Letters to the Editor

September 19, 2018

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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Dear Editor, Whatever happened to the adage that our elected officials should reflect the will of the people that elected them.  It seems that in Westfield the Township Council cannot stop approving multi-unit housing (especially it seems on the South Side). Each approval brings an increase in ...

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The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. General Town Business I’d like to first begin by announcing and welcoming many new businesses to town, including Boxwood Coffee, Farinolio, Spencer Savings Bank, Westfield ...

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On Wednesday at 4 p.m., I attended my first Planned Parenthood rally outside of the office of Congressman Leonard Lance to oppose the Trump/Pence Gag Rule. The gag rule would make it illegal for health care professionals to inform their patients all of their reproductive health options. It was ...

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With so much attention focused on the traffic circle by Foundation Park the other intersection that needs attention is the intersection of East Broad and Prospect Street. Certain busy times of the day and week a pedestrian needs to exercise some extra caution trying to cross the street. I know that ...

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After reading the local news about the protest at the home of a Wells Fargo employee, I cannot help but lament. Westfield has always been a peaceful town where we respect our neighbors, no matter their political beliefs, yet our town is falling victim as of late to the division and vitriol of ...

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The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman, as county manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees ...

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Dear Governor Phil Murphy, From the mid-1970s, when I was age 12, I’ve had this vivid memory of watching my parents participate in a peaceful demonstration against the construction of a 12-story hotel complex just behind our backyard. In fact, on Wednesday, September 29, 1976, the local ...

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In connection with asking Union County to review the signal timing, PLEASE also consider the timing early in the morning. I frequently am heading south on Central to Metropark Station to catch the 6 a.m. train. Whenever I am at the intersection prior to 5:30 a.m., the timing is such that a green ...

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The Westfield Board of Health (the Board) held a meeting on June 4, 2018.   The Board held a hearing for a restaurant that was subject to three consecutive Conditionally Satisfactory ratings. The Westfield Regional Health Department (the Department) representative presented the findings that ...

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The Westfield Area YMCA would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Norman and Carol Greco, owners of Jersey Mike’s of Westfield. This year’s Day of Giving was extremely successful, resulting in over $5,500 to help send kids in need to camp or child care at the Y.  In 2017 Norman and Carol ...

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We live in strange and sobering times. Actors, politicians, comedians and media moguls, to name a few, are being accused of some heinous crimes. In some cases, they are found guilty as they should be in a court of law that has been carefully created to provide an unbiased system and vetted to give ...

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I opened the Board meeting on a somber note, announcing the death of sophomore student Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel.  Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over his death.  We extend our condolences to the Uziel family.  I noted that school counselors are ...

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