The Fanwood Borough Council approved introduction of the 2014 municipal budget at the April 16th, 2014, regular Council meeting. The budget maintains Borough services at their current levels with allowed increases well under the state-mandated 2% cap. As introduced, the municipal portion of the tax increases built into the budget average $71 per household. Mayor Mahr told the meeting that she and Council will work further to look for places to reduce that number before the budget is finalized. A public hearing will be scheduled in May.
Margaret Lewis, Vice Chairperson of the Fanwood Board of Health, was named Volunteer of the Month at the April Council meeting. Mayor Colleen Mahr presented Mrs. Lewis with the traditional framed print of the historic Fanwood train station. Mrs. Lewis has been a member of the Board of Health for several years, one of the many Fanwood boards and commissions populated by volunteers. She is a nurse practitioner whose service on the Board is vital and greatly appreciated.
Fanwood's annual Arbor Day observance takes place Friday, April 25th, 4:00 PM at Carriage House Park on Watson Road. The winner of the Arbor Day poetry contest will be announced. Students from the Park Middle School Environmental Club will demonstrate how to identify a tree. And once again, free baby trees will be available for all. The Arbor Day program is sponsored by the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission. Pictured are Simone, Grace, Cadence and Hanna of the Park Environmental Club demonstrating the right way to mulch a tree, by spreading the mulch in a donut shape around the roots, not by piling it against the tree trunk like a "mulch volcano".
For the 25th consecutive year, Fanwood celebrates Earth Day with a community cleanup and a mini-fair with all kinds of great activities all centered around our historic train station. Join us Saturday, April 26th, beginning at 8:30 AM in the South Avenue parking lot for free bagels, donuts and coffee before our volunteers head across town to pick up trash. Then at 11:00 AM, on the North Avenue side, there will be kids crafts, live music, environmental demonstrations and free photos with Mother Earth. More info
The scheduled April 15th auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Fanwood's Sun Tavern came and went with no one offering to bid. The entire contents of the business, including all
equipment and the liquor license, were on the auction block with a scheduled opening bid of $2 million. The business had been in receivership since 2012. Now, the Sun Tavern is closed and its
contents will be sold off piecemeal. Read
The Fanwood Rescue Squad is again offering free CPR classes to residents of Fanwood and Scotch Plains during EMS Week in mid-May. The classes are offered on a first come, first served basis and usually fill up quickly. Our local businesses underwrite the courses, which are taught by volunteer EMTs. Here's the schedule and registration info
Eleanor McGovern, Fanwood's Borough Clerk and Administrator, was named Administrator of the Year at the annual dinner of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce, north Jersey's largest chamber, at the Renaissance Hotel in Elizabeth. Pictured here with Eleanor (blue jacket) are Fanwood Councilman Kevin Boris, Laura Palermo of Provident Bank, Fanwood Council President Russ Huegel, Mayor Colleen Mahr and Fanwood Public Works Director Clint Dicksen. Congrats, Eleanor!
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