Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Annual recognition breakfast was held on Friday, April 26.
Tuesday, April 30
The Town of Westfield honored its 60 crossing guards on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the annual Crossing Guard Recognition Breakfast. The event was sponsored by the Parent Teacher Council and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Bikers, RunnersAnd Kids are Entitled to Safety), a pedestrian organization in Westfield. The crossing guards play an important part in the completion of the goals of B.R.A.K.E.S.: to improve safety for all pedestrians and to encourage children to walk or bike to school.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Resident questions authority of guards.
Westfield resident Greg Kasko again asked the Town Council at Tuesday night's meeting who in Westfield authorized civilian crossing guards to direct traffic through stop signs in the absence of children crossing and what is the specific statute that allows for this. Kasko has spoken before the Westfield Board of Education and the council previously to ask who has given crossing guards the authority to direct traffic in a law enforcement manner. A father of two, the Westfield resident said he is concerned in light of the accident in which two Edison Intermediate School children were struck by a car in the crosswalk. At last week's meeting, Town Administrator Jim Gildea referenced Title 39 and stated that while directing traffic is not the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
After two children were struck in front of Edison School, resident asks for clarification on role of crossing guards.
Westfield resident Greg Kasko spoke before the Board of Education Thursday evening to ask for clarification on the authority of crossing guards in light of the recent accident in which two children were hit by a car on their way to Edison Intermediate School. Kasko, who regularly attends meetings of the Westfield Town Council to question the placement of the pedestrian activated HAWK signal on Central Avenue, began by recognizing the job that crossing guards do on a daily basis to protect children on their way to and from school. "With that being said, about a year ago I contacted the Westfield Police Department regarding crossing guards directing traffic," Kasko said. "I had not gotten a response. I then went to the Town Council. Being …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Crossing guards received personalized certificates handmade by students.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Close to 100 crossing guards were honored for their efforts on behalf of Westfield students at a recognition ceremony held Friday, May 11 in the Community Room of the Municipal Building. The event, sponsored by the Westfield Parent Teacher Committee, was an opportunity to thank the crossing guards for all that they do for our children, explained Lisa Wendel. Crossing guards were greeted by colorful balloons, which decorated the entrance and welcomed them to the breakfast. Starbucks donated coffee and Manhattan Bagel donated bagels, cream cheese and orange juice. "The room looked fantastic with the colorful banners, created by each of the children representing the elementary schools and Lincoln School, including children from the Leaps …
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Council decides to cut number from 18-20 to nine.
Negotiations between the town and crossing guards have reduced the number of crossing guard reductions in half, under plans announced Tuesday night. Nine crossing guard posts will be eliminated at the beginning of the school year, down from the 18-20 that was originally projected in the town budget. Negotiations, including a planned reduction in crossing guard salaries, have led to the number being cut in half. Westfield currently has 57 crossing guard posts town wide. "We went through an inclusive process and arrived at concessions," said Councilwoman Joann Neylan, the chairwoman of the Council's public safety committee. Town Administrator Jim Gildea said the salaries of crossing guards will be reduced for next year, but he declined to …
Monday, July 26, 2010
Councilwoman says public safety committee reduced the number from the original 18-20.
The amount of crossing guards laid off will be smaller than the originally projected 18-20. Councilwoman Joann Neylan made the announcement during last week's Town Council meeting that the public safety committee that she chairs has reduced the number, but she declined to comment on the new number of layoffs. She said the committee is still in the process of determining the final plan. "We will be coming to a conclusion in the next few weeks in how many will be reduced," she said. The crossing guard count in Westfield was reduced as part of the town's budget process for the year. Councilman Mark Ciarrocca, the budget committee chairman, said earlier this year that 18-20 of the town's 57 crossing guards would likely be cut based on the …