Rally for reproductive rights

Kathy and Gina at Community Clean-Up

Kathy and Gina chat with members of the Fanwood Environmental Commission during the Earth Day Community Clean-up, back after a two year break for the pandemic, on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Congressman Tom Malinowski introduces himself to Fanwood

Photos by Tom Kranz
Photos by Tom Kranz

Congressman Tom Malinowski (D) visited Fanwood on Sunday, February 13, 2022, to introduce himself as the Congressman for the 7th District, which now includes Fanwood as a result of redistricting. Malinowski is running for re-election and will face a Republican challenger in November. The winner of that race will become Fanwood's new Congressional representative as of January 2023. Malinowski will be at the top of the Democratic ticket in November in a district that promises a tight race. 


He spoke to about a hundred residents in the Forest Road Park recreation building, talking mostly about the accomplishments of the Biden administration including the bi-partisan infrastructure bill that is now law, stimulus money that went to most Americans and COVID assistance for businesses during the peak of the pandemic. He promised that money in the infrastructure bill will fund the Gateway rail project which will build a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York. He took questions from citizens on a variety of subjects.

Malinowski was hosted by Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Democratic Committee. Westfield Mayor Shelly Brindle also spoke. Much of her remarks centered on the congressman's support for bringing back the one-seat ride to the Raritan Valley Rail line. More from


(All residents and participants were masked. Principles took masks off to speak and for photos.)

Remembering Sherman Feller

Sherm in 2015 with his great-nephew Finnegan
Sherm in 2015 with his great-nephew Finnegan

Our good friend Sherman Feller died on Jan. 6th at age 91. Sherm was active in Democratic politics in our town for decades. He was a talented photographer who contributed for many years to the Fanwoodian along with his wife Joan who was on the Fanwoodian Committee. He had many photo exhibitions through the years including this one in Elizabeth a few years ago. Pictured is Sherm in 2015 with great-nephew Finnegan. We will miss his smile and easy-going nature. Our condolences to Joan and the family. His full obituary is here:

Re-elected Councilwomen sworn in for 2022

Our congratulations to Councilwomen Erin McElroy Barker and Trisha Walsh, both sworn in by Mayor Colleen Mahr on January 3, 2022. Erin begins her third term on the council. Trisha begins her second. The reorganization meeting was held via ZOOM this year due to COVID concerns,  but the Mayor did a separate, outdoor ceremony prior to the meeting. Erin was joined by husband Doug and sons Kieran and Connor. Trisha was supported by her husband, Recreation Commissioner Neil Pierce. We are happy that these two dedicated women will be serving our community for three more years.