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Monday, May 22, 2017

"X marks the spot" event sets stage for cooperation between Mayor Mapp and other mayors

In 1963, the Scotch Plains engineer shows South Plainfield engineer
the exact loaction where the four towns meet.

The four town meet near The Woodlands Nursing Home
on Woodland Avenue.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the mayors of thee surrounding towns -- South Plainfield, Edison and Scotch Plains -- will join together Tuesday (May 23) for a ceremony and a working lunch designed to recreate a similar event that took place in 1973.

Because of its historical development, dating back to the colonial Dutch, English and other settlers, New Jersey has very few townships that come together in a 'four corners' configuration. One exception is the intersection of the townships of Edison and Scotch Plains, the borough of South Plainfield and the city of Plainfield.

The fact was duly noted in an event that was publicized in the Courier-News on May 27, 1963 (see photo above) that commemorated the cooperation between the four communities.

Mayor Mapp has arranged for the four mayors -- besides himself as mayor of Plainfield, Thomas Lankey (Edison), Al Smith (Scotch Plains) and Matthew P. Anesh (South Plainfield) -- to gather for a commemorative photograph to mark the occasion.

Following the photo session, the four mayors, along with officials and guests from the four municipalities, will gather for a working lunch to explore ways to join in more cooperative actions.

"I am excited to join with my fellow mayors to commemorate and recreate this historic photo and the commitment to cooperation and friendship that it symbolizes," said Mayor Mapp. "Now more than ever, it is essential that we work together and support one another in order to better serve our communities. I look forward to identifying additional ways for our local governments to cooperate."

Officials from the four communities, the two counties (Middlesex and Union) and the State have been invited to the event which will take place on the grounds of the The Woodlands Nursing Home on Woodland Avenue, near Sprague Avenue.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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