SPF Residents Take Historic Step towards Consolidation of Neighboring Towns

Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents in favor of merging the two towns made history on February 15, becoming the first neighboring communities in the state to petition the Local Finance Board to commission a study on what consolidation would mean for the SPF tax payers.   

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Citizen group wants to study merging Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Scotch Plains and Fanwood may share a school district but the two communities have been separate municipalities since 1895, when tiny Fanwood broke away.

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Courage to Connect NJ Featured in Star-Ledger

Residents in Scotch Plains and Fanwood took a first step toward merging their towns Wednesday by applying for permission to create a consolidation commission.   The two municipalities already share a school district, a library and have talked about merging police departments.  

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Gina Genovese Discusses Consolidation on NJTV

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10 reflections on 2011, hopes for new year from Morris notables

Gina Genovese, Founder and executive director, Courage to Connect NJ  

One word to describe 2011: Groundbreaking  

Wish or hope for 2012: In 2012, New Jersey will have the courage to lead the way to a sustainable and stronger municipal structure.   

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NJ organization wants Scotch Plains-Fanwood merger

SCOTCH PLAINS — A group of Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are taking it upon themselves to merge their two towns. The municipal governments have long flirted with the idea of consolidation but residents say they’re tired of waiting.   

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Public Forum to be Held in Pohatcong on November 2 to Discuss Governor's Municipal Consolidation Proposal

POHATCONG, N.J. – Residents of Pohatcong and surrounding communities are invited to an open forum on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Governor Christie’s proposal to encourage municipal mergers and what it means for New Jersey.  

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Scotch Plains/Fanwood making history

Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are making their mark on New Jersey's history. Never before have the citizens in two adjacent towns petitioned the state to study the benefits of municipal consolidation. With petitions completed and submitted to both towns, this is democracy at its best.

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Pohatcong Township Mayor Jim Kern III pushes for Phillipsburg-area municipal consolidation

Talks of a municipal merger between Phillipsburg-area governments have begun.   Pohatcong Township Mayor Jim Kern III hosted a forum last week to discuss consolidating Alpha, Phillipsburg and Pohatcong, Lopatcong and Greenwich townships.  

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Editorial: In this economy, consolidation could be right move for NJ towns

Funny thing is, when you ask a resident of Princeton Township or Princeton Borough where they live, the answer usually is simply “Princeton.” Well, now they have a chance to make that a reality. On Nov. 8, the two municipalities can write history (and rewrite maps) if they vote to consolidate.  

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