Thursday, May 9, 2013
Florence "Flossie" Dobrow, who died in 2011, was the longest-serving council member in borough history and Fair Lawn's first female mayor.
A tree planting ceremony will be held Saturday in front of Fair Lawn Borough Hall to memorialize former Councilwoman Florence "Flossie" Dobrow. Dobrow, who died at age 93 in 2011, was the longest tenured council member in Fair Lawn history, its first female mayor and an inductee in the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Elected Officials Hall of Fame. While in office from 1975 to 2001, Dobrow spearheaded construction of the Fair Lawn Senior Center, founded the Fair Lawn Garden Club and helped secure funding for the Dobrow Sports Complex off of Harristown Road that is named for her, according to her obituary. In addition to serving on council for 27 years, Dobrow was also a member of the League of Women Voters, Temple Avoda and the…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A variety of volunteer community groups gathered Saturday morning to build a garden for Opportunity Center participants.
Members of the Fair Lawn ADA Committee, the Fair Lawn Garden Committee and Boy Scout Troop 53 joined forces on Saturday morning to build a raised vegetable and flower garden for local adults with developmental disabilities. The groups gathered at 8:30 a.m. outside the Opportunity Center, a day program on Fair Lawn Avenue where special needs adults can participate in activities year round. "The raised height [of the garden] will make it easier for those members to garden and prevent a lot of bending," ADA co-chair Marianne Pettineo explained. The borough provided in-kind contributions of gardening tools and mulch for the project. The Sunrise Rotary offered monetary support and students from Memorial Middle School raised $500 for the garden …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Fair Lawn Garden Committee is sponsoring a plant swap event on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Recycling Center on Saddle River Road.
Residents and non-residents keen on expanding their garden without breaking the bank are invited to attend a Sunday Plant Swap at the Fair Lawn Recycling Center on Saddle River Road. The Garden Committee is sponsoring the swap, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting, in the Nick Felice parking lot at the recycling center. Green thumbs are asked to bring plants they'd be willing to swap one-for-one. An assortment of perennials and some very young shrubs will also be sold for $2 each, cash preferred. Home gardeners with an overabundance of perennials are also welcome to donate plants at the event. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Two videos -- one from the planting stage and one from the present stage -- of Garden Committee member Jim Vanderbeck giving a visual tour of Fair Lawn's Arboretum along Fair Lawn Avenue.
Check out the difference from when the arboretum was just getting off the ground (Wayne Robbins' video) to the present day video. In both, Garden Commtitee member Jim Vanderbeck discusses how Fair Lawn's Arboretum came to fruition and offers a brief tour and explanation of some of the trees and bushes that have been planted. For information on Fair Lawn's bird sanctuary, which is adjacent to the arboretum, check out this video made last fall by Cornell Christianson. -- Follow Fair Lawn Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
Monday, July 16, 2012
The Fair Lawn Community Garden celebrated its second season on Sunday with a gathering of gardeners, Garden Committee members and borough council members.
An organic oasis of okra, string beans, cherry tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers springs from the soil of the Sampson Road community garden, across the street from the Knollcroft and Hollow Run Apartments. The 29-plot Garden Committee project, now in its second year, provides small swaths of land where, for $10 per year, residents can plant and harvest plots of personal produce. One of the plots is shared by all plot holders and designated as a giving garden whose crops are harvested and brought to the town’s food pantry for distribution every Tuesday. This year’s collective crop includes a mixture of herbs, vegetables, fruits and even a smattering of floral hops, for the bitter beer aficionado. “This year we have much more participation, we…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Fair Lawn Farmer's Market is open Wednesdays, including July 4, at the corner of Fair Lawn Avenue and Craig Road in the New Song Church parking lot.
The Fair Lawn Farmer's Market will have special holiday hours on Wednesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Normally, the farmer's market, sponsored by the Fair Lawn Garden Committee, runs every Wednesday through mid-October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the New Song Church parking lot. Silver Lake Farm, located in Blairstown, is the market's primary vendor. Silver Lake sells an array of fresh produce, plants and flowers for a fair price. Other vendors include Fair Lawn's Nuts for You and a pickle and mushroom vendor, Mr. Pickle. "We try to appeal to the apartment dwellers," said Garden Committee member Jane Spindel, who coordinates the farmer's market. "Since there's really no produce market on this side of town we were hoping that this would…