Deadline for Fotos of Fanwood contest coming up

A reminder, the deadline for submitting entries for the fourth annual Fotos of Fanwood competition, held in conjunction with Fanny Wood Day, is this Friday.


Open to residents and non-residents alike, we are looking for new or vintage pictures of people, places or things that you have captured. Photos can have been made anywhere. No Fanwood connection is needed.

Photos must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m., to Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023.

You are also invited to watch the judging of the entries on Friday evening, Sept. 26, at Mara's Cafe, South and Martine Avenues. The judging will start at 6 p.m. and should conclude by 8.


For more information, check out the Fanny Wood Day page on the borough website or download the pdf file below.

Fotos of Fanwood information and entry form
2014 Fotos of Fanwood Entry Form1.pdf
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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.

Grab a great meal, help Fanwood's fire company next 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 Fresh Grill for their continuing support of the fire company and the community..

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

Library book sale fundraiser coming up; collection ends today

The Fanwood Memorial Library’s 28th annual book sale fundraiser, organized by the Friends of the Library, is coming up this week at Fanwood's Forest Road Park.


Collection ends today. The sale kicks off tomorrow with a special preview night for members of the Friends of the Fanwood and Scotch Plains libraries. The public sale runs Sept. 19-21.

Click here for collection and sale hours and more information. Or, call the library at (908) 322-6400.

Rain garden planned for Borough Hall; you can help this Saturday

DPW Director Clint Dicksen, right, foreman Tony Delmonte and equipment operator Ken Blom got the project started last week.
DPW Director Clint Dicksen, right, foreman Tony Delmonte and equipment operator Ken Blom got the project started last week.

What's going on at Fanwood Borough Hall?  We're building a rain garden! And, your help is needed.


The planting of the garden and moving of the bulk materials will be this Saturday, Sept. 20, starting at 8 a.m. and going until the project is done. Volunteers are needed to help with planting, spreading mulch, etc. Grab your work gloves and come down to Borough Hall to help out with a good cause.

The Fanwood Environmental Commission has received a grant from the Rahway River Watershed Association to construct this rain garden, which will help prevent pollutants from entering the Robinson's Branch of the Rahway River.

When it rains, the runoff rainwater from the exit road and the parking area will flow into the rain garden instead of going to the storm drain. Rain gardens are designed to reduce the amount of storm water flowing to the river by allowing the water to be absorbed into the ground where it is purified by natural processes.

Water project Phase I wraps up, Martine Ave. repaving begins Friday

New Jersey American Water project manager Michael Bange, left, briefed the Fanwood Council this 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 will begin this evening with milling and preparation on Martine. Work will be done between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Repaving will done Monday evening during those same hours, Bange said. Milling and repaving on the other streets will be during the daytime, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., next 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.

Paper, metal recycling events in our area this week

The Union County Freeholders would like to remind you of two upcoming free recycling events going on in Union County.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Union County will host a Mobile Paper Shredding Event at the Linden Recycling Center, located at 2 Donaldson Place in Linden, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The recycling center entrance is on Elizabeth Avenue, one block up from the intersection of Stiles and Elizabeth Ave.  Residents can bring up to four bags of confidential documents for shredding.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Union County will host a Scrap Metal Recycling Event. Residents may drop off their metal for recycling at the Westfield Conservation Center, 1300 Lamberts Mill Road, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Residents can drop off old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture to name a few.

Personnel will be on hand to assist residents with removing items from their vehicles.  Please visit for more information or directions.

16th annual marching band festival at the high school Saturday

The award-winning Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Marching Band will host its 16th annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. on the school's Varsity Field. The festival will feature performances by 16 marching bands, including local bands from Westfield, Cranford, Edison, North Plainfield, South Plainfield, West Orange and East Brunswick.


Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for students and seniors. 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 more information.

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

Fanwood Recreation announces its fall program schedule for Fanwood seniors beginning next 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 Registrants who prefer to pay by check can pick up paper schedules and registration forms at Fanwood Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Avenue.

Newcomers Club holds 'welcome coffee' Friday at LaGrande Park

The Scotch Plains Fanwood Newcomers and Neighbors Club invites you to discover more about the club and enjoy breakfast snacks and conversation while the kids play this Friday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at LaGrande Park.


For those interested, the club will be collecting spiral or composition notebooks that day to be donated to “Tools 4 Schools.”

For more information, visit the club's website at or find them at at

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 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.

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.

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