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Union County Offers Assistance Guide for Federal Employees Impacted by Gov't Shutdown

January 18, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ --Union County  today announced an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at  and contains location information on:

food pantries, soup kitchens and diaper bank sites
drop-off box locations for those wishing to ...

Scotch Plains Mayor, Assembly Speaker Cross the Aisle, Join Forces to Battle Hunger

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – It won't always be like this, but the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, had a Kumbaya feel to it as State Assembly Speaker Chris Coughlin, Assemblyman Jim Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Linda Carter -- all Democrats -- heaped praise on Republican Mayor Al Smith for his action against hunger.

Coughlin and Smith have partnered to raise ...

Speaker Coughlin to Attend Scotch Plains Council Meeting on Tues, Jan. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) will attend the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. This will be his third stop during the month of January to take action against hunger.

Coughlin is partnering with Mayor Al Smith to raise awareness about health and wellness in the state. He recently led the effort to pass 13 ...

Meet The Leaders: Fanwood Councilman Jeff Banks

FANWOOD, NJ – If someone offered you a position that has a significant amount of responsibility and very little pay, would you take it?

If you are newly sworn-in Fanwood Councilman Jeff Banks, the answer is yes.

“One day in December, I ran into (Councilman) Tom Kranz at breakfast. He told me that a seat had opened up on the Fanwood Council and asked if I would be interested in ...

Union County Clerk Launches “I Voted” Art Contest for Students in Grades 5-12

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual “I Voted” Sticker Design Art Contest for students in grades 5-12. All Union County students in public, private and home schools are invited to participate.

“The tremendous outpouring of interest in the 2018 midterm election cycle demonstrates that today’s voters ...

Al Mirabella Tabbed as Union Co. Freeholder Vice Chair

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski was selected as Chair of the Board, and Al Mirabella, a Fanwood resident, was selected as the Vice Chair at the Freeholder Board's annual reorganization meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

Mirabella, who also serves as Scotch Plains Township Manager, has been a Freeholder for more than two decades. First elected in 1997, ...

Assembly Speaker Coughlin, Mayor Smith to Discuss Food Insecurity and Healthy Eating at Scotch Plains Council Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will join Mayor Al Smith and the Town Council at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting at 7:00 p.m. to discuss food insecurity and healthy eating initiatives.  

Speaker Coughlin has made fighting hunger and promoting healthy eating in New Jersey a priority, and he recently led the effort to pass 13 bills in ...

Scotch Plains Reorganization Meeting: Democrats Take Control of Township Council

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While Mayor Al Smith called the state of the township "strong" during his address, which highlighted downtown redevelopment progress, the Aaa bond rating from Moody's, and public events, the dynamic on the Scotch Plains Council will undoubtedly change as Democrats took control of the governing body on Jan. 1, 2019.

Council members Josh Losardo, Elizabeth ...

Big Changes at Fanwood's Reorganization Meeting

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr swore in not two, but three new Council members at the Borough's annual Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 1. 

As expected, Erin McElroy-Barker took the oath of office for the second time, and Trish Walsh, who won election in November, also was sworn in. However, after Dan McCarthy stepped down as Borough attorney, Mayor Mahr tabbed ...

2018 Year in Review: Scotch Plains-Fanwood - Government

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – All this week, TAPintoSPF will take a look at the stories that defined 2018 in the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood.

Below are just some of the Government highlights during the past year:

Mayor Al Smith pushed downtown redevelopment along. At a July meeting, he presented a vision of what Scotch Plains could look like.


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Watson Coleman Nominated to Powerful House Appropriations Committee

January 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC -- As she begins her third term in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) has been nominated by the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House, responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies.

“The decisions made in the ...