Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Mayor Skibitsky recognized achievements of Westfield High School swim teams and proclaimed May 'Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.'
It was a busy evening for the Westfield Town Council as Mayor Andy Skibitsky began by recognizing the achievements of Westfield High School's state champion boys and girls swim teams with the help of Councilman James Foerst. In February, both teams took the state title for the second consecutive year in the Public A State Championships. Skibitsky thanked the teams for their "exceptional sportsmanship" and for upholding Westfield's excellent reputation for swimming. Skibitsky then welcomed Deirdre Gelinne, executive director of the Westfield United Fund, who shared that the Fund had collected $18,000 to assist Westfielders impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Alicia and Philip Weaver, whose Dorian Place home was destroyed when a tree fell through …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Twenty-four units will be constructed on Springfield Avenue.
A moment of silence honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston was followed by Acting Mayor Jo Ann Neylan’s announcement that Mayor Skibitsky and Town Administrator Jim Gildea were not present, as they are conducting a number of workshops in Savannah, Georgia that involve planning for emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy. According to Neylan, Skibitsky was contacted as a result Westfield’s actions taken during the emergency. Workshop discussions include community strategies, steps taken during an emergency and how to alert citizens. “This is truly a testament to Westfield that other communities would (seek Skibitsky,)” she stated. Subsequently, Central Avenue residents Maria Carluccio and Adina Enculescu again entreated council members …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the Municipal Building
Monday, April 8
The following information is provided on the Town of Westfield's website: TOWN OF WESTFIELD TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING Tuesday, April 9, 2013 8:00pm PROPOSED AGENDA This agenda is prepared for the information of the public. It is the order of the meeting; however, if changes in order, deletions or additions are made, they will be noted at the time Roll Call Invocation Salute to the flag Presentations Appointments Special Improvement District Board Shawn Hanna December 31, 2013 Resident (Appointed 4/9 to fill unexpired term) Stephanie Walsh December 31, 2013 Ex officio Mayor’s Designee (Appointed 4/9 to fill unexpired term) …
Monday, April 1, 2013
How will you cast your ballot in June 4th's primary election?
The following Westfield residents have declared their intent to run in the June 4 primary election: Mayor: Republican: (incumbent) Andy Skibitsky Democrat: David Haas First Ward Council: Republican: (incumbent) Sam Della Fera Second Ward Council: Republican: (incumbent) Vicki Kimmins Third Ward Council: Republican: David Oliveira Diane Barabas Democrat: Matthew Sontz Fourth Ward Council: Republican: (incumbent) Keith Loughlin Democrat: John J. Walsh "We need more female representation on Town Council," noted Barabas when reached by email Monday, "and my diverse business background will be an asset to the town of Westfield." Sontz is taking his third run at the Third Ward seat. He ran in 2007 and 2011.
The outspoken resident will compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid this summer.
Greg Kasko has decided to run but not for public office. The Westfield resident will instead compete in July 2013's IRONMAN in Lake Placid. A lifelong athlete, in June of 2012 Kasko vowed to tackle the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run that make up the event. "It's a huge time commitment as is running for Town Council which I experienced in the spring and summer of 2011," said the Third Ward resident who sought a seat on the Council that year but lost to Mark LoGrippo. "With a family and a full-time job, you have to pick and choose. For me, it's family first and everything else second." Kasko, who ran as an Independent, said while he thoroughly enjoyed campaigning two years ago, he knew he had "a slim chance of winning…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Guidelines to register to vote in Union County
Candidates interested in running for Westfield Town Council have until 4 p.m. Monday, April 1 to apply. The following information comes from the Town of Westfield's website: Last day to register to vote for the June Primary Election. Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the June Primary Election. Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. in theCounty Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield. Primary Election Day: Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last day to register to vote for the November General Election. Last day to apply by mail for a Mail-In Ballot for the November General Election. Last day to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot before 3 p.m. in theCounty Clerk Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield. …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Councilman David Haas voted against the ordinance.
Special Ordinance No. 2180, a $360,000 bond ordinance which will fund the purchase of a generator, mobile command center and transfer switch, passed upon second reading at Tuesday's meeting of the Westfield Town Council. Councilman David Haas voted against the ordinance. Though he had previously voted for it two weeks ago, he said he woke up twice that night and decided to change his vote. While he said he supported the purchase of a generator for the Department of Public Works, which would account for $75,000 to $85,000, he did not feel that the expenditure of $260,000 on a mobile command center was warranted, even though it was "a once-in-a-lifetime deal." A mobile generator that's pulled on a trailer by one of the vehicles that the …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Meeting starts at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building
Sunday, March 17
The following is the proposed agenda for the regular meeting of the Westfield Town Council to be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Municipal Building: PROPOSED AGENDA This agenda is prepared for the information of the public. It is the order of the meeting; however, if changes in order, deletions or additions are made, they will be noted at the time Roll Call Invocation Salute to the flag Presentations 2013 Budget Presentation Appointments Advertised Hearings SPECIAL ORDINANCE NO. 2180 BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAKING OF VARIOUS PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND THE ACQUISITION OF NEW ADDITIONAL OR REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWN OF WESTFIELD, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Republican candidate Oliveira, a certified public accountant, wants to focus on keeping Westfield "a safe, family-friendly town with an excellent school system and a thriving downtown."
Thursday, March 14
My name is David Oliveira and I am a candidate for Town Council in the 3rd Ward. I am proud to have called Westfield home for the past ten years and would be honored to represent the residents of the 3rd Ward and ensure that Westfield remains one of the most desirable towns in New Jersey to purchase a home and raise a family. My wife, Anne, and I first moved to Westfield in 2003 and we started out renting an apartment in downtown Westfield. It was those first two years in town when we truly got to appreciate the charm of Westfield and the warmth and genuineness of its people. We quickly decided that Westfield was where we wanted to raise our family and we purchased our home in 2005, where we happily reside with our two daughters, Laura …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Council members and Town Administrator recognized for efforts during Sandy.
At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman and Lt. Chris Battiloro presented Mayor Andy Skibitsky, each Town Council member and Town Administrator Jim Gildea with a Hurricane Sandy Service bar and a Hurricane Sandy service certificate for “exemplary service performed during the state of emergency caused by Hurricane Sandy.” Skibitsky stated that the acknowledgement was “unexpected” and that it was “nice to be recognized.” He also said the recent Westfield Police Department Awards Ceremony will be televised next year, as “The awards these officers have won [is] really quite amazing.” Additionally, two representatives from H&R Block, located on 301 South Ave. East, offered tax-paying expertise to Westfield …