Spring Fling Dinner Dance
Thursday May 21st
Farmers Market Opens May 16th!
check the events page for details
Rates as low as $100 per year
The SPBPA was started in August of 1994 by Scotch Plains business owner & resident Ray Pardon and nine other individuals. At that time there was not any active business organization in town and the need for one was identified by the Downtown Business Alliance which was a Township committee appointed by the Mayor.
The SPBPA, through dues, donations & fund raising activities reinvests in our community in the following ways:
- Networking meetings to keep the business community informed of township activities and issues.
- Sponsors the New Jersey Farmers Market from June through October each year.
- Organizes the Halloween Window Painting Contest.
- Organizes the annual Holiday Celebrations.
- Created in 1997, an ongoing Scholarship Fund for SPF High School graduates.
- Sponsored the Annual Antique Car Show 1995-2003.
- Purchased, in equal partnership with the Township, the Towne Centre banners in 1998.
- Produced, with DECA in 1997, a Town Directory distributed to all homes in Scotch Plains.
- Donated in 1996 over 50 Flower Planters in Towne Centre.
We thank you for supporting our local businesses and contributing to making Scotch Plains a better community for us all to live and work.
Welcome New Members!
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Mara's Cafe & Bakery
Scotch Plains Agent Recognized for Outstanding Volunteerism
Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company exclusive agent Nelson Espeland received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for distinguished community service. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc.
Allstate New Jersey agents have a proud history of putting their Good Hands® to work in supporting New Jersey communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others.
“The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service. Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day – protecting people and making their lives more secure,” said Bill Ballinger, president of Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company. “With support from The Allstate Foundation, Nelson and Homefirst are making New Jersey a better, safer place to live.”
Homefirst is an organization dedicated to providing housing and social services to the homeless. Espeland is currently the vice president of the Board of Trustees. He has been involved with Homefirst since 2003 and has worked with the organization to help it with its fundraising efforts and in its quest to secure transitional housing units for the homeless.
The Allstate Foundation awards $2 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate New Jersey agents must be a current and active volunteer or lead a nonprofit of their choice. For more information, visit www.allstatefoundation.org.
At our annual BBQ in the park, we presented five scholarships.
The SPBPA have been giving scholarships to Scotch Plains and Fanwood high school seniors since 1997. The program has awarded more than $50,000 over the years to over 50 students. Students can obtain information and applications from their guidance counselors.