Friday, July 29, 2011

Westfield's Farmers Market Has Returned

Sponsored by Two River Bank and The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Westfield's Farmers Market is back every Saturday at the South Avenue Train Station from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. until October 29. A Farmer’s Market offers extremely fresh foods, organically grown produce, and humanely raised meats. It features local produce and ‘Jersey Fresh’ products. The Market offers eco-friendly products that brings townspeople together and creates a real sense of community.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Graffiti Busting at it's Best

With recent markings of graffiti seen around town the use of paint and other removal materials are being used to get rid of the vandalism. A door at the Westfield Train Station was recently painted over to cover the graffiti.

Greenup, Greenup, Everybody Do Your Share!

Left photo (left to right): Stu Turner, Ross Katz, and Sean Collins
Right photo: The finished product

The Greenup Crew is back in action! To help maintain tidiness within the town, the crew has conducted an annual cleanup and weeding of the Westfield Rail Station. Formed in 2010 to help with the upkeep of the train station area, the Greenup Crew hosted their second formal project on July 16th. Their group is a part of NJ Transit's Adopt-A-Station Program which is a way for members of the community to enhance a highly visible area of our town.

Star Painting is at it Again!

Star Painting (Phil Rinaldi, Jim Rinaldi and Michael of Star Painting crew) are busy refurbishing some of the teak benches around downtown just in time for the arrival of the America in Bloom judges!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

James Monroe

It has come to our attention that a local Department of Public Works (DPW) employee, James Monroe, was seriously hurt due to an accident while on the job. While tending to the town’s WWI memorial, James took a fall off of a truck and is now being taken care of at University Hospital. Being that James Monroe is still as strong as he ever was; the major injuries he has sustained will completely heal. James Monroe is in our thoughts and prayers for his full recovery.

DPW Steps Up to the Plate

Gerry Stabinow of the Town of Westfield Department of Public Works (DPW) has stepped up to the plate. Gerry has been fixing our problem curb areas throughout the downtown area.

Thanks Gerry, your work is greatly appreciated by the entire town! The America in Bloom judges will be impressed with all of the projects that DPW has taken on when they visit July 31-August 2, 2011.

Caffrey Tree & Landscape

America in Bloom judges are almost here and everyone has been pitching in to get the town ready for their arrival. Caffrey Tree & Landscape has lent their services to tidy up Westfield. Workers have been weeding and mulching around the South Side Train Station. Dead branches and leaves are also being collected to keep the train station neat and clean. It is this type of community involvement that keeps Westfield beautiful!

Westfield is in Full Bloom!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank You Star Painting!

Moses and Marcos of Star Painting re-painted the chipped and faded Westfield Signs around town. The poles that held the Downtown Westfield signs were in serious need of a new coat of paint. The signs look great, thank you!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

PSE+G Lights Up the Town

PSE+G, a close sponsor and partner of the Downtown Westfield 5k & Pizza Extravaganza, is working to fix all the lights in the downtown area of Westfield. The overhead light poles that keep the streets of Westfield lit during the nighttime are extremely important to maintain. Approximately 50 lights have been repaired so far.

Garden Centers of America Tours Williams Nursery

Above Photo: (From Left to Right) Sherry Cronin, Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Chris, Sales Representative from Fafard Soil, Edward Williams of Williams Nursery, Doug Fisher, Secretary of Agriculture, and Dave Williams Jr. of Williams Nursery

On June 16 the annual Garden Centers of America Tour made Williams Nursery in Westfield one of their official stops. Owner of the nursery, Dave Williams, is president of the national garden organization. Williams Nursery was one of the 15 gardens chosen to be toured throughout the state. Garden center owners and managers from approximately 100 garden centers from all over the United States came along for the tour.

Also present at the tour was New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Doug Fisher. During the ceremony Doug Fisher congratulated Dave Williams on being chosen to represent the state. Dave was then awarded with a keepsake of his time as president of the Garden Centers of America.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Westfield Y Campers Lead the Way

Photo Caption: LITs and Diane Genco weed and clean the parking lot on Central Ave.

Equipped with garbage bags, gloves, and various weeding tools, Leaders in Training got to work on cleaning up the town. Westfield Area Y’s Leaders in Training camp, located in the Robert and Virginia Bauer Family Branch, is for teenagers who want to learn how to become future camp counselors. This camp combines elements of work and play to bring out the leader within each camper. Campers engage in daily activities that are both mentally and physically challenging which prepares them to be future ‘CIT’s and vital citizens of their community.

With guidance from the towns butterfly guru, Diane Genco, a team of over 20 kids and counselors weeded the Westfield parking lot on Central Ave between Starbucks and Just Bead Yourself. The area will be transformed into a butterfly garden. With the completion of the weeding and cleaning, the campers and Genco will return to mulch and replant. Flowers and plants specifically grown to attract butterflies will be used.

Genco, who is also the executive director for the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), promotes the development of out-of-school programs, specifically outdoor and nature based activities. This project to revamp an area of Westfield is a perfect fit for these leaders in training. These kids improve their leadership abilities and team-building skills by working together to enhance our environment. Their goal to transform the area into a butterfly garden also parallels this year’s Westfield in Bloom efforts to “attract the butterflies”.

Keep up the good work, this type of involvement is what keeps Westfield blooming!