Annual Fanwood Holiday Party coming up Dec. 6

Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus visits on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 3 p.m., to talk with the children at the annual borough Holiday Party.

Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn in front of the North Avenue train station and enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments — all for free.

Children who stop by to say hello to Santa will get a free photograph of their visit with him. And, children can also enter contests and win prizes.

The celebration concludes at 5 p.m. when Mayor Colleen Mahr lights the Fanwood town tree on the train station lawn.

This event is sponsored by the Fanwood Recreation Commission.

Fanwood FD 'Santa run' collection begins Monday at the fire house

Santa makes his rounds last December on Ladder One.
Santa makes his rounds last December on Ladder One.

It’s a busy time in December as several groups help borough residents celebrate the holidays.


Escorted by the Fanwood Fire Dept., Rescue Squad and Fanwood Police PBA 123, Santa Claus will make his annual ride through the borough Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 11 a.m., distributing gifts.


Santa’s elves will accept packages at the fire house behind Borough Hall for a week, beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and ending Sunday, Dec. 6. Drop-off times are 5-9 p.m. during that week. Packages may not be dropped off at the Police Dept.

Since Santa has to make his list and check it twice, late gifts cannot be accepted. All packages must include name, address and phone number. Gifts must be no larger than a typical shoe box and only one gift per child is permitted. Packages for the same address must be bundled together.


The rain/snow date is Saturday, Dec. 19. For more information, check the fire department’s website at

Fanwood PD's 'giving tree' project underway at Borough Hall

For the fifth year, the Fanwood Police Dept. is coordinating holiday gift donations for the Parents as Teachers program in Union County.

A giving tree with ornaments for each child is outside Borough Hall and ready for you to stop by. Take an ornament and return the unwrapped gift (with the tag attached) by Friday, Dec. 11, to either the Fanwood Police Dept. (ask for Dianne Howarth) or bring it to Borough Hall offices.

The Parents as Teachers home visitation program provides services to 60 families in Union County. The anticipated goals for the program are to improve pregnancy outcomes, increased parent involvement in children’s care and education, improved child health and development, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and increased school readiness.

In many cases, this will be the only gift under the tree for the child. If you have questions, contact Howarth at (908) 322-5000 x115.

Annual holiday traditions return in early December in Fanwood;               Carol Night, Rotary Luminary Sale, Lions Christmas Tree Sale on tap

Several annual holiday traditions return in the first week of December in Fanwood. Here's is a quick list of what is happening:

Christmas Tree Sale Begins Thursday, Dec. 3. The Lions Club and Fanwood Fire Dept. are teaming up for this year’s sale at LaGrande Park. The lot will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All profits are donated to charities, including for the blind, and local schools for scholarships. Plain and decorated wreaths and garlands will also be available for purchase.

Tiny Tim Carol Night Leave your porch light on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4-9 p.m., so carolers from the Tiny Tim Fund will know they are welcome. For more than 30 years, the fund has provided financial assistance to medically needy local children. Carolers can drop off their proceeds and enjoy refreshments at the Stage House Inn in Scotch Plains. If you would like to participate, contact Flavia Blechinger at (908) 753-4228 or Barbara Anilo at (908) 322-4472.

Rotary Club Luminary Sale Begins Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Luminaries will also be sold Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to noon. Luminary kits (candle, bag, and sand) will be sold at the Fanwood Municipal Garage, 270 North Ave. All proceeds will be donated to charities. Please bring canned food to donate. Click here to download a flyer.

Library has a busy selection of activities coming up

The Fanwood Memorial Library has quite a schedule of interesting and free activities coming up for kids and adults, too.

Star Wars Trivia Night On Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., the library will host a night of Star Wars trivia. Drop by and compete against others and see who knows more about the Star Wars universe!

Hour of Code On Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m., the library will host an Hour of Code program for children and teens, grade 5 and up. Call the library at (908) 332-6400 to register to use a library device, or bring your own laptop or tablet. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code - the engine that runs the web - and show that anybody can learn the basics. There will be activities to make learning coding fun.


Teen Fanfiction Writing Group - Star Wars Edition! Teens are invited on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m., to write some of their own Star Wars stories. Didn't like how something happened in the movies and wish you could change it? Now is your chance to write on your own plot, or bring a group of friends to share in the writing process. Plus, there will be free pizza for all! There will be more Fanfiction writing sessions on the third Thursday of every month starting in January at the library.

Fanwood Presbyterian welcomes all to holiday services

The Fanwood Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone to its Advent and Christmas services and programs this holiday season.

The Advent Celebration begins on Sunday, Nov. 29, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services. The choir sings at the early service and the praise band plays at the second. The regular worship times of 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. will continue on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 with favorite Advent and Christmas Carols sung at all services.

On Dec. 20, a “Lessons and Carols” service, focused on the Angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah will be enjoyed at both services.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the church will have two services. The family service will be at 5 p.m. with the children, 4-year-olds to those in the sixth grade, performing a Christmas pageant. At 9 p.m., there will be a candlelight communion service preceded by special Christmas music beginning at 8:30 p.m.    

There will be only one combined holiday service at 10:30 a.m. on both Sunday, Dec. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 3.

Fanwood Presbyterian Church welcomes all to any of the services. The church is on the corner of Martine and LaGrande Avenues.  For more information, call the church office at (908) 889-8891, email or check out the church's website:

Final 'Needle Nite' of 2015 to be held Friday, Dec. 4

The final Needle Nite of 2015 at Fanwood Presbyterian Church is scheduled for Friday,
Dec. 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Dining Room. Please enter through the center door from Marian Ave.

The project for the evening will be filling the gift bags which were made during previous meetings with small toiletries to be delivered to shut-ins in December. All are asked to bring some ‘finger food’, hors d’oeuvres or sweets. Also more small toiletries.

The new pattern for the quilters is ‘Half Square Triangles.’ Knitters and those who crochet will continue on their projects for charity.

If fabric, batting or yarn is needed, Needle Niters may e-mail 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:

Annual public wellness clinic to be held at Chelsea Dec. 4

On Friday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a wellness clinic with no co-pay & no deductible will be held for seniors covered by Medicare at the Chelsea on South Avenue.

A wide range of testing will be offered, including, but not limited to, the annual Medicare wellness checkup, blood pressure screening, bone density scans, vision screening and blood and urine tests.

Participants will need to bring their Medicare card, ID and a list of their medications with them. A reminder that participants should not have any caffeine with an hour of the testing.

Click here for a flyer or call 732-636-5252 for more information on the testing.

Volunteers sought for MLK Day of Service activities in January

Volunteers are being sought for the 6th Annual Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service, to be held Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.


The day will kick off with an opening ceremony at the Scotch Plains JCC at 10 a.m., followed immediately by a number of volunteer activities to be held throughout the two towns, continuing until 5 p.m.


For information on hosting an activity or volunteering, visit Volunteer registration for activities will open in late December.


You can also email if you have questions or would like to help with the organization of the day’s events.

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