Schools are opening; caution urged

As the school year begins, motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution when approaching and entering a school zone, when entering school property or when approaching a school bus either receiving or discharging children.

To ensure the safety of the borough’s school children, Fanwood Police will be placing an added emphasis on monitoring the roadways where local schools are located in order to enforce those parts of the NJ motor vehicle code that pertain to school zones and school buses.

Motorists are also reminded to use caution in the area of schools, even after the school day ends, as children may leave later due to extracurricular activities and school sporting events.

In addition to police officers that are seen handling various traffic-related duties at schools, a complement of civilian school crossing guards work at specific heavy traffic intersections near the schools to assist children in walking safely to and from school each day.

Guidelines for parents and guardians dropping off students at SPF schools:
• Students must be dropped off in the designated drop off/pickup zones. Parents are permitted to pull up along the curb line to drop off students. Students cannot be dropped off in the middle of the road. Students/passengers must exit vehicles on the curbside. Your vehicle must be within 6 inches of the curb.
• There is NO PARKING within 50 feet of a stop sign and NO PARKING within 25 feet of a crosswalk. All motorists must pay attention to parking signs. NO PARKING SIGNS are not only designated for no parking, but also include not stopping/standing to drop off students.
• All motorists must abide by all traffic safety signs.
• All regulations will be enforced throughout the school year.


And, for students who walk to school, a reminder that all pedestrians/students must cross the roadway at the nearest intersection. Crossing mid-block is against the law and extremely hazardous.

LaGrande Avenue road work Tuesday, Wednesday

LaGrande Avenue motorists will face closures Tuesday and Wednesday to allow for repaving of the street.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9, sections of LaGrande Avenue, between Terrill Road and South Avenue, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for paving.

Make sure your child safety seat meets new regs

New Jersey's new child safety seat regulations took effect at the start of the month and Union County wants to make sure your seat is installed properly and you are current on the new regulations.

With car crashes the leading cause of death and injury for children under the age of 14, the first-in-the-nation law will keep kids safer in the car.

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.

Union County’s popular Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-11 a.m. at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Ave. in Garwood.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, as part of “National Seat Check Saturday,” which is also the last day of “National Child Passenger Safety Week,” trained technicians from Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program will conduct child seat inspections at the Babies ‘R’ Us on Rt. 22 in Union, sponsored in part by AAA Northeast–NJ Division. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly.


Click here for a full rundown of the new regulations.

Annual Library book sale donations begin Sept. 12; sale starts Sept.17

The Fanwood Memorial Library’s 29th annual book sale fundraiser, organized by the Friends of the Library, is coming up, starting with the collection of donations starting on Sept. 12 and the sale itself, beginning Sept. 17.

The sale includes recent fiction - hardcover and paperback - for all ages; children's books at all levels; current or relevant non-fiction in all subject areas; and CDs and DVDs. New this year will be vinyl LPs, which can be donated and will be sold.

The sale cannot use toys, games, puzzles, textbooks, video or audio cassettes, encyclopedias or old, dated fiction and non-fiction. Please do not bring musty, mildewed or damaged goods.

The collection and sale site will be at Fanwood’s Forest Road Park. Click here for more information, or call the library at (908) 322-6400. Proceeds from the sale pay for all library programs and for equipment and furniture outside the library budget.

Borough's newest mixed-use building to be dedicated Sept. 23

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) will hold a grand opening of its newest property next month, a cutting-edge mixed-use property which will become home to both people with developmental disabilities and people without disabilities, as well as two commercial businesses. 

The new building, at 193 Terrill Road, at Midway, in Fanwood, will officially open in ceremonies Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m.

CAU is a statewide Elizabeth-based non-profit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, in areas including housing, vocational and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

Click here for more on the story.

Fanny Wood Day committee releases details, launches website

The popular zip-line ride will be back this year, too.
The popular zip-line ride will be back this year, too.

Circle Sunday, Sept. 27, on your calendar and plan to join your friends and neighbors at the 20th annual Fanny Wood Day celebration in downtown Fanwood.


“The great thing about Fanny Wood Day is that it’s more than just a street fair and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this great hometown experience,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr. “Come and join us on a beautiful fall day.”


Come out for good food and a wide variety of craft vendors, as well as live musical entertainment and lots of activities for the whole family.


There will be kiddie rides, several food competitions, a water balloon toss, a pet parade and other great things to do.


The car show will also be back better than ever! Expect to see more than 60 old cars, like in the past, starting at 11 a.m., along with some new models. The car show will be on South Avenue, just east of Martine Avenue, in front of Scotchwood Florists.


And this year, the Fanny Wood Day Committee and the Borough of Fanwood have added a brand new, year-round website with up-to-date information about the event. Go to the website and see an updated event schedule and a list of the sponsors of this great event. Without those sponsors, Fanny Wood Day could not happen.

A night of marching bands coming up later this month at SPFHS

The 2014 NJ Group 6A State Champion, and national Gold Medal, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band will host their 17th Annual Marching Band Festival Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at SPFHS Varsity Field.

Several area marching bands will join the the 180-member SPFHS Raider Marching Band for a night of great music. The SPFHS group will perform their 2015 show, "Chance Love - Tales Beneath a Persian Moon," under the direction of Durand Thomas.

The admission for adults is $10, $7 for students and seniors, and spectators will receive a free program with every paid admission. Food, drinks and a 50/50 raffle will be available all evening. 

The high school is located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains. The varsity field is located behind the high school at the rear of the parking lot. Click here for dditional information.

Fanwood non-profit teaming up to bring soccer to special-needs kids

Intensive Therapeutics, a Fanwood-based non-profit organization offering individual and group therapy programs for children with special needs, is teaming up with the Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Association (SPFSA) for a soccer program for children with special needs, ages 4 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 14 years old.

The program is open to all families from surrounding areas. The six-week season will take place on Saturdays, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. The season will start Saturday, Sept. 19 and continue to Nov. 7, with Saturday, Oct. 14 off.

Click here for more information.

College Club holding clothing drive to raise scholarship funds

Later this month, the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains is holding a used clothing drive, and looking for other items, too. Proceeds will benefit the group's scholarship fund.


The club is asking for donations of wearable clothing and belts, handbags, backpacks, hats, briefcases and shoes. They are also collecting household items like linens, blankets, pillows, quilts, towels and drapes. And, items like stuffed animals, bikes and small hard toys.


The collection will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 59 Russell Road in Fanwood, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Click here for more information or call Cathy Hirschhorn of the club at (908) 322-1362.

Recycling Center lists volunteer groups helping on upcoming Saturdays

The Fanwood Scotch Plains Recycling Assoc. (FSPRA) has released the list of volunteer groups that will be helping out on Saturdays at the center on North Avenue through the end of the year.

There are presently 20 local FSPRA volunteer groups, all area non-profit organizations: About 75% of these are Boy and Girl Scout Troops and a Cub Scout Pack; the remainder are church, school and other types. For their volunteering and leading the FSPRA non-profit corporation, the volunteer groups share revenues from the sales of collected and processed materials.

The Alternative Press has the complete list of assignments for the fall quarter.

Fanwood Y offers new morning care program for students before school

In September, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will offer a new program: Before School Care (7 a.m. until the start of school) at the SPF Public Schools, according to the Alternative Press.

Before-school care locations include Brunner School, Coles School, Evergreen School, McGinn School and School One.

Students attending Park Middle School may register and attend the before-school program at School One. Students attending Terrill Middle School may register and attend the before-school program at Coles School. YMCA staff will escort all participants attending the middle schools to school in time for the first bell.

The Y will continue to offer After School Care from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. as before. For more information, or to register, contact the Y at (908) 889-8880.

Needle Night moves to second Friday in September only

The monthly Needle Nite at Fanwood Presbyterian Church is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Enter from Marian Avenue. Note that due to the Labor Day holiday, the event will be moving to the second Friday in September. In October, Needle Nite will return to the first Friday, Oct. 2.

At the Sept. meeting, Pat Lake will demonstrate free motion quilting. If members wish to practice this technique, they need to bring their machine. Then, all are asked to cut squares for the next pattern, "Half Square Triangles." Please bring your cutting materials.

The knitters and those who crochet will continue their projects. All are welcome to come and see what is being done and to join the group.

If fabric, batting or yarn is needed, Needle Niters may email their request to The donated materials used end up in many forms usable by the charities that receive them. The Needle Nite participants then take their newly learned skills for their use at home.

For further information about these projects, or directions to Fanwood Presbyterian Church, call the office at (908) 889-8891, email or check the web -

Deadline approaching for FEMA review of Superstorm Sandy claims

The federal government has started making new payments to victims of Superstorm Sandy after a review found that some policyholders were not paid what they were due from the National Flood Insurance Program, according to the Associated Press.

After Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey in October 2012, many homeowners complained that the flood insurance assessors were underestimating their damage.

In May, FEMA sent letters to 142,000 policyholders in areas hit by the storm, notifying them that they could ask for their cases to be reopened. FEMA says that more than 10,000 policyholders have asked the agency to review their claim files so far.

The deadline to apply for a review is Sept. 15, and the government says the process usually takes about 90 days from the time a policyholder requests a review.

Click here for a flier outlining the review procedure.

Fotos of Fanwood contest returns for its fifth year

The fifth annual Fotos of Fanwood contest is looking for your good pictures! The contest is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels.

The deadline for submitting entries for the competition, held in conjunction with Fanny Wood Day, is Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Entries can be dropped off anytime the offices are open at Borough Hall.

Open to residents and non-residents alike, the contest is looking for new or vintage pictures of people, places or things that you have captured. In last year's contest, first place went to Greg Cummings, while Daniel Tartamella took both second and third in the contest.

For more information, and the rules for this year's contest, check out the Fanny Wood Day page on the borough website.

Fanwood 5K organizers seeking sponsors for the October event

The race itself is a ways off, on Sunday, Oct. 25, but the organizers of the Fanwood 5K and Family Fun Run are looking now to line up sponsors for this year's sixth annual event.


Last year's event drew more than 350 runners for the 5K and another 150 parents and children in the family part of the event. Residents lined the route to cheer on the participants. The event is organized by the Fanwood Recreation Commission, a group of dedicated volunteers who strive to improve and expand recreational opportunities within the Fanwood community.

Companies and individuals can become a sponsor of the Fanwood 5K Race & Family Fun Run by making a monetary donation, providing raffle items or contributing goods and services. Sponsorships will help the Fanwood Recreation Commission defray the cost of hosting this event and allow the Commission to continue its work on behalf of the people of Fanwood.

Sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their names on various promotional materials related to the race, as well as set up a table or booth at the race itself to promote their services. Click here for more information and to become a sponsor.

Borough Hall offices return to regular hours Tuesday

With the end of summer, Fanwood's Borough Hall offices return to their regular hours Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The office hours will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday evenings, the offices will be open from 5-8 p.m., with limited staff.

The offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 8, for Labor Day.

Public Notice: Special meeting of Council Tuesday night




A Special Meeting of the Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey, at 7:45 p.m., to hold Public Hearings on two ordinances; consider the award of three contracts; consider the renewal of a liquor license and approval of a Chapter 159 resolution.

The regularly scheduled Agenda Meeting will be held immediately following the Special Meeting.

Official action will be taken.

Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Position available: maintenance worker

The Borough of Fanwood currently has a position available for a maintenance worker in the Department of Public Works. Click here to see the job description. Interested parties should contact Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern -

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