I hope everyone will have, or had a fantastic first day of school!  Our kids have returned to college–our oldest to start her senior year at University of Rhode Island and our sophomore back to Michigan State University.  

It is that time of year, when kids of all ages are getting ready for that first day, with that normal mix of excitement and nerves!  While I’m fortunate enough to be in private practice as a speech pathologist, I am also an adjunct professor in the Communication Disorders program at Kean University.


Just like our kids, I am also getting ready for that first day of class!  For me, the excitement of starting fresh, meeting new people, and making a difference for the next generation of speech pathologists is a wonderful feeling. 

As our kids, and many of us, return to an educational setting, I am wishing you and your family the best start to the new school year. Whether your kids are returning to the same school, or are feeling trepidation about starting a new school, I am hoping that your kids \all adjust quickly and that you can enjoy this special back-to-school time together. For families with children with communication impairments, I hope that services resume quickly once school starts, that you all feel supported and that your child feels confident and proud.

While we are saying goodbye to summer, I know that we are looking forward to watching our children participate in fall sports including our newest program, girls flag football.  

I hope to see you downtown on Sunday for Festifall and look forward to seeing you at the many family friendly fall events to come, like Family Yoga in the Park on September 17 and Community Movie Night on September 29, hosted by the Westfield Area YMCA.  

Also this fall, I know kids and adults alike, look forward to the many AddamsFest events which have become a wonderful staple of our town now.  Here is to a great fall for you and your family!

Emily Root


Westfield First Ward Councilwoman