Fanwood will celebrate National Night Out Tuesday; LaGrande Park is the scene of the fun event

Plan on being part of Fanwood's observance of National Night Out, a celebration of the community's partnership with first responders, at LaGrande Park on Tuesday, August 4.


The Fanwood Police Dept., Fanwood Fire Dept. and the Rescue Squad will all be there. It's a great chance for the kids to get an up-close look at a police car, Fanwood's Ladder 1 and a rescue squad rig and talk with first responders.


In addition to the emergency equipment, there will be raffles for kids and adults, face painting, crafts, games, food and more during the fun evening. New this year is a "dunk-a-cop" dunk tank and a photo booth.


Many of the attractions and prizes are sponsored by local companies and individuals, including Kelk Landscaping, J. Kelk Landscaping, K9 Resorts, the Municipal Alliance, Frank's Auto Body, Nick's Pizza, BeCraftful and the Fanwood Police.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and continue to dusk when that evening's movie in the park, The Boxtrolls, will be shown. (Note: the starting time was incorrect in earlier postings). Come early for the National Night Out happenings and stay for the movie to make it a complete family outing.

Girl Scout uses beautiful mosaics to decorate downtown planters

Girl Scout Kaavya Krishna-Kumar, center, poses with Carol Chimento of Ivy Educational Services, left, and Mayor Colleen Mahr.
Girl Scout Kaavya Krishna-Kumar, center, poses with Carol Chimento of Ivy Educational Services, left, and Mayor Colleen Mahr.

Fanwood Girl Scout Kaavya Krishna-Kumar has brought some beauty to the downtown area, decorating planters along South Avenue with intricate mosaics.


Mayor Colleen Mahr was on hand Wednesday, July 29, to help unveil the six beautiful, hand-decorated planters in front of the Fanwood train station.


The planters were decorated in mosaic tile by Krishna-Kumar , a SPFHS senior, for her Girl Scout Gold Project.


The Scout found local sponsors to purchase the planters, which she decorated over a period of weeks using designs from friends.


Among the sponsors are Ivy Educational Services represented by Carol Chimento (pictured), Coldwell Banker and Home Depot.


The Gold Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts and involves taking on a project to help your community.

Investor's Foundation provides grant to Raritan Valley Rail Coalition

Riders on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley rail line, which serves Fanwood, recently moved a few steps closer to having complete “One Seat Ride” train service to New York City’s Penn Station, when Investors Foundation provided a $2,500 grant to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC), which advocates for improved service on the rail line.


The Foundation provides grants to organizations that enrich the communities served by Investors Bank.


Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who also heads the Coalition of Mayors in supporting the RVRC, said, “The Investors Foundation is a true ally, and along with the Bank, together they are dedicated corporate partners that are all about serving the community.”


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PSE&G offers tips to beat the heat as hot weather continues

Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) offers simple ways customers can stay cool and safe as temperatures and humidity rise. To stay cool, safe and save energy, PSE&G recommends the following easy, simple steps:

  • Use a programmable thermostat to set air conditioners to your daily and weekend schedule. Consider setting air conditioners to 78 degrees, health permitting.
  • Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
  • Use ceiling fans set in the counter-clockwise position to feel cooler when in a room.
  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. With central air, close off vents to unused rooms.
  • Turn off everything you’re not using: lights, TVs, computers, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • Delay heat-producing tasks such as washing and drying laundry or dishes until later in the day, and wait until load is full.
  • Refrain from using nonessential appliances. Unplug or use only when necessary an extra refrigerator in your garage.

If you should lose power, NEVER use a portable generator inside your home or in close proximity to a home, business or enclosed space. Proper ventilation is required. Improperly used generators can produce deadly carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, tasteless gas that can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms.

If you experience a power outage, it is important that you call PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Customers who are registered with My Account can also report power outages online. To do so, Log In now or register. During extreme weather, follow PSE&G on Twitter at

Fanwood Library compiles online list of groups, organizations

Mandy Richards, a member of the Fanwood Library staff, has put together a new online community organizations list.

The web-based resource (link) is a quick and accurate database to search out contact information, meeting dates, locations and more on groups ranging from the Newcomers to the Seniors Club to the Recycling Center and Rescue Squad.

Richards' database brings that information and more to the web.

"There didn’t seem to be one available, other than on paper in the College Club calendar," said Library Director Dan Weiss.

Monthly 'Needle Night' set for Friday at Fanwood Presbyterian

The next monthly "Needle Nite" at Fanwood Presbyterian Church is scheduled for Friday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Enter from Marian Avenue.

The "Twisted 4 Patch," demonstrated at the April meeting, will be worked on at this meeting. Quilters are urged to bring their sewing machines. The knitters, and those who crochet, will continue their projects. All are welcome to come and see what is being done and to join the group.

In addition to the projects, ice cream will be served to participants. Be prepared to chose your favorite. Orders will be made from a local store,

If fabric, batting or yarn is needed, Needle Niters may e-mail their request to The donated materials used end up in many forms usable by the charities that receive them.  The Needle Nite Participants then take their newly learned skills for their use at home.

For further information about these projects, or directions to Fanwood Presbyterian Church, call (908) 889-8891, email or check the web:

Keep your Tuesday nights open for summer movies in LaGrande Park

A good crowd enjoyed a movie earlier this summer.
A good crowd enjoyed a movie earlier this summer.

Join your friends and neighbors at Fanwood's LaGrande Park for the free Tuesday night summer movie series.


Movies start at dusk (around 8:30 p.m. early in the series, 8 p.m. closer to the end). Bring a low beach chair or a blanket. The movies are brought to you by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.


The remaining lineup of movies for this summer:
August 4 -- The Boxtrolls (note: the National Night Out Against Crime event in the park, starting at 6 p.m., precedes the movie.)
August 11 -- Big Hero 6

Rain dates are the next night. Check the site for details.

Public notice: special Council meeting to be held Monday night


A Special Meeting of the Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2015, at Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Ave., Fanwood, New Jersey, at 7 p.m., to consider the introduction of an Ordinance; two Chapter 159 resolutions; authorization to submit an application for a grant; award of contract; and approval of payment of claims.


Official action will be taken.

Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Hilltop Tennis Club invites community to two ongoing events

Hilltop Tennis Club invites the community to take part in two activities this summer at the historic club, which now features a modern Hard-Tru court.

The court, at 336 North Ave., stays cool in the summer heat. Trees shade the court and a canopy shades the court-side picnic table.

Fanwood residents are invited to play on Monday evenings, from 5-8 p.m., when intermediate tennis players can participate in round-robin games. Players can arrive at any time during the event.

On Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., players are invited to brush up on their skills with drills led by a certified instructor. Beginners are welcome!

For more information, call Bob Laudati, (908) 322-7762.

Health officials: Growing meningitis outbreak calls for vaccinations

Recent reports of a growing outbreak of meningococcal meningitis in MSM (men who have sex with men) communities in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have health officials around the country warning men who have sex with men to talk to their healthcare providers about getting vaccinated as soon as possible. Meningococcal meningitis is a very serious disease that can be fatal if not treated quickly.

HIV weakens the immune system, therefore, HIV infected men who have sex with men are at greatest risk of developing serious complications from meningococcal meningitis. This disease is caused by a bacterium (Neisseria meningitides) spread by close personal contact with an infected person's saliva (spit) or nasal secretions - kissing, living in the same household/roommates, intimate sexual acts, sharing utensils/cups/smoking objects, coughing, etc.

It is not spread through casual contact or simply breathing the air where an infected person has been. Symptoms such as high fever, stiff neck, severe and persistent headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, and joint pain often develop suddenly, within days of being exposed.

MSM should heed the warning of health officials and get vaccinated as soon as they can. Getting vaccinated will help prevent possible outbreaks in other parts of the country. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms above, seek medical attention immediately. The quicker you receive medical attention, the better off you will be.

If you have any questions regarding meningococcal meningitis, contact the New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline by calling (800) 624-2377, texting/emailing or chatting via the group's site at; TTD/TTY Line (for the hearing impaired) (973) 926-8008.

'Jersey Fresh' farm market vouchers available for local seniors

Registration is now open for income-eligible seniors age 60 and up to participate in the 2015 “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market Program, which provides free vouchers for fresh produce. The program is sponsored by the Union County Freeholders.

The Farmers’ Market Program provides each eligible participant with four free $5 vouchers, for a total of $20, to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers' markets throughout Union County.

In order to qualify, a senior’s individual income cannot exceed $21,775 annually. A married couple’s combined income may not exceed $29,471. Proof of age, residency and income are required in the form of a Medicaid card, SSI card, Food Stamp (now SNAP) verification, or annual pension and Social Security income statement.

To receive an application for obtaining the free vouchers, contact a local senior center or call the Union County Division on Aging toll-free at (888) 280-8226.

Locally, markets accepting the vouchers include: Plainfield, Watchung Avenue and East 6th St. (across from City Hall), June 10 to Nov. 24, Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Scotch Plains, Municipal Parking Lot (Park Avenue), May to November, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and Westfield, NJ Transit Railroad Station (South Avenue Parking Lot), July 5 to October 25, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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