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Second Street Youth Center Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Plainfield

September 19, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Despite Wednesday's heat, a crowd gathered at Second Street Youth Center (SSYC), the innovative new early childhood education and community youth center featuring 14 state-of-the-art classrooms, a playground, and a 1,000 square foot aquaponic urban farm and agricultural education center, for its ribbon cutting ceremony.

SSYC is an anchor institution in ...

Plainfield ABC Board Suspends Three Liquor Establishments

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board took disciplinary action at its meeting on Tuesday, suspending three liquor establishments for infractions.  It is the first time the board has taken such action since it was created by the city council in 2017.

Jersey Liquors, operating a bar at 440 Watchung Avenue, will have its license suspended for one day ...

Audit Finds Plainfield Fiscally Fit

PLAINFIELD, NJ - For the second year in a row, Plainfield’s auditors found only one item needing improvement.

“I am very pleased with the audit report. It reflects the result of all the hard work of the entire team here in the City to strengthen our financial affairs,” Finance Director Ron West said.

Download the 2017 Audit Synopsis.

In the first year of Mayor Adrian O.

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 17-23

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.


Storytime with Ms. Rosa at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave.
Boys soccer:  a home game vs. Central HS-Newark, at 4 p.m. at Hub Stine.
Girls volleyball:  away at AL Johnson, 4 p.m.
Girls ...

New Development Hearing for Plainfield's South Avenue

PLAINFIELD, NJ - As a 212-unit, $52 million project nears completion on South Avenue, the Plainfield Planning Board has set a hearing on possible redevelopment of nine nearby properties extending to the city’s Terrill Road border.

The Planning Board will consider the matter at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. 

The properties ...

Parkway’s Exact Change Lanes to Disappear from Major Toll Plazas Before End of Year

BARNEGAT, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps.

The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth County and Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County, will be removed and ...

Residents Object to Plainfield Council Actions

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Over objections from residents Tuesday, the Plainfield City Council tabled a sign ordinance and passed a charter change ordinance that will add four new departments and possibly seven “confidential secretaries.”

Planning Board member Sean McKenna attempted to speak on the sign ordinance after the council tabled it, but was cut off by Council President Charles McRae ...

Booker, Menendez Condemn Supreme Court Nominee at New Brunswick Church

NEW BRUNSWICK - Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. Frank Pallone today at Mt. Zion AME Church in the city to press their objections to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans senators in favor of his confirmation.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, again attacked GOP senators for refusing to release documents that Kavanaugh had ...

Plainfield Mayor Questions Sign Ordinance

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp is asking for a sign ordinance on the brink of final passage to be tabled, because of business owners’ objections and free speech issues.

The ordinance, prepared by the Planning Board, passed on first reading in August last month without comment from the administration. When the City Council agreed on Sept. 4 to move it to ...

The Week Ahead in Plainfield: September 10-16

PLAINFIELD, NJ - TAPinto what's going on in and around town this week.  Read on to learn more about upcoming Plainfield meetings and events.


Code Combat continues at the library, 800 Park Ave., for 9-17 year olds.  In the Computer Lab, from 4 to 5 p.m.  For more info, call Andrew Eason at 908-757-1111 ext. 139, or email
Girls ...


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Scotch Plains Library to Host FEMA/OEM Preparedness Workshop

September 14, 2018

​September is Emergency Preparedness Month! On Sunday, September 30​ at 1 pm, Devin Kerins, FEMA Preparedness Officer, and Dennis VanNatta, Coordinator of the Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management, are teaming up to provide you with essential information to better prepare yourselves, your families, and your businesses for a disaster. They will discuss family emergency plans, financial ...

To the Plainfield City Council, on Charter Changes

September 10, 2018

Dear City Council Members:

I am writing to you in advance of the 9/11/18 final reading and public hearing on MC2018-22, the proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code based on the changes made to Plainfield Charter (1968).  I have attached an exhibit showing my four “buckets” of concern about the amendments. As you know, I believe that they were inadequately presented and ...