Government

September 30, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — Climate Week has wrapped, but events that benefit the environment are continuing year-round, including with a slate of October happenings. The Westfield Green Team’s efforts to reduce the municipality’s carbon footprint have included offering incentives for local businesses to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Municipal officials registered support Tuesday for gun legislation including the federal expansion of background checks for gun buyers and laws allowing police to take firearms away from troubled people. The Democratically led council approved the resolution 8-1. Republican ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Lettering on the marquees of shuttered movie theaters in Cranford and Montclair show plans to reopen the destinations, but no such wording adorns the front of the affiliated Rialto Theatre in Westfield, which closed suddenly last month. Jesse Sayegh, owner of the theaters, said ...

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Updated at 1:02 p.m. Sept. 25 WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating claims that an elderly woman was severely beaten at a nursing home in Westfield. Benny Gomez told TAPinto Westfield that his mother was hit in the head multiple times at the Westfield Center on Lamberts Mill Road, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 25-year-long resident of the town, he enjoys riding his bicycle through the municipality’s outer wards. But James Lucarelli won’t bike the central portions of the downtown, as he does not feel safe from vehicular traffic there. “I’ve never ridden on Central Avenue — ever — ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Directing traffic was a practice many of the municipality’s crossing guards had performed for as long as anyone could remember. Then they learned that to do so is illegal. The resulting changes in Westfield have that come following the municipality’s hiring the firm All City ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Bathtubs, bicycles, washers, dryers and hot water heaters are among the items eligible for collection as part of the town’s annual bulk waste pickup program. Homeowners have until Sept. 27 to register to have up to 750 pounds of bulky waste picked up curbside, the town announced.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The community is responding to security procedure changes in Westfield public schools.  Over 20 community members spoke at the school board meeting Tuesday night, offering their thoughts on topics ranging from the use of armed officers in schools to public communication about ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Crashes in this town injured 72 pedestrians and 33 bicyclists between 2013 and 2017, the most recent state data show. Vehicular accidents killed two people and incapacitated five in that time, the figures show. Then there are the spots that stoke public fear. Residents expressed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s annual bulky waste pickup program received a green light from Town Council Tuesday marking the second consecutive year in which the municipality is not subsidizing the program, resulting in higher fees for homeowners purchasing permits for it. The council awarded a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Following a wildly popular beer garden at last year’s AddamsFest, a series of ticket sales for the beer garden, called Charlie’s Ale Garden, will begin next week, the town announced Monday night. Select groups of people — including volunteers for the festival — will get a first ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Homeowners on Downer Street got down with the contest last year, winning two of the top three spots in the town’s inaugural “Haunt Your House” home decorating contest. And the competition is back again this year. The contest open to all Westfield residents encourages the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It was not your average afternoon in the typically serene Mindowaskin Park. A multicultural festival — the first such one to occur in Westfield — drew hundreds of people to the park Saturday. Some attended having heard of the planned festival, but for resident Beverly Goldchmidt, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After uncertainty about its feasibility, the municipality’s annual bulky waste pickup program, commonly referred to as “junk day,” is anticipated to return. The Town Council is set to award a contract to the lone bidder for the program, Republic Services, at a special meeting to ...

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Updated at 7:28 p.m. Sept. 13 CORRECTION: A prior version of this story erroneously omitted that ticket sales for additional Addams Fest events will be announced. This version has been updated to correct the error. WESTFIELD, NJ — Looking for a chance to tango with Morticia and Gomez? Would ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Indian dances by students from local schools, the performance of English Baroque music and the Chinese Lion Dance will be among festivities at Mindowaskin Park Saturday. The municipality with the support of the Union County Freeholders and Coldwell Banker will hold its first ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Just footsteps away from a train station with access to New York City, some 400 people gathered Wednesday to memorialize victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Eighteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, residents still felt the loss, including ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The online fashion rental brand Le Tote intends to close on its purchase of Lord & Taylor by the start of the holiday season, and beginning in 2021 may reassess the retailer’s network of stores, the company’s announcement said. What this means for Westfield’s expansive Lord ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Before Jeff Torborg caught Sandy Koufax’s perfect game while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he earned the honor of All-State as a catcher at Westfield High School. Torborg, who during his 10-year-long career in baseball played for the California Angels and was part of ...

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Updated at 8:22 a.m. Sept. 10 WESTFIELD, NJ — The town was unable to take calls at the Municipal Building for at least seven hours Monday, something that may have been prompted by a foraging rodent. Telephone service at the municipal building including to the police station’s non-emergency ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A tree crushed a local man’s car and knocked him unconscious, causing permanent injuries because the town and property owners failed to maintain that tree properly, a lawsuit filed last month claims. David Weinman, of Westfield, claims in the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the municipality’s crossing guard program under new management and the start of school year two days away, traffic safety was a top topic of discussion as the Town Council convened Tuesday. Police Chief Christopher Battiloro told the council that town officers would continue ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education this week approved the use of $100,672 of the district’s capital reserve funds to repair the gymnasium floor at McKinley Elementary School, following the discovery of mold and moisture earlier this summer. School Business Administrator Dana Sullivan on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The longtime director of the special improvement district for Downtown Cranford will head up the government entity managing Westfield’s business district for the next six months. Kathleen Miller Prunty will serve as the interim director for the six-month term beginning Sept. 3, ...

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Updated at 11:06 p.m. Aug. 30 WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents may be able to send their children to full-day kindergarten at public schools here starting in 2022, but for that to happen the local school district would have to twice gain voters approval to hike taxes. The proposal to expand to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the new school year will come new security measures at public schools in this town following the arrest of an armed man on the grounds of a local elementary school last June and a heightened awareness of school safety across the nation. School officials detailed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s annual bulky waste pickup program is again at risk of being tossed in the waste bin. The municipality postponed the program in 2018 when no contractors bid on the job, and the same may happen again this year if vendors do not reply favorably to a request for proposals ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s the creepy story this town wants everyone to know about. It’s also a bit kooky. Leveraging both the success of last year’s town-wide festival honoring town native Charles Addams and the release of a new animated “The Addams Family” film set for October, organizers in ...

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UPDATE: Contested Westfield Speeding Ticket Case Headed Out of Town, Judge Rules WESTFIELD, NJ — Not seeing satisfaction with the court, the attorney for a man claiming he was wrongly given a speeding ticket is seeking municipal officials’ intervention. Marek Kaplo, a 37-year-old Clark man, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Originally encompassing what is now five other municipalities, English settlers purchased the land on which this town is located for 10 cents an acre and called it the West Fields of Elizabethtown. That was in 1720 and, 300 years later, the town is set to mark the settlement of ...

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