Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Fair Lawn Arts Council, the borough's newest committee, is hoping to fill public buildings and vacant business spaces with community-created art come fall.
A community arts movement is afoot in Fair Lawn. The borough’s public buildings and empty storefronts could be transformed into pop-up art galleries by fall if borough supervolunteer Jane Spindel, founder of the just-formed Fair Lawn Arts Council, has her wish. The organization, made up of local artists and art enthusiasts, has met only once since receiving the borough council’s official blessing to move forward last month, but it has big plans. “The idea is to bring all Fair Lawn residents together to work on different kinds of art projects that are going to be free or minimal cost to the resident,” Spindel said. “You don’t have to have any talent, you don’t have to be artistic, just the willingness to participate in whatever we do.” The …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Lisa Sudol, whose daughters both played softball at Fair Lawn High School and who had been highly involved in Fair Lawn athletics, died in March after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Whenever Fair Lawn High School softball coach Sue Benjamin needed a hand with something team-related, she could count on Lisa Sudol for help. The dedicated softball supporter and mother of senior shortstop Ashley Sudol lost her battle with lung cancer in March, but a new scholarship fund that carries her name will continue Sudol's support of the Fair Lawn softball program and its players for years to come. "I had wanted to start a FLHS Softball scholarship since last year and this was an opportunity to do that and honor the memory of Lisa at the same time," said Benjamin, who will select the scholarship's annual recipients with the help of Sudol's husband, Bob. The softball program will dedicate one fundraiser each year to finance the …
The artwork of Fair Lawn High School students is on display at the library's Pine Gallery through June 28.
An opening reception featuring the artwork of Fair Lawn High School students will be held Thursday night at the Fair Lawn Library's Pine Gallery. The "Student Group Show," a juried exhibition on exhibit from May 12 though June 28, is the culmination of the students' work produced over the course of the school year. The Fair Lawn High School Fine Art Department is coordinating the show, which is designed to encourage an appreciation of art among students and highlight student works in a diverse range of artistic media. Thursday's opening reception will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the library's C Level. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Videographer Wayne Robbins stopped by the high school on Saturday to capture some of this year's Marathon festivities.
Wayne Robbins, a 1968 Fair Lawn High School Marathon participant, went back to school on Saturday to capture some of the highlights from this year's event, where members of the high school senior class plan an action-packed two days full of continuous games, music and entertainment with the goal of raising money for local organizations. Wayne filmed field games, kickball, volleyball, Jell-O Wars, a splash down at the dunk tank and a whole lot more. He also interviewed some of the people -- teachers, students and parents --who helped make this year's Marathon possible. Proceeds from this year's event will be distributed to the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad and the Fair Lawn ADA Committee for the creation of a barrier-free playground at Berdan …
Fair Lawn High School geometry students competed in the school's annual Pasta Bridge Competition on Friday.
The crunch of fettuccini noodles fracturing reverberated through the Fair Lawn High School auditorium Friday as geometry students put their wheaty feats of engineering to the test at the school's annual Pasta Bridge Competition. Now in its 15th year, the contest that tasks students with designing a 12-ounce bridge made of only Ronzoni fettuccini and Elmer's White Glue has become a student favorite. Qualifying bridges are judged on maximum weight supported and aesthetic value. This year's sturdiest bridge, built by Liana Sina, Daria Ortega and Denise Tarakjian, held a cool 385 pounds before its 11.05-ounce frame snapped under the growing weight of systematically stacked barbell plates. Student pasta bridges need hold only 25 pounds to …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Fair Lawn lost 5-0 to Immaculate Conception Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Bergen County Softball Tournament.
Fair Lawn's county softball tournament run came to an end in the quarterfinals Saturday at the hands of Immaculate Conception. The Cutters managed only three hits and failed to scratch out a run against freshman pitcher Sarah Piening, whose Blue Wolves won 5-0 to advance to the tournament's Final Four. Fair Lawn trailed only 1-0 through four innings, but Immaculate Conception rallied for two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach. No. 3 Immaculate Conception moves on to play No. 2 Indian Hills next weekend. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Friday, May 17, 2013
The 2nd Annual Fun Run/Walk, a relatively new aspect of the historic Fair Lawn High School Marathon, will be held Saturday morning.
Marathon 2013 kicked off Friday afternoon at the high school, but it's not too late to register for Saturday morning's 2nd Annual Marathon Fun Run/Walk. The approximately 3-mile event begins at 9 a.m at the high school, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. in the high school parking lot. The cost to participate is $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and Board of Education employees. Marathon, one of the high school's longest running traditions, is a senior-class planned two-day extravaganza of games, music, food and fun that raises money for local charities and organizations. To see what Marathon is all about, check out the video filmed by Wayne Robbins at last year's event. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on …
Fair Lawn High School dropped a couple hundred spots, but still ranked 876th nationally in Newsweek's 2013 list of "America's Best High Schools."
Fair Lawn High School is among the most effective high schools in the country at preparing students for college, according to Newsweek's annual list of "America's Best High Schools." Despite dropping a couple hundreds spots in each of the past two years, Fair Lawn remains among the top 1,000 schools in the nation. The high school ranked 876th nationally, 66th in New Jersey and 14th in Bergen County in Newsweek's 2013 list, released earlier this month. The magazine ranked Fair Lawn 649th in the country and 52nd in the state among public high schools in 2012, and 400th in the country and 33rd in the state in 2011. Superintendent Bruce Watson said he was pleased with the rankings, and wasn't sweating slipping a couple hundred spots on the …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Fair Lawn High School Boys Volleyball team will face Don Bosco Thursday in a 2012 Bergen County Tournament title rematch after knocking off Teaneck Tuesday in the tourney semis.
Despite a subpar showing in the Super Six Showcase this past weekend against the top boys volleyball squads in the state, Fair Lawn showed Tuesday that it's still the team to beat in Bergen County. The Cutters cruised to an easy victory over Teaneck in the Bergen County tournament semifinals, 25-17; 25-8, to set up a rematch of last year's county tournament final with defending county champion Don Bosco. Bosco ended Fair Lawn's run of three consecutive county titles last year, beating the Cutters in three sets, 17-25; 25-23; 25-17, on Fair Lawn's court. The Cutters played the game without two of their top players, Luke St. John and Chris Nugent, who were battling injuries. St. John has since graduated, but the Cutters will have Nugent, the…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Fair Lawn beat Old Tappan, 2-0, Sunday in the Bergen County Softball Tournament's Round of 16.
Senior pitcher Marissa Spinuzzi put on a masterful performance Sunday to lead the Cutters over Old Tappan, 2-0, in the second round of the Bergen County Softball tournament. Spinuzzi struck out 11 Golden Knights and surrendered only one hit over her seven shutout innings. Senior third baseman Jen Calabrase and junior second baseman Sam Colca each drove in a run. The No. 6 Cutters move on to face No. 3 Immaculate Conception in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at Immaculate Heart Academy. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning