Westfield Town Council Approves New Rules for Short-Term Home Rentals

June 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved an ordinance that puts regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. It is the first time the town has regulated such rentals.

Among the rules included in the ordinance:

Anyone who rents out more than five homes must register with the town.
The person offering ...

Video: ‘Westfield 6’ Arrested at ‘Clean Dream Act’ Protest Hold Press Conference

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office continue to wait for their day in court. A trial that was expected to take place Tuesday was put off until a future date at the prosecutor’s request.

Rev. Ann Ralosky ...

Westfield Gets $10K Recycling Enhancement Grant from Union County

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Monday that Westfield is getting a $10,000 Recycling Enhancement Grant. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

According to the town of Westfield's website, the grant ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Westfield Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Town of Westfield Offers 10 Alternatives to Junk Day

WESTFIELD, NJ — With Westfield’s 2018 bulky waste program postponed (and possibly canceled), the town is offering 10 suggested alternative ways to get rid of your junk this June:

1. Bring a carload of bulk waste or mattresses to the Westfield Conservation Center: For a one-time fee of $30, you can dispose of one carload of bulk waste. Or, for the first time, you can dispose of ...

Westfield Gets New Recycling Rules

WESTFIELD, NJ — Plastic bags and shredded paper can no longer be recycled with residential curbside pickup, Town Administrator Jim Gildea announced during Tuesday night's town council meeting.

The town found out just before the changes went into effect this week, Councilman David Contract said.

“The recycling markets are changing every ...

Westfield Town Council Introduces Revised Ordinance to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council introduced a revised version of an ordinance that would put regulations on short-term home rentals (such as those done through Airbnb) during its meeting Tuesday night. The ordinance, which was first discussed publicly by the council in March, was changed slightly based on input from the planning board.

“Right now there’s ...

Westfield Planning Board Denies Subdivision Over Safety Concerns

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board unanimously denied an application to subdivide 226 Lynn Lane at Monday night’s meeting.

If approved, the lot, which currently houses one single-family home, would have been subdivided into two lots with a new single-family home facing a curve on Springfield Avenue.

“We can reasonably build a house here that is not unusual and ...

Westfield Town Council Passes Resolution Supporting Kevin and Avonte’s Law for People at Risk of Wandering

WESTFELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council unanimously and enthusiastically approved a resolution supporting Kevin and Avonte’s law and expressing interest in the Missing Americans Alert Program during its meeting last week.

The idea to create the resolution was brought to the council by resident Lisa Bertone.

Kevin and Avonte’s law, a federal law passed this year, was ...

Gumbert Park Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

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Westfield Historic Preservation Commission Presents Devlin Awards

June 18, 2018

The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) presented its Harry Devlin Awards for outstanding efforts in restoring, expanding or updating older properties to 12 property owners at a reception in the Community Room of town hall on Thursday, June 14.  A special award was given to Helaine Donnelly and Pat Velderman in recognition of their work to establish the Kimball Avenue ...

Mayor Brindle’s Update, June 19

June 20, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Good evening everyone! It’s been another busy two weeks with lots of great stuff happening. These past two weeks were particularly fun because I spent lots of time with lots of kids:

-I met with Franklin third graders in Mindowaskin Park as part of their day-long ...