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Primarily residential in nature, Westfield Town enjoys a level of cultural activity that is rare in a smaller town.  In addition to local symphony and theatre, the central business district features emporiums devoted to books, music, and art.  The community offers an attractive cityscape, excellent schools, and a vibrant downtown district.  A prosperous area graced by substantial housing and scenic parks, Westfield attracts newcomers to an atmosphere of civic pride and community involvement.  Recreational amenities include regional and local parks, sports facilities, a golf course, tennis courts, and private clubs.

In 2004, Westfield won the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust.  In 2010, Westfield was the winner of the America in Bloom contest for communities with a population of 25,001 - 50,000.  Shopping and dining in Westfield also attracts citizens from other communities across the State of New Jersey.

Westfield Schools

Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attend the Westfield Public Schools. 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, 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) — Theodore 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 in Westfield, St. Helen's in Westfield and Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, which offers education from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade.

Union County College, a community college, is located in nearby Cranford (1033 Springfield Ave).

Westfield 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 the Newark transfer 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 1 hour to NYC. In addition, express service to New York City is available along Route 22 on the northern edge of the town (New Jersey Transit bus routes 114 & 117), taking approximately 45 minutes.  Olympia Trails also offers weekday bus service to New York City. New Jersey Transit's 59 route provides local bus service, operating 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.

Westfield Points of Interest

- Westfield Farmers' Market -- Located at South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot (Next to Westfield Seafood), on summer and fall Saturdays, 8:30am - 2pm.
- Echo Lake Golf Course -- Located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.
Mindowaskin Park -- A 12.6 acre park located on East Broad Street featuring play area, ice skating, Bandstand, Memorial Trees and gardens.
Tamaques Reservation -- Located on Lamberts Mill Road, is a 106 acre park featuring 18 picnic areas, 2 Basketball Courts, 8 Tennis Courts, Shuffleboard Courts, 6 playing fields, 2 playground areas, pond, ice skating, a .8 mile jogging path, 2 Handball Courts and two service buildings with restrooms.

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Burial Ground of the Presbyterian Church in the West Fields of Elizabethtown, W. side of Mountain Ave. N. of Drift Way opposite 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield
- Miller-Cory House, 614 Mountain Ave., Westfield
- William Edgar Reeve House, 314 Mountain Ave., Westfield
- Stoneleigh Park Historic District, Roughly bounded by Westfield Ave., Shackamaxon Dr., Rahway and Dorian Rd., Westfield
- Westfield Fire Headquarters, 405 North Ave., W., Westfield

Westfield Dining

- Mojave Grille (Southwestern) - 35 Elm Street, Westfield
- Chez Catherine (French) - 431 North Ave W, Westfield
- Limani Seafood Grill (Seafood, Greek) - 235 North Ave W, Westfield
- Acquaviva (Italian) - 115 Elm Street, Westfield
- Theresa's Restaurant (Italian) - 47 Elm Street, Westfield
- Isabella's American Bistro (American) - 39 Elm Street, Westfield
- Bagel Chateau (Bagels, Sandwiches/Subs, Burgers) - 223 South Ave E, Westfield
- Nagoya (Japanese, Sushi) - 278 North Ave E, Westfield
- The Brick Oven (Italian) - 117 Quimby Street, Westfield
- Vicki's Diner (Diner) - 110 E Broad St, Westfield
- Fuji Yama Mama (Japanese) - 341 South Ave E, Westfield
- Ferraro's (Italian) - 14 Elm Street, Westfield
- Feast Catering & Cafe (European) - 27 Elm St, Westfield
- Asian Fusion (Asian, Sushi, Thai) - 116 Quimby Street, Westfield
- Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro (Breakfast/Brunch) - 20 Prospect St, Westfield
- 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Restaurant (American) - 16 Prospect Street, Westfield
- Sweet Waters Steak House (American, Steakhouse) - 43 Elm Street, Westfield
- Xocolatz Grill (European) - 235 Elmer Street, Westfield
- Gabi's Sushi & Noodles (Sushi) - 13 Elm Street, Westfield
- Gennaro's Pizzeria (Pizza) - 1100 South Ave W, Westfield    
- Hershey's (Sandwiches/Subs) - 221 South Ave W, Westfield
- Hunan Wok III (Chinese) - 25 E Broad St, Westfield

History of Westfield

Westfield Town dates back to 1664 when Elizabethtown was first settled, and the "west fields" included the area west of the Cranford River.  In 1727, the founding of Presbyterian Church helped create a village identity for Westfield.

During the Revolutionary War, in 1777 found British army camps in Westfield, but contrasting, many Westfielders help defeat British at the Battle of Springfield in 1780.
in 1838, the first railroad arrived in town - Elizabeth to Somerville, which made the stagecoach lines obsolete.

Westfield had changed little since Revolutionary War and was just a small farming village, but in the late 1860's, after the Civil War ended, there was a period of major growth - new churches, Fairview Cemetery, new stores, more people - transforming Westfield from a sleepy village to a bustling town.

In 1910, the Westfield population was 6,420, and slowly increased until the mid 50s growth period where four new schools were built as population of the town increased, until 1970 when the population reached 33,720.

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