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Downtown Westfield Corporation Hosts Holiday Open House

Mayor Andy Skibitsky, The Farmhouse Store Owner Ed Menapace and Councilman Mark LoGrippo. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Councilman Sam Della Fera, Town Administrator Jim Gildea and DWC Chairman Dominick Verdic Credits: Jackie Lieberman
DWC Executive Director Sherry Cronin and Emilia Rud Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Westfield Police Chief David Wayman and Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Robinson. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Two River Community Bank Vice President of Commercial Lending Robert Dowdy and Wells Fargo Financial Advisor Chris Devine Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ—Last night, the Downtown Westfield Corporation held its annual holiday open house. Business owners, local leaders and families mingled, shared ideas and enjoyed a taste of the town with food provided by many of Downtown Westfield’s great restaurants.

Executive Director Sherry Cronin told the crowd that the DWC is looking forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013.

2012 was an eventful year for Downtown Westfield. “We all survived Hurricane Sandy,” Cronin said. “Last week, we attended the International Council of Shopping Centers.”

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She announced that Urban Outfitters will open on December 19.

The DWC held a number of successful events over the year, including two Girls’ Night Outs, Jazz Fest, the 5K and Pizza Extravaganza, Halloween trick-or-treating and a Halloween parade with the Optimist Club, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus with Lord & Taylor, and now free holiday entertainment Downtown throughout December and the popular Miracle on Elm Street weekly drawings.

The newest edition of the DWC’s shopping and dining directory, “Destination Westfield,” is now available, with 100,000 copies in print.

“In terms of economic development, we do have some vacancies downtown, but we’re doing quite well compared to our competitors,” said Cronin.

“This evening is about celebrating,” she told everyone.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky added a few words of his own, thanking the DWC and its board members, volunteers and merchants for their investments, time and dedication.

When he tells people he lives in Westfield, said Skibitsky, they respond, “We love Downtown Westfield.”

Skibitsky wished everyone “Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a great 2013.”

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