Dear Editor:

As of July 15, the state reported an additional 396 cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 176,278. As of yesterday, Union County's number now stands at 16,567. As of today, Fanwood now has 106 cases of COVID-19. According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, the single additional case is associated with a long-term care center.

The recent retirement of two Fanwood Police lieutenants has been compounded by last week’s sudden stepping down of Fanwood’s Police Chief, leaving a need for experienced leadership. In order to sustain smooth operations, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has assigned Captain Kevin Grimmer as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC), to be assisted by Detective Nicholas Falcicchio.
 
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Both gentlemen are well acquainted with our community. Captain Grimmer was raised in Fanwood and is now a Scotch Plains resident and Detective Falciccio also lives locally. Their respective roles were established this past Monday, July 13, and I am happy to report that there has been no disruption to operations. Their task is temporary and focused on leading the department while we transition to full staffing. Please join me in welcoming them to Fanwood.
 
On another note, I am sorry to report that New Jersey Transit has disappointed us once again in our quest for One-Seat-Ride for Raritan Valley Line commuters. The Raritan Valley Line Mayor’s Alliance will continue its advocacy.  Along with Representative Tom Malinowski, we will pursue the political and legislative process to secure our goal of the Gateway Tunnel project and one-seat rides during peak and off-peak hours.  We deserve equitable service and will not stop advocating until it is a reality.
 
And as ever, whether during the pandemic or another time of need, we are here to help. If you need assistance with food insecurity, illness, or unemployment issues, please reach out at mayor@fanwoodnj.org.
 
Colleen Mahr
Mayor of Fanwood