Letters to the Editor

A Holiday Message from Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr

94ad1953a464ad02d2ae_Mahr_greetings.jpg
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr
94ad1953a464ad02d2ae_Mahr_greetings.jpg
Dear Fanwoodians:
 
The Holidays are upon us and in Fanwood celebration is in the air! What a wonderful time of the year this is; so heartwarming to see the delight of children and so restoring to share the warmth of our caring for each other.  
In Fanwood neighborhoods, homeowners share their joy with lights, wreaths and decorations of all variety.  Downtown is decked in its seasonal finery and the doors to our houses of worship are open to one and all.  While those signs of the season can be counted on, I am especially grateful to live in a community where the season is not only acknowledged with lights and shopping, but with genuine caring for our neighbors.
 
The community abounds with wonderful folks who have staged countless seasonal food drives, giving trees, toy drives and coat drives.  And I am happy to report every one of these efforts is met with generous giving. We have carolers bringing song from house to house and the Lion's Club and Volunteer Fire Company selling trees at La Grande Park to raise scholarship funds.  The Rotary is selling seasonal luminaries to help fund their many good works and the Fanwood Volunteer Fire Company, Police Department and Rescue Squad have staged another thrilling Santa ride through town, bearing gifts for over 800 happy young Fanwoodians!
 
You may not be aware that the Santa Ride tradition began in 1955 as the brainchild of two gentlemen volunteers, Eugene Gatens and Richard Berry.  Both have since passed on, but we treasure the tradition that they and their families brought to us and honor their memories. 

 
This is what the holiday season is about, open-hearted caring and sharing with our neighbors.  I am so proud of Fanwoodians because this is what so many of you do all year long.  There are countless volunteers that work for us all through the entire year, and to you I am most grateful.  You are the heart and soul of Fanwood and you are what make us the warm, welcoming community that we call home.  Thanks to each of you who has taken time from your own life to touch the lives of others, your caring and generosity exemplifies the true spirit of this season! 
 
From my family to yours, my best wishes for a wonderful Hanukkah, a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year!
 
With warm regards, 
 
Mayor Colleen Mahr

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter ...

Sinai or Sanctuary?

 

 

And in the beginning, G‑d was homeless, and so G‑d asked His people to set Him up with some digs. Where does it say that? Well, nowhere, actually. But it does say that G‑d instructed Moses to tell the people, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”

Now the question is, was G‑d really homeless? ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned People’s Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time if ...

Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

February 19, 2018

BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation. 

Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s sixth Gold Out game in seven years. Gold is the awareness color for ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20, 1:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Book Club @ Scotlib: The Japanese Lover by Isabel ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains

Course on Biblical Interpretation Taught by ...

Education Religions And Spirituality