Letters to the Editor

May 8, 2021

We were thrilled when we heard that Councilman Dardia was seeking another term as Ward 2 council person. Mike has worked tirelessly in his role on Town Council to creatively solve complex and meaningful issues to improve the quality of life for his constituents and the town at large. He has been ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on May 3. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be decreasing in New Jersey and in our town. Many ...

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To the Editor: As a college student, who recently graduated from Westfield High School, it brings me immense pleasure to see that Westfield has recently re-introduced the Food Waste Recycling Program. As a community, it is so important that we continue to make strides in creating a more ...

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Over the next few days, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are likely to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position as Conference Chair. Why? Because she will not stop telling the truth about the 2020 election and Trump's “Big Lie.” She will not stop telling the truth ...

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To the Editor and the Residents of the Town of Westfield: It has been brought to our attention that someone has used the Rialto Marquee Sign without our knowledge and our consent to publish messages to demean and criticize Mayor Brindle and her policies in managing the Town of Westfield. With ...

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The Westfield Mayor and Council will soon decide whether to permit the sale of pot in Town. Some suggest that simply because marijuana is now legal in New Jersey, Westfield should embrace pot shops selling edibles, joints, and related products. Really? Gun ranges, adult videos, and go-go dancing ...

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“Can you meet me for coffee? I have an idea.” So it begins, Dawn Mackey has put her mind to a project. Although this simple question may seem like she is just conceiving it, this powerhouse councilwoman is many steps ahead in her mind. She sees the entire event unfolding, smiling children, happy ...

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Throughout 2020 and continuing into 2021, the Community Service Club (CSC) of Westfield High School has been a tremendous support to the Westfield High School Helping Hands (WHSHH) fund. The board of the WHSHH fund wish to thank all the students, faculty advisors and staff who continue to make a ...

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As a resident of Ward 1, I am so happy to hear that Councilwoman Linda Habgood is running to be our Town Council representative again. She has been such an asset to our town and our community over the last three and a half years. I remember learning about our incoming town council members back ...

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Amanda Como is running for Ward 1 Councilperson, and I couldn’t think of a better candidate. I have known Amanda for the past 11 years, first meeting when our kids were in the YMCA pre-school program and maintaining a friendship through the years. When I learned of her run for Ward 1 ...

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Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to enthusiastically endorse David Contract for re-election as Ward 3 Councilman. I’ve lived in Westfield for over 30 years, and I’ve never seen my councilman work as hard and care as much about our community as Councilman Contract. And I know he’ll continue ...

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To Neighbors of Ward 2: I appreciate you taking a few minutes to read this. I realize your time is precious. That said, please join me in supporting Michael Dardia for re-election to Westfield’s Town Council Ward 2. Like many of you, my wife and I have been neighbors of Mike and his wife ...

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To the Editor: As a resident of Ward 1, in Westfield for more than 27 years, I am delighted to support Councilwoman Linda Habgood’s reelection to the Town Council as our Ward 1 representative.  I first learned that Councilwoman Habgood was head of the Town Finance Committee at a 2018 Town ...

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April 2021 As Earth Day approaches, many Union County residents and visitors look for ways in which to commemorate the event. Picking up litter, planting trees, and producing educational programs are among the many traditional Earth Day activities supported by the Board of ...

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Sadly, crime victim blaming and shaming is alive and well in Westfield.  Like me, I am sure that you have received dozens of Nixle alerts from the Town advising of yet another stolen car, but quickly adding that it was “unlocked” or that the “key fob was left inside.”  I understand and agree that ...

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CAPITAL & MAINTENANCE PROJECTS REPORT  Business Administrator Dana Sullivan provided a report on capital and maintenance projects for 2021 and 2022, noting that the district creates a five-year capital plan for planning purposes and that the district’s architect and supervisor of buildings ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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The Brindle Administration introduced Westfield’s 2021 municipal budget last week, patting itself on the back for delivering to residents the highest tax increase in seven years, and for using another $3,795,000 of our surplus savings.  That surplus is now projected to fall to only $5.8 million at ...

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To the Editor: On the morning of March 23, I once again received an email from a representative of the Westfield School District outlining that on March 19, the high school found Swastikas etched into a bathroom stall. The letter followed with all the usual concerns and calming niceties ...

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2021-2022 TENTATIVE BUDGET The Board approved the tentative budget for the 2021-2022 school year and authorized Business Administrator/Board Secretary Dana Sullivan to submit the tentative budget to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools for approval in accordance with the statutory ...

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When I heard Amanda Como was running for Town Council, my immediate reaction was: yes! this makes perfect sense! For nearly 10 years, since our kids were in pre-school, I have been lucky to call Amanda my friend. We have taken our daughters to Girls’ Leadership workshops together, she has ...

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March is Women’s History Month, and the Union County Board of Commissioners is proud to celebrate the lives of remarkable women in history and the history makers of today, too. On March 31, we will be honoring women who were instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage, who prevailed with the ...

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It was 1980 and although my husband and I didn’t want to leave the city, we realized that, with his long hours, commuting from New York was impossible. He took a map and drew a circle around New Brunswick where he worked and said, “Let’s find a house within this radius.” Luckily, Westfield was ...

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The Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish swim team capped off its regular season with a sprint meet on Feb. 21.  The meet, a combination of 50s and 100s, was broken out into two sessions with 12/under swimming in the afternoon and 13/over swimming in the evening. Ahead of championship season, many ...

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To The Editor: Police reform isn’t just an inner-city issue. Misconduct by small town police departments is rampant. When police abuse their power, they have the ability to change a person’s life in a matter of minutes. Currently, the WPD is seeking law enforcement accreditation, a ...

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I recently received a call from our friend, Denise Garrett, asking if I would help manage her campaign for Westfield Town Council representing Ward 2. Denise clearly and with conviction explained her purpose for running, her priorities if she were voted into office, and why she believes now is the ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on March 1. Covid-19 and its effect on Westfield, and especially our schools, were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, the downward trend of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Jersey seems to have stalled, and the daily number of new ...

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To the Editor: This is my favorite time to enjoy the outdoors in Westfield. This is the one stretch in which the weather is balmy enough to sit outside and quiet enough to appreciate the birdsong and other sounds of nature. In a few weeks, the gas-powered blowers (I do not call them leaf blowers ...

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Dear Editor: As this pandemic continues into its second year, we are all hyper-focused on the vaccine, especially with the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot. Yet, lack of supply persists and eligible New Jerseyans continue to struggle to get an appointment.  It is almost ...

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To The Editor: As a Westfield resident and parent of 1st and 3rd grade students in the District, I must say that I was shocked to see the obvious and utter incompetence demonstrated by our superintendent and School Board president at the meeting held on Feb. 23, which I understand had nearly 600 ...

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