SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Coronavirus doesn’t know or care if it’s your birthday.

While time indeed marches on, weddings, birthday parties and even funerals are now put on hold because of social distancing measures intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Friends of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School junior Kayla Avilla couldn't celebrate with her, but thanks to family, friends, and the Fanwood police, her 17th birthday will be one that she never forgets. With help from Scotch Plains police, who blocked a section of Westfield Road, a caravan of about 20 cars rode past Avilla's house waving signs and beeping horns. There was even a Happy Birthday serenade by three Fanwood police officers: Lt. Frank Marrero, who helped organize the procession, Officer Elliott Bernard, and Officer Tyler Flowers.

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"I'm totally surprised! Thank you everyone," the birthday girl told TAPintoSPF.

"This is part of our community policing efforts," said Fanwood police chief Richard Trigo. "I'm glad we could do something to help Kayla celebrate her birthday and this also was a way to express our appreciation for complying with COVID-19 social distancing measures."

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