Fanwood Council Honors Vets, Police Officers, Rescue Squad and Volunteers

May 22, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ – In a jam-packed agenda on Monday, Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council honored a number of deserving residents for their service to the community, including:

Memorial Day Grand Marshals Edward Miller, Joseph Nagy and Alan Ebersole (posthumously)
Robert Kruthers, who has served for 60 years in a variety of capacities on the Fanwood Rescue Squad
Volunteer ...

County to Resurface Roads in Scotch Plains This Summer

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Mountain Avenue and Willow Avenue from Route 22 and Raritan Road from Lake Avenue to Terrill Road in Scotch Plains are on the county’s list of roads to be resurfaced this summer, according to the Union County Board of Freeholders. The work will be conducted at night when possible in order to minimize the need for detours during peak ...

Council Approves Use of Eminent Domain in Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment in 3-2 Vote Along Party Lines

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Following a contentious 20-minute discussion, the Township Council approved a resolution that would allow eminent domain in a 3 1/2 block radius in downtown Scotch Plains in a 3-2 party line vote on Tuesday evening at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building.

The resolution designates the right of the local government to potentially reassess private property for public ...

Scotch Plains Goes Back to the Future with “X Marks the Spot” Ceremony on May 23

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The four corners is the spot where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all meet at a common boundary.

What many people do not know about Scotch Plains, too, shares a four corner boundary. This boundary separating four different towns is one of only a few in New Jersey. In May of 1963, the municipalities of Scotch Plains, South Plainfield, Plainfield, and ...

"It’s Complicated": Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Updates Commuters on Possible One-Seat Ride Expansion

CRANFORD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Railroad Coalition met Monday evening at the Cranford Community Center to provide an update on the status of the Coalition’s one-seat ride efforts.

“I have good information, but the news in not particularly good,” said Peter S. Palmer, RVRC Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder.

Palmer later noted the heavy Westfield presence in ...

Residents, Pro-Bikers Clash on Watchung Reservation Mountain Biking Proposal

SCOTCH PLAINS – Dozens of local residents from different parts of Union County – mainly along the Watchung Reservation – turned out for a special discussion on Tuesday, May 2, at the Scotch Plains Council meeting to mostly voice their opposition against the county’s proposal to add 13.5 miles of mountain bike trails throughout the 2,000+ acre park. Union County Parks & ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Elected to NJCM Board of Directors

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM) while filling one of four seats in Union County.  

He was sworn in at the Legislators/Awards Reception during the NJCM Annual Conference on Thursday, April 27, at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

The New Jersey Conference of ...

Presidential Visit: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rattled as Somerset Airport Under a 'No Fly Zone' this Weekend

BEDMINSTER, NJ — President Trump was over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday just as many were turning in for the night. The quiet of the evening was shattered by planes and helicopters overhead. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has classified a 30-mile radius around Somerset Airport as "National Defense Airspace" from May 4 through May ...

Scotch Plains Council Honors Brigadier General Ed Chrystal

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Ed Chrystal, a past grand marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade, received special recognition from the Scotch Plains Township Council on Tuesday evening in honor of his recent promotion to the rank of brigadier general. It is a senior rank in the U.S. armed forces and comes between the ranks of colonel and major ...

Scotch Plains Resident Ed Chrystal Promoted to Rank of Brigadier General

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  Scotch Plains own Ed Chrystal, a past Grand Marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade, was recently promoted to the rank of brigadier general, which is a one star general. It is a senior rank in the U.S. armed forces and comes between the ranks of colonel and major general. 


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President Trump's Abrupt, Suspicious Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017

Dear Editor:

On the heels of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony that confirmed an active investigation into this Administration’s ties to Russia, business entanglements and conflicts of interest, the President has fired Director Comey.

It is extremely suspicious and troubling that in the midst of growing questions about the Trump Administration’s ties to ...