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Plainfield Week in Review: Historic District Expansion, Easter Activities, March For Our Lives Protests, and more

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories on TAPinto Plainfield? Click on the headlines to catch up:

Plainfield's Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Brook Park

#MarchForOurLives

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Plainfield: Scenes from the Community Empowerment Expo

Protecting the Dreamers: Congresswoman Explains "No" Vote on Spending Bill

Save This Travel Date - The Asbury Park Music and Film Festival - April 27 - 29

Statement by Governor Phil Murphy on March for Our Lives and Pending Gun Safety Measures in the New Jersey Legislature



Hindu Community Calls for Closure of All New Jersey Schools on Diwali

Union Catholic's Shaun Keating Honored for Excellence in VFW Democracy Audio Essay Competition

Union County Offers Free History Grant Writing Workshop

New Jersey Charter Schools Come Together in Advocacy for Parent Action Day

Latino Action Network Applauds New Jersey State Senate for Passage of Financial Aid Legislation for Dreamers

Lampitt, Mukherji, Green, Sumter & Wimberly Earned Sick Leave Bill Clears the Assembly

Historical Moments that Shape Our Thinking About Race and Religion at Temple Sholom on April 18

Learn the Art of Henna at the Plainfield Public Library

Neighborhood Health Services Corp. Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Neighborhood Health Services Corporation goes blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

VIDEO: Heavy Fire on Arlington Ave. in Plainfield

Bernice PagliaPlainfield HPC Plans Meetings on District Expansions

Guest ColumnWhy People Should Visit Black Churches and Black People Should Welcome Them

Spend Spring Break with Plainfield's First Responders

Union County Freeholders Support Transgender People, Recognize Transgender Day of Visibility

Rail Coalition Reaffirms One-Seat Ride Commitment to/from NYC

“ASK” for Information about Senior Services in Union County

Local Fishing Areas to be Stocked for April Season Opening

Harmonious Gardening Seminar Tues. Apr. 10th at 7:00 PM

Weekend Travel Idea - Go to the New York Auto Show for Awesome Family Friendly Activities

Darryl Strawberry Brings Anti-Drug Message to Scotch Plains

Applications for Plainfield's Summer Youth Employment Program Available April 9

Neighborhood Health Services Corporation (NHSC) GANA EL RECONOCIMIENTO NACIONAL PARA LA ATENDENCIA DEL PACIENTE

Plays-in-the-Park Announces Auditions for Summer 2018 Shows

Bill to Prohibit Children Under 12 From Tackle Football Advances in State Assembly

An Easter Message from Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp

N.Y. & N.J. Riders Lead U.S Representatives At Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Paris

Plainfield Shut-In Council, Firefighters Distribute Easter Cheer to Housebound Residents

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Awards Three Seats to 2019 NHC

Hillary Clinton Visits Rutgers to Talk Politics and Women

"Eggs-actly" What They Need: Easter Bunny Delivers Socks for US Troops Overseas

Rockin' for Autism Music Festival Set for Saturday, April 14

Be sure to check out our EVENTS calendar, too!

 

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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 ...

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

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Sat, April 21, 11:30 AM

Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield

Plainfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness

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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

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

April 21, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

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 ...