Scotch Plains, New Jersey
|Scotch Plains, New Jersey|
|Township of Scotch Plains|
Map of Scotch Plains Township in Union County. Inset: Location of Union County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Scotch Plains, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 6, 1878 as Fanwood Township|
|Renamed||March 29, 1917 as Scotch Plains|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Mayor||Kevin Glover (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Manager||Jerry Giaimis|
|• Clerk||Bozena Lacina|
|• Total||9.050 sq mi (23.440 km2)|
|• Land||9.018 sq mi (23.358 km2)|
|• Water||0.032 sq mi (0.082 km2) 0.35%|
|Area rank||220th of 566 in state
4th of 21 in county
|Elevation ||141 ft (43 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2012)||23,797|
|• Rank||105th of 566 in state
7th of 21 in county
|• Density||2,606.9/sq mi (1,006.5/km2)|
|• Density rank||239th of 566 in state
19th of 21 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882217|
Scotch Plains is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the township's population was 23,510, reflecting an increase of 778 (+3.4%) from the 22,732 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,572 (+7.4%) from the 21,160 counted in the 1990 Census.
The area known as Scotch Plains was first settled by Europeans, including many Scottish Quakers as early as 1684. It later served as a stop on the stage coach line between New York and Philadelphia. The Ash Swamp in Scotch Plains was the scene of a key action in the Battle of Short Hills, on June 26, 1777, which included skirmishes as Washington's forces moved along Rahway Road in Scotch Plains toward the Watchung Mountains. An ancient house in Scotch Plains recalls those skirmishes and, with the acreage adjoining the house, presents a vista of that decade, the 1770s. This is the home of Aunt Betty Frazee, whose retort to Lord Cornwallis led the British to find their bread from friendlier bakers in the same battle. The farmstead of Betty and Gershom Frazee is being restored by local organizations.
What is now Scotch Plains was originally incorporated as Fanwood Township on March 6, 1878, by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature from portions of Plainfield Township and Westfield Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Fanwood Borough on October 2, 1895. Fanwood Township was renamed as Scotch Plains on March 29, 1917, based on the results of a referendum held that same day.
Scotch Plains was home to the Shady Rest Country Club, the nation's first African-American country club, and its pro, John Shippen, the first American golf professional, who led the 1892 U.S. Open in the final round before finishing fifth. The Shady Rest clubhouse hosted Cab Calloway and other greats as a local center for African-American culture in the 1920s and 1930s. It is preserved today as the Scotch Hills Municipal course.
A much more complete history of the town can be found on pp. 4–6 of the PDF version of Our Towns: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (2nd Annual), (Oct. 28, 1999, produced by the town's newspaper of record at the time) as well as on the town's website.
Scotch Plains Township is located at United States Census Bureau, Scotch Plains township had a total area of 9.050 square miles (23.440 km2), of which, 9.018 square miles (23.358 km2) of it is land and 0.032 square miles (0.082 km2) of it (0.35%) is water.(40.633026,-74.372905). According to the
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At the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,510 people, 8,595 households, and 6,429 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,606.9 per square mile (1,006.5 /km2). There were 8,896 housing units at an average density of 986.4 per square mile (380.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 77.43% (18,203) White, 11.08% (2,605) Black or African American, 0.12% (29) Native American, 7.65% (1,799) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.39% (327) from other races, and 2.32% (545) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.73% (1,582) of the population.
There were 8,595 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the township, 25.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $104,873 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,397) and the median family income was $126,138 (+/- $7,410). Males had a median income of $90,016 (+/- $11,033) versus $66,022 (+/- $5,055) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,488 (+/- $3,094). About 1.3% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there are 22,732 people, 8,349 households, and 6,295 families residing in the township . The population density is 2,503.3 inhabitants per square mile (966.6/km2). There are 8,479 housing units at an average density of 933.7 per square mile (360.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township is 78.88% White, 11.30% African American, 0.09% Native American, 7.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 3.94% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 8,349 households out of which 36.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% are married couples living together, 8.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% are non-families. 20.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.71 and the average family size is 3.16.
In the township the population is distributed with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $81,599, and the median income for a family was $96,238. Males had a median income of $63,648 versus $43,714 for females. The per capita income for the township is $39,913. 3.0% of the population and 2.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Scotch Plains is governed under the Faulkner Act (Council-Manager) form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a four-member Township Council. Council members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with the Mayor and one of the council members elected in years divisible by four and the three other council seats coming up for election two years later. The Mayor and the Councilmembers are the only elected officials in the Township government. The Mayor and Council then appoint a Township Manager, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Township, with the authority to appoint most subordinate personnel.
As of 2014[update], members of the Scotch Plains Township Council are Mayor Kevin Glover (D, 2016), Llewellyn Jones (R, 2014), Colleen Gialanella (D, 2016), Michael "Mickey" Marcus (D, 2014) and William "Bo" Vastine (R, 2014).
The Chief of Police is Brian Mahoney.
Federal, state and county representation
Scotch Plains is split between the 7th and 12th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, all of Scotch Plains had been part of the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. The redistricting plan that went into effect in 2013 put 1,091 residents from the extreme northernmost portion of the township into the 7th District, with the remaining 22,419 put into the 12th District.
New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D, Hopewell Township). New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg) and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).
For the 2014-2015 Session, the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the General Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Scotch Plains). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Union County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year, with an appointed County Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its members. As of 2014[update], Union County's Freeholders are Chairman Christopher Hudak (D, Linden, term ends December 31, 2014), Vice Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh (D, Roselle, 2015), Bruce Bergen (D, Springfield Township, 2015), Linda Carter (D, Plainfield, 2016), Angel G. Estrada (D, Elizabeth, 2014), Sergio Granados (D, Elizabeth, 2016) Bette Jane Kowalski (D, Cranford, 2016), Alexander Mirabella (D, Fanwood, 2015) and Vernell Wright (D, Union, 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (D, Union, 2015), Sheriff Ralph Froehlich (D, Union, 2016) and Surrogate James S. LaCorte (D, Springfield Township, 2014). The County Manager is Alfred Faella.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 15,979 registered voters in Scotch Plains Township, of which 5,061 (31.7% vs. 41.8% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,562 (22.3% vs. 15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 7,346 (46.0% vs. 42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 68.0% (vs. 53.3% in Union County) were registered to vote, including 91.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.6% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 6,801 votes here (54.8% vs. 66.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 5,394 votes (43.5% vs. 32.3%) and other candidates with 135 votes (1.1% vs. 0.8%), among the 12,407 ballots cast by the township's 16,820 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.8% (vs. 68.8% in Union County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,094 votes here (55.0% vs. 63.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,603 votes (43.5% vs. 35.2%) and other candidates with 109 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,894 ballots cast by the township's 16,359 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.8% (vs. 74.7% in Union County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 6,134 votes here (51.0% vs. 58.3% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 5,757 votes (47.9% vs. 40.3%) and other candidates with 83 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 12,018 ballots cast by the township's 15,361 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.2% (vs. 72.3% in the whole county).
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,381 votes here (50.8% vs. 41.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,480 votes (40.4% vs. 50.6%), Independent Chris Daggett with 633 votes (7.3% vs. 5.9%) and other candidates with 68 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,619 ballots cast by the township's 16,122 registered voters, yielding a 53.5% turnout (vs. 46.5% in the county).
Public school students in Scotch Plains attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Borough of Fanwood and the Township of Scotch Plains. The district has five elementary schools (PreK/K-4), two middle schools (5-8) and a comprehensive high school (9-12), all of which are located in Scotch Plains. Students from School One, Evergreen and Brunner pool into Park Middle School, whereas students from Coles and McGinn feed into Terrill. School One is the only elementary school that teaches English as a second language. As of the 2010-11 school year, the district's eight schools had an enrollment of 5,692 students and 397.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.34:1.
Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are five elementary schools — Howard B. Brunner Elementary School (PreK-4; 410 students), J. Ackerman Coles School (PreK-4; 534), Evergreen School (PreK-4; 414), William J. McGinn School (K-4; 480) and School One (K-4; 376) — Park Middle School (5-8; 924) and Terrill Middle School (5-8; 845), along with Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (9-12, 1,478).
Another elementary school, Shackamaxon School, was built in 1951 (the same year as Evergreen School) and operated until 1981, when it was leased to the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey as their Jewish Community Center and offices. The Federation bought the building outright five years later.
The Union County Vocational Technical Schools includes the Union County Magnet High School, the Academy for Information Technology, the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, the Union County Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational-Technical School. The grouping of different schools is for vocational as well as gifted students, publicly funded by the combined taxes of Union County municipalities.
Union Catholic Regional High School (often abbreviated UC), a private Roman Catholic school, brings in students from Union County and parts of Essex and Middlesex counties and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The Newark Archdiocese also supervises operation of the K-8 St. Bartholomew Academy.
Scotch Plains is bisected by New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. A passenger station is located in Fanwood. Another rail line, the Lehigh Line, carries freight trains through the southernmost tip of the township.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Scotch Plains, most conveniently reached via Route 22, and Linden Airport, a general aviation facility is in nearby Linden, New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is also easily accessible via New Jersey Transit train.
The township is accessible from limited access in neighboring communities, such as Interstate 78 in both Watchung and Berkeley Heights, the Garden State Parkway in Clark and Interstate 287 in Edison Township.
The town falls in the New York media market, with daily news being based in New York City. Its weekly newspaper of record is the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times, also publisher of the neighboring town's newspaper of record, the Westfield Leader.
The following housing developments exist in Scotch Plains
- New development located off Martine Avenue by Union Catholic.
- Erected in the early 1990s, it used to be a cow farm.
- It has its own tennis courts for residents.
- Located behind Coles School, it was built by the same development company that built Stirling Chase to be a more affordable place to live than Stirling.
- It has its own swimming pool and two tennis courts for residents.
- A small and quiet neighborhood located north of Route 22 completely isolated from the rest of Scotch Plains.
- Complex of townhouses between Scotch Plains and Clark.
- Robinson's Creek runs through it and has been tested by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and confirmed to be toxic. 
- Built in the 1940s, a development of several unique Cape-Cod style homes on the border of Westfield, many of which have been knocked down with newer and larger homes rebuilt.
- K. Hovnanian recently built townhomes ranging from 2,000–2,500 square feet in size, located behind US 22, originally selling for up to $500,000.
Points of interest
- The Aunt Betty Frazee House is a farmhouse of a colonial-era couple Gershom and Elizabeth Frazee, the latter of whom was approached by British generals in 1777 who sought to buy bread she'd been baking that day. Aunt Betty's famous retort ("I offer this bread not in love but in fear" — whereupon the generals courteously abandoned their effort to buy) puts her in company with Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher and other women who distinguished themselves in the American Revolution. Her house is on state and national historic registers, and many in the community are seeking a way of restoring the house (at 1451 Raritan Road) to honor Betty's story and secure it in American history.
- Shackamaxon Country Club is a private golf course, swimming and tennis facility also hosting celebrations, founded in 1916 and is located on Shackamaxon Drive in Scotch Plains. Some of its 130+ acres occupy land in Westfield, New Jersey. (more complete history of The Shack)
- Scotch Hills Municipal Golf Course, known as the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club before it was taken over by the township, it was at one time the only African-American country club in the United States.
- Hillside Cemetery is the burial site of Dudley Moore and Senator James Edgar Martine.
- Bowcraft Amusement Park is an amusement park located on Route 22 West that was featured in scenes in the films Mortal Thoughts (1991) and North (1994).
- John's Meat Market is the site of Mr. T's reality TV show for TV Land.
- Osborn-Cannonball House Museum is a historic home located at 1840 Front Street that is operated by The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood New Jersey.
- John H. Stamler Police Academy trains officers and volunteers throughout Union County and is located on Raritan Road.
- The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey has its Jewish Community Center and offices on Martine Avenue.
- Highland Swimming Club is a private swimming facility with a large L-shaped main pool and a smaller kiddie pool, a BBQ area, a small "Snack Shack", and play area named "The Grove". Its swim team competes against other private swim clubs in the area in meets held mostly in July. It also hosts an annual swim meet with a club from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Notable current and former resident of Scotch Plains include:
- Audrey Assad (born 1983), contemporary Christian music artist with Sparrow Records.
- Hank Beenders (1916–2003), early professional basketball player.
- Judy Blume (born 1938), author, lived in Scotch Plains while writing the classic Fudge series of children's books.
- Derrick Caracter (born 1988), power forward/center for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners team who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Draft.
- Donald DiFrancesco (born 1944), former Governor of New Jersey and Senate President.
- Pat DiNizio (born 1955), singer/songwriter for The Smithereens.
- John Gano (1727–1804), chaplain who baptized George Washington.
- Ashton Gibbs (born 1990), starting point-guard for the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team.
- Scott Goldblatt (born 1979), swimmer who won a Gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a Silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, with both medals earned in the 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay.
- Jeffrey Hammonds (born 1971), For MLB outfielder who had one all star appearance in his 13 seasons.
- Jerome Hines (1921–2003), opera singer.
- Nathan Jones (born 1982), cornerback for the Denver Broncos.
- Bryan Meredith (born 1989), goalkeeper who has played for the Seattle Sounders FC of the MLS.
- Renaldo Nehemiah (born 1959), track star who set world record in the 110 meter hurdles, NFL wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and the only four time winner of ABC's Superstar competition.
- Malcolm Nettingham (born 1919), 99th Fighter Squadron, Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black unit, which broke the color barrier in 1946. Nettingham was a radio operator and a gunner on a B-25 in the 477th Bomb Group.
- Thomas W. Osborn (1833–98), Union Army officer who represented Florida in the United States Senate.
- Joe J. Plumeri (born 1944), Chairman & CEO of Willis Group and owner of the Trenton Thunder.
- John F. Rague (1799-1877) architect who designed and built the 1837 Old Capitol of Illinois and the 1840 Territorial Capitol of Iowa.
- Cynthia Sayer (born 1956), jazz banjoist.
- Joe Scarpati (born 1943), holder for Tom Dempsey's record 63-yard (58 m) field goal in 1970.
- Marc Shaiman (born 1959), composer and arranger who has worked on the musical Hairspray and the film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
- Enzo Stuarti (1919–2005), tenor, musical theater performer.
- Lance Thomas (born 1988), power forward / center for the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Frank Thorne (born 1930), comic book artist and writer best known for popularizing the Marvel Comics character Red Sonja.
- Troi Torain, radio host and "Star" of Star and Bucwild.
- David S. Ware (born 1949), jazz musician.
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- Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 9, 2013. "We are indebted to the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood for their support, involvement, and constant commitment to educational excellence."
- About Us / District FAQs, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed May 22, 2013.
- District information for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Data for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Howard B. Brunner Elementary School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- J. Ackerman Coles School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Evergreen School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- William J. McGinn School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- School One, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Park Middle School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Terrill Middle School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. Accessed July 31, 2013.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 7, 2013.
- Dyckman, Susan M. "Single Classroom, Built in 1768, Marks Beginning of Public School District", Our Towns, October 28, 1999.
- Superintendent's Report, Union County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Union County High Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Union County Elementary Schools, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- College Facilities, Union County College. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Union County Bus / Rail connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Contact Us, The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- of-Frazee-House-property.html History of the Property, The Frazee House. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- 10 Most Endangerd Historic Sites in New Jersey 2011: Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, Preservation New Jersey. Accessed August 9, 2013. "The Shady Rest Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains has local, State, and National significance as the first African-American owned and operated country club in the United States."
- Historical People & Points of Interest, Hillside Cemetery. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- Gordon, William A. Shot on This Site:A Traveler's Guide to the Places and Locations Used to Film Famous Movies and TV Shows, p. 204. Citadel Press, 1995. ISBN 9780806516479. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- "SP’s John’s Meat Market is Prime Location for New Reality TV Show", Westfield Leader, September 14, 2006.
- Osborn-Cannonball House Museum, The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood New Jersey. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- John H. Stamler Police Academy, Union County, New Jersey. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Directions, Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Accessed December 18, 2011.
- Flores, Raúl A. "For openers", San Antonio Express-News, September 11, 2009. Accessed July 21, 2011. "Audrey Assad Young new artist from Scotch Plains NJ weaves her melodic voice with keyboard acoustics and lyrics that explore faith through music."
- Evan Amos (30 June 2011). "Audrey Assad interview". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- "Former Philadelphia Warriors player Hank Beenders dies at 87", Burlington County Times, October 27, 2003. "born in Haarlem, Holland, he lived in Brooklyn, and in Scotch Plains before moving to Bridgewater 36 years ago."
- Goldblatt, Jennifer. "Blume's Day", The New York Times, November 14, 2004. Accessed February 5, 2008. "It wasn't until after Ms. Blume had gotten her bachelor's degree in education from New York University in 1961, was married and raising her son, Larry, and her daughter, Randy, and living in Plainfield and later Scotch Plains, that she started to commit her stories and characters to paper, cramming writing sessions in while the children were at preschool and at play."
- Goodman, Jeff. "Heralded recruit struggles with expectations", USA Today, November 16, 2005. Accessed November 30, 2007.
- New Jersey Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco, National Governors Association, accessed May 4, 2007. "Donald T. DiFrancesco was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He graduated from Penn State University in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in business."
- Cahillane, Kevin. "Not Fade Away: The Smithereens' Monument to Persistence", The New York Times, October 10, 2004. Accessed November 3, 2007. "The band formed in 1980 when three Carteret High School graduates (class of 1975) and childhood friends (Mr. Babjak, Dennis Diken on drums and Mike Mesaros on bass) met Pat DiNizio, a Scotch Plains singer-songwriter-garbage man."
- John Gano, Biographical memoirs of the late Rev. John Gano, of Frankfort (Kentucky): formerly of the city of New York (Printed by Southwick and Hardcastle for J. Tiebout, 1806)
- Thomas R. McKibbens, The forgotten heritage: a lineage of great Baptist preaching (Mercer University Press, 1986), pg. 136
- Mazzeo, Mike. "N.J. native lifts No. 2 Pitt over Rutgers", ESPN New York, January 30, 2011. Accessed April 21, 2011. "Pittsburgh junior guard Ashton Gibbs grew up 25 minutes from the Louis Brown Athletic Center in nearby Scotch Plains. Leave it to the hometown kid to stick the dagger in the hearts of the home crowd."
- "Swimmer ready for the race of his life", The Star-Ledger, September 17, 2000. "Name: Scott Goldblatt Age: 21 Hometown: Summit Residence: Scotch Plains, until going away to college in Austin, Texas. Education: He attended Mcginn Elementary School, Coles Elementary School and Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains and then the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, graduating in 1997."
- Staff. "Baseball; Rookie Tips His Nervousness", The New York Times, June 26, 1993. Accessed May 4, 2007. "'I've never been that nervous before in my life,' said the 22-year-old center fielder, who played at Stanford and is from Scotch Plains, N.J. 'I would have swung at anything on that pitch. I'm just happy it dropped in. After that hit, it just carried on from there.'"
- Portantiere, Michael. "Opera and Musical Theater Star Jerome Hines Dies at 81", Theatermania.com, February 5, 2003. Accessed July 15, 2007. "A resident of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Hines appeared frequently at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn in recent years."
- Nathan Jones prospect profile, NFL.com. Accessed July 15, 2007. Academic All-American at Rutgers "Education major … Born June 15, 1982 … Resides in Scotch Plains, N.J."
- Giase, Frank. "Monmouth goalkeeper Bryan Meredith selected in second round of MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders", The Star-Ledger, January 13, 2011. Accessed December 18, 2011. "The Seattle Sounders selected Meredith, a Scotch Plains native, in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft (No. 29 overall), a team that in a year will have a gaping hole at goalkeeper."
- Staff. "Sports people; Nehemiah Wins One", The New York Times, November 10, 1982. Accessed August 30, 2012. "Frank Greenberg, secretary of the Middle Atlantic Athletic Congress, said after a hearing in Philadelphia that the 23-year-old Nehemiah wanted to remain an amateur so he could compete at Los Angeles. The native of Scotch Plains, N.J., holds the 110-yard hurdles record of 12.93 seconds."
- Thomas W. Osborn, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 3, 2008.
- Freehling, Alison. "W&M GRAD TO FINANCE NEW BALLPARK $1.8 MILLION DONATION EARMARKED FOR BASEBALL", Daily Press (Virginia), October 25, 1996. Accessed April 21, 2011. "Joseph J Plumeri, II, a financial executive living in Scotch Plains, N.J., will make the donation for a facility behind the Dillard Complex off Ironbound Road."
- Hoffman, M. M. "John F. Rague, Architect", Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Sep., 1928), pp. 109-111. Accessed August 30, 2012.
- Brody, Millicent K. "Westfield art show a 'win-win' for artists and community", Courier News, May 29, 2002. Accessed August 30, 2012. "Originally from Scotch Plains, and now a resident of Manhattan, banjo player and vocalist, Cynthia Sayer was accompanied by trio members Dan Levinson on clarinet and Mike Weatherly on bass, while a variety of musicians from the Westfield Community Band and the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts entertained throughout the day."
- Kanzler, George. "Cynthia Sayer brings friends and banjo to Zinno.", The Star-Ledger, April 24, 1998, p. 32. "When she was growing up in Scotch Plains in the '60s and '70s, Cynthia Sayer wanted to be a big- band drummer."
- "Honoring Former High School Greats", The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, November 13, 1997. "Mayor Connelly presented a plaque to Mr. Scarpati, who lettered in football, basketball and track for the Raiders and served as the captain of the football team in 1959. Mr. Scarpati went on to play as a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints professional football teams, and was the holder of the record-setting 63-yard (58 m) field goal kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970 during the game between the Saints and the Detroit Lions."
- Callahan , Michael with Chmiel, David; Miller, Jen A.; and Weiss, Jennifer. "Best of Jersey", New Jersey Monthly, January 2007. Accessed May 18, 2007. "COMPOSER Scotch Plains native Marc Shaiman, who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony (the latter for the score to the Broadway smash Hairspray), crafts melodies you hum long after you leave the theater."
- Krebs, Albin. "Notes on People", The New York Times, January 26, 1978. Accessed December 18, 2011. "Enzo Stuarti, the nightclub and television singing star, and his wife of 30 years, Esther, were divorced in Elizabeth, N.J.... Mrs. Stuarti is to retain the family home in Scotch Plains, N.J."
- Lance Thomas #42 F, ESPN.com, October 21, 2008.
- Staff. "Union County Historical Society to present a book discussion featuring Illustrator Frank Thorne", Suburban News, January 11, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "Frank Thorne was born in Rahway in 1930 and currently resides in Scotch Plains."
- Ogunnaike, Lola. "Radio Show Host Says He's No Shock Jock", The New York Times, May 13, 2006. Accessed July 29, 2013. "In an industry in which street credibility is prized, Mr. Torain, born and raised in Scotch Plains, N.J., has always been pleased to be a product of the suburbs."
- Frank Thorne at the ComicBookDB. Accessed March 20, 2008.
- Ware, David S. "David S. Ware", JazzTimes, June 2003. Accessed August 9, 2011. "'Come on girls, we're going to put you in the magazine,' says David S. Ware, calling Bibi and Mikuro into the music room of his three-story house in Scotch Plains, N.J.... Ware drove taxis for 14 years in New York City, where he relocated in 1973 after growing up in Scotch Plains and later attending Boston's Berklee College of Music."
- Scotch Plains website
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics
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