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Mall Chaperone Policy Now in Effect at Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, the new chaperone policy is now in place at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus. It is an attempt to crack down on unruly teenagers and lax parenting. The new policy went into effect Friday at 5 p.m. Anyone under the age of 17 who wants to come to the mall Friday and Saturday nights must be accompanied by someone over the age of 21.

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New York Giants Punter and Teammates Make Toy Donation to Pediatric Patients at The Valley Hospital

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Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System is pleased to thank Hammer’s Helpers, the charity of Jamie Gillan, the “Scottish Hammer,” punter for the New York Giants, for the generous donation of toys for pediatric patients of The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care.

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Robert “Hospital Bob” Acito. Bob was a security officer at Westfield Garden State Plaza for over 30 years Has Died

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Paramus NJ, from the Paramus Police Department : It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Robert “Hospital Bob” Acito. Bob was a security officer at Westfield Garden State Plaza for over 30 years. He was a good friend and colleague to the Paramus Police Department and all of Paramus’ First Responders. His dedication and enthusiasm for his job will be highly missed. A viewing will be held on Thursday December 8, 2022, at Petriks Funeral Parlor, 140 Palisades Ave, Bogota, from 9:00 Am till 9:30 Am. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church 115 East Fort Lee Road in Bogota at 10:30 am on the same date.

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Garden State Plaza To Be Transformed Into a True Town Center

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Paramus NJ,  Westfield Garden State Plaza developers are launching a major redesign to transform the Paramus mall into a lifestyle center, where the community can live, work, play, eat and shop. The aim is to make Garden State Plaza a true town center.

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Former Windsor Preparatory High School Student Charged with making False 911 Calls in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, according to  the Paramus Police Department a Passaic County teenager was arrested on Thursday for two counts of creating a false public alarm.

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Brazilian Churrasco to Open in Garden State Plaza

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Paramus NJ, Fogo de Chão, a restaurant from Brazil, is set to open its first location in NJ at the Westfield Garden State Plaza this year. The two-level restaurant will feature an open-air churrasco bar in the middle of the dining room, where guests can watch a gaucho chef prepare traditional Brazilian Churrasco dishes.

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Paramus Mayor Says Time to Open the Malls

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Paramus NJ, Non-essential retail is set to reopen as part of Stage 2 of New Jersey’s restart on June 15, but shopping malls like Westfield Garden State Plaza  the largest operational mall in the state.
which accounts for roughly 10% of the Paramus tax base are not included. Over 20 million people visit Westfield Garden State Plaza in a typical year.

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Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., Thrive’s Walking Club meets at Westfield Garden State Plaza

Thrive's Walking Club meets at Westfield Garden State Plaza

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February 26,2018

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Paramus NJ, Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., Thrive’s Walking Club meets at Westfield Garden State Plaza. Last Tuesday, we had a special event at Sur La Table! Each walker was given a beautiful dish towel compliments of the Thrive program, plus sample expressos, cappuccinos and an instant pot demo by the store manager! March 27th will be the final day of indoor exercise for the Walking Club. If you would like to join us, please call 1-800-825-5391 to register. You may also go to www.valleyhealth.com/thrive for more information.

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Did this N.J. mall finally solve our holiday parking nightmares?

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By Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on December 01, 2016 at 7:50 AM, updated December 01, 2016 at 7:56 AM

PARAMUS — A New Jersey mall has come up with a 21st century answer to a problem that has plagued generations of holiday shoppers: finding a parking space.

Westfield Garden State Plaza partnered with MyPark, a Miami company that allows shoppers to reserve a parking space by using a downloadable app. The specially modified parking spaces are equipped with a gate that remains upright until the person who reserved the space uses the app to bring the gate down.

The mall announced the rollout Wednesday. A total of 33 spaces, located near the entrance to Nieman Marcus, will be available at a cost of $10 for four hours each, NorthJersey.com reported.

The mall has nearly 11,000 parking spaces for shoppers at its more than 300 stores. The Garden State Plaza sees about 18 million visits a year, according to figures provided by Westfield.

The MyPark service is already available at a few other locations, including six properties in Florida, but the company plans to introduce it at several more locations in 2017.

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Nominate Deserving Servicewomen for Operation: Makeover

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YWCA Bergen County, Team RWB and Westfield Garden State Plaza to Host November 12 Veterans Makeover

October 14,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Do you know a servicewoman who is transitioning back into civilian life, or who is in need of a morale boost? YWCA Bergen County and its co-hosts, Team Red, White & Blue Northern NJ and Westfield Garden State Plaza, will be hosting a November Veterans Makeover, providing nine servicewomen an opportunity for a day of hair, makeup and fashion styling services, free of charge, on Saturday, November 12th.
Open to the public, the makeover reveal will start at 11:00 am at Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. Participating retailers include Macys, Lord & Taylor, Lululemon, The GAP, Eddie Bauer, J. Jill, NARS, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Drybar, The Art of Shaving, Sephora, PIRCH and others. The makeover will be followed by a private reception for makeover winners and guests.
To nominate a servicewoman (or to self-nominate) now through October 15, please visit  A committee of female veterans, active servicewomen and civilian women will determine winners based on the nominee’s time in the service, medals awarded, special recognitions, current initiatives or engagements, and why she is deserving of this makeover. Winners will be notified on Friday, October 21. For more information, please visit www.ywcabergencounty.org or contact Samantha at splotino@ywcabergencounty.org or 201-345-1895.

Westfield Garden State Plaza is the ultimate destination for fashion, dining and entertainment in the NY/NJ metro area offering the best selection of brands in every retail category, and is renowned for delivering cutting edge, new retail concepts to market. Just minutes from Manhattan in Paramus, N.J., millions of shoppers each year enjoy an unparalleled shopping and dining experience, complete with personalized services and amenities. For more information, call 201-843-2121 or www.facebook.com/gardenstateplaza orwww.westfield.com/gardenstateplaza.

About Team Red, White & Blue Northern NJ
The mission of Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) Northern NJ is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Our chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Team RWB Northern NJ hosts regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and participates in local races and events together. Veterans develop leadership skills by serving as a volunteer leader in their local chapter.
About YWCA Bergen County
YWCA Bergen County (www.ywcabergencounty.org) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We are the area’s largest provider of child care services, a recognized leader in health and fitness programs, and operator of healingSPACE, the county’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center. Celebrating nearly a century of commitment to our community, today we improve the lives of thousands of women, girls, and their families.

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Paramus police hold emergency response drill at Westfield Garden State Plaza

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NOVEMBER 8, 2015, 3:26 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015, 3:26 PM
BY LINDA MOSS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

PARAMUS — Borough police, using a plan that was modified in the aftermath of a shooter entering the Westfield Garden State Plaza here two years ago, held an emergency-response drill at the mall Sunday morning.

The exercise kicked off at 10 a.m., and lasted less than an hour, involving about 100 police officers, said Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg. The participating police departments included not only Paramus but the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department regional SWAT team as well as ,Maywood,  Hackensack, Rochelle Park, Fair Lawn and Ridgewood.

“It went well,” Ehrenberg said.

The drill was to test how quickly officers were able to respond to the mall in keeping with the plan that’s in place for any police emergency that occurs, including an active-shooter situation, Ehrenberg said. He described it as a “staging drill,” in which police reported to one of the shopping center’s parking lots.

“All we were doing was practicing and exercising our ability to call in mutual-aid towns to the Plaza,” Ehrenberg said. “It was more of a staging drill: how we could get people there and just practice our emergency-response time. … Even though it was at Westfield, the drill is to cover all our shopping-center infrastructure. … It’s a test of our reaction in case of a police emergency at one of our shopping centers.”

Local police have “enhanced” their emergency-response plan from the lessons learned from two incidents at the mall, according to the chief. In November 2013, 20-year-old gunman Richard Shoop entered Garden State Plaza and fired six rounds with a rifle, sending shoppers fleeing. He then killed himself. And in May last year, shoppers panicked and fled in cars and on foot when there were reports of gunfire inside the mall. It turned out that there was a car fire in a parking lot, and reportedly the sounds of the vehicle’s tires popping was mistaken for gunshots.

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Valley Health System and Westfield Garden State Plaza Partnership Kicks Off Contest to Give a Healthy Twist to Recipes

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Valley Health System and Westfield Garden State Plaza Partnership Kicks Off Contest to Give a Healthy Twist to Recipes

Submit the Name of Your Favorite Dish for a Chance to Win the “Recipe Makeover & A New Look for the Cook” Sweepstakes!

April 22, 2014

Ridgewood NJ, Valley Health System, Sur La Table, Tommy Hilfiger and Westfield Garden State Plaza recently kicked off the “Recipe Makeover & A New Look For the Cook” sweepstakes.  Launched at www.valleyrecipemakeover.com, the sweepstakes invites participants to submit the name of a favorite dish for a chance to win a healthy recipe makeover and a “new look” for the cook.

On May 17, two lucky winners will cook their healthier dishes in front of a live audience with Food Network celebrity chef Michael V. Proietti in the Lord & Taylor Court. The Tommy Hilfigerstore will provide a personal styling session and head-to-toe look for each of the recipe makeover winners; the iconic American brand opened a store at Westfield Garden State Plaza last year. 

The sweepstakes is the first event offered through a year-long partnership between Valley Health System and Westfield Garden State Plaza designed to promote community health and wellness through engaging events and thought-provoking messaging. 

A second event will be held in October and details will be released later this year.

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Valley Health System and Westfield Garden State Plaza Team Up in Yearlong Partnership to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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Shown here (left to right): are Bryan Gaus, Senior General Manager, Westfield Garden State Plaza; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System; and William Conroy, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health.

Valley Health System and Westfield Garden State Plaza Team Up in Yearlong Partnership to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
April 1, 2014

Ridgewood NJ, Westfield Garden State Plaza and Valley Health System kick off a dynamic year-long partnership designed to promote community health and wellness through engaging events and thought-provoking messaging.  Leveraging the center’s two million-plus square feet of premium retail space and Valley’s influence as a leading health provider, the partnership will “deliver a message to our community that lifestyle, diet and well-being are important to living a healthy life,” said Bryan Gaus, Senior General Manager, Westfield Garden State Plaza.

In conjunction with Westfield Garden State Plaza, Valley Health System will host two community-wide events at the Paramus-based center and utilize its large format signage, particularly the digital LED screen, to display compelling content throughout the year.  “This is an exciting partnership and we are delighted to provide a platform to support community wellness through engaging events and experiences at Westfield Garden State Plaza,” continued Gaus.

“We are delighted to partner with Westfield Garden State Plaza on this important community health initiative,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.  “The mall is a gathering place for so many in our community that it seems like the perfect place to offer innovative health-related educational events and programs.”

The first event, “Recipe Makeover & A New Look For the Cook,” launches April 1, in partnership with Sur La Table and features an online enter-to-win sweepstakes.  Customers are invited to submit the name of a favorite dish, at www.valleyrecipemakeover.com, for a nutritional makeover.  On May 17, two winners, sporting their own new makeovers, will cook their healthier dishes in front of a live audience with celebrity chef Michael V. Proietti in the Lord & Taylor Court. Compliments of Westfield Garden State Plaza retailers, the winners’ “new looks” include a makeover and new apparel. A second event will be held in October and details will be released later this year.

“Sur La Table is excited to be working with Westfield Garden State Plaza on this upcoming cooking demonstration featuring Proietti, the resident chef of our Westchester store,” said Aysar Rida, District Manager of Sur La Table, retailer of exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table.  “With cooking classes in more than 50 locations, Sur La Table operates the largest avocational cooking school nationwide.”

About Westfield Garden State Plaza
Westfield Garden State Plaza is the ultimate destination for fashion, dining and entertainment in the NY/NJ metro area offering the best selection of brands in every retail category, and is renowned for delivering cutting edge, new retail concepts to market.  Just minutes from Manhattan in Paramus, N.J., millions of shoppers each year enjoy an unparalleled shopping and dining experience, complete with personalized services and amenities.  For more information, call 201-843-2121 or www.facebook.com/gardenstateplaza or www.westfield.com/gardenstateplaza.

The Westfield Group (ASX Code: WDC) is an internally managed, vertically integrated, shopping center group undertaking ownership, development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing and marketing activities and employing approximately 4,000 staff worldwide.  The Westfield Group has interests in and operates one of the world’s largest shopping center portfolios with investment interests in 91 shopping centers across Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, encompassing over 20,500 retail outlets and total assets under management of A$65.8bn.

About Valley Health System
Valley Health System is a regional healthcare system that serves residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York.  It includes The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, not-for-profit, acute-care hospital; Valley Home Care, an award-winning home care and hospice agency; and Valley Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of doctors and advanced practice professionals representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties who practice at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus, eight urgent and primary care centers in New Jersey and New York, and community-based physician practices throughout the region.

For more information visit www.ValleyHealth.com or www.Facebook.com/ValleyHospital