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2013 Plainfield Houses of Worship Tour: A Historical & Architectural Exploration

Soaring ceilings that seem to vanish in the darkness, rich gems of Tiffany glass highlighted by sunlight, intricate centuries old carvings, resonant organ pipes and angelic voices, a rich history of people who have shaped Plainfield for the last two hundred plus years – all just a taste of what visitors will experience as part of the 2013 Plainfield Houses of Worship Tour:  A Historical & Architectural Exploration on Saturday, April 27th from 12:30-4:30PM.  The tour is sponsored in part by the Plainfield Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Nine churches - Crescent Ave. Presbyterian, 1st Park Baptist, 1st Unitarian Society, Grace Episcopal, Mt. Olive Baptist, Plainfield Friends Quaker Meeting House, St. Bernard of Clairvaux & St. Stanislaus Kostka Parrish, Shiloh Baptist and United Presbyterian; each with congregations that have been active for one hundred years or more, will open their doors for this phenomenal event.  Participants will be able to explore their inner realms and learn of their Historical influence in Plainfield.  Hosted by the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce the tour will introduce both local residents and community visitors to a part of Plainfield not often seen. 

Participants should begin their tour at St. Bernard of Clairvaux & St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, where they will be given a tour guidebook with a map of the area, a brief history of each house of worship, and a schedule of special events offered at several of the churches during the afternoon.  They will also be given a wrist band that will allow entrance at each site and to a tour closing reception.  Visitors may travel at their own pace, seeing all ten churches or enjoying longer visits at a select few.

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For those without their own transportation, a free bus, compliments of Julia Porterfield, owner of Plainfield’s Amaker &Porterfield Bus Company, will be provided.  The bus will make pick-ups from three senior housing locations (1272 Park Avenue, 601 West Seventh Street and 510-520 East. Front Street) between 11:30am-12:30pm and then begin the tour.  The riders will spend about 20 minutes at each church before ending up at the closing reception.  Bus seating is limited and will require a reservation by calling 908-369-1152.  Volunteers will be at each location to give the seniors their guidebooks and wristbands.

General Admission Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  All Student and Senior Citizen (65+) Tickets will be $10 (advance or at the door).  .Tickets may be purchased Online at, click on “Buy”, click on “Make a Payment”, insert your email address, insert and select a payment method; OR in advance by visiting any of the tour churches (hours of availability may be limited); OR at the Chamber Office (between 10:30am – 1:30pm – Mondays – Thursdays) located in The Incubator, 320 Park Avenue Plainfield NJ.

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July 21, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Seventeen -year-old Fenov Pierre-Louis, a Roselle resident and student at Union County's Academy for Information Technology, lost his battle with stage 4 Nueroblastoma cancer this week.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help his family. 

Diagnosed when he was a second grader, Fenov fought the disease for about half of his lifetime, ...

Corruption Has No Place in Union County

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman, as county manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Businesses Report Thefts & More

July 18, 2018

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A business located on the 100 block of Central Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. Unknown actor came into the business and removed $2,200.00 worth of property.

July 12, 2018 2:40 a.m.

Danny Burke, age 32, of Edison, NJ was arrested for driving while intoxicated pursuant a motor vehicle stop. Subject was arrested, processed and released to a ...

Foster Homes Needed for Pups

July 23, 2018

To all dog lovers:

Our rescue group needs more foster families, would you like to help us?

 Furever Home Dog Rescue needs foster homes!  As a shelterless rescue, we don’t have a building where our dogs are housed until they get adopted. We are lucky enough to have loving foster families who open their hearts and homes to our dogs until they are placed. However,  we ...

Orange Cat Found in Westfield

Cat found Saturday in a storm drain on Watchung Fork. Text 908-821-7119 if you recognize him/her.

IRS Working on a New Form 1040 for 2019 Tax Season

The IRS plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season. The new 1040 – about half the size of the current version – would replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 


This new approach will simplify the 1040 so that all 150 million taxpayers can use the same form. The new form ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



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Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

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Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

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·       Be informed. Find out where the nearest shelter is, and map out different routes you can take ...

26 Homes Sold July 8-15 in Westfield and Surrounding Towns

There were 26 homes sold between July 8 and July 15 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside`

TOWN          ADDRESS    STYLE            RMS   BRS BTH   GAR   Sale Price

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ELL Summer Experience at Westfield Public Schools

Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun.

The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July 9-13 at Wilson School, welcoming students in grades 1-4 whose native languages are Russian, ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper Welcomes Stephen A. Timoni to Firm

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced that Stephen A. Timoni has joined the firm in its Westfield office. Stephen will focus his practice in the areas of Corporate and Health Care Law.

“Stephen brings additional depth and experience to our firm. He has tremendous experience in complex corporate, M&A and health care areas of practice. We anticipate that Stephen ...

Livingston Council Votes on Ordinance to Prohibit Vape Shops

July 19, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Concern about the increased use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products were among the reasons why the Livingston Township Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting “vape shops,” or any establishment that primarily sells “electronic devices, liquid nicotine or vapor products,” in the township’s retail commercial ...


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