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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jerry Green turns Rutherford team Fish Fry into a success

"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled..."

Plainfield Dem chair Jerry Green may have done the Board of Ed campaign of candidates Rutherford-Jeffers-Bellamy an incalculable favor this past Saturday.

When I wrote on Friday of Danny Dunn's unseemly attack on the team at least week's Council meeting (see here), the attack seemed inspired by Jerry, who is promoting his own slate of candidates (Horn-Ortega-Center).

I suggested the Rutherford team would have revenge of sorts by holding its second Fish Fry brunch at a Kenyon Avenue home not far from Dunn's house.

Seems that someone -- Jerry Green? -- thinking to play a trick, produced a flyer purporting to be from the Rutherford team inviting recipients to the Fish Fry. The flyer was then distributed to residents of the Park Hotel and the YMCA's homeless shelter.

Now, it is no secret that Jerry despises the services rendered by these two Plainfield institutions to those on whom Fortune has not smiled as well she has on Jerry himself. He has ranted and raved for years on wanting to get rid of these residents.

So, from Jerry's point of view, this would be an appropriate dirty trick -- one in which he could snicker up his sleeve. After all, who in their right mind would think of inviting Parkies and the homeless to take part in the school board elections?

On the contrary, those who chose to attend after the ruse was explained to them were greeted warmly. They were not looked down upon or despised for their misfortunes.

Rutherford may also have known something which eludes Jerry Green (and not just the human decency issue) -- many of these people are registered and do vote (Jerry should check the voter rolls for 123 West 7th Street in the Third Ward.)

I was reminded of a rabbi's parable, perfectly appropriate for the situation --

He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them, “When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don’t sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him, and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, ‘Make room for this person.’ Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

He also said to the one who had invited him, “When you make a dinner or a supper, don’t call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back. But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind; and you will be blessed, because they don’t have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous.” [Luke 14:7-14, World English Bible.]
Perhaps that blessing will also include the results of the November 4 election?

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Soumas and students in recital at Crescent Church today

Students of Plainfield musician and teacher extraordinaire Donovan Soumas will join their leader in a program entitled 'Serenade by Soumas and Students' this afternoon at 3:00 PM in the Guild Room of Crescent Aveue Presbyterian Church.

Soumas, whose H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E. Gospel Choir has been a winner of the McDonald's Gospel Fest in several recent years, will present students in a fourteen-selection program, including his own performances of two Gershwin Preludes for piano.

The event, sponsored jointly by HERITAGE Inc. and the New Covenant Christian Association will benefit New Covenant's scholarship award grants.

Tickets are $20 per person for general admission, and $30 for reserved seating, payable at the door. For more information visit the HERITAGE website here.

The Guild Room is accessed from the office entry at 716 Watchung Avenue. Parking available in the church lot on First Place, on the street or at Swain Galleries across from the Church.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Plainfield native in Chicago art show this weekend

Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood hosts an annual Art Walk.

Alexa Storch, daughter of Plainfield Councilor Cory Storch and his wife Lois Mattson will be showing her paintings this weekend at Chicago's Lincoln Park Art Walk. (I am also Alexa's godfather.)

Alexa, who moved from Plainfield to Chicago this past spring, is one of seventeen artists showing in the annual juried art showcase. The artists live in the geographically defined Lincoln Park neighborhood and work in a variety of mediums. Works are displayed in a number of venues throughout the neighborhood and identified in the walk-around brochure.

An exhibition of the best of show pieces is displayed at Dank Haus, a German cultural center in the neighborhood.

You can see a brochure from the event (and leave words of encouragement) on Alexa's Facebook page (here).

In case you are thinking of jetting out for a peek, bear in mind that President Obama is also slated to be in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Sunday.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Green-inspired attack on Board of Ed candidates?

Resident Danny Dunn brandished one of the team's lawn signs
at last Tuesday's Council meeting.
Did Plainfield Dem party chair Jerry Green inspire resident Danny Dunn's tirade against the Rutherford-Jeffers-Bellamy Board of Ed slate at Tuesday's Council  meeting?

Dapper and imposing, Dunn came to the mike during public comment after Council business was finished, brandishing one of the BOE team's lawn signs. Dunn complained that his remarks at a previous meeting were obscured when televised on PCTV, and he wanted to make sure they were heard and seen properly.

He then launched into a harangue concerning the team's tagline: 'Keep politics children the priority' as seen on its billboard over Pete's Fish Market at East 2nd Street and Watchung Avenue.

The tagline to which Dunn objected is on the billboard
above Pete's Fish Market at Watchung and East 2nd Street.

Dunn insisted the Rutherford-Jeffers-Bellamy team is fronting for Republican operative John Campbell -- whose wife Wilma is president of the Board of Ed.

At the same time, he conveniently ignored mentioning that Jerry Green is backing an alternate Board of Ed team composed of Michael Horn, Norman Ortega and Tania Center. In fact, as I pointed out in an earlier post (see here), Green's BOE team's signs were prominently stacked at the Dem headquarters on Park Avenue and posted in its windows.

Rutherford's team will exact its revenge with a free fish-and-grits breakfast for the community tomorrow (Saturday) morning starting at 10:00 AM and running until the food is gone.

The revenge? The get-together will be at the home of Terrence Hooker, 1086 Kenyon Avenue -- just steps away from Danny Dunn's residence.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

No PT today, special Library board meeting

The Plainfield Public Library has served residents since 1892;
after WWII (as shown above) it was key in helping returning vets re-enter the workforce.

No Plainfield Today post this morning, owing to a special meeting of the Plainfield Public Library board of trustees.

The trustees are meeting with City Administrator Rick Smiley and Director of Administration & Finance Ron West to discuss a crisis in library funding.

Changes in the way the City funds the library have already led to reduced hours and the endangerment of state aid. Now the Library may have to consider a layoff plan.

The special meeting is set for 11:00 AM at Plainfield City Hall Library. Library board meetings are open to the public. Parking available in the City Hall lot and on the street.

Note: I sit on the Library Board as the Mayor's designee.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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