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Miracle on Elm Street Shopping Spree - Drawing Winners Announced

Miracle on Elm Street Shopping Spree - Drawing Winners Announced

From November 20 through December 22, 2017, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) ran a Shopping Spree Contest for the holidays. Shoppers were encouraged to enter a random drawing in stores and online to win one of six $50 gift cards* each week. Six individual weekly prizes of $50 were awarded in Downtown Westfield shopping/restaurant gift cards. In addition, there was a bonus drawing for a $25 parking card each week.

And the winners are....

Heather Cejovic, Melissa Wengerter, Julia Higashio, Andrew Nguyen, Toula Tzanetos, Jane Wright, Jill Anderson, Dan Ward, Janet Lawrence, Barbara Bitz, Eileen McGuire, Mary Ryan, Rachel Woliansky, Ellen Walsh, Rose McEwen, Sahara Sumpter, Aileen White, Richard Monihan, Maureen Krauter, Debbie Bearg, Heather Large, Rosemarie Kulp, Lisa Ohl, Luke Hiltwein, Bob Fallon, Nicole DiPillo, Linda Lombardie, Lisa Schardien, John Rowley, Carol Bieda, Julie Jacobs, Lars Ackerman, Judy Jessup, Sandy Tichenor and Cecilia Baez.

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Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Welcome Mayor Shelley Brindle and new council members! It was a frigid yet exciting and historic inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2018 as Westfield swore in its first female mayor. Also sworn in were new town council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract & Dawn Mackey. They joined existing council members JoAnn Neylan, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes. A crowd of several hundred people were on hand to witness the event at the Town Hall Front Lawn, 425 E. Broad Street. 

DWC welcomes to our Board of Directors Jim Donofrio, Gary Goodman, Miriam Verga, Patricia Hanigan, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and Mayor Shelley Brindle. They join existing board members Alan De Rose, Shawn Hanna and James Gildea. Click here for the board meeting schedule.

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First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall

First Congregational Celebrates Restored Hall
WESTFIELD -- First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house.  Hidden from view for over 40 years, the hall’s window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light.  The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart of the church’s social events.  
 

Built in 1912 and named for an early minister, Patton Hall was modified over the years to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation.  A portion was walled off to create an infant nursery and a drop ceiling was added during the 1970s energy crisis, sealing off the balcony and skylight above. 
 
patton hall reducedWith the completion of the restoration, the most dramatic architectural elements are once again visible, namely the exposed rafters, arched windows and wood trimmed skylight in the early 20th century Craftsman style.  The original Gothic-style chandeliers were refurbished and fitted with Edison-era bulbs.  Doors and woodwork were salvaged and the painted trim returned to its original chestnut finish.
 
To satisfy 21st century standards, the project included central air conditioning, a new service kitchen and handicapped-accessible bathroom, and a 75-inch “smart” TV.  The hall can seat 120 people and is available for rental for meetings and celebrations.
 
 “Among the many blessings of a thriving congregation are members who are willing to contribute so generously to complete a project like this for future generations,” said Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, FCC Senior Minister.  “We welcome the community to experience both the room and the generosity of spirit that restored it over coffee following our weekly worship celebrations.” 
 
First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in downtown Westfield.  For more information on rentals or church programs, please visit fccofwestfield.org or call (908) 233-2494.
 
 
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First Congregational Church’s Patton Hall has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor.   The historic hall is home to the church’s social events and may be rented for meetings and celebrations.

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

With the recent change in administration and the emphasis on volunteering, it’s a great time to remind Westfield residents of the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). The DWC, a New Jersey and nationally designated Main Street Community since 1993, is dedicated to promoting Downtown Westfield as a preferred destination. The DWC is committed to strengthening the downtown Special Improvement District as the center of community life and preserving the rich architectural legacy of the downtown area. The DWC utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology (Design, Economic Development, Organization and Promotions) for strengthening the local economy and protecting the historic buildings.

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Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) would like to congratulate Shelley Brindle on becoming the first female Mayor of Westfield and our next fearless leader! We look forward to engaging with her and new council members David Contract, Michael Dardia, Linda Habgood and Dawn Mackey to solve some of our current challenges and partner for an exciting and prosperous future. The staff and volunteer committees look forward to working with them and existing council members Frank Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark LoGrippo and Doug Stokes. 

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Best of NJ 2017: Which Westfield Businesses Made the Lists?

Best of NJ 2017: Which Westfield Businesses Made the Lists?

We are so proud of these Westfield NJ businesses who topped the NJ Monthly reader poll lists this year! Congratulations to these and all our downtown retailers and restaurants who continue to push for excellence. Readers of NJ Monthly once again voted for their favorites in North Jersey.

Recreation and Personal Interest

- Best Bike Shop: Jay's Cycle Center, Westfield 

- Best Indie Bookstore: The Town Bookstore, Westfield 

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Retail Buzz: The French Martini Launches Home & Retail Styling Services

Retail Buzz: The French Martini Launches Home & Retail Styling Services
With over 20 years experience in retail merchandising, visual styling and marketing, style creators and partners Angela & Brandi know how to put their most polished foot forward. Whether you are a retail business hoping to make your displays more visually creative and appealing, or a private client looking to create balance and scale with your favorite home decor pieces, TFM will work with you to maximize the potential of your existing pieces in your current space. They will give your space proportion, scale and balance, and most noticeably, TFM will create STYLE.
 
RETAIL SERVICES include: Window Display, Space Styling, Layered Merchandising, Fixture Placement. 

PRIVATE/RESIDENTIAL SERVICES include: Space Styling (bookshelves, mantel, tabletop), Furniture Placement, Blending Vintage & Contemporary Pieces. 
 
Please Join them to celebrate the launch of TFM Home & Retail Styling Services on 
Thursday, November 16, 6-9pm at The French Martini Shop. Lite bites & refreshments will be served plus enjoy special promotions! 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776.  www.thefrenchmartinishop.com 

DWC will be sponsoring a Best Window Decorating Contest in December. Stay tuned!

 

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Spotlight On: Brummer’s Chocolates, a Westfield Institution

Spotlight On: Brummer’s Chocolates, a Westfield Institution

October 19, 2017, Westfield NJ -- The candy business has been in George Brummer’s family since 1904, for over 100 years. George’s grandfather first established his business in Jersey City. His two sons eventually took over the business, then his grandsons, George and Robert. When the original store closed in 1988, Robert moved to Ohio and George bought the old Martha Lorton Candies in Westfield. He changed its name to Brummer’s, where he continued his family’s candy business to this day. 

George has been working in his current location at 125 E. Broad Street in Westfield since 1988. That’s nearly 30 years!

Brummer’s is an old fashioned candy shop in every sense of the word. The place looks like it did originally, down to the Victorian wallpaper and vintage candy molds.  They manufacture all the chocolates and fudge on premises in the back using old family recipes, and they sell them by the pound. They also carry retro candies such as Mary Janes, buttons, jaw breakers, Pez and more, all in grab-and-go pre-packaged bags from $2.95. Chocolate pops and bars start at $1.99. Kids are welcome, although they request that backpacks and skateboards remain outside due to the narrow aisles and packed shelves.

Brummer’s has a strong business in party favors for weddings, birthday parties, and other special occasions. They also do corporate gifts and can customize logos by embossing on the chocolate or on specially printed boxes.

Let’s show George some Westfield love! Stop in and buy some homemade chocolates. They have some of the best dark chocolate covered sea salt caramels anywhere. Or consider ordering your holiday corporate gifts or next party favors from Brummer’s.

Brummer's Chocolates has also been selected as one of the best Candy Shops in New Jersey by Best of AmericanTowns, a property of AmericanTowns Media! Read more: 

125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904. www.brummershomemadechocolates.com

 

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Message from DWC Chairman, Dominick Verdic

Message from DWC Chairman, Dominick Verdic

It is always a pleasure working with Sherry Cronin, Beth Brenner and Jamie Lemberg at the Downtown Westfield Corporation. At a time when the retail environment is challenging nationwide and politics is divisive, it is extraordinary that the DWC and its staff continue to focus on addressing the changing needs of our business community in a non-partisan way and  embracing and adapting to new trends and ideas for additional growth. 

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