Giving Back

Plainfield Couple Creates GoFundMe Page to Collect Donations for Hurricane Maria Ravaged Island of Dominica

3a94d404b7fe3c5ee413_Image.jpg
Donations being collected for Dominica will be placed in barrels for transport, and then be repurposed as rain barrels for clean water. Credits: Farah Pidgeon
3690dc094272ce707f5d_Screen_Shot_2017-09-24_at_7.02.39_PM.jpg
Just one look at the devastation of Dominica after Category 5 Hurricane Maria. Credits: Farah Pidgeon
eda15b1c88614777f42d_Image_2.jpg
A before and after shot of a home of one of Conrad Linton's relatives. Credits: Farah Pidgeon
3a94d404b7fe3c5ee413_Image.jpg

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Conrad Linton and Farah Pidgeon, a couple in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield, are on a mission to help family, friends and residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica that was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Maria last week.

The Commonwealth of Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is made up of tropical rain forests and natural springs, with a population of just 72,000.  The eye of Maria made landfall, killing fifteen people, and destroying homes and infrastructure.  According to the country's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, "the desolation is beyond imagination."

Skerrit addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 23rd to highlight the devastation, and to impress upon world leaders how much help his country and other Caribbean nations need now, and moving into the future to rebuild.

Sign Up for E-News

In his speech he said, "Mr. President, we dug graves today in Dominica.  We buried loved ones yesterday. And I am sure, that as I return home tomorrow, we shall discover additional fatalities as a consequence of this encounter.  Our homes are flattened, our buildings roofless, our water pipes smashed and road infrastructure destroyed.  Our hospital is without power, and schools have disappeared beneath the rubble.  Our crops are uprooted; where there was green there is now only dust and dirt."

He had also noted, "the battle we face has brought us to our knees.  We need resources now so that we may move with purpose to the task of rebuilding our beautiful island home.  We will literally build homes and villages.  We will literally build communities, schools, roads and bridges.  We will literally build a country and we cannot do it alone.  Above all else, Mr. President and members of this body, we need you.  We need your humanity, and we need you now to act truly as our United Nations.”

 

Here in Plainfield, Linton and Pidgeon, thanks to some generous friends and neighbors, have already been able to purchase generators, water purifiers, tarps, plus many other vital items.  These items will be placed in barrels, and the filled barrels will be packed into a shipping crate, travel to Miami, and then be transferred to Dominica.  There is no international airport on the island, so the goods will be transported via ship. 

Once emptied, the barrels can be transformed into rain barrels to capture fresh, clean water.

So much more is needed, Pidgeon said, and she and Linton are asking for your help.  A GoFundMe page has been created to collect funds that will go towards purchasing additional necessities, including:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Generators
  • Water pumps and water purification tablets
  • Tarps
  • Medical supplies, bandages, and first aid kits
  • Lanterns and flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bug spray
  • Inverters and batteries

The couple says no donation is too small, and ask you to share their story, even if you are unable to contribute financially.

The devastation of the island can be seen in a video entitled A walk from Castle Comfort to Roseau the day after Hurricane Maria.  Roseau is the capital of Dominica.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

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 ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_76b50dcb673435ebd963_hkd_webbanner_300x250_e

Sat, April 21, 11:30 AM

Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield

Plainfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_474b9102c6d0add84c14_screen_shot_2018-03-26_at_9.37.33_pm

Sat, April 21, 1:00 PM

Emerson Community School, Plainfield

What is Islam and Who are the Muslims?

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Other

Union County College’s Drama Club to Present “12 Angry Jurors”

April 21, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Drama Club will be performing for their spring show the play, “12 Angry Jurors,” as adapted by Sherman L. Sergel and based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose. The play is based on the same plot as “12 Twelve Angry Men,” but by being named “12 Angry Jurors” both men and women appear in the ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Blood Drive en Plainfield High School el viernes

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un esfuerzo de sangre se llevará a cabo el viernes en Plainfield High School en asociación con la Cruz Roja Americana.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado qué le sucede a la pinta de sangre que dona?

Según la Cruz Roja, la donación se almacena en refrigeradores helados hasta que se transporta a un centro de la Cruz Roja y se escanea en una ...

Springtime Advice from Rapps Pharmacy

April 17, 2018

It may not feel like spring, but that spring weather is right around the corner and so is allergy season!  Here is some friendly advice from Rapps Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy:

Combating the Allergy Season

As seasons change and pollen counts rise, more and more people clash with the aggravating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Beginning in February and lasting into early summer, ...

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Nestled in the heart of Plainfield is NJ Printing & Embroidery, a family-owned business providing digital screen printing and embroidery for custom shirts, caps and other items.

The company also offers custom printed business cards, fliers, banners and storefront vinyls, and can provide expert graphic art design upon request.

Eric ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, 2014)

Jack the Ripper. The Boston Strangler. The Texas Watchtower Killer. The Zodiac Killer. The Angel of Death. The Butcher. BTK. The police and the press have a long history of dubbing serial killers with names that catch the attention of the public, usually having the effect of instilling greater fear and selling more print media so that ...

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David A. Thomas and Patrick Holmes (Naval Institute Press, 1997)

“Had the forenoon watch and after eating went out onto the fo'c'sle. Just arrived at the top of the ladder by the PO's heads when the wave hit me---waist high---and knocked me over. Looking astern---through the bulkhead door which was open, saw the stern of a ship sticking up out of ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)

 

In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...