School starts Wednesday for Fanwood students

Parents and students are making lists and checking them twice as time is winding down to buy school supplies and new sneakers for the kids before schools open Wednesday morning in the Scotch Plains Fanwood school system.

Wednesday's classes only meet for half the day, in the morning, with the full days of classes beginning on Thursday in the school system, which has more than 5,500 students in eight schools, ranging from pre-school to grade 12.


Drivers are reminded to be on the lookout for kids in the early morning and late afternoon hours as they make their way between home and school.


"I want to wish all our students a successful and safe year ahead," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.

Borough Hall offices switch to winter hours this week

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


Offices will be open:

• Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

• Thursday evening: 5-8 p.m.

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.

Bulk waste pickup coming up; permit deadline extended to 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.

Vinton Circle road project underway

As one project ends, another begins on Fanwood's roadways.


Work on improvements to Vinton Circle are underway 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.


The project will run through mid-October.


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, 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, wrapped up this past week with pavement resurfacing completed.

Deadline for entries in the Fotos of Fanwood contest coming up

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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Fanwood poetry series returns from summer hiatus Sept. 16

The Carriage House Poetry Series will return from its annual summer hiatus on Tuesday, Sept. 16, with a reading by distinguished poets Renee Ashley and Peter Murphy.


The free performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue).

Renee Ashley is the author of a novel, “Someplace Like This,” and five volumes of poetry, including “Salt” (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and “Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea” (Subito Press, Univ. of Colorado), winner of the Subito Book Prize.  She is on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s two low-residency graduate programs, the MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is etched in marble in Penn Station in Manhattan. Renee has received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships in both poetry and prose from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City, where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub, and drove a cab. He is the author of “Stubborn Child,” a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a chapbook of poems, “Thorough and Efficient.” His unique poetry-writing assignments are collected in “Challenges for the Delusional” (Jane Street Press, 2012). Retired from Atlantic City High School, Peter continues to teach poetry writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and he is the founder/director of Murphy Writing Seminars. He is a consultant to the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and was an advisor to “Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers” and other PBS poetry programs.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its sixteenth year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series.


The Sept. 16 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performances. For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. Click here for online directions and information.

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 or contact Joe Valente at (201) 725-2032 for more information.

16th annual marching band festival at the high school Sept. 20

The award-winning Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Marching Band will host its 16th annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. on the school's Varsity Field.


The festival will feature performances by 16 marching bands, including local bands from Westfield, Cranford, Edison, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, West Orange and East Brunswick.


The 180-member Raider Marching Band will perform their 2014 show, Il Cuore di Romano: "The Heart of the Roman Empire," under the direction of Durand Thomas.


Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for students and seniors. Everyone will get a program with a paid admission. Food, drinks and a 50/50 raffle will be available all evening.


The high school is located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains. The varsity field is located behind the high school at the rear of the parking lot.


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, The borough has a shared-services agreement with the Westfield Board to promote better health for Fanwood residents.

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