Westfield Top Stories

June 4, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — An estimated 1,500 people prayed and chanted during a march from Scotch Plains to Westfield Thursday displaying outrage over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. But the those gathered for the protest spoke loudest when they said nothing at all for 8 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 6:31 p.m.) Do you remember ice skating at Mindowaskin Park? Maybe you had a birthday party at the Rialto Theatre when you were young. Members of the public are invited to revisit these memories during a socially distanced walking tour of 16 locations the Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A three-sport athlete headed to Princeton University to play lacrosse, he’s got both sports savvy and academic acumen. An 18-year-old senior, Colin Freer is the Union County Scholar Athlete representing Westfield High School in the Union County Interscholastic Association ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated June 4) The town’s eight surface parking lots are obsolete and ideal spots for development options that include tiered parking. Such is among the conclusions of a 98-page report commissioned by Westfield in support of the Planning Board’s recommendation earlier this week ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Recreation department officials say state guidelines from Trenton lack detail on how to proceed with summer activities, as the town tries to safely return to normalcy amid the coronavirus.  Instructions for seasonal activities like summer camps, pools and even graduation are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A peaceful protest walk against systematic racism is planned to end in Westfield on Thursday. The march, beginning at 2 p.m., will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Avenue in Fanwood, turn left on North Avenue. and end at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9 a.m., June 3) Riot gear at the ready and cleaning solution to combat coronavirus were the order of the day at police headquarters in Westfield as protestors rallied nearby Tuesday afternoon. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement said the department was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Officials abruptly adjourned a virtual meeting of the Westfield Board of Health Monday after unwanted visitors hijacked the session by writing offensive comments in chat boxes. Around 10 minutes into the session, the mischief-makers, which have become widely known as ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t assume the recent downward trend in coronavirus cases will continue. The Westfield Regional Health Department is preparing for a potential fall spike in COVID-19 cases and the department’s health officer wants the public to act in kind. “We’re anticipating a second wave ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The oldest residents, pets, cars and businesses are anticipated to be in the spotlight in a new contest the town is running in coordination with its 300th anniversary. Lifelong Westfield announced it has launched the “Westfield 300 Milestone Awards” to celebrate residents who ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures. Youth summer programs will also ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic causing difficulties for many, two Westfield students have made the most of their crafting skills to spread positivity throughout the community. Since last Monday, 12-year-old Bianca Vesuna and 15-year-old Annika Vesuna have been selling sets of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Contrasting larger and often jarring protests across the state and nation, demonstrators in Mindowaskin Park Sunday spoke of cooperation between law enforcement and the local community as they condemned police violence elsewhere. “Stop Police Brutality,” “Justice for George ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If all you heard were the police sirens and horns, you might think that certain streets of Westfield were beset by traffic woes more common at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Such, however, was far from the case on Wednesday. Westfield High School seniors, who have ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An accidentally discarded wedding ring was rescued from the rear of a garbage truck. Girls just want to have fun, and that they did as “Girls’ Night Out” became “Girls’ Night In” Thursday due to COVID-19. Four people were arrested following a police chase through Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of the home assessed at the town’s average value of $795,159 is anticipated to pay $2,751.25 in municipal property taxes this year, an annual increase of $55 under the budget approved earlier this week. When the recently approved school and county budgets are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Girls’ Night Out in Downtown Westfield, a popular yearly event supporting downtown businesses, went virtual Thursday, becoming “Girls’ Night In” to meet the challenges of social distancing. Along with special promotions from shops and restaurants, there was a livestreamed video ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A town resident and 2019 Westfield High School graduate has seen a major growth in his social media following recently. Devin Caherly has over 1.3 million followers on TikTok. Caherly posted his first video last July and it reached nearly 11,000 views. After posting seven videos ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With five straight days of no new local COVID-19 cases reported as of Wednesday, the town is anticipated to lift certain restrictions still in effect at local parks. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that changes beginning at 8 a.m. Friday would include the reopening of certain ...

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Three of the newly reported deaths occurred in April. Wednesday marked the fifth day Westfield had not seen a new case of COVID-19. WESTFIELD, NJ — Four more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 41, the mayor said Wednesday. Three of those people died in April, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Michaela Hobson can take the pressure that comes with being on the pitcher’s mound, but with this softball season’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the intensity of game play has taken a backseat to practice and preparation. The 16-year-old Westfield High School sophomore has been ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Under a proposed local law intended to incentive development, property owners in the downtown who substantially improve their infrastructure would not immediately see the resulting property tax increases that typically come with higher property values. The town council on Tuesday ...

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CRANFORD, NJ — Authorities remain on the lookout for a man last seen clad in a T-shirt bearing the figure of a Looney Tunes character after a brief car chase from Cranford to Garwood Tuesday evening ended in the arrest four people on charges of receiving stolen property, police said. At 7:13 ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to issue guidance on opening public pools during COVID-19. WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hoping to put in a backyard pool can still do so in time for summer, town officials said.  As residents worry over the state of public pools, applications to the town for private ...

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UPDATE: 4 Arrested, 1 Wanted After Tuesday Police Chase Through Westfield WESTFIELD, NJ — Officers have arrested four people in connection with a stolen car and are on the lookout for a fifth, police said Tuesday night. Cranford police were chasing a vehicle that had been reported stolen when ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin knew finding her engagement ring and an accompanying earring that found their way in the garbage would be a challenge, but she tried anyway — and her trip to the incinerator paid off. Cronin, who has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years determined that ...

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The town is seeking artists to submit designs. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is seeking artists to submit designs for a project that will entail 30 fiberglass butterflies — one representing each decade of Westfield’s 300 years in existence, officials announced. Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, liaison to ...

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NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The man who brought Westfield the Night of Lights 5K is set to bring the town a markedly different event. Downtown Westfield Corporation has hired Sam Tooley, owner and head coach of the specialty fitness center Alpha Performance, to head up a virtual Pizza Run this ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A virtual public hearing on the town’s 2020 budget is set for Tuesday. The $46.085 million spending plan reflects reductions in revenue from court fines and fees, building department fees and parking fees, officials said. These reductions, the officials said, are largely a result ...

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