Government

February 14, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — The public will be able to buy alcohol before noon on Sundays here if a proposed regulation change is approved. The Town Council this week introduced revisions to its liquor sales laws, which would allow the sale of alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays. The ordinance update, if ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It was not a popular argument to make, but they made it anyway as the Town Council earlier this week approved a zone change officials said would mitigate future subdivisions in the area of New England Drive, a quiet street with expansive lots. New England Drive resident Louis ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For the first time in its history, the town’s police department has two chaplains. Rabbi Douglas Sagal and Deacon Keith Gibbons took the oath of office at Town Hall on Tuesday, along with Frank Padovano, formerly a Westfield police lieutenant, who was sworn in as captain before ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – What residents want the most from their town – including how to manage its growth and what to do about parking – are questions local officials are looking to answer as part of a state-mandated reexamination of its guide for development. The town announced Monday opportunities for ...

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Updated at 10:15 a.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — All telephone service at the Westfield Municipal Building, including the Police Department, has been restored as of 10:15 a.m. after it was down part of Wednesday morning, police announced through the emergency notification and and advisory service ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — One person’s old record player is another’s person’s afternoon repair project. Leveraging the popularity of “junk day,” a fee-based collection of bulk waste, the Westfield Green Team is leading a “Free Swap” event this spring at which residents will be given the opportunity to ...

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Updated at 2:24 p.m. Feb. 3 WESTFIELD, NJ — A formal introduction of the spending plan is not anticipated for at least two months, but the local government already knows it has some extra cash on hand — to the tune of $14.51 million. Municipal officials discussed the surplus at a budget ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With a town resident serving on the Union County Freeholders for the first time in 15 years, municipal officials are hoping to leverage more from that board, but how that should be done depends on which member of the municipal government you ask. Democratic Mayor Shelley Brindle ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Lighting up at street fairs, festivals and other town-sponsored public events is now a no-no. The Town Council on Tuesday extended its smoking ban existing for municipal parks and sidewalk-dining areas to include a prohibition from smoking at the town-approved events and also on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A masked man robbed the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 25, raising concern in the suburban Union County town. Here is what we know now about the robbery, the arrest in connection with that robbery and some of the ways in which the public learned about ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Police are promising increased patrols at Westfield establishments that operate round-the-clock following an early morning robbery at the 7-Eleven on Central Avenue last week. Chief Chris Battiloro of the Westfield Police Department announced the increased patrols at Tuesday’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The town has announced the schedule of meetings for the Historic Preservation Commission to be held through February of next year. The meetings will be held at the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad St., at 7: 30 p.m., on the following dates: March 25, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A local Boy Scout looking to spruce up a bird sanctuary just off of Dunham Avenue has gotten the municipal government’s sanction to do so. Kevin Stokes obtained the Town Council’s approval Jan. 15 to install 10 birdhouses in the preserve bordered by Summit Avenue, Clifton Street ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A former councilman is taking a shot at improving gun safety measures, and he is aiming high. To do so he is first starting with his Town Council. Tony LaPorta has asked the council to support gun safety measures that include a nationwide ban on the sale of assault firearms.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Each of New Jersey’s 9 million residents would have to fork over $16,722 to pay off the state’s retiree health benefits and pension liabilities, a recent state report found. The looming fiscal crisis this debt presents has prompted state legislators to consider merging school ...

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The anticipated change for the area follows significant public opposition over a proposed subdivision in the neighborhood. WESTFIELD, NJ — A proposed rezoning of the area encompassing New England Drive would allow only for the larger lot sizes already existing there, officials said. The new ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ -- Citing its centralized location, easy access to highways and proximity to the Somerville train station, New Jersey Rep.Tom Malinowski (D-7th) has opened a temporary district office in Somerville at 58 E. Main St. to handle constituent needs. The flagship District Office will be ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A dramatic crash in the 2nd Ward last month has caused the town to consider changing parking regulations on South Euclid Avenue, officials said. Following the Dec. 12 crash, an engineer for Westfield recommended parking be prohibited on the northwest side of South Euclid Avenue ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A major adjustment of property values that hasn’t happened here in just over three decades is well underway, but officials say the municipality won’t be collecting more taxes as a result of the revaluation. Town Administrator Jim Gildea said that by Wednesday 8,000 letters will ...

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Updated at 8:24 p.m. Jan. 28 WESTFIELD, NJ – Smokers lighting up at a street fair or town festival here could face fines, even those who do so with an e-cigarette. The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a regulation to ban smoking at public events such as jazz nights, the AddamsFest beer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the town of Westfield’s first full readjustment of assessed home values for Westfield in since 1981 nearing completion, the first round of letters with new property valuations will be mailed to most residents later this week by the town’s certified vendor, Realty Appraisal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – For the first time 15 years a Westfield resident is governing on the Union County Freeholder Board. Kim Palmieri-Mouded took the oath of office Sunday, following her successful November election to the freeholders. Palmieri-Mouded joins the all-Democratic board, the majority of ...

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Official Promises Journalists Will Retain Access WESTFIELD, NJ – Bucking a statewide trend, the mayor has withdrawn TAPinto Westfield's official designation as an electronic news source to be noticed under the state’s Open Public Meetings Act but said the change will not impact its journalists’ ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As a child, he wanted to be a firefighter, just like his father. But on his father’s advice, Christopher Battiloro steered away from the fire service. Instead, he became a police officer, and 22 years after doing so is the department’s top law enforcement official. “As I ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With the New Year has come new regulations for recycling in the town. The key message is that the town will only recycle plastics labeled #1 and #2, and no longer takes plastics labeled #3 - #7, Councilman David Contract said. The modification is a result of changes in the market ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local and county officials celebrated the opening of a newly renovated playground at Mindowaskin Park Saturday. The playground includes Victorian-inspired design elements to honor the park’s origins, according to the town. In addition to a variety of imaginative play stations ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A special playground has reopened, the town announced Tuesday. Fencing around the Mindowaskin Park playground came down Monday evening and the long-awaited play spot was ready the next morning, officials said. The playground had been closed since July for the extensive ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council is anticipated to hold its annual reorganization meeting Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The schedule for Town Council conference and regular sessions for 2019 is as follows, the municipality announced: Jan. 15 and 29 Feb. 12 and 26 March ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —The town may join a chorus of municipalities banning the sale of recreational marijuana, something that comes in advance of the state Legislature’s expected passage of legislation that would legalize recreational pot. The state Legislature is anticipated to vote on the ...

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The town can levy a $100 fine on anyone who drops animal feces in the wrong spot and does not clean it up. WESTFIELD, NJ — Pick up your pooch’s poop. Such is the message that resident Debbie Lynn has for anyone who drops canine feces on the ground in Gumbert Park, which is near to her ...

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