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May 14, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.” Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There’s been a change in leadership at the Westfield Town Clerk’s Office. The town council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Maureen Lawshe, formerly the deputy town clerk, to the position of town clerk at the same meeting during which the mayor and council offered honors to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A developer’s plan to build a 64-unit apartment building on a residential street in downtown Westfield continues to draw criticism from residents and support from the town’s government that on Tuesday defended its role in the redevelopment process. Opponents of the development, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re driving southbound on Prospect Street onto East Broad Street don’t plan on turning left. On Tuesday, the town announced that left turns are prohibited at the intersection “addressing a long-time problem area for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.” Signs seen at the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council has adopted a $52.04 million budget that increases the municipal tax rate by 1.98%. The budget approved Tuesday, April 26, hikes the tax levy by 3.04% to $30.24 million. This amount does not include the $2.84 million library tax. The budget cites allowable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A space that once housed a clothing retailer on Elm Street is anticipated to serve as a center for a developer to present its plans for the former Lord & Taylor and train station parking lot properties. The planning board on Monday approved an amendment to the Downtown ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A controversial plan to build turf fields at Edison Intermediate School is anticipated to undergo review by an engineering firm hired by the town. Last week, the town council awarded a $14,000 contract to CME Associates, of Parlin, to assess the plans. “This is the next phase ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Planning Board on Monday approved an amended application for a 10-unit residential building at 440 North Ave. East. Amendments to the application, which the board authorized in May 2021, include variances for the building’s lot coverage and setbacks. The building is ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Former Westfield Councilman Jim Boyes joined a chorus of town residents at Tuesday’s council meeting in opposing plans for a 64-unit apartment building on the corner of Prospect Street and Ferris Place. The councilman represented Ward 1, where the development would be located, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has a new fire chief following the retirement last week of Chief Anthony Tiller. Chief Michael Duelks took the oath of office at Tuesday’s town council session. Duelks is the 12th chief to serve the town, said acting Mayor Mark Parmelee. “He’s been part of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council on Tuesday appointed Mountain Avenue resident Emily Root to the term left vacant by former Ward 1 Councilman Jim Boyes, who resigned this month citing conflicts over his home’s proximity to two major redevelopment project sites. Root is a small business owner who ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Details shared by a Westfield Councilman Tuesday show plans to convert the Lord & Taylor building on North Avenue into office and retail space while adding residential buildings to each side of the structure. In a Facebook post, Councilman Mark LoGrippo said the plans are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 50-meter 165-foot by 75-foot main pool, an eight-lane competitive lap pool, along with a diving pool and two large water slides are among the offerings at the Westfield Memorial Pool and Aquatic Complex. If you want to partake in the town’s aquatic offerings, it’s time to sign ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Visitors to Downtown Westfield will be able to linger longer in certain parking spaces starting May 2. While the town will still offer more 15-minute parking spaces than it did before the pandemic, Downtown Westfield Executive Director Bob Zuckerman said Tuesday that most of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The electric company, which is upgrading its infrastructure in town, has begun replacing old poles on South Avenue between Elizabeth Avenue and Central Avenue, resulting in detours. PSE&G is working with the police department to minimize any traffic concerns or inconveniences ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The email came rolling into the managing editor’s inbox Sunday morning screaming with an all-caps subject line. “POTHOLES,” the reader wrote with the abruptness of a pothole swallowing a tire. “There are numerous potholes exiting the traffic circle on the South Ave lane,” the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — PSE&G filed a state court lawsuit Friday claiming a local law the town council approved in February unreasonably prevents the electric company from carrying out planned upgrades to its network, including the installation of higher voltage electrical lines on taller poles. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council is considering traffic improvements to the lower part of Prospect Street as a larger traffic study related to the proposed redevelopment at the corner of Ferris Place and Prospect Street continues. A local law proposing the following traffic flow changes was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The electric company is upgrading its infrastructure along 15 streets in the town, PSE&G announced. The upgrades include the rerouting of existing circuits along with the installation of new power poles and electric wires along an existing pole line, the utility said in a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public Schools earlier this week sent “reduction in force” notices to staff members district wide, prompting community objections and calls to action from parents and students. While the school district’s administration declined to say how many staff members are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Just in time for spring and summer outdoor dining, a new local law approved at Tuesday’s town council meeting will permit diners in town to enjoy their wine, beer or mixed drink outside.  Under a measure the council unanimously approved at the meeting, drinking alcoholic ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Citing an inability to vote on two major redevelopment projects because his home sits between them, Ward 1 Councilman James Boyes is resigning from the Westfield Town Council. Boyes attempted to speak as Mayor Shelley Brindle asked for a motion to adjourn Tuesday’s council ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 40-unit building with three floors of housing on top of 80 parking spaces is slated for a 1.62-acre site on North Avenue following the Westfield Planning Board’s approval Monday. The board approved the application for 34 market rate units and six affordable units at 526 North ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A developer is seeking Planning Board approval to build 40 housing units at a 1.62 acre site on North Avenue in what is one of two applications for construction along the corridor to be considered next week. Adoni Property Group LLC has proposed three floors of housing over ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council awarded a contract at the Tuesday, March 22, meeting to Maize Cocktails and Cocina, a Mexican restaurant and bar that will lease and restore the north side of the Westfield train station, fulfilling the mayor’s intent to make the area an enhanced public ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a law that would allow people to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors from “open containers” in some downtown locations. Along with the executive committee of Downtown Westfield Corporation, town council members feel the measure will help the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new playground is slated for a .5-acre park in Westfield’s Third Ward. The playground is coming to Windsor Park, the site of the annual Unity Day. The town council last month awarded a contract for the installation of the playground to Ben Shaffer Recreation Inc., of Lake ...

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The owner of a home assessed at the town’s average value of $806,800 would pay $2,896.41 in town taxes in 2022.  WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a budget that would increase the municipal tax rate by 1.98%. Town Administrator Jim Gildea told residents at the town council ...

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