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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, ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

2nd Annual Fanwood Summer FanJam to Feature 80s Tribute Bands

FANWOOD, NJ -- Unforgettable Fire, the New York area's premier U2 tribute band, will headline the second annual Fanwood Summer FanJam on Sunday, July 8, a daylong music, classic cars, and food truck festival to be held in LaGrande Park.

The gig will literally be walking distance away from the home of Craig Kiell, the bassist for the popular band, which plays festivals, concert halls, ...

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 ...

Update: Overnight Fire in Plainfield at Bergen Street

Update: Sources have stated that the female victim has died from the injuries sustained in the fire.

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, shortly after midnight Fire, Police and EMS responded to a fully involved structure fire in the 300 block of Bergen Street in Plainfield.

A 57-year old female was removed from the house with severe burns.  She was flown to to Saint Barnabas hospital in ...

Literacy Project at Clinton School in Plainfield

June 14, 2018

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 ...

PHS Seniors earn over $100,000 in Scholarship Awards

A combined total of $100,000 in scholarships was awarded to the 2018 senior class of Plainfield High School at its annual Clearinghouse Scholarship and Senior Awards Program. The Board of Education, PHS faculty, friends and family members gathered in the cafeteria to congratulate the senior class members. The Clearinghouse Scholarship program was coordinated by Mr. Anthony Galarza, Professional ...

Plainfield High Seniors Voice Concerns over School Communication and Support at District Board Meeting

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Tensions were high as two Plainfield High School students described their frustrations with communicating with their building’s leadership to district officials, listing examples of how they said they were denied support in preparing for various activities, and were met with resistance when requesting to meet with administrators about it.

“We’re here to ...

Union County Announces 2018 Recycling Enhancement Grants

June 18, 2018

$134,600 distributed to 15 municipalities across Union County

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that 15 municipalities have received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of ...

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 ...

New volunteers to speak up for abused Union County children

June 14, 2018

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 ...

Westfield-Based Crisis Hotline Flooded with Calls After 2 Celebrity Suicides

WESTFIELD, NJ — Calls came pouring in to Caring Contact Friday after people awoke to the news of celebrity chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain’s death by suicide, according to Executive Director Janet Sarkos. Just three days before, celebrity designer Kate Spade had also died by suicide. 

 “The phones have been ringing off the hooks,” ...

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 ...

Plainfield’s Utility Authority Seeking New Director

June 6, 2018

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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You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, June 18, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

BandLab at the Library

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

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Tue, June 19, 6:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Field Station Dinosaurs

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, June 20, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Story Makers

Arts & Entertainment

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 ...

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

June 17, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...