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Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey Buries
Time Capsule;  50 Years from now Will Provide
Glimpse into Services, Foods, Cultures
of the One Year Old Hotel


October 7, 20 - Fifty years from now, a time capsule buried on the grounds of Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, will provide a glimpse into the past upon its scheduled opening in the fall of 2054. The three-foot by one-foot cylinder was filled, sealed and placed in the ground recently in a formal ceremony attended by hotel staff and representatives of the many local groups that contributed to its contents.

Inspired by the luxury hotel’s first anniversary of service to the Livingston community, the time capsule sought to capture the feel of business, culture and quality of life in the region in the early 21st century. Its contents include a variety of items that achieve this goal.

From the Township of Livingston, this includes a letter from Mayor Gary Schneiderman, minutes from a Town Council meeting, a newsletter and a town calendar. The West Essex Tribune provided tear sheets of local news, while the Future Business Leaders of America group at Livingston High School provided letters, photos and other items representing youth culture. The American Association of University Women and the Livingston Symphony also made contributions.

“Assembling this glimpse into the past has been a truly enjoyable experience,” said Michael Polese, Westminster Hotel’s director of rooms.  “Thanks to these groups, we have captured the essence of Livingston. The process of putting this time capsule together has shown us the extent of the town’s vitality – our youth, our residents, our businesses, our culture.” “The Westminster Hotel is a great asset to Livingston,” said Mayor Schneiderman. “The time capsule was a wonderful ‘good neighbor’ idea, and I’ d like to thank all who participated.”

The hotel’s time capsule contributions feature items representative of the services, foods, business meetings and leisure pastimes that have characterized its activity during the past year. This includes a letter, mission statement, photos, information on spa services and meeting packages, menus, brochures, a bottle of vintage 2004 wine and more.

Mayor Gary Schneiderman (right) places a letter into a time capsule buried this
fall on the grounds of Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. Hotel staff,
including Peter O’Sullivan, chief engineer, (left) were joined by representatives of the
many groups that contributed contents for the capsule, which will be opened in 2054.
“In today’s fast-paced world, it is refreshing to take a step back and look around,” Polese said. “Just one year ago, Livingston welcomed us as a new member of its business community. Today, Westminster Hotel is recognized as one of the region’s leading luxury hotels. A half century from now, we expect that the foundation set during our early months of operation will continue to hold Westminster Hotel as a benchmark for luxury and service in Livingston and the surrounding region.”

The 187-room hotel opened in stages during 2003 and features 15,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, the 120-seat Strip House restaurant and a refined mix of amenities that cater to the unique needs of today’s traveler. Recently named the “upscale segment” winner in Lodging Hospitality magazine’s Annual Design Competition, Westminster Hotel is owned and operated by Westminster Hospitality Group.


Westminster Hotel
550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039

Evelyn Weiss Francisco
Ph: (201) 796-7788

Also See: $25 million Rehabilitation Earns Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey Honors / June 2004
NJ Partnership Acquires the Former Quality Inn Located at the Entrance to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, NJ for $6.5 million / Oct 2002

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