What You Need to Know About Sell By Dates

Expired milk, sniff test

Expired milk, sniff testDoes This Smell Funny to You?

Yikes! It’s the morning of Nov. 1 and the milk in my refrigerator says, “Sell by Oct. 31.” I’ve already made the coffee and poured the cereal into a bowl. Isn’t it unsafe to add the milk to them?

Well, actually, no, it’s not. Turns out that “use by” dates and “sell by” dates on the food we buy have nothing whatsoever to do with potential spoilage. Rather, they’re a suggestion from the food manufacturer as to when the product will hit its peak of freshness. So as long as my milk passes the sniff test, I’m good to go.

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Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier

Vibrance for LIfe Book Cover by Lorraine Maita, MD

Vibrance for LIfe Book Cover by Lorraine Maita, MDOn Sunday, October 26, join the Coalition on Family Caregiving for lunch and the presentation, “Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier.” 

The journey called life can be more pleasant and fulfilling when you maintain your health. Have you known someone who passed their physical and then something dreadful happened? At this presentation by Lorraine Maita, MD, you will learn the Five Fatal Flaws of what is missing in your physical that could transform your life so you can go from average to excellent. You will learn how to: [Read more...]

An Agreement to Stop Driving

Older woman turning over her car keys to family member

Older woman turning over her car keys to family member

We all know we should confiscate the car keys of someone who’s had too much to drink. But how do we know when it’s time to confiscate the keys of someone who, to put it bluntly, is too old to drive safely? Ability and age don’t always correlate, and a self-assessment of one’s abilities don’t always jibe with reality.

One option is a contract, or a family driving agreement, to stop driving. Much like a living will, it’s signed when someone still has her faculties but anticipates a time when reflexes and perceptions slow. Read about it on The New York Times New Old Age Blog.

Mr. Gurwell of Keeping Us Safe created a family driving agreement, which you can download here.


Catch the W.A.V.E. (Westfield Area Volunteer Expo)

Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shops NJ

Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shops NJWestfield Area Volunteer Expo on Monday, October 20, 2014

Make a difference in your community! If you want to donate your time and talents, but you’re not sure how or where, this event is for you. The Westfield Area Volunteer Expo (W.A.V.E.) provides the chance to find out more about local organizations who are seeking volunteers for a variety of opportunities.

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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


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

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


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


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


  • 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.