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