Downtown Scotch Plains May Eventually Look Like Princeton, According to Redevelopment Committee Feedback

July 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Residents who attended the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) meeting on Wednesday night got a peak into what the future of the township will look like… and it looks a lot like Princeton.

Tom Strowe, the Township’s Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented findings of the recent survey on architectural styles. More than 2,100 ...

Assembly Votes to Rename Part of Route 27 as Jerry Green Memorial Highway

TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey General Assembly approved legislation, 77-0, Thursday sponsored by Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano to designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway” in honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman who represented Legislative ...

Five Scotch Plains Students Participate in American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - 838 high school rising-seniors from New Jersey are attending the 73rd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) held annually at Rider University.


Local participants in the prestigious program this week are:

Ben Kuperschmid, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Jack Pedersen, Scotch Plains, Legion Post #209
Zander Reyes, Scotch Plains, Legion ...

Meet Fanwood's Volunteer of the Month: Mindy Scarlett

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mindy Scarlett, who has volunteered to further the local business community for many years, is currently the Fanwood representative to the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mindy’s main project each year is Ladies Night Out, an annual shopping spree aimed at women in downtown Fanwood. This year the event attracted a record 300 participants. 

Mindy ...

Coffee with Fanwood Mayor Mahr at Railside Cafe on June 23

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr will host "Coffee with the Mayor" at Railside Cafe and Bakery (formerly Mara's Cafe) on Saturday, June 23,  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to discuss any issues, questions or concerns that residents may have regarding the Borough.

No appointment is necessary. Feel free to come by to participate in conversation or even ...

Scotch Plains Mayor Smith, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi Detail the Problems of Over-Development

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Smith hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 12 to inform Scotch Plains residents about the Township's state-mandated affordable housing obligations and how they relate to downtown redevelopment. 

Earlier this year, Scotch Plains negotiated a court settlement that will result in the addition of 454 affordable housing units over the next seven years.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bill's Signing Ceremony with Gov. Murphy in Trenton

TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County, at the event. 

“As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the ...

Watchung Set to Build 230-Unit Apartment Complex on Bonnie Burn Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -The Watchung Borough Council voted on Thursday to settle its third round affordable housing obligation mandated by the state. The Borough’s immunity from builder's remedy lawsuits expires on June 30.

A 230-unit apartment complex has been proposed and includes 46 affordable housing units on 21 acres on Bonnie Burn Road across from the ...

Gov. Murphy Still Pushing a 'Millionaire's Tax,' Won’t Say When He'll Sign Sports Betting, Weed Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With a showdown on the state budget looming just 22 days away, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday re-emphasized his call for a tax on the state’s wealthiest households while hoping to avoid another shutdown of state government.

“Do I still want a millionaire’s tax? The answer is ‘yes,’ “ Murphy said at a press conference at the John ...

Fanwood Road Work Update

FANWOOD, NJ -- Elizabethtown Gas is repaving a number of roads in Fanwood after replacing mains and services. The gas company is currently repaving in our southwestern quadrant of the borough. The schedule for the week is:

June 6: Paving Second St. and Coriell, Ave.
June 6: Milling Second St., Belvedere Ave., Burns Way, and Herbert Ave.
June ...

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Scotch Plains Community Night at Somerset Patriots' TD Bank Ballpark on Weds, July 25

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- Wednesday, July 25, will be Scotch Plains Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patriots host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 p.m. Mayor Al Smith will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.  

For the game there will be discounted group tickets that can be purchased for $8.50 exclusively for Scotch Plains residents. Visit the ...

Declaration of Independence – What is it?

July 4, 2018

Dear Editor:

The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow.

In a 2017 report Freedom House said that of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45%) were rated Free, 59 (30%) ...