Fun day for the kids at Fanwood's Easter Egg Hunt

With the encouragement of onlookers, youngsters race for the eggs and prizes at Fanwood's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forest Road Park Saturday, March 28.
With the encouragement of onlookers, youngsters race for the eggs and prizes at Fanwood's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forest Road Park Saturday, March 28.

There was a little chill in the air but bright, sunny skies welcomed a good crowd to Fanwood's Forest Road Park Saturday, March 28, for the annual Easter egg hunt.

Two-year-old Declan Bastable gets a view between the Easter bunny's ears.
Two-year-old Declan Bastable gets a view between the Easter bunny's ears.

Children 10 and under got a chance to meet the Easter bunny and and to hunt for more than 1,000 eggs, filled with all sorts of goodies including hundreds of prize tickets, that were hidden around the park.

Prizes were also given out for these contests: guessing the number of jelly beans and the number of chocolate eggs; a bunny drawing contest and an egg decorating contest.


The annual event was organized by Fanwood's Recreation Commission.


Click here to see a photo gallery from the day's events.

School kids invited to enter Fanwood's Earth Day poster contest

Schools kids in grades K-8 in Fanwood and Scotch Plains are invited to enter the first annual Earth Day poster contest, sponsored by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the Fanwood Clean Communities Committee and the Fanwood Environmental Commission.


The contest is open to young artists who will create a poster that shows how the artist, the artist's friends or family can help protect the local environment. Artists can also draw new ideas to celebrate Earth Day in Fanwood.


The deadline for submission to the mayor's office at Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Ave., is Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. One winner will be selected from submissions by elementary school students, a second winner will be selected from middle school students.


Click here for full rules and guidelines.

Fanwood-based K9 Resorts expanding in new facilities on South Avenue

K9 Resorts owners Steven, left, and Jason Parker show Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr architect's drawings of the new facility on South Avenue.
K9 Resorts owners Steven, left, and Jason Parker show Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr architect's drawings of the new facility on South Avenue.

Fanwood-based K9 Resorts, a daycare and boarding facility for dogs with locations in several New Jersey cities, is redoing an existing building next door to their headquarters on South Avenue.

The present facility has seen tremendous growth in business in the 10 years the company has been in Fanwood and the need was clear to owners Steven and Jason Parker for a larger facility. When the building next to their present facility became available, they saw that as the perfect chance to grow. The building is being completely redone now and K9 Resorts plans to move in this June.

The new facility will feature more cage-free boarding options, a larger playroom for the dogs, daycare facilities for smaller breeds (not currently available because of space limitations) and a 5,000-square-foot artificial turf outdoor play area.

Register now for Fanwood Presbyterian's spring blood drive

Fanwood Presbyterian Church is sponsoring its spring blood drive on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NJ Blood Services Donor Center located at 2279 South Ave. in Scotch Plains. The entrance is from the parking lot in the back of the building.  

Click here to sign up for an appointment to donate. Sign-ups will also be taken at the church this Sunday and on Sunday, April 5. Eligible donors, ages of 16-75, are urgently needed. Written parental approval is required for 16 year-olds and medical clearance by a doctor is required for those over 75.  For questions about eligibility, go to

Please donate a part of yourself that truly comes from your heart. Bring a friend
and donate together! Walk-ins are welcome.

Support 'Donate to Educate' through Fanwood's collection point

High schools and local governments throughout Union County have banded together to help students in need, by collecting and distributing donated school supplies. Fanwood Borough Hall is a designated collection point for donations. The campaign runs through April 28.


The campaign, called “Donate to Educate” – Schools Supplying Schools, was created by a group of high school students in the second annual UC STEP summit, held last year.


UC STEP (the Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program) is a daylong summit that brings high school sophomores and juniors together from all walks of life, to practice leadership skills and develop civic projects that engage the whole Union County community.


Throughout the spring, students at participating high schools will be hard at work, organizing activities to publicize "Donate to Educate," and encourage donations. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County are also partnering in the campaign. Along with school supplies, financial donations are part of the campaign. The students will be selling "Donate to Educate" stylus pens, ear buds, and wristbands to help raise funds to purchase school supplies.

Click here for more information.

Recreational opportunities for special needs kids offered this spring

The Borough of Fanwood and Intensive Therapeutics, Inc., a local company, are teaming up again this spring to offer recreational opportunities for children with special needs. The programs include spring sports like soccer and baseball, six weekly classes to learn how to ride a two-wheeled bike and classes to learn handwriting.

Click here to see a full description of the programs offered or contact Intensive Therapeutics, (973) 771-1582, or via email at Many of the programs begin in early-mid April and groups are small, so don't delay.

Choral festival looking for singers, both kids and adults, to take part

A call is out for singers for the annual Fanwood Choir Festival to be held on Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church.

Singers from the area are invited to join this annual event. New this year will be an opportunity for children to sing with the choir. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, April 8.  Children’s rehearsal is 5:15-5:45 p.m., and adults rehearse from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Please contact or call the church office at (908) 889-8891 if you are interested in singing.

The festival will feature a variety of choral anthems with five conductors and a number of professional soloists and instrumentalists. Guest conductors include Dr. Cindy Bell, Dr. Andrew Moore, Mary Lou Stevens, and Matthew Webb. Also conducting will be Tom Berdos, Director of Music Ministries at Fanwood Presbyterian Church and the event's organizer. The festival is a fundraiser for the Fanwood and Scotch Plains rescue squads.

Full-color March Fanwoodian available for download now

The newest edition of the Fanwoodian, including news on the upcoming Easter egg hunt, full schedules for spring and summer recreation programs and a preview of the Arts Festival in May, is available for download now as a pdf.

The edition will be mailed to local residents, as usual, too. But, the downloadable edition features color photos in a format that's easy to read on your computer or hand-held device. Click here to download this edition.

Relay for Life group holding information meeting April 8

The American Cancer Society's Union County group is looking for volunteers for this year's Relay for Life and will hold an information meeting April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenilworth Recreation Center, 575 Boulevard, in Kenilworth.

Click here for more information or contact Christina Andrascik by email at or, by phone, (973) 232-2573.

Fanwood Police offering emergency contact form for seniors, disabled

It is helpful for the Fanwood Police, through its "Neighbors in Need" program, to know of residents who may need special attention in the event of an emergency. And, to have contact information on file to reach family members or friends if those people are involved in an emergency situation.

The form may be completed by a resident in need or a friend, family member or neighbor who knows of a frail, disabled or elderly Fanwood resident.


Click here for the form which includes the name and address of the Fanwood resident who might need assistance and contact information for up to two people to be notified in case of an emergency.

Sign-up now for Fanwood's summer recreation programs

Registration for Fanwood Recreation Department's summer programs is underway. Click here to go to the Fanwood Recreation website to register.


Sessions begin the week of June 22-26. Theme weeks include: Surf Safari (June 22-26), Animal Adventure (June 29-July 3), Movie Mania (July 6-10), Fun & Fitness (July 13-17), Hawaiian Hullabaloo (July 20-24), Movin' & Groovin' (July 27-31), Fanwood Carnival (Aug. 3-7), and Space is the Place (Aug. 10-14).


Camps are available for children in K-1st, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade. Weekly specials include live entertainment. The cost is $45 per weekly morning or afternoon session, $80 for both in the same week.


For more information, call Fanwood Recreation (908)370-7092.

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