Township Council Discusses Upcoming Recreational Events, New Rail Schedule in Tuesday's Meeting

February 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - At the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Councilman Michael Marcus announced a number of recreational programs and events that will kick off in the coming months.

Registration has opened with the following programs and can be completed online by clicking on the Community Pass link:

  • Summer Camp Registration – The Recreation Commission’s Summer Day Camp Registration is now open for children entering grades 1 through 7 that will take place at Brookside Park from June 30-Aug. 8.
  • Small Fry Camp Registration – Registration is now open for children ages 3 through 5 and have yet to attend Kindergarten.  The Recreation Commission offers three two-week sessions.
  • Scotch Hills Golf Registration – 2014 Golf Memberships at the Scotch Hills Golf Course are now available. The course is offering an Early Registration rate through March 1.

Councilman Bo Vastine provided details on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Meeting that he attended in Westfield on Tuesday morning. Vastine said that a direct service line, better known as the “One Seat schedule” (to and from New York City) will be implemented during weekday off-peak hours beginning on March 3.

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Vastine suggested that the enhanced NJ Transit services will increase economic development and property values for Scotch Plains residents.

Also discussed was the preservation plan for the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, the first African-American owned and operated country club in the United States.

Scotch Plains Municipal Manager Jerry Giaimis said that the town has hired Barton Ross, a preservation architect, to issue a Preservation Plan on the structural deficiencies of the more than a century old country club. The roofing of the clubhouse is a concern for some residents.

The council will wait for Ross’s final report, which is expected in a few weeks. He will suggest what renovations need to be done to bring the club back to its historical status. Upon the receipt of the report, reparation stages will be planned accordingly.

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