Class of 1975

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School


The Class of 1975 from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School celebrated their 35th reunion at Shackamaxon Country Club on November 13, 2010, and welcomed alumni friends from other classes. Multiple award-winning musician/composer, Marc Shaiman, class of 1977 also joined the party and provided some spontaneous musical sing-along entertainment.

Over 150 people attended, some traveling from overseas. Some of them made a weekend of it, meeting at The Tavern at the Stage House on Friday night, and then for brunch at the Crown Plaza Clark Hotel on Sunday. It was a weekend full of fond memories, warm greetings, huge smiles, and a palpable loving energy between all who attended.

Reunion guests celebrated their joy by raising funds for charity through a raffle of simple things donated by classmates...a rum cake, a gift basket, some music CDs, and the mum centerpieces.

The class is proud to announce the donation of $1975 to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, based in Short Hills. This donation is made in honor of their classmate, Charlie Newman, who sustained a spinal cord injury in a Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football game in 1973. Mr. Newman is the Director of the Union County Office for the Disabled, advocating for people with disabilities and connecting them with services. He is President of New Jersey Connect, which develops affordable, wheelchair-accessible housing; and he is also involved with many other organizations that support people with disabilities.

Their gift is also made in honor of Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers University football player who recently sustained a spinal cord injury during a Rutgers vs. Army football game. LeGrand is in rehabilitation at Kessler Institute in West Orange. The SPFHS Class of 1975 feels great empathy and connection to LeGrand, his family, and the greater Rutgers University families.

The class also donated $400 to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for their general fund, and a brick in the Alumni Walk at the high school.

35th Reunion Weekend Planning Committee

Lisa Green, Jenny Nielson-Ilaria, Raymond (Kippy) Williams,
Jim Schott, Tom Allen, and others!


35th Reunion Weekend