Curbside recycling bins arrive in Fanwood

Fanwood's new curbside recycling bins are being delivered to homes this week. Teams from the PMUA are distributing the 96-gallons containers at the spot where residents would normally set it out on recycling days. Each blue bin is matched to the home by serial number, an identifier used only by the PMUA to keep track of the bins.


Actual curbside collection begins on Thursday, October 6. Fanwood residents will be receiving a mailing any day now, reviewing what is recycled curbside and what should be taken to the North Avenue recycling center or other drop off points. The bins will also have a large label with reminders about what can go in them.


Residents may download the Recycle Coach smartphone app which helps you keep track of the recycling calendar, all of Fanwood's brush, branch and leaf pickups and reminders about what items can be recycled. Download them at the Google Play store or the iTunes store. To learn more visit


Until the curbside program begins, Fanwood residents may continue to bring their recyclables to the North Avenue recycling center on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

All Fanwood residents should have received this recycling guide in the mail. All recycling info

Don't forget the recycling smartphone app

Fanwood is providing a new recycling app to residents, called Recycle Coach.  The goal is to make recycling more convenient for residents, while increasing participation. The mobile application can be installed for free on tablets, smartphones and computers, making information and resources available at your fingertips. 
The app is customized for Fanwood and allows users to:

  • View Fanwood Public Works pickup schedules
  • View County-wide recycling centers and schedules 
  • Answer questions on how best to recycle a questionable item; be it bi-weekly curbside pickup, 1st Saturday Recycling Center drop-off, special county event, Fanwood Fall Bulk Waste pickup or simply toss it in the garbage.
  • Report a problem (missed collection, damaged or missing bin, incorrect app info).
  • Communicate with PMUA, Fanwood DPW and app administrator.
  • Receive notifications of schedule changes and updates.

Mayor Colleen Mahr said, “We want to give residents every tool possible to ensure Fanwood’s curbside recycling program is successful and convenient. We hope the app will increase recycling and limit the amount of recyclables headed to the landfill so we can continue to do our part to promote a healthy planet.”
Recycle Coach is now available for download through the iTunes Store, Google Play Store or

Have Coffee with the Mayor Saturday, Sept. 24

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr will be at Mara’s Cafe in downtown Fanwood on Saturday, September 24 between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for “Coffee with the Mayor”. The event will give Fanwood residents an opportunity to engage in casual discussion about current topics of the day, and learn more about upcoming programs and initiatives in Fanwood.

Some of the topics expected for discussion are the new curbside recycling program, the open space tax referendum, and other municipal and community issues.

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.

Knit-a-Bit will celebrate one year anniversary with ribbon cutting

Downtown Fanwood's Knit-a-Bit will be celebrating their one year anniversary by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor and Council on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m.  


Knit-a-Bit is passionate about knitting, yarn, and crochet and offers an environment for crafers to hone their skills and expand their knowledge. variety of classes for all levels of experience. Two sessions for Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. All the supplies needed for classes can be purchased at Knit-a-Bit.


Knit-a-Bit is located at 42 South Martine Avenue and details about their products and classes are available at

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.

Poetry reading will feature Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Joe Weil

The Carriage House Poetry Series in Fanwood invites the public to enjoy an evening of poetry readings by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Joe Weil on Tuesday, September 20. The free poetry performances will begin promptly at 8 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, and editor of The Paterson Literary Review. She also is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University (SUNY). Maria is a recipient of the 2008 American Book Award for her book, “All That Lies Between Us" and has published 20 books.

Joe Weil is an assistant professor at Binghamton University who teaches poetry and fiction and is a noted performer of poetry and music. Since 2008, Joe has published four volumes of poems, including “Painting the Christmas Trees,” “The Plumber’s Apprentice,” and “The Great Grandmother Light: New and Selected Poems.”

The reading is free and open to the public and an open mic reading with local poets will follow the featured performance. For details, visit

Library Book Sale begins on September 15

Donation days begin soon for the 30th consecutive Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library Fall Book Sale. The all-volunteer group starts accepting books, DVDs and CDs on September 9, and the sale begins September 15. Vinyl records will not be accepted this year. As always, books are sorted by subject for easy browsing: history, romance, classics, art, cookbooks, politics, crafts, science, parenting, children, and general fiction. 

Last year’s sale raised nearly $10,000, which keeps the library humming with programs, materials, and equipment that enrich and educate people of all ages. The Friends also supports building improvements. To volunteer, contact

The Friends book sale could not succeed without the quality and quantity of materials donated by residents. The Friends welcomes lightly used hardcovers and paperbacks, DVDs, and CDs. All donations, sorting, and selling will occur at Forest Road Park, 153 Forest Road, in the red, brick building. For more information and a full schedule of donation and sale dates, please visit

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.

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, “This open space tax is a small price to pay for ensuring Fanwood’s treasured assets, such as our Historic Train Station, are preserved for today and well into the future. Our little home town has a strong tradition of protecting our natural resources like the Nature Center, and being good environmental stewards, as evidenced by our Sustainable NJ certification. This open space fund will give us the structure and resources for preserving our green spaces and creating new recreational opportunities.” She continued, “ I encourage our voters to educate themselves about this issue and to 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

Resolution 1608117 Open Space.pdf
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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

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