Dear Editor:

Earlier today, the state reported another 1,216 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 142,704. Union County currently has a total of 14,385 confirmed cases. Fanwood's total remains at 86 confirmed cases.

Governor Phil Murphy has announced additional small steps to reopening our state today. Public restrooms at parks may open again while the beaches will open for Memorial Day Weekend under certain restrictions, among other steps, both beginning May 22. Details of his announcement can be found below.

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As part of our Memorial Day celebrations, we are introducing the Fanwood Gold Star Tribute. Fanwood remembers the twelve young men who gave their lives while serving their country. This, in addition to asking you to send in your own thoughts on what Memorial Day means, is how we will stay connected this year.

In an effort to shine a light on those many Fanwoodians who have served our country and paid the ultimate price, the Memorial Day Committee is developing a map for the Gold Star Tribute. The map traces the route among the 12 streets in Fanwood that are named after fallen service members.  Each street sign now has a gold star. The Committee will place a placard with a history of the fallen at the base of the street sign, and we encourage you to visit the sites and remember the sacrifice of these Fanwood heroes. 

You are of course discouraged from taking the walk in large groups and know you will practice social distancing on the walk. We will release the map prior to Memorial Day.

Finally, just a reminder that your property tax grace period will end on June 1, which is a Monday. That will be the last day to submit your taxes without added interest, so please keep an eye on it!

If you are having trouble accessing relief services, or you're experiencing other emergency needs, I urge you to reach out to me directly at  We are here to help.

Mayor Colleen Mahr
Fanwood, NJ