A Jam-Packed Guide to Kids’ Activities in Westfield

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: baby yoga classes, toddler art classes, beading events, cooking camps, soccer and sports leagues, storytimes, and 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 more set schedules for spring, summer, fall, and winter programs. [Read more…]

New Listing: 158 Harrison Avenue Westfield NJ

158 Harrison Avenue Westfield NJ 07090

For Sale: $989,000

158 Harrison Avenue, Westfield, NJ

6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

Lot Size: 50 x 175

Taxes: $16,489

Renovated and updated classic Westfield 6 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath Colonial featuring grand front porch, addition of new family room, powder room off the renovated kitchen, and expansive master suite with 2 walk-in-closets, separate dressing area, and spa-sized shower. Perfectly located on Harrison Avenue, which is a short distance to schools, parks, town, and library. Don’t miss this move-in ready opportunity.

Full description and details here. View the virtual tour.

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Weichert, Realtors®, Susan Devaney Real Estate Agent, Westfield, NJ

For more information, contact Susan Devaney:

Weichert, Realtors®
185 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090

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Would you like to see this home or other homes in the Westfield area? Please give us a call, 908.233.6200, or fill in the form and we'll get back to you shortly.

Real Estate & Moving Vendor Fair

Real Estate & Moving Vendor Fair at Fellowship Village Basking Ridge NJ

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of moving or downsizing? Do you need help staging your home, or are you thinking of putting your house on the market? If so, stop by this year’s Real Estate & Moving Vendor Fair at Fellowship Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Basking Ridge, NJ. The fair is on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm; light refreshments will be served.

You’ll find exhibitors and service providers representing a variety of professionals from north central New Jersey who can help you make this transition—with ease. The Mavins Group will be there, and we’d love to meet you—please stop by and say Hi!

The event will be held at:

Fellowship Village
8000  Fellowship Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

The NASMM Crowd: A Poem by Danny Proctor

Man overwhelmed with the task of downsizing and moving to a smaller home

A fellow NASMM member from Ireland wrote this beautiful poem “through the eyes of a gentleman faced with the decision to downsize.”

“Wondering where to start with all this,
On my own, my partner I do miss.
For she would be there to be the muscle,
Behind the sorting, hustle, and bustle.

Now I can lift a box or two,
But I can’t handle the overview.
She was the one that would organize,
I would moan and throw up my eyes.

But now I know the strength she had,
Was to carry me and keep me from going mad.
The stuff that has our souls built in,
Sorting now, oh what to bin?

The things mean so very much to me,
Space in the new home; far from free.
Now I have to try keeping what is dear,
Memories trashed are what I fear.

It’s going oh so very slow,
But to my smaller home I must go.
I need to start a new chapter now,
Tears will remain and that I vow.

But I’ve heard about a group of people,
That do all and might even climb a steeple.
For I heard that they have compassion,
And will sort and even keep you in fashion.

Do they really pack and measure,
And help you sort through your treasure,
Do they really sense our loss?
And ensure they’re careful with what they toss.

If I can really get such a person,
Tears will turn to certain reason.
If they are even patient with me,
Sure that would help set me free.

It’s kindness and compassion I surely need,
To help with each and every deed.
Is really hard to let go of my place,
It’s even harder to do it with pace.

So I will definitely pick up the phone,
As I simply can’t face this alone.
My dear wife would be very proud,
If I get help from the NASMM crowd.”

Reprinted with permission from Danny Proctor, CRTSR, the Managing Director at Senior Move Managers Ireland Ltd.

Free Caregivers Conference in Morris County

Caregiver with older adultEmpowering Caregivers on Their Journey

The United Way Caregivers Coalition is dedicated not only to honoring the important role caregivers play, but also to connect them to resources and information that empower them to best support their own needs and those of their loved ones.

If you provide care for a loved one or work to support those who do, this free conference is for you. You’ll hear valuable information from local experts, learn about local resources, and connect with other caregivers. [Read more…]

A Unique New Career for a Volunteer

SAGE Eldercare Furniture Restoration Workshop in Summit NJ

Sage Eldercare Board of Trustees President Kitty Hartman, Volunteer Workshop Director Al Kessler, and Board Member Ann Kale

As a new member of The Mavins Group, I had the good fortune to attend SAGE Eldercare’s February 4th thank you breakfast for community supporters. In addition to their Spend-a-Day Adult Day Health Center and Meals on Wheels program, I was delighted to see a furniture restoration workshop on the lower level of the building where I saw dozens of chairs waiting to be caned, rushed, or roped!

Restore Furniture at SAGE Eldercare for a Good Cause

I discovered that volunteers from all types of professions—civil servants, medical professionals, engineers, technicians, financial wizards, salesmen, small business owners—are trained (often by each other) to repair furniture. On my visit, Al Kessler, a retired dentist and the volunteer director at the workshop, explained, “We all have learned a new skill, and our group has grown to more than 20 volunteers.”

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Dine Differently—Restaurant Week with a Twist

Westfield NJ Train Trestle NJ Transit

Restaurant Week is back, but with a twist. From February 15–26 (excluding Friday and Saturday), you can enjoy a two-course lunch or a two- or three-course dinner at many local Westfield restaurants. Diners have price-fixed options for lunch and dinner, but this year, prices are set individually by the restaurant; tax, drinks, and gratuities are not included. This event is Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

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NJBIZ Honors Susan Devaney One of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business

NJBIZ Women in Business 2015

Susan Devaney, owner and CEO of The Mavins Group, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Wells Fargo, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, and Comcast Business.

The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in her company.

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Senior Superfoods: Optimal Dietary Choices for a Higher Quality of Life

Senior Superfood Super Guide

For seniors, it is more important than ever to re-evaluate how food can be used as a life enhancing tool rather than a way to simply satiate appetite. Too many subpar selections are within reach, such as highly processed, sugar laden, nutritionally stripped, inexpensive food.

For seniors that are not guided with their dietary decisions, these choices can lead to a variety of health challenges, which can range from uncomfortable reactions to a possible trigger for disease. [Read more…]

Coalition on Family Caregiving Makes Donation to Overlook Caregivers Center

Coalition on Family Caregiving Makes Donation to Overlook Caregivers Center

Pictured left to right: Patricia Stelmach, SAGE Eldercare; Donna Occhipinti, Visiting Physician Services; Trudi Karpel, Premier Home Healthcare; Lois Shanker, Right at Home; Kathy Bassiacos, SAGE Eldercare; Gary Raymond, Comforcare Home Care; Lorie McDonald, Overlook Foundation; Marian Teehan, Overlook Caregivers Center; Susan Devaney, The Mavins Group; Michele Cameron, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice; Nicole Gates, Brandywine Senior Living; Jennifer Perelman, Generations Counseling & Care Management.

Members of the Union County Coalition on Family Caregiving gather to make a donation to Overlook Medical Center’s Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center in Summit, NJ on November 19, 2014. The contribution will go toward services and supplies provided to caregivers who have hospitalized loved ones. The Caregivers Center offers a soothing environment where caregivers can relax, receive support, and access helpful resources.

The Coalition on Family Caregiving is a group of community-based organizations, businesses, and individuals whose mission is to assist family caregivers by offering support, education, and information on resources and services.

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