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Schedule Alert: The May 8 edition of the newspapers will be a very large print run and mailing. It will also include the annual This Is Westfield publication. Due to the volume and size of the distribution, please be early with submittals. Thank you.

County Budget Under Review; Jail, Overtime, Golf Discussed

Westfield: (video Property Taxes)
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Action Group Forms; Fights Parking Fine Hikes
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Martone Resigns from DWC, Verdic Interim Chair
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Resident Says UC Govt. Should Be Dissolved
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Ex-Superintendent Foley Bikes Across Country
Scotch Plains/Fanwood:
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Marks: Merger Overtures Must Come From FW
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Budget Woes; FW Calls For 18% Salary Cuts
dot.jpg (865 bytes) TV-34 Mgr. Looks To Expand Programming
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Council Votes to Hike Parking Fees at Lots 
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Arc of UC Holds 44th Annual Candlelight Ball
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Borough Council Proposes Sewerage Rate Cap
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Bd. Debates Background Checks for Jail Visitors
dot.jpg (865 bytes) Lance & Whitman Trade Barbs in GOP Race 


DEMOCRACY TAKES ROOT...Eighty downtown Westfield business and property owners meet Tuesday night, pledging thousands of dollars to fight town government over taxes and parking fines increases.

Editorial: Earth Day - It's Encouraging that We Finally Recognize a Problem...Arbor Day, celebrated in America on the last Friday in April, and Earth Day, which occurs April 22 worldwide, seem to have much in common - most people like trees and, presumably, most people like the Earth. When it comes to greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, trees really suck it up.


BREAKING A MEET RECORD IN THE HIGH JUMP...Westfield High School senior Adam Bergo, pictured, and teammate Jordan Johnson broke the meet record in the high jump with a combined height of 12'6" at the Blue Devil Classic track meet last Saturday. Bergo has cleared 7'0" in winter track.

Sports: Devil Boys Break 2 Records, Raider Girls 1,At Blue Devil Classic Track & Field Relays; Raider Diamond Boys Rattle Farmer Baseball Boys; Blue Devil Lady Laxers Roll Past Watchung Hills; Farmers Score 4 in Fifth, Top SPF Raider Softball Girls; Lady Cougar Softballers Nip Blue Devils in Thriller:  Photos

'Beauty and the Beasts'

Vic's Picks: 'Look' Closer - Voegele Transcends Pop Culture
Saturday Morning's Alright:
Utopia World Features Glimpses of Westfield DowntownReturns to County
'Prime Time' is the Best Time: Book Discusses Flourishing After 60
A Comic with a 'View':  Joy Behar to Perform at UCPAC
Book It: Sale Serves as Primary Fundraiser for Library
It's War (Requiem): WSO Closes Season with Britten's Work

TAKING THE REINS...Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr accepts the gavel as the new president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM) from Malcolm Fraser, former president and mayor of Cape May Point Borough, at the annual spring NJCM meeting in Atlantic City.

Devil's Den: Kelly: Penn Relays' Win Was 'Top of the World'

Government Reform Thought: A regional approach needs to be taken with regard to recreation programs offered in Union County. Most towns have recreation commissions that sponsor many of the same types of programs, often utilizing the services of private companies such as yoga centers and soccer camps. Couldn't these programs be merged under a newly created Union County Parks Commission run independently by volunteers appointed by county and municipal governments? In addition to volunteers, full-time staff could be hired that represent all 21 towns in the county with no duplication of services. This would save millions of taxpayer dollars.  See Year-to-date Reform Thoughts. 

The Westfield Leader & The Scotch Plains-Fanwood TIMES
PO Box 250, 251 North Ave. West,  Westfield, NJ 07091
Tel 908 232-4407; fax 908 232-0473 contact