The Westfield 300 Committee has welcomed Jacob Henry Cohen as the First Westfield Baby of 2020! Jacob, along with parents Matthew and Samantha and big sister Eliana, was visited by Mayor Shelley Brindle and presented with a special commemorative gift basket to recognize the occasion.

Jacob, who was born on Jan. 2, will be included in the historical documentation for the Westfield 300 activities as the Town celebrates the 300th anniversary of its settlement throughout 2020.

“I was thrilled to meet Jacob and his family at their home today to welcome him on behalf of the Town,” said Brindle. “I can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit of this banner year than by celebrating Westfield's first new arrival of 2020.”

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In addition to Westfield 300 merchandise and various other Town of Westfield items, Jacob’s gift basket also included a $300 savings bond generously donated by the Westfield branch of Two River Community Bank.

“We are very happy to have Jacob recognized as the First Westfield Baby of 2020,” said Matthew and Samantha Cohen. “Having him included in the Westfield 300 celebration is such a unique honor, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

In addition to Jacob’s designation as the First Westfield Baby of 2020, the Westfield 300 festivities kicked off this month with the raising of the Westfield 300 flag throughout Town, initial sales of Westfield 300 merchandise, and the organization of more than 50 volunteers to help create year-long programming guided by the Steering Committee.

Upcoming Westfield 300 events include the Colonial dinner and drinks event at 16 Prospect on February 23, as well as an ongoing speaker series, a town-wide party in Tamaques Park, historical reenactments/tours, special presentations at the Miller Cory and Reeves houses, and more. For details about events, and how to volunteer with these efforts, visit the Westfield 300 section of the Town website.