Scary times return with Parade & Contest this Halloween

The annual Fanwood Halloween Parade and Costume Contest begins at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, with the Sleepy Hollow Halloween Show on the front lawn of the Fanwood Memorial Library at North Avenue and Forest Road in Fanwood.

The Halloween Parade starts immediately afterward. Children and adults should assemble in front of the Library by 6 p.m. because at 6:15 p.m. the parade will depart for La Grande Park. Once the parade arrives at La Grande Park, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Costume Contest will begin for children of all ages. Anyone who wants to enter a pumpkin in the Jack-o-Lantern Contest should bring his or her carved creation to the park and fill out an entry form by 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the best jack-o-lanterns!  Free cider, donuts and coffee will be available.

This evening of fun and festivities is presented by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.

Drought warning is issued in Union County

The Department of Environmental Protection has placed 14 counties, including Union, under a drought warning due to ongoing precipitation deficits and deteriorating water-supply conditions, particularly storage levels in reservoirs. Rainfall is approximately 13 inches below normal. Here are a few conservation tips to consider:

  • Cease lawn watering and washing of cars.
  • Fix any in home leaks, including leaking faucets, shower heads, and toilets.
  • Do not let faucets run when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes.
  • Use a rain barrel to capture water from a downspout to use later for watering gardens and plants.
  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full.

For more information please visit


Economic Development and investment are bustling in Fanwood….The final two projects in the Downtown Redevelopment Area have received approvals and will be under construction shortly.


Station Square at Fanwood- located at the corner of LaGrande Ave and Second Street entails 28 market rate rental units and 7 affordable housing rental units for a total of 35 residential units. Site plan approval was received August 31. Jobar Realty- Jobar Realty Company, Inc. received approval for a three unit residential building on Second Street. There will also be 2,900s.f. of commercial space on the first floor. Site plan approval was received on April 27.


In addition the following new developments in the Borough have also been approved-


Franks Auto Body- Franks Auto Body received site plan approval on July 27, 2016. The improvements include a 945 sf one story addition for the creation of a new third bay for auto repair. The site work includes redesign of the parking area and the elimination of the two driveways closest to the corner of Martine and La Grande Aves.


264-268 South Ave (China Moon Strip Mall) - Renovation of these storefronts has begun.  The Building facade will be comprised of hearty plank and brick. A sidewalk cafe space in the front of China Moon and Ginger Sushi will also be created. The building renovation should be completed by the end of November.


200 South Ave. – The expansion of the former Flannery’s/Oh Brian’s site has been completed. The new restaurant/pub- Sheleen’s Crossing opened mid-October.

15 South Ave, Block 55, Lot 2- The former Sun Tavern site has been leased to Lightbridge Academy. Lightbridge academy is a preschool and child care facility. Lightbridge received Site Plan approval on May 25th 2016.


1 South Ave, Block 55, Lot 1- Young’s Paint has been sold to a developer- Empire properties. Empire plans to demolish the existing structure and building retail with housing above on this site.


Downtown is ever changing and growing….

  • The interior parking lot has been upgraded and repaved.
  • Planning has begun for a new pedestrian plaza which will run from LaGrande Ave on the westerly side of the parking lot behind the Martine Ave Stores and connect to the existing plaza at Mara’s.
  • Rocco’s Ice-cream has opened in the Double Dipper Space
  • Fanwood Pharmacy is open for business
  • Ivy Ed has expanded into the former Be Craftful space
  • Joli Visage, a permanent makeup facility & day spa is coming soon to Fanwood Crossing


Fanwood Super Hero 5K and Family Fun Run

Fanwood's annual 5K and Family Fun Run brought out our favorite super heros for the annual run through town. Above the Family Fun Run got underway with a cheer, followed by the 5K. Photo gallery below.

TCNJ students volunteer at Nature Center

The Fanwood Environmental Commission welcomed 25 student volunteers from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) this past Saturday, October 15.   The volunteers worked under the supervision on environmental commission members to remove a selection of the multiflora roses and Japanese Stilt Grass at the Fanwood Nature Center. Fanwood DPW supplied tools and supplies for the project. 

The program was made possible through a volunteer grant from Sustainable Jersey, a state program that supports the sustainability efforts of municipalities.   Fanwood worked with the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at TCNJ to develop the one-day project. The project will contribute to Sustainable Jersey action points for the borough.

“We are very fortunate to have received this volunteer grant from Sustainable Jersey.”  said Environmental Commission member Margaret Chowdhury.  “The volunteer’s efforts were a great benefit to maintaining the Nature Center.” 

Curbside Recycling has begun in Fanwood

Curbside recycling has begun in Fanwood and despite a few minor hiccups, the first day of pickup went very well. We will have a debriefing soon with the PMUA to review any outstanding issues. If for some reason the PMUA missed your house or you have another complaint or problem, you can push the CONTACT button on your Recycle Coach smartphone app and send a message. You can also call the PMUA directly at (908) 226-2518 or send them an email at

Curbside pick up will continue every other Thursday. Please visit to view the complete calendar.  Containers should be set to the curb on Wednesday evening. The diagram on the lid reminds you which way to face it (little metal bar faces the street) and what items you can place in it - household plastics #1-7, tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, books and magazines. You can also stack books and newspapers in boxes or bags next to the container. Please do not place loose plastic grocery bags in the bin--they clog the machinery in New Brunswick. You may bunch them together and tie them together into a ball. Shredded paper has to be placed in clear plastic bags and set next to the bin.


Starting in November, you can bring electronics, motor oil, clothing, fluorescent bulbs and scrap metal to the North Avenue recycling center the first Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. ONLY FANWOOD RESIDENTS MAY USE THE RECYCLING CENTER.


In the interest of safety, we would like to remind drivers slow down when passing collection trucks.

Storyteller David Emerson to will present ancient tales

Compelling storyteller David Emerson retells (and embroiders) the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Cornwall that will "warm, tickle or chill the heart."  With or without a pint in his hand, David will enchant us with his stories on Tuesday evening October 25 at the monthly program meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. 


This meeting is free and open to everyone.  It is funded by the NJ Council for the Humanities' Horizons Speakers Bureau.


This warm but mostly chilling meeting (near Halloween) will take place at the Scotch Hills Country Club located at Plainfield Ave. & Jerusalem Rd. in Scotch Plains.  It begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday October 25.  Refreshments and good fellowship follow the meeting. 

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 Edition of Fanwoodian
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Resolution 1608117 Open Space.pdf
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Health Department announces seasonal flu vaccine clinics

The Westfield Regional Health Department has scheduled the following dates for seasonal Flu Inoculation Programs.  These programs are open only to residents of Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Summit and Westfield. Proof of residency may be required.  Please be advised that there is a $25, cash only, fee for every participant that does not have Medicare Part B, Aetna or Medicaid.  Please bring your health insurance card. Participants will be taken on a first come/first serve basis. 
Monday, October 24          Garwood Fire House
6  – 7 p.m.                         415 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ
Individuals that are Medicare Part B eligible must please bring their card to the clinic. The CDC recommends all individuals 6 months and older receive seasonal influenza vaccine, especially:


  • persons aged 65 years and older, with and without chronic health conditions
  • residents of long-term care facilities
  • persons aged 2–64 years with chronic health conditions
  • children aged 6 months or older, who attend any licensed child care center or pre-school activity
  • pregnant women
  • health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
  • household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children aged <6 months

 For additional information, contact the Westfield Health Department at (908) 789-4070.

College Club will host speaker Reyer Swaak

The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains welcomes Reyer Swaak to speak on his experiences as a teenager imprisoned for four years by the Japanese Army. He will also discuss the state of mind of the Japanese before and after the end the war as well as the emergence of Third World nationalism. The program will be held on October 24 at The Chelsea located at 295 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ. Refreshments will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7:45 p.m.

Born and raised in Indonesia, a Dutch colony prior to World War II, Swaak and his family spent almost 4 years living in a Japanese concentration camp and after the war returned to the Netherlands. Mr. Swaak will provide a unique perspective; both historical and personal of his life at that time in the Dutch East Indies. Mr. Swaak currently resides in Chatham, NJ. 

The program is free and open to the public. The College Club’s mission is to support education of our youth and local community. For more information on the College Club please visit their website at

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 .

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.

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 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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