Fanwood Mayor, Borough Council Close Out 2015

Mayor Colleen Mahr, center, with Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern, Councilmen Molenaar, Kranz and Huegel, Council President Kathy Mitchell and Attorney Daniel McCarthy. Credits: Brian Horton

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
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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You


Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

State-Imposed Affordable Housing Requirements Will Lead to Overdevelopment in Scotch Plains

July 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

There will be a public hearing in Trenton concerning the affordable housing process on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State House Annex (131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608) in Committee Room 16 on the 4th floor.

This hearing is hosted by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, and the Committee will receive ...

When to Dial 911: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month

July 10, 2018

There are many times you should call 911. If you or someone around you is in true medical distress, such as experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pains, bleeding, possible stroke, or any other serious health issues, then 911 should be called as soon as possible. If there are wires down, fire, a crime in progress, or other dangerous conditions to people or property, call 911 ...

Caring Contact Volunteer Listener Training Fall 2018

July 18, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference? Become a Caring and Crisis Hotline Listener.

You could save a life.

Volunteers receive 52 hours of comprehensive training in active listening, Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.  You also are supported by ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, July 18, 6:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Youth Chess Club at Scotch Plains Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education


Mon, July 23, 8:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

View the Night Sky at the Scotch Plains Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Wed, July 25, 6:00 PM

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

The JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Meet the Coaches ...