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Volunteer of the Month: Sandra Redder, Fanwood Environmental Commission

October 18, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council honored Environmental Commissioner Sandra Redder as the Volunteer of the Month at Monday's Borough Council meeting.

A 15-year resident of Fanwood, Sandra joined the Environmental Commission 12 years ago. She has been involved in many of its projects, including preservation of the Fanwood Nature Center, the Rain ...

Meet Fanwood's Redevelopment Consultant Liz Jeffery

FANWOOD, NJ -- Each month, the Fanwood Borough Council receives an update on the progress of downtown redevelopment from Liz Jeffery, a consultant in urban planning and development for decades. While working on a project in Jersey City in the 1990s, she crossed paths with Colleen Mahr. 

Fast forward two decades, Mayor Mahr and Jeffrey reconnected in early 2016 and discussed the ...

Groundbreaking at $8.9 Million Ashbrook Golf Course Clubhouse in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --The Union County Freeholder Board today held a groundbreaking in Scotch Plains for the new $8.9 million Ash Brook Golf Course Clubhouse  that is anticipated to open in September 2018.

Once constructed, the new 21,000 sq. ft. building will house a full-service restaurant with terrace (capacity: 120 people), a full retail pro shop, administrative ...

Scotch Plains Council to Vote on Speed Bumps and Stop Signs for Route 22 Cut-Through Streets

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township Council introduced an ordinance on Tuesday night that, if passed at the next meeting, would authorize the installation of speed bumps on Henry Street, Myrtle Avenue and Willow Avenue, where several accidents have taken place over the past five years.

The speed bumps were tested in a pilot program last year and aim to slow ...

Scotch Plains Condemns Act of Terror in Las Vegas

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Smith and the Township Council condemn the violent, despicable act of terror that occurred last evening in Las Vegas.

The Township of Scotch Plains offers our thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families and for the over 400 people wounded in the attack.

We also want to acknowledge the first responders who reacted quickly and prevented what could have ...

Residents Hear from Local Candidates and U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman's Chief of Staff

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman had been scheduled to headline a discussion with constituents of NJ's 12 District (covering Fanwood and most of Scotch Plains) at Forest Road Park on Sunday, but could not attend to a sudden death in her family.

In her place, the congresswoman's chief of staff, James Gee and district office manager, Kari ...

Updated Union County Votes App-Get the Information You Need On the GO

ELIZABETH, NJ -- Voting and elections information just got a little better and a lot more accessible. Union County now has a fully updated and redesigned version of the Union County Votes app. The free app can be downloaded now for your mobile device.

The Union County Votes app lets you quickly and easily access important information on voting and elections, while on the go.

“Mobile ...

Al Smith Among Bipartisan Mayors Supporting Extension of 2% Interest Arbitration Cap

TRENTON, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith joined a bipartisan group of mayors at the State House in Trenton to call on the New Jersey General Assembly to pass an extension of the 2 percent Interest Arbitration Cap. The press conference was hosted by the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

Interest arbitration is a process, available to police and fire, to settle collective bargaining ...

U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman to Address Healthcare, North Korea, Other Issues in Fanwood on Oct. 1

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fanwood Democrats are hosting a conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at Forest Road Park on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 p.m. during which she will discuss the latest news out of Washington that impacts constituents in the 12th District.

"The timeliness of this event is exceptional. It's an opportunity for residents of Fanwood, ...

Meet Tom Strowe, Scotch Plains' Project Coordinator for Redevelopment

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Tom Strowe, a lifelong Scotch Plains resident, was hired in August 2017 to serve as the Township’s Project Coordinator for Redevelopment. He is tasked with helping to coordinate and lead some of the Township’s redevelopment efforts.

Strowe will support the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee; assist the Township Planner, Attorney, Planning ...

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Scotch Plains Public Library to Host VA Claims Clinic on Oct. 30

October 18, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of the World War I and America series, the Scotch Plains Public Library is hosting many interesting lectures, discussions, and films during October and November. The series commemorates the centennial of American involvement in World War I and explores the ongoing experience of veterans who have served in our lifetimes.

In an effort to further support ...

Trump Administration Continues to Sabotage Health Care

October 12, 2017

Dear Editor:

With this Executive Order President Trump has made good on his promise to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and threaten the well-being of millions of Americans. Directing his Administration to scale back health coverage protections, allowing the sale of bare-bones policies and broadening race-to-the bottom association health plans threatens access to affordable and comprehensive ...