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Plainfield Mayor Mapp's Ninth Annual MLK Food Drive to Take Place Jan 14

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, Jan. 14th, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and First Lady Amelia Mapp will open their home to Plainfield residents for the Ninth Annual MLK Food Drive and Potluck Celebration to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The festivities will take place from 6:00 pm to midnight.  Be sure to bring a potluck dish to share.

Both non-perishable food items and toiletries are being collected, and will be given to the Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry.

If you plan to attend, you can bring your donations to the party.  Not able to make it?  You can drop donations off prior to the event, and leave them on the front porch at 535 W. Eighth Street in Plainfield.

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Support the Downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to ...

A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year. 

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Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School Thespians Put on a Musical Show

November 19, 2017

EDISON, NJ -- Bravo to the Wardlaw + Hartridge Middle School students for entertaining the audience with two fantastic performances in The Little Mermaid Jr. in the new Berry Performing Arts Center last Friday.

Among the show's many stars were Sydney Racine of Piscataway as Ariel, Naischa Puri of Edison as Ursula, Aum Mehta of Edison as Sebastian, Julian Kaniuka of North Plainfield as ...

Canadian Aquaculture Giant Gobbles Up Last American Bait Fish Grinder as Major Decision Looms

November 10, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, a multinational fish farming company (Cooke Inc.) has made a deal to purchase Omega Protein Inc. and take them into the private sector. While the ink is not dry on this deal, it is obvious that the American fishing community will not be part of this new portfolio. There is no doubt that new, private ownership will continue to disregard the needs of the ecosystem ...

New Trails May Be in the Future for Madison's Summerhill Park

November 20, 2017

MADISON, NJ – Changes may be coming to Summerhill Park on Ridgedale Avenue per a funding recommendation submitted Monday to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Madison would receive more than $40,000 to construct new trails inside the park, where the Villa Lorraine estate once stood. Trail grants would also be awarded for projects in Morris, Hanover, Jefferson and ...

Affordable Housing Program Helps Older Americans Make The Rent

November 10, 2017

While Barbara Ross’s income places her below the poverty line, she isn’t one of the nearly 2 million households with older adults in dire need of affordable housing. Thanks to a little-known federal program, Ross, 64, is able to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Plainfield, N.J.

Through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “Section 202 Supportive ...

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)

 

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with ...