SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith took time during Tuesday's Scotch Plains Township Council meeting to promote women's heart health and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Jersey's ratifying of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. 

The Mayor invited Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler to read a proclamation declaring February as American Heart Month and announce the details of a Women’s Heart Health fair that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the JCC of
Central NJ
(1341 Martine Ave.) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Mayor Smith also invited women in the audience to come forward as he read a proclamation that detailed the history of the women’s suffrage movement in New Jersey. The Garden State had a number of starts and stops before it ratified the 19th Amendment. The Council chamber was decorated wit purple ribbons to celebrate women's suffrage, and later in the month, the Municipal Building will be awash with purple lights to mark the anniversary. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.