Police help the stork, deliver Fanwood baby

It wasn't the stork, but Fanwood Police Sgt. Marc Gottlick who helped deliver Fanwood's newest resident, a baby girl for Sherry and Joseph Cole, shown at left, of LaGrande Avenue.


Jamie Elizabeth Cole was born just before 2 a.m., Thursday, weighing seven pounds and measuring 19.5 inches long. Gottlick, a certified EMT who is the department's first aid instructor, delivered the first baby actually born in Fanwood since 1998.


The Fanwood Rescue Squad responded, too, and took mom and the new baby to Overlook Hospital.


"I couldn’t ask for better people to help," Sherry Cole told nj.com. "They knew just what they had to do, and I can't believe they got there so quickly. The baby would have been out minutes later. I was so happy and relieved."

RVRC seeking your views at Monday's commuter expo

NJ Transit customers customers are invited to a rail commuter expo to get their questions answered and to give them a chance to sound off on Transit’s recent decision not to expand one-seat ride service into New York City.

The Oct. 27 meeting, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., in Cranford (one block from the train station), will be open from 6-8 p.m to accommodate commuters. The meeting is being organized by the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC).


"It will be very informal," Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, a member of the Coalition, said. "You can drop in at any time during the evening to get information and voice your opinions."

The meeting was scheduled before NJ Transit's recent announcement to hold off on expanding one-seat ride service into the evening hours but takes on a new urgency now. It will give Transit customers a chance to express their views to an NJ Transit representative who will be present, along with Coalition members.


Can’t make it? Email your questions to info@raritanvalleyrail.com or click here for more information.

Countdown is on for Halloween treats, parade and fun in Fanwood

Scary times return to Fanwood this fall! The annual Fanwood and Scotch Plains Halloween Parade and Costume Contest begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 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 6:30. 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.

College nights planned by Library, College Club this Monday, Tuesday

If you've got kids headed off to college next year, there will be two chances for you to get some good information that may help your decision-making process.


The Fanwood Memorial Library is hosting a Smart Planning for College seminar Monday, Oct. 27, with David Twersky, an independent educational consultant. The program, a discussion to ready both students and parents for the college application experience, starts at 7 p.m. Learn what you need to get to the college of your choice. Are you ready for your high schooler to move on to college? Learn the most common blunders of college applicants, SAT or ACT, financial planning and more from Twersky.

While at the library you can look over the selection of college handbooks, SAT and ACT preparation books, and more about college life. For more information and registration, call the library at (908) 322 6400 or check out the library events calendar at fanwoodlibrary.org

The next evening, the College Club of Fanwood-Scotch Plains, in collaboration with the Counseling Department at the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, is hosting its 63rd annual College Night from 7-8:30 p.m., at the high school.

All 11th and 12th grade students, whether attending Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School or any of the local private or parochial high schools, are invited to attend this program. Representatives from more than 200 colleges are expected to attend.

Library kicks off World War I lecture series Thursday

Fanwood's Library begins a month-long series Thursday looking at World War I. The series of lectures and films, "1914-18 The Great War Centenary: 100 Years Since World War I," will be held at the library. The series, sponsored by the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library, is open to all in the community.

The first lecture, Oct. 30, begins at 7 p.m with "The End and Beginning of an Age: WWI in History and Memory," presented by Professor Frank Wetta, Lecturer/Senior Fellow in the Department of History of Kean University. 

Other programs include:
• Nov. 3, 6:15 p.m. - the film "All Quiet on the Western Front"
• Nov. 11, 7 p.m. - an evening of poets and poetry with "The War Poets of World War I"
• Nov. 18, 5:15 p.m. - a book discussion for teens of "War Horse"
• Nov. 18, 7 p.m. - a book discussion for adults of "Birdsong"

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 www.fanwoodlibrary.org.

Volunteers sought to begin planning for MLK Day of Service

The committee organizing the area's observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Jan. 19, is looking for volunteers to help with a wide range of activities including publicity, marketing, fundraising, coordinating with local towns, churches and synagogues, administrative duties and non-profit coordination.

The first meeting of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Committee, an independent organization of community members, will be Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. If you are interested in attending the meeting or helping out in January, drop Michelle Shapiro Abraham an email at msamaje@gmail.com.

Council honors volunteers for work on Borough Hall rain garden project

Phyllis Sandrock, left, and Margaret Chowdhury were honored by Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Council as Fanwood's Volunteers of the Month for their work in organizing the construction of the new rain garden at Borough Hall. Environmental Commission chair Gary Szelc, right, also spoke at Tuesday night's presentation of framed prints of the historic train station. David Schwarzburg was also honored but was unable to attend. The rain garden, which was built with grant money and contributions from local businesses, was finished earlier this month. It takes runoff water from the drives and grounds at Borough Hall and captures pollutants using plants and natural items so the untreated water doesn't end up in nearby rivers.

2015 train station permits for Fanwood residents are on sale now

Train station parking permits for 2015 are available for Fanwood residents now, with sale dates set for Scotch Plains residents and people from other municipalities, according to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

Permits for Fanwood residents are available weekdays through Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 p.m. Scotch Plains residents may buy the permits starting Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents of other municipalities can buy their permits starting Monday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information, including fees and additional 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 Avenue East. Voters do not need to give a reason why they wish to Vote-By-Mail.

“Eligible voters are able to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot in person at either of my offices, receive their ballot and cast the ballot at the same time,” Rajoppi said. “The deadline to apply for Vote-By-Mail for the Nov. 4 General Election is Oct. 28 by mail-in application; the deadline to apply in person is Monday, Nov. 3, before 3:00 p.m.

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: www.ucnj.org/vote-by-mail 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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