Letters to the Editor

November 16, 2018

What follows is a synopsis of the Tuesday, Nov. 13, Westfield Board of Education meeting. COUNSELING DEPARTMENT REPORT ON SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) Maureen Mazzarese, Director of Counseling in the Westfield Public Schools, prepared a report summarizing her department’s role in ...

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To The Editor:   As a 30-year resident of Westfield, I would like to thank Mayor Brindle, the Town Council and Adrian Pastore for all of their efforts of putting together Addamsfest.   What a great way to honor the history of our town by celebrating one of its famous past residents with ...

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In the last week as I have reflected on AddamsFest weekend — how it started, how it grew and how it ultimately brought some ooky, kooky fun to thousands of people, I have felt compelled to express my gratitude to the incredible group of volunteers who brought the festival to life. AddamsFest’s goal ...

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MAYORS UPDATE 11/6/18 October was a very exciting month as we celebrated Westfield resident Charles Addams in our first ever AddamsFest. ADDAMSFEST It was a weekend that brought our entire community together in a way I haven’t experienced. Despite the rain on Saturday, our DPW worked some ...

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To the editor: As a resident of Westfield for 38 years, the proud father of five Westfield High School graduates and an interested stakeholder, I am gratified of the education afforded our children and want to maintain the Westfield School District’s reputation as one of the best in New Jersey.

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Editor's Note: Samah Jaramillo is a member of Make The Road Action and Kristen Peck is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Summit. Make the Road Action builds political power rooted in immigrant communities and working-class communities of color, promotes policy solutions that improve ...

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To The Editor: I am writing as to my support for Dennis Cariello for our Board of Education. Dennis and his wonderful family are neighbors of mine and I know him as a devoted family person.  I am a lifelong resident of Westfield and my three sons were, and now four grandchildren are, in the ...

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It has come to our attention that The Committee to Elect Ileen Cuccaro for Mayor of Garwood has made dishonest claims about Westfield 20/20 in political flyers, and the Garwood Republican Committee has made similar claims on its Facebook page. In the spirit of values put forth by the Committee ...

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To The Editor: My name is Robert Cirasa. I am serving as the treasurer for the campaign of Your Child’s Voice for Westfield BOE, a slate that includes the candidacy of my son. In filing the required reports for the slate’s campaign financing (which derives entirely from the contributions of ...

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Flat Iron II Realty, LLC is the new property owner of 50-52 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield — where Castle Bootery is located. Like many of you, we received email notice on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 that Castle Bootery decided to close at the end of the year. This was the first “notice” we received ...

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Next Tuesday, when you go to vote, we urge you to support Gretchan Ohlig for Board of Education. Over the past 13 years, we have had the privilege of serving on several PTO boards, and have also been part of a handful of community-wide roundtable discussions and committees. We have seen firsthand ...

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Board President Gretchan Ohlig opened the meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of the weekend shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT On Sunday, I was among the hundreds who attended the vigil at Temple Emanu-El, along with members of the ...

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I am writing in support of Gretchan Ohlig in the upcoming school board election. I have had the opportunity to serve with Gretchan on the school board for several years and I have a deep appreciation for her abilities as a school board member. More importantly, I value her leadership and proven ...

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Dear Editor, As TAPinto Westfield took the time to recognize the senior Westfield Blue Devil Football players and cheerleaders after the game on 10/26, I would like to correct an oversight on their part. They neglected to recognize the 29 senior Westfield Marching Blue Devils who have supported ...

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Rob and I moved to Westfield in 2005. At the time, we were newlyweds looking for a place to call our first home. We searched the entire state and chose Westfield for its family-friendly atmosphere and incredible schools. In 2009, we were blessed beyond words with the birth of our daughter, Maya.

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To the Editor, As Westfield residents for over 40 years and retired from long, successful careers as educators in the Westfield School District, we believe it is necessary for us to speak out and express our support to reelect Gretchan Ohlig in Column 2 and Robert Garrison and Charles Ostroff in ...

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield strongly condemns the murder of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends at Temple Emanu-El and across the country as we all absorb the pain of this hateful ...

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My name is Mitch Slater, and besides being a Westfield resident for the last 28 years I served proudly for two terms as an elected board of education member from 2010 through 2016. Today I want to let everyone know I strongly support the re-election of incumbents Gretchan Ohlig, Robert Garrison and ...

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My name is Mark Friedman and I am a former two-term school Board member in Westfield. I am writing today to demonstrate my support for incumbents Gretchan Ohlig, Robert Garrison and Charles Ostroff.  Please vote for them on Tuesday, Nov. 6 so they can continue to work on behalf of all of the ...

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It’s sure starting to feel ooky and spooky in Westfield! It has been a great few weeks in town leading up to AddamsFest. Before the town was purple it was pink! I want to thank the PAL for hosting a women’s flag football event to raise money for breast cancer, and to the Westfield Police ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health (the Board) held a meeting on Oct. 1.   The public portion of the meeting included hearing from the local household waste haulers on factors to consider prior to changing the Sanitary Code. Previously, the Westfield Green Team asked the Board of ...

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Dear Residents, Given the recent spate of burglaries in town, Westfield residents are on justifiably on edge. A number of neighborhood homeowners came to the town council meeting to express their legitimate concerns about community safety. No Westfield resident should live in fear of a home ...

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On behalf of the entire Board of Education, Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented Westfield High School seniors Austin Chen, Madeline Reynders, Edward Xing, and Zachary Youssef with congratulatory certificates as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.   SUPERINTENDENT’S ...

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MAYOR’S UPDATE 10/9/18 We have so much going on around town: from the parking lot 7 improvements, to the Mindowaskin playground, to the Wicked Windows of Westfield. Thanks to all of the merchants who are enthusiastically supporting AddamsFest. Everyone should stroll into town with their families ...

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On behalf of the Board of Education, Board President Gretchan Ohlig recognized Westfield High School math teacher Zorana Culjak, a recipient of the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award.  Each year, the University of Chicago gives newly admitted students the opportunity to recognize ...

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The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. It’s been a very busy three weeks in Westfield. I want to begin by thanking everyone who attended and participated in our 9/11 ceremony, including Father Sapporito, Rev. Boyea ...

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To the Editor: Town residents have an opportunity to have their voices heard.  The Westfield Board of Health encourages residents to visit the Westfield Regional Health Department website at www.westfieldnj.gov/health to take a short survey. The purpose of the survey is to help the Department ...

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The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. Good evening, everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic summer. As [Town Administrator]Jim [Gildea] mentioned, there has been a lot happening in town and I hope you’ve noticed ...

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PREPARING FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR The start of the 2018-2019 school year is less than a week away.  I updated the Board members and the public on some of the work accomplished during July and August.   Maintenance and custodians were at work throughout the summer - cleaning, repairing, and ...

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The 22nd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) was held each Tuesday evening in July and August. Thousands of people came downtown and enjoyed the performances, despite the unpredictable rainy season with two of the evenings being canceled and ...

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