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Scenes From A Plainfield Weekend: July 28-30

Cricket game in Cedar Brook Park, as seen from the Shakespeare Garden Credits: Jennifer Popper
Queen City Mentoring Academy graduation Credits: Jennifer Popper
Queen City Mentoring Academy graduation Credits: Jennifer Popper
Queen City Mentoring Academy graduation Credits: Jennifer Popper
Queen City Mentoring Academy graduation Credits: Jennifer Popper
At the Dairy Queen bike giveaway Credits: Jeff Spelman
Donna Albanese, Dairy Queen Credits: Jeff Spelman
At the Dairy Queen bike giveaway Credits: Jeff Spelman
Jamaica flag raising ceremony at City Hall Credits: Council President at-Large Rebecca Williams
Keynote speaker Dr. Millicent Comrie at Jamaica flag raising ceremony held at City Hall Credits: Council President-at-Large Rebecca Williams
The Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park Credits: Jennifer Popper
The Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park Credits: Jennifer Popper
Cricket game in Cedar Brook Park, as seen from the Shakespeare Garden Credits: Jennifer Popper
Cricket game in Cedar Brook Park, as seen from the Shakespeare Garden Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - This weekend in Plainfield provided something for everyone.  Here are a few things TAPinto Plainfield encountered.

On Friday, the Queen City Mentoring Academy held its graduation ceremony at Hubbard Middle School.  Four squads of cadets, led by Officers Ronald James, Jesse McNeill, Jihad Carter, and Bernel Harrison, graduated in front of proud parents, grandparents, mentors, and more.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp spoke briefly, and thanked members of the Plainfield Police Division.  He remarked on the QCMA program, "It is so important for the public to know that we do care about our young people.  This program is just one of the many examples that demonstrate that there are people in our city who genuinely care about what our young people do, and genuinely care about whether or not they do well in school, who want to make sure that resources and support are provided so that they can aspire to greater things." 

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Guest speaker Robert Davis, Jr. spoke directly to the cadets.  "Listen to me clearly.  The world owes you nothing.  I need you to understand that. They owe you absolutely nothing."  He continued, "It is absolutely your responsibility to take advantage of every single opportunity that is placed in front of you on a daily basis.  Every single day is another opportunity to go out there and win."  Davis stated that "an education is the single most important tool that will affect the outcome of your life," and told the students that "an education is going to be your gateway to your greater future." 

Saturday started with another bike giveaway, held at the Dairy Queen on South Avenue.  One hundred and fifty bikes, along with helmets, were given away in record time.  The event promoted bike safety, and there was an outpouring of support from the community.  The next giveaway is expected to take place in October.

At City Hall, the Union County Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey celebrated the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Great Britain with a flag raising ceremony.

A trip to the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park was on tap for Sunday, and there was a game of cricket being played nearby.

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