More than 1,000 Participate in Westfield’s Women’s March

January 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Between 1,500 and 2,000 people — including women, men and children — participated in the Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield Saturday, according to organizers. The event was one of many women’s marches around the country.

“It was beyond all of our expectations,” Lee Schaefer, one of the organizers, said.

The marchers began ...

Westfield Town Council Discusses Changes to Street Fairs

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown.

The annual fairs typically bring tens of thousands of people to Downtown Westfield.

Brindle Outlines Priorities as Westfield’s Mayor, Promises Live-Streamed Town Council Meetings

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about four priorities that she has as Westfield’s new mayor Tuesday at the town council’s conference meeting and again at the council’s regular meeting later in the evening. 

Brindle said that her priorities are improving communication with residents, enhancing services, driving efficiencies and creating opportunities for ...

Westfield’s Revaluation Inspections Begin; Know Who’s Knocking on Your Door

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents can expect inspectors from Realty Appraisal Company to begin knocking on doors soon to inspect the interiors and exteriors of their homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation.

“Commercial inspections started about two weeks ago,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during its conference meeting Tuesday.

Westfield Memorial Pool Memberships Will Cost More This Summer

WESTFIELD, NJ — Membership to Westfield Memorial Pool will cost $20 more per family this year, for both residents and non-residents, after the town council passed a resolution approving the rate increase at Tuesday night’s meeting. Individual rates will increase by $5. Senior citizen rates were not increased.

“The pool rates have not been increased since 2011,” Town ...

2nd Annual Women’s March in Westfield Planned for Jan. 20

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Second Annual Women’s March in Westfield is planned for Jan. 20, organizers have announced.

“Our chief purpose in having the march in town again this year is to inspire and empower our children, to teach them to have a voice and to use it to inspire change,” said Jessica Golden Cortes, who is organizing the event with Lee McDermott Schaefer. Both are ...

Westfield Planning Board Swears in New Members, Reviews Kehler Field Proposal & More at Meeting

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Planning Board appointed and swore in new members, reviewed proposed changes to Kehler Field and annulled an application for three apartment units at 414 Central Avenue during an eventful meeting on Wednesday night.

The board appointed Robert Newell as chairman, Francis “Frank” Smith as vice chairman and Town Engineer Kris McAloon as secretary.

Appointments Made, New Members Welcomed at Westfield's First Town Council Meeting of 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Appointments to Westfield’s boards and commissions were made and announced Tuesday night during the town council’s first meeting of the year. Jim Gildea was re-appointed town administrator, Kris McAloon town engineer and Scott Olsen tax collector.

And, for the first time, TAPinto Westfield was named the town’s electronic news source.

In the two ...

Westfield’s New Mayor, Council Members Sworn In

WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite temperatures in the teens, a crowd of people filled the lawn of the Westfield municipal building New Year’s Day to attend the swearing-in of Mayor Shelley Brindle and Council Members Dawn Mackey, David Contract, Linda Habgood and Michael Dardia.

“When I need inspiration, I’ll remember how many of you braved these frigid temperatures to ...

Town of Westfield Says Residents Can Pre-Pay 2018 Property Taxes Before Dec. 30

WESTFIELD, NJ — In response to queries, the town of Westfield has announced on its website that it is accepting pre-payments of 2018 property taxes.

An announcement reads:

As a result of the recently enacted federal tax legislation set to take effect for the 2018 tax year, many residents have inquired about pre-paying their 2018 property taxes.

The Westfield Tax Collector’s ...

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Union County Establishes the First County LGBTQ Office in New Jersey

January 16, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the launch of the new Office of LGBTQ Services. Established as part of Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados' 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiatives, the new LGBTQ office is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

Operating under the new Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the ...