Westwood For All Ages
August 3, 2021

Hello everyone!  Hope your summer is going swimmingly! Information on resources and local events below!  
Save the date for October 9, 11am-3pm when local senior citizen service providers team up with Westwood For All Ages for ‘Westwood Thrive’ – an afternoon of fun, information, resources and activities that will showcase the importance of age-friendly planning, intergenerational relationships and dynamic community building. The goal of the event is to help rebuild social and community connections that may have diminished for older residents during pandemic shutdowns and distancing while bringing forward a greater awareness and appreciation for what it means to be an Age-Friendly Community.

Celebrate Westwood is pleased to welcome the Friends of the Bard to the historic bandstand at Veterans' Park on August 7 and August 8 at 7:00pm for a one-hour production of "Shakespeare's Families." The show will be performed two nights in a row and has no rain date. The production stars members of the Bergen County Players in scenes from Hamlet, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet, with Renaissance vocal music to unite the scenes of endless family drama! Registration is recommended at Please bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. 

"Shakespeare's Families" is the creation of Westwood resident Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette whose Broadway acting credits include roles in "Pipe Dream," "Mr. Wonderful," and "Oh Captain" as well other credits in summer stock productions and with the Bergen County Players (BCP). Ms. McElroy-Poquette has directed several dozen productions with BCP in addition to shows at the Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, Pascack Valley High School, and the Nutley Little Theatre. 

As a prequel to this special Arts on the Avenues event, the Westwood Public Library will be hosting "Getting Ready for Shakespeare," an interactive opportunity to engage with some of Shakespeare's greatest dramas on Wednesday, August 4 at 3:30pm on the lawn of the library. Ms. McElroy-Poquette who amongst her other credits was a Woodcliff Lake music teacher for more than 25 years, will lead attendees and stars of "Shakespeare's Families" in an engaging selection of readings and informal discussion of Shakespeare's work. The event promises to make the works of Shakespeare accessible and exciting for a modern audience and is particularly suitable for high-school students, and adults of all ages. Please register for "Getting Ready for Shakespeare" at

The Westwood Recreation Department happily announces its 2021 Movies In The Park program sponsored by CareOne at Valley and Westwood Family Chiropractic.  Check out the schedule below. See you in the park!

August 5 - Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993, Rated G, 1hr. 25min.) Before the Seavers leave for a family vacation to San Francisco, they drop off their pets -- Chance (Michael J. Fox), an adventurous American bulldog; Shadow (Don Ameche), a wise golden retriever; and Sassy (Sally Field), a cautious cat -- at a friend's ranch. But when the animals start to worry that they've been left for good, the three embark together on a treacherous and thrilling journey to find their way back home through the California wilderness.

August 12 - The War with Grandpa (2020, Rated PG, 2hr. 21min.) Peter and his grandpa used to be very close, but when Grandpa Ed (Robert DiNiro) moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. However, grandpa doesn't give up easily, and it turns into an all-out war between the two. 

August 19 - Cool Runnings - (1993, Rated PG, 1hr. 38min.) Four Jamaican bobsleighers dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of disgraced former champion Irving "Irv" Blitzer (John Candy) desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory.

August 26 - Madagascar - (2005, Rated PG, 1hr. 26min.) Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends -- Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) -- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape -- with the help of some prodigious penguins -- to explore the world.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused an enormous shift in work habits for residents of the Pascack Valley. In order to understand the ramifications on local economies, a survey was designed by Westwood and distributed to the Pascack Valley Mayors Association to be shared with their constituents. All collected raw data will be shared with participating Pascack Valley municipalities for community-specific analysis.

Participation in this survey is anonymous. The survey does not collect personal information for identification purposes unless the participants opts to share their email address at the completion of the survey to become eligible for a participation prize. Otherwise, answers will not be traceable back to any individual and will remain anonymous.

The survey will be live through August 22 and will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
To being the survey, click here:  (See also:

Rain spoiled some concert plans but new dates have been added to the calendar. See REAL DIAMOND on Saturday, August 14th at 8:00 p.m. and TRAMPS LIKE US on Tuesday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m.  Both shows are in Veterans' Memorial Park.  Be sure to bring your chairs and blankets!  See you there!

WRIC has emergency funds through September for Bergen County residents who have suffered financially or emotionally due to Covid.  If you are interested in accessing these funds, please contact
The Women’s Rights Information Center’s Shared Housing Program sees seniors for both home matching and home assistance.  Their CARES Emergency Home Grant for seniors experiencing short term financial crisis allows them to receive the following:
1) Funds for a short-term hotel/motel stay for someone who needs to leave their home quickly.
2) Short term rental assistance for someone in arrears because of job loss/job reduction, illness or other extraordinary circumstances.
3) Security assistance for someone who is about to rent a home but does not have the funds for a security deposit and/or first month’s rent.
4) Utilities for someone who has fallen.
5) Home repair.
6) Food.
7) Assistive technology.
Again, if you are interested or have any questions, please contact

All the best,

Bergen County Food Security Task Force

Get your new Westwood For All Ages Resources Guide!

We've updated our resource guide and we've made copies available to residents at the following locations:
-Westwood Public Library
-Westwood Recreation Department (Community Center)
-Westwood House
-The Riley Center
Can't get to these locations? 
No problem, just email us and we'll get your a copy.

A few new resources....

  • Schedule a ride on the Westwood Community Van!  For more information call  (201) 664-7100 ext.170 or visit:     
  • Get Covid-19 vaccination distribution information here.
  • Read about how Covid-19 vaccinations work here.
  • Episodes of Opening New Digital Doors can be viewed on Age-Friendly Teaneck’s YouTube channel.
  • The American Society on Aging and n4A created a tutorial called Generations on Line to help seniors get better use and accessibility on their tablet and smart phones. 
  • Senior Planet -  a great resource for learning about new technologies.  Also offer stimulating virtual events, fitness and health videos, lifestyle articles and more!
  • GoGo Grandparent - GoGo manages modern transportation & delivery services like Uber for the 50+. The “GoGoGuardian Program” focuses on preventing screwups and handling requests that look like they are going wrong.  howitworks
  • Bergen County Division of Senior Services, Housing Counseling.  Call us at 201-336-7431
  • NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach us: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (
  • Thanks to our friends at Age-Friendly Englewood for these important reminders!  NJ Rebate: More than 760,000 NJ families will receive a $500 rebate. Click for details -- Senior Freeze: Application deadline extended to November 1 Click for details -- Child Tax Credit: Monthly payments of up to $300 per child Click for details
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