Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The event, which benefits the Westwood Library, is scheduled for June 9.
The fifth annual Taste of Westwood is scheduled for June 9 at the Westwood Library. The event features food and drinks donated by local restaurants and shops, including Banchetto Feast, Bat Barry's, Bibi'z, Broadway Pizza, Sogno, Casa Maselli, Conrad's, P.J. Finnegan's, Flynn's Deli, Grange, Hanami, Harmony Tea Room, It's Greek to Me, Jack's Cafe, Olive Branch & Grape Vine, Pompilio's Pizza, Sarabou Bakery, The Iron Horse, The Melting Pot, Rolling Pin Cafe, Twist, Westwood Prime Meats, Cricket Hill Brewery, Defiant Brewery and Best Cellars. There will also be raffles, with prizes including a BMW motorcycle, iPad and $150 gift certificate to Banchetto Feast. "It's a great time for the town to come together, and I think that's something …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Officials said the budget process this year was one of the most difficult they have faced.
The Westwood Council unanimously approved a $16.8 million budget that includes a 1.97 percent tax increase from last year during their meeting Tuesday night. The average borough homeowner with a property assessed at $398,000 will see an increase of $84 in municipal taxes. The total tax levy is increasing by $244,889 according to borough CFO Durene Ayer. Officials said this year's budget was unusually difficult. A decrease in the borough's assessed value meant that the average homeowner would have seen an increase of $28 without any spending increases. Revenue also dropped by about $16,000, according to Ayer. "This was probably one of — if not the — most difficult budgets I've worked on in 18 years," Councilman Peter Grefrath said. To …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Residents having trouble with technology can get help at the Westwood Library Saturday.
Tuesday, March 12
With new technologies coming out fast, it can be hard to keep up or even get on board. The Westwood Library will be hosting a Tech Day Saturday to help people with using new technologies like iphones, ipads, nooks and kindles. Anyone struggling to get up to speed with new devices can come to the library for some one on one help from volunteers. The Junior Friends of the Library will be selling high quality 4GB flash drives with the library’s logo on them for $10. If you need a hand or can lend a hand, come to the library for its first Tech Day. Please call the library at (201)664-0583 for more information. Editor's note: This post was provided by Martha Urbiel on behalf of the Westwood Library. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The annual film festival starts Thursday.
Wednesday, January 30
The Westwood Library will screen six documentaries as part of its annual "Green Screen" fim festival starting Thursday night. Tickets to the festival are still available on the library's website. A full festival ticket costs $35, tickets for single movies at Westwood Cinemas are $10. Movies screened at the library are free. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Westwood Library's annual event features documentaries about the environment and sustainability.
The Westwood Library will screen six documentaries as part of its annual "Green Screen" fim festival starting Thursday night. The annual festival features films with themes of sustainability and other environmental issues. One movie will be screened each day, starting with a pre-party event at Bibi'z and a showing of Sundance winner Chasing Ice at Westwood Cinemas. Tickets to the festival are still available on the library's website. A full festival ticket costs $35, tickets for single movies at Westwood Cinemas are $10. Movies screened at the library are free. Chasing Ice follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he documents melting polar glaciers. Other movies scheduled to be shown include Bag It, about pollution from …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The annual film festival features movies about the environment and sustainability.
The Westwood Library's "Green Screen" film festival will show six movies, including Sundance winner Chasing Ice, starting later this month. The annual festival features films with themes of sustainability and other environmental issues. One movie will be screened each day, starting January 31 with a pre-party event at Bibi'z and a showing of Chasing Ice at Westwood Cinemas. Chasing Ice follows National Geographic photographer James Balog as he documents melting polar glaciers. Other movies scheduled to be shown include Bag It, about pollution from plastic bags, Fresh, about food and small farms, Idle Threat, about cars idling in New York City, Planeat, about healthy eating and Dear Governor Cuomo, about activists' efforts to ban "fracking…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Renovations to the library's lobby will make it easier to heat and decrease noise.
The Westwood Library is planning some renovations that will make it more comfortable and energy-efficient, according to library Director Martha Urbiel. Currently, the high ceilings in the vestibule and lobby make the space difficult to heat and creates a lot of noise when people speak, Urbiel said. "It just echoes all over," Urbiel said. "If you have a few people, it gets quite loud. It's a very inefficient space." The plan involves lowering the ceiling in the lobby with sound panels to absorb the noise. They will install softer lights to replace the old, "harsh" ones currently being used, according to Urbiel. The project will make the library more energy-efficient because it will be easier to heat and the lights will use less power. It …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Dozens of languages are available in the program, which library users can access at home.
Westwood residents can learn dozens of different languages with a new program at the Westwood Library. The Mango Languages database is available to anyone with a Westwood Library card, according to Director Martha Urbiel. The database can be accessed anytime from any computer via the library's website, allowing residents to use library resources "outside the library's walls." "There's a lot of people in Westwood who work in the city or just aren't here during our regular business hours," Urbiel said. Mango also includes programs for children and residents learning English as a second language. Urbiel said the database includes about 60 different languages altogether. "It's everything from Arabic to Urdu," Urbiel said. The library is also …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
To the Editor: On Sunday, June 3, the Library hosted another very successful Taste of Westwood, the annual food and wine tasting gala, organized by the Friends of the Westwood Library and the Westwood Chamber of Commerce, to benefit the Westwood Library. What makes the Taste of Westwood a success is of course the wonderful food and drink, prizes and entertainment. The true key to its success, however, is the very positive and cooperative spirit in Westwood that is so amply demonstrated at the Taste of Westwood. From the Borough’s Mayor and Council and other borough departments, to the restaurants, businesses and store owners, to the participants, everyone works together to make the event work a success and it feels like everyone is happy…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Numerous opportunities are available for students interested in volunteering this summer.
The Westwood Library is seeking teenagers interested in volunteering to help with several programs this summer, according to Library Director Martha Urbiel. "Junior Friends" of the library will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays to plan a fundraising event later in the summer. Reading buddies are needed for one hour each week to read with a new or struggling reader. These programs are both open to students entered seventh grade or older. Students entering ninth grade or older can volunteer as bedtime storytime leaders. Bedtime story time will take place on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. from July 9 to August 13. Volunteers may participate in one or more sessions. Other volunteers will also be needed to help with movie screenings on June 25, July 26 and …