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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 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

Cosimos

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Cinnaholic

Cold Stone Creamery

Di Farina Pizzeria

Farinolio Ferraro’s South

Feast Catering

Emack & Bolio's Westfield

Evergreen

Feast Catering & Cafe

Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza,

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

FroYo

Hershey's Deli

Hunan Wok III

Inspiration Roll

Jade Garden

Jersey Mike's Subs

Kilwins

Kings Bowl Cafe

La'Vash - Mediterranean Grill 

Liquor Basket 

Manhattan Bagel

Nos Vinos

Nathan's Famous Hotdog

Old Havana

Ono Bowls

Outta Hand Pizza

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse + Bistro

Sichuan Dynasty Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazar - Modern Indian Dining

Splash of Thai

Sweet Waters Steak House

The Salad House

Tinga Taqueria

Turning Point

Vicki's Diner

Westfield Wine & Liquor 

Westfield Diner

Westfield Seafood

Westfield Station Cafe

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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DWC Board Announces New Executive Director

DWC Board Announces New Executive Director

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) introduced the new Executive Director Robert Zuckerman at its Board meeting on February 24.

Mr. Zuckerman, who will start in his new post on March 23, has extensive experience in downtown organizations, Special Improvement Districts and Main Street Programs. He most recently headed the South Orange Village Center Alliance and is currently President of Downtown New Jersey, a statewide professional organization that advocates for downtowns.

In making the announcement, DWC Chair Patricia Hanigan noted that Bob’s vast experience, including business recruitment and serving on the Board of Governors for South Orange Performing Arts Center, innovative thinking and knowledge of municipal government made him a natural choice. “The DWC Search Committee spent a great deal of time reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates before making this recommendation to the full Board. We are very confident in our selection,” said Ms. Hanigan.

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Midday Madness Clue Hunt Rescheduled to June 14, 2020

Midday Madness Clue Hunt Rescheduled to June 14, 2020

Midnight Madness Events Presents
MIDDAY MADNESS: AN INTERACTIVE CLUE HUNT

Calling all families to participate in a clue hunt that requires players to use their cunning wit and problem solving skills to decipher clues that lead them to various locations throughout Downtown Westfield.

Sunday, June 14, 2020
1pm - 4pm
throughout Downtown Westfield, NJ

$10 per adult  |  $5 per child

REGISTER NOW
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Wellness Directory. Find Services to Nourish Your Mind and Body.

Wellness Directory. Find Services to Nourish Your Mind and Body.

Wellness is in the forefront of downtown Westfield. Whatever your personal growth plan, discover resources to help you along your path.

Find holistic approaches to physical wellbeing, nutrition and balance. From personal trainers, yoga studios, pilates, essential oils, meditation, massage and nutrition services—to a wide variety of innovative fitness and health studios.

Downtown Westfield Fitness Studios

Downtown Westfield Health, Wellness and Massage Services 

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Happening in Downtown Westfield

Happening in Downtown Westfield

Fun and interesting foodie events, cooking classes, fitness and wellness open houses, art, concerts and dance—all happening in downtown Westfield. 

SUNDAY 1

12 – 6 PM WHS Winter Guard Fundraiser, YESTERcades
1 - 4 PM Come Wine with Us, Plainfield Area Humane Society Fund Raiser at 16 Prospect, Tickets

 

TUESDAY 3

6 PM Group Run, JackRabbit Westfield

 

WEDNESDAY 4

11 AM & 12:30 PM Essential Oils: 101 Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP
11:45 AM First Wednesday Luncheon: 100 Years of the Women's Vote with Dr. Susan Lederman, Ferraros RSVP
6:45 PM Free Fitcamp Workout, JackRabbit Westfield


 

THURSDAY 5

7 – 9 PM Wellness Weekend at Via Nutrition, The Oils Room & Alania Aesthetics

 

FRIDAY 6

10 AM –  5 PM Wedding Band Weekend: Tacori Trunk Show & Discount, Adlers Jewelers 
11 AM – 2 PM  Wellness Weekend at Via Nutrition, The Oils Room & Alania Aesthetics
7:30 PM  Flamenco Nights Concert Series, Galeria West Art & Music, Tickets

 

SATURDAY 7

10 AM Free Coffee Brewing Tasting Class, Boxwood Coffee
10 AM –  5 PM Wedding Band Weekend: Tacori Trunk Show & Discount, Adlers Jewelers
11 AM – 2 PM  Wellness Weekend Open House at Via Nutrition, The Oils Room & Alania Aesthetics
11:30 AM  Wellness Weekend: Free 30 Min Intro Class, Club Pilates Westfield, Reserve your space

 

SUNDAY 8

9 AM Free Yoga for Runners, JackRabbit Westfield, bring a mat and show up
9 AM Free Pilates Mat Class by Club Pilates at Athleta RSVP

 

TUESDAY 10

6 PM Group Run, JackRabbit Westfield
7:30 PM Essential Oils 101: Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room, RSVP

 

WEDNESDAY 11

9:30 - 11 AM FREE Learn Google My Business- Yes Please, with Kennedy Wood Marketing Ono Bowls RSVP
12 PM Free Gyrokinesis Movement Class, Raritan Valley Gyrotonic RSVP
4 – 5:30 PM Drop off Jr Baker Cookie Class Cinnaholic $30 Sign Up 908.588.2323
5:45 – 7:15 PM Drop off Jr Baker Brownie Class Cinnaholic $30 Sign Up 908.588.2323
6:45 PM Free Fitcamp Workout, JackRabbit Westfield

 

THURSDAY 12

6:30 - 9:30 PM Rhone Wine Dinner Chateau La Nerth, Chez Catherine RSVP

FRIDAY 13

6:30 PM Free Gyrokinesis Movement Class, Raritan Valley Gyrotonic RSVP
6 – 8:30 PM Baking with the Master Baker,  Farinolio Cucina $125
7:30 – 9:30 PM Mixed Talent Open Mic Night, Boxwood Coffee, Register

 

SATURDAY 14

10 AM Free Coffee Cupping Class, Boxwood Coffee
10 AM –  5 PM Wedding Band Weekend: Simon G & A. Jaffe 20% discount, Adlers Jewelers
11:30 AM  Free 30 Min Intro Class, Club Pilates Westfield, Reserve your space
12 - 2 PM Open House Free Demos, Learn About the Gyrotonic Movement, RSVP
7 PM   NJ Festival Orchestra presents OPERA'S ULTIMATE ODD COUPLE. SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy 20% discount on all tickets. Use code DWC and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout Buy Tickets

 

SUNDAY 15

9AM Free Yoga for Runners, JackRabbit Westfield, bring a mat and show up

 

MONDAY 16

7:30 PM Essential Oils 101 Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP

 

TUESDAY 17

6 PM Group Run, JackRabbit Westfield
12 - 6 PM Show Your Green Face, Enzyme Peel & Mask,Everlasting Haven Spa Sign Up

 

WEDNESDAY 18

11 AM & 12:30 PM Essential Oils 101: Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP
6:45 PM Free Fitcamp Workout, JackRabbit Westfield

 

THURSDAY 19

11 AM & 12:30 PM Essential Oils 101: Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Downtown Dental Turning One Party, RSVP
7 – 9:30 PM Farmhouse Style Cooking Class & Dinner, Farinolio Cucina at The James Ward Mansion  $150  RSVP

 

FRIDAY 20

7:30 PM Spring Equinox Sound Healing Tibetan Bowls, Brassy Buddha Yoga

 

SATURDAY 21

10 AM Free Coffee Brewing Tasting Class, Boxwood Coffee
10 AM –  5 PM Wedding Band Weekend: Verragio 20% Discount, Adlers Jewelers
11 AM – 1 PM  Wellness Weekend: Facial Everlasting Haven Spa, Kika Stretch demo & Brassy Buddha Gentle Flow at Everlasting Haven Spa RSVP
11:30 AM  Free 30 Min Intro Class, Club Pilates Westfield, Reserve your space
2 – 4 PM Author Event: Meet Author Fred T. Rossi: Jersey Stories at The Town Book Store
7 – 9:30 PM Regional Dining Experience at Farinolio $145, RSVP

 

SUNDAY 22

9 AM Free Yoga for Runners, JackRabbit Westfield, bring a mat and show up

 

TUESDAY 24

8:30 - 10 AM Free Yoga Tuesday, Maggie from Brassy Buddha Yoga, Lite Bites & Exclusive Sale, Ann Taylor RSVP
6 PM Free Group Run, JackRabbit Westfield

 

WEDNESDAY 25

11 AM, 12:30 PM & & 7:30 PM Essential Oils 101: Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP
1 – 2 PM Free Three Exciting Ways to Turn Up the Heat in Your Relationship, Open Door Therapy, RSVP
6:45 PM Free Fitcamp Workout, JackRabbit Westfield
7 PM Hot & Iced Tea Tasting at the Mulberry House Restaurant RSVP 908.233.3562

 

THURSDAY 26

11 AM & 12:30 PM Essential Oils 101 Seasonal Allergies, The Oils Room RSVP
6 – 7:30 PM Venchi Chocolate & Porto Wine Tasting, Farinolio Cucina $50 RSVP
7 –  9 PM Team Quiz Night with Prizes, Boxwood Coffee
7 - 9 PM Cooking Fish with Stephen Bigmore, Feast Catering & Cafe, RSVP

 

FRIDAY 27

6 – 9 PM  Celebrate 30 Years of Fashion in Westfield, Lord & Taylor
7 – 9 PM Regional Wine Tasting, Puglia $110 at Farinolio

 

SATURDAY 28

10 AM Free Coffee Cupping Class, Boxwood Coffee
11:30 AM  Free 30 Minute Intro Class, Club Pilates Westfield, Reserve your space
12 – 4 PM  Dance Performance & Local Food Vendors, Lord & Taylor 30th Anniversary

 

SUNDAY 29

9 AM Free Yoga for Runners, JackRabbit Westfield, bring a mat and show up
12 – 4 PM 30-Year Cardholder Awards, Lord & Taylor 30th Anniversary
1 – 4 PM MidDay Madness Interactive Clue Hunt in Downtown Westfield, Register
5 PM MidDay Madness Grand Prize Winner Announced Live at Lord & Taylor  

 

SATURDAY 30

7 PM NJ Festival Orchestra Season Finale: Russian Nights, Tickets

TUESDAY 31

6 PM Group Run, JackRabbit Westfield

 

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Reimagining the Future of Rialto Theater

Reimagining the Future of Rialto Theater

As Mayor Shelley Brindle shared in her recent State of the Town address, a visionary and experienced Rialto Advisory Group has been formed and is working with the owner of the Rialto to reimagine the future of the theater in Westfield -- possibly transforming it into a performing arts center. The Rialto Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of volunteer residents with expertise in commercial real estate and financing, theater management, grant writing, economic development, and the film industry, to name a few. 

The RAC continues to seek a funding partner to help realize a potential vision of the Rialto as a performing arts center, as the current marketplace does not appear to support the space re-opening strictly as a movie theater. As the Town is not looking to take on the full financial responsibility of running the theater, ongoing conversations continue about potential funding avenues that would make the most sense in terms of investment, viability and versatility.

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Westfield is Getting Greener

Westfield is Getting Greener

Westfield is Getting Greener 

It's important, but it’s not always easy, being green. Environmentally-friendly changes can add big costs to small business owners’ already tight bottom line. But that hasn't stopped more than 30 local businesses who earned their Green Team 2019 medallion for taking sustainable actions.

Westfield businesses' desire to be more eco-friendly was helped along this past year by a group of volunteer Westfield representatives and residents who work with the Mayor and Town Council, called the Green Team. They identified environmentally sustainable steps that are do-able for many small businesses— and using these recommendations, many downtown Westfield businesses have succeeded in being greener. By avoiding plastic packaging and utensils, using cardboard take out containers, composting and providing water refill stations, among other actions— they have initiated changes that are making a positive impact.

Keep your eye out for reusable shopping bags and medallions awarded by the Westfield Green Team to the businesses that are making it a priority to be green.

As the Green Westfield Medallion Program grows, more and more businesses are participating. Learn how small changes are making a big difference in our community. https://www.westfieldnj.gov/medallion.

AR Workshop Westfield |  Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics  | Midtown Authentic  | The Farmhouse Store  |  Westfield Service League  | Galleria-West  | JackRabbit Westfield  | TheChocolatebar  | Jag-ONE Physical Therapy (Westfield) |  Boxwood Coffee Roasters  | Westfield Health and Rehab Acupuncture  | 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro |  The Bar MethodWestfield  | Bovella's Pastry Shoppe  | Evalyn Dunn Gallery  | Feast Catering of Westfield  | The French Martini  | Golden Bee Antiques  | The Hope Chest  | Manhattan Bagel  | Midas of Westfield  | OCEAN ORTHODONTICS&PediatricDentistry  | Ono Bowls  | Outta Hand Pizza  | Round Table Wealth Management  | SavorySpice  | The Town Book Store  | SOLE Shoes  | Westfield Fitness Studio | 

As the Green Westfield Medallion Program grows more and more businesses are participating. Learn how small changes are making a big difference in our community.  https://www.westfieldnj.gov/medallion.

 

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Rave Reviews for Downtown Westfield

Rave Reviews for Downtown Westfield

Applause & recognition for downtown Westfield businesses by news organizations, magazines & food bloggers. 

 

Exploring New Jersey: Westfield 

SEEN IN: Best Foods of New Jersey food blog February 20, 2020 edition

  1. RoosterSpin, 251 North Ave, by the train station. Insane double-fried wings, leveled up sushi and Korean food, vintage jazz records, periodic live music, local wine and sangria (BYOB), karaoke rooms in an urban loft. For music schedule contact info@roosterspin.com. Instagramhere.

  1. 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect St, local haunt, live music nightly, full bar with martini menu, renowned Bloody Mary Oysters and exquisite lobster risotto. Instagramhere.

  1. Great warm Saturday evening itinerary 1958 Cuban Cuisine, 305 South Avenue, outside seating at this BYOB, and next door visit Roig Collection (Saturdays 11 AM – 5 PM or later by appointment, just call). Ricardo Roig is a young local artist from the community—he was a WHS art teacher and his wife is a Westfield elementary Spanish teacher—who’s on the cusp of big things. He painted the Westfield mural under the E. Broad Street train underpass. Instagram here.
  2. Addams Tavern 115 Elm Street, upscale rustic, soaring ceiling, sit by the fire, for a romantic night out, interesting cocktails, wine pairing, New American inspired cuisine, charcoal ovens, and wood-burning grills give a delicious ambiance. 

  1. Family night out…Ice Skate at The Westfield Rink, 650 4th Avenue at Gumbert Park,  hit Outta Hand Pizza, (instagram here) 311 South Ave., call ahead to reserve making your pizza ($15), either by tossing the dough yourself or having the Luan, the resident pizza expert, who’s made well over 100,000 pizzas—show you how it’s done. Burim, the owner, is a great guy who gives back to the community, making giant American flag pizzas for veterans, he has interactive experiences with people with special needs and most recently he ran into a burning 5-story building to alert and save the residents who he didn’t know.
  2. Next stop: Video game challenge… old school vs. new school at Yestercades151 E Broad Street. Authentic gelato or melted chocolate hot cocoa 1) The Chocolate Bar, (instagram here) 112 Quimby or old fashioned ice cream and confections from 2) Kilwins (instagram here) on 9 Elm St. 

  1. Farinolio Cucina is a ticketed culinary dining experience on specific nights, starting San Valentino Dinner  2/14/20, hosted by the James Ward Mansion Westfield and Farinolio. Guests will enjoy Prosecco and order wine from NosVino wines and spirits. An elegant five-course meal will be served in the James Ward Mansion. A culinary experience is included when chef, Laura Orlando, will lead the group in making the gnocchi for one of their courses. Wine pairing is available from Nos Vinos, food by Farniolio Cucina, with authentic taste of Tuscany. Farinolio instagramhere.

Downtown Westfield is planning many more experiential types of events for all to love. Including an in-town scavenger hunt, walking food tours, dining clubs, health, and wellness events to name a few. Enjoy the beautiful town that Westfield has to offer and be on the lookout for their upcoming events!

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Nicki McAuliffe

 

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