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Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend

July 2, 2015

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Following is a speech I gave when I was first elected to the Westfield Town Council: It is a real honor and privilege for me to ...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Car Damaged, Bikes Reported Stolen

July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 1:31 a.m. Officers McCarthy and Martinez arrested Zenasia Bowers, age 20, of Elizabeth subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Mountain Avenue and Kimball Avenue on an ...

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Columns

In the Schools

Westfield High School Community Service Club Helps Those in Need

Capping off their year round efforts to serve those in need, the Westfield High School Community Service Club’s activities included serving meals to individuals in need in Lower Manhattan ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Expands Corporate Group with Addition of Chemical Industry General Counsel

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper is pleased to announce the addition of the firm’s newest partner Michelle M. Monte. To read more, click here.

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Lost in Suburbia®

Getting Under My Skin

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow. “That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly. “No, these red spots,” he ...

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JCC NEWS

Camp Yachad is in Full Swing

Summer 2015 is here, and Camp Yachad is in full swing. We had an exciting first day.  Our brand new zero-entry pool is open and our youngest campers had a great time splashing around in ...

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The Floor Plan

Indoor Comfort, Outdoor Living

It's that time of year. The time when we get to expand our living spaces and spend more time outdoors. When you're looking to decorate an outdoor space, you want to have all the comforts of ...

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ViaNutrition

What is the Difference Between Infrared and Traditional Saunas?

I love, love, love the infrared sauna. It is so peaceful and makes you feel shut off for a half an hour. The benefits of that alone are brilliant. The benefits are far-reaching for your well-being ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Tips for Backyard Entertaining

Summer is in full swing. Is your home ready for entertaining? It’s time to enjoy your home, inside and out. Here are some of our favorite hacks for backyard fun this summer. To chill ...

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Monday with Millicent

The Belmont Tavern & Restaurant

I can’t remember the last time I was at The Belmont Tavern, but it had to be years ago. On a recent Friday evening, we arrived about 7 p.m., to enjoy dinner. Feeling rather smug that we ...

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Personal Fitness: In the Studio

What is Personal Training? First in a 4-Part Series

After the brutal winter we had this year - which was almost immediately followed by mid-summer-esque temperatures - we weren't left with much spring time to gradually shed off our heavy winter ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y's Summer Enrichment Class Makes Camouflage Hats for Wild Animal Day

The Westfield Area Y’s Summer Enrichment Class at the Robert & Virginia Bauer Branch located at 422 East Broad Street in Westfield recently made a special project for Wild Animal Day. The ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Take Advantage of the Greek Tragedy

Concerns of a Greece banking failure and an exit from the European Union have dominated the news headlines once again, and have helped take the global financial markets on a roller coaster ride.

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The Academic Coach

The Summer Plan

The 2014-2015 Academic year is done! Now families can take a deep breath, celebrate successes, and enjoy some free time. But there is one last thing to do and we can help. Chyten Millburn ...

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Intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite Place is Too Dangerous

By JOHN FARRELLY

February 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Editor's note: The following petition, signed by 24 Westfield residents, was given to Mayor Andy Skibitsky, members of the town council, Police Chief David Wayman and members of the press at the town council's conference meeting Feb. 28.

Dear Mayor Skibitsky , Councilmembers Arena and Della Fera and Chief Wayman,

The intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite Place can now be regarded as one of the most dangerous crossings in the town of Westfield. We, the citizens of Westfield, plea to you that immediate action be taken to protect the safety of the residents of Westfield and enforce the existing laws of this town.

This intersection is approximately one block north of a Trader Joe’s, a busy municipal parking lot, and the busy Downtown Westfield area. It is also one block east of Roosevelt Intermediate School and three blocks south of Franklin Elementary School. It is a very busy pedestrian intersection, both for residents of the area as well as for the school children of Roosevelt (and, to a lesser extent, the children of Franklin).

Unfortunately, each day, hundreds of vehicles ignore the clearly marked stop signs while driving down Cowperthwaite, and each day hundreds of vehicles drive up and down on Prospect at speeds in excess of the speed limit. The current situation is incredibly dangerous, and has already resulted in the tragic but preventable traffic fatality of Donna Rothstein on Sunday, Feb 2nd.

Previous pleas for enforcement of existing traffic laws have fallen on deaf ears. Dozens of calls have been made regarding this intersection to the Westfield Police Department by multiple residents in the pervious months. In addition, a request for selective enforcement of this intersection has been made. However, as of this date, no enforcement action has been taken by the Westfield Police Department. In response to our concerns, we repeatly hear the refrain that the Department does not have the resources to enforce existing traffic laws in our town.

The citizens of Westifled respectfully request the following:

  • That the Westfield Police Department enforce existing traffic laws, especially at the intersections of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite Place, or be given the resources needed to do so.
  • That the Town of Westfield construct “vertical deflection traffic calming devices” such as speed bumps. These are common in other parts of town and ensure that drivers do not exceed the speed limit.
  • That the Town of Westfield construct curb extensions (the current curb side is rounded) or raised crosswalks, in order to protect the pedestrians trying to cross at this intersection.
  • That the Town of Westfield converts the intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite Place into an All-way stop intersection.
  • That the Town of Westfield install adequate street lighting that illuminates all four corners of the intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite, rather than the current lighting that only illuminates one corner.
  • That the Town of Westfield and the Westfield Police Department assign a crossing guard to this intersection during the appropriate times in the school day and during busy shopping hours on the weekend.

Unless one or more of these actions are taken, this intersection will remain dangerous for the residents of Westfield and the students of Roosevelt Intermediate School.  We, the signers below, plea that action be taken to make our streets and our community safer.

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