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Some fun things to do this winter

By Grace Lisnock Enjoy a TRUE snow day Flip your pajamas inside out, throw a spoon under your pillow and say a prayer that you wake up to your parents telling you to go back to bed because there is too much snow. Hot chocolate, homemade pancakes and playing in the snow. If you are up for a challenge, build a makeshift hill to sled down in the driveway. Either way, spend all day outside – soak up every second of childhood fun. Watch a movie All holiday movies are more enjoyable in the winter months, when you get to snuggle up on the couch with a comfy blanket and some treats. Movies are a great...

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A year of great success at the library and even greater success projected for 2024

As we near the end of 2023, the Westfield Memorial Library has much to be proud of. We’re on track to see nearly 300,000 books, eBooks, and other library materials borrowed by the close of the year, reflecting an increase of 23% over 2022. Additional projections for 2023 include nearly 20,000 attendees at library programs and literacy events (+138%), 40,000 public Wi-Fi sessions (+44%), and 86,000 library visitors (+36%). While these numbers help to document the library’s impressive usage, they hardly capture the impact that the library has had on the Westfield community. They don’t adequately...

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Westfield Newcomers Club

By Meredith Janeiro Ladies Night at Vine and Oak The Westfield Newcomers Club hosts events for women, families, and couples. Whether you have moved to town or have experienced a life change such as a divorce or a new baby, we’re here to provide a sense of community through social activities, friendships and more. Members must currently live in Westfield or an immediate surrounding town: Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Clark or Garwood. Annual Dues are $40 per household and can be paid via Zelle to, or bring a check to our next event. Our events and RSVP information...

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Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish Host Annual Invitational to Kick Off Season

The Westfield Area YMCA Devilfish Swim Team held the 27th Annual Devilfish Classic October 21-22, 2023. Over 830 swimmers from eight YMCA teams competed to kick-off the 2023-2024 short course season. Congratulations to our coaches and swimmers on a strong start to the season. 248 Devilfish competed in the event.  Many of which achieved YMCA Bronze, Silver, and State championship qualifying times, and numerous personal best times. Meghan Myers, Head Coach shared her thoughts on the meet, “the DFC was a great way to start off our season.  We had some amazing time drops and swims across all age...

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The Dr. is in! How to Handle Holiday Stress

December is the much-anticipated time of each year as the holidays continue to come alive. The traditional aspects and the joyous pace of what occurs during this festive time typically is where families spend much time together. The time of year is a good source to bring up the topic of Family Therapy. by Jeremy Furham, LPC To inspire healthier communities through compassionate, evidence-based mental health treatment; science-driven education; and trusted, accessible resources. Lukin Center Driven by Science. Led by Compassion The holiday season is upon us again!  Holidays can bring great joy,...

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Festive Shopping Season — Shop Local Special Summit VISA Gift Card Giveaway!

Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) is pleased to announce an exciting promotion for holiday shoppers! The highly sought-after Summit VISA Gift Card is set to soar in popularity with SDI’s introduction of a special giveaway card program, perfectly timed for the festive shopping season. Here’s the deal: for every $50 spent by a customer on Summit VISA Gift Cards, they will receive an additional $10 in Summit VISA Gift Cards completely free of charge! Planning to purchase a $100 gift? Grab a Summit VISA Gift Card and enjoy a bonus $20 gift card for yourself! Please note that the maximum limit per customer...

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Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

The Summit Policemen’s Benevolent Association #55 (PBA) and Summit Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association #54 (FMBA) are hosting the annual United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots holiday toy drive beginning Monday, November 13, through Friday, December 15. To participate, bring new and unwrapped toys to the donation boxes at the following Summit locations during normal business hours between November 13 and December 15: Summit Police Headquarters at City Hall (512 Springfield Avenue) Summit Fire Department (396 Broad Street) Summit Community Center (100 Morris Avenue) Summit High...

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Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Hires Rachel Aponte as New Director of Education and Community Engagement

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is proud to announce the hiring of Rachel Aponte as its new Director of Education and Community Engagement. Aponte will join VACNJ after serving as the Education Program Manager at the Center for Contemporary Art, in Bedminster, New Jersey. “We are truly excited to have Rachel Aponte join our team,” said VACNJ Executive Director Melanie Cohn. “Her extensive experience in arts education, combined with her commitment to inclusivity and her leadership in the arts community, makes her the ideal choice to lead our Education and Community Engagement initiatives....

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