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Celebrating National Poetry Month in Westfield, NJ, in April

Celebrating National Poetry Month in Westfield, NJ, in April

Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month by highlighting the power of words and the connection to visual arts. Ekphrasis: Art & Words consist of an exhibition of art and poetry— side-by-side — that includes local artists and poets inspiring one another. Existing poetry was collected by invited poets and artwork was curated from artists throughout New Jersey. Artists and poets were given the opportunity to choose one of the selected poems or pieces of art that spoke to them and to create a new piece of art—be it a visual art or poem—based on the original inspiration. The challenge will be in determining which came first, the poem or the art.

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NJWA Summer Workshop offers season of CREATIVITY and FUN

NJWA Summer Workshop offers season of CREATIVITY and FUN

The NJWA Summer Workshop enters its 44th season of providing exciting cognitive and creative opportunities for students entering junior kindergarten through 8th grade. This year’s Workshop runs weekdays from July 5-July 22, 8:30 am-12:30 pm and will be held at the Roosevelt Intermediate School, 301 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ. The three-week program offers various programs guaranteed to provide each student with the prospect to explore, discover and create in a truly unique and personal manner.

Workshop Director, Pamela Aslin, credits the overwhelming success of the program to the carefully handpicked teaching staff comprised of dynamic, professional educators and performers who are eager to promote a classroom culture that is inspirational, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. Aslin further touts, “Our curriculum is taught in a way that allows an authentic, student-centered process supported by individuality, creativity and challenge.”

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Dine Out Westfield was a Winner in More Ways Than One

Dine Out Westfield was a Winner in More Ways Than One

The Downtown Westfield Corporation recently sponsored Dine Out Westfield, this year's Winter Restaurant Week. Diners enjoyed two-course lunch menus and two or three course dinner menus at fixed prices from Westfield's best restaurants February 28 - Thursday, March 10 (two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday).

As part of Dine Out Westfield, the Downtown Westfield Corporation conducted daily random drawings for diners with mobile devices at participating restaurants. Diners simply scanned the QR code or typed in the URL on a drawing card provided by their server for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants or a $25 parking card!

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Shopping Best Bets March 2016

Shopping Best Bets March 2016

Best Bets from 13 of Downtown Westfield's merchants, deals you don't want to miss.

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Food & Wine News March 2016

Food & Wine News March 2016

News from six of Downtown Westfield's restaurants.

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Girls' Night Out is Returning to Westfield Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5-9pm

Girls' Night Out is Returning to Westfield Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5-9pm

Ladies, it's that time again! Back by popular demand, Downtown Westfield Corporation is sponsoring Gilrs' Night Out. Discover unique shops, pamper yourself with trunk shows, special events, promotions, and complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield, NJ. Be one of the first 1,500 lucky ladies to register and receive a gift (a secret until arrival). Rain or shine. Don't miss it.

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Westfield Author Simon Lack to present "Wall Street Potholes" at Westfield Memorial Library

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On Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present Westfield author Simon Lack discussing his book, Wall Street Potholes. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Wall Street Potholes shares insights into the money management industry, revealing the shady practices that benefit the salesman far more than the client. Mr. Lack brings together a team of experienced money managers to give you straight-from-the-source intelligence, and teaches you how to recognize bad advice and when it’s better to just walk away.

Following 23 years with JPMorgan, Simon Lack founded St. Advisors, LLC, in 2009. He sat on JPMorgan's investment committee and founded the JPMorgan Incubator Funds. Simon chairs the Investment Committee for Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ, and also chairs the Memorial Endowment Trust Investment Committee of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield.

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Go Green or Go Home! Enjoying St. Patrick's Day Treats in Westfield

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You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! There are lots of things to eat and enjoy this month in Westfield to get into the lucky spirit. Head to Bridget's Irish Cottage (15 E. Broad St., 908.789.0909) for all things Irish. Get green bagels at Manhattan at Manhattan Bagel (210 South Ave. W., 908.654.0525). Enjoy shamrock cookies at Carlo's Bakery (21 E. Broad St., 908.228.5525) and Irish soda breador green peanut macaroons at Bovella's Pastry Shoppe (101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149). Try an Irish whiskey, an Irish coffee, or a pint of Guinness at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (16 Prospect St., 908.232.7320) or The Office Beer Bar & Grill (411 North Ave., 908.232.1207).

Spotlight On: Volunteer Jeff Christakos & Westfield Wealth Management

jeff christakos westfield wealth managementFor many years, Jeff Christakos has volunteered with Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) and serves as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Jeff has a unique perspective as not only a downtown business owner, but also is a property owner and lives right in downtown. With his distinctive bowtie, he is often seen around town at DWC ribbon cutting events, walking his dog Charlie, running marathons, or enjoying downtown shops and restaurants with his wife Anna. He is a respected business leader, supports many charitable organizations, and was the most recent recipient of the DWC Lee M. Hale Volunteer Service Award.

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Retail Buzz: Savory Spice Shop has a New Owner

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For over five years, The Savory Spice Shop has been a fixture on E. Broad St., opened in 2010 by sisters Jackie Mittelhammer and Becky Solheim. Customers came to enjoy not only the freshly ground herbs and spices and the hand-blended seasonings, but the friendly service and culinary advice provided by the sisters and their staff. With the start of the new year, the owners made the difficult decision to focus more on their growing families and decided to pass their spice baton back to the head office based in Denver, CO. The shop will be managed locally by Westfield resident, Marty Silverman, an employee for almost 2 years. Marty not only brings a true passion for all things good to eat, but a real appreciation for what was built over the last 5 years. Marty fully supports the "experience" that is shopping at Savory Spice Shop. The smells, the tastes, the recipes, the suggestions, and the personalized service.

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