SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood celebrated the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, with an opening ceremony at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and numerous social activism events in the community.

Activities included:

  • Food Drive to benefit Operation Jersey Cares in effort to support our troops. 
  • A History of the Shady Rest at the Scotch Hills Country Club/Shady Rest Clubhouse, where students learned about John Shippen, the first American golf pro, from Thurman Simmons, Chairman of the John Shippen Memorial Golf Foundation 
  • SPFHS Black Student Union Teen Talk: An Open Discussion on Race and Race Relations at the Scotch Plains Library
  • Letters of Kindness written to homeless families at the JCC
  • Collection for Chemo Care Bags for Cancer Patients at the YMCA 

Local officials and civic leaders on hand included Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Councilwoman Rose Checchio Township Manager Al Mirabella, Rabbi Joel Abraham, and MLK Day of Service organizers Michelle Abraham, Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.