Government

April 26, 2020

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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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 4:02 a.m.) Two public works employees are self-quarantining due to potential exposure from coronavirus, the town administrator said Tuesday. The department of public works employees are isolating themselves at home, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday’s town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Town Council is anticipated to hold a public hearing on a change to its regulations regarding street paving and also move on a measure pertaining to downtown redevelopment, the agenda says. Click here to view the proposed agenda and packet of resolutions. Due to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six more town residents have died from coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Westfield to 13, the mayor reported Saturday. The six new deaths include three women ages, 88, 84 and 68 and three men, ages 88, 85 and 76, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Two more Westfield residents have died from the coronavirus, COVID-19, the mayor said Wednesday night. An 89-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man died from coronavirus complications, bringing the total number of deaths in Westfield to seven people, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Used gloves and masks belong in the garbage — and nowhere else: not in the recycling and not littered on local streets. The town’s recycling provider, Giordano Company, is reporting that large amounts of such personal protective equipment are creating a hazard at its recycling ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the number of people confirmed to carry coronavirus rapidly rising across New Jersey, the mayor stood by an earlier decision intended to restrict people from gathering at local parks. The restrictions, which take effect at 5 p.m. Friday, will block vehicular traffic from ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 62-year-old man is Westfield’s third COVID-19 death, news that comes as the town strengthens its efforts to promote physical distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Shelley Brindle reported the death Tuesday night as she announced new restrictions for local parks to ...

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The Westfield Regional Health Department serves eight towns. WESTFIELD, NJ — With resources stretched thin, the Westfield Regional Health Department will no longer provide a daily count of coronavirus cases to each of the eight municipalities it serves, the mayor said Friday. The lag time ...

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Corrected March 25 at 9:30 a.m.: Text "NJCOVID" to 898-211 for messages about what’s happening statewide WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle announced three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Westfield Tuesday night — two men, ages 48 and 20, and a 41-year-old woman. All ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy signed two executive orders Saturday further restricting gatherings across New Jersey and essentially shutting down all non-essential business in response to COVID-19. When do the new restrictions start? All of these restrictions go into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and are in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the town continues to rise as authorities brace for major stresses on the healthcare system while telling people to avoid physical contact with others as a means to mitigate the virus’ spread. On Friday evening, Mayor Shelley Brindle ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 1:33 p.m.) A professor at The College of New Jersey who said he first started experiencing symptoms of coronavirus 10 days ago is warning the public that the condition may not present itself how you think. Craig Hollander, a 38-year-old Westfield resident and history ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases grow, the mayor continues to urge residents to practice social distancing. In an announcement Thursday night, Mayor Shelley Brindle said that Westfield school resource officers who have been redeployed as community service officers will conduct ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Health officials are reaching out to “close contacts” of a fourth town resident confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Wednesday night. The 56-year-old Westfield man confirmed to have COVID-19 is “stable and managing symptoms at home,” said Mayor ...

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In two days time, local public schools distributed over 100 technology devices to students without them. WESTFIELD, NJ — All students attending Westfield Public Schools converted to distance learning in the wake of state and nationwide closures due to COVID-19.  Distance learning is anticipated ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 35-year-old woman is the third person in Westfield confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, the mayor said Tuesday night. The woman “is stable and managing symptoms at home,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said. “All individuals considered to be close contacts are in the process of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials are anticipated to brief the public Wednesday on the novel coronavirus and its impacts within the town. Mayor Shelley Brindle, Town Administrator Jim Gildea, Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone and Police Chief Christopher Battiloro will answer questions during ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — (Updated at 10:42 p.m.) The borough on Tuesday walked back portions of a local state of emergency order that would have placed limitations on shopping at grocery stores. The shops, however, are voluntarily maintaining a portion of the mayor’s request. Mayor Sara Todisco in a ...

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Editor's Note: Our reporter practiced social distancing during the making of this story. WESTFIELD, NJ — As Westfield announced its second case of COVID-19 on Monday, life around the town and state had seemingly come to a grinding halt — at least in public spaces. From empty playgrounds to ...

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Union County is working to set up a drive-up COVID-19 testing facility, Mayor Brindle said. WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 12:06 p.m. March 17) There is a second case of COVID-19 confirmed in the town, authorities said Monday night. The 45-year-old man is stable and managing symptoms at home, ...

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Updated at 8:21 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t head over to Addams Tavern after 8 p.m., or anywhere for that matter. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that all restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and casinos would have to close to foot traffic by 8 p.m. and that there will also be an 8 p.m.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Beginning Tuesday, all “non-essential businesses” in the town’s special improvement district will be closed to foot traffic in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the mayor said Sunday night. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced what she described as the “unprecedented ...

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