FANWOOD, NJ -- Mary Everson, member of the Fanwood Library Board of Trustees since 2016, was recognized as Volunteer of the Month for October 2019 at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday evening.

Mary and her family have lived in Fanwood since 1993. She active in lobbying the NJ legislature to get support for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act that was approved by voters in 2017. The library will be applying for those matching funds towards its goal of building a new library. Mary’s recognition came as the council recognized National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, and shortly after the Friends of the Fanwood Library raised $13,000 at its annual book sale. 

Mary was a career teacher before retiring in 2016. She was presented with the traditional token of appreciation, a framed print of the historic Fanwood train station by Council President Tom Kranz, who presided in Mayor Colleen Mahr's absence.

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Civic Service Awards

The Council also recognized the Fanwood Garden Club whose members, Mary Kelly, Millie Yarcheski, Eileen Morris and Suzanne Jacobs, are retiring after a collective 45 years of volunteer service.

The Flower Club planted annuals in the planters along South Martine Ave. downtown, at the north side train station and in various other locations around the borough to add beauty to the town. The ladies are all master gardeners. At the present time, there are no replacements for these dedicated women, but volunteers are welcome.

Councilwoman Trisha Walsh expressed gratitude to her friend Mary Kelly and the rest of the members and Council President Kranz presented them with certificates.

Fire Prevention Week 

The Council observed Fire Prevention week with a visit from Fanwood Fire Chief John Piccola, who reinforced reminders about fire safety practices and educating our young people to safe practices at home. Council President  Kranz read a Proclamation for Fire Prevention Week.

Breast Cancer/Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness

The council presented a resolution to Lauren O’Brien, co-founder of METavivors of NJ, a support group of survivors of metastatic breast cancer, which spreads to other parts of the body and has an average life expectancy of 26 months. The group’s goal is to increase funding and awareness of this end-stage cancer. The Council officially observed October 13, 2019, as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. 

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