SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - At Monday’s Borough Council meeting, the mayor and council presented proclamations in support of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Physical Therapy Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, Mayor Matt Anesh declared this Friday as "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" in the South Plainfield.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities is a national program whose goal is to deliver to the public the major causes of transportation fatalities and their avoidance. Each year on Oct. 10, every driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist and bicyclist is encouraged to be exceptionally careful so that for at least one day, there will be no fatalities on New Jersey's roads. Being aware, obeying traffic signs and speed limits, avoiding aggressive driving and maintaining safe distances, combined with sharing of the road, being alert and buckling up can make all the differences. “By practicing these behaviors, we are putting life first,” said Anesh.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month dates back to October 1981 when the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its first Day of Unity with the intent to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. Abuse can be physical, emotional or psychological and is not confined to any group or groups of people and crosses all economic, racial and barriers.

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Noting the need to increase public understanding of this important problem, Anesh is urging all citizens to observe this month to become “aware of the tragedy of domestic violence” and support those who are working towards its end. By “participating in community driven events that will raise awareness and demonstrate solidarity to survivors to show that the victims have not been forgotten,” said the mayor.

October is also National Physical Therapy Month and the goal is to recognize the important role physical therapists have in restoring and improving motion in one’s life. During the meeting, the mayor presented proclamations to representatives from AristaCare Health Services and Jenny Martinez of ProCare Physical Therapy, both of South Plainfield, thanking them for the work they do throughout the community.

“Physical therapy can benefit individuals for a number of reasons, including rehabilitation, reducing their need for surgery or prescription drugs and the restoration of their movement and function,” Anesh said, adding, “I encourage awareness throughout the community of the beneficial rewards when receiving physical therapy.”

For the past 25 years, October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the Oct. 6 meeting, the borough presented the South Plainfield-based Pinks SOCS Foundation with a proclamation recognizing the non- e dedication to cancer research and helping students in need affected by cancer. Present to accept the proclamation were Pink SOCS representatives Christine Dispenziere, Jeff Pinkham, Terri Esteve and Ray Rosa.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer) with more than 222,870 new cases diagnosed this year. However, millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.

“The 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today are a testament to the courage as well as the importance of promoting awareness, providing information, funding research, following recommended screening guidelines and providing treatment to those affected,” said Anesh.

The next South Plainfield Borough Council meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.