Thanks to Antonios Panagopoulos, Fanwood Borough’s Engineer, for this fantastic overhead footage… in the first flurry of winter.
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M & M Construction continues to make great progress on the library construction. Much of the cinder block is up, the second floor deck is coming along, and the walls are starting to get enclosed. Take a moment to drive by the site and see the activity in person.
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On May 23, 2023…
Lifelong Fanwood resident donates $20,000 to new Fanwood Memorial Library Foundation
(Fanwood, NJ)– The new Fanwood Memorial Library Foundation received its first donation this week in the memory of a resident who lived across the street from the former library and spent hours there reading.
The family of Carlo Bravo, who died one year ago on May 24th, the day after his 56th birthday, donated $20 thousand to the nascent foundation. Gino Bravo, Carlo’s brother, presented the check to members of the Library Foundation, Friends of the Fanwood Library and the library Board of Trustees at the current temporary library location in the historic train station on North Avenue. The money, along with other funds to be raised by the foundation, will benefit the new library currently under construction at North Avenue and Tillotson Road.
In presenting the check, Mr. Bravo cited his brother’s love of the library having spent countless hours reading and borrowing books about the Vietnam war. Carlo was a huge war history buff and volunteered his time at the veterans hospital in Lyons.
“We are so very grateful for this donation and to the Bravo family’s commitment to our new library,” said Dan Weiss, Library Director. “The library will be commemorating the Bravo family’s donation by naming its new business center the Carlo Bravo Business Center. The Bravos have lived across the street from the library for years, and Carlo Bravo was born and raised in Fanwood.
“The story of Carlo and the Bravo family is a true Fanwood story,” remarked Mayor Colleen Mahr. “I thank them for their generous donation and look forward to inaugurating the new library and business center in Carlo’s name.” Also present at the event was Borough Council President Jeff Banks and Neil Schembre, secretary of the Fanwood Foundation, which has temporary custody of the donation until the library foundation’s charter is finalized.
AND on May 24, 2023 the project took a major step forward as the steel structure began to take shape!
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Thanks to Tom Kranz, Fanwood’s Public Information Officer, for help with the updates and for this great video from April 5, 2003; Antonios Panagopoulos, Fanwood Borough Engineer, for all his hard work and especially for the amazing aerial drone shots; and to Kyle Pollara, Construction Site Manager (Epic Management), for holding everyone’s nose to the grindstone and for keeping the project rolling along smoothly and on schedule.
UPDATE March 2023
The construction project is moving ahead. The demolition of the old library was completed in January of this year, and M&M Construction have begun their work. The site has been prepared, forms are being constructed and concrete poured for the footings in preparation for the slab the building will sit on.
In the drone shot below, you can see the beginnings of the outline of the perimeter of the new facility starting to take shape on the site.
The old library is taken down – January 2023
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Library! February 20, 2023