ALERT: Blizzard warning for Fanwood area

A Blizzard Warning has been issued for Union County from Monday afternoon to Tuesday evening.

In order for the DPW to effectively plow the streets, we strongly encourage all residents to refrain from parking in the street. In the event of an emergency, a parked vehicle can be towed by the Fanwood Police Dept. so the DPW can freely plow the roadways.

Heavy snow, wind gusts up to 50 mph and potential accumulations of 1-2 feet of snow are predicted. These significant amounts of snow will make travel very dangerous. Please only travel in an emergency.

*     If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, blanket, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
*     To report potentially dangerous situations, contact the Fanwood Police Dept. at (908)322-5000. For a true emergency, please call 911.
*     To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at (800)436-PSEG.
*     Reminder - it is prohibited to drive a vehicle that has snow obstructing your view or blow off of your vehicle and cause danger to another driver or pedestrian.
*     Please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.

We strongly encourage all residents to continually monitor the Borough of Fanwood website - - and the Fanwood Police Department website - - for updates throughout the storm.

Chief Richard Trigo

Mayor Colleen Mahr

First big snow of the year blankets Fanwood

An overnight storm blanketed the area with 4-6 inches of snow Saturday morning, part of a storm covering the Northeast, making for slick streets.


A WCBS-TV crew set up at the Fanwood train station on South Avenue to do live broadcasts during the station's morning news show. Reporter Christine Sloan, who lives in Scotch Plains, told of overnight efforts by Fanwood's DPW crews and the county road crews to get the streets clear.


By mid-morning, major streets were clean down to the blacktop and secondary streets were mainly cleared and slushy. Another storm is expected early in the coming week but forecasts show less chance of a large snowfall, like today's.

MLK Day draws hundreds to serve the community

Mayor Colleen Mahr honors MLK Day organizers Michelle Shapiro-Abraham, Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello.
Mayor Colleen Mahr honors MLK Day organizers Michelle Shapiro-Abraham, Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello.

Hundreds of volunteers honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to their communities Monday, the sixth annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The event took place in several locations in the two towns, providing a volunteer opportunity for the whole family.


At Wednesday night's Fanwood council meeting, the founders and organizers of the MLK Day observance in Fanwood and Scotch Plains - Michelle Shapiro-Abraham, Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello - were honored as the borough's volunteers of the month.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the day's activities.


Here's the day, by the numbers:

• More than 800 volunteer slots filled

• 37 activities and donation sites

• 8 Girl Scout Troops leading activities

• 20 Girl Scout Troops participating

• 766 sandwiches for Salvation Army

• 100 Color a Smile pictures to cheer people in hospitals and nursing homes

• 137 Little Shoeboxes filled

• 4,200 Sharing Lunches bags prepared

• 50 Houses for Change made to benefit the Family Promise agency

• 1.5 hours of fun bonding a room full of

seniors and kids together playing games at the Chelsea

• 6 Christmas trees for sick people will be decorated with beads made by kids helping Matchy Matchy

• 160 people discussed issues of race and equality at library

• The Fanwood Nature Center was cleaned up and trails maintained

• a dozen knit hats were made

• 4 blankets for hospitals were crocheted

Women's heart health fair planned for Feb. 6 at The Chelsea

Mark Friday, Feb. 6, on your calendar and "go red" for women's heart awareness at a health fair for women at The Chelsea on South Avenue.


Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. but women die more of heart attacks than men because their symptoms are more vague and often go undiagnosed. The whole goal of this free event is to create awareness and to educate everyone on prevention.


That evening, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., there will be speakers, a mini yoga class, blood pressure checks, healthy food cooking demos, a raffle and some healthy snacks. The event is sponsored by The Chelsea and the Little Hearts Big World Training Center. For more information, go to the Little Hearts, Big World Training Center page on Facebook or click here to download a flyer.

Public invited to Rail Coalition's first meeting of 2015 this Monday

The public, elected officials and transportation professionals are invited to the first 2015 meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) on Monday, Jan. 26, in Westfield.

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, will give an update on the state legislature’s latest efforts to increase funding for the Transportation Trust Fund. The fund is projected to run out of money by July 15.

And, the Rail Coalition trustees also will provide an update on the initiative’s website ( and social-media campaign. They will present highlights from the Jan. 12 debut of weekday evening one-seat ride service to Penn Station New York and from their recent meeting with NJ Transit on the one-seat ride initiative. The coalition’s position on increasing funding for the Transportation Trust Fund also will be discussed.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., in the Town of Westfield Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, located at 425 E. Broad St. Parking is available behind the main building.


Click here for the full schedule of evening one-seat ride service. Click here for more information on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition site.

Deadline approaching for Fanwood Recreation's survey

The Fanwood Recreation Commission wants to hear from you!


The commission invites you to take the Fanwood Recreation Survey. Your opinions will provide valuable guidance to the commission as it plans future improvements for our parks and recreational facilities. To participate, please go to and click on the Fanwood Recreation Survey link. It should only take a few minutes to complete.


The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. Results will be discussed that evening at the commission's regular monthly meeting.

Carriage House Poetry Series announces 2015 schedule

The Carriage House Poetry Series plans a full slate of free performances in 2015, starting off with a reading on Feb. 17 featuring poets Jill Stein, John Barrale and Loren Kleinman. The evening's readings at the Patricia Kuran Arts Center (Carriage House) on Watson Road get underway at 8 p.m. There will be performances on the third Tuesday of each month, except January, August and December.


This year's schedule includes an evening celebrating National Poetry Month on April 21, the 10th anniversary of the Westfield Poetry Group on June 16 and the "Wandering Poet," Edmund Baranowski, on July 21.


After the featured readings each night, there is an open mic for local poets. As in the past, refreshments will be available. Click here for more information.

Water main project scheduled to begin Feb. 1

New Jersey American Water will be replacing about 4,100 feet of 48-inch water main on Madison Avenue and Portland Avenue between Willow Avenue and Westfield Road, according to NJAW project manager Michael Bange.

Weather permitting, the project will start Feb. 1 and will be completed by April 26. NJAW is planning for temporary reconstruction of the roadway to be done by May 1, with final repaving to be completed by September.

The company does not expect any disruptions to water service as a result of the work. Customers may experience a slight discoloration of water when the new pipeline is placed into service. If this happens, residents should run their water until it clears up.

The work hours on the project will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the construction process, sections of Madison Avenue and Portland Avenue may be closed to through traffic. Traffic control will be coordinated with the local police.

Scholarships for local women announced by F-SP College Club

The College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains is calling for women who are high school seniors or college students to apply for the club's scholarships. Scholarships totaling $31,000.00 were awarded by the club for the academic year 2014-15.

Application forms can be obtained from the SPFHS Counseling Office or click here or here. Scholarships are awarded annually to women who are high school seniors or college students, and who plan to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree at a four-year college. To be eligible for consideration, high school applicants must be residents of Fanwood or Scotch Plains. College applicants must have been local residents of Fanwood or Scotch Plains at the time they graduated from high school.

Scholarships are awarded based on three primary characteristics of the applicants; 1) financial need, 2) academic achievement, and 3) character of the applicant.

Application materials must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15 to be eligible.

DPW reminds residents of Christmas tree disposal options

Across the borough, families will be putting away their lights and ornaments and taking down their Christmas trees.

Fanwood DPW Director Clint Dicksen reminds residents that his team will be picking up trees from the curb through Jan. 30. Wreaths and garlands are not acceptable for pickup. Residents may also drop Christmas trees at the Recycling Center only on Wednesdays in January from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. until Jan. 28 (the last Wednesday in January).

Reminder: 2015 dog and cat licenses due this month

The Fanwood Board of Health reminds residents with cats and dogs that it is time to renew annual licenses for their pets. The annual fees are $15 for unspayed/unneutered pets or $10 for spayed/neutered pets.

Click here for renewal forms.

Public notice: Special Council meeting scheduled for Feb. 2

For information only

 A special meeting of the Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, Fanwood Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Ave., Fanwood, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. to hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of an ordinance establishing the eligibility of commercial and industrial structures for exemption and abatement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:21-1 et seq.


Official action will be taken.


Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Donate your old cell phones today!

Drop your old cell phones in the box at the Fanwood Police Dept. and help the Union County YWCA. For each phone, the YWCA will receive money from the Shelter Alliance. Keep the phones out of the landfill and help a good cause!

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