FANWOOD, NJ -- As the year winds down, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Council want to thank the borough's employees and the countless residents who volunteer.

Mahr said: "It’s because of them that our hometown had yet another productive and great year. Everywhere you turn, you see the efforts of those who give back to our community:

•  visit our parks and experience a full schedule of events managed by the volunteer Recreation Commission, including the summer camps and year-round activities for the kids, the summer movies in the park, the Fanwood 5K and the beautiful facilities we enjoy;
 
• witness the work of the all-volunteer public safety groups like the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, who not only keep us safe but also contribute to so many successful events, such as our children’s personal visit from Santa this month;
• the Lions Club and Fire Department, which organized our borough's Christmas tree sale for the 65th year; 
• the Fanwood Library’s full calendar of events for all ages; 
• the all-volunteer boards and commissions, including Shade Tree, Environmental, Health, Planning, Cultural Arts and more. All of these groups work to keep Fanwood special, safe and moving forward.

 
We wish you and your family the peace of the holidays and the promises that a new year offers."
 
Anyone who would like to help with volunteer efforts, your help is needed and would be appreciated. Contact Mayor Mahr at mayor@fanwoodnj.org.
 
The public is welcome to join the Mayor and Council at 12:00 noon on New Year’s Day in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall for the annual borough reorganization meeting. 
 
Colleen Mahr will be sworn in for her unprecedented fourth term as Fanwood mayor. Councilman Jack Molenaar and Councilwoman-elect Erin McElroy-Barker will be sworn in for their new terms and several borough positions will be filled, too, at the ceremony. Fanwood Fire Department and Fanwood Rescue Squad officers will also take their oaths. U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman is scheduled to attend the proceedings.
 
The public is invited to attend. The ceremonies always draw a good crowd so get there early if you want a seat. After the Borough Hall ceremonies, a public reception and luncheon will be held at the Chelsea on South Ave., starting around 1:00 p.m.