Green

May 12, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to limit noise and pollution from two-stroke gas leaf blowers, the local Green Team is looking to the Westfield Board of Health to issue a statement on the harmful impacts of the landscaping equipment. Last week, Westfield Green Team co-chair Lois Kraus told the board of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents with food scraps once again have a way to recycle them. Through a partnership with the food scrap collection company Green Bucket Compost Westfield on Thursday restarted its food waste recycling program, a program that started in 2019 but had been suspended during the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several tons of unwanted goods — including 10,000 books — changed hands as environmentally sound practices were promoted Saturday during the town’s Earth Day fair and free market. For over six hours, 35 volunteers helped as residents dropped off carloads of unwanted items ...

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Updated on April 21 WESTFIELD, NJ — A slate of events are planned for Earth Day in Westfield including a free market and Earth Day fair, a tree planting and an educational event for children at a local park. The town has announced the following Earth Day events happening this ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An embankment in Mindowaskin Park known as “daffodil hill” is looking bare after town workers removed a series of trees, but it’s not anticipated to stay that way for long. Last week, Westfield High School junior Clara Christian told the town council that she plans to implement ...

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The move to register landscapers in Westfield comes amid a push to place limits on gas-powered leaf blowers. WESTFIELD, NJ — Landscapers operating in Westfield may soon have to register and pay a fee if they want to operate legally within the municipality. A public hearing is anticipated ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Free markets, bike safety initiatives and a program that has residents clear out storm drains are among the programs that the Westfield Green Team is receiving high marks for from a municipal certification program that encourages green practices. The Westfield Green Team recently ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Workers have started installing six electric-vehicle charging stations in three of the town’s municipal lots, the town administrator said this week.  The company Volta is installing the charging stations at no cost to the town, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council.

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NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is — investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects. Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The emblem bird of the United States made an appearance in Westfield Thursday. Justin Drazin and his family spotted the bald eagle just over the pond at Mindowaskin Park during the afternoon. “My wife and I were out for some fresh air with our little girl. We stopped at the ...

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If the town moves forward, residents would have the ability to opt out, officials said. WESTFIELD, NJ — Town officials anticipate deciding next month if they will enroll residents in an energy aggregation program intended to reduce residential electricity costs while adopting more renewable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Recycling collection schedules and zones will change starting next month as a new recycling vendor begins providing curbside pickup services, officials said Monday. The town’s announcement of a new recycling provider for 2021 follows the town council’s approval earlier this month ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The annual Westfield High School Music Christmas Tree Pick-up is happening again this season, organizers said. Westfield residents can support the Westfield High School Choral and Band Departments by signing up to have their Christmas trees collected on Jan. 4, organizers said.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents will have curbside recycling picked up by a new company on a new schedule in 2021 and will also have the option of bringing plastics labeled #5 to the Westfield Conservation Center, following the Town Council's approval of two recycling services contracts Tuesday. Town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County’s annual deer hunts are coming to two parks in Westfield, following the town’s council’s approval of the hunt zones earlier this week. The council on Tuesday approved the bow hunts for wooded areas of Westfield’s Brightwood Park and a “small section” of Tamaques ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Families headed to Washington Elementary School Monday morning should be on the lookout for bear, police said. A black bear was spotted near the school on St. Mark’s Avenue Sunday evening, police said in a Nixle alert at 11:40 p.m. “Use caution when outdoors,” police stated.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the pandemic prompting a rise in bicycle riding, the town on Sunday tested out a bike lane on Prospect Street. For four hours, the lane demarcated with cones stretched for about a quarter mile from Lincoln Road to Dudley Avenue. Referred to by organizers as a “pop-up,” the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A proposal to enhance mountain bike trails in Brightwood Park has sparked a renewed interest in the 44-acre nature preserve — an interest that manifested itself with a cleanup of the recreational area this past weekend. About two dozen supporters of the Friends of Brightwood Park ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A trial bike lane “pop-up” on Prospect Street once conceived as a three-day event will now be just four hours long and will only occur if the town council approves it after hearing public feedback on the specific project, the councilman leading the initiative said. On Sunday, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Shed the stuff you’re done with, get the stuff you want. That’s the idea behind the Westfield Green Team’s second annual free market, a swap for town residents aimed at keeping perfectly good used items out of landfills and incinerators, planned for Saturday, Sept. 26. The event ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Next steps in the development of mountain bike trails in Brightwood Park are not expected until 2021, as the town consults with the state to determine the project’s feasibility, municipal officials said. The proposal, which has prompted residents’ opposition, would have ...

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The recent cancellation of a pipeline project under new policies claimed to protect the environment has instead resulted in a “virtual pipeline” of up to a hundred tanker trucks per day transporting natural gas on New Jersey roads.  They are needed to meet growing energy demands but threaten the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It was hanging out in front of 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, and it wasn’t there to order a martini. The spotted lanternfly that restaurant owner Tim Boyle spotted on his window and squashed was one of an invasive and destructive species that the New Jersey Department of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The department of public works’ latest addition to the punch list includes handling an excess of litter being left on municipal playgrounds. Citing a rise in reports of garbage left on local playgrounds, Mayor Shelley Brindle on Friday reminded residents to properly dispose of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — About 100 residents turned out for a Q&A session on a proposal that would have volunteers from the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association build a multi-use trail of one to two miles in a 44-acre municipal park in Westfield's First Ward. Jamie Meiselman, a town resident and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated Aug. 19) Electric vehicle charging stations are coming to some town parking lots. The town council on Tuesday approved a contract with the electric vehicle charging company Volta to have the stations installed at no cost to the municipality. The company funds its ...

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NEW JERSEY — Please kill this bug. That’s the message from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, which on Wednesday sent out instructions for how members of the public can help slow the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an exotic invasive insect. While the spotted lanternfly is no threat ...

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NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China. “Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 8:54 a.m.) Town police advised the public Tuesday morning not to approach a bear that had been spotted in the area of Woodland Road. The bear sighting in Westfield followed numerous reports of a black bear spotted in neighboring Cranford on Monday. Westfield police ...

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