The National Weather Service has predicted high temperatures and poor air quality in the Fanwood area at least through the weekend. To help those in need of heat relief, the Fanwood Police Department has designated The Chelsea Senior Living Center, 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, as a Cooling Station. Anyone who needs transportation to the Cooling Station may call the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 and officers will make arrangements for transportation. When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need.
- Chief Richard Trigo

Special brush pick up Monday, July 25th

Due to the recent storm, the Department of Public Works will perform a special, one time brush pickup beginning Monday, July 25.  Materials must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on July 25 for pickup.

“Final tax bills for 2016/Preliminary 2017 are in process of being mailed.  The grace period for the August 1st tax period only has been extended to August 15th.   Quarterly payment amounts are also available on this website under icon in the left sidebar for “TAX LOOKUP AND PAYMENT”.

Eco-Friendly Folks Brave Heat to Visit Fanwood Green Fair

Fanwood's Green Team staged an outstanding showing of sustainability and eco-friendly solutions during the Green Fair on Saturday, July 23rd. The Fair, held on the front lawn of Borough Hall, featured green-friendly vendors, workshops, exhibits of our Nature Center and Environmental Commission plus information on our new curbside recycling program. Kudos to Kalpana Krishna-Kumar and Erin Hernandez of the Green Team for organizing such a great event! Here's a photo slide show.

Important Updates to the Fanwood Recycling Program

  • The last day of operation for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Recycling center on North Avenue is Wednesday, July 27th
  • Beginning the following Wednesday, August 3rd, the recycling center will be open 2:30pm to 8pm every Wednesday to accept all recyclables including plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, rigid plastics, electronics, clothing, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs. This Wednesday program will continue until curbside collection begins.
  • The curbside program will begin in mid-September. Each home will receive a 96-gallon bin to hold all curbside recyclables which can be co-mingled. By that time, we will have a schedule established for residents to bring non-curbside items including electronics, motor oil, scrap metal and fluorescent bulbs, to our Public Works facility. 
  • More detailed information will be mailed to each home prior to the September start of the curbside program

Below is an info sheet that will be mailed to every home in August. It includes the tentative collection schedule, curbside do's and don'ts and info on a smartphone app that will soon be available at no cost. Questions about the program may be address to the Department of Public Works at 908-322-7404, or the Mayor's Office at 908-322-8236.

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Fanwood says goodbye to former Councilwoman, Joan Wheeler

Former Fanwood Councilwoman Joan I. Wheeler,  passed away Sunday July 11 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY after a brief illness. Wheeler was born and raised in Succasunna before moving to Fanwood.
Wheeler was a member of the Fanwood Borough Council, the Fanwood Planning Board, The Historic Preservation Commission; and Fanwood Board of Health. She was also Vice Chair of the Cornish Heritage Society East; Soroptimist International; and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield. She contributed a great deal to the Fanwood community.

Wheeler was a registered nurse, she worked at Chilton Memorial Hospital, then as vice president of nursing at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, before accepting the position of Administrator at Runnells Specialized Hospital. She retired in 2013.

Photos courtesy of the Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Borough of Fanwood Downtown Redevelopment Agency

The Downtown Redevelopment Agency of the Borough of Fanwood will hold meetings on the first Monday of the month at Fanwood Borough Hall, Mayor and Council Chambers, 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ, at 7:00 pm as follows:   


February 1, 2016

March 7, 2016

April 4, 2016

May 2, 2016

June 6, 2016

*     July 5, 2016

August 1, 2016

 *     September 6, 2016

 *     October 4, 2016

November 7, 2016

 December 5, 2016


All meetings will be held on the 1st Monday except for those dates listed above with “*”.

- Eleanor McGovern, Borough Administrator/Clerk 

FREE Outdoor Movie Series Continues

The Free Summer Movie Series will continue at La Grande Park every Tuesday night through August 16.  The movies begin at dusk. Be sure to bring a blanket or a beach chair! The rain date for all movies is the following evening. For a full schedule of movie screenings,  visit or call (908) 370-7092.


July 26      Inside Out

August 2    Cinderella (2015 version)

August 9    Hotel Transylvania 2

August 16  The Good Dinosaur

Union County offers several recycling programs

Union County offers several recycling programs for a variety of household and commercial items including electronics, batteries, hazardous household waste, confidential documents, tires, and automobile products. For complete information Dates and locations for upcoming 2016 events are available on our website here

Fanwood Nature Center will be closed for remainder of Summer

The Environmental Commission has closed the Nature Center as of Tuesday, July 5 for the remainder of the summer.  This is required in order to allow the weed-controlling goats to complete their work by eating invasive plants at the Center.


If observing the goats from outside the Center, please do not feed them. The Nature Center will be surrounded by a double fence, with the interior fence electrified to keep the goats in and discourage predators. 

Party in the Park kicks off Summer Movie Series with a crowd

Hundreds of Fanwood residents gathered at La Grande Park for the annual Party in the Park on Wednesday, June 29 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This year's event boasted a wide array of activities including bouncy houses, slides,  laser-tag, a challenge course, and a special minion banana eating contest. This year's Party in the Park definitely had something for everyone.


As the sun set and the movie started, the park was covered in a sea of blankets and lawn chairs as family and friends laid under the stars to view the screening of the movie, Minions. A 16-foot wide state-of-the-art outdoor movie screen towered over the park and made it possible for everyone of all ages (and heights) to enjoy the movie.


If you missed this year's Party in the Park, have no fear! The Free Summer Movie Series will continue at La Grande Park on Tuesday, July 5 with Goosebumps. Screenings begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.


Fanwood ranked one of the best place in NJ to raise a family

Fanwood appears #18 on this list of best places in New Jersey to raise a family by!  Follow this link to read the full list:

Crowds Gather for Coffee with Mayor Mahr

Approximately 50 Fanwoodians gathered on Saturday morning for an informal chat with Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. Discussion topics ranged from the anticipated parking lot at Park Middle School, the current status of the local recycling program, the July 13th public meeting on a potential library expansion and pedestrian safety throughout the community. Residents were interested to hear about future development plans and expressed their hope to retain the “small town feel” that epitomizes this one-square-mile community.


The first in what promises to be a series of regular gatherings, the 2-hour event stretched to 3 hours as the Mayor and residents clearly enjoyed the opportunity for a free-wheeling conversation.

Forums will discuss the future of the Fanwood Memorial Library

Mayor Colleen Mahr, the Fanwood Borough Council, and the Library Board of Trustees of the Fanwood Memorial Library invite you to a  Public Forum to discuss "A Vision for the Future of the Fanwood Memorial Library.” There will be two opportunities to attend these public meetings:  Wednesday, July 13 & Tuesday, August 9   The information sessions will begin at 7:00 PM at the Fanwood Memorial Library, 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ.

Volunteers needed!

The Borough of Fanwood is currently seeking Volunteers for the following Fanwood boards and commissions:


Historic Preservation Commission

Shade Tree Commission


Our volunteer boards and commissions are at the heart of what makes our town great. Please consider donating your time. If you're interested, please send an email to

County offering free child safety seat inspections in Garwood

As the spring weather approaches, residents are invited to visit Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood.


The proper use of child safety seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of young children in the event of a motor vehicle accident.


The inspection program is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-11 a.m. and is located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Ave. in Garwood. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly.


New Jersey’s new child safety seat regulations took effect in September of 2015. The new law requires parents to adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for child passenger safety.


If you’re unable to visit the Child Safety Seat Inspection Center in Garwood, the county's mobile child seat inspection unit will offer child safety seat inspections at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Follow @fanwoodborough for local news and information on Twitter

Get the the most current news and information about your community by following the Borough of Fanwood's Twitter feed.  Our brand new Twitter handle is @fanwoodborough, or you can find our page here.

State has information on the web concerning Zika Virus

While no incidents of the Zika Virus have been reported in New Jersey, health officials want people to be educated about how the mosquito-borne illness can spread, what you can do to protect yourself, how you can control the risks involved and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed.


Click here to visit a website created by the state Board of Health that has all kinds of information on the illness. The federal Centers for Disease Control have a site, too.

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