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June 24, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ-- Scotch Plains Township Clerk Bonnie Lacina proudly says she’s been training for her job all her life. Throughout her childhood, she recalls the many times she accompanied her parents on visits to various appointments, observing closely what her future job entailed. “My ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Director of Redevelopment Tom Strowe updated the Township Council on Tuesday, June 21, about the latest developments related to downtown of Scotch Plains. During his presentation, Strowe updated the governing body on the Township’s affordable housing obligations.

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Council voted to move the dogs-in-parks amendment forward to the public hearing phase next month. The amendment would change the 20-year prohibition against dogs in borough parks and allow them on condition that they are leashed, licensed, and non-aggressive. Dogs will ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- When Margaret Heisey steps into her office at 8:30 a.m. each weekday morning, she knows that it’s going to be a different day than the last. That’s how she describes her job as Scotch Plains’ Deputy Township Manager: 24 hours of non-stop unpredictability, and she enjoys every ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A week before Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his fiscal ’23 budget address on March 8, Scotch Plains Mayor Josh Losardo sent a letter on behalf of municipal leaders, calling for the governor to prioritize property tax relief for towns burdened with high taxes. Losardo has ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On average, about 30% of a property tax bill in New Jersey is earmarked for municipal taxes, the remainder funds the public schools, the county and, in some other towns, fire districts. A new report from NJ 101.5 shows that municipal taxes in Scotch Plains are drastically ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee will host a public meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in Town Council Chambers. The meeting will also be live-streamed on Scotch Plains TV (FIOS Ch. 22 & Comcast Ch. 24) as well as the Township's Facebook Page. The ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council announced a new budget will soon be finalized, with a public hearing to be held on Monday, June 20, to discuss the new details. Mayor Colleen Mahr discussed a new budget will be configured due to multiple factors that occurred within the town over the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In front of a standing room only audience at Council Chambers, Mayor Josh Losardo and the Scotch Plains Township Council presented Recognition Awards for high school students for their outstanding achievements this winter and proclamations honoring a number of Scotch Plains ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood Council has drafted an amendment to Chapter 118 of the Borough Code that would allow dogs in Borough Parks with exceptions and with certain rules in place: Need a maximum of six-foot leash Limit of one dog entry per person into park Dogs will not be ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- During its regular monthly meeting of  Monday, May 16, 2022, the Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr spent a significant portion of the evening recognizing events and issues. Proclamations and Honors Mental Health Awareness Month—Councilwoman Francine Glaser read the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Debby Hall, of Scotch Plains, carried a sign that says, “Our daughters and granddaughters must have the same rights as we did.” Hall, 57, was among several hundred who turned out in Mindowaskin Park Saturday for the “We Won’t Go Back Rally” protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners following a public hearing Thursday adopted a $​​513.7 million budget, which does not increase the county-wide tax levy. While the spending plan comes with an average tax decrease of $28 for county homeowners, the impact varies by municipality ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Second-quarter tax payments are due, payments must reach the Scotch Plains tax collector on or before Tuesday, May 10, to avoid interest charges.               Payments can be: Brought to the Tax Collector's Office at the Township of Scotch Plains (430 Park Ave., ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Residents got a look at what the new Fanwood Library will look like at the Fanwood Borough Council's regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 18, 2022. Fanwood Library Director Dan Weiss and Borough Engineer Antonios Panagopoulos presented the final design of the reconstructed ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council has named April 19, 2022, as "Anthony Robinson Day" in the Borough. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior was honored by the Council for his many outstanding achievements including being named to the Super 100 All-State Team by the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council unanimously approved the township's annual budget at the governing body's meeting on Tuesday, April 12. Township Manager Al Mirabella explained that the budget process began in the Fall of 2021.  "We really stay one step ahead," said Mirabella, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission mobile truck will visit our area on Friday, April 22, at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave.), between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.   The mobile truck will be able to help with services, including driver's license renewals, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council on Tuesday introduced a law that would allow people to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors from “open containers” in some downtown locations. Along with the executive committee of Downtown Westfield Corporation, town council members feel the measure will ...

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FANWOOD, NJ—The regular monthly meeting of the Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor was highlighted by the swearing in of the Borough’s newest police officer. Kyle Rajcevic of Colonia, a recent graduate of the Essex County Police Academy, received the honors from Mayor Colleen Mahr as the first order ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- During its first meeting since January, the Springfield Board of Adjustment Tuesday night heard from a traffic engineer on plans to replace the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Route 22 West with a Chick-fil-A later this year. Several Hillside Avenue ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In a memo to Mayor Josh Losardo and the Township Council members, Township Manager Al Mirabella reported that under the budget he is preparing, Scotch Plains residents can expect a 0% municipal tax increase. “The goal of this budget is to provide essential services to the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS – The Township of Scotch Plains has released a “Request for Qualifications” (RFQ) to seek a developer to revitalize downtown with a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, apartments, a new combined library and town hall, convenient and efficient public parking, and public plazas along ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The township of Scotch Plains will host a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building (430 Park Avenue Scotch Plains). Additionally, the building will be lit in blue and yellow to show solidarity with Ukraine. The public is invited to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Borough Hall is now lit at night with the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. The Borough is also displaying a WE STAND WITH UKRAINE message on the electronic welcome sign on the north lawn of the train station, seen from the corner of North and Martine Avenues.

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting state legislation (S-330/A-1012) to restore a major property tax relief program that will help provide tax relief to Scotch Plains residents. Gas and electric utility companies pay fees for the use of public ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- U.S. Rep Tom Malinowsk (D, NJ-07) visited Scotch Plains on Thursday to meet with business leaders during the day at Black Drop Coffee and with homeowners in the evening at Shady Rest Clubhouse to discuss mitigation of flooding in our area.  "I really enjoyed my town hall in ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Council President Anthony Carter presented a memorial plaque to the family of Bill Populus, Fanwood’s first African-American Councilman, a tribute coinciding with Black History Month. The plaque, featuring a favorite photo of Mr. Populus, was ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new traffic light that was anticipated to be up and running by January could take another six months to be lit as the county awaits a railroad company, the county's spokesperson said. The light at the intersection of Rahway Avenue Lamberts Mill Road is on a Union County ...

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