Religions and Spirituality

Flag Orders, Sponsorships Being Accepted for South Plainfield's May 2017 Field of Honor

Hannah Rhoads with the Field of Honor flag dedicated in her late brother's honor.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield resident Hannah Rhoads, 16, with the backing of the Boyle Memorial Foundation, will host an inaugural Field of Honor in the borough during Armed Forces Week 2017 (May 14-20). Part of a national movement run by the non-profit Colonial Flag Foundation (CFF), the event will celebrate the United States and pay tribute to all servicemen and women, veterans and first responders.

In July 2016, Bedminster, NJ hosted the state’s first Field of Honor event with over 200 American flags dedicated and erected at the town’s River Road Park. Among the adopted flags was one in memory of Hannah’s late brother, Ryan T. Rhoads, an active duty Army specialist who passed away on May 21, 2015.

“My cousin called to say she had dedicated a flag in honor of Ryan. We had never heard of this program before and I went with my family to see the display,” said Hannah. “It gave me goose bumps as we drove up to it. It was awesome to see all these flags flying together. Then we walked the rows to find Ryan’s flag and cried.” 

Sign Up for E-News

In July, Hannah wrote a letter to South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh explaining that she would like to personally host a Field of Honor in her hometown during Armed Forces Week. During an Aug. 30 meeting, she showed him a short video about the initiative and presented her idea for hosting one in South Plainfield during Armed Forces Week 2017. The mayor offered Hannah suggestions and promised his support and, during a Nov. 14 council meeting, Hannah's mother Barbara publicly discussed the project. 

South Plainfield's Field of Honor will feature at least 150 three by five foot United States flags erected to  eight-foot poles in and around Monument Park. Flags will be displayed beginning Sunday, May 14 and the week will conclude with a small ceremony on Saturday, May 20 – Armed Forces Day.

Residents of South Plainfield and the surrounding communities can purchase a flag in honor of veterans, active military personnel, fallen soldiers, and first responders. Flags, created by CFF, are $40 a piece. Each flag will include a laminated dedication tag with up to a three-line sentiment. At the end of the week, the flags will go to the purchaser. Forms for individuals looking to dedicate a flag at the South Plainfield event will be available in January.

In addition to serving as a patriotic tribute to the men and women who have or currently defend our country, the Field of Honor will also benefit the South Plainfield Department of Social Services. Proceeds from sponsorships – four different options are available to businesses, organizations and individuals – will go to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

“We chose the food pantry because summer is a time they run out of food; in the fall, they get an abundance of donations but then it peters out again in the late spring. Our donation will come in time for summer,” said Hannah, noting that her personal goal is to raise $2,500 for the food pantry.

“My mom told me that while they get canned and boxed goods that last a while there is also a need for gift cards and cash for perishable foods,” she said. “We will provide that.”

Field of Honor sponsorships are as follows: Hero Sponsor ($1,000) – includes 7 flag kits, logo recognition on event banner and posters and in event program, and recognition on website and South Plainfield Observer and TAPinto South Plainfield; Freedom Sponsor ($750) – includes 5 flag kits, logo recognition on banner and posters at event, and recognition on website and South Plainfield Observer and TAPinto South Plainfield; Liberty Sponsor ($500) – includes 3 flag kits and recognition in event program and on website as well as in South Plainfield Observer and TAPinto South Plainfield; and Citizen Sponsor ($250) –includes 1 flag kit and recognition in event program and on website as well as in South Plainfield Observer and TAPinto South Plainfield.

For more information about the May 2017 South Plainfield Field of Honor or to purchase a flag, make a donation, or become a sponsor, contact Barbara Rhoads at 908-295-8748. Or please use the below link to purchase a flag, make a donation or become a sponsor.

https://uploads.thealternativepress.com/documents/589bc94b3e4a4f082d02f30a/FlagPurchaseIndiv2-8-17.pdfpdf

 

Checks can be sent to Barbara Rhoads, 1820 Eganey Street, South Plainfield, NJ, and credit card payments are also accepted. Please note, however, that checks and money orders must be made payable to the ‘Boyle Memorial Foundation’ with ‘Field of Honor’ noted in memo line. Contributions are tax deductible.

About the Colonial Flag Foundation and the Field of Honor

The Colonial Flag Foundation is a Utah-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists other charities, causes and community awareness issues in making their message and needs known through patriotic displays of flags and memorials.

Back in 2001, Paul Swenson organized a Healing Field memorial event as a way to heal America and commemorate the lives of those lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks. The first Healing Field took place in 2002 with Swenson committing his resources and energy to forming a foundation that would assist other communities looking to host similar events. Over the past 14 years, hundreds of communities across America have hosted Healing Fields or Fields of Honor to raise money and awareness for a growing array of causes. 

The Healing Field display is the premiere program of Colonial Flag Foundation. It is utilized by a wide variety of civic, service and other non-profit organizations to generate awareness and educate the public on issues that are important to them. The program is also used as a means to raise funds for the hosting organization or another cause important to the community.

Since the first Healing Field, the programs of Colonial Flag Foundation have expanded beyond healing memorials to include moving tributes of honor, celebration, civic pride, education and more. The Field of Honor is the natural result of that growth. Like the Healing Field, the Field of Honor display is utilized by a wide variety of civic, service and other non-profit organizations to generate awareness and educate the public on issues that are important to them. The program is also used as a means to raise funds for the hosting organization or another cause important to the community.

“These special displays of fields of American flags have helped to honor the sacrifice of our service men and women, raise awareness for the tragedy of child abuse or domestic violence, honor veterans past and present, raise awareness for heart disease and cancer and more,” states the foundation’s website. “From Patriot Day to Veterans' Day to declaring your own day to honor those currently serving in the armed forces, Healing Fields and Fields of Honor are making a difference all across this land.”

For additional information the Colonial Flag Foundation and its Healing Field and Field of Honor programs, visit http://www.healingfield.org.

TAPinto South Plainfield is South Plainfield’s only free daily paper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthPlainfieldTAP/ and on Twitter at @SoplainfieldTAP.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

Athlete of the Week: Lynda Farinella Girls’ Field Hockey Midfielder

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Team has proven to be one of the best in the Greater Middlesex Conference.  Being hit hard by graduation, many thought this would be a rebuilding year for South Plainfield.  Someone forgot to tell this to the Lady Tigers.  They have started the season 6-0 and have solid wins over GMC rivals Metuchen and Old Bridge.  Much of this success is due ...

Obituaries

Harold “Harry” Robinson, 69, of South Plainfield, died on September 21, 2017 at his ...
Read more
Blairstown – Nicholas DellaVentura, 86, died Thursday September 21, 2017 surrounded by his ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Supporting Senator Diegnan

September 22, 2017

Dear Editor,

 

I am supporting my friend, Patrick Diegnan, for re-election to the State Senate. Senator Diegnan is recognized as one of the leading advocates for ensuring quality public education for all of our residents, regardless of economic status. He served as an advocate for Middlesex County families as an Assemblyman from 2002 until he joined the State Senate ...

Cassie Capparelli And Roberto Sayers Say It’s Time To Finally Focus On Borough’s Traffic Issues

September 21, 2017

The South Plainfield Democratic Candidates for Borough Council, Cassie Capparelli and Roberto Sayers, this week talked about the great need to focus on South Plainfield’s exploding traffic issues.

Cassie Capparelli stated, “As Roberto and I continue to walk door-to-door, residents are quite concerned with the lack of any coherent plan forward to start addressing traffic ...

Faustini & White: We need to move South Plainfield forward

September 21, 2017

South Plainfield – Saying now is not the time to go backward, Council candidates Christine Faustini & Derryck White this week announce their team’s record of results and the forward-looking agenda they are running on.

Faustini and White are running as part of Mayor Matt Anesh’s team to keep South Plainfield moving forward.  “Our team has a forward-looking ...

Sierra Pasquarella, a South Plainfield, NJ Native, Enrolls in Belmont University's Largest Class Yet

September 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN -- Sierra Pasquarella, a South Plainfield, NJ (07080) native, enrolled at Belmont University this semester as part of the University's largest class yet. The school kicked off the year with a record-breaking enrollment for the 17th consecutive year with a total of 8,080 students, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to hit ...

Community Happenings

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 19, 2017

Please join the South Plainfield Domestic Violence Team on October 3, 2017 at 6:15pm in Spring Lake Park for a candlelight walk in support of Domestic Violence victims.  Candles will be provided as well as information and giveaways. 

For further information please call 908-226-7628 or e-mail: mackerman@southplainfieldnj.com

Looking forward to having a great turnout.

Unveiling of New Scoreboard

September 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The district unveiled a new scoreboard that was so generously donated by Investors Bank, The South Plainfield Education Association, and The Athletic Booster Club at Friday night’s home opening game for the South Plainfield Tiger’s Football Team.  This beautiful scoreboard, in South Plainfield’s green and white team colors, is a much needed addition ...

Clothing Drive (Used) to Support SPHS Boy Soccer Team

September 19, 2017

The South Plainfield Boys Soccer Team is hosting a used clothing drive on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Middle School parking lot.  Clean out your closets and help the SPHS Soccer Team by donating your used clothes.

List of acceptable items:

Clothing
Bedding
Stuffed ...

National Take Back Initiative on October 28th

The South Plainfield Police Department and the DEA are coordinating the National Take Back Initiative, whereby unused, unwanted and expired medications can be surrendered by the public for safe destruction.  The event is scheduled for Saturday October 28, 2017 between the hours of 10am and 2 pm. The collection point will be the South Plainfield Courtroom located within Borough Hall.

Part Time Position

WANTED P/T: So Plfd Boro Clean Neighborhood Program Aide to remove illegal signs from public ROW; clear litter from storm drain grates 10 hrs/wk  908-226-7621

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_cc1fa25d3e4d29b3bed7_grounds_hamilton

Wed, September 27, 9:30 AM

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton

SP Senior Center - Grounds for Sculpture Trip

Carousel_image_143fdc02beb00b500e2b_basketball_fundraiser

Wed, September 27, 4:00 PM

South Plainfield

SPHS Basketball Fundraiser at Chipotle

Carousel_image_06939c8f16bec48d7c8a_getimgvlt1.aspx

Thu, September 28, 6:00 PM

Uncle Louie G’s , South Plainfield

South Plainfield Girl Scouts to Hold 2017-2018 ...

Carousel_image_07877f56fe7932024c63_clothing_drive

Fri, September 29, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

Clothing Drive to Support SPHS Boys Soccer Team

Carousel_image_285897a8d33c0c6c671e_clothing_drive

Sun, October 1, 3:00 PM

South Plainfield

Clothing Drive to Support SPHS Boys Soccer Team

Carousel_image_a5e71a9caec87c28544b_walk_to_school_day

Wed, October 4

South Plainfield

Walk to School Day

Columns

Diegnan Bill to Strengthen Protections for a Person’s Digital Assets Signed into Law

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Legislation Senator Patrick Diegnan sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

 

“Extending a fiduciary’s powers to account for email, social media accounts, online banking accounts, and bitcoins safeguards those digital ...

The Hall Mills Murder Case by William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case (The Minister and the Choir Singer) by William Kunstler (Rutgers University Press, 1964

At the end of Brown Avenue in Lavalette, NJ sits an ancient, gloomy, gray house. Flanked by contemporary beach homes, this brooding edifice stands out as a relic of a former era. My friend, Cathy noted to me that this house has a notorious history. “It was once owned by ...

Bookmarks

Happy first day of Fall!  We will be kicking off the start of the new season with the Friends of the Library Book Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, September 23.  The bake sale is only for the first day of the book sale, starting at 9 AM, but the book sale will continue all week until Saturday, September 30.  Stop by and see the collection of books, DVDs, and CDs that you will be ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #3 NFL Picks

JAMES FENIMORE REST STOP, NJ TURNPIKE – I’m headed back to Jersey this week to get back into shape. The first two weeks have been rough. I’m almost as bad as the Jets and Giants. I went 2-3 for the second straight week. I’m 4-6 on the year. I picked Miami to win on the road, and I won the Atlanta game. My other three picks were losses. It’s bad when my niece and son ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Begins Its 2017-2018 Year

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield held its first meeting for the 2017-2018 year on September 7th at 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.  President Diana Cotone thanked Diana Gallo and Lucy Hudson, this month's hostesses, for providing delicious refreshments.  

President Cotone asked for the minutes of the previous meeting as well as the Treasurer's report.

Press Releases

Calling all children ages 9-17 to join a production of Disney's the Little Mermaid!

September 23, 2017

Calling all children ages 9-17 to join a production of Disney's the Little Mermaid! No acting experience needed - all actors receive a part.

The Neve Shalom Youth Theater Troupe in conjunction with Tova Halpern of Fresh Theatre Arts invite children from 9 to 17 to participate in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.  All rehearsals and performance will be held at Temple Neve Shalom, ...