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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

(Board of Ed) Burning question: Where is tonight's BOE reorg meeting?


Today's burning question:
Where will tonight's BOE reorg meeting be held?
 

When she was reached out to over the weekend, Plainfield's school superintendent promised in a text message to a Board member-elect to poll all the current and new Board members about their preferences for the location of the reorganization meeting slated for 7:00 PM tonight.

On Monday, when another Board member phoned the Superintendent, she promised she would have the poll done and get back to them.

As of 10:20 Tuesday morning, this had still not happened, though there seems to be a Board sentiment for using the PHS Library.

The District's website still shows the PHS Auditorium.

I would suggest calling the Superintendent's office during the day to find out the exact location. The number is (908) 731-4335.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Time and place screwups over Plainfield Board of Ed reorg meeting

 

Plainfield's Board of Ed reorganization meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening (May 3) has an extraordinary number of screwups -- even for Plainfield.

Evidently the Superintendent, on her own initiative, changed the originally scheduled 8:00 PM event to 7:00 PM,which caught some Board members by surprise.

Then, with a classic "tin ear" move, she changed the location from the PHS conference room to the PHS auditorium. Evidently, she never got the message that the public finds the auditorium an unfriendly space for these meetings.

The last I heard was that the newly elected members were protesting the choice of the auditorium, and the Superintendent agreed to poll eveyone by phone to get agreement on the location.

My suspicion is that the PHS Library location will win out (which is where last week's meeting was held, meeting with general public approval).

But to be safe, call the Superintendent's office ahead of time at (908) 731-4335. The website still shows the auditorium.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Monday's Council a 3-act play


Classic theatre masks representing
comedy and tragedy.
 

Tonight's Plainfield City Council meeting will be a play in three acts.
ACT I
A special meeting called for 7:00 PM will take up possible amendments to the 2016 budget. After review by the Council and the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, some tweaks are expected and a hearing is slated on any proposed amendments. If amended tonight, the Council would be expected to meet in another special meeting on Thursday (May 5) to vote on the budget's adoption.
ACT II
The PMUA Commissioners are slated to meet with the Council as the opening portion of the agenda-setting session, slated for 7:30 PM.

Though called for in the Interlocal Services Agreement establishing the PMUA, you can count on one hand the number of joint meetings that have been held in the past 21 years.

Since the Commissioners insisted on written questions in advance, this is likely to be as compelling as a badminton match.
ACT III
The Council's agenda-setting session will follow the PMUA discussion.

Among the major items are an $863,000 contract for resurfacing East 2nd Street from Leland to Terrill -- a major roadway project, and heavy equipment purchases (front end loader and dump trucks) for the Division of Public Works.
All of tonight's activities are slated for the Council Chambers/Courthouse, East 4th Street at Watchung Avenue.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Plainfield Dems kick off June Primary campaign


Plainfield Dem chairman Adrian O. Mapp introduces candidates
Rebecca William and Charles McRae at Saturday's kickoff breakfast.
 

Plainfield Democrats kicked off the June Primary election season with three events this week.

Friday evening, members of Plainfield LGBT community packed the home of Jim Spear and Dan Crigler for a meet-and-greet to toast the campaigns of Rebecca Williams for citywide at-large Council seat and Charles McRae for Ward 3.

Williams, Plainfield's only openly gay councilor was greeted enthusiastically, as was her running mate Charles McRae, a longtime community activist.

They were introduced by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, who is chair of the Plainfield Democratic Committee. Freeholder candidate Linda Carter -- whose first foray into elected office was as Ward 1 councilor in a campaign managed by Williams -- also addressed the crowd.

Mapp said afterward that he had been copied on an email to all NJ Democratic county chairs that pointed to the LGBT event as an idea for other counties to follow.

On Saturday, volunteers and supporters filled the newly opened campaign headquarters at 31 Watchung Avenue (next to Antojito's Restaurant) to share a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries and turkey bacon.

Chairman Mapp outlined the Democratic primary ticket with Hillary Clinton at the top of Column A, then our own Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, the Freeholder candidates -- featuring Plainfielder Linda Carter -- and Council candidates Williams and McRae.

He also introduced campaign staff: Jim Spear, campaign manager for Williams; Ron Scott Bey, who is in charge of headquarters operations; and Mary Burgwinkle, campaign treasurer.

Hundreds of campaign signs, featuring a large "A" for the team's column placement were taken by attendees for placement.

A very successful fundraiser for Williams and McRae at the West 8th Street home of John Stewart and Craig Bowman on was held on Wednesday evening.

The Primary campaign is off to a roaring start.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Start shooting for Plainfield Library's 11th annual photo contest



Mayor Adrian O. Mapp distributes flags to children
at a recent July 4th Parade.

Plainfield shutterbugs take note! It's time to start shooting for the Plainfield Public Library's 11th annual photo contest.

This year's theme is: The Best of Plainfield: People, Places and Things.

The contest, which has become a favorite of both amateur and professional photographers in the Queen City, helps the Library augment its growing collection of photographs documenting daily life and scenes from the viewpoints of its diverse residents.

Entries in the contest become part of the Library's permanent collection of photographs documenting Plainfield over the past one hundred plus years.

Details, including submission requirements and entry forms, are available on the Library's website (see here) or on the information table at the Library, Park Avenue at West 8th Street.

This fun contest is free to enter and open to all -- amateur and professional -- regardless of age. Submissions become the property of the Library and part of its Local History collection.

You may begin submitting entries immediately; the deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30, 2016.

Entries will be on exhibit from November 12 through the end of the year in the Library's Anne Louise Davis Gallery.

The opening reception on November 12 will feature cash awards and/or ribbons to those whose work is judged to best meet the year's theme.

For more information, contact the Library's Local History Department at (908) 757-1111 x136.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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