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.

Get your bulk pickup permit now, deadline Sept. 2

Residents are reminded get in their permit applications for the annual bulk waste pickup next month. The deadline is Sept. 2. NW & NE quadrants will be picked up the week of September 19, and SW & SE quadrants will be picked up the week of September 26.  Participation requires a $65.00 permit for a one-time pickup of material, not to exceed 750 lbs. Residents will be required to visibly post the permit in a window. See the application for restrictions.

Bulk Pickup Application 2016.pdf
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The meeting place of the Regular Meeting (August 23, 2016) of the Fanwood Recreation Commission has been changed from LaGrande Park to Forest Road Park, Forest Road, Fanwood NJ.   The meeting will begin at 7:45 pm.


Official action may be taken.


Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Fanny Wood Day is September 18

The Borough of Fanwood is proud to announce our 21st annual Fanny Wood Day. The celebration will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Fanwood. People of all ages and interests are invited to attend.


This year’s Fanny Wood Day will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, vendors, a wide variety of activities. The event will include kid-friendly events such as a water balloon toss, scavenger hunt, and pet parade. Also returning from last year are the contests such as the pizza, ice cream and cream pie eating contests. 


Here is the day's schedule:


11 a.m. - Car Show, Vendors & Kids' Areas Open

11:30 a.m. - Scavenger Hunt Begins

Noon - Opening Ceremony

12:15 p.m. - Fanny Wood Day Photo Contest Winners Announced, sponsored by Unity Bank

12:30 p.m. - Best Dressed Pet Parade, Sponsored by K-9 Resorts

1 p.m. - Live entertainment

1:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Eating Contest

2 p.m. - Live Entertainment

2:30 p.m. - Water Balloon Toss

3:30 p.m. - Pizza Eating Contest

4 p.m. - Cream Pie Eating Contest Sponsored by Mara’s Café


The classic car show will be dedicated to the memory of classic car enthusiast, Don Wussler. Wussler was a dear friend of the Fanwood community who passed away this year. The show will feature classic cars of many different makes and models and will start at 11 a.m. on South Avenue, just east of Martine Avenue. There is no charge to enter a car in this show. Day of show attendees are welcome, however it is suggested that you pre-register your vehicle to help with planning.  

Clock in the plaza will be fixed

On Monday, August 15 the Fanwood Borough Council approved just under $5,700 to fix the clock in the plaza on South Avenue in the center of town, which has been broken for months. The repair will completely replace the clock mechanism.

Open Space Referendum on Fanwood ballot

For the first time since 1999, the Borough of Fanwood is placing a voter question on the November ballot. The question seeks approval from voters for an Open Space Tax to help pay for improvements to our parks, recreation and nature centers and to contemplate open-space, green space and conservation projects.

The tax levy would be $.01 per $100 of assessed property value, or an additional yearly tax of about $8 to $11 dollars per household. The full text of the resolution, approved at the August 15 Council meeting is below and the actual ballot question and interpretive statement will be published on the website shortly.

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College Club Calendars Available

The College Club of Fanwood–Scotch Plains has annually produced a calendar that provides dates of the school holidays, testing periods, closing, concerts and  activities (such as meetings PTA and Music boosters, Sporting events, Rep Theatre, etc.) for all the Scotch Plains Fanwood public schools (Elementary, Middle and High school) and parochial schools (Union Catholic and St. Bart’s). The calendar also provides listings of the local Houses of Worship, contact information for all clubs and organizations, and advertisements from our local businesses in the community. It is a great way to stay in touch and not miss the exciting opportunities throughout the year.  The College Club welcomes all to attend the free monthly speaker presentations held at the Chelsea in Fanwood; the speaker topic and dates are posted in the calendar.


The mission of the College Club is to support the education of the young women in our community and 100% of the profits from these calendars go directly into the scholarship fund to be dispersed yearly. This past May, the College Club of Fanwood–Scotch Plains awarded a total of $27,750.00 in scholarships to 10 local students, 6 of whom were high school seniors who graduated this past June and 4 of whom are currently attending college. Please help support our mission and this worthy cause.

The calendars will be available at the end of August and can be purchased for $10 at the Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries and the following local businesses: Norman's Hallmark, Scotch Hills Pharmacy, DiFrancesco Realty, and Apple Blossom Flower Shop.

Fanwood Recycling Update

Here's what you need to know about recycling for the rest of the summer:

  • Every Wednesday, the recycling center will be open 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to accept all recyclables including plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, electronics, clothing, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs. The Wednesday program will continue until curbside collection begins. There is no more Saturday service at the center and the Wednesday recycling program is for Fanwood residents only.
  • The curbside program will begin in October. Each home will receive a 96-gallon bin to hold all curbside recyclables which can be co-mingled. We will have a schedule established soon for residents to bring non-curbside items including electronics, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs, to our Public Works facility.
  • More detailed information will be mailed to each home prior to the start of the curbside program

We appreciate everyone's patience during this transition. Questions may be addressed to our Public Works Department, (908) 322-7404, or the Mayor's Office, (908) 322-8236.

Several county recycling events are planned for August

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind you of several free recycling events coming up in August.


Union County’s Scrap Metal Recycling continues in August with events on the first Thursday (August 4) and third Saturday (August 20) of each month.  There are three locations in Union County for residents to drop off their metal for recycling, one in Cranford, Rahway and Westfield.  All locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture to name a few.


Union County will host a Household Hazardous Waste Event is on Saturday August 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union County Vo Tech School located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.  Car tires will also be accepted (maximum of 8 tires). Ammunition and fireworks will also be collected at this event.


Union County will host a Mobile Paper Shredding Event on Saturday August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, in the parking lot on the corner of Green Lane directly across from the Union Train Station.  Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.


Please visit for more information or directions.

Fanwood Photography Contest Now Open

Get out your cameras, pull out your negatives and check your files: it’s time for the annual Fanwood Photography Contest!


The 6th annual Fanwood Photography Contest will be held in tandem with the borough’s annual Fanny Wood Day celebration on Sunday, September 18. Photographers of all ages are invited to submit up to three of their best images. While there is no requirement that submissions be of Fanwood subject matter, local scenes related to Fanwood will be one factor in the judging along with originality, emotional content and presentation.


Submissions must be framed and wired for hanging. Entries should be dropped off at Fanwood Borough Hall, 75 N. Martine Avenue, before 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th to be eligible.  Contest application is posted below.

2016 Photos of Fanwood Contest Instructi
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Reduce standing water, reduce mosquito breeding

In an effort to reduce local mosquito populations, the Borough of Fanwood would like to remind residents to be vigilant in your efforts to reduce standing water. Currently, there are no cases of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in New Jersey, however, with the recent rains causing damp conditions, now is a good time to minimize potential breeding grounds.

There are many precautions that can be taken to reduce mosquitoes populations, mainly, the abolishment of standing water. In just 7 days standing water can breed mosquitoes. We recommend you follow these precautions from the NJ Department of Health;

  • Empty and turn over buckets, wheelbarrows, lids, kiddie pools, wagons, old tires or any vessel that collects water. Or, store them inside. 
  • Keep garbage cans tightly covered 
  • Check building structures such as gutters for water collection
  • Keep rain barrels covered or screened
  • Bird bath water should be changed once a week and the water in any planter saucers should be dumped out every 3-5 days. 
  • Toys should ideally be stored inside to avoid water collection.
  • Secure pool covers, tarps, and covers tightly to avoid puddles and standing water. 
  • If you have a decorative pond, get fish. If that is not an option, consider using a low grade pesticide such as Bti to treat for mosquito larvae.

The Borough of Fanwood appreciates your cooperation in keeping Fanwood a safe and healthy place to live.

State has information on the web concerning Zika Virus

While no incidents of the Zika Virus have been reported in New Jersey, health officials want people to be educated about how the mosquito-borne illness can spread, what you can do to protect yourself, how you can control the risks involved and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed.


Click here to visit a website created by the state Board of Health that has all kinds of information on the illness. The federal Centers for Disease Control have a site, too.

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 Nature Center will be closed for remainder of Summer

The Environmental Commission has closed the Nature Center as of Tuesday, July 5 for the remainder of the summer.  This is required in order to allow the weed-controlling goats to complete their work by eating invasive plants at the Center.


If observing the goats from outside the Center, please do not feed them. The Nature Center will be surrounded by a double fence, with the interior fence electrified to keep the goats in and discourage predators. 

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:

County offering free child safety seat inspections in Garwood

As the spring weather approaches, residents are invited to visit Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood.


The proper use of child safety seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of young children in the event of a motor vehicle accident.


The inspection program is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-11 a.m. and is located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Ave. in Garwood. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly.


New Jersey’s new child safety seat regulations took effect in September of 2015. The new law requires parents to adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for child passenger safety.


If you’re unable to visit the Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood, the county's mobile child seat inspection unit will offer child safety seat inspections at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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