SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Under near perfect weather conditions, the Township of Scotch Plains honored late Councilwoman Rose Checchio with a special ceremony and a dedication of "Rose's Garden" on Tuesday, August 18, at the Alan Augustine Village Green.

Speakers included Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager Al Mirabella, Ralph Checchio (Rose's father-in-law, whose company donated the monument and the plaque) and Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey, who all spoke lovingly about the late Councilwoman and her large impact during a short time in office. Among her lasting projects were the beautification of downtown and the annual Halloween "Trunk-or-Treat," which has grown in popularity every year.

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The event was originally scheduled to take place in May, but was postponed due to COVID. Rose Checchio died in October of 2018. She was only 46 years old.