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Arcanum Hall Gets A Facelift

Arcanum Hall Gets A Facelift

The DWC Design Committee is pleased to be part of the 1892 Historic Arcanum Hall renovations through our Facade Renovation Incentive Grant Program. The Bavosa family, property owners, have invested in a major renovation project overseen by PEM Construction of Westfield. The building was painted by Alpine Painting & Sanding of Paterson and decorative painting was completed by Neighborhood Painting of Westfield with paint finishes advice from Trish Lynn of Shady Lady. DWC Design members include Peg Lockwood, Chair, Robert Newell, David Bailey, Patricia Pfaffenbach, Lisa Tsavekou and Barbara Vincentsen. New windows were installed on the second floor and columns were installed on the balconies. A new awning and sign will be installed next. 

Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

Holiday Events Begin Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Westfield

The holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy shopping, dining and celebrating in our classic town for modern families! Since there's no place like home, Westfield is the place where families and friends share good food, exchange gifts and create awesome memories together.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is proud to sponsor the following annual holiday events beginning Thanksgiving weekend:

Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus at Lord & Taylor - November 23-25 

Thanksgiving Weekend kick­s off the Welcome Home to Westfield holiday events with Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, November 23-25, 2018­ at Lord & Taylor, Westfield, 609 North Ave. W., Westfield, NJ. Friday & Saturday 1-­6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Get one free 5" x 7" photo with a donation of 2 cans of non­perishable food for the Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity. Nominal shipping fee will apply. Additional online photo packages may be purchased from www.PaulMeccaPhotography.com

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Spencer Savings Bank Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

Spencer Savings Bank Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Westfield

Spencer Savings Bank celebrated the opening of its new branch at 240 North Ave. West on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The location is one of the New Jersey-based bank’s two technologically advanced “financial centers,” a combination of a banking center and loan production office.

“We pride ourselves in helping New Jersey residents and businesses grow,” George Celentano, director of retail banking, said in his speech that night.

Among the amenities at the branch are interactive teller kiosks that allow customers to speak by video with bankers in other locations. Customers who park in the train station lot across the street will be reimbursed for parking fees.

Spencer Savings had been operating a traditional branch in Garwood. Its staff was relocated to the new center in Westfield this summer, according to the company.

240 North Ave. W., 908-889-6390. www.spencersavings.com/locations/westfield/

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Stained Glass Windows Restored at 44 Elm St.

Stained Glass Windows Restored at 44 Elm St.

Special thanks to Regina & Andrew Calcagno, property owners of 44 Elm Street (Westfield's flatiron building) and for investing in this beautiful gem! The stained glass windows were installed on October 10 by contractors George, Sal and Miguel. The 3rd floor stained glass panels were previously donated to the Westfield Historical Society by one of the prior building owners, the Rordens. After many years in the archives, they were removed, refurbished by Donna Slevin of Kick Glass Art Studio and placed back into the original frame by the Calcagno's. Donna also handcrafted the 2nd floor window at their request to replicate the design of the 1903 3rd floor original windows based on our historic photos. Downtown Westfield Corporation and our Design Committee are happy to be part of this restoration project. A true partnership all the way around! J. McLaughlin is open in the first floor retail space and the two apartments should be coming online soon. Stay tuned!

 

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A Highlight of AddamsFest will be the Charles Addams Art Exhibit at The James Ward Mansion

Charles Addams Art Exhibit -- Featuring Original Drawings, Cartoons and Photographs 

October 22 - October 30

Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm 

Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm

Weekday Group Tours by Appointment: 9:00am - 2:00pm

The James Ward Mansion, 169 E. Broad St.

Tickets for the exhibit will be available online at www.addamsfest.com and on site at the James Ward Mansion from 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM Monday to Thursday and 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Suggested donation is $5-$10, and a portion will go towards the Charles Addams Fund which provides scholarships to Westfield High School seniors pursuing a career in the arts. Weekday group tours are available by appointment only 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM by contacting addamsfest@gmail.com.  

You know The Addams Family, but did you know that its creator, Charles Addams, was a widely lauded cartoonist with a vast collection of work? During the upcoming AddamsFest, the inaugural celebration of its native son, the Town of Westfield will showcase the Charles Addams Art Exhibit, graciously on loan from the collection of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation. Sure to be the crown jewel of the festival, the collection will feature 40 handpicked original drawings, cartoons and personal photographs -- with classic Addams Family pieces, as well as those brimming with hints of Westfield and highlighting Addams’ love of New York City.

A highlight of the exhibit is the newly emancipated Charles Addams skeleton artwork. Nicknamed “Dudley,” this life-sized Addams original, drawn during his Westfield childhood, spent almost a hundred years on the second floor of a barn on East Dudley Avenue. Special thanks to current homeowners Jennifer and Samuel Khichi for generously sharing this valuable piece of history with the community.

The Charles Addams Art exhibit is generously supported by Anthony James Construction.

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Eateries in the News: Boxwood Coffee & Farinolio

Eateries in the News: Boxwood Coffee & Farinolio

Boxwood Coffee Grows Bigger in NJ with 3,700-Square-Foot Roastery Cafe -- Westfield, New Jersey is the second cafe from four-year-old roaster and retailer Boxwood Coffee. At 3,700 square feet, the location is more than three times the size of the company's original Summit, NJ shop, and is now home to Boxwood's roastery while also offering space for events, training and education programming. Read the latest article by Roast Magazine. 143 E. Broad St., www.boxwoodcoffee.com  

Farinolio on News 12 New Jersey -- Recently the News 12 NJ camera crew visited Westfield's newest Italian cafe, Farinolio for a Food & Fun segment.  Watch the video here! It will have you feeling like you popped in for a bite while wandering the streets of Italy. 121 E. Broad St., 908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com  

Halloween Festivities Now at the South Ave. Train Station Lot, October 28, 1:30-4pm

Halloween Festivities Now at the South Ave. Train Station Lot, October 28, 1:30-4pm

New Location: South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot

 

Trunk or Treat, Halloween Parade & Costume Contest in Downtown Westfield are now part of AddamsFest and will take place at a new location -- the South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot on Sunday, October 28, 1:30-4pm. In prior years, families came to downtown Westfield shops to trick or treat, culminating in a costume contest and parade on Quimby St. This year marks a major change to these events as they become an exciting part of AddamsFest! 

Optimist Club's Annual Halloween Parade - 1:30 music begins, 2pm parade

The festivities begin with the Optimist Club's traditional Halloween Parade accompanied by music from the WHS marching band at the South side train station parking lot.  The parade is a great way for kids to show off their costumes.

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Meet Cranford Author Lockey Maisonneuve at The Town Book Store in Westfield, October 20, 1-3pm

A Girl Raised by Wolves: An Inspiring Memoir of One Woman’s Journey Through Sex Trafficking, Cancer, Murder, and More

The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Cranford resident Lockey Maisonneuve author of A Girl Raised By Wolves: An Inspiring Memoir of One woman’s Journey Through Sex Trafficking, Cancer, Murder, and More on Saturday, October 20th  from 1:00-3:00 PM. 

In the late 1970's, in a gritty NJ town, an adolescent girl is unwittingly handed a one-way ticket by her mother to allegedly "visit" her estranged father in Florida. Young and vulnerable, Lockey Maisonneuve had no idea what was in store for her when she was sent to live with her vile and dangerous father.  During the next several years her father violently raped, abused and mercilessly sold his daughter's body repeatedly in childhood prostitution. Eventually rescued by her naive, but well-intentioned, grandparents, she begins to pull herself out of her troubled past only to eventually find herself fighting breast cancer and dealing with the brutal murder of her mother. A Girl Raised by Wolves is the inspirational memoir of a survivor of some of the darkest circumstances one can endure in a single lifetime.

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AddamsFest Full Schedule of Events, October 26-28

AddamsFest Full Schedule of Events, October 26-28

Something for everyone at weekend-long festivities; offerings include family activities, art exhibit, films, beer garden, trunk-or-treat, masquerade ball and more. For tickets and more event details, visit www.addamsFest.com/schedule.

WESTFIELD, NJ – AddamsFest is fast approaching! The town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams, to be held October 26-28, has a full schedule of events available – and there’s something for everyone.

In fact, Westfield residents can start getting in the spirit of the event in early October with events like The Addams Family House on Mindowaskin Lake, The Wicked Windows of Westfield in Downtown store fronts, the Haunt Your House home decorating contest, the Westfield High School Charles Addams Cartoon Contest, and the highly anticipated Charles Addams art exhibit (which runs October 22-30).

The main event kicks off on October 26 in high style, with Morticia and Gomez’s Masquerade Ball at The James Ward Mansion. After walking the purple carpet, guests will feast on Charles Addams-inspired gourmet fare, sip smoldering libations and dance the night away in the incomparable James Ward Mansion. Due to the anticipated demand, tickets will be sold in three batches on the AddamsFest website (www.addamsfest.com) on the following dates, on first come, first serve basis: Wednesday, September 26 at 10:00am; Sunday, September 30 at 5:00pm; and Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm. The price is $125 per ticket, with a limit of four tickets per person.

On October 27, the festival will officially get underway with the opening ceremony at the Mindowaskin Park Bandstand at 10:30, which will include remarks from Mayor Brindle and the presentation of the Skeleton Key to the City to a deserving individual. Winners of the Westfield High School’s Charles Addams Cartoon Contest will also be announced.

Following the ceremony, the festival will be in full swing with the following activities:

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Art Walk in Downtown Westfield, October 14

Art Walk in Downtown Westfield, October 14

Come to Westfield's first annual Art Walk in Downtown Westfield, NJ, Sunday, October 14 from 12 - 4 pm.

Visit galleries and businesses to browse, shop and celebrate all of the arts, including paintings, books, photography, decorative home design items, furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, artistic accessories, cranberry themed items at participating eateries, music & more.  

The talents of noted artists Harry and his wife Wende Devlin will be celebrated at this event. Among their impressive bodies of work, Harry was the illustrator and Wende was the author of 28 children's books, including the well known Cranberry series, which feature illustrations and references of Westfield. In addition, Harry Devlin illustrated many Westfield landmarks and streetscapes, including the Miller Cory House, the North Side Train Station, E. Broad St., and The Presbyterian Church. Some of his drawings are hanging in the Westfield Library, Reeve House, and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for details and an art walk map!

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