Government

September 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The uniqueness of the town’s local shops was on display Tuesday as federal officials sought to highlight the benefits of government-backed loans for small business owners. Nabig Sakr and Carmen Cascao, owners N&C Jewelers, have worked in Westfield for 40 years, the past four ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – After concern over the program’s finances, residents will be able to rid their homes of bulk waste this month through the town's annual program. The municipality announced on Facebook Monday that it has met the minimum number of registrants needed to run the residential bulk ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Drivers may want to leave additional time to get to their destinations as a series of road improvements are anticipated. Beginning Friday, North Avenue, from East Broad Street in Westfield to Terrill Road in Scotch Plains, will be closed 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for road repaving, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Some residents’ frosty response to plans for an ice rink to be placed in an 8.3-acre municipal park on the Garwood border for a trial time isn’t stopping officials from moving ahead with the design. Gathered in the rain at Gumbert Park, where the rink is to be built, about ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has issued an update on roadwork projects: The milling of Elm Street, between East Dudley Avenue and Sinclair Place, began Saturday, with the installation of final paving surface to occur on Monday, Sept. 10. The installation of ADA ramps will continue in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Councilwoman Linda Habgood gave an update on the town’s finances during Tuesday night’s town council meeting. “Typically at the end of June, which is six months into our budget year, we would take a look at how we’re doing against our budget and the good news is that everything’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the Sept. 14 deadline to sign up for the town of Westfield’s curbside bulky waste pickup (also known as “junk day”) approaching, fewer than 200 people have signed up, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday’s town council meeting. “We were hoping to get to 400 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Recently, Westfield's town council awarded construction contracts for the installation of three fully handicap-accessible family restrooms at the recreational fields within the Westfield Memorial Park Complex. While no start date has been announced for the installation of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In a press release Wednesday, Mayor Shelley Brindle provided an update to Westfield residents about her efforts as co-chair of the Mayors Coalition of the Raritan Valley Rail Line, in what the town said was response to the ongoing deterioration of service offered to commuters.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Neil Rubenstein of Realty Appraisal Company gave the town council an update on the revaluation process at its recent conference meeting. The company began knocking on doors to inspect the interiors and exteriors of Westfield homes for a county-ordered town-wide revaluation in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Tuesday that 63 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2018 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, including five from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield's town council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that would allow microbreweries and craft distilleries in Westfield’s central business district during Tuesday night’s town council meeting. The ordinance, no. 2111, requires that the microbrewery or distillery ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council officially approved the appointment of Westfield Police Captain Chris Battiloro to the role of acting police chief at its meeting Tuesday night. Related story: Westfield’s Mayor Speaks About Issues at Police Department David Wayman, who held the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting: “In the midst of numerous media reports concerning the Westfield Police Department, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide an update and some ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield has received a 2018 Library Grant of $3,750 for its public library, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming. The 2018 Library Grants ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board approved an application for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night. “Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, will contain 30 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield announced Monday that this year's residential curbside bulky waste collection will take place as follows: Ward 1: Week of Sept. 24 Ward 2: Week of Oct. 1 Ward 3: Week of Oct. 8 Ward 4: Week of Oct. 15 Registration must be received by Sept. 14 to ...

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WESTFIELD — Westfield is one of four New Jersey towns that made a Verizon Fios blog’s recent list of “Smart Cities.” The towns were identified by tech blog The Bookmark, a source for tech content and news managed by the company. “Westfield made the Smart Cities list only because of its use of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza threw a lunch party Friday afternoon for the Westfield Department of Public Works at the DPW building on North Avenue. Guests of honor numbered close to 40 DPW employees. And while Friday afternoon was a pleasant, balmy sunny day in town, Outta Hand Pizza ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Saturday, July 14, the playground area at Mindowaskin Park will be closed so that work can begin on dismantling and removing the current equipment to make way for all-new, handicap-accessible equipment, the town announced Friday. Donations and grants totaling $560,000 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield is asking Union County for permission to change the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection of South Avenue and Central Avenue. The changes were recommended by the town’s traffic consultant, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday’s town council ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Monday's Westfield Planning Board meeting was the first for new member Mike Ash, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy left by Tom Walsh. At that meeting, Planning Board Chair Robert Newell also announced was it was the last meeting for Vice Chair Frank Smith, who he said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The main fountain in Mindowaskin Pond has a new feature  — colorful changing lights. “This was part of last year's dredging process of the pond, at which time we were able to install a fountain with LED light capabilities,” said Westfield Public Information Officer Kim ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board heard a proposal for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night.  “Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, would contain 30 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council is considering eliminating the $10 yearly fee for decals that allow residents to park on the street in front of their homes where parking is restricted. The decals are intended to deter commuters from parking on those streets, Councilman Mike Dardia, who ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — All of the trees that were removed in Downtown Westfield last month have been replaced, Town Administrator Jim Gildea announced during last week’s town council meeting. The trees that were removed were causing problems to the infrastructure and were being replaced with more ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield in is planning to hold an event for its members June 30 that will include fireworks. At its June 19 meeting, the town council approved the use of fireworks at the event, which will celebrate Independence Day, but it put off making a decision ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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