Arts & Entertainment

December 17, 2018

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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. Story continues after ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — On Saturday, 6-year-old Jonah Block, a first grader at Franklin Elementary School, had a chance to sit in a room in the Children’s Department of the Westfield Memorial Library and read book to his friend Broadie, a therapy dog who happens to live in his neighborhood. “I loved ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The trees are lit, the decorations are placed and as we head into December Downtown Westfield has more holiday fun up its sleeves. Music in the Streets The entire family can enjoy roaming musical entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, including Yuletide ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Holiday tunes, Neapolitan songs and classic arias, including selections from the “Great American Song Book” will be included in upcoming performances by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. For David Wroe, the orchestra’s music director, picking a favorite part of the orchestra’s ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield is getting into the holiday spirit with the town's first-ever town-wide gingerbread  contest. Entrees will be displayed in Westfield shop windows during December and people are encouraged to vote for their favorites. “I sensed that the community wanted to have continued ...

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Updated at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 26. WESTFIELD, NJ – Hundreds gathered at the annual tree lighting ceremony outside the Westfield train station on Sunday evening. Families decorated gingerbread cookies and enjoyed hot chocolate from Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe while children danced to holiday carols ...

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EDISON, NJ — Just weeks after the first AddamsFest in Westfield wrapped up Ron MacCloskey, who has made a name for himself in Westfield as the “Addams Family Guy,” is seeing another of his passions come to life —  the children’s book he wrote is now in print. “We Don’t Feel Like It ” is a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Blue Devils football will be pitted against Plainfield in a Thanksgiving away game. The downtown will abound with festive sounds and discounts on Small Business Saturday. And runners of all ages will take to Tamaques Park for the annual “Turkey Trot” and “Practice Hard ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A play described by its director as a “daunting drama” and “absurdist comedy” will show at Westfield High School this week. The comedy "Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead," by Tom Stoppard, turns the play “Hamlet” on its head by shifting the perspective to two of the most ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A performance during AddamsFest by the Westfield Ballroom Saturday included local "zombies" dancing to the Michael Jackson song "Thriller." The festival, organized by some 300 volunteers, was a first for Westfield and included three days of activities relating the history and ...

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Young Cartoonists Awarded For ‘Addamseque’ Works WESTFIELD, NJ – Three local homeowners, two of them on Downer Street, have reason to be upbeat this week as they have won the AddamsFest “Haunt Your House” home decorating contest. Organizers awarded the first place to the owners of 440 Downer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Crowds of families enjoyed the Westfield Optimist Club’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest Sunday afternoon. The Downtown Westfield Corporation distributed prizes for a variety of Halloween and Charles Addams-themed categories. Afterward, kids loaded up on sweets ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – As rock music pounded and children looked on, Marc Evan carefully etched a portrait of the Addams Family character, Lurch, into a pumpkin at the Westfield Armory. Evan, an artist with the Brooklyn, NY, based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, employed his skill at Westfield’s AddamsFest on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With an in-depth paranormal investigation of the Reeve House complete, Founder and Lead Investigator of New Jersey Paranormal John Ruggiero believes one of the town's oldest houses is home to some spooky stuff. “The night we were there, we definitely experienced some unexplained ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Actor and Scotch Plains resident Garry Pastore has been cast as a supporting lead in Shooting Heroin, a film that tells a fictional story about the ravages of the opioid epidemic in small-town America and what happens when members of community take matters into their own ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield New Jersey community is set to celebrate "AddamsFest," honoring the legacy of hometown cartoonist Charles Addams, of Addams Family fame, from October 26-28, 2018. Held just before Halloween, the festival will be packed with events "altogether ooky," such as ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Want a free ride to AddamsFest this weekend? The town said it has partnered with Lyft to provide a safe, convenient alternative to driving. The town has announced on AddamsFest.com: For Morticia & Gomez’s Masquerade Ball on Oct. 26, new and existing Lyft users can ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Dragons on a front lawn, a skeleton sitting on a haystack and another skeleton pushing a lawn mower are among the decorations adorning properties as residents compete in a Halloween-themed home decorating contest. The contest is one among a series of initiatives the town is ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The week of AddamsFest kicked off Sunday night with a preview opening of The Charles Addams Art Exhibit at the James Ward Mansion. The art exhibit in the downtown opens to the public Monday. For Charles Addams enthusiast Ron MacCloskey, it was about time. “I’m the guy, 25 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Getting into the beer garden at AddamsFest has become akin to securing a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton.” At least that’s the drama that played out on the festival organizers’ Facebook page Thursday night as a limited batch of tickets to the festival’s beer garden were ...

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Rutgers Glee Club To Perform at At 'Guys Night' Concert Friday WESTFIELD, NJ — It's not always considered “cool” for men and boys to sing, but that's what's going to happen at Edison Intermediate School this Friday. The Westfield High School Choral Department will host its first “Guys Night ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — From Westfield’s New Jersey Workshop for the Arts to the stages of Broadway, Tony and Emmy Award Nominated Composer and Westfield native Matthew Sklar continues to wow with his third musical, “The Prom.” The Broadway show, which opens Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theater, is about a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Disappointed that you couldn’t get tickets for Charlie’s Ale Garden during AddamsFest? Despite a “sold out” image on the Beer Garden page on AddamsFest.com, organizers said that more tickets will become available for purchase later this week. “As we said, we can only pre-sell as ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The audience stood and cheered Saturday after the New Jersey Festival Orchestra kicked off the season Saturday in a new venue. “I have long wished to perform at First United Methodist Church whose acoustics are ... well, heavenly,” Conductor and Music Director David Wroe said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Tickets for “The Addams Family Movie” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Rialto Theater in Downtown Westfield are on sale now on the AddamsFest website, www.AddamsFest.com. There will be two showings of “The Addams Family” on Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Local businesses will celebrate the work of two noted children’s book authors, whose work includes references to local landmarks, in a four-hour event with 23 shops participating Sunday. Downtown Westfield Corp will host the “Art Walk” on Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. in ...

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