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Special Edition: Year-In-Review July to December 2005

DADDY’S KISS...On 9/11, a tender moment in Westfield; WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME...Area soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard of the 250th Signal Battalion march home to the Westield Armory on the last leg of their journey from duty in Iraq; VICTORY...Westfield voters propel Andrew Skibitsky to four year term as mayor, GOP retains control of council; RECOUNT CONFIRMED…At the Westfield Fourth Ward recount following the November election, Councilman Rafael Betancourt scrutinizes a voter entry with a missing address; YEAR OF THE “W”...Between a legal dispute between the Downtown Westfield Corporation and Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce over the use of a script “W” on gift cards, discussion of retiring the Westfield gift coin and the production of prototype parking tokens, 2005 was “The Year of the ‘W.’

KEHLER TURF DEDICATION...Everyone is all smiles at Kehler Stadium during the ribbon cutting for the new turf field and track dedication while Westfield High School coaching legend Gary Kehler, center, receives applause; HEARING...Detective Sandra Chambers listens as Westfield Police Chief Bernard Tracy gives testimony in the public hearing regarding allegations against her; GOOD NEWS...The rescue team of Westfield firefighters and police pose with toddler John Butterfield in front of a satellite news truck after a live national news interview; NO MORE WAR...Jeff Key, a marine who served in Iraq, and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan hold a news conference in front of the Westfield Municipal Building, calling for an exit strategy for the war; SHREDDED REMNANTS...Leader/Times publisher Horace Corbin displays the shredded remains of an abandoned bookbag that was detonated by the Union County Bomb Squad as a safety precaution.

CAMPAIGNING...Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joins Asm. Jon Bramnick (R-21) in campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester in Scotch Plains in October; HAPPY MOMENT…In a private ceremony, Fanwood Memorial Library Director Daniel Weiss and Mary Olive Smith were married August 19 by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr on the grounds of Fanwood Borough Hall. Mr. Weiss recovered from a knife wound to the neck sustained when he was attacked by his former wife on August 1; STIRRING TRIBUTE…Hundreds of police officers from across the state gathered to mourn the loss of Scotch Plains Police Chief Mark Zyla, who died suddenly on October 13; THE BRITISH ARE COMING…Master cartoonist Frank Thorn, dressed in a brilliant red coat similar to British General Howe, signed his new book, “The Illustrated History of Union County.” Proceeds from the book sale went to the Aunt Betty Frazee Restoration Project.

Current News: Judge Upholds Bigosinski Westfield Victory FW Board Reviews Plaza Partners on South Avenue SP, County Officials Meet On Ashbrook Deer Hunt MS Council Discusses Pool Resurfacing, Field Lighting.
Editorial:
For Sure, the New Year 2006 Has Much In Store For Us

PHYSICAL…Blue Devils, Katie Cronen, battle powerful Shabazz Lady Bulldogs.
Sports: Shabazz Ladies Top Devil Hoopsters; Raiders, Rahway Rock House In Wrestling Thriller; Blue Devils’ Track  on Target’; Raider Matmen Burned By Par Hills Vikes: Photos
Devil's Den: Traditionalists vs. Liberals: Readers Split on Turkey Day.



NYC BALLET
 
Westfield's Jack Chaves
The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center.

Book Nook: Holiday Reading
Popcorn: King Kong, The Wonder Doesn’t Cease.
On Stage:
Broadway ‘Guys and Dolls’ Ring In New Year.

WINTER CONCERT…Instrumental Music teacher Raymond Wojcik conducts the Westfield High School Symphony Orchestra at last Thursday’s concert in the high school auditorium.


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