WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s no coincidence that News 12 New Jersey chose Westfield as its location for this week’s live “On The Road” segment. Ivy Charmatz, executive producer of news and special projects for News 12, grew up here. Today, she lives in Holmdel.

“To me, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off my hometown that I love so much,” said Charmatz, who graduated Westfield High School in 1995.

Westfield has lots to be proud of, she said, including a fantastic downtown, great schools and a true sense of community.

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“There’s a great sense of pride that I want to show off,” said Charmatz. And, she added, “It’s nice that my parents are coming out to this ‘On The Road’ and will be able to watch me work, as well.”

News 12 will broadcast live from Elm Street near North Ave. on Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. during the channel’s newscast. Watch it on Comcast channel 62 or 1218 in HD, or head downtown to be part of the action.

“We invite everyone to come down and say ‘hi,’” said Charmatz.

For more information about the live broadcast, click here.