Week in Review: The Top Stories in SPF
Here are the top stories on Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch last week.
-SPF Parents are furious with Statue Cruises after more than 240 Terrill Middle School fifth graders were unable to board the ferry to Ellis Island on Friday. Patch spoke with Liz Maythenyi, a mother of two students who were on the failed field trip, who stated that while Terrill Middle students were patiently waiting to board the boats for their 10 a.m. tour, another large school group waiting behind the students was picked out by a Statue Cruises employee who ushered the chosen group in front of the Terrill students.
Dozens of eye witnesses have indicated that the employee in question was Statue Cruises COO Mike Burke. In an interview with a Statue Cruises PR rep, Tegan Firth admitted that a line supervisor had told trip chaperones that the order to hold back the Terrill group was given by Mike Burke. Read the full story here.
-Over 500 gathered on the North Lawn of the historic Fanwood train station to celebrate Memorial Day at home with a majestic musical tribute to our heroes. As the Westfield Community Band played a variety of moving patriotic pieces, local veterans paid tribute to their fallen comrades with heartbreaking letters written to loved ones from the battlefront. Click the link to check out the video of an Iraq veteran reading a tribute to his fallen comrades while the music of the WC Band soars over the crowd.
The Fanwood Presybterian Choir Festival has once again proven to be a resounding success, raising $2,155 in donations for the SPF Rescue Sqauds. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will be using the proceeds to offset the cost of our new Rehabilitation Vehicle while the Fanwood Rescue squad will use the funds to purchase new communications equipment and general operating expenses