Fall Fun for All in Downtown Westfield

Hedgehog and Feather Frightful Films

Hedgehog and Feather Frightful Films

After a not-very-hot summer, it makes sense that fall fun arrives early to the Westfield area. Starting now, you’ll find lots of fun activities for the entire family. Here are many you won’t want to miss.

Westfield Fall Fun and Haunted Happenings

Sunday, September 21

Join the fun in downtown Westfield for the 25th Annual FestiFall street fair from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring entertainment, food vendors, a KidsZone, and lots more.

Apple Fest at Reeve House Westfield NJSaturday, September 27

Like apples? Then don’t miss Apple Fest at the Reeve House, 12 to 4 pm. There will be an apple pie contest, games, an apple cafe, house tours, and When the Trains Come to Westfield! (exhibits and whistle-blowing contest). For more info, call 908.654.1794.

Sunday, September 28 to Thursday, October 9

Dine out at one of the many establishments participating in Restaurant Week. You can find the full list of restaurants, and their special offers, here. [Read more...]

House for Sale: 321 Orenda Circle Westfield NJ

321 Orenda Circle, Westfield, NJ

321 Orenda Circle, Westfield, NJ

House for Sale

321 Orenda Circle, Westfield, NJ 07090

$699,900

Call today to see this lovely five bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with sunny living room/dining room with French doors to two-story deck; eat-in kitchen with bay window, adjoining laundry room; large walk-out family room with fireplace, built in bookcases; spacious level yard; two ground-level bedrooms, powder room; HWF under carpet.

Attached 2-car garage. garden sprinkler system. Features include updated kitchen, master bath; humidifier on two-zone HVAC; quiet neighborhood, circular street; near NYC bus, great Westfield schools, shopping, and recreation.

View full listing here.

This information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. 

Weichert, Realtors

Equal Housing

 

For more information, contact Susan Devaney:

Weichert, Realtors® Westfield Office
185 Elm Street
908.654.7777

House for Sale: 98 Madison Terrace, Springfield, NJ

98 Madison Terrace, Springfield, NJ

98 Madison Terrace, Springfield, NJ

House for Sale

98 Madison Terrace, Springfield, NJ

$269,900

Great opportunity. Spacious split. 2+ bedroom; 1.5 bath; en suite master with sitting room; walk-in-closet, large 2nd bedroom with built-ins; kitchen with lots of cabinets; large family room; walk-out basement; newer HWH, Furnace 2012; newer siding; Sold “AS IS.” Buyer responsible for CO.

Extra large master bedroom w/sitting room/office or “captured” 3rd bedroom; full shower bath in basement w 2 separate rooms plus laundry & utility room; walk-out to small patio and fenced back yard with large shed; great quiet street perfect for little bikes, quiet walks. Newer front stairs/entry. Private yard, great neighborhood.

See complete listing details here.

This information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. 

Weichert, Realtors

Equal Housing

 

For more information, contact Susan Devaney:

Weichert, Realtors® Westfield Office
185 Elm Street
908.654.7777

 

FestiFall Festivities

Westfield FestiFall Street Fair 2014

Westfield FestiFall Street Fair 2014Celebrate fall! Come to downtown Westfield this Sunday, September 21st for the 25th Annual FestiFall street fair featuring fun and entertainment for the whole family. Merchandise and food vendors will line the streets with something for everyone, including a KidZone with amusements and games. The streets in the downtown area will be closed to traffic, including Prospect, Elm, East Broad, and Quimby Streets.

This event is sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC). It is recommended that visitors park at the South Avenue train station and take the underpass to the festival.

The event will be held rain or shine from 10am to 5pm. Follow hashtag #WestfieldFestiFall on Twitter for updates. Or call the event hotline: 908.233.3021.

Recycling at Its Best—at Best Buy

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Among the myriad of difficult chores involved in moving to a new home or dismantling an old one is finding out what to do with obsolete or unneeded appliances, electronics, and other gear. You can’t just put an ancient refrigerator at the curb with the lawn clippings, for example.

But on its website, Best Buy offers a directory—organized by state—to help you dispose of such items responsibly, and at no charge to you. You’ll find how you can recycle products such as:

  • TV/Video
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Audio
  • Car Audio, Video, and GPS
  • Cameras and Camcorders
  • Mobile Phones & Home Office Phones
  • Music, Movies, and Books
  • Video Games and Gadgets
  • Computers
  • Appliances
  • Home and Garage Gear (e.g., smoke detectors and thermostats, hair dryers, cables)
  • Health, Fitness, and Sports Equipment

A Guide to Kids’ Activities in Westfield

young girl painting in art class

young girl painting in art class

Whether you’re living in Westfield or considering a move to the Westfield area, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep your baby, toddler, tween, or teen active and engaged. You’ll find everything from baby music classes to toddler gym classes to beading events or computer classes for tweens and teens.

Call or visit the websites below for more information about dates, rates, and class times. Depending on the class, some offer open enrollment while others follow a more set schedule.

Kids’ Activities in Westfield

Artlab

  • 500 North Ave. E., Westfield
  • 908.654.5663
  • Kids in PreK to age 13 can sign-up for studio art classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Classes are held weekdays and Saturday mornings.

BuildIt Labs

  • 203 South Ave. E., Westfield
  • 908.301.6134
  • Classes at BuildIt Labs focus on hands-on projects that teach science and technology. They offer programming classes in Scratch and Javascript, as well as LEGO Mindstorms™ Robotics and Minecraft Nights. Ages 6+.

Girls on the Run of New Jersey East

  • Roosevelt Middle School (3–5th grades) and Tamaques Park (6th–8th grades)
  • 862.223.9054
  • This 10-week program combines fun and clever running games with interactive lessons about life skills. Each session culminates with the girls completing a 5k running event.

Gymboree of Westfield

  • 422 Central Avenue, Westfield
  • 908.233.6669
  • Classes like Gym & Play and Art and Music are offered for ages 0–6. Weekday and weekend classes are available.

Hapi Yoga

  • 235 E. Broad St., Westfield
  • 908.380.9668
  • Hapi Yoga offers classes for all ages—from Baby Yoga (6 weeks–12 months) to Kids Yoga (ages 1–3, 4–6, 7–9), and Tween Yoga (ages 10–12) and Teen Yoga (ages 13+). Therapeutic Yoga is also offered for kids of all ages.

Party Options at Just Bead Yourself Westfield NJ

Sample of Past Party Options at Just Bead Yourself

Just Bead Yourself

  • 113 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Westfield
  • 908.232.3411
  • Single session classes start for ages 7+ with choices like Bead Basics Bracelet. For older kids, there are also options like Leather Wrap Bracelet (9+) and Wire Wrapped Stones & Sea Glass (9+). Also special themed party events.

Kidville Westfield

  • 109 E. Broad St., Westfield
  • 908.913.0856
  • This bright space offers gym, dance, art, cooking, and music classes for kids ages 0–6. Classes are offered weekdays and Saturday mornings.

Martial Arts Institute of America

  • 1100 South Ave., Westfield
  • 908.317.9611
  • There are martial arts classes for all kids of all ages and abilities, including a family class. Classes are held on weekdays and Saturday mornings.

My Gym Westfield

  • 1100 South Ave. W., Westfield
  • 908.317.0888
  • Classes at My Gym Westfield start with Little Bundles (6 weeks–6 months) and continue by age through Terrific Tots (2.5–3.25 years), Champions (6–8 years), and Cardio Kids (8–13 years). There’s also Zumba Kids (5–9 years) and a Siblings Class for ages 6 months to 4.5 years.

New Jersey Workshop for the Arts

  • 150-152 E. Broad St., Westfield
  • 908.789.9696
  • Kids of all ages and abilities (beginner to advanced) can take private-lesson instruction for voice and all instruments at NJ Workshop for the Arts. Student recitals are given throughout the year.

Satsang Yoga Studio

  • 307 South Ave. W., Westfield
  • 908.789.2703
  • Classes here are a unique approach to yoga using music, games, stories, and play. Classes are open to kids ages 5–9. You can also sign up for parent-child yoga and Playtime with My Little Yogi, for ages 2-5 on Saturday mornings. Satsang Teens allows kids 13–17 years to discover their passions, purpose, and strengths in this six-week afternoon session.

Westfield Area Y

  • 220 Clark St., Westfield
  • 908.233.9700
  • The Y has an abundance of classes and activities for everyone. You’ll find swim lessons for all ages to Tae Kwan Do (ages 4–13), yoga (ages 8–12), and much more including soccer, basketball, ballet, and Ultimate Frisbee.

The Westfield Fencing Club

  • All Saints’ Church, 559 Park Ave., Scotch Plains
  • 908.272.3930
  • Fencing classes and bouting for beginners and intermediate fencers are available for ages 10 and up. Kids can learn sabre, foil, and epée on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Lacrosse Practice NetWestfield Lacrosse Club

  • This lacrosse club offers basic and advanced lacrosse training and league opportunities for youth boys and youth girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. Travel teams are available for older players.

Westfield Memorial Library

  • 550 E. Broad St., Westfield
  • 908.789.4090
  • The library offers various programs including Evening LEGO Club,Chess Club for Kids, storytimes, playgroup for babies, Fit4Kids, Zumba, and lots more.

Westfield Recreation Department

  • 425 E. Broad St., Westfield
  • 908.789.4080
  • The town of Westfield’s rec department offers a huge range of programs including multi-sports, art, cooking, and science classes.

What kids’ classes or enrichment programs did we miss? Please let us know so we can add them to this list of activities for kids. And remember to visit one of Westfield’s super playgrounds for outdoor fun on unscheduled days.

Death With Dignity?

Gillian Bennett Chooses to Take Her Life, Video By Her Family

Gillian Bennett Chooses to Take Her Life, Video By Her Family

End-of-life decisions are extremely difficult to talk about, let alone to make. But Gillian Bennett, a Canadian woman diagnosed with dementia, recently made a bold statement and took even bolder action. Here’s how she starts her story:

I will take my life today around noon. It is time. Dementia is taking its toll and I have nearly lost myself. I have nearly lost me. Jonathan, the straightest and brightest of men, will be at my side as a loving witness.

I have known that I have dementia, a progressive loss of memory and judgment, for three years. It is a stealthy, stubborn and oh-so reliable disease. I might have preferred an exotic ailment whose name came trippingly off the tongue, but no, what I have is entirely typical. I find it a boring disease, and despite the sweetness and politeness of my family I am bright enough to be aware of how boring they find it, too. It is so rough on my husband, Jonathan. I don’t think my lovely cat has noticed, but I’m not sure.

Read the rest of her story on DeadAtNoon.com. And watch The Vancouver Sun’s video about Gillian Bennett’s last wish, as told by her family.

How would you handle such a diagnosis?

Conquering Office Clutter

The Mavins Group After Cleanup

Sometimes even a Mavin can use a helping hand when office clutter gets, well, out of hand. Case in point: Owner Susan Devaney’s home office recently got a little too lived in. So she called on one of her Mavins to help whip it into shape. The before-and-after photos tell the whole story.

Home Office Before Mavins’ Help

The Mavins Group Home Office Before

Home Office After Mavins’ Magic Touch

The Mavins Group After Cleanup

How do you keep your office organized and clutter free, especially when it’s in your home? Let us know in comments.

 

Home for Sale: 709 Boulevard Westfield NJ

House for Sale 709 Boulevard Westfield NJ

House for Sale 709 Boulevard Westfield NJ

Under Contract

709 Boulevard, Westfield, NJ 07090

$675,000

Click here to see the interactive floor plan.

Expansive, 5/6 bedroom 3½ bath classic Westfield Colonial home on the Boulevard. A sweeping wraparound porch welcomes you into the expansive sunny foyer that opens to the kitchen, the elegant stairway to the second floor, and the large living room. Your guests will enjoy the living room wood-burning fireplace, oversized windows, and double French door to the screened-in side porch. You arrive at the formal dining room through more double French doors from the screened porch, or through the double-wide entry, with pocket doors, from the living room. A butler’s pantry, with glass-front cabinetry, leads from the dining room into the large eat-in kitchen. The second floor has four bedrooms and two baths; the third floor has another full bath, three rooms, two walk-in closets, one smaller closet – loads of possibilities for more bedrooms, office and playroom areas. The property includes detached two-car garage, level yard, and deep front yard. This grand home, full of custom moldings and trim, high ceilings and period details, is ready for your updates and personalization. Sold “as is.” Buyer responsible for CO.

First Floor

ENTRY FOYER (13 x 10) Hardwood floor, paneling, double entry to living room, 4 window grouping on side wall, stairs to second floor.

LIVING ROOM (20 x 13) Hardwood floor, triple front window and double French door to side porch with transoms above each, wood burning fireplace, built-in bookcase. Pocket door to…

FORMAL DINING ROOM (15 x 14) hardwood floor, walk-in closet, ceiling fan with light, chair rail, double French doors to porch, double windows to side yard, swinging door to kitchen.

BUTLER’S PANTRY (8 x 4) Double countertops, glass front cabinetry, window.

KITCHEN (13 x 13) Wood cabinetry, Formica countertops, pantry closet, back staircase. Vestibule with paneled glass back door, shelving, cabinets.

POWDER ROOM Window.

Second Floor

BEDROOM #1 (17 x 12) Hardwood floor, sink/cabinets, double side window.

JACK & JILL BATH Shower over tub, double window, medicine cabinet.

BEDROOM #2 (1 x 12) Hardwood floor, closet, door to bedroom #3.

BEDROOM #3 (14 x 12) Hardwood floor, double window, 2 closets (1 shared with bedroom #4).

BEDROOM #4 (10 x 10) Hardwood floor, 2 closets.

HALL BATH Shower over tub, window.

LINEN CLOSET

THIRD FLOOR SITTING AREA/OFFICE (15 x 13) Closet.

BEDROOM (17 x 8) Hardwood floor, front dormer window, side window, closet.

OFFICE (13 x 9) Hardwood floor, rear dormer window, side windows.

HALL WALK-IN CLOSET

FULL BATH Footed tub, window.

Additional Features and Amenities

  • Gas steam heating – Weil-McLain furnace (2000)
  • Newer 40 gallon gas hot water heater
  • 200+ amp electric
  • Sweeping wrap-around porch
  • Skylight on porch for additional daylight in living room
  • Grand entry foyer Hardwood floors throughout
  • Custom original molding and trim throughout
  • High ceilings
  • Full unfinished basement
  • Front & side porch
  • 2 car detached garage
  • Level yard

Lot Size: 70 x 147

2013 Taxes: $15,518

More information on MLS listing.

This information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. 

Weichert, Realtors

Equal Housing

 

For more information, contact Susan Devaney:

Weichert, Realtors® Westfield Office
185 Elm Street
908.654.7777

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Real Estate Agents and Move Managers for Older Adults

New York Times Real Estate Agents for Older Adults Are Part Broker, Part Therapist

New York Times Real Estate Agents for Older Adults Are Part Broker, Part Therapist In today’s New York Time‘s article “Real Estate Agents for Older Adults are Part Broker, Part Therapist,” author Abby Ellin states that moving out of a house you’ve lived in for many years can be overwhelming and unnerving when you’re an older adult. It can be a stressful time shedding possessions that have been accumulated over a lifetime. And that’s where Susan Devaney, owner of The Mavins Group,  and her team of Mavins can help. About 850 senior move managers (check NASMM to find one in your area) in the United States are helping older adults manage the psychological toll of finding and moving into a new home.

Susan Devaney, both a Senior Real Estate Specialist and a Move Manager is mentioned in the article:

Ms. Devaney, the chief executive and founder of the Mavins Group, a moving management company, not only helps older adults determine their housing options, but also helps them retrofit their homes if they decide not to leave, including changing doorknobs to levers, widening spaces to accommodate a wheelchair, adding safety rails in the showers and more. Her company has also arranged laundry services, shopping, beauty care and transportation for outings. She has even called plumbers late at night for a flooded basement.

Read the full article here.

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