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Free Seminar: "Appeal Your NJ Property Taxes -- Learn How!"

tax appeal 6 mediumNew Jersey’s property taxes are among the highest in the nation - but there is a proven way to lower them. With nearly 50% of properties estimated as being over-assessed - and home prices still down nearly 20% from the peak prices prior to the Great Recession in 2006 - the truth is thousands of homeowners are currently eligible for a real estate tax reduction.

Join your friends and neighbors for this Complimentary Educational Seminar to learn important, proven strategies in challenging your property taxes that could potentially save you thousands of dollars each year.

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Prominent Lingerie & Swimwear Boutique Expanding to Second Location in Westfield. NJ

Westfield, New Jersey – February 2016 - Johari, a distinguished lingerie and swimwear boutique located at 465 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, NJ has announced the opening of its second location. The second store will be located at 112 Central Ave. in Westfield, NJ, and will open this April.

Established in 2000, Johari specializes in bra and swimwear fittings. Being the “go-to” store for hard to find sizes and great customer service has allowed Johari to expand. The owner, Deborah Furr, and her staff are bra fit experts with extensive knowledge on American and European swimwear and lingerie brands.

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Spring Break Sewing Camp

Kids ages 8 & up will spend their spring break learning to sew in our fun sewing lounge! Whether they've never sewn a stitch before or have a little bit of experience, we have the camp for them. The morning session is for absolute beginners ages 8 and up. We'll teach them how to use a sewing machine, sew several stitch types, and make a whole bunch of cool projects - including a monogrammed pillow, tote bag, and more. Afternoon class is for experienced sewists ages 9 & up - they'll design and create a versatile messenger bag. Class sizes are limited to 8 students , so sign up early! All materials and a daily snack included.

Summer Sewing Camp Series

Registration now open for our Summer Sewing Camp Series! We are currently offering four themed weeks of Summer Sewing Camps for ages 8 and up. No experience required. To get more information or to register, call, go online, or visit our store.

Westfield Memorial Library continues with Lincoln Center Local Screenings

kristin medium(February 1, 2016) As a new partner in the “Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Series,” the Westfield Memorial Library continues with the next performance on tap: Kristin Chenoweth: “The Dames of Broadway …All of ‘Em!!!!” on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee, Pushing Daisies) has made her mark on stage and screen. In this concert for Lincoln Center, she offers a fond salute to the great ladies and show-stopping scene stealers of Broadway, creating a night at once intimate and filled with “Broadway razzle dazzle.” This special performance was taped in February 2013 as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

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Classical Music Concert to Benefit Westfield HS Orchestras, February 27

For Westfield Today mediumThe community is invited to enjoy an evening of classical music on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm for a fundraiser concert performed by members of the Westfield High School Orchestras. The concert will be held at The First United Methodist Church at 1 East Broad St. in Westfield, NJ. Come with family and friends to support the WHS Orchestra students. Monies raised from this concert will help with the trip costs to Boston, MA where they will be performing and adjudicated.

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $12 for Adults and $8 for Students. A Reception will follow after the concert. For further information or questions, please contact Craig Stanton at

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Raritan Valley Coalition Creates New Video and Petition Advocating One-Seat Rides Weekends & Peak Hours

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Visit to watch a great video advocating additional one-seat rides on weekends and during peak week day hours. Also read the information about signing a petition pushing for more one-seat rides! Councilmen Mark LoGrippo and Frank Arena are part of the video. 

The image is from the Raritan Valley Rail Video.

NJSO Strings Duo in Valentine’s Day Recital at St. Paul’s, Westfield

Violinist Brennan Sweet2 mediumOn Sunday, February 14th at 4:00 PM The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will present a Recital performed in tandem by violinist Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Jonathan Spitz, NJSO’s celebrated principal cellist. Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel are featured on this Sunday afternoon, Valentine’s Day, Bach to Handel program.

Violinist Sweet will perform Bach’s Partita III in E Major for solo violin (BWV 1006), composed in 1720 in six movements: Preludio, Loure, Menuets (I and II), Bourrée and Gigue. This piece typically celebrates the various dances and dance tempos popular in the early 18th Century/late Baroque period. For example, the lyrical Loure, (gigue lente), a slow French Baroque dance, is followed by the more lively Gavotte en Rondeau which, says Sweet, “should set toes tapping.”

Cellist Spitz will perform Bach’s Cello Suite II in D minor for solo cello (BWV 1008) (1717-23), composed, likewise, in a symmetrically conceived cycle of Preludio followed by five Baroque dance-type variations. Unlike Bach’s Partita III, this Suite did not become widely known and popular until 1936-39, when cellist Pablo Casals became the first to record it, at Abbey Road Studios in London. Spitz is praised for his interpretation of this dramatic, deeply soulful work.

Sweet and Spitz will cap the February 14 Recital with a vivacious, inspirational duet -- The Passacaglia from Handel’s Suite in G minor (HWV 432), arranged for violin and cello by Johan Halvorsen. Described as a theme-based “series of thrilling variations in a tour de force of musical invention,” this work is nicknamed “The Impossible,” alluding to the difficulty of creating full, four-part harmony with only two instruments. Notes St. Paul’s Music Director Charles M. Banks, “it will culminate what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music of the highest caliber performed by two consummate guest artists!”

“Given St. Paul’s wonderful acoustics and spirited surroundings,” adds Banks, “these virtuosic works and performers are expected to enhance both the listening and the viewing pleasure of Recital attendees – and they could also tug on a few Valentine’s Day heart strings!”

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 E. Broad Street (near Euclid Ave.) in Westfield. Tickets at the door are $20. Students and parking are free. Following the Recital, attendees are invited to meet and greet Messrs. Sweet and Spitz at a bountiful reception in the Cloister. For more information, contact Director Banks at (908) 451-5082, or e-mail

Roosevelt Intermediate School Proudly Presents Once On This Island, March 4-6

RIS once on an island logo for play March 2016 mediumJust in time to shake off winter, Roosevelt School takes you to the Caribbean with the captivating and energetic musical Once on this Island. With lyrics by Lynn Ahren and music by Stephen Flaherty, this musical fable is based on Rosa Guy's 1985 novel, My Love, My Love.

The story is set on a small island in the French Antilles during a raging storm where the inhabitants tell of a tale depicting star-crossed lovers (played by Julia Singer and Matthew Meixner). Confronted with issues such as class distinction and societal expectations, the islanders must deal with a wealthy ruling class while guided by their belief in powerful gods, which include Asaka "Mother of the Earth" (Elizabeth Rosenberg), Agwe "God of Water" (Christian Vozza), Erzullie "Goddess of Love" (Olivia Bergman), and Papa Ge "Daemon of Death" (Anthony Butera). Song and dance prevails with a variety of musical numbers that incorporate the entire cast.

Director Annie Brzozowski chose this play because "it is an excellent expression of empathy and compassion." Although the themes of the story are serious and universal, the approach is light-hearted and performed musically, similar to an operetta. Brzozowski credits her award-winning choreographer, Nicole Le-Fleur Amadeo, with keeping the cast in high-stepping form.

With a cast and crew of over 60 members, the show is rounded out with the talents of Musical Directors Karen Romero and Sabino Lasco. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, or at the door at Roosevelt Intermediate School located at 301 Clark Street in Westfield. Ticket price is $10.00. Performances are Friday March 4, 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday March 6, at 2:00 p.m. This show is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


Congratulations to CJ at Amuse

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A hearty congratulations to Amuse chef/owner CJ who has been awarded the International Academy of Gastronomy's Prix au Chef de L'Avenir for 2016. He is the only winner in the US! Prix au Chef de L'Avenir is awarded to talented young Chefs. CJ and Amuse are honored by this recognition, and Downtown Westfield is proud of them.

2016 Award Recipients:

Dimitri Lysens, restaurant Le Magis, Tongres, Belgium

Rafael Costa e Silva, restaurant "Lasai", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcos Morán, Casa Gerardo, Prendes, Spain

Dimitri Droisneau, Villa Madie, Cassis, France

Theodorous Papanikolaou, restaurant Selene, Santorin, Greece

Enrico Panero, restaurant Da Vinci, Eataly Florence, Italy

Youssef Akiki, restaurant Burgundy, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Marcin Przybysz, restaurant "Belvedere", Varsovie, Poland

Francisco Martins, restaurante "O Talho", Warsaw, Portugal

Manuel Stadelmann, restaurant Rialto, Gstaad, Switzerland

Christopher John Reycraft, Jr. restaurant "Amuse", Westfield, NJ USA

Read more at:

Amuse 908.317.2640