FANWOOD, NJ -- October 15, 2020, marked the 100th birthday of longtime Fanwood resident Evelyn Kiss, who has lived in the borough for over 50 years and has worked at J.P. Stevens High School in the cafeteria since 1965 (and has no plans to retire anytime soon).

To celebrate her century, family and friends, along with the Fanwood Police and Fire Departments, the Fanwood Rescue Squad, and J.P. Stevens High School faculty organized.a 50-car parade that passed by her home where she sat outside to receive her birthday wishes.

"J.P. Stevens is the best and nicest school to work for, and I can't wait to go back," Kiss told TAPintoSPF. " I can't believe it -- it is something special like what you see in movies."

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J.P. Stevens principal Anthony Shallop was in attendance to celebrate his longtime employee and thank her for her dedication to the school.

"Evelyn is a wonderful person and an icon in our school. She is delightful to be around and adores the kids," said Shallop.

"She loves what she does and for that I believe she has never worked a day in her 55 years at J.P Stevens," he added.

Her great-goddaughter, Kimberly Galasso describes Kiss as "a spitfire who loves to laugh and joke." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android

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