WESTFIELD, NJ — Originally encompassing what is now five other municipalities, English settlers purchased the land on which this town is located for 10 cents an acre and called it the West Fields of Elizabethtown.
That was in 1720 and, 300 years later, the town is set to mark the settlement of its municipality with a yearlong celebration, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced.
“Westfield will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2020,” Brindle said at the last council meeting. “We plan to commemorate this milestone by introducing Westfield 300, a year-long celebration that aims to inspire all residents to participate in a series of programming and events.”
In doing so, she said, the municipality has established a logo contest open to all residents to identify a winning entrant who best captures the spirit of the celebration.
“The logo should first and foremost be a reflection of Westfield’s 300’s vision — bold, commemorative, current and celebratory,” guidelines for the contest state.
The logo will be included on signs, banners, marketing and promotional materials in digital and print formats along with pins, clothing and video used in connection with the celebration, the guidelines say.
“This is a celebration for all of Westfield,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, who is among the principal organizers. “The more input we get, the more meaningful it will be.”
The deadline to submit for the logo contest is Aug. 25, officials said. For the full guidelines, and to upload your logo, visit https://www.westfieldnj.gov/300.
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