Bruce Walsh, a Fanwood attorney and three-time Borough Councilman, died Saturday morning after a long illness. He was 73.
Mr. Walsh served a total of 12 years as a Councilman. He was first elected in 1988 and served through 1991. After a year off, he was elected again in 1992 when he and Council President Maryanne Connelly made Borough history by capturing majorities in all seven of the town’s voting districts. He served from 1993-1998, then again from 2006-2008. He served varying roles on the Council including Council President, Police Commissioner and Fire Commissioner. In between Council terms, he served on the Planning Board.
“I had the pleasure of serving alongside Bruce and was educated by his calm, thoughtful approach to governing,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr. “He loved Fanwood. He made a lasting impact on our community. I send my deepest condolences to his family.”
Mr. Walsh, writing in the Fanwoodian newsletter in 2008, his last year on the Council, spoke fondly of his years serving the town.
“In the last twenty years I suppose I have attended well over 1,000 meetings on matters related to Fanwood, and met hundreds of volunteers working for this wonderful Borough. I have had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know the dedicated people who work for Fanwood. I have special admiration for all the volunteers I have met, from the members of our volunteer Fire and Rescue Squads to all those who serve on our various Boards and Committees. These are the people who get little public recognition but who deserve the gratitude of all of us who love Fanwood.”
Mr. Walsh’s sister, Trisha, following in her brother’s footsteps, is currently running for Fanwood Borough Council.
Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife Pat and three children raised in Fanwood--Jennifer Fazzino, who lives in Fanwood with husband Sal, Michael Walsh and Emily Crispino, and eight grandchildren, Matthew, Alex, Mary, Timothy, McKenzie, Michael, Natalie and Thomas.
Those interested in paying respects may do so Tuesday, July 31, 2-5PM at the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main Street, Newton, NJ 07860.
Erin and Trisha were joined by Mayor Mahr, Fanwood Democrats and supporters from around the region for their first fundraiser of the 2018 campaign at Houdini Pizza Lab on South Avenue. More photos below.
Erin and Trisha marched with the Fanwood Mayor and Council contingent in the 2018 Memorial Day Parade, along with Mayor Colleen Mahr, Councilman Tom Kranz and the Mayor's sons Liam, Dan and Colin.
Democratic Council candidate Trisha Walsh joined the clean up during Fanwood's annual Earth Day Community Clean Up event.
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr Featured in The Wall Street Journal:
"Meet the Women Reshaping New Jersey Politics"--by Kate King
We are so proud of Russ Huegel and Anthony Carter for winning seats on the Fanwood Council in 2017, Russ for his fourth term, Anthony for his first. Many thanks to all our voters who turned out and gave them an overwhelming win.
Official returns, as certified by the Union County Clerk:
Russ Huegel (D): 1734
Anthony Carter (D): 1681
Brian Walter (R): 922
Board of Education
Amy Boroff (D): 433 write-in votes
The Fanwood Grille was packed on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22nd, with supporters of Council candidates Russ Huegel and Anthony Carter. Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Democratic Committee hosted the $25 per person fundraiser, which also welcomed residents who just wanted to show up and chat with candidates without donating. Also present were the rest of the Fanwood Borough Council and many of the County Freeholders and Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson who is running for Freeholder. Food was provided by Paul Watterson and John Mooney, owners of the Fanwood Grille. Thanks to all who showed up and pledged their support and to the many other supporters across Fanwood whose vote we value on November 7th.
Fanwood Council candidates Russ Huegel and Anthony "Coach" Carter and Mayor Colleen Mahr welcomed aides to U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman to Forest Road Park Sunday, October 1st, for a conversation about current issues of interest to our citizens.
Rep. Coleman had been scheduled to headline the event but had to attend to a sudden death in her family. Her chief of staff, James Gee, and district office manager, Kari Osmond, updated an audience of about 100 citizens on issues including health care and tax reform, both of which have been mired in Republican political drama on Capitol Hill. There was also an extended conversation on the ongoing delay in veterans receiving benefits sparked by a question by a Vietnam veteran from Scotch Plains who has been fighting with the VA to get benefits he believes he is entitled to. Rep. Coleman is one of many co-sponsors of a bill to free up money destined for veterans.
Councilman Huegel and Council candidate Carter made appeals for votes in the November 7th election. Mayor Mahr also did a pitch for Fanwood's candidate for school board, Amy Boroff, who is waging a write-in campaign as Fanwood's only school board candidate. Mayor Mahr also urged everyone to vote YES on the ballot question asking voters to approve the state's borrowing of $125 million to repair libraries across the state including the Fanwood Memorial Library.
Russ and Anthony joined Mayor Colleen Mahr and Rev. David Jahnke at the dedication of the Fanwood Fire Department's new Engine 7, a 2017 KME 1500 gallon-per-minute pumper. The pumper was purchased by the Borough of Fanwood at a cost of approximately $460,000. Council members Tom Kranz and Kathy Mitchell were also on hand.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, LaGrande Park, Fanwood
Monday, May 15, 2017, Sheelen's Crossing, Fanwood.
Story by John Mooney, TapInto.
FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr has been named among the Best 50 Women in BusinessAwards for 2017 by NJBIZ.
Mahr, who earns $1 annually to serve as Mayor of Fanwood, is Director of Business Development for DMR Architects, based in Hasbrouck Heights. She joined the firm in June 2015 to enhance DMR’s relationships in the public sector. Mahr has worked in economic development for almost 30 years since 1989 starting in the City of Jersey City. While in Jersey City, she managed the establishment of the city’s first charter school, the Golden Door Charter School.
She spent 1999-2003 working as Director of Development for Mosaica Education, a private company promoting charter schools throughout the U.S. Her project accomplishments included strategic plan development, site selection, construction oversight, and liaison work among the School Board of Trustees, Mosaica Education, and local government officials.
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From March 2014 – June 2015, she worked for the County of Union as the Head of the Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations, where she oversaw the Bureau of Transportation Planning and Bureau of Planning and Economic Development. In this role, Mahr worked with municipalities in Union County to retain and create jobs, and seek state and federal funds for economic growth.
"I am very honored and humbled to be recognized by NJBiz for the work I do in both the private and public sector," said Mayor Mahr in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "I consider myself very lucky to be among such successful women and the accomplishments that each makes to this great state of New Jersey."
Mahr is currently serving the second year of her unprecedented fourth term as mayor. Of 565 municipalities statewide, she is one of only 73 women mayors in New Jersey and one of the longest serving. She has overseen the transformation of downtown Fanwood, starting in 2004 and continuing today with the two final parcels slated for construction in 2017. Her leadership on this front earned the Fanwood a "Smart Growth Award" in 2014 and recognition in both editions of the New Jersey Handbook on Redevelopment. This success was also recognized in a May 2014 “Living In Fanwood” feature of The New York Times.
As a mother of three boys ages 14 and under, she proudly shares her story as she serves as a role model for other women.