Party in the Park kicks off Summer Movie Series with a crowd

Hundreds of Fanwood residents gathered at La Grande Park for the annual Party in the Park on Wednesday, June 29 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This year's event boasted a wide array of activities including bouncy houses, slides,  laser-tag, a challenge course, and a special minion banana eating contest. This year's Party in the Park definitely had something for everyone.


As the sun set and the movie started, the park was covered in a sea of blankets and lawn chairs as family and friends laid under the stars to view the screening of the movie, Minions. A 16-foot wide state-of-the-art outdoor movie screen towered over the park and made it possible for everyone of all ages (and heights) to enjoy the movie.


If you missed this year's Party in the Park, have no fear! The Free Summer Movie Series will continue at La Grande Park on Tuesday, July 5 with Goosebumps. Screenings begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.


Fourth of July Weekend offers many ways to celebrate

Scotch Plains is among the list of area towns that will offer firework displays this Fourth of July weekend. The Scotch Plains fireworks will be held at the Scotch Hills Golf Course on Jerusalem Road on July 2 at dusk. The golf course will open at 7 p.m. for spectators.  In the case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Sunday, July 3. For details visit


Clark, July 4 (rain date July 5)

Fireworks will start around 9 p.m. at Arthur L. Johnson High School. for details visit


Elizabeth, July 4

Fireworks celebration begins 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park;


New Providence, July 3 (rain date July 5)

Independence Day celebration will begin at 7 p.m. July 3 on South Street. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.;  


Rahway, July 2 (rain date July 3)

Fireworks around 9 p.m. behind city hall.  The best viewing areas are along Main St and Irving St. Visit for details.


Roselle Park, July 3 (rain date is August 2)

Independence Day Celebration starts with a carnival at 4 p.m. at Roselle Park High School. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Visit for details.


Scotch Plains, July 2 (rain date July 3)

Independence Day Celebration is at 8 p.m. at Scotch Hills Country Club. Visit for details. 


Summit, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration runs from 9:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Soldiers Memorial Field with carnival rides, decorated bicycle parade, a mass "Twist and Shout" dance and fireworks display;


Union Township, July 4

Fourth of July concert and fireworks will run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Biertuempfel Park, with fireworks beginning around 9 p.m. Visit for details.

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:

Crowds Gather for Coffee with Mayor Mahr

Approximately 50 Fanwoodians gathered on Saturday morning for an informal chat with Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. Discussion topics ranged from the anticipated parking lot at Park Middle School, the current status of the local recycling program, the July 13th public meeting on a potential library expansion and pedestrian safety throughout the community. Residents were interested to hear about future development plans and expressed their hope to retain the “small town feel” that epitomizes this one-square-mile community.


The first in what promises to be a series of regular gatherings, the 2-hour event stretched to 3 hours as the Mayor and residents clearly enjoyed the opportunity for a free-wheeling conversation.

New Ice Cream Store to open in Downtown Fanwood

Downtown Fanwood will soon have a new ice cream store.  Just in time for summer! Read the full article here:

Green Team seeking vendors for 2016 Green Fair

The Fanwood Green Team and the Fanwood Borough Council are currently seeking vendors for the 2016 Green Fair, scheduled for Saturday, July 23. Environmentally focused businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to register. It's a great opportunity to showcase sustainable and eco friendly products and services to the public. Nonprofit organizations can register for free. The deadline for registration is July 15.


The Green Fair event will be held on the front lawn of the Fanwood Borough Hall at 75 N Martine Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor setup begins at 8:30 a.m. The event aspires to educate the community on ways to incorporate environmentally sustainable lifestyle practices into their everyday lives.  The event will also earn the Borough of Fanwood points toward our Sustainable Jersey Certification.


To register your business or organization for the 2016 Green Fair please visit The deadline is July 15. Payment should be mailed to: Borough of Fanwood, Attention "2016 Fanwood Green Fair", 75 N Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ.


Questions about vendor registration can be directed to or call (732) 895-5622.


Forums will discuss the future of the Fanwood Memorial Library

Mayor Colleen Mahr, the Fanwood Borough Council, and the Library Board of Trustees of the Fanwood Memorial Library invite you to a  Public Forum to discuss "A Vision for the Future of the Fanwood Memorial Library.” There will be two opportunities to attend these public meetings:  Wednesday, July 13 & Tuesday, August 9   The information sessions will begin at 7:00 PM at the Fanwood Memorial Library, 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ.

Volunteers needed!

The Borough of Fanwood is currently seeking Volunteers for the following Fanwood boards and commissions:


Historic Preservation Commission

Shade Tree Commission


Our volunteer boards and commissions are at the heart of what makes our town great. Please consider donating your time. If you're interested, please send an email to

Wear Orange event draws attention to gun violence and calls for action

Last night, at Fanwood's Forest Road Park, moms, mayors, law enforcement officers, and concerned citizens from throughout the area gathered in observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Union County organized the Wear Orange event, which was co-hosted by Mayor Colleen Mahr. The program of speakers included Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park, Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls of the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, and Lauren O'Brien, Group Leader of Moms Demand Action Union County. The speakers were followed by a short performance by Community Actor Student Theatre.


The Wear Orange campaign was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year old Chicago student killed as a bystander just one week after performing at President Obama's inauguration. The event was attended by several including several mayors, state officials, and police chiefs from throughout the area. Similar Wear Orange events happened all over the country. For more information on Wear Orange and Moms Demand Action please visit

Ladies Night Out brings shoppers to downtown Fanwood

Shoppers explore downtown Fanwood.
Shoppers explore downtown Fanwood.

Downtown Fanwood was bustling with activity yesterday, June 2, as over 300 women arrived for an evening of shopping at the 5th Annual Ladies Night Out. The event took  take place from 6-9 p.m in downtown Fanwood.   


“This event is meant to showcase Fanwood businesses,” said Mindy Scarlett, chair of the Ladies Night Out Committee.


This event was sponsored by the Fanwood division of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, the Fanwood Business and Professional Association (FBPA), which had put on the shopping event in the past, joined the chamber to bring more services and support to Fanwood businesses. 


Arriving shoppers received goody bags before heading out to explore Fanwood’s shops.  The evening included shopping, mingling, and a Tricky Tray at the end of the evening.  The downtown was filled with orange balloons and shopping bags, in support of Fanwood’s Wear Orange event, happening simultaneously across town. 


A wonderful Memorial Day Weekend in Fanwood!


It was a great Memorial Day Weekend in Fanwood.  Despite a forecast of rain, the sun shone down on our Memorial Day Parade. Thank you to everyone who participated in the concert, parade, and service.


Thank you to John Mooney at for the photos.

College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains Announces 2016 Scholarships

Since its inception in 1933, the College Club of Fanwood –Scotch Plains objectives have been to increase the interest of local young women in going to college, and to provide “material aid” by way of scholarships. 


This past May, the College Club of Fanwood –Scotch Plains awarded a total of $27,750.00 in scholarships to 10 students, 6 of who are high school seniors who will graduate this June and 4 of whom are currently attending college.


Among the 2016 high school recipients for academic year 2016-2017 are Annemarie Kearns, daughter of Brian and Melissa Kearns  who received $3000.00 and will be attending the  University of Rochester; Gabriela MacPherson, daughter of Gordon and Martha MacPherson who received $4000.00 and will be attending The College of William and Mary; Rebecca Mehorter, daughter of John and Mary Rose Mehorter  who received $1500.00 and will  be attending Ithaca College, Seleena Nival, daughter of Joseph and Liza Nival  who received $4000.00 and will be attending Rutgers, The State University of NJ and Carolyn Ringel, daughter of Jeffrey and Betsy Ringel who received $1500.00 and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Emily Boyle, daughter Michael and Terry Boyle, the highest ranking female of the class of 2016 at SPFHS received an award of $1,000.00 in recognition of her academic excellence. Ms. Boyle will be attending Lafayette College.


Among the 2016 college recipients for academic year 2016-2017 are Caitlin Caroll, daughter of Joseph and Sandra Caroll, who received $2500.00 and will be a senior at Middlebury College; Elizabeth Gelling, daughter of Christopher and Linda Gelling who received $3000.00 and will  be junior at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Elisa Staniec, daughter of George and Lorraine Staniec  who received $3250.00 and will be a sophmore at The Pennsylvania State University and Eve Zhurbinskiy, daughter of Ilya and Alla Zhurbinskiy , who received $4,000.00 and will be a junior at the George Washington University.   


This is the 80th year that female students, seeking financial assistance to pursue a four year college degree, have been helped by the club’s fundraising efforts. Two of the club’s largest efforts are the annual spring luncheon and the sale of the community calendar.


A special dinner reception was held for the recipients and their families on Monday, May 23; Club President, Dorothy Lusk, and Scholarship Committee Co- Chairs, Marie Walford and Tish Isack made the scholarship presentations at the dinner. Dorothy Lusk and Tish Isack will present the awards at the SPFHS annual awards assembly.


Anyone interested in more information about the College Club of Fanwood Scotch Plains or would like to become a member please contact the membership committee at (908) 889-9194 or visit the club’s website at

Fanwood Mayor and Council announce Curbside Recycling Program

Councilman Molenaar inspects one of the recycling bins each home will receive.
Councilman Molenaar inspects one of the recycling bins each home will receive.

The Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr announced during the regular May Council meeting on May 16th that the Borough will begin curbside collection of household recyclables sometime after Labor Day 2016.


We feel that curbside collection serves the greatest number of people in our town in the most efficient way. Our number one priority is following the law. As a town that prides itself on its Sustainable Jersey certification and history of “green” behaviors, it is only logical that curbside recycling be implemented since every expert we have spoken to on the subject agrees that more material will be collected and thus the benefit to our environment will be enhanced.


Pending an ongoing review by our attorneys, we plan to move forward on a shared services agreement with the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) to collect Fanwood’s recyclables, house to house, twice a month. The current plan calls for every home to be provided with a 96-gallon bin to hold the recyclables, collections to occur every other Thursday and all recyclables to be co-mingled—everything goes into the bin for sorting at the recycling processing plant.


On May 12th, Councilmen Jack Molenaar and Tom Kranz visited the PMUA facility in Plainfield where the trucks originate and the company in New Brunswick, Colgate, which will actually do the sorting and processing of the recyclables. They were extremely impressed by the professionalism of those at the PMUA, which is committed to the success of the Fanwood program, and the painstaking process at Colgate of separating non-recyclables and sorting them appropriately. They were convinced that every effort is made to separate as many of these non-recyclables as possible so that the final recyclables are as clean as possible.


Pending a final review of the proposed contract, the Council is prepared to vote on implementation at its regular June meeting. Following that will be a public education program. The Fanwood Recycling Center will remain open for business until the curbside program is ready to go, which we estimate will be sometime in the fall.


We will maintain a dialogue with Harold Clark and the Recycling Association about its possible role in the future. The Mayor and Council are extremely grateful to the Recycling Association, its employees and volunteers, for their patience during the deliberations over this issue.


Mayor Colleen Mahr

Councilman Kevin Boris

Councilman Russ Hegel

Councilman Tom Kranz

Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell

Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker

Councilman Jack Molenaar

Fanwood Borough Council pledges opposition to Pilgrim Pipeline

The Fanwood Borough Council recently passed a resolution pledging just under $5,000 to join a legal defense fund set up to fight the Pilgrim Pipeline, a pair of parallel pipelines that would carry crude oil 178 miles over land from Albany, NY, and Linden, NJ, and refined product back. The pipeline would run directly through Fanwood along the existing PSE&G right-of-way, which runs through residential areas and directly adjacent to the Fanwood Nature Center.


Eleven other municipalities in the path or vicinity of the pipeline, including Scotch Plains, have also joined the defense fund, called the Municipal Pipeline Group. Other communities have passed resolutions simply opposing the pipeline. Pilgrim Holdings, LLC, which proposes to build the project, says on its website, "Transporting petroleum products via the Pilgrim Pipeline is far more environmentally friendly than relying on trucks or fleets of traditional barges." But environmental groups warn of catastrophic consequences including groundwater and soil contamination should the pipeline leak or be otherwise compromised. Residents living near the pipeline have opposed it almost unanimously and the Fanwood Borough Council stands with them.

Pilgrim Pipeline Resolution
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Borough Council passes budget without increase

The Fanwood Borough Council this week passed its 2016 operating budget with no municipal tax increase. In fact, in includes an average municipal tax decrease of $3.54 per household.


"It's a small cut, of course, but we felt we wanted to do something to help our residents offset what promises to be a significant increase in the school tax," said Councilman Russ Huegel, Chairman of the Council's Administration and Finance Committee. 


"We anticipate a large school tax increase to fund an all-day kindergarten program, requiring additional teachers" said Mayor Colleen Mahr. "We have tried to mitigate the school tax burden and have pared our operating budget to produce a local tax cut. As it always does, the school tax represents 60% of the total taxes residents pay. County tax represents about 19%, municipal taxes 20% and the library tax about 1%.

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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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.

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