Westwood Historic Preservation Commission

Westwood Historic Preservation Commission Westwood HPC is responsible for identifying and preserving the architectural history of our borough through public education, research, & site designation.

Stroll the historic architecture and take in some great music and live art!
07/17/2020

Stroll the historic architecture and take in some great music and live art!

🎶🎨😷 See you on the Avenues!
Schedules posted weekly! 😷🎨🎶

#explorethehub #westwoodnj #westwoodnjevents Westwood NJ Chamber of Commerce Support Westwood Westwood Recreation #dinethehub #shopthehub

Check out these limited edition puzzles of some of Westwood’s historic architecture! Go to https://friend-of-the-westwoo...
07/12/2020

Check out these limited edition puzzles of some of Westwood’s historic architecture! Go to https://friend-of-the-westwood-public-library.square.site/ for a limited time special bundle offer! Sales support the Friends of the Westwood Free Public Library and Celebrate Westwood for future community programming.

Westwood Heritage Society The Iron Horse Restaurant PJ Finnegan's Albert's Westwood Cycle

Http://westwoodpubliclibrary.org five different puzzles to choose from or choose all five. Proceeds go to Friends of the Library and Celebrate Westwood to support businesses and residents of Westwood! #celebratewestwood #puzzle #westwoodrec #readingaparttogether

Westwood Heritage Society
07/03/2020

Westwood Heritage Society

Westwood Heritage wishes all a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

Early residents knew how to celebrate the 4th of July. This appeared in the Bergen Evening record .

July 4, 1888.
The westwood Odd Fellows Hall has arranged for a monster picnic for July 4th, in the Westwood Grove for prizes. Besides dancing there will be a one mile race and a sack race for prizes. The races begin at 4 p.m. and the dancing at 5 o'clock.

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07/03/2020

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Hailstones the size of oranges fell in Westwood on July 4, 1874.

We usually focus on architecture over here - but WOW! Happy Birthday Mrs. Smith! What a life and what a beautiful impact...
06/19/2020

We usually focus on architecture over here - but WOW! Happy Birthday Mrs. Smith! What a life and what a beautiful impact for all of Westwood:

​Happy 💯 Birthday Doris Smith! It’s YOUR day in Westwood! 🎂

From the Mayor’s proclamation: 🎉
Mrs. Smith is a Registered Nurse who worked at Pascack Valley Hospital for 15 years and at Meadow School in Hillsdale for many years.
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She served as a trustee on the Board of the Westwood Senior House and Riley Center for over 20 years; served as a poll worker for Westwood’s elections for several decades; and volunteered with Meals on Wheels for over 20 years. She is still an active member of both the Westwood Seniors, where she is a Past President and Recording Secretary since 1983, and the 50+ Club of St. Andrew’s Church. 🎉

​Doris Smith has been a member of the Westwood Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for an astounding 70 years, serving as President and Chaplain during her active days. 🎉

She married Alfred Smith in 1942, and together they raised four sons in Westwood, and now enjoy 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

🎉 As if all these amazing accomplishments weren’t enough, Mrs. Smith continues to write poetry in her free time.
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​“NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Westwood that Doris Smith is hereby honored for her tireless dedication to the Westwood Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary as well 100 years of a full and inspiring life; and BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that the Mayor and Council declare Friday, June 19, 2020 as “Doris Smith Day” throughout the Borough of Westwood.”

What is safe to use when trying to disinfect historic surfaces? NPS offers some suggestions: https://www.artechchurchint...
06/16/2020
NCPTT | Covid-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources

What is safe to use when trying to disinfect historic surfaces? NPS offers some suggestions:

https://www.artechchurchinteriors.com/cleaning-and-disinfecting-your-church-furniture/

https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/blog/covid-19-basics-disinfecting-cultural-resources/

Covid-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources Posted by Sean Clifford On March 25, 2020 · In Materials Conservation, Videos Transcript This presentation is part of the Facebook live video, March 23, 2020. Dr. Mary Striegel: Today’s topic is COVID – 19 virus basics and we are going to talk ab...

Celebrate Westwood
06/15/2020

Celebrate Westwood

👏 Today 👏 is 👏 the 👏 day! 👏
Welcome back to Westwood! Some tips & reminders:

🥰 BE KIND! This is weird and new for all of us. Businesses are doing their best to make things safe and welcoming for their customers and staff. Be patient as we work out the kinks.

😷 WEAR YOUR MASK! Check out individual store policies before you enter. Respect social distancing and sanitize your hands frequently!

⏰ KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Hours of operation may have adjusted. If your favorite establishment is not open today, check back soon! Many businesses will be rolling back into full swing over the coming weeks.

🚙 PARKING IS PLENTIFUL! Check out municipal lots (Center, Fairview, Washington by Borough Hall, and the Train Station). Please reserve “Curbside Pickup” spots for those patrons and businesses using that option.

🍴BE PATIENT as restaurants figure out their new al fresco dining. This is new and challenging for everyone. Please, tip well! Remember also, most places are still offering take out!

😎 ENJOY SUNNY WESTWOOD!

#WeAreWestwood
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Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
06/14/2020

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes - one for each state.

Celebrate Westwood
06/13/2020

Celebrate Westwood

WE'RE OPEN! WE'RE SAFE! WE'RE READY!

Outdoor dining and in-store shopping starts Monday under the guidelines of the state, at discretion of our small businesses. Services resume 6/22.

What are you most excited about?

#WeAreWestwood
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Celebrate Westwood
06/05/2020

Celebrate Westwood

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES! Calling all high school & college students or recent grads from Westwood: We want YOU to help us Celebrate Westwood! See image below for details and share widely!

#WeAreWestwood

05/25/2020
Celebrate Westwood

Celebrate Westwood

In many ways, Memorial Day 2020 was unlike previous years, and in many ways, it was exactly the same. The reverence and gratitude to those who have given their lives for our freedom was particularly palpable as Westwood decorated its homes, vehicles, bicycles, and streets in anticipation of a new kind of remembrance and parade. We had to be creative, and so, with contributions from many residents and community organizations, Celebrate Westwood presents to you this short film in observance of Memorial Day 2020. It combines footage from this weekend's Socially Distanced ceremonies and parade with parades and photographs of years past.

Thank you particularly to the contributions from the Westwood Heritage Society (historic videos & photographs), Westwood Volunteer Fire Department (ceremony and parade), Veterans' Council (service and ceremony), Westwood Mayor Ray Arroyo (remarks), Westwood Community Band (soundtrack), and Lesley Whyard (recent historic photos).

#WeAreWestwood

Celebrate Westwood
05/24/2020

Celebrate Westwood

Exciting news! The borough has partnered with the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department and Veterans’ Council to bring a Memorial Day parade to YOU! Please stay safe and watch from your steps, stoops, and sidewalks at a safe distance. Do NOT congregate. Patriotic masks encouraged!

Celebrate Westwood
05/23/2020

Celebrate Westwood

Exciting news! The borough has partnered with the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department and Veterans’ Council to bring a Memorial Day parade to YOU! Please stay safe and watch from your steps, stoops, and sidewalks at a safe distance. Do NOT congregate. Patriotic masks encouraged!

05/19/2020
Jarett

Amazing find! Westwood Volunteer Fire Department. Westwood Heritage Society

Westwood Police and Fire Department, 1939.

Westwood history during the 1918 flu pandemic:
05/16/2020

Westwood history during the 1918 flu pandemic:

A wee bit of Grace Church history on this fine May morning. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic...

I was looking through the parish archives a month or so ago when I came across the register of church services for 1918. If you look to the right of the two “X” marks in the middle of the page, you will see that The Rev. Peter R. Deckenbach (Vicar, 1918-1924) recorded that Grace Church “Closed on account of the Influenza Epidemic” on October 13th and 22nd (It appears that he recorded the wrong date for the 22nd. The Sunday of that week was the 20th).

Sunday, May 17, 2020, The Sixth Sunday of Easter, will be the tenth Sunday that we have refrained from public worship due to COVID-19. Thankfully, technology has allowed us to worship together online.

I have begun to organize a file at both Grace Church and Holy Trinity in Hillsdale that will consist of my personal reflections and important documents issued by the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Fr. Puca+

Several efforts are underway to collect stories and artifacts from our current moment in history. Check out this letter ...
05/16/2020
Pascack Press 5.18.20

Several efforts are underway to collect stories and artifacts from our current moment in history. Check out this letter to the editor by Jackie Martin, Pascack Historical Society President.

The Westwood Free Public Library is also soliciting stories from residents.

https://issuu.com/thepressgroup/docs/pascackpress_5.18.20/2

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Pascack Press 5.18.20, Author: The Press Group Community Newspapers (N...

05/15/2020
Meet Vito Trause, WW II POW and NJ’s Oldest High School Graduate

This year is different. This year is hard. There is no doubt about the sadness our high school seniors are feeling; it is justified and we do not undermine that mourning. However, this video offers some perspective and importantly at this time of year, reminds us the value of Memorial Day remembrance, even if we cannot gather.

Vito 'Pal' Trause passed away in November 2019 and left a legacy as Washington Township legend, and beloved mentor and fan of the Westwood Cardinals high school football program. In this video - celebrating him as the oldest high school graduate in NJ (class of 1948, paused to 2018 because of his heroic enlistment in the service and subsequent bravery as a P.O.W) - Vito stresses the importance of Memorial Day. Please watch through the end.

https://youtu.be/0P2_tNDpOhk

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Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School Westwood Free Public Library

Vito Trause sits down with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney to discuss his experiences leaving high school to serve in World War II, his time as a prisoner of war, the imp...

Celebrate Westwood
05/14/2020

Celebrate Westwood

🇺🇸 Summer Kick-Off: Memorial Day Weekend!
🇺🇸 4 (virtual) days of remembrance & fun!
🇺🇸 Additional details will be posted soon!
🇺🇸 Everyone is invited & it’s all free!
🇺🇸 #WeAreWestwood!

Support Westwood Westwood NJ Chamber of Commerce Westwood Recreation Westwood & Washington Township Parents Westwood, NJ Westwood Free Public Library Westwood NJ Stigma free Westwood Volunteer Fire Department Westwood Heritage Society Westwood Historic Preservation Commission Westwood For All Ages

Pascack Historical Society
05/09/2020

Pascack Historical Society

Third Avenue from Mill Street, Westwood. 1910

“Am having a very nice time. This is how the whole town looks, so clean and all single family houses.”

We are living through what will certainly becomes a distinct moment in history. Help us capture your experience:
05/08/2020

We are living through what will certainly becomes a distinct moment in history. Help us capture your experience:

Hey Westwood residents and business owners, we want your stories. Send us a short video clip of how your life has changed under the lockdown. #history #artifacts #oralhistory #celebratewestwood #westwoodnjmoms #bcclsaparttogether #bcclsalonetogether

05/01/2020
Pascack Historical Society

Friday night viewing suggestion:

Last autumn we welcomed Westwood architect William J. Martin for a lecture, “A History of Home Construction in the Pascack Valley.” Our meeting room was packed, with standing room only, and the lecture was fascinating. We learned how and why home styles changed throughout history, and now it’s impossible to drive or walk our local streets without Bill’s lecture coming to mind.

We are excited to report that the full presentation is now available to watch online! If you like history (and you must, if you’re following our page) then this is definitely a video to add to your “quarantine” queue:

https://youtu.be/UouAdv5R-ns

Enjoy! Be safe and healthy—we hope to see everyone back at the museum soon.

Registration required!
04/29/2020

Registration required!

Join us for an online genealogy class May 7th! Registration required at westwoodpubliclibrary.org #findmyfamily #familyroots #westwoodnj #celebratewestwood

Preservation New Jersey
04/28/2020

Preservation New Jersey

Preservation New Jersey Board Member William 'Billy' Neumann profiles architectural historian, educator, and consultant Janet Foster. Foster says, "Architecture is something you must fully experience. We should recognize architecture as we do with bird and tree species to understand the history of a place.” https://www.preservationnj.org/volunteer-janetfoster/

New Jersey Historic Trust
04/25/2020

New Jersey Historic Trust

Looking for a new podcast to help pass the time? The National Trust for Historic Preservation compiled a list of 11 historic preservation podcasts which include shows produced by historic sites such as James Madison's Montpelier, President Lincoln's Cotttage, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum! The National Trust also created a Spotify playlist to help ease your search! http://ow.ly/lAV450zh2fD #historicpreservation

Zoom in to this historic pic! 😳
04/22/2020

Zoom in to this historic pic! 😳

Ready to get our ‘Jersey’ on!
Share pics of you rockin’ out #wearewestwood

Bruce Springsteen Bon Jovi

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library
04/20/2020

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library

A historical resource you may not know much about--the New Jersey Room at Rutgers University, the place for its "Special Collections & University Archives." Learn all about it a week from tonight, April 27, at 7 PM, when the Genealogical Society of Bergen County offers a webinar, "Jersey Roots Genealogy: Using the NJ Room" at Rutgers.

Presented by professional genealogist Michelle Tucker Chubenko. Register thru the homepage of the society: njgsbc.org. It's free!

Westwood, NJ
04/19/2020

Westwood, NJ

Went down the eBay rabbit hole this morning and found some really neat Westwood, NJ artifacts and images!

04/17/2020
Westwood History Tour

Need weekend plans? We've got you covered! Free & live from the comfort of your own living room: "The Historic Westwood Tour (volume 1)." In fall 2019, the Westwood Heritage Society partnered with Celebrate Westwood and the Westwood HPC to offer guided van tours of historic Westwood. Wctvnj recorded the December trip. Happy viewing!

https://youtu.be/fQ4Km5-XRDk

Westwood History Tour December, 2019

Celebrate Westwood
04/16/2020

Celebrate Westwood

WE ARE WESTWOOD: Celebration Application - Nominations Now Open!

Westwood is a community of helpers, volunteers, movers and shakers. Despite the challenges COVID-19 has laid before us, our community continues to rise to the occasion by innovating, supporting, creating, caring, and thriving. Celebrate Westwood wants to celebrate those in our community that have gone above and beyond: essential employees, business owners, neighbors, students, teachers, first responders, and many others.

Let us know who YOU want to CELEBRATE! Recipients will be selected on an ongoing basis. Profiles will be featured on Celebrate Westwood social media.

All applications welcome!

To nominate, please complete this google form: https://forms.gle/7XjvXt55CBLUCJR58

#wearewestwood

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Pascack Historical Society
04/15/2020

Pascack Historical Society

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101 Washington Ave
Westwood, NJ
07675

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Meet the Westwood HPC

Since 2008, appointed members of the Westwood Historic Preservation Commission have identified structures that merit recognition and have promoted historic preservation through community advisement and education in fulfillment of the Borough’s historic preservation ordinance.

Over 100 structures in the Borough have been identified as having historic importance and five properties along the south side of Jefferson Ave have been designated as part of the Jefferson Ave Historic District. The Westwood Train Station was added to the NJ Register of Historic Places in 2018 and the commission has submitted the application for consideration to the National Register. Westwood’s historic architecture reflects over 125 years of our community’s development as the Hub of the Pascack Valley.

The commission meets monthly at the Westwood Borough Hall. Please see www.westwoodnj.gov for more information on our open, public meetings or to get involved.

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Hailstones the size of oranges fell in Westwood on July 4, 1874.
Westwood Police and Fire Department, 1939.
The H. Vanderbilt House said to have been built in 1805. Evidence shown on the 1861 Hopkins-Corey Map indicates it stood on the South East corner of 2nd Ave. and Mill St. Said to have been torn down by Martian West in 1906.
Historic Westwood! The J. A. Demarest House once stood on what is now the site of the Berkeley School property. Harrington Avenue is visible behind the house. In 1876 this was known as the A. A. Post House. The Musquapsink Brook is the body of water shown in the image. Interestingly the location on the 1840 Coast Survey map shows neither the house or the road.
Westwood in 1833. Back when it was a nameless part of Harington Township. (The mills are indicated with a "paddle wheel.")