Government

December 9, 2018

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee. More than 200 students ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council hosted the Borough's volunteers to Thank You dinner at the Fanwood Grille on Thursday, Dec. 6. "Our volunteer commissions, boards, the rescue squad and fire department form the heart and soul of our town," said Mayor Colleen Mahr in her ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Department of Public Works continues its fall leaf pickup program. The following streets are scheduled for the week of Dec. 3: North Side – Forest Road/Westfield Avenue to Mountain Avenue – including Cole Avenue neighborhood. South Side – Farmingdale to Lake section ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 28th annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Charity Gala brought out elected officials, business and community leaders and the friends and family of local police, fire and rescue squads to raise money for the first responders' charitable efforts at Shackamaxon Country Club on ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr joined neighboring mayors at a recent meeting with Governor Phil Murphy to discuss opportunities for shared services between municipalities. Mayor Mahr is a long-time advocate of cooperative agreements between towns to provide services at a cost savings ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Planning Board unanimously endorsed a redevelopment plan for the Parker Gardens property on Terrill Road following a thorough presentation by planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants. The 13.5 acre property, which has been designated as an area in ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Township Manager Al Mirabella announced on Wednesday that Moody’s Investors Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains’ Aaa Bond rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR).   The AICR is a new, single reference source for the most recent credit information on ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Environmental Commission members Carla Kelly and Bill Picard announced at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday that certification process for Sustainable New Jersey status. Over 440 communities in the Garden State are registered. Sustainable New Jersey ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Elizabeth Stamler, the leading vote-getter among Scotch Plains Council candidates on Election Day, has been appointed and sworn in to serve the remainder of Councilwoman Rose Checchio's term through the end of the year. Councilwoman Checchio lost her long battle with breast ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council honored Oshanda Erb as Volunteer of the Month. Erb, an Air Force reservist, was Fanwood’s representative on the committee that created the Hometown Heroes banners across Scotch Plains and Fanwood. She joined the Air Force at age ...

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FANWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- The Fanwood Council earlier this year voted to create a Sewer Utility to address improvements to the Borough’s aging sewer infrastructure. Last week, residents received their first sewer utility bill. “The decision to establish a residential utility user fee was not an ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Kathryn M. Schurtz, the daughter of former Fanwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz, died tragically with her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, in a car accident as the couple were traveling to their wedding in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Kathryn, 35, grew up in Fanwood and ...

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe, Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz, Councilmen-Elect Josh Losardo and Rashon White, and Fanwood Councilman Anthony Carter were among the attendees of a standing room only presentation on affordable housing on Nov. 14 ...

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr was sworn in as president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities at the league's 103rd NJLM Conference held at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Thurday, Nov. 14.   "(It's) a great honor to swear in Colleen Mahr as the next League ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.  Thus, the grace period for payment of fourth quarter taxes due November 1st will be extended to Tuesday, Nov. 13.     Payments received after Nov. 13 will be subject to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Town Council established a Sewer Utility on April 2018 to begin the planning process to address required for ongoing and long-term maintenance of the Borough’s infrastructure system, as well as plan upgrades to the Borough’s aging sewer infrastructure system. Two immediate ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township released its Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for the Redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown on November 1, 2018. The Township is seeking qualifications and proposals from qualified and ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Democratic Committee is hosting "A Conversation with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman" on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Road Park Building in Fanwood. The Congresswoman is Fanwood's elected representative in Washington, DC. She will be joined by ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Funeral arrangements have been announced for Rose Checchio, 46, who died peacefully after a long battle with cancer at JFK Haven Hospice in Edison on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. A visitation will be held at St Bartholomew the Apostle Church on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith hosted Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the incoming president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, to discuss various legislative solutions to the current court-driven affordable housing process. All three mayors ...

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It is with great sadness that the Township of Scotch Plains announces the passing of beloved Councilwoman Rose Checchio. During her nearly 4 years of dedicated service to the residents of Scotch Plains, Councilwoman Checchio made significant contributions that will forever serve as a reminder of ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In March of 2018, Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, representatives of the Township staff, friends and family gathered to honor Rose as she was named one of Union County’s Women of Excellence. Certainly, a title befitting the Councilwoman.  Below is the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains is morning the passing of Councilwoman Rose Checchio, who died on Sunday following a long battle with breast cancer.  Rose Checchio was elected to the Council along with John Del Sordi in November 2014 following a contentious campaign battle.

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FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr was a featured panelist at the recent Governor’s Conference of Housing and Economic Development in Atlantic City, NJ. Mayor Mahr shared Fanwood’s success in attracting investment, new business and more housing options. The conference was organized to ...

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FANWOOD, NJ – Liz Jeffery, Fanwood’s Director of Economic Development, presented her monthly update on redevelopment progress in the Borough at the Fanwood Council meeting held on Oct. 1. The big news of the evening is that apartments at the Station Square project will soon be available to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- At its Sept. 25, 2018, meeting, the Scotch Plains Township Council endorsed the Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment Plan and authorized the issuance of Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for developers to submit plans for development. The Scotch ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- On Saturday, Sept. 29, residents are invited to join Mayor Colleen Mahr at the Railside Cafe from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The mayor will be available to discuss wide-ranging resident issues, as well as any specific concerns. No appointment is necessary. TAPintoSPF.net is Scotch ...

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FANWOOD, NJ – Fanwood’s economic development director Liz Jeffery hosted a small business roundtable for local business owners on Wednesday evening at the Fanwood Grille to update them on developments impacting the borough’s downtown area. Station Square at Fanwood (35 townhome style rentals ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council honored local volunteer groups whose mission is to prevent suicide to speak about their organizations. Caring Contact, a 24-hour crisis hotline staffed by local volunteers, was ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS,  NJ -- The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) unanimously approved the draft Tier 1, Phase 1 Downtown Redevelopment Plan at its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.  Following this action, the plan will now go to the Scotch Plains Township Council for ...

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