Government

February 3, 2020

Updated at 12:31 p.m. Feb. 5 WESTFIELD, NJ — The town intends to expand the government entity managing its special improvement district to better represent a municipality of its size, officials said. The measure introduced by the town council last week would increase the board of the Downtown ...

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Updated at 4:12 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — The cost to visit the town pool this year is yet to be decided. Pool fees, which were listed on the town council’s agenda last week, were tabled pending further review by the Westfield Recreation Commission. The recreation commission meets Monday night ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Planning Board is set to consider plans to tear down a home on Central Avenue and put two in its place. The application listed on the agenda for Monday calls for the single-family home at 923 Central Ave. to be demolished and the .39 acre property subdivided into two lots ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — New Jersey American Water is preparing to replace 4,110 feet of aging 6-inch water main with 16-inch ductile iron main along West Broad Street from Lamberts Mill Road to South Avenue, the company announced. Work on the $1.8 million project starts Monday and is anticipated to last ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A soon-to-be created committee will be tasked with fostering an environment of inclusivity, the mayor said. The town is accepting applications for the new Human Relations Advisory Committee which will be formalized by ordinance next month, Mayor Shelley Brindle said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Getting counted in the 2020 Census can have many benefits for the public and key among them, this town’s mayor said, is the possibility of another liquor license. “If we can get another 3,000 [people counted] we get another liquor license for our town,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The local government is joining the chorus of New Jersey towns calling for a “Study Commission” to review the state’s public records laws. It is something advocates for open government have strong reservations about. The measure approved by the Town Council Tuesday calls on the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Swimming season is far off, but the municipal government is already considering pool fees for the coming summer. The Town Council is set to approve pool fees that include rate hikes for some families and seniors, the resolution on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting shows. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick confirmed Monday that he is considering a run for governor. The longtime Westfield resident said he may run in 2021. It would follow his November 2019 win in the 21st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Union, Morris and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Not yet 6-feet-tall, two saplings on Boulevard stand in stark contrast to the tall, thick shade trees forming the forest canopy of the residential street. A builder planted the saplings in accordance with a court settlement that brought him reduced fines for cutting down trees on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s no secret that the residents want more field space, and now a report commissioned by the local government details many ways the town can accomplish that. The Recreation Commission on Wednesday approved an extensive plan for its parks and fields that outlines $41.68 million ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An investigation into a controversial tweet from the official twitter account of the government entity managing the downtown business district has found that the widely circulated social media posting was “fabricated,” the mayor said. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Shelley ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the Town Council and the Board of Education have set their meetings schedules for the coming months. Five of those meetings (bolded below) are set to happen simultaneously. And that's just during the first half of the year. The Town Council is set to meet for a workshop ...

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Updated at 10:01 p.m. Jan. 8 WESTFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education formalized the dismissal of an elementary school teacher, the result of a state arbitrator’s decision stating the district is justified in letting him go after he made repeated comments referencing his gun ownership in ways that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Some 150 people packed Town Hall to see new council members sworn in and dozens of volunteers for boards and commissions recognized Tuesday. Three new Town Council members and one incumbent elected in the November election took the oath of office during the municipality’s ...

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Slated for 421-449 South Avenue East are 156 apartments 23 of which are to be affordable rentals. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s affordable housing plan — the result of a court settlement — mandates the municipality create the opportunity to build 100 affordable apartments, and a plan in the works ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The municipal government is looking at redevelopment for 5.5 acres of property on the town’s border with Garwood. The redevelopment plan includes five parcels. The largest of the properties encompasses 4.13 acres at 421-449 South Avenue East and is anticipated to have 156 housing ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The road rankings are out. Officials hope that a comprehensive assessment of the condition of municipal roadways will help them to better prioritize which ones should be paved first and what treatments to apply to those roads. In October 2018, the Town Council approved $41,078 ...

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Updated at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 6, 2020 WESTFIELD, NJ — The local government is getting organized for an upcoming meeting. The Town Council will hold its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad St., at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, a public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A majority of local homeowners are displeased with recent residential teardowns, one among many findings in a 207-page planning document the public sounded off on recently. The Planning Board approved by a unanimous vote Thursday the extensive update to its guide to development, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — At its final meeting of the year, the Town Council set the salaries of certain public employees for next year. Here’s how much salaried employees of the town are slated to earn in 2020, the council’s approval shows: James H. Gildea, Town Administrator: $189,514 Joan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The home of the municipality’s first town historian has been historically designated, 47 years after his death. The former residence of town historian John Frazee is the fourth property and second private residence to be proposed for landmark status this year by the Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t like the Newark Penn Station train transfer heading into New York City? Change could be afoot in this town where figures show double the percentage of commuters take public transit when compared to municipalities statewide. NJ Transit would have to take a hard look at ...

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A public hearing on the town’s comprehensive update to its guiding document for development is anticipated Thursday. WESTFIELD, NJ — Eleven years from now, planners anticipate there will be 37,360 people living here, marking an increase of nearly 20% from the town’s population recorded in the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Three members of the Town Council with a combined 32 years of service deliberated over their last council session this week. Republicans JoAnn Neylan, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes accepted recognition for their service as family and friends watched Tuesday at Town Hall. Neylan and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Trained bow hunters participating in a county program are anticipated to fire arrows from raised tree stands in Brightwood Park and the Conservation Center next month in an effort to reduce the town’s burgeoning deer population. The Town Council on Tuesday approved deer hunts in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board on Tuesday approved the course “Power, Privilege, and Imbalance in American Society” to be offered to high school juniors and seniors in the 2020-21 academic year. The course description states that the curriculum helps students “understand the barriers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police brass here have something to be thankful for: pay raises approved by the local government. The Town Council approved the municipality’s contract with the Westfield PBA Local 90A Superior Officers Association Nov. 26 and is anticipated to finalize the accompanying salary ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town is looking for a bunch of good volunteers. Mayor Shelley Brindle announced that the town has opened applications for people wishing to volunteer on Westfield's boards and commissions. “Our annual call for volunteers is now open for 2020 boards, commissions and ...

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