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Scenes from MLK Day Events in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Michelle Shapiro Abraham Credits: Sean Conklin
Sylvia Hicks (left) was recognized for her volunteer efforts. Credits: John Mooney
Local leaders SP Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, SP Councilwoman Rose Checchio, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Freeholder Al Mirabella Credits: Sean Conklin
Al Smith, participating for the first time as Mayor of Scotch Plains, recalled his memory of Dr. King's social activism in the 1960s. Credits: Sean Conklin
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA's Chief Executive Officer Kim Decker Credits: John Mooney
Social Justice Matters table Credits: Sean Conklin
MLK Day of Service organizers Michelle Abraham, Amanda Barnett and Courtney Agnello Credits: John Mooney
A young girl writes a greeting for the troops. Credits: John Mooney
Rotory Club Credits: John Mooney
Girl Scouts volunteered on MLK Day. Credits: John Mooney
Shady Rest Clubhouse in Scotch Plains Credits: Sean Conklin
Margaret Heisey, Al Mirabella and Rich Fortunato load a truck with supplies. Credits: John Mooney
Shady Rest history and good works Credits: Sean Conklin
Volunteers at the Shady Rest Clubhouse in Scotch Plains Credits: Sean Conklin
Mrs. Caroline Perkins Credits: John Mooney

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.

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