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Letters to the Editor

February 21, 2024

The following is a brief excerpt of a three-page letter that was read to the mayor and town council on Feb. 13, 2024. I am a licensed professional engineer who is affiliated with the Westfield Advocates for Responsible Development. We have tracked over 20 large construction projects that have been ...

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Dear Editor,  I am writing to express my concern about the recent influx of illegal immigrants using towns like Fanwood, New Providence and Westfield as a pathway to the supposed “sanctuary” of New York City. It is evident that the Democratic administrations overseeing our communities, ...

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On Feb. 12, our newly elected Republican council members issued a press release for a crime bill without even giving their Democratic counterparts any advanced notice. If the legislation is so helpful, why wouldn't they solicit support for it? There does not seem to be any plan or desire on ...

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If you are a resident of Westfield, it is absolutely vital you review the Facebook Live Westfield NJ replay of the Town Council Meeting from Jan. 2, 2024. Our town has, in the past, been based on democracy. The current mayor has curtailed and even eliminated not only our residents' chance at ...

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A recent article on four crashes in Westfield cites inattentive driving as the cause. Well, that may be, but driving in Westfield these days, since the pandemic, has become a challenge. People no longer respect the hexagon red and white sign with the letters S T O P as a rule, but treat it as a ...

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Mayor Brindle's advocacy for one seat ride is directly opposite to her support of the One Westfield development. One Westfield will reduce parking space making it more difficult for commuters to get to the train. Even if you are fortunate enough to get a parking space, waiting to get into and ...

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As the dust settles on the November municipal election, the new question is what will be the impact for Westfield and its residents? With a 4-0 sweep electing new representatives, the voters signaled a strong disapproval of the mayor and council’s One Westfield Place (OWP) redevelopment ...

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“I’m afraid to tell my classmates I celebrate Chanukah,” a 7-year-old shared with her parents and then with me last week. “I’ve taken off my Star of David necklace,” a high school student confided. “I’ve changed my name on Uber to sound less Jewish,” a college student shared. “When I walk down the ...

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My brother James Ward and I spent last Saturday with our families dropping off turkeys to people who may not otherwise have been able to afford them. It’s a Thanksgiving family tradition that has grown over the years. We operate and manage apartments, including senior housing. Twenty-five years ...

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I recently attended a meeting at the home of Dorota Mani, alongside concerned parents and residents concerning the alleged AI deepfakes distributed at WHS. During this gathering, Mayor Brindle expressed the need for more police reports to investigate this issue. However, it raises the question: ...

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I would like to thank the residents of Ward 2 for electing me to town council. I am honored to have the confidence of your vote to represent and serve the Ward 2 residents as well as all the residents of Westfield. I would also like to thank my opponent, Ms. Erika Vargas-Garrison for running an ...

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I’ve practiced First Amendment law for more than a decade — first, in D.C. and now in New York. I’ve represented newspapers from New York to Australia. I teach media law at Fordham Law School and regularly publish scholarship on the history of the First Amendment. I believe deeply in that Amendment ...

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Citizens for Responsible Athletic Field Development (CRAFD) would like to thank the dozens of Westfield, NJ residents who helped us successfully petition for a referendum on the bond ordinance to fund the Edison Field Project in the spring of 2023.  We’d also like to thank the thousands of people ...

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I'm not interested in playing music or loud partying. But the surprising results of the recent election in Westfield echoed how I felt, and how I felt the majority of the citizens of this town felt, about the direction our administration was taking and the process that was being used. A small ...

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The outcome of the election for the Ward Four Council seat was the result of a lot of hard work over the past seven months. Getting our message out to voters required dedication and discipline from our campaign volunteers. I want to thank them, first and foremost, as I would not have been elected ...

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We are lifelong voters who have been voting since the 1968 Democratic primary, when we cast our ballot for Robert F. Kennedy. Since we moved here 32 years ago, we have crossed party lines locally to vote. We welcome the improvements that began in 2018, when a new administration took the helm ...

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I first met Councilman Scott Katz across the table at a dinner party in 2018. It was a large group having a robust discussion about the nation and the world, and Scott was lamenting that there needed to be more quality people in government. I told him if he wanted good people in government, he had ...

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What would Thomas Edison think of the sports fields project hatched by Councilman and Chair of the Public Works Committee, Scott Katz, along with the town’s recreation department, in consultation with the town’s private sports clubs, and supported and approved by our mayor and town council?  Mr.

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I have been a registered Democrat from the time I became eligible to vote. That changed when I encountered the Westfield Democratic Party led by Mayor Shelley Brindle. From Day 1 of her first campaign I have felt that much of her approach to governing has been disingenuous, and frequently ...

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I am proud to write a letter in support of Dr. Michael Armento, a candidate running for Westfield Town Council’s Ward 2. I have known Dr. Armento for over 22 years and I can assure you that he is a good man as well as a fine physician. Dr. Armento and I worked together at Children’s Specialized ...

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For the past 14 years, it has been a true privilege to get to know the soldiers of the 102nd Cavalry, as well as their loved ones. I have also had the honor of working alongside some of the most dedicated and compassionate volunteers I have ever met.  The Headquarters of the 1-102nd Cavalry ...

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I don't dislike Shelley Brindle. I dislike what she is attempting to do to our town. The accompanying photo depicts the actual disrepair and lack of maintenance inside the men's bathroom in our own municipal building. This urinal has been broken for quite some time. When the other urinal fails, we ...

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Westfield Residents: I am writing to draw attention to the detrimental consequences of ongoing overdevelopment in our town, particularly One Westfield Place, exacerbated by the poor leadership of our mayor and town council. As a resident and taxpayer since 1994, I feel compelled to highlight the ...

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I have realized that in today’s society of self-indulgence, without regards of anyone else, if you don’t protect your neighborhood, then who will? My wife and I moved to Westfield, from NYC, for its green space, so that our kids can grow up and play on real grass in the schoolyard, not ...

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We learned about the Edison field plan over two years ago and have passionately presented arguments against artificial turf and lights. Much research has been done and hundreds of presentations have been made to the Town Council, Board of Education and Recreation Commission. Experts, in various ...

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As we near Westfield's municipal elections and referendum choice on the Edison Project to replace 6 acres of natural landscape with artificial turf there has been nothing short of immense dialogue. For some, its just a field, for other's its deemed a necessity the town can't live without, and for ...

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I’ll bet Westfielders don’t realize that our very own mayor and town council have, in addition to the powers granted to them by law, magical powers. Take the Edison Fields Project that’s now being voted on, for example. You know, that brainchild of Councilman and Chair of the Public Works ...

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I am a registered Democrat and have voted for the Democrats in all the local elections since 1998. That changes on Nov. 7th!   The Westfield, that our mayor and town council has envisioned for us, is NOT the town I loved nor moved to 25 years ago. I am all for progress, but not to this scale! It ...

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To the residents of Westfield,  On Nov. 7, 2023, please consider voting yes on Public Question #1 in support of the Edison Fields project. To that end, below are the public comments I provided to the town council last week. These factual statements show the history of the Edison Fields project ...

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Before Erika launched her campaign, she approached me to discuss the commitment involved in running for town council. I didn’t sugar coat it. Each councilperson invests countless hours in working for our town. We discussed the issues that are important to our neighbors, and we reviewed the process ...

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