Wednesday, March 4, 9 p.m.
Heavy snow buildup and fog are expected by the time the morning rush hour begins Thursday in the Fanwood area. Scotch Plains Fanwood public schools will be closed because of the expected
Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey but did not ban travel. Instead, he urged residents to not drive unless they absolutely needed to.
The National Weather Service forecast: Rain, snow and sleet between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., then snow after 2 a.m. Thursday morning and lasting until 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Temperature falling to around 21 by Thursday noon. The forecast calls for 4-8 inches of snow, starting tonight, and continuing into Thursday afternoon and early evening.
Roads will be slick and there will be a heavy build up of snow and ice, the NWS advises.
Several other schedule changes and cancellations have already been announced:
The Fanwood DPW asks that you park off the street as much as possible to give better access for the borough's plowing and salting operation.
In case of a crippling weather, we encourage all residents to monitor this website.
Fanwood-Scotch Plains information radio, 530 AM, will have information if any storm creates problems as well. Residents who lose power can get updates there. The station is best received by car radios.
Other storm information resources:
• National Weather Service: click here for updated Fanwood conditions and forecasts
• Fanwood Police: emergency - 911; non-emergency - (908)322-5000
• Fanwood Rescue Squad: emergency - 911
• Fanwood Fire Department: emergency - 911
• PSE&G (electricity): (800)436-PSEG
• Elizabethtown Gas: (800)492-4009
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.”
Members of the Fanwood Business & Professional Association met Wednesday, Feb. 26, 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 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.
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.
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.
It is helpful for the Fanwood Police, through its "Neighbors in Need" program, to know of residents who may need special attention in the event of an emergency. And, to have contact information
on file to reach family members or friends if those people are involved in an emergency situation.
The form may be completed by a resident in need or a friend, family member or neighbor who knows of a frail, disabled or elderly Fanwood resident.
Click here for the form which includes the name and address of the Fanwood resident who might need assistance and contact information for up to two people to be notified in case of an emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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