Election Day coming up in Fanwood next week

New Jersey voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 2, to select which candidates will face off in the November General Election.

 

In Fanwood, Mayor Colleen Mahr, Council member Jack Molenaar and Council candidate Erin McElroy Barker are the Democrats on the ballot for local offices. There are no Republican candidates for the Fanwood races on the ballot.

 

In addition to the local races, there are also New Jersey state Assembly and Union County Freeholder and County Clerk races on the ballot.


Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will open her office in Westfield, 300 North Avenue East, on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for voters seeking last-minute mail-in ballots for the June primary election.

To obtain a Vote-By-Mail application, voters may download the form at the County Clerk’s website: http://ucnj.org/vote-by-mail, but they must bring the completed application to the County Clerk’s office on Saturday, May 30, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or on Monday, June 1, before 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the County Clerk’s office at (908) 527-4996.

 

Rajoppi is also again making voting information available through an app for IOS and Android devices. The Union County Votes app enables voters to find their polling place, view sample ballots and follow unofficial election results in real time after the polls close. The app also provides information for people interested in becoming a poll worker or running for office, including election filing dates and district maps.

Fanwood remembers, honors WWII vets and fallen heroes

Fanwood Police Officer Dan Kranz, left, and recruit Dan Piccola place a wreath during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Fanwood Memorial Library Monday.
Fanwood Police Officer Dan Kranz, left, and recruit Dan Piccola place a wreath during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Fanwood Memorial Library Monday.
The concert crowd listens as Andrew MacDonald, at lectern, an Army veteran, reads a letter written by a soldier who later died in combat.
The concert crowd listens as Andrew MacDonald, at lectern, an Army veteran, reads a letter written by a soldier who later died in combat.

Fanwood paused again this Memorial Day weekend to once again pay respects to the men and women who served, and those who gave their lives, in the U.S. armed forces throughout the nation’s history.

Sunday night's fourth annual concert, "A Tribute to Fallen Heroes," featured patriotic music of the World War II era performed by the Westfield Community Band at Fanwood’s North Side Train Station lawn. In addition to the music, local veterans read poignant letters written home by soldiers who later died in combat.

Parade grand marshal Earl Phillips, left, with Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.
Parade grand marshal Earl Phillips, left, with Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.

This year's theme for Memorial Day activities is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The concert and other activities recognize the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of the residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.

Fanwood’s Earl Phillips, a World War II Navy veteran and retired Fanwood police officer, was the grand marshal of the parade, greeting well-wishers along the parade route from his convertible ride.

The annual memorial service for the fallen took place at the Fanwood Memorial Library Monday morning. A poignant moment came when Holocaust survivor Marsha Kreuzman thanked Wayne Hanlon, the son of the late Kenneth Hanlon of Fanwood, for his father's service in World War II. The elder Hanlon was part of an Army unit that liberated Kreuzman and others from a concentration camp at the end of the war.


Then, after a service in Scotch Plains, the parade stepped off from the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, making its way down Martine Avenue to Fanwood’s LaGrande Park.

 

Click here to see photo galleries from this year's Memorial Day events.

Fanwood history plaque unveiled in downtown area

A plaque at the intersection of South and Martine Avenues in Fanwood, commemorating more than three centuries of local history, was unveiled Sunday afternoon..

 

The plaque was created by the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission in conjunction with Elite Properties, the developer of Fanwood Crossing, to shine a light on the importance of the surrounding area in the transformation of Fanwood from rural farming community to thriving suburb.

 

Representatives of the commission and the developers were joined by Council President Kathy Mitchell at the unveiling.

Four area Girl Scouts honored with group's Gold Award

FFrom left, Samantha McCallion, Erin O'Connor, Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, Abbie Fossaceca and Caroline Ringel
FFrom left, Samantha McCallion, Erin O'Connor, Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, Abbie Fossaceca and Caroline Ringel

Four Fanwood-area Girl Scouts were honored Tuesday night with the highest award in the organization, the Gold Award.

Samantha McCallion, Troop 40912, Fanwood; Erin O'Connor, Troop 40363, Scotch Plains; Abbie Fossaceca, Troop 40363, Scotch Plains; Caroline Ringel, Troop 40052, Scotch Plains, also accepted congratulations from Fanwood Council President Kathy Mitchell after the ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains.


The Gold Award is earned after each girl completes specific challenges and an ambitious, 80-hour project involving learning, planning and education.

Garden Club's annual planter project brings beauty to downtown

Fanwood Council president Kathy Mitchell, center, discusses the new flowers and other plantings in the downtown flower urns with Suzanne Jaeger, left, and Mary Kelley of the Fanwood Garden Club Sunday.


The planters have been placed in Fanwood's downtown area, along South and Martine Avenues, each summer since 2006 by the club. This year, the developers of the Fanwood Crossing complex, Elite Properties, donated plantings for the project.

Ceremony marks opening of new Borough Hall rain garden

Fanwood's new rain garden at Borough Hall was opened Tuesday, May 19, in a short ceremony as Mayor Colleen Mahr and 10-year-old Taylor Klein cut a yellow ribbon with clippers to make it official.

 

Klein, a student at Park Middle School and winner of the recent Fanwood Earth Day poster contest, also unveiled the rain barrel she decorated that will be installed at Borough Hall.

 

The rain garden is along the driveway at Borough Hall and catches rain runoff from the drive and parking areas near the front entrance. It was designed and planted by Margaret Chowdhury and Phyllis Sandrock of the Fanwood Environmental Commission. Funding for the garden was provided by the Rahway River Watershed Association using a grant  from the Watershed Institute.

Public Notice: Special Council meeting Monday night

FOR INFORMATION ONLY


A Special Meeting of the Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015, at Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, New Jersey, at 7 p.m., to hold a Public Hearing and consider adoption of the 2015 Municipal Budget and any resolutions, amendments relating thereto; Adoption of a Cap Bank Ordinance; Tax Appeal and Peddler’s License approvals; and an award of contract.


Official action will be taken.

 

Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Public Notice: Recreation Commission meeting rescheduled

FOR INFORMATION ONLY

 

The June Meeting of the Recreation Commission has been changed from June 23, 2015 to June 16, 2015, 7:45 p.m., LaGrande Park Building, LaGrande Avenue and Second Street, Fanwood, NJ.

 

Official action may be taken.

 

Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Public Notice: Additional Library Board meetings scheduled

FOR INFORMATION ONLY

 

The Library Board of Trustees has scheduled additional Board meetings at the Fanwood Memorial Library, at 7:30 p.m., 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ, on the following dates: Wednesday, June 3; Monday, June 29; and Wednesday, July 22.

 

Official action may be taken.

 

Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

Council meetings now carried live on both Comcast, FiOS systems

Fanwood's regular monthly council meetings can now be seen live on both the Comcast (channel 35) and FiOS (channel 24) cable systems.

Previously, the meetings were carried live on the Comcast system and were carried on a tape-delayed basis on the FiOS system. Upgrades to the technology at Fanwood's community television station, based in the north side train station, now allow both systems to carry the meetings as they happen.

The meetings are held on the third Monday of the month and start at 7 p.m.

Now's the time to be on the lookout for ticks, Lyme disease issues

With warmer weather, families are spending more times in local parks and at the Fanwood Nature Center. Unfortunately, the local deer population is also out and about and that means deer ticks are around, too.

 

Residents are reminded to be on the lookout for deer ticks after being in wooded or grassy areas. A quick check of adults and children can head off potential issues with Lyme disease, which is carried by the ticks.

 

Click here for more information from Rutgers on how to prevent tick bites and the associated Lyme disease.

Fanwood Police want pedestrians, drivers to be 'Street Smart'

Chief Richard Trigo and the Fanwood Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to join in a partnership to be, "Street Smart." The initiative involves motorists being alert to pedestrians and pedestrians using marked crosswalks and watching for cars.

Click here for more information on the Fanwood Police Dept. website.

Two representatives of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority met with the Fanwood Council Monday night, May 4, to outline the "Street Smart NJ" initiative to encourage pedestrian safety on the borough's streets.

Pam Fischer and Keith Hamas of the authority, along with Fanwood Police Lt. Francisco Marrero, outlined approaches to educating both pedestrians and drivers on safety, including programs through merchants, schools and the local media outlets. Marrero told the Council that the program will start soon in the borough with specific high-traffic areas along North and South Avenues near the train station targeted first.

Date set for 4th annual Ladies' Night Out event downtown

Shoppers at the 2014 Ladies' Night Out event.
Shoppers at the 2014 Ladies' Night Out event.

Fanwood’s fourth Annual Ladies’ Night Out, sponsored by the Fanwood Business and Professional Association (FBPA), is set for June 11, from 6-9 p.m., downtown.

Last year’s event drew 200 shoppers for a fun evening and the FBPA wants to make the event even bigger this year.

Participants will check in at Mara’s Cafe, at South and Martine Avenues, and pick up a map and a goodie bag loaded with coupons and other items. Several stores will have big sales going that night and more than 20 merchants will be taking part. Shoppers will get tickets for a Tricky Tray drawing in their goodie bags and will qualify for extra tickets as they make purchases during the evening.


The evening will culminate in a champagne reception where the Tricky Tray winners will be announced. 

Check out fanwoodbusiness.com for more information.

Borough Hall offices switching to summer hours Tuesday

Office hours at Fanwood’s Borough Hall make their annual switch to a summer schedule on Tuesday, May 26, the day after the Memorial Day holiday. The regular schedule will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8. The summer hours will be: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday evening (limited staff), 5-8 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

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