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Innovative Music Class for Young Musicians Offered at the NJWA

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio is presently offering a new and innovative program for very young musicians.

Intended for toddlers, preschoolers, and children to age 9, Music FunTime students will use musical crafts, worksheets, games and instruments in an exciting way to explore the arts. The  program is based on Johns Hopkins Research that very young children can learn to read music notation and play musical instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science.

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Silhouette Day Rescheduled at Juxtapose Gallery

Silhouette Day Rescheduled at Juxtapose Gallery

***Due to an illness Silhouette Day has been rescheduled to Dec 3*** Call today to reschedule or make your appointment! Silhouettes make a great gift for grandparents or anyone in your child's life!

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The Hale Speaker Series Presents a Talk by Rutgers University President, Robert L. Barchi on Nov. 16

The Hale Speaker Series Presents a Talk by Rutgers University President, Robert L. Barchi on Nov. 16

The extraordinary changes that have marked the history of Rutgers University will be a main focus of an upcoming talk in Westfield by the university’s president.

Robert L. Barchi, who lived in Westfield when he was a youngster, will discuss “Rutgers---Celebrating 250 Years” in the final lecture of the 2016 Hale Speaker Series. The hour-long talk is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Bauer Branch of the Westfield Y at 422 East Broad St., Westfield.


In his annual report to the University Senate, Barchi noted the excitement about such initiatives as the emerging master plan for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the construction of new buildings on the school’s campuses, and the optimism tied to the university’s third year as a member of the Big Ten. The Rutgers 250 activities included many events as well as two visits by President Barack Obama, including his delivery of the anniversary commencement address.

Barchi, who holds M.D. and Ph D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, came to Rutgers after serving as president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He holds board certification in neurology and has published widely in his field.

As a side interest, Barchi collects clocks and watches from the 17th and 18th centuries; he also designs and constructs precision clocks in his basement machine shop.

The Hale Speaker Series, now in its ninth year, is named in honor of the late Lee and Anne Hale, who were active in community affairs and longtime library patrons. Their daughter, Barbara, is a member of the series committee. Funding comes from The Anne and Lee Hale Fund and The Thomas Glasser Foundation.

The Barchi talk is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required by signing up at www.wmlnj.org or by calling 908-789-4090 ext. 0.

Linnea Rhodes serves as head of the Hale Speaker Series committee whose members also include Sherry Cronin, Mary Orlando and Tina Lesher.

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An Awesome Halloween Celebration

An Awesome Halloween Celebration

The Downtown Westfield Trick-or-Treat, Parade and Costume Contest took place Sunday, October 30, 2016 drawing over 2,000 people for the festivities, including candy from downtown retailers and restaurants. Thanks to the Westfield High School Marching Band for leading the parade and entertaining the crowds. Thanks to The Optimist Club for organizing the parade and volunteers. Thanks to the Westfield DPW and the

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String Players Invited to Interview for NJWA Saturday Orchestras

String Players Invited to Interview for NJWA Saturday Orchestras

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio is currently holding interviews for all age levels for its various Saturday Orchestras. According to Dr. Ted Schlosberg, NJWA Founder and Executive Director, “The Music Studio is pleased to offer musical experiences for all ability levels. These groups are designed for musicians who enjoy playing a wide variety of music.”


There is a Cadet Orchestra, which will meet at 1:30 pm, for beginning string students who are just starting music lessons. A String Orchestra will meet at 3:30 pm, for musicians with one or two years’ experience who can play C,G and D scales and a Chamber Orchestra will meet at 2:30 pm for intermediate and advanced musicians who can play C,G, D, A, F, Bb and Eb scales.

The orchestras will be held on Saturday afternoons at the NJWA Music Studio, 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield. Musicians may bring their own instruments or arrange for rental from the NJWA Music Store.

In addition to these orchestras and private and group lessons, the Music Studio is home to a wide variety of music programs. Among those are the NJWA Summer Symphony, the Rock Performance Workshop, Wednesday Morning Strings, the Majestic Winds, the Alphorn Ensemble, and the Music Connection, which now includes a Music Therapy program.

To schedule an interview, please call Dr. Schlosberg at 908-789-9696, extension 17. For more information on the NJWA, log on to the web site at www.njworkshopforthearts.com and visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo caption: Dr. Ted Schlosberg will direct a variety of NJWA Saturday Orchestras for musicians of all ages and ability levels.

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Downtown Westfield Corporation Thanks Businesses and Announces Winners of Trick-or-Treat Costume Contest

Downtown Westfield Corporation Thanks Businesses and Announces Winners of Trick-or-Treat Costume Contest

The ever-popular Downtown Trick-or-Treat & Costume Contest, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) took place on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Over 2,000 trick-or-treaters enjoyed treats from the downtown businesses from 12pm to 2pm.  Children paraded in the costume contest on Quimby Street, and 23 winners were awarded wonderful prizes from sponsoring businesses.  The Optimist Club of Westfield assisted this year with the ever-popular costume contest and held a parade led by the Westfield High School Marching Band.   

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Celebrate Halloween Downtown on Sunday, Oct. 30

Celebrate Halloween Downtown on Sunday, Oct. 30

The 2016 Halloween celebration of Trick-or-treat, Parade and Costume Contest are coming to Downtown Westfield again this year on October 30, 2016.

Bring the kids downtown in their costumes to trick-or-treat in the retail stores and restaurants throughout Downtown Westfiel from 12pm to 2pm.

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Dine Out Westfield is Coming October 16-27

Dine Out Westfield is Coming October 16-27

The Downtown Westfield Corporation is pleased to once again sponsor Dine Out Westfield, this year's Fall Restaurant Week event taking place Sunday, October 16 - Thursday, October 27, 2016 (two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday).

Diners 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.

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The French Martini Celebrates One Year in Westfield

The French Martini Celebrates One Year in Westfield

The French Martini first moved into 41 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield a year ago on October 1, 2015 as a POP-UP shop, offering handmade jewelry, vintage goods and unique finds.  Little did they know, the three month, temporary space would become permanent for The French Martini.

As a life-style brand and gift shop, owned by two local Westfield women, it didn't take Angela Kurze and Brandi Wotanowski long to realize that this quaint space was a perfect home for their first brick and mortar shop.

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Welcome Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Presenting Sponsor of Pizza Run

Welcome Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Presenting Sponsor of Pizza Run

15th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza welcomes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey as Presenting Sponsor.

The 15th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be here before you know it! Don’t forget to sign up for a night of running, pizza, prizes, and entertainment! The event will be held on July 27, 2016 with a start time of 7 pm. The race is pre-registration online only at PracticeHard.com until midnight on July 25, 2016. There are no online processing fees.

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