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An Anniversary of the Heart

Over the course of the past week, life has presented a rollercoaster of emotions, from sadness and longing to inspiration and awe.  

I completed my last full day of work, and am officially laid off, hence sadness for not seeing colleague friends every day.  It’s a strange feeling to not have to be somewhere at nine o’clock each weekday.  The alarm still goes off each ...

UC Freeholders Approve Agreements on Clark's Oak Ridge Park and More

June 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—An amended shared services agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority and a use and maintenance agreement with Union County College, both having to do with the Oak Ridge Park Project, were unanimously approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday.

According to Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen of Springfield, the agreements would further ...

Victim of Cliff Fall was Paterson Firefighter, GoFundMe Page Established for His Family

June 27, 2017

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The man who was killed on Monday after falling from a cliff in Mills Reservation has been identified as Paterson firefighter and Wayne resident Kerry Rivera according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.  

Rivera, 50, was riding with his brother around 9 a.m. on Monday when he lost control of his mountain bike and fell approximately 20 feet down a rocky ...

An Open Letter to the Plainfield Board of Education

June 26, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - June 26, 2017

This is where I stand on the appointment of an Assistant/Acting Superintendent.  I have no attachment to Dr. Debra Sheard. If you recall, I was one two people who voted against her initial appointment as Assistant Superintendent in September of 2016.  I had reason to believe she was the “King Makers” candidate and after the disaster of a ...

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop in Plainfield

June 27, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ (June 27, 2017) – Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), is partnering with the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield to provide free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...

One More Trenton Raid?

June 20, 2017

June is budget month in Trenton; the Governor and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find“extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural resource ...

Get to Know The Plainfield Music Store

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Just steps away from the downtown train station in the heart of Plainfield’s business district is The Plainfield Music Store. Founded in 1951, the store is now owned by Plainfield local, Victoria Griswold, a classically trained pianist. The store offers a  vast resource and archive of sheet music from many publishers and is a favorite source for Plainfield and regional ...

“Prepare, Prepare” is Advice for Would-Be Homeowners

You are still bursting with pride that you were able to get your Federal income taxes filed on time.    Now you want to move on to your next goal: buying a home.  So …. Wait !   Before you file all that paperwork away there are some steps you can  take to make use of all your great tax preparation work.

Although the mortgage process has always required ...

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips

Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips (Mirrorball Books, 2015)

 

I belong to a great on-line book service called Bookbub, which daily sends a list of very inexpensive and free titles to download on the Kindle. A lot of the books are junk, but some are classics, and a few give an introduction to an author with whom I am unfamiliar, and sometimes very pleased to find. Such is the case with ...