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Fanwood Police Buy 250 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

Officer Daniel Kranz, Court Administrator Joy Veeck, Lt. Francisco Marrero, Officer Elliott Bernard and Girl Scout Angelina Skola outside the Fanwood Police station.   Credits: Dianne Howarth
Angelina and Natalie with boxes of Girls Scout cookies in their dining room.
Natalie and Angelina Skolar with their mom, Sandy Crespo, in their Scotch Plains home.

FANWOOD, NJ -- Members of the Fanwood police department came to the aid of two Girl Scouts in an unusual way: by purchasing 250 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

Sandra Crespo was out selling cookies with her daughters, Angelina, 9, and Natalie, 12, when an angry resident used foul language to curse them out for soliciting.

“A woman appeared in the street and started yelling at them,” said Crespo. “She started screaming, ‘No one wants your f---ing cookies, get out of here!’”

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Stunned by the way her girls were treated, she posted about the incident on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Group page on Facebook. Dianne Howarth, assistant to Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo, read it and invited the girls to come to the police station and bring an order form. The result: $1,000 of cookie sales.

"I'm very appreciative that the police reached out to help a couple of little girls who eexperienced something they shouldn't have when they were just trying to sell Girl Scout cookies," Crespo said.

"Now we have a mountain of cookies to deliver," she quipped.

Dianne Howarth said the generosity is something she has come to expect from the Fanwood police officers.

"We are a little department, but we do very big things. Our guys never say no; they do so much for the commmuity," said Dianne Howarth explained.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Dianne and our police officers,” said Fanwood Chief Trigo. “It’s further proof that our officers are invested in our community.”

“There’s so much bad news about cops these days,” said Ms. Crespo. “It’s so great to see something positive come out of this for everyone.”

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