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Letters to the Editor

Increasing VA Accountability & Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans This Memorial Day

May 22, 2015

Dear Friend, Memorial Day is a time when Americans pay tribute, honor and remember those who have served our country bravely and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy. ...

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Today's Events

  • NJ Greek Fest

    This year enjoy NJ Greek Fest activities include cooking ...

Police Blotter

$100 in Cigarettes Reported Stolen from Westfield 7-Eleven

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. An employee of 7-Eleven located at 1200 West South Ave. reported being the victim of a shoplifting. Victim reports that a white male between 40-50 years old entered the ...

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Columns

BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

BrawlHouse Announces Women's Only Self-Defense Classes

Did you know that 1/5 female college students will become a victim of rape or sexual assault? More evidence rape a significant problem on U.S. college campuses. Women’s Only ...

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Lindabury Legal Corner

Lindabury Participates In Red Nose Day 2015

On Thursday May 21, 2015 the attorneys and staff of Lindabury McCormick participated in Red Nose Day and raised money to provide assistance to children and young people in the United States living ...

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The Seventh District Congressional Report

The Seventh District Congressional Report

Congressman Lance is joined by Congressman Donald Payne Jr. to discuss business before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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Point View WealthPoints

Soaring Dollar and Your Portfolio: What You Need to Know

Over the last year the Dollar has appreciated nearly 22% versus the world’s currencies.  With forecasts for continuing Dollar strength, what’s the next move for ...

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ViaNutrition

Mindful Eating Tips to Help with Health and Weight Loss

Everyone just wants to feel better, move better, look better and be happy.  Not always in that order but they all rank up there. How we get there is different for everyone. Coming off of a ...

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Westfield Area Y

New Local Mental Health Coaltion Launched

Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur to all of us at various times.  Yet, there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health.  In recognition of Mental Health ...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Senior Jorge Ledesma Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Jorge Ledesma, a senior at Westfield High School, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Ledesma is one of 141 outstanding ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces The Community Street map

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again produce its Community Street Map, which includes all of our five towns--Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. ...

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Monday with Millicent

Time to Eat at Fiamma Quimby Street, Westfield

The first Fiamma Restaurant opened about five months ago on the corner of Main and Essex Street in Millburn. Owned by brothers Tony Fetajak, Charlie, and Sam Magjuni, and their friend Sam Bek, ...

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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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