FestiFall Street Fair in Downtown Westfield Attracts Thousands

September 24, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its 28th annual FestiFall in Downtown Westfield Sunday. The popular street fair and its springtime counterpart, Spring Fling (also a GWACC event) are always rain or shine, and this Sunday there was plenty of shine as temperatures reached into the 90s.

“It’s a beautiful summer-like day,” said GWACC ...

FestiFall Street Fair Returns to Westfield this Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ—Thousands of people are expected to visit Downtown Westfield this Sunday, Sept. 24, when the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its 28th annual FestiFall street fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 230 local businesses, vendors and food trucks are planning to participate, according to GWACC Executive Director Gene Jannotti. There will be a kid’s zone with ...

‘Legend of Watchung’ Mural Saved as Route 22 Sears Closes

WATCHUNG, NJ — The “Legend of Watchung” mural was safely removed from Sears after the store closed for good earlier this week after more than 50 years on Route 22 .

"The mural has been removed today and is being shipped to Philly for storage," Watchung Planning Board Chair Tracee Schaefer said at the start of Tuesday's meeting where Seritage was given ...

Westfield Memorial Library to Re-Open Thursday with New Carpeting

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Memorial Library will re-open Thursday, Sept. 21 — one day earlier than originally planned — after the first floor was re-carpeted this week, the library announced Wednesday.

The new carpeting is thanks in part to a donation from the Friends of the Library.

The library will open at 9:30 a.m.

Westfield Mourns the Loss of Beloved Holiday Icon

WESTFIELD, NJ – The people of Westfield are mourning the loss of Tom Pearson, lovingly known as the town Santa Claus, who died on Wednesday, Sept. 13. After nearly 20 years in the role of Santa, hundreds of local families had come to cherish their time with him every year.

Pearson was 70 years old.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield ...

Westfield’s NJ Festival Orchestra’s 35th Anniversary Season to Feature ‘Voices of Distinction’

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Festival Orchestra’s 35th anniversary season kicks off next month. The 2017-18 concert program, titled “Voices of Distinction,” will contain five programs centered around words, stories and music.

David Wroe, music director and conductor of the NJFO, said the season is both a celebration and a commemoration: “A celebration in ...

Westfield Competes at SPFHS Marching Band Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS  —The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band hosted its 19th Annual Marching Band Festival at SPFHS Varsity Field Saturday, Sept. 16.

The packed stadium watched performances from 10 of New Jersey's top marching bands: Westfield, Weehawken, Cranford, East Brunswick, Fair Lawn, Chatham, Bridgewater-Raritan, Immaculata, Edison ...

Westfield’s First Columbus Day Parade Planned for Oct. 8

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s first-ever Columbus Day parade, sponsored by the Westfield Italian American Club and Westfield UNICO, has been set for Sunday, Oct. 8.

The two organizations discussed the possibility of a parade last year but, due to timing, they decided to hold off one more year, according to Union County UNICO President Robert Tarte.

“The ...

‘Bestfield’ Shopping, Book Signing Event in Westfield Draws a Crowd

WESTFIELD, NJ — A special back-to-school “Bestfield” shopping event was held at Downtown Westfield’s  Athleta Thursday night, featuring a book signing by Laurie Gelman, author of the bestselling novel “Class Mom.”

Anne Laird, owner of The Town Book Store, said that she nearly sold out her 75 copies of the book.

“What I really love about this is ...

Jazz Night in Westfield Postponed Until Wednesday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The final performance of the 2017 Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival has been has been moved from Tuesday, Aug. 29, to Wednesday, Aug. 30, due to the rain, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced Tuesday afternoon.

Performers will include LehCats, Gus Bardaji Group, Carrie Jackson, Jazz Lobsters and La Balteuband.

Quimby Street will be closed to vehicular ...

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Golden Age of Dutch Paintings Talk at Westfield Memorial Library

September 22, 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present, “An Armchair Art Tour: Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age.” The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Dutch Paintings will be presented by Michael Norris, PhD, who was an art educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for many years.

Dr. Morris will discuss the part of the ...