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Westfield Memorial Library hosts Coloring for Adults & 1776 in NJ

1176 in NJ 2.11.16 medium(January 27, 2016) – On Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present, “Color Your World! Coloring for Adults,” and on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., “1776 in NJ” will be presented. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

“Our hectic lives color our view of the world. Wouldn't it be great if you could just spend a few unhurried hours with a coloring book?” said Jen Schulze, head of Adult Services. “Whether you color inside or outside the lines, coloring is a fun and relaxing activity that allows you to get your creative juices flowing without the need for any artistic talent.”

The coloring patterns the library will provide are geometric, intricate, and abstract, designed to appeal to adults. All other materials will be provided as well. No need to register, just stop by and be prepared to have some fun.

“1776 in NJ: How New Jersey Shaped the Struggle for and over Independence” will be presented by historian Donald J. Peck. He will discuss New Jerseyans who favored and opposed independence. A highlight of the lecture will be the historic peace conference of September 11, 1776, held at the Billop Manor on Staten Island.

Mr. Peck is the author of several books about New Jersey history. A direct descendant of six signers of the Mayflower Compact, he is a Trustee for the League of New Jersey Historical Societies, past Commissioner for the Woodbridge Historic Preservation Commission, and past President and current Board member of the Museums of Perth Amboy.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0. 


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for President’s Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

 

See Menus and Make Reservations Now for Dine Out Westfield, February 28 – March 10

dine out westfield pic Sweetwaters Cheri Rogowsky med mediumThe Downtown Westfield Corporation is pleased to sponsor Dine Out Westfield, this year's Winter Restaurant Week event Sunday, February 28 - Thursday, March 10, 2016 (two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday). Diners can enjoy a two-course lunch menu and a two or three course dinner menu at fixed prices from Westfield best restaurants. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included. Enjoy menus in advance and daily drawings to enhance your dining experience!


New this year are online menus. Each participating restaurant's menus are published in advance for you to review before making your reservation. Visit www.WestfieldToday.com for more details.


In addition, Downtown Westfield Corporation will offer a new dining experience with random drawings every day available from a mobile device. Diners will have the option to scan a QR code or go to a web page and simply enter their email address and dining location for a chance to win. A $50 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants will be awarded daily or a $25 parking card.


Make reservations in advance by calling your favorite restaurant directly. Seats fill up early, especially for dinner, so check your calendar. And bon appetite!


PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, Akai Japanese Sushi Lounge, Amuse, Boulevard Bistro, The Brick Oven, Chez Catherine, Cosimo’s Italian Restaurant, Ferraro’s Restaurant, Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza, Limani Seafood Grill, Mojave Grille, Mulberry House Restaurant, Old Havana, Pure Pita, Roosterspin, Splash of Thai, Sweet Waters Steak House, Theresa's, Turning Point Restaurant and Xocolatz Restaurant and Grill.

Participating Wine Stores: CoolVines and The Liquor Basket.

Westfield Memorial Library Foundation Hosts First Event in Weiss Family Jazz Series

keith franklin jazz jpg medium(January 26, 2016) – On Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present Keith Franklin Jazz, the first in the Weiss Family Jazz Series. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Established with a bequest to the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation, the Weiss Family Jazz Series commemorates longtime library patrons Joseph and Dorothy Weiss. Future performances will include the Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Trio on May 4 and jazz singer Marlene Verplanck on October 5. Keith Franklin is a creative jazz pianist who has a B.A. in piano performance from Rutgers University. He has toured in the U.S and opened for Blood Sweat and Tears, B.B. King, Iron Butterfly and the Youngbloods. After his foray into rock and roll, he returned to his jazz roots. Vocalist Catrice Joseph graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Arts and New York University. She has performed in over twelve countries and toured nationally with shows such as Hair, Fame and Tommy. Her Broadway credits include Seussical, Bird Girl, Rent and All Shook Up. Scot Hornick, double and electric bassist, has studied and performed with many great musicians. Live performances have taken him all over North and Central America, as well as Europe and Scandinavia. He teaches at Mercer County Community College and Bill Wright's School of Music. Tom Papadatos, drummer, is a Berklee College of Music graduate. He has been performing in the New York area, and has toured in the United States, Asia and Europe with various pop, rock, blues, and jazz artists, as well as modern dance companies.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0. 


“Leaving a legacy to the library through the Gifts Program or through a donation to the Foundation is a wonderful way to commemorate a loved one,” said Library Director Phil Israel. “Organizations and businesses can also participate. A gift from an organization means recognition for its accomplishments throughout the year, and a gift from a business is a unique way to recognize retirees, founding days, or other special events.” For more information on the Gifts Program, contact Mr. Israel at 908.789.4090 extension 4119. Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.” 

 

Trader Joe's Update

traderjoes 250pix mediumFrom traderjoes.com/announcements

Westfield, NJ – Location CLOSED for Repairs - January 25, 2016

Our store at 155 Elm Street in Westfield, NJ was severely damaged during this past weekend’s storm: a portion of the roof collapsed, and the building is no longer suitable for use.

Thankfully, the store was closed when this happened, no customers or Crew were present—and no one was hurt.

All Crew Members from our Westfield store have the option to work at other locations, and we are in the process of setting up those reassignments.

We intend to reopen in this location. Understanding the time it will take to reopen is a work-in-progress, as we determine what needs to be done. As soon as we have a realistic timeframe, we will share our plans.

To our Westfield Customers, we value your patience and look forward to welcoming you back into your store as soon as possible.

Roof Collapse at Trader Joe's Westfield

trader joes cropped mediumThe roof of Trader Joe's Westfield store partially caved in Saturday, January 23, 2016 as a historic winter storm pummeled the region.

Story at nbcnewyork.com

Downtown Westfield Featured on NJ.com

blog westfield jazz night picjpg 898cb186b87636b7 mediumNJ.com, January 20, 2016 -- For generations, families have come to Downtown Westfield to shop, dine and enjoy themselves. Downtown Westfield, the beating heart of a quaint suburban town, has kept pace with the evolving needs of its customers for nearly three centuries.Today, Westfield's award-winning downtown — home to about 500 of Westfield's 1,200 businesses and spanning roughly 18 blocks — comprises a diverse mix of independent shops, national chain stores and franchises, restaurants, professional service providers and cultural centers.

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“Great Food for a Great Cause” Raises Funds for Kortney Rose Foundation at Turning Point Restaurants

Turning Point Restaurants will again partner with the Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) to hold the 7th Annual fundraiser - “Great Food for a Great Cause” - on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28 from 8am to 3pm at all 11 Turning Point locations.

Guests at Turning Point who donate a minimum of $25 to KRF on either of those two days will receive in return a Turning Point gift card good for two entrées to be used any time in the future.

Last year, the event generated more than $51,000 for the Kortney Rose Foundation, which raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Over the past six years, the Turning Point weekend event has raised a total of $150,000.

“Year after year our staff and patrons look forward to this fundraiser and their effort and enthusiasm is reflected in the tremendous generosity that is shown at this popular event,” said Kirk Ruoff, who, with his wife, Pam, are owners of Turning Point. The restaurant is one of KRF’s largest corporate sponsors.

“Turning Point and the Ruoffs have been a staple in our efforts to raise money for kids with brain tumors – the number one cancer cause of death in children 20 and under,” said KRF’s Founder and President Kristen Gillette. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude from the growing community support for our mission to find better treatments and cures for the more than 3,500 children diagnosed annually with brain tumors.” KRF volunteers will be at each Turning Point location to answer any questions about the Foundation and its mission.

KRF was founded by Kristen and Rich Gillette in memory of their daughter Kortney, who died from a brain tumor in 2006.Their foundation reached a milestone in 2015 when, after just nine years, it surpassed $1 million in donations to CHOP.

The Turning Point locations are Brick, Cherry Hill, Hoboken, Holmdel, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlton, Princeton, Sea Girt, and Westfield.

www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org

www.theturningpoint.biz

NJ Festival Orchestra Performs Bohemian Rhapsody, March 5

LaBoheme 1 200w mediumJoin New Jersey Festival Orchestra as they perform BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7pm at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ.

With International Guest Soloists, David Wroe Music Director and Conductor.

No opera can equal the passion, romance and tragedy of La Boheme. This perennial favorite about love and loss that inspired Rent and many other contemporary shows is surely one of Puccini’s most glorious works. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present, acted and in costume, this magnum opus that will not leave a dry eye in the house.

Tickets $75 | $60 | $48 | $26 | students $13. Call 908.232.9400 or visit www.njfestivalorchestra.org