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Scotch Plains Zoning Board Appointee's Qualifications Discussed at Council Meeting

January 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, the governing body agreed on most of the resolutions proposed on the agenda, with the exception of RES 2017-41, which appoints Kendra Duran as Alternate #2 of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Councilman John Del Sordi, who said he did not know the prospective Zoning Board appointee, voiced his ...

Scotch Plains Council Introduces Ordinance Blocking Part-Time Employees from Taking Township-Sponsored Health Benefits

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — As a candidate last November, Mayor Al Smith made prohibiting part-time employees of Scotch Plains Township from accepting health benefits provided by the township as part of his Five-Point Plan. On Tuesday, the Scotch Plains Council introduced an ordinance barring part-time from taking such benefits.

Republican candidates Smith and Councilman Ted Spera targeted ...

Fanwood Scotch Plains Residents Organize to Attend Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The day after the November 2016 Presidential Election, Rebecca Shook, of Hawaii, expressed her frustration in a Facebook post and suggested women march on Washington during Inauguration Day.  That original post morphed into the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. People from all around the country ...

Fanwood Receives ROID Grant to Develop Recreational Programs for Children with Disabilities

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood has received a Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID) grant of $16,500 for 2017 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to fund programming to include children with disabilities in sports programs and teen social nights. The grant is designed to build on the success of Fanwood’s existing program.

Citing Respect for Springsteen, Tribute Band Pulls Out of Garden State Inaugural Ball in DC

FANWOOD, NJ -- For more than three decades, The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has played Jersey Shore bars and festivals, as well as the 2009 Garden State Ball for Barack Obama's first Inauguration and a return engagement four years later. However, the group, which pioneered the "tribute band" concept in 1980, has never received as much flak for ...

Union County Clerk Hosts New Jersey Notary Training in Scotch Plains on March 3

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Notaries Public are invited to attend the next session of New Jersey Notary Training, an educational seminar for Notaries Public hosted by Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, together with Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq., who will present the legal aspects of the functions of notaries public. Ms. Rajoppi will open the seminar and review the application process ...

Mayor's Proposal to Forego Salaries Meets Lukewarm Response from Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- One of Al Smith's campaign promises as he walked from house to house in Scotch Plains was that if elected, he would forego the $6,000 annual salary that comes with the position and essentially be a volunteer, as is the case in neighboring Fanwood and Westfield. 

When Mayor Smith raised the idea at Tuesday evening's Township Council meeting, the plan received a ...

Engineering Firm Presents Recommendations to Improve Parking in Downtown Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Township Council on Tuesday evening listened intently to the results of a municipal parking study conducted in the fall by Matrix New World Engineering. The Eatontown-based firm, which provides civil engineering and land use planning and design services, also made parking recommendations for the central business district and nearby streets, ...

Freeholder Bruce Bergen Announces Initiatives as Second Board Chair Term Begins

ELIZABETH, NJ – Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Sergio Granados were sworn in for a second term as chair and vice chair respectively at the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders' 2017 re-organization meeting, held on Jan. 8 at the Union County Courthouse. In addition,Freeholders Carter, Granados, and Bette Jane Kowalski were also sworn in office. Freeholder ...

WATCH: Following Recent Shootings, Plainfield Town Hall Safety Meeting Held

PLAINFIELD, NJ - "Finding Solutions Through Unity" was projected onto the screen at the town hall meeting called by Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on Thursday, Jan. 5th.  The auditorium at Washington Community School was packed with concerned residents and business owners within the city.

After ending 2016 with 12 homicides, and the people of Plainfield demanding answers, ...

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Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...

Where's the Replacement?

January 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As a chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus, Congressman Leonard Lance has been a strong advocate for those who have been stricken with uncommon health issues and last year helped to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet on Friday, Congressman Lance voted to take away the health insurance of those very souls he claims to be on the side of.

The Affordable Care Act makes ...