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Letters to the Editor

May 15, 2022

I have lived in Westfield for almost 30 years and lived in Cranford for almost 10 years prior to that. Westfield is a wonderful community and I feel lucky to have been able to settle and raise my family here. Over that time, I have watched Westfield’s downtown reach its peak in the early 2000s, ...

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To whom it may concern, I beg your indulgence for a moment to offer a thought about the health of our downtown. I have been a resident of Westfield since I graduated college moving here in the autumn of 1991; basically, my whole adult life. I love and have always loved our community. My ...

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I am a Westfield Lifer. I was born here and have been a resident since 1951 I and my family have lived in a residential home on Prospect Street for over 37 years, our family owned and operated a business in Downtown Westfield, The Leader Store for over 65 years. I am very well acquainted with the ...

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Editor's Note: This letter has been revised with the author. The crazy proposal to put a four story, 64-unit apartment building on Ferris Place in Westfield would bring a traffic nightmare to Prospect Street and Clark Street. The Prospect St./Ferris Place intersection is already highly ...

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I grew up in Cranford, but I live in Westfield now. When I was in my early teens, my friends and l couldn’t wait go to Westfield to walk around town and go to the Rialto Movie Theatre. Downtown Westfield was the place to be; cool stores, coffee shops and the Rialto Movie Theater. We all wished ...

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My wife grew up in Westfield and we moved there with our family in 1999. A couple years later I set up my law practice at 114 Elm Street. Our plan is to sell our home and hopefully move into the Sophia when it is completed. I am glad to see the Traffic Study found no issues with the project. I ...

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This year marks 50 years I have been a resident of Westfield. My parents settled in Westfield for many of the same reasons others did, and for the same reasons that I continue to live here. Westfield’s downtown, parks, great schools and the close proximity to all that Westfield has to offer, ...

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Tamaques, Jefferson and McKinley Elementary school parents, are you aware of what is happening to our south side environment? This Mayor and her administration have devised a scheme to bypass the voters of Westfield. When the BOE attempted to build a lighted sports complex, they had to do it ...

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I am writing to voice my concerns, with the hundreds of my fellow residents who have signed a petition, regarding the Prospect/Ferris, 64 unit and 96 car proposed project. We are all extremely troubled by the magnitude in size of this project.  How and why did this development grow to such an ...

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The following are remarks prepared for delivery by former Councilman Jim Boyes to the Westfield Town Council Tuesday, April 26, 2022. I would like to preface my remarks by stating I am a supporter of sensible development in Westfield. In fact, smart development has tremendous potential to spur ...

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I am writing to express my support for Jim Boyes, who made the difficult decision to resign from the Town Council recently. Unfortunately for Jim, his home is very close to the proposed Ferris & Prospect development, as well as the Lord & Taylor site. Since he is “geographically cursed” ...

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The following letter is from Shelley Brindle, Mayor of Westfield; Kathleen Miller Prunty, Mayor of Cranford; Sara Todisco, Mayor of Garwood; Joshua Losardo, Mayor of Scotch Plains; and Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood.  As the mayors of five adjacent Union County municipalities – ...

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This week, the Downtown Westfield Corporation, led by Executive Director Bob Zuckerman, made some very exciting announcements (found at westfieldtoday.com) that include a long list of new downtown business openings, the expansion of existing businesses, and the return of your favorite seasonal ...

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Last week, the Westfield public schools sent notices indicating significant cuts to teaching staff, mostly in the arts, to address a budget shortfall. This is extremely unfortunate for all the students of Westfield as well as the teachers who have lost their jobs and those still employed who will ...

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Earlier this year, Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle slashed the time for individual public comment at Town Council meetings to a mere five minutes.  Last Tuesday night, as evidenced by the video of the meeting making the rounds on social media and posted on TAPinto Westfield, she did not even give ...

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This letter is from the Westfield Coalition for the Arts, Westfield Band Parents Association, Westfield Choral Parents Association and the Westfield Theatre Guild. Dear Westfield Families, It is with tremendous urgency that we share some troubling news about the Visual and Performing Arts ...

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For the past four-plus years, I have been a vocal and active supporter of this administration and usually agree with the efforts and initiatives that have been put forward. However, I feel compelled to speak out about the new development which has been proposed for Prospect Street because it feels ...

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Janet Onishi holds a doctorate in biochemistry. She is a retired basic research scientist with Merck & Co. where she was a key member in drug discovery for antifungal agents, two of which are now FDA approved drugs. She lives in Westfield, NJ. The conceptual plans for developing the fields ...

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Dear Editor: It’s not often we can watch corruption reported on in real time. By corruption, I mean our legislature and related county governments, who, not liking a court ruling on a case enforcing transparency and integrity for the public interests appears to be planning an end-runaround the ...

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On Monday, March 7, New Jersey’s school mask mandate was lifted. That day signaled a hopeful milestone in the pandemic. As a Board of Health, we are cautiously optimistic. We are optimistic because the numbers as of Feb. 28 on the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) for Union County show moderate ...

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Dear Mayor Brindle: After attending the February 22 Town Council meeting and reading some misleading comments in The Westfield Leader, we would like to tell you about our safety concerns. As Westfield residents living in the vicinity of Prospect Street and Ferris Place, we have objections to ...

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Recently adopted NJ Student Learning Standards require climate change to be taught across all content areas, equipping our youth with the knowledge to make wise decisions and find solutions to the climate crisis, regardless of their chosen career path. Students will study the science which links ...

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