17th annual Fanny Wood Day coming up!

Join your neighbors and friends downtown on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the 17th annual Fanny Wood Day celebration at South and Martine avenues in 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.”

Everyone is encouraged to 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.
“I would like to extend a warm invitation to join us for Fanny Wood Day,” said co-chairman Jason Parker. “There’s something for everyone!”

This year will see a car show, kiddie rides, several food competitions, the hula-hoop contest, a water balloon toss, a pet parade and a host of other great things to do.


Next Friday night, you are also invited to watch the judging of the entries in this year's Fotos of Fanwood contest at Mara's Cafe, South and Martine Avenues. The judging will start at 6 p.m. and should conclude by 8.


For more information and a full schedule of the day's events, check out the Fanny Wood Day page here on the borough website.

Grab a great meal, help Fanwood's fire company this week

The Fanwood Fire Company and Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill are teaming up for a two-day event, Sept. 23-24, to raise money for the fire company. On these two days, 20% of all food proceeds will be donated to the fire company to fund:
• Fire prevention programs for our children
• Offset costs for widows of firemen to attend fire company functions
* Advanced training opportunities

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a great meal for a great cause. Thanks to Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill for its continuing support of the fire company and the community..

Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill is at 2376 North Ave. in Scotch Plains. For more information, click here.

2015 train station parking permits go on sale soon

Train station parking permits for 2015 will be on sale soon, according to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

Permits for Fanwood residents will go on sale Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.   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.

Transit Check benefits: Many companies allow employees to elect to have an amount withheld from their salary on a pre-tax basis to pay for eligible commuting expenses including commuter parking expenses (subject to certain dollar limits).  

Please check with your company's transit check administrator to see if they can prepare a check payable to the "Borough of Fanwood" using pre-tax dollars to help you pay for your annual parking permit. Note that Fanwood will not appear on the drop down menu as a registered parking vendor (it is not practical for us to do so) but, in many cases, this should not limit your ability to take advantage of the program. Ask your transit administrator how you can best take advantage of this program to help offset the cost of commuter parking.

Rec offers wide variety of after-school programs for kids this fall

Fanwood Recreation’s fall lineup of after-school programs offers a fun, exciting mix of the old and the new.

Coming back are the longtime favorites LEGO Club, Junior Scientists Workshop, and Fall Into Tennis (tennis lessons). New additions to the schedule include Intro to Robotics & Technology, Advanced Robotics Using EV3, Creative Art Lab, Microsoft Office Suite for Kids, Kodu Video Game Programming, and Pokemon Club.

Plus, for our youngest athletes, US Sports Institute offers Total Sports Squirts, Soccer Squirts and T-Ball Squirts. Also, in partnership with the SKY Yoga studio on South Avenue in Fanwood, residents can sign up for Kids Soar Yoga, Teen Girls Rock Yoga, and Mommy & Me Yoga.

And, together with Be Craftful on Martine Avenue in Fanwood, Recreation is offering Toddler Playtime and Exploration, Storytime Crafts, Design Your Own Storybook, The Making of a Fairy Princess, and Three Dimensional Art programs.

Most of these programs will begin the week of Sept. 29, although some will start sooner. Click here for more information, including detailed descriptions, dates, times, prices, and age group, or to register online and pay by credit card.

Mayor, council members tour recycling center, seek opinions

Mayor Colleen Mahr and council members Kathy Mitchell, Tom Kranz, Kevin Boris and Russ Huegel joined a local Boy Scout troop Saturday to lend a hand at the Recycling Center. The council is looking at recycling options. After a tour of the facility, they talked with people using the center this weekend. The mayor and council members sought opinions on continuing with the recycling center or possibly starting a curbside recycling program.

Fall rec programs for seniors begin this week, still time to register

Fanwood Recreation announces its fall program schedule for Fanwood seniors beginning this week and running weekly through the week of Dec. 15. Programs include Aerobics, Tai Chi, Water Exercise, Zumba Gold, Gentle Yoga, and Line, Ballroom & Latin Dancing.
All programs will be held in the recreation building in Fanood's Forest Road Park with the exception of Water Exercise, which will be held at the indoor pool of the JCC of Central NJ Wilf Jewish Community Campus, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains.
The fee is $15 per program for Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents, $30 for all others. To register online and pay by credit card, go to www.fanwoodrecreation.org. Registrants who prefer to pay by check can pick up paper schedules and registration forms at Fanwood Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Avenue.

Fanwood Council honors Regina Brown as 'volunteer of the month'

Mayor Colleen Mahr, left, presents a framed drawing of the borough's historic north side train station to Fanwood resident Regina Brown at the borough council meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 16. Brown was recognized as the borough's "volunteer of the month" for her service on the local Board of Health, where the 35-year Fanwood resident has served since her appointment in 2008. Each month, the mayor and council honor a resident who makes an important contribution to the borough.

Water project Phase I wraps up, road repairs underway

New Jersey American Water project manager Michael Bange, left, briefed the Fanwood Council last week on the completion of the first phase of NJAW's multi-million dollar infrastructure upgrade in the borough. The initial pipe replacement, main cleaning and lining project is done, he said.

The repair of Martine Avenue, from South to Trenton avenues, and adjacent streets including Marian Ave., Helen Street, Herbert Ave., Belvedere Ave. and McDermott Place began Friday evening with milling and preparation on Martine. Repaving will be done Monday evening between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., Bange said. Milling and repaving on the other streets will be during the daytime, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this week. The schedule is weather permitting.

Work on a second phase, including more than $13 million being invested into two major infrastructure projects, is planned to start in January.

Rep. Holt holding college affordability workshop in Plainfield Sept. 23

U.S. Representative Rush Holt is holding a Higher Education Affordability Workshop on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Fanwood area parents are invited.


"If we are going to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world, we must have a smart, well-trained workforce." Holt said, adding that more and more people face difficulties in affording a college education. Holt is holding the workshop in conjunction with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) and Rutgers University.


Representatives from those groups will be at the workshop to answer questions and suggest ways to get financial aid.


For questions on the workshop, contact Elizabeth Coulter of Holt's staff by e-mail at elizabeth.coulter@mail.house.gov or by telephone at (609) 750-9365.

Fanwood 5K, Family Fun Run coming up in October; register now

The Fanwood 5K & Family Fun Run, presented by the Fanwood Recreation Commission, returns for its fifth year on Sunday, Oct. 19, at LaGrande Park in Fanwood. The race day’s activities begin with the Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. in LaGrande Park; the 5K Race follows at 9:30 a.m.


Pre-registered runners who want to avoid the lines that morning will be able to pick up their numbers and t-shirts the day before, from 4–6 p.m. at LaGrande Park.

Click here to download information, a race application or register online. Or, contact Joe Valente at (201) 725-2032 for more information.

First round of flu shot clinics announced by Board of Health

The Westfield Regional Health Department has scheduled the first round of seasonal flu inoculations in the Fanwood area. Additional dates will be added later in the fall. These programs are open to residents of Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Summit and Westfield. Proof of residency may be required.


There is a $15, cash only, fee for every participant that does not have Medicare B or the following insurances: Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, Medicaid and United Healthcare. Bring your health insurance card. Participants will be taken on a first come/first serve basis.


The clinics will be held:

• Tuesday, Sept. 30 - Westfield Municipal Bldg., 425 East Broad St., 6-7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 7,  New Providence, Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. 4th St., 10 a.m.-noon
• Wednesday, Oct. 8,  Garwood Fire House, 415 South Avenue, 6-7:30 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends all individuals 6 months and older receive flu shots, especially: persons aged 65 years and older, with and without chronic health conditions; residents of long-term care facilities; persons aged 2–64 years with chronic health conditions; children aged 6 months or older, who attend any licensed child care center or pre-school activity; pregnant women; health-care personnel who provide direct patient care; household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children aged less than 6 months old.


For additional information, contact the Westfield Health Department at (908) 789-4070. by email: health@westfieldnj.gov, or on the web: http://westfieldnj.gov/health

Rutgers offers free dental care for area seniors at Scotch Plains school

Rutgers University is offering Union County residents 55 and older another opportunity to receive complimentary preventive dental services, according to a report in the Suburban News.


The Scotch Plains campus of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professionals invites county residents 55 and over to register at either 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to receive complimentary preventive dental services over the next year and to attend seminars on nutrition and maintaining a healthy mental outlook.


Click here for the full story.

Climate change lecture on tap at Mountainside's Trailside Center Oct. 9

Professor Anthony J. Broccoli, of the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Atmospheric Science Department at Rutgers University, will present a discussion about climate change on Thursday evening, October 9, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. This program for adults, 18 and older, is free of charge.

New Jersey has experienced climate change during the past century and the changes have been more rapid in recent decades. The lecture will address the extent of the changes that have been recorded and the prospects for future changes. Professor Broccoli will discuss the evidence of changes in the climate as well as the directions in which New Jersey’s climate may be headed.

The Oct. 9 lecture kicks off a series of Fall Adult Programs at Trailside, featuring educational lectures and workshops for adults 18 and older. The programs are presented by the Union County Freeholders. Click here for additional information about adult programs or upcoming events at Trailside, or call 908-789-3670.  Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

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