing of Willow Grove Road, work the town said is anticipated to be completed this summer. The project encompasses the entire length of Willow Grove Road for handicapped accessible ramps, milling and paving, Kim Forde, public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education adopted a $127 million budget for the 2021-22 academic year after Tuesday's public hearing. School property taxes will increase by 1.66% under the spending plan, which maintains class sizes and funding for the public school district’s staff and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You’ll want to secure those deck chairs. A National Weather Service wind advisory in effect 10 a.m. Friday — 6 a.m. Saturday predicts winds from the west of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 55 mph. An isolated gust of up to 60 mph is possible, the weather service said. “Gusty ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A burglar crept into a home on Bennett Place through an unlocked mudroom door early Thursday morning, grabbed car keys from a purse there and then stole a vehicle in what is the latest in a series of similar crimes, police said. In a Nixle message, police said an unlocked car on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In his debut game pitching for Pingry School’s varsity baseball team last week, 16-year-old Jake Francis of Westfield accomplished the notable feat of throwing a perfect game. Held April 23 at Pingry’s home field, the game lasted five innings and ended in a mercy rule. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It should be a teacher students really look up to. The Optimist Club of Westfield is seeking nominations for its 23rd annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award, the school district announced. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 7, officials ...

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Quimby Street's one-way setup restarts Friday. WESTFIELD, NJ — You’re going to like the way it looks. Such is the message from Downtown Westfield Corporation on the return of ‘Open Quimby,’ a pedestrian plaza the special improvement district announced will feature enhanced aesthetics, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield varsity baseball team went 5-0 during opening week, and left fielder and relief pitcher Enzo Mizerek was a key piece to its success. In the Blue Devils’ first two games, Mizerek, the leadoff hitter, went 5-7 at the plate, scored four runs and stole six bases. The ...

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Updated on April 29 WESTFIELD, NJ — Mary McCabe, who will take over as Franklin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, was warmly welcomed to her new post at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting. The board also accepted the retirement of Wilson Elementary School Principal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers arrested a Middlesex County man Tuesday morning on charges in connection to vehicle burglaries on Bates Way, police said Wednesday. At about 6:40 a.m. on Lamberts Mill Road near West Broad Street, police responded to a report of a person who appeared to be unsteady on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Although the presentation will be virtual this weekend, Westfield High School’s production of the musical “Godspell” marks the first time in over a year the school’s student stars have been able to perform together in person. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, students ...

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Updated at 4:36 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A 16-year-old from Newark was arrested and his counterpart got away after crashing into a patrol vehicle responding to reported car burglaries on Topping Hill Road over the weekend, police said Tuesday. At 6:14 a.m. Sunday, officers arrested the Newark ...

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Updated on April 30 WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School moved down in its national standings and up among its New Jersey peers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best High Schools.” The ranking released Tuesday puts Westfield High School at #992 in the national standings, a ...

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