Coming up! St. Patrick's celebration set for March 7

There will be the wearin' of the green, food, drinks, live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers as Fanwood celebrates its 5th annual St. Patrick's fundraiser Saturday, March 7, under a heated big tent on the grounds of the north side train station.

The fun for the whole family starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30. The event, to benefit the SPF Music Boosters, is sponsored by Oh' Brian's Pourhouse and the Fanwood Business and Professional Association.

“This is an event that the whole town can enjoy,” Mayor Colleen Mahr told the Alternative Press. “We can all come out and be Irish, support the SPF Music Boosters, and enjoy all the family activities. This is a very successful event and we hope to break attendance records this year.”

Tickets are available at Oh' Brian's Pourhouse, Seafare Chippery, Scotch Plains/Fanwood Raiders Booster Club, Mara’s Café and Bakery, Be Craftful, and many other downtown Fanwood businesses.  Advance sale tickets are $7 and the price is $10 at the door and children under the age of five are free.

“While this event has been sponsored by one business for the past four years, I really wanted to make this a true community event,” Brian Walter, owner of Oh’Brian’s Pourhouse and President of the Fanwood Business Association, told the Alternative Press. “Having the Fanwood BPA as a co-sponsor seemed the best way to do that.”

Fanwood business group elects leadership team for 2015

Members of the Fanwood Business & Professional Association met Wednesday night to ratify the results of the group's recent election. The new leadership for 2015 includes, from left, treasurer Barry Friedson, board member Steve Siegal. secretary Mindy Scarlett, president Brian Walter, board member and past president Jeni DiVirgilio, vice president Ricardo Lisojo and board member Helen Ling.

Fanwood Police: Road closure in effect on Madison Avenue

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo advises the water main replacement project on Madison Avenue will necessitate closing Madison Avenue, between Russell Road and Martine Avenue. Work will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end by 6:30 p.m. each day.

'Created Equal' series continues in March at the Fanwood Library

The Created Equal series of programming at the Fanwood and Scotch Plains libraries continues in early March with two presentations at the Fanwood Memorial Library. More activities will follow later in the month. Click here for information about all of the film screenings and performances.

On Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m., two folklorists and performers will present a broad palette of music from the time period covered in the film ‘Slavery by Another Name’. The concert, "False Freedom: African American Songs of Work, Struggle and Salvation, from the Civil War to WWII" will feature Saul Broudy and Al Shorts.
Broudy, a guitar and harmonica player, has been performing for more than 40 years in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Mideast.Shorts is founder, presenter and performer of, "Voices of the Folk", a program of traditional African-American folk music, work songs, blues, religious folk songs, ballads, and folk "party" activity songs.

The second event will be Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., when the libraries present the second of three community conversations on racial relations, "How Did We Get to Today? Awareness, Acknowledgment and Advancement." 

The presentations are made possible by grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This series is also supported in part by the Friends groups of both the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library.

Sign-up now for Fanwood's summer recreation programs

Registration for Fanwood Recreation Department's summer programs is underway for Fanwood residents and begins Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 for all others. Click here to go to the Fanwood Recreation website to register.


Sessions begin the week of June 22-26. Theme weeks include: Surf Safari (June 22-26), Animal Adventure (June 29-July 3), Movie Mania (July 6-10), Fun & Fitness (July 13-17), Hawaiian Hullabaloo (July 20-24), Movin' & Groovin' (July 27-31), Fanwood Carnival (Aug. 3-7), and Space is the Place (Aug. 10-14).


Camps are available for children in K-1st, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade. Weekly specials include live entertainment. The cost is $45 per weekly morning or afternoon session, $80 for both in the same week.


For more information, call Fanwood Recreation (908)370-7092.

First scrap metal recycling event of 2015 coming up Thursday

This Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, Union County will host its first scrap metal recycling event of 2015 in Westfield.

Union County Residents can drop off all types of scrap metal including old appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, and metal lawn furniture.

Personnel will be on hand to assist residents with removing items from their vehicles. Click here for more information or directions. The event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Police: Warming Center available during severe winter weather

During the current run of severe cold weather, be sure to keep an eye on your neighbors and your elderly friends who may need assistance.

In case help is needed, the Fanwood Police Department has designated the Chelsea Senior Living Center, 295 South Ave. in Fanwood, as a Warming Station. If you know of anyone needing to go to the Warming Station, please call Fanwood Police - (908)322-5000 - and arrangements will be made for transportation. When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need. Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside during the cold snap.

Click here for updated Fanwood area conditions and forecasts from the National Weather Service. These are updated several times each day.

Fanwood Rec to offer string orchestra classes for students, adults

The Fanwood Recreation Department is launching a new music program starting

March 6. The 12-session program offers different levels of orchestral instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass for everyone from third graders to adults. The program will conclude with a concert at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School auditorium.

“String Orchestra is not offered in the local public schools, so this program would provide a new outlet for music education for community members,” said Fanwood Recreation Director Bob Budiansky.

The program will be directed by Scotch Plains resident Hsin-Ting Feng, who directs the nationally recognized orchestra program at the Highland Park Public Schools. She has an extensive background in both conducting and performing music. She has taught elementary to high school students as well as adults. Her high school orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

“As a community orchestra, our mission is to inspire children and adults through the love of music, encouraging one another to show love and do good works as a way to strengthen and give back to our community,” said Feng.

The 12-session course fee is $250. Some students may qualify for a scholarship to the program. Click here for more information and to register.

Tickets for SPFHS' production of 'Grease' now on sale

Get ready to enjoy a great performance by the SPF Repertory Theatre of "Grease," a romantic musical comedy of two high school kids, Danny and Sandy, set in the 1950s.

Danny and Sandy fall for each other during a carefree summer fling. But, when the high school year begins, Danny is torn between his feelings for Sandy and his image with the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies.


Come enjoy the sounds of early rock-and-roll and follow the story of how these teenagers navigate the complexities of peer pressure, class conflict, love and friendship.


All shows take place at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains. The performances are at 8 p.m. on March 13, 14, 20 and 21. On March 15, the starting time is 2 p.m. The play starts at 7 p.m. on March 19.


Tickets are on sale now.

To purchase tickets: go online, select your show (day/time) and seat and print out your ticket. Prices are $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors (age 60 and up). Seniors “Gold Cards” may be used for any performance.


Onsite ticket purchases are available from 7-8 p.m. on March 10 in the high school's auditorium lobby.

Any questions, call Randi Traiman (908)322-6533 or Kathleen Sheehy (908)342-0856

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