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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Prof. Cornel West appears on behalf of Children First team tonight

Tonight at Spain Inn.

Plainfield voters are reminded that Princeton University professor Cornel West will join the Children First Team of Board of Ed candidates in an event this evening from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Spain Inn.

Children First Team Board of Ed candidates are David Rutherford, Carletta Jeffers, and Terrence Bellamy.

Tickets at the door tonight are $65/person and $125/person for the VIP reception, which begins at 6:30 PM.

For more information, call Wilma Campbell at (908) 727-0264.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trunk or Treat Halloween event for kids on Friday

Kids' Halloween event is Friday evening.

Plainfield youngsters ages 12 and under are invited to take part in the city's first-ever 'Trunk or Treat' event Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the City Hall Parking Lot.

Communities across the country are finding this a safe and fun way for youngsters to enjoy the Halloween festivities with other kids of their age in a safe environment and without the dangers of crossing dark streets at night.

Here's the deal: Load up your trunk with the candies, fruits and other goodies you would distribute to kids trick-and-treating and bring the kids and the car over to the City Hall parking lot.

There, the cars will be arranged so kids can go from one to another with their treat bags.

All are invited to come in costume (no scary costumes or weapons) and to decorate their vehicles for the event, too.

The Recreation Division is sponsoring the event, along with the business community and other local organizations.

There will be awards for Best Dressed Car, Best Family Costume and Best Costume Overall.

Judging will take place at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to Plainfield residents. For more information, contact the Division of Recreation at (908) 753-3097.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LWV candidate forum tonight at Emerson School

Plainfield's chapter of the League of Women Voters will host its candidate forum this evening at Emerson School, starting at 6:30 PM.

Since the nonpartisan school board elections have been moved to the November general election date, the forum will feature two segments -- one part for the Board of Ed candidates, and a second for the contested local Council races.

All candidates for both Council and Board of Ed were invited to submit biographical profiles and answers to questions posed by the LWV in advance. For those who chose to respond (not all did), the material has been posted on the Plainfield League's website (see here).

Though they will not be debated, the public questions on the November ballot (including one for funding open space acquisition and management in Plainfield) are also on the website (see here).

Emerson School is at East Second Street and Emerson Avenue. Parking available in the school lot or on the street. Please be considerate of residents' driveways.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Monday, October 27, 2014

One-seat Ride to NYC: Special meeting tonight in Cranford

A special public meeting to discuss the ONE-SEAT RIDE is set for Monday.

Plainfield commuters who use the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line to travel back and forth to New York City each day will be interested in Monday's special evening meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

The meeting has been called specifically to deal with the surprise news from NJT that it will not be rolling out the extension of the one-seat ride as previously outlined.

The use of combination diesel-electric engines on the line has been a goal of the Coalition for years in its bid to ease the daily commute and shorten the ride.

A trial of the one-seat ride on off-peak hours that began last spring has been hailed enthusiastically by commuters from towns along the Raritan Valley Line -- including Plainfield's two stations, downtown and Netherwood.

The meeting is set for 6:00- 8:00 PM October 27 in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford (see map here). For more information, check out the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition website (here) or its Facebook page (here).

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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