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Armady Chosen for Plainfield Council Seat

June 18, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s City Council chose Elton Armady Monday as appointee to the citywide at-large seat vacated by Rebecca Williams, now a Union County freeholder. He was sworn in by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp with his mother Carol, father Chiddy, and twin sister Becky at his side.

Armady will have to run in the November general election for the balance of the term, ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 18 - 24

Here are a few of the activities happening in the City of Plainfield this week: 

Monday

Combined Regular City Council Meeting 7 pm at the Municipal Courthouse on Watching Avenue. Click here to view meeting agenda: See agenda 
Plainfield Public Library: Band Lab from 4-5 pm for ages 11-17. Learn about the free online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) BandLab. Create beats, ...

New Board Will Manage Plainfield’s Special Improvement District

Plainfield’s June 18 City Council meeting agenda includes seven mayoral nominees to the newly-created Central Business District Advisory Board that will govern a management corporation for the Special Improvement District.

Besides reflecting Plainfield’s well-known diversity, board members span a range of professions, from dentist to developer, plus favorite food ...

Union County’s Free Summer Arts Concert Series Launches this Friday, June 22

June 19, 2018

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicks off Union County’s 57th annual Summer Arts Festival series of free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Freeholder Board with an evening of Broadway favorites, beloved opera overtures and more on Friday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Attendees are also invited to bring a mat or beach towel and join in a free Union County Get ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 18 - 24

Here are a few of the activities happening in the City of Plainfield this week: 

Monday

Combined Regular City Council Meeting 7 pm at the Municipal Courthouse on Watching Avenue. Click here to view meeting agenda: See agenda 
Plainfield Public Library: Band Lab from 4-5 pm for ages 11-17. Learn about the free online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) BandLab. Create beats, ...

Works by Local Artist Mel Holston on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of drawings by Plainfield resident Mel Holston, located in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.

A selection of Mr. Holston’s work titled, “Motherland: Life in Black and White,” will be on display at the gallery until August ...

Fatal Pedestrian Strike in Plainfield Under Investigation

June 8, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - An incident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Plainfield Thursday night is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Plainfield Public Safety Director Carl Riley jointly announced Friday.

The victim has been identified as Antonio Marquez-Melgar, 37, of Plainfield.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, members of the ...

Plainfield Public School District recognizes longevity employees

June 20, 2018

Tuesday’s BOE meeting began with a recognition ceremony for the districts 13 longest serving employees, representing a combined total of over 600 years of service. Following a dinner and entertainment provided by the PAAAS Jazz Project, the presentation of award began with a brief welcome and opening remarks. According to Board President, Richard Wyatt, despite all the changes in ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Literacy Project at Clinton School in Plainfield

June 14, 2018 - Plainfield, NJ - Pre-kindergarten, first and second grade students and teachers at Clinton Elementary School in the Plainfield School District have been working on an incredible literacy project using the book "The Tiny Seed" by author Eric Carle. Children learn by investigating the subject of the butterfly and the environment under experiences that include ...

Video: Union County Celebrates Pride Month with CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic

June 18, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ — Parents, children, friends and all family members came out on Saturday afternoon to Rahway River Park for the Union County CommUNITY PRIDE Day Picnic.

The family-friendly celebration hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders was a day of arts and crafts, family lawn games, inflatable bounce houses, playground fun and more, along with music by the rock ...

Track & Field: Union Catholic Girls Break State Record in Shuttle Hurdles

June 17, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. --  The Union Catholic girls, running in the fastest shuttle hurdle race in U.S. high school history, broke its own state record by running 58.30 to place fourth at the New Balance Nationals on Saturday at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T.

UC's 58.30 broke the state record of 58.38 that it set at the 2015 East Coast Relays in Randolph ...

Darby Road Celebrates World Cup Excitement, Even Without U.S., Italy and Ireland

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While the game the rest of the world calls "football" is the most popular sport in most countries except the U.S., the 1994 World Cup hosted here remains the tournament with the highest ever attendance (3,568,567). The '94 tournament lifted a growing sports to new heights.

This year will bring something totally different. The 2018 World Cup takes place ...

Bring Dad Out to the Ballpark for Father's Day

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will host a Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 17th at TD Bank Ballpark. The 1:05 pm game will feature several Father’s Day promotions and events, highlighted by a pre-game Dads & Kids Catch.

All fathers and children in attendance are encouraged to participate in the pre-game Dads & Kids Catch, which will take place from ...

New Board Will Manage Plainfield’s Special Improvement District

June 16, 2018

Plainfield’s June 18 City Council meeting agenda includes seven mayoral nominees to the newly-created Central Business District Advisory Board that will govern a management corporation for the Special Improvement District.

Besides reflecting Plainfield’s well-known diversity, board members span a range of professions, from dentist to developer, plus favorite food ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

Zoning Board Denies Plainfield Slaughterhouse Plan

A Plainfield business owner’s wish to use his basement for slaughter of chickens, pigs, sheep and goats was denied Wednesday by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Owner Vadrajan Naicken, who formerly operated a liquor store at the site on West Front Street near Clinton Avenue, appeared before the board with attorney Walter Abrams, planner Richard Lapinski and prospective employee ...

A Saturday in Plainfield

June 9, 2018

After a quick cup of coffee, the day started with a visit to the Shakespeare Garden located in Cedar Brook Park where the Plainfield Garden Club members were hosting their annual Shakespeare in Bloom garden tour. The garden was in full bloom with a wide variety of flora – from Wisteria, Poppies, cuckoo buds (Ranunculus), Daffodils and Irises to name a few. While we were there, Freeholder ...

Ambeli Greek Taverna Opens New Restaurant in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Ambeli Greek Taverna opened the doors to its new location in downtown Westfield last month. The restaurant expanded from its original spot in Cranford, which has been open for nearly three years.

According to owner Christos Zavolas, it was not his idea to open a second restaurant.

“Mr. Gary Goodman, my landlord in Cranford came to me and asked if we could open in ...

North Plainfield Mom Maggie Grabko Gets Life-Saving Liver Transplant, Warren Fundraiser Set for Sunday

June 18, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maggie Grabko, a North Plainfield mom of two, underwent a successful liver transplant on June 13, according to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page by her husband, Shawn Grabko. The Watchung Hills Elks are hosting a fundraiser, the Maggie Grabko Dinner and Music Fundraiser, at 1 Elks Trail in Warren on June ...

New volunteers to speak up for abused Union County children

Elizabeth, NJ (June 12, 2018) — Among the latest class of community volunteers to complete child advocacy training and take their oath from Superior Court Judge James Hely to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County are residents of Cranford, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Linden, Roselle, Summit, Union, Westfield and Winfield.

Volunteers with CASA serve as extra eyes and ...

Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk - A Success

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Blue skies and sunshine blessed the participants of Holy Savior’s 7th Annual 5k and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday June 2nd as over 150 people took part in the event to raise funds for Holy Savior Academy, located at 149 South Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield.

“Holy Savior Academy is truly part of the South Plainfield community, from ...

Watson Coleman Introduces Resolution Acknowledging the Failures of the War on Drugs

June 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2018) — As the House prepares to vote on more than 20 bills aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic over the next two weeks, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced a resolution that seeks parity in the treatment of drug use and addiction and a formal apology for the War on Drugs. H.Res. 933 expresses the sense of Congress that the War on Drugs failed, and ...

Union County Prosecutor's Office: Rahway man sentenced to 47 years for killing girlfriend

A Rahway resident who strangled his girlfriend in 2015, killing her, has been sentenced to 47 years in state prison for the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Friday.

Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, was ordered to serve a minimum of 85 percent of a 40-year sentence for murder before beginning a seven-year sentence for endangering the welfare of a child under the ...

Primary Election Results: And the Winners are...

June 5, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Unofficial results are in for Plainfield's elections held on June 5th, 2018 are in and the projected winners are:

Joylette Mills-Ransome (At Large 2nd & 3rd Wards): 1,194 votes

Ashley Davis (1st Ward): 458 votes

Both winners made congratulatory speeches, thanking their campaign teams and many supporters. Mayor Mapp stated that the results proved ...

Things to do in Plainfield This Weekend: June 8-10

June 7, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Looking for something to do this weekend in Plainfield?  Here’s a rundown of what’s on TAP!

Donations are now being collected for victims of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire.  Towels, blankets/bed sheets, and clothes, and new/unused items such as diapers and toiletries, can be dropped off at Angels for Action, 209 West Second Street, Thursday and ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: June 18 - 24

June 17, 2018

Here are a few of the activities happening in the City of Plainfield this week: 

Monday

Combined Regular City Council Meeting 7 pm at the Municipal Courthouse on Watching Avenue. Click here to view meeting agenda: See agenda 
Plainfield Public Library: Band Lab from 4-5 pm for ages 11-17. Learn about the free online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) BandLab. Create beats, ...

Help give Stephon the gift of sight

Plainfield, NJ - Stephon Roach is a 10 yr old Plainfield resident who was diagnosed at the age of 6 months with Optic Nerve Hyploplasia (ONH), an underdevelopment of the optic nerve in one or both eyes. ONH results in vision loss at varying levels, visual field impairment and color vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in children.

Stephon’s  grandmother, Pat ...

Help Is Available for Suicide Prevention

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that trained counselors at NJ Hopeline will provide confidential, anonymous guidance for people who may be having suicidal thoughts, or who know someone at risk.

NJHopeline may be contacted 24/7 by phone at 855-654-6735 or by live chat at njhopeline.com.

In addition, Union County residents can contact the County’s ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

June 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that plastic bags and other excluded items cannot be recycled through their local curbside pick-up programs.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate compared to other counties in our state, and we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Every ...

Plainfield’s Utility Authority Seeking New Director

The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority's Executive Director, Daniel Mejias, is no longer on the job, a spokesperson said.

Mejias is now on “administrative leave,” said Darius Griffin in answer to a telephone inquiry regarding a special PMUA meeting held Monday. Mejias became director for a three-year term in July 2015, at a salary of $145,000.

“He is very ...

Second HPC public meeting addresses residents questions

June 13, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Tuesday night, Members of the Historic Preservation Commission presented their proposal for expansion of 2 of Plainfield’s 6 historic neighborhoods.  Approximately 50 people attended the presentation at the duCret School of Art and were given an overview of the Commissions plan to expand the Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights historic districts by a total of ...

Plainfield YMCA Building to be Sold at Public Auction on August 1

Union County, NJ . - AuctionAdvisors announced that it has been engaged by the Plainfield YMCA’s Board of Directors to commence an accelerated marketing campaign, which will culminate in the public auction sale of the YMCA’s building located at 518 Watchung Avenue, in downtown Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since 1923 the Plainfield YMCA has called this building home, but like so many ...

Plainfield Board Denies 25-Unit Vet Home

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s Zoning Board Of Adjustment unanimously agreed Wednesday to deny conversion of a Central Avenue mansion to veterans’ housing in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District.

Opponents and supporters have followed the case through six prior ZBA hearings, and others before the Historic Preservation Commission. Yates House for Military ...

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Local at-risk youth celebrate year of achievements at Community Access Unlimited

June 18, 2018

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) last night celebrated the achievements of a number of at-risk youth who are members of the agency's Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP). Each of these youth are within New Jersey's child services system and faced a number of life challenges before coming to CAU and TOP and since then have made significant progress in plotting a brighter future with ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

SRO'S - ENSEÑANDO POR EJEMPLO

June 17, 2018

Hay un grupo de oficiales de policía que les dan un servicio a nuestra comunidad de una manera notable. Todos los días estos hombres y mujeres se levantan, van al trabajo, y aseguran que nuestros hijos aprendan en un ambiente seguro. Los llamamos Oficiales de Recursos Escolares, pero son mucho más. 

Si llegas a la oficina de los Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en la ...

Empleando Nuestra Juventud 

Querido Plainfield, 

Todos esperan el verano; los días son más calientes y largos, y la madre tierra se pone su mejor vestido mientras las frutas se maduran en el sol y las flores ondean un alegre "hola". La gente comienzan los paseos de la playa o piscina, y las juntas de barbacoa en los patios son necesarios en los fines de semanas.

Aquí en la ciudad de ...

Meet Toran Smith: Union County All Star

June 18, 2018

Plainfield resident, Toran Smith, age 16, has been selected to play on the 2018 Union County underclassmen all star team.  On June 10th, the Union County All-Stars played against the Hudson County All-Stars at Kean University.  Smith played third baseman. 

Smith, a junior at Union County Vo-Tech magnet high school, is a Junior infielder on the Plainfield Cardinals Varsity ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)

 

I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...