Letters to the Editor

January 16, 2019

Mayor's update, town council opening remarks, Jan. 15, 2019. Good evening everyone. I hope your new year is off to a great start. We are diving right into the new year and I would like to give you an update on a few initiatives. But first I would like to congratulate Westfield resident ...

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To the Editor: Later this month, a group of students from Westfield High School’s fencing club will compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Independent Fencing Qualifiers at North Hunterdon High School. This will be the second time in three years that the ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on Jan. 7 for its annual reorganization meeting. Two new members, Sharon Dorry RN, and Denise Rizzolo Ph.D., PA, and one new alternate member, Steven Gorelick Ph.D., were appointed by the Mayor with approval of Town Council. Bill Diamantopoulos ...

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To the Editor: Before the Westfield Ice Rink opened in November, a group of concerned neighbors formed the Gumbert Park Neighborhood Coalition to voice our concerns about the rink being located in a residential neighborhood. Our concerns have been validated. The rink has now been open for ...

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Dear Editor: New Jersey’s Mayors and local governing bodies don’t always agree on everything. But they know what they need to do to meet the public’s need for essential services. And every year, despite natural disasters, despite fluctuations in the economy, and despite actions taken – and not ...

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What follows is the full text of Mayor Shelley Brindle’s State-of-the-Town address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 3, 2019. I now have the privilege of delivering the State of the Town address, reflecting a bit on what we accomplished in 2018, and sharing key priorities for 2019 and ...

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Dear Editor: For families with a loved one with autism and other developmental disabilities, it can be daunting to find the help needed. It is why the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) is spreading the word about the New Jersey Autism Therapy Mandate, and its most recent ...

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As I look toward next year, I want to recap what was accomplished during my first year in office and extend my gratitude to our community for their support. I would first like to thank the members of the Town Council, and in particular subcommittee Chairpersons Dawn Mackey, Linda Habgood, David ...

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HONORING OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES On behalf of the entire Board, Board President Gretchan Ohlig presented congratulatory certificates to 10 members of the Boys Cross Country team and their coaches as NJSIAA Sectional Champions.  The boys team also finished 2nd at the Group 4 State ...

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To The Editor: NJ legislative leaders are supporting a horrible amendment to the NJ Constitution, a purely political proposal to increase the ability of politicians to choose their voters. It would also embed the two-party system into the New Jersey Constitution, a blatant attempt to weaken ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on Nov. 5, 2018.   The Board reviewed the Department reports for September and October 2018. In September 23 inspections were conducted: 17 inspections resulted in satisfactory ratings, five resulted in no rating and one ...

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Morano Gelato Westfield has closed its store at 116 Elm Street as plans to continue with a partner in an expanded format did not materialize. There are currently no definitive plans to reopen at this time. For more information, please reach out to info@moranogelato.com. Morano Gelato ...

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Update from Mayor Shelley Brindle on Nov. 20, 2018 I would like to reiterate Jim and Greg’s comments regarding our efforts during the last storm. We will learn from this unprecedented event and strive to do better. I believe that our DPW, under Greg’s leadership, is second to none and am fully ...

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The 8th Annual Children and Teen book sale hosted by the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library was a big hit this year. The sale generated almost $2,900.00, all of which will go toward funding programs at the library.  The wonderful selection of books and media created a great place for readers ...

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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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