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DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Watch out for this scam that targets senior citizens -- from Round Table Wealth Management

Parents constantly worry about their children’s safety, regardless of their age.  That ongoing concern doesn’t diminish as they reach their grandparenting years.  For some, it becomes even greater.

Imagine being a grandparent, and receiving a call from someone informing you that your grandson (who is away at college) was involved in a terrible automobile accident.  He was not seriously injured, but he is very scared because the other party was badly injured, and is an expectant mom.  Your “grandson” gets on the phone asking you for your help and promises to pay you back, but asks you to please not tell mom or dad yet.  He will tell them everything when he gets home.  Your heart races with fear, yet it is also breaking as you imagine this young man who doesn’t fully understand yet what this all means for him.  All he needs from you is $900.  You think to yourself “that’s not a significant amount of money…and would be worth it to help him out”.  So off you go to send the funds.  Later in the day, you receive a second call telling you that the injured party suffered a miscarriage and now needs additional funds to pay other expenses.  Your “grandson” must pay this or he will be arrested.  Again, the adrenaline doesn’t allow you to think straight and you go directly to send the necessary funds.  You just hope he will be okay once all this is behind him…

You have just been scammed.  There was no accident and your grandchild is safe at school and you are out $900 or more.

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NJWA Holiday Boutique Scholarship Fundraiser

NJWA Holiday Boutique Scholarship Fundraiser

A collection, consisting of individual and group musical figurines, in performance position playing musical instruments, has been donated to the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts to help raise funds for student scholarships.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to purchase an individual figurine or small collection. Included are musical miniatures and instruments made from materials such as pottery, clay, pewter, marble, paper mache, metal wire, wood carving and other materials crafted in the United States, England, Germany and other countries around the world. Included are  a fife with keys from Europe, soap stone dancers from Kenya, a gypsum violin clock from Canada, a paper mache figure from Mexico and a Christmas guard nutcracker trio with musicians playing instruments.

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Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

Be a Part of the Downtown Westfield Movement

With the recent change in administration and the emphasis on volunteering, it’s a great time to remind Westfield residents of the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). The DWC, a New Jersey and nationally designated Main Street Community since 1993, is dedicated to promoting Downtown Westfield as a preferred destination. The DWC is committed to strengthening the downtown Special Improvement District as the center of community life and preserving the rich architectural legacy of the downtown area. The DWC utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology (Design, Economic Development, Organization and Promotions) for strengthening the local economy and protecting the historic buildings.

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Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Turning Point Restaurants' Founder Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Kirk Ruoff, founder and owner of the The Turning Point restaurants received the Golden Plate Award 2017 from New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association at the 37th Annual Awards Gala. The event presented awards to the state’s best and the brightest professionals at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City in November.

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Give a Lasting Gift of the Arts from the NJWA

Give a Lasting Gift of the Arts from the NJWA

With the approach of the holiday season, many people take great care to select an appropriate gift for the special people in their lives.  Gift givers  can avoid being concerned over the correct size, color or style if they give a gift certificate from the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts.

The NJWA gift certificate can allow someone to initiate a new interest  or continue to broaden an existing talent.  This gift can give the recipient an experience  that can last a lifetime.

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NJWA Presents Family Holiday Concert at Redeemer Church

NJWA Presents Family Holiday Concert at Redeemer Church

Members of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Saturday Orchestras and Wednesday Morning Strings will present a family concert on Sunday, December 17, at 5:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 229 Cowperthwaite Place in Westfield.

The concert, for all age levels, will include musical selections of traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music.  Among the songs will be Ding Dong Merrily on High, Christmas  Canon, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, Dreidel Song and Chanukah, Oh Chanukah.  Audience members will be invited to participate singing familiar tunes with the orchestra.

The admission is free, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.

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First Baptist Church of Westfield Advent and Christmas 2017 Schedule

First Baptist Church of Westfield Advent and Christmas 2017 Schedule

December 3  – 10:30 a.m. — Communion Sunday; Agape Christmas Festival Potluck Lunch; Lighting of the Candle of Hope; Sermon Title:  Out of Despair -- Hope

December 10 – 10:30 a.m. — Lighting of the Candle of Peace; Sermon Title:  From Frustration – Peace; Orchestra playing!

December 10 — Blue Christmas Service -  4 p.m. - Come for a quiet time of remembrance and acknowledgement that all during this time is not cheerfulness and laughter, but losses are greatly felt. Grief, mourning, sadness and loneliness are real! ; “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.”

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Fitness Events & Specials

Fitness Events & Specials

Athleta

Events at Athleta this month.... Monday, December 4 from 7pm-9pm: Shop For A Cause with Jane Hoffman and the Birthday Wish Foundation featuring Gina Berta from Club Pilates Westfield, Lunchbox and Mas Designs Jewelry. Sunday, December 10 at 9am-9:45am join Athleta Girl for a Gratitude Graffiti class. Sunday, December 10-16 come support the Westfield Girls Ice Hockey Team for their Shop For A Cause. Holiday hours are in full effect. See store calendar for more details. 234 E. Broad St., 908.518.7620. www.athleta.com 

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Food & Wine for the Holiday Season

Food & Wine for the Holiday Season

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Westfield Seafood

Let Westfield Seafood be a part of your holiday celebration. They have the best shrimp and seafood delicacies for your family gathering or Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. Most items need no pre-order, but do order shrimp platters, eels, and fresh crabmeat in advance. Also, orders for opened clams and oysters must be placed by December 19. 220 South Ave. W., 908.233.3042. www.westfieldseafood.com 

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