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March 15, 2020

Updated at 6:40 p.m. March 15. WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Little information is known so far about the man or woman, except that the person is in their 40s and remaining stable while managing symptoms at home. MORE: Westfield, ...

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UPDATE: New Jersey MVC Announces Two Week Closure Due to Coronavirus NEW JERSEY — Following reports of excessive wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission stations statewide, including 200 people waiting outside the MVC station in Springfield earlier this week, the state has extended the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 2:05 p.m.) Town officials briefed the public on the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Friday afternoon. Here are the top takeaways from the broadcast. [Full broadcast embedded below text.] School closures? Westfield public schools will close indefinitely ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Municipal meetings will continue, but the public is being encouraged to attend virtually. Large gatherings set to happen on town property are called off through April 19. And the public is encouraged to handle transactions with the town over the phone and internet. Mayor Shelley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four police officers’ promotions were formalized, including the town’s first-ever woman lieutenant, during the Town Council meeting Tuesday. Four newly hired police officers were also sworn in. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro spoke proudly of the officers and reminded them ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Debora Bizzarri along with her husband and 18-year-old son got an early start at the motor vehicle commission station on Saturday: 7:45 a.m. But that didn't help them beat the line, not by a long shot. It took the Westfield family seven hours to finish their business at the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — There was no handshaking at simultaneous meetings of the school board and Town Council Tuesday as local officials provided updates on the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Despite wide public concern about the virus, the town's health officer when briefing the council took a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A .41-acre property on Mountain Avenue that now accommodates one home is anticipated to accommodate two residences. On Monday, the Planning Board approved a subdivision and series of variances for the property at 444 Mountain Ave. as the owner and his experts told the board that ...

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Updated Feb. 29 for clarification. WESTFIELD, NJ — Two retired Westfield schoolteachers were among local homeowners to accept praise for their dedication to historic preservation earlier this week. Residents Frank and Carol Nolde have been living in their home in Westfield for 46 years and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to limit the potential for “neighborhood decline” and unattractive nuisance, the town is anticipated to establish a registry of vacant and abandoned properties. The town council on Tuesday introduced a regulation that would require the owners of vacant or abandoned ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Five properties occupied by vacant commercial buildings on the town’s south side near Garwood are one step closer to being turned into apartments and other amenities. The town council on Tuesday declared the 5.5 acres along South Avenue a “non-condemnation area in need of ...

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Updated at 8:28 p.m. Feb. 28 WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield Corporation has named a new executive director. Robert Zuckerman, who previously headed up the South Orange Village Center Alliance and serves as president of Downtown New Jersey, a statewide group advocating for downtowns, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The local government is slated to get an update on its court-mandated affordable housing plan on the same evening it creates a redevelopment zone on the municipality’s South Side and hires a redevelopment firm. Tuesday’s Town Council agenda includes a resolution that, if ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Crossing guard Bob Lewis has carved out a spot for himself in the history of Westfield, and a bit of that history is anticipated to be on display at Town Hall. In his 26 years guarding students from traffic at Washington School, Lewis made it his custom to gift every graduating ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The government entity managing the town’s special improvement district is set to name a new and permanent executive director, Downtown Westfield Corp’s top official said Tuesday. Kathleen Miller Prunty, the interim executive director of Downtown Westfield Corp., said board ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents here may soon be permitted to raise backyard hens, but they shouldn’t scramble to build coops just yet. While raising chickens has become an increasingly popular hobby for consumers seeking organic eggs, the existing regulations in Westfield prohibit keeping live ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents are petitioning the town to build a fence around a local playground, something the municipality has identified as a key priority in a recently approved parks plan. As of Tuesday, 312 people had signed the petition requesting the fence be installed around the Mindowaskin ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A combination of factors, including pay raises for the pool staff and the increased cost of chemicals, have resulted an increase in pool fees for the coming summer, the recreation director said. A state law raising the minimum wage was just one reason for the increased pool fees, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The municipality is passing along the cost of increased sewer flows to the public, officials said. The Town Council approved annual sewer fees for single-family-homes at $195, marking an increase of $30 over last year’s fee of $165, according to the resolution approved by the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A forensic investigation into the alleged partisan political tweet from the official account of the Downtown Westfield Corporation clears employees of the quasi-governmental agency of wrongdoing, records released Thursday show. The investigation conducted by the firm Charles ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the municipality and the owner of a 97-year-old movie theater, which closed abruptly six months ago, are working to convert the landmark location into a performing arts center. The town had sought a grant to hire a consultant to study what the best use for the theater space ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The public sounded off an extensive plan for parks and fields that shows a wide range of improvements possible for both municipal and school properties. The plan shows $41.61 million in potential improvements that the town is considering over the course of the next 10 years, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Women and girls dressed in all white stood at the dais as Westfield’s town council passed a resolution Tuesday in honor of 100 years of women’s right to vote in the United States. “Sunday was the 100th anniversary of New Jersey’s vote to ratify the 19th Amendment,” said Mayor ...

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Updated Feb. 13. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield’s YouTube channel will now feature replays of the town council’s regular meetings, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced during Tuesday night’s town council meeting. The option will allow people who are not on Facebook to watch the meetings at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new development of sorts has gained the local government’s approval: a bird feeder and two avian homes. Girl Scout Troop 41178 presented its plan for the bird houses to the town council Jan. 28. The troop will become the latest local scout troop to contribute to the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Recreation Commission has identified construction of a mountain bike trail in a 44-acre park on Prospect Street as among its priorities in an extensive plan for local parks and fields. The Brightwood Park trail project is one among $41.61 million in park improvements the town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield school board Tuesday took steps toward approving three state-mandated policies, including one outlining procedures for students who identify as transgender.  During its meeting, the board approved for first reading a state-mandated policy on transgender pupils by a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 11-member Westfield Recreation Commission has set its meetings for the year. The commission, which formulates policies for the management of park and recreation services, will meet on the following dates at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad St., a public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The owner of an historic home on Central Avenue could face an uphill battle in getting government approvals to tear down the residence and put two in its place. Town Historian Robert Wendel on Tuesday said the Historic Preservation Commission is researching the property at 923 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You will no longer be able to buy vaping products at convenience stores, liquor stores and gas stations in this town under a new law aimed at keeping e-cigarettes away from youths. Establishments licensed to sell food, gasoline or alcohol are prohibited from also selling ...

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