scotch-plains-slash-fanwood

Government

February 25, 2022

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 ...

Read more »

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 ...

Read more »

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 ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council honored Robert LaCosta for his 40 years of service to the town during the governing body's Tuesday, Feb. 15, meeting at the Municipal Building. Born and raised in Scotch Plains, LaCosta has been a member of the Township’s Planning Board since Jan.

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appeals court ruling on Tuesday affirmed a lower court judge’s decision to stop work on Union County’s government complex planned for the site of its defunct motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth. The approximately $145 million project at 61-99 West Grand St.

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township Council honored the contributions of African Americans by adopting a resolution celebrating Black History Month at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. February was designated the month in 1915, marking 50 years since the Thirteenth Amendment ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Scotch Plains residents are urged to attend a meeting with Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th Dist) on Thursday Feb. 24, from 7-8 p.m., to discuss flooding issues in the township. The public meeting will take place at Shady Rest Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd.  Scotch Plains Mayor ...

Read more »

FANWOOD, NJ -- Bill Populus (pictured, far right, with Mayor Colleen Mahr and Counciman Anthony Carter in 2017) was known town-wide as a wonderful neighbor, father and husband. But he was also a trailblazer as the first Black American elected to the Fanwood Borough Council. His election in 1993 was ...

Read more »

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Jersey’s colleges and universities have taken a larger role in feeding students, a mantle they assumed even before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity on their campuses.  The state, through measures such as the grants issued as part of the Hunger-Free Campus ...

Read more »

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council held its first in-person meeting in almost two years on Monday, February 7, 2022, in light of decreasing COVID numbers across New Jersey and a high vaccination rate in Fanwood. Mayor Colleen Mahr, the Council members, Borough staff and citizens attending ...

Read more »

FANWOOD, NJ — Congressman Tom Malinowski is scheduled take part in a meet-and-greet in Fanwood next week to meet voters who will become part of the district he currently represents. The redrawn districts are the result of the 2020 Census, and starting in January 2023, Fanwood and Scotch Plains ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains will soon be inhaling new business into the community, and the newest joints will be cannabis dispensaries. At the latest Scotch Plains council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, Mayor Josh Losardo and the Scotch Plains Council examined the plans of Sanctuary ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In TAPintoSPF's continuing Meet The Leaders series, we spoke with Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator Dennis VanNatta. Age: 60 Marital Status:  Education & Certifications: B.A. in Economics/Accounting, Rutgers University '83, ...

Read more »

WESTFIELD, NJ — New local laws being considered for mobile kitchens that have been serving residents for the past year are on hold while the state mulls revisions to its own regulations to account for Wonder’s new business model, the Westfield health officer said. Representatives for Wonder — a ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- TAPintoSPF is beginning this year's Meet The Leaders series, a string of stories that feature profiles of governmental leaders, including their roles and responsibilities in both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. This week's profile is Scotch Plains Chief of Police, Ted ...

Read more »

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022 State of the State address will stream online and via social media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Murphy is expected to discuss his commitment to leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis, improving the lives of middle-class ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its 2022 Reorganization Meeting but without Mayor Josh Losardo, who tested positive for COVID before the Council meeting at which only Township officials and the media had been invited.  "I tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Municipal Building remains open. However, due to the latest surge in positive COVID cases, the Township respectively reminds residents that there are several options for doing business contact-free: Use the drop-off boxes in the lobby for submitting plans ...

Read more »

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council and Mayor Colleen Mahr ushered in the new year with the annual Reorganization Meeting, held virtually this year. The meeting is required by law to set the local government and its associated contracts and contractors in motion for the coming year. Mayor ...

Read more »

$1,000 Hiring and Retention Bonuses Also Being Paid to Child Care Workers (TRENTON) – Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman has announced child care providers can now begin applying for the American Rescue Plan-funded stabilization grants to help pay for operational expenses amid ongoing pandemic ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As 2021 comes to a close and 2022 begins, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the biggest stories of 2021. Today, we revisit the top Election and Government stories of the year: New Scotch Plains Mayor Losardo, Councilwoman Zimmerman Sworn In And The Winner in Scotch ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Council has approved a resolution which establishes a new employment agreement with Township Manager Al Mirabella through February 2025.  The contract, which was prepared by Scotch Plains Township Attorney David Minchello, specifies that "The Manager shall ...

Read more »

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains celebrated the accomplishments of a half dozen youth sports teams during Tuesday evening's Township Council meeting. The teams honored were:  Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Girls Gymnastics Team -- won their third consecutive Union County Team ...

Read more »

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey announced on Sunday he's tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID. In a statement on his Twitter account. Sen. Booker said he's received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, in addition to receiving the booster shot.  The tweet says he started ...

Read more »

In-person FEMA office in Union County will remain open until further notice. Residents impacted by Hurricane Ida should be advised that the deadline for applying for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been extended again. The new deadline to apply is ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County received a credit rating of Aaa from Moody’s last week, maintaining its strong financial position looking forward to 2022 and beyond. A rating of Aaa is the highest a county government can achieve. “The rating reflects the efforts of our strong County Management ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Doctors answered questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children at a virtual town hall hosted Tuesday by the county’s Interim Executive Superintendent of Schools, Daryl Palmieri. Children from ages 5-11 became eligible for the vaccine in November after approval by the U.S Food ...

Read more »

TRENTON, NJ – As part of his ongoing commitment to meaningfully address the nation’s gun violence crisis, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday urged legislators to take action in the coming weeks and pass a comprehensive gun safety legislative package that he initially proposed in April. If passed by ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ — County social service workers and concerned residents filled the County Board of Commissioners' first in-person meeting in over a year Thursday night to protest pay raises for top administrators, which they said are being given in a struggling economy and without fair ...

Read more »

SOMERVILLE, NJ -- U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski, whose district covers parts of Scotch Planis, hosted a virtual workshop for local seniors to share best practices to protect against fraud. The event featured Robin Eichen from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who discussed the types of ...

Read more »