SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Since 1939, the Polish National Home has been dedicated to serving as a valuable resource for South Plainfield’s Polish-American community and their families. Located on New Market Avenue, the cultural and social organization is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The organization celebrated its 80th anniversary last month with a celebratory picnic and, at a meeting June 17, Mayor Matt Anesh and the South Plainfield Borough Council paid tribute to the organization, presenting its president, Tom Kaufman, with a proclamation in honor of the Polish National Home’s commitment to ‘fostering and promoting the common welfare of the Polish-American community.’
“Today, the Polish National Home continues to serve as an anchor in South Plainfield and encourages the participation of the Polish-American community in civic, patriotic, and other celebrations,” states the proclamation. “The South Plainfield Polish National Home seeks new and ongoing membership to help maintain the organization for the coming years for its various benevolent, charitable, civic, cultural, and social activities.
The Polish Home was incorporated in May 1939, under the leadership of the late Mayor Thomas Eganey, at the corner of New Market Avenue and Pitt Street officially dedicated the following February. The $12,000 building replaced the Polish National Alliance’s former headquarters previously located a few blocks away at New Market Avenue and Hancock Street. In July 1964, a $70,000 addition and renovation of the South Plainfield Polish National Home took place to accommodate the organization’s growing membership.
According to Kaufman, back in the day, Polish bands played at the Home every weekend and Frankie Avalon even paid a visit, a picture of him at the bar still hangs on the wall. “It’s a long time for something to remain open,” said Kaufman.
Today, the Polish Home is run by a board of directors with membership open to residents of South Plainfield and the surrounding community who are of Polish decent. The organization's bar is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and a national pool league and cornhole league meet throughout the week. The facility also features an upstairs banquet hall available for special occassions. One does not need to be a member to frequent the bar or rent out the facility. For more information, contact the South Plainfield Polish National Home at (908) 756-0800 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pnhsp/.
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