Government

May 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Under a proposed local law intended to incentive development, property owners in the downtown who substantially improve their infrastructure would not immediately see the resulting property tax increases that typically come with higher property values. The town council on Tuesday ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to issue guidance on opening public pools during COVID-19. WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents hoping to put in a backyard pool can still do so in time for summer, town officials said.  As residents worry over the state of public pools, applications to the town for private ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A virtual public hearing on the town’s 2020 budget is set for Tuesday. The $46.085 million spending plan reflects reductions in revenue from court fines and fees, building department fees and parking fees, officials said. These reductions, the officials said, are largely a result ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Memorial Day ceremonies will be held privately in Westfield Monday morning and available to watch on the town’s social media pages, the mayor announced. Due to social distancing requirements, the ceremony will not be open to the public, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement ...

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Following public pressure, the district has added a second grade section at Tamaques School. WESTFIELD, NJ — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for full-day public kindergarten in Westfield are on hold. The school board’s long-range planning committee met earlier in May and determined it would ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The requests submitted from the cell phone application Westfield Connect include those to fill potholes, remove tree branches from the streets and unclog sewer drains — among other tasks. In its first year of implementing the technology allowing residents to submit public works ...

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Tennis courts and batting cages will be open, but basketball courts will remain closed. WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventh-grader Savannah Cohen has been struggling to find places to practice her tennis swing during the pandemic. Cohen, 13, found herself pounding a tennis ball against a wall of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ ­— Owners in the town’s special improvement district who choose to improve their properties won’t be immediately saddled with an increased tax assessment under a plan approved by the Town Council. The town council on Tuesday designated the town’s special improvement district, or ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — This weekend the town intends to open parks to vehicular traffic along with the tennis courts in those parks, the mayor said. Mayor Shelley Brindle said the town would announce more details about the anticipated openings later this week. UPDATE: Westfield Tennis Courts Reopen ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Bow hunters bagged 20 deer in Westfield as part of Union County’s annual deer hunt this past winter, the town administrator said Tuesday. The hunters killed 16 deer in Brightwood Park and four in the area of Lamberts Mill Road, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday's ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Property owners could soon have another reason to improve their properties in Downtown Westfield. The town council is poised to vote on a measure Tuesday that, if approved, would designate Westfield’s special improvement district an “area in need of rehabilitation” and therefore ...

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Health authorities are wary of COVID-19 antibody tests’ reliability. WESTFIELD, NJ — With school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year and a mounting need to continue tracing contacts of people infected with COVID-19, the regional health department is looking to school nurses for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor on Monday thanked community members for cooperation with social distancing following town parks partial reopening Saturday after their nearly month-long closure due to coronavirus. The town reopened most municipal parks for foot traffic but kept the parks closed to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A measure on the Planning Board’s agenda Monday would pave the way for tax incentives to benefit owners who improve their properties in the downtown. The Planning Board is slated to consider if the town’s special improvement district qualifies as an “area in need of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After being closed for nearly a month due to coronavirus, most municipal parks and fields in Westfield will reopen for passive recreation beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. The National Weather Service has predicted sunny weather with a high near 70 degrees. But with ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities Friday in recognition of the death of former New Jersey First Lady Deborah “Debby” Bye Kean. Flags are also being flown at half-staff indefinitely in honor of the victims of COVID-19, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The planning board is slated to hear an application seeking approval to build a three-story office building on vacant land at 440 North Avenue East — next to the location of the now shuttered Vine Ripe Markets. The application on the agenda for Monday’s planning board meeting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s municipal parks are slated to reopen with social distancing restrictions in place starting Saturday, the same day that county and state parks are reopening after 25 days of being closed due to coronavirus, the mayor said. Mayor Shelley Brindle said Wednesday that the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With revenue sources anticipated to decline as a result of coronavirus, the town has had to reduce spending on capital projects and dip into a portion of its surplus this year, officials said. The town council on Tuesday introduced a $46.085 million municipal budget that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents will have an extra 30 days to pay their second quarter municipal property tax bills, town officials said Tuesday. On the same day Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing municipal governments to extend the grace period for property tax May 1 property ...

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Update: Mayor Brindle announced Wednesday night that town parks would reopen for passive recreation beginning Saturday. READ MORE HERE. WESTFIELD, NJ — Town parks remain closed due to coronavirus and it remains to be determined when they will reopen, municipal officials said Tuesday ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Responding the financial difficulties that COVID-19 has brought residents, a councilman is advocating the town waive late fees for the payment of second-quarter property taxes, a measure that is not on Tuesday’s proposed council agenda just days before a quarterly tax bill is ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County freeholders have introduced a $614.918 million spending plan that maintains the tax levy at $367.295 — the same as it was last year. The freeholders introduced the budget by a unanimous vote Thursday and also discussed federal funding the county has obtained ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Westfield High School students' effort to support an initiative benefiting local independent businesses impacted by coronavirus is so popular the games are spilling over into this week. Tyler Mackey and Andrew Levy hosted the fundraiser for the Westfield United Fund's We Love ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school district’s $111.214 million spending plan is anticipated to be adopted following a public hearing next week. What’s in it? The total budget for the 2020-21 academic year will increase by $2.7 million dollars with around 82% of spending going to salaries for staff, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — (Updated at 1:32 p.m. April 21) The Union County Freeholders are anticipated to introduce a 2020 spending plan Thursday that keeps taxes flat and avoids layoffs, the county announced. Freeholder Fiscal Committee Chairman Sergio Granados said his committee found a middle ground ...

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‘Potentially drastic’ budget cuts are being considered, the mayor said. WESTFIELD, NJ — Will coronavirus get me an extension on my property taxes? It is a question the Westfield mayor said she has been asked repeatedly. The decision, however, is not one the municipality can make, Mayor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9:56 p.m.) The plot on which Lord & Taylor rests, the Rialto Theatre and municipal parking lots are among the properties that could be considered for potential tax breaks under a measure the Town Council has passed to the Planning Board for consideration. The Town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 8:09 p.m.) Have you gotten your permit to drop off yard waste at the Conservation Center? If you want one, you’ll have to log in at just the right time. The Conservation Center was a popular place to be in Westfield Thursday morning. Around 11:30 a.m., a line of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Coronavirus may be keeping most people at home, but folks still need a place to drop off their yard waste. And starting Thursday, Westfield residents will again be able to do just that. Nearly 500 people have purchased permits to drop off yard waste at the conservation center, ...

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