Police seeking public's help in car burglaries

The Fanwood Police Department requests your assistance regarding a person of interest in the car burglaries occurring in Fanwood on August 26.


Please go to the department's website and view the photograph. If you recognize the individual in the photograph, contact Det. Sgt. E. Chin at the Fanwood Police at (908) 322-5000, ext. 119.

Fanwood Police, along with several surrounding departments, are investigating these burglaries to unlocked vehicles. Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles and to avoid leaving items in plain view in their vehicles.

Fanwood Police: "Drive sober or get pulled over!"

The Fanwood Police Department is among dozens in New Jersey participating in the 2014 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through Monday, Sept. 1.

Local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated, police announced.

Fanwood is one of 40 Central Jersey police departments awarded grant monies for the campaign sponsored by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo says the goal is not to make arrests, but to keep the residents of Fanwood safe and to also educate residents on the hazards of drunk driving. He encourages everyone to have a designated driver who will not be drinking alcohol.

As summer comes to a close, many people celebrate Labor Day weekend with parties. With safety in mind, Chief Trigo offers the following advice:
• If you plan to drink, before going out designate a driver who will not be drinking alcohol
• Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home
• Spend the night where the activity is held
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab, or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.


“More than 10,000 people are killed in the United States each year in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.


“During this campaign police agencies in New Jersey will be sending a clear message. If drivers are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested.”

Vinton Circle, Tillotson Road road projects underway this week

Two road projects are taking place in Fanwood this week.


Work on improvements to Vinton Circle are scheduled to start on Friday, August 29, with drainage pipe installation. The project will progress with the installation of new curbing and then full roadway reconstruction.


The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day and portions of the roadway may be closed during this time. Access will be available at the end of the day.


Representatives from the Borough Engineer’s Office will be on-site during construction to address any concerns or issue that may arise.


Road improvements to Tillotson Road, which began Monday, continue this week with full-depth pavement repairs, resetting of existing manholes, replacement of deteriorated curb along various sections of the roadway and the milling along the gutter lines of the entire roadway between Westfield Road and Midway Avenue. 

This work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and portions of the roadway may be closed during this time. Full access will be available at the end of the work day.

Pavement resurfacing is expected to be completed near the end of the week. The borough engineer will be on-site to answer any questions or concerns.

Temple Sholom congregation moves to a new building

The congregation of Temple Sholom held a Torah march Sunday, marking the official move into its newly constructed building at 1925 Lake Ave. in Scotch Plains.


Members of the congregation took turns carrying the holy scrolls as they walked for two hours from Fanwood Presbyterian Church, which hosted the Reform Jewish congregation for more than 10 years.


Rabbi Joel Abraham thanked everyone who contributed to making the dream of a new building in Scotch Plains a reality.


“So many people have worked so hard to make sure that this congregation has thrived, serving its members and the community for one hundred years. So many have worked to create this new home to go forward into our second century,” Abraham said.


Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Police Chief Richard Trigo joined in the ceremonial march and the mayor wished the congregation the best in its new home nearby.


Once the marchers arrived at the new building, the Torahs were taken inside and many of the more than 100 congregants present saw the completed inside of the building for the first time.


Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom left Plainfield in 2003 and spent more than 10 years sharing space with Fanwood Presbyterian Church — a favor returned, as one of the founding members of Temple Sholom had donated the land to found the church.


Last summer, the congregation broke ground for the new building in Scotch Plains. The temple will host a special dedication service Friday evening, Sept. 12, at the new facility. The community is invited to attend.


Borough, three Fanwood residents among county grant winners

The Borough of Fanwood and three Fanwood residents are among 46 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations who will receive funding through the 2014 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. The grants were announced by the Union County Freeholders.

The local winners, and their projects, include:

  • Brian Beste, $1,000, presenting art and photography workshops
  • Candace Waller, $950, providing free dance classes
  • Danielle Linares Hale, $1,000, presenting a community arts festival
  • Borough of Fanwood, $2,000, presenting a Cultural Arts Performance Series

Recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life, the Freeholders established the HEART Grant Program in 1998. This innovative program supports projects related to history, the arts and humanities, and it demonstrates a commitment to the artists and community organizations of Union County. Total funding for this year’s grants is $75,000.

Look for Fanwood Citizens Report in your mailbox

Fanwood residents will be receiving copies of the Citizens Report, an innovative publication designed to give you an easy-to-understand explanation of the borough's finances and plans for the future, in their mailboxes soon.

Fanwood is proud to be the first municipality in New Jersey to prepare a report of this kind for its residents.

Mayor Colleen Mahr and members of the Fanwood Council are pleased to share with you this report updating the community. This report provides an annual look at the finances of the borough, our progress in key initiatives and what to look for in the coming year.

The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) developed guidance on producing Citizen Centric Reporting as a method to demonstrate accountability to residents and answer the question, “Are we better off today than we were last year?”

Additional details can be found at the AGA website.

The 2014 Fanwood Citizens Report
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Call for entries in the 4th annual Fotos of Fanwood contest

The 17th annual Fanny Wood Day celebration is coming up Sept. 28 and that means it is time to start getting your entries together for the Fotos of Fanwood competition.


Come be a part of Fanwood’s fourth annual photography contest, sponsored by Unity Bank! Open to residents and non-residents alike, we are looking for new or vintage pictures of people, places or things that you have captured. Photos can have been made anywhere. No Fanwood connection is needed.


Submit your mounted and framed, with hanging wire, black & white or color prints. The framed prints should be at least 5” x 7” but no larger than 11” x 14”.


Photographers may submit up to 5 photographs. Once submitted, photos can be donated to The Borough of Fanwood or returned upon request.


Submit mounted and framed entries by Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., to Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023.


Judging for the 2014 contest will take place Friday, Sept. 26, at Mara's Cafe, South and Martine Avenues. Multiple winners will be chosen by The Fanny Wood Day Committee. Winners will be announced at Fanny Wood Day on Sunday, Sept. 28.


For more information, check out the Fanny Wood Day page.

Fotos of Fanwood information and entry form
2014 Fotos of Fanwood Entry Form1.pdf
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Application for Fanny Wood Day vendors (Fanwood-based)
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Application for Fanny Wood Day vendors (not based in Fanwood)
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Borough Hall hours change Sept. 2

As summer wraps up, Borough Hall offices return to winter hours Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Offices will be open:

• Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

• Thursday evening: 5-8 p.m.


Borough Hall offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday.

Bulk waste pickup coming up; permit deadline is Sept. 5

Residents are reminded that the deadline for securing permits for the borough's annual bulk waste collection is coming up. The last day to apply for one of the permits has been extended to Friday, Sept. 5.


The annual event, conducted by the borough's Department of Public Works, lets residents get rid of many items out of their basements and garages that are difficult to expose of during the year. Hazardous materials are not permitted.

Here are some common items with approximate weights:
Air Conditioner, 100 lbs.
Door, 25 lbs.
Dresser, 170 lbs.
Dryer, 150 lbs.
Gas barbeque grill, 70 lbs.
Mattress (queen), 60 lbs.
Rug (5 x 8), 50 lbs.
Sofa, 150 lbs.
Toilet & tank, 90 lbs.


The 2014 permit fee is $65 for a one-time pickup not to exceed 750 pounds of material.
Permit applications are available at Borough Hall, or click here to download the DPW's guide, which includes information on the bulk waste program and the permit application.

Fanwood 5K, Family Fun Run coming up in October; register now

The Fanwood 5K & Family Fun Run, presented by the Fanwood Recreation Commission, returns for its fifth year on Sunday, Oct. 19, at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. The race day’s activities begin with the Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. in LaGrande Park; the 5K Race follows at 9:30 a.m.


Pre-registered runners who want to avoid the lines that morning will be able to pick up their numbers and t-shirts the day before, from 4–6 p.m. at LaGrande Park.

There will be music, raffles and refreshments for runners at the finish line in LaGrande Park race day. Children will be able to enjoy free face painting and each child who participates in the Fun Run will receive a gift.

You can download a race application or register online at Fanwood5K.org or contact Joe Valente at (201) 725-2032 for more information.

Take advantage of free or reduced-rate health screenings

The Westfield Regional Health Department (WRHD) is sponsoring a series of health screenings in September in conjunction with Overlook Hospital. The screenings are open to Fanwood residents at little or no cost.

They will be offered at the Overlook Downtown Center at 357 Springfield Avenue in Summit on select Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Bone density screening for women will be offered on Sept. 8 and 22.

• Cholesterol screening will be offered on Sept. 15 and 29.

Each of these screenings above has a $10 fee.

• Free screenings for diabetes and blood pressure will be offered on Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29.

All screenings require pre-registration by calling the Overlook Community Health Department at (800) 247-9580.

Information about all availabilities for Fanwood residents through the Westfield Regional Board of Health are available on its website, www.westfieldnj.gov/health. The borough has a shared-services agreement with the Westfield Board to promote better health for Fanwood residents.

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