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Scotch Plains and Fanwood Launch New Senior Bus

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Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Councilwoman Rose Checchio have a laugh as the mayor launches the senior bus with a mini bottle of champagne. Credits: John Mooney
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Senior Bus Credits: John Mooney
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Inside the bus Credits: John Mooney
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Fanwood Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern, Council President Kathy Mitchell, and a senior passenger. Credits: John Mooney
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Laura Swidersky, Elsa Heinemyer, driver Lynn Baratucci, and Rose Checchio Credits: John Mooney
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Laura Swidersky was among the vist passengers to check out the new senior bus. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Officials from Fanwood and Scotch Plains introduced local seniors to their new bus on Friday, Jan. 22. Part of a shared services agreement between the two municipalities, the bus was unveiled at a brief but chilly ceremony at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

The new bus will help seniors in Fanwood and Scotch Plains get to medical appointments in the area and for shopping trips to area malls. It replaces an aging bus which was no longer reliable. It was part of the Scotch Plains capital budget last spring.

The bus was purchased and will be operated under a shared services agreement between the two towns.  Fanwood Borough Administrator Eleanor McGovern and Fanwood Council President Kathy Mitchell represented the borough, while Scotch Plains Township Administrator Al Mirabella, Mayor Kevin Glover, and Councilwoman Rose Checchio represented the township.

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"We are so pleased to bring this beautiful new bus for our seniors," said Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover. "We said last year, that we would upgrade, and we did. A promise made is a promise kept."

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr hailed the arrival of the new bus, saying, "It is a great thing for our seniors and a great example of sharing resources to improve services to local residents.”

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Scotch Plains seniors can fill out a downloadable registration form here. The form can also be picked up at the Recreation Department office at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building or mailed by calling the Dial-A-Ride number, (908) 322-5151 or the Recreation Department (908) 322-6700  ext. 223 or 221. All passengers must be a self-reliant senior (age 55 or older) or be accompanied by an aide.

To make an appointment for transportation, call (908) 322-5151 and leave a message 48 hours or more prior to your need and a department representative with call you back within 24 hours during business days. This service is offered on a limited, first come first served basis.

Fanwood seniors can download the registration form here. To make a reservation on a first come, first served basis, call the service directly at 908-322-5151.

Days and Times

Approx. 10:30 am is usually the earliest home pick up time and the last return pick up time is 1:00 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, when available.  Other times are occasionally available. Call for details.

Wednesday and Friday morning bus trips are provided for seniors to the Blue Star Shopping Center in Watchung.  Registered Fanwood and Scotch Plains seniors wishing to use this service must call and leave a message at (908) 322-5151 any time before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the trip.

Trips to various other shopping malls are offered the third Monday of most months. This is a door-to-door service with pickups starting at 9:00 a.m.  The bus departs the mall at 1:45 p.m. Interested registered seniors must call the Recreation Dept. office in advance of the trip date.

Transportation is also available to the following;

Meridian Club: Open to all seniors, the club meets at the Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Golf Course, Jerusalem Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call Laura Swidersky, (908) 889-2084, for information.

Golden Age Club: Open to all seniors, the club meets at the Shady Rest Clubhouse at Scotch Hills Golf Course, Jerusalem Road, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Call Jean Ditore, (908) 889-4121, for information.

Limited transportation is available for registered seniors who have medical appointments at facilities in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside, Westfield, Plainfield, Clark, and South Plainfield, also Rahway Hospital and Summit Medical Group, when available.

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