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NJWA Music Studio Begins Fall Registration for All Ages

          The arrival of autumn often brings opportunities to renew previous enjoyable activities or undertake new and stimulating endeavors. The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio can help you achieve these goals.

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NJWA Saturday Bands and Orchestras to Begin August 25

The new session of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Saturday Bands and Orchestras will begin on Saturday, August 25.

Beginning Band members, with no prior experience, will meet from 10:00 to 10:30am. Orchestra 1 members  should have 1 to 3 months of experience and will meet from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Orchestra 2 is intended for those with 4 to 12 months of experience and will meet from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Orchestra 3 members should have 2 or more years of playing experience and  will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Band 1, for those with 1 to 3 years of playing experience, will meet between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

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Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Join the fun Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 for the exciting Westfield International Film Festival presented by Big Dreams & Silver Screens at The James Ward Mansion Westfield, 169 E. Broad St. in Westfield. There will be movies and events so save the dates! Visit for tickets, travel info, and more. The festival schedule is below. Dates and times are subject to change.

Thursday,  September 20 - Kick Off Party!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings and Q&A with Attending Filmmakers

Friday, September 21 - Gala Event!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings, Q&A, and Rising Star Honors

Saturday, September 22 - Screenings, Seminar, & Networking
10am-11am Filmmaker Seminar
11:30am-1:30pm Film Block #1
2pm-4pm Film Block #2
5pm-7pm Woman in Film Ceremony
**Honoring Ms. Persia White (The Vampire Diaires, Girlfriends)
7pm-9pm Networking Party
9pm-10pm Film Block #3

Sunday, September 23 - Breakfast, Screenings, & Awards
10am-11am Breakfast with the Filmmakers
(Farinolio, 121 E Broad St. Westfield)
12pm-2pm Film Block #4
3pm-5pm Film Block #5
6pm-8pm Film Block #6
9pm-10pm Awards Ceremony

For synopses and more details, visit

The James Ward Mansion is located at 169 E. Broad St., 908.389.0014.


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DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

The 17th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, held on July 25, 2018 was a huge success in spite of a little rain. Organized by Downtown Westfield Corporation, the event was sponsored by many generous community partners and attracted over 2,000 runners and over 5,000 spectators. While there were runners from 202 New Jersey towns and 7 other states, 40% of them were from Westfield. The annual "Pizza Run" takes many months to plan and would not be possible without the help of key people, volunteers, generous sponsors and a gracious business and residential community.

On behalf of the entire Downtown Westfield Corporation Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thank you to the dedicated DWC staff including: Beth Brenner, Asst. Executive Director, Jamie Lemberg, Website & Social Media Marketing Manager, and Chris Prasek, DWC Summer Intern. Thanks to Meg Mehorter who coordinated over 100 volunteers for the event. The race was directed by Mark Zenobia of On Your Mark Productions and staff with setup and equipment by Ray and Tears Smith of and computer scoring by

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The Grand Finale of the 2018 Sweet Sounds Downtown is August 28 from 7pm until 9pm

The Grand Finale of the 2018 Sweet Sounds Downtown is August 28 from 7pm until 9pm

The last night of Sweet Sounds Downtown for 2018 is Tuesday, August 28 from 7-9pm.

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival has delighted residents, visitors, shoppers and diners with free music while they stroll, dine and relax at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. Quimby St. will be pedestrian only the final night of the summer festival. The rain date is Wednesday evening.

On August 28 listen to The Jazz Lobsters on Quimby St. Enjoy Pat Cuttitta at Central Ave.; Ali Ryerson at Elm St.; and New-Trad Sextet at South Ave. Foundation Park! THere will not be a performance at the North Ave Train Station because of the Quimby St. venue.

week 9 media council video image

Thank you to the Westfield Media Council for creating weekly videos profiling our Sweet Sounds Downtown performers all summer long. Click here or on the image to the right to watch this weeks video!

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Community Banking Comes To Westfield

Community Banking Comes To Westfield

Columbia Bank is new in town. What’s not new is their over 90-year commitment to community banking and community service across New Jersey. They believe you will find theirs to be a unique banking experience with enhanced service, total convenience and state-of-the-art banking technology. They are equally proud to be a reliable source for consumer and business loans.

NJ “counts” on their community support, too. Last year alone they contributed over $1,000,000 and provided over 7,500 volunteer service hours to local towns, charities and causes. Why not stop by and speak with Branch Manager, Antonella Minardo. She and her staff are eager to show you the difference a true community bank can make!

251 North Avenue West • Westfield, NJ 07090 • (908) 233-2720 •

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Remodelings in Downtown Westfield

Remodelings in Downtown Westfield

If you haven't been downtown in a while, you may not realize all the improvements going on. 

Qdoba was closed for two weeks to remodel their interior. The space was gutted to make room for extensive renovations and has now re-opened. 70 Elm St., 908.301.0050.

Theresa's Italian Restaurant was closed for 3 weeks for their remodel, complete with new decor and new menu. 47 Elm St., 908.233.9133. Read more about Theresa's renovation here. 

CVS Shopping Center located at 210 South Ave. W. home to CVS/Pharmacy, Manhattan Bagel, VP Salon, and Priceless Cleaners is getting a facelift with facade improvements.

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Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

There are lots of ways to stay cool this summer. Try some ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, smoothies and fresh juices from these awesome local places in Downtown Westfield.

Ice Cream/Gelato/Frozen Yogurt:

The Chocolate Bar - Delicious gelato, chocolates and hand-dipped chocolate covered fruits, pretzels, brownies and more. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. 

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August Best Bets

August Best Bets



Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Just arrived at Evalyn Dunn from Florence, Italy, 12 original oil paintings from fine artist Mecurio D'Anchise.  His subject matter is varied and his amazing paintings can all be seen in the gallery. Stop in! 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412. 

Galeria West

Summer Customer Appreciation -- Galeria West is offering 15% off original art by Stan Adart, M. Laracuente, Carlos Cruz and 15% off any custom framing order until September 15. 111 Quimby St., 908.301.9217.


Lucky Brand Jeans

Pre-Fall Wardrobing Event at Lucky Brand: Meet with their denim specialists, find the perfect fit and update your wardrobe with the latest trends in denim and fashion.  They are also reintroducing their Heritage Styles so your favorites are back and better than ever. Get $25 off any purchase of $100 or more along with in store promotions now though August 22. 253 E. Broad St., 908.518.1794. 


Satsang Yoga Studio

Fall is just around the corner and Satsang has lots to offer kids of all ages. Satsang Kids is a 6 week series for K-2nd graders and meets Wednesdays 4-5pm. Satsang Kids for Grades 3-5 is a 6 week series that meets Thursdays 3:45-4:45pm. Satsang also offers Middle School Girls Yoga as an 8 week series on Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm and a new weekly Teen Yoga class that meets Thursdays at 5pm for students grade 9 and above. 235 E. Broad St., 908.789.7203.


Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Curbside pickup! Ahrre's Coffee has a new online ordering method and it is super easy to use. Pre-purchase your beans and/or specialty drinks, pull up in front and HONK. Ahrre's staff will run your order out to you! Just text AHRRES to 33733 to get a link to the ordering page. You can also visit their website and click on Store Pick-Up. Then just follow the prompts and place your order. Enjoy 10% off on your first order of coffee beans, 20% off on your first order of specialty drinks using promo code: fundrinks20. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. 

Jersey Mike's

Don't forget to 'jazz it up' with Jersey Mike's Subs. Stop by during jazz nights and enjoy a regular sub and fountain drink for only $7.50 plus tax! 144 E. Broad St., 908.233.6002.

Sweet Waters Steak House

Happy Hour at Sweet Waters is from 3-6pm Monday to Friday. Enjoy half price drinks and appetizers. Also, they offer brunch on Sundays from 11am until 3pm. 43 Elm St., 908.317.2599. 

Photo by Cheri Rogowsky for DWC,

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Grand Openings in August

Grand Openings in August

Hooray! Lots of changes taking place in Downtown Westfield.

Boxwood Coffee Roastery is now open at 143 E. Broad St. (in the location formerly Panera). Boxwood Coffee is a family run coffee shop and roaster from Summit, NJ established in 2014 by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Bellamy. They are thrilled to welcome you to their newest location. Stop in to try their delicious coffees and teas and also to see their beautifully designed space. There are tables and couches and lots of cool places to sit. You won't want to leave!

Farinolio, a Tuscan Bakery-Cafe, has opened at 121 E. Broad St. Owners Annette and Francesco offer Farinolio's guests simple Northern Italian fare with authentic ingredients. Flour, extra virgin olive oil, cheeses and meats come directly from carefully selected partners in Tuscany as well as from local farms and businesses in New Jersey. Join us in welcoming them and their Italian bakers to Westfield and stop in to taste their delicious artisanal food in their beautiful and sophisticated space! 908.325.2486.

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