Countdown is on for Halloween fun Friday night

Scary times return to Fanwood this Friday! The annual Fanwood and Scotch Plains Halloween Parade and Costume Contest begins at 5:30 p.m. with "Trunk or Treat."

Trick-or-treaters who come to the Fanwood Memorial Library parking lot (North and Forest avenues, Fanwood) will be able to select treats from car trunks full of surprises! Don’t be late — the trunks close by 6! The Halloween Parade starts immediately afterward. Children and adults should assemble in front of the Library. The parade will depart for LaGrande Park at 6:15.

Once the parade arrives at LaGrande Park, at approximately 6:30, the Costume Contest will begin for children of all ages. Anyone who wants to enter a pumpkin in the Jack-o-Lantern Contest should bring their carved creation to the park and fill out an entry form by 6. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the best jack-o-lanterns! Free cider, donuts and coffee will be available.

This evening of fun and festivities is presented by the Fanwood and Scotch Plains recreation commissions.

NJT evening one-seat rides on Raritan Line to start in January

Rail advocates and New Jersey Transit officials are saying evening one-seat ride service to New York on the Raritan Valley Line will begin in January, according to The move comes after the planned start in November was cancelled by NJT.


Passengers won't need to change trains in Newark on the new service, running between 8 p.m. and midnight, when traveling to and from New York.


More than 100 people turned out Monday night in Cranford to hear from NJT officials and Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) members regarding changes to service on the line. Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Fanwood Councilman Jack Molenaar‎ were at the special meeting of the RVRC, which has been leading the fight to bring the one-seat ride to Raritan Valley Line commuters.


“It was wonderful to see so many people come out, even all the way from Hunterdon County," Mahr, a longtime advocate for direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line, told TAPIntoScotchPlainsFanwood. "There were many excellent questions and comments, all with one common theme: Raritan Valley riders want equity when it comes to service from NJT and that means scheduling ‘one seat’ ride trains during peak commuting hours.”

Take part in Rahway's  'Zombie Apocalypse' Saturday (if you dare!)

The Rahway Zombie Apocalypse Challenge Saturday is an epic real life adventure game that is expected to have hundreds of zombies wandering Rahway looking for food.


Participants, dressed as zombies, will be given a story that leads to a series of clues. Clues are hidden in everyday places around the city and, while the answers to some may be obvious, others may leave participants stumped and wandering around. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a mentally challenging journey that can be completed entirely on foot but must be completed before sundown (5:56 p.m.). Not everyone who begins is expected to complete the challenge, but those who do will be entered to win one of three $250 gift cards.


And, if a Zombie gets tired, they can always take in a Zombie movie marathon going on at the same time! Tickets are $30 at the Rahway Recreation Center. Click here for more information.

Reminder: Election Day coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4

The 2014 New Jersey general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fanwood Councilman Kevin Boris and Council President Russell Huegel are running for re-election on the Democratic ticket for Borough Council. There are no Republican candidates for council on the ballot this year.

There are also county Sheriff, Freeholder and Surrogate races and a U.S. Senate and a U.S. House seat on the ballot.

Click here to see where you vote. Click here for a sample ballot.

Library continues World War I lecture series Monday

Fanwood's library continues a month-long series looking at World War I. The series of lectures and films, "1914-18 The Great War Centenary: 100 Years Since World War I," is being held at the library. Monday evening, the series will feature the film, "All Quiet on the Western Front."

For more information about this or any other library programs, call the library at (908) 322 6400 or visit the library's events calendar at

Trailside Center hosts rock, gem & mineral show this weekend

Calling all geologists, young and old! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to explore the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils and gems at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2, from noon to 5 p.m.

More than 20 vendors will be on hand displaying and selling their specimens and there will be ongoing children’s free activities. Admission to this event is free. For additional information call 908-789-3670 or go to on the web for information on fall programs and special events for families and adults.

Pet owners note: Free rabies clinic coming up Nov. 5 at LaGrande Park

Bring your household's dog or cat for a free rabies shot. The annual Fanwood clinic, which had previously been held in the spring, is now set for Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6-7 p.m., at the LaGrande Park recreation building. Note, this is a new location. The clinic had previously been held at the DPW garage. The clinic is a service of the Fanwood Board of Health.


The Fanwood municipal code requires that all dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations. Rabies is endemic in New Jersey with 266 animals testing positive for the virus in 2014. However, vaccinating your pets is extremely effective in protecting them from the virus. For additional clinic information, call (908) 322-8236.

Sacred Karma Yoga celebrates first year on South Avenue Saturday

Fanwood’s “safe haven,” Sacred Karma Yoga celebrates its first anniversary on South Avenue this Saturday at 4 p.m. with a Tibetan Singing Bowl afternoon of music, tea and appetizers.

Owners Evelyn and Rick Lisojo moved their studio from Metuchen to Fanwood in 2013 because, according to Rick, they saw a lot of potential in the area and thought the newly refurbished downtown area in Fanwood was a good fit for them. The studio offers a wide range of classes for everyone from kids to seniors at all skill levels. One of their youngest students is 4, their oldest is in her 80s.

The duo worked on Wall Street before starting their own business. Evelyn has been practicing yoga since she first went on a retreat in 1996. That year, she began teaching yoga at the Scotch Plains Y. Rick took up yoga in 2003 in a class taught by his wife. They live in Scotch Plains and are the parents of three boys. The studio is located at 222 South Avenue. For more information, click here.

Council's upcoming agenda session set for Wednesday, Nov. 5

The Fanwood Council's monthly agenda session, normally the first Tuesday of the month, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, because of Election Day Tuesday. The regular session of the council will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The council returns to their normal schedule in December.

Train station permit sales start Saturday for Scotch Plains residents

Train station parking permits for 2015 are available for Fanwood residents now. Sales to Scotch Plains residents begin Saturday, Nov. 1 and people from other municipalities may purchase permits beginning Monday, Nov. 17, according to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

Click here for more information, including fees and sale hours, and to download an application form

Union County Clerk's office has instant voting, election app available

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that a “One-stop vote-by-mail” service is available for Union County voters at the Westfield office of the County Clerk, 300 North Ave. East. Voters do not need to give a reason why they wish to Vote-By-Mail.

The deadline to apply by mail for Vote-By-Mail for the Nov. 4 General Election has passed but the deadline to apply in person is Monday, Nov. 3, before 3:00 p.m. Voters can fill out a registration form and vote on the same visit to the Clerk's Office. To obtain an application form, voters also may pick up the form at their local municipal building; they can download the form at the Union County Clerk’s website: or they can contact the Union County Clerk at 908-527-4996.

In addition to the web resources for voting information, the Union County Clerk's office now has an app for Apple and Android phones and tablets with a full range of information regarding polling locations, election dates, registration, etc. Click here for more information.

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