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Parents to Take Center Stage in Westfield School Play, ‘Happily Ever After’

January 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not your average school play.

Washington Elementary School parents are in rehearsal for a PTO-led play in which they act out the main roles.

Written by Anthony Tessitore, the father of daughters, ages 7 and 11, “Happily Ever After” details the efforts of two junior librarians, who join forces with icons from children’s literature to save ...

Train Arrives for Westfield Gingerbread Building Contest Winners

WESTFIELD, NJ – A representation of a home that made international news is among the winners of a town-wide contest of gingerbread building, but it is not the top vote-getter in the competition whose winners the public picked in an online poll.

Tara and Rob Donnelly along with Brian and Amy Shields, of Westfield, built the gingerbread model of the “Watcher ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Show in Westfield Brings Audience a Twist Before Ball Drops

WESTFIELD, NJ — In his rendition of a tune from the musical “Bells are Ringing,” Broadway vocalist Cooper Grodin played the role of a con artist and gangster looking to win over a wealthy lady.

Before performing the song with vocalist Maria Failla at the New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve show Monday, Grodin told the full house that his character, a ...

NJ Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Show to Bring Westfield Broadway Sounds

WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking for an entertaining way to spend New Year’s Eve?

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra will perform songs by classic American composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Lerner and Loewe at its New Year’s Eve show in Westfield, which will feature dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem in addition to Broadway vocalists.

“This concert is an ...

Westfield Gingerbread Houses a Feast for the Eyes

WESTFIELD, NJ — Online polling is open in the town’s first gingerbread house building contest.

Looking to draw people into the downtown, the town asked for entries, and the public pitched in with edible creations showing in about 17 shop fronts throughout town. Entries include replicas of local landmarks including the Rialto Theater, the United Methodist Church and even the ...

Westfield Music Students to Pick Up Old Christmas Trees for Small Fee

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas trees can be a delight, but once the holiday passes you might not want one crowding your living room.

Solution: The Westfield High School Music Christmas tree pickup.

For $20, Westfield residents can register to have Westfield High School music students pick up Christmas trees curbside.

Trees should be placed at the curbs at the front of homes by 9 a.m. on ...

Get to Know Westfield’s Jamie Lemberg, President of the Friends of the NJ Festival Orchestra

WESTFIELD, NJ — It is rare to see one person successfully combine so many skills and aptitudes, especially when some of them seem diametrically opposite.

But that's what Jamie Lemberg, president of the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and also the director of digital and social marketing for the Downtown Westfield Corporation does.

Lemberg's background includes a ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Wows Westfield; Morristown Show Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A sold-out audience listened to holiday tunes, Neapolitan songs and classic arias, at a performance of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night.

The upbeat performance had the audience clapping along to some tunes and included students from Westfield public schools. The main event featured John Easterlin, Nelson Ebo and Brian Cheney as the three tenors.

Prior ...

Profits Tallied, Westfield’s AddamsFest Could Have Sequel: Mayor

WESTFIELD, NJ — Not only did the town’s festival honoring cartoonist and “Addams Family” creator Charles Addams delight the public, it was also profitable, the mayor said on Tuesday.

The town-wide celebration in honor Addams, a native of Westfield, netted the municipality just over $20,000, Mayor Shelley Brindle said. The figure, she said, accounts for the costs for ...

Swim with Santa this Sunday at the Westfield Area YMCA

WESTFIELD, NJ — You don’t have to be a member of the Westfield Area YMCA to enjoy their third annual “Swim with Santa” this Sunday, Dec. 16.

Families can choose a 30-minute time slot between 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m. to get in the pool with Old St. Nick and his elves.

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Arts and crafts will also be offered.

The Main Y Facility is ...


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NJ Festival Orchestra Offers 2 performances of Puccini Classic in Westfield, Madison

January 20, 2019

Opera’s most tempestuous tale of love, deception and political intrigue—“Tosca”—comes alive in Westfield on Saturday, Feb. 23, and in Madison on Sunday, Feb. 24, as the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and award-winning soloists perform Giacomo Puccini’s music in its full glory.


Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca ...