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Thursday, October 28, 1999 Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our Towns Our 2nd Annual Edition Page 27

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

the Scotch Plains Business Community

organizations, among them the Scotch Plains Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, DECA and the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

In addition, local businesses have donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of products and services annually to area churches and synagogues, schools and other nonprofit organizations for various fundraising activities in the community.

Between 1996 and 1997, individual business owners and professionals in the township donated more than $2,000 towards the purchase of holiday decorations for the Scotch Plains Village Green.

Besides financial contributions, members of the association have also given hundreds of hours of time during the past five years to various local committees and other

organizations, working to help the downtown make a prosperous transition into the 21st century.

These groups include the Downtown Business Alliance, the Downtown Task Force, the Scotch Plains Day Committee, the Downtown Development Committee, the Holiday Decorating Committee, the Clean Communities Committee and the Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Mr. Pardon has stated that the association’s efforts to create a more vibrant and informed business community has contributed, in part, to what he described as “a number of positive trends within the business district.”

These trends, according to Mr. Pardon, include a fairly low vacancy rate in the township; improvements made by landlords to building facades, and other enhancement projects currently in the works. In addition, the SPBPA President has observed that a number of businesses have relocated to Scotch Plains.

Any business owner or professional person interested in becoming a member of the SPBPA may call Mr. Pardon at (908) 322- 7388. Individuals may also learn more about the association by visiting www. visitscotchplains. com on the Internet.

The annual membership fee is $40, although members may contribute more during the year toward special events or promotional activities.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS… Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association “elf volunteers” welcome visitors to the township’s 1998 holiday celebration. Pictured, left to right, are: Gerry Vadas, Debbie DiGuiseppe, Vi Brown, “Santa” Steve Goldberg, Joe Donnatelli, Nancy Woodward and Steve Hoeckele (kneeling).

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS… Each year, the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association awards scholarships to deserving high school students. Recipients for 1999, pictured left to right, are: Latasha Nehemiah, Robert Leichner, Scott Patterson and Adena Plesmid.

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