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An Update from the Mayor's Downtown Task Force

An Update from the Mayor's Downtown Task Force
Mayor Andy's Skibitsky's Downtown Task Force presented an Initial Report & Recommendations at the April 4, 2017 Town Council meeting. 
 
The Mayor's Downtown Task Force is appreciative of all the comments, concerns, ideas and suggestions it received in its first 8 months. All participants were united in a common passion, a love of Westfield, and a common cause, to see the Downtown remain vibrant.
 

 

 

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Westfield Named in Top 10 Walkable Places in NJ

Westfield Named in Top 10 Walkable Places in NJ

NJ Spotlight has named Westfield in their top 10 list of urban 'walkable places' in New Jersey. More people want to live in such places nationwide and NJ has plenty of them. Watch the segment here: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/04/06/more-people-want-to-live-in-urban-walkable-places-and-nj-s-got-lots-of-them/

 

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

Westfield Memorial Day Parade is Scheduled for Monday, May 29, 2017

The only parade in the Town of Westfield, this year's annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 am, at the World War I Monument Circle, then proceed on E. Broad St. through town toward Fairview Cemetery. Participating members marching in the parade are requested to be at the Lord & Taylor West parking lot by 8 am.

The mayor and town council, Westfield Police and Fire Department, Department of Public Works and various youth and civic organizations will be participating in this year’s parade. Wreaths will be sponsored by the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and local businesses. Public invited! 

 

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NJWA Summer Workshop Announces 45th Season of Inspiration and Creativity

NJWA Summer Workshop Announces 45th Season of Inspiration and Creativity

The NJWA Summer Workshop is a three-week camp, dedicated to providing exciting cognitive and creative opportunities for students entering junior kindergarten through 8th grade. This year’s Workshop runs weekdays from July 10-July 28, 8:30am-12:30pm and will be held at the Lincoln School, 400 2nd Ave, Garwood, NJ. The program offers various programs guaranteed to provide each student with the opportunity to explore, discover and create in a genuinely unique and personal manner.

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Shopping Best Bets for April

Shopping Best Bets for April
SOLE Shoes
Cool and fashionable new sneakers are all the rage and SOLE has some beautiful new options. Slip on and lace up styles with metallic tips or in patent leather, these handcrafted leather sneakers from Blackstone Shoes are comfortable AND pretty to wear. Ready for work or play, and always making a statement, this new collection for men and women is just in at SOLE. Stop in for a pair! 201 E. Broad St., 908.654.7800. Facebook
 
Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique
Blue Jasmine is celebrating 3 YEARS of bringing beautiful flowers, jewelry and gifts to downtown Westfield. Come celebrate the boutique's 3rd Anniversary on April 15 when Blue Jasmine will be offering storewide sales and bouquet raffles all weekend. 22 Elm St., 908.232.2393.

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Hot Topics in Food & Wine

Hot Topics in Food & Wine

Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

After 38 years, Chez Catherine, a Westfield institution, is undergoing a complete renovation. In addition to the dining rooms, many improvements including a new heating and air conditioning system will provide a more comfortable and quieter experience year round. 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011. Read more...

Limani on Fox 5 Good Day New York

Lots of good things are happening for Limani! In addition to a recent expansion and a great NYTimes review, Limani Seafood Grill was featured on live tv channel 5 on March 23, 2017, in a segment of Good Day NY with Roseanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. Kudos to owners George and Vasilia Vastardis! 235 North Ave. W., 908.233.0052.

View the segment here...

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Latest Fitness News

Latest Fitness News

POE Yoga

POE is introducing a new Student Monthly Unlimited Membership for $100/month! It is available to students aged 13-23 and a valid student ID is required. Limited quantities are available and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Email concierge@poeyoga.com or ask their front desk staff. 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com

Club Pilates

Club Pilates Westfield is excited to announce upcoming dates for their Teacher Training Program  -- Earn a living teaching what you love! The program provides a challenging yet nurturing environment for dedicated Pilates practitioners who wish to become Pilates Trainers. Graduates are trained in detailed applications of the Pilates Method of exercise and are chosen for teaching opportunities based on their knowledge and ability to adapt the Pilates exercises to clients of all levels. Dates are: May 6, 7, 13 & 14, June 3, 4, 10, 11, 24 & 25, July 8 & 9. Ready to learn more? Contact westfield@clubpilates.com or stop in or call. 225 E. Broad St., 908.233.0950.

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Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Girl's Day & Night Out is Coming May 11

Ladies, it's time to shop! Girls' Night Out Returns to Westfield May 11, 2017 as a Day & Night Event! Typically an evening event, ladies can now enjoy the festivities all day for shopping and refreshments AND into the evening until 9pm. And the Town of Westfield is offering FREE parking all day & night! So, come out to shop for Mother's Day gifts, discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions & special events, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift from Downtown Westfield Corporation (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Bag sponsors include Athleta and Keller-Williams Realty. A brochure of participating businesses along with their promotions for the evening will be published soon on www.westfieldtoday.com.

Register Now! 

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New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

New Construction Brings Luxury Rental Apartments to Downtown Westfield

There are three new and exciting building projects currently under construction in Downtown Westfield that promise to bring new rental options and foot traffic to our downtown commercial district. All of these buildings are transit friendly, conveniently located within easy walking distance to the train and bus stations, and offer great appeal for a wide variety of renters -- including young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents who want to remain in the area. In addition, all three properties represent significant investments in our future, are modern and architecturally appealing, and blend into the downtown character. They represent improvements to currently underutilized properties located at highly visible locations within our downtown area. They will provide easy access to the goods, services and entertainment that Downtown Westfield provides as well as parking. 

333 Central - Pictured above, a 70-unit, four-story luxury rental building will be opening soon at Central and South Avenues. With easy access to Westfield's train station, this transit-oriented multi-family structure is sure to attract professionals and local empty-nesters looking to downsize. With a completion date set for spring 2017, this 126,340 square foot property will feature 70 luxury one and two-bedroom rental apartments with enclosed parking, a lounge with a wet bar, a gym, yoga room, and two rooftop lounges. Apartments will have 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Some apartments will also have a den and/or a private terrace. The building is pet friendly. For more information, visit www.333CentralAve.com  

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An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

An Update About Downtown from the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC)

Written by Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation

There has been much focus on the state of Downtown Westfield this year especially as retail continues to go through incredible change.  With the convenience and ease of online shopping and the choice of how consumers can spend, many of our own residents may not shop the same way they did in the past.  Yet, we all want a strong and vibrant downtown and want to see every storefront filled. 

Westfield is not alone.  As retail continues to contract, restaurants and personal service types of businesses are growing. Many downtowns and shopping destinations are experiencing similar issues.  There are many factors locally to nationally which are influencing the pace of change we are experiencing.  Every day, there is a new headline about store closings and the state of retail on the decline.  As demographics shift, more millennials will emerge onto the marketplace and additional change is inevitable.  Business uses that could never have been contemplated are often not allowed in the existing zoning ordinances.  Product and service providers often struggle to determine what customers want and expect. Today’s retailers often do not need or want large square foot locations which is prevalent in some Downtown Westfield vacancies requiring some difficult and costly decisions on behalf of tenants and property owners.

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