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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

Police Blotter

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

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

Garwood Family Center Y to Host Family Fun Kid Zone at the Garwood Rocks Street Fair

The Westfield Area Y’s Garwood Family Center Y located at 500 East Street in Garwood is pleased to host “KidZone” at the Garwood Rocks Street Fair on Sunday, June 7th from 10:00 ...

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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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Weltman Home Services

SAVINGS FROM WELTMAN HOME SERVICES

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Call Weltman Home Services at 888 935 8626    

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Monday with Millicent

David’s Country Inn

At some special time in your life, you may be called upon to arrange a special affair for a family member, dear friend, or just because. Such was the case when we received an invitation to ...

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Olympics: Men's Figure Skating Favorite Fernandez Has NJ Support

By TIM LECRAS

February 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ – When competitive figure skating coach Mickel Garcia came to the United States in 2008, he brought more than just a career of successful coaching years with him. With Garcia, came Javier Fernandez, an amateur skater with dreams of becoming a world champion.

Since coming to America as a 17-year old, Fernandez has reached all of his goals and then some. When he takes the ice on February 13 in Sochi, not only is the Spanish skater a medal contender, many experts believe he will compete for the Gold medal.

“I have never seen such a talent,” Garcia, Fernandez’s former coach and current skating director for Essex County’s Codey Arena, said. “I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. I’ve never seen such a talent, not only in the technical [aspect], but also in competing. He has the right mind. He sees this as a challenge. If he is prepared, he has a 90 percent chance of making a good program.”

Fernandez began is athletic career as a young, multi-sport athlete in Madrid, Spain. As a young boy, Fernandez took to the ice as a skater and hockey player, all while taking up tennis and soccer. It wasn’t until he was in his teenage years that he gave up everything to be a figure skater.

However, convincing him to stick with skating was as difficult as winning an Olympic medal.

“Skating is a way of life,” Garcia said. “He was thinking about quitting. I was coming to the US because I was going to work with one of the big coaches and he said to bring Javier. I talked to his parents, told them to talk to his coaches and make it in a professional way. He decided he wanted to come.”

With his coach’s convincing, Fernandez and his parents agreed to allow Javier to make the jump from amateur skater to professional. When Garcia got a job as a coach under famed Russian instructor Nikolai Morozov at the Ice House in Hackensack, Garcia brought Fernandez with him, and the rest is history.

Fernandez has blossomed into one of the best skaters to ever come from Spain. When he appeared in the 2010 Vancouver Games, Fernandez became the first Spanish skater to compete in the Olympics since Dario Villalba in 1956.

Additionally, Fernandez became the first Spanish skater to win the European Championship, claiming the Gold Medal in 2013 and 2014.

His path to an Olympic Gold Medal might be difficult, however Garcia and the rest of Team Fernandez and Team Spain believe Fernandez can make history in Sochi.

“Javier has a chance to win the Olympics,” Garcia said. He begins his quest on Thursday.