SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In April, when then-seventh graders in Terrill Middle School teacher Judy Lasher's service learning project proposed measures including the installation of solar-powered stop signs, the Scotch Plains Council acted.
Isaiah Nathaniel, who lives on Willow Ave., and Aidan Mooney presented the idea as part of their seventh grade service project at Terrill Middle School last year. The boys took it a step further by meeting with the police chief and then the mayor to state their case. In April, they spoke at the Scotch Plains Council.
"I've seen accidents here," said Nathaniel. "That's how we got the idea."
Willow Ave is one of four streets that will receive lighted stop signs and speed humps to slow down cut-through traffic. The others are nearby Myrtle Ave., Hunter Ave. and Rahway Road, according to Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley.
"Motorists use this street as a cut-through and, as we've seen here today, sometimes they go too fast. The speed humps and the new stop signs will help reduce the speed on the streets," Conley said.
"What I like about this is that it was a good idea and we quickly acted upon it," said Mayor Al Smith. "I'm always open to hearing new ideas."
Speed humps will be installed on the streets once the Council passes the ordinance on second reading later this month.