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NJSO Strings Duo in Valentine’s Day Recital at St. Paul’s, Westfield

Violinist Brennan Sweet2 mediumOn Sunday, February 14th at 4:00 PM The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will present a Recital performed in tandem by violinist Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Jonathan Spitz, NJSO’s celebrated principal cellist. Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel are featured on this Sunday afternoon, Valentine’s Day, Bach to Handel program.

Violinist Sweet will perform Bach’s Partita III in E Major for solo violin (BWV 1006), composed in 1720 in six movements: Preludio, Loure, Menuets (I and II), Bourrée and Gigue. This piece typically celebrates the various dances and dance tempos popular in the early 18th Century/late Baroque period. For example, the lyrical Loure, (gigue lente), a slow French Baroque dance, is followed by the more lively Gavotte en Rondeau which, says Sweet, “should set toes tapping.”

Cellist Spitz will perform Bach’s Cello Suite II in D minor for solo cello (BWV 1008) (1717-23), composed, likewise, in a symmetrically conceived cycle of Preludio followed by five Baroque dance-type variations. Unlike Bach’s Partita III, this Suite did not become widely known and popular until 1936-39, when cellist Pablo Casals became the first to record it, at Abbey Road Studios in London. Spitz is praised for his interpretation of this dramatic, deeply soulful work.

Sweet and Spitz will cap the February 14 Recital with a vivacious, inspirational duet -- The Passacaglia from Handel’s Suite in G minor (HWV 432), arranged for violin and cello by Johan Halvorsen. Described as a theme-based “series of thrilling variations in a tour de force of musical invention,” this work is nicknamed “The Impossible,” alluding to the difficulty of creating full, four-part harmony with only two instruments. Notes St. Paul’s Music Director Charles M. Banks, “it will culminate what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music of the highest caliber performed by two consummate guest artists!”

“Given St. Paul’s wonderful acoustics and spirited surroundings,” adds Banks, “these virtuosic works and performers are expected to enhance both the listening and the viewing pleasure of Recital attendees – and they could also tug on a few Valentine’s Day heart strings!”

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 E. Broad Street (near Euclid Ave.) in Westfield. Tickets at the door are $20. Students and parking are free. Following the Recital, attendees are invited to meet and greet Messrs. Sweet and Spitz at a bountiful reception in the Cloister. For more information, contact Director Banks at (908) 451-5082, or e-mail cbnj123@verizon.net

Roosevelt Intermediate School Proudly Presents Once On This Island, March 4-6

RIS once on an island logo for play March 2016 mediumJust in time to shake off winter, Roosevelt School takes you to the Caribbean with the captivating and energetic musical Once on this Island. With lyrics by Lynn Ahren and music by Stephen Flaherty, this musical fable is based on Rosa Guy's 1985 novel, My Love, My Love.


The story is set on a small island in the French Antilles during a raging storm where the inhabitants tell of a tale depicting star-crossed lovers (played by Julia Singer and Matthew Meixner). Confronted with issues such as class distinction and societal expectations, the islanders must deal with a wealthy ruling class while guided by their belief in powerful gods, which include Asaka "Mother of the Earth" (Elizabeth Rosenberg), Agwe "God of Water" (Christian Vozza), Erzullie "Goddess of Love" (Olivia Bergman), and Papa Ge "Daemon of Death" (Anthony Butera). Song and dance prevails with a variety of musical numbers that incorporate the entire cast.


Director Annie Brzozowski chose this play because "it is an excellent expression of empathy and compassion." Although the themes of the story are serious and universal, the approach is light-hearted and performed musically, similar to an operetta. Brzozowski credits her award-winning choreographer, Nicole Le-Fleur Amadeo, with keeping the cast in high-stepping form.


With a cast and crew of over 60 members, the show is rounded out with the talents of Musical Directors Karen Romero and Sabino Lasco. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://ris.booktix.com/, or at the door at Roosevelt Intermediate School located at 301 Clark Street in Westfield. Ticket price is $10.00. Performances are Friday March 4, 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday March 6, at 2:00 p.m. This show is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 

Congratulations to CJ at Amuse

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A hearty congratulations to Amuse chef/owner CJ who has been awarded the International Academy of Gastronomy's Prix au Chef de L'Avenir for 2016. He is the only winner in the US! Prix au Chef de L'Avenir is awarded to talented young Chefs. CJ and Amuse are honored by this recognition, and Downtown Westfield is proud of them.

2016 Award Recipients:

Dimitri Lysens, restaurant Le Magis, Tongres, Belgium

Rafael Costa e Silva, restaurant "Lasai", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcos Morán, Casa Gerardo, Prendes, Spain

Dimitri Droisneau, Villa Madie, Cassis, France

Theodorous Papanikolaou, restaurant Selene, Santorin, Greece

Enrico Panero, restaurant Da Vinci, Eataly Florence, Italy

Youssef Akiki, restaurant Burgundy, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Marcin Przybysz, restaurant "Belvedere", Varsovie, Poland

Francisco Martins, restaurante "O Talho", Warsaw, Portugal

Manuel Stadelmann, restaurant Rialto, Gstaad, Switzerland

Christopher John Reycraft, Jr. restaurant "Amuse", Westfield, NJ USA

Read more at:

http://www.intergastronom.net/iag-prix/prix-au-chef-de-lavenir

Amuse 908.317.2640

 

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

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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.

Read more on nj.com...

“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