Government

November 14, 2018

Updated: 2:42 p.m. Nov. 14 WESTFIELD, NJ – A slate of summer construction projects the school district is seeking early bids for will include significant security upgrades, school officials said. The projects detailed for the school board on Tuesday include doorway security upgrades, ...

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Updated: 5:53 p.m. Nov. 11 WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months. Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Voters picked candidates at the polls, but the final outcome of the race hangs in the balance. An ice rink that raised some hackles is turning out to be wildly popular. A plan to hire a planner to develop concept designs for Westfield parks has some concerned. In other news, ...

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Homeowners will receive letters notifying them their new assessments in January and February, according to Realty Appraisal Company. WESTFIELD, NJ — The average home is assessed at $180,913, the sixth highest of Union County’s 21 towns, state data shows. That is about to change as the town ...

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Updated: 6:54 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has hired a consultant to develop a plan for its local parks, a move that came with controversy as it will mean modifications to and delayed implementation of existing designs for a 106-acre park on Lamberts Mill Road. On Tuesday, the Town Council ...

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The Westfield Rescue Squad plans to equip its ambulances with the opioid antidote naloxone. WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking to focus efforts on better fighting the opioid epidemic, local health officials are seeking statistics to help evaluate the extent to which opioid abuses are impacting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Should a developer be allowed to build two homes on a property where one exists? Although the Planning Board made no decision Monday, it considered an application with this aim as a developer proposed subdividing a property of just over half-an-acre at 885 New England Drive, and ...

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Updated: 10:05 a.m. Oct. 6 WESTFIELD, NJ – Residents will pick three candidates from among the six running for school board, vote in the hotly contested Seventh Congressional District race and choose new county government representatives on Tuesday. Incumbent Board of Education candidates ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Daylight Saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday and with it so will the safety that an extra hour of daylight brings drivers during deer mating season. The combination of deer mating season and the end of Daylight Saving time will present a dangerous combination for the animals and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield will get $55,000 in Union County grant money toward handicap-accessible unisex restrooms at Memorial Field Complex and $12,500 to help plant 50 trees, the county has announced. The grants come from the Kids Recreation Trust Fund and Greening Union County grant ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – School board candidates faced off in a forum, a festival celebrating Charles Addams kicked off, a clothing store dressed up the downtown and more happened this week. Here are the stories: Westfield’s Lord & Taylor Makes The Cut, As Other Stores Axed Police: Head-on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A microbrewery with rooftop seating may soon be allowed in the downtown, under proposed local laws. Regulations introduced by the Town Council Tuesday will allow for the commercial rooftops to be used for dining in the downtown’s central business district. The new law, which ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A temporary ice hockey rink being erected in a town park amid neighborhood concern is nearing completion. About a dozen players from Westfield High School’s hockey team, along with family and friends, helped in building the anticipated ice rink at Gumbert Park on Saturday. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Catch up on this week's local news with this quick video, and find the stories linked below. Westfield Mayor Reacts to Outcry Over Poor Communication Of Home Burglary Spree Hit-And-Run Reported Near Holy Trinity School in Westfield: Police Batch Of Westfield Beer Garden ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Municipal officials announced the following roadway schedule of roadway improvement Friday, on Facebook: Carleton Road, Grove Street, Sycamore: The installation of handicapped accessible ramps will continue on these streets, including the replacement of manhole and drainage inlet ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Visitors to the downtown have 98 free parking spaces accessible to them, at least for now. The long-awaited reconstruction of a Parking Lot 7, at the intersection of Central and Lenox avenues, is nearly complete and the lot is open, the municipality announced Wednesday. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Catch up on the hottest stories from this past week. New Voting Machines To Debut At Demo Monday in Westfield After Break-ins, Westfield Warns: Burglars May Be Smarter Than You Think ‘Wicked Windows’ Come Westfield’s Way as Town Preps for AddamsFest Will Westfield’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After a weekend burglary spree in the 1st Ward, which the public was not notified of until residents objected at a Town Council meeting, the municipality is launching a new emergency notification option, the mayor announced on Facebook Saturday morning. The option, which allows ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Built in 1872 in the Italianate Victorian-style, The Reeve House has been designated a national historic landmark but has no local historic designation, something that is about to change. Looking to take advantage of a proposed state tax incentive program, municipal officials are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Officials defended the school district’s response to the second swastika found at an elementary school within two years as parents argued on Tuesday that the district’s response was not enough. At the school board meeting, residents asked why the district was not more transparent ...

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Parking Lot 7 work slated for completion by week's end WESTFIELD, NJ – Are you frustrated by the downtown’s parking situation? By the end of this week, it could improve. Town officials anticipate that by Sunday, the reconstruction and addition of 19 spaces to Lot 7 at the intersection of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up: Kehler Stadium Track Redo To Get Fast Tracked, District says Details Emerge About Swastika Incident At Elementary School In Westfield Swastika Found Etched In Bathroom of Westfield’s ...

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State suspends new laws governing microbreweries WESTFIELD, NJ – The suspension of more stringent state regulations for microbreweries received praise from state and local officials in a town where some say opportunities for imbibing have become scarce. The state Division of Alcoholic ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The town’s Green Team has tossed a proposal to allow once-a-week garbage pickups. The Green Team had requested a change to the health department's regulations that could allow for garbage pickup once a week, instead of the existing twice a week pickup mandated, but after further ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It’s getting harder to find a place to light up in town, and that’s what some officials want. After banning smoking in public parks in 2014 and extending that ban to include sidewalk cafes three years later, some Westfield officials are considering banning smoking at public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It’s a tale of two plans, and neither has been decided on. A developer aiming to build eight homes on 6.1 acres straddling the town’s border with Scotch Plains presented two concepts for the design to the Planning Board on Monday. While Camelot LLC has not submitted a formal ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Closed since July, a playground in Mindowaskin Park is slated to reopen in the coming weeks with some special amenities, a town official said. While a series of rainfalls have delayed construction at the playground, which is being upgraded to include handicapped-accessible ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top stories? Here are the hottest headlines for you to catch up on: 4 Arrested in Westfield Massage Parlor Prostitution Raids Spooky Schedule Set For AddamsFest in Westfield Westfield PD: 19 Unlocked Cars Stolen, 104 Broken Into in 2018 So ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A late New Jersey industrialist and his wife who both lived to 100 have been recognized for their quiet community contributions. Town officials on Tuesday named a small island at the entrance to Watchung Fork after Patricia and Grover Connell, president of the Connell Co., a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – More beer here. Such was the message from the Town Council on Tuesday as it approved regulations intended to draw microbreweries and craft distilleries into its downtown. The new local law allows for microbreweries and craft distilleries within Westfield’s central business ...

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