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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 PracticeHard.com and computer scoring by CompuScore.com.

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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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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. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

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Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

The Farmhouse Store hosted artist Ben Lenovitz in the store on Saturday, July 21st as he painted portraits of customers’ pets on pizza box inserts. Lenovitz painted for 7 hours without a break and made a lot of pet owners very happy. All profits from the portraits were donated to Summit Animal Rescue Association, Inc.(SARA).

A wide variety of dogs (and one cat) visited with Lenovitz throughout the day. The Warsh family of Westfield brought in their French bulldog puppy Lulu. At just a few months old and weighing only a few pounds, Lulu was the tiniest visitor to sit for a portrait. The largest was Theo, a great Pyrenees owned by Theresa Caporaso of Clark. Theo weighs in at 172 pounds, is twice the size of his owner, and looked like a walking, fluffy, white sofa.

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NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

          Audience members have a delightful opportunity awaiting them as they hear the melodious sounds of famous musicians this July when the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts presents its 19th. Summer Symphony Orchestra Concert. The event will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 559 Raritan Road, Clark, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

          Commenting on this year’s orchestra, Director Janet Lyman remarked that “This music is from great masterworks of Beethoven, Bizet and Bach, with an added twist the song “Chopstix.”  The Summer Symphony is sounding very beautiful.”

          The program will include Edgemont Overture, 1st Movement of the Pastoral Symphony and Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.  The orchestra will also be performing Georges Bizet’s music from his opera Carmen and Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Best of Bach.

          The concert will feature piano soloist Chin-Wen Deng, who will be playing everyone’s favorite first piece on the piano “Chopstix”.

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Theresa’s Italian Restaurant Renovates and Re-opens Friday, July 20 at 5pm in Downtown Westfield

Theresa’s Italian Restaurant Renovates and Re-opens Friday, July 20 at 5pm in Downtown Westfield

Theresa’s Italian Restaurant, known for its creative Italian cooking at 47 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield, has been closed over two weeks for some fresh renovations underway. The newly renovated interior features updates in décor with soothing gray and yellow tones and new lighting along with a redesigned space. The prior ceiling has been removed and updated technological acoustical tiles have been installed as well as new heating and air conditioning units. These changes will allow for an enhanced dining experience with a more casual energetic vibe. The restaurant also has added a flexible private dining area that can accommodate groups of 10 to 70 people.

Owner and Executive Chef Robert Scalera is particularly excited about the new custom-built bar and server station. The restaurant’s dining room was designed to honor the beloved Theresa’s traditional cuisine and more refinements to the design will take place in the coming months. "Our loyal customers are very important to us”, says Robert Scalera. "All of the changes focus on continuing to give those customers a quality experience, while introducing ourselves to a new generation of customers. It's an evolution for the future of our business. The Westfield community has been very good to Theresa’s, and we know it will embrace our changes."

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'Dog Days of Summer' Postponed until August 19 due to bad weather

'Dog Days of Summer' Postponed until August 19 due to bad weather

Westfield loves pets! Bring your family and pets to Downtown Westfield for the inaugural Dog Days of Summer on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 12pm-2pm. This new 2nd Sunday event in Downtown Westfield promises to be an exciting time on Quimby Street and will feature a pet parade, pet portraits, animal adoption, toys, and more. Stop by and join the fun! There will be pools in which the animals can cool off and Quimby Street will be closed for the event. Leashes are required. Can’t wait to see you and your pets there! 

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Video Corner: Our Local Merchants  

Video Corner: Our Local Merchants  

Have you seen the latest downtown Westfield social media campaign? It features local business owners and employees welcoming you to their shops and restaurants in small videos posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

So far the Downtown Westfield Corporation has produced 12 videos for downtown businesses, including Williams-Sonoma, bluemercury, Sole Shoes, Savory Spice, Lucky Brand Jeans, Ono Bowls, The Chocolate Bar, South Moon Under, Casa Di Pizza, The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty and Tamar Jewelers. 

Check out the videos on the Downtown Westfield Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/downtownwestfieldnj/videos/?ref=page_internal  

What do you think? Who should we feature next?? Send your comments to  j.lemberg@westfieldtoday.com 

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Customer Appreciation Days Return to Westfield July 12-15

Customer Appreciation Days Return to Westfield July 12-15

Bargain hunters! The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) welcomes you to shop at the annual Summer Customer Appreciation Days.  Enjoy four days of shopping as retailers once again offer special events and discounts in their stores and out on the sidewalks! Shop locally, rain or shine.

The 2018 Customer Appreciation Days will take place Thursday, July 12 - Sunday, July 15.

Photo: TapintoWestfield

Register now for Christmas in July -- Free t-shirts and cookies to first 50 registrants!

Register now for Christmas in July  -- Free t-shirts and cookies to first 50 registrants!

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for this new event in Downtown Westfield! Enjoy family fun, crafts, games and activities on Quimby St, plus in-store promotions around town. Bring the kids for a giant sandbox, snowman building, cookie & t-shirt decorating, corn hole, tattoos, checkers, chalk, movie, music and more! 

FREE T-SHIRTS & COOKIES TO FIRST 50 REGISTRANTS! (T-shirts will be $5 each otherwise, cash only!)

REGISTER NOW at:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eficezrx7a4e4387&llr=hkdmqgcab