Open Space Referendum on Fanwood ballot

On Monday, August 15, the Fanwood Borough Council passed a resolution to place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to establish an Open Space Trust Fund.  The new levy is anticipated to range from $8 - $11 per household and is intended to help maintain and improve the work of Fanwood’s Historic Preservation, Shade Tree and Environmental  Commissions, as well as the Nature Center. The fund will also be used to improve  Fanwood recreation fields and facilities. The Open Space Trust Fund would create a dedicated revenue stream for these projects and solidify Fanwood’s commitment to our environment.


The open space tax has the full support of the Mayor and Borough Council. Mayor Colleen Mahr added, “The proposed open space tax will ensure the preservation of Fanwood’s treasured assets such as the Historic Train Station, Carriage House, Nature Center, Forest Road Park and La Grande Park.  This new fund will give us the structure and resources to continue our strong tradition as responsible stewards of our historic and natural resources.” She continued, “I encourage voters to educate themselves about this issue and reach out to me with any questions.”


Residents can read the full ballot question and interpretive statement below. Polls will be open on November 8 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.  For full election details, and voter registration information, visit

Open Space Flyer
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Resolution 1608117 Open Space.pdf
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Fanwood welcomes new businesses and opens Skate Park

It was a busy weekend in the Borough of Fanwood as the Mayor and borough officials attended a variety of important home-town ribbon cuttings this past Saturday, September 24.

For the first ribbon cutting of the day, Mayor Mahr joined members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce at Knit-A-Bit, a charming yarn shop celebrating their First Anniversary in Fanwood!  Knit-a-Bit is located at 42 South Martine Avenue and is packed with beautiful yarns, buttons, and finished samples that are truly inspirational.  Details about the shop and their classes are available at

Just around the corner, Mayor Mahr and GWACC member Gene Janotti met at the new Fanwood Pharmacy, located at 246 South Avenue for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting. The Fanwood Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy that also does compounding and veterinarian compounding on site. Mr. Patel and his family are just delighted with the location and feel that the personal service they offer will make them very competitive with the big chain pharmacies.

The day’s activities were capped with an official ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of The Fanwood Skate Park, located at Forest Road Park. The facility provides a safe place for our many residents who enjoy the sport. The skate park is contained in a fenced area and is open only to skateboarders and BMX bikers. Mayor Colleen Mahr commented, “We are thrilled to provide this new recreational facility to Fanwood families. There are many children and young adults involved with skateboarding and BMX biking, and they deserve to have a safe opportunity to enjoy their sport.”

Top Photo: Knit-a-Bit owners Susan Cahn and Harriet Shafran were joined by Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce for the store's ribbon cutting, which celebrated its one year anniversary in Fanwood.

Middle Photo: Congratulations to Mitul Patel, owner of the Fanwood Pharmacy, on his official ribbon cutting.

Bottom Photo: Mayor Colleen Mahr, along with members of council, borough employees, and members of Fanwood Recreation officially opened the Fanwood Skate Park .

Curbside recycling bins arrive in Fanwood

Fanwood's new curbside recycling bins have been delivered to homes. If you didn't get yours, call the PMUA at 908-226-2518. Actual curbside collection begins on Thursday, October 6. Until then, residents may bring their recyclables to the North Avenue recycling center on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEDNESDAY THE RECYCLING CENTER WILL BE OPEN FOR CO-MINGLED AND PAPER RECYCLABLES. BEGINNING OCTOBER 8, THE RECYCLING CENTER WILL BE OPEN ONE SATURDAY A MONTH FROM 8-11AM TO ACCEPT ONLY ELECTRONICS, FLUORESCENT BULBS, MOTOR OIL AND SCRAP METAL.

All Fanwood residents should have received this recycling guide in the mail. All recycling info

Don't forget the recycling smartphone app

Fanwood is providing a new recycling app to residents, called Recycle Coach.  The goal is to make recycling more convenient for residents, while increasing participation. The mobile application can be installed for free on tablets, smartphones and computers, making information and resources available at your fingertips. 
The app is customized for Fanwood and allows users to:

  • View Fanwood Public Works pickup schedules
  • View County-wide recycling centers and schedules 
  • Answer questions on how best to recycle a questionable item; be it bi-weekly curbside pickup, 1st Saturday Recycling Center drop-off, special county event, Fanwood Fall Bulk Waste pickup or simply toss it in the garbage.
  • Report a problem (missed collection, damaged or missing bin, incorrect app info).
  • Communicate with PMUA, Fanwood DPW and app administrator.
  • Receive notifications of schedule changes and updates.

Mayor Colleen Mahr said, “We want to give residents every tool possible to ensure Fanwood’s curbside recycling program is successful and convenient. We hope the app will increase recycling and limit the amount of recyclables headed to the landfill so we can continue to do our part to promote a healthy planet.”
Recycle Coach is now available for download through the iTunes Store, Google Play Store or

Mayor Mahr, Council Members, Chat with Residents

Mayor Colleen Mahr hosted her second "Coffee With the Mayor" event Saturday, Sept. 24th, at Mara's Cafe. She was joined by Council members Kathy Mitchell, Tom Kranz and Carol Campbell of the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library.
Mayor Colleen Mahr hosted her second "Coffee With the Mayor" event Saturday, Sept. 24th, at Mara's Cafe. She was joined by Council members Kathy Mitchell, Tom Kranz and Carol Campbell of the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library.

Fanny Wood Day offered fun for all ages

It was a beautiful fall afternoon for Fanwood residents and visitors to enjoy food, music, shopping, contests, and more at Fanny Wood Day on Sunday, Sept. 18 in downtown Fanwood.


Winners of the Fanwood Photography Contest were announced at the event. Congratulations to winner Al Kruper, who took both first and third; and also Brian Cook, who took second!  Highlights included the Pet Parade, which featured Fanwood's finest furry residents sporting their best attire. The pizza, ice cream and cream pie-eating contests were a big success, as was the scavenger hunt.  Briana McGowan won the high school aged ice cream-eating contest for the 8th consecutive year. 


Other attractions included rides, games, the YMCA's recreation area, and a vintage car show, dedicated to the memory of the much beloved classic car enthusiast, Don Wussler. Fanwood's Rescue Squad and Fire Department was also on site offering tours of their vehicles. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this great, community event and a special thanks to the Fanny Wood Day Planning Committee.

Knit-a-Bit will celebrate one year anniversary with ribbon cutting

Downtown Fanwood's Knit-a-Bit will be celebrating their one year anniversary by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor and Council on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m.  


Knit-a-Bit is passionate about knitting, yarn, and crochet and offers an environment for crafers to hone their skills and expand their knowledge. variety of classes for all levels of experience. Two sessions for Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. All the supplies needed for classes can be purchased at Knit-a-Bit.


Knit-a-Bit is located at 42 South Martine Avenue and details about their products and classes are available at

Rutgers University seeks survey participants

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Rutgers University on behalf of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). The research team is seeking to learn more about the travel experiences and needs of persons residing in the NJTPA thirteen-county region of the state. The information collected from this survey will help the research team update NJTPA’s Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.


To participate, please visit

Street improvement projects underway in Fanwood

Several roadway and sidewalk improvements are underway as part of the Borough’s 2016 Capital Improvement Program. 


Roadway improvements to MacLennan Place and Kempshall Terrace are also scheduled to be completed by the end of October.  These improvements are partially funded by a grant from Union County. Improvements include the resurfacing of the roadway, drainage improvements and installation of new granite block curbing along both sides of the road where none currently exist.  Both roads will be closed to thru traffic and on-street parking will not be permitted during working hours, please plan accordingly.

Fanwood 5K and Family Fun Run planned

For the seventh year in a row, Fanwood Recreation will host our community’s favorite running event… and this year, all runners are invited to reveal their true selves and come dressed as their favorite superhero! The Fanwood 5K Super Hero Run & Family Fun Run returns on Sunday, Oct. 16, at La Grande Park in Fanwood. The 5K Super Hero Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. following the one-mile Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. in La Grande Park, and, of course, all children are also welcome to dress up as their favorite costumed characters. Plus, all participating Fun Run children will receive a superhero cape and mask, and will automatically be entered in a raffle for gift cards. Free refreshments will await all finishers.


Pre-registered runners who want to avoid the lines the morning of the 5K will be able to pick up their numbers and t-shirts the day before, from 4–5:30 p.m. at the La Grande Park building.


The entry fee for the 5K is $20 for USATF members, $25 for non-members and $30 after Oct. 13. The entry fee for the Family Fun Run is $10 with a t-shirt and $5 without. You can download a race application or register online at The race is fully sanctioned by the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and is part of the New Jersey Grand Prix as a 500 point race. You can register for the race here


Please be aware that roads will be closed along the race route approximately between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m.

Fanwood Downtown Redevelopment Agency

The Downtown Redevelopment Agency of the Borough of Fanwood will hold meetings on the first Monday of the month at Fanwood Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ, at 7:00 pm as follows:   


*September 6, 2016

*October 4, 2016

November 7, 2016

 December 5, 2016


All meetings will be held on the 1st Monday except for those dates listed above with “*”.

- Eleanor McGovern, Borough Administrator/Clerk 

Fanwood ranked one of the best place in NJ to raise a family

Fanwood appears #18 on this list of best places in New Jersey to raise a family by!  Follow this link to read the full list:

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