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Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Welcome Mayor Shelley Brindle and new council members! It was a frigid yet exciting and historic inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2018 as Westfield swore in its first female mayor. Also sworn in were new town council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract & Dawn Mackey. They joined existing council members JoAnn Neylan, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes. A crowd of several hundred people were on hand to witness the event at the Town Hall Front Lawn, 425 E. Broad Street. 

DWC welcomes to our Board of Directors Jim Donofrio, Gary Goodman, Miriam Verga, Patricia Hanigan, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and Mayor Shelley Brindle. They join existing board members Alan De Rose, Shawn Hanna and James Gildea. Click here for the board meeting schedule.

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NJWA Music Studio Registers for Winter Session

NJWA Music Studio Registers for Winter Session

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio will begin its winter session of instrumental and vocal instruction. Lessons are available for pre-school children through adults in a 30, 45 or 60 minute format.

The staff of the NJWA consists of highly skilled music educators and professional artists, with degrees from prestigious universities and music programs. They accurately evaluate each student’s ability and design the lessons to fit the student’s needs.

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First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall

First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall
WESTFIELD -- First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house.  Hidden from view for over 40 years, the hall’s window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light.  The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart of the church’s social events.  
 

Built in 1912 and named for an early minister, Patton Hall was modified over the years to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation.  A portion was walled off to create an infant nursery and a drop ceiling was added during the 1970s energy crisis, sealing off the balcony and skylight above. 
 
patton hall reducedWith the completion of the restoration, the most dramatic architectural elements are once again visible, namely the exposed rafters, arched windows and wood trimmed skylight in the early 20th century Craftsman style.  The original Gothic-style chandeliers were refurbished and fitted with Edison-era bulbs.  Doors and woodwork were salvaged and the painted trim returned to its original chestnut finish.
 
To satisfy 21st century standards, the project included central air conditioning, a new service kitchen and handicapped-accessible bathroom, and a 75-inch “smart” TV.  The hall can seat 120 people and is available for rental for meetings and celebrations.
 
 “Among the many blessings of a thriving congregation are members who are willing to contribute so generously to complete a project like this for future generations,” said Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, FCC Senior Minister.  “We welcome the community to experience both the room and the generosity of spirit that restored it over coffee following our weekly worship celebrations.” 
 
First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in downtown Westfield.  For more information on rentals or church programs, please visit fccofwestfield.org or call (908) 233-2494.
 
 
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First Congregational Church’s Patton Hall has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor.   The historic hall is home to the church’s social events and may be rented for meetings and celebrations.

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Watch out for this scam that targets senior citizens -- from Round Table Wealth Management

Parents constantly worry about their children’s safety, regardless of their age.  That ongoing concern doesn’t diminish as they reach their grandparenting years.  For some, it becomes even greater.

Imagine being a grandparent, and receiving a call from someone informing you that your grandson (who is away at college) was involved in a terrible automobile accident.  He was not seriously injured, but he is very scared because the other party was badly injured, and is an expectant mom.  Your “grandson” gets on the phone asking you for your help and promises to pay you back, but asks you to please not tell mom or dad yet.  He will tell them everything when he gets home.  Your heart races with fear, yet it is also breaking as you imagine this young man who doesn’t fully understand yet what this all means for him.  All he needs from you is $900.  You think to yourself “that’s not a significant amount of money…and would be worth it to help him out”.  So off you go to send the funds.  Later in the day, you receive a second call telling you that the injured party suffered a miscarriage and now needs additional funds to pay other expenses.  Your “grandson” must pay this or he will be arrested.  Again, the adrenaline doesn’t allow you to think straight and you go directly to send the necessary funds.  You just hope he will be okay once all this is behind him…

You have just been scammed.  There was no accident and your grandchild is safe at school and you are out $900 or more.

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NJWA Holiday Boutique Scholarship Fundraiser

NJWA Holiday Boutique Scholarship Fundraiser

A collection, consisting of individual and group musical figurines, in performance position playing musical instruments, has been donated to the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts to help raise funds for student scholarships.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to purchase an individual figurine or small collection. Included are musical miniatures and instruments made from materials such as pottery, clay, pewter, marble, paper mache, metal wire, wood carving and other materials crafted in the United States, England, Germany and other countries around the world. Included are  a fife with keys from Europe, soap stone dancers from Kenya, a gypsum violin clock from Canada, a paper mache figure from Mexico and a Christmas guard nutcracker trio with musicians playing instruments.

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Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

With the recent change in administration and the emphasis on volunteering, it’s a great time to remind Westfield residents of the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). The DWC, a New Jersey and nationally designated Main Street Community since 1993, is dedicated to promoting Downtown Westfield as a preferred destination. The DWC is committed to strengthening the downtown Special Improvement District as the center of community life and preserving the rich architectural legacy of the downtown area. The DWC utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology (Design, Economic Development, Organization and Promotions) for strengthening the local economy and protecting the historic buildings.

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Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Kirk Ruoff, founder and owner of the The Turning Point restaurants received the Golden Plate Award 2017 from New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association at the 37th Annual Awards Gala. The event presented awards to the state’s best and the brightest professionals at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City in November.

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Give a Lasting Gift of the Arts from the NJWA

Give a Lasting Gift of the Arts from the NJWA

With the approach of the holiday season, many people take great care to select an appropriate gift for the special people in their lives.  Gift givers  can avoid being concerned over the correct size, color or style if they give a gift certificate from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts.

The NJWA gift certificate can allow someone to initiate a new interest  or continue to broaden an existing talent.  This gift can give the recipient an experience  that can last a lifetime.

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NJWA Presents Family Holiday Concert at Redeemer Church

NJWA Presents Family Holiday Concert at Redeemer Church

Members of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Saturday Orchestras and Wednesday Morning Strings will present a family concert on Sunday, December 17, at 5:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 229 Cowperthwaite Place in Westfield.

The concert, for all age levels, will include musical selections of traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music.  Among the songs will be Ding Dong Merrily on High, Christmas  Canon, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, Dreidel Song and Chanukah, Oh Chanukah.  Audience members will be invited to participate singing familiar tunes with the orchestra.

The admission is free, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.

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