WESTFIELD

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History

Westfield is a town in Union County.  The old village area, now the downtown district, was settled in 1720 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract. Westfield was originally formed as a township on January 27, 1794, from portions of Elizabeth Township, while the area was still part of Essex County, and was incorporated as a one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. It became part of the newly formed Union County on March 19, 1857. Portions of the township have been taken to form Rahway Township (February 27, 1804), Plainfield Township (April 5, 1847), Cranford Township (March 14, 1871), Fanwood Township (March 6, 1878, now known as Scotch Plains), Mountainside (September 25, 1895) and Hillside (April 3, 1913). The Town of Westfield was incorporated on March 4, 1903, replacing Westfield Township.

Six municipalities border the town of Westfield: Mountainside to the north, Springfield Township to the northeast, Garwood and Cranford to the east, Clark to the southeast, and Scotch Plains to the west and southwest.

Neighborhoods

The following are examples of some of the distinct neighborhoods in the town:

   Brightwood

   Country Club Estates

   The Gardens

   Indian Forest

   Kimball Avenue Historic District

   Manor Park

   Stonehenge

   Stoneleigh Park

   Wychwood

Downtown

Westfield's downtown features many local and national stores, such as Lord & Taylor and several landmarks that were shown and used in the NBC network television show Ed such as the Rialto Theater. There are over 40 restaurants and casual dining establishments throughout the downtown. Downtown is located mostly north of the Westfield train station. The downtown area has a mix of independent stores and boutiques as well as national stores, and provides a pleasant shopping environment. Over one-third of the retailers and restaurants have existed for 25 years or more.

Several war memorials (including ones dedicated to the Korean War, World War II, and the Spanish-American War) are located in a plaza near the downtown. The plaza is also home to the September 11 Memorial Park, which pays special tribute to the residents of Westfield who died on September 11, 2001.

Education

Board of Education 302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090  908-789-4420

The district has a central kindergarten, along with six grade 1 - 5 elementary schools and two grade 6 - 8 middle schools divided by a "North Side / South Side" boundary, as well as a single high school. The schools in the district are Lincoln School Pre K-K, six elementary schools for grades 1-5 — Franklin Elementary School (North), Jefferson Elementary School  (South), McKinley Elementary School (South), Tamaques Elementary School (South), Washington Elementary School (North) and Wilson Elementary School (North) — Roosevelt Intermediate School (North) and Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School (South) for grades 6-8, along with Westfield High School for grades 9-12.

There is also a Middle States accredited Catholic school, Holy Trinity Interparochial School, run by the three parishes of Holy Trinity and St. Helen's in Westfield along with Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, which offers education from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Niche 2017   A+ Overall Grade – All Elementary, Middle, and High Schools received A+

#26 of 245 Best School District in NJ

#12 of 242 Best Teachers in NJ

#51  A+ Best Public High School in NJ

Area Private Schools                                                        

Far Brook, Short Hills                                              Pingry, Short Hills & Martinsville

The Winston School, Short Hills                           St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills

Joseph Kushner, Livingston                                  Newark Academy, Livingston

Peck School, Morristown                                        Morristown Beard, Morristown

Golda Ochs Academy, West Orange                   Seton Hall Prep, West Orange

 

Continuing and Higher Education

Drew University, Madison

Fairleigh Dickinson University, A portion of Florham campus is in Madison

The College of Saint Elizabeth, Florham Park.

Kean University, Union

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Union County College, Cranford

 

Public transportation

New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line provides rail service from the Westfield train station to Newark Penn Station in Newark with connecting service to Penn Station New York. Westfield's position and schedule on the Raritan Valley line make it highly desirable for commuters, as several times in the morning and evening rush hours a non-stop service is operated to/from Newark Penn Station. On these non-stop services, the one-way journey time to/from New York Penn Station is 50 minutes, or 20 minutes to/from Newark Penn Station. New Jersey Transit's 113 route provides bus service to New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal seven days per week from the town center, taking approximately one hour to NYC, with additional service available along Route 22 on the northern edge of the town (New Jersey Transit bus routes 114 & 117), taking approximately 45 minutes, and the 59 route provides local bus service between Plainfield and Newark. Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away, most conveniently reached via Route 22, and Linden Airport, a general aviation facility is in nearby Linden, New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is also easily accessible via New Jersey Transit train.

Transit Links

www.njtransit.com               www.nywaterway.com

www.pathtrain.net               www.mta.com                      

www.amtrak.com

 

Municipal Building: 425 E. Broad Street, Westfield, N.J. 07090  

Phone Main:            908-789-4040

Public Works:           908-789-4100

Police:                        908-789-4000

Fire:                            908-789-4130

Comcast:                   800-934-6489

Verizon:                     800-837-4966

Electric:          PSE&G                      800-436-7734

Gas:                Elizabeth Town        800-242-5830

Water:             NJ American Water  800-272-1325

 

Special Events

HOLIDAY CONCERT: Our Annual Holiday Concert is held in December to get everyone in the holiday spirit! The concert features the Westfield Community Concert Band and the Edison Broadway Singers.

5-K & 1 MILE FUN RUN Our annual road race is traditionally held on a Sunday in May beginning and ending in beautiful Tamaques Park. The race is used as a fundraiser for our drug and alcohol-free Programs. Awards are given to overall winners in the Fun Run and 5-Miler as well as age group winners. T-shirts are given to those registering early. The race features a fast, flat course with water stations. Official scoring is done by computer with results posted race day and on the web.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE The Recreation Department hosts an unforgettable event for all school-aged girls 1st through 5th grades and their fathers each year at our Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. The dance is typically held early spring on a Sunday from 5:00p to 8:00p at a local catering hall.

NIGHT PLACE, TEEN CENTER, & TEEN SWIMS Our Night Place, Teen Center and Teen Swim programs are available to Westfield residents grades 6th -12th.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The Summer Concert Series is held at Mindowaskin Park on Thursday evenings from 7:30PM- 9:00PM from the end of June through the end of July. Performers include the Westfield Community Concert Band, and the Westfield Swing Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show!

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