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Relief Program Update for Small Businesses from Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director

Relief Program Update for Small Businesses from Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director

 

Dear Westfield Business and Property Owners,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bob Zuckerman, and as of today I am the new Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. I know what you must be thinking: what a time to start a new job as a SID director! Fortunately for us, I have over a decade of experience running business (or special) improvement districts, including my most recent stint as a longtime director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance. I also have experience in dealing with major crises, as I was the director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District in New York City when that neighborhood was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. So, I’ve been through a major crisis before, and there’s one thing I can assure you: working in partnership with all of you and with our government leaders in Westfield, we will get through this together! 

I will be reaching out to each and every one of you individually over the course of the next week or so, but I did want to make sure that you all have the most up-to-date information on the various relief programs that are now in place to help small businesses like yours. My staff, Beth Brenner and Nicki McAuliffe, and I are all working virtually, and we will do our best to help answer questions you may have about these programs. Additionally, we are recruiting volunteer financial professionals who will also help answer individual questions about applying for assistance. Lastly, there is counseling available from the Small Business Development Center and other organizations like the Women’s Business Centers which we’ll tell you about in a future email. From local to state to federal relief programs, the following is a summary of what’s currently available.

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Donate or Apply to the "We Love Local" Fund

Donate or Apply to the "We Love Local" Fund

WE LOVE LOCAL!

 

5 Simple Ways to Support Local Businesses

  • Order locally twice a week, or more, for meals, groceries, personal products, toys, crafts, clothes and shoes—for curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Contribute to the #WeLoveLocal fund that helps independent Westfield businesses.
  • Round up your order: Add to an order for tomorrow’s meal, pay for essential workers’ meals or buy food for an elderly neighbor.
  • Maintain your class subscriptions and buy gift cards for future use.

You know what they say about a little kindness... Tip a little more. Share words of encouragement. Be patient with a smaller staff. Leave a nice review. It can make a big difference.

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NJ.com Article by Katie Kausch Concerning Takeout Safety

NJ.com Article by Katie Kausch Concerning Takeout Safety

NJ.com article
posted Updated 7:18 AM; March 19, 2020 at 6:36 AM

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Yes, it’s safe to order restaurant takeout during coronavirus outbreak, expert says

By Katie Kausch | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

Health & Wellness

Harmony Meditation Interactive special lecture and guided meditation sessions for connectivity like you’ve never experienced before with benefits for you, your family and your loved ones. Guests and non-members are welcome to this donation special event to help further fund online meditation courses and events. Sunday, April 19, 2020,  3 pm - 3:30pm. To register, visit: https://harmonymeditation.com/

Open Door Therapy virtual relationship counseling HIPAA-compliant, confidential session from their phone or laptop. 908-403-9300

The Oils Room Offering online classes and 1:1 consultations via online conference. Westfield area local delivery or mail out oil samples to enhance the class experience.

 

FITNESS CLASSES

Athleta Instagram Live free classes called Power Hour Monday - Friday 7PM on @Athleta

The Bar Method Live streaming for Active Members begins Monday, March 23. Off Peak Members may take certain classes! Check The Bar Method website. New to The Bar Method? You can also try Bar Online. 908-232-0746

Brassy Buddha Yoga online classes 908-230-4047  

  • Offering live streamed classes daily.  Once a week they offer a FREE class to either adults, kids, or for family meditation.
  • Class schedule can be found on Mindbody and classes can be booked directly through this link.  Class packages are less now in hopes that they keep everyone healthy at this time- MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT.
  • Kids classes area at 2 PM & 3 PM. A Unity Meditation at 8:15 PM Wednesday nights...for the entire family!  And a variety of classes sprinkled throughout each day for all levels of practitioners.

Club Pilates GO Free live classes daily on Facebook. Check the link for the schedule. 

CrossFIt 908 Central Four live workouts through Zoom each day at 7am / 9am / 12pm / 6pm. Anyone with the link can join for no cost. The link can be found daily on our website www.crossfit908.com. Workouts are scalable for all levels and there is no equipment required. 908-347-6812

Kika Stretch Westfield Private Virtual Stretch Sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-7pm. Text 908.376.9680 for FREE first session, Book Online www.kikastretchstudios.com

Raritan Valley Gyrotonic will be offering private and group Gyrokinesis classes live online at this time. 908-288-7551

Satsang Yoga Studio online class schedule available 908-789-7203

Westfield Fitness Studio has an one to one private classes and online training program, delivered through Skype and supplemented with pre-recorded videos and programs. The programs are individually tailored based on your assessment and the equipment you have in your home, whether that's a full gym or no dedicated fitness equipment at all. 908-487-7244

 

Skin Care and Beauty

Blende Beauty Will create and deliver, or curbside delivery, custom makeup. 908-588-2094

Blue Mercury Order online.

Facial Reality Spa & Salon Spa Pat is available to talk to you about your skin care questions and make appropriate recommendations and to order products. Give her a call or text her at 908-727-5406. Curbside pickup by appointment or free shipping. Follow them on Facebook so you can see Pat's Spa at Home videos for helpful skin care tips.

Guillotine Salon and Spa Email or call retail products you might need. 908 654-8686 info@guillotinesalonandspa.com

Elegant Image Salon Visit their online store for products. Soon curbside haircolor will be available!  Your formula will be waiting! 908-232-4900

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Online Classes from your Favorite Westfield Fitness Studios

Online Classes from your Favorite Westfield Fitness Studios

Many Westfield Fitness Studios holding online classes! Call for more details!

FITNESS CLASSES

Athleta Instagram Live free classes called Power Hour Monday - Friday 7PM on @Athleta

The Bar Method Live streaming for Active Members begins Monday, March 23. Off Peak Members may take certain classes! Check The Bar Method website. New to The Bar Method? You can also try Bar Online. 908-232-0746

Brassy Buddha Yoga online classes 908-230-4047  

  • Offering live streamed classes daily.  Once a week they offer a FREE class to either adults, kids, or for family meditation.
  • Class schedule can be found on Mindbody and classes can be booked directly through this link.  Class packages are less now in hopes that they keep everyone healthy at this time- MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT.
  • Kids classes area at 2 PM & 3 PM. A Unity Meditation at 8:15 PM Wednesday nights...for the entire family!  And a variety of classes sprinkled throughout each day for all levels of practitioners.

Club Pilates GO Free live classes daily on Facebook. Check the link for the schedule. 

CrossFIt 908 Central Four live workouts through Zoom each day at 7am / 9am / 12pm / 6pm. Anyone with the link can join for no cost. The link can be found daily on our website www.crossfit908.com. Workouts are scalable for all levels and there is no equipment required. 908-347-6812

Kika Stretch Westfield Private Virtual Stretch Sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-7pm. Text 908.376.9680 for FREE first session, Book Online www.kikastretchstudios.com

Raritan Valley Gyrotonic will be offering private and group Gyrokinesis classes live online at this time. 908-288-7551

Satsang Yoga Studio online class schedule available 908-789-7203

Westfield Fitness Studio has an one to one private classes and online training program, delivered through Skype and supplemented with pre-recorded videos and programs. The programs are individually tailored based on your assessment and the equipment you have in your home, whether that's a full gym or no dedicated fitness equipment at all. 908-487-7244

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Retail Therapy, Get Things Fixed & Things to Do at Home

Retail Therapy, Get Things Fixed & Things to Do at Home

Need something to do? Retail therapy

Check out these safe activities: books, arts and crafts, leveled up recipes and ingredients, and self-care with beauty products are available for delivery and curbside pickup. Online cooking classes, online music and voice lessons are coming soon.

The Town Book Store books available for curbside delivery. 908-233-3535

AR Workshop DIY art and crafts kits for curbside delivery. 908-367-9054

Farinolio Cucina Online cooking and language classes. 908-325-2486


The Savory Spice Shop Online Ordering and shipping.  

Patricia and Paul Artisan of Fine Oils & Balsamics Leveled up ingredients and cooking implements. Gifts. 908-232-3866

Learning Express Toys Call or Facetime with Allison (11am and 3pm), to pick out your favorite toys, games, puzzles, and crafts! Curbside delivery of your purchase! 908-233-1381

Valencia Music School Online music and voice lessons are coming soon. 908-967-0458

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Curbside doggie pickup. 908-264-7452

Ella Allure Redecorate with video walkthrough and online shopping and ordering of products. 908-654-3527

Golden Bee Antiques Ebay store is open with curbside delivery. 908-654-6824

Blende Beauty Will create and deliver, or curbside deliver, custom makeup. 908-588-2094

Blue Mercury Westfield is temporarily closed but you can order online.

Evalyn Dunn Gallery Choice of online ordering, pay by phone at 908-232-0412. Call to set up a Facetime appointment to view products. Gift certificates available.

Galleria West Curbside delivery and pick up. Call  908-301-9217 or 908-512-8827 to make an appointment.

Facial Reality Text or call 908-727-5406, to order your favorite Eminence products. Shipping is FREE and also limited curbside pickup.

Madeline Moss Ordering, design and search services continue from an off-site location. Phone and email client consultations. Delivery. madeline@madelinemoss.com. 908-400-4566

The French Martini Shop online. Curbside delivery, local front door delivery and shipping available. 

Sherwin-Williams can help you with that painting project you have been thinking about! Curbside pickup available. 908-232-8180

Get stuff fixed

The Device Shop will pick up and deliver for all repairs. Need extra computers, IPads or AirPod Pros headphones? They have them. 908-698-4589

Open Door Therapy virtual relationship counseling HIPAA-compliant, confidential session from their phone or laptop. 908-403-9300

Midas will continue car repairs while social distancing with a Key Drop Box and phone contact with the manager. 908-264-5002

Clothing, Jewelry & Shoe Stores

Many clothing, jewelry and shoe stores are open and happy to show you options online, by text or Facetime. Purchase over the phone and have it delivered to your doorstep or pick it up curbside.

Adlers Jewelers If you have an order or repair that is ready for pickup, we can make arrangements for you to have your items delivered to your home with complimentary overnight shipping or curbside delivery. 908-233-4760

N and C Jewelers Online and shop by phone. 908-233-3380

Sole Shoes Order & Delivery both online and phone, curbside and home non-contact delivery. Online and Video Services and youtube videos with different product categories daily. 908-654-7800. https://www.facebook.com/ItalianSOLE/

Jude Connally Shop online. 908-889-0900 or 855-222-JUDE (5833)

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I'll take that to go

I'll take that to go

Delicious options for dining—even as we practice social distancing. 

Most downtown Westfield restaurants are open. Order and pay ahead they will deliver to your home or they'll bring it out to your car for curbside pick up. 

Amid the Covid-19 crisis most downtown Westfield restaurants are open — taking precautions and using social distancing — to deliver the food you want. Even restaurants that do not usually deliver are delivering now, to homes and for curbside pickup. 

16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro,

Addams Tavern

Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery 

Akai Lounge

Boxwood Coffee Roasters

The Brick Oven

Brunella Portuguese Coffee & Deli

Buddha Fish

Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe

Casa di Pizza

Chez Catherine

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Cinnaholic

Cold Stone Creamery

Di Farina Pizzeria

Evergreen

Farinolio

Feast Catering

Ferraro’s

Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza,

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

FroYo

Hershey's Deli

Hunan Wok III

Inspiration Roll

Jade Garden

Kilwins

Kings Bowl Cafe (open 5/5)

La'Vash - Mediterranean Grill 

Limani Seafood Grill

Liquor Basket 

Manhattan Bagel

Mulberry House Restaurant

Nos Vinos

NY Korean BBQ

Old Havana

Ono Bowls

Outta Hand Pizza

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse + Bistro

Roosterspin

Sichuan Dynasty

Spice Bazar - Modern Indian Dining

Splash of Thai

Starbucks 

Sweet Waters Steak House

The Salad House

Tinga Taqueria

Turning Point

Vicki's Diner

Westfield Diner

Westfield Seafood

Westfield Station Cafe

Westfield Wine & Liquor 

Xocolatz

 

 

 

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Covid-19 Update from Mayor Shelley Brindle

Covid-19 Update from Mayor Shelley Brindle

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM MAYOR SHELLEY BRINDLE: MARCH 26

▶️ CONFIRMED CASES
As of today, there are 6,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey. These include seven additional cases in Westfield -- two males (ages 59 and 22) and five females (ages 52, 45, 43, 32 and 20) -- all are managing symptoms at home. This brings the official count from the Board of Health to 26 cases. For a more detailed breakdown of statewide numbers, visit the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.nj.gov/health/…/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml.


▶️ FEDERAL AND STATE UPDATES
▪️Today, Governor Murphy announced that President Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.

▪️In New Jersey, 155,000 workers filed for unemployment in the last week – 16 times the number who filed the week before.

▪️Governor Murphy signed legislation Wednesday evening to expand New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance programs to provide more workers with access to paid leave benefits during public health emergencies.

▪️The Governor also indicated that he will not be prepared to revisit the closure of school districts until at least April 17, at the very earliest, and that such a decision will be based on careful discussion with public health and safety experts, educators, and districts.

▪️On Saturday, March 28, the COVID-19 testing sites at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center will accept ONLY symptomatic health care workers and first responders. Beginning Sunday, March 29, the sites will move to a new schedule, which is posted on covid19.nj.gov.

▪️As part of the State’s Main Street Stimulus focus, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved an initial $75 million program to help stabilize small businesses. It is believed that this program will be able to provide direct financial assistance and support for between 3,000 and 5,000 small businesses: https://www.nj.gov/…/…/news/562020/approved/20200326b.shtml….

▪️A quick clarification on an error we made in a previous update: While the federal income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, New Jersey has not yet announced a definitive extension deadline for filing state income taxes. The state legislature passed a bill recommending a June 30 extension deadline, and we will communicate any updates about its progress from the Governor’s office as they become available.

▪️Congressman Malinowski is launching a food drive to help restock food pantries across the district and has established one of his collection boxes in Westfield (730 Lawrence Avenue). You can drop off supermarket gift cards, canned vegetables, beans and fruit, granola bars, crackers, bottled water, apple juice, coffee, cleaning supplies, diapers, and paper goods by April 6.


▶️ LOCAL UPDATES
▪️Who’s ready for an encore? Tune in to Live with Kelly and Ryan at 9am tomorrow on WABC7 to see Westfield neighbor and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik reprise his porch performance to raise money for Westfield United Fund’s #welovelocal campaign to support our local businesses. And, in even better news, the Westfield Foundation has offered to match the next $30,000 in donations! We have already received more than 40 applications from local businesses who need our support -- please make your donation today at www.westfieldunitedfund.org.

▪️Although the Westfield Memorial Library remains closed until further notice, remember that online access will continue. For residents without a card, please request one on the library’s website (www.wmlnj.org). In addition, during the COVID-19 closure, no fines or DVD fees will accrue. Please follow the library on Facebook (@WMLNJ) to catch all of their virtual programming -- including storytime, virtual Lego club, crafting, daily teen writing classes, author readings, drawing tutorials, and more. As always, members can access movies, books and music through the library’s digital services, such Overdrive, Freading and Hoopla.

▪️Thanks to Westfield Police Officers Jackus, R. Johnson and Kenny, along with Chaplain Gibbons, for unloading four pallets of food for the Westfield Food Pantry from the Community Food Bank. In addition, Officer Kenny and Detective Savnik today delivered two full bins of donated masks to Overlook -- many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

Thanks to each of you for your ongoing support and willingness to help. Stay well.

#flattenthecurve
#welovelocal
#togetherapart

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To make a contribution, please visit the Westfield United Fund website: https://www.westfieldunitedfund.org/what_you_ca…/donate.html

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Read Mayor Brindle's March 9 Remarks about Redevelopment in the Town's Growth Strategy

Read Mayor Brindle's March 9 Remarks about Redevelopment in the Town's Growth Strategy

A BOLD ACTION PLAN FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

In two weeks, we will be presenting our 2020 budget to the public. While the budget is still being finalized, I want to take this opportunity to provide some context behind the numbers, let you know what to expect in this year’s tax bill, and share our growth strategy for the future.

First and foremost, some background. For the past decade, the Town has taken a very conservative approach to budgeting which has effectively maintained the status quo while yielding a positive AAA bond rating and sizable surplus. It’s an approach that a financial advisor would apply to a couple in retirement, ensuring there is adequate funding to support basic needs for their remaining years, while leaving something for the grandkids.

For Westfield, this has resulted in a healthy nest egg, but has come at the expense of long term investment in roads, parks, infrastructure, and our downtown to adequately meet the reasonable expectations of taxpayers.

It’s a strategy that has also made us overly reliant on revenue sources that contradict good long-term policy, such as parking tickets and permits for tear downs, road openings, and construction. This not only undermines our neighborhood character, downtown vibrancy, and quality of life, but also makes us vulnerable to the whims of the economy, which has necessitated an excessive surplus as a safeguard.

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Wellness Weekends. Try them out.

Wellness Weekends. Try them out.

Wellness Weekend events are a variety of discounted healthy food options, products, fitness classes and wellness services you can try without obligations.

Bring a friend or go solo, it's a low cost—or free— way to sample services that nourish your body and mind.

Westfield Mayors Wellness Campaign encourages wellness in all its forms—healthy eating, exercise, spiritual and mental health. Discover the array of holistic resources in downtown Westfield to help you along your personal path to wellness. 

 

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THURSDAY 3/5 THROUGH SUNDAY 3/8

nutrition, essential oils & skincare

Streamline your routine, treatments and products. Great results with simple solutions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 7 - 9 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 11 AM - 2 PM
SATURDAY,  MARCH 7 11 AM - 2 PM

Via Nutrition, The Oils Room & Alaina Aesthetics
268 E Broad St
REGISTER HERE

ViaNutrition

Feel energetic and uncomplicate your food by choosing easy prep and healthier options that taste good. Learn the steps to detoxing without radical changes or starving. Get in shape for spring and summer. Special offer: 15% off 5-session infrared sauna package for new clients.

Sign-up for a 15-min nutrition consultation and get an extra fifth session added to your purchased 30-Day Coaching (package of 4).

Alania Aesthetics

Alania Aesthetics is offering 20% off the Signature Facial if it is purchased on March 5 - 7.

The Oils Room

Discover simple solutions to reduce the chemicals and synthetics in your medicine cabinet, personal care and cleaning products. Manage stress, seasonal allergies and spring clean holistically. Special offer: Receive a bottle of Citrus Bliss, 3 rollerballs with labels and access to the new 30 Day Family Wellness Challenge Program with a qualifying starter kit purchase.

 

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SATURDAY 3/7 & SUNDAY 3/8

pilates, athleta, jackrabbit yoga & smoothies

Try pilates, gain core strength, flexibility and relief from back pain. Discounted Athleta wear & juices. Join Yoga for Runners at JackRabbit.

 

 

SATURDAY  MARCH 7   11:30 AM - 12 PM     
Club Pilates Westfield

225 E Broad St 
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Every Saturday free 11:30 AM Intro to Pilates class in the Club Pilates Studio 225 E Broad St. It is a 30 minute light workout. The class size is limited. Offer: 10% off our 8 pack or unlimited agreement for the first 3 months and a waived enrollment fee ($59 savings).

SATURDAY  MARCH 7   9:30 AM - 5 PM 
Fresh Bui 
57 Elm St

Fresh juices, smoothies, fruit bowls and home made small batch specialities. Offer: Saturday 3/7 Mention Westfield Wellness & buy one juice, bowl or smoothie — get a second at half price.

SUNDAY MARCH 8      9 AM
Free Pilates Mat Class at Athleta 
234 E Broad St
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Join CP Master Trainer Gina Berta for a 9 AM Mat Class in Athleta. Light refreshments & door prizes. The class size is limited. Offer: 20% off retail. 10 AM - 11 AM exclusive private shopping for Club Pilates members. 

SUNDAY MARCH 8      9 AM
Free Yoga for Runners at JackRabbit
123 Quimby St

9 AM Every Sunday Free Yoga for Runners, JackRabbit Westfield.  Bring a mat and show up.

  

 

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SATURDAY 3/21 & SATURDAY 4/18

facial, stretch, yoga & pitaya bowl

Spring three-way cleanse with Everlasting Haven Spa, Brassy Buddha Yoga & Kika Stretch.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 11 AM - 1 PM $30
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 11 AM - 1 PM $30

  

 

Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio
227 South Ave W

REGISTER HERE 

Join Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio, Brassy Buddha Yoga and Kika Stretch Studios together for an afternoon cleansing of the face, body and soul.

Enjoy a healing facial mask application with Gina from Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness, receive a demo Kika Assisted Stretch from Leilah, and take part in a 30 minute gentle flow for all levels with Brandi. Other surprises and raffles included as well, don't miss out!

Everlasting Haven Spa & Wellness Studio 

Provides quality aesthetic & wellness services to provide you a space of tranquility and peaceful escape.

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio 

Classes are held in a candlelit room with no mirrors or windows to encourage students to focus on their inner dimensions. 

Kika Stretch Studio  

The gentle assisted stretching process that dramatically reduces stress, eliminates pain and leaves you feeling energized. 

Kings Bowl Cafe 

Enjoy juices, smoothies, fruit bowls and avacado toast. 
331 W Broad St
Saturday 3/7 mention Westfield Wellness and get $1 off your purchase.

 

WELLNESS DIRECTORY

Downtown Westfield Fitness Studios

Downtown Westfield Health, Wellness and Massage Services 

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