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Westfield Year-in-Review: The Biggest Stories of 2018

Westfield Year-in-Review: The Biggest Stories of 2018

According to TAPintoWestfield, it was an interesting year for Westfield residents with a retro arcade coming to the downtown, a mention in the magazine Traditional Home and a temporary ice rink that has delighted some people and riled others.

Gumbert Park Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

Rain Doesn’t Spook Crowds From Westfield’s AddamsFest

Addams Tavern in Westfield Reopens After Yearlong Closure

No Payday For Westfield PD Chief Who ‘Retired’ Suddenly

Chris Battiloro is Westfield’s New Police Chief, Mayor Says

 

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Top Best Selling Books of 2018 at the Town Book Store

Top Best Selling Books of 2018 at the Town Book Store

These were the top best selling adult books of 2018 at The Town Book Store in Westfield, NJ. (270 E. Broad St., 908.233.3535)

#1 Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Warm, wise, and revelatory, this book is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same.

#2 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
By Gail Honeyman
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, this book is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes...the only way to survive is to open your heart. 

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Food & Wine 

Food & Wine 

Don't feel like cooking for the holidays? Not sure what to give as gifts? Many downtown Westfield restaurants and bakeries offer catering services, and many of our food centric retailers are offering baskets and platters for all your entertaining and gift giving needs. 

Catering:

Farinolio is one of the 31 newly opened N.J. restaurants you need to try right now

Farinolio can cater your party or event with delicious baked goods, both savory & sweet. They are a casual Tuscan cafe with fresh baked breads, sandwiches and more. If you are looking for that unique idea to host or bring to a party, stop in and talk to them about their new catering menu. Enjoy this article about Farinolio on nj.com. 121 E. Broad St.  908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com 

Holiday Catering from Feast

Don't stress this holiday season! Talk to Stephen and order everything you need for the Holidays from Feast Catering. Whether it's for Christmas Day or just a holiday party you are having, let Feast look after it for you.  Drop in to pick up a menu or visit their website.  27 Elm St., 908.654.0045. www.feastcateringwestfield.com

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The Shopper’s Dilemma – Online vs. Downtown

The Shopper’s Dilemma – Online vs. Downtown

There seems to be a disconnect. People understand the need to go to the doctor when they’re sick to keep healthy. They understand why it’s important to get out and vote to influence their political landscape. They understand that a college degree is important for their future job opportunities.

And yet, when it comes to shopping, people don’t seem to understand the connection between patronizing downtown businesses in their own town and the benefit to them personally -- that shopping in local stores will keep their downtown vibrant and storefronts from becoming empty; that their own property values will be supported; that there is a direct connection between their own shopping habits and their home investment.

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Holiday Entertainment & Sponsored Events Downtown in December

Holiday Entertainment & Sponsored Events Downtown in December

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 holiday events in December:

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Free Holiday Parking
  • Holiday Entertainment
  • Miracle on Elm St. Shopping Spree Contest

 

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5 Ways to Give Back in Westfield During this Thanksgiving Season

5 Ways to Give Back in Westfield During this Thanksgiving Season

By Colleen Davis | Realtor with Keller Williams Realty

Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for what we have and helps us reflect on the year that’s passed. It’s the time we gather with family or with friends for a “Friendsgiving,” to break bread, cherish old memories and create new ones.

I’m so grateful for my friends and family, as well as for the Westfield community. Westfield has it all! Everything is at your fingertips - great dining, entertainment, sports & recreation and just a hop on a train to the greatest city in the world.

We are blessed to live in such a beautiful and abundant community. And it’s for that reason that we must remember to give back during this Thanksgiving season.

Here are 5 ways you can give back this Thanksgiving. I hope you can do one or even all five!

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Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Westfield

Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Westfield

The gift of free parking! The Town of Westfield is pleased to offer complimentary metered parking on-street and in lots during the holiday shopping season - December 15, 2018 - January 1, 2019  (Two Weeks!) * Parking restrictions and time limits apply. Thank you Town of Westfield!! 

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Rake & Hoe Deck the Halls Holiday House Tour & Boutique, December 1

Rake & Hoe Deck the Halls Holiday House Tour & Boutique, December 1

On Saturday December 1, 10am-4pm, the Rake & Hoe Garden Club of Westfield will hold “Deck the Halls” Holiday House Tour & Boutique. The tour includes four homes decorated for the season and a boutique that showcases many items crafted from natural materials and adorned in holiday style. Proceeds from the tour support the club’s operations and its numerous service projects.

Tickets are $35 in advance $40 at the door day of show. Tickets will be available at: Baron’s Drug Store, 243 East Broad Street, Westfield and Williams Nursery, 524 Springfield Avenue, Westfield. Or by Mail: Make checks payable to "Rake and Hoe Garden Club" and mail with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Carolynn Pulliam,648 Arlington Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090-2104. Information about the club and “Deck the Halls” can be found on the club’s website, (www.rakeandhoe.org) or Facebook page.

Charming Westfield could be the best downtown in the state. See why.

Charming Westfield could be the best downtown in the state. See why.

By Barry Carter | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Downtown Westfield has always been the heartbeat of the community, where people have gathered to socialize or to conduct business, since the town was settled around the railroad in 1720.

“It’s the place where you meet your neighbor and check on how everybody is doing," said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation. “It’s a classic town for modern families."

And, it’s among the top five finalists vying to be crowned the best downtown in New Jersey on NJ.com.

The public has the final say with online voting that is open until 9 a.m. Wednesday. But before you click, take a stroll with me to meet some of the people who rave about the place where everybody knows your name.

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Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

Best Bets:

Adlers Jewelers

Adlers will host trunk shows in their store with designer representatives from Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, Hearts on Fire, Simon G, Alex Sepkus, Adel Chefridi, John Hardy, and Gurhan for two days Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. They will have special pricing on these two days. Buy the perfect holiday gift for yourself or others! 217 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900. www.adlersjewelers.com  

The Farmhouse Store

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