WESTFIELD, NJ — Crossing guard Bob Lewis has carved out a spot for himself in the history of Westfield, and a bit of that history is anticipated to be on display at Town Hall.

In his 26 years guarding students from traffic at Washington School, Lewis made it his custom to gift every graduating fifth-grader at Washington Elementary School a handcrafted woodcut carving he emblazoned with the child's name. With Westfield set to mark 300 years in existence, Lewis sought to carve something special for the municipality.

“I saw the logo the town adopted for the tricentennial and since I work with wood, I thought maybe I could do something to give to the town,” Lewis told the town council before presenting a woodcut carving of the “Westfield 300” logo to the council on Feb. 11.

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Mayor Shelley Brindle accepted the carving amid applause at the council session. Later, Brindle said she hopes to have the carving hang in town hall.

“This is so special,” Brindle told Lewis. “Thank you so much. This is unbelievable.”

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