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

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 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 ...

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 ...

Shovlin Mattress Factory Donates $3,100 to Breast Cancer Research

FANWOOD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfield-family owned business in Fanwood, donated $3,100 to Play For P.I.N.K last month to help fight breast cancer.

This was the second year in a row that the small business has donated five percent of sales of its high-end Nirvana mattresses from the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to the local event, which raises money for ...

Somerset Patriots Host Holiday Toy Drive with Santa and Sparky Lyle Dec. 8

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m to noon.

Fans are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the ...

Kids at Westfield Library Gain Confidence Reading with Help from Four-Legged Friends

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 that he’s always paying attention and that he looks at the book. I read ...

Giving Back: More Westfield Area Holiday Toy, Food & Coat Drives Announced

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local businesses, police and a high school club are among those collecting donations for people in need this holiday season.

Toy and Teen Gift Drive

A handful of area businesses are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children and gifts for teens to be donated to the Kenilworth-based YWCA PALS (Peace a Learned Solution) program, which offers therapy, counseling and ...

Westfield Businesses Collecting Toys for Kids in Need this Season

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency and Kinderprep of Westfield are collecting new and gently used toys this season for local children in need. Toys will be donated to Furniture Assist, a Springfied-based volunteer organization that provides families in need with everything required to furnish their homes.

“Helping out Furniture ...

No Shave November: Westfield PD Growing Support for Cancer Fight Fundraiser

WESTFIELD, NJ – If you see a bearded Westfield police officer this month, it is not because he was too lazy to shave.

In a first for Westfield Police, officers are participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide fundraiser for cancer research intended to heighten awareness about the importance of catching cancer before it becomes lethal.

How long can those whiskers ...

Westfield Family Continues Tradition of Giving Away Hundreds of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield brothers James Ward and John Ward and their families spent the Saturday before Thanksgiving delivering hundreds of turkeys purchased from Al’s Prime Meat & Deli in Garwood to people in need, including seniors and single mothers, as well as to the Church of St. Mary in Elizabeth to be distributed to others.

It's a ...


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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Send Cards to Detention Camp

December 15, 2018

Middle and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison created Christmas cards to send greetings and positive thoughts to adolescent immigrants who have been detained for several months at the Tornillo detention camp in West Texas after fleeing violence in Central America.

The facility, which was supposed to be temporary, houses 2,400 currently and the population is ...