On Sunday, March 2nd, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission will place on public exhibition at the Fanwood Museum for the first time a copy of Fanwood's full census for the years 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. For the year 1880 the municipality was named Fanwood Township and included what today is Fanwood Borough and Scotch Plains Township. The Fanwood Museum is located in the lower level of the historic railroad station.
In the later years of the above mentioned hand written censuses, the following data were listed for each person surveyed in each household: the street name, names of the people living in a household, their age, their relationship to each other, their citizenship, their education, place of birth, their mother tongue, their occupation and their place of work.
Members of the Historic Preservation Commission will be available to answer questions, point out facts of special interest and aid in search of specific names visitors might be searching for. People living in a historic home today might be curious to know who lived in their abode a century ago.
John Celardo, a resident of Fanwood who acquired these records for the museum while working at the National Archives and Records Administration in New York City, will be on hand to answer questions.
Mayor Colleen Mahr and Council President Russ Huegel recently paid tribute to Fanwood Recycling manager Alan Ebersole, who has been at the helm of our recycling center since its inception in 1986. Alan has made our recycling center a truly unique and profitable venue for our town, and on January 25th, the Recycling Office was named after him. Congratulations to Alan and everyone who has made the Recycling Center work over the years. More history
The ice skating rink at LaGrande Park is open again, weather permitting, as long as the ice holds up. Recreation Director Bob Budiansky and Recreation Commissioner Neil Pierce checked things out.
Mayor Colleen Mahr swore-in Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell and Councilman Tom Kranz during the annual government reorganization meeting on January 1, 2014.
Bank photos of the man suspected of robbing Fanwood's PNC Bank Saturday, December 7, 2013, show a white male, age 30-35, wearing the same red cap as the person who robbed another bank in Elizabeth twice. More info and pictures on NJ.com.
The Fanwood Borough Council voted unanimously Monday, November 18th, 2013, to allow the Recreation Commission to move forward with construction of a new skateboard park inside the abandoned skate-hockey rink at Forest Road Park. The skateboard park has been the subject of public debate since it was first proposed earlier in the year. A boisterous public meeting in October revealed concerns by people who lived in the vicinity of the park.
The skateboard park will be constructed inside the former street-hockey rink in Forest Road Park. The rink, enclosed by a chain link fence, has fallen into disrepair and is currently not used. Recreation Director Bob Budiansky said the idea for the park began as a way to renovate the old hockey rink and create an area for Fanwood's many teenagers to skateboard safely. Budiansky said the skateboard facility would be financed by a $62,000 grant from Union County matched with $62,000 of locally generated funds-- a combination of tax revenue and proceeds from Recreation Department activities such as the 5K run and building rentals. More info can be found here.
A one-seat train ride from Fanwood to NYC benefits not only commuters but all of our residents. Mayor Mahr talks about the reasons in this recent interview on Union Township's community TV program, Our Town.
Congratulations to Kathy Mitchell and Tom Kranz, winners of the November 5 2013, race for Fanwood Borough Council. Kathy was elected to her 6th consecutive term. Tom, the Captain of the Fanwood Rescue Squad, was a first time candidate and the top vote getter of the three candidates in the race. Jean Michelle Moore, the lone Republican candidate, came in third. Tom will be sworn in as a new Councilman on January 1, 2014.
David Rivera and Sandy Herrera, both of Fanwood, were married Friday, October 25th, 2013, at Fanwood Borough Hall by Mayor Colleen Mahr. The couple is the first in Fanwood to be married since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and a NJ judge said same-sex marriages could proceed. The couple was also the first in Fanwood to enter into a civil union in 2007, a ceremony also presided over by Mayor Mahr. David, an IT sales person, and Sandy, a program manager, have lived in our town for 22 years.
Fanwood's municipal parking lot, which is located behind the stores on Martine Avenue which services shoppers, merchants and commuters, is undergoing major reconstruction as the next phase of the overall downtown redevelopment plan moves forward. The lot is being completely redesigned with construction taking place in several phases, each of which will close a specific portion of the lot at a time.
Patrons of the businesses on Martine and South Avenues can continue to park in the lot during construction but should be prepared for some inconvenience. Everyone who visits our great shops should be reminded that FREE parking is allowed after 3 pm, Monday thru Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, in the South and North sides of the Fanwood Train Station.
The build-out of the shared parking lot will then lead into the next exciting construction project called Fanwood Crossing II which will be a mixed use building that will also have a large pedestrian plaza adjacent to it. The building and plaza will be housed on what was the former Commerce Bank and Livingston-Wilbor Company sites.
The Borough of Fanwood is sponsoring a housing rehabilitation program for residents who qualify by income. This program will assist you in replacing a roof, siding, large plumbing and electrical repairs/replacements, etc. If you are in need and interested in completing a confidential application, please call Robin Lospinoso, the Borough’s agent at 732-382-8100, Ext. 13, or Eleanor McGovern, Borough Administrator, at 908-322-8236, Ext. 123.
St. Bartholomew The Apostle Church in Scotch Plains accepts non-perishable donations during weekend Mass or food can be dropped off at the Rectory during business hours. They do not accept dairy or frozen items. Recommended items include: personal hygiene (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes), paper goods (napkins, paper towels, tissues), pasta, tomato sauce, non-refrigerated Parmesan cheese, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, dinner kits, taco kits, canned goods such as fruit, vegetables, and soup, cereal, snack bars, etc. It's important that items are checked for expiration dates as they are not able to distribute items that have passed their date. St. Bart's is located at 2032 Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains. Tel: 908-322-5192. If someone would like to apply for a food distribution, they can call the Rectory 908-322-5192 and provide their name and address. They will mail them a Registration Letter detailing eligibility requirements.
The Fanwood Presbyterian Church food pantry accepts non-perishable donations weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. They prepare monthly grocery bags for their clientele, and prefer donations to be in bulk for easier distribution. Those in need should contact the church at (908) 889-8891.
The Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, is open Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM or by appointment for evening hours. The pantry contains dry foods and non-perishables, sometimes small sized diapers, formula and basic toiletries. Thehy require a photo id and an application that is completed upon the first visit. When the application is completed they meet with someone in the community life department that gauges why there is a need and checks to see if they are deeper needs that in need of some kind of referral. The amount of food that is given is dependent on how many are living at home. The food pantry client can get food once a month. If they collect on the third week then the third week of every month they can come in.