FANWOOD, NJ – New Jersey Monthly Magazine rated Fanwood No. 3 in New Jersey for raising a young family. At the Fanwood Council meeting on Oct.15 Mayor Colleen Mahr displayed a sign that read “Our Pride is Showing!”
“We made the top 100 of the best communities to live in in the state of New Jersey, which we have never done before," Mahr said. "And then they had a sub category of the best places to raise a young family in New Jersey. Fanwood ranked third out of 10 towns. I was just so pleased. It really is a wonderful community. “
The magazine looked at several factors: the median prices of homes, the school districts, and the “walkability” of the downtown. They looked at parks and recreation and they looked at the census track. Mahr also mentioned that the magazine realized that in Fanwood “50 percent of our households have children in them under the age of 18.”
Amy Boroff, who has lived in Fanwood for seven years and has a shop in town called Be Craftful, spoke to The Alternative Press about living and working in Fanwood. Boroff's daughter, Aliette, is in first grade at McGinn Elementary School. “I saw how my daughter’s class has grown from four classes to six sessions, and we knew that there is a growing population of young families.”
Boroff and her husband Demian lived in Madison before moving to Fanwood. When looking to buy a home their priority was finding a street where their daughter could play hockey on and a town with a good school district. After Hurricane Sandy, Boroff saw how hard hit all the stores were “and I went to the Scotch Plains and the Fanwood Small Business Associations to launch a Shop Local campaign.”
BeCraftful is located at 250 South Ave. in Fanwood. “Everything that we have done so far has been community based. When you talk about Fanwood being the top-three town for small families, you see the number of small groups such as Daisies and Girl Scouts. People have shown us that they want to have a family place, and it's been a lot of fun for me.”
Boroff pointed out that in Fanwood the newer business such as Mara’s, O’Brien’s Tavern, Nick’s Pizza, The Goddard School and BeCraftful are owned by Fanwood residents, all with young children. “When you look at that you think that this is where people want to raise children and where we believe in,” she said.