Mayors from Edison, Plainfield, Scotch Plains and South Plainfield will gather at noon on Tuesday on the exact spot – at Woodland Avenue, north of Sprague Avenue in South Plainfield – where the borders of their four communities converge.
Tuesday’s gathering is meant to reaffirm the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the four neighboring towns. It also recreates a historic 1963 meeting at the same site by their predecessors, said Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who came up with the idea.
Joining Mapp for Tuesday’s “X Marks the Spot” event on Woodland Avenue will be Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey, South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh and Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith. Officials from throughout Central New Jersey have been invited to attend.
The Woodland Avenue site is the dividing line between Union and Middlesex Counties and the only place in Central New Jersey where north-south and east-west dividing lines meet to separate four towns and two counties, Mapp explained.
“Our four neighboring communities have maintained our cooperative spirit in service to our many residents for over a half-century,” Mayor Lankey said. “I am very proud to represent Edison in this historic re-dedication.”
“The goal of this event is to get the four municipalities together and recreate what happened back in 1963,” said South Plainfield Administrator Glenn Cullen. “We hope to have a manhole installed at the location with the seal of the four municipalities etched on it marking the spot for future generations.”
Participating in the May 25, 1963 gathering were Plainfield Mayor Robert C. Maddox, South Plainfield John George, Edison Mayor Anthony M. Yelencsics, and Scotch Plains Mayor Norman R. Lacombe. At that time, a temporary marker was painted on the spot.