Press Releases

Our Children, Our Legacy, Our Responsibility.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp Credits: City of Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Growing up should be a magical time in a young person's life. It is a time when one shouldn't have to worry about bills, about providing food, about where to live, about major responsibilities. Childhood should be carefree and full of the wonder of life as the mysteries of nature and life are unfolded through learning.

Unfortunately, many of our young people do not have the luxury of such a carefree existence. Many get up every day and battle hunger; they face adult responsibilities such as having to care for siblings, wondering where they will sleep that night, where the money will come from for school or to purchase everyday necessities.

I have a passion for education, and I have a passion for our youth because I believe they are the key to building a better future for our City and our nation.

Sign Up for E-News

There is no greater investment we can make than ensuring that there is a path to higher learning or vocational training for those who have the will and are eager to learn.

I know from experience that it 's hard to ask a child to focus on learning when they are hungry or burdened with adult responsibilities, and it is important that we try to alleviate that wherever it exists in our community.

Throughout the summer months, our Recreation Division provides meals for young people through the popular "Food that's in, when School is out" program. There are four locations including City Hall where kids 18 and under can get delicious and nutritious food.

We have three pools which are open all day so they can relax, have fun, stay occupied and off the streets. Additionally, our Queen City Mentoring Academy led by our Plainfield Police Department is in full swing; mentoring and bonding with 60 of our young people as they get a glimpse into the inner workings of a Police Force and build trust.

We have employed 150 youth through our Summer Youth Employment program and not only are they learning useful professional skills, but they are taking part in financial literacy classes to help prepare them for future challenges.

There are summer camps, athletic camps, and academic camps and on National Night Out which takes place on August 1st, the City, in collaboration with generous donors will once again distribute book bags full of supplies to our children who are in need. Last year we distributed 400 bags, and this year we will surpass that number. We want to ensure that our children are equipped and ready to meet the challenges of the upcoming school year.

It is delightful and encouraging to see our children flourish and grow and be successful. I am determined to provide paths to success for the youth here in our city. A city that rests on the laurels of its older citizens is a city that will soon wither and die. We must always plan for the future, nurture the natural talents of our young people and foster within them Plainfield Pride, so they will learn, and return to share their talents and help to build and keep our city strong.

Plainfield, we are blessed with bright, eager, willing young people, and I for one am determined and committed to guiding and nurturing them, providing answers and resources for them, and lifting them as high as we can to enable them to take flight and soar.

Our children, our legacy, our responsibility.


Creating One Plainfield, One Future...

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Wed, June 27, 10:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Senior Space

Education Health & Wellness

Mayor Mapp: Reunir las familias

June 24, 2018

Hay momentos en la historia en los que seremos juzgados no por nuestras acciones, sino por la falta de acción. Si la historia nos ha enseñado algo, es que no podemos quedarnos callados esperando que otros hablen por nosotros; luchar por lo bien siempre ha requerido voces altas, una llama, unidad de propósito, y tenacidad.

En los últimos meses, hemos visto acciones ...

Murphy Signs Bill Ending Child Marriage Championed by Westfield’s Fraidy Reiss and Unchained at Last

June 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that bars individuals under the age of 18 from marrying or entering a civil union. It was a major win for Fraidy Reiss, founder Westfield-based Unchained At Last, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls in the US to escape or resist arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives.

This makes New Jersey the second ...


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 ...

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 ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...

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 ...