Government

May 12, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to limit noise and pollution from two-stroke gas leaf blowers, the local Green Team is looking to the Westfield Board of Health to issue a statement on the harmful impacts of the landscaping equipment. Last week, Westfield Green Team co-chair Lois Kraus told the board of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-person Westfield Cannabis Commission is set to take public feedback both at an upcoming meeting and via email, the town announced Friday. Following the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey municipalities must decide if they want to “permit any class of cannabis ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1. Board members approved a five-year contract with González at Tuesday’s virtual board meeting. Gonzalez will be paid ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education may be changing its policies for assembly speakers after a student-requested Black History Month speech touched a nerve with some parents and at least one board member with his candid political remarks.  Policy Committee Chairman Brendan Galligan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A $100,000 Union County grant will fund the resurfacing of Willow Grove Road, work the town said is anticipated to be completed this summer. The project encompasses the entire length of Willow Grove Road for handicapped accessible ramps, milling and paving, Kim Forde, public ...

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Updated on April 29 WESTFIELD, NJ — Mary McCabe, who will take over as Franklin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, was warmly welcomed to her new post at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting. The board also accepted the retirement of Wilson Elementary School Principal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new ranking out from the website WalletHub puts Westfield last in a nationwide list of 1,337 “Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business,” but not everyone agrees with the website’s analysis. Local business owners on Monday offered varied views on the findings, while ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials hope to expand an annual deer hunt to include a wooded area of Ward 3, something that two years ago proved controversial because of the land’s proximity to homes. Last week, the town council requested that Union County “explore and investigate” launching its deer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation wants to replace “ugly” signs advertising vacant spaces in its special improvement district with ones that officials at a meeting earlier this week said are more tasteful. And while the government entity plans to help local landlords with the cost ...

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Updated on April 22 WESTFIELD, NJ — The town council on Tuesday approved a $46.6 million budget that increases the tax rate by 1.98% while using surplus to make up for pandemic-related losses, such as parking revenues and court fees, officials said. Council members approved the spending plan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —Town residents will have to show identification and won’t be able to stay for more than an hour when the local library reopens for in-person browsing and borrowing next week. Following its prolonged COVID-19 closure — one that was extended when the building’s heating system failed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has approved funds for paving 5.5 miles of roadways — resurfacing that officials said will be supplemented with 12.4 miles of road paving to be conducted by utility companies. The municipality requires utilities to pave the full width of roads when they dig into them for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A commission that serves as a partner to help eradicate hate, prejudice and racism is considering responses to a series of swastikas and also a recent rise in anti-Asian hatred, which community members protested last month. Last week, the Human Relations Advisory Commission ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has negotiated a contract with the police department’s rank-and-file bargaining unit that grants an average of 2.2% annual raises for members of the PBA Local 90 retroactive to 2019 and lasting until 2023. A public hearing on the salary schedule is set for Tuesday, April ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An embankment in Mindowaskin Park known as “daffodil hill” is looking bare after town workers removed a series of trees, but it’s not anticipated to stay that way for long. Last week, Westfield High School junior Clara Christian told the town council that she plans to implement ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A town commissioned report from two years ago recommends safety improvements at an intersection where a driver hit a teenage bicyclist Monday. The 13-year-old girl from Westfield was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit after reporting pain in her arm following the crash at ...

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Updated at 6:33 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular rainbow crosswalk painted in Downtown Westfield last year will soon be repainted so that it can become a permanent fixture on Quimby Street, a councilwoman said. An image posted to a local Facebook group Wednesday morning showed workers removing ...

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Updated at 1:53 p.m. April 8 WESTFIELD, NJ — Landscapers operating within the town will have to register with the public works department and pay a $50 fee. The town council approved the new rule by a unanimous vote Tuesday. Officials said the registration is so the town can inform ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Library patrons who fail to return materials and lapse in payment of late fees could theoretically find themselves stuck with an additional $200 municipal court fine, something that is anticipated to no longer be possible — starting Tuesday night. The town council is set to ...

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The move to register landscapers in Westfield comes amid a push to place limits on gas-powered leaf blowers. WESTFIELD, NJ — Landscapers operating in Westfield may soon have to register and pay a fee if they want to operate legally within the municipality. A public hearing is anticipated ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s police chief on Thursday had praise for New Jersey legislators’ decision to overturn a state law that prohibited police from notifying parents of their children’s first-time marijuana offenses. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro pointed to the “extreme displeasure” ...

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Westfield's worst roads may not be paved first, officials said. WESTFIELD, NJ — After taking a year off from extensive road repaving — the result of the pandemic — this year will mark a paradigm shift in the way the town paves its municipal roadways, officials said. Last week, the town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council introduced its 2021 municipal budget Tuesday. It would increase the municipal tax rate by 1.98% while managing significant revenue declines — drops that were due to the pandemic, officials said. 1. What it means. Based on a projected municipal rate of $0.352 per ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Cranford Zoning Board earned praise from a Westfield councilman Tuesday for its decision to disallow construction of a cell tower on the campus of Union County College. The Cranford Zoning board had on Monday rejected variances that would have allowed Verizon to build a cell ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six weeks after the Westfield Memorial Library’s closure due to a problem with the building’s heat, curbside service is coming back online, the library announced. On Wednesday, March 24, the Westfield Memorial Library will resume curbside services, the announcement Monday ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There are around 100 miles of local roadway in Westfield, and with that much asphalt comes a few potholes. Here’s how to report potholes in Westfield. If the pothole is on a town-maintained road, you can report the pothole to the department of public works using the Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The local government is slated to receive $2.89 million in federal aid under the American Rescue Plan, but those funds won’t be here in time to be included in the 2021 budget, the chair of the town council’s finance committee said. Councilwoman Linda Habgood in a Facebook post ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With extensive outdoor dining anticipated to return to Downtown Westfield next month, local officials said Tuesday they are considering how to address concerns about bicyclists riding on sidewalks in the downtown. Downtown Westfield Corporation Executive Director Bob Zuckerman ...

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A public hearing on the spending plan is set for April 27. WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education introduced a $127 million budget on Tuesday which would raise school property taxes by 1.66% and maintain current programs in the town public school district. What is the timeline? ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 17-person town “Cannabis Commission” is tasked with taking a hard look at how Westfield should handle New Jersey’s recent legalization of marijuana. Mayor Shelley Brindle this week announced the formation of the commission to address legalized weed, including the town’s ...

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