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Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL Cops and Kids Program Comes to Park Middle School

Catch-Volleyball Game Credits: John Mooney
Sergeant Brown fires up the blue team. Credits: John Mooney
Games of skill Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood D/Lt. Eugene Chin Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains police officer Zach Von Langen Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley organizes the teams. Credits: John Mooney
Chief Conley does a demonstration. Credits: John Mooney
Hula Hut Dodgeball
Scotch Plains police officer Joe Citarella helps block the Hula Hut from destruction. Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Chief Richard Trigo oversees activities at SPF PAL Intermural program on Tuesday. Credits: John Mooney
Wrestler Sam Wustefeld and teammates Nick Palazzolo and Michael and Matthew Fleck volunteered at SPF PAL Intermural program at Park Middle School. Credits: John Mooney
Michael Fleck helps build a Hula Hoop Hut Credits: John Mooney
Matthew Fleck helps with gutter ball relay. Credits: John Mooney
SPFHS wrestler Nick Palazzolo readies to serve a volleyball. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The second installment of the "Cops & Kids" after school program proved popular with students at Park Middle School on Tuesday, April 4. 

Officers from both the Fanwood and Scotch Plains police departments, along with several members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School wrestling team, joined 5th through 8th graders for activities including "Hula Hut Dodgeball," and a modified version of volleyball from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

"We've got about 40 kids here today, and they're all having fun. If the program continues to be popular, we can work with the Board of Ed to expand it," said Fanwood Chief Richard Trigo. 

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The police officers worked with physical education teacher Jesse Martinez to set Tuesday's itinerary. 

"Our officers love doing anything that involves the kids," said Scotch Plains Chief Ted Conley. "It's good for the kids to see us interacting with the community."

The next after school program will take place in two weeks at Terrill Middle School on Tuesday, April 18, 3:00-5:00 p.m. and revisits Park Middle School on Tuesday, April 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Participants must bring a form signed by parents. Permission forms are available in the Middle School offices. Forms can also downloaded on or 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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