Fanwood kids turn out to support ill Utah youngster

When Be Craftful owner Amy Boroff sent out the word she was hosting a session at her shop this week to make Christmas cards for a seriously ill youngster, she wasn't sure what to expect.

But, according to Boroff, the response was "heartwarming." More than 50 kids and adults showed up Tuesday afternoon to create dozens of cards full of wonderful sentiments and support for Addie Fausett. She's a 6-year-old girl from Utah, who is suffering from a degenerative brain disease. And, they are still dropping off cards at the Martine Avenue store. One card said, "All of New Jersey hopes you feel better" in a child's lettering. Another said, "We know that you're Addie strong," with a purple heart. All of the sentiments were from the heart, Boroff said.

Santa's Ride leaves trail of smiles in the borough

It was a busy weekend in Fanwood. Santa was here Saturday and the luminary and Christmas tree sales continued, too.

 

The annual Santa Ride, put on by the Fanwood Fire Dept., Rescue Squad and PBA Local 123, hit the streets on schedule Saturday morning, making stops to drop off more than 800 packages in the borough. The trip through town took Santa several hours.

With a game plan that rivals any military campaign, Fire Chief John Piccola and his team of volunteers spend several days in advance of the event, getting the presents sorted and double-checked. Then, Saturday morning, they headed out with Santa to drop the presents at homes throughout the borough. For some families, it's an annual event that is cause for an impromptu block party in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, for others, it's a trip out to the end of the driveway when they hear the sirens approaching.


Click here to see a photo gallery from Santa's visit.

During Santa's tour of Fanwood Saturday, he and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr stopped to honor Adele Gatens, second from right, and Jean Berry, left, whose late husbands started the Fanwood Santa tradition. In 1955, Eugene Gatens and Richard Berry teamed up, with the loan of a neighbor's red station wagon, to deliver gifts to children in their Waldon Road neighborhood. The annual visit by Santa grew quickly and, after 20 years, the men turned the Santa suit over to the Fanwood Police Dept. The Police Dept. carried on the tradition until the Fire Dept. took over about 20 years ago.

Rescue Squad's Siegal honored as the borough's volunteer of the month

Rescue Squad president Steve Siegal, right, was honored as the borough's volunteer of the month at the council meeting Monday night, Dec. 15. Each month, someone is honored for their contributions to the borough. They receive a framed print of Fanwood's historic north side train station.

Siegal joined the Rescue Squad in 1992 and has responded to more than 1,500 calls with the squad. He is serving as the group's president for the second time. Councilman Tom Kranz, left, who has served as the captain of the Rescue Squad, presented Siegal with the print and praised Siegal and his commitment to the organization and the citizens of Fanwood.

Luminary sale continues; tree sales end at LaGrande Park

The Rotary Club continues its luminary sale at the DPW garage off North Avenue across from the Library this weekend. They'll be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Christmas Eve, they'll be open from 9 a.m. to noon.

The kits, which include paper bag, candle and sand, cost 60 cents each, no matter what quantity you buy. The Rotary Club also asks that you bring non-perishable food or make a donation in support of the annual Holiday Food Drive.

Meanwhile, the 65th annual Christmas tree sale in LaGrande Park, hosted by the Lions Club and the Fanwood Fire Dept., has exhausted its supplies. Club officials had warned potential buyers last week that the number of trees was getting low and a busy weekend cleared the lot!

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Big crowd turns out for Fanwood's Holiday Party, tree lighting

Fanwood Mayor Colleeen Mahr and some youngsters celebrated after the lighting of the town holiday tree at the historic northside train station Sunday, Dec. 7. The annual holiday party was an afternoon of fun with the kids getting a chance to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn. There was also a full menu of seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments to enjoy. The party was sponsored by the Fanwood Recreation Commission. Click here for a photo gallery from the party.

Support our merchants. Shop Fanwood for your holiday needs

The Fanwood Business and Professional Association (FBPA) is kicking off its "Shop Local" campaign with several merchants offering discounts and deals. It's in concert with the national effort to encourage shoppers to support their local businesses over the holidays and throughout the year.

"Our local businesses aren't just businesses," said FBPA incoming president Brian Walter, "they are our neighbors, who work hard every day to keep our town unique and special. Please join us in supporting them and celebrating their hard work!"


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Donate your old cell phones today!

Drop your old cell phones in the box at the Fanwood Police Dept. and help the Union County YWCA. For each phone, the YWCA will receive money from the Shelter Alliance. Keep the phones out of the landfill and help a good cause!

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