Dear Editor:

Today, the state reported another 400 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 169,142. Union County currently has a total of 16,322 confirmed cases. According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, Fanwood's number stands at 96 cases.

As we slowly reenter the world, this week we will see the opening of personal care salons, pools, and campgrounds. Of course, there will be occupancy limits and mandated mask-wearing, but it’s a great sign that our businesses can start reopening. I was happy to see so many of you dining al fresco as restaurants began their road back last week – and hope that when you feel comfortable to return to the marketplace of personal services you will remember Fanwood Businesses First!

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On Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. with the Board of Education, Social Justice Matters, and the leadership of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood, the TRTH Committee continues the Listening Tour with “Listen to Our Youth on Policing in Our Community.” The students participating in these events have proven to be a valuable resource and I encourage you all to go to the Fanwood Facebook page to view live on Wednesday.  

Last week, the borough mailed the estimated 3rd Quarter tax bill, and a LOT of questions have followed. The bill is an estimate because the State of NJ has yet to finalize its budget.  We have never had to send an estimate in the past, so I understand there are questions.

The timing is unfortunate, but the new tax bill you just received ALSO reflects the outcome of the Union County-mandated property tax reassessment that was completed in December 2019.

I have scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. to hear from you and assist in interpreting your property tax bill and answering your questions as to how it was formulated. Please see below for instructions on how to participate in this virtual meeting.

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

Colleen Mahr
Mayor of Fanwood