It's fireworks, fun as the USA celebrates a birthday

There will be plenty of fireworks and fun to enjoy within a short drive of Fanwood this weekend.

The biggest event will take place Sunday evening, July 5, when Union County presents a night of family fun and fireworks, from 5-10 p.m. at Galloping Hill Golf Course, 3 Golf Drive, in Kenilworth. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine

There will be free entertainment, including music, and inflatables for children. Attendees will be able to purchase food from trucks offering Italian ice and hot pretzels, southern-style smoked BBQ and Latin food. Live music performed by Big Bang Baby will begin at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dark.

Free parking and shuttle service to the golf course will be provided from Union County College in Cranford, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Shuttles will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. until the end of event.

There will not be parking available on-site at the golf course for the general public, however, those who are disabled and provide parking permits will be permitted to park on-site. There will also be a para-transit bus available for those who need accessible transportation to Galloping Hill from Union County College in Cranford.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for use on the driving range, where the event will occur. The public may bring food in for picnicking but no alcohol.


Friday, July 3


Approx. 9:30 p.m.

South Street, from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue

Saturday, July 4


Approx. 9:30 p.m.

Arthur Johnson High School

365 Westfield Avenue


Approx. 9:15 p.m.

Nomahegan Park

Off Springfield Avenue



Cedar Brook Park

Off Arlington Avenue

Earth Day poster contest winners honored by Unity Bank

Two local girls, who won their divisions in the first annual Fanwood Earth Day poster contest in April, were honored Monday, June 29, by Unity Bank of Scotch Plains.


The girls, Taylor Klein of Park Middle School, left, and Emily Juckes of Brunner Elementary School, right, were presented with their $50 prizes by Unity Bank Relationship Manager Ana Diaz, center, during a ceremony at the bank on South Avenue. 

Borough Hall closed Friday for Independence Day observance

Fanwood Borough Hall will be closed Friday, July 3, for the official observance of the July 4th Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday morning, July 6, at 7:30 a.m.

Fanwood gets $30K county grant for infrastructure work

Union County has awarded infrastructure awards to 21 municipalities, including $30,000 to Fanwood, to help fund projects aimed at spurring economic development growth and a wide variety of improvements throughout the county.

The matching grant initiative makes available a total of $1.5 million to Union County’s 21 municipalities assisting them to accomplish tasks undertaken in calendar year 2015. The funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital.

Borough administrator Eleanor McGovern accepted the check on behalf of the borough at a recent ceremony with Freeholders.

Website ranks Fanwood in Top 25 of best NJ suburbs to live in, a website that ranks cities, towns and suburbs, is out with its 2015 rankings and Fanwood is #25 on the list of "Best Suburbs in New Jersey to Raise a Family."


The site takes in to consideration weighted scores in nine categories and assigns grades in seven of the nine items. Fanwood scored high rankings in education, community, housing, access to day care and access to grocery stores.


In the Fanwood area, Westfield was ranked #35, while Scotch Plains was ranked #126.


According to the Niche website, "The Best Suburbs to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key metrics that indicate how good an area is to raise a family at the suburb level. This grade takes into account key family-centered factors, such as public education, safety, community involvement, and access to family necessities.

'Jersey Fresh' farm market vouchers available for local seniors

Registration is now open for income-eligible seniors age 60 and up to participate in the 2015 “Jersey Fresh” Farmers’ Market Program, which provides free vouchers for fresh produce. The program is sponsored by the Union County Freeholders.

The Farmers’ Market Program provides each eligible participant with four free $5 vouchers, for a total of $20, to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at farmers' markets throughout Union County.

In order to qualify, a senior’s individual income cannot exceed $21,775 annually. A married couple’s combined income may not exceed $29,471. Proof of age, residency and income are required in the form of a Medicaid card, SSI card, Food Stamp (now SNAP) verification, or annual pension and Social Security income statement.

To receive an application for obtaining the free vouchers, contact a local senior center or call the Union County Division on Aging toll-free at (888) 280-8226.

Locally, markets accepting the vouchers include: Plainfield, Watchung Avenue and East 6th St. (across from City Hall), June 10 to Nov. 24, Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Scotch Plains, Municipal Parking Lot (Park Avenue), May to November, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and Westfield, NJ Transit Railroad Station (South Avenue Parking Lot), July 5 to October 25, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mystery of Watchung Reservation stone sculptures examined

Walking along the Sierra Trail in the Watchung Reservation, there are no shortage of fascinating sights, from lakes and ponds, to prehistoric lava flows and centuries-old mill ruins.


But recently, hikers along the western edge of this 2,200-acre Union County park have come across some interesting creations. While walking along the Blue Brook and the Green Brook, out of nowhere emerges these rock sculptures. But, there is never any guarantee where they will show up. Or, whether they will be there the following day.


They are the work of Dominyka Stockunaite.


Stockunaite will spend hours assembling the rock sculptures, knowing they may not last longer than the time it takes her to drive back to her Rahway home. In fact, there are even times, as passing hikers witnessed one recent afternoon, a sculpture collapses only moments before completion.


For Stockunaite, it was a sign, despite the hours she already expended, that the sculpture was not meant to be. "It looks so easy, but it's not as easy as it looks," she said, noting how her initial inspiration came from photos she came across on the internet.

"I've spent two or three hours on one," she said. "Sometimes they stay up. Sometimes the wind knocks them down," she said. She is fine with that, she said, and then packed up her things and walked off to find a new site for her next creation.

Public Notice: Additional Library Board meetings scheduled



The Library Board of Trustees has scheduled additional Board meetings at the Fanwood Memorial Library, 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ, on the following dates: Wednesday, July 22.


The Library Board of Trustees has changed the meeting time to 7 p.m. for the scheduled additional Board meetings.

Official action may be taken.


Eleanor McGovern

Borough Clerk

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